NFL notebook

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 12, 2007

Associated Press

The NFL notebook …

INDIANAPOLIS — Peyton Manning and Steve McNair have different styles and reputations. Their results are very similar.

Manning has thrived in the Indianapolis Colts’ high-scoring, record-setting offense, while McNair seems more comfortable in a ball-control system. The perception is McNair plays it safe, and Manning takes chances. Both quarterbacks have winning track records and are missing a Super Bowl title.

One of them will be out of the playoffs when McNair’s Baltimore Ravens (13-3) host the Colts (13-4) in the playoffs today.

“They both demand excellence around them, and the leader on offense is always the quarterback,” said Ravens running back Jamal Lewis, who played with McNair this season and Manning in college. “I think that’s why both of them are MVP quarterbacks.”

RAIDERS

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Rob Ryan interviewed Friday for the team’s head coaching vacancy.

Ryan followed former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel and Southern California quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian to interview to replace the fired Art Shell. Ryan is the only defensive coach to interview so far.

COWBOYS

DALLAS — Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens had surgery in Miami to repair a torn tendon in his right ring finger, two newspapers reported Friday.

“The doctor is very optimistic,” Owens told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I am happy I had the surgery. I am happy with the news he gave me that I will return to 100 percent.”

CHIEFS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tony Gonzalez has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs that keeps him the highest-paid tight end in the NFL.The eight-time Pro Bowler, just two touchdown catches short of the league record for his position, will receive about $17 million in guaranteed money

SEAHAWKS

KIRKLAND, Wash. — Darrell Jackson’s on-and-off status now seems closer to “off.”

The Seahawks’ leading receiver unexpectedly missed practice again Friday, just before the team boarded an afternoon flight to Chicago for Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff game against the Bears.

BENGALS

CINCINNATI — Bengals linebacker David Pollack is encouraged by his recent surgery for a cracked bone in his neck, but hasn’t decided whether he will try to resume his NFL career.

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