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Cruz says contract is a “matter of time”

Cruz says contract is a “matter of time”

profootballtalk.com Updated Dec 14, 2012
Earlier in the season, Giants receiver Victor Cruz said the structure was in place for a new contract, which would compensate the third-year, minimum-salary wideout far more handsomely for his performance. Since then, the deal hasn’t been finalized. “
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  • Cutler listed as probable to play against Packers

    Cutler listed as probable to play against Packers

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler appears ready to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
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  • Sports world shaken by Conn. school tragedy

    Sports world shaken by Conn. school tragedy

    ESPN.com Dec 14, 2012
    Stars from several different sports took to Twitter on Friday to try and cope with the school shooting in Connecticut, and the NFL asked each of its teams to observe a moment of silence before this weekend's games to pay respect to the victims.
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  • Stevie Johnson has no qualms about moving to the slot

    Stevie Johnson has no qualms about moving to the slot

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    When Bills G.M. Buddy Nix talks about getting a big-time outside receiver, which would allow Stevie Johnson to spend more time operating out of the slot, an obvious question arises. What does Stevie think of that? Stevie, as it turns out, likes it. “To
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  • Dez Bryant: If we weren’t fighting for a playoff spot, I’d have…

    Dez Bryant: If we weren’t fighting for a playoff spot, I’d have surgery

    Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant has decided to delay surgery on a broken index finger, risking permanent damage, because he says a chance to make the playoffs now is more important than considering what shape his finger might be in for the rest of his life.…
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  • NFL to observe moment of silence prior to Week 15 games

    NFL to observe moment of silence prior to Week 15 games

    In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, where a gunman shot and killed 26 people, including 20 children between the age of 5 and 10, the National Football League has asked each stadium to observe a m…
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  • Von Miller says multiple fines won’t change the way he plays

    Von Miller says multiple fines won’t change the way he plays

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    The good news for Broncos linebacker Von Miller is that he wasn’t fined this week. The bad news is that the NFL has fined him so many times already in his two-year career that he could be close to getting suspended if he picks up any more roughing the p
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  • NFC West Could Get Wild

    NFC West Could Get Wild

    CNNSI.com Dec 14, 2012
    The 49ers are one of the best teams in the NFL, but they can't shake the Seahawks. Peter King discusses the NFC West race that could get considerably tighter after this weekend's action.
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  • Week 15 injury report roundup

    Week 15 injury report roundup

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    All through the week we do our best to bring you all the biggest injury news from around the league. Inevitably, a few injuries fall through the cracks and don’t wind up with a spotlight on them at any point. That’s why we’ve got the injury report r
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  • Fleener says Luck is the MVP

    Fleener says Luck is the MVP

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    In 16 days, the 50 Associated Press voters will cast their ballots for a litany of postseason awards.  As AP voter Tom Curran told PFT Live earlier this week, the rules essentially are there are no rules. And so when deciding on the Most Valuable Player…
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  • Packers expect Matthews to play against Bears

    Packers expect Matthews to play against Bears

    The Green Bay Packers expect to have linebacker Clay Matthews back in the lineup Sunday against the Chicago Bears and coach Mike McCarthy couldn't be happier about it.
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  • ESPN suspends Rob Parker, but will the network’s ethics ever ch…

    ESPN suspends Rob Parker, but will the network’s ethics ever change?

    There are obviously far more important things to talk and think about on this day of tragedy, but as a follow-up note, we feel obliged to inform you that after he made some patently ridiculous comments on ESPN's "First Take" show regarding Was…
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  • Gronk one of 19 questionable Patriots

    Gronk one of 19 questionable Patriots

    The Patriots continue their questionable use of the term “questionable” in their injury reports. In advance of Sunday’s game against the 49ers, a whopping 19 members of the team are listed as questionable to play due to injury, including tight end R
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  • Vilma asks judge to accept lawsuit vs. Goodell

