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Hunt says he would have failed drug test

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CLEVELAND (AP) Browns running back Kareem Hunt told a police officer he would have failed a drug test if he had been checked during a stop when he was ticketed for speeding and marijuana was found in his car.

Hunt was cited for speeding - but no other charges - last week when he was pulled over while driving on a highway in Rocky River, Ohio. In a dashboard camera video released Monday, Hunt was apologetic and emotional while discussing his situation with the officer.

"I'll never do this again," said Hunt, who was cited for driving 77 mph in a 60 mph zone, but wasn't charged for the marijuana or an open container with vodka.


Browns to bring back Eagles' Berry as GM

CLEVELAND (AP) Andrew Berry is coming back to the Browns. This time as the boss.

Berry, who left Cleveland's front office last year to work in Philadelphia, agreed Monday to become the Browns' new general manager and executive vice president, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Berry will get a five-year deal, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not made the hiring official.


Kobe tribute kicks off media night

MIAMI (AP) Chants of “Kobe! Kobe! Kobe!” broke a moment of a silence that kicked off a more subdued Super Bowl media night.

The NFL opened the most hyped week in professional sports with mixed emotions Monday night, one day after retired superstar Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others died in a helicopter crash in California.


Vikings' Zimmer promotes son to co-DC

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer promoted his son on Monday to help fill a key vacancy on his staff, appointing Adam Zimmer and Andre Patterson as co-defensive coordinators.

The Vikings announced their revamped lineup of assistant coaches, which includes two new hires and four internal promotions.


NFL: Bills did not violate injury policy

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The NFL ruled the Buffalo Bills did not violate league policy on reporting injuries in connection to defensive end Jerry Hughes revealing he played with torn wrist ligaments.

The NFL provided the update Monday in an email to the Buffalo chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America, saying no violation was found in its review of the matter. The PFWA raised questions over how the league's injury-reporting policy was interpreted after Hughes revealed the severity of the injury in a Twitter post following Buffalo's loss to Houston in an AFC wild-card playoff earlier this month.


Kobe remembered as AFC beats NFC

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Green Bay linebacker Za’Darius Smith hastily organized an homage to Kobe Bryant minutes before the Pro Bowl.

Smith and his NFC teammates learned about Bryant's death while they were in the locker room getting ready for the NFL's all-star game Sunday. Smith suggested the best way to pay tribute the late NBA great was to mimic his fadeaway jumper after big plays.


Chiefs arrive in Miami for Super Bowl

MIAMI (AP) Kansas City waited 50 years to get back to a Super Bowl. And then the Chiefs had to wait a few extra minutes once they got to Miami.

It took workers at Miami International Airport about three attempts to get one of the rolling staircases that the Chiefs would use to deplane properly lined up with the front door of their chartered jet. The delay was brief, and coach Andy Reid and the rest of the Chiefs' delegation to make their way into the hangar for the short walk to waiting buses.


49ers in for tough test vs. Mahomes

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) With a fearsome front four capable of pressuring quarterbacks without blitzes, a lockdown cornerback in Richard Sherman and the speed at linebacker and safety to limit big plays, the San Francisco 49ers had the league's stingiest pass defense in a decade.

Shutting down Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs' passing game in the Super Bowl will be a far tougher challenge than anything the Niners have faced this season.


Mahomes leads KC with legs, not just arm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Patrick Mahomes was just trying to run out of bounds, not make the kind of shake-your-head, what-did-he-just-do play that will be shown on highlight reels for as long as the Kansas City Chiefs are in existence.

It was late in the second quarter of the AFC championship game, and the Chiefs were trailing Tennessee 17-14. Mahomes had already marched them nearly the length of the field, giving Kansas City at worst a chance for a tying field goal, when he scrambled from the pocket and headed toward the sideline with every intention of avoiding any kind of hit.


OL Staley's patience pays off with 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) When the San Francisco 49ers were mired in a two-win season back in 2016 and headed to a third straight offseason with a coaching change, Joe Staley wondered if it was still worth the sacrifices needed to play offensive line in such a grueling sport.

He had gone from three straight trips to the NFC title game to a three-year stretch that featured only 15 wins and three coaching changes.

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