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Browns, Brandon Weeden want to cut down on interceptions

Browns, Brandon Weeden want to cut down on interceptions

profootballtalk.com CNNSI.com Updated Nov 14, 2012
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 second
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  • Report: Greene says Jets need a 'change'

    Report: Greene says Jets need a 'change'

    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.
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  • NY Jets may have cast blame on Tim Tebow, but he is not at faul…

    NY Jets may have cast blame on Tim Tebow, but he is not at fault for disastrous 3-6 start this season

    It 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 it
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  • Dez Bryant to take anger management counseling

    Dez Bryant to take anger management counseling

    Dallas 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…
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  • Catching up with Coach Billick on PFT Live

    Catching up with Coach Billick on PFT Live

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    Wednesday’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 a
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  • Eric Berry Explains Everything You Wanted To Know About His Fea…

    Eric Berry Explains Everything You Wanted To Know About His Fear Of Horses

    deadspin.com Nov 14, 2012
    After 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 eve
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  • Report: Redskins' Hall fined $30,000 by the NFL

    Report: Redskins' Hall fined $30,000 by the NFL

    A 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.
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  • Ben Roethlisberger, Michael Vick headline initial practice part…

    Ben Roethlisberger, Michael Vick headline initial practice participation reports for Week 11

    Obviously, 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…
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  • Report:  Raiders expected McFadden to miss 2-4 weeks

    Report: Raiders expected McFadden to miss 2-4 weeks

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    When 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…
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  • Saints' Sproles practices, possibly to return

    Saints' Sproles practices, possibly to return

    Darren 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.
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  • “Official Review” returns, fails to tackle most of this week’s…

    “Official Review” returns, fails to tackle most of this week’s mistakes

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    This 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 m
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  • Week 10 Film Review: In Praise of Von Miller

    Week 10 Film Review: In Praise of Von Miller

    nytimes.com Nov 14, 2012
    Against the Panthers, the Broncos' Von Miller turned in one of the most dominant defensive performances of the season.
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  • Changes could be coming to Cardinals’ lines

    Changes could be coming to Cardinals’ lines

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    The 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 Atl
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  • Packers’ Ryan Taylor says $21,000 fine nearly killed him

    Packers’ Ryan Taylor says $21,000 fine nearly killed him

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    Packers 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 fine
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  • Ray Edwards clears waivers

    Ray Edwards clears waivers

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    On 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…
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  • Alex Smith cleared for non-contact work

    Alex Smith cleared for non-contact work

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    Whether 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 …
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  • Concerned Citizen Doesn't Want Redskins Training Camp In His To…

    Concerned Citizen Doesn't Want Redskins Training Camp In His Town Because The NFL "Has Murderers, Rapists, Wife And Girlfriend B

    deadspin.com Nov 14, 2012
    The 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 Catholi
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  • Neck injury keeps Bills’ Chris Kelsay out at least one more gam…

    Neck injury keeps Bills’ Chris Kelsay out at least one more game

    Bills 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…
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  • ‘Thursday Night Football’ Preview: Dolphins’ running game has a…

    ‘Thursday Night Football’ Preview: Dolphins’ running game has a chance to get back on track

    yahoo.com Nov 14, 2012
    Miami 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…
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  • Source: 49ers QB Smith in line to start Monday

    Source: 49ers QB Smith in line to start Monday

    ESPN.com Nov 14, 2012
    49ers 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.
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  • Julio Jones, Sean Weatherspoon miss practice for Falcons

    Julio Jones, Sean Weatherspoon miss practice for Falcons

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    The 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…
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  • Bristolmetrics: ESPN Buries The Eagles

    Bristolmetrics: ESPN Buries The Eagles

    deadspin.com Nov 14, 2012
    This 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 »
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  • Vick not ruled out, yet

    Vick not ruled out, yet

    On 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.  Eagl
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  • Robert Griffin III still thinking playoffs after becoming capta…

    Robert Griffin III still thinking playoffs after becoming captain

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    Redskins 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 Wedne
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  • Mark Sanchez And The Jets Are Wearing Team Shirts That Say &quo…

    Mark Sanchez And The Jets Are Wearing Team Shirts That Say "We Will Persist"

    deadspin.com Nov 14, 2012
    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 defe
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  • Catch up with Danny Amendola during PFT on NBC Sports Network

    Catch up with Danny Amendola during PFT on NBC Sports Network

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    Rams 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 a
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  • Reggie Bush bashes the women of Buffalo

    Reggie Bush bashes the women of Buffalo

    yahoo.com Nov 14, 2012
    The 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…
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  • Simms stands by Eli comment, sets high bar for “elite”

    Simms stands by Eli comment, sets high bar for “elite”

    Former 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.
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  • Packers' Matthews (hamstring) out vs. Lions

    Packers' Matthews (hamstring) out vs. Lions

    Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews will miss Sunday's game in Detroit with a hamstring injury.
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  • Peyton is the Pro Bowl’s top vote getter, so far

    Peyton is the Pro Bowl’s top vote getter, so far

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    The 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 votes
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  • Shooting America's Game: How I Made The NFL Come Alive In Photo…

    Shooting America's Game: How I Made The NFL Come Alive In Photos

    deadspin.com Nov 14, 2012
    Neil 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 photogra
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  • Ta’amu quietly lands on Steelers’ practice squad

    Ta’amu quietly lands on Steelers’ practice squad

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    Defensive 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, w
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  • Robbie Gould complains about turf, with new grass on way

    Robbie Gould complains about turf, with new grass on way

    That 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 gener
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  • Texans' Dobbins fined $30K for hit on Cutler

    Texans' Dobbins fined $30K for hit on Cutler

    The NFL fined Houston Texans linebacker Tim Dobbins $30,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit last Sunday on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
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  • Jacoby Jones wins weekly special teams honors for second time t…

