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Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is tied for the second-most interceptions in the league through the first ten weeks of the season. Weeden’s 12 interceptions are tied with San Diego’s Philip Rivers and Kansas City’s Matt Cassel for secondUpvote Share Tweet
On the same day some New York Jets players anonymously ripped Tim Tebow in a newspaper article, Shonn Greene told Yahoo! Sports changes are needed.Upvote Share Tweet
NY Jets may have cast blame on Tim Tebow, but he is not at fault for disastrous 3-6 start this seasonIt didn’t take an advanced degree in molecular science to determine that the dynamics of the Jets offense weren’t compatible with Tim Tebow taking over as the starting quarterback. It was an unrealistic possibility, and now we’ve discovered that itUpvote Share TweetDallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has agreed to a year of anger management counseling as part of a resolution to the misdemeanor charge against him stemming from an incident with his mother, Angela Bryant, back in July. According to Clarence E. Hi…Upvote Share TweetWednesday’s PFT Live featured a return visit from former Ravens coach Brian Billick. Now an analyst with FOX and NFL Network, Coach Billick gave his take on a variety of timely topics. From comeback player of the year to his placement of the Broncos aUpvote Share Tweet
Eric Berry Explains Everything You Wanted To Know About His Fear Of HorsesAfter discussing the excessive celebration penalty that the Chiefs were flagged for on Monday Night Football-you know, for celebrating the touchdown that never officially happened-Kansas City safety Eric Berry took a moment to explain to reporters eveUpvote Share TweetA person familiar with the situation says DeAngelo Hall has been fined $30,000 for his confrontation with an official in the Washington Redskins' loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last month.Upvote Share TweetObviously, the big injury story of the week, and potentially the season, is the Pittsburgh Steelers losing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the foreseeable future due to a sprained sternoclavicular joint. Roethlisberger also has a dislocation of his f…Upvote Share TweetWhen Raiders running back Darren McFadden suffered a sprained ankle on November 4 against the Buccaneers, the Raiders were tight lipped regarding the anticipated duration of his absence. Jay Glazer of FOX reports that the Raiders expected McFadden to m…Upvote Share TweetDarren Sproles is back at practice and close to rejoining a New Orleans running game that hardly resembles the anemic one he was part of before he went out with a broken left hand.Upvote Share Tweet
“Official Review” returns, fails to tackle most of this week’s mistakesThis was a good week for the NFL to bring back its “Official Review” segment because this was a bad week for the NFL’s officials. Unfortunately, when “Official Review” aired on NFL Network on Wednesday, all but one of this week’s officiating mUpvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Updated Nov 14, 2012Against the Panthers, the Broncos' Von Miller turned in one of the most dominant defensive performances of the season.Upvote Share Tweet
Changes could be coming to Cardinals’ linesThe Arizona Cardinals emerge from the bye with a five-game losing streak, and some possible changes. Defensive end Calais Campbell, who has started 30 straight games, was absent from practice with a calf injury. If Campbell can’t play on Sunday at AtlUpvote Share Tweet
Packers’ Ryan Taylor says $21,000 fine nearly killed himPackers tight end Ryan Taylor found out during the team’s bye week that he had been fined $21,000 for an illegal block during Green Bay’s game against the Cardinals. He was not pleased. In fact, Taylor said that when his agent informed him of the fineUpvote Share TweetOn Monday night, the Atlanta Falcons abruptly cut defensive end Ray Edwards. Per a league source, Edwards has now cleared waivers. The window closed at 4:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, with no teams making a claim for the man who spent five years with the Vi…Upvote Share TweetWhether it was the first opinion, second opinion or one somewhere further down the line, 49ers quarterback Alex Smith got the clearance he needed on Wednesday. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Smith passed his first round of concussion tests and Cam …Upvote Share Tweet
Concerned Citizen Doesn't Want Redskins Training Camp In His Town Because The NFL "Has Murderers, Rapists, Wife And Girlfriend BThe Redskins are nearing a deal to move their training camp from Ashburn, Va., to Richmond, and not all of Richmond's citizens are thrilled. There are the typical objections-environmental impact, cost, the fact that a non-profit with ties to the CatholiUpvote Share TweetBills defensive end Chris Kelsay will not play on Thursday night against the Dolphins, missing his second consecutive game with a neck injury. The Bills confirmed today that Kelsay, whom coach Chan Gailey had previously described as 50-50 to play agains…Upvote Share Tweet
