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NY Giants coach Tom Coughlin hasn't built bridges from last year's Super Bowl streak, Eli Manning and defensive line to blame
An Aussie golf partner of mine is fond of a game called Skins and Validations. You can’t bank a skin, or win a hole, unless you at least tie the next hole. Thankfully, the NFL hasn’t instituted this practice or the Giants would be throwing a lot of ViUpvote Share Tweet
Kenny Britt still searching for answers to lingering knee issuesAfter suffering an ACL tear last September, Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt has struggled to overcome lingering knee issues that have carried through the entire 2012 season. Britt tore the ACL in his left knee in September 2011 and had surger…Upvote Share TweetOn Sunday, Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor applied a wicked hit to 49ers tight end Vernon Davis. It gave Davis a concussion, and it resulted in a flag being thrown on Chancellor. In the days since Sunday, plenty of you have asked whether Chancellor has …Upvote Share TweetIt’s been a couple of years since a high-profile player publicly wrestled with retirement. Possibly, running back Steven Jackson will be the latest star player to pull a Favre. Jackson, 29, mused about calling it quits in comments to reporters on ThurUpvote Share TweetCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- A person familiar with the penalty says the NFL has fined Panthers quarterback Cam Newton $21,000 for abusive conduct toward a game official.Upvote Share TweetThe regular-season PFT Picks contest is over, even with one week left. Yes, I’ve clinched the victory over MDS, courtesy of an eight-game lead and disagreements this week on only five games. On Thursday’s PFT Live, MDS once again joined the programUpvote Share TweetIn appealing his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy regarding anabolic steroids and related substances, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman raised multiple issues regarding the sample collection and testing process. Ultimately, one specUpvote Share TweetRavens safety Ed Reed has been fined $55,000 for his hit on Victor Cruz in Sunday's game. An NFL spokesman confirmed Reed's fine for striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area.Upvote Share TweetSo how did Jets quarterback Greg McElroy go from having an abdominal issue on Wednesday to a concussion on Thursday? Apparently, the guy who scored in the 40s on the Wonderlic wasn’t smart enough to tell the team he was suffering from concussion symptUpvote Share TweetFLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Tony Gonzalez is still 95 percent sure he will retire at the end of the season.Upvote Share Tweet
Dalton: Bengals are treating meaningless Week 17 like any other weekThe Bengals have earned their first back-to-back playoff berths in franchise history. But they’re not taking a victory lap as they prepare for a Week 17 game against the Ravens that won’t improve, or diminish, Cincy’s playoff positioning. QuarterbUpvote Share TweetPITTSBURGH (AP) -- Armed with a promise from his beloved defensive coordinator that he wouldn't retire without first informing his players, Ryan Clark threatened to avoid Dick LeBeau.Upvote Share Tweet
Allen (illness) returns to practice for VikingsJared Allen returned to practice for the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday after missing the previous practice because of an illness. Adrian Peterson was held out for a second straight day, but the Vikings have been giving the star running back days off dur…Upvote Share Tweet
Bonehead play gets Stefan Logan benched as Lions’ return manWhen Lions return man Stefan Logan fielded a kick at the 4-yard line on Saturday against the Falcons, he did something extraordinarily stupid: He took a knee and downed it. At the 4-yard line. TV cameras caught Lions coach Jim Schwartz calling that, “thUpvote Share TweetRedskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s return to action against the Eagles last week went just fine. The Redskins won and Griffin did no new damage to the knee he injured in Week 14 against the Ravens, which made the day a success even if they operatUpvote Share TweetEarlier this week, Bears running back Matt Forte said that he planned on playing in Week 17 against the Lions and coach Lovie Smith said that linebacker Brian Urlacher had a “chance” of returning for the regular season finale. Things are looking betteUpvote Share TweetCowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware was coy about his need for offseason surgery, but it’s clear the team knows they’re going to have to be selective with his snaps. Ware hasn’t practiced this week because of shoulder and elbow injuries, but inUpvote Share Tweet
Position Statement: Chaos continues for JetsMike Florio says that calling the Jets a circus at this point is an insult to circuses everywhere. To make things even more chaotic for the Jets, QB Greg McElroy is out with a concussion and head coach Rex Ryan has decided to go with Mark Sanchez, and n…Upvote Share Tweet
On Christmas, Jack Pinto would be wearing his Victor Cruz NY Giants jersey, alive and wellIn the past on Christmas Day, I have written about what a perfect day would be like in sports, out of all the days we have ever had around here.Upvote Share Tweet
