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Whatever Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett did to safety Kerry Rhodes, it was enough to result in a very significant sanction from the organization. Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that the team has fined Dockett $200,000 for conduct detri…Share Tweet
David Boston gets six months in jail, concussions cited at sentencingFormer NFL wide receiver David Boston was sentenced to six months in prison today for punching a woman last year, but the sentence could have been much more severe, as prosecutors were seeking to put Boston behind bars for four years. So why did the jud…Share TweetBOSTON (AP) -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his supermodel wife, Gisele Bundchen, have announced the birth of their second child, a girl named Vivian Lake.Share Tweet
49ers' Gore (wrist) expected in vs. DolphinsFrank Gore carries a heavy load every week for the 49ers and it will be more of the same when San Francisco hosts the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.Share TweetNEW YORK (AP) -- Denver Broncos defensive end Von Miller was fined $25,000 by the NFL on Friday for his hit below the knee of Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman last week.Share Tweet
Norv Turner: Reports of my demise won’t affect our preparationsThursday’s report that the Chargers will fire head coach Norv Turner at the end of the season hasn’t affected his team’s preparation for Sunday’s game against the Steelers, Turner says. Turner said that he was back at the office early this morningShare Tweet
Ex-WR Boston gets 6 months in jail for batteryFormer NFL wide receiver David Boston has been sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation for punching a woman last year.Share Tweet
Texans defense getting some guys back for Pats gameNo one’s ready to make an official declaration, but it appears the Texans are going to be closer to full strength for Monday’s game against the Patriots. Cornerback Johnathan Joseph and linebacker Bradie James practiced again Friday, and Joseph said hShare Tweet
Week 14 injury report roundupLast Friday night, the reward for completing the injury report roundup was putting up the Florio family Christmas tree. This week, it’s a night of Christmas shopping. The chances of getting injured were significantly lower last week. So as we go out lShare TweetAtlanta Falcons strong safety William Moore and cornerback Asante Samuel missed practice Friday for the third straight day and are questionable for Sunday's game at Carolina.Share TweetDoesn't look like Chad Henne's doing too badly after getting let go by Miami only to sit on the bench behind Blaine Gabbert in Jacksonville. Check out this cuddly little photo courtesy of the Facebook page of Henne's wife, Brittany, his girl since he wa…Share TweetMore details have emerged in connection with last month’s decision by law-enforcement to collect multiple firearms from Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs. According to WBAL-TV, Suggs surrendered a .45-caliber pistol, a 9 mm pistol, a .454 Casull revolver,Share TweetBroncos linebacker Von Miller is a candidate for the NFL’s defensive player of the year award. But if he’s not careful, he may soon be a candidate for a suspension as well. The NFL has confirmed that Miller was fined $25,000 for striking Buccaneers quShare Tweet
Tramon Williams whacked with fine for whacking Toby GerhartCornerback Tramon Williams is the latest member of the Packers to get hit with a hefty fine for a hit during a game. The NFL has confirmed that Williams has been fined $21,000 for a hit on Vikings running back Toby Gerhart that was deemed unnecessary ro…Share TweetFLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- Rex Ryan says he'll make a game-time decision on whether Tim Tebow plays in the New York Jets' game in Jacksonville against the Jaguars on Sunday.Share TweetLions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has taken some criticism for his play on the Colts’ game winning touchdown in Detroit on Sunday, but Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham says he doesn’t know where that criticism is coming from. Asked abShare Tweet
Dennis Dixon draws RG3 duties in practice for the RavensAs the Ravens prepare for their first dose of RG3, they benefit from several years of chasing around a mobile quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger. They’ve now turned to a former Steelers quarterback to get ready for the specific offense that the RedskShare TweetIt looks like the Chargers might have some degree of offensive line left Sunday. Left tackle Michael Harris was listed as questionable for their game at the Steelers with an ankle injury, but told Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego he “definitely” expectsShare Tweet
Michael Rosenberg: On the verge of history, Calvin Johnson strives to be even betterCalvin Johnson may not yet belong among the great wide receivers in NFL history. But by creeping up on Jerry Rice's receiving record, Johnson is getting close, writes Michael Rosenberg.Share TweetQuarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy will not play Sunday, when the Philadelphia Eagles meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6).Share Tweet
