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Injured Robert Griffin III put in bad spot by Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan in NFC wild card gameRobert Griffin III was sprinting toward the right sideline and throwing back to his left, a pass intended in the end zone for Pierre Garcon from the 4-yard line, when his right knee twisted awkwardly. He was not hit. He landed out of bounds on his back …Share TweetThere's nothing worse than losing a game that you know you could have won. Based on the early minutes of Sunday night's Seattle-Washington playoff, the Redskins could have won if RG3 hadn't slowly broken down to RG2, RG1 and RG0.5. So you can't really b…Share TweetOregon coach Chip Kelly has decided to turn down a chance to go to the NFL and to return to the Ducks, according to league sources.Share TweetDarrell Bevell could be returning to the NFC North. The second-year coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks, who previously spent five years with the Vikings and six with the Packers, has landed on the Bears’ radar screen. According to Sean Jensen of the ChShare TweetIndianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was taken to a hospital Sunday with an undisclosed illness and will not be with the team for its wild-card playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens.Share TweetArian Foster, running back, Houston Texans: Foster, who was named to his third straight Pro Bowl, tossed the Texans on his back in Saturday's 19-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Foster had 32 carries for 140 yards and a touchdown, becoming the first …Share Tweet
RGIII injury dooms RedskinsLANDOVER, Md. -- When Robert Griffin III crumpled to the turf with 6:25 left to play in Sunday afternoon's NFC wild-card playoff game against the Seahawks, fumbling at his own 5-yard line, the outcome no longer mattered to the Redskins or the sellout cr…Share TweetThe Eagles are returning to Philadelphia without a new coach. And on the night before their former coach, Andy Reid, will be introduced as the new coach of the Chiefs, the Eagles seem no closer to making a hire than when they fired Reid. According to C…Share TweetRedskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is going to have an MRI on his right knee Monday and he said Sunday evening that “it’s up in the air” as to how serious the injury to his knee might be. Griffin faced a similar line of questioning to coach MikShare TweetThe Chicago Bears have asked for and received permission to interview Houston Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison for their head coaching vacancy, a source said.Share TweetWith the drive to hire Andy Reid permanently stalled at the five-yard line, the Cardinals still need a head coach. And despite spending plenty of time interviewing defensive coordinator Ray Horton, the Cardinals will continue to consider additional cand…Share TweetAlthough it won’t get as much attention as the injury suffered by Robert Griffin III, the Seahawks are also concerned on Sunday night about a knee injury suffered by a key player. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll acknowledged after the game that the team isShare TweetThe Chargers are planning to hire a new general manager before they move on to finding their next head coach and they should reach the end of that process in the next few days. That was the message from team president Dean Spanos, who said that the team…Share TweetSeattle 24, Washington 14: It's fair to debate Mike Shanahan's decision to keep a hobbled Robert Griffin III in the game today: For much of the first half, it looked like a gamble in the process of paying off, and Griffin has been so stellar for so much…Share TweetAs you probably imagined, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan faced a lot of questions during his postgame press conference about his decision to keep quarterback Robert Griffin III in Sunday’s 24-14 loss to the Seahawks. Shanahan said that Griffin told him thShare Tweet
Andrew Luck goes out, RG3 goes down and Russell Wilson arrivesWe’d never seen this before, a playoff Sunday with three rookie quarterbacks starting, and if you were hoping for one of them to put up spectacular passing numbers, you turned off your TV feeling disappointed. But one of those three rookie quarterbacks,Share TweetThe condition of quarterback Robert Griffin III’s knee is going to dominate the fallout from Wild Card weekend in Washington D.C., but the state of Washington is going to be talking more about another Seahawks win. Seattle scored the final 24 points ofShare Tweet
Emotional Rescue: The Ravens parlayed Ray Lewis' final home playoff…The Ravens parlayed Ray Lewis' final home playoff game into a 24-9 win over the Colts. Emotion will only take you so far in the playoffs and the hot Broncos await, says Don Banks.Share TweetWashington Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III left Sunday's NFC wild-card round game against the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth quarter due to another injury to his right knee.Share Tweet
Stubbornness leads to RG3 reinjuryThey should have listened to Dr. Andrews. One of the most renowned sports physicians has been concerned about the Redskins’ decision to use quarterback Robert Griffin III while he recovered from a Grade One LCL sprain, suffered four weeks ago. Today,Share Tweet
'Hawks nip 'Skins: Down 14-0, the Seahawks didn't flinch. Marshawn L…Down 14-0, the Seahawks didn't flinch. Marshawn Lynch ran for 132 yards and a touchdown and Robert Griffin III reinjured his knee in Seattle's 24-14 wild-card victory.Share Tweet
