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NFL Notes: Reconstruction of Broncos, Manning begins

DENVER -- Peyton Manning swears he's not 100 percent yet. The Denver Broncos swear it doesn't matter. He looks fine to them.

And they're pinning their hopes on the 36-year-old quarterback who missed all of last season with the Colts, who released him in March, setting off the biggest free agent scramble in NFL history.

In the six offseason practices the Broncos opened to the media, Manning looked like he'd never missed a beat, hitting the open man short and long with touch passes or blistering fastballs.

There is no question about his arm strength, only about his timing with his new targets.

Coach John Fox said he's seen very little rust and nary a hint of trouble with Manning's right arm, so it's full speed ahead leading up to the preseason opener on Aug. 9 against Chicago.

Checking out last month's mandatory minicamp was Tom Moore, Manning's offensive coordinator for all but one season when the two were in Indianapolis.

"Watching these three days, he looked excellent to me," Moore said.

Manning has shown no ill effects of the nerve issue that caused weakness in his throwing arm last year, required four neck operations, including a fusion.

"We don't think about the injury anymore," said receiver Brandon Stokley, who played with Manning in Indianapolis. "And I'm not sure he does, either."

Steelers, Tomlin agree to extension

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have ended at least one contract distraction before training camp starts.

The team and coach Mike Tomlin agreed to an extension on Tuesday that will keep him on the sideline through at least 2016. Financial terms were not disclosed. Tomlin's previous deal expired at the end of the 2013 season.

The 40-year-old Tomlin, a surprise choice to replace Bill Cowher following the 2006 season, is 55-25 with the Steelers, winning three AFC North titles, two AFC championships and the 2009 Super Bowl.

Bryant's attorney: WR not guilty of crime

DALLAS -- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant's attorney says Bryant and his mother can work out any differences through counseling.

Authorities say Angela Bryant called 911 after a July 14 incident in which her son hit her with a hat and grabbed her shirt, causing it to tear. Dez Bryant was arrested two days later. His mother has told authorities she doesn't want to pursue the case.

Dallas prosecutors are currently considering a misdemeanor family violence case against Dez Bryant.

Dez and Angela Bryant attended a Tuesday press conference held by attorney Royce West, but did not speak. West said his client was not guilty of anything criminal and that both Dez and Angela Bryant love each other.

The NFL and the Cowboys have declined to comment.

Rivera expects Bell to be Panthers' starting RT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera says second-year player Byron Bell will be the team's starting right tackle when training camp begins Saturday in Spartanburg, S.C.

That news comes one day after the Panthers traded former first-round draft pick Jeff Otah to the New York Jets for a conditional late-round 2013 pick. Otah had missed 31 of the last 35 games with knee injuries.

Bell, an undrafted rookie from New Mexico, stepped in last season and started 12 games, helping quarterback Cam Newton earn AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Bell struggled with penalties but still earned Rivera's respect.