Jamaal Charles gaining ground at a rate unseen in NFL historyThe Chiefs are completing a miserable season that may cost everyone in the front office and coaching staff their jobs, but there’s one very valuable asset that whoever takes over the Chiefs next season will inherit: A running back who has blown away theUpvote Share TweetNew York Jets coach Rex Ryan said Thursday that he believes defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson will be able to play in Sunday's season finale against the Buffalo Bills despite suffering a concussion last week.Upvote Share TweetThe bad news for the Vikings is that running back Adrian Peterson (abdomen) and cornerback Antoine Winfield (knee/hand) is that they didn’t practice - again - on Thursday. The good news is that their coach says both will play on Sunday. AccordingUpvote Share TweetThe bad news for the Vikings is that running back Adrian Peterson (abdomen) and cornerback Antoine Winfield (knee/hand) is that they didn’t practice - again - on Thursday. The good news is that their coach says both will play on Sunday. AccordingUpvote Share TweetDetroit center Dominic Raiola responded Thursday to assertions made by the Chicago Bears' Henry Melton that the Lions are a dirty team, calling the defensive tackle "a clown" and questioning how he could have been selected to the Pro Bowl.Upvote Share Tweet
Hearing officer breaks from precedent, buys Sherman’s argument on collection irregularitiesIn a departure from past precedent, the NFL’s internal process overturned the four-game suspension of Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman based on alleged discrepancies in the sample-collection process. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, hearUpvote Share TweetAndy Dalton has become the first man to quarterback the Bengals to consecutive playoff appearances in a long time and we’ll get a chance to hear his thoughts about it during Thursday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network. Erik KuseliasUpvote Share TweetIn what could be the end of his run with the Raiders, Richard Seymour has been placed on injured reserve, according to Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times. Seymour had missed the previous seven games with a hamstring injury, and hadn’t practiced thiUpvote Share Tweet
Vernon Davis cleared for non-contact activity49ers tight end Vernon Davis sustained a concussion during Sunday night’s loss to the Seahawks. On Thursday, he took a significant step toward returning to action. Davis was cleared by an independent neurologist to resume non-contact activities, accorUpvote Share TweetSan Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl defensive end Justin Smith has a partially torn left triceps but will attempt to play this postseason, sources told ESPN.Upvote Share Tweet
Steelers were stunned by Brett Keisel’s sack celebration penaltySteelers defensive lineman Brett Keisel thought he had ended the Bengals’ first series on Sunday with a third-down sack. And then a flag came down that left the Steelers stunned. After Keisel sacked Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton on third down, he gotUpvote Share Tweet
Bristolmetrics: SportsCenter Poops All Over Mark SanchezThis is a regular feature breaking down, minute-by-minute, the content that appears on ESPN's 11 p.m. edition of SportsCenter throughout the week. More »Upvote Share Tweet
Success of other young QBs makes Locker look worseFree from context, Titans quarterback Jake Locker is struggling enough on his own. When you look around and see other young and younger quarterbacks having success, it only makes his second season look worse. Locker’s led the Titans to a 5-10 overall reUpvote Share Tweet
It's Not OK To Be Shitty: Guy Fieri, BuzzFeed, And The Tyranny Of Stupid Popular ThingsWill Leitch, contributing editor at New York Magazine, "media" columnist for Sports on Earth, and editor emeritus of Deadspin, is filling in for Drew Magary on today's Thursday Afternoon NFL Dick Joke Jamboroo. Leitch has written four books. F…Upvote Share TweetThe Jets beat the Bills 48-28 on the opening weekend of the season behind one of Mark Sanchez’s best performances of the season, but that doesn’t mean Buffalo is upset to see Sanchez back in the starting lineup for this week’s game. According to linUpvote Share Tweet
NFC Pro Bowl Snubs: The DefenseDefensive Ends Made it: Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants/Julius Peppers, Chicago Bears/Jared Allen, Minnesota Vikings Should have made it: Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals/John Abraham, Atlanta Falcons The Cardinals have the NFL's third-ranked defen…Upvote Share TweetThrough all of the things that have gone wrong for the Chiefs over the last 15 games, coach Romeo Crennel could always fall back on an old chestnut to find the bright side. “At least you have your health,” he might have imagined to himself after anothUpvote Share TweetWith the NFL season coming to a close on Sunday, several players are on the verge of earning top spots in the NFL Record and Fact Book for their performances in 2012. Let’s take a moment to appreciate some record-setting performances this season. First,Upvote Share TweetCowboys nose tackle Josh Brent has received forgiveness from the mother of teammate Jerry Brown, who died in a car that Brent allegedly was driving drunk. The authorities in Texas may not be as forgiving. According to the Associated Press, the official …Upvote Share TweetWhen the Steelers told wide receiver Hines Ward that they didn’t have a place for him in the 2012 season, he chose to retire rather than sign on with a different team. Defensive tackle Casey Hampton isn’t interested in going that route. Hampton is theUpvote Share TweetThird-string quarterback Thad Lewis is one day closer to starting for the Browns.Upvote Share TweetThere hasn’t been much to celebrate during this Chargers season, but punt returner Micheal Spurlock provided them with a highlight last Sunday. Spurlock took a punt back 63 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, giving them their first punt returnUpvote Share TweetFormer Lions lineman Lomas Brown has been getting a ton of shit from people since admitting the other day he once deliberately allowed quarterback Scott Mitchell to get injured during a game. Though we never realized it until the Mitchell story got out,…Upvote Share TweetThe Bengals are headed back to the playoffs thanks in large part to their defensive line, and another member of that line picked up an award Thursday. Defensive tackle Geno Atkins was named AFC defensive player of the week, after last week’s postseason-Upvote Share Tweet
