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Bears' Urlacher says he may miss 2 to 4 weeks

Bears' Urlacher says he may miss 2 to 4 weeks

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.
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  • As Rex Ryan decides between Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy and Tim …

    As Rex Ryan decides between Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy and Tim Tebow, there are some other strong arms for the NY Jets to consid

    What 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.
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  • Report: James Starks season could be over

    Report: James Starks season could be over

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    With 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…
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  • Seahawks place James Carpenter on non-football illness list

    Seahawks place James Carpenter on non-football illness list

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    The 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 l
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  • Tebow responds to tweets, calls injured teen

    Tebow responds to tweets, calls injured teen

    ESPN.com Dec 4, 2012
    Responding 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.
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  • Coughlin: Giants must win 4 remaining games

    Coughlin: Giants must win 4 remaining games

    One 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.
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  • Chuck Pagano finishes chemotherapy, could return Week 17

    Chuck Pagano finishes chemotherapy, could return Week 17

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    Colts 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 …
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  • Report:  Jon Gruden talking to the Raiders about a return

    Report: Jon Gruden talking to the Raiders about a return

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    Last 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…
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  • Suggs waits for input from doctors

    Suggs waits for input from doctors

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    It’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 physicians
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  • Jake Long done for season, maybe done for Miami

    Jake Long done for season, maybe done for Miami

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    The 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…
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  • Patriots' Edelman put on IR

    Patriots' Edelman put on IR

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- The New England Patriots are dealing with another injury.
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  • Lions place Titus Young on injured reserve

    Lions place Titus Young on injured reserve

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    Lions 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 t
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  • Report: Seahawks cut Braylon Edwards

    Report: Seahawks cut Braylon Edwards

    Braylon 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…
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  • Report: Percy Harvin has torn ligament in his ankle

    Report: Percy Harvin has torn ligament in his ankle

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    We’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 complet
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  • Jaguars waive Session after series of concussions

    Jaguars waive Session after series of concussions

    The 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 c
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  • Andre Johnson brings Christmas to 12 Houston kids

    Andre Johnson brings Christmas to 12 Houston kids

    Christmas 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 …
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  • Patriots make it official with Donte’ Stallworth

    Patriots make it official with Donte’ Stallworth

    There 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 getting
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  • Cards' Rhodes says he had run-in with Dockett

    Cards' Rhodes says he had run-in with Dockett

    ESPN.com deadspin.com Dec 4, 2012
    Arizona 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.
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  • Struggling Cards release veteran tight end Heap

    Struggling Cards release veteran tight end Heap

    The struggling Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday released veteran tight end Todd Heap, league sources told ESPN.
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  • The Vikings' Christian Ponder And ESPN's Samantha Steele Are En…

    The Vikings' Christian Ponder And ESPN's Samantha Steele Are Engaged

    deadspin.com Dec 4, 2012
    It 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…
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  • Michael Crabtree is on Tuesday’s PFT on NBC Sports Network

    Michael Crabtree is on Tuesday’s PFT on NBC Sports Network

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    The 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 recei
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  • After pelting Saints bus, Atlanta airport egg-tosser quits his …

    After pelting Saints bus, Atlanta airport egg-tosser quits his job

    Long 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 …
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  • Tom Coughlin: We have to win all four remaining games

    Tom Coughlin: We have to win all four remaining games

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    The 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 s
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  • Panthers place Martin on IR, promote three practice squaders

    Panthers place Martin on IR, promote three practice squaders

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    ‘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 t
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  • The timeline of the Kansas City Chiefs tragedy

    The timeline of the Kansas City Chiefs tragedy

    As 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…
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  • Lions' Fairley has marijuana charge dropped

    Lions' Fairley has marijuana charge dropped

    A Mobile municipal judge has dismissed a misdemeanor marijuana charge against Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley.
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  • Jim Harbaugh once played Screech’s cousin on ‘Saved By the Bell…

    Jim Harbaugh once played Screech’s cousin on ‘Saved By the Bell’

    yahoo.com Dec 4, 2012
    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…
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  • Cedric Griffin suspended four games by NFL

    Cedric Griffin suspended four games by NFL

    The 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 p
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  • Bengals place Sanu on IR

    Bengals place Sanu on IR

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    Bengals 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 i
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  • Lions call up Kris Durham from practice squad

    Lions call up Kris Durham from practice squad

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    When 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 roster
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  • Dennis Allen’s father dies

    Dennis Allen’s father dies

    After 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…
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  • Brady baby coming soon

    Brady baby coming soon

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    Tom 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’s
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  • How My Career Ended: I Threw The Most Famous Block In NFL Histo…

    How My Career Ended: I Threw The Most Famous Block In NFL History But Couldn't Open A Hole In My Contract

    deadspin.com Dec 4, 2012
    Tell 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…
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  • Texans sign Routt before he can head to Pittsburgh

    Texans sign Routt before he can head to Pittsburgh

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    Apparently, 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. …
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  • Don Banks: Costly losses give Ravens, Bears something to worry …

    Don Banks: Costly losses give Ravens, Bears something to worry about in race

    CNNSI.com Dec 4, 2012
    Every 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.
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  • Patriots’ streak of winning seasons best since Montana/Young 49…

    Patriots’ streak of winning seasons best since Montana/Young 49ers

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    When 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 st
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  • Starr collapses during speech but appears OK

    Starr collapses during speech but appears OK

    ESPN.com Dec 4, 2012
    Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr collapsed during a speech in Madison, Wis., on Tuesday. Conference organizers say he appears to be OK.
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  • Outside the Game: A healthier Jorvorskie Lane is doing the most…

