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Notes: Notre Dame’s Kelly met with Eagles

Robert Griffin III hopes to be ready for the ’13 season.
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Robert Griffin III hopes to be ready for the ’13 season.

The Philadelphia Eagles interviewed Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly for their coaching vacancy, a person familiar with the meeting told the Associated Press.

Kelly was the third college coach Philadelphia interviewed since firing Andy Reid on Dec. 31. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to release the information, said the Eagles met with Kelly on Tuesday.

Penn State’s Bill O’Brien and Oregon’s Chip Kelly interviewed with the Eagles last week, but chose to stay at their schools.


General manager Howie Roseman said the Eagles also plan to meet with former Bears coach Lovie Smith on Thursday.

Griffin has surgery

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If Adrian Peterson can do it, maybe Robert Griffin III can, too.

Peterson set an incredible standard this season for NFL players returning from major knee surgery, nearly breaking the NFL single-season rushing record.

Griffin need look nowhere else for an inspiration as the Redskins quarterback begins the road back from an operation Wednesday on two ligaments in his right knee.

Griffin had his lateral collateral ligament repaired and his ACL reconstructed for a second time. The surgery was performed in Florida by orthopedist James Andrews, who was optimistic that Griffin would be back on the field this fall.


‘‘We expect a full recovery, and it is everybody’s hope and belief that due to Robert’s high motivation, he will be ready for the 2013 season,’’ Andrews said in a statement released by the Redskins.

2 teams hire GMs

Two teams filled general manager vacancies. The Panthers hired former Giants senior pro personnel analyst David Gettleman, who spent 13 seasons with the Giants as their director of pro personnel prior to taking over last year as the senior pro personnel analyst. And the Chargers tabbed Tom Telesco from the Colts to replace A.J. Smith. Telesco spent the last 15 seasons with the Colts, most recently as vice president of football operations . . . The Jets are expanding their search for a new GM, setting up interviews with Miami assistant GM Brian Gaine, Pittsburgh executive Omar Khan, former Chicago GM Jerry Angelo, and Seattle vice president of football administration John Idzik . . . Mike Brown, the agent for Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, said his client has been released from an Indianapolis hospital and that they are finalizing details to begin interviewing for head coaching jobs . . . A person familiar with the meeting said Rob Chudzinski, Carolina’s offensive coordinator the past two seasons, interviewed with the Browns . . . Kicker Ryan Longwell and defensive end Patrick Chukwurah were officially signed by the Seahawks. They take the roster spots of kicker Steven Hauschka and defensive end Chris Clemons, who were both placed on injured reserve . . . Washington’s mayor, Vincent Gray, said the Redskins would have to discuss changing their nickname before any talks could begin about getting a new stadium built in the city.