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Lolo Jones apologizes for insensitive tweet directed at Eric LeGrand
An innocent tweet by former Rutgers defensive lineman Eric LeGrand at Olympic sprinter Lolo Jones has resulted in a Twitter backlash against Jones. LeGrand, who suffered a spinal injury in a game against Army on Oct. 16, 2010 which left him paralyzed fr…Upvote Share Tweet
The New York Jets are bracing for the likelihood of not having wide receiver Santonio Holmes for the remainder of the season, according to sources.Upvote Share Tweetnydailynews.com Updated Oct 2, 2012T IM Tebow has a quarterback rating 34.6 points higher than Mark Sanchez, even though the backup has thrown only one pass. Imagine what he could do if he threw, say, four or five passes.Upvote Share Tweet
Ray Lewis won’t wait around to face his sonAfter last week’s win over the Browns, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis told NFL Network that he’ll know when it’s time to call it quits as a player, and that when the time comes he’ll be done - with no waffling and no unretiring. On Tuesday’s ProUpvote Share Tweet
League’s latest collusion brief is a two-edged swordThe latest collusion claim filed by the NFLPA continues to confound us (or at least me . . . the other guys may not care about it at all, along with plenty of you). Did collusion happen in 2010? Absolutely. Did the NFLPA give up any legal claims for cUpvote Share TweetOne of the worst defensive performances in Rex Ryan's coaching career turned even worse Tuesday night, when San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers accused the New York Jets of quitting late in Sunday's 34-0 blowout.Upvote Share TweetSAN DIEGO (AP) -- Cornerback Chris Carr has signed a one-year contract with the San Diego Chargers.Upvote Share Tweet
Five rookie quarterbacks have not missed a snap in 2012According to official playing-time documents, no quarterback played in 100 percent of his team's offensive snaps during the 2011 season. The closest to achieve that goal was Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who missed three of the Ravens' 1,080 …Upvote Share Tweet
Running With PurposeWill the Patriots rush their way to the playoffs? Chris Burke delivers his Second Read observations from Week 4, including J'Marcus Webb's turnaround, the 49ers' dominance and more.Upvote Share Tweet
In 2012, Kaepernick is the real Wildcat quarterbackWith all the talk (and, to date, that’s what it’s primarily been) about the Jets using the Wildcat formation, the 49ers quietly have outdone the Jets. There was nothing quiet about the Niners’ use of Colin Kaepernick on Sunday, who rushed for 50 yarUpvote Share Tweet
Rams announce that Thursday night’s game will be televised locallyThe Rams typically don’t talk much about their success, or lack thereof, when it comes to selling tickets. Before the season, the Rams declined to specify whether or to what extent they took advantage of the rule that allows teams to sell as few as 85Upvote Share Tweet
Reeling Cowboys heading into bye, brutal stretchIRVING, Texas (AP) -- The Dallas Cowboys certainly picked a bad time for an awful game, one that will stick with them for an extended period.Upvote Share TweetThere were plenty of stars on the Falcons offense during Sunday’s 30-28 comeback win over the Panthers. Matt Ryan threw for 369 yards, Michael Turner had 171 total yards and Roddy White had 169 yards and two touchdowns. Conspicuously absent from that liUpvote Share Tweet
Cleveland ’95 special more about Belichick than the BrownsIn 2011, NFL Films launched its remarkable A Football Life series with a two-part study of Patriots coach Bill Belichick. The next episode, which focuses on the ’95 Browns, should more accurately be regarded as a Belichick prequel. The study of theUpvote Share TweetALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey practiced for the first time Tuesday since being hospitalized by a helmet-to-helmet hit as the Oakland Raiders worked on fixing their problems during the bye week.Upvote Share Tweet
Chargers use Peyton Manning visit to sell tickets to Chiefs gameThe Chargers previously tried to sell tickets to their home game against the Chiefs by marketing tickets to Chiefs fans. San Diego has now adopted an approach less likely to fill up Qualcomm Stadium with fans who will be rooting for the visiting team. …Upvote Share TweetChicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said he needed a break after a frustrating play before talking with offensive coordinator Mike Tice.Upvote Share Tweet
Bold statements from the first quarter of the 2012 NFL seasonFour weeks is a pretty small sample size in an NFL campaign, but here are a few things that have either become obvious to us, or could happen through the final 13 weeks of the 2012 NFL regular season. The Arizona Cardinals are the best team in the NFL W…Upvote Share TweetThe Atlanta Falcons have had four straight winning seasons. They are five wins away from their fifth. But receiver Roddy White realizes that the team that has gone 0-3 in the postseason since 2008 won’t be taken seriously until the Falcons win at leasUpvote Share TweetThe Bengals are 3-1 and playing at home on Sunday, but they haven’t been able to sell enough tickets to avoid a television blackout just yet. The team announced Tuesday that they have received an extension from the league in hopes of selling enough of tUpvote Share TweetFLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Jets have signed fullback Lex Hilliard and waived wide receiver Patrick Turner.Upvote Share Tweet
