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You would expect uber-tough former Chicago Bears tight end and head coach Mike Ditka to shrug off most things that would take lesser men right out. If Ditka in his prime were attacked by an actual bear (cue the Swerkski Superfans), we're pretty sure he'…Upvote Share Tweet
Fan found dead after ejection from Bills gameA fan ejected from Thursday night's game between the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins was found dead in a small creek Friday morning near Ralph Wilson Stadium, according to multiple reports.Upvote Share TweetColts coach Chuck Pagano surprised his team earlier this month. He surprised them again on Friday. Via the Associated Press, Pagano showed up at practice, two days before the Colts face the Patriots in a battle of 6-3 teams. “It was a beautiful momentUpvote Share TweetWith former Raiders great Ray Guy sounding off on the absence of punters from the Hall of Fame, Guy has given the media fresh meat for the questioning of NFL types. Surprisingly, the subject prompted Pats coach Bill Belichick to offer up something much …Upvote Share TweetLast Thursday, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew told NFL Network that he’s roughly two weeks away from returning to action with a sprained foot. This Thursday, Jones-Drew adjusted his assessment. Sort of. “Hopefully I will be back in a coupUpvote Share Tweet
Nick Saban says D.J. Fluker will probably enter the 2013 NFL draftAlabama coach Nick Saban attended this year’s NFL draft and saw five of his players go in the first 35 picks. Next year NFL teams are likely to take a similar haul of talent from Saban’s roster. Our friends at College Football Talk pass along the wordUpvote Share Tweet
Jimmy Graham says Tampa game was turning point for SaintsThe New Orleans Saints chased a 13-3 regular season with an 0-4 start. They snapped out of it in Week Five with a win over the Chargers, and New Orleans has now won four out of five. So when was the actual turning point for the team? All-Pro tight endUpvote Share TweetThe Lions complained after their loss to Minnesota that Vikings players took cheap shots at receiver Calvin Johnson and cornerback Chris Houston. The league office agrees with one of those. The NFL has confirmed that Vikings linebacker Jasper Brinkley w…Upvote Share TweetIt’s late Friday afternoon and that can mean only one thing. The weekly look at the injury reports submitted by all of the teams playing on Sunday. If I said it was something like waking up on Christmas morning to see what was under the tree, I’d be lUpvote Share TweetSANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Jim Harbaugh practically galloped through the locker room, lively as ever, offering a wave and a smile to long snapper Brian Jennings before putting his arm around right guard Alex Boone.Upvote Share TweetWe begin our roundup of key injuries in the NFL with - what else - the quarterback position. Though the Chicago Bears' final injury report before Monday night's game against the San Francisco 49ers is not due until Saturday, head coach Lovie Smith hasUpvote Share TweetDuring the November 4 Colts-Dolphins game, referee Tony Corrente yelled an obscenity at one of his fellow referees. Corrente is far from the first person to yell an obscenity at a co-worker, but Corrente made one big mistake: He forgot to turn his micro…Upvote Share Tweet
Tamba Hali, Justin Houston fined for Monday Night infractionsChiefs linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston each played a role in the most significant play of Monday night’s 16-13 loss to the Steelers, although the NFL was a little more concerned with their actions on other plays in the game. Hali and Houston,Upvote Share TweetBills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick called Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes “a punk” for a shot he took during Sunday’s game. Now the league office has confirmed that it views Spikes’ hit as a cheap shot. Spikes was fined $25,000 for a roughing tUpvote Share TweetJaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton was fined $25,000 for last week’s hit on Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. Knighton’s fine letter said he “made helmet-to-helmet contact with a defenseless player,” and it was the second time the hit cost hiUpvote Share TweetSaints tight end Jimmy Graham was named the NFC offensive player of the week for his exploits against the Falcons and everyone knows there’s only one way to celebrate such an accomplishment. You sit down with the folks from Pro Football Talk on NBC SporUpvote Share Tweet
