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Ravens to erect a Ray Lewis statue

Ravens to erect a Ray Lewis statue

The irony of the overlap between football and religion is that the ultimate prize in the NFL is worshiped like the golden calf from Exodus 32. Folks in Baltimore will eventually be able to bow at the sculpted likeness of linebacker Ray Lewis. Via ESPN.c…
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  • Kaepernick celebrates Super season with a new tattoo

    Kaepernick celebrates Super season with a new tattoo

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    The guy from Sporting News whose whining wasn’t sufficiently compelling to get me to remember his name will have another Colin Kaepernick tattoo about which to whine. Via SFGate.com, the 49ers starting quarterback has capped a special season with a new
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  • Blizzard highlights looming game of Super Bowl roulette

    Blizzard highlights looming game of Super Bowl roulette

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    When the NFL was forced to move from Sunday to Tuesday a prime-time game between the Vikings and Eagles due to a looming blizzard in Philadelphia, we asked the NFL whether there were any second thoughts about hosting a Super Bowl in an open-air New Jers…
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  • Salary cap could be a bit higher than expected

    Salary cap could be a bit higher than expected

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    It has been widely believed that the unadjusted salary cap will move from $120.6 million in 2012 to (drum roll, please) $121 million in 2013. Per a league source, there’s a growing belief that it could be even higher. Instead of $121 million per team it
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  • Source: Vincent promoted to NFLPA senior VP

    Source: Vincent promoted to NFLPA senior VP

    ESPN.com Feb 7, 2013
    The NFL promoted Troy Vincent, once a finalist for the NFLPA's executive director job, to senior vice president, one of the highest-ranking jobs in the league office, according to a source.
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  • Experts critical of Redskins name at symposium

    Experts critical of Redskins name at symposium

    ESPN.com Feb 7, 2013
    Hurtful names and racial stereotypes of all types were discussed and dissected Thursday in a daylong symposium at the Smithsonian, and the Washington Redskins were at the top of the list for nearly all those who spoke.
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  • Investigation closes in on cause of blackout

    Investigation closes in on cause of blackout

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    Usually, a “blackout” happens in the NFL only when the NFL intends for it to happen.  On Sunday, an accidental blackout knocked out power at the Superdome for 34 minutes.  (Or, in other words, the amount of time it takes for Rob Ryan to find 6.8 job
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  • Jim Harbaugh: A penalty is a penalty on the first play or the l…

    Jim Harbaugh: A penalty is a penalty on the first play or the last play

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    After the officials did not call pass interference against Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith on the 49ers’ final offensive play of the Super Bowl, many observers who agreed with the non-call said that in a key play with the championship on the line, the off
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  • Bills to allow WR Jones to become free agent

    Bills to allow WR Jones to become free agent

    The Buffalo Bills are cutting ties with receiver Donald Jones by allowing him to become a free agent after declining to tender the third-year player a contract offer on Thursday.
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  • ‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: New England Patriots

    ‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: New England Patriots

    yahoo.com Feb 7, 2013
    Over the next few weeks, "Shutdown Corner" will pay homage to "Office Space" (TPS reports) as we take a quick look back at each team's 2012 season and a look at what lies ahead for the 2013 offseason. We wrap up the AFC East with the…
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  • Panthers have the league’s allegedly toughest schedule

    Panthers have the league’s allegedly toughest schedule

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    Things aren’t going to be easy for the Panthers this year for many reasons. But the schedule doesn’t exactly do them any favors. The Panthers have the league’s hardest strength of schedule number for the 2013 season, as they’re playing teams with
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  • Titans keep RB Johnson with current deal

    Titans keep RB Johnson with current deal

    Chris Johnson will return to the Tennessee Titans under his current contract in 2013, coach Mike Munchak said Thursday.
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  • Brian VanGorder lands on Jets staff

    Brian VanGorder lands on Jets staff

    New Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman has never held that job before, but he will have someone on his staff with experience as a coordinator. The Jets announced Thursday that former Falcons defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder will join the sta…
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  • Giants bolster D-line, re-sign veteran Rogers

    Giants bolster D-line, re-sign veteran Rogers

    ESPN.com Feb 7, 2013
    One day after jettisoning defensive tackle Chris Canty, the New York Giants re-signed Shaun Rogers to help fill the interior of their defensive line.
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  • Former Packers cheerleader takes on Facebook cyberbullying

