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Kanell: Hit Tom Brady often and late if need to

Former Florida State quarterback Danny Kanell, now a college football TV analyst, has a suggestion for the Broncos in today's AFC Championship Game against the Patriots.

Hit Tom Brady, hard. If it's after the whistle, so be it.

Kanell said Friday on his ESPN radio show that it would be worth a couple of penalties.

"I think they have to have two personal foul calls, like 15-yarders against Brady," Kanell said. "I almost feel like this is the type of game where you have to send a message like in the first and second quarter, the first half, hit him a couple of times where it's a little past the whistle."

Kanell said he doesn't suggest the Broncos should intentionally injure Brady.

Benson suit: A lawsuit in Texas involving New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson and control of a nearly $1 billion family estate trust was settled Friday, the San Antonio Express-News reported, averting a civil trial. Terms are confidential.

Gaffney arrest: Former Florida wide receiver Jabar Gaffney, who played for five teams in 11 NFL seasons, was arrested Friday in Sumter County on drug charges, including one felony possession count, the Florida Times-Union reported. Gaffney, 35, was released on $7,000 bail.

Cowboys: Quarterback Tony Romo said he's scheduled to have a CT scan on his left collarbone this week. Romo missed all but four games this season with a broken clavicle.

49ers: The team hired former Bucs linebacker Hardy Nickerson as linebackers coach. Nickerson had the same role on Lovie Smith's staff the past two years in Tampa Bay. His son Hardy Nickerson Jr. plays football at California; its Berkeley campus is about 15 miles from San Francisco.

Kanell: Hit Tom Brady often and late if need to 01/23/16 [Last modified: Saturday, January 23, 2016 9:38pm]
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