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Brian Urlacher acknowledged he could miss the rest of the regular season because of a hamstring injury, meaning the linebacker might have played his last game with the Chicago Bears.Upvote Share Tweet
As Rex Ryan decides between Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy and Tim Tebow, there are some other strong arms for the NY Jets to considWhat has six arms and a combined quarterback rating of 72.9? That would be the Jets’ triple platoon of quarterbacks - Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy, not necessarily in that order. Three QBs, and not a decent passer among them.Upvote Share TweetWith running back Cedric Benson already lost for the season, the Green Bay Packers may be taking another hit to their backfield depth. According to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com, James Starks suffered a knee injury in the Packers win over the Minneso…Upvote Share TweetThe Seattle Seahawks placed starting left guard James Carpenter on the non-football illness list Tuesday, ending his 2012 season. There has been no word yet as to the nature of the illness that led to Carpenter’s season coming to an end. Carpenter had lUpvote Share TweetResponding to a Twitter campaign that went viral, Tim Tebow called Matt Hardy, a 17-year-old Shenendehowa High School student hospitalized with injuries suffered Saturday night in a two-car crash.Upvote Share TweetOne day after losing 17-16 to the Washington Redskins and putting the NFC East firmly back into play, a frustrated Tom Coughlin feels his New York Giants have to win out to win the division.Upvote Share TweetColts coach Chuck Pagano is finished with chemotherapy and eyeing a return to the sideline at the end of the season. Pagano, who has missed most of the season while being treated for leukemia, had his final chemotherapy treatment today. His doctor told …Upvote Share TweetLast week, former Raiders and Bucs coach Jon Gruden supposedly was in talks to return to the University of Tennessee, where he once served as a graduate assistant. This week, former Raiders and Bucs coach Jon Gruden supposedly is in talks to return to t…Upvote Share TweetIt’s known that Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs has a torn biceps. It’s not known whether Suggs will be able to play with the injury. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Suggs is still waiting for specific input and advice from physiciansUpvote Share TweetThe Miami Dolphins have announced that left tackle Jake Long is being placed on injured reserve with a triceps injury and will not play again this season. Now the question is whether Long will ever play for the Dolphins again. Long, the first overall pi…Upvote Share TweetFOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- The New England Patriots are dealing with another injury.Upvote Share TweetLions coach Jim Schwartz told us Monday that wide receiver Titus Young wouldn’t be playing for the Lions again this season. They made that official on Tuesday, but not in the manner you might assume. Young has been placed on injured reserve, according tUpvote Share TweetBraylon Edwards is a Seahawk no more. Seattle has waived Edwards, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports. Edwards will be given the waived/injured designation, although it was not immediately clear what the nature of his injury is. Edwards, who signe…Upvote Share TweetWe’ve known that Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin has been battling a sprained ankle for a while, but a report on Tuesday indicates it is a bit more serious than originally reported. Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com reports that Harvin suffered a completUpvote Share TweetThe Jaguars waived linebacker Clint Session today, ending an expensive case of bad luck for both sides. According to John Oehser of the team’s official website, they waived Session and tight end Maurice Stovall. Session signed a five-year, $29 million cUpvote Share TweetChristmas came early for 12 children in Houston today, when they were treated to Toys R Us shopping sprees courtesy of Texans receiver Andre Johnson. At an annual Christmas event organized by the Andre Johnson Charitable Foundation, the kids were given …Upvote Share TweetThere were reports earlier in the day about two changes to the Patriots receiving corps and the team made both of them official on Tuesday afternoon. As expected, Donte’ Stallworth is back with the Patriots. Stallworth has been out of work since gettingUpvote Share TweetArizona safety Kerry Rhodes has confirmed he had a run-in