    Former Packers cheerleader takes on Facebook cyberbullying

    yahoo.com Feb 7, 2013
    As amazing as the Internet is - it's why we have this job, and why you're reading this article, after all - every so often we're reminded that sometimes all it does is give people the opportunity to be idiots on a worldwide scale. Kaitlyn Collins is a
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  • League’s new officiating guru defends key Super Bowl non-call

    League’s new officiating guru defends key Super Bowl non-call

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    Dean Blandino wasn’t in charge of the league’s officials during Super Bowl XLVII.  But he is now, and he’s doing his best to explain away the decision not to throw a flag on Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith for defensive holding/pass interference agai
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  • Osi Umenyiora’s officially out of contract

    Osi Umenyiora’s officially out of contract

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora has expressed an interest in returning to the team in 2013, but he’ll have a chance to talk to any other team in the league before making any decisions about what uniform to wear. Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledge
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  • Chip Kelly brings Alabama’s offensive line coach to Philadelphi…

    Chip Kelly brings Alabama’s offensive line coach to Philadelphia

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    New Eagles coach Chip Kelly has reached into the college ranks to hire his offensive line coach, and it’s a coach who comes from a very different system than the one Kelly ran at Oregon. Jeff Stoutland, who was the offensive line coach for Nick Saban at
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  • PFT on NBC Sports Network: Jerod Mayo, AFC East offseason previ…

    PFT on NBC Sports Network: Jerod Mayo, AFC East offseason preview

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    We’re easing into the offseason this week on Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network and Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo will help us with that process on Thursday. Mayo will talk to Erik Kuselias about the state of the Patriots after their loss to the R
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  • Gregg Williams: “I take full responsibility and apologize”

    Gregg Williams: “I take full responsibility and apologize”

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    On his first day back in the NFL after being suspended for orchestrating the Saints’ bounty program, new Titans assistant coach Gregg Williams said he accepts the blame for the mess he created in New Orleans, and that he vows to do things the right way
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  • Rewriting History: Now that 2012 is wrapped, we have some persp…

    Rewriting History: Now that 2012 is wrapped, we have some perspectiv…

    CNNSI.com Feb 7, 2013
    Now that 2012 is wrapped, we have some perspective on last season's rookies. If teams could do the first round over again, who would they draft? Don Banks has the answer.
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  • Giants re-sign Bear Pascoe, Shaun Rogers

    Giants re-sign Bear Pascoe, Shaun Rogers

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    The Giants let three members of the 2012 rosters go this week and they’ve decided to bring back two others. Tight end Bear Pascoe and defensive tackle Shaun Rogers have both signed contracts for the 2013 seasons. Rogers spent the year on injured reserve
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  • Three Pats consume 35 percent of cap

    Three Pats consume 35 percent of cap

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    During the last labor deal - the one the owners hated - teams rarely had trouble complying with the salary cap.  Now that the owners have struck a more favorable formula for paying players, the fact that more and more teams are pressed up against the
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  • Rob Gronkowski, Porn Star?

    Rob Gronkowski, Porn Star?

    deadspin.com Feb 7, 2013
    The Summer of Gronk, Part II, might be less than three weeks old, but it's already so far along that Gronkshaming has become a thing. So where can it go from here? Why not porn! A porn company has offered Gronk $3.75 million-the equivalent of his 2014 s
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  • Cardinals will stick with 3-4 defense

    Cardinals will stick with 3-4 defense

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    When the Cardinals made the decision to switch defensive coordinators from Ray Horton to Todd Bowles, there was some question about what kind of defensive look Bowles would run in the 2013 season. We got our answer on Thursday and it looks pretty much t…
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  • Lions deemed Young had no trade value, didn’t bother trying

    Lions deemed Young had no trade value, didn’t bother trying

    If anything was clear from the Lions’ press conference today, it was how much rope they gave disgruntled-and-now-former wide receiver Titus Young, and how they then reached the end of their own rope with him. General manager Martin Mayhew said he didn”
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  • Ray Rice is head over heels for Joe Flacco

