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Michigan coaches to don CHUCKSTRONG T-shirts

Michigan coaches to don CHUCKSTRONG T-shirts

profootballtalk.com Updated Oct 9, 2012
As the Michigan Wolverines prepare to play Illinois on Saturday, the team’s coaching staff will wear CHUCKSTRONG T-shirts purchased from the Colts’ official website. According to ESPN.com, coach Brady Hoke bought 40 of the T-shirts, which will be worn
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  • Fans in Kansas City shown in a disparaging light

    Fans in Kansas City shown in a disparaging light

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    After fans cheer for an injury to Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel, the quality of Kansas City's sports scene has been called into question.
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  • Bills sign Reggie Wells

    Bills sign Reggie Wells

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    After their first, second, and third games, the Chargers signed offensive lineman Reggie Wells.  Before their second, third, and fourth games, the Chargers cut offensive lineman Reggie Wells. But they didn’t sign him again before their fifth game, and
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  • Report:  Jets not interested in T.O.

    Report: Jets not interested in T.O.

    As to the possibility of signing receiver Terrell Owens, Jets coach Rex Ryan publicly said Tuesday, “Never say never.” Privately, the Jets are saying never. Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the Jets aren’t interested in Owens. Instead, th
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  • Vilma’s lawyer says NFL’s process “has had no decency”

    Vilma’s lawyer says NFL’s process “has had no decency”

    The Commissioner’s re-issued bounty discipline resulted in, as a practical matter, a $564,000 gift to Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, given that his one-year ban has been reduced to 10 games without pay, following the completion of his six-week stint
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  • RGIII clear to practice for Redskins, per report

    RGIII clear to practice for Redskins, per report

    Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has been cleared to practice without contact Wednesday, according to a report by The Washington Post.
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  • Hall of Fame gets Brees' record-setting football

    Hall of Fame gets Brees' record-setting football

    ESPN.com nytimes.com Oct 9, 2012
    The Pro Football Hall of Fame has received the football Drew Brees threw to eclipsed Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas' record of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass.
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  • Ireland still eyeballs NFL game

    Ireland still eyeballs NFL game

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    With the Jaguars preparing to announce the team they’ll face in the first of four games to be played at Wembley Stadium in London, another city in Europe is hoping to host a game as soon as 2013. The Sunday Times of London reported this past Sunday (whi
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  • Will Smith complains about “arrogance and agenda” of NFL inves…

    Will Smith complains about “arrogance and agenda” of NFL investigators

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    Of the four players who received renewed discipline for their involvement in the Saints’ alleged bounty program, only Saints defensive end Will Smith had no changes made to his penalty. He initially was suspended four games, and he once again has been s
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  • Harbaugh says he’s concerned about Smith’s finger

    Harbaugh says he’s concerned about Smith’s finger

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    49ers quarterback Alex Smith said after Sunday’s romp over the Bills that he has no concerns about a sprained middle finger on his throwing hand.  Coach Jim Harbaugh lacks the same level of confidence. “It’s very much of a concern,” Harbaugh said
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  • Colts make several roster moves

    Colts make several roster moves

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    Buoyed by a big win over the Packers, the Colts apparently are hoping to push things to the next level, via an overhaul of the bottom of their roster. The team has announced a variety of roster moves.  Namely, the Colts have: 1.  signed nose tackle Anto
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  • Roger Goodell Reinstates Saints Bounty Program Suspensions, Wri…

    Roger Goodell Reinstates Saints Bounty Program Suspensions, Writes Prickish Letters To Those Involved

    deadspin.com Oct 9, 2012
    Roger Goodell, having tripped all over his dick as regards the Saints' bounty program, is back to swinging the stupid thing in our faces again. Today, he reinstated the suspensions of all four players, although three of them were given more lenient puni…
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  • Lions take issue with talk that they lack talent

    Lions take issue with talk that they lack talent

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    The Lions think they’re better than their 1-3 record suggests, and they’re frustrated with those who question the talent on their roster. Unnamed league executives were quoted by Pro Football Weekly as saying that the Lions have players who aren’t a
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  • Aaron Rodgers: I’m not playing my best football right now

    Aaron Rodgers: I’m not playing my best football right now

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    The Packers are 2-3 and quarterback Aaron Rodgers thinks he’s a big part of the reason why the team has failed to meet expectations so far this season. His play hasn’t been bad by most people’s standards. He’s completed 68.8 percent of his passes,
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  • Texans' Cushing out for season with torn ACL

    Texans' Cushing out for season with torn ACL

    Linebacker Brian Cushing is out for the season with a torn left knee ligament, leaving the unbeaten Houston Texans without their top tackler and one of their emotional leaders.
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  • Buddy Nix wants more urgency from the defense