    Vilma asks judge to accept lawsuit vs. Goodell

    CNNSI.com Dec 14, 2012
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Jon Vilma urged a federal judge Friday to reject NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's motion to dismiss the defamation lawsuit filed against him by the Saints linebacker.
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  • Bradshaw sidelined for Week 15 duel vs. Falcons

    Bradshaw sidelined for Week 15 duel vs. Falcons

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Giants will play a critical game Sunday afternoon against the Atlanta Falcons without their leading rusher.
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  • PFT on NBC Sports Network: Sidney Rice, weekend preview

    PFT on NBC Sports Network: Sidney Rice, weekend preview

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice appears to be set to play against the Bills despite battling a foot injury all week, which means he’ll have plenty to talk about when he joins Erik Kuselias for a conversation on Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network
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  • Adam Jones says programs work, but players don’t use them

    Adam Jones says programs work, but players don’t use them

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    In the wake of the big-picture issues the NFL has faced in successive weekends, more attention has been paid to the programs put in place by the league to protects its players. Less focus, however, has been put on the role of individual responsibility, …
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  • Jets' Coples fined $15K for facemask on Henne

    Jets' Coples fined $15K for facemask on Henne

    ESPN.com Dec 14, 2012
    Jets rookie defensive lineman Quinton Coples has been fined $15,000 by the NFL on Friday for grabbing the facemask of Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne.
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  • Seahawks' Thurmond (hamstring) out vs. Bills

    Seahawks' Thurmond (hamstring) out vs. Bills

    ESPN.com Dec 14, 2012
    The Seattle Seahawks will be without starting cornerback Walter Thurmond against the Buffalo Bills in Toronto on Sunday.
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  • Colts down 2 starting O-linemen vs. Texans

    Colts down 2 starting O-linemen vs. Texans

    Two starting offensive linemen will stay home when the Indianapolis Colts travel to Houston this weekend.
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  • Landry won’t give Jets hometown discount

    Landry won’t give Jets hometown discount

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    In the offseason, the Jets signed safety LaRon Landry to a one-year deal.  When the one year ends, he’ll hit the market, thanks to a clause in his contract that prevents the Jets from using the franchise tag. And Landry won’t be giving the Jets a hom
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  • Everson Griffen escapes fine for hit on Cutler

    Everson Griffen escapes fine for hit on Cutler

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    On Sunday, Florio opined that Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen had a fine coming his way after he was penalized for unnecessary roughness while sacking Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Griffen’s teammate Jared Allen was in the process of dragging Cutl
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  • David Wilson bows to pressure, won’t flip any more

    David Wilson bows to pressure, won’t flip any more

    Flip Wilson has flipped his stance. Giants running back David Wilson, who said earlier this week people should “relax” about his signature celebration, said Friday he changed his mind. Wilson said on ESPN he would no longer do a backflip after he scor
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  • Ndamukong Suh not fined for roughing Aaron Rodgers

    Ndamukong Suh not fined for roughing Aaron Rodgers

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    For Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, it’s news when the NFL doesn’t fine him. So we’ll pass along the news we’ve confirmed with the league office today, which is that Suh was not fined for a hit on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Sunday.
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  • For each sack, 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith donating $5,099 to …

    For each sack, 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith donating $5,099 to Boys & Girls Clubs

    yahoo.com Dec 14, 2012
    San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker and Defensive Player of the Year candidate Aldon Smith is approaching former New York Giants and current FOX pregame panelist Michael Strahan's single-season record for quarterback sacks. Smith needs just three sac…
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  • Jimmy Graham has had an unreported wrist injury all season

    Jimmy Graham has had an unreported wrist injury all season

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    Saints tight end Jimmy Graham revealed today that he has been dealing with a wrist injury for the entire season - surprising news because Graham hasn’t been listed on the injury report. The Saints haven’t explained why they weren’t listing him, bu
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  • Report: RG3 hasn’t taken first team reps this week