with teammate Darnell Dockett at the end of Sunday's game against the New York Jets.Upvote Share TweetThe struggling Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday released veteran tight end Todd Heap, league sources told ESPN.Upvote Share TweetIt is confirmed, per Richard Deitsch. ESPN's newest star, the lady who worked her way from being a ESPN Zone hostess to college football sideline reporter, is getting hitched to the Vikings' second-year quarterback. Will Ponder's quarterbacking over the…Upvote Share TweetThe 49ers offense has been at the center of attention in recent weeks because of coach Jim Harbaugh’s decision to change quarterbacks. A member of that offense will be a guest on Tuesday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network. Wide receiUpvote Share TweetLong before the Falcons scrambled Drew Brees and the Saints last Thursday night, someone at the Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport threw a little hot sauce on the Atlanta-New Orleans rivalry by egging the Saints' bus. Most of the Saints looked on the …Upvote Share Tweet
Tom Coughlin: We have to win all four remaining gamesThe Giants suffered a tough loss to the Redskins on Monday night. It left them one game up on the Cowboys and the Redskins in the race for the NFC East division and guaranteed that they won’t win more than three games in the division this season. They sUpvote Share Tweet
Panthers place Martin on IR, promote three practice squaders‘Tis the season for stashing players for the future on the 53-man roster. The Panthers announced they had promoted two of their own practice squaders, and signed defensive end Mario Addison from the Redskins practice squad. The back-filling came after tUpvote Share TweetAs more details come out about the tragedy in Kansas City, the timeline surrounding the murder of Kasandra Perkins and the suicide of Jovan Belcher is becoming more clear. There are still discrepancies in the story, but based on multiple reports, the tr…Upvote Share TweetA Mobile municipal judge has dismissed a misdemeanor marijuana charge against Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley.Upvote Share Tweet
Jim Harbaugh once played Screech’s cousin on ‘Saved By the Bell’The next time I talk to perennially grumpy San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, I'll have some leverage to insure that he talks longer than six minutes on his media conference calls: Coach, give with the multi-sentence answers, or I'll publish a…Upvote Share TweetThe suspensions continue in the NFL. Redskins cornerback Cedric Griffin is the latest to be suspended four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. It’s unknown what Griffin tested positive for. It will be assumed, and pUpvote Share Tweet
Bengals place Sanu on IRBengals receiver Mohamed Sanu has developed into the team’s best receiver not named A.J. Green. The Bengals will now have to navigate the rest of the season without the rookie from Rutgers. He has been placed on injured reserve, after suffering a foot iUpvote Share Tweet
Lions call up Kris Durham from practice squadWhen he announced that wide receiver Ryan Broyles would miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL and that wide receiver Titus Young was no longer “in the mix” for playing time, Lions coach Jim Schwartz said that the team would have to make a rosterUpvote Share TweetAfter the Raiders loss on Sunday, coach Dennis Allen announced that he would be leaving the team until Wednesday to be with his ailing father. He made it just in time to say his last goodbyes. The Raiders announced that Grady Allen died of cardiac arres…Upvote Share TweetTom Brady soon will match Mike Brady, as the father of three children. Like the real TV architect (not the fake one known as Art Vandelay), Tom Brady’s first two are sons. However, Brady and his wife, Gisele Bundchen, don’t know whether Brady’sUpvote Share Tweet
How My Career Ended: I Threw The Most Famous Block In NFL History But Couldn't Open A Hole In My ContractTell Me When It's Over is an interview series in which we ask former athletes about the moment they knew their playing days were over (among other things). Today: five-time All-Pro guard Jerry Kramer, the man who delivered the key block in one of the NF…Upvote Share TweetApparently, Stanford Routt saw enough in Houston, and the Texans saw enough from Stanford Routt. Cancelling a planned trip to Pittsburgh for another workout tomorrow, Routt has signed with the Texans, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. …Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Updated Dec 4, 2012Every loss matters at this point, even for those safely in the playoff field. For two teams, Week 13 defeats could prove especially costly as the postseason nears, Don Banks writes.Upvote Share Tweet