    Buddy Nix wants more urgency from the defense

    The Bills are hanging out in the desert this week before they face the Cardinals and they’re doing a little bit of soul searching to figure out how to stop a slide that’s seen them outscored 97-31 in the last two games. When they’re hanging out in a
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  • 49ers' Williams eyes redemption against Giants

    49ers' Williams eyes redemption against Giants

    Kyle Williams circled this week's game against the New York Giants as soon as the NFL schedule was released in April.
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  • Former Lions great Alex Karras dies at 77

    Former Lions great Alex Karras dies at 77

    Former All-Pro Detroit Lions defensive tackle Alex Karras passed away Wednesday morning in Los Angeles at the age of 77. Karras had been given just days to live after recently experiencing kidney failure. In recent years, Karras had been bravely battlin…
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  • NFLPA fires back after bounty discipline announcement

    NFLPA fires back after bounty discipline announcement

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    If you think the drama surrounding the Saints bounty penalties is going to die down anytime soon, think again. The NFLPA released the following statement, moments after the NFL released Roger Goodell’s slight changes to the punishments of four players:
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  • NFL cuts Fujita’s suspension, will allow Vilma to get paid

    NFL cuts Fujita’s suspension, will allow Vilma to get paid

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has altered the suspensions of three of the four players who were disciplined as a result of the league’s investigation into the Saints’ bounty program. The player who got the best result was Browns linebacker Scott Fuji
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  • Kyle Rudolph catches up with PFT on NBC Sports Network

    Kyle Rudolph catches up with PFT on NBC Sports Network

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    The Vikings have been one of the biggest surprises of the first five weeks of the NFL season and one of their players with talk about the 4-1 start with the Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network crew on Tuesday. Tight end Kyle Rudolph will let us all …
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  • James Harrison Didn't Sack Michael Vick Because He Was "Wo…

    James Harrison Didn't Sack Michael Vick Because He Was "Worried More About A Fine"

    deadspin.com Oct 9, 2012
    Since the NFL instituted its "more significant discipline" for shots to the head two years ago, James Harrison has been a remorseless re-offender. He's been fined six times under the new protocol, and he's seemingly bitched about it just as of…
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  • Roethlisberger says he didn’t call the Eagles dirty

    Roethlisberger says he didn’t call the Eagles dirty

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    Apparently Willie Colon now has more to apologize for than his four holding penalties. Colon said Monday that his teammate Ben Roethlisberger thought the Eagles “were going after his head,” but his quarterback circled back Tuesday to deny that. “I j
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  • Redskins cut slumping K Cundiff, sign Forbath

    Redskins cut slumping K Cundiff, sign Forbath

    The Washington Redskins cut Billy Cundiff on Tuesday, the second time the kicker has been released this season.
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  • Bucs put Anthony Gaitor on IR, designated for return

    Bucs put Anthony Gaitor on IR, designated for return

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    So much for “getting there.” The Buccaneers placed cornerback Anthony Gaitor on injured reserve, with the designated for return tag so he can return later this season. They filled his roster spot by promoting linebacker Jacob Cutrera from the practice
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  • Jags announcing 2013 London opponent on Thursday

    Jags announcing 2013 London opponent on Thursday

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    It’s bye week for the Jaguars, which means that owner Shahid Khan has gone to London to promote the launch of the the team’s four-year, once-per-year visit to Wembley Stadium, which commences in 2013. Peter King of SI.com mentioned in this week’s Mo
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  • Outside the Game: Kyle Turley hopes to get back to NFL stadiums…

    Outside the Game: Kyle Turley hopes to get back to NFL stadiums - this time, with his band

    yahoo.com Oct 9, 2012
    As a football player, offensive lineman Kyle Turley was best-known for one incident. When Turley's Saints played the New York Jets at the Superdome in November of 2011, there was a play in which Jets defensive player Damien Robinson was trying to twist …
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  • NFL re-issues bounty discipline

    NFL re-issues bounty discipline

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    Four weeks and three days after an internal appeals panel vacated suspensions imposed on Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, Saints defensive end Will Smith, and free-agent defensive end Anthony Hargrove, the league has re-…
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  • Raiders expect Aaron Curry back at practice next week

    Raiders expect Aaron Curry back at practice next week

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    Raiders linebacker Aaron Curry went on the PUP list at the start of training camp, which means that he hasn’t taken part in one practice yet this season. The Raiders expect that to change next week. That’s when Curry and other players who spent time o
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  • T-Rich already a star; more Week 5 Xs & Os

