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Rex Ryan showed more passion on Friday than he has all season talking about the Jets. If Woody Johnson doesn’t fire him, it will be helpful if he brings that emotion into next season, although crying in front of his team is getting a little old.Upvote Share Tweet
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is not willing to restructure his contract to remain with the team, according to a report by the Philadelphia Inquirer.Upvote Share Tweet
Should the Jets keep Rex or clean house?On Friday’s edition of Pro Football Talk, Peter King and yours truly took up the question of whether the Jets should bring back coach Rex Ryan for another season. King says yes. I used to agree, but in light of a recent stream of daily distractions anUpvote Share TweetSANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Vernon Davis is anxious to get back on the field with the San Francisco 49ers and help them build momentum for the playoffs during Sunday's regular-season finale against Arizona.Upvote Share TweetSean Payton and the Saints have agreed to a five-year contract extension, a league source told ESPN. The terms of the extension are undisclosed, but may be similar to the deal that was earlier disapproved by the league, according to a league source.Upvote Share Tweet
One thing to know: Power struggle in N.Y.?Forget about a QB controversy, Rex Ryan is now occupied with the possibility of losing his job. After telling Jets' ownership he'd prefer to be fired than coach a 2013 team that will be virtually the same as this current squad, Ryan is making sure he'll…Upvote Share TweetMaurice Jones-Drew is one of the most reliable running backs in the NFL, but more than two months after suffering a foot sprain in a game against the Raiders, the Jaguars have finally put MJD on the injured reserve list. While only a week remains in the…Upvote Share TweetSteelers receiver Mike Wallace has been ruled out of Sunday’s season finale with a hamstring injury, and as a soon-to-be free agent, he acknowledged today that he has considered the possibility that he has played his last game for the Steelers. “I defUpvote Share Tweet
Deadspin Up All Night: I Could Liken You To A Werewolfdeadspin.com Dec 28, 2012Thank you for your continued support of Deadspin. Watch the bowls and the mostly meaningless NFL games this weekend with the usual gang. More »Upvote Share Tweet
Week 17 injury report roundupAnd so another regular season comes to an end. For some players, it is just a prelude to greater heights in the postseason. For others, it is one last chance to leave a good impression at the end of a disappointing season for the team. And for a final g…Upvote Share TweetHouston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is two sacks shy of the NFL's single-season record. He will get a chance to break the record held by Michael Strahan on Sunday as he faces the Indianapolis Colts, but first, Watt took time to hang out with the kid…Upvote Share Tweet
Randall Cobb, Justin Smith headline Week 17”²s injury reportsIn the premier matchup of the weekend, Sunday night's Dallas Cowboys-Washington Redskins game that will decide the NFC East, the Redskins listed right tackle Tyler Polumbus (head) and safety DeJon Gomes (knee) as "questionable". Polumbus was c…Upvote Share Tweet
Jim Schwartz denies tension with Lions G.M. Martin MayhewLions coach Jim Schwartz says he and General Manager Martin Mayhew have a fine relationship, despite a report to the contrary. A day after Don Banks of SI.com reported that tension has developed between Schwartz and Mayhew about the collection of player…Upvote Share TweetNEW YORK (AP) - Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed was fined $55,000 by the NFL for his high hit on the New York Giants' Victor Cruz last weekend.Upvote Share TweetLAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte expects to start Sunday against the Bears despite an ankle injury suffered last week.Upvote Share TweetSafety Ed Reed got the biggest fine of the week for the Ravens, but he wasn’t the only member of the team to owe the NFL a cut of his paycheck this week. Tackle Michael Oher has been fined $10,000 for a chop block on Giants defensive end Mathias KiwanukUpvote Share Tweet
Bengals finagle final-game selloutThe Cincinnati Bengals, whose fans became fickle even as the team powered its way to a franchise-first back-to-back playoff appearances in non-strike seasons, have managed to fill up Paul Brown Stadium for the last home game of 2012. The Bengals have an…Upvote Share Tweet
