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  • This might come as a shock to some, but being an NFL cheerleader isn't quite the cushy gig it might first appear. Sure, there's the pompoms and the cheering and the adoring eyes of thousands of men. But according to a new lawsuit filed by five Buffalo Bills cheerleaders ... there's not much else.

    The cheerleaders have filed the suit in state Supreme Court, charging that they worked hundreds of hours a year for free at events, and were subjected to groping and other violations of employment protections. Most notably, the cheerleaders had to undergo a "jiggle test," in which they performed jumping jacks prior to that week's games. The cheerleaders that, well, jiggled were told to cut the fat or hit the road.

    The case hinges on whether the cheerleaders, known as the "Jills," are independent contractors. The plaintiffs charge that the Bills violate the state's $8 per hour minimum wage rule. The Jills are managed by Stejon Productions, and were formerly managed by Citadel Communications,

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  • Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone had a cancerous mole removed from his skin but said he's fine, ABC affiliate WKBW first reported.

    For a short time Tuesday, the Buffalo Bills website had a story with the headline, "Coach Marrone announces he has cancer," referring to head coach Doug Marrone. Then the story, which was obviously unfinished and left space for the writer to add a quote from Marrone and the specific cancer, was deleted. That led to a lot of speculation.

    WKBW sports director Jeff Russo had the news.

     

    Here's the full statement from Marrone, via the Bills public relations staff:

    "During a recent doctor's visit, it was discovered that I had a cancerous mole on my

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    The Seattle Seahawks defense ate Peyton Manning alive, so he's building up his confidence with a secondary he can beat: elementary school kids.

    Nice work by his receiver to clear out some space with a double-juke, then explode into the open field for the catch. Good presence of mind to keep both feet in bounds, too. As for the defender? Richard Sherman is making his way to that school right now to teach these kids the art of being a — say it with us — shutdown corner.

    So, yes, great performance by the young receiver. Unfortunately, Mel Kiper Jr. is projecting the kid as a lock to go to the Raiders. But at least he'll get to see his buddy Peyton twice a year.

    As for Manning: he's seriously mellowed out since the last time we saw him throwing to kids. Either that, or he's going to crush Junior at the first dropped pass:

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    Jay Busbee is a contributor for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter.

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  • New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning plans to be back for training camp. That could be a good or bad thing, depending on Manning’s performance this season.

    Manning had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle earlier in April, but told reporters on Tuesday he planned to be ready when training camp begins in August.

    A healthy Manning is one thing, but productivity is something else.

    Manning led the NFL with 27 interceptions during New York’s 7-9 season in 2013. He finished with 3,818 passing yards and 18 touchdowns, but Manning’s passer rating was 69.4 (second lowest total of his career).

    Manning led New York to a Super Bowl win during the 2011 season. However, Manning has led his team to the playoffs once during the past five years. In addition, he has thrown at least 25 interceptions twice over the past four seasons.

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  • Before the NFL draft on May 8-10, we'll be looking at all the key prospects and also breaking them down by position. In our "Draft Needs" series we will also examine which teams will be in the market at each position, looking to fill their remaining roster holes.

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    Carolina Panthers: Assuming Carolina does not plan to run a wing-T offense this season, the Panthers will need to draft more than one receiver. Carolina released all-time leading receiver Steve Smith, who signed with Baltimore. Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn Jr. and Domenik Hixon each signed with other teams during free agency. Carolina replaced those receivers with Jerricho Cotchery (Pittsburgh), Jason Avant (Philadelphia) and Tiquan Underwood (Tampa Bay) ... not necessarily the second coming of Washington’s “Fun Bunch.”

    Carolina could use its first-round pick on USC receiver Marqise Lee, who won the 2012 Biletnikoff Award with a breakout season (1,721 yards, 14 TDs) before nagging leg injuries led to 791 yards

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