NFL notebook: Ryan lands extension from Jets
Rex Ryan went from the hot seat to some job security.
At least through the next two seasons.
The Jets signed the popular coach to a contract extension Thursday, removing the lame duck label from Ryan and potentially keeping him with the franchise through at least the 2015 season.
Ryan is 42-38 in the regular season in his five years with the Jets. ESPN reported it is a multiyear extension that contains incentives based on playoff victories.
Manning charity to donate $500 for every ‘Omaha'
Peyton Manning's foundation for at-risk youth will receive a $500 contribution for every time the Broncos' quarterback shouts “Omaha” during the AFC championship game.
Manning brought national attention to Nebraska's largest city with his loud “Omaha” pre-snap calls during the Broncos' playoff win over San Diego last weekend.
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce president and CEO David Brown announced that five Omaha-based companies are combining to donate $500 to Manning's “Peyback Foundation” each time he shouts “Omaha” in Sunday's game against the Patriots.
Manning said “Omaha” 44 times in last week's game. The same number against the Patriots would be worth $22,000 to his foundation.
Harvin still not cleared for Seahawks
Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin is still going through concussion testing and has not been cleared for Sunday's NFC championship game.
Coach Pete Carroll said Harvin didn't participate in practice.
Harvin hit his head hard on the turf after jumping for a pass in the end zone in the NFC divisional victory over the Saints.
Bengals promote LB coach Guenther to coordinator
The Bengals promoted linebackers coach Paul Guenther to defensive coordinator, keeping continuity for a unit that finished No. 3 in the NFL last season.
Guenther was promoted a day after the Vikings hired Mike Zimmer as their head coach Wednesday.
It's the second time in two weeks that Cincinnati has replaced a coordinator with an in-house candidate. They elevated running backs coach Hue Jackson to offensive coordinator after Jay Gruden was hired by the Redskins as head coach.
The Bengals are the first team since the 2006 Chargers to lose both coordinators to head coaching jobs elsewhere, according to STATS LLC.
Vikings target Turner to run offense
The Vikings targeted Norv Turner as the offensive coordinator under new coach Mike Zimmer.
Turner said he and Zimmer are talking about the job. Turner said nothing was finalized but “hopefully it works out.”
QB Brady returns to practice
Tom Brady is back at practice with the Patriots.
New England's quarterback returned after missing one day because of illness. The Patriots are scheduled to practice again on Friday before leaving for Denver where they face Peyton Manning and the Broncos in the AFC championship game on Sunday.
Brady is 10-4 in his career against Manning. That includes a 2-1 record in the postseason.
Bills hire ex-Pitt coach Hafley
The Bills hired former Pitt assistant Jeff Hafley as a defensive assistant coach.
The Bills didn't specify what Hafley's responsibilities would be, but they have one opening on their defensive staff after inside linebackers coach Chuck Driesbach was fired Monday.
Hafley spent the past two seasons with the Buccaneers, and was the team's safeties coach last year. He previously had 11 years of experience as a college assistant, including stints at Albany, Pitt and Rutgers.
Browns eyeing WR Bess photos
The Browns say they are aware of potentially incriminating photos posted by wide receiver Davone Bess on his Twitter account.
Bess, who missed Cleveland's final two games for personal reasons, posted a photo of a small package containing what appears to be marijuana. Some of the substance is out of the bag and on a table. Last month, a photo posted on Bess' Instagram account showed him sitting on an outdoor deck and lighting a cigar or cigarette next to a picture of reggae legend Bob Marley and a Rastafarian flag draped around the wide receivers's shoulders.
A Browns spokesman said the team knows about the photos and is “looking further into the situation.”
Bess finished with career-lows in catches (42) and yards (362) last season.
Cowboys testify at Brent's trial
Two Cowboys players who were with former defensive tackle Josh Brent the night of a crash that killed a teammate took the stand at Brent's intoxication manslaughter trial.
Safeties Barry Church of Penn Hills and Danny McCray testified they played video games with Brent on Dec. 7, 2012, before going to dinner and a Dallas nightclub.
Brent and practice squad player Jerry Brown were driving home from the nightclub early Dec. 8 when Brent wrecked his Mercedes, leaving Brown dead.
Prosecutors say Brent had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit. Brent's attorney denies his client was drunk.
Police: Hernandez eyed as gunman in 2012 slayings
Boston police are investigating whether jailed former Patriot Aaron Hernandez may have been the gunman in a 2012 double slaying, according to a search warrant request released.
Hernandez, awaiting trial on murder charges in a 2013 shooting near his home, was seen on surveillance footage in the same nightclub as the victims the night of the attack in Boston's South End, authorities said. But the newly released documents confirm for the first time that police suspect Hernandez could have pulled the trigger.
No charges have been filed in the deaths of Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Teixeira Furtado, who were killed on July 16, 2012, when somebody inside an SUV opened fire on their car. A third person was shot but survived.