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Washington 17, New York Giants 16: Ugh, so gross. Moving on. The Giants could have gone a long way to wrapping up the division while also taking the air out of the Washington sails, but no. The Redskins are right in the thick of things despite...let's c…Upvote Share TweetThe Green Bay Packers are not optimistic that Jordy Nelson will be available for next Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.Upvote Share TweetNew York Giants right tackle Sean Locklear was carted off the field in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins with an apparent right knee injury. Locklear was engaged with a defender when a Redskins player fell into LoUpvote Share Tweet
Santonio Holmes won’t run again until AprilNew York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes is still in a walking boot and will require additional surgery in February on his injured left foot. The prolonged recovery means Holmes will not be able to begin running again until at least April. According …Upvote Share Tweet
Post-fumble scrum could have resulted in ejectionsAfter a Redskins fumble deep in Giants territory, a scrum emerged. Eventually, Redskins offensive lineman Will Montgomery, while laying on his back, kicked at the knee of Giants defensive lineman Linval Joseph. Joseph retaliated, with a kick to Montgome…Upvote Share TweetThe injuries keep coming for the Ravens. Linebacker Terrell Suggs, who returned in October from a torn Achilles’ tendon suffered in the offseason, has a torn biceps, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Suggs previously alluded to the fact that his arm iUpvote Share Tweet
NY Jets quarterback fiasco between Greg McElroy, Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow may end up costing Rex Ryan his jobRex Ryan has been enamored with Mark Sanchez from the time he and Woody Johnson and Mike Tannenbaum took him to dinner following his private workout for the Jets one month before the 2009 draft. Sanchez picked a Mexican restaurant and showed leadership …Upvote Share TweetCBS's Mike Freeman has tracked down documents from the University of Maine-where Belcher earned a degree in child development-that appear to confirm a story related by one of our commenters on Saturday, when news of the Belcher murder-suicide first suUpvote Share TweetThat on-field incident between Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett and safety Kerry Rhodes was, in reality, an on-face incident. As in a spit-on-face incident. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Dockett spat in Rhodes face. The incident …Upvote Share TweetThe last time the Redskins hosted a Monday night game, Eagles quarterback Mike Vick had a night for the ages. Now, his career in Philly most likely belongs to the ages. The declaration from coach Andy Reid that rookie Nick Foles will serve as the start…Upvote Share TweetThe latest round of appeal hearings in the NFL's bounty investigation have concluded with appearances by former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress, Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt and linebacker Jonathan Vilma.Upvote Share Tweet
Your Monday Night Football Open ThreadYou might not know this because you are not a famous person, but the Giants and Redskins are your Monday Night Football game this week. More »Upvote Share TweetBoston University researchers now have 50 confirmed cases of former football players with CTE -- 33 who played in the NFL, one in the CFL, one semi-professionally, nine through college and six who played only in high school.Upvote Share TweetThough the outcome may be the same, it’s now obvious that former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue will employ a much different method that current Commissioner Roger Goodell when it comes to the bounty case. Goodell convened in June a one-day appeal hearingUpvote Share TweetIf you watched the putrid offensive display in New Jersey on Sunday and thought Cardinals-Jets was a terrible game, Rex Ryan would like a word with you. Ryan said after reviewing his team’s 7-6 victory that he thought it was actually a great game. JustUpvote Share Tweet
With injuries mounting, Bills cut Kirk MorrisonIt feels like the Bills have been dealing with injuries on the offensive line all season and the problem isn’t getting any better. Center Eric Wood tore his MCL, an injury which could wind up costing him the rest of the season and will certainly keep hiUpvote Share TweetRedskins linebacker London Fletcher will play his 236th consecutive game tonight. The 37-year-old Fletcher is active for the Redskins against the Giants, keeping his streak of consecutive games played intact. Fletcher has never missed a game, starting w…Upvote Share Tweet