‘Thursday Night Football’ Preview: Dolphins’ running game has a chance to get back on trackyahoo.com Updated Nov 14, 2012Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills8 p.m. ET, NFL Network The Dolphins enter Thursday night's game with a 55-36-1 edge in their all-time series with the Bills and have won six of their last eight meetings, including a 30-23 win at Ralph Wilson Stadium on De…Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Updated Nov 14, 201249ers quarterback Alex Smith, who suffered a concussion Sunday against the Rams, has passed concussion tests this week and is on track to start Monday night against the Bears, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Upvote Share TweetThe Falcons are coming off a loss for the first time this season and they started their practice week without a couple of key players on the field. Wide receiver Julio Jones and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon both skipped practice on Wednesday while recov…Upvote Share Tweet
Bristolmetrics: ESPN Buries The EaglesThis a regular feature breaking down, minute-by-minute, the content that appears on ESPN's 11 p.m. edition of SportsCenter throughout the week. More »Upvote Share TweetOn one side of Pennsylvania, the starting quarterback already has been scratched for Sunday. On the other end of the Commonwealth, the starting quarterback is still in play to play. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger definitely won’t play. EaglUpvote Share Tweet
Robert Griffin III still thinking playoffs after becoming captainRedskins coach Mike Shanahan caused an uproar a couple of weeks ago when he said that the team would be shifting into evaluation mode for the rest of the season. That’s not where quarterback Robert Griffin III’s head is at, however. Griffin said WedneUpvote Share Tweet
Mark Sanchez And The Jets Are Wearing Team Shirts That Say "We Will Persist"The New York Jets have had a rough few days. Killed on the road in Seattle, killed by the media, and now killed-if you consider dismissing the throwing abilities of a backup quarterback who can't pass "killing"-by an anonymous member of their own defeUpvote Share TweetRams wide receiver Danny Amendola made up for some lost time on Sunday afternoon by catching 11 passes in his first game back after three weeks on the sideline with a collarbone injury. Now he’ll stop by Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network to talk aUpvote Share Tweet
Reggie Bush bashes the women of Buffaloyahoo.com Updated Nov 14, 2012The upcoming "Thursday Night Football" matchup between the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills isn't likely to set the world on fire. As much as our friends at the NFL Network won't appreciate that ... well, that's the luck of the draw. You get a…Upvote Share TweetFormer Giants quarterback Phil Simms knew before the words were all the way out of his mouth he stirred something up. By saying Giants quarterback Eli Manning was “not one of the elites,” he opened up a can of worms about the two-time Super Bowl MVP.Upvote Share TweetGreen Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews will miss Sunday's game in Detroit with a hamstring injury.Upvote Share Tweet
Peyton is the Pro Bowl’s top vote getter, so farThe process of selecting the Pro Bowl team is nearly as interesting as the Pro Bowl itself. Of course, that’s not really saying much. It’s a three-part formula, with fan votes accounting for 33 percent, player votes taking up another third, and votesUpvote Share Tweet
Shooting America's Game: How I Made The NFL Come Alive In PhotosNeil Leifer began shooting big games as an eager teenager in the 1950s, sneaking into stadiums by any means necessary-he'd even volunteer to push wounded veterans around in their wheelchairs. Before too long, he became Sports Illustrated's star photograUpvote Share TweetDefensive lineman Alameda Ta’amu, who faces multiple charges after an ugly alcohol-related incident last month, was the Pittsburgh Steelers’ problem. And he still is. Released Monday, Ta’amu quietly has been added to the team’s practice squad, wUpvote Share TweetThat the turf at Solider Field is bad for kickers is not breaking news. But after two inches of rain fell during Sunday’s game and left the track a mess, stadium officials said they were going to replace the sod on the middle of the field. Stadium generUpvote Share TweetThe NFL fined Houston Texans linebacker Tim Dobbins $30,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit last Sunday on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.Upvote Share Tweet
Jacoby Jones wins weekly special teams honors for second time this yearThe Ravens hoped to improve their return game by signing Jacoby Jones as a free agent this offseason and the move has worked out exactly as planned. Jones has been named the AFC’s special teams player of the week for the second time this season after heUpvote Share Tweet
