This is the November 17, 2012 news archive. View today's NFL rumors and news.
The Jets have been backing up for a while now, back to when they were 8-5 last season before the bottom fell out. They have lost nine of 12 games since then, lost those games by an average of 16 points. You think about where they were at 8-5, even where…Upvote Share Tweet
Top Week 11 storylinesCNNSI.com Updated Nov 17, 2012Peyton Manning may be gone, but thanks to Andrew Luck the Colts' rivalry with Tom Brady and the Patriots is back on. Chris Burke weighs in on the NFL's newest QB duel and more.Upvote Share Tweet
Beer Of The Week: Stella Artois, Belgium's Allegedly French BeerApparently Stella Artois used to be advertised in the U.K. under the slogan "reassuringly expensive." Without knowing the relative merits of price and quality across the pond, I can only rejoice that such a snotty tagline has gone the way of d…Upvote Share Tweet
Could Matt Barkley’s draft stock be slipping?USC quarterback Matt Barkley entered his senior season for the Trojans with national championship aspirations and as the favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. With national title hopes long gone, Barkley could also be seeing his d…Upvote Share TweetSan Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith practiced again on Saturday, however his availability is still uncertain for the game against the Chicago Bears.Upvote Share Tweet
Bill O’Brien refuses to say if he’ll consider NFL jobsBill O’Brien, who quit his job as the Patriots’ offensive coordinator to become the head coach at Penn State this year, is a strong candidate for the national coach of the year award in college football. The Penn State team, which could have fallen apUpvote Share Tweet
Matt Toeaina ruled out, Alshon Jeffrey probable for BearsChicago Bears defensive tackle Matt Toeaina joins quarterback Jay Cutler and defensive end Shea McClellin as players officially ruled out for Monday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. Toeaina was ruled out on Saturday after being unable to prUpvote Share TweetIt was a bad idea back in March when the Jets traded for Tim Tebow and it looks even worse in November, especially following the events of last week when teammates and members of the organization trashed him.Upvote Share Tweet
Cedric Benson progressing from Lisfranc injuryGreen Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson is progressing from the Lisfranc foot sprain that forced him to be placed on injured reserve. According to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com, Benson has been able to begin running on a treadmill that allows pl…Upvote Share Tweet
Chiefs place Jake O’Connell on injured reserveThe Kansas City Chiefs announced they have have placed reserve tight end Jake O’Connell on injured reserve and promoted guard Rich Ranglin from the practice squad to their active roster. O’Connell suffered a high ankle sprain in Monday night’s overtUpvote Share TweetFor many injured players listed as questionable, the questions evaporate when the plane leaves for the site of the game without him. For Browns cornerback Joe Haden, the question remains, because he made the trip to Dallas for Sunday’s game against thUpvote Share Tweet
Concussions end season for Lions’ Amari SpieveyLions safety Amari Spievey is done for the season because of a concussion, and given Spievey’s history, questions are already being raised about whether his career could be in jeopardy. The Lions announced today that they have placed Spievey on injuredUpvote Share TweetFrom Joe Namath, the original rebel with a cause, to Marty Lyons, to Ray Lucas, to Damien Woody to Joe Klecko, the coaches, Bill Parcells, Herman Edwards, and others. They all walk softly and carry big mouths.Upvote Share Tweet
Patriots cut Deion Branch, call up Greg SalasThe Patriots have made a move to get younger at wide receiver. New England today released veteran Deion Branch and brought Greg Salas up to the 53-man roster from the practice squad, Tom Curran of CSNNE.com reports. Salas was a 2011 fourth-round draft p…Upvote Share TweetA source said Saturday that Hernandez is "unlikely" to play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.Upvote Share Tweet
Alex Smith practicing again today, looking likely to playAlex Smith is practicing in a black “non-contact” jersey today, which doesn’t make his return for Monday’s game a certainty, but does give a strong hint the 49ers will activate him. Smith has been limited all week, but his involvement in practiceUpvote Share Tweet
Sunday Morning Quarterback: After a rough week for quarterbacks, the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Baltimore Ravens without Ben RThe Steelers have a huge game against the Ravens in Pittsburgh on Sunday with the rematch in two weeks in Baltimore. The Ravens are 7-2, the Steelers are 6-3.Upvote Share TweetAfter Vincent Jackson left the Chargers for the Buccaneers, San Diego needed a new “Z” receiver. In the Chargers’ system, the “Z” lines up next to tight end Antonio Gates, with the goal of forcing defenses to choose one for extra focus - givinUpvote Share Tweet
Bucs pilfer defensive lineman from Niners’ practice squadThe man who recruited Matthew Masifilo to Stanford gave him a job with the 49ers. And now Masifilo has been recruited elsewhere by another former college coach. The Buccaneers and Greg Schiano have signed the first-year defensive tackle from the 49ers”Upvote Share TweetThe parade of missing players for Sunday night’s Ravens-Steelers game in Pittsburgh could have one less float when the AFC North rivalry returns to Baltimore in two weeks. Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, the team’s MVP in 2011, could be back from a sUpvote Share TweetThe continued shuffle on the Cowboys offensive line is likely to continue, as the Cowboys just added center Kevin Kowalski to the active roster, according to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. That’s probably a sign about the status of RyanUpvote Share Tweet