Bettis Is Ready for Notre Dame-Alabama, and Maybe the Hall of FameJerome Bettis, who played for Notre Dame and was a star for the Steelers, will be rooting for the Irish when they play Alabama in the B.C.S. championship game. He was recently named a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Share TweetThe Redskins ride a three-game winning streak into Week 14, a run of victories that has them right in the thick of the NFC East race just a few weeks after coach Mike Shanahan said that the team would be switching into evaluation mode. Evaluations have …Share Tweet
Shoulder no concern for Demaryius ThomasDemaryius Thomas is on a run of good health, and last night’s shoulder injury doesn’t appear to be anything to derail it. The once-injury plagued Broncos wideout came back to play in the second half of their win over the Raiders, and Broncos coach JohShare Tweet
Which TV Market Is Getting Screwed This Sunday? An Analysis Of Week 14 NFL Viewing MapsThe NFL's regional programming rules are famously byzantine, but luckily the506.com cuts through the bullshit for you, providing weekly maps that allow us to answer the only question that really matters: Which fans are the most screwed this Sunday? More…Share TweetOn Thursday, TIME disclosed that Commissioner Roger Goodell has mentioned a possible replacement for kickoffs that would give the team that otherwise would be kicking off possession of the ball at its own 30 yard line, with a down-and-distance of fourth…Share Tweet
Ray Lewis Has A Terrifying New FacemaskRay Lewis returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since tearing his tricep in Week 7. He's not eligible to play this Sunday, but the Ravens posted a photo of the new facemask Lewis will be wearing. More »Share TweetAs NFL trades go, this might be the best one we've heard since Carroll Rosenbloom traded the Baltimore Colts to Robert Irsay in exchange for the Los Angeles Rams in a tax-free barter back in 1972. According to D.C. Council Finance and Revenue Chairman J…Share TweetBefore we start laughing at Roger Goodell's idea-by way of Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano-of eliminating kickoffs and replacing them with punts, let's first analyze what this would mean for the game. The suggestion would work like this: Instead of kickShare Tweet
Steelers' Colon probable to return vs. ChargersSteelers left guard Willie Colon practiced for the second consecutive day Friday and is listed as probable, as Pittsburgh prepares to play San Diego on Sunday.Share TweetTennessee middle linebacker Colin McCarthy will miss his second consecutive game with a concussion, and his sixth overall, when the Titans visit the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.Share Tweet
Bo Jackson documentary features Bear, Bucs, Boz and Tecmo BowlBo Jackson’s NFL career lasted just 38 games, but it produced enough highlights that you could fill an afternoon surfing YouTube looking at his runs. And then you could spend another afternoon looking at his highlights from a Heisman Trophy-winning careShare TweetThe Chicago Bears ruled cornerback Tim Jennings (shoulder) out, but wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Devin Hester are expected to play against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.Share TweetRedskins center Will Montgomery was fined $10,000 for kicking Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph, but he’s appealing on grounds of self defense. Montgomery dove into a pile trying to recover a fumble, and Joseph grabbed him by the leg as if to pullShare TweetNBA commissioner David Stern takes Gov. Chris Christie to task for his efforts to allow sports gambling in New Jersey.Share Tweet
Quirks of the Game: The Roster ChallengeWhen an N.F.L. player is injured, teams looking to fill a roster spot have to look to the practice squad or to someone sitting at home waiting for a call. Are bigger rosters the answer?Share TweetIt's well past time for Lions fans to start looking ahead to 2013. With injuries, ineffectiveness, dirty play, and Titus Young just fucking up everywhere, it hasn't been a season to remember in Detroit. So here's to future sucess! This holiday season, b…Share TweetGiants receiver Hakeem Nicks is questionable for Sunday's game against New Orleans with a sore left knee, while safety Kenny Phillips is doubtful with a knee injury.Share TweetThe Jaguars have ruled wide receiver Cecil Shorts out for Sunday's game against the New York Jets due to concussion symptoms.Share TweetDallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff will not play Sunday at Cincinnati, missing his third straight game because of a groin injury.Share TweetChiefs establish trust fund for Belcher's daughterShare Tweet
Cribbs likens no-kickoff scenario to intramuralsKickoffs have defined Josh Cribbs' career in the NFL, and made him an invaluable weapon for the Cleveland Browns.Share Tweet
