Ward laughs off Gronkowski rumours

Denver Broncos safety TJ Ward has dismissed talk of a grudge against Rob Gronkowski ahead of their AFC Championship game meeting with the New England Patriots on Sunday.

The two players have history after a controversial tackle by Ward ended Gronkowski's season in 2013, but the Broncos star insists there is no ill-feeling between the pair and that he is only focused on the game.

"He's no different to anyone else," Ward told Sky Sports. "There are big tight ends all over the league and you've got to figure out a way to bring them down.

"It's probably a worse memory for him than it is for me. It doesn't come up in my memory. 

"People always bring it up to me, but it was in the past. I'm just trying to make plays in the future and on Sunday."

Meanwhile, Arizona Cardinals take on the Carolina Panthers in the other NFL match live on Sky Sports on Sunday, and Panthers quarterback Cam Newton insists he is unfazed ahead of his first NFC Championship game. 

"I've played in a lot of big games but none of them compared to this, because it's the next game," said Newton. 

"The preparation will not change, we know going into this week who we're facing and we have to be prepared about what they do."