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With defensive end Chris Clemons lost for the season due to a torn ACL and meniscus, the Seattle Seahawks will have to hope rookie Bruce Irvin can fill the void. Irvin was Seattle’s first-round pick in last April’s draft and has been used almost excluUpvote Share Tweet
At least, it appears they succeeded. The friend with cancer, Blake Cognata, is a senior lacrosse player from Fairport, NY who is also Minnesota Vikings fan. From what we can gather, Cognata seems to be a pretty good dude. Unsurprisingly, then, a grounds…Upvote Share TweetWashington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a partially torn lateral collateral ligament in his right knee, a source told ESPN's Brett McMurphy.Upvote Share TweetKate Upton just destroyed the Jets and Notre Dame on Twitter. As of this writing, Alabama is dominating Notre Dame 42-7. So, really, there's no sense trying to say something biting here because she's right. She's goddamned right. More »Upvote Share Tweet
Washington Redskins doctors, coach Mike Shanahan and Robert Griffin III all to blame for rookie QB getting hurtRobert Griffin III lit up the NFL in his rookie season with his magical legs, strong arm and electric personality, but a total breakdown on the Redskins sideline could prevent him from performing the second most important job in Washington for all or pa…Upvote Share TweetJon Gruden once wrote a book that posed a simple question: “Do You Love Football?!“ Tonight, Gruden’s answer apparently is, “No.” The man who cashes a paycheck from ESPN has opted not to watch the BCS national championship game between Notre DUpvote Share TweetColts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was discharged from a Baltimore hospital Monday afternoon and is on his way back to Indianapolis, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Upvote Share Tweet
Harbaugh says Kaepernick has “savant-like” understanding of playoff prepWith the 49ers preparing for a playoff game that they won a year ago against the team they beat to start the current season, it’s becoming harder to overlook the fact that the quarterback who led San Fran to victory against the Saints in January 2012 anUpvote Share TweetDallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant will undergo surgery on his broken left index finger on Tuesday.Upvote Share Tweetnydailynews.com Updated Jan 7, 2013At the Jets’ Tuesday press extravaganza, someone will ask Rex Ryan about that tattoo of his wife Michelle wearing a Mark Sanchez jersey. Eyes will roll and inquiring minds will wonder what this all has to do with football and Gang Green’s future.Upvote Share TweetIn what could be the start of a shakeup to Rex Ryan's coaching staff, the New York Jets have parted ways with quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh, a league source confirmed Monday.Upvote Share Tweet
Lewand says Lions have “nucleus of a perennial championship contender”The Lions plunged from 10-6 to 4-12 in one season, but the powers-that-be see the glass as 25-percent full. “We still have a lot of confidence in our young players - Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson with a record year - guys who can form the nucleusUpvote Share TweetPete Carroll says the "field" in FedEx Field is "horrible."Upvote Share TweetSo far, Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison has landed on the interview list of only one NFL team - the Bears. His current boss thinks the time has come for someone to give Dennison a chance to run a team of his own. “I think he’s been readUpvote Share TweetLargely ignored for the first week of the 2013 hiring cycle, former Raiders and Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden seems to be doing his damnedest to create a market where none apparently exists. Via John Clark of NBC10 in Philly, former in-booth partner Ron J…Upvote Share TweetRICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Henriette "Etty" Allen, matriarch of a famed American football family and mother to former Virginia Gov. George F. Allen, has died. She was 90.Upvote Share TweetIt looks like Doug Marrone doesn’t plan to kiss Rex Ryan’s rings. Marrone, the new head coach of the Bills, has sought permission to interview Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, according to ESPN.com. Pettine has served as defensive coordinatorUpvote Share Tweet
Source: Cowboys release running backs coachThe Dallas Cowboys have released running back coach Skip Peete, according to a source.Upvote Share TweetDolphins owner Stephen Ross says that for the first time since he bought the franchise five years ago, he’s confident that the team is heading in the right direction. Ross told reporters that first-year coach Joe Philbin and rookie quarterback Ryan TannUpvote Share TweetWith the divisional round set, let's take a quick look at the main storylines setting up for this weekend's playoffs. We'll have much more comprehensive coverage through the week, but here's a quick primer, starting with the two Saturday games. Seattle …Upvote Share TweetIf it's the NFL postseason, it's time for Patriots fans and columnists to ratchet their annoying tendencies up another few notches. Yes, they've reached many Super Bowls in recent years, and even won a few, and yes, we're all jealous of their success. B…Upvote Share TweetCowboys owner Jerry Jones said last week that there were going to be changes to the team this offseason and reports indicate that the first one has been made. Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that running backs coach Skip Peete has …Upvote Share TweetDefensive end Chris Clemons wasn’t the only member of the Seahawks to pick up an injury in Sunday’s victory over the Redskins. Kicker Steven Hauschka injured his left calf during the game, which limited him to extra points and field goals while punterUpvote Share TweetTough news out of the Arena Football League, as player Chandler Williams died Sunday while playing in a flag football tournament. Williams, who was 27, had played for several NFL teams. He had been drafted in the seventh round by the Minnesota Vikings i…Upvote Share TweetBroncos running back Willis McGahee is eligible to begin practicing tomorrow. But he was honest about his own condition, saying he’s not ready to play yet. “No, I couldn’t go,” he said Monday, via the Associated Press. After being placed on injureUpvote Share Tweet
Fred Smoot Is The One Spreading All Those Rumors About Robert Griffin III's Shredded KneeThe world is eager for word on the condition of Robert Griffin III's knee, which he injured thanks to either his coach or his field or maybe the terms of Dan Snyder's deal with the devil. Mike Shanahan was less than forthcoming at his press conference t…Upvote Share TweetStanford's offense will be without one if its premier playmakers after tight end Zach Ertz announced Monday he'll enter the 2013 NFL draft.Upvote Share TweetDavid Akers and Billy Cundiff were taking their competition to be San Francisco's playoff kicker to Candlestick Park on Monday.Upvote Share TweetThe Bills introduced Doug Marrone as their head coach on Monday and he’ll introduce himself to PFT Planet as a guest on Monday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network. Marrone comes to Buffalo after four years as the head coach of SyracusUpvote Share TweetRobert Griffin III will get more tests on his injured right knee after an MRI proved inconclusive because of a previous ACL tear.Upvote Share TweetThe Ravens will resume practicing on Wednesday, but linebacker Sergio Kindle won’t be joining them. Kindle was released from the team’s practice squad on Monday, ending his run with the team after three seasons that didn’t feature much from Kindle oUpvote Share TweetTwo head-coaching jobs have been filled, and five (for now) remain vacant. Two of the teams still looking have caused some grumbling in NFL circles over the width of their nets. Per a league source, some teams believe the Bears and Eagles are employing…Upvote Share TweetTonight, Nick Saban makes his triumphant return to Miami, where he coached the Dolphins for two largely unpleasant and unmemorable years in 2005 and 2006. Saban's clearly a good coach-he bookended his 15-17 Dolphins stint with a 48-16 record at LSU andUpvote Share TweetWith the divisional round set, let's take a quick look at the main storylines setting up for this weekend's playoffs. We'll have much more comprehensive coverage through the week, but here's a quick primer, starting with the two Saturday games. Baltimor…Upvote Share Tweet
Griffin knee injury could land Brees in Pro BowlThere could be a postseason, after all, for Saints quarterback Drew Brees. With his team out of the playoffs and Brees omitted from the NFC Pro Bowl roster, Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune points out that Brees could be saying “aloha” tUpvote Share Tweet
Harbaugh says there’s a “leader in the clubhouse” at kickerThe 49ers sent both their kickers to Candlestick Park Monday, to continue the competition that will determine who kicks against the Packers Saturday. And while 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said he had a hunch which way he was leaning, he didn’t divulge whicUpvote Share TweetKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Andy Reid has been introduced as the new coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, one week after he was fired following 14 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.Upvote Share TweetIt appeared that Falcons coach Mike Smith’s decision to play his starters in the regular season finale was a disaster, when cornerback Dunta Robinson and defensive end John Abraham were injured in a meaningless game. But they appear to have dodged a bulUpvote Share TweetThe coaching carousel continues to turn, but Chip Kelly has decided the NFL is not for him. After spurning his suitors by returning to his post at Oregon, Kelly may not be away from the NFL for long. Regardless of the theories circulating about why Kell…Upvote Share Tweet
Position statement: Redskins can’t trade a QBAt first, we believed the Redskins were foolish for selecting Kirk Cousins in the fourth round of the 2012 draft after making Robert Griffin III their top choice in the same year. Now, after RGIII has proven he isn't immune to injury, we praise Washingt…Upvote Share Tweet
Andy Reid: I’ve got to find the next Len DawsonNew Chiefs coach Andy Reid was formally introduced in Kansas City today, and it didn’t take long for him to be asked about finding a quarterback. Reid didn’t offer any specific opinions about the quarterbacks currently on the Chiefs’ roster - MattUpvote Share TweetToday, Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder can hold a football and raise it to his chest. That’s progress. Ponder told reporters Monday there was no way his right arm would have allowed him to play in Saturday night’s playoff loss to the Packers, asUpvote Share Tweet