"You Gotta Get Tanked Before You Go In": Green Bay Efforts To Curb Excessive Drinking Predictably BackfireLike many teams of late, the Packers decided to cut off the sale of booze earlier than usual to combat drunken disorderliness during Saturday's wild card game against the Vikings. Knowing full well that beer sales would be cut off at the end of halftime…Share Tweet
Von Miller says Facebook post on Joe Flacco isn’t from himWhat looked like a moment on trash talk from Broncos linebacker Von Miller apparently was a hoax, as a Broncos spokesman said the message in question isn't from Miller and he hasn't been on Facebook lately and the account in question has no affiliation …Share TweetSeattle started terribly in its wild-card game against Washington, falling behind 14-0. It was 14-3 when Seattle's fumbled read-option handoff was on the turf, waiting for the Redskins to scoop it up and turn the first half into a rout. Seahawks running…Share Tweet
Ray Lewis Lined Up One Last Time In Baltimore And Drooled All Over Himself: Ravens-Colts In Four GIFsBaltimore 24, Indianapolis 9: Ray Lewis was all over the broadcast, which is to be expected. It was his last game at M&T Bank Stadium and someone, somewhere decided that we all love Ray Lewis. He's clearly a divisive figure, however, and nothing typ…Share TweetA solid defensive effort led by linebackers Ray Lewis and Paul Kruger and a huge second half from wide receiver Anquan Boldin lead the Baltimore Ravens to a 24-9 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. With the win, the Ravens have advanced to the di…Share TweetIt was the play that effectively ended the Baltimore Ravens' 2011 season, and it eclipsed the fact that for most of the AFC championship game, Baltimore's Joe Flacco actually outplayed Tom Brady in a 23-20 nail-biter that saw Brady's New England Patriot…Share Tweet
Redskins break out to fast start despite limping RG3It’s been a while since the Redskins have been in the playoffs, but they started their game with the Seahawks like it was old hat. The Redskins have driven easily on the Seahawks on each of their first two possessions and lead 14-0 as a result. EverythiShare TweetThe Ravens fought tooth and nail before pulling away in their 24-9 victory over the Colts. What changed in the second half? Anquan Boldin decided to come alive, says Chris Burke.Share TweetSince the Baltimore Ravens beat the Indianapolis Colts in their wild card playoff game, Ray Lewis will get at least one more chance to suit up and play. But Sunday was the last time Lewis will play at M&T Stadium in Baltimore, and the game ended wit…Share TweetLSU junior defensive linemen Barkevious Mingo, Sam Montgomery and Bennie Logan will declare for the 2013 NFL draft, sources told ESPN's Joe Schad.Share Tweet
"When Marrone Interviewed, He Must Have Been Extremely Impressive": Six Writers Talking Themselves Into New Bills Coach Doug MarChan Gailey was pretty much a washout from the start for the Bills, and fans who withstood his 16-32 record there are understandably happy to have him gone. Still-who's the new guy? Doug Marrone is: Syracuse's former coach, a one-time offensive coordinaShare TweetRay Rice doesn't fumble the ball and Adam Vinatieri doesn't miss big field goals in the playoffs. So what the heck happened in the fourth quarter at Baltimore? First, Rice lost his second fumble of the game (although the first was given to the Colts whe…Share Tweet
Bengals’ Robert Sands arrested, accused of assaulting his wifeBengals safety Robert Sands, who spent the entire 2012 season on injured reserve, was arrested on Friday. According to KYPost.com, Sands was accused of assaulting his wife and charged with assault and domestic violence in Florence, Kentucky. WLWT report…Share TweetThe Redskins had a couple of game-time decisions to make before handing in their 46-man roster for Sunday’s playoff game and both of them wound up with the players declared ready to go. Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger missed practice all this week with aShare TweetThere were no surprises when the Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks released their inactive lists for Sunday's wild-card playoff game at FedEx Field. For the Redskins, left guard Kory Lichtensteiger is active despite missing all of last week's pra…Share TweetThe Packers defense got an unexpected opponent on Saturday night when Joe Webb started at quarterback in place of the injured Christian Ponder. Webb’s running skills led the Vikings to run some read-option plays early in the game, something that they doShare TweetVikings' DE Allen set to have first career surgeryShare Tweet
Hammer-Wielding Yinzer Tries To Break Into Steelers Locker RoomA man wearing (only?) a Pittsburgh Pirates hat and gray sweatpants attempted to break into the Steelers locker room at Heinz Field Saturday with a hammer. Security at the stadium noted that he busted a lock at Gate B to gain entry to the stadium and the…Share TweetAgent Bob LaMonte has been a busy man in recent weeks. And for good reason. With plenty of coaching and executive clients who want to find jobs or upgrade those they have, LaMonte is spinning plenty of plates, while periodically focusing closely on onShare TweetSo far, the highlight has been Ray Lewis dancing, and some suspect geography by referee Mike Carey. The Colts and Ravens are still in a scoreless tie, each side offering up a fumble to staff progress. After Ravens running back Ray Rice put one on the gr…Share Tweet
Your NFL Wildcard Open ThreadIndianapolis at Baltimore (CBS) 1:00 p.m.: This could be the last time Ray Lewis plays and it will definitely be the last game he plays at home in Baltimore after the Bengals lost yesterday. Depending on your point of view, that is either a good thing, …Share Tweet