    Ray Rice is head over heels for Joe Flacco

    Ravens running back Ray Rice thinks his quarterback is the best in the game right now, and he has two reasons. The Super Bowl title is one, but Rice may have some mild head trauma after an accident during the Ravens victory parade. Rice was the latest t…
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  • Donald Driver’s final stop in Green Bay: The home of a 78-year-…

    Donald Driver’s final stop in Green Bay: The home of a 78-year-old fan

    yahoo.com deadspin.com Feb 7, 2013
    While the NFL has plenty of quarterbacks indelibly associated with a single city - Brady, Brees, Ryan, Rodgers, the lil' Manning - receivers tend to be a more wandering lot. And in all sports, the flow of players and money runs away from small-market
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  • Adrian Peterson ran for over 1,000 yards in seven games … after…

    Adrian Peterson ran for over 1,000 yards in seven games … after he suffered a sports hernia

    At this point, even Chuck Norris and Bill Brasky must fear Adrian Peterson. It wasn't just that the transcendent Minnesota Vikings running back gashed the NFL for over 2,000 yards on the ground in his 2012 season just months after undergoing major knee …
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  • Raiders Will Reduce Seating Capacity To The NFL's Smallest In A…

    Raiders Will Reduce Seating Capacity To The NFL's Smallest In Attempt To Avoid TV Blackouts

    deadspin.com Feb 7, 2013
    Oakland came in dead last in attendance this season, an average of 54,217 per game. That's just 86 percent of the capacity at O.co Coliseum, already one of the smallest stadiums in the NFL at 63,132. Not small enough. Nearly every game, the Raiders ran …
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  • N.F.L. Reinstates Williams, Who Joins Titans Staff

    N.F.L. Reinstates Williams, Who Joins Titans Staff

    The N.F.L. reinstated coach Gregg Williams after he served a year-long suspension for the Saints' bounty scandal and he accepted a job with the Titans.
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  • For The Final Time, Gregg Easterbrook Is A Haughty Dipshit

    For The Final Time, Gregg Easterbrook Is A Haughty Dipshit

    deadspin.com Feb 7, 2013
    Drew Magary's Thursday Afternoon NFL Dick Joke Jamboroo runs every Thursday during the NFL season. More »
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  • Jevon Kearse having IRS, mortgage problems

    Jevon Kearse having IRS, mortgage problems

    Jevon Kearse, the former Titans and Eagles defensive end who played in the NFL for 11 seasons and earned about $45 million, is apparently struggling financially less than four years after receiving his last NFL paycheck. The South Florida Business Journ…
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  • Report: Scott, Pace among Jets cuts

    Report: Scott, Pace among Jets cuts

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    The Giants got the ball rolling on veteran cuts over the last few days and it seems they’ll have some company from the other team that calls MetLife Stadium home in the near future. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the team will part
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  • Flacco urged teammates on sidelines to tackle Ted Ginn

    Flacco urged teammates on sidelines to tackle Ted Ginn

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    If 49ers return specialist Ted Ginn Jr. had managed to break through the Baltimore coverage on the free kick that ended Super Bowl XLVII, Ginn may have needed an escort from his entire family to get to the end zone. Via Deadspin, NFL Films audio from th…
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  • Titans GM: Britt 'on the spot' to produce this year

    Titans GM: Britt 'on the spot' to produce this year

    CNNSI.com Feb 7, 2013
    Titans GM: Britt 'on the spot' to produce this year
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  • Bucs finalize coaching staff, add a new LB coach

    Bucs finalize coaching staff, add a new LB coach

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    The Buccaneers released a full list of their coaching staff for the coming season Thursday. Several of the moves we knew, such as hiring quarterbacks coach John McNulty, receivers coach John Garrett and special teams coach Dave Wannstedt. But they slid …
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  • Sources: Eagles to hire Davis as D-coordinator

    Sources: Eagles to hire Davis as D-coordinator

    The Philadelphia Eagles will hire Billy Davis as the defensive coordinator on coach Chip Kelly's staff, sources confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
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  • Ryan Tannehill unstressed by potential offensive changes

    Ryan Tannehill unstressed by potential offensive changes

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    Three of Ryan Tannehill’s four leading receivers are free agents this offseason, which at least raises the possibility that Tannehill will be working with a lot of new faces in his second NFL season. Wide receiver Brian Hartline, tight end Anthony Fasan
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  • Cam Newton helps Auburn basketball team to win

