Packers tickets available
The teams have until Friday afternoon to sell approximately 3,000 tickets. The Colts play the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday and the Bengals face the San Diego Chargers on Sunday in the AFC. The Packers entertain the San Francisco 49ers in an NFC game on Sunday.
The last playoff blackout came 12 years ago for a Miami Dolphins home game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Bridgewater and Jay-Z?
Potential No. 1 draft pick Teddy Bridgewater is considering picking Roc Nation Sports and rapper Jay-Z to represent him.
Bridgewater, the record-setting Louisville quarterback, will enter the 2014 NFL Draft after leading the Cardinals, though an official announcement was not made. NFLDraftScout.com ranks Bridgewater as the No. 1 overall pick in the May draft and the top quarterback prospect. In three years at Louisville, he passed for 9,817 yards with 72 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.
Eifert expected back
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert returned to practice Thursday as the team prepares for its first-round playoff game Sunday against the visiting San Diego Chargers.
Eifert had been nursing a neck injury, and his return gives the Bengals a full complement at that position. Jermaine Gresham (hamstring) came back to practice on Wednesday.
The Bengals played without Eifert and Gresham in Week 17 in their 34-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Eifert has been out since suffering a stinger in Week 16.
Brown to interview McDaniels
The Cleveland Browns will interview New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on Saturday, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Thursday.
The interview is expected to take place in the New England area. Under league rules, only assistants with teams that earned byes in the first week may interview — but not offered a new job — for vacant head coaching positions.
Rob Chudzinski was fired Sunday night after going 4-12 and finishing on a seven-game losing streak in his only season as head coach.
Giants’ Gilbride retires
New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride announced his retirement on Thursday after nearly 40 years in coaching.
The 62-year-old Gilbride spent the past 10 years with the Giants on coach Tom Coughlin’s staff and 39 years overall in the NFL with the Houston Oilers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers.