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The Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers shared the same practice at the same time Thursday at the New Orleans Saints practice facility. According to John Clayton of ESPN.com, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh elected to move their team’s practice froUpvote Share Tweet
On Thursday morning, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said that the 49ers were coming off a perfect Wednesday practice, and he wanted an exact duplicate of that later in the day. On Thursday afternoon, Harbaugh said his players had exceeded his expectations. “IUpvote Share TweetBaltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent following Super Bowl XLVII but general manager Ozzie Newsome doesn’t see Flacco leaving Baltimore under his watch. According to Bob Glauber of Newsday, Newsome wanUpvote Share Tweet
NFLPA rips player safety, threatens grievanceLess than 18 months after the league and players signed a 10-year CBA, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and union president Domonique Foxworth used a Super Bowl news conference to lay out a series of complaints about safety issues.Upvote Share TweetJerry Jones said that any decisions regarding the Dallas Cowboys' offensive play-calling system will be made by head coach Jason Garrett -- not the owner himself.Upvote Share TweetSeahawks linebacker Leroy Hill has made his first court appearance since he was accused of assaulting his girlfriend.Upvote Share TweetReport: Osi says if Giants pass, Jets a 'good fit'Upvote Share Tweet
NFLPA's Smith: Ref lockout disregarded safetyThe head of the NFL Players Association calls the league's lockout of its officials at the start of this season "one of the most deliberate disregards of player safety that I think has occurred in the National Football League since our inception."Upvote Share Tweet
Three Niners played for BCS title in SuperdomeNEW ORLEANS (AP) San Francisco defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois made one of his greatest football memories to date in the Superdome, where he won a national championship with LSU against Ohio State in January 2008.Upvote Share TweetDallas Cowboys outside linebacker and soon-to-be defensive end DeMarcus Ware said there's a good possibility the window to win a championship is closing on his team.Upvote Share Tweet
Ravens cheerleader says she was left home from Super Bowl over 1.6-pound weight gainAnd you thought Ray Lewis' deer-antler spray controversy would be the biggest distraction for the Baltimore Ravens during Super Bowl week. That was until Courtney Lenz said on "Good Morning America" that she believes the team won't let her che…Upvote Share TweetThree black former NFL head coaches say the league needs to rethink its Rooney Rule for promoting minority hiring after 15 top vacancies -- eight head coaching jobs and seven general manager positions -- were all filled by white candidates since the reg…Upvote Share TweetThe NFLPA has demonstrated its general mistrust of team doctors. Now they have a specific target. According to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego, the union wants the Chargers to replace Dr. David Chao. The union has asked the league find a “suitable replUpvote Share TweetTight end Tony Gonzalez’s chances of retiring were up to 97 percent by the end of the season, but the Falcons are making sure that three percent doesn’t go away without being contemplated in full. General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said that he is makinUpvote Share Tweet
Ravens' Reed: NFL 'policing the wrong things'Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed said Thursday the NFL is fining players for the wrong infractions. Reed, in an interview with Comcast SportsNet-Baltimore, said the NFL is "policing the wrong things, for real."Upvote Share TweetIn a development that shocks exactly no one, the NFLPA announced today that the vast majority of their players did not trust their team’s medical staffs. According to an internal survey conducted by the players union, asking players to rate their satisfUpvote Share TweetNEW ORLEANS (AP) NFL general counsel Jeff Pash says he expects independent neurological consultants to be on sidelines during games next season to help diagnose and treat concussions.Upvote Share TweetThe past week in sports has been so gay! We've had Manti Te'o saying he's "far from" gay last Thursday; we've had Ronaiah Tuiasosopo claiming he's trying to recover from his gayness (good luck with that, champ); we've had that SI photo of the …Upvote Share TweetHall of Famer Jerry Rice has no interest in a back-and-forth debate with Randy Moss during Super Bowl week about who's the greatest NFL wide receiver of all time.Upvote Share Tweet
Beyonce takes on, then brushes off lip-sync controversy with impromptu media-conference national anthemWell, there you have it. Beyonce, who will perform at halftime of this year's Super Bowl, opened her Thursday media conference with an off-the-cuff rendition of the National Anthem. (The waving flag in the background suggests this was not entirely unpla…Upvote Share Tweet