    Report: RG3 hasn’t taken first team reps this week

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Friday that quarterback Robert Griffin III has progressed all week and that he was “much better” on Friday, leaving him to be listed as questionable on the final injury report of the week. “We’ll get a chance to e
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  • Temple hires Giants assistant as new head coach

    Temple hires Giants assistant as new head coach

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    Temple has offered its head coaching job to Giants assistant offensive line coach Matt Rhule, according to OwlScoop.com. He was one of two NFL assistants to interview for the job, along with Eagles defensive coordinator (and former Temple safety) Todd B…
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  • Who Has The Funnier Challenge-Flag-Throwing Motion, John Harbau…

    Who Has The Funnier Challenge-Flag-Throwing Motion, John Harbaugh Or Mike McCarthy?

    deadspin.com Dec 14, 2012
    The Deadspin NFL Coach Challenge Challenge is a tournament pitting the throwing motions of 20 NFL coaches against one another. More »
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  • Browns might cut Trent Richardson’s playing time

    Browns might cut Trent Richardson’s playing time

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    The Browns are riding a three-game winning streak into Sunday’s game against the Redskins, but rookie running back Trent Richardson hasn’t been performing quite as well as his team. Richardson is averaging 3.5 yards per carry in those three games and
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  • Aaron Rodgers, photobomber

    Aaron Rodgers, photobomber

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    Regardless of what anyone thinks of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, here’s one thing we know. The guy is hilarious. If you doubt that, consider this:  Rodgers is a serial photobomber. Yes, before every game he sneaks into the shot behind the team’
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  • Which TV Market Is Getting Screwed This Sunday? An Analysis Of …

    Which TV Market Is Getting Screwed This Sunday? An Analysis Of Week 15 NFL Viewing Maps

    deadspin.com Dec 14, 2012
    The 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…
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  • Champ Bailey: It feels good to have a great quarterback in Denv…

    Champ Bailey: It feels good to have a great quarterback in Denver

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    The Broncos are the AFC West champions, just as they were last year. But this year feels a lot different to Denver cornerback Champ Bailey. Bailey said on 102.3 The Ticket that last season, it didn’t feel realistic to have high hopes of winning the Supe
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  • Rob Gronkowski returns to practice

    Rob Gronkowski returns to practice

    The Patriots had every member of their team eligible to practice taking part in Friday’s session, including tight end Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski has not practiced since breaking his forearm late in New England’s 59-28 victory over the Colts last month
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  • Vilma lawsuit paints whistleblower as unstable

    Vilma lawsuit paints whistleblower as unstable

    New court filings in Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma's defamation lawsuit against Roger Goodell portray one of Vilma's chief accusers in the league's bounty investigation, former Saints defensive assistant coach Mike Cerullo, as unstable.
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  • Quirks of the Game: Should the N.F.L. Kill the Kickoff?

    Quirks of the Game: Should the N.F.L. Kill the Kickoff?

    nytimes.com Dec 14, 2012
    Tampa Bay Coach Greg Schiano has proposed doing away with kickoffs to make the game safer. The idea has yet to gain much support.
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  • Roddy White misses another practice, questionable for Sunday

    Roddy White misses another practice, questionable for Sunday

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    Though the Falcons aren’t yet in danger (grave or otherwise) of blowing the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs, they soon could be, if they can’t rebound from an ugly win at Carolina. More importantly, the Falcons could use the pre-postseason boost that c
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  • Cowboys holding off on sending Ratliff to IR

    Cowboys holding off on sending Ratliff to IR

    The Dallas Cowboys will not place nose tackle Jay Ratliff on injured reserve until they have to.
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  • Rib injury signals quiet end to Jets’ Tebow-wildcat package

    Rib injury signals quiet end to Jets’ Tebow-wildcat package

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    The wildcat that so many roared so much about is going out with a whimper. Jets coach Rex Ryan has essentially shelved the wildcat portion of the offense, with Tim Tebow’s rib injury leaving him unable to run it. “It’s not something we practice doin
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  • Heckert calls total control over Cleveland’s roster “why I came…