    Cam Newton helps Auburn basketball team to win

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    When Cam Newton’s in the house, Auburn just doesn’t lose to Alabama. His quarterbacking the Tigers to a comeback win over the in-state rivals helped him win a Heisman Trophy and a national championship in 2010, and last night, his people skills helped
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  • ‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: Miami Dolphins

    ‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: Miami Dolphins

    yahoo.com Feb 7, 2013
    Over the next few weeks, "Shutdown Corner" will pay homage to "Office Space" (TPS reports) as we take a quick look back at each team's 2012 season and a look at what lies ahead for the 2013 offseason. Our spin around the league stays…
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  • Are You Ready For Some Football?

    Are You Ready For Some Football?

    CNNSI.com Feb 7, 2013
    The games are over. But the intrigue is just starting. The NFL never stops, after all, and a number of issues loom this offseason. Chris Burke examines the biggest.
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  • Casillas: We used horse ointment in my day

    Casillas: We used horse ointment in my day

    ESPN.com Feb 7, 2013
    The alleged use of deer-antler spray by professional athletes was the hot topic of Super Bowl week, but former defensive lineman Tony Casillas said "that's nothing" compared to what players used during his playing career.
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  • Ravens won’t restructure contracts to keep team together

    Ravens won’t restructure contracts to keep team together

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    When the Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV, they restructured a lot of contracts to ensure that the nucleus of their title team remained together as long as possible. The result was not a repeat championship. The Ravens made the playoffs in two of the next thr…
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  • PFT Live: Joe Linta, Anthony Becht

    PFT Live: Joe Linta, Anthony Becht

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    Thanks to his Super Bowl MVP award and expiring contract, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is the man of the hour. That’s going to make for a busy few weeks for Joe Linta, Flacco’s agent and the man responsible for hammering out a new deal with the Raven
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  • Jaguars to implement zone blocking scheme

    Jaguars to implement zone blocking scheme

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    One of the biggest challenges for the Jaguars as they attempt to wash the stink of a 2-14 season off will be how they rebuild an offensive line. Protecting their quarterback was a challenge, but new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said he was going to …
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  • John Settle will coach the Browns running backs

    John Settle will coach the Browns running backs

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    Browns coach Rob Chudzinski has reached into his recent past to find his team’s running backs coach. John Settle was fired by the Panthers before Chudzinski left his post as the team’s offensive coordinator, but it clearly wasn’t because Chudzinski
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  • Tony Casillas: 1990s Cowboys used medicine meant for horses

    Tony Casillas: 1990s Cowboys used medicine meant for horses

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    Former Cowboys defensive lineman Tony Casillas says that when the team was winning Super Bowls in the 1990s, players frequently used a medication meant for horses. Asked on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas about Ray Lewis’s alleged use of a banned substance cont
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  • Steelers could be facing another purge of veterans

    Steelers could be facing another purge of veterans

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    Last year, the Steelers had to cut players like linebacker James Farrior and receiver Hines Ward in order to get in line with the 2012 salary cap. As Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explains it, last year’s changes could be a “drop in the
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  • Broncos “more likely” to franchise Ryan Clady

    Broncos “more likely” to franchise Ryan Clady

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady placed a pretty big bet on himself by turning down extension overtures from the team last summer, leaving him to risk the possibility of injury before landing a big contract from Denver or someone else. The bet wound up wo…
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  • The Shutdown Corner Interview: Joe Montana

    The Shutdown Corner Interview: Joe Montana

    yahoo.com Feb 7, 2013
    When it comes to playing quarterback in the Super Bowl, who would you rather talk to than Joe Montana? Shutdown Corner had that exact opportunity this week, as Joe Cool sat down to talk with us about a number of subjects -- the evolution of the quarterb…
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  • Cap carryover figures are final for 2013

    Cap carryover figures are final for 2013

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    Last year, teams had until February 28 to decide whether to carry over unused salary cap space.  This year, the deadline came two months early. Per a source with knowledge of the schedule, teams had until December 29 to decide whether to shift remaining…
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  • Belichick and Kobe are pals, because of course they are

    Belichick and Kobe are pals, because of course they are

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    On the surface, there seems to be little in common between Patriots coach Bill Belichick and NBA star Kobe Bryant. But Bryant said he had a deep respect for the Patriots coach, after a brief meeting during a low point in his career. Bryant told ESPN NBA…
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  • This JJ Watt wedding cake will sack your heart

    This JJ Watt wedding cake will sack your heart

    yahoo.com Feb 7, 2013
    You've got to be a special kind of fan (and have a special kind of spouse) to get a football-themed cake past the gatekeepers of your wedding, but apparently a Twitter user named @bdeoff has just such a friend. Behold the JJ Watt wedding cake. That's a …
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  • Jacoby Jones hopes to retire a Raven

    Jacoby Jones hopes to retire a Raven

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    After he was abruptly and unceremoniously cut by the Texans on May 1, receiver/kick returner Jacoby Jones found a new home in Baltimore.  Now, after playing an indispensable role in the Ravens’ Super bowl win, Jones hopes it’s permanent. “I want to
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  • Thursday morning one-liners

    Thursday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    The Bills are looking more than just QB Ryan Nassib, as new coach Doug Marrone surveys the college landscape. Former Dolphins S Donald Bessilieu was arrested for marijuana possession while trying to pick up a prostitute. Patriots coach Bill Belichick is…
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  • Ahmad Bradshaw considers “door open” for return

    Ahmad Bradshaw considers “door open” for return

    Ahmad Bradshaw was shown the door yesterday, but the Giants left it cracked open a bit. Bradshaw said on WFAN that the team told him they “had to move on,” but he also mentioned “future opportunities” with the team. As tough and productive as Brad
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  • LaRon Landry laments lack of throws from Tebow

    LaRon Landry laments lack of throws from Tebow

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    Add safety LaRon Landry to the list of players least likely to return to the Jets.  Apart from the fact that he’s becoming a free agent in March and has said there will be no hometown discount for the team he called home for only one season, Landry has
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  • Brian Cushing “ahead of schedule” in rehab from ACL injury

    Brian Cushing “ahead of schedule” in rehab from ACL injury

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    The Houston Texans lost a significant piece to their defense in October when linebacker Brian Cushing tore his ACL in a game against the New York Jets. Though they still finished as the seventh-ranked defense in the league, the Texans lost some of their…
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  • List of invitees to the NFL Combine announced

    List of invitees to the NFL Combine announced

    profootballtalk.com Feb 7, 2013
    A whopping 333 invitations have been extended to college prospects to attend the NFL Combine later this month. The combine, held from Feb. 20-26 in Indianapolis, will be broadcast on the NFL Network. West Virginia University quarterback Geno Smith and U…
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Evaluating New Recruits 02:57

    NFL32OT: Evaluating New Recruits

    Feb 7
    Herm Edwards breaks down what he looks for in college players entering the draft. The NFL32 crew discuss what the Cowboys need to do in the offseason.
  • Video - Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney 'hopes' to be with Colts next season 02:29

    Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney 'hopes' to be with Colts next season

    Feb 7
    Indianapolis Colts linebacker Dwight Freeney joined "NFL Total Access" to discuss his free agency and the impact of Chuck Pagano on his team's season.
  • Video - Cold Hard Facts 01:27

    Cold Hard Facts

    Feb 7
    Darren Woodson shares his thoughts on who should be the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL and which player is worth the most.
  • Video - Would Baltimore Ravens have won Super Bowl without Ray Lewis? 01:37

    Would Baltimore Ravens have won Super Bowl without Ray Lewis?

    Feb 7
    Dwight Freeney and Donovan McNabb join "NFL Total Access" to discuss how important the emotional leadership of retiring linebacker Ray Lewis was to the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl run.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Williams, Titans may be the best thing for each other

    Feb 7
    To paint Tennessee's hiring of well-known NFL pariah Gregg Williams on Thursday as nothing more than an act of desperation is not a totally baseless characterization. For either Titans head coach Mike Munchak or Williams himself.
  • Don Banks: Taking a second look at 2012 NFL Draft's first round

    Feb 7
    With the Super Bowl in the books, we can now stand clear enough to view the NFL's 2012 season through the prism of history, all 267 games worth (256 in the regular season and 11 in the playoffs). Before looking ahead to 2013, let's look back one last ti…