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As for any favoritism, Anderson’s voice spiked as he said, “The integrity of the game is first and foremost. Under this commissioner and leadership of this office, that is not something we would tolerate or condone. If we ever believed any of that was going on, we would come down with a vengeance.”

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AP Pro Football Writers Arnie Stapleton in Denver and Jaime Aron in Dallas, and Sports Writers Alan Robinson in Pittsburgh, Brett Martel in New Orleans and Chris Jenkins in Milwaukee contributed to this story.