Friday, April 18, 2014
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NFL: Harvin receives OK for Super Bowl

With all the setbacks Percy Harvin has faced in his first season with Seattle, it would be easy to dwell on the problems.

Harvin is trying not to linger on the past, whether it was his hip surgery and recovery that kept him out of 15 of 16 regular-season games or the concussion that left him a spectator for the NFC championship game.

Not with the Seahawks headed for a Super Bowl matchup against Denver.

"It's been a roller coaster, but it's all been a blessing. I wouldn't take anything back that happened this year. It's made me a stronger person," Harvin said Thursday. "It's definitely been frustrating for a lot of people, not only myself but my teammates."

Harvin returned to practice Wednesday after passing the league's concussion protocol following the concussion he suffered in the NFC divisional playoff game against New Orleans. NFL.com reported on Thursday that he has been cleared to play against the Broncos in the Super Bowl.

Jail time in Taylor murder

The man who prosecutors say fired the shot that killed Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor during a botched 2007 burglary was sentenced Thursday to more than 57 years in state prison.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy imposed the sentence on Eric Rivera, 23, one of five Fort Myers-area men charged with Taylor's death after they broke into his house looking to steal cash. One has pleaded guilty and three others are still awaiting trial.

Rivera confessed to police on videotape that he shot Taylor after the NFL player confronted them at his bedroom door with a machete.

Munchak joins Steelers

The Steelers hired former Titans boss Mike Munchak as their new offensive line coach.

Munchak replaces Jack Bicknell Jr., who was let go after just one season with the Steelers.

Munchak, a Hall of Fame guard during his 12-year playing career with the Houston Oilers, went 22-26 in three seasons with Tennessee. He was fired by the Titans on Jan. 4 over a disagreement with upper management on which direction to take the franchise.

The 53-year-old Munchak served as Tennessee's offensive line coach from 1997 to 2010. He was reportedly a candidate to replace Bill O'Brien at Penn State. Munchak grew up in Scranton and played at Penn State before heading to the NFL.

Associated Press
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