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Rams' Amendola may miss 6 weeks, Fisher mum

Rams' Amendola may miss 6 weeks, Fisher mum

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher had little to say about the condition of Danny Amendola, calling it a "competitive issue" after the receiver was injured during Thursday night's win over Arizona.
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  • Kicker Jay Feely fined for unnecessary roughness

    Kicker Jay Feely fined for unnecessary roughness

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    In a rare instance of the NFL cracking down on an illegal hit from a kicker, Arizona’s Jay Feely has been fined for a personal foul. Feely, who was called for unnecessary roughness when he hit an opponent late on the second half kickoff of the Cardinals
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  • After Texans called him dirty, NFL fines David Stewart $7,875

    After Texans called him dirty, NFL fines David Stewart $7,875

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    After Sunday’s Titans-Texans game, several Houston players complained that Tennessee guard David Stewart was playing dirty. Looking over the tape, the league office found one play on which it agreed. The NFL has confirmed that Stewart was fined $7,875 f
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  • Former NFL RB Johnson arrested in abuse case

    Former NFL RB Johnson arrested in abuse case

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Oct 5, 2012
    LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas police say former NFL running back Larry Johnson is in jail after he was arrested in a felony domestic violence case involving an ex-girlfriend at a Las Vegas Strip resort.
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  • Bears WR Knox unsure if he'll play this season

    Bears WR Knox unsure if he'll play this season

    ESPN.com Oct 5, 2012
    Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox is unsure if he'll play this season.
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  • Jets DC Pettine challenges beleaguered unit

    Jets DC Pettine challenges beleaguered unit

    ESPN.com Oct 5, 2012
    New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine issued a challenge Wednesday morning to his unit in the form of a quote.
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  • Mike Vick apparently owns a dog again

    Mike Vick apparently owns a dog again

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    Eagles quarterback Mike Vick has spoken in the past about his desire to once again own a dog.  Apparently, he now does. Either that or someone in his house has developed a taste for dog food. Courtesy of the folks at CrossingBroad.com, Vick tweeted a ph…
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  • Brandon Spikes fined 21K for illegal blindside block

    Brandon Spikes fined 21K for illegal blindside block

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    Earlier this week, Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes was asked about his aggressive nature on the field. “Absolutely. A lot of guys, they know the new rules. I don’t think I’ve done anything illegal,” Spikes said, via the Patriots website. “I”
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  • Week Five injury report roundup

    Week Five injury report roundup

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    We cover all of the biggest injury stories throughout the day on Friday, but feel free to use this as a one-stop shop to catch up on those posts and any other names worth mentioning that we’ll throw in here every Friday. Falcons at Redskins Redskins wid
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  • James Harrison, Troy Polamalu and Hakeem Nicks headline the NFL…

    James Harrison, Troy Polamalu and Hakeem Nicks headline the NFL’s Week 5 injury report

    Coming off their bye week, the Pittsburgh Steelers are a much healthier team heading into Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Running back Rashard Mendenhall (knee), outside linebacker James Harrison (knee) and safety Troy Polamalu (calf) are…
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  • Hawaii, NFL hope to boost Pro Bowl attendance

    Hawaii, NFL hope to boost Pro Bowl attendance

    ESPN.com Oct 5, 2012
    Hawaii's state tourism agency and the NFL are creating a committee to boost attendance at the Pro Bowl and for events leading up to the game.
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  • NFL adds three games to D.J. Williams’ suspension

    NFL adds three games to D.J. Williams’ suspension

    Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams wasn’t expected to play any time soon, and the NFL has now confirmed that Williams will be on the shelf a little longer. Williams, who was already in the middle of a six-game suspension for allegedly cheating on a drug t
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  • McCarthy says call to ref was 'right thing'

    McCarthy says call to ref was 'right thing'

    ESPN.com Oct 5, 2012
    Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that he called the replacement referee who made the call on a final play that cost the Packers a game against the Seattle Seahawks to offer his support.
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  • The NFL Is Pissed At The Titans' Defensive Coordinator For Talk…

    The NFL Is Pissed At The Titans' Defensive Coordinator For Talking Like A Coach

    On Thursday, Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jim Jerry Gray made the following comments to The Tenneseean: More »
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  • Osi Umenyiora invites Trent Richardson to look for candy

