NFL Notebook

2013-12-16T15:14:22Z 2013-12-16T22:43:05Z NFL NotebookThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 16, 2013 3:14 pm  • 

IRVING, Texas — Dez Bryant says he left the field with time remaining in Dallas’ crushing loss to the Packers because he “couldn’t watch Green Bay kneel that ball down” and that he cried when he got to the locker room.

The Dallas receiver who had a well-publicized sideline rant in another deflating defeat at Detroit this season told reporters during a hospital visit Monday that he doesn’t think about media attention in such moments.

The Cowboys blew a 26-3 halftime lead and lost 37-36 Sunday after Tony Romo threw an interception with a chance to run out most of the clock following a first-down throw to Bryant with a 36-31 lead.

Broncos get reprieve

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — If Miami Dolphins defensive back Michael Thomas ever starts a fan club, he won’t have any trouble getting a Denver chapter up and going.

Thomas’ interception of Tom Brady’s pass in the end zone on fourth down with 2 seconds left Sunday in his NFL debut preserved Miami’s win that kept the New England Patriots from overtaking Denver in the race for the top seed in the AFC playoffs.

So, the Broncos (11-3), who lost at home to San Diego on Thursday night, find themselves with the ultimate reboot after their weekend furlough from football.

Saints’ gut check

METAIRIE, La. — Saints coach Sean Payton is putting nearly all of his players on notice, whether he winds up making any significant late-season changes or not.

One day after a potentially costly 27-16 loss in St. Louis against a Rams club that is out of the playoff picture, Payton says he and his staff are “looking closely at every element” of their team.

However, Payton declined to say whether his decision to bench left tackle Charles Brown during Sunday’s loss would carry over to this week’s game at Carolina. He also declined to specify whether kicker Garrett Hartley’s job is jeopardy after two failed field goals from short range.

Jets coach’s future

LORHAM PARK, N.J. — Rex Ryan says there’s “no question” he believes he’s still the right man to be coach of the New York Jets beyond this season.

Ryan said Monday he and general manager John Idzik have a “tremendous” working relationship, and adds he thinks the Jets (6-8) are going in the right direction despite clinching their third straight non-winning season.

Ryan’s job status was uncertain after New York went 6-10 last year, but owner Woody Johnson opted to bring him back while he fired GM Mike Tannenbaum.

Coach : Not quitting

ASHBURN, Va. — Mike Shanahan said he has no plans to resign, then reminded everyone that he might not be back as coach of the Washington Redskins.

Shanahan said Monday it was “accurate” that he doesn’t plan to quit after what will be his third losing season in four years.

Extra points

  • Do-everything 49ers fullback
  • Bruce Miller
  • is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs with a left shoulder blade injury sustained during Sunday’s win at Tampa Bay.
  • Chicago Bears cornerback
  • Charles Tillman
  • will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn right triceps.

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