Thursday February 4th, 2016

By Justin Lee, Chat Sports

Super Bowl 50 is only a few days away, with both the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers starting to make their final preparations for the game.

Check out the latest NFL news and rumors below.

• Following his death in July and subsequent testing, the brain disease CTE was found in the brain of former NFL quarterback Ken Stabler, reports John Branch of The New York Times.

• The father of Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith has died after suffering complications following heart surgery, Smith told the Denver Post on Wednesday.

• The Los Angeles Rams are interested in signing Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning for the 2016 season, assuming he decides not to retire after the Super Bowl, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

• Manning's doctor said he’ll eventually need hip replacement surgery, Manning told reporters Wednesday.

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• Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is growing tired of the media requirements leading up to Super Bowl 50, reports Michael David of NBC Sports.

• Johnny Manziel declined to talk about the Cleveland Browns’ plans to cut him following an interview request from ESPN’s Tim MacMahon at Wednesday’s Heat–Mavericks game in Dallas.

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• Panthers defensive end Jared Allen was limited in practice Wednesday with a foot injury, but he should be ready to go for Super Bowl 50, reports Michael David Smith of NBC’s Pro Football Talk.

• New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall told reporters he would rather have Ryan Fitzpatrick or Geno Smith as the team’s starting quarterback than Colin Kaepernick.

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