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It might be time to put the Miami Dolphins offense on the side of a milk carton because it continues to be missing in action. Their playoff hopes may have disappeared as well. Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd and linebacker Bryan Scott each intercepted …Share Tweet
Offensive Touchdowns Are So Overrated: Bills-Dolphins, In Two GIFsBills 19, Dolphins 14: Oh, this game. From the get-go, it didn't look very promising that these AFC East foes would light up the scoreboard, although a nifty special teams moment early on gave up all some brief flicker of hope. More »Share Tweet
Freeney hopes he’s playing in Indy next year on Sundays, but not ThursdaysDwight Freeney, who spent the first 10 seasons of his career as a defensive end in a 4-3 front, is in his first year as a linebacker in Indy’s 3-4. He’s also in the final year of his contract. So what happens next year? “Well I mean you never knowShare TweetLeodis McKelvin scored on a 79-yard punt return, and the Buffalo Bills' defense finally flexed its muscles in a 19-14 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night.Share Tweet
Thanks to NY Jets owner Woody Johnson, backup quarterback Tim Tebow is media's MVP and Gang Green continues to make headlinesnydailynews.com Nov 15, 2012Woody Johnson showed up at practice and said he wasn’t happy with his 3-6 team. That said, he still has every reason to smile over the media’s obsession with Tim Tebow.Share TweetEarlier this week, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson secured an important off-field victory, persuading a grand jury to not recommend formal charges of resisting arrest, stemming from a July incident in Houston. Under the league’s personal conduct poShare TweetDenver Broncos linebacker Von Miller was fined $21,000 for his low hit on Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, according to a Denver Post report.Share Tweet
Goodell remains hopeful that HGH testing is comingOn Thursday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell gave a speech at the Harvard School of Public Health regarding the league’s efforts to make the game safer. After he finished his prepared remarks, Goodell took questions from the crowd. Per Albert Breer ofShare TweetDenver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil has yet to practice this week after suffering a sprained left shoulder in a win over the Carolina Panthers last week. That’s expected to change tomorrow. According to Arnie Stapleton of the Associated Press, DShare Tweet
Ed Werder says he wasn’t firing shots at Rick ReillyMonday night’s on-air blunder from ESPN’s Rick Reilly grew legs longer than a giraffe with an overactive pituitary gland, spawning at one point an apparent incident of ESPN-on-ESPN crime. “Hey @reillyrick,” NFL reporter Ed Werder wrote, “pleaseShare Tweet
NY Jets owner Woody Johnson relishes backup quarterback Tim Tebow as football winner, not frankfurter sellerJets owner Woody Johnson said that he green-lighted the trade for the most popular backup quarterback in the NFL to win football games and not “to sell hot dogs.”Share TweetThe NFL has a unique approach when it comes to player fines for in-game infractions. The league doesn’t announce the fines, but the league will provide the information upon request from the media. Every Friday, then, various media members ask - andShare TweetBOSTON (AP) Professional football can evolve into a safer game without sacrificing the physical play - or, some would say, violence - that has made it so popular, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a speech on player safety at the Harvard School of …Share TweetNew York Jets owner Woody Johnson declined Thursday to give a vote of confidence to coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum, saying it's not his policy to give evaluations during the season, but he left no doubt that he's bitterly disappointe…Share TweetAtlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones missed practice for the second straight day with an ankle injury on Thursday and will be a game-time decision against Arizona.Share TweetLAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler missed practice on Thursday and his playing status remains in question because of a concussion.Share TweetEarlier this week, Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn said he’d been cleared to play after suffering a concussion against the Raiders last month. The next day, Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said otherwise. Now, the player and the team apparently are on the sShare TweetRams receiver Danny Amendola said on Wednesday’s episode of Pro Football Talk that he’d have no problem with having the franchise tag used against him. That could be how it turns out. A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that there curShare TweetMiami receiver Jabar Gaffney is sitting out the Dolphins' game against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night because of a knee injury.Share Tweet
