Jan 23 (The Sports Xchange) - Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine was named head coach of the Cleveland Browns on Thursday.
The Browns made the hiring official after meeting with Pettine for a third time on Thursday. He will be 15th full-time head coach in franchise history.
Peyton Manning led the Denver Broncos back to the practice field for the first time since winning the AFC Championship game Sunday. The afternoon practice was a welcome trial for handling game conditions in East Rutherford, N.J.
Manning is 0-4 all-time in postseason games with a temperature of 40 degrees or below at kickoff.
"Anytime you can have somewhat of a situation you can simulate during practice that you might see in a game, it's always a good thing," Manning said.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers introduced Jason Licht as their new general manager on Thursday.
Licht, 42, who was named GM on Tuesday, spent the previous two years in the Arizona Cardinals' front office, including last season as vice president of player personnel.
The Arizona Cardinals promoted Terry McDonough to vice president of player personnel on Thursday, replacing Jason Licht, who was named general managing of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this week.
McDonough was hired in May as the Cardinals' Eastern regional scout. He has 22 years scouting in the NFL, and prior to his first season with the Cardinals, he was the director of player personnel for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Mike Munchak, fired earlier this month from his job as the Tennessee Titans' head coach, found work as Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive line coach.
Over three seasons as the Titans' coach, Munchak posted a 22-26 record and failed to guide the team to the playoffs. Munchak, 53, spent 31 years with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans franchise.
St. Louis Rams left tackle Jake Long underwent reconstructive surgery recently on his knee, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday.
Long was injured in the Rams' game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Dec. 22.
Kicker Dan Bailey signed a seven-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys that keeps the restricted free agent from reaching the open market next month.
Bailey, 25, signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and has made 88 of 98 field-goal attempts with Dallas.
Virgin America airline apologized to New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith on Thursday after he was asked to leave a plane last week after a disagreement with a flight attendant at Los Angeles International Airport.
The New York Post and New York Daily News quoted unnamed airport officials that said Smith was thrown off the plane for refusing to get off his cell phone prior to takeoff. The captain reportedly ordered him off the plane and the airline refused to re-book him on another flight.
Smith wasn't arrested and police didn't file an incident report, according to a public information officer for LAX police.
The Chicago Bears hired Reggie Herring as linebackers coach and Paul Pasqualoni as defensive line coach, the team announced Thursday.
Herring, 54, has 33 years of coaching experience, including eight as a linebackers coach in the NFL. Pasqualoni, 64, has 42 years of coaching experience, including 22 as a collegiate head coach and six seasons as a NFL assistant. (Editing by Frank Pingue)