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NFL: Seattle coach Pete Carroll says NFL should see if medicinal pot can help

Published January 27, 2014 5:49 pm

NFL notes • Seattle coach wonders if marijuana could aid concussion victims.
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Pete Carroll is in support of the NFL looking further into whether medicinal marijuana could be beneficial for players.

The Seattle Seahawks coach said Monday he supports Commissioner Roger Goodell's message last week that the league could consider medicinal marijuana as a treatment if science proved it could be beneficial for players who have suffered concussions.

Carroll says regardless of the stigmas involved, the medicinal value should be examined, "because the world of medicine is trying to do the exact same thing and figure it out and they're coming to some conclusions."

Sunday's Super Bowl matchup between the Seahawks and Broncos features the two states where recreational marijuana use is legal: Washington and Colorado.

Denver's Manning not ready to retire

Peyton Manning would love to go out a champion. Just, not yet.

Even if his Denver Broncos beat the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

"If I can't produce, if I can't help the team, that's when I'll stop playing," Manning said late Sunday, shortly after the AFC champions arrived at their hotel. "If that's next year, maybe it is, but I certainly want to continue to keep playing."

At 37, Manning set NFL records with 55 touchdown passes and 5,447 yards while leading the league's top-ranked offense. Now, he's trying to become the first starting quarterback to win Super Bowls with two teams, an accomplishment that seemed a bit of a long shot after he had two career-threatening neck surgeries two years ago.

Rodgers-Cromartie might be ready

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is 27 years old, right in his prime as an NFL player. But the Denver Broncos cornerback said Monday he's giving serious consideration to hanging it up after the Super Bowl. He's not burned out, not worried about his health.

He just figures he's had a good run.

"I had a goal of playing five years, and I reached that," Rodgers-Cromartie said.

He's completed six seasons in the NFL, in fact, and could be in line to command plenty of money after making three interceptions in 2013. But Rodgers-Cromartie insisted that depending on how he feels after Sunday's game, he might call it quits. He said he would like to go back to college and study psychology to become a guidance counselor at his old high school, Florida's Lakewood Ranch.

"I had my fun in this league," he said.

Rodgers-Cromartie came out of Football Championship Subdivision Tennessee State and figures he wasn't supposed to make it in the NFL at all from a small school, let alone surpass the average two to three years that players last in the league.

Ravens hire Kubiak

Baltimore hired former Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak as its new offensive coordinator. The 52-year-old Kubiak replaces Jim Caldwell, who left to become coach of the Detroit Lions. The Ravens also announced they have hired Rick Dennison, the Texans former offensive coordinator, as their quarterbacks coach.