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Saints sign William Robinson, waive Greg Camarillo

Saints sign William Robinson, waive Greg Camarillo

profootballtalk.com Updated Nov 20, 2012
With injuries to Zach Streif and Charles Brown, the New Orleans Saints were in need of adding depth along their offensive line. The Saints added tackle William Robinson and waived veteran wide receiver Greg Camarillo to address the depth concerns on Tue…
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  • Rams waive Brit Miller to make room for Scott Wells

    Rams waive Brit Miller to make room for Scott Wells

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    With the return of center Scott Wells from injured reserve, the St. Louis Rams waived fullback Brit Miller Tuesday to open a spot for Wells on the 53-man roster. Wells has been on injured reserve with a designation to return since suffering a fractured …
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  • Marvin Lewis says Dalton and Maualuga have stepped up

    Marvin Lewis says Dalton and Maualuga have stepped up

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    Last month, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis called out quarterback Andy Dalton and linebacker Rey Maualuga, telling them to step up and be vocal leaders of their respective units. Lewis says they’ve responded well to the challenge. “It’s been great,” L
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  • Jeffery will have arthroscopic knee surgery

    Jeffery will have arthroscopic knee surgery

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    On Monday night, Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery returned from a four-game absence due to a broken hand.  Now, Jeffery has a busted knee. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that Jeffery will have arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday. It’s unknow
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  • London Fletcher’s streak is in jeopardy, again

    London Fletcher’s streak is in jeopardy, again

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    Veteran linebacker London Fletcher has appeared in 234 straight games.  He may not get to 235. Fletcher, who overcame a hamstring injury and a balance problem in order to extend the number from 231 to 232 last month, now has an ankle injury.  He missed
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  • Panthers replace struggling Medlock with Gano

    Panthers replace struggling Medlock with Gano

    The Carolina Panthers made yet another change at kicker.
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  • All signs point to Aaron Hernandez playing for the Pats on Thur…

    All signs point to Aaron Hernandez playing for the Pats on Thursday

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    The silver lining to the snapped forearm suffered by Pats tight end Rob Gronkowski on Sunday is the fact that tight end Aaron Hernandez is close to returning from an ankle injury from which he previously returned too soon. The reports of Hernandez makin…
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  • Dolphins waive Jabar Gaffney, claim Kyle Miller

    Dolphins waive Jabar Gaffney, claim Kyle Miller

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    The Jabar Gaffney experiment has ended in Miami. The veteran receiver has been waived to create a roster spot for tight end Kyle Miller, who was claimed on waivers by Miami from the Colts. Miller had spent the entire season on the Indianapolis practice …
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  • Cutler (concussion) not sure he'll face Vikings

    Cutler (concussion) not sure he'll face Vikings

    Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said Tuesday that he's feeling good, but he's not sure he's going to play against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday after missing a game with a concussion.
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  • Harbaugh having follow-up evaluation on heart

    Harbaugh having follow-up evaluation on heart

    ESPN.com Nov 20, 2012
    San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh had an appointment Tuesday for a follow-up evaluation with doctors after undergoing a minor procedure last Thursday for an irregular heartbeat.
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  • Seahawks rookie Winston Guy suspended for banned substance

    Seahawks rookie Winston Guy suspended for banned substance

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    Seahawks rookie safety Winston Guy has played in only two games this season.  He definitely won’t play in the next four. Per our newest addition, Curtis Crabtree of KJR (and now PFT), Guy has been suspended four games for violating the league’s polic
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  • Seahawks rookie Guy hit with four-game ban

    Seahawks rookie Guy hit with four-game ban

    ESPN.com Nov 20, 2012
    Seattle Seahawks rookie safety Winston Guy has been suspended for four games without pay for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
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  • Pasadena approves up to five years of NFL at Rose Bowl

    Pasadena approves up to five years of NFL at Rose Bowl

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    Ground won’t be broken on a new stadium in L.A. until a team is lined up to play there.  And once it’s known that a team will be playing there, it means that the team will have a hard time continuing to play in the “there” that they’ll be aband
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  • Dominic Raiola tells J.J. Watt to “bring it”