No bounty ruling, yetAfter Browns linebacker Scott Fujita met with Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday, completing the process of sitting down with each of the four players whose suspensions were vacated, it was reported that Goodell would re-issue discipline to the player…Upvote Share TweetDAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- Receiver Jabar Gaffney has signed with the Miami Dolphins, who terminated the contract of receiver Legedu Naanee.Upvote Share Tweet
"TEWBOW AT QB," And More Fan Suggestions To Improve The JetsThe Jets are in trouble. Their last game against the 49ers was an embarrassing 34-0 rout. Mark Sanchez passed for 103 yards. The Jets' next game is Monday night against the Texans, and the team has to improve. So someone on the Jets' Facebook page came …Upvote Share TweetPackers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was one of the most critical players of the NFL’s use of replacement officials, and he was glad when the lockout ended and the regular refs came back. At least, he was glad until he saw the regular refs work on Sunday.Upvote Share TweetThe 49ers haven’t seen any return on their investment in running back Brandon Jacobs through the first four weeks of the regular season, but the voluble former Giant says that is about to end. Jacobs, who has been battling a knee injury since preseason,Upvote Share TweetWide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey practiced for the first time Tuesday since being hospitalized by a helmet-to-helmet hit as the Oakland Raiders worked on fixing their problems during the bye week.Upvote Share TweetThe Colts' front office followed coach Chuck Pagano's advice and hired Bruce Arians, an assistant who had coached with or against Pagano for the better part of a decade.Upvote Share TweetThe folks at TMZ have gotten their hands on legal documents related to Michael Vick's bankruptcy case, which is great news for those of you who closely follow the details of Vick's financial situation. According to TMZ, Vick has banked $31 million since…Upvote Share Tweet
Patriots DC sees no issue with Peyton Manning’s armWith the subject of Peyton Manning’s arm strength all the rage, Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia chimed in Tuesday, saying he couldn’t see anything wrong with it. Granted, it’s not as if he’d watch film with his boss Bill Belichick andUpvote Share TweetWe’ve already given you a sneak peek at what Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will be talking about when he joins Mike Florio for an interview during Tuesday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network. If you want to hear everything that Lewis haUpvote Share Tweet
Rex rules out none of the free-agent receiversWith all signs pointing to receiver Santonio Holmes being done for the season and with several big-name free-agent receivers on the market, it makes sense to wonder whether the Jets would try to replace Holmes with someone like Terrell Owens, Chad Johns…Upvote Share TweetBefore the season started, Bills General Manager Buddy Nix responded to growing hype around his team by saying that it was time for the Bills to “step it up.” Coach Chan Gailey is sending a similar message in the wake of the team’s total meltdown frUpvote Share Tweet
Crazed fan attacks dancing Canadian mascotI know it's just a part of my twisted and childish psyche, but there are few things in the world I find funnier than mascot violence. The ladies narrating this video nearly ruined this for me, though, with how they reacted so somberly to a tackle of Buz…Upvote Share TweetLast Friday, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt offered candid insight during an interview on Pro Football Talk regarding the status of quarterback John Skelton and the looming question of whether Skelton or Kevin Kolb will play when Skelton fully recovers …Upvote Share TweetSuspended New Orleans coach Sean Payton doesn't plan to ask the NFL for special permission to witness Saints quarterback Drew Brees breaking Johnny Unitas' NFL record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass.Upvote Share TweetPittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin expects linebacker James Harrison and safety Troy Polamalu to play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles barring any setbacks.Upvote Share TweetDespite Seattle's offensive struggles in its first four games, the Seahawks are sticking with rookie Russell Wilson as their starting quarterback.Upvote Share Tweet
