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One of the only negatives to come out of the Seattle Seahawks 58-0 romp over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday was a bruised foot suffered by leading receiver Sidney Rice. Rice took a wicked blow from Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson midway through the fou…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL officiating chief Carl Johnson will head back to the field next year as the league's first full-time game official.Upvote Share Tweet
Goodell says Thursday football doesn’t put players at riskMany have questioned whether the proliferation of Thursday football can be reconciled with the league’s unprecedented sensitivity to safety. Some think it can’t. Commissioner Roger Goodell believes it can. More accurately, he has yet to be persuadedUpvote Share TweetNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he "fundamentally disagrees" with former league boss Paul Tagliabue's decision not to discipline players in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal.Upvote Share Tweetnydailynews.com Dec 12, 2012Victor Cruz doesn’t make his teammates nervous when he does his harmless salsa dance routine after he scores a touchdown. A couple of quick moves and it’s over. But even Cruz cringed when rookie running back David Wilson made it into the end zone threUpvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Dec 12, 2012Construction work at Lambeau Field sparked a minor fire that caused about $5,000 in damage to the Green Bay Packers stadium.Upvote Share TweetNFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he is likely to meet with Josh Brent soon after the arrest of the Cowboys nose tackle for intoxication manslaughter charge as a result of a car accident that led to the death of teammate Jerry Brown.Upvote Share TweetA fight is brewing between the Eagles and one of their key defensive players. As we reported earlier in the day, the Eagles have placed defensive tackle Mike Patterson on the non-football illness list, following his hospitalization for viral pneumonia. …Upvote Share Tweet
Robert Griffin, Jay Cutler headline Week 15”²s initial practice participation reportsWe begin our look at the key injuries in the NFL with the Thursday Night Football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles. For the Bengals, first round cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (head/illness) has been ruled out, while kicker Mike N…Upvote Share TweetThe Titans were awarded a touchdown on an Andrew Luck interception on Sunday, on a play that should have been blown dead before Luck threw the ball. And even though a replay conclusively showed that Luck’s knee was down before he let go of the ball, theUpvote Share Tweet
Randy Moss: Colin Kaepernick gave me my first dislocated fingerRandy Moss has caught 975 passes in his NFL career, but he had never caught a ball thrown as hard as the one 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick hit him with in Kaepernick’s first start. Moss said today that he suffered a finger dislocation in the 49ersâUpvote Share TweetNFL commissioner Roger Goodell has begun preliminary dialogue through the league office with suspended New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton regarding his eventual reinstatement.Upvote Share Tweet
On bounty ruling, Goodell thinks “conduct detrimental” should result in disciplineAt the conclusion of a quarterly ownership meeting in Dallas, Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed with the media a variety of topics. The biggest, obviously, came from Tuesday’s ruling by former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue in the bounty case. As to tUpvote Share Tweet
Report: Williams testified trying to stop bountyFormer New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams testified that he tried to shut down the team's bounty system when the NFL began investigating but was overruled by assistant head coach Joe Vitt.Upvote Share TweetAccusing the NFL players' union of "trying to back out" of an August 2011 agreement to start checking for human growth hormone, a congressman worried aloud Wednesday that the league will head into next season without a test for the banned drug.Upvote Share TweetSeveral Washington players are really hoping Santa Claus is a Redskins fan, and Alfred Morris may have proven that it is, in fact, A Wonderful Life. According to Sarah Kogod of the Washington Post, children at the Redskins’ community event at Macy’s oUpvote Share TweetOn Tuesday, former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said in subtle-yet-unmistakable fashion that current Commissioner Roger Goodell needs to take a page from the Andy Reid playbook and do a better job. On Wednesday, Saints quarterback Drew Brees was slightly…Upvote Share TweetThe Chicago Bears are not doing so well right now, but receiver Brandon Marshall believes that he might have the answer to what ails the former NFC North leaders, who have lost four of their last five games and now stand at 8-5, a game behind the Green …Upvote Share Tweetdeadspin.com Dec 12, 2012The Deadspin NFL Coach Challenge Challenge is a tournament pitting the throwing motions of 20 NFL coaches against one another. More »Upvote Share Tweet