    Jacoby Jones wins weekly special teams honors for second time this year

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    The 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 he
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  • Jeremy Maclin: Don’t say I eased off because I feared getting h…

    Jeremy Maclin: Don’t say I eased off because I feared getting hit

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    Eagles 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 Maclin
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  • Vikings GM has '100 percent belief' in Ponder

    Vikings GM has '100 percent belief' in Ponder

    Christian 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.
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  • Cassel to start at QB again for Chiefs vs. Bengals

    Cassel to start at QB again for Chiefs vs. Bengals

    KANSAS 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.
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  • Raiders sign veteran Omar Gaither

    Raiders sign veteran Omar Gaither

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    The 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…
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  • Dwayne Harris takes home NFC special teams player of the week

    Dwayne Harris takes home NFC special teams player of the week

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    When 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…
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  • Darius Butler wins AFC defensive player of the week

    Darius Butler wins AFC defensive player of the week

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    Colts 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…
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  • Jimmy Graham’s big day gets rewarded

    Jimmy Graham’s big day gets rewarded

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    The 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-
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  • Vontae Davis, Coby Fleener out again for Colts this week

    Vontae Davis, Coby Fleener out again for Colts this week

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    The 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 g
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  • Thursday Matchup: Dolphins at Bills

    Thursday Matchup: Dolphins at Bills

    nytimes.com Nov 14, 2012
    Buffalo'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.
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  • Richard Sherman is the NFC defensive player of the week

    Richard Sherman is the NFC defensive player of the week

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    Optimus 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 Jet
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  • Bare down! Brandon Marshall inadvertently tweets a picture of a…

    Bare down! Brandon Marshall inadvertently tweets a picture of a naked teammate

    yahoo.com deadspin.com Nov 14, 2012
    Despite 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 …
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  • Jonathan Vilma rips Atlanta: “We always beat the Falcons”

    Jonathan Vilma rips Atlanta: “We always beat the Falcons”

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    Saints 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 t
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  • Romeo Crennel would really like the Chiefs to stop dancing on t…

    Romeo Crennel would really like the Chiefs to stop dancing on the field

    The 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…
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  • Andy Dalton is your AFC offensive player of the week

    Andy Dalton is your AFC offensive player of the week

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    After 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 dominated
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  • Panthers sign Bridges to help struggling O-line

    Panthers sign Bridges to help struggling O-line

    ESPN.com Nov 14, 2012
    The Panthers announced they've signed free agent guard Jeremy Bridges to serve as a stop-gap for their struggling offensive line.
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  • When it comes to spotting concussions, NFL walking tightrope

    When it comes to spotting concussions, NFL walking tightrope

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    The 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 we
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  • Veteran Broncos spreading word about past problems

    Veteran Broncos spreading word about past problems

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    In 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) in
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  • Mike Shanahan Filed A Police Report Over Cash Stolen From The L…

    Mike Shanahan Filed A Police Report Over Cash Stolen From The Locker Room In Pittsburgh, Later Found It

    deadspin.com Nov 14, 2012
    During 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-and
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  • Lions hopeful Cliff Avril can play this week

    Lions hopeful Cliff Avril can play this week

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    Most 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 Avr
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  • Accorsi will have huge impact on future of Panthers, Newton

    Accorsi will have huge impact on future of Panthers, Newton

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    As 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 t
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  • Brent Celek hopes Eagles understand jobs are on the line

    Brent Celek hopes Eagles understand jobs are on the line

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    Even 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 Celek
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  • Packers Lineman Gives One Hell Of An Answer To "Boxers Or …

    Packers Lineman Gives One Hell Of An Answer To "Boxers Or Briefs?"

    deadspin.com Nov 14, 2012
    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. S
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  • Jammal Brown practices, wants to play this year

    Jammal Brown practices, wants to play this year

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    The 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 looser
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  • Wednesday morning one-liners

    Wednesday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    Bill 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 se
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  • Tim Tebow is ‘terrible’: Jets teammates, officials rip the hera…

    Tim Tebow is ‘terrible’: Jets teammates, officials rip the heralded backup QB

    The 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 …
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  • Peyton is nailing down his next $40 million

    Peyton is nailing down his next $40 million

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    Broncos 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…
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  • Titans in search of utilizing Kenny Britt more effectively

    Titans in search of utilizing Kenny Britt more effectively

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    The 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 bu
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  • Whisenhunt prepared to make changes to Cardinals lineup

    Whisenhunt prepared to make changes to Cardinals lineup

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    A 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…
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  • Ahtyba Rubin closing in on return for Browns

    Ahtyba Rubin closing in on return for Browns

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    The 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…
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  • This Day in Philadelphia Eagles Tragicomedy

    This Day in Philadelphia Eagles Tragicomedy

    grantland.com Nov 14, 2012
    Clay 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...
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  • Is This Real? Can the Saints Make the Playoffs?

    Is This Real? Can the Saints Make the Playoffs?

    grantland.com Nov 14, 2012
    For 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...
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Giants Look To Regain Momentum 02:18

    NFL32OT: Giants Look To Regain Momentum

    Nov 14
    Episode 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.
  • Video - Tim Tebow Responds 00:32

    Tim Tebow Responds

    Nov 14
    Tim Tebow responds to negative comments from anonymous Jets players.
  • Video - The Peanut Punch 02:11

    The Peanut Punch

    Nov 14
    Rachel Nichols examines how Charles Tillman is able to force fumbles with his peanut punch.
  • Video - Can Steelers be effective with Byron Leftwich? 00:48

    Can Steelers be effective with Byron Leftwich?

    Nov 14
    With 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.

Sports Columnists

  • Clayton mailbag: Backup QBs under microscope

    Nov 14
    With 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.