Dolphins' Bess out for season finale at PatriotsReceiver Davone Bess has been ruled out of the Miami Dolphins' season finale Sunday at New England because of a back injury.Upvote Share TweetWe’ve reached the end of the last full week of 2012 and it is also the last week of the regular season, which means that we’ve got an overstuffed hour of Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network coming your way this afternoon. There will be a ton of taUpvote Share Tweet
Wilfork fined $30,000, but Chung escapes without onePatriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork was fined $30,000 for unnecessary roughness, after hitting Jaguars offensive lineman Steve Vallos in the head last week. The play resulted in a penalty during the game, occurring after a Patrick Chung interception…Upvote Share TweetIf the Bears do advance to the playoffs, it looks like linebacker Brian Urlacher would have a good chance of playing in their first game. His chances of helping them get to the playoffs are still up in the air. Urlacher, who has missed the last three ga…Upvote Share TweetALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Terrelle Pryor will make his first career start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders in their season finale in San Diego.Upvote Share TweetKick returner Trindon Holliday is doubtful for the Denver Broncos' season finale against Kansas City because of a sprained ankle.Upvote Share TweetFLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - No matter what, Rex Ryan wants to be the New York Jets coach for years to come.Upvote Share TweetCam Newton has made multiple donations to the Human Fund this week. Along with his previously reported $21,000 fine for bumping referee Jerome Boger, Newton has also been fined another $10,000 for his actions in last week’s game against the Raiders. TheUpvote Share TweetIn an era where NFL players want to wear less and less gear, Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware has no choice but to wear more. According to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ware will be adding a shoulder harness to his total equipment en…Upvote Share Tweet
Giants facing numbers issues at cornerbackThe New York Giants may be severely compromised at cornerback when they face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Both starter Prince Amukamara and backup Jayron Hosley are listed as doubtful for the Giants' regular-season finale.Upvote Share TweetDonovan McNabb is the best quarterback in Eagles history-this isn't even up for discussion. Deep down, with the benefit of a little distance, people in Philadelphia realize this. And while they may not regret hounding an over-the-hill McNabb out of townUpvote Share TweetA funny thing happened in the course of Lomas Brown trying to walk back his claim last week that he once intentionally missed a block in order to get his teammate Scott Mitchell injured: Brown says he has discovered that his memory is wrong, and the pla…Upvote Share Tweet
Giants S Phillips (foot) questionable vs. EaglesEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Giants safety Kenny Phillips was listed as questionable after missing the last three games because of a sprained right knee and could be available for perhaps his final game in a Giants uniform Sunday against Philadelphia.Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Ryan perfers firing if Jets will not spendReport: Ryan perfers firing if Jets will not spendUpvote Share Tweet
Jackson, Nicks scam Uncle Sam, legallyThe fiscal cliff finally is intersecting with the NFL. Lost in the suggestion that the notoriously cap-rich Buccaneers chewed up a few million in current-year cap space (which could have been carried to 2013 anyway) by shifting millions in base salary d…Upvote Share TweetBengals kicker Mike Nugent tried to practice Wednesday, but he apparently didn’t respond well. According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bengals placed Nugent on injured reserve Friday. Nugent didn’t practice Thursday after giving it a shUpvote Share Tweet
Which TV Market Is Getting Screwed This Sunday? An Analysis Of Week 17 NFL Viewing Mapsdeadspin.com Dec 28, 2012The 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…Upvote Share TweetJacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is having surgery on his left foot and will be out at least until May.Upvote Share TweetBEREA, Ohio (AP) - Injured Browns quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy are not practicing, making it almost certain that third-stringer Thad Lewis will start the season finale at Pittsburgh.Upvote Share TweetThe fans in Tennessee are speaking with their remote controls and declaring that they’re fed up with the Titans. Sunday’s 55-7 loss to the Packers had a 16.5 local TV rating, the lowest local rating for a Titans game since the 2005 season, Jim Wyatt oUpvote Share TweetThad Lewis, come on down. Browns coach Pat Shurmur announced Friday afternoon, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, that Lewis will make his NFL debut as the team’s starting quarterback against the Steelers this Sunday. The writing’s beenUpvote Share Tweet