Any evidence of Brandon Jacobs being removed by 49ersThe 49ers had already suspended disgruntled running back Brandon Jacobs, now they’re in the process of erasing him from the record. They’ve already given his locker to just-signed linebacker Eric Bakhtiari, taking away a reminder that he was ever therUpvote Share TweetThe injuries have been piling up for the Bears in recent weeks and there were so many aching bodies on Wednesday that coach Lovie Smith decided the team would be better served by scaling down their practice time to a walkthrough instead of a normal full…Upvote Share TweetGiants defensive end Justin Tuck wants rookie David Wilson to stop backflipping after scoring touchdowns.Upvote Share TweetThe 49ers travel to New England this week for a Sunday night matchup that some will call a potential Super Bowl preview. Will 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman be one of those people? You can find out when he joins Erik Kuselias on Wednesday’s edition ofUpvote Share TweetCincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles 8 p.m. ET, NFL Network Two of the NFL's longest-tenured head coaches will be on the sidelines when the Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles square off at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday night. Andy Rei…Upvote Share TweetJovan Belcher was remembered Wednesday for the accomplishments of a life that ended so suddenly and violently.Upvote Share Tweet
Sapp spotted at Super Bowl celebration with a Super Bowl ringFormer Bucs defensive tackle Warren Sapp told a bankruptcy court earlier this year that Sapp lost his Super Bowl ring. Apparently, he has since found it. Or he bought a replica. Or he borrowed a teammate’s. Multiple photos from Sunday’s 10th annivUpvote Share TweetMinnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe says he's been fined $5,250 by the NFL for wearing a message on his uniform promoting Ray Guy for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Upvote Share TweetThree days after spraining his knee, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was just a little gimpy on the practice field and very cagey behind the microphoneUpvote Share TweetRavens quarterback Joe Flacco said Wednesday he was surprised by the firing of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, calling the perception they had a bad relationship “overblown.” “Cam has done so much for my career,” Flacco said, via Jeff ZrebiecUpvote Share TweetMichael Vick and LeSean McCoy have been ruled out for the Philadelphia Eagles' game against Cincinnati on Thursday night.Upvote Share TweetGreen Bay Packers safety Charles Woodson will remain sidelined for this week's showdown against the rival Chicago Bears, coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday.Upvote Share Tweet
The Cardinals turn back to Ryan LindleyCardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt turned his back to the dartboard and let a dart fly over his shoulder at Cardinals headquarters Wednesday and the dart landed in the part of the board reading Ryan Lindley. At least that’s how we imagine Whisenhunt is makiUpvote Share TweetEverything’s coming up roses for the Browns all of a sudden. They’ve won three straight games, the first time they’ve strung that many wins together since 2009, and one of their players has been recognized as the AFC special teams player of the weekUpvote Share TweetDallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is getting his fractured left index finger examined by a doctor and will miss Wednesday's practice.Upvote Share Tweet
Packers could get Clay Matthews back, not Jordy NelsonAs the Packers try to nail down their second straight NFC North crown, they still have multiple injured players. One is likely returning this week. Another one isn’t. Coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that the “plan” is for linebacker Clay MattheUpvote Share Tweet
Arizona church says no one is beyond God’s help - not even the hapless CardinalsThe Arizona Cardinals have been bad this season. Actually, bad doesn't cover it. The team is 4-9. Their quarterback situation is constantly changing. Their net points so far? -106. There isn't much to have faith in around the Cardinals. Still, a church …Upvote Share Tweet
Deion Branch is back with the PatriotsWhen the Patriots placed wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth on injured reserve Tuesday, there were reports that Deion Branch would be heading back to town to take his place on the roster. Everything has gone exactly as expected. The Patriots announced thatUpvote Share Tweet
Garrett floored by forgiveness shown by Jerry Brown’s motherThe memorial service for former Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown was moving for the team at many levels. But Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he was amazed by the compassion shown by Brown’s mother, Stacey Jackson. After losing her son in a one-car wreckUpvote Share TweetAs you’re probably aware, today is December 12th, 2012. The 12/12/12 date has gotten notice for plenty of reasons, including a football angle. Earlier this year, the Wisconsin state Legislature named 12/12/12 “Aaron Rodgers Day” in the state to honoUpvote Share TweetWhen former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue made a ruling on Tuesday that vacated the punishments of four formerly suspended New Orleans Saints players, it closed a chapter (through not the entire book) on one of the more embarrassing and elongated saga…Upvote Share TweetColts cornerback Cassius Vaughn made the easy play, but he made a bunch of other ones too, and it earned him AFC defensive player of the week honors. Vaughn’s interception return for a touchdown was made easy for him by Titans quarterback Jake Locker, bUpvote Share TweetPittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall's one-game team suspension is for not attending last Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers, according to a multiple sources.Upvote Share TweetAs expected, the NFLPA has launched an effort to block teams from requiring players to sign legal waivers before receiving the medical benefits of Toradol. The union has announced that a grievance has been filed against the NFL Management Council and th…Upvote Share Tweet