Minnesota stadium authority suggests significant PSLs will be blockedThe settled stadium situation in Minnesota became quickly unsettled on Tuesday. Now, it’s settled again. Sort of. According to the Associated Press, the chairperson of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority says that Personal Seat Licenses (technUpvote Share TweetInsisting he feels well with no setbacks after a full week of practice, running back Rashard Mendenhall is set to return for the Pittsburgh Steelers.Upvote Share TweetFalcons coach Mike Smith said Thursday that wide receiver Julio Jones and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon were “moving in the right direction” in their attempts to get their ankles healthy enough to play against the Cardinals this Sunday. They weren’tUpvote Share TweetBrowns starting cornerback Joe Haden will be a game-time decision on Sunday against Dallas with an oblique injury.Upvote Share Tweet
Which TV Market Is Getting Screwed This Sunday? An Analysis Of Week 11 NFL Viewing MapsThe NFL's regional programming rules are famously byzantine, but luckily the506.com cuts through the bullshit for you, providing weekly maps that allow us to answer the only question that really matters: Which fans are the most screwed this Sunday? More…Upvote Share Tweet
Harbaugh says he’s “fine,” laughs off burnout questionThe heart procedure 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh underwent Thursday was not his first to correct an accelerated heartbeat, after having a different procedure done during his playing days. Harbaugh said doctors performed a “cardiovert,” an electrical proceUpvote Share TweetFor the first time since spraining his left foot, DeMarco Murray has not been ruled out by the Dallas Cowboys.Upvote Share Tweet
Two years later, Rob Ryan still has ill will toward the BrownsRob Ryan was fired, along with the rest of the Browns’ coaching staff, at the end of the 2010 season. He hasn’t forgotten or forgiven. As Ryan, now the defensive coordinator of the Cowboys, spoke to reporters today about Sunday’s game against the BrUpvote Share TweetASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Washington Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon and safety Brandon Meriweather appear set to play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.Upvote Share TweetLAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will miss Monday's game at San Francisco because of a concussion.Upvote Share Tweet
Buccaneers have NFL-high $30 million in cash on injured reserve listyahoo.com Updated Nov 16, 2012The NFL is a league of attrition and no team is feeling the financial brunt of that fact quite like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who currently have a league-high $30.1 million of their 2012 cash payroll on Injured Reserve, according to league-wide salary d…Upvote Share TweetRepublished with permission from PunditTracker.com. More »Upvote Share TweetPHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will miss Sunday's game vs. the Washington Redskins due to the effects of a concussion.Upvote Share Tweet
Goodell again mentions shorter preseasonThe prepared remarks presented on Thursday by Commissioner Roger Goodell at the Harvard School of Public Health made no mention of the impact of the potential expansion of the regular season from 16 to 18 games on the league’s overriding concern to promUpvote Share Tweet
Gunther Cunningham thinks anonymous rip of Suh “obnoxious”Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham gave an entirely Gunther Cunningham response when asked about the anonymous scout’s comment that Ndamukong Suh was “coddled” and an underachiever. Cunningham called the comment “obnoxious,” and saidUpvote Share TweetWhen writing about tight end Aaron Hernandez practicing for the Patriots on Thursday, we included a reminder that Hernandez’s practice status wasn’t a great predictor of his ability to play in that week’s game. It looks like this week will provide mUpvote Share Tweet
Pierre GarÃ§on: I should be good to go on SundayThinks looked fairly bleak for Pierre GarÃ§on not so long ago, but the skies have brightened significantly this week. The Redskins have listed him as questionable, but the signs are pointing toward GarÃ§on’s return to the lineup after a long spell onUpvote Share TweetThe Saints have officially listed running back and return man Darren Sproles as questionable on their injury report for Sunday’s game at Oakland, but the Saints’ coaching staff sounds optimistic that he’ll be able to handle a full workload if swelliUpvote Share TweetPlenty has gone right for the Broncos this season, but not everything’s gone right for Willis McGahee. The running back has fumbled five times on 160 carries this season, the most of any season in his career and more than any other running back in the NUpvote Share TweetNot long ago, Browns receiver Josh Cribbs said he was weary of more changes in Cleveland. Now, he may welcome them. After touching the ball on offense only eight times in nine games, Cribbs tells Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “I feel cUpvote Share TweetThat Tony Dungy has proven to be a good and decent human being is not breaking news. But his latest foray into the community stemmed from a simple act of honesty. In February, Dungy backed into a car in a church parking lot. He left a note on the windsh…Upvote Share Tweet
