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NFL roundup: Neck exam reportedly will determine Manning's future

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The future of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning playing beyond this season will be decided by the results of an offseason exam on his surgically-repaired neck, according to ESPN.

Citing sources, ESPN reported that Manning will have the exam in March, which is required in his contract. If the exam shows that his neck is stable, Manning plans to return to the Broncos next season. However, if there is an increased injury risk, Manning may retire.

Manning, 37, set NFL single-season records for passing yards (5,477) and touchdowns (55) in 2013.

Manning had fusion surgery on his neck in 2011, which weakened his throwing arm and forced him to miss the entire season. He was then released by the Indianapolis Colts. He signed a five-year, $96 million deal with the Broncos in 2012.

---The Washington Redskins responded to a report that the San Francisco 49ers were upset that the Redskins failed to cancel interviews with 49ers assistant coaches Vic Fangio and Greg Roman for their head coaching job by saying the interviews were never scheduled.

ESPN reported that the 49ers were unhappy that the Redskins did not cancel the interviews Thursday, the same day they hired Jay Gruden. Fangio and Roman were reportedly planning for meetings with the Redskins while preparing for Sunday's NFC divisional playoff against the Carolina Panthers.

After the report came out, Tony Wyllie, Redskins senior V.P. of communications, told NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk that permission was granted by the 49ers to interview Fangio and Roman but nothing was actually scheduled.

---Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Bill Callahan will continue calling plays in 2014, according to CBS Sports.

The Cowboys took much criticism this season and failed to make the playoffs. Despite that, owner Jerry Jones decided to retain his coaching staff and make no changes.

Coach Jason Garrett relinquished offensive play-calling to Callahan in 2013 and the team changed the way it relays plays to quarterback Tony Romo late in the season.

The Cowboys were 16th in offensive yards (341.1 per game) and fifth in points (27.4).
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