    Outside the Game: A healthier Jorvorskie Lane is doing the most with his second chance

    yahoo.com Dec 4, 2012
    Miami 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…
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  • NFL confirms Ndamukong Suh block was legal

    NFL confirms Ndamukong Suh block was legal

    Lions 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…
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  • Dan Snyder’s profane joy in Redskins win based on salary cap pe…

    Dan Snyder’s profane joy in Redskins win based on salary cap penalties

    After 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…
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  • Tomlin says Roethlisberger has a chance, amid report that he’ll…

    Tomlin says Roethlisberger has a chance, amid report that he’ll play

    With 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 no
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  • PFT Live: Ross Tucker, Wendy’s Rapid Reaction

    PFT Live: Ross Tucker, Wendy’s Rapid Reaction

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    It’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 day
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  • Hines Ward: “If you want to prevent concussions, take the helme…

    Hines Ward: “If you want to prevent concussions, take the helmet off”

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    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 player
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  • Tim Tebow, Missy Franklin call accident victims after seeing #T…

    Tim Tebow, Missy Franklin call accident victims after seeing #TebowCallMatt, #MissyCallBailey hashtag

    yahoo.com Dec 4, 2012
    Say 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…
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  • They Caught The Vikings Fan Who Wore A Purple Sombrero And Knoc…

    They Caught The Vikings Fan Who Wore A Purple Sombrero And Knocked Out A 50-Year-Old Man Outside Lambeau

    deadspin.com Dec 4, 2012
    This 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…
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  • It's Almost Unfair: Andrew Luck and the Colts

    It's Almost Unfair: Andrew Luck and the Colts

    nytimes.com Dec 4, 2012
    You're not supposed to be able to replace a Hall of Fame quarterback with another star. But Andrew Luck is making it look easy.
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  • Report: Hiring Washburn was driven by Roseman

    Report: Hiring Washburn was driven by Roseman

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    (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…
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  • By The End Of Last Night's Loss To Washington, Eli Manning Was …

    By The End Of Last Night's Loss To Washington, Eli Manning Was A Spaced-Out Zombie

    deadspin.com Dec 4, 2012
    The 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 »
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  • Titans OG hopes Texans' Smith fined for hit

    Titans OG hopes Texans' Smith fined for hit

    ESPN.com Dec 4, 2012
    The 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.
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  • Braylon Edwards: Don’t blame Sanchez, blame the ‘idiots calling…

    Braylon Edwards: Don’t blame Sanchez, blame the ‘idiots calling shots’

    Receiver 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…
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  • Tuesday morning one-liners

    Tuesday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    A 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 i
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  • ‘Skins used cap penalties as motivation

    ‘Skins used cap penalties as motivation

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    It’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 feeli
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  • Cancel the rest of the season: God’s with the Redskins

    Cancel the rest of the season: God’s with the Redskins

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    The 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, vi
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  • Lions think Calvin Johnson could top 2,000 receiving yards

    Lions think Calvin Johnson could top 2,000 receiving yards

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    Lions 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 Linehan
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  • Youngmisuk: Once again, G-Men take hard route

    Youngmisuk: Once again, G-Men take hard route

    ESPN.com Dec 4, 2012
    G-Men controlled their destiny until penalties and the Redskins got in their way
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  • Charles Woodson nearing return for Packers

    Charles Woodson nearing return for Packers

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    Green 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…
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  • Patriots get roster exemption for Brandon Bolden

    Patriots get roster exemption for Brandon Bolden

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    New 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 exe
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  • Dan Snyder Celebrates Win Over Giants With Characteristic Grace…

    Dan Snyder Celebrates Win Over Giants With Characteristic Grace And Civility

    deadspin.com Dec 4, 2012
    Big win for the Redskins Monday night over the Giants. They are now 3-1 in the division, just one game behind the Giants. More »
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  • Dan Snyder on Giants: “I hate those motherf--”

    Dan Snyder on Giants: “I hate those motherf--”

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    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…
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  • I Suck at Football, Week 13: Human Kindness Is Overflowing

    I Suck at Football, Week 13: Human Kindness Is Overflowing

    grantland.com 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...
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  • BQBL: A Running Diary of the Jets-Cardinals Quarterback Failure…

    BQBL: A Running Diary of the Jets-Cardinals Quarterback Failure Clinic

    grantland.com Dec 4, 2012
    Ladies 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 ...
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  • Video - NFL32OT: The Race Begins 02:45

    NFL32OT: The Race Begins

    Dec 4
    Episode 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.
  • Video - PTI Big Finish December 4th 01:07

    PTI Big Finish December 4th

    Dec 4
    PTI runs down Tuesday's top stories.
  • Video - Bears face 'must win' Sunday in Minnesota 02:37

    Bears face 'must win' Sunday in Minnesota

    Dec 4
    The 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.
  • Video - Report: Brian Urlacher Out Three Weeks 01:41

    Report: Brian Urlacher Out Three Weeks

    Dec 4
    Jeff Dickerson with the latest on Brian Urlacher's injury.

Sports Columnists

  • Kerry Byrne: Inside the Numbers: Week 13

    Dec 4
    Tom Brady is in the midst of one of the great seasons any quarterback has ever produced -- yet again.
  • Jim Trotter: Awards Watch: Week 13

    Dec 4
    The 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 4
    Week 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 4
    LANDOVER, 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…