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The Steelers will have to wait for their first road victory of the season. Rob Bironas chipped in a 40-yard field goal as time expired to help Tennessee hold off visiting Pittsburgh 26-23.Upvote Share Tweet
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Ben Roethlisberger has passed Terry Bradshaw as the Pittsburgh Steelers' career passing leader, and he needed fewer games to reach that mark.Upvote Share Tweet42-year-old William "Christopher" Pettry was a resident of Lake Villa, Ill., and a longtime Chicago Bears fan. He was in Jacksonville last Sunday to watch his team beat the Jaguars, 41-3. Hours before the game, Pettry went to an Irish restaura…Upvote Share TweetPittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey injured his right leg on the Steelers' first offensive play from scrimmage against Tennessee on Thursday night, and will not return.Upvote Share TweetEver since the Cleveland Browns either misdiagnosed Colt McCoy's concussion (or didn't diagnose it at all) late last season, the NFL has put forth the appearance that it is far more proactive when it comes to protecting players from returning to games a…Upvote Share TweetMike Wallace has shown once again why he may be the best deep threat in the NFL. After the Steelers and Titans traded field goals on Thursday night, it was Wallace who gave the Steelers an early lead by catching a deep ball from Ben Roethlisberger and r…Upvote Share Tweet
Of whistleblowers and witnessesWhen it comes to the Saints’ bounty scandal, the NFL has said that whistleblowers must be protected at all costs. When it comes to the original whistleblower in the Saints’ bounty scandal, the NFL inexplicably outed former Vikings defensive tackle JUpvote Share TweetCalvin Johnson said Thursday he returned to a game against the Minnesota Vikings earlier this season after suffering a concussion. Johnson told the Detroit Free Press he suffered a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit from Chad Greenway.Upvote Share Tweet
Bills-Cardinals game is a selloutThe Arizona Cardinals have announced that their home game against the Bills has been sold out, according to the team’s official website. It’s the 69th (yep, Beavis) straight sellout of a Cardinals game at the University of Phoenix Stadium. The fact thUpvote Share TweetNew England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes says he was joking when he tweeted that he was "homophobic."Upvote Share TweetOn the same day Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was featured on this page in response to allegations that he’s not showing enough fight on the field, he’s showing too much fight off it. Allegedly. According to FOX 2 in Detroit, Steve Vines claimsUpvote Share TweetWith Steelers safety Troy Polamalu out after re-aggravating his calf injury, Will Allen is in tonight’s starting lineup. The Steelers announced that Allen - and not Ryan Mundy, who started the first three games of the season, first in place of startinUpvote Share TweetEvery Thursday morning, we unveil the respective picks from MDS and yours truly. Every Thursday afternoon, MDS joins PFT Live to discuss the games on which we disagree - and other games that make us nervous. Today, we talked Vikings-Redskins, Broncos-Upvote Share TweetThe NFL has fined Jets guard Matt Slauson for his ACL-tearing blow to Texans linebacker Brian Cushing, reportedly claiming that the hit constitutes an illegal “peel back” block. So what is a “peel back” block? Here’s the rule, from Rule 12, SeUpvote Share Tweet49ers running back Brandon Jacobs expressed frustration at not playing in a game for the 49ers yet this season because he feels he’s totally recovered from the knee injury he suffered in the preseason. Jacobs said that he was healthy enough to play in eUpvote Share TweetVikings defensive end Everson Griffen will be away from the team, after the sudden and unexpected death of his mother on Wednesday. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Griffen’s mother was visiting her son in the Twin Cities when she died. The cause is noUpvote Share Tweet
Packers still missing three key playersAs the Packers prepare for a must-win game that based on their remaining schedule really isn’t, they’re still missing three of their key players. Actually, four. But there’s no way one of them - running back Cedric Benson - will be back by SunUpvote Share TweetPHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who served 18 months in prison on dogfighting charges, has confirmed that he owns a dog.Upvote Share TweetRedskins quarterback Robert Griffin III appears set to return to the starting lineup on Sunday, a week after he was knocked out of a game with a concussion. And the Redskins see no need to change their offense to protect Griffin from another concussion.…Upvote Share TweetNot so long ago, Jets linebacker Bart Scott uttered some immortal words: "We take a lot of slack, people gave us no chance... we're a good football team." This is not the rhetoric emerging from Cleveland now, but it should be. Instead, we have…Upvote Share TweetDespite catching just four passes for 59 yards in last Sunday's win over the Cincinnati Bengals - nearly 200 fewer yards than he had the week before against the Arizona Cardinals - Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline remains the NFL's leader iUpvote Share Tweet
NFL refutes claim that pink merchandise profits are not going where they shouldIt's October, which means that the NFL will have its member clubs wearing all sorts of pink paraphernalia to raise awareness for breast cancer. The NFL's official campaign, entitled "A Crucial Catch," has become a major initiative. The NFL, it…Upvote Share Tweet
Reggie Bush back on the Dolphins injury reportDolphins running back Reggie Bush wasn’t on the team’s injury report Wednesday, which suggested the knee issue that’s been bothering him for the last few weeks was no longer a concern. That suggestion may have been premature. Bush popped up on the iUpvote Share TweetThe Rams are 3-2 and playing their best football in some time, so the Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network crew will be chatting with one of the guys responsible for the turnaround. Defensive end Chris Long will speak with Erik Kuselias on Thursday a…Upvote Share Tweet
