Panthers coach Ron Rivera isn't concerned about job

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Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he’s “not concerned” about his job security following Carolina’s latest fourth quarter collapse.

The Panthers blew a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears Sunday before losing 23-22 on a last-second field goal by Robbie Gould.

It marked the fourth consecutive game Carolina (1-6) has lost after leading in the fourth quarter.

Rivera says “if you start to worry (about your job) and you play for the wrong reasons you’re not going to give yourself a chance” and “when the moment comes to be concerned, or not be concerned, I’ll go from there.”

BRONCOS: Peyton Manning wasn’t seriously injured on a hard hit by New Orleans Saints defensive end Martez Wilson.

The Broncos are expected to have the NFL look at the play from Sunday night’s game in which Manning banged his right thumb on Wilson’s helmet just before the crown of that helmet hit the quarterback in the chin.

Although no flag was thrown, it was similar to the illegal hit that cost Broncos linebacker Joe Mays a $50,000 fine and a one-game suspension last month for blasting Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub.

Manning acknowledged he was “probably a little bit lucky.”

TRADE DEADLINE: The NFL moved its trade deadline back two days to Thursday because of potential complications from Hurricane Sandy.

All 32 teams were notified Monday that the league’s offices would be closed through today because of the storm.

The deadline now is 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, when waivers for vested veterans also begin.

COLTS: Coach Chuck Pagano made it back to the team complex for a short staff meeting Monday.

It’s the first time Pagano has been back since being diagnosed with a form of leukemia Sept. 26.

CHIEFS: Quarterback Brady Quinn is being evaluated for a possible concussion and his status for Thursday night’s game at San Diego won’t be known until later in the week.

Coach Romeo Crennel said Monday that Quinn will start against the Chargers if he’s cleared to play.


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