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Pioli, Crennel among Chiefs personnel who will attend mandatory counseling
profootballtalk.com Updated Dec 5, 2012
As the Chiefs organization continues to wrestle with the tragic events of Saturday, the personnel who witnessed linebacker Jovan Belcher’s suicide will be required by the league to submit to mandatory counseling. NFL V.P. of player engagement Troy VinceShare Tweet
A day after placing right tackle David Stewart on injured reserve due to a broken leg, the Tennessee Titans had to end the season for yet another starting offensive lineman. Tennessee placed left guard Steve Hutchinson on injured reserve Wednesday. He’sShare TweetThe Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders will both be missing one of their key defensive pieces for the match up of AFC West division rivals on Thursday night. The Raiders already know they’ll be without defensive end Richard Seymour. Seymour will miss hiShare TweetWhen the 1-2 Denver Broncos beat the Oakland Raiders, 37-6, on September 30, it was the first time all season that Peyton Manning and the Denver offense really got into sync. Since then, Manning's team lost a game to the New England Patriots, and respon…Share TweetOn Sunday, an on-field incident occurred between Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett and Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes. On Monday night, we reported that the Cardinals planned to let the Jets score late while leading 7-6 and driving toward the Arizo…Share Tweet
Raiders P.R. chief “disgusted” by Arkush spreading Gruden rumor on day Allen’s father diedIn many respects, the post-Al Davis Raiders are very different from the team that was run for years by one of the fieriest personalities in sports. In at least one respect, the Raiders have retained said fire. Director of Media Relations Zak Gilbert has…Share TweetCalifornia wide receiver Keenan Allen will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft.Share TweetTim Tebow's 29 career touchdowns pale in comparison to what a phone call to car crash survivor Matt Hardy meant to the New York Jets backup quarterback.Share Tweet
Ben Roethlisberger, London Fletcher headline Week 14”²s initial practice participation reportsOur initial spin around the Week 14 NFL injury and practice participation reports begins with the final reports for Thursday night's game between the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos. The Raiders have ruled out defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who wi…Share TweetWith Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman fighting his four-game suspension for violation of the league’s policy against steroids and related substances, the team’s other starter at the position has opted to take his medicine for allegedly taking medicShare TweetMark Sanchez, after nearly three days in limbo, was re-named the starter by Rex Ryan. The coach stuck with the struggling Sanchez over fan favorite Greg McElroy, who came off the bench and rallied the Jets to a 7-6 win against the Arizona Cardinals.Share TweetPercy Harvin is done for the season. The Vikings confirmed on Wednesday evening that Harvin had been placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury. That news comes just hours after Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said it was hard to say whether Harvin wou…Share TweetThe Panthers' 3-9 record isn't keeping them from talking some trash leading up to their rematch with the division rival Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.Share Tweet
James Harrison says KC tragedy not a gun problemSteelers linebacker James Harrison has never been afraid to take an unpopular stand. But the avid gun collector said Wednesday that the fault for last weekend’s murder-suicide in Kansas City was with Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and not the gun he usShare TweetAs the Vikings prepare to host the Bears in a game that will go a long way toward determined whether they’ll have a domed stadium’s chance in a blizzard of making the playoffs, linebacker Chad Greenway has a request for the teams fans. “Hopefully, tShare TweetBrowns offensive tackle Joe Thomas once blocked and did all he could to protect Peyton Hillis from harm.Share TweetEven before he became an NFL player in 2011, Carolina Panther quarterback Cam Newton seemed to rub a lot of people the wrong way. In many of his pre-draft scouting reports, Newton was taken to task for what some felt was an overall attitude of entitleme…Share TweetOn Tuesday, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would get a chance to prove he was healthy enough to do everything the Steelers expect from their quarterback during practices this week. Based on what Tomlin had to say aft…Share TweetOn the same day the Kansas City Fire Department released the