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Originally published Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:42 PM

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Jets give coach Rex Ryan contract extension

The New York Jets signed popular coach Rex Ryan to a contract extension, removing the lame duck label and keeping him with the franchise through the 2015 season

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NEW YORK — Rex Ryan went from the hot seat to some job security.

Well, at least through the next two seasons.

The New York Jets signed the popular coach to a contract extension Thursday, removing the lame-duck label from Ryan and keeping him with the franchise through the 2015 season — and possibly beyond. The team announced the extension for Ryan, who had one year remaining on his contract, but provided no further details about the deal.

ESPN, which first reported the deal, said it is a multiyear extension that contains incentives based on playoff victories. Ryan is 4-2 in the postseason with the Jets, including consecutive trips to the AFC Championship Game in his first two seasons, but New York hasn’t made the playoffs in three years.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Patriots fans can breathe easy now that Tom Brady is back at practice

“Doing very well, thank you,” said the quarterback who will lead New England into the AFC title game on Sunday against Denver.

Brady was removed from the injury report one day after being a no-show at practice because of illness.

“The most important thing is that he’s healthy and that he’s ready to go,” running back Shane Vereen said. “He’s been doing this for a long time, so he’s the last one that I’m really worried about.”


• Dallas defensive tackle Jason Hatcher was added to the Pro Bowl and will be a first-time participant along with teammates Dez Bryant and Tyron Smith. Hatcher is replacing Ravens nose tackle Haloti Ngata.

• New Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has targeted Norv Turner to become offensive coordinator, though nothing has been finalized yet.

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