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Vick seeks extra padding as he attempts return

Vick seeks extra padding as he attempts return

ESPN.com profootballtalk.com Updated Nov 27, 2012
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has begun preparing for his potential return, spending Tuesday night being sized for a protective skull cap that he plans to wear under his helmet to safeguard against suffering another concussion.
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  • Calais Campbell, Todd Heap closing in on return for Cards

    Calais Campbell, Todd Heap closing in on return for Cards

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    The Arizona Cardinals could see the return of defensive end Calais Campbell and tight end Todd Heap this Sunday as the team tries to end a seven game losing streak against the New York Jets. Campbell has missed the last two games for the Cardinals with …
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  • Vilma suspension letter might tie league’s hands

    Vilma suspension letter might tie league’s hands

    Earlier tonight, we pointed out that the decision of former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to allow former Saints assistant Mike Cerullo to testify at the bounty appeal hearing at a time when Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and Saints defensive end Will S…
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  • Eagles should let Reid ride it out

    Eagles should let Reid ride it out

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    The Philadelphia Eagles have shifted into full-blown evaluation mode.  So why not evaluate another member of the staff as the interim head coach? With each passing loss, more and more members of the media and fans are pointing out that the time has come…
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  • Goodell says league can’t decide intent of Suh kick

    Goodell says league can’t decide intent of Suh kick

    When it comes to whether a football player meant to hit a defenseless player in the head or neck area, the NFL doesn’t care about intent.  When it comes to whether Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh intended to put his foot in the crotch of Texans qu
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  • Remembering Sean Taylor, five years after his death

    Remembering Sean Taylor, five years after his death

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    It was one of those moments where the time and place the news came remains frozen in memory.  For me, I was shaving while worrying about all the stuff I needed to be worried about on the first day of what ended up being the last trial I handled before d…
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  • Titus Young “potentially” sitting out rest of season

    Titus Young “potentially” sitting out rest of season

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    It’s been more than a week since the Lions told wide receiver Titus Young that he needn’t bother coming to work and it doesn’t sound like they’ll be asking him back any time soon. When Schwartz first sent Young, who wasn’t at practice Tuesday, h
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  • Bolts place Bigby on IR

    Bolts place Bigby on IR

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    With Chargers safety Atari Bigby out three-to-five weeks due to a groin injury and with only five weeks left in the season, the Chargers have decided to shut him down. The team has announced that Bigby will be placed on season-ending injured reserve. Bi…
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  • Source: Cowboys' Austin to play against Eagles

    Source: Cowboys' Austin to play against Eagles

    ESPN.com Nov 27, 2012
    Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin is expected to recover from hip and back injuries to play Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to a source.
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  • Family: Jack Pardee fighting gall bladder cancer

    Family: Jack Pardee fighting gall bladder cancer

    ESPN.com Nov 27, 2012
    Jack Pardee, one of Bear Bryant's "Junction Boys" who went on to become a five-time All-Pro linebacker and an NFL coach, has been diagnosed with gall bladder cancer and has six to nine months to live, his family said Tuesday.
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  • Congress plans HGH hearing next week

    Congress plans HGH hearing next week

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    It’s a move that has been in the works for months.  Now that every member of the House of Representatives has concluded his or her bi-annual campaigns for reelection, it can proceed. On Monday night, Adam Schefter reported that the House Committee on O
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  • Giants add Ryan Torain too

    Giants add Ryan Torain too

    The Giants were thin at running back when Tuesday started, but they’ve got a full complement of backs as the day comes to an end. In addition to signing Kregg Lumpkin, the Giants will sign former Redskins running back Ryan Torain to help the team weathe
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  • Bears add Gurode, dump Okoye

    Bears add Gurode, dump Okoye

    The Chicago Bears have done some roster churning on Tuesday, a day after placing starting guard Lance Louis on injured reserve. Louis will be replaced by veteran lineman Andre Gurode.  He spent nine years with the Cowboys and one with the Ravens, starti…
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  • Zach Strief limited as Saints place Bryce Harris on injured res…

    Zach Strief limited as Saints place Bryce Harris on injured reserve

    The Saints finished Sunday’s loss to the 49ers with their fourth-string right tackle on the field and they may be in similar straits against the Falcons on Thursday night. New Orleans announced Tuesday that tackle Bryce Harris has been placed on injured
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  • Bowman gets an offer he can’t refuse

    Bowman gets an offer he can’t refuse

    At a time when few young players are signing long-term deals, 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman has decided to take the money and run - before he can’t run anymore. Per a league source, the deal that Bowman accepted includes less than $8 million in full
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  • Falcons short-handed in secondary in short week

