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The contract year of Rams receiver Danny Amendola has been abruptly interrupted by an injury that will knock him out of action for several weeks. Per a team source, Amendola has a broken collarbone. The injury came in the first half of Thursday night’sShare TweetVikings quarterback Christian Ponder developed a knee problem this week. As the team prepares to attempt to stretch its record to 4-1 against the Titans, Ponder’s knee is improving. “It didn’t bother him very much on Monday, but it was really soreShare TweetSt. Louis Rams veteran running back Steven Jackson has negotiated an out to his contract following the 2012 season, in lieu of an extension, both his agent and the team confirmed to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Thursday.Share TweetThere are no such things as breathers in the NFL, particularly if you’re the defending Super Bowl champions like the Giants.But the natural inclination would be to look at a young team like the Browns and think that way.Share TweetEvery October, the NFL promotes breast cancer awareness by allowing the otherwise sacrosanct NFL uniform to be invaded by copious amounts of pink. Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who lost his mother to the disease in 2003, has taken the tribute a s…Share TweetWith increasing speculation that the Jets should remove the funk hovering over the franchise by benching quarterback Mark Sanchez and going with Tim Tebow, the New York media tried their damnedest on Thursday to get Tebow to give them a sound bite sugge…Share TweetAs the Texans prepare to become the second straight opponent to apply the “ground and pound” to the Jets on their own turf, running back Ben Tate may not be available for grounding and/or pounding. Tate missed practice on Thursday with a toe injury.Share TweetEvery Thursday, MDS joins PFT Live to discuss our game picks for the coming week. This week, we disagree on two games - Cardinals at Rams (which is going on right now) and Falcons at Redskins. We also each have one game that makes us nervous. For MDS,Share TweetEarlier this week, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said during an appearance on Pro Football Talk that Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is the one young defender who makes Lewis say, “Wow!” For Pierre-Paul, nothing about football is making him say âShare TweetSAN DIEGO (AP) -- Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano spoke publicly for the first time Thursday about his brother Chuck, the Indianapolis Colts' head coach who was diagnosed with a treatable form of Leukemia last week.Share TweetEagles left tackle Jason Peters ruptured his Achilles tendon in March, had it surgically repaired, and then ruptured it again in May. Describing his offseason like that, you might think that it goes without saying that Peters won’t play until the 2013 sShare TweetST. LOUIS (AP) -- Arizona defensive tackle Darnell Dockett is starting for the Cardinals against the St. Louis Rams after sitting out last week because of a hamstring injury.Share Tweet
Second NFLPA Collegiate Bowl set for Jan. 19The NFL Players Association said Thursday that the second NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will be played Jan. 19 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.Share TweetSuspended New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton will be in attendance at the Louisiana Superdome for Sunday night's game against the San Diego Chargers, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Share Tweet
Mark Sanchez unthreatened by prospect of losing his jobOne of the first things Jets coach Rex Ryan did in the wake of Sunday’s 34-0 pounding at the hands of the 49ers was to reaffirm his commitment to Mark Sanchez as the team’s starting quarterback. Ryan’s unwavering support of his quarterback after a 1Share TweetThe Steelers lost guard David DeCastro for at least the first eight weeks of the season when they put him on the injured reserve/recall list after he injured his knee in the preseason. DeCastro can start practicing after six weeks, the exact date is Oct…Share TweetBroncos quarterback Peyton Manning says the report that he’s trying to buy a piece of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies isn’t quite right: According to Manning, it’s his wife, Ashley, who is the investor in the group trying to buy the Grizzlies. In statShare TweetNew England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle) back at practice.Share TweetSean Payton, Mickey Loomis and Joe Vitt aren’t going to be the only notable names in attendance at an NFL game this week. Gregg Williams is going to be in attendance at another Rams game on Thursday night. The NFL confirmed to PFT that Williams will beShare Tweet
Tom Brady Called The Head Of JP Morgan To Cheer Him Up After He Lost $6 BillionTom Brady's had losses in his day. Big ones. Like Super Bowl XLII. And Super Bowl XLVI. He never lost $6 billion, but he never had $6 billion to lose. Brady feels for losers. So when someone loses, and Tom Brady can help, he gets on the horn. Here's Van…Share Tweet
