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Marty ball: Jets' Ryan sends gift

Baltimore Sun

Jets coach Rex Ryan sent a game ball to former coach Marty Schottenheimer after last weekend's playoff upset of the San Diego Chargers, the team that fired the father of New York's offensive coordinator following a 14-2 regular season.

Brian Schottenheimer said he was touched when he learned of his boss' gesture Tuesday - and joked that it didn't even occur to him to do it.

Marty Schottenheimer was fired in February 2007 after the Chargers lost their first playoff game despite having the NFL's best record that season. He had 35 wins and two AFC West titles in his last three seasons in San Diego, where his son was quarterbacks coach from 2002 to 2005.

In other Jets news, defensive end Shaun Ellis has returned to practice on a limited basis with a broken left hand.

Ellis, one of the Jets' top pass rushers, was injured early in the team's victory at San Diego. He missed practice Wednesday but was on the field in a cast Thursday and is expected to play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC title game.

Safety Kerry Rhodes bumped his knee and was limited during practice, as were linebackers Bart Scott (left ankle), a former Raven, and David Harris (right ankle). All are expected to play.

COWBOYS: Coach Wade Phillips has a new two-year contract, a deal indicating that owner Jerry Jones is encouraged yet not satisfied. "This contract represents that," Jones said after signing Phillips through the 2011 season. "Two years in the NFL is an eternity, but it has to be urgent and it has to be addressed as if there is no tomorrow. ... It addresses the urgency of where we want to go from here."

REDSKINS: Chris Foerster was named offensive line coach, replacing the retired Joe Bugel. The team also added two other assistants to coach Mike Shanahan's staff: defensive line coach Jacob Burney and defensive backs coach Bob Slowik.

VIKINGS: Defensive tackle Kevin Williams and defensive end Ray Edwards missed their second consecutive practice because of knee troubles. Wide receiver-kick returner Percy Harvin ( migraine headache) also was not present.

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