    Falcons short-handed in secondary in short week

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    Regardless last week’s loss, their 5-6 record or the short week, this is not the time to be short-handed against the Saints. But that’s the situation the Falcons could be in, based on Tuesday’s practice. Starting cornerbacks Asante Samuel (shoulder)
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  • Bucs place a pair on injured reserve

    Bucs place a pair on injured reserve

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    The Buccaneers found themselves with an open roster spot on Monday thanks to cornerback Eric Wright’s suspension and injuries opened up two more of them on Tuesday. The team announced that safety Cody Grimm and tackle Jeremy Trueblood are headed to inju
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  • Eagles cut Babin year after 18-sack season

    Eagles cut Babin year after 18-sack season

    The Philadelphia Eagles, in a midst of a seven-game losing streak and with their defense struggling, surprisingly released defensive end Jason Babin on Tuesday.
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  • With 12,000 tickets unsold, another blackout looms in San Diego

    With 12,000 tickets unsold, another blackout looms in San Diego

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    The San Diego Chargers are once again likely to be blacked out on local television on Sunday. The team announced that 12,000 tickets are unsold for Sunday’s game against the Bengals, making it a near certainty that the game will be blacked out. Although
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  • Cecil Shorts stops by PFT on NBC Sports Network

    Cecil Shorts stops by PFT on NBC Sports Network

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    There haven’t been many bright spots for the Jaguars this season, but the play of wide receiver Cecil Shorts is on the top of that brief list. Shorts has 36 catches for 747 yards and six touchdowns, numbers that show the big play ability he’s flashed
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  • Pete Carmichael could leave Saints for Boston College

    Pete Carmichael could leave Saints for Boston College

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael may be a candidate for the head-coaching vacancy at his alma mater, Boston College. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Carmichael is on the radar at Boston College, which fired coach Frank Spaziani on Sunday,
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  • Jaguars add four players to 53-man roster

    Jaguars add four players to 53-man roster

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    In the kind of roster turnover you don’t often see in Week 13 of the NFL season, the Jaguars have signed four new players to their 53-man roster today. The team has announced that free-agent cornerback Antwaun Molden and free-agent wide receiver Quan Co
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  • Brandon Moore would like it if you wouldn’t talk about the Jets…

    Brandon Moore would like it if you wouldn’t talk about the Jets’ butt-fumble anymore

    yahoo.com Nov 27, 2012
    The "butt-fumble" is now fourth in the New York Jets' 2012 lexicon, right behind "Tebow," "Fireman Ed," and whatever goofy thing Rex Ryan is saying these days. Mark Sanchez's fumble in the New England Patriots' 49-19 Thanks…
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  • Colts lose two defensive linemen for the season

    Colts lose two defensive linemen for the season

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    The Colts are going to be in the market for some help on the defensive line over the final five weeks of the season. Coach Bruce Arians said that the knee injury suffered by defensive lineman Fili Moala in Sunday’s win over the Bills will end his season
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  • Panthers DT Edwards to IR; Stewart hurt

    Panthers DT Edwards to IR; Stewart hurt

    Coach Ron Rivera says the Panthers have placed starting defensive tackle Ron Edwards on injured reserve with a dislocated left elbow and running back Jonathan Stewart could miss some time with a high ankle sprain.
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  • Giants to sign Kregg Lumpkin

    Giants to sign Kregg Lumpkin

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    The Giants suffered a blow to their backfield on Sunday night when Andre Brown broke his leg. It left the team with just three running backs on the active roster, a number that includes fullback Henry Hynoski. Given Ahmad Bradshaw’s chronic foot issues
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  • Dolphins’ top fan rips Fireman Ed: “You’re a disgrace, man”

    Dolphins’ top fan rips Fireman Ed: “You’re a disgrace, man”

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    Fireman Ed stepping aside as the Jets’ most visible fan has not gone unnoticed by one of his AFC East rivals. The Dolphins superfan who goes by the name Big Papa Pump told 790 The Ticket in Miami that he’d never quit on his team, and doesn’t respect
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  • Here's An Angry Mob Of Jets Fans Mercilessly Heckling The Team

    Here's An Angry Mob Of Jets Fans Mercilessly Heckling The Team

    deadspin.com Nov 27, 2012
    This video was apparently taken at halftime of the Jets' Thanksgiving Day massacre, suffered at the hands of the Patriots. It's just 46 seconds of angry Jets fans expressing their pure, unadulterated hatred for every player on the team except Tim Tebow.…
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  • Eagles’ DeSean Jackson, Jason Peters done for 2012 season