    Osi Umenyiora invites Trent Richardson to look for candy

    Now that his long-running spat with Eagles running back LeSean McCoy has come to a end, Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora has an opening in his schedule for a pointless verbal feud with an opposing running back. He may be trying to fill it with Browns …
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  • Redskins CB Griffin (hamstring) out again

    Redskins CB Griffin (hamstring) out again

    ESPN.com Oct 5, 2012
    Washington Redskins nickel cornerback Cedric Griffin will sit out Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons.
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  • ‘Fire Pioli, Bench Cassel’ banner to fly over Arrowhead on Sund…

    ‘Fire Pioli, Bench Cassel’ banner to fly over Arrowhead on Sunday

    yahoo.com Oct 5, 2012
    The Kansas City Chiefs are owners of a 1-3 record, and all three of their losses have come by 13 points or more. Quarterback Matt Cassel has the 29th-best passer rating among starting quarterbacks in the NFL. So the 2012 Chiefs season is not off to a gr…
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  • Antonio Gates, Mike Shanahan join PFT on NBC Sports Network

    Antonio Gates, Mike Shanahan join PFT on NBC Sports Network

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    It’s Friday, which means it is time for an all-out blitz on Week Five. Joining Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network to set the stage will be Chargers tight end Antonio Gates and Redskins coach Mike Shanahan. Gates and the Chargers will be trying to a
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  • Simplifying things paying dividends for Vikings D

    Simplifying things paying dividends for Vikings D

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    Sometimes when you have an edge in talent, you just have to let those players play. That’s why a pair of Vikings defensive linemen went to coaches, asking them to simplify things after a Week Two loss at Indianapolis. Defensive tackle Kevin Williams and
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  • Browns' Richardson misses practice for new baby

    Browns' Richardson misses practice for new baby

    CNNSI.com Oct 5, 2012
    BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson missed practice Friday to be with his girlfriend during the birth of his third child.
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  • Gronkowski, Hernandez among 12 questionable Patriots

    Gronkowski, Hernandez among 12 questionable Patriots

    On Friday morning, we shared a report that Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was a “virtual certainty” to miss Sunday’s game against the Broncos. The Patriots haven’t ruled him out yet, though. Hernandez was back on the practice field Friday and
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  • Chad Greenway fined $21,000 for hit on Calvin Johnson

    Chad Greenway fined $21,000 for hit on Calvin Johnson

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway delivered a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit to Lions receiver Calvin Johnson on Sunday, and he’s paying for it. Greenway has been fined $21,000, the NFL confirmed. After the game Greenway acknowledged that he was in the wron
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  • Kenny Britt expected to miss another game with ankle issue

    Kenny Britt expected to miss another game with ankle issue

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    And, as if on cue, Kenny Britt has found another way to miss time. The Titans wide receiver tweaked his ankle in practice Thursday and didn’t work Friday. He’s listed as questionable on the injury report, but Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean said he’s
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  • Rams VP Demoff taken to hospital after fainting in GM’s office

    Rams VP Demoff taken to hospital after fainting in GM’s office

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    A day after the Rams pushed over the .500 mark for the first time since 2006 and everyone was feeling good, they had a scare. According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, executive vice president Kevin Demoff fainted while in GM Les Snead’s o
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  • Bengals muster sellout of Miami game

    Bengals muster sellout of Miami game

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    When the Dolphins cut Chad Johnson during training camp, Sunday’s visit from Miami to Cincinnati instantly lost a lot of its luster. Still, the Bengals managed to sell out the non-premium tickets, thanks to a 24-hours extension of the deadline for doing
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  • Ex-Chief Larry Johnson arrested for domestic violence

    Ex-Chief Larry Johnson arrested for domestic violence

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    Larry Johnson, a former All-Pro running back with the Kansas City Chiefs who quickly rose to stardom and then just as quickly saw his fortunes fall both on and off the field, is in trouble with the law again. Johnson was arrested today for battery/domes…
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  • In other fake news, Michael Vick breaks both his legs

    In other fake news, Michael Vick breaks both his legs

    yahoo.com Oct 5, 2012
    Bad news, Eagles fans: According to a report from Global Associated News, Michael Vick has broken both legs in a Philadelphia car accident! The accident involved Vick and a 76-year-old female driver, and further details will be forthcoming. In an eerie …
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  • Dolphins CB Marshall (back) out vs. Bengals