Terrell Suggs says Ravens would welcome a gay teammateAfter 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver stuck his foot in his mouth when asked what he’d think of having a gay teammate, some words of wisdom during this Super Bowl week came from Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs. Asked if he would have a problem wUpvote Share TweetJoe Flacco's expiring contract doesn't seem to concern anyone with the Baltimore Ravens, including the quarterback himself.Upvote Share Tweet
Vernon Carey planning a comebackWhen the Jets were casting around to find a replacement for tackle Wayne Hunter last summer, they reached out to former Dolphin Vernon Carey. Carey told them he was happy coaching high school and didn’t plan to play football anymore. The Jets moved on aUpvote Share TweetBaltimore wide receiver Anquan Boldin has been a playoff difference maker, catching 16 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns through three postseason wins. But Sunday’s Super Bowl may be his last game in a Ravens uniform due to Baltimore’s forthcoUpvote Share TweetThe Pro Football Talk crew is still hanging in New Orleans and they’ll be bringing you another hour of everything you need to know from the Super Bowl on Thursday. Former Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith will join the crew a day after he spoke to MikeUpvote Share Tweet
Bulls' Robinson pondered NFL shot with SeattleChicago Bulls point guard Nate Robinson said Wednesday he had a plan if he didn't sign with an NBA team last summer, and that was an NFL tryout.Upvote Share Tweet
Canadians make run on TV antennas to watch U.S. Super Bowl adsWhat do Canadians covet from the U.S. more than anything else? Is it our socialized medicine? Our unparalleled macrobrews? Our legendary curling industry? They all might be good answers it's really our hilarious Super Bowl commercials that our neighbors…Upvote Share Tweet
Saints fan/ref said John Harbaugh saw photos in preseasonBrian Stropolo lost his gig as an NFL replacement ref when Facebook pictures of him in Saints gear emerged just before he was supposed to officiate a Saints game. But the pictures were far from a secret, and were even discovered by Ravens coach John Har…Upvote Share TweetThe league office fined Ravens safety Ed Reed more than $100,000 this season for helmet-to-helmet hits. Reed isn’t happy about it, and he made that abundantly clear in a Thursday interview in New Orleans. “If you’re just somebody who is upstairs jusUpvote Share Tweet
Patriots re-sign restricted free agent FletcherNew England Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher, who was scheduled to be a restricted free agent this offseason as he recovers from a torn ACL that sidelined him for the entire 2012 season, has re-signed with the team.Upvote Share TweetI realize that there's no room for great off-field stories on athletes in the post-Manti Te'o era, but all the same, Donald Driver provided one. If you want a feel-good story to latch onto (and yes, we take it all back if we find out Ronaiah Tuiasosopo …Upvote Share TweetThe Super Bowl media crush isn't just about the players actually playing-the black hole also sucks in retired stars like Marshall Faulk and Jerry Rice and, um, Amani Toomer. The former Giants receiver has an extremely tangential connection to Sunday's mUpvote Share Tweet
Colin Kaepernick gets free Red Robin for life if he wins the Super BowlNEW ORLEANS -- This may be one of the more interesting incentives any football player could receive. Restaurant chain Red Robin, upon hearing that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick really likes its food, decided to throw down the gauntlet…Upvote Share Tweet
Third man arrested for brawl with OT WilliamsHonolulu Police have arrested a third man in connection with a brawl at a nightclub that left Washington offensive tackle Trent Williams unable to play in Sunday's Pro Bowl.Upvote Share TweetRavens linebacker Ray Lewis announced on January 2 that this year’s postseason run would be his “last ride” in the NFL. Lewis isn’t the incredibly high-impact football player he once was, but there are stats that suggest his on-field presence is aUpvote Share TweetESPN's pro football braintrust assembles its list of predictions for Super Bowl XLVII.Upvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: Greg Cosell, Ravens talk with J. MichaelWe’re drawing ever closer to the Super Bowl and there’s no shortage of things to talk about. Greg Cosell of NFL Films will join Mike Florio to share his insights on the Ravens and 49ers. Cosell has broken down these teams on film for months now, so heUpvote Share Tweet
Confessions Of A Glory BoyDrew Magary's Thursday Afternoon NFL Dick Joke Jamboroo runs every Thursday during the NFL season. More »Upvote Share TweetNEW ORLEANS -- Colin Kaepernick might be all the rage at this year's Super Bowl, but the most recent quarterback to beat San Francisco and its wunderkind second-year passer showed up here today with a little buzz of his own attached to his name. Seattle…Upvote Share TweetPro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino has admitted that he is the father of a 7-year-old child with a production assistant he worked with at CBS. When the New York Post questioned Marino about rumors that he had a child with a former coworker, Marino pr…Upvote Share Tweet
