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Indianapolis makes 2018 Super Bowl bid official

– Indianapolis wants to play host for the Super Bowl in 2018 after winning praise for its handling of the NFL’s showcase event in 2012.

The city notified the NFL of its intentions Friday ahead of a news conference at which Gov. Mike Pence, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Colts owner Jim Irsay and civic leaders made the decision public at Lucas Oil Stadium, site of the 2012 Super Bowl.

Indianapolis won broad praise for that effort, drawing hundreds of thousands of football fans to the city amid concerns about playing host for the game and its many festivities in a “cold weather” location. Ballard said Friday the 2012 game is still having benefits for the city.

“We are the gold standard on how Super Bowls are run,” Irsay said Friday.

Other bids could come from Denver, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Miami.

Bum ankle may idle Colts’ linebacker

Colts linebacker Kavell Conner injured his ankle in Thursday night’s preseason finale and could miss a couple of weeks.

The news comes amid speculation that Indianapolis could trade Conner.

Bears bid goodbye to lineman Webb

Chicago parted ways with offensive lineman J’Marcus Webb, ending a three-year run in which his performance never measured up to his talent.

Webb confirmed on Twitter that he is no longer on the Bears.

Around the league

Baltimore cut backup quarterbacks Dayne Crist, who played at Notre Dame and Kansas, and Caleb Haney leaving the Ravens with just two quarterbacks on the roster heading into next week’s regular-season opener in Denver. … Cincinnati defensive end DeQuin Evans was suspended for the season’s first eight games after violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances for a second time. …

New England released veteran tight ends Jake Ballard and Daniel Fells. … Buffalo signed center Eric Wood to a contract extension and released released quarterback Matt Leinart. … Atlanta waived Brian Banks, the linebacker who was trying to make a late start to his NFL career after spending five years in prison on a conviction that was later overturned. … The New York Jets released veteran defensive tackle Antonio Garay. … Tennessee waived running back Jalen Parmele and guard Kasey Studdard. … San Diego cut 10-year veteran left tackle Max Starks. … Jacksonville cut quarterbacks Mike Kafka and rookie Matt Scott, likely meaning Ricky Stanzi will be the team’s third-string signal-caller. …

Massachusetts prosecutors in the Aaron Hernandez murder case said there’s no truth to an allegation that investigators misled a potential witness.