Jordy Nelson ruled outThe Packers will be down a receiver on Sunday against the Lions. Wide receiver Jordy Nelson has been ruled out for the contest with the hamstring injury he suffered in last Sunday’s victory over the the Vikings. Nelson previously hurt the hamstring earlShare Tweet
Sherman has two arguments for his PED appealNext Friday, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman will attempt to overturn his four-game suspension for violation of the league’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Sherman has two separate argumentsShare Tweet
Keyshawn, Gruden reuniting in Tampa this weekendTen years ago, they won a Super Bowl together in Tampa. Nine years ago, the coach sent the player home with pay for the rest of the season. Last year, shots were fired via their mutual airwaves at ESPN. Today, ESPN announced that former Bucs coach JonShare TweetThe Redskins' option offense is giving opponents fits behind the play-action scheme of RGIII. Now the Ravens will be tasked with stifling Washington's well-oiled attack, says Peter King.Share TweetIf the 3-9 Panthers are going to prove that they’re better than the 11-1 Falcons, they’ll be doing it short-handed. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Friday that running back Jonathan Stewart was “very doubtful,” adding a modifier to what’s on theShare TweetHouston Texans (11-1) at New England Patriots (9-3)Share TweetEagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson has experienced another health scare. Patterson is currently in the hospital with viral pneumonia, Eagles head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder told reporters today. The pneumonia is not related to Patterson’s cereShare Tweet
Steelers, Broncos, Giants and Jets: Answers to Readers' QuestionsJudy Battista, the N.F.L. reporter for The Times, answers questions from readers.Share TweetProperty in Indiana owned by former NFL player Jason Fabini was raided by the FBI on Thursday, as part of an apparent investigation into his brother’s activities. Fabini issued a statement saying he is cooperating and doesn’t believe he is a target ofShare Tweet
How Did The Raiders Sniff Out This Jailbreak Screen? Maybe Because Peyton Manning Audibled To It With "Prison! Prison!"The Oakland Raiders didn't shut down many Denver Broncos plays last night, as their defense allowed Peyton Manning to go for 310 yards on 26-for-36 passing and were otherwise steamrolled by running back Knowshon Moreno, who put up 119 yards. More »Share Tweet
PFT Live: Chargers talk with Kevin Acee, PFT Planet calls and tweetsThe only bit of suspense left in the Chargers season is whether or not both coach Norv Turner and General Manager A.J. Smith will be fired when the year comes to an end. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune wrote Thursday that both men will be sent…Share Tweet
Adam Schefter Made Beanie Wells Look Like A Dick Last Night Because He Sucks At TwitterWhile watching last night's Broncos-Raiders game, Cardinals running back Beanie Wells sent out the following innocuous tweet, expressing his views on Peyton Manning: More »Share TweetDuring the team’s 3-4 start, when Tony Romo was on the wrong side of the touchdown-interception ratio (9-13), many people doubted the Cowboys quarterback. Now that things have turned around (10 touchdowns and two picks in the last five games), more peopShare Tweet
Week 14 Sunday Picks: Packers’ Lambeau dominance over Lions should continueyahoo.com Dec 7, 2012Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers Green Bay has won 21 of its last 24 meetings with the Lions, including 12 of the 13 meetings since Mike McCarthy was named the Packers' head coach. Detroit has not won at Lambeau Field since Dec. 15, 1991, two weeks af…Share TweetAs the Texans get ready to face the Patriots on Monday Night Football, a player who has been in Houston for all but one year of the franchise’s existence has a fairly strong assessment of the meaning of the game. “It’s big,” Andre Johnson said, viShare TweetPer the terms of his suspension, Saints coach Sean Payton can’t have any communication with his co-workers in New Orleans, or any team. And while risking the wrath of the guy who doled out the one-year ban would seem plenty of deterrent, not everyone beShare TweetThe Department of Labor is investigating whether the staffing company contracted to work Chargers games has been using unpaid high schoolers as security, ticket takers, and head coach. More »Share Tweet
The Colts Are A Great Story, Not A Great TeamThe 2012 Colts are a team worthy of any media outlet's time, for multiple reasons. Their first-year head coach, Chuck Pagano, temporarily left his position three games into the season after being diagnosed with leukemia. The team proudly plays in his ho…Share Tweet