    Heckert calls total control over Cleveland’s roster “why I came here”

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    As new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam prepares to reshape the team’s front office after the season, we’ve noted that there’s talk of stopping short of firing General Manager Tom Heckert, and instead keeping him on board but taking away his final say auth
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  • Biggest NFL games of Week 15 -- John Clayton's First & 10

    Biggest NFL games of Week 15 -- John Clayton's First & 10

    ESPN.com Dec 13, 2012
    Expand the playoffs? It's a question of when, not if, John Clayton writes.
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  • Allen calls idea of expanding playoffs 'stupid'

    Allen calls idea of expanding playoffs 'stupid'

    ESPN.com Dec 14, 2012
    Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen is not a fan of the NFL exploring the idea of expanding playoffs
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  • PFT Live: 49ers talk with Matt Maiocco, PFT Planet calls and tw…

    PFT Live: 49ers talk with Matt Maiocco, PFT Planet calls and tweets

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    We’re on the cusp of another weekend filled with games and one of the biggest is on NBC Sunday night. The 49ers and the Patriots will face off and Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area will join Mike Florio on Friday’s PFT Live to talk about the contest. We’
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  • Wide receiver on Buddy Nix’s Christmas list as well

    Wide receiver on Buddy Nix’s Christmas list as well

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    After some hemming and hawing on the question of whether Buffalo needs a new quarterback, Bills General Manager Buddy Nix said Friday that now is the time to trade up in the draft for a quarterback. That’s not the only offensive addition on his wish lis
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  • Jovan Belcher’s mother says her son questioned the paternity of…

    Jovan Belcher’s mother says her son questioned the paternity of 3-month-old daughter

    yahoo.com deadspin.com Dec 14, 2012
    Nearly two weeks after Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed Kasandra Perkins before taking his own life outside the Chiefs' headquarters, more details of what may have triggered the unspeakable tragedy are beginning to emerge. Acc…
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  • Former Steelers K Jeff Reed wants another chance

    Former Steelers K Jeff Reed wants another chance

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    Special teamers are fairly disposable anyway. When they give teams headaches, small issues can become big ones. That has to be at least part of the reason former NFL kicker Jeff Reed’s on the outside today, though the 33-year-old said he wants to come b
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  • Week 15 Sunday Picks: Falcons out to show they’re legitimate Su…

    Week 15 Sunday Picks: Falcons out to show they’re legitimate Super Bowl contenders

    yahoo.com Dec 14, 2012
    New York Giants at Atlanta Falcons The Falcons are in the midst of the most successful period in the organization's history, but have yet to win the playoff game necessary to validate the Mike Smith/Thomas Dimitroff Era. The Giants have won the last fou…
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  • Ravens' gamble: With their offense sputtering and their playoff…

    Ravens' gamble: With their offense sputtering and their playoff f…

    CNNSI.com Dec 14, 2012
    With their offense sputtering and their playoff future in doubt, the Ravens changed offensive coordinators this week. Why now? Peter King examines the implications.
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  • Terrell Suggs is a game-time decision again

    Terrell Suggs is a game-time decision again

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is trying to play through a torn biceps he suffered a couple of weeks ago, but he wasn’t able to answer the bell for last Sunday’s game against the Redskins. It’s unclear whether he’ll be on the field against the Br
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  • Rooney steps down as ambassador to Ireland

    Rooney steps down as ambassador to Ireland

    ESPN.com Dec 14, 2012
    Pittsburgh Steelers chairman and co-owner Dan Rooney has stepped down as the U.S. ambassador to Ireland, a post he assumed after backing President Barack Obama's presidential campaign despite being a lifelong Republican.
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  • Reggie Bush “uneasy and unsure” with free agency approaching

    Reggie Bush “uneasy and unsure” with free agency approaching

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    Dolphins running back Reggie Bush isn’t going to meet his goal of leading the league in rushing this season and it doesn’t look like he’ll realize his goal of landing a new long-term deal with the Dolphins either. There haven’t been any talks abou
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  • Giovani Bernard entering NFL Draft

