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Donahoe hired by Eagles

Former Buffalo Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe landed in Philadelphia on Thursday, agreeing to become the Eagles' senior football adviser.

Donahoe is expected to replace former Browns General Manager Phil Savage with the Eagles, assisting the coaching and scouting staffs with personnel evaluations.

The Bills compiled a 31-49 record during Donahoe's tenure, from 2001 to 2005. Prior to coming to the Bills, the native of Mt. Lebanon, Pa., worked as the director of football operations for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1991-99.

During that time, the Steelers compiled an 84-60 record and made six playoff appearances. Donahoe started his NFL career with the Steelers in 1986 as a regional scout.


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* NFL players union chief DeMaurice Smith says his group's claim of collusion will stand up in court.

The NFL Players Association claimed in U.S. District Court in Minnesota on Wednesday that the 32 teams had a secret salary cap in place during the uncapped 2010 season, and that it cost players at least $1 billion in wages.

"Cartels do what cartels will do when left unchecked," Smith said Thursday outside union headquarters. "The facts justify the complaint."

* New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks is expected to be sidelined up to three months after breaking his right foot at a team organized activity early Thursday.