League downplays estimated percentages of gun ownership by NFL playersEarlier this week, in the aftermath of the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide, former Colts and Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy explained on The Dan Patrick Show that Dungy typically would ask his players at the outset of training camp whether they own guns. Roug…Share TweetEarlier this week, Giants safety Antrel Rolle said that his teammates on the Giants defense should stop saying positive things about opponents before games because it gets in the way of developing the “nasty attitude” Rolle believes is necessary for aShare Tweet
Mike Wallace blames losing focus for low productionSteelers wide receiver Mike Wallace’s production has dropped off sharply this season, something that has only gotten worse with Ben Roethlisberger on the shelf for the last four games. Wallace has 10 catches for 77 yards in those games and drops have beShare TweetTroy Polamalu sounds contemplative about his future, but he sounds certain he could have missed less time if he and the Steelers had handled his calf injury differently. After injuring his calf in the opener, he came back prior to the Oct. 7 game agains…Share Tweet
Chris Johnson “very upset” about workload in second half last weekTitans running back Chris Johnson had a string of six straight games with 80 or more rushing yards snapped in last Sunday’s loss to the Texans and he’s not happy about the workload he got on offense in the second half. Johnson had three carries afterShare Tweet
Bounty case closing in on a conclusion, maybeThe bounty appeal hearings before former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue have concluded. The testimony and evidence, we’re told, was eye-opening. A ruling is expected next week. That’s when Tagliabue will announce whether and to what extent he will upShare TweetCommissioner Roger Goodell attended Thursday night’s game in Oakland. And it sounds like he’s hoping that the Raiders’ home stadium will soon be replaced with Black Hole 2.0. According to the Associated Press, Goodell said that it’s crucial thatShare TweetOakland police told the Associated Press that a man fell from the upper deck at Oakland's O.co Coliseum just after the start of Thursday night's Oakland Raiders-Denver Broncos game, and that the man is in serious condition at a local hospital. According…Share TweetThe Broncos have Peyton Manning under center and a playoff berth in their pocket. Now they intend to work on the thing that might make their playoff stay longer. A mandate to run more effectively was clear in last night’s win 26-13 win over the Raiders,Share TweetG Andy Levitre is the iron man of an injury-ravaged Bills offensive line. Dolphins T Jonathan Martin isn’t getting an easy task in his first start at left tackle. CB Kyle Arrington has adjusted well to his role as the Patriots’ nickel corner. The JetsShare Tweet
Memories of Saints beatings haven’t faded for GiantsLast year’s loss to the Saints wasn’t the last one before they went on their Super Bowl run. It was just the worst. Giants players winced this week recalling last year’s 49-24 thrashing at the hands of the Saints. “It was definitely embarrassing,âShare Tweet
Chad Greenway: I should have been more responsibleVikings linebacker Chad Greenway now says he regrets saying fans should get “super, duper drunk” on Sunday. Greenway, who has taken some criticism for saying he wanted to hear the home fans drunk, loud and raucous for Sunday’s game against the BearsShare Tweet
Week 14 Matchups: A Redskins Rock StarThe presence of Robert Griffin III has generated plenty of excitement around the Washington Redskins.Share TweetThe Buffalo Bills lost right tackle Chris Hairston for the rest of the season when they placed him on injured reserve Thursday with a bone injury in his right foot. According to Nick Mendola of the Associated Press, there was a possibility that Hairston…Share Tweet
Darren McFadden re-injures ankle in loss to BroncosOakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden played for the first time in five weeks Thursday night against the Denver Broncos. Now he may be sidelined once again. According to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, Raiders head coach Dennis Allen sa…Share TweetTampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin is well on his way to surpassing 300 carries in his first season in the NFL. Martin has come off two largely ineffective games against the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos where he was held to under 60 yar…Share TweetPeyton Manning and the Broncos coasted to a 26-13 over the Raiders. The future Hall-of-Famer got on track during a Week 4 rout of Oakland and has kept it going, says Chris Burke.Share Tweet
By The Numbers: Texans-PatriotsDec 7The Patriots host the Texans on Monday Night and we take you by the numbers.
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Peter King: Griffin, 'Skins taking advantage of opponents' aggressive defe…Dec 7So I am fairly smitten with this option offense Washington is running, called by offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and executed with precocious zeal by 22-year-old franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III. A big test comes Sunday at home against Balti…
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