Ray Lewis Is A Festivus MiracleGoing back to Brian Billick's days in Baltimore, the Ravens have refused to say the word "playoffs." Instead, the team adopted a code word to be used by the entire organization when describing post-season play (and selling merch): Festivus. More »Share TweetIn what will be his final game in front of the home crowd at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis is active and will start in Sunday's wild-card playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts. Lewis, who has not played since t…Share Tweet
Minneapolis reporter gets tackled in live shot (VIDEO)Lee Valsvik was just doing her job. The reporter for the Minneapolis NBC affiliate was hyping up Saturday night's game between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers, and was showing off the rooftop at Union. Easy enough, right? But then her camera…Share TweetThere are several great stories surrounding the Indianapolis Colts -- their rebound to an 11-5 season after 2011's 2-14 campaign, the success of first-overall pick Andrew Luck, and the contributions from little-known players and undervalued rookies. But…Share Tweet
Chuck Pagano: I underestimated how great Colts fans wereThe remarkable story of Chuck Pagano’s first year as Colts head coach adds another chapter with Sunday’s game against the Ravens and the coach took a little time before the game to recognize the team’s fans. Pagano sent an open letter to the IndianaShare TweetThe Falcons find out who they’ll play next week when the Seahawks and Redskins play on Sunday and it looks like their defense will be pretty healthy against either opponent. Cornerback Dunta Robinson was cleared to return from a concussion during the weShare TweetThe Indianapolis Colts wound up getting cornerback Vontae Davis from the Miami Dolphins at a discount.Share TweetAs the Jets try to hire a new General Manager, the list of guys who don’t want the job is almost as long as the list of the guys who do. Previously, Tom Heckert and Bill Polian said “thanks” and then “no thanks.” Now, Adam Schefter of ESPN repShare Tweet
Whimsical Local News Segment On The Vikings Turns Violent, HilariousEveryone in Minnesota was in a frenzy about the Vikings rematch with the rival Packers yesterday. So, local news stations, why not send your reporters to fancy-looking restaurants to see how football-crazy the town is? As Edward R. Murrow said, "On…Share Tweet
Success of Pistol offense should have Chris Ault’s name on list of NCAA hot-property coachesOregon head coach Chip Kelly has received a great deal of well-deserved praise for his explosive offense, and NFL teams -- starting with the New England Patriots -- have taken notice and are adapting their systems to a rapid-fire set of schemes that all…Share TweetThere’s a sad note this morning in the world of football. Chandler Williams, a seventh-round pick of the Vikings in 2007 and a current member of the Arena Football League’s Tampa Bay Storm, died on Saturday while playing flag football. According toShare TweetIs Russ Brandon the right man to bring the Bills back to winning? The Dolphins’ first try for a contract extension for WR Brian Hartline didn’t work out that well. Not much has changed since the Patriots blew out the Texans in the regular season. A voShare Tweet
Weeden watches, waits as Browns search for a coachIt’s widely believed that, if Chip Kelly becomes the next coach of the Browns, the relatively slow-footed Brandon Weeden won’t be the team’s quarterback of the future - or maybe not even of the present. Weeden, we’re told, shares those concernsShare Tweet
Clay Matthews picks up easiest sack of his career, then makes game-changing play (VIDEO)In four seasons, Green Bay Packers' linebacker has 45 sacks, but the first one he picked up during the Packers 24-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday night was the easiest. While attempting to get at Vikings quarterback Joe Webb, Matthews was …Share Tweetnydailynews.com Jan 6, 2013The story with the Jets isn’t as much the No. 6 jersey that Rex’s wife is wearing in the tattoo on his upper right arm. The story with the Jets is the guy who actually wears No. 6 for the Jets, and that is Mark Sanchez.Share Tweet
Snap Decisions: Will weather impact Peyton?Rodney Harrison says that the Texans do have a chance to beat the Patriots, but they’re going to have to run the ball 35-40 times to establish the running game and open up play action plays for Matt Schaub. Rodney also likes the Packers next week in theShare Tweet
Jared Allen’s alma mater? The Culinary Academy (VIDEO)Jared Allen played football at Idaho State, but the Minnesota Vikings' defensive end claimed another school before his team's loss to the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night. Allen said his alma mater was the Culinary Academy. He cooked up one sack of P…Share Tweet
Countdown Daily Recap: Seahawks-RedskinsJan 6Jim Basquil and Eric Allen break down the Seahawks' 24-14 win over the Redskins.
RG III On InjuryJan 6Redskins QB Robert Griffin III and coach Mike Shanahan talk about Griffin's knee injury following the Redskins' loss.
Luck, Pagano On Disappointing LossJan 6Andrew Luck and coach Chuck Pagano talk about the Colts' disappointing loss to the Ravens.
Divisional preview: Houston Texans vs. New England PatriotsJan 6The New England Patriots dominated the Houston Texans in their last meeting. Can Tom Brady lead the team to an encore performance when they meet in the AFC divisional round? The "GameDay Final" crew breaks down the matchup.