Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is making excellent progress since back surgery and will soon move into the next stage of his rehabilitation, according to a Dallas Morning News report.
Romo had surgery to relieve the pressure of a herniated disk on Dec. 27, two days before the Cowboys' regular season ended with a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17.
The newspaper reported Romo likely will be cleared for low-impact work in the next week or two. Romo has been limited to basic core and stabilization exercises to bolster strength and flexibility in his lower back.
---Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito has taken to Twitter to complain about the delayed findings of an NFL investigation into bullying allegations.
It was announced Wednesday that the report involving Incognito and former teammate Jonathan Martin will not be available until next week.
"Paul, Weiss, Rifkind -- Really taking your time on this one," Incognito tweeted, in reference to the firm for which investigator Ted Wells works. "Not like my career and life have been in the balance for 3 months."
According to ProFootballTalk, Incognito also tweeted -- then deleted -- a direct shot at agent Kenny Zuckerman, who represents Martin.
"Jon martin's agent is Kenny Zuckerman at priority sports," Incognito tweeted, per a source. "Let's just say he's not very 'trustworthy.' He screwed (Martin)."
---While there will be much debate until the NFL Draft in May over who should be the No. 1 pick, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney believes he already has the answer.
"Coming out of high school, I told myself I wanted to go into the draft and to be the No. 1 pick," Clowney told ESPN on Thursday. "I worked hard to get to this point in my life where I gave myself a great chance to go No. 1 in the draft and hopefully I will get to be No. 1. I'm going to try to prove myself at the combine and hopefully just go up from there."
NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang projects Clowney as the No. 1 pick in his mock draft and Dane Brugler puts him No. 2 behind Bortles.
---Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine named 11 more assistants to his initial coaching staff.
Pettine on Wednesday named George DeLeone assistant offensive line coach, Chris DiSanto assistant strength and conditioning coach, Richard Hightower offensive quality control coach, Dowell Loggains quarterbacks coach, Derik Keyes assistant strength and conditioning coach, Mike McDaniel wide receivers coach, Andy Moeller offensive line coach, Wilbert Montgomery running backs coach, Paul Ricci strength and conditioning coach, Tony Tuioti defensive quality control coach and Anthony Weaver defensive line coach.
---University of Pittsburgh assistant coach Bobby Engram will join the Baltimore Ravens as wide receivers coach, CoachingSearch.com reported Thursday.
This news comes one day after the Ravens hired Wisconsin running backs coach Thomas Hammock for the same position.
Engram, 41, spent 14 years in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs, catching 650 passes. He spent a year with the San Francisco 49ers as an assistant before joining the Pitt staff in 2012.
---The Minnesota Vikings on Thursday announced the 17 assistants on new coach Mike Zimmer's staff, including holdover and special teams coordinator Mike Priefer.
Priefer returns from the old staff after allegations by former punter Chris Kluwe that Priefer used homophobic language in Kluwe's presence during the 2012 season. Priefer denied the allegations.
Norv Turner will be the offensive coordinator with his son Scott at quarterbacks coach and Kirby Wilson coaching the running backs. They will join offensive line coach Jeff Davidson, wide receivers coach George Stewart, tight ends coach Kevin Stefanski and assistant wide receivers coach Klint Kubiak, all of whom were on the staff in 2013.
Defensive coordinator George Edwards will be joined by former Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, who will work with the defensive backs. Assistant defensive backs coach Jonathan Gannon also joins the team from Tennessee. Andre Patterson returns for a second stint as the team's defensive line coach and Adam Zimmer, the son of the head coach, will coach the linebackers. Assistant defensive line coach Robb Akey and coaching assistant Drew Petzing are also new additions to the staff. Assistant special teams coach Ryan Ficken and defensive assistant Jeff Howard both return to the staff.
---The Buffalo Bills named Rob Moore, who spent the past four seasons as the wide receivers coach for Syracuse, to the same position on Thursday.
Moore, 45, will enter his first season in the NFL coaching ranks, joining head coach Doug Marrone's staff. Prior to his coaching stint at Syracuse, Moore was the wide receivers coach for Phoenix Junior College in 2009.
---The New York Jets announced the hiring of LSU assistant coach Thomas McGaughey as their new special teams coordinator.
McGaughey joins coach Rex Ryan's staff to replace Ben Kotwica, who was hired by the Washington Redskins last month in the same position. McGaughey finished his third season as LSU's special teams coordinator. Before that, he was with the New York Giants for four seasons as their assistant special teams coordinator.
---New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton announced the hiring of Mike Neu as quarterbacks coach,