NFL Notebook

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 2, 2007

Associated Press

The NFL notebook …

DAVIE, Fla. — The Indianapolis Colts added defensive end Robert Mathis and cornerback Jason David, both starters, to the injury report Friday after their last full practice before the Super Bowl.

Mathis left practice early because of back spasms and was listed as probable. David, who has battled a nagging abdomen injury this season, sat out the entire practice and was listed as probable.


The Super Bowl just might be Ron Rivera’s final game as defensive coordinator of the Bears.The Dallas Cowboys have left their head coaching job vacant until next week and apparently are interested in interviewing Rivera. Even if they don’t hire Rivera as their head coach, it’s possible the Cowboys will make an attempt to pry him away from the Bears to be their defensive coordinator. Rivera’s contract reportedly expires after Sunday’s game.


The Carolina Panthers filled their vacant tight ends coach position Friday by promoting Geep Chryst, who had served as offensive quality control coach.

The Panthers also announced that quarterbacks coach Mike McCoy will also have the title of passing game coordinator.

The 44-year-old Chryst has 14 years experience as an NFL assistant, serving in various capacities with Chicago, Arizona and San Diego, including a three-year stint as the Cardinals’ quarterbacks coach from 2001-03.


The Miami Dolphins will host the New York Giants in a regular-season game in London later this year.

The Dolphins and Giants will play in September or October, and the game will be scheduled around a bye week for both teams. The game will be held at either the new 90,000-seat Wembley Stadium, scheduled to open in the spring, or 82,000-seat Twickenham, home of English rugby.


MIAMI — Saying “one incident is too many,” commissioner Roger Goodell wants players to stay out of trouble and will meet with them to figure out how to do that.

Though the league’s black eye this season was the main topic of Goodell’s first Super Bowl news conference, he also talked about concussions, insisting a player’s health takes precedence over football issues.