Patriots’ streak of winning seasons best since Montana/Young 49ersWhen the Patriots improved their record to 9-3 with a win over the Dolphins on Sunday, they clinched their 12th consecutive winning season. In the NFL, that’s a rare thing. With 12 straight winning records, the Patriots have by far the longest active stUpvote Share Tweet
Starr collapses during speech but appears OKHall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr collapsed during a speech in Madison, Wis., on Tuesday. Conference organizers say he appears to be OK.Upvote Share Tweet
Outside the Game: A healthier Jorvorskie Lane is doing the most with his second chanceMiami Dolphins rookie fullback Jorvorskie Lane was a standout for the Texas A&M Aggies from 2005 through 2008, gaining over 2,000 yards on the ground, and scoring 49 rushing touchdowns. He was expected to make some sort of splash in the NFL right aw…Upvote Share TweetLions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will not be fined for a hit on Colts offensive lineman Winston Justice that caused a concussion on Sunday. The NFL has reviewed the play and determined that Suh delivered a legal block to Justice after a Detroit inte…Upvote Share TweetAfter the Washington Redskins beat the New York Giants, 17-16 in an exciting Monday Night Football game, Redskins owner Dan Snyder became even more excited. Via the New York Post's Mike Vaccaro: Well, you didn't expect Dan Snyder, the owner of the Redsk…Upvote Share TweetWith the soreness in Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s shoulder and chest starting to diminish, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says Roethlisberger could start on Sunday against the Chargers. “Ben will be given an opportunity to prove whether or noUpvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: Ross Tucker, Wendy’s Rapid ReactionIt’s a big day for PFT Live. Mike Florio and company are christening a new studio up in Stamford, Connecticut on Tuesday. Sadly, Florio will not be reciting Judge Smails’ poem to commemorate the big day but we’re sure that it will be a memorable dayUpvote Share Tweet
Hines Ward: “If you want to prevent concussions, take the helmet off”In the NFL’s ongoing effort to reduce concussions, former Steelers receiver Hines Ward thinks helmets are doing more harm than good. Ward said on the Dan Patrick Show that helmets are used more to allow players to deliver big hits than to protect playerUpvote Share Tweet
Tim Tebow, Missy Franklin call accident victims after seeing #TebowCallMatt, #MissyCallBailey hashtagSay what you will about Tim Tebow's fitness to play quarterback for the New York Jets, the man knows how to spread some happiness. We take you to Clifton Park in upstate New York, where 17-year-old Matt Hardy of Shenendehowa High School was hospitalized…Upvote Share Tweet
They Caught The Vikings Fan Who Wore A Purple Sombrero And Knocked Out A 50-Year-Old Man Outside LambeauThis is Mark Swanson, from Lakeland, Minn. He was involved in the big brawl outside Lambeau Field after the Packers beat the Vikings, but if you were there you probably don't recognize him from his mug shot. That's because, according to police, he was w…Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Updated Dec 4, 2012You're not supposed to be able to replace a Hall of Fame quarterback with another star. But Andrew Luck is making it look easy.Upvote Share Tweet(For-now) Eagles coach Andy Reid said Monday the decision to fire defensive line coach Jim Washburn was his and his alone. But the decision to hire him might have had more to do with general manager Howie Roseman. According two Jeff McLane of the Philad…Upvote Share Tweet
By The End Of Last Night's Loss To Washington, Eli Manning Was A Spaced-Out ZombieThe Washington Redskins held on for a 17-16 home win over the Giants last night in a win that had team owner and legendary shitweasel Dan Snyder claiming "I hate those motherfuckers." More »Upvote Share TweetThe Titans are still fuming about what they felt was a cheap shot by Houston Texans defensive tackle Antonio Smith on guard Fernando Velasco during Tennessee's final offensive play of the game.Upvote Share TweetReceiver Braylon Edwards played for the New York Jets through most of the 2009 season and all of the 2010 campaign, which happened to be quarterback Mark Sanchez's first two years with the team. He caught 88 passes for 1,445 yards and 11 touchdowns befo…Upvote Share TweetA plea for the Bills to use the remaining weeks to look at young players. The Dolphins tried to explain why defensive linemen Jared Odrick and Cameron Wake weren’t on the field for much of a key Patriots fourth quarter drive. WR Brandon Lloyd’s role iUpvote Share Tweet
