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NBC, CBS to share Thursday in 2016

Thursday Night Football will air on both CBS and NBC next season.

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The NFL announced Monday that it had agreed to a two-year deal with the networks. CBS aired games in partnership with NFL Network the past two seasons.

CBS paid $300 million for Thursday rights this season. Under the new contracts, CBS and NBC will pay $225 million each, or $45 million a game.

Those games will again be simulcast on NFL Network, which will still televise eight games exclusively.

NFL executive vice president for media Brian Rolapp said thought was given to continuing with a single network. "But there was clearly demand, and when we started looking at two partners, that become our priority," he said.

Injury survey: An Associated Press survey conducted this season and released Sunday indicated that less than half of the players asked — 39 of 100 — said they are more worried about the long-term effects of concussions than those of other injuries. "Personally, I don't think about head injuries. They don't affect me," said Nikita Whitlock, a Giants special teamer. "I wonder: What are my joints going to be like in 20 years? How will my knees hold up in 20 years?" But stories about the effects of repeated concussions, and in some cases CTE, gave some veterans pause. Eight-year defensive end Chris Long said: "I try not to think about it, but the evidence seems to be mounting that we're in trouble. Eight years in, the damage is done."

Manziel boycott: Tired of Johnny Manziel's off-field transgressions, the latest being a possible assault of his ex-girlfriend over the weekend in Texas, Browns fans started a "Johnny Free February" movement on Twitter. "I'm done with him," said Chris McNeil, a Browns fan whose 8-year-old daughter, Riley, had the idea for a social media boycott. As of Monday morning, McNeil said more than 1,000 people signed up with some using #JohnnyFreeFebruary.

Gig for Golden: Former Miami Hurricanes coach Al Golden was named Lions tight ends coach.

Tuck retiring: Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck is retiring at 32. "I've had 11 great years and, honestly, I leave with very few regrets," Tuck wrote on Facebook. He played his first nine seasons with the Giants including two Super Bowl titles.

Cardinals: Tight end Darren Fells re-signed to a one-year contract.

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