    Dominic Raiola tells J.J. Watt to “bring it”

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    Lions center Dominic Raiola doesn’t seem to be in awe of Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt. Asked today about preparing to face Watt on Thursday, Raiola said he’s ready to handle the best Watt has to offer. “You know, whatever. Bring it,” Raiola
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  • Jets cut Jason Hill, again

    Jets cut Jason Hill, again

    It’s fitting that, on the same day receiver Plaxico Burress got a job with the Steelers, a guy who has a low “Q” rating in the Burress household got fired. Again. The Jets have released receiver Jason Hill for the second time this season, according
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  • Larry Fitzgerald on Cardinals quarterback problems: I’m far fro…

    Larry Fitzgerald on Cardinals quarterback problems: I’m far from flawless

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    The Cardinals haven’t announced who will be playing quarterback for them this weekend, but none of the options qualify as the kind of talent that has been missing from the team since Kurt Warner decided to retire. While the entire Cardinals offense has
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  • For Romo, no tryptophan coma, but Thanksgiving fatigue

    For Romo, no tryptophan coma, but Thanksgiving fatigue

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    Tony Romo knows all too well the routine of playing on Thanksgiving. But even though he’s 5-0 on turkey day, that doesn’t mean he’s a fan of what it requires. “I think you just have to immerse yourself in the tape and really just keep watching it
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  • After appeal, Ravens' Reed has suspension lifted

    After appeal, Ravens' Reed has suspension lifted

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed avoided a one-game suspension for late hits after an appeal. He instead will be fined $50,000.
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  • Jordan Shipley lands in Jacksonville

    Jordan Shipley lands in Jacksonville

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    The Jaguars will have a new starting quarterback this weekend as Chad Henne takes over for Blaine Gabbert and Henne will have a new target to work with in practice this week as well. Jacksonville announced Tuesday afternoon that wide receiver Jordan Shi…
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  • Tim Tebow Received A "You're Special" Balloon Bouquet…

    Tim Tebow Received A "You're Special" Balloon Bouquet From An Anonymous Fan

    deadspin.com Nov 20, 2012
    Via the Post's Bart Hubbuch, a photo of the balloons sent to Tim Tebow, c/o the Jets training facility. Life can get you down when you're not feeling appreciated at the office, and your co-workers are talking about you behind your back. Here's hoping th…
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  • Marvin Lewis is the guest on Tuesday’s PFT on NBC Sports Networ…

    Marvin Lewis is the guest on Tuesday’s PFT on NBC Sports Network

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    The Bengals got back to .500 with Sunday’s easy win over the Chiefs, a second straight win that lifted them back into the chase for a playoff spot. Coach Marvin Lewis will tell us what he thinks about that change of fortune when he joins Pro Football Ta
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  • Louis Delmas “has a chance” of playing Thursday

    Louis Delmas “has a chance” of playing Thursday

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    The Lions are 2-1 with safety Louis Delmas in the lineup this season and 2-5 without him so it would seem to serve their flickering playoff hopes well if Delmas was able to play in as many of the final six games of the season as possible. According to c…
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  • Georgia QB Aaron Murray undecided about next year’s NFL draft

    Georgia QB Aaron Murray undecided about next year’s NFL draft

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray says he hasn’t yet made up his mind about whether he’ll return to school next year or enter the 2013 NFL draft. “I don’t know,” Murray told the Macon Telegraph. “I’m not thinking about that. I mean I’ve had
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  • 49ers Backup Colin Kaepernick Opened Up The Playbook And Shot D…

    49ers Backup Colin Kaepernick Opened Up The Playbook And Shot Down The Bears Last Night

    Monday Night Football yesterday was supposed to be a tiresome thump-fest between two teams with great defenses, each playing without its concussed starting quarterbacks. It was a night for slimming down the playbook and taping up ankles-like the prior e
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  • DeAngelo Hall has heated altercation with reporter

    DeAngelo Hall has heated altercation with reporter

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    When last we brought word of Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall interacting with reporters, it was about his response to a question in reference to the $30,000 fine he picked up for an on-field altercation with an official. “Back up off me, bro,” Hall
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  • Raiders release Aaron Curry