chilling 911 tapes from the murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend Kassandra Perkins, the NFL announced more positive news. Zoey, the three-month-old daug…Share TweetAfter just three games, Ryan Lindley has lost the Arizona Cardinals' quarterback job. John Skelton's back on Sunday. Let's take a moment to remember the three weeks when one special sixth-round rookie from San Diego State taught us all to dream big. Lin…Share TweetNdamukong Suh knows at this point he’s a marked man. At the same time, he’s not sure what he can do about it. After Colts guard Mike McGlynn accused him of celebrating over injured Colts tackle Winston Justice, Suh shrugged when discussing it with reShare TweetIf you have a Detroit Lions fan in your life, and he’s someone you like and respect, you will certainly not want to buy him this Lions-themed 2013 calendar for Christmas. But if you have a Lions fan in your life and you really want to get under his skinShare Tweet
RG3's jersey, cleats headed to Hall of FameRobert Griffin III's week so far has consisted of his first Monday night football win, hearing fans chant his RG3 nickname throughout the Washington Wizards' Tuesday upset of the Miami Heat, and a Wednesday visit from an official who collected the rooki…Share TweetIt’s been another memorable season for Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez. He has caught at least 70 passes for the 10th straight year, become the eighth player in history with 100 receiving touchdowns and helped the Falcons navigate the first three-quarteShare TweetThere is motivation. There is hope. And then there is delusion. Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy said Wednesday he thought his team was better than the Falcons. Not just within the narrow context of the 30-28 hack-up-a-furball job the Panthers lost at …Share TweetOn Sunday evening, during his halftime commentary segment on "Sunday Night Football," Bob Costas took his allotted 90 seconds to address the culture of guns in American society, in connection with the previous day's Kansas City murder-suicide.…Share TweetOWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs hopes a torn right biceps won't keep him out of Sunday's game against Washington. He says his status won't be determined for sure until late in the week.Share Tweet
Jared Allen doesn’t expect retaliation from the BearsWhen the Vikings and Bears played a couple of weeks ago, the Bears lost guard Lance Louis for the rest of the season after he was on the receiving end of a huge block from Vikings defensive end Jared Allen. The Bears weren’t happy that Allen left his feShare TweetThe Chargers don’t need a nametag for the newest offensive lineman. But unlike his previous stays, he might actually hang around a bit this time. The Chargers signed the veteran offensive lineman Wednesday, the third blocker they’ve signed in the lasShare Tweet
With the Luck/RG3 debate hotter than ever, Russell Wilson makes his own wavesOver his last four games, Andrew Luck has completed 89 passes in 167 attempts for 1,192 yards, eight touchdowns and nine interceptions. Over his last four games, Robert Griffin III has completed 69 passes in 102 attempts for 882 yards, nine touchdowns, …Share Tweetdeadspin.com Dec 5, 2012The picture above was taken at the Philadelphia Eagles' practice facility today and sent to us by a friend of the site who covers the team. According to our tipster, that's Trent Edwards' locker with the makeshift Tebow nameplate on it. More »Share TweetBrady Quinn’s NFL career has been largely disappointing, but under unimaginably difficult circumstances on Sunday, he played what may have been his best game. After completing 19 of 23 passes for 201 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions, andShare Tweet
Humbled Johnson OK if NFL career is overChad Johnson said Wednesday he's "fine with it" if he doesn't get a chance to play in the NFL again but believes he'll get another opportunity.Share TweetRavens linebacker Ray Lewis returned to the practice field Wednesday, even though he’s not eligible to play this week. And he apparently doesn’t want to say much more until he is, which would be in Week 15. “I’m making progress and will practice sShare Tweet
Colin Kaepernick has an enormous pet turtleSince he became the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, we've learned that Colin Kaepernick has a strong arm, religious tattoos, and parents who aren't afraid to stand up for their son. Now, we've also learned that he has an enormous pet t…Share TweetGreg Zuerlein’s had quite a rookie year for the Rams and it got a little bit better when the league got around to handing out player of the week honors. Zuerlein was named the NFC special teams player of the week for the second time this year, joining JShare TweetIf you had any doubts about Titus Young’s future with the Lions, you can pretty much consider them cleared up now. The Lions had previously exiled him, and then placed him on injured reserve. But today, Jim Schwartz took napalm to any planks that remaiShare TweetThe Cowboys have been playing without center Phil Costa for the last six weeks, so they’ll be more than prepared to play without him for the rest of the season. Costa has been placed on injured reserve with the partially dislocated ankle that’s been kShare Tweet
