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NFL NOTEBOOK: BRUSCHI INJURY LOOKS BETTER.

Byline: Daily News Staff and Wire Services

Tedy Bruschi's injured right leg had improved Thursday, but secrecy surrounded the Super Bowl status of the New England Patriots linebacker.

``He's feeling a lot better than he was on Monday,'' New England coach Bill Belichick said. ``We'll just take it day to day.''

All season, players have followed Belichick's policy of giving few details about injuries. The Patriots announced only that Bruschi, a defensive captain and the team's second-leading tackler, had a leg injury.

Bruschi was hurt on an incomplete pass in the final minutes of New England's 24-14 victory over Indianapolis in the AFC championship game and was helped off the field.

Bruschi wouldn't say whether he has a chance to play in the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 against Carolina.

``I can't let you in on anything,'' Bruschi said Thursday. ``I'm sorry. You know how we deal with things around here, and I follow the rule.

``I'm glad I have two weeks, You always say a bye is good to heal your bumps and bruises and, obviously, I've got some.''

--No trip for McNabb: Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb, who injured his ribs in the Eagles' NFC title-game loss to Carolina, dropped out of the Pro Bowl and was replaced by St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger.

Bulger and Seattle's Matt Hasselbeck will back up starter Daunte Culpepper of Minnesota.

Green Bay's Brett Favre pulled out of the game because of the broken thumb he dealt with for much of the season.

--L.A. update: NFL officials will meet today with local stadium groups as the league continues to assess three sites for a possible return to Los Angeles.

League executives, attorneys and stadium-construction consultants will meet with Rose Bowl and Coliseum officials this morning. Officials with the city of Carson also are continuing meetings with the league, according to a member of the city manager's office.

The meetings, which have taken place on a monthly basis since September, are considered routine, and nothing of consequence is expected to come from them.

- Billy Witz

--Steelers settle down: Bill Cowher completed the largest restructuring of his staff in 12 years as Pittsburgh's coach by hiring four assistant coaches and promoting another.

Two of the new assistants have college head-coaching experience: Bruce Arians at Temple, and Mark Whipple at Massachusetts.

Arians, fired after three seasons as the Cleveland Browns' offensive coordinator, will coach wide receivers. Whipple will coach quarterbacks.

Cowher also hired James Daniel, who spent the past seven seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, as his tight ends coach, and former Lions assistant Ray Horton as the assistant defensive-backs coach. Darren Perry, the former Steelers safety who held that job last season, was promoted to defensive backs coach.

--More assistant shuffling: New Buffalo coach Mike Mularkey added another assistant to his staff, hiring Eric Studesville to be the running backs coach. ...

New York Jets coach Herman Edwards interviewed Philadelphia assistant Ron Rivera for the team's vacant defensive coordinator position. Two other assistants also are in the running for the job: Baltimore secondary coach Donnie Henderson and former Giants defensive coordinator Johnnie Lynn. Both already have interviewed.

--Signings: Tight end Boo Williams, eligible to be a restricted free agent, agreed to a three-year contract with New Orleans.

Terry Fair, a first-round draft pick and former Detroit starting cornerback who sat out last season, signed a $535,000, one-year contract with Pittsburgh.

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Date:Jan 23, 2004
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