    Dolphins CB Marshall (back) out vs. Bengals

    ESPN.com Oct 5, 2012
    Miami Dolphins cornerback Richard Marshall has been ruled out of Sunday's game at Cincinnati with a back injury, putting a further strain on the team's week secondary.
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  • Lance Moore already ruled out for Saints

    Lance Moore already ruled out for Saints

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    If the Saints are going to get their first win of the season Sunday night against the  Chargers, they’re going to have to do it without one of their main receiving threats. Wide receiver Lance Moore has already been ruled out with a hamstring strain, a
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  • Final bounty appeal ruling puts league in potentially delicate …

    Final bounty appeal ruling puts league in potentially delicate spot

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    As Commissioner Roger Goodell prepares to re-issue discipline against four players whose suspensions were vacated last month, the good news is that Goodell finally has gotten more clarity as to what he can and can’t do. The bad news is that Goodell fina
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  • Brian Hartline off to hot start after tumultuous offseason

    Brian Hartline off to hot start after tumultuous offseason

    Four weeks into the 2012 NFL regular season, an unlikely name appears at the top of the "Receiving Yards" leader board. Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline, who had 549 receiving yards as a 16-game starter in 2011, leads the NFL enteri…
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  • Ryan Tannehill pops up on Dolphins injury report

    Ryan Tannehill pops up on Dolphins injury report

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    You always prefer to see a player show up on the injury report early in the week and then progressively get better as the next game approaches. When someone pops up later in the week, it’s troubling because there’s so little time left for the injury t
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  • Injury-plagued Giants will have depth tested

    Injury-plagued Giants will have depth tested

    ESPN.com Oct 5, 2012
    The New York Giants' depth will certainly be tested on Sunday.
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  • Norv Turner: We have to find a way to slow down Darren Sproles

    Norv Turner: We have to find a way to slow down Darren Sproles

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    After coaching Darren Sproles for four years in San Diego, Norv Turner will coach against him for the first time on Sunday night when the Chargers play the Saints. And Turner says preparing for Sproles is among the most important parts of the Chargers’
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  • Harrison, Mendenhall and Polamalu all listed as probable

    Harrison, Mendenhall and Polamalu all listed as probable

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    Earlier this week, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said that he expected to have James Harrison, Rashard Mendenhall and Troy Polamalu in the lineup when the Steelers face the Eagles on Sunday. Everything appears to be on track as far as making that expectati…
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  • Jets get physical in practice in hopes of not being run over

    Jets get physical in practice in hopes of not being run over

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    The Jets offense looked like it hadn’t practiced together at all last week, so they decided to go back to training camp mode in practice this week. To bounce back from last week’s embarrassment, coach Rex Ryan asked for suggestions, and offensive line
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  • A New Twist to N.F.L. Breast Cancer Awareness: A Pink Tutu

    A New Twist to N.F.L. Breast Cancer Awareness: A Pink Tutu

    nytimes.com Oct 5, 2012
    The Giants will add a twist to the N.F.L.'s Breast Cancer Awareness initiative: a pink tutu.
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  • Brees' pursuit of Unitas record; more Week 5

    Brees' pursuit of Unitas record; more Week 5

    CNNSI.com Oct 5, 2012
    Drew Brees is poised to break a record Sunday that John Unitas has held for more than 50 years. The chase has revealed a lot more about the two than their numbers, writes Peter King.
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  • Arians implores Colts fans to contain the Cheeseheads

    Arians implores Colts fans to contain the Cheeseheads

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    As the Colts prepare to attempt to match their 2011 win total with a game against the team that won 15 regular-season games last season, their interim head coach has a message for all fans of the team. “We cannot allow the Cheeseheads to come in here an
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  • Steelers veteran defense could be headed for last roundup

    Steelers veteran defense could be headed for last roundup

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    The Steelers expect safety Troy Polamalu and linebacker James Harrison to get back on the field this weekend, and back to fixing a defense that has missed them in recent weeks. But how much longer they’re going to be able to keep the core of players whi
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  • Dez Bryant is letting down the number 88, says Drew Pearson

    Dez Bryant is letting down the number 88, says Drew Pearson

    The number 88 means something in Dallas. Drew Pearson, who's in the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor, wore the 88, as did Hall of Famer Michael Irvin. These days, no one gets the 88 unless the Cowboys think they're going to be something special. That is ind…
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  • Lions special teams coach wants to go back to shadows