Biggest obstacle on new pad rules are the looksThe NFL voted to make knee and thigh pads mandatory for next season in May. Since then, the biggest challenge selling players on it has been one of style, rather than safety. NFL executive vice president Ray Anderson said in talking to players about the…Upvote Share TweetPatriots quarterback Tom Brady and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning have been pitted against each other on and off the field for much of their careers and Brady earned an edge in one metric on Wednesday. The NFL named Brady the AFC offensive player of…Upvote Share TweetThe Cardinals waited a long time for quarterback Kevin Kolb’s ribs to heal enough for him to return to the lineup, but their patience has reached its end. Arizona placed Kolb on injured reserve Wednesday, ending his season and ending the hopes that theUpvote Share Tweet
The Year In Gronk: Rob Gronkowski is what would happen if Dr. Franke…deadspin.com Dec 12, 2012Rob Gronkowski is what would happen if Dr. Frankenstein created a monster, but instead of blood, the doctor filled his veins with Keystone Light. Here are some of the best Gronk stories from this past year. More »Upvote Share TweetPanthers linebacker Luke Kuechly has been named the NFC’s defensive player of the week, and it might not be the last honor coming his way. Kuechly had a career-high 16 tackles in the Panthers’ 30-20 win over the Falcons, and leads the league with 130Upvote Share TweetThe four players suspended as part of the NFL’s investigation into the Saints’ bounty program had those suspensions vacated by former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue on Tuesday, ending their long fight against the punishment handed down by Tagliabue”Upvote Share TweetNew York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw has a sprained knee, which could keep him out of Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons.Upvote Share Tweet
Amobi Okoye back with BearsThe Bears made a flurry of roster moves on Tuesday and left themselves with one open roster spot when everything was said and done. That spot is no longer open. The Bears announced that they have re-signed defensive tackle Amobi Okoye two weeks after cu…Upvote Share TweetVikings running back Adrian Peterson has his eyes on the single season rushing record thanks to performances like the one he put up against the Bears last Sunday. If he should fail to reach Eric Dickerson’s historic mark, Peterson will be able to take sUpvote Share Tweet
Report: No change to challenge rule for the playoffsIn late November, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that there was a chance that the league would change the rule penalizing teams and barring replay reviews if a coach throws a challenge flag on a play already set for replay review. According to Ian …Upvote Share Tweet
Thursday Matchup: Bengals at Eaglesnytimes.com Dec 12, 2012Cincinnati's Geno Atkins is having one of the most dominant seasons by a defensive tackle this decade, and the Eagles may have a hard time stopping him.Upvote Share TweetThe Broncos haven’t won in Baltimore since the Ravens moved there, an ugly 0-5. But among the many things quarterback Peyton Manning brought with him was a track record of success there. “We’ll see, man,” Ravens safety Ed Reed said, via Jeff LegwoUpvote Share TweetWho says you can't go home again? Receiver Braylon Edwards, who played with the New York Jets in 2009 and 2010, has been claimed through waivers by that team after the Seattle Seahawks gave him a waived/injured designation and the Jets' Stephen Hill was…Upvote Share TweetThere’s little doubt that rookie running back David Wilson was the biggest star of the Giants’ 52-27 win over the Saints in Week 14. And now there’s no doubt that he’s the NFC special teams player of the week as a result. The NFL made the announceUpvote Share Tweet
Sideline monitors weren’t working when Celek concussedOne of the new steps to protect players from concussions was the installation of video replay monitors on the sidelines, so trainers and doctors can take a look at the way injuries occur. Those monitors work best when they work. But according to Paul Do…Upvote Share Tweet