DeAngelo Hall willing to talk renegotiation to stay in WashingtonIt was an eventful season for the Redskins as a team and an eventful one for cornerback DeAngelo Hall as an individual, and Hall said Monday that he’s open to doing whatever it takes to do it all over again in 2013. Hall is due to make $7.5 million nextUpvote Share TweetAs the Vikings embark on their 2013 offseason a week later than expected but four weeks sooner than hoped, they’ll need to figure out whether receiver Percy Harvin will be part of the team next season. Coach Leslie Frazier believes Harvin will be back.Upvote Share Tweet
Mike Shanahan meets the media again at 3:00 p.m. ETTo his credit, he’s not heading off to the Bahamas for a week or otherwise getting out of a kitchen overheated by a reinjured knee. Instead, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan will show up on Monday for an end-of-season session with the media, a day after tUpvote Share Tweet
Patrick Willis may play more of a role for 49ers this timeThe Packers are a different offense than the first time they played the 49ers. And that may actually help the 49ers this time through. As Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee points out, because Green Bay spent much of the opener spreading the field with …Upvote Share Tweet
No injuries “of serious nature” for PackersThe Packers had a couple of offensive starters leave Saturday night’s win over the Vikings before the game was complete, but it doesn’t sound like there’s much worry about either player’s status for next weekend’s game against the 49ers. Tight eUpvote Share TweetRob Parker, the ESPN commentator who was suspended for 30 says after questioning whether Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is authentically black because he has a white fiancee, says he was surprised by the backlash. Parker said on Flashpoint on C…Upvote Share Tweet
The Redskins Were Done In By Their Own "Crappy" FieldHere's Pierre Garcon, on the soupy, sloppy, green-painted dirt that passes for grass between the hash marks at FedEx Field: More »Upvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: Redskins talk with Rich TandlerThere’s little doubt about the biggest story to come out of Wild Card Weekend. It’s the handling of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s knee injury and Mike Florio will welcome Rich Tandler of CSN Washington on PFT Live to discuss it. GriffinUpvote Share TweetThe Cleveland Browns will meet with Marc Trestman, coach of the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, on Monday according to multiple reports.Upvote Share Tweet
O'Brien says staying at PSU 'not about money'Bill O'Brien tried to assure fans and quiet rumors Monday morning, saying his decision to remain at Penn State had nothing to do with money and that he hoped to make "structural changes" and add extra staff.Upvote Share Tweet
The Redskins May Have Been Pumping Artificial Crowd Noise Into The Stadium During Yesterday's GameThis morning, DC sports blogger Dan Steinberg retweeted a number of tweets from Redskins fans who claimed to have heard fake crowd noise coming from the FedExField PA system at yesterday's NFC Wild Card game. More »Upvote Share Tweet
Tampa Two could be coming to Kansas CityThe Chiefs have in recent years employed a 3-4 defense. With Andy Reid running the show, things could be changing. Peter King of SI.com reports that former NFL assistant and, more recently, USC assistant Monte Kiffin is one of the leading candidates to…Upvote Share TweetIn December, the Patriots destroyed the Texans, 42-14. Which is great news for the Patriots, who get to play the Texans again on Sunday in the divisional round of the playoffs. Except for one problem: The Patriots have been down this road before: Two ye…Upvote Share TweetThe Jaguars were putting out word that their process wasn’t going to be a fast one, but they’re already talking to one candidate for a third time. Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports that Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell has a tUpvote Share TweetNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady isn't resting on the fact that the first time his team played the Texans this season, they handily defeated them 42-14 on "Monday Night Football," when Houston was an AFC-best 11-1 at the time.Upvote Share Tweet
Status of coach, G.M. searches, one week later[Editor's note: With the hiring cycle seven days old and only two head-coaching jobs filled, we thought it would make sense to wipe the slate clean and provide a fresh, one-stop update as to all current vacancies.] Arizona Cardinals: Looking for bothUpvote Share Tweet
All 256 Regular-Season NFL Games, Ranked According To WatchabilityI really root for only one NFL team, and that NFL team plays 16 games in the regular season. I watch way more games than that, though, because I am an American, damn it, and football games are awesome. Unfortunately, not every game is equally watchable-Upvote Share TweetSeahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has gained so many tough yards, scored so many big touchdowns, the surprise was when he fumbled in the third quarter of last night’s playoff win. But though he didn’t say much after the game, his teammates said theUpvote Share TweetAfter the conclusion of Sunday’s Seahawks-Redskins game, Washington left tackle Trent Williams put a hand in the face of Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman. Williams later expressed remorse for his conduct. “Just high emotions, man, and, you know, I lUpvote Share Tweet