Banner mum, media isn’t on lingering Lombardi-to-Cleveland rumorsWith new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner still expected to clean out the front office and the coaching staff, rumors persist that Banner could choose to replace G.M. Tom Heckert with former NFL executive Mike Lombardi. According to Tony Gro…Share TweetRyan Grant didn't want his return to the Green Bay Packers to be a distraction, so he figured he'd say a few quick hellos and get right to work.Share TweetA bit of happy news out of Minneapolis, as Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch is reporting that Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is engaged to ESPN reporter Samantha Steele. The two met earlier this year on the set of ESPN's "College GameDay.…Share TweetCNNSI.com Dec 5, 2012Report: Raiders, Gruden talking return to sidelineShare TweetSo much for Jets coach Rex Ryan reportedly leaning toward Greg McElroy as the starter on Sunday in Jacksonville. Ryan isn’t even leaning toward McElroy as the backup. According to Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union, Ryan told the Jacksonville meShare TweetIf Patriots coach Bill Belichick had a vote for the defensive player of the year award, Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt would get it. “He looks like the defensive player of the year to me,” Belichick said of Watt, via CSNHouston.com. “He’s beenShare Tweet
PFT Live: Bears talk with John Mullin, Coaching Hot SeatThe Bears gave up a pair of late touchdowns to the Seahawks last Sunday, costing them a win they needed to hold onto their position as the NFC North leaders. John Mullin of CSN Chicago will join Mike Florio on Wednesday’s edition of PFT Live to talk aboShare Tweet
Bears could be without Earl Bennett this weekThe Bears have struggled all year finding someone other than Brandon Marshall to catch passes. Now one of the few contributors other than Marshall might not make it this week, with wide receiver Earl Bennett’s status in doubt because of a concussion. AcShare TweetRussell Wilson’s gotten a little lost in the discussion of rookie quarterbacks thanks to the lofty draft positions and on-field exploits of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, but he’s put together a fine first season in the NFL. He had a particularlyShare Tweet
NFL wants letter with details of settlement offer removed from webThe NFL’s litigation portfolio currently includes a lawsuit filed by retired players regarding the ongoing presence of their names and likenesses in NFL Films productions. And the league isn’t happy that a supposedly sizable settlement offer has beeShare Tweet
Patriots provide inspiration to another Boston teamFootball teams trying to replicate the Patriots system by hiring coaches or executives away from New England have not found much success over the years. Bill O’Brien had a promising first year at Penn State, but Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel, Scott Pioli,Share TweetThe Buffalo Bills have placed defensive end Chris Kelsay on season-ending injured reserve because of a neck injury.Share TweetForcing turnovers against the Chargers is no longer novel, but the rate at which Carlos Dunlap did it was still impressive. The Bengals defensive end was named AFC defensive player of the week, with a pair of sack-forced fumbles and four pressures in th…Share TweetThe Kansas City Fire Department has released the audio of 911 calls received in the midst of the Jovan Belcher/Kasandra Perkins tragedy. Calls were received both from Belcher's mother at the scene of Perkins' murder and from Arrowhead Stadium, the scene…Share TweetFalcons safety William Moore will be a free agent after this season, but he’s not sweating a new deal after the season. “Me, personally, the best thing that I’ve got going for myself is that I play because I love the game,” Moore said, via D. OrlaShare TweetCNNSI.com Dec 5, 2012While other QBs are stealing headlines, there's some guy in New England putting up MVP numbers. No, Tom Brady's mastery isn't new, but his 2012 run is still stunning, says Kerry Byrne.Share Tweet
Rodgers says Packers are still discussing loss to SeahawksWhen Week Three of the 2012 NFL season ended with a Monday night game between the Packers and Seahawks that ended with a horrible call on a play that has become known as the “Fail Mary,” we all knew that the undeserved loss for Green Bay and the undesShare TweetThe Giants will be turning back to David Diehl at right tackle. Sean Locklear suffered a gruesome looking knee injury during Monday night’s loss to the Redskins and coach Tom Coughlin said Tuesday that it was a serious one that will require surgery. CouShare Tweet