Win And In: The NFC East crown comes down to Sunday night whe…The NFC East crown comes down to Sunday night when Washington hosts Dallas. Peter King says the Redskins win on the back of one guy. And it's not who you might think.Upvote Share Tweet
Browns QB decision speaks to lack of security thereThe Browns are one day closer to a depth chart of Thaddeus Lewis and Josh Johnson at quarterback, after Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy were held out of another day of practice Thursday with shoulder injuries. And that may get them one day closer to a new…Upvote Share Tweet
Adrian Peterson inspires a list of the top 10 individual seasons in NFL historyESPN.com Updated Dec 26, 2012Where does Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson rank among the 10 best NFL seasons of all time?Upvote Share TweetFor the second consecutive week, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has named a new starting quarterback. For the second consecutive week, Ryan has announced someone other than Tim Tebow, instead naming Mark Sanchez the starting quarterback for the regul…Upvote Share TweetChicago Bears Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman said Calvin Johnson is "the LeBron James of football," and he's not sure how the Bears are going to contain the Detroit Lions receiver as effectively as the last time the teams played.Upvote Share Tweet
AFC Pro Bowl Snubs: The DefenseDefensive Ends Made it: J.J. Watt, Houston Texans/Cameron Wake, Miami Dolphins/Elvis Dumervil, Denver Broncos Should have made it: Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets/Corey Liuget, San Diego Chargers We won't quibble with positions on defense -- with so m…Upvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: Week 17 picks, Wendy’s Rapid ReactionMike Florio and Michael David Smith will be doing the picks for this week on Thursday’s edition of PFT Live, but there isn’t much suspense left to the process. They only disagree on five games, which isn’t enough for MDS to make up the eight-game leUpvote Share TweetThere were no shortage of stars for the Seahawks in last Sunday’s 42-13 victory over the 49ers, but only one of them has been named a conference player of the week. Defensive end Red Bryant has been named the NFC special teams player of the week for hisUpvote Share TweetChicago Bears safety Major Wright said the Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford is a good quarterback who can make any throw on the field, but Wright said Stafford "kinda folds" when he faces a little pressure.Upvote Share TweetDuring Peyton Manning’s tenure with the Colts, the 16th game of the season was usually the best day of the year for his backup. At some point during the contest, which the Colts rarely needed to secure playoff position, Manning would head to the bench aUpvote Share TweetThe first Monday after the regular season is usually ripe for coaching changes, and this year will be particularly active. Don Banks breaks down who's likely out, and who's safe.Upvote Share TweetRavens running back Ray Rice won AFC player of the week honors, and he didn’t even have to convert a fourth-and-29 this time. Rice had 158 combined yards in last week’s win over the Giants (107 rushing, 51 receiving), helping the Ravens to a season-hiUpvote Share Tweet
The Bills Blackmailed New York Taxpayers Into Covering 84 Percent Of Stadium RenovationsYou might have missed this in the pre-holiday news dump, which it was specifically timed for-it's a good idea to downplay the implications of a story like this. An agreement was announced in a "hastily called news conference" to keep the Bills in BuffalUpvote Share TweetWith the top seed in the NFC locked down, the Falcons’ main goal in Week 17 is to make it to the postseason without losing any key players to injuries that would keep them out for the playoffs. That likely means safety William Moore will remain on the bUpvote Share Tweet
The great QB debate: Don't be surprised if Class of 2012 - Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson - goes down as NFLThe Class of 2012 has the potential to be talked about as the best once their careers are over. They are already the most accomplished set of rookie QBs in NFL history and there's no reason to believe that this is some sort of passing fancy.Upvote Share Tweet
Injuries leave Cowboys looking at backup OLB optionsWith starting outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware ailing, and backup Victor Butler slowed by a groin strain, the Cowboys are developing contingency plans. According to Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com, the Cowboys worked out veteran Matt Roth Wednesday, thoug…Upvote Share TweetThe Cardinals have an offensive line that may be the best at making opponents look good. Bears defensive end Julius Peppers didn’t need the help. Peppers earned NFC defensive player of the week honors, after a dominating performance against the Cards laUpvote Share Tweet
