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Notes: ESPN to televise first NFL playoff game

An NFL playoff game will air on cable for the first time this season.

The league said Tuesday that a wild-card matchup will be broadcast on ESPN in January. As with ‘‘Monday Night Football,’’ the game will be simulcast on local channels in the teams’ home markets.

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In the NFL’s new TV deals that start with the 2014 season, NBC exchanged one of its wild-card matchups for one in the divisional round. It hasn’t been determined yet whether NBC will show an AFC or NFC game in January.

Schedule out tonight

The NFL will release its regular-season schedule on Wednesday night.

Among the highlight games is a Super Bowl rematch, Denver at Seattle.

Three games scheduled for London have already been announced: Dolphins-Raiders on Sept. 28, Lions-Falcons on Oct. 26, and Cowboys-Jaguars on Nov. 9.

Suspension for Hill?

A person with knowledge of the situation said that Giants safety Will Hill is facing a possible third suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The person, who requested anonymity because the allegations have not been publicly disclosed, confirmed Monday that Hill, 24, failed another drug test.

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Hill could face a suspension of six games to a year, depending on what the tests showed.

Hill was suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season for using a performance-enhancing drug, which he said was Adderall. He was suspended for the first four games last season for using marijuana, which he said was to relieve stress.

Nonissue to Snyder

Redskins owner Dan Snyder said Tuesday it’s time for people to ‘‘focus on reality’’ concerning Native American matters instead of criticizing the team’s nickname.

‘‘We understand the issues out there, and we’re not an issue,’’ Snyder said. ‘‘The real issues are real-life issues, real-life needs, and I think it’s time that people focus on reality.’’

Challenged by those who consider the name ‘‘Redskins’’ offensive, Snyder and his staff recently traveled to Native American reservations and last month established a foundation to assist American Indian tribes. He had declined requests to answer questions about the foundation until Tuesday.

Bowl aid denied

After months of bipartisan support in both Arizona legislative chambers, a bill that would have helped the city of Glendale cover public safety costs during next year’s Super Bowl failed Tuesday in the Senate. The Senate voted, 16-10, against House Bill 2547.

Glendale officials say previous threats to safety at other athletic venues, such as the Boston Marathon bombings, have increased security costs. They estimate the city will spend $3.2 million on public safety for the Super Bowl on Feb. 1. It spent $2.3 million for that purpose for the 2008 Super Bowl.

Mayor Jerry Weiers of Glendale has said the city cannot afford to cover those costs on its own, and it might not be able to host a Super Bowl in the future if there is no assistance.

Jaguar had stroke

Former Jaguars linebacker Russell Allen will retire after suffering a concussion and a stroke in a game last December. Allen told MMQB.si.com that he has a dead spot — no bigger than a dime — on his cerebellum. The cerebellum controls motor movement and coordination. The Jaguars released Allen last week after his personal physician consulted with Jacksonville’s medical staff before a scheduled physical. The Jaguars declined comment Tuesday, citing medical privacy laws. ‘‘I told my story so athletes understand you can’t ignore head injuries,’’ Allen posted on his Twitter page Tuesday. ‘‘If you’re not sure you have one, then you do. Report it immediately.’’ . . . The Steelers picked up the 2015 option on defensive end Cam Heyward, who had five sacks in a breakout 2013 season. He was the 31st overall pick in 2011 . . . According to the league, a record 30 prospects will attend next month’s draft in New York. All are expected to be selected in the first three rounds.

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