Deadspin Up All Night: Hey BelieverThank you for your continued support of Deadspin. You've got six NBA games and some college basketball, plus Giants-Redskins on Monday Night Football. More »Upvote Share TweetNew York Giants safety Kenny Phillips and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul were active and played Monday against the Washington Redskins.Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Cards are having “internal conversations” on Ray HortonYou know that thing we said earlier about the possibility that no head coaches will be fired during the season? That could be wrong. Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 in Phoenix reports that the Cardinals are having “internal discussions” regarding defensiveUpvote Share TweetJim Harbaugh watched how Colin Kaepernick handled himself when things didn't go right for the San Francisco 49ers, and that told the coach plenty more about his second-year quarterback with all of three NFL starts to his name.Upvote Share TweetOld man Charlie Batch didn't just beat the Ravens yesterday to keep the Steelers' AFC North title hopes alive. He did it just days after having to put down his dog, a five-year-old rottweiler rescue named Roxie. On Thursday, Batch posted the above photo…Upvote Share TweetA year after his brother engaged in a confrontational postgame handshake in Detroit, Ravens coach John Harbaugh says there was nothing confrontational at all about his postgame handshake with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin on Sunday. Many viewers thought th…Upvote Share Tweet
ESPN's Twitter Has The Thirst, Is Asking Every Famous Person For Monday Night Football PredictionsWho's in charge of ESPN's Twitter account, and why are they tweeting at a bunch of famous people about tonight's Giants-Redskins game? Trying to boost ratings? A game between the defending Super Bowl champions and a team with one of the season's most ex…Upvote Share Tweet
Nick Lachey got kicked out of Sunday’s Bengals-Chargers game, tweeted his responsesIt's hard out there for a Cincinnati Bengals fan who also happens to be a boy-band veteran, as Nick Lachey learned Sunday. The 98 Degrees star was hanging at the Chargers-Bengals game in San Diego, being a good fan, cheering on his team, and all of a su…Upvote Share TweetAfter Titans quarterback Jake Locker threw a game-sealing interception in Sunday’s loss to the Texans, Houston defensive end Antonio Smith drilled Titans center Fernando Velasco with an illegal blindside block. The Titans were not pleased about it. VelaUpvote Share TweetNBC broadcaster Bob Costas used his halftime segment on "Sunday Night Football" to advocate for gun control following this weekend's murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, causing an immediate debate on social media.Upvote Share TweetThere’s plenty to talk about during Monday’s Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network. Erik Kuselias, Mike Florio and Rodney Harrison will do their best to cover it all. They’ll hit on big road wins for the Steelers, Seahawks and Colts, unsettled quaUpvote Share TweetThe appeal of Richard Sherman's four-game suspension now is scheduled for Dec. 14, which means the Seattle Seahawks cornerback will play Sunday at home against Arizona, according to a league source.Upvote Share TweetThe only passes from Christian Ponder that didn't sail over a receiver's head or bounce harmlessly out of bounds seemed to land in the arms of a Green Bay defender just as the Minnesota Vikings were approaching the end zone.Upvote Share TweetWith 11 wins and a playoff spot sewn up, the Texans are sitting in a pretty good spot right now. Their perch should remain good as long as injuries to their defense don’t start taking a serious toll. The latest addition to the rolls of the wounded is coUpvote Share Tweet
Chargers scrambling for answers with OL injuriesThey’ve got a coach who everyone wants fired, and a quarterback who can’t stay upright long enough to lead the comebacks he used to. So naturally, the 4-8 Chargers have even more obstacles to overcome. According to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego, ChUpvote Share TweetPanthers coach Ron Rivera isn't overly concerned with his tenuous job security, saying he's committed to playing younger players the next four weeks so he can prepare to coach them next season.Upvote Share Tweet