    Eagles’ DeSean Jackson, Jason Peters done for 2012 season

    On the morning after the Philadelphia Eagles fell to 3-8 after a 30-22 loss to the visiting Carolina Panthers, head coach Andy Reid painted a grim medical picture, highlighted by the announcement that wide receiver DeSean Jackson would miss the remainde…
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  • Five teams can clinch this weekend

    Five teams can clinch this weekend

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    Week 13 of the NFL season could be lucky for up to five teams. In the coming days, the Texans, Ravens, Patriots, Broncos, and Falcons can each clinch playoff berths. For the Pats, it’s simple:  Win and they’re in, via the AFC East crown. For the Texa
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  • Tomlin leaving door open, but Big Ben not expected this week

    Tomlin leaving door open, but Big Ben not expected this week

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he’d “leave the door open” for a return by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but Charlie Batch is expected to start again this week. A source told Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he’d be “shocked” if Ro
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  • Niners have big decision to make on Alex Smith

    Niners have big decision to make on Alex Smith

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    On Sunday, FOX’s Jay Glazer pointed out that the 49ers could part ways with quarterback Alex Smith, given that he has $8.5 million due in 2013. We’ve gotten a look at the contract, and which lays out the specific formula andtimetable. For starters, Sm
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  • White House Petition Will Probably Not Lead To The Removal Of J…

    White House Petition Will Probably Not Lead To The Removal Of Jerry Jones

    deadspin.com yahoo.com Nov 27, 2012
    Here's an unbylined story on the Dallas Morning News's website, about one of those stupid petitions on Whitehouse.gov. This one calls for President Obama to remove Jerry Jones as owner of the Cowboys. More »
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  • Harbaugh will name 49ers' W13 starter on Wednesday

    Harbaugh will name 49ers' W13 starter on Wednesday

    CNNSI.com Nov 27, 2012
    Harbaugh will name 49ers' W13 starter on Wednesday
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  • Chris Palmer hands out some gifts on his way out the door

    Chris Palmer hands out some gifts on his way out the door

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    Chris Palmer might not have called effective plays for the Titans offense this season, but he’s at least an efficient shopper. Asked about his reaction to being fired last night, Palmer said he played the role of Santa Claus, handing Titans head coach M
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  • Report:  Kendall Hunter out for season

    Report: Kendall Hunter out for season

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    The 49ers have impressive depth at the skill positions.  And that depth is about to get tested. Running back Kendall Hunter is out for the season with an ankle injury, according to Mike Garafolo of USA Today.  Hunter joins receiver Kyle Williams as key
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  • Don Banks: Opinions still split on Kaepernick move, but history…

    Don Banks: Opinions still split on Kaepernick move, but history backs Harbaugh

    CNNSI.com Nov 27, 2012
    Did the 49ers' QB change damage their Super Bowl hopes? Hardly, history says. Not only has such a move been done before, but it's been done with success. Don Banks explains.
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  • Tomlin names Dwyer Steelers' starter at RB

    Tomlin names Dwyer Steelers' starter at RB

    Jonathan Dwyer will start at running back Sunday when the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, coach Mike Tomlin announced Tuesday.
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  • Ex-LB Harris to run for Jackson Jr.'s open seat

    Ex-LB Harris to run for Jackson Jr.'s open seat

    ESPN.com Nov 27, 2012
    Former NFL linebacker Napoleon Harris is running to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress.
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  • Free-agency pioneer Marvin Miller meant a lot to football, too

    Free-agency pioneer Marvin Miller meant a lot to football, too

    yahoo.com Nov 27, 2012
    It was announced on Tuesday morning that 95-year-old Marvin Miller, the former executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, passed away. Miller is best known for taking over an MLB players union in 1966 that was little more than …
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  • Troy Vincent: I’m offended that the Eagles have no desire to wi…

    Troy Vincent: I’m offended that the Eagles have no desire to win

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    Troy Vincent is a former player who now serves as the NFL’s V.P. of Player Engagement. That title might suggest that he needs to take the diplomatic approach to discussing current NFL players, but Vincent used harsh terms in an interview about one of hi
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  • Leslie Frazier: Vikings drops “really unacceptable”

    Leslie Frazier: Vikings drops “really unacceptable”

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder’s final line from Sunday’s 28-10 loss to the Bears doesn’t look particularly impressive. It would look a good deal better if the Vikings’ receivers hadn’t dropped six of Ponder’s passes over the course of t
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  • With Williams out, 49ers bring Chad Hall in

