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So much for protecting whistleblowers. The lengthy memorandum issued by the NFL to all teams on Tuesday regarding the re-issued discipline in the Saints bounty scandal identifies former Vikings defensive lineman Jimmy Kennedy as the person who originall…Share Tweet
Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw made his bones in broadcasting as a happy-go-lucky sort. Now, he’s not happy. He’s not lucky. And he doesn’t go. Except in the middle of the night. Five or six times. Bradshaw has been ripping modern qShare Tweet
Tonight’s Turning Point is must-see TVEvery week, one of the best NFL Films offerings airs exclusively on NBC Sports Network. And you won’t want to miss tonight’s episode of NFL Turning Point. The ultimate turning point came in Indy, where the Colts reversed an 18-point halftime deficitShare TweetThe hit from Jets guard Matt Slauson on Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has launched plenty of stories, here and elsewhere. Was it legal? Was it clean? Will the NFL change the rules to make it not legal? We’ve yet to hear from the guy who received tShare TweetThere was a major sigh of relief at Redskins Park Wednesday when Washington rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III practiced and showed no effects from a mild concussion.Share TweetFLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- Mark Sanchez stood at his locker for 15 minutes and answered every question carefully, making it clear he still believes he's the long-term solution at quarterback for the New York Jets.Share Tweet
Vernon Davis sees difference between Moss and OwensReceiver Terrell Owens and Randy Moss have plenty of detractors. But one NFL player is a big fan of one, and apparently isn’t a fan of the other. 49ers tight end Vernon Davis praised Moss on Wednesday, while in turn taking a bit of a shot at T.O. TheShare Tweet
The weekly PFT coaching hot seatEvery week, we identify the NFL coaches who should be feeling heat from something other than the business end of a victory cigar. This week, the list didn’t change much. Largely because none of the guys on the list last week won their games. Except foShare TweetNormally, you’d have to peel Brandon Jacobs off the ceiling for a game like this week’s 49ers-Giants matchup. But because he hasn’t done much to contribute to the effort, the current 49ers and former Giants running back was subdued when asked aboutShare TweetDETROIT (AP) Alex Karras was one of the NFL's most feared defensive tackles throughout the 1960s, a player who hounded quarterbacks and bulled past opposing linemen.Share Tweet
Jim Harbaugh wants the 49ers to stay paranoidWe got a vintage performance from Tom Coughlin on Wednesday when the coach of the defending Super Bowl champions reached into his well-worn motivational bag of tricks to opine that no one thinks his team can beat the 49ers. Jim Harbaugh has responded wi…Share TweetVictor Cruz said if Carlos Rogers plans to do another salsa imitation dance, he will consider it an insult.Share TweetChiefs right tackle Eric Winston had his say about Chiefs fans Sunday, and stood by it Monday. The guy who signs Winston’s checks weighed in today, defending the bulk of his customers. While Winston raged about the cheers he heard when quarterback MattShare Tweetdeadspin.com Oct 10, 2012The 2-2 Cowboys are playing the Ravens Sunday, and today Tony Romo had a standard conference call with Baltimore reporters. After some questions about Romo's consistency and such, his phone was somehow disconnected. Did Romo intentionally hang up on the…Share TweetThe Dolphins will be trying to even their record at 3-3 against the Rams this Sunday and they hope to have Reggie Bush playing a big role in that effort. Bush has been slowed down by a knee injury in the last couple of weeks and you’ll get a chance to fShare TweetPackers running back Cedric Benson was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, but designated to return.Share TweetJets owner Woody Johnson says backup quarterback Tim Tebow will "be with us for three years," and also backs struggling starter Mark Sanchez.Share TweetThe Colts lost a starting running back for a few weeks when Donald Brown had surgery after tearing cartilage in his knee. He won’t be the only player out of the lineup for some or all of those games. Outside linebacker Robert Mathis is going to be out fShare Tweet
Nick Perry fined $15k for borderline shot on Andrew LuckPackers rookie outside linebacker Nick Perry expected a fine, but not a $15,000 fine. Perry got the huge sanction for last week’s hit on Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, for what appeared to be a facemask-to-shoulder pad shot at the end of a clean run.Share TweetIf rookies on NFL rosters thought that the days of training camp where they carried pads, fetched snacks, were taped to goalposts or thrown into cold tubs were the end of the rookie hazing they'd experience, they are sorely mistaken. Now that they're ea…Share TweetKansas City fans have taken a lot of criticism this week after some of them cheered when struggling Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel went down with a concussion on Sunday. Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel says Chiefs fans don’t deserve criticism, but they do deShare TweetThis morning, Jets owner Woody Johnson made a clear commitment to starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. Johnson also said quarterback Tim Tebow will be with the team for three years, the balance of his rookie deal. This afternoon, coach Rex Ryan indirectl…Share TweetAfter finally getting a pair of key defenders back last week, the Steelers will be without two this week. The Steelers have ruled safety Troy Polamalu (calf) and linebacker Lamarr Woodley (hamstring) out for Thursday’s game at the Titans, according to tShare TweetBuffalo Bills defensive end Mark Anderson is out indefinitely after hurting his left knee in what becomes the latest blow for a porous defense.Share TweetBEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns linebacker Scott Fujita accused Roger Goodell of abusing his power as commissioner for his handling of the New Orleans Saints' bounty case.Share TweetRyan Kalil, the Carolina Panthers' Pro Bowl center, who took out a full-page ad in The Charlotte Observer to promise fans a championship, won't be going to the Super Bowl.Share TweetRashard Mendenhall is back, and the Steelers are overjoyed to have him.Share Tweet
Bountygate: A Circular, Confusing HistoryIf you feel like the N.F.L.'s case against the Saints for a bounty program keeps going around in circles, you are not alone.Share TweetCNNSI.com Oct 10, 2012LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) General manager Phil Emery says the Chicago Bears have not discussed a contract extension with coach Lovie Smith.Share TweetThe Houston Texans have cut return specialist Trindon Holliday and signed linebacker Barrett Rudd in the wake of Brian Cushing's season-ending injury.Share TweetAll those people that Tom Coughlin believes are picking against the Giants this weekend may feel more secure about their decision after a look at the team’s practice report from Wednesday. Seven Giants missed the session, including tight end Martellus BShare TweetIf Eagles quarterback Mike Vick owns a dog again, he’s not saying so. Which means he owns a dog again. “I’m here to strictly talk about football,” Vick said Wednesday, via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, when asked the “yes” or “Share TweetIt didn't make the ESPN broadcast, but legendary defensive end Mark Gastineau was inducted into the New York Jets Ring of Honor on Monday night. He gave an interesting, meandering and sometimes oddly-enunciated speech at halftime of the Jets loss to the…Share Tweet
Plaxico eyeing Bears after injury to WR JefferyESPN.com Oct 10, 2012If the Chicago Bears are looking for a veteran receiver to replace injured rookie Alshon Jeffery, Plaxico Burress said he would be honored to take their phone call.Share TweetThe Vikings didn’t have wide receiver Jerome Simpson at practice on Wednesday, but they don’t expect to be without him much longer than that. Simpson had an MRI after experiencing weakness in his lower left leg during Sunday’s 30-7 win over the TitaShare TweetEarlier this year, playing against the Lions was your ticket of special teams player of the week honors. Suddenly, you have to play for the Rams. Rams punter Johnny Hekker won NFC special teams player of the week honors, the week after teammate Greg Zue…Share TweetCornerback Charles Tillman became the Bears’ all-time leader in defensive touchdowns when he returned a pick for a score in Jacksonville over the weekend. Now he’s the NFC defensive player of the week. Tillman picked up the honor for the second time iShare TweetBall skills usually aren’t part of the requirements to play defensive tackle in the NFL. But for Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks, it’s become a niche. Starks intercepted his third pass in two seasons in last week’s 17-13 win at Cincinnati, thShare TweetColts receiver Reggie Wayne has had a lot of big games in his NFL career, but after many of his biggest games, the bulk of the credit went to his quarterback. Now that Peyton Manning is gone and Andrew Luck has arrived, and Wayne looks as good as ever, …Share TweetGiants coach Tom Coughlin believes that not many are giving the defending world champions a chance to win an NFC Championship Game rematch in San Francisco on Sunday.Share TweetCNNSI.com Oct 10, 2012He has a reputation for being a great player, and prickly person. One of those is true. Get to know the real Philip Rivers, and you'll see he's not at all what you think, Jim Trotter writes.Share TweetThe Colts will be adding a rookie running back next to their rookie quarterback in the starting lineup for the next few weeks. Interim coach Bruce Arians announced Wednesday that running back Donald Brown underwent knee surgery this week and that he wil…Share TweetIt’s looking more likely that Brady Quinn will start at quarterback for the Chiefs this weekend. Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star reports that Matt Cassel has not yet been cleared to return to action after suffering a concussion in last Sunday’s 9Share Tweet
PFT Live: Saints talk with Mike Triplett and the coaching hot seatIf it’s Wednesday, that means it is time for PFT Live‘s weekly look at which coaches are feeling their seats getting warm. It’s still early to make such determinations, although five games is certainly enough to give some credence to any thoughts abShare TweetSteelers kicker Shaun Suisham kicked the game-winning field goal on Sunday against the Eagles, and as a result he’s been named the AFC’s special teams player of the week. Suisham went 3-for-3 on field goals, connecting once from 20 yards and twice froShare TweetIt’s been a pretty good week for Saints quarterback Drew Brees. His team finally won a game in its fifth try, he broke Johnny Unitas’ long-standing record for most games with a touchdown pass and, on Wednesday, he was named the NFC offensive player ofShare Tweet