Saints kick tires on five receiversAt a time when the Jets should be looking for help at receiver (more on that in a bit), the Saints have brought in five wideouts for a tire-kicking. A league source says the Saints worked out Brian Robiskie, Deon Butler, Jason Hill, Rasheed Davis, and P…Upvote Share TweetJake Locker's injured left shoulder likely will keep the Tennessee Titans quarterback from playing Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings and there's a possibility he could miss several games.Upvote Share TweetMETAIRIE, La. (AP) With Drew Brees in position to break Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas' record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass, Unitas' son has sent words of encouragement to the Saints quarterback.Upvote Share TweetA 1-3 start to the season isn’t a concern to Lions President Tom Lewand, who says that the Lions have confidence that they can turn things around. “As I stand here before you today at 1-3, it doesn’t faze us,” Lewand said in a speech at a businessUpvote Share Tweet
Outside the Game: DeSean Jackson is moving quickly toward a rap careerPhiladelphia Eagles star receiver DeSean Jackson grew up in and around Compton, Calif., when that area was the rap capital of the world. Though he went a different way with what has been a highly productive football career, Jackson hasn't forgotten his …Upvote Share Tweet
The Definitive List Of The World’s Most Important JobsTime for your weekly edition of the Deadspin Funbag. Got something on your mind? Email the Funbag. Today, we're covering the roaches, porn estates, dead NFL players and more.Upvote Share TweetMike Florio updates the biggest quarterback stories around the NFL starting with Tony Romo’s Monday night debacle when he threw five picks to help the Chicago Bears blow out the Dallas Cowboys. Florio says if Romo is supposed to be an elite QB, he shoulUpvote Share TweetParity, indeed. After four weeks, the NFL has some haves and have-nots, and then a whole lot of teams in between. Don Banks assesses the outlook of those stuck in the center.Upvote Share Tweet
Richard Seymour: Raider, finder of silver liningsThe Raiders have given up 22, 35, 31 and 37 points in each of their four games, only one of which they won. That’s an average of 31.2 per game, 28th in the league. But Raiders defensive end Richard Seymour wasn’t discouraged by what he saw when he watUpvote Share TweetGreen Bay running back Cedric Benson is only averaging 3.6 yards a carry this season, but that doesn’t make the Packers’ coaches think they should give him the ball less. If anything, they think they should give him the ball more. Packers offensive coUpvote Share TweetRedskins wide receiver Santana Moss isn’t paranoid. He’s just smart enough to know everyone’s out to get him. Moss said Monday it was suspicious that it just so happened that rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III’s headset went out at just the inUpvote Share TweetThe Detroit Lions have limped into their bye week with a 1-3 record. But for a clock-operator error in Week One against the Rams, the Lions could be 0-4. Either way, it’s a steep decline from last year, and it has the Lions doing some soul-searching.Upvote Share TweetA cousin of Sam Hurd has agreed to plead guilty in a federal drug conspiracy case involving the former NFL receiver.Upvote Share TweetDallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is disappointed, but he's not offering excuses after the team's lopsided 34-18 loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday night.Upvote Share Tweet
Ex-Bear Tommie Harris arrested in ChicagoFormer Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris has had a rough year, and he has now been arrested in an incident in Chicago that sounds troubling. Harris, whose wife died in February at the age of 29, leaving him with two young children, was arrested in Ch…Upvote Share TweetThe Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday cut linebacker Brian Rolle, who started 13 games last season, and signed linebacker Adrian Moten, whom the team had let go in the preseason.Upvote Share TweetPercy Harvin is third in the NFL with 30 catches this season and first in the NFL with 38.3 yards per kickoff return. So it’s easy to see why Harvin is pleased with how everything is going in Minnesota right now. But Harvin acknowledges that he wasn’tUpvote Share TweetHe’s the new Broncos center because of an injury, but Dan Koppen now has the distinction of snapping to two of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game. He’s giving it to Peyton Manning now, and will see his old quarterback Tom Brady this weekend iUpvote Share Tweet