Banner says decision on Shurmur, Heckert will come quickly after seasonThere’s a new sheriff in Cleveland. And his top deputy is getting ready to make some changes, possibly. The good news (if there is any) for coach Pat Shurmur and G.M. Tom Heckert is that the suspense won’t last very long beyond the completion of theShare TweetSAN FRANCISCO (AP) 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs has posted advice on Twitter with a reference to never working "in a place where you hate your boss so much." The hash tag: "YouLiveAndYouLearn."Share TweetBefore the trade deadline, there was a report that Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe wanted out of Kansas City “very badly.” That never came to pass, but Bowe now says it wasn’t the truth. “Why wouldn’t I want to stay here? It’s a no-brainer foShare TweetOn Wednesday, 49ers quarterback Alex Smith was cleared to practice after suffering a concussion against the Rams on Sunday. On Thursday, Smith returned to practice, on a limited basis. Then again, practice for a quarterback is always limited, given tha…Share TweetSaints running back Darren Sproles was expected by some to miss six games with a broken hand. In the end, he may miss only two. A day after returning to practice on a limited basis, Sproles fully participated in Thursday’s session. We’re told he”Share TweetThe San Francisco 49ers began on-field preparations for Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears without head coach Jim Harbaugh, who underwent surgery at Stanford Hospital for an irregular heartbeat on Thursday, the club announced. "Coach Har…Share Tweet
In an era of instant video narrative, NFL Films’ long-form vision still reigns supremeIn the last week, two significant events put a nice bow on the 50-year run of NFL Films, the remarkable and revolutionary company started in 1962 by Ed Sabol. Last Friday, Films employees gathered outside the company's enormous headquarters in Mount Lau…Share TweetMaybe at this point, we should just call the roll. First, Jets linebacker Bart Scott said he wasn’t the unnamed teammate who said Tim Tebow was “terrible,” refuting a suggestion by former teammate LaDainian Tomlinson. Now, the other suspect TomlinsoShare TweetCornerback Aqib Talib met the media on Thursday for the first time since the Patriots traded a fourth-round pick to the Buccaneers to acquire him just before the trade deadline. Talib said all the expected things about being excited to join the team and…Share TweetCowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne wants the Browns to throw at him this Sunday. The Browns are hopeful that Joe Haden will be on the field for the Cowboys to attack. The Browns best cornerback missed practice on Thursday after he injured an oblique mu…Share TweetWe noted this morning that an anonymous scout was quoted as saying that Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is coddled and doesn’t push himself. Unsurprisingly, Suh doesn’t think highly of that critic, whoever he or she is. “It’s really funny thaShare TweetHere is the Sun-Sentinel's Chris Perkins on tonight's Dolphins-Bills game: More »Share TweetThe Colts and Patriots seem to play every year, but this will be the first time they’ve clashed since Andrew Luck hit the scene. Erik Kuselias will ask Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney about that change when Freeney stops by Pro Football Talk on NBC SShare TweetThe fact that Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant could eventually secure a dismissal of the charges arising from the alleged assault of his mother by completing an anger-management course and staying out of trouble won’t keep him out of trouble with the leagueShare Tweet
Purple Drank Popular Among Teenagers, Jim Marcus Russell, Says Stupid WebsiteiVillage.com seems like the kind of website that moms are supposed to read. Really lame moms, based on the fact that it runs articles that are as hilariously pearl clutch-y as this one. More »Share TweetAs expected, Jets running back Shonn Greene took a step back from his “Something’s got to change,” remarks made to Yahoo’s Mike Silver when he addressed the rest of the assembled media Thursday. Via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, GreeneShare TweetChargers running back Ryan Mathews remained in last Sunday’s game after a scary helmet-to-helmet collision that led to Buccaneers linebacker Quincy Black being carted off the field, but he wasn’t totally unscathed. Mathews has now missed practice on bShare TweetThe NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement protects the league and its teams from a wide variety of player lawsuits; indeed, the concussion litigation eventually may fail because of the terms of the CBA. But the CBA doesn’t provide protections to folksShare TweetDad: In first start, Foles 'ready for any challenge'Share TweetTexans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said Thursday he didn’t understand the discrepancy in the NFL’s fine system, considering the vastly different amounts from a pair of hits he saw firsthand. Phillips said he didn’t get that Texans linebackerShare TweetEarlier on Thursday, it was revealed that Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith had groin surgery and the team passed word via its website that he’s expected to return before the end of the season. Ian Rapaport of the NFL Network has a bit more information abouShare TweetLAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher still says he would lie to cover up a concussion.Share Tweet