    T-Rich already a star; more Week 5 Xs & Os

    CNNSI.com Oct 9, 2012
    The Browns are terrible, but luckily Trent Richardson is far from it. Already a star, the rookie could be a monster in the near future. Chris Burke breaks down Week 5's Xs and Os.
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  • 'Encouraged' Ryan expects Keller to return

    'Encouraged' Ryan expects Keller to return

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller, who has missed the last four games with a pulled hamstring, is expected to play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, according to Rex Ryan.
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  • Don Banks: In Newton's regression, shades of another recent fal…

    Don Banks: In Newton's regression, shades of another recent fall from grace

    CNNSI.com Oct 9, 2012
    He was dominant in college, and starred as an NFL rookie. Then came the struggles, and the attitude questions. Cam Newton's arc is now looking familiar, writes Don Banks.
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  • Belichick: Welker’s got a good sense of humor

    Belichick: Welker’s got a good sense of humor

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    If Patriots coach Bill Belichick was upset by wide receiver Wes Welker’s comment that it was nice to stick it in the coach’s face after catching 13 balls in the win over the Broncos, he’s not sharing it with the public. Belichick directed questions
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  • Vince Young Just Wants To Talk, Sends Really Sad Tweet To The T…

    Vince Young Just Wants To Talk, Sends Really Sad Tweet To The Titans

    deadspin.com Oct 9, 2012
    Vince Young is broke and out of work, so you'll forgive him if he retweets the occasional encouraging note. Today, for instance, he retweeted a picture from his Titans days, showing him handing the ball off to Chris Johnson. The fun memory became a desp…
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  • Ryan: Jets sticking with struggling Sanchez

    Ryan: Jets sticking with struggling Sanchez

    Mark Sanchez is mired in one of the worst slumps of his career, but he will remain the New York Jets' starting quarterback.
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  • Antrel Rolle said knee pain is “lingering” after hitting camer…

    Antrel Rolle said knee pain is “lingering” after hitting camera

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    Antrel Rolle never imagined his knee would still be sore three weeks after slamming into a cameraman in Charlotte. But the Giants safety said Tuesday on WFAN (via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News) that the knee is a “lingering” issue. Now yo
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  • Kansas City media takes issue with Eric Winston’s rant

    Kansas City media takes issue with Eric Winston’s rant

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    A day after Chiefs right tackle Eric Winston should have gotten a paycheck from ESPN for all the time his face and voice went out over its airwaves, folks in Kansas City are pushing back against the notion that fans cheered the head injury suffered by q…
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  • Alfred Morris has gotten off to a great start

    Alfred Morris has gotten off to a great start

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    When the subject of rookies comes up with the Washington Redskins, the conversation is almost always about Robert Griffin III. That makes sense. It’s a quarterback league, Griffin was the second overall pick and the Redskins have needed a long-term solu
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  • Dolphins RB Bush to become first-time father

    Dolphins RB Bush to become first-time father

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    Reggie Bush is going to become a first-time father.
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  • Norv Turner has no problem with calls in Sunday night loss

    Norv Turner has no problem with calls in Sunday night loss

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    A trio of tough calls helped turn a potential win for the Chargers on Sunday night into a loss.  After the game, however, San Diego coach Norv Turner wasn’t inclined to complain about the officials. As to the roughing the passer call on linebacker Melv
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  • Jon Beason expects to be back in the middle come Week Seven

    Jon Beason expects to be back in the middle come Week Seven

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    The Panthers have been coy about the long-term plans for their linebacking corps, but it sounds like they’ll be sticking with Jon Beason as their middle linebacker a little while longer. Beason missed the loss to the Seahawks with shoulder and knee inju
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  • Cardinals fill roster spot, but not with another RB

    Cardinals fill roster spot, but not with another RB

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    The Cardinals placed running back Ryan Williams on injured reserve this morning, but they didn’t fill his spot with another running back. Instead, they brought back cornerback Crezdon Butler, according to Darren Urban of the team’s official website. T
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  • Former Pats RB Faulk retires, receives praise

    Former Pats RB Faulk retires, receives praise

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    Former New England Patriots running back Kevin Faulk announced his retirement Thursday in a ceremony at Gillette Stadium attended by his coaches and teammates.
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  • PFT Live: Texans talk with James Palmer

    PFT Live: Texans talk with James Palmer

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    Week Five is in the books and we’ll spend some time during Tuesday’s edition of PFT Live talking about one of the two remaining unbeaten teams. James Palmer of CSN Houston will join Mike Florio to talk about the Texans in the wake of their 23-17 win o
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  • Patriots streamline play calling, speed up offense

    Patriots streamline play calling, speed up offense

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    The Patriots’ fast-paced offense gave the Broncos fits on Sunday. And simplifying the play calling was a big part of it. New England used one-word play calls for much of the game against Denver, taking what is ordinarily a mouthful that includes the for
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  • Have N.F.L. Questions? Judy Battista Has Answers