Which Harbaugh Brother Would Philandering Ladies Prefer To Hump? Who Cares, Let's Make Sex JokesIt's the week before the Super Bowl, which means that our inbox is getting flooded with stupid press releases. One in particular, from someone affiliated with AshleyMadison.com (a website where married people can find other married people to bone), is v…Upvote Share Tweet
New Orleans Through Wendell Pierce's Eyesnytimes.com Updated Jan 31, 2013The view from New Orleans: The actor Wendell Pierce, a Saints fan, talks about the Super Bowl, New Orleans and beignets.Upvote Share TweetVictor Cruz is still patiently waiting for a contract extension as the wide receiver and the New York Giants still stand apart in negotiations.Upvote Share TweetJon Jones had to stay neutral while in Foxboro two weeks ago. The UFC lightweight champion had a brother on both teams. Arthur is a defensive end for the Baltimore Ravens, and will play in the Super Bowl on Sunday. Chandler is a rookie on the New Englan…Upvote Share Tweet
Ted Ginn would like more catches, but he won’t complainTed Ginn has done essentially nothing on offense for the 49ers, catching just two passes for one yard during the 2012 regular season. So it’s no surprise that when Ginn was asked today if he’d like to have more of an impact on offense, Ginn answered,Upvote Share TweetPatriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is making the rounds in New Orleans this week with a big black cast on his left arm, the result of the arm he suffered in the playoff opener against the Texans. It was the second time he broke the arm this season and Gr…Upvote Share Tweet
Here are the uniforms the 49ers and Ravens will be wearing for the Super BowlAnd, well, they're basically the same uniforms that we've seen the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens wear all season. There is a pretty nifty Super Bowl XLVII patch on both. Alas, because the Nike PR folks couldn't just quote Noah Vanderhoff's &q…Upvote Share Tweet
Bo Schembechler looms large over the Super BowlBo Schembechler retired from coaching 23 years ago and died six years ago, but he’s a major presence at this year’s Super Bowl. Jack Harbaugh, the father of 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Ravens coach John Harbaugh, was an assistant to Schembechler at MUpvote Share TweetOn Wednesday, we shared some comments from Panther coach Ron Rivera about the decision to promote Mike Shula to offensive coordinator with Rob Chudzinski off to Cleveland to coach the Browns. Rivera said that the move was done to ensure continuity from …Upvote Share Tweet
Steady As He Goes: Twelve years and a host of changes separate the R…Twelve years and a host of changes separate the Ravens from their last title. Yet Ozzie Newsome still presides over one of the NFL's model franchises. Don Banks examines how.Upvote Share Tweet
And The Winner Is ...The hype is almost over and the actual Super Bowl game is near. Who will hoist all of the trophies handed out this Sunday night? SI's NFL experts make their picks.Upvote Share Tweet
Super Bowl XLVII: Thursday morning links• Jack and Jackie Harbaugh met the media on Wednesday. • Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti avoids the spotlight, writes Childs Walker of The Baltimore Sun. • 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver said an openly gay teammate would not be welcomed in the lockerUpvote Share Tweet
NFL seizes record $13.6M in fake merchandiseThe NFL, in cooperation with government authorities, announced on Thursday that it had seized a record $13.6 million in counterfeit NFL merchandise this season in a nationwide enforcement effort called "Operation Red Zone."Upvote Share TweetWhen Mike Singletary took over as head coach in San Francisco in 2008, one of his first actions was benching tight end Vernon Davis in the middle of a game because he thought Davis was putting himself above the team. Davis wound up getting the message a…Upvote Share Tweet
Players, coaches sell Super Bowl tickets in violation of NFL rulesIn 2005, then-Vikings head coach Mike Tice found himself in hot water for reselling Super Bowl tickets, which is strictly prohibited under NFL rules. But a new report says that plenty of other players and coaches still sell their Super Bowl tickets. In …Upvote Share Tweet
Rick Reilly's Column About Colin Kaepernick Is The Smarmiest Story Of Super Bowl WeekThe crux of Rick Reilly's latest column for ESPN.com is this: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick should take steps to foster a relationship with his birth mother because Reilly's own adopted daughter has a healthy relationship with her bir…Upvote Share TweetEarlier this month, one of those "crying children" viral video made the rounds. But this one was different: it wasn't the usual kid crying because their team lost. Six-year-old Breanna was upset that she wasn't 25, because if she were, she wou…Upvote Share TweetDuring the 2012 season, Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman did double duty as quarterbacks coach. Anyone who watched Hard Knocks last summer likely remembers that assistant quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor was also doing a lot of work with Ryan Ta…Upvote Share Tweet
