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DEBUT OF THE DAY

Former Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks made his NFL analyst debut Thursday on ESPN2's First Take, although he insisted again, on air, that he still wants to play. ESPN's Adam Schefter said Brooks had conversations in the past week with the Bears and Patriots and said, "I think he's still in play, and ESPN might have to look for a new correspondent for First Take in the event that another team makes an offer."

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Cross-promotion of the day

A big chunk of this morning's Today show will come from the new Cowboys Stadium. NBC's Matt Lauer, top left, and Al Roker, bottom left, will be live from the stadium, and - surprise, surprise - Sunday night's football game on NBC is the Giants and Cowboys from Texas. Segments in today's show will be a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium with former Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith and a Lauer interview with owner Jerry Jones.

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