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Ellis said McDaniels made a mistake, but it wasn’t a fireable offense.

“We’re disappointed with the season as it’s gone thus far, but we have six games left to play,” he said. “This particular incident that one employee took advantage of does not sway Mr. Bowlen’s feelings about Josh one way or the other.”

Ellis said Broncos officials had contacted their counterparts in San Francisco. The 49ers released a statement saying the team had no comment.

“I don’t really care about that stuff, seriously,” coach Mike Singletary told reporters. “It didn’t affect us, let’s just move on.”

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AP Sports Writers Rachel Cohen in New York and Janie McCauley in San Francisco and AP freelancer Dennis Georgatos in Englewood contributed to this report.