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Parcells would consider coaching

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March 29, 2012
— If Bill Parcells decides to come out of retirement for a third time to coach the Saints this season, it will be for one reason only.

"If this guy says to me, 'Bill, I need you to do this,'" Parcells said Wednesday in an interview with Newsday. "That's what friends are supposed to be for."


"This guy" refers to Saints coach Sean Payton, who is very close to Parcells and is considering whether to ask the former Giants, Patriots, Jets and Cowboys coach to fill in for him during his suspension for the 2012 season. Payton was suspended for not stopping the Saints' prohibited bounty program, which the NFL said was used extensively from 2009-11 as an enticement to knock players out of games.


Parcells, 70, said he has turned down two head-coaching opportunities since retiring from the Cowboys after the 2006 season, but he said this situation is different. "The thing with this one," he said, "it's a little more personal to me, because this is one of my guys."


Parcells hired Payton as an offensive assistant in 2003, and they spent three years together in Dallas before Payton became the Saints' coach in 2006.


Parcells met with Payton and Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, who has been suspended for the first eight games next season, Tuesday near Parcells' home in Jupiter, Fla. For now, there is no offer.


"I would have to know a lot more than I know now," Parcells said. "They said they'd be in touch."


Bears sign wide receiver

The Chicago Bears and receiver Devin Thomas have agreed to a one-year contract.


Thomas has 43 receptions for 482 yards in four seasons with Washington, Carolina and the New York Giants. He was mainly a special-teams contributor for the Giants last season and recovered two fumbles in the NFC title game against San Francisco, including one that set up the winning field goal in overtime, for the eventual Super Bowl champions.


Nike, Reebok fight over Tebow

Nike went to court Wednesday to prove that Reebok is no shoo-in to promote New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow on apparel.


Nike Inc. claimed in a lawsuit in U.S. District Court that Reebok International Ltd. has used Tebow's name on Jets-related apparel without permission since it was announced last week that Tebow was traded from the Denver Broncos to New York. The Tebow trade occurred just before Nike replaces Reebok on Sunday as the supplier of NFL team uniforms.


Oregon-based Nike spokeswoman Mary Remuzzi said early Thursday that a temporary restraining order blocking further sales of the merchandise by Reebok was issued on Wednesday.


The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, claims that Reebok misappropriated publicity rights, interfered with business relationships and unjustly enriched itself because it failed to get Tebow's permission before launching the new products.


Peterson back running

Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier delivered the update Wednesday with obvious enthusiasm. Adrian Peterson has hit the ground running.


Peterson has returned to the Twin Cities this week to begin the next phase of his knee rehabilitation. A little more than 12 weeks since having surgery to repair torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee, the star running back has been cleared to try running on land again.


Peterson is doing so this week under the watchful eye of head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman at Winter Park.


Frazier's assessment nearly three months into Peterson's rehab? Yes, it's still early. But so far, so good.


"Everything he's done up to this point has been very good," Frazier said. "So we're hoping once he starts running he'll stay on course as well."



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