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NFL notes: Jennings back at Packers' practice

For the first time since injuring his knee last month, Greg Jennings was able to run routes against the Green Bay Packers' defense in practice — an indication that the Pro Bowl wide receiver is on track to return for the playoffs.

"Running out there, running routes on air (by yourself), anybody can do that," Jennings said. "When you have a guy leaning on you and trying to jam you and reacting to it, you're kind of going to instinctively react, instead of strategically going about something. And that was huge for me to know that I can just react and respond to a guy up in my face and be able to still beat the jam and try to kick it into another gear when the ball's in the air."

Jennings tore his left medial collateral ligament in the Packers' Dec. 11 victory over Oakland, and sat out the final three games of the regular season.

■ Casinos in Las Vegas think Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have a better shot at winning the Super Bowl than Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos have of getting past the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend.

Oddsmakers at Cantor Gaming have the Packers as 9-5 favorites to win the Super Bowl on Feb. 5, and the Broncos as 120-1 underdogs to win the NFL title.

Around the league

Colts: Bill Polian made one big mistake in Indianapolis: Not having an adequate backup for Peyton Manning.

It cost the Colts vice chairman and his son their jobs.

"I've always told the staff that our approach should be to hope for the best but plan for the worst, and I didn't do an adequate enough job of planning for the circumstances we were in," Polian said Wednesday in a phone interview. "It led to this catastrophe."

Jets: Rookie quarterback Greg McElroy says there was a "corrupt mind-set" in the locker room during a disappointing season, and the team included some "extremely selfish individuals."

The Jets' seventh-round pick out of Alabama told 97.3 The Zone in Birmingham on Wednesday that New York's locker room was "definitely not a fun place to be, I can assure you." McElroy missed the season with a thumb injury, but was around the team throughout as it finished 8-8 and failed to make the playoffs.

Jaguars: Jacksonville officially transferred ownership from Wayne Weaver to Shahid Khan on Wednesday. Weaver agreed to sell the franchise to Khan on Nov. 29 for $770 million.

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