    Have N.F.L. Questions? Judy Battista Has Answers

    nytimes.com Oct 9, 2012
    Judy Battista, the N.F.L. reporter for The Times, will answer questions from readers.
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  • Philip Rivers has seemingly lost his late-game mojo

    Philip Rivers has seemingly lost his late-game mojo

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    There was once a time when Philip Rivers was the guy you wanted on your side, trailing late. But that seems like a long time ago. Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego points out that the Chargers have seemingly lost their knack for comebacks, unable to replicate…
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  • Broncos’ Tony Carter apologizes for tweet about theater shootin…

    Broncos’ Tony Carter apologizes for tweet about theater shooting

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    Broncos cornerback Tony Carter made an incredibly tasteless attempt at a joke on Monday night, referencing the July shooting in a Denver-area theater that left 12 dead and 58 injured. On Tuesday morning he apologized. Carter wrote on Twitter Monday nigh…
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  • Chris Johnson: Titans are not a good team, not even close

    Chris Johnson: Titans are not a good team, not even close

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    The Titans are 1-4, with one win coming by a field goal in overtime, and four losses coming by 21, 28, 24 and 23 points. So it’s not exactly breaking news that they’re not a good team. But it is news when their highest-paid player, running back Chris
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  • Tebow gets seven snaps, exits in goal-line situation

    Tebow gets seven snaps, exits in goal-line situation

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    The Jets continue to stumble when it comes to devising the proper strategy for using quarterback Tim Tebow. Amid rampant reports and speculation that the Jets would make extensive use out of Tebow on Monday night against the Texans, Tebow was involved i…
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  • Bills hope to regroup with an extra week in the West

    Bills hope to regroup with an extra week in the West

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick grew up in Arizona, so he knows about the old hippies and New Agers who flock to Sedona. He might considering leading a field trip of self-discovery this week. “Light some incense,” Fitzpatrick joked with Tim Graham
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  • Schiano’s son suspended for rest of HS season for swearing at r…

    Schiano’s son suspended for rest of HS season for swearing at ref

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano has been preaching discipline at work, but may need to take a bit of that home with him as well. Schiano’s son Joe, a sophomore linebacker at Tampa’s Berkeley Prep, has been suspended for the rest of the season after bein
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  • Tuesday morning one-liners

    Tuesday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    Said Bills LB Nick Barnett, “Going on two weeks and giving up that many run yards and giving up the plays we gave up, it’s disappointing and deflating. I don’t lose hope. I’m going to keep striking and pushing forward because I know we have the po
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  • Cedric Benson has Lisfranc injury, out at least eight weeks

    Cedric Benson has Lisfranc injury, out at least eight weeks

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    Packers running back Cedric Benson said after Sunday’s game that he didn’t think the foot injury he suffered was serious. It appears that he was wrong. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Benson has the Lisfranc foot injury and is expected to miss at l
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  • For Jets, Fourth-Quarter Glimpses of Ground-and-Pound Identity

    For Jets, Fourth-Quarter Glimpses of Ground-and-Pound Identity

    If the injury-depleted Jets are going to find a way to get back on the plus side of .500, re-establishing their ground-and-pound roots would seem to be a necessity.
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  • Foster carries unbeaten Texans to win vs. Jets

    Foster carries unbeaten Texans to win vs. Jets

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    Arian Foster ran for 152 yards and a touchdown, and the Texans stayed unbeaten by defeating the Jets for the first time in team history, hanging on for a 23-17 victory Monday night.
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  • Video - Was hit on Cushing dirty? 01:41

    Was hit on Cushing dirty?

    Oct 9
    Darren Sharper and Heath Evans debate whether the hit that knocked Brian Cushing out for the season was a dirty hit.
  • Video - Prominent QBs struggling 02:31

    Prominent QBs struggling

    Oct 9
    What is wrong with Panthers QB Cam Newton, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Eagles QB Michael Vick? Charlie Casserly explains what each of these quarterbacks needs to do to improve offensively.
  • Video - Will the Dallas Cowboys lose 4 out of 5? 01:58

    Will the Dallas Cowboys lose 4 out of 5?

    Oct 9
    The "NFL Total Access" crew debates whether the Cowboys are struggling enough that they will lose four out of the next five games and fall to 3-6.
  • Video - Brandon Marshall talks chemistry with Jay Cutler 06:12

    Brandon Marshall talks chemistry with Jay Cutler

    Oct 9
    Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall joins "Around the League" to talk about his connection with Jay Cutler and where the team is heading this season.

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    Oct 9
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    Oct 9
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    Oct 9
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    Oct 9
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