Have Head Injuries Actually Hurt The NFL's Popularity?Drew Magary's Thursday Afternoon NFL Dick Joke Jamboroo runs every Thursday during the NFL season. More »Share TweetFor many teams, the reports about player participation in practice serve as a pretty good guideline about their chances of playing on Sunday. The Patriots are not one of those teams. Tight end Aaron Hernandez has been a perfect example of that this seas…Share TweetFor the first time this year, the Steelers won’t have their starting quarterback. For the third time, they’ll have their starting running back. Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Steelers running back Isaac Redman said it “looShare TweetByron Leftwich knows no one is giving him much of a chance. The Steelers are 0-4 against the Ravens without the injured Ben Roethlisberger, who is not going to play Sunday night because of a dislocated rib and sprained shoulder. But the Steelers backup …Share TweetThe Giants gave their players the week off, but there was still activity at the team’s facility this week. Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that the team had a slew of players in for a look while their current players enjoyed some rest anShare TweetThe Saints have life again, as does their surprise featured back, Dennis Dillon writes. Chris Ivory has provided a spark that has fans asking the team's coaches, What took so long?Share TweetThe PSL soap opera continues to unfold in Minnesota. Governor Mark Dayton, who sent a nasty letter to owners Zygi and Mark Wilf on Tuesday regarding the team’s plan to use Personal Seat Licenses to help fund the franchise’s $477 million share of the nShare TweetThe Ravens weren’t deep in the secondary to begin with, and now they’re without another cornerback. Former first-rounder Jimmy Smith, who was replacing Lardarius Webb after he went on injured reserve, had groin surgery today. The team hopes he’ll reShare TweetChris Carter started at outside linebacker for the Steelers for the first three games of the season while James Harrison was injured. Now it’s Carter who’s injured and out. The Steelers announced today that Carter suffered an abdominal injury and willShare TweetLast Sunday wound up as a very good day for the Cowboys, but it wasn’t such a good day for rookie cornerback Morris Claiborne. Claiborne was penalized five times, twice for being offsides, and was beaten for a touchdown pass in the 38-23 victory over thShare TweetIf John Elway wanted to be safe, he could have continued enjoying retirement and selling cars. But for Hall of Fame quarterback has taken a hands-on role as the Broncos football boss, and hasn’t been afraid to make tough decisions. One of the biggest waShare Tweet
Tim Tebow responds: Being called terrible is ‘frustrating,’ ‘saddening’Praising/vilifying Tim Tebow recently passed the NHL as America's No. 4 spectator sport, and this latest news will only stoke the fire. In response to highly critical comments from teammates about his potential and performance (one unnamed teammate call…Share Tweet
So, who’s the REAL Optimus Prime?We never thought there would be a battle between two of the NFL's elite cornerbacks for the title of "Optimus Prime," but that's exactly what we seem to have now. Before the Seattle Seahawks went against the Detroit Lions in a Week 8 matchup, …Share Tweet
Backup quarterbacks in the NFL signal doom as Super Bowl contenders better keep starters healthynydailynews.com Nov 15, 2012Back in the good old days Jeff Hostetler came off the bench for an injured Phil Simms midway through the 1990 season and went on to quarterback the Giants to a Super Bowl championship.Share Tweet
PFT Live: Shaun King, Week 11 PicksBetween the injuries suffered by four starting quarterbacks last weekend and the conflagration with the Jets over the last couple of days, there’s plenty going on with the league’s signal callers right now. It’s a good time to get the impressions ofShare Tweet
Spielman mum on contracts for Frazier, HarvinWhether he wants to talk about them or not, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has two huge contract decisions to make this offseason. But Spielman was adamant he wasn’t going to discuss the situations of wide receiver Percy Harvin or coach Leslie FrShare TweetPackers cornerback Tramon Williams took a page from Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s book and dubbed himself Optimus Prime ahead of this week’s matchup with Megatron, a.k.a Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Williams also took a shot at ShermanShare Tweet
Why We Expect Black Football Players To Return From Injury Faster Than White PlayersThere's an intriguing study published today in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE, called "Racial Bias in Perceptions of Others' Pain." Researchers from the University of Virginia and Northwestern University examined NFL injury reports over tw…Share Tweet
Peter King: Week 11 picksThe Chargers are playing for more than their last playoff hopes this week, they're playing for jobs. Can San Diego beat Denver to stay alive in the AFC West? Peter King makes his picks.Share Tweet
Former Jets enjoy the peace of Rams locker roomFrom a thousand miles away, former Jets tackle Wayne Hunter knew exactly what was happening in his old locker room. He didn’t like it then, and he doesn’t like it now. Now with the Rams, Hunter said the culture that creates anonymous rip jobs like yesShare Tweet