Jeremy Maclin: Don’t say I eased off because I feared getting hitEagles receiver Jeremy Maclin wants to make something clear: He didn’t back away from contact out of a fear of getting hit in Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys. Maclin said today that FOX analyst Troy Aikman was wrong to suggest during the game that MaclinUpvote Share TweetChristian Ponder's up-and-down performance in his first full season as the Vikings starting quarterback has draped plenty of criticism on his shoulders from the team's demanding fans.Upvote Share TweetKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Matt Cassel will start at quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday against Cincinnati because Brady Quinn still has not been cleared to play following a concussion.Upvote Share TweetThe Raiders brought in some veteran linebacker depth, signing Omar Gaither Wednesday. Gaither has 40 career starts, between stints with the Eagles and Panthers. He was in camp with the Texans this summer. He replaced Travis Goethel, who was placed on on…Upvote Share TweetWhen Dwayne Harris returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter in Philadelphia last Sunday, he broke a 17-17 tie and sent the Cowboys on their way to a crucial victory for their playoff chances. It also earned him honors as the NFC pl…Upvote Share TweetColts cornerback Darius Butler is on his second team of the season, but just won his first award. Butler was named AFC defensive player of the week after a standout performance in the Colts win over the Jaguars. He had two interceptions, returning one f…Upvote Share TweetThe Saints’ attempt to dig out from under their 0-4 start to return to the playoff picture got a huge boost from Sunday’s 31-27 win over the Falcons. Tight end Jimmy Graham played a big role in that winning effort. He caught seven passes for a career-Upvote Share TweetThe Colts have gotten into the habit of ruling out cornerback Vontae Davis and tight end Coby Fleener early in the week and it isn’t a habit they’re ready to break just yet. Coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that both players will miss this week’s gUpvote Share Tweet
Thursday Matchup: Dolphins at Billsnytimes.com Updated Nov 14, 2012Buffalo's C.J. Spiller will get his chance to be an every-down back and could have a big game against a Dolphins defense that has struggled to stop the run.Upvote Share TweetOptimus Prime needs to find a little room on his mantle. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has been named the NFC defensive player of the week for his work in the team’s 28-7 win over the Jets. Sherman intercepted a pass on the goal line to kill a JetUpvote Share TweetDespite the Chicago Bears' ugly loss on Sunday night, Brandon Marshall was excited. He got a package at the Bears' training facility from his alma mater, Central Florida. Inside, he found a UCF workout shirt he wanted to show off to his 752,131 Twitter …Upvote Share TweetSaints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is not fond of the Falcons. Vilma, who along with teammate Scott Shanle thought that the Falcons were “classless” in the way they acted before Sunday’s Saints-Falcons game, has added that he doesn’t feel the need tUpvote Share TweetThe Kansas City Chiefs don't seem to understand the concept of the old sports adage, "Act like you've been there before." Then again, when you haven't held a lead in regulation through your first eight games, it's tough to know where "the…Upvote Share TweetAfter picking apart the Giants’ secondary on Sunday, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has been named the AFC offensive player of the week. Dalton completed 21 of 30 passes for 199 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions, as the Bengals dominatedUpvote Share TweetESPN.com Updated Nov 14, 2012The Panthers announced they've signed free agent guard Jeremy Bridges to serve as a stop-gap for their struggling offensive line.Upvote Share Tweet
When it comes to spotting concussions, NFL walking tightropeThe NFL has developed a very good procedure for keeping players with concussions out of action until they are healed. But when it comes to spotting a player who suffered a concussion during a game, the NFL’s current protocol doesn’t work. How do weUpvote Share Tweet
Veteran Broncos spreading word about past problemsIn most respects, this is a brand new Broncos team. But some of the old hands are spreading the word to the new guys, in hopes of avoiding the kind of historic collapses they’ve endured. Since the end of the 2005 season, the Broncos are 22-32 (.407) inUpvote Share Tweet
Mike Shanahan Filed A Police Report Over Cash Stolen From The Locker Room In Pittsburgh, Later Found ItDuring the Redskins' Week 8 game in Pittsburgh, Mike Shanahan left his unlocked briefcase in an open locker. Not the smartest move, but one assumes the visitors' locker room is inviolable. After the game, an ugly whipping, Shanahan checked his stuff-andUpvote Share Tweet
