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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 wornUpvote Share Tweet
Fans in Kansas City shown in a disparaging lightAfter fans cheer for an injury to Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel, the quality of Kansas City's sports scene has been called into question.Upvote Share TweetAfter 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, andUpvote Share TweetAs 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, thUpvote Share TweetThe 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 stintUpvote Share TweetWashington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has been cleared to practice without contact Wednesday, according to a report by The Washington Post.Upvote Share TweetThe 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Ireland still eyeballs NFL gameWith 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 (whiUpvote Share Tweet
Will Smith complains about “arrogance and agenda” of NFL investigatorsOf 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 sUpvote Share Tweet49ers 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 saidUpvote Share Tweet
Colts make several roster movesBuoyed 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 AntoUpvote Share Tweet
Roger Goodell Reinstates Saints Bounty Program Suspensions, Writes Prickish Letters To Those InvolvedRoger 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…Upvote Share TweetThe 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 aUpvote Share TweetThe 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,Upvote Share TweetLinebacker 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.Upvote Share TweetThe 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 aUpvote Share TweetKyle Williams circled this week's game against the New York Giants as soon as the NFL schedule was released in April.Upvote Share TweetFormer 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…Upvote Share Tweet
NFLPA fires back after bounty discipline announcementIf 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:Upvote Share TweetNFL 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 FujiUpvote Share TweetThe 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 …Upvote Share Tweet
James Harrison Didn't Sack Michael Vick Because He Was "Worried More About A Fine"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…Upvote Share TweetApparently 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 jUpvote Share TweetThe Washington Redskins cut Billy Cundiff on Tuesday, the second time the kicker has been released this season.Upvote Share TweetSo 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 practiceUpvote Share Tweet
Jags announcing 2013 London opponent on ThursdayIt’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 MoUpvote Share Tweet
Outside the Game: Kyle Turley hopes to get back to NFL stadiums - this time, with his bandyahoo.com Oct 9, 2012As 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 …Upvote Share TweetFour 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-…Upvote Share Tweet
Raiders expect Aaron Curry back at practice next weekRaiders 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 oUpvote Share Tweet
T-Rich already a star; more Week 5 Xs & OsCNNSI.com Oct 9, 2012The 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.Upvote Share TweetNew 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.Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Oct 9, 2012He 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.Upvote Share TweetIf 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 questionsUpvote Share Tweet
Vince Young Just Wants To Talk, Sends Really Sad Tweet To The TitansVince 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…Upvote Share TweetMark Sanchez is mired in one of the worst slumps of his career, but he will remain the New York Jets' starting quarterback.Upvote Share Tweet
Antrel Rolle said knee pain is “lingering” after hitting cameraAntrel 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 yoUpvote Share TweetA 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…Upvote Share TweetWhen 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 soluUpvote Share Tweet
Dolphins RB Bush to become first-time fatherReggie Bush is going to become a first-time father.Upvote Share Tweet
Norv Turner has no problem with calls in Sunday night lossA 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 MelvUpvote Share TweetThe 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 injuUpvote Share Tweet
Cardinals fill roster spot, but not with another RBThe 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. TUpvote Share TweetFormer New England Patriots running back Kevin Faulk announced his retirement Thursday in a ceremony at Gillette Stadium attended by his coaches and teammates.Upvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: Texans talk with James PalmerWeek 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 oUpvote Share Tweet
Patriots streamline play calling, speed up offenseThe 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 forUpvote Share Tweet
Have N.F.L. Questions? Judy Battista Has Answersnytimes.com Oct 9, 2012Judy Battista, the N.F.L. reporter for The Times, will answer questions from readers.Upvote Share Tweet
Philip Rivers has seemingly lost his late-game mojoThere 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Broncos’ Tony Carter apologizes for tweet about theater shootingBroncos 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…Upvote Share TweetThe 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 ChrisUpvote Share TweetThe 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Bills hope to regroup with an extra week in the WestBills 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 GrahamUpvote Share Tweet
Schiano’s son suspended for rest of HS season for swearing at refBuccaneers 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 beinUpvote Share TweetSaid 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 poUpvote Share TweetPackers 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 lUpvote Share TweetIf 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.Upvote Share TweetArian 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Was hit on Cushing dirty?Oct 9Darren Sharper and Heath Evans debate whether the hit that knocked Brian Cushing out for the season was a dirty hit.
Prominent QBs strugglingOct 9What 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.
Will the Dallas Cowboys lose 4 out of 5?Oct 9The "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.
Brandon Marshall talks chemistry with Jay CutlerOct 9Chicago 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.
Peter King: Unless he plays smarter, RGIII will lose to Luck in long-term;…Oct 9"I read your story,'' Robert Griffin III told me the night of the NFL Draft in New York. "Interesting."
Suspended New Orleans Saints snared by own wordsOct 9Roger Goodell used the suspended Saints' own words against them in the bounty case, writes Jeffri Chadiha.
Don Banks: In Newton's regression, shades of another recent fall from grac…Oct 9The comparison grows a little more obvious and well-defined as the weeks pass, and so do the concerns. When you watch the early-season struggles of last year's rookie sensation quarterback, Carolina's Cam Newton, it's hard to fight the feeling that perh…
Jim Trotter: Awards Watch: Week 5Oct 9The pulse of the NFL season changes weekly. Every Tuesday, SI.com will break down the front-runners for the major NFL awards.