Police Officer Suspended For Dunking His Head In A Bucket Of Urine At A Browns GameIs your pride worth $450? That's how much one Browns fan earned from his friends for sticking his head into a bucket of human piss, before Cleveland's Week 6 game last month. He was none the worse for wear, and the Browns won, so it seemed like the man …Share TweetBears kicker Robbie Gould issued a statement of apology to the grounds crew at Solider Field, but not before suggesting he might leave Chicago on account of the grass. Gould was critical of the conditions during a driving rainstorm that dumped two inche…Share TweetStarting quarterbacks went down with injuries left and right during Week 10, but the Colts don’t want that to impact the way Andrew Luck plays the game. The Colts quarterback called those injuries the “nature of the game” and said that he didn’t tShare Tweet
PFT’s Week 11 picksThat five-game lead over MDS has grown to seven, with seven weeks left. If anyone is capable of blowing this lead, I am. This week, we disagree on three games. Last week, we were 10-3-1 and 8-5-1, respectively. (I would have predicted the Rams-49ers wShare TweetThe Washington Redskins say coach Mike Shanahan had money and a passport stolen from the locker room during the road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers last month.Share TweetWhen the Falcons released defensive end Ray Edwards, they made it clear that it was a decision made because Edwards’ diminished play no longer warranted a spot on the team’s roster. They didn’t say anything about also wanting to send a message to thShare Tweet
Packers know it will be hard to make Rodgers play safeNot that they weren’t already concerned, but last weekend made the Packers that much more conscious of keeping Aaron Rodgers upright. With Michael Vick, Jay Cutler and Alex Smith leaving with concussions, it brought back into focus for them the risk theShare Tweet
Peyton gets ribbed for awkward slideWhen it comes to passing, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is having a great year. When it comes to running, he’s not. (Then again, given that he has the physique of the pre-oil-can Tin Man, when has he?) As explained by Lindsay H. Jones of USA TodaShare Tweet
Redskins tab 'hungrier' RG3 a team captainESPN.com Nov 15, 2012Robert Griffin III made his debut as an NFL captain with typical RG3 flair, wearing mismatched shoes, saying he's "even hungrier" following a few days off and lamenting that he likely won't get to play against Michael Vick on Sunday.Share TweetThe Bills are an awful 2-13 in AFC East games under Chan Gailey. For the Dolphins, tonight brings a test of whether they’re legitimate playoff contenders or not. The Patriots’ league-best turnover margin could get a boost against a Colts team near theShare Tweet
Breaston falls out of favor in Kansas CityIt wasn’t so long ago that Steve Breaston, Arizona Cardinal, looked to be emerging as one of the league’s most promising young wide receivers. Breaston caught 77 balls for 1,006 yards in 2008, catching passes from Kurt Warner. Three years later, BreasShare Tweet
Jets Are Given 8.9 Percent Chance to Make Playoffsnytimes.com Nov 15, 2012The Jets are a bad football team, but there are a lot of bad teams in the A.F.C., and Tim Tebow has overcome odds greater than this.Share Tweetnytimes.com Nov 15, 2012The injury that may have the biggest effect on any team this season is probably Ben Roethlisberger's shoulder and rib injury.Share TweetRunning back DeMarco Murray is getting close to being able to return for the Dallas Cowboys. Murray has missed the Cowboys’ last four games with a sprained foot suffered against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 6. Murray officially did not practice on WedneShare TweetSt. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins and wide receiver Chris Givens were surprise scratches from last Sunday’s game with the San Francisco 49ers. The pair was suspended for the game by Rams head coach Jeff Fisher for an unspecified violation of teaShare Tweet
Norv Turner, Antonio Gates stand behind Philip RiversAfter another costly interception from San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers in a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, head coach Norv Turner was asked if he’d consider sitting his starting quarterback. Turner had benched running back RyanShare Tweet
The Sports Guy's Thursday NFL Pickgrantland.com Nov 15, 2012Who's up for another three hours of shitty football? Pull up a chair and watch poorly prepared, banged-up football players from two forgettable teams...Share Tweet
The Five Worst Passes of the 2012 NFL Seasongrantland.com Nov 15, 2012You may have noticed that we at Grantland take bad quarterback play very seriously. While Grantland's finest in the Los Angeles office take part in th...Share Tweet
Buffalo Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick: 'We had a lot of urgency'Nov 15Buffalo Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick discusses his team's victory and explains why the Bills were able to hold off the Miami Dolphins.
Miami Dolphins vs. Dolphins Bills highlightsNov 15The Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins each get a special teams touchdown, but Bills K Rian Lindell's four field goals turn out to be the difference in a 19-14 Bills victory.
Level Of Concern With CampbellNov 15Lomas Brown discusses what the Bears need to do in order to help Jason Campbell succeed in their offense.
Techin' InNov 15ESPN technology expert Katie Linendoll discusses the latest trending sports news in social media and technology.