Osi Umenyiora: There’s no question we’re the best team in footballUnder Tom Coughlin, the Giants have turned the overly aggressive crowing of other players and teams to great inspirational effect. “Talk is cheap, play the game” has been a mantra of sorts for the team and it is one that’s served them fairly well. IUpvote Share TweetThe Patriots have been doing pretty well without tight end Rob Gronkowski. They could be doing even better with him. Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe reports that Gronkowski will try to practice this week. He suffered a broken forearm on NovembUpvote Share TweetPatriots coach Bill Belichick is pleased with the way CB Aqib Talib has played since arriving from Tampa. The Bills have just two running backs on the 53-man roster, C.J. Spiller and Tashard Choice, but coach Chan Gailey says FB Corey McIntyre can play …Upvote Share TweetWesley Woodyard, Denver's leading tackler, is vowing to be back on the field Sunday for the Broncos' showdown at Baltimore.Upvote Share TweetDefensive tackle Richard Seymour is back on the practice field, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be back with the Raiders for long. Seymour missed the previous five games with a hamstring injury, and has three games left on his contract with the RaiderUpvote Share TweetAs the Buccaneers keep trying to fill up their home stadium on a consistent basis (as opposed to, say, once or twice a year), the team has announced that, for the fifth straight year, ticket prices won’t be increased. Also, season-ticket prices will droUpvote Share TweetSince the product on the field hasn’t been as good as expected, and the opponent isn’t compelling, the Chargers are trying something new in an effort to move unwanted tickets for Sunday’s game against the Panthers. They’re using Groupon. That’sUpvote Share TweetBarring a really unforseen circumstance, Giants wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz won’t be on the field at the same time as Atlanta’s Julio Jones and Roddy White. That doesn’t mean they won’t be competing. White said earlier this year onUpvote Share Tweet
Jason Taylor does not like Bill ParcellsIn a case of ESPN-on-ESPN crime based not on conflicting reports but on conflicting personalities, Jason Taylor has lashed out at Bill Parcells. Taylor, a former Dolphins defensive end who now serves as an ESPN commentator, and Parcells, a former Dolphi…Upvote Share Tweet
NFLPA overstates outcome of bounty case, tooThe NFL has been trying to paint Paul Tagliabue’s decision in the bounty case as something other than a Cornell-Hofstra slaughter. Still, the other parties in the case are making more of the outcome than perhaps they should. Said the NFLPA on Tuesday:Upvote Share Tweet
Collusion case still loomsThey (I don’t know who specifically, but “they”) say bad things happen in threes. For NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who in recent weeks has endured the embarrassment of the lockout of game officials and now the scuttling of all player disciplineUpvote Share Tweet
Morris, Morgan express confidence in Kirk CousinsAs Sunday approaches, the Redskins will eventually put in three days of practice and, more importantly, generate reports reflecting whether and to what extent quarterback Robert Griffin III was able to practice with a Grade 1 sprain to the LCL in his ri…Upvote Share Tweet
49ers place Demarcus Dobbs on injured reserveThe San Francisco 49ers lost special teams standout Demarcus Dobbs for the rest of the season as a knee injury suffered against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday landed him on injured reserve. With Dobbs being placed on injured reserve, the 49ers had two ope…Upvote Share Tweet
Packers promote Jordan Miller from practice squadWith the Packers set to head to Chicago this week with a chance to take full control of the NFC North, Green Bay has promoted former Bears defensive tackle Jordan Miller to their active roster from the practice squad. Miller spent 15 weeks on the Bears …Upvote Share TweetPittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley has plenty of experience knocking down quarterbacks. His newest venture involves knocking down something else altogether. Bowling pins. According to the Associated Press, Woodley has become an owner in a new…Upvote Share Tweet
Is This Real? The Juggernaut Coltsgrantland.com Dec 12, 2012The Colts have become serious business. Their 7-1 stretch has propelled them all the way to 9-4, and they have a virtual stranglehold on a playoff spo...Upvote Share Tweet
About Last Night: Tags, You're Itgrantland.com Dec 12, 2012In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's what you missed in sports on Tuesday. Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue vacated the bount...Upvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Redskins On Playoff PushDec 12Episode 236: Robert Flores and Chris Mortensen discuss the Redskins playoff chances. Steve Young breaks down the biggest concerns for the Texans. The NFL32 crew discuss which wide receiver tandem will impact Sunday's Giants-Falcons game.
Goodell Begins Reinstatement Talks With PaytonDec 12Roger Goodell does not eliminate possibility of Sean Payton rejoining Saints before Super Bowl.
Road To The Superdome: Atlanta FalconsDec 12Dan Graziano and Pat Yasinskas discuss what the Falcons need to do in order to reach the Super Bowl
Redskins RB Alfred Morris: RG3 'looked good' in practiceDec 12Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris joins "Around the League" to discuss QB Robert Griffin III's health and backup Kirk Cousins' performance as Morris celebrates his 24th birthday.
Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers running back, skipped team's most …Dec 12Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall's one-game team suspension is for not attending last Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers, according to a multiple sources.