    With Williams out, 49ers bring Chad Hall in

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    With Kyle Williams out for the year with a torn ACL, the 49ers are looking for cover at receiver and returner. According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, the 49ers are going to sign former Eagles wideout/return man Chad Hall to the practice squad. Tha…
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  • Joe McKnight tries wide receiver on for size

    Joe McKnight tries wide receiver on for size

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    If Joe McKnight got a separate paycheck for every position he’s played for the Jets this season, he’d be a good bit wealthier than he is right now. McKnight started the year as a running back and kick returner for the Jets before making a brief switch
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  • Bowles points out blown coverages, puts blame on not-Bowles

    Bowles points out blown coverages, puts blame on not-Bowles

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    Todd Bowles might not be able to fix the Eagles defense, but at least give him credit for accurately analyzing the situation. The Eagles replacement coordinator described last night’s numerous coverage busts as “a messed-up situation,” as succinct a
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  • Packers can’t mix up leaky line if they wanted to

    Packers can’t mix up leaky line if they wanted to

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    The Packers say they don’t want to make any rash decisions, or fiddle too much with their offensive line. That’s convenient, because they really can’t. Even after another leaky performance against the Giants Sunday night (five sacks, 10 points), the
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  • Year-round Adderall ban makes no sense

    Year-round Adderall ban makes no sense

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    As more and more NFL players test positive for Adderall (or claim that they have in order to avoid the steroids stigma . . . and thanks for the shout, Bill Simmons), we’re all learning more about the ADD medication that apparently has become very popula
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  • Ryan Clark: You lose one game and the sky is falling

    Ryan Clark: You lose one game and the sky is falling

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    The Steelers have lost two straight games, dropping their record to 6-5 and giving rise to plenty of thoughts that their season will end without a playoff berth. As of now, though, the Steelers still hold one of the two Wild Card spots in the AFC and ve…
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  • Charles got Manning's autograph after defeat

    Charles got Manning's autograph after defeat

    In its postgame report, KCTV aired video of Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles waiting for the Broncos' Peyton Manning as he departed the stadium to get his autograph.
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  • Report: Charles Tillman has chipped bone in foot

    Report: Charles Tillman has chipped bone in foot

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    On Monday, we shared a report that Bears cornerback Charles Tillman appeared to escape serious injury in Sunday’s win over the Vikings. At that time, Tillman was thought to be dealing with a problem in his right ankle but that might not be right. Vaughn
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  • Celek laments decline of Eagles

    Celek laments decline of Eagles

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    The Dream Team that became a potential dynasty has now become a potential laughingstock. And tight end Brent Celek knows it. “I’m embarrassed of losing, to be honest,” Celek said after the Eagles’ seventh straight defeat, according to John Gonzale
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  • Raiders have discussed playing Terrelle Pryor

    Raiders have discussed playing Terrelle Pryor

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    The final draft pick made by the late Al Davis may be getting closer to getting on the field. Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Monday that there have been discussions about playing quarterback Terrelle Pryor in some capacity in the final five weeks of th…
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  • Henne’s ability to get ball downfield giving Jags a chance

    Henne’s ability to get ball downfield giving Jags a chance

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    As it pertains to the Jaguars’ future, the difference between Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert is bigger than Henne’s excellent mustache. Henne’s ability to get the ball downfield is the biggest tangible difference, and the reason the Jaguars looked co
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  • Jammal Brown expected to go on IR today

    Jammal Brown expected to go on IR today

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    The Redskins have to make a decision today on right tackle Jammal Brown, and it appears that decisions will be to place him on injured reserve. He missed yet another practice Monday because of ongoing hip problems, which preseason surgery apparently did…
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  • Cam Newton responding well to adversity

    Cam Newton responding well to adversity

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    The Panthers got more from quarterback Cam Newton Monday night, by asking him to do less. That it took until Nov. 26 to figure it out is part of the reason they’re 3-8, and changes are on the way this offseason despite last night’s 30-22 win over the
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  • No changes to Sunday night schedule in Week 14, 15

    No changes to Sunday night schedule in Week 14, 15

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    The Sunday night slate will continue to be unchanged for another two weeks. The league announced Monday there would be no changes to the Sunday night lineup for either Week 14 or Week 15. That means the country will see Detroit at Green Bay and San Fran…
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  • TE Bennett equates self to X-Men with fan catch

    TE Bennett equates self to X-Men with fan catch

    ESPN.com Nov 27, 2012
    It won't go on the stat sheet, but the New York Giants' catch of Sunday night might have occurred after the final score was posted.
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  • DeSean Jackson to have MRI for rib injury