MNF preview: Giants get their second shot at RG3”²s option offenseMonday Night Football 8:30 p.m. ET New York Giants (7-4) at Washington Redskins (5-6) FedEx Field, Landover, MD When the New York Giants beat the Washington Redskins 27-23 on October 21, the winning team walked away with an unusual feeling of foreboding…Upvote Share Tweet
Jaguars describe Maurice Jones-Drew as “very questionable”Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has missed six straight games since suffering a foot injury in Week Seven, but there’s a chance he’ll finally return to the field on Sunday. Just not a very good chance: Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey said today thUpvote Share Tweet
Whisenhunt, faced with bad options, can’t pick oneStealing a page from the guy who just beat him without knowing what he was going to do at quarterback, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said he didn’t know what he was going to do at quarterback. Whisenhunt said Monday he wasn’t sure if he was going toUpvote Share TweetWith Dolphins left tackle Jake Long possibly done for the year with a triceps injury, the question becomes whether the first overall pick in the 2008 draft will return to the Fins in 2013. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported earlier today that Long’s franchiUpvote Share TweetThe Lions have lost two more receivers for the season. Rookie Ryan Broyles is done for the year after tearing the ACL in his right knee during Sunday’s loss to the Colts. The injury came early in the game, leaving the Lions short on active wide receiverUpvote Share TweetTim Tebow was in street clothes Sunday because of broken ribs, leaving Greg McElroy to take over for Mark Sanchez when the Jets made a quarterback change in the third quarter. Jets coach Rex Ryan said that the team hasn’t decided on their quarterback foUpvote Share Tweet
How Can They Play? Murder, Suicide, And The National Football LeagueThis post, originally published by The Nation and reprinted here with permission, ran in advance of Sunday's Chiefs game. Consider it a counterpoint to Drew Magary's post that morning. More »Upvote Share Tweet
Bobby Hebert Is Convinced It Was "African-American" Falcons Fans Who Egged The Saints' BusWhen the Saints arrived in Atlanta for their Thursday night game, they were greeted by having their team bus egged by airport workers. Finally, Bobby Hebert had the guts to say what I'm sure everyone was thinking: it was black people, right? More »Upvote Share TweetAfter suffering their eighth straight loss last night, the Philadelphia Eagles tossed defensive line coach Jim Washburn. Washburn was brought in only for his "Wide 9" scheme-hell, they signed the now-crazypants Jason Babin just to help the formation sucUpvote Share Tweet
Bucs tried to blow up Peyton’s victory formationForgotten in the Buccaneers’ four-game winning streak followed by a one-point loss that happened with Tampa in possession of the ball is the fact that the Bucs have a habit under coach Greg Schiano of contesting victory formation late in one-score gamesUpvote Share Tweet
Have an N.F.L. Question? Judy Battista Has AnswersJudy Battista, the N.F.L. reporter for The New York Times, will answer questions from readers.Upvote Share Tweet
Larry Fitzgerald on Cardinals offense: You gotta laugh to keep from cryingMost of the coverage in the wake of the Jets’ 7-6 win on Sunday centered on their decision to pull quarterback Mark Sanchez in favor of Greg McElroy. That left the performance of the Cardinals offense a little underserved. It really shouldn’t be, thouUpvote Share TweetRex Ryan, who benched starter Mark Sanchez in the third quarter of the New York Jets' 7-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals, declined Monday to name his starting quarterback for this Sunday's game at Jacksonville.Upvote Share TweetSunday’s game between the Rams and 49ers looked like an attempt the recreate their tie from earlier in the season, right up until the point the Rams won it in overtime. The 16-13 victory leaves the Rams with a 5-6-1 record and a lot of confidence as theUpvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: Chiefs talk with Adam Teicher, Redskins talk with Rich TandlerIt was a weekend filled with competing emotions in Kansas City and we’ll be talking about it on Monday’s PFT Live. Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star will join Mike Florio to talk about everything that went on around the Chiefs over the last two dayUpvote Share TweetArizona Cardinals "offense": The New York Jets can play defense, ranking 13th in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average) metric entering Sunday. Still, even against an elite defense, which the Jets certainly ar…Upvote Share Tweet