Add actor Josh Duhamel to the ranks of the Tim Tebow faithfulSomeday, future historians will look back on this era as the time when our nation fractured irreparably. Not over politics, no ... over Tebow. Yes, Tim Tebow has split the country in twain, with some hailing him as the NFL's savior (or at least a guy wh…Upvote Share TweetIt’s been a pretty good week for Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. He led his team to their 13th victory of the season against the Lions last Saturday night, locking up home-field advantage in the NFC in the process, and he was named to the Pro Bowl on WedUpvote Share TweetWarren Sapp hasn’t been shy about sharing his negative take of Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh over the last couple of years and Suh’s aware of the criticism. Suh’s heard the slights from Sapp. He responded Wednesday with an offer for the longtUpvote Share Tweet
Saturday wishes he could give Pro Bowl spot to SittonNo Pro Bowl selection took more of a beating yesterday than Packers center Jeff Saturday, and perhaps rightfully so. Chosen to his sixth all-star game a week after being benched by the Packers, Saturday responded by saying he wished he could send teamma…Upvote Share Tweet
Jason Hanson unsure whether he’ll return to the Lions or retireThe oldest player in the NFL hasn’t decided yet if he’ll return in 2013. But he has decided that he won’t play elsewhere. Jason Hanson, the 42-year-old Lions kicker who owns three NFL records (most games played with one team, most seasons played witUpvote Share TweetMike Munchak's challenge after this season will be convincing owner Bud Adams, his boss for 30 seasons as a player and coach, is that he needs more time to turn the Titans back into a winner.Upvote Share TweetGreg Jennings has said he wouldn't mind if Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson broke the NFL's single-season rushing record against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. He seems to be alone among his teammates with that sentiment.Upvote Share TweetWhen Jason Babin left the Eagles, he had nice things to say about coach Andy Reid. A little time has passed, though, and now Babin, who landed with the Jaguars, is talking about life with the Eagles as if Reid’s mustache was styled to make him look likeUpvote Share TweetThe Bills were shut out in Pro Bowl voting, with S Jairus Byrd and RB C.J. Spiller their best chances. Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said he and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman have given QB Ryan Tannehill more responsibilities in recent weeks. Patriots…Upvote Share TweetThe Cardinals are starting their fourth quarterback of the season against the 49ers this Sunday, a pretty clear sign that they are going to be in the market for a player who can give them less quantity and more quality at the position come the offseason…Upvote Share Tweet
NFC Pro Bowl Snubs: The OffenseOFFENSE Quarterback Made it: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers/Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons/Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins Should have made it: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks/Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys Rodgers' numbers have been a bit down this y…Upvote Share TweetThe Arizona Cardinals have placed tight end Rob Housler on injured reserve after suffering a shoulder injury against the Chicago Bears last week. Housler was the Cardinals third leading receiver this season. Housler appeared in all 15 games this season …Upvote Share TweetThe New York Giants have placed tight end Travis Beckum on injured reserve before the team’s regular season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday. Beckum was still dealing with the lingering effects of the ACL injury suffered in last year”Upvote Share Tweet
Panthers place Amini Silatolu on injured reserveThe Carolina Panthers placed left guard Amini Silatolu on injured reserve Wednesday due to the injury to his left wrist suffered in the team’s victory over the Oakland Raiders last Sunday. The Panthers second round pick out of Division II Midwestern StaUpvote Share Tweet
Ed Reed Fined For Hit On Victor CruzDec 27ESPN.Com AFC North Blogger Jamison Hensley on Ravens S Ed Reed fined $55k for hit on on Giants WR Victor Cruz.
NFL32OT: Giants Hope For MiracleDec 27Episode 239: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss the Giants chances of making the playoffs and what changes will be made. Adam Schefter breaks down the 49ers recent injuries as they head into the playoffs. The NFL32 crew discuss the Pro Bowl rost
Chuck Pagano One-On-OneDec 27For the full conversation with Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, watch Sunday NFL Countdown on ESPN.
NFL Cold Hard FactsDec 27NFL experts break down who wins battle for NFC East, key for Texans against Colts, and what's more impressive: Adrian Peterson breaking record or Vikings making playoffs.
Peter King: NFL Week 17 PicksDec 27Peter King: NFL Week 17 Picks
Don Banks: Black Monday Primer: Definitive guide to 2013 coaching carouselDec 27The only constant in the NFL these days is change, and all indications point to another active firing/hiring season commencing on Black Monday -- the day after the league's regular season concludes. While there were no midseason coaching dismissals in 2…
Day of rest? - John Clayton's First & 10Dec 27Few teams have the luxury of sitting their starters in this season finale.
NFL - Peyton Manning headlines John Clayton's 2012 All-Pro teamDec 27Peyton Manning headlines John Clayton's 2012 All-Pro team, which includes clear choices at the skill positions and tough calls elsewhere.