Lions hopeful Cliff Avril can play this weekMost of the attention paid to concussions this week has had to do with the injuries suffered by quarterbacks Jay Cutler, Alex Smith and Michael Vick. They weren’t the only players to suffer head injuries in Week 10, though. Lions defensive end Cliff AvrUpvote Share Tweet
Accorsi will have huge impact on future of Panthers, NewtonAs Gantt pointed out several days ago, the Panthers have hired former Giants G.M. Ernie Accorsi to help find the franchise’s next General Manager. The decision that Accorsi makes will resonate through the organization, both now and in the future. Some tUpvote Share Tweet
Brent Celek hopes Eagles understand jobs are on the lineEven though owner Jeffrey Lurie made it clear that the Eagles needed to show improvement from last year if they wanted to avoid major changes, tight end Brent Celek didn’t think that the team would be playing for Andy Reid’s job. That’s where CelekUpvote Share Tweet
Packers Lineman Gives One Hell Of An Answer To "Boxers Or Briefs?"The great thing about Twitter is that you can ask an athlete anything-anything, truly-and you just never know when they're going to answer you and how. Take Packers guard Josh Sitton, for example, who held a little Q&A with his followers last night. SUpvote Share Tweet
Jammal Brown practices, wants to play this yearThe Redskins have two weeks to make a decision on whether to activate right tackle Jammal Brown. But while he said he was encouraged by his first practice after hip surgery, he also sounds unsure if he’s going to be ready in time. “I feel a lot looserUpvote Share TweetBill Parcells told Patriots coach Bill Belichick that he believes this year’s Patriots team is better than last year’s AFC championship team. Opposing defenses may be catching up with Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill. Asked about how to deal with a tough seUpvote Share TweetThe Tim Tebow faithful are going to have a tough time with this one: The New York Daily News has consulted more than a dozen of Tebow's Jets teammates and officials, and their assessment of The Chosen Quarterback is not a kind one. One unnamed teammate …Upvote Share Tweet
Peyton is nailing down his next $40 millionBroncos quarterback Peyton Manning soon will be able to buy a lot more pizza franchises. Overlooked in the stunning performance of the four-time MVP is that he has all but guaranteed that the Broncos will opt to unlock the next two years of his contract…Upvote Share Tweet
Titans in search of utilizing Kenny Britt more effectivelyThe Tennessee Titans plan on using their bye week to find if they can use wide receiver Kenny Britt more effectively. Britt manged just two catches for 36 yards in the Titans’ 37-3 win over the Miami Dolphins last Sunday. Britt was targeted six times buUpvote Share Tweet
Whisenhunt prepared to make changes to Cardinals lineupA five game losing streak is an easy way to force a head coach to have to re-evaluate the state of his football team. After a surprising 4-0 start to the season, the Arizona Cardinals have lost their last five games and head coach Ken Whisenhunt is in s…Upvote Share TweetThe Cleveland Browns may finally be able to see their defensive tackle duo of Ahtyba Rubin and Phil Taylor on the field together for the first time this season Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. According to Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Rubin…Upvote Share Tweet
This Day in Philadelphia Eagles Tragicomedygrantland.com Updated Nov 14, 2012Clay Harbor, for whatever reason, does not have Wi-Fi. According to Robert Griffin III, Andy Reid met with him at the NFL Scouting Combine back in Feb...Upvote Share Tweetgrantland.com Updated Nov 14, 2012For the Saints and their fans, a season that seemed dead on arrival after an 0-4 start has sprung back to life. New Orleans has gone on a 4-1 run sinc...Upvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Giants Look To Regain MomentumNov 14Episode 223: New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford assesses where his team is this season and the challenges that are ahead. The NFL32 crew discuss which back up quarterback has the best chance to win.
Tim Tebow RespondsNov 14Tim Tebow responds to negative comments from anonymous Jets players.
The Peanut PunchNov 14Rachel Nichols examines how Charles Tillman is able to force fumbles with his peanut punch.
Can Steelers be effective with Byron Leftwich?Nov 14With Ben Roethlisberger sidelined due to injury, can Byron Leftwich fill the void in the Steelers offense? Kurt Warner assesses Pittsburgh's strengths and weaknesses at signal caller.
Clayton mailbag: Backup QBs under microscopeNov 14With four starters being injured in Week 10, the state of the NFL's backup quarterback situation is about to come into focus, writes John Clayton.