NFL Notes: Jets agree to terms with Ed Reed

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NFL Notes: Jets agree to terms with Ed Reed
November 14, 2013, 12:15 pm
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The Houston Texans released safety Ed Reed on Tuesday. (AP)

Updated: 1:40 p.m.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets and nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed have agreed to terms on a contract, reuniting coach Rex Ryan with one of his favorite players.

The 35-year-old Reed was released Tuesday by Houston, cleared waivers Wednesday and joined the Jets a day later. He was at the team's facility Thursday and expected to practice with his new Jets teammates.

Ryan coached Reed for several years in Baltimore. He acknowledged Wednesday that he and general manager John Idzik discussed the possibility of adding him.

Reed missed the Texans' first two games after hip surgery and was recently relegated to a backup role, making just 16 tackles. He was unhappy about not starting and criticized the team for being outplayed and outcoached after the Texans' seventh straight loss last Sunday.

Broncos: Peyton Manning practices
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Peyton Manning is back on the practice field for the Denver Broncos as they prepare for an AFC West showdown against Kansas City.

The Denver quarterback missed Wednesday's practice while his sore right ankle heals, but he was out with his teammates and in uniform Thursday.

Manning had an MRI on Monday that revealed no further damage to the ankle. Broncos interim coach Jack Del Rio said Manning will play for certain Sunday night when Denver (8-1) meets Kansas City (9-0) with first place in the division on the line.

Manning said sitting out of practice was not his preference but something he had to do in the best interest of the team.

Packers: Injured Finley plans to have surgery
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Packers tight end Jermichael Finley plans to have spinal fusion surgery and intends to play football again.

Finley's agent, Blake Baratz, said Thursday that Finley has been working with the Packers organization in determining what's best after suffering a neck injury last month in a game against the Browns.

Baratz said it was collectively determined that surgery may not be 100 percent necessary, but is a "proactive measure that should alleviate future risks with regards to a similar episode or re-injury."

The statement said Finley's long-term health is the primary concern, and that Finley intends to resume playing again after surgery to be performed by the Pittsburgh Steelers team neurosurgeon. No timeline for surgery was given.

Browns: Proposal revealed to upgrade stadium
CLEVELAND -- They've boosted their reputation and improved their record.

Now the Browns want to upgrade their stadium.

Days away from playing their biggest game in years, the NFL team unveiled plans Wednesday to modernize FirstEnergy Stadium with a two-year, $120 million renovation project.

Browns CEO Joe Banner said the club will present its proposal, which includes the installation of new, high-definition video scoreboards, escalators and a reduction of 3,000 seats, to the city's planning commission on Thursday. The Browns also will meet with Mayor Frank Jackson and city officials about approval and funding for the project.

Banner wouldn't reveal who would be paying for the endeavor, but promised the Browns "will make a significant investment." The NFL recently approved a $62.5 million loan to the team to be used toward stadium improvements and Banner said all of that money will be applied toward the plan.

It's apparent the Browns will ask the city for some money, but how much is unknown.