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Report: Bengals' Palmer will retire if he isn't traded

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer removed his helmet after watching Tampa Bay's field goal to win the game. Palmer threw three interceptions in the loss.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer removed his helmet after watching Tampa Bay's field goal to win the game. Palmer threw three interceptions in the loss.

An ESPN report citing anonymous sources said quarterback Carson Palmer will ask the Cincinnati Bengals to trade him and will contemplate retirement if he does not get his wish.

The report said Palmer was unavailable for comment as he and his wife, Shaelynn, were awaiting the birth of their third child.

A Bengals spokesman had no comment. The team has Palmer under contract through 2014.

Byrd honorary captain

A week after the New York Jets carried his jersey to midfield, former defensive end Dennis Byrd joined them as an honorary captain for the coin toss before the AFC championship game against the Steelers.

Former Super Bowl winners Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier were honorary captains for Pittsburgh.

Byrd's career ended in 1992, when he broke his neck in a collision with a teammate in a game, leaving him temporarily paralyzed. Three months later, he walked on crutches to a news conference at his hospital in Manhattan.

He gave an emotional speech the night before New York's 28-21 victory at New England last Sunday, and the jersey torn from his torso more than 18 years ago hung in the Jets' locker room during the game.

Three up for Man of Year

Oakland cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, Chicago defensive lineman Israel Idonije and Minnesota safety Madieu Williams are the nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

The award, announced at the Super Bowl, is the only league honor that recognizes a player's community service as well as his playing excellence.

The most recent winners have been Brian Waters, Kurt Warner and Jason Taylor.

Dockett added to Pro Bowl

Arizona defensive tackle Darnell Dockett was added to the NFC Pro Bowl team as a replacement for Minnesota's Kevin Williams, himself a replacement for Detroit's Ndamukong Suh. Williams' wife is expecting a child. Suh has a shoulder injury.

Dockett had 52 tackles, five sacks and one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in 15 games.

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