Foxworth says mistrust between NFLPA, NFL an impediment to HGH agreementWednesday’s edition of PFT Live: Vagabond Week included a chance meeting with NFLPA president Domonique Foxworth, which led to an unscheduled special segment of the show. Foxworth, who will be entering Harvard Business School later this year, addresseUpvote Share TweetThe Buccaneers filled an opening on their coaching staff Wednesday while creating one at the same time. Tony Oden was hired to coach the team’s defensive backs and Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Bob Ligashesky was fired as the team’sUpvote Share TweetThe NFL Players Association has appealed a judge's recent rejection of the union's claim that the league colluded to set a secret salary cap in 2010.Upvote Share Tweet
Hue Jackson apologizes to Ray Lewis and entire Ravens organization for introducing them to S.W.A.T.S ownerRay Lewis has said he never took the supplements offered by Sports With Alternatives to Steroids, but it's hard to deny he didn't know the co-owner of the controversial supplement company after Hue Jackson has apologized for introducing Lewis and other …Upvote Share TweetThe good news for the 49ers is that linebacker Ahmad Brooks returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday with a shoulder injury. The bad news for the 49ers is that linebacker Aldon Smith also practiced on a limited basis. Per a league source, Broo…Upvote Share TweetNo matter how weary of "Harbowl" stories NFL fans may have been the last two weeks, the fact remains that it is rather remarkable that when the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens square off in Super Bowl XLVII, the two head coaches once …Upvote Share Tweet
18-game season is “still on the table”With the Commissioner’s annual pre-Super Bowl press conference a day away, a topic that many presume has disappeared has now been resurrected. The 18-game regular season. On the next edition of Costas Tonight, which debuts Thursday night at 9:00 p.m. ETUpvote Share Tweet
Super Bowl Probability: Excellence Versus Momentumnytimes.com Updated Jan 31, 2013The 49ers have been consistently among the best, and the Ravens are hot. We've seen this movie before, but luck can't be counted on to continue.Upvote Share Tweetgrantland.com Updated Jan 31, 2013"The running game in pro football has gotten so boring," former 49ers coach Bill Walsh remarked some years ago. "There's just four or five plays they ...Upvote Share Tweet
'No Huddle': The greatness of Ray LewisJan 31Ray Lewis will retire as one of the greatest players to step on the football field. The "No Huddle" crew shares their favorite Ray Lewis experiences.
'No Huddle': San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss' place in historyJan 31San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss claimed himself as the greatest receiver to ever play the game. Where does he really rank? The "No Huddle" crew gives their answers.
NFL32OT: Cowboys Look For ImprovementJan 31Episode 260: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss what changes the Cowboys should make in the offseason. Eric Mangini breaks down how the 49ers can defend against Joe Flacco. The NFL32 crew discuss who they would rather have Eli or Peyton.
'No Huddle': Which Joe Flacco will show up?Jan 31The "No Huddle" crew discusses which Joe Flacco will show up on Super Bowl Sunday, the regular season Joe or playoff Joe.
Jim Trotter: Smith chastises NFL for lack of player safetyJan 31NEW ORLEANS -- The NFL Players Association challenged the league's commitment to player safety on Monday, going so far as to call some teams' behavior "reckless" when diagnosing and treating players.
Don Banks: Seahawks' Wilson familiar with Super-bound 49ersJan 31NEW ORLEANS -- Colin Kaepernick might be all the rage at this year's Super Bowl, but the most recent quarterback to beat San Francisco and its wunderkind second-year passer showed up here today with a little buzz of his own attached to his name. Seattle…
Don Banks: Ravens' Super Bowl run a testament to skills of Ozzie NewsomeJan 31NEW ORLEANS -- In some form or fashion, on multiple fronts, the issue of legacy hangs over every Super Bowl these days. But that discussion at Super Bowl XLVII should start nowhere else but with the singular feat that would be Ozzie Newsome's if his Bal…
Jim Trotter: In Trent Baalke, the 49ers have a GM whose foundation is buil…Jan 31NEW ORLEANS -- After receiving his first NFL scouting job with the Cleveland Browns in 1991, Lionel Vital was told he should take college coaches to lunch when visiting their schools. Scouts want as much background as possible on draft-eligible prospect…