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Manning won't bite

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Thanks to the musings of his former owner, Peyton Manning's return to Indianapolis this Sunday for his first game as a visitor has turned into something less than the warm-and-fuzzy homecoming it could have been.

If any of that bothers No. 18, it's not showing.

Dictating the terms of his Wednesday news conference as effectively as he orchestrates his offence from the line of scrimmage, Manning paid virtually no heed to this week's comments from Colts owner Jim Irsay.

Manning said he had no comment when asked for his reaction to Irsay saying he had to give up the old Indy offence's Star Wars numbers in a quest for more Super Bowl rings.

 

Bucs battle MRSA

TAMPA, Fla. -- One of three members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who have been diagnosed with MRSA has had surgery to get rid of the staph infection.

Coach Greg Schiano said Wednesday that guard Carl Nicks had surgery Tuesday night and is doing well.

The two-time All-Pro was diagnosed as having MRSA in a blister of the left side of his foot during training camp in August. He was treated with antibiotics and appeared in two regular-season games before the Bucs announced that Nicks had a recurrence.

Kicker Lawrence Tynes also was found to have MRSA in August and is on the non-football injury list. A third case was discovered last week, but rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks has not been sidelined by the infection.

 

Suh fined $31.5K: source

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press the NFL has fined Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh $31,500 for a hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden.

The person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the fine had not been announced.

Suh said he was unaware the NFL was reviewing his hit on Weeden on Sunday. Suh wasn't penalized, but it was shown on a video posted on NFL.com as vice-president of officiating Dean Blandino said he wanted to look at it for "potential helmet to the body."

Suh was fined $100,000 for an illegal block on Minnesota centre John Sullivan in Week 1.

 

Locker limping at practice

NASHVILLE -- Titans quarterback Jake Locker practised Wednesday for the first time since injuring his knee and hip less than three weeks ago, but Tennessee coach Mike Munchak doesn't expect him to play Sunday against San Francisco.

Wearing a brace on his right knee, Locker participated in individual and seven-on-seven drills. Locker took a couple of snaps in full team drills. He was walking with a noticeable limp near the conclusion of practice.

Munchak said Wednesday, "We're not saying (Locker's) out, but we're going forward like Ryan (Fitzpatrick) is starting."

Locker sprained his hip and the medial collateral ligament in his right knee Sept. 29 in a 38-13 victory over the New York Jets.


-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 17, 2013 D5

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