Jason Witten said the hardest thing about deciding to retire nine months ago was leaving football without winning a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys.
Now the 36-year-old tight end is giving it another shot.
Witten announced Thursday he is coming out of retirement and rejoining the Cowboys after one season as a television analyst for "Monday Night Football." The 11-time Pro Bowler will play on a one-year contract worth about $5 million.
"The fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong," Witten said. "This team has a great group of rising young stars, and I want to help them make a run at a championship. This was completely my decision, and I am very comfortable with it."
Kraft pleads not guilty
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft pleaded not guilty to two counts of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution in a Florida case, according to court documents released Thursday.
Attorney Jack Goldberger filed the written plea with the Palm Beach County court on Wednesday. Kraft, 77, is requesting a non-jury trial.
Kraft was among hundreds of men charged in a crackdown on massage parlor prostitution and an investigation into human trafficking at Florida spas. Ten spas have been closed and several people, mostly women originally from China, have been charged with running the operation.
Murray measures up
Kyler Murray may not show off his arm or his legs at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, but on Thursday he assuaged concerns about his size.
The Heisman Trophy-winning dual-threat quarterback and speedy outfielder from Oklahoma checked in at just over 5-10 and 207 pounds with a hand size, as measured from his pinkie to his thumb, of 9 inches.
"I don't know why people think Kyler is 5-8," said running back Rodney Anderson, Murray's college teammate and fellow NFL hopeful. "I don't know where that came from. I'm 6-foot — I look small next to our offensive line. Anybody is going to look small next to our offensive line.
"He's a solid 5-10, he's heavy, he's fast. He's a heck of an athlete. His size was never an issue."
And now it's less of one for many NFL teams.
Two Shurmurs at Indy
New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur saw the Vanderbilt quarterback milling around during informal interviews at the NFL scouting combine but didn't need to call him over for a get-to-know-you interview.
He already knows more about the Commodores quarterback than anyone else in Indianapolis this week — it's his son, Kyle Shurmur.
The younger Shurmur said his father gave him a "bro hug" when they ran into each other for the first time at the five-day gathering of coaches, executives and college prospects. Then they went their separate ways.
"We're both here, but at the same time he's got a job to do and I've got a job to do here," the younger Shurmur said.