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Megatron plans to use ‘old man’ strength; Wilson drafted

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POSTED December 12, 2013 11:39 p.m.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson intends to use his “old man strength” to teach Ravens free safety Matt Elam a lesson about showing respect to his elders.

Elam said Wednesday that Johnson “is pretty old” and that Baltimore would try to get physical against the talented star to “make him uncomfortable.”

Elam is only six years younger than the 28-year-old Johnson, who responded to the rookie’s comments during a conference call with Baltimore media Thursday. After calling the Ravens’ safeties “young,” Johnson said, “I’m getting old, man. I’ll show him what that old man strength is about, though.”

Johnson leads the NFL with 12 touchdown catches and 1,348 yards receiving.

QB Wilson drafted by Rangers

Yes, Russell Wilson loves baseball. But, for now, the Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback is thinking about getting his team to the Super Bowl.

Wilson was selected by the Texas Rangers from the Colorado Rockies on Thursday in the Triple-A portion of baseball’s winter meeting draft.

Wilson, who played minor league baseball for parts of two seasons before becoming an NFL star, will be placed on Texas’ restricted list.

Cutler will start for Bears

Quarterback Jay Cutler is set to return to the Chicago Bears’ lineup.

Coach Marc Trestman said Cutler will start Sunday at Cleveland after missing the previous four games with a high left ankle sprain.

Josh McCown, who played well in his absence, goes back to a reserve role.

Cutler went through a full practice on Thursday after working out with the receivers following a walkthrough and got the green light to start.

Packers’ Rodgers hopeful

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ checklist for playing Sunday has two primary items on it: taking the majority of first-team snaps in practice today, and getting good results from a scan on his healing left collarbone.

If both those things happen, Rodgers could be back under center for the first time since breaking his collarbone Nov. 4 against Chicago.

Honey Badger surgery

Arizona Cardinals rookie Tyrann Mathieu will have surgery Friday to repair torn ligaments in his left knee.

The 5-foot-9 dynamo was having a terrific rookie season, playing on nearly every defensive snap. He is second on the team in tackles (63) and solo tackles (56). He also had two interceptions, a sack, a forced fumble and three quarterback hits.

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