After minority candidates were recently shut out by NFL teams for 15 top jobs, the Fritz Pollard Alliance wants the Rooney Rule to include coordinators, assistant head coaches and club president positions. Currently, the rule requires teams to interview minorities for head coaching and general manager vacancies.

The proposal sent Tuesday to league executives came a week after no minorities were hired for eight coaching vacancies and seven general manager openings. There are only four minority head coaches going into the 2013 season, the fewest since 2003.

The Fritz Pollard Alliance is a group of minority coaches, front office and scouting personnel established 10 years ago.

Brady's slide: The NFL is looking into Tom Brady's leg-up slide that hit Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed in the AFC Championship game. Brady, the Patriots quarterback, could be subject to a fine if the league believes he violated any player safety rules in New England's loss Sunday.

As Brady slid at the end of an impromptu run, his upraised leg hit the onrushing Reed, who temporarily limped away. Reed, who was not injured, says Brady attempted to apologize this week for the slide.

Saints: Coach Sean Payton's season-long suspension for his role in the team's bounty program was lifted by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.


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Panthers: Coach Ron Rivera is expected to hire former 49ers quarterback Ken Dorsey, one of Carolina's pro scouts, as his quarterbacks coach, a source with knowledge of the situation told the Charlotte Observer.

Pro Bowl: The fate of the league's all-star game will largely depend on how much effort this year's participants put into the game, said NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ray Anderson. Goodell nearly canceled the game after uninspiring play last year, but it will be held Sunday in Honolulu.

Anderson said the NFL is hoping to decide whether to keep the Pro Bowl by the time it releases next season's schedule in April.

  • Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has been added to the NFC team as an injury replacement for Tony Gonzalez of the Atlanta Falcons.

    ESPN.com and wire services contributed to this report.