Fight emerges in Super Bowl lawsuit over testimony from GoodellLost and largely forgotten in the league’s various legal entanglements is the fact that a class-action lawsuit still lingers regarding the seating fiasco at Super Bowl XLV in Dallas. As the case proceeds, a fight has emerged regarding the question of whUpvote Share TweetAs with everyone in the Browns organization, rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden has seven weeks to prove himself, before the expected changes begin. But Weeden, the “other rookie quarterback” in a class including Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and RyaUpvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Updated Nov 16, 2012The Colts head into their Week 11 showdown against the Pats with a surprising 6-3 record. Peter King explains why the young Colts are ready for Tom Brady and Co. in his Game Plan.Upvote Share Tweet
Official says Vikings have right for seat licensesThe head of the authority overseeing construction of a new Minnesota Vikings stadium says she expects any fees for personal seat licenses would be in line with those charged for other new stadiums recently built in the state.Upvote Share TweetThe Falcons obviously need to run better. But it might also help if they got together to get their stories straight as to why they’re not running better. After center Todd McClure said he didn’t want the line taking all the blame for the recent probleUpvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: Steelers talk with Ed Bouchette, PFT Planet calls and tweetsThe Steelers find themselves headed into a big divisional game this weekend without Ben Roethlisberger. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will join Mike Florio to look ahead to the game, with particular emphasis on how he thinks Byron Leftwich…Upvote Share Tweet
Report: NFL retirement board paid $2 million to ex-players while league denied concussion risksyahoo.com Updated Nov 16, 2012According to documents obtained in a joint investigation by PBS' "FRONTLINE" program and ESPN's "Outside the Lines," the National Football League's retirement board awarded at least $2 million in disability payments to at least three…Upvote Share TweetIt’s not all happy news coming out of Buffalo in the wake of the Bills’ 19-14 win over the Dolphins on Thursday night. The Buffalo News reports that a 26-year-old man was found dead face down in a creek near Ralph Wilson Stadium early on Friday morninUpvote Share TweetFor years, the NFL’s stance was that there was no substantive link between concussions suffered playing football and long-term brain damage. But documents uncovered by ESPN investigative reporters Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada in conjunction withUpvote Share Tweet
James Jones’ past drops wind up working out for PackersPackers wide receiver James Jones hasn’t dropped a ball yet this season. That’s worthy of noting for a player who led the NFL in drop percentage over the last three seasons. Plenty of those drops caused frustration in Green Bay, but there’s not muchUpvote Share Tweet
Ten takeaways from Goodell’s Harvard speechOn Thursday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell delivered a speech at the Harvard School of Public Health regarding the league’s role in making the game of football safer. If you’re inclined to read the full text, you can. Or you can review the shorthanUpvote Share Tweet
Did Michael Irvin Confront A Heckler At Last Night's Game?The picture above was sent to us by a tipster shortly after the conclusion of last night's Bills-Dolphins game. That appears to be the NFL Network's Michael Irvin attempting to enter the stands, and he doesn't look too happy. Here is what our tipster ha…Upvote Share Tweet
An NFL Punter To Hall Of Fame Voters: Ray Guy Was Great At His Job. You Suck At Yours.Dear Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee members, More »Upvote Share Tweet
Anonymous Jets Source Believes Anonymous Jets Sources Were Made UpThis year's edition of the Jets' public meltdown began in earnest this week as the Daily News ran a series of anonymous quotes from the locker room blasting Tim Tebow's gimmickry and poor quarterbacking. (You could just have easily framed the same quote…Upvote Share TweetWhen Marques Colston arrived in New Orleans as a seventh-round draft pick out of Hofstra in 2005, he was fighting just to make the roster. If you had told Deuce McAllister, the team’s biggest star at the time, that Colston would some day break his francUpvote Share Tweet
