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NFL Notes: Kansas City Chiefs extend Charles

Mon., Dec. 13, 2010

The Kansas City Chiefs signed running back Jamaal Charles to a five-year contract extension, continuing their plan to lock up their impressive core of young players.

Charles confirmed the signing on his Twitter account, but the team declined to comment on the contract or even say if Charles had signed an extension.

Reportedly, the deal guarantees $13 million for Charles, who went into Sunday’s game at San Diego leading the Chiefs in rushing. His 1,137 yards were third in the NFL and he had the highest per-carry average at 6.2 yards.

Rodgers’ status unclear next week

For the second time this season, Aaron Rodgers is recovering from a concussion following a Green Bay loss.

The Packers lost their quarterback late in the second quarter against Detroit, shortly after Rodgers was hit on back-to-back plays. He was slow getting up after being hit by Amari Spievey and Landon Johnson at the end of an 18-yard scramble. Green Bay took a timeout, then Rodgers was sacked on the next play.

Rodgers was not made available to reporters afterward, and he was not in the locker room when it was open to the media, so his status for next weekend’s game at New England is unclear.

Around the league

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan considered benching quarterback Mark Sanchez in the third quarter of Sunday’s loss to Miami. Sanchez struggled for the third straight week, plagued by fumbles and ill-advised passes. Jets’ Right tackle Damien Woody left the game with a knee injury and did not return. … Bills receiver Lee Evans is out indefinitely after hurting his ankle in a win over the Browns. … Lions linebacker Landon Johnson was carted off the field and taken to the hospital with a neck injury. … Philadelphia middle linebacker Stewart Bradley dislocated his right elbow against Dallas. … Tampa Bay first-round draft pick Gerald McCoy is out for the season with a right biceps injury. Linebacker Quincy Black broke his forearm in the second half, and Bucs coach Raheem Morris said he is “potentially” out for the season. … Saints officials said kickoff returner Courtney Roby has feeling in his extremities and was alert while taken from the field on a stretcher with an apparent upper body injury against St. Louis.

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