‘Skins used cap penalties as motivationIt’s been established that the Redskins don’t like the Giants. As owner Daniel Snyder put it in a way that would make Schwartz’s mother scream, they really don’t like the Giants. Apart from the obvious reasons, the Redskins still have hard feeliUpvote Share Tweet
Cancel the rest of the season: God’s with the RedskinsThe fumble that bounced out of Robert Griffin III’s arms and into teammate Josh Morgan’s and was returned for a touchdown wasn’t just a game-changing play. Clearly, it was a sign from above. “God’s on our side,” Griffin said after the game, viUpvote Share Tweet
Lions think Calvin Johnson could top 2,000 receiving yardsLions receiver Calvin Johnson has 1,428 receiving yards this season, putting him on pace to break Jerry Rice’s single-season record of 1,848 yards, set in 1995. But the Lions are eyeing an even bigger number. Detroit offensive coordinator Scott LinehanUpvote Share TweetG-Men controlled their destiny until penalties and the Redskins got in their wayUpvote Share Tweet
Charles Woodson nearing return for PackersGreen Bay Packers defensive back Charles Woodson has missed the last five games due to a broken collarbone suffered against the St. Louis Rams in October. Now Woodson is closing in on his return to the field. According to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Jo…Upvote Share Tweet
Patriots get roster exemption for Brandon BoldenNew England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden has served his four game suspension for a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy and is able to rejoin the Patriots active roster. The Patriots have been granted a one week roster exeUpvote Share Tweet
Dan Snyder Celebrates Win Over Giants With Characteristic Grace And CivilityBig win for the Redskins Monday night over the Giants. They are now 3-1 in the division, just one game behind the Giants. More »Upvote Share Tweet
Dan Snyder on Giants: “I hate those motherf--”The Washington Redskins 17-16 win over the New York Giants on Monday night was a big victory for a team trying to claw back into the playoff race. The fact it was a win over a division rival, the third straight win over an NFC East foe, made it all the…Upvote Share Tweet
I Suck at Football, Week 13: Human Kindness Is Overflowinggrantland.com Updated Dec 4, 2012"WheelsUp ... Back to Cali on a business trip," the Cincinnati Bengals' Vontaze Burfict (born in Los Angeles in 1990) tells his 4,862 Twitter follower...Upvote Share Tweet
BQBL: A Running Diary of the Jets-Cardinals Quarterback Failure Clinicgrantland.com Updated Dec 4, 2012Ladies and gentlemen, this year's BQBL Bowl is over. It wasn't the BQBL points scored in the Jets-Cardinals game that made it special. There's no way ...Upvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: The Race BeginsDec 4Episode 230: The NFL32 crew discuss whether the Giants can hold on and win the NFC East. Tim Hasselbeck breaks down who will win in the NFC North. The NFL32 crew discuss the best team in the AFC.
PTI Big Finish December 4thDec 4PTI runs down Tuesday's top stories.
Bears face 'must win' Sunday in MinnesotaDec 4The ESPN Chicago crew looks back at what went wrong for the Bears against the Seattle Seahawks and discusses the importance of Sunday's game in Minnesota.
Report: Brian Urlacher Out Three WeeksDec 4Jeff Dickerson with the latest on Brian Urlacher's injury.
Kerry Byrne: Inside the Numbers: Week 13Dec 4Tom Brady is in the midst of one of the great seasons any quarterback has ever produced -- yet again.
Jim Trotter: Awards Watch: Week 13Dec 4The pulse of the NFL season changes weekly. Every Tuesday, SI.com will break down the front-runners for the major NFL awards.
Don Banks: Costly losses give Ravens, Bears something to worry about in ra…Dec 4Week 13 in the NFL had its requisite amount of 16 losers -- and, yes, we know the Rams and 49ers nearly tied once again -- but nobody in the league lost more ground than the Bears and Ravens, both of whom were upset at home on Sunday by six-win teams, d…
Peter King: Behind star trio, rookie QB class playing beyond its years; ma…Dec 4LANDOVER, Md. -- "It's all being ready to play at a younger age,'' Robert Griffin III said early this morning, putting those crazy striped socks on at his locker at FedEx Field. "I mean, look at how [South Carolina defensive end] Jadeveon Clow…