Browns employee who died at facility was member of groundskeeping crewThe news quickly came and went in the minutes preceding Sunday’s games. A Browns employee had been found dead at the team’s facility on Saturday, after the team had left for its game in Oakland. The employee had hanged himself in an equipment shedUpvote Share TweetSince Dez Bryant joined the Cowboys, the question has always been one about whether or not his obvious athletic gifts would be able to overcome lapses in concentration and judgment on and off the field often enough for him to fulfill his potential. The …Upvote Share TweetNdamukong Suh maintains he's not a dirty player but his actions again have drawn the ire of another opposing player.Upvote Share TweetThe Falcons clinched the NFC South title from their collective couch yesterday, when the Broncos beat the Buccaneers. And amazingly, the 11-1 Falcons could wrap up the top seed in the NFC playoffs next week, with a win and some help. According to Pat Ya…Upvote Share Tweet
"Man In Purple Sombrero" Arrested After Massive Brawl Outside Vikings-Packers GameGreen Bay cops are doing that thing where they won't officially say whether a fight involving 20-30 people outside Lambeau Field, which saw two arrested and one man hospitalized, had anything to do with the football game. I think we can probably read be…Upvote Share Tweet
Bears defensive injuries piling upThe Bears’ playoff hopes went up in smoke last season thanks to injuries to quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte. Things are still looking good for them on that front after 12 games this year, but the injuries are starting to pile up on thUpvote Share Tweet
Reed: 'Powder puff' football making NFL worseBaltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed offered a pointed critique of the NFL on Sunday night, specifically about the way the league has been policing its defensive players.Upvote Share Tweet
Week 13 Splash Plays: NFC North players look great in tough lossesMegatron being Megatron: We talked about the historical significance of Calvin Johnson's season yesterday, and here's the play of the day Megatron pulled off against the Indianapolis Colts. Sometimes, it just isn't fair -- especially when the Indianapol…Upvote Share TweetBryce Brown has proven two things in the last two weeks. One, that he can run well enough to be an NFL starter. Two, that LeSean McCoy has nothing to worry about as the Eagles’ starter. Brown has 347 rushing yards and four touchdowns the last two weeks,Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Dec 3, 2012A cloud hangs over Kansas City, but for three hours the Chiefs found escape. Peter King goes inside their inspired win with the coach who bravely led his team through the sorrow.Upvote Share Tweet
Jets Fan Breaks Out The Mark Sanchez "Buttfumble" JerseyIt was over long before Greg McElroy put on his helmet, wasn't it? Mark Sanchez lost his team last week, when he ran headfirst into a lineman's ass. It's tough to be a respected locker room figure-a leader of men, really-when your career highlight reeUpvote Share TweetBeating the Eagles on Sunday night leaves the Cowboys within striking distance of an NFC playoff berth. But at this point, Dallas likely needs to run the table the rest of the way, in addition to getting some help, to make the postseason. And considerin…Upvote Share TweetRB Fred Jackson returned to a leading role in the Bills offense this week. Special teams errors really hurt the Dolphins in the first half. Patriots RB Stevan Ridley went over 1,000 yards for the season while helping close out Sunday’s win. A slide by RUpvote Share Tweet
MDS comes one point away from third straight Raiders exactaI need to press pause on the flow of morning-after news and nuggets and takes and whatever to applaud, and perhaps curse, MDS for an uncanny run of spot-on predictions. Though I still hold the lead in our season-to-date picks contest by three games, wha…Upvote Share Tweet