Kareem Jackson fined twice after last week’s gameLast Sunday was a costly day for Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson. The Texans lost to the Vikings, costing them a shot to clinch a first round bye in the playoffs, and Jackson wound up owing the league $26,250 for a pair of infractions that drew fines f…Upvote Share Tweet
Larry Fitzgerald wants no part of being the GMThere might not be a player in the league whose talented is wasted by his surroundings to the degree of Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. But he knows his job is to catch passes, not to hire or fire or make personnel decisions. “I keep everythinUpvote Share TweetThe Redskins offense is designed to mitigate a good pass rush. And with DeMarcus Ware dinged up, the Cowboys' playoff hopes could come down to Tony Romo, writes Peter King.Upvote Share TweetThe Buccaneers were among the most active teams in free agency last year, and they’re setting the stage to be able to again next year if they choose. According to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com, the Bucs restructured the deals of wide receiver Vincent JacksoUpvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: Cowboys talk with Charean Williams, PFT Planet calls and tweetsThe NFC East race will come down to Sunday night and Friday’s PFT Live will devote a big chunk of time to discussing the clash between the Cowboys and the Redskins. Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram will join Mike Florio to discuss the CoUpvote Share Tweet
Matt Leinart: I deserve to startThe Raiders haven’t named their starting quarterback for Sunday’s finale against the Chargers, but one of the candidates believes that he’s deserving of the starting job. While Matt Leinart says he’d be supportive of Terrelle Pryor in the event thUpvote Share TweetWhile the debate over whether or not to continue holding the Pro Bowl is expected to continue this offseason, being named to the annual All-Star game is still considered to be quite an achievement. Yes, it can be a popularity contest as a portion of the…Upvote Share Tweet
Prince Amukamara had a setback last weekA lot of things have to fall into place in order for the Giants to make the playoffs this year, but the only part they can control is winning their game against the Eagles on Sunday. That task would be a little more difficult if cornerback Prince Amukam…Upvote Share TweetThe Bears can get to the playoffs only if they beat the Lions and if the Packers knock off the Vikings. But that won’t make Bears receiver Brandon Marshall buy a share of Packers non-stock stock. “I’m not cheering for anybody but the Bears,” MarUpvote Share Tweet
Cliff Avril has no regrets about turning down a long-term dealLions defensive end Cliff Avril says that he has no regrets about turning down any long-term deals offered by the team before he signed his franchise tag tender to play this season for $10.6 million. Avril wanted more than the Lions were offering and ga…Upvote Share TweetMany great players will find motivation wherever they can, even if they have to invent it. That’s what Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez has apparently done, saying he took pride in making his 13th Pro Bowl because it gave him an opportunity for “provinUpvote Share Tweet
Minority coaches not getting opportunities to run offensesA decade ago, Cyrus Mehri and the late Johnnie Cochran demonstrated that the NFL was doing a poor job of giving African-American coaches fair opportunities to progress to the highest levels of the sport. Mehri and Cochran made such a compelling case th…Upvote Share Tweet
Fitzpatrick doesn’t have much to say about future with BillsBecause the topic of a new quarterback for the Bills has been discussed so much it feels like it has already happened, the old quarterback wasn’t in much of a talkative mood this week. Asked by Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News if he thought Sunday was hUpvote Share TweetSeahawks cornerback Richard Sherman prevailed Thursday in what many believed was a no-win situation - persuading the NFL to scuttle the results of one of its drug tests. Sherman’s next challenge will be even more difficult. He said in the aftermath ofUpvote Share Tweet