Congressional HGH hearings coming next weekNext Wednesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will, as expected, convene a hearing on the science necessary for HGH testing in the NFL. “The hearing continues the Committee’s inquiry into the delay of testing for Human Growth HorShare Tweet
DeAngelo Hall on crutches, says he’ll play SundayThe Redskins secondary will be without cornerback Cedric Griffin for the final four games of the season after he was suspended for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances. Given that blow to the team’s depth on the corner andShare Tweet
49ers may finally be ready to tap into draft classThe 49ers haven’t had to rely or - or even dress - their rookie class much this year. But with injuries and a shift in scheme with new quarterback Colin Kaepernick, there’s a chance second-round running back LaMichael James finally plays. He hasnâShare Tweet
NFLPA adjusts its college all-star game so that scouts can attendLast year, the NFLPA conducted a college all-star game that had one significant flaw. Because underclassmen were permitted to participate, NFL scouts were prohibited from attending. The players’ union did some huffing and puffing regarding the possibiShare Tweet
Redskins were worn down prior to post-bye surgeThe Redskins look like a different team since their bye, the bye week that coincided with Mike Shanahan’s odd “evaluate” comments. Can it really be as simple as they were “a tired group,” as linebacker London Fletcher suggested? The Skins were aShare TweetThe Giants were effusive of their praise of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III in the days leading up to their game, a little too much so for Antrel Rolle’s tastes. During his weekly appearance on WFAN, Rolle said he had to tell some teammates it wShare Tweet
Wednesday morning one-linersAn article on the Bills’ website says DE Mario Williams “has become a near-dominant force on the defensive line since he had his surgical procedure on his left wrist.” The Dolphins’ problem is pretty simple: The offense doesn’t score enough poinShare TweetBears linebacker Brian Urlacher has a hamstring injury that could cause him to miss the rest of the season. And with Urlacher set to become a free agent, that means it’s possible that he has played his last game in Chicago. Urlacher acknowledged that poShare Tweet
A Closer Look at Ray Guy's Hall of Fame Candidacynytimes.com Dec 5, 2012The claim that Ray Guy was far superior to his contemporaries, at any point in his career, is not supported by the evidence.Share Tweet
David Stewart, Robert Johnson land on IR for TitansThe Tennessee Titans lost their third offensive lineman this season to injury when right tackle David Stewart went down with a broken leg Sunday against the Houston Texans. On Tuesday, the Titans placed Stewart and safety Robert Johnson on injured reser…Share TweetLeft tackle Jake Long was placed on injured reserve Tuesday by the Miami Dolphins because of a left triceps injury, ending his season and perhaps his tenure with the team.Share TweetThe San Diego Chargers placed wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu and center David Molk on injured reserve and replaced them Tuesday with center Colin Baxter and guard-tackle Stephen Schilling.Share Tweet
NY Giants struggling in year after winning Super Bowl is nothing new, going back to before Plaxico Burress shooting incidentnydailynews.com Dec 5, 2012The Giants have never worn their Super Bowl rings well. It has always been something. In 1987, it was the players’ strike and three straight losses by an almost comical replacement team. No playoffs. In ’91, Ray Handley was the convenient scapegoat. NShare Tweet
NFL32OT: Ravens Defense Looks For BoostDec 5Episode 231: Wendi Nix and Chris Mortensen discuss the impact on Ray Lewis' return to the Ravens defense. Tim Hasselbeck breaks down why Eli Manning is set to be in the Hall of Fame. The NFL32 crew discuss which team in the NFC will make the playoffs
'Sound FX': London FletcherDec 5There was no one more excited for Monday Night Football than Washington Redskins LB London Fletcher. Take a look at the best sights and sounds from his performance against the New York Giants.
'Sound FX': Detroit's dynamic duoDec 5Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson are mic'd up for Week 13's wild matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.
'Sound FX': Jeff FisherDec 5Listen in as St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher leads his team to victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 13.