Source: Reports of Browns, Kelly deal being close were “totally false”Competition can, in theory, increase quality. With plenty of options for the consumer, it becomes important for those responsible for the various choices to do it better than their peers. In sports journalism, competition also can decrease quality, wit…Upvote Share TweetGiven how long he’s played alongside Ray Lewis in the Ravens defense and how often he’s played Hamlet about retiring in the last few offseasons, it was inevitable that safety Ed Reed would be asked about his own football future in the wake of Sunday”Upvote Share Tweet
An Autographed Jason Campbell Jersey Exists, And This Guy Behind Erin Andrews Is Wearing ItJason Campbell's years as the Skins' starting quarterback were unremarkable; he accumulated an 18-27 record there, and while he does have the tenth-lowest career interception percentage in NFL history, he shares that mark with luminaries like David Garr…Upvote Share Tweet
Irsay on Colts season: “What a ride it’s been”The Colts went from 2-14 to 11-5, made the playoffs and found a new star quarterback in Andrew Luck, and watched their head coach battle back from cancer while the interim coach who filled in for him was hospitalized for yesterday’s playoff loss to theUpvote Share TweetThe Bills are “swinging for the fences” by hiring Doug Marrone as their next head coach. Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel looks at the Dolphins legacy of Nick Saban. Recent playoff experience against the Jets should remind the Patriots that regular seasoUpvote Share Tweet
Looking Ahead to Jets' News Conference Tuesdaynytimes.com Updated Jan 7, 2013Changes are coming to the Jets, but it looks as if they may not have a new general manager by Tuesday after all.Upvote Share TweetLet’s see if we understand this one. Mark Sanchez, the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft, already has received a second contract. Josh Freeman, taken in the teens that year, hasn’t. And Freeman, at least for the coming season, won’t. AccordingUpvote Share TweetThe Ravens thought they had seen everything from Ray Lewis in his 17-year career, which passed for a final time through Baltimore in Sunday’s win over the Colts. But before the game, they saw something they didn’t expect from Lewis. Nerves. Teammate BUpvote Share TweetThe Redskins’ playoff loss to the Seahawks may have been the final game of linebacker London Fletcher’s career. “I’ll take some time to let the emotions of the season kind of get away, refresh a little bit and then sit down with my family and makeUpvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Updated Jan 7, 2013The Seahawks may have done the Redskins a favor. By eliminating them, they prevented the Redskins from continuing to let their injured franchise player limp around the field another week.Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Updated Jan 7, 2013What will the Niners have to do to corral Aaron Rodgers? How can Atlanta break its playoff jinx with Seattle in town? Peter King has an early preview of the NFC divisional games.Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Updated Jan 7, 2013The 2012 NFL playoffs got off to a sloppy start, but RGIII's injury was the ugliest moment of the wild-card round. So, who's to blame in D.C.? Peter King weighs in on that and more.Upvote Share Tweet
NFL Run & Shootaround: Love Will Tear Us Apartgrantland.com Updated Jan 7, 2013On any given Sunday (or Monday, or Thursday), your NFL Run & Shootaround crew will be gathered around multiple televisions, making inappropriate jokes...Upvote Share Tweet
Gordon, Hornets Sting SpursJan 7Eric Gordon leads Hornets with 24 points in 95-88 win over Spurs.
NFL32OT: RG III Goes Down In LossJan 7Episode 243: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss whether keeping Robert Griffin III in the game was the right decision. Adam Schefter breaks down the hiring of Bills new head coach Doug Marrone. The NFL32 crew discuss the Ravens-Broncos matchup.
Foster Changes Twitter AvatarJan 7Arian Foster changes his Twitter avatar to a highly critical excerpt from a column by Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy.
Robert Griffin III Will See Dr. Andrews For Further ExaminationJan 7John Clayton with the latest on Robert Griffin III's injury.
NFL mailbag -- Carryover rules impact cap strategyJan 7The new carryover rule changes the way teams handle the salary cap. Plus: reader questions.
2013 NFL draft -- Zach Ertz of Stanford Cardinal enters NFL draftJan 7Stanford's offense will be without one if its premier playmakers after tight end Zach Ertz announced Monday he'll enter the 2013 NFL draft.
Peter King: RGIII injury closes the curtain on ugly Wild-Card WeekendJan 7Before we examine the final Ray Day in Baltimore and the Shanahan-RGIII race to blame in Washington (and elsewhere) and what in the world got into Chip Kelly, this observation about Wild-Card Weekend: That was some lousy football. It got me to thinking …