This Week's Signs Of The ApocalypseFor nearly two decades, Sports Illustrated has stirred the tea leaves to discern a weekly Sign of the Apocalypse. Deadspin salutes the magazine's ongoing effort to cover the end of times but declines to cede the scoop on the biggest event in world histo…Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Updated Nov 17, 2012The most popular phrase around the Jets' complex last week - well, besides anonymous players - was self-inflicted wounds.Upvote Share Tweet
Gronkowski amazed by Welker’s toughnessTechnically speaking, Wes Welker’s questionable on the injury report with an ankle injury. But his teammates have learned to not be surprised by what he can get back up from. “The dude is one of the toughest dudes I’ve seen,” tight end Rob GronkowUpvote Share TweetLinebacker D.J. Williams is on track to make his 2012 debut Sunday against San Diego after the Denver Broncos put him on their 53-man roster Saturday.Upvote Share Tweet
Denard Robinson shows what kind of NFL player he’ll beIt’s not often that you can say an injury will help a college football player’s NFL draft stock, but that might be the case with Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson. Robinson suffered an injury to his throwing elbow that prevents him from passing, soUpvote Share TweetReport: Williams refusing to testify in bounty trialUpvote Share TweetRams wide receiver Danny Amendola was just the latest NFL player to get McNabb-ed, to not know that a tie was a possibility. But even if it meant playing all night, he said he’d rather see anything than having to walk away with half a result. Amendola sUpvote Share Tweet
Ken Whisenhunt in uncharted territory with two rookie tacklesThe Cardinals will start two rookies at offensive tackle on Sunday, with seventh-round draft pick Nate Potter getting his first start on the left side, while fourth-rounder Bobby Massie continues to start on the right side. Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhun…Upvote Share Tweet
Lions continue to confound themselves with slow startsRaise your hand if you understand the Lions. OK, no hands. There might not be a more mystifying team in the league, as they present a series of indications they can be good, while consistently failing to get there. The Lions are one of three teams in th…Upvote Share TweetThe Dolphins had three turnovers and no takeaways in Thursday night’s loss to the Bills. The Dolphins had four turnovers and zero takeaways in last week’s loss to the Titans. Going minus-seven in turnover margin while losing two straight games is notUpvote Share TweetMark Ditka, son of Mike, is currently awaiting trial in Lake County, Illinois for his fourth DUI arrest, and for possession of a controlled substance (hydrocodone) turned up during the ensuing search of his car. More »Upvote Share TweetAs the Eagles desperately attempt to turn their season around on Sunday, they’ll be doing it without Michael Vick, who’s out with a concussion. According to Eagles coach Andy Reid, that has Vick upset. Reid said Friday that Vick blames himself for notUpvote Share Tweet
Week 11 Sunday Picks: Backup QBs emerge in the war of attritionyahoo.com Updated Nov 17, 2012Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins So ... maybe Juan Castillo wasn't the problem in Philly. Before Andy Reid fired his previous defensive coordinator, the Eagles had the league's best defensive completion percentage against passes thrown 10 yard…Upvote Share Tweet
McDonald fined for hit on Bradford, Dunbar not fined for hit on Alex SmithA defensive player was fined for a hit on a quarterback in Sunday’s Rams-49ers tie, but it wasn’t the player who knocked a quarterback out of the game. Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar was not fined for the hit on 49ers quarterback Alex Smith that causeUpvote Share TweetSouth Korean rapper Psy will go Gangnam Style when the Bills host the Seahawks next month. (Maybe Reggie Bush will show up to help sing the “Hey, sexy lady!” part.) Jets CB Darrelle Revis says “[t]his week has been a tough week for the team. . . .Upvote Share Tweet
Mike Tannenbaum defends trading for Tim TebowJets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum’s decision to trade for quarterback Tim Tebow this offseason has been a non-factor on the field at best and a major distraction off the field at worst. But Tannenbaum isn’t willing to call that trade a mistake. TanUpvote Share Tweet
OTL report overstates the relevance of the disability awardsIt’s been a rough year for ESPN’s Outside the Lines. From the Bernie Fine fiasco or the Mickey Loomis wiretap witch hunt, Bristol’s investigative unit has been doing plenty of swinging - and plenty of missing. Friday’s supposed bombshell in tUpvote Share Tweet
'Monday Night Football' PreviewNov 17Jon Gruden and Mike Tirico preview the Bears vs. 49ers at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Can the Saints make the playoffs?Nov 17After a dismal 0-4 start to the 2012 season, is it possible for the New Orleans Saints to make the playoffs? Charley Casserly thinks so.
Who has the edge?: Colts vs. PatriotsNov 17Willie McGinest and Shaun O'Hara break down who has the edge in one of this week's marquee matchups as the Indianapolis Colts take on the New England Patriots.
Inconsistency is at the forefront of New York Jets' problemsNov 17The New York Jets continue to struggle to find consistency in 2012 and Brian Billick doesn't see things getting fixed soon.