Motorin’: Your Highlight Reel Of The Most Night Ranger-Worthy Runs From College Football’s Week 5Prompted by a discussion between Gawker's own Mobutu Sese Seko and Sports Illustrated college football writer Holly Anderson, we created this mp3 celebrating the best and only relevant moment of Night Ranger's musical career. We think it's worth using t…Upvote Share TweetLeSean McCoy said Monday that his personal feud with Osi Umenyiora is over after both agreed following Sunday night's game that they need to put their differences aside.Upvote Share TweetWith the regular refs returning to the NFL and the replacement refs returning to their high school and small college officiating duties, some of the officials who worked as replacements are acknowledging that, while they did their best, they simply were…Upvote Share TweetThe Jets had an obvious need at cornerback when they signed former Lion Aaron Berry, but they weren’t so desperate they didn’t investigate him thoroughly. They did a background check, and got an endorsement from quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh, whoUpvote Share TweetBack when the Giants were only worried about Hakeem Nicks’ broken foot, things were simple. They’d wait for the bone to heal, he’d be better, and they’d proceed. But it’s a knee problem that concerns them now, when the wide receiver experiencedUpvote Share Tweet
C'Mon, Man! : Remember when NFL Primetime was the shit? I know …Remember when NFL Primetime was the shit? I know it may be difficult to imagine a time in which Chris Berman wasn't an intolerable blowhard, but indeed back in the days when the NFL's Sunday night game found ESPN home Berman was, simply, a tolerable blo…Upvote Share Tweet
At N.F.L. Quarter Pole, Matt Ryan Is Most Valuablenytimes.com Updated Oct 2, 2012The Falcons lead the N.F.C. in points scored and have the conference's best record (4-0) despite a less than stellar defense, thanks in large part to Matt Ryan's passing.Upvote Share Tweet
Crennel cracks door for QuinnOn Sunday, Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said that Matt Cassel is still the team’s starting quarterback. On Monday, Crennel reiterated that position - with a caveat. Crennel said the Chiefs may give Brady Quinn some of the first-team reps in practice tUpvote Share TweetBrowns safety Ray Ventrone says Thursday night’s game against the Ravens got dirty, and he blames the Ravens for that. But he won’t say what they did. “I know that they were playing dirty on offense,” Ventrone told the Associated Press. “Watch tUpvote Share TweetBrandon Bolden isn’t the first little-known running back to break out against the Bills. According to coach Joe Philbin, Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has played better than his statistics. Patriots WR Brandon Lloyd was pretty excited to score his first toUpvote Share Tweet
Matt Ryan lets the expletives fly, tooDuring Sunday’s win over the Bills, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had a message for no one in particular after his touchdown run was upheld via replay review: “F—k you bitches.” As it turns out, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had a similar messaUpvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Updated Oct 2, 2012Maryland and Minnesota are battlegrounds on the issue of gay marriage. And now, surprisingly, so is the N.F.L.Upvote Share TweetThe host Cowboys stumbled mightily throughout their abysmal 34-18 loss to the Bears. But credit Chicago for taking full advantage of a slew of mistakes by Dallas, writes Chris Burke.Upvote Share TweetLance Briggs and Charles Tillman returned interceptions for touchdowns, and the Chicago Bears beat the Dallas Cowboys 34-18 on Monday night.Upvote Share Tweet
Fourth-and-Short: A Tale of Two Quarterbacksgrantland.com Updated Oct 2, 2012After consecutive losses to the Falcons and Texans in Weeks 2 and 3, the buzzards began to surround Peyton Manning. His statistics — 7.1 yards p...Upvote Share Tweet
Holmes out for the seasonOct 2New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan announces Wednesday that wide receiver Santonio Holmes has a Lisfranc injury and is out for the remainder of the season.
NFL32OT: RGIII Continues To ShineOct 2Episode 198: Tim Hasselbeck breaks down RGIII's great start. The NFL32 crew break down the Cowboys offensive collapse against the Bears.
Tomlin Expects Defensive Stars To PlayOct 2Jamison Hensley shares the latest on Mike Tomlin's comments about James Harrison and Troy Polamalu returning on Sunday against the Eagles.
Buy or Sell?: Should Tebow start?Oct 2Is it time for Tim Tebow to replace Mark Sanchez? Darren Sharper and Heath Evans debate that, plus whether the Packers are the best team in the NFL and if it's time for the Cowboys to get rid of Dez Bryant.
Peter King: No ref's return as special as Corrente's; the future in LA; ma…Oct 2The voice of Tony Corrente was ebullient, as ebullient as a man who stared down his own mortality within the past few months and lived to tell about it.
Kerry J. Byrne: Inside the numbers: Week 4Oct 2The NFL has given us plenty of sexy, big-name quarterback rivalries over the years.
Kerry J. Byrne: Inside the numbers: Week 4Oct 2The NFL has given us plenty of sexy, big-name quarterback rivalries over the years.
Don Banks: Early middle-dwellers still have playoff shot, but who'll make …Oct 2Taking stock at the quarter pole of the NFL's regular season, 10 teams are sitting pretty with winning records and at least three wins, while 10 others already are in trouble, with losing marks and no fewer than three losses. But what about the 12 teams…