    Raiders release Aaron Curry

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    The Raiders have released linebacker Aaron Curry, ending an experiment that never paid off for the former fourth-overall pick in the 2009 draft. After the Seahawks gave up on him, the Raiders acquired him last season for a pair of draft picks, last year…
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  • Tuck: Giants may have been 'borderline cocky'

    Tuck: Giants may have been 'borderline cocky'

    ESPN.com Nov 20, 2012
    The New York Giants haven't lost any confidence despite not having played their best football for over a month.
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  • Ben Roethlisberger doubtful, but Steelers “encouraged” by his …

    Ben Roethlisberger doubtful, but Steelers “encouraged” by his status

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    The Steelers signed quarterback Brian Hoyer on Tuesday, which sent a pretty good sign that neither Ben Roethlisberger nor Byron Leftwich will be healthy enough to play this Sunday. Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that later in the day when he ruled out Left…
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  • Texans can clinch a playoff spot this week

    Texans can clinch a playoff spot this week

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    Every week in December, the NFL distributes a master list of all the weekly playoff scenarios, detailing what has to happen for each team in the playoff race to clinch a spot in the postseason. But this year, the Texans are so far ahead of the pack in t…
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  • Ailing Steelers set to start Batch against Browns

    Ailing Steelers set to start Batch against Browns

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Charlie Batch is back on the field for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Plaxico Burress might be next.
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  • Marcus Vick says “fat boy” tweet wasn’t aimed at Andy Reid

    Marcus Vick says “fat boy” tweet wasn’t aimed at Andy Reid

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    For the second time this season, the younger brother of Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has created a controversy on Twitter. Last time, Marcus Vick apologized for tweeting angrily during an Eagles loss. But this time Marcus says he has nothing to apolo…
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  • Don Banks: 12 must-wins for playoff bubble teams

    Don Banks: 12 must-wins for playoff bubble teams

    CNNSI.com Nov 20, 2012
    For the turnaround Saints, every game from now on is critical. But they're not alone on the bubble. Don Banks breaks down the biggest games left that could impact the playoff field.
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  • Peter King: Harbaugh takes wrong route in fueling 49ers' QB con…

    Peter King: Harbaugh takes wrong route in fueling 49ers' QB controversy; mail

    CNNSI.com nytimes.com Nov 20, 2012
    Jim Harbaugh and Colin Kaepernick are kindred spirits. Still, Harbaugh's reaction to the QB's breakout was wrong, Peter King writes, and should have Alex Smith very upset.
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  • Leftwich (ribs) out; Steelers to start Batch

    Leftwich (ribs) out; Steelers to start Batch

    ESPN.com Nov 20, 2012
    Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Tuesday that Byron Leftwich is out Sunday and that Charlie Batch will start against the Cleveland Browns.
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  • Rex praises Brady: 'He's a machine back there'

    Rex praises Brady: 'He's a machine back there'

    ESPN.com Nov 20, 2012
    New York Jets coach Rex Ryan offered praise for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
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  • Australia's Rugby League Cracks Down On Big Hits, And Fans Aren…

    Australia's Rugby League Cracks Down On Big Hits, And Fans Aren't Happy

    deadspin.com Nov 20, 2012
    In any discussion of player safety in American football, rugby inevitably gets invoked in two ways: NFL players are called pussies for wearing body armor, and rugby is pointed to as an example of how players will self-police and self-preserve on tackles…
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  • Eagles-Cowboys doesn’t get flexed out of prime time

    Eagles-Cowboys doesn’t get flexed out of prime time

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    Clearly, what America needs this holiday season is more Eagles football in prime time. The NFL just announced there would be no flex-schedule changes to the Week 13 television lineup, meaning the Eagles-Cowboys game will remain on Sunday Night Football …
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  • Falcons need Weatherspoon back to tighten run D

    Falcons need Weatherspoon back to tighten run D

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    The Falcons’ 9-1 record doesn’t mask the fact they need to improve in the basic building blocks of a team - running the ball and run defense. While they’ve generally been able to pass their way out of trouble (though Matt Ryan passed them into tro
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  • Ray Rice’s Terrible Towel usage upsets LaMarr Woodley