NFLPA: Adviser program doesn't net incomeThe NFL Players Association said that its program to register financial advisers does not create revenue for the organization, and that fees it charges for the program have increased because of background checks rather than as a way to make money.Share TweetBrowns starting safety T.J. Ward is practicing with a broken right thumb and could play this Sunday against the New York Giants.Share TweetIt wasn’t much of a choice for the Cardinals to tab Kevin Kolb as their starting quarterback for the fourth straight game on Thursday night against the Rams. Mike Florio reports that John Skelton’s sprained ankle has not healed enough for him to get bShare TweetWeek Five kicks off on Thursday night with the Rams and Cardinals and Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network will get you all the news you need to know about the game well ahead of kickoff. Amani Toomer and Pete Najarian will break down the game in one…Share Tweet
Pierre GarÃ§on says he won’t be 100 percent for a whileThe Redskins got wide receiver Pierre GarÃ§on back for Sunday’s win over the Buccaneers, although it was clear he wasn’t 100 percent recovered from his foot injury during the game. GarÃ§on’s biggest play came when he fell on a Robert Griffin III fumShare TweetCNNSI.com Oct 4, 2012FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) If Tim Tebow is frustrated with his limited role in the New York Jets' struggling offense, Rex Ryan doesn't sense it.Share TweetEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks won't play in Sunday's game against Cleveland because of recurring left foot and knee problems.Share Tweet
MJD doesn’t intend to hold out again, but no promisesAfter a summer spent away from the Jaguars, running back Maurice Jones-Drew said he didn’t want another. “I’m not gonna hold out again,” he told Albert Breer of the NFL Network, before stepping back from that particular ledge. “I don’t think sShare TweetGreen Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings will miss Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts due to a groin injury.Share TweetIt's hard to become one of the best players in the NFL at any position, and much tougher to do it over an entire career. But if you ask San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis about toughness, and what can really be hard in life, he can tell you a…Share Tweet
Aldrick Robinson recovers from pregame collisionBefore Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers, Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather ran into receiver Aldrick Robinson, who was walking with his head down. Robinson was knocked unconscious. Amazingly, Robinson has been cleared to play. Even more amazingly,Share Tweet
"Team Obama Loses Early Wicket": The Romney-Obama Debate Was Like Every Sport Conceivable, According To InternetThe debate Wednesday could be compared to many things-a slow dance in which the partners are holding potato peelers to each other's throats, perhaps, or a restaurant in which you, the diner, get to watch a prep cook slow-spit on your burger before it'sShare TweetWell, now we know why the Saints looked at a quintet of free-agent receivers on Tuesday. Lance Moore, who is tied with Marques Colston with 19 receptions for the most among wide receivers, hasn’t practiced this week due to a hamstring injury, accordingShare Tweet
Replacement refs say they were told to let pass interference penalties go on Hail Mary playsThankfully, the Replacement Official Era of the NFL is over, but the officiating issue is not completely off our radar screen. Ed Hochuli graces the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy demonstrated his class la…Share TweetThe Panthers have enough issues on defense, but now they appear to be going in short-handed. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Thursday (via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer) that cornerback Chris Gamble wasn’t expected to play this week because of a sShare Tweet
Andrew Hawkins leads the list of the NFL’s biggest surprises so farThe Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams kick off Week 5 of the 2012 NFL regular season on Thursday night in St. Louis. Before they do, though, here's a look at a few under-the-radar performances from the first four weeks of the season. Over 1,600 playe…Share Tweet49ers safety Donte Whitner will face off against his former team this weekend when the Bills head to San Francisco for a Saturday afternoon matchup. Whitner doesn’t have the fondest memories of his time in Buffalo. During the playoffs last season, WhitnShare Tweet
No One Gives A Shit What The Coach Told You At Halftime, Michele TafoyaDrew Magary's Thursday Afternoon NFL Dick Joke Jamboroo runs every Thursday during the NFL season. More »Share TweetEvery husband inevitably gets the question from his wife. In some cases, the question is asked routinely. Possibly daily. But now the tables have been turned, at least among some NFL players. In major cities throughout America, large men are modelinShare TweetEagles cornerback Brandon Boykin didn’t really know what Steelers receiver Antonio Brown meant when he called him a “candy bar,” though he surmised it was not a compliment. “It’s up to me to do what I got to do to make sure they don’t treat meShare TweetEarlier this week, Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said that wide receiver Julio Jones‘ lacerated hand contributed to the fact that he finished last Sunday’s victory over the Panthers with just one catch. It doesn’t seem that he cleared tShare Tweet