DeAngelo Hall on fine: “Back up off me, bro”Well, it beats “no comment.” When Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall was approached by reproters yesterday asking about his $30,000 fine for berating an official, he replied as only he can. “Back up off me, bro,” Hall said, via Mike Jones of the WaUpvote Share TweetHaving the Bills running back job all to himself worked out just fine for C.J. Spiller. Dolphins CB Nolan Carroll had more penalty yards than the offense had total yards in the first half of Thursday’s loss. LB Brandon Spikes says he isn’t hurt by angUpvote Share TweetAre we sure Brian Schottenheimer was really a Jets coach for six years? Now the Rams offensive coordinator, Schottenheimer steadfastly refused to throw gas on the big, green dumpster fire his former team has become. “[A victory Sunday] wouldn’t countUpvote Share Tweet
Michael Irvin Brought Out The PDA For Bills Running Back C.J. SpillerThe noisefest that is the Thursday Night Football post-game show on NFL Network usually proceeds like an unfunny version of TNT's Inside The NBA: full of wackiness, but lacking the charm or anything memorable. You can usually rely on Michael Irvin to do…Upvote Share Tweet
Dominic Raiola upset that people are writing the Lions offLions center Dominic Raiola says his team still has a chance to make the playoffs, despite a 4-5 start. And he doesn’t appreciate suggestions otherwise. “I think what makes me upset more is people are writing us off because of whatever,” Raiola toldUpvote Share Tweet
60 Minutes says Rodgers’ reaction proves that he’s sensitiveThe ticking stopwatch finally struck “go” time. Last week, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers expressed disappointment regarding the manner in which he was portrayed in a 60 Minutes profile. On Thursday, Rodgers reiterated his concerns. In responseUpvote Share TweetThe Bills defense was supposed to be this good all year. They just waited until November to show it. The Bills finally locked someone down, holding the Dolphins to 184 net yards in a 19-14 win. “That’s how it’s supposed to be week in and week out,”Upvote Share TweetOn Sunday, some shortness of breath signaled a bigger problem for Texans defensive line coach Bill Kollar, as he was taken to the hospital with blood clots in his lungs and calves. By Thursday, he was back on the job. “We had a great win and I’m aliveUpvote Share Tweet
The Foolish Brilliance of Eli Manningnytimes.com Updated Nov 16, 2012The Giants quarterback's interceptions and errors come from the same mentality that produces his daring successes, an analyst says.Upvote Share Tweet
Marty Mornhinweg defends Eagles’ use of LeSean McCoyOne of the many criticisms the Eagles’ coaching staff has heard this season is that they haven’t made good use of the talents of running back LeSean McCoy. Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, however, says that criticism is not valid. WhenUpvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Updated Nov 16, 2012Indianapolis will be able to score against New England, but will the Colts be able to stop Tom Brady?Upvote Share TweetIn the last two weeks, the Miami Dolphins have played two of the worst defenses in the league in the Buffalo Bills and the Tennessee Titans. Offensively they’ve managed to score just 10 points in those two games. Miami had an offensive touchdown droughtUpvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Updated Nov 16, 2012Leodis McKelvin had a 79-yard punt return for touchdown and the Bills held off a fourth-quarter Dolphins rally to record a 19-14 win, their first victory in prime time since 2001.Upvote Share TweetFullback Marcel Reece is expected to get a second straight start at running back for the Oakland Raiders this week if Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are unable to play. McFadden and Goodson have yet to practice this week as each is dealing with a high…Upvote Share Tweet
The Trenchie Awards: The Vikings' O-Line and the Best Line Play From Week 10grantland.com Updated Nov 16, 2012In celebration of the NFL's release of the all-22 and end-zone film for the 2012 season, each week we'll be bringing you the best in offensive- and de...Upvote Share Tweet
Jets Vs. Rams PreviewNov 16Rich Cimini looks ahead to Jets vs. Rams.
Colts-Patriots Rivalry Renewed?Nov 16Around The Horn debates if the rivalry between the Colts and Patriots has been renewed with the addition of Andrew Luck.
'Playbook': Chargers vs. BroncosNov 16The Denver Broncos can take a huge lead in the AFC West with a win over the San Diego Chargers in Week 11. "Playbook" debates which team has the advantage.
'Playbook': Eagles vs. RedskinsNov 16Brian Baldinger, Donovan McNabb and Sterling Sharpe explain which rookie quarterback will thrive in the Week 11 matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins.
Peter King: Luck vs. Brady adds new wrinkle to longstanding Colts-Pats riv…Nov 16INDIANAPOLIS -- Well, if the Colts are nervous about the showdown of 6-3 AFC teams with the big, bad Patriots on national TV Sunday, they're hiding it well. In the middle of the locker room Thursday afternoon, guard Mike McGlynn and long-snapper Matt Ov…
Why the NHL needs to rid themselves of Gary BettmanNov 16Before getting to the Week 11 picks, let's take a moment to honor the incompetence of the NHL commissioner.