Stephen Ross calls getting a No. 1 receiver the top Dolphins offseason priorityWe aren’t even at the halfway point of the 2012 season, but the Dolphins are already putting together their plans for the offseason. That was the message owner Stephen Ross sent to team employees at a meeting last month, according to Mike Beradino of thShare TweetJay Cutler knows it looks like he doesn’t care for Mike Tice, but according to him, nothing could be further from the truth. Cutler told Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times that Tice’s background as a player, and the versatility that gives him, boughShare Tweet
Anonymous GM's rip job fires up Lions' RaiolaESPN.com Oct 10, 2012At 1-3 and last in the NFC North, the Detroit Lions are one of the NFL's biggest early-season disappointments. Now, a rival executive has called them "overrated," a label that isn't sitting well with Detroit's players.Share Tweet
New bounty ruling seems destined for return to internal appeals panelOnly one thing is clear in the wake of Tuesday’s re-issued bounty suspensions: It won’t be over until it’s over, and it still won’t be over for a long time. Based on public statements we’ve received and private communications in which we’veShare TweetSaid Bills LB Nick Barnett of giving up 1,201 yards over the last two games, “The way they were running the ball on us, I’ve never been a part of two weeks like that ever.” Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman says he hasn’t given his playeShare Tweet
Packers player says “refs are out to get us”Buried at the very bottom of an article regarding the problem with yellow flags that’s plaguing a team whose fans wear large yellow foam hats is a contention that borders on the outlandish. “It’s definitely on us as players,” an unnamed Packer tolShare Tweet
Kenny Britt feeling closer to his old selfIt has been a long time since we’ve seen the Kenny Britt whose athleticism made him a game-changing wide receiver for the Titans. A serious knee injury, knee surgery, a suspension and a recent ankle issue have combined to keep Britt either out of the liShare TweetIn 2011, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers enjoyed one of the best single seasons in NFL history. He completed 343 passes in 502 attempts for a 68.3 completion rate, 4,643 yards, 45 touchdowns, and just six interceptions. The Packers were boun…Share Tweet
Cardinals should make a call for Chris JohnsonAs more and more teams that don’t have franchise quarterbacks are embracing the combination of stout defense and a potent running game, one of the teams applying that approach has seen its running game decimated by injury. The Cardinals have lost BeanieShare Tweet
Eagles shuffle the bottom of the LB depth chart againAdrien Moten’s chance to impress on special teams lasted exactly one week, after replacing starter Brian Rolle. The Eagles have swapped out linebackers for the second week in a row, cutting Moten and signing Jason Williams, according to the PhiladelphiaShare Tweet
Titans’ Griffin fined $21K, thinks NFL puts players “in a tough spot”Titans safety Michael Griffin said last week that he felt like he didn’t know how to play defense in the NFL, because everyone tells you your job is to deliver big hits - right up until the point when the NFL docks your pay for delivering a big hit. WShare TweetAs many critics had warned, the Jets haven't been able to find harmony or a consistent role for Tim Tebow.Share Tweet
Absurdly premature 2012 playoff picture: Week 5Top AFC seeds: Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens Other AFC division champs: New England Patriots, Denver Broncos AFC wild cards: Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers Top NFC seeds: Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers Other NFC division champs: Minnes…Share Tweet
Terrell Owens is last thing struggling NY Jets need to add to this mix; same goes for Chad Johnson, Plaxico Burressnydailynews.com Oct 10, 2012Terrell Owens can rent a billboard in Times Square professing his love for the Jets, he can swear he will not say one derogatory word about Mark Sanchez, he can even promise Woody Johnson he will vote for Mitt Romney, and here’s what the Jets will contiShare Tweetgrantland.com Oct 10, 2012Earlier this week, Pro Football Weekly ran a fairly rabble-rousing story in which a rival GM made his thoughts known about the surprising start for ...Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Bears Defense Continues To ImpressOct 10Episode 204: Herm Edwards discusses the success of the Bears defense. The NFL32 crew breaks down the Patriots-Seahawks matchup.
Do your jobOct 10Why is Heath Evans saying that Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson should not be blamed for his struggles on certain runs? Evans gives some in-depth analysis on this Thursday night's matchup.
Is the Baltimore Ravens' defense in trouble?Oct 10Should the Baltimore Ravens be concerned that the Dallas Cowboys believe this week's game will give them a chance to get their offense going? Jeff Darlington has the latest on this week's matchup.
Giants Vs. 49ers PreviewOct 10NFL Live looks ahead to the matchup between the Giants and 49ers.