Peter King: Week 5 picksCNNSI.com Oct 4, 2012The Cards are a shocking 4-0, but midnight could be near for Cinderella. There's one fatal flaw in the desert, and it could cost them against the Rams. Peter King picks Week 5's games.Share Tweet
"Are We Live? Oh Shit." Liam Neeson Appears On SportsCenter And Has Absolutely No Idea What He's Being AskedLiam Neeson dragged himself onto SportsCenter yesterday to pimp Taken 2 and wow. Has there ever been a guest on SportsCenter who was so unprepared to be a guest on SportsCenter? Neeson didn't like where it was headed from the get-go-he was being asked aShare Tweet
LeSean McCoy has taunted tacklers with his own nameAll right, this is fairly awesome: over the weekend, word began spreading that Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy has used a clever catchphrase as he's juked would-be tacklers: his own last name. Andrew Taglianetti, a senior at Pittsburgh and…Share Tweet
Falcons could become next team to use PSLsThe Falcons are hoping to get a new stadium to replace the Georgia Dome. If they do, fans could end up having to pay for the ability to sit in the seats to which they buy tickets. According to 11Alive News in Atlanta, an NBC affiliate, the latest term …Share Tweet
Colts extend sellout streak to 82During the offseason, with season-ticket holders opting to take a break and the waiting list fully exhausted, there were concerns that the Colts wouldn’t be able to sell out their home stadium on a consistent basis. So far, the post-Peyton Colts have soShare Tweet
Jags remove some tarps for SundayJags owner Shahid Khan eventually wants to remove all tarps from EverBank Field. He’ll start by removing some. Specifically, the tarps will be lifted from Section 403 for Sunday’s game against the Bears. “We’re pleased with demand for tickets foShare TweetFor many people, nothing Matt Ryan does in September will ever matter. But it was still a really good September. The Falcons quarterback was named NFC offensive player of the month for September, for leading his team to a 4-0 record. Ryan was fairly phe…Share TweetTexans defensive end J.J. Watt may not be headed to Canton just yet, but he has been recognized for an incredible month. Watt was named AFC defensive player of the month for September, for his work leading the Texans to a 4-0 record. Watt had 20 tackles…Share TweetThe AFC and NFC special teams players of the month for September have something in common: They’re return men who played against the Lions. Detroit’s dreadful kick coverage units gave up four return touchdowns in September, and two of the return men wShare TweetChandler Jones has made an immediate impact on the Patriots defense, and how he has some hardware to prove it. Jones was named NFL defensive rookie of the month for September. Jones has 17 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles in four games for th…Share Tweet
PFT Live: Jets talk with Manish Mehta and Week Five picksThere are rarely dull moments around the Jets and this week has proven to be no exception. They got crushed by the 49ers, lost Santonio Holmes for the season and signed cornerback Aaron Berry coming off of a suspension for incidents that helped pave his…Share TweetRedskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is the is the recipient of the NFL’s September Rookie of the Month Award. That’s no surprise after Griffin completed a month in which he went 86-for-124 passing, with 1,070 yards, four touchdowns and a passer raShare Tweet
Packers coach reaches out to controversial refOne of the NFL replacement officials at the heart of the most controversial moment of the lockout said that Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has reached out to him.Share TweetA cottage industry emerged last week among a small handful of contrarians who pandered to Seahawks fans by suggesting that the events that concluded the Monday night game between Green Bay and Seattle were handled correctly. That industry can now offici…Share TweetMaybe new Jets wide receiver Jason Hill is just better suited to smaller markets. The same guy who called the Jets “overhyped” and cornerback Darrelle Revis a “good player” when he was with the Jaguars is now astonished anyone in New York rememberShare TweetThe people trying to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles say they’re ready to do it next season, putting an NFL team in a Southern California stadium in 2013 and then moving the team to the downtown Farmers Field when it’s ready to open in a few years.Share Tweet
Adjusted cap shows $32.5 million spread between Jags and RedskinsThe per-team unadjusted salary cap this year is $120.6 million. But no team has an actual salary cap of $120.6 million. Via various accounting devices (including the ability to carry over unused cap space from 2011 and the penalties imposed on the Cowbo…Share Tweet
After latest gaffe, John Fox should retire his trick playsIt was easy to laugh about Broncos kicker Matt Prater’s pass attempt gone wrong because they won 37-6, but it also shined the light on one of coach John Fox’s career frustrations. The notoriously conservative coach has never gotten the hang of trick pShare Tweet