    Lions special teams coach wants to go back to shadows

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    Danny Crossman’s kids keep looking for him on television. He’d prefer they not see him as much. The Lions special teams coach knows him doing interviews or showing up on the broadcast is bad news, considering the way his group’s played. “Love anon
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  • PFT Live: Saints talk with Jeff Triplett and PFT Planet calls a…

    PFT Live: Saints talk with Jeff Triplett and PFT Planet calls and tweets

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    The Saints are going to have three familiar faces watching them face the Chargers on Sunday night. Will the presence of Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis and Joe Vitt be enough to help the Saints get their first win of the season? We’ll be talking about that o
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  • Dwight Freeney still not sure he’ll be able to play this week

    Dwight Freeney still not sure he’ll be able to play this week

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    It would seem to be a good sign for the Colts defense that linebacker Dwight Freeney has been able to practice fully on both Wednesday and Thursday after missing the team’s last two games with a high ankle sprain. Coming off a bye week with plenty of re
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  • With Laurent Robinson out, Jags add a receiver

    With Laurent Robinson out, Jags add a receiver

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    The Jaguars haven’t officially announced wide receiver Laurent Robinson’s status for Sunday’s game against the Bears, but they sent a pretty good signal that he won’t be on the field after suffering his second concussion in as many weeks. The team
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  • Donald Driver: As long as we’re winning, I’m OK with my role

    Donald Driver: As long as we’re winning, I’m OK with my role

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    Packers receiver Donald Driver has been progressively getting phased out of the offense over the last few years, and this year he’s hardly a part of the offense at all: He has just two catches through four games. But Driver is OK with that. “I’m fin
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  • History doesn’t favor Eagles on Sunday

    History doesn’t favor Eagles on Sunday

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    When justifying my prediction that the Steelers will beat the Eagles on Sunday at Heinz Field, I opted for the visceral. Based on living most of my life within 100 miles of Pittsburgh, this simply isn’t a game the Steelers lose. Reuben Frank of CSNPhill
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  • In last 2 years, only Tebow won while completing less than Brad…

    In last 2 years, only Tebow won while completing less than Bradford

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    The Rams won on Thursday night while Sam Bradford completed only seven passes. How common is that? Well, let’s put it this way: The only other time it happened in the last two seasons was during Tebowmania in Denver. The last time an NFL team won a game
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  • Slauson on Tebow:  “That option is not an option”

    Slauson on Tebow: “That option is not an option”

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    With all the talk about when/if the Jets will switch from quarterback Mark Sanchez to quarterback Tim Tebow, a fairly important constituency has been overlooked. The other players on the team. One of them, guard Matt Slauson, says that the idea of a cha…
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  • Haslam won’t start handing out pink slips until after season

    Haslam won’t start handing out pink slips until after season

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    Hey, relax Browns coaches and administrators, you’re not all fired. At least not until the end of the year, anyway. New Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam has said he’ll wait until after the season to consider any staff changes, according to Mary Kay Cabot
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  • Saints frustrated by lack of pass rush

    Saints frustrated by lack of pass rush

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    While the Saints’ offense doesn’t seem to have the same sizzle that is displayed last year, the more glaring problem is the defense. The switch from Gregg Williams to Steve Spagnuolo coupled with personnel deficiencies that have become more and more t
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  • Ryan Williams says he’s fine after shoulder injury

    Ryan Williams says he’s fine after shoulder injury

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    The Cardinals offense had a rough night in St. Louis on Thursday. Among the wreckage of the evening was running back Ryan Williams, who left the game with what the team termed a left shoulder injury. Williams got rocked by a fourth quarter hit from Rams…
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  • Archie Manning: Peyton, Brady will enjoy rivalry more later

    Archie Manning: Peyton, Brady will enjoy rivalry more later

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have downplayed the significance of their personal rivalry this week, saying it’s more about the Broncos and the Patriots. But Archie Manning said he wished he’d have been able to have had something similar in his day, and
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  • Friday morning one-liners