    Ray Rice’s Terrible Towel usage upsets LaMarr Woodley

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    The Ravens and Steelers rivalry needs no extra fuel, but the Week 13 rematch might have gotten some after Sunday night’s 13-10 Ravens win. Ravens running back Ray Rice walked off the field waving a Terrible Towel at the Pittsburgh crowd. As any longtime
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  • Redskins place safety Meriweather (knee) on IR

    Redskins place safety Meriweather (knee) on IR

    The Washington Redskins have placed safety Brandon Meriweather on injured reserve and signed cornerback Jerome Murphy.
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  • Bills expect Fred Jackson back on Wednesday

    Bills expect Fred Jackson back on Wednesday

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    The Bills held a practice Monday, their first day back at work after last Thursday’s victory over the Dolphins, and running back Fred Jackson did not participate. Jackson missed that win with a concussion he picked up on a hit from Patriots linebacker B
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  • Ronnie Lott introduces latest NFL player safety video

    Ronnie Lott introduces latest NFL player safety video

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott played football with such reckless abandon that when he suffered an injury to the tip of his left pinky finger, he famously requested to have it cut off so he wouldn’t have to sit out during the time it would have taken t
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  • Missouri Man Shoots Guy In The Face With A Shotgun While Watchi…

    Missouri Man Shoots Guy In The Face With A Shotgun While Watching Chiefs Game

    deadspin.com Nov 20, 2012
    Ronald L. Hall, a 65-year-old man from Lee's Summit, Mo., has been charged with assault and criminal action after allegedly shooting one of his son's friends during Sunday's Chiefs-Bengals game. According to NBC's Kansas City affiliate, Hall and the vic…
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  • Outside the Game: Long after his retirement, Dick Butkus shows …

    Outside the Game: Long after his retirement, Dick Butkus shows more heart than ever

    yahoo.com Nov 20, 2012
    Former Chicago Bears linebacker Dick Butkus was one of the all-time toughest guys to ever set foot on an NFL field. But 28 years after his retirement from the league in 1973, Butkus faced an opponent that gave him more serious pause than any before -- q…
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  • Vinny Testaverde thinks the NFL is overprotective of quarterbac…

    Vinny Testaverde thinks the NFL is overprotective of quarterbacks

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    Vinny Testaverde’s career as an NFL quarterback spanned 21 seasons, so he experienced first-hand the way the league shifted toward an increased emphasis on protecting quarterbacks from big hits. And Testaverde doesn’t think that shift was a good thing
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  • David Wilson isn’t sure how he’s supposed to show improvement

    David Wilson isn’t sure how he’s supposed to show improvement

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    During the bye week, Giants running backs coach Jerald Ingram said that first-round pick David Wilson had to show the team that he’s more than “just a runner” before he’ll be able to gain more playing time with the team. Wilson responded to that w
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  • Cardinals think they can win six straight

    Cardinals think they can win six straight

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    Never mind the fact the Cardinals have lost six in a row. Cards linebacker Daryl Washington thinks they can win six in a row. “The season is never over until it’s over,” Washington said, via Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic. “As easily as weâ
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  • Devin McCourty will stay at safety

    Devin McCourty will stay at safety

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    When the Patriots traded for Aqib Talib, they may have done more than just solidify their cornerback position for the rest of the season. They feel the move also helps them at safety. Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe reports that the team plans t…
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  • Paul Posluszny Has The Face Of A Football Player

    Paul Posluszny Has The Face Of A Football Player

    deadspin.com Nov 20, 2012
    Despite losing a 43-37 overtime thriller to the Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars fans can find solace in a few positives from Sunday's game. First, they were part of the first overtime in NFL history to feature three separate scores, but more importantly li…
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  • Tuesday morning one-liners

    Tuesday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    The screen pass has worked well for the Bills this season. Dolphins CB Nolan Carroll is at a loss to explain why he was penalized so often last Thursday. A look at what went right on Patriots PR Julian Edelman’s 68-yard touchdown from Sunday. The Jets s
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  • Aldon Smith wants Von Miller to know who leads the league in sa…

