NFL notebook: Panthers player buys ad vowing Super Bowl title

2012-07-26T00:00:00Z NFL notebook: Panthers player buys ad vowing Super Bowl titleThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 26, 2012 12:00 am  • 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Ryan Kalil believes the Carolina Panthers will win the Super Bowl this season - and he put his money where his mouth is to prove it.

The Panthers three-time Pro Bowl center took out a full-page advertisement in the Charlotte Observer on Wednesday boldly declaring fans will be rewarded for their unwavering support with a "one hundred-percent, sterling silver victory - the Lombardi Trophy. And it reads: Carolina Panthers, Super Bowl XLVII champions."

That's a bold prediction, particularly for a team coming off a 6-10 season that hasn't won a playoff game since 2005. Kalil received support for his decision to go public with his prediction from his teammates, as well as coach Ron Rivera.

• Coach Jason Garrett says he and the Dallas Cowboys will support Dez Bryant and his family.

Garrett said Wednesday it was "premature" to think about taking disciplinary action against Bryant, who was arrested last week for allegedly attacking his mother during an argument. He says the team is still collecting information about what happened.

Bryant will fly to Oxnard, Calif., with the team for training camp on Saturday. His mother, Angela Bryant, has asked prosecutors not to pursue the case.

• The company that designed and built the ill-fated Dallas Cowboys' practice facility knew long before the giant, tent-like structure collapsed three years ago that it was in danger of falling and concealed the problem, company documents obtained by The Associated Press reveal. Emails, handwritten notes and other documents, which have not been released publicly, indicate Summit Structures LLC knew far more about the perilous condition of the facility than has been reported and raise fresh questions about similar steel and fabric structures erected by the now-defunct Allentown, Pa., company.

• Former Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler is the latest big name from the NFL's past to sue the league over head injuries. Stabler is the first plaintiff among 73 listed on a federal lawsuit filed Monday in Philadelphia, where other cases were recently consolidated before a judge.

Like the other lawsuits, the complaint accuses the NFL of failing to act on a large body of medical evidence showing that repeated hits to the head can cause health problems in the long term. The NFL has denied such charges and says safety is a top priority for the league.

• The Denver Broncos reported to camp Wednesday hoping to lift the spirits of a community in mourning over the movie theater massacre in neighboring Aurora. Several players visited hospitalized survivors and medical personnel in the days after a gunman in full body armor opened fire during the midnight premiere of the new Batman movie, leaving 12 dead and 58 injured.

Coach John Fox said the Broncos will do what they can to provide a measure of comfort to a heavy-hearted community, a role he's familiar with from his time with the New York Giants during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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