    DeSean Jackson to have MRI for rib injury

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    As if losing their seventh straight game wasn’t painful enough, the Philadelphia Eagles are forced to deal with injuries to wide receiver DeSean Jackson and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox as well. According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Ja
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  • Giants get pre-game boost from Make-A-Wish kid

    Giants get pre-game boost from Make-A-Wish kid

    profootballtalk.com Nov 27, 2012
    Coming off two less-than-stellar performances in losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals, the New York Giants probably didn’t need too much extra motivation to get prepared for a prime-time match up against the Green Bay Packers on Sund
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  • Bad To Worse: The Eagles' 30-22 loss to the Panthers was more t…

    Bad To Worse: The Eagles' 30-22 loss to the Panthers was more t…

    CNNSI.com Nov 27, 2012
    The Eagles' 30-22 loss to the Panthers was more than just a seventh straight loss for Philly. Chris Burke says the frustration surrounding Andy Reid's team finally reached a critical point.
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  • Carroll expects to have CBs Sherman, Browner

    Carroll expects to have CBs Sherman, Browner

    Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll expects to have his starting cornerbacks available this Sunday in Chicago.
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  • Cardinals stick with QB Lindley while Kolb heals

    Cardinals stick with QB Lindley while Kolb heals

    ESPN.com Nov 27, 2012
    The Arizona Cardinals are sticking with rookie Ryan Lindley at quarterback, at least until Kevin Kolb is healthy enough to play.
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  • Cam Newton powers Panthers to 30-22 win over the Eagles on Mond…

    Cam Newton powers Panthers to 30-22 win over the Eagles on Monday night

    yahoo.com Nov 27, 2012
    Cam Newton passed for over 300 yards and accounted for four touchdowns as the Carolina Panthers overcome a fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the reeling Philadelphia Eagles 30-22 at Lincoln Financial Field on Monday night. Newton and the Panthers offense…
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  • Days after NY Jets Thanksgiving massacre, Mark Sanchez running …

    Days after NY Jets Thanksgiving massacre, Mark Sanchez running into Brandon Moore's behind still being joked about

    nydailynews.com Nov 27, 2012
    It’s worth wondering if any of the Jets’ corporate sponsors still want to be associated with the team. As things stand now, only companies selling clown noses and whoopee cushions would benefit from an alliance with Woody Johnson’s crew.
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  • Fourth and Short: Niners Could Use a Closer QB

    Fourth and Short: Niners Could Use a Closer QB

    grantland.com Nov 27, 2012
    With the ascension of Colin Kaepernick into the starting spot at quarterback for the 49ers seemingly complete, San Francisco is left with a very notic...
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  • Video - Jamaal Charles On Getting Peyton Manning's Autograph 00:30

    Jamaal Charles On Getting Peyton Manning's Autograph

    Nov 27
    Jamaal Charles talks about why he asked Peyton Manning for his autograph.
  • Video - NFL32OT: Broncos Have Sights On Playoffs 02:11

    NFL32OT: Broncos Have Sights On Playoffs

    Nov 27
    Episode 225: Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme breaks down how his team will focus as they look ahead to the postseason. The NFL32 crew discusses how coaches deal when their job is on the hot seat.
  • Video - Terrific Tuesday 03:13

    Terrific Tuesday

    Nov 27
    ESPN Chicago's Tom Waddle and John Jurkovic revisit the Bears' win over Minnesota and look ahead to Sunday's clash with Seattle.
  • Video - Would Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton be better with a new coach? 00:55

    Would Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton be better with a new coach?

    Nov 27
    Would a coaching change be good or bad for Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton? Charlie Casserly discusses why a new coach better have a plan in place when he accepts the job.

Sports Columnists

  • Kerry J. Byrne: Steelers coughed up a gift in Week 12, but Browns almost b…

    Nov 27
    The Dawg Pound barked with joy when the Cleveland Browns upended the hated Pittsburgh Steelers 20-14 on Sunday.
  • Peter King: From Bowles blowing it to Chip's chances, coach talk heats up;…

    Nov 27
    Clearing out the NFL notebook entering Week 13:
  • Don Banks: Opinions still split on Kaepernick move, but history backs Harb…

    Nov 27
    Even when it feels like something entirely new has come along in the NFL -- like the head coach of a leading Super Bowl contender making a late-season starting quarterback change -- it's usually not all that novel. Not entirely.
  • Jim Trotter: Awards Watch: Week 12

    Nov 27
    The pulse of the NFL season changes weekly. Every Tuesday, SI.com will break down the front-runners for the major NFL awards.