    Aldon Smith wants Von Miller to know who leads the league in sacks

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    Broncos linebacker Von Miller had three sacks on Sunday, giving him the NFL lead with 13 on the season. That lead held up for one day, until 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith had 5.5 sacks on Monday night, giving him the NFL lead with 15 on the season. Smith…
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  • Jets taking the humble approach to this Pats game

    Jets taking the humble approach to this Pats game

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    Rex Ryan has never hesitated calling a shot, but said Monday the time wasn’t right for boastfulness. The same guy who said “I think we’re going to beat them” prior to last month’s overtime loss took a more diplomatic approach this time through,
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  • Giants come back from bye with players-only meeting

    Giants come back from bye with players-only meeting

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    Here’s a new one. Not really. After coming back from their bye week, the Giants held a players-only meeting Monday to set the stage for the final six games. Such theatrics are generally reserved for teams that are abject disasters, or full of guys who f
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  • Brees’ foundation will donate $1 million for Hurricane Sandy re…

    Brees’ foundation will donate $1 million for Hurricane Sandy relief

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who had a big role in helping New Orleans recover from Hurricane Katrina, is making a big donation to help the folks in New York and New Jersey recover from Hurricane Sandy. Brees tells CBS News that his Dream Foundation w…
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  • How the Bucs Rebuilt, Building Up Josh Freeman

    How the Bucs Rebuilt, Building Up Josh Freeman

    nytimes.com Nov 20, 2012
    Tampa Bay General Manager Mark Dominik had a clear vision: he wanted an offense centered on a strong running game complemented by a deep passing attack.
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  • Rams to activate Scott Wells from injured reserve

    Rams to activate Scott Wells from injured reserve

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    The St. Louis Rams are planning to activate center Scott Wells from injured reserve this week. Wells suffered a fractured left foot in the Rams season opener against the Detroit Lions. He was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return making…
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  • Eagles' Reid not resigning; RB McCoy day-to-day

    Eagles' Reid not resigning; RB McCoy day-to-day

    CNNSI.com Nov 20, 2012
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Andy Reid isn't quitting his job.
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  • Chandler Jones’ status uncertain with ankle injury

    Chandler Jones’ status uncertain with ankle injury

    profootballtalk.com Nov 20, 2012
    New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones‘ status for their game against the New York Jets on Thanksgiving could be in doubt after missing practice on Monday. Well, the Patriots didn’t actually practice Monday, a day after their blowout win ov
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  • I Suck at Football, Week 11: Boxes

    I Suck at Football, Week 11: Boxes

    grantland.com Nov 20, 2012
    The Bengals beat the Chiefs 28-6 on Sunday. That's two in a row. E-mail from my dad, Sunday evening: "You have altered Bengals reality." No further me...
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  • BQBL: Ryan Lindley Continues the Cardinals Tradition

    BQBL: Ryan Lindley Continues the Cardinals Tradition

    grantland.com Nov 20, 2012
    No one is safe from the BQBL Summer Jam Screen. Atop the BQBL leader board this week are Matt Ryan, Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, and Matt Stafford. Wh...
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  • Fourth-and-Short: Niners Dish Out a Recipe of Whoop-ass

    Fourth-and-Short: Niners Dish Out a Recipe of Whoop-ass

    grantland.com Nov 20, 2012
    Well, very few people expected to see that. Although there were always rumors circulating that Colin Kaepernick would impress if the 49ers ever gave h...
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  • Video - Preview: Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars 02:06

    Preview: Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

    Nov 20
    NFL Films previews the Week 12 matchup between the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
  • Video - Preview: St. Louis Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals 02:23

    Preview: St. Louis Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals

    Nov 20
    NFL Films previews the Week 12 matchup between the St. Louis Rams and the Arizona Cardinals.
  • Video - Preview: San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints 03:25

    Preview: San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints

    Nov 20
    NFL Films previews the Week 12 matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints.
  • Video - Preview: Seattle Seahawks vs. Miami Dolphins 02:37

    Preview: Seattle Seahawks vs. Miami Dolphins

    Nov 20
    NFL Films previews the Week 12 matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Miami Dolphins.

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    Nov 20
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    Nov 20
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