Jim Schwartz Ain't Even MadThe Colts topped Detroit yesterday thanks to some last-second Andrew Luck magic, and it's the sort of ending one might expect could launch notoriously-volatile Lions coach Jim Schwartz into orbit. Not so, it seems, as Schwartz simply brushed it off with…Upvote Share TweetSteelers cornerback Ike Taylor injured his right ankle in the first series against the Ravens on Sunday and is expected to miss three to six weeks, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Upvote Share TweetPeyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos: When Peyton Manning signed a five-year, $96 million deal with the Denver Broncos in March, it was thought that the best-case scenario would be that Manning could take a team that sort of won an AFC West that nobody el…Upvote Share TweetThe Patriots appeared to suffer another blow to their passing game on Sunday. Tom Curran of CSNNE.com reports that receiver Julian Edelman left the stadium on crutches, wearing a protective boot on his foot. There’s been no official word from the team aUpvote Share TweetAndrew Luck will be compared with Peyton Manning for the rest of his life. A more apt comparison would be Ben Roethlisberger.Upvote Share Tweet
13 weeks in, no coaches fired yetEvery year, there’s plenty of speculation regarding the first coach to be fired during the season. This year, none have been terminated. Yet. With the end of the season only four weeks away, it’s starting to look like perhaps none will be fired duriUpvote Share TweetOver the course of last night, Tony Romo threw his 166th touchdown pass, breaking Troy Aikman’s franchise record. He was 10-of-10 passing in the second half, when he threw three touchdowns. For the fourth time in five games, he threw no interceptions, aUpvote Share Tweet
The History and Math of Shonn Greene's Unselfish SlideBy deciding not to score, the Jets running back gave his team a better chance to win.Upvote Share TweetIs the best rookie quarterback Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III? One Seahawks player says none of the above. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman believes Seattle’s Russell Wilson is actually the best rookie quarterback, and the hype surrounding Luck anUpvote Share Tweet
NY Giants need to rebound from November malaise and return to Super Bowl form in Decembernydailynews.com Dec 3, 2012The calendar has turned from November - which is the cruelest month for the Giants - to December, when NFL champions are forged. If there is a move to be made, this is the month that Big Blue needs to make it.Upvote Share TweetA bizarre, surreal, and tragic NFL weekend carried with it a very unexpected silver lining. From this point forward, I have new respect for Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn. I don’t care about Quinn’s performance or the fact that the Chiefs won. QuinnUpvote Share TweetHere's a look at some of the injury situations Shutdown Corner will be monitoring as we move into Week 14 of the 2012 regular season: Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson injured his hamstring in Sunday's 23-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Th…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL Week 13 review: John Clayton's Last CallESPN.com Nov 30, 2012The AFC playoff picture is mostly set, but the Steelers are making things interesting, writes John Clayton.Upvote Share Tweet
Ravens' Reed lashes out at leagueCNNSI.com Dec 3, 2012BALTIMORE -- After another nasty game in the nastiest rivalry in pro sports, Ed Reed stood in the Baltimore Ravens' locker room, the last player left, and he dished out a few final hits.Upvote Share Tweet
NFL Run & Shootaround: LuckStronggrantland.com Dec 3, 2012On any given Sunday (or Monday, or Thursday), your NFL Run & Shootaround crew will be gathered around multiple televisions, making inappropriate jokes...Upvote Share Tweet
Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon: 'We needed a win'Dec 3Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon talks to Kim Jones after the game about his solid game and his ability to come back from injury and help his team win.
New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins highlightsDec 3The Washington Redskins receive some impressive running from Alfred Morris and hold the New York Giants to just three points in the second half to knock off them off 17-16 on Monday night.
NFL32OT: Luck Continues To LeadDec 3Episode 229: Wendi Nix and Antonio Pierce discuss whether Andrew Luck can lead his team to the playoffs. Steve Young breaks down the expectations for Colin Kaepernick. The NFL32 crew discuss who should be the starting quarterback for the Jets.
Giants Lead Redskins At The HalfDec 3Tune to ESPN for live action.
Peter King: Crennel, Quinn open up on Chiefs' inspired win with heavy hear…Dec 3On Sunday morning, I was talking to Joe Linta, the agent for the late Jovan Belcher, about the state of mind that might have made the Chiefs linebacker shoot his live-in girlfriend nine times with his own mother in the house and then, less than an hour …