Mike Shanahan: No one in NFL history has played at RG3”²s levelRedskins coach Mike Shanahan was the head coach of a Broncos team that had a Hall of Fame quarterback in John Elway, and he was the offensive coordinator of a 49ers team that had two Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Joe Montana and Steve Young. But Shanahan…Upvote Share Tweet
Week 17 Picks: Redskins, Bears should earn playoff berthsDallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins In his first game against the Cowboys, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin completed 19-of-27 pass attempts for 304 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-31 win on Thanksgiving. Griffin is not 100 percent, but neither a…Upvote Share Tweet
Friday morning one-linersBills DE Mario Williams donated a pickup truck to a married couple who are both active duty Marines. Dolphins P Brandon Fields feels he was a Pro Bowl snub. Patriots CB Aqib Talib says that his hip injury has improved. Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sp…Upvote Share TweetIt’s obvious the Giants defense isn’t what it once was. But if you ask their defensive coordinator why, he makes it clear it’s not the coaching. “We’ve prepared better than what we’ve played,” Perry Fewell said, via Ralph Vacchiano of the NeUpvote Share Tweet
Polamalu hopes “humbling” season gets Steelers’ attentionFor much of a lost season, the Steelers looked surprised by the fact they were losing. And for veteran safety Troy Polamalu, he hopes it was a wake-up call for the team, which can no longer roll out of bed and take a winning season for granted. “I hopeUpvote Share TweetThe circus may not be leaving town, but the some of the guys who work for it may want out. Tight end Dustin Keller, a first-round pick whose rookie contract expires in March, doesn’t want to be held in place by the franchise tag. “I don’t want to beUpvote Share TweetBrowns receiver and return man Josh Cribbs becomes a free agent this offseason, and he sounds like he could use a fresh start. Although Cribbs says he’d like to remain in Cleveland, he also lashed out at Browns fans on Twitter after Sunday’s loss to tUpvote Share TweetJets coach Rex Ryan wants owner Woody Johnson to make one of two decisions after the season ends on Sunday: Either fire him, or give him the power and the money to make the changes within the team that Ryan thinks are necessary. In a story headlined “ReUpvote Share Tweet
Buffalo Bills looking for help to shovel snow from stadiumWinter weather conditions through western New York have left the Buffalo Bills in need of some assistance. The Bills are asking for fans to come help shovel snow from Ralph Wilson Stadium in advance of their season finale against the New York Jets on Su…Upvote Share Tweet
NY Jets backup quarterback Greg McElroy chooses to be brave instead of smart about concussion symptoms, could have been tragic anydailynews.com Dec 28, 2012There is a special dimension of the bizarre reserved just for the Jets. If there were any doubt about that, it was erased when Rex Ryan stepped to the podium and uttered the phrase, “You’re not going to believe this one,” at the Jets’ training facUpvote Share TweetNew York Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff is retiring following Sunday’s season finale against the Buffalo Bills. It marks the end of his 30 years coaching in the NFL where he’s been highly regarded as one of the most innovative special teams coUpvote Share TweetPittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau will likely return for another season as the head of the vaunted Steelers’ defense. According to Chris Adamski of the Associated Press, the 75-year old LeBeau told his players this week he plans on cUpvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: RG III Best Of The Best?Dec 28Episode 240: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss Redskins coach Mike Shanahan comments on RG III. Steve Young breaks down which quarter in the AFC needs home field advantage the most. The NFL32 crew discuss Adrian Peterson and the Vikings.
NFL Kickoff OT: Week 17 PredictionsDec 28NFL Kickoff OT breaks down the key matchups for the final week of the regular season.
Peter King: Cowboys on familiar ground with win-or-go-home Week 17Dec 28In the offseason, Dallas coach Jason Garrett visited the Yankees' spring-training home in Tampa, and sought out Derek Jeter. Garrett was raised in Yankee country, so he has great respect for the Yankee shortstop, and he wanted to ask him about leadershi…
NFL - John Clayton's five most cherished NFL recordsDec 28Football records might not resonate like those in baseball, but there are five NFL records that stand above the rest, John Clayton writes.
The Sports Guy powers through a damaged laptop to make his Week 17 picksDec 28The Sports Guy's computer is on the fritz, but that didn't stop him from making his Week 17 picks.