NFL Notebook (Jan. 7): Possible Cleveland coaching candidate remains hospitalized

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians remained at a Baltimore hospital on Monday as doctors waited for his blood pressure to stabilize.

Arians missed Sunday's playoff loss to the Ravens because of an undisclosed illness. Quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen called the plays in Arians' absence.

A team spokesman says all the tests on Arians came back negative and doctors want him to stay until his blood pressure stabilized. Players say they were told the same thing during their final team meeting of the season Monday morning.

Arians became the Colts' interim coach when coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia in late September. Arians went 9-3 in 12 games.

Indy has already given Arians permission to interview for head coaching jobs in Chicago and Philadelphia.

Redskins' RG3 to have more tests on ACL

ASHBURN, Va. -- Robert Griffin III will get more tests on his injured right knee after an MRI proved inconclusive because of a previous ACL tear.

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that the rookie quarterback will travel Tuesday to see orthopedist James Andrews for more examinations.

Griffin tore his ACL while playing at Baylor in 2009, and Shanahan said sometimes an old injury can cloud the results of an MRI.

If Griffin has torn the ACL again, he would likely require a rehabilitation period of nine to 12 months, putting his status for next season in jeopardy.

Griffin reinjured his knee twice in Sunday's playoff loss to Seattle.

Eagles receive permission to talk with Jay Gruden

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles have received permission to interview Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden for their coaching vacancy.

Gruden, the younger brother of Jon Gruden, just finished his second season with the Bengals. He previously served as an offensive assistant on his brother's staff in Tampa Bay from 2002-08. Jay Gruden also coached several years in the AFL, winning the Arena Bowl title twice.

The Eagles have already interviewed five candidates to replace Andy Reid, who was fired after 14 seasons. They're planning to meet with Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians this week.

Philadelphia interviewed Atlanta assistants Mike Nolan and Keith Armstrong, Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and Penn State coach Bill O'Brien and Oregon's Chip Kelly. O'Brien and Kelly returned to their schools.

Cavanaugh won't return as Jets' QBs coach

NEW YORK -- Matt Cavanaugh will not return as the New York Jets' quarterbacks coach after four seasons with the team.

Cavanaugh's contract was due to expire in a few weeks and he was told Monday he would not be part of Rex Ryan's staff next season. Cavanaugh was responsible for the development of Mark Sanchez, who took a step back in his fourth season and was benched late in the year.

The Daily News first reported that Cavanaugh would not be back.

It is the first of many likely changes on Ryan's staff. Special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff retired, and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine turned down a contract extension earlier in the season. Offensive coordinator Tony Sparano might be out after one season.

Colts sign 7 players to futures contracts

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts have signed seven players to futures contracts.

Two of Indy's seventh-round draft choices last year -- offensive lineman Justin Anderson and quarterback Chandler Harnish, the last pick in the draft -- were re-signed.

The other players Indy signed are cornerback Marshay Green, tight end Dominique Jones, linebacker Shawn Loiseau, running back Davin Meggett and linebacker Monte Simmons. All of those players except Anderson also were on Indy's practice squad last week.

Anderson started the season on the physically unable to perform list. He was moved to the practice squad/injured list on Dec. 11.

Indy (11-6) ended its season Sunday with a 24-9 loss at Baltimore in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

Owner says Dolphins have keepers at coach and QB

DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says years of instability in the coaching and quarterback jobs are over, and the team's losing should end soon, too.

Speaking with reporters Monday, Ross says he was pleased with the work of first-year coach Joe Philbin and rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, even though the Dolphins went 7-9 to finish below .500 for the fourth consecutive season.

Philbin was hired a year ago as a first-time head coach -- and Miami's seventh coach in eight years -- after Ross unsuccessfully courted Jim Harbaugh in 2011 and Jeff Fisher in early 2012. While Philbin wasn't the first choice, Ross said he was impressed by the coach's organizational skills and the way he followed through on the plan he set before the season.

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