    Giovani Bernard entering NFL Draft

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    Two productive years of college and one ACL injury was enough for University of North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard. Bernard announced Friday he was giving up his final two years of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft, and he could be the top if …
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  • Steven Jackson expects he’ll be a Ram in 2013

    Steven Jackson expects he’ll be a Ram in 2013

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    When word broke that the Rams will allow running back Steven Jackson to void the final year of his contract to become a free agent after this season, it was widely assumed the writing was on the wall for Jackson’s departure from St. Louis. If that turns
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  • Top Basketball Recruit Jabari Parker Is Ideal For BYU, But BYU …

    Top Basketball Recruit Jabari Parker Is Ideal For BYU, But BYU Isn't Ideal For Him (Or For Any Black Athlete)

    deadspin.com Dec 14, 2012
    This has been a breakthrough year for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Mitt Romney captured the Republican presidential nomination. Manti Te'o led the Notre Dame football team to an undefeated regular season and a No. 1 ranking. And now …
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  • Friday morning one-liners

    Friday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    Bills S Da’Norris Searcy has some experience facing Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. LB Kevin Burnett thinks the Dolphins have to be especially careful when facing former teammate Chad Henne. It’s been an easy transition back to the Patriots for WR Deion B
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  • Umenyiora: Falcons OL not as dirty as it used to be

    Umenyiora: Falcons OL not as dirty as it used to be

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora didn’t know Pat Hill was the Falcons new offensive line coach. But he said he could tell from watching tape things were different. Some accused the Falcons blockers of dirty play last year, and after other teams accus
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  • Kluwe on criticism: “We all get cut eventually”

    Kluwe on criticism: “We all get cut eventually”

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    Chris Kluwe has become a household name (at least in households where punters are discussed), in part because he’s a football player, but mostly because he’s a football player with opinions. And while one of his coaches said he’s getting tired of Kl
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  • Urlacher says Packers were better without Finley, too

    Urlacher says Packers were better without Finley, too

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    I see what he did there. Linebacker Brian Urlacher has responded to Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, who said that the Bears are better off with the long-time anchor of their defense. “Just like a couple of years ago, I think, he tore his ACL and th
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  • With a cleared Vick, Reid says he’ll “stick with Nick”

    With a cleared Vick, Reid says he’ll “stick with Nick”

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    It wasn’t an inspiring performance, but in these white-flag days in Philadelphia, it was enough. After last night’s 34-13 loss to the Bengals, and after Michael Vick was cleared from his concussion, Eagles coach Andy Reid said he was going to continue
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  • Lions coordinator: Stafford will be one of the best quarterback…

    Lions coordinator: Stafford will be one of the best quarterbacks ever

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is having a fine year, with 4,006 yards through 13 games, but his numbers are down from his breakout 2011 season, and the Lions have taken a big step backward as a team. So does that make Stafford’s 2012 a disappointme
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  • Eagles waste early comeback against Bengals with turnover-fille…

    Eagles waste early comeback against Bengals with turnover-filled second half

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Dec 14, 2012
    It was the play that perhaps best typified the Philadelphia Eagles' season, though there were many more to come. With 9:59 left in the first quarter of the Cincinnati Bengals' 34-13 thumping of Andy Reid's team, Eagles punter Mat McBriar set to punt fro…
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  • The Trenchie Awards: Aldon Smith's Decimation of the Miami Dolp…

    The Trenchie Awards: Aldon Smith's Decimation of the Miami Dolphins (A Story in 2 GIFs)

    grantland.com Dec 14, 2012
    In celebration of the NFL's release of the all-22 and end zone film for the 2012 season, each week we'll be bringing you the best in offensive- and de...
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    Mark Sanchez's Struggles

    Dec 14
    Trent Dilfer breaks down the struggles of Jets QB Mark Sanchez.
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    Three Keys For The Jets

    Dec 14
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