CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers coach Ron Rivera says defensive end Jared Allen has been ruled out for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Cardinals with a foot injury.
Kony Ealy will start in his place.
Allen expressed frustration over the decision as he walked out of the locker room, saying he was "disappointed" and feels healthy enough to play.
"Not happy, plain and simple. I'm ready to rock," Allen, 33, said. "Coach's decision, gotta live with it."
Rivera says it was a difficult decision, adding he thinks Allen is a "warrior."
Allen broke a bone in his foot Sunday in the fourth quarter of Carolina's 31-24 win over Seattle.
Lynch decision: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch might be "leaning toward retirement," general manager John Schneider said in two radio interviews. Schneider told KIRO-AM, then KJR-AM that he believes Lynch is leaning toward calling it a career after an injury-filled 2015 season.
One coordinator in, one out: On the day he named Curtis Modkins as his offensive coordinator, new 49ers coach Chip Kelly fired defensive coordinator Eric Mangini after one season.
FanDuel deal: The Players Association and daily sports fantasy website FanDuel are teaming up. Active players can participate in FanDuel's product marketing and promotions under a multiyear partnership. State legislatures across the country are grappling with the legality of daily fantasy sports.
Draft entries: Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry and Ohio State stars Joey Bosa and Ezekiel Elliott are among 96 players granted early entry into this spring's draft, the second most ever. Clearance was granted to 11 other players who graduated with eligibility remaining, including Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo. In 2014, 98 players came out early.
Ansah and Co. help Flint: Lions defensive lineman Ziggy Ansah and several teammates spent nearly two hours unloading more than 40,000 bottles of clean water in Flint, Mich., and delivering some to a community center. Ansah plans to help get more bottles of in the next couple of weeks to Flint, which has dealt with high levels of poisonous lead in its water for more than a year in a crisis that only recently made national headlines.
Browns: Ray Horton was named defensive coordinator, the biggest post filled among the 10 assistants named to new coach Hue Jackson's staff. Horton was Tennessee's defensive coordinator the past two seasons. Kirby Wilson, who was the running backs coach for the Bucs when they won the Super Bowl in the 2002 season, was named to the same post in Cleveland.
Cardinals: Receiver Larry Fitzgerald was fined $23.152 for an illegal blindside block in last week's playoff victory over Green Bay.
Giants: Quarterback Eli Manning was picked for the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement for Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder).
Jaguars: Defensive line coach Todd Wash was promoted to defensive coordinator. Wash was a Bucs assistant from 2007-10, the final three seasons as the defensive line coach.
Patriots: Danny Amendola was fined $23,152 for a blindside block during a punt in last week's playoff victory over the Chiefs. Amendola lowered his head and gave Kansas City's Jamell Fleming a hit to the shoulder and head, drawing a flag for unnecessary roughness. Patriots coach Bill Belichick defended the hit, saying this week, "It was a legal play. We're allowed to block him."
Obituary: George Boone, who was the Cardinals' director of player personnel from 1973-91 among other posts, died on Sunday, the Courier-Journal in his hometown of Louisville, Ky., reported. He was 77. No details of his death were given.