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Jan 25 (The Sports Xchange) - The Denver Broncos finished three days of work at their team headquarters on Saturday, and it is clear that no matter how many times players insist the Super Bowl is a "business trip," they can't wait to arrive in New York on Sunday.

"It's drawing near," linebacker Wesley Woodyard said. "We've been working hard and we're just ready to get to New York. It's an exciting feeling that everybody can't wait to get there and just be in the moment."

Coach John Fox's word of the week has been "focus." Priority number one for his team is to stay focused and stay on top of the job at hand.

"I think you want guys to enjoy it and be with their families," Fox said. "You don't want to go there and be miserable all week and miserable with your family. It's a fine line. They understand it. Enjoy your family, but it's not spring break."

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Denver Broncos place-kicker Matt Prater was sent home from the team's facility with an illness, but coach John Fox fully anticipates Prater to be healthy in time for the Super Bowl and is not concerned about the illness spreading throughout the locker room.

"It's happened all season, it happens to every team in the league," Fox said of the illness. "Guys do get sick just like any households in America. We feel confident he'll be fine shortly."

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The Baltimore Ravens have narrowed their search down to Kyle Shanahan and Jim Hostler for the offensive coordinator position, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

The position came open when Jim Caldwell was named coach of the Detroit Lions last week.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back coach Kirby Wilson interviewed for the job Friday, but the Ravens decided to go in another direction, Rapoport reported.

Wilson will take the same position with the Minnesota Vikings, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Saturday.

The 52-year-old assistant will join new head coach Mike Zimmer's staff in Minnesota as the Vikings running backs coach.

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The Dallas Cowboys are in discussion with former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan to be part of the team's play-calling in 2014, according to ESPN.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett are trying to resolve their disagreement over who should be the team's offensive play-caller, according to ESPN. Garrett gave up play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Bill Callahan last year. Linehan would serve as a compromise choice for Jones and Garrett.

Linehan was among the Lions assistants let go after head coach Jim Schwartz was fired following a 7-9 season.

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The Lions hired Boise State offensive coordinator Robert Prince as their new wide receivers coach, Fox Sports reported Saturday.

Prince coached receivers the last three years for Boise State and served as offensive coordinator in 2012-13. Prince previously worked six seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks.

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The Chicago Bears hired Clint Hurtt as their assistant defensive line coach on Saturday to replace Michael Sinclair, who was notified he would not be back.

Hurtt has 13 years of collegiate coaching experience, including the last four as Louisville's defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator. This will be his first NFL job.

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Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe met with investigators looking into allegations he made against the organization after being cut last year.

"I cooperated fully for the investigation," Kluwe told the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Friday. "The investigation is ongoing. I'm not going to comment on anything else. But I was asked questions and I answered them. ... I can say it was a productive meeting."

Kluwe met at the Minneapolis law offices of Eric Magnuson and Chris Madel, who have been commissioned by the Vikings to investigate what Kluwe alleged in a first-person article he wrote for the website Deadspin. Kluwe alleged that special teams coordinator Mike Priefer used homophobic language in Kluwe's presence during the 2012 season, and that the Vikings cut him in May 2013 because of his stance regarding gay rights.

(Editing by Gene Cherry)

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