DeAngelo Hall and Mike Smith make upDeAngelo Hall never played for Mike Smith, and they never had the warmest relationship. But they apparently patched things up over mai tais (or something) in Hawaii. Hall was one of the first players shipped out when Smith and general manager Thomas Dim…Share TweetAt one time, we thought that the most amazing and unprecedented aspect of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees breaking Johnny Unitas' record of 47 straight regular-season games with at least one touchdown pass would be the fact that anybody broke …Share TweetThe Jets have a real need at receiver. But they really don’t want Plaxico Burress. No one wants Plaxico Burress. And it makes no sense. Last year, fresh from an extended stay at the Motel 6-to-10, Burress had multiple suitors. The Jets wanted him.Share Tweet
Daily Screencap Classic: J-E-S-T JEST JEST JESTThe 2-2 Jets, mired in a trench of poor quarterback play and idiots screaming for Tebow, added to that the reeling feeling of learning Santonio Holmes would be missing the rest of the season. More »Share Tweet
Cowboys lacking home-field advantageThe Cowboys have a showplace of a stadium. They just don’t have a home-field advantage. The Cowboys are a meager 14-12 in Cowboys Stadium since it opened in 2009, and the Bears felt particularly at home Monday. “Big ups to all the Chicago fans in DallShare TweetWhen the Bengals signed running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis as a free agent this offseason, his ball security was often noted as one of his great strengths. Green-Ellis didn’t fumble at all in his 545 touches as a member of the Patriots and he didn’t fShare TweetAfter searching all last year, the Bills are still looking for any degree of consistency on offense. Dolphins CB Sean Smith is living up to expectations after the Vontae Davis trade. Patriots RT Sebastian Vollmer is playing better after a slow start. Je…Share TweetNo matter what point you’ve checked in with Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt this year, there’s been some issue getting in the way of his ability to just get on the field and play. This is nothing new. Britt has missed 19 of 52 games since joining theShare TweetReggie Bush suffered a knee injury in Week Three and then played anyway in Week Four. But he wasn’t playing at full speed. Bush averaged 3.9 yards a carry Sunday against the Dolphins, his worst average in a game since November of last year, and he toldShare Tweet
Week 5 Probabilities, and Jets' Sanchez Follynytimes.com Oct 4, 2012No matter how you slice it statistically, the Jets are paying Mark Sanchez too much money for mediocre production.Share TweetThe Cowboys were a .500 team last year in Jason Garrett’s first season as head coach, and they’re 2-2 this year. That isn’t the record of a great coach. But Cowboys tight end Jason Witten says Garrett is better than his record suggests. “Jason’sShare Tweetnytimes.com Oct 4, 2012It's amazing how many sports media members have unknowingly embarrassed themselves this week by criticizing the Dallas quarterback.Share TweetSEATTLE -- As the 2012 season began for the Seattle Seahawks, all the talk was about a third-round rookie from Wisconsin named Russell Wilson. The 5-foot-10 5/8 Wilson had deflected all talk about his size and took the starting job away from Matt Flynn,…Share Tweet
The Saints' Woes Go Beyond Payton's AbsenceWhat's happened to the New Orleans Saints? Unquestionably the most disappointing team in football through four games, last year's 13-3 NFC South champ...Share Tweet
The Trenchie Awards: The Pats' O-Line, Cameron Wake, and the Best Line Play From Week 4In 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...Share Tweet
The Sports Guy's Thursday NFL PickA reader named Mike in St. Louis sent me the following e-mail this week: "Simmons, football fans in St. Louis have suffered enough, compiling the wor...Share Tweet
Schrodinger's Refs: A Halfhearted Audit of the 2011 NFL OfficialsThe Titans are trailing by 25 points, deep in the third quarter, when they score a touchdown. The extra point is converted, the onside kick is well-ex...Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Is Russell Wilson's Job in Jeopardy?Oct 4Episode 200: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss whether Russell Wilson should remain the starter in Seattle. Steve Young breaks down the Chiefs staying with Matt Cassel. The NFL32 crew discuss how Andrew Luck will fare against the Packers defens
NFL Live OT: Monday Night Football PreviewOct 4NFL Live OT looks ahead to Texans vs. Jets.
Round 13: Manning vs. BradyOct 4Will Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning outduel New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in their Week 5 matchup? The "Thursday Night Kickoff" crew debate.
Fitzgerald family fights onOct 4Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald lost his mother in college to a fight with breast cancer. Now, he is doing whatever he can to help others avoid going through the same pain his mother and his family went through.
After winning their first four games, the Arizona Cardinals' first loss ex…Oct 4After winning their first four games, the Arizona Cardinals' flaws, specifically on offense, were exposed.
Biggest NFL games of Week 5 -- John Clayton's First & 10Oct 4The NFC is the superior conference by far in 2012. That actually keeps more AFC teams in the playoff race, writes John Clayton.
The Sports Guy's Thursday NFL PickOct 4A reader named Mike in St. Louis sent me the following e-mail this week: "Simmons, football fans in St. Louis have suffered enough, compiling the wor...