    Friday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    The Bills need more consistency from DT Marcell Dareus. Dolphins coach Joe Philbin is looking forward to getting DT Tony McDaniel back in the lineup. Said Patriots RB Brandon Bolden, “Last week happened, now we’re getting ready for Denver. You know, j
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  • Jets GM: No pressure from above to play Tebow

    Jets GM: No pressure from above to play Tebow

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum described conversations between himself, coach Rex Ryan and owner Woody Johnson as “robust,” but denied that the boss was leaning on them to start Tim Tebow. “There isn’t,” Tannenbaum said, via Conor Orr of t
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  • Fitzgerald says, “We’re still 4-1”³

    Fitzgerald says, “We’re still 4-1”³

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    Correction week has begun in the NFL, to the chagrin of MDS. The previously undefeated Cardinals have fallen to the Rams to launch Week Five, but star receiver Larry Fitzgerald sees the glass as 80-percent full. “We’re still 4-1,” Fitzgerald said af
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  • Older, wiser Tom Coughlin: “Losing, it kills you”

    Older, wiser Tom Coughlin: “Losing, it kills you”

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    It’s tempting, especially after watching his A Football Life documentary, to think Giants coach Tom Coughlin is mellowing with age, gaining perspective a younger man wouldn’t have. Nope. “It’s 10 times more difficult,” Coughlin said in an interv
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  • Week 5 Matchups: Ryan and Griffin Grab Spotlight

    Week 5 Matchups: Ryan and Griffin Grab Spotlight

    nytimes.com Oct 5, 2012
    The top games this weekend feature a classic quarterback matchup (Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning) and meeting of top young quarterbacks (Matt Ryan vs. Robert Griffin III).
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  • John Pagano says Chuck is “doing good”

    John Pagano says Chuck is “doing good”

    profootballtalk.com Oct 5, 2012
    Colts coach Chuck Pagano has a treatable form of leukemia.  His brother, John, who serves as Chargers defensive coordinator, said Thursday that, so far, Chuck is doing well. “It’s been tough for my brother with what he’s going through,” Pagano sa
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  • Kevin Kolb calls Cardinals’ offensive performance “sickening”

    Kevin Kolb calls Cardinals’ offensive performance “sickening”

    Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb was sacked nine times - nine times - during Thursday night’s loss to the Rams, and it’s no surprise that he wasn’t in a good mood afterward. Kolb noted that the Cardinals had several good opportunities to score,
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  • Cousin Sal's Week 5 NFL Prop Bets!

    Cousin Sal's Week 5 NFL Prop Bets!

    grantland.com Oct 5, 2012
    Here we are. A good four days later, and I'm still sick to my bloated stomach over the latest Cowboys meltdown. I've tried to conjure up a non-footbal...
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  • Bill Simmons empties out his inbox and makes Week 5 picks

    Bill Simmons empties out his inbox and makes Week 5 picks

    grantland.com Oct 5, 2012
    The Sports Guy continues to mate his NFL picks with reader e-mails, hoping it turns out better than the Peyton Manning experiment.
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  • Video - NFL32OT: From Worst To Best 03:11

    NFL32OT: From Worst To Best

    Oct 5
    Episode 201: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss the success of the NFC West. Damien Woody breaks down facing Peyton Manning. The NFL crew discuss whether the Dolphins can stop A.J. Green.
  • Video - Williams' Suspension Increased 03:11

    Williams' Suspension Increased

    Oct 5
    AFC West Blogger Bill Williamson on the NFL adding three games to D.J Williams' suspension.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Houston Texans vs. New York Jets 05:10

    'Playbook': Houston Texans vs. New York Jets

    Oct 5
    How will the Jets move forward after a loss last Sunday? Our analysts discuss the injury to Santonio Holmes and how the Texans' pass rush could cause issues for Mark Sanchez.

Sports Columnists

  • Peter King: Brees' pursuit of Unitas' touchdown mark sheds light on both

    Oct 5
    Five observations on Drew Brees being on the precipice of breaking the time-honored record of John Unitas for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass:
  • Peter King: Brees' pursuit of Unitas' touchdown mark sheds light on both

    Oct 5
    Five observations on Drew Brees being on the precipice of breaking the time-honored record of John Unitas for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass:
  • Bill Simmons empties out his inbox and makes Week 5 picks

    Oct 5
    The Sports Guy continues to mate his NFL picks with reader e-mails, hoping it turns out better than the Peyton Manning experiment.