NFL-National Football League roundup

Jan 15 (The Sports Xchange) - Steve Spagnuolo is returning to the New York Giants to serve as their defensive coordinator, the team announced Thursday.

Spagnuolo was the Giants' defensive coordinator from 2007 to 2008 when they won Super Bowl XLII.

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The Washington Redskins tabbed former Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Bill Callahan to be their offensive line coach on Thursday.

He leaves Dallas after his play-calling role was taken away by coach Jason Garrett after one year and given to Scott Linehan, who was promoted to offensive coordinator on Thursday by the Cowboys.

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The Oakland Raiders officially named Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio as their head coach on Thursday.

This will be Del Rio's second tenure as an NFL head coach, having served in that role for the Jacksonville Jaguars for nine seasons from 2003 to 2011. Del Rio spent the past three seasons as defensive coordinator for the Broncos.

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell granted the Indianapolis Colts' request Thursday to place Josh McNary on the league's commissioner exempt list after the backup linebacker was charged with rape of a woman last month.

McNary was charged Wednesday with rape, criminal confinement with bodily injury and battery resulting in bodily injury from an incident in the early morning hours of Dec. 1.

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The Indianapolis Colts signed wide receiver Griff Whalen from the practice squad to the active roster on Thursday.

The Colts also signed defensive end Gannon Conway to the practice squad and placed inside linebacker Josh McNary on the exempt/commissioner permission list.

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Players with NFL experience will have a chance to audition for teams at a veterans combine on March 22 at the Arizona Cardinals' training complex in Phoenix.

The combine will be open to veteran free agents and will include drills, timing and tests similar to the annual NFL combine for draft-eligible players.

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The Denver Broncos interviewed offensive coordinator Adam Gase for their head coaching job, the team announced Thursday.

The 36-year-old Gase came to the Broncos in 2009 and was elevated to offensive coordinator two years ago when Mike McCoy left to become the head coach of the San Diego Chargers.

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The Baltimore Ravens plan to talk to offensive coordinator coach Gary Kubiak to gauge his interest in interviewing for the Denver Broncos' head-coaching position.

The Broncos reportedly submitted a request to the Ravens on Tuesday night to interview Kubiak. The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday that the Ravens have yet to grant the permission, but they wouldn't stand in the way if Kubiak is interested in the job.

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Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was named a Pro Bowl replacement for injured Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones on Thursday.

Sanders becomes the 10th Broncos player on the Pro Bowl roster for the Jan. 25 game in Glendale, Ariz.

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Dennis Thurman reached a contract agreement with the Buffalo Bills on Thursday to become the team's defensive coordinator.

Thurman joins new Bills coach Rex Ryan, under whom Thurman was defensive coordinator for the New York Jets in 2013-14.

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Controversial Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, once named the least favorite personality, was rewarded for his team's long-awaited return to the playoffs this season by being named NFL Executive of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America.

The PFWA also named Arizona's Bruce Arians as Coach of the Year and his former defensive coordinator, Todd Bowles, as Assistant Coach of the Year. This week, Bowles was named head coach of the New York Jets.

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The Minnesota Vikings signed cornerback Jalil Carter to a reserve/future free agent contract Thursday.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Carter spent the 2012-14 seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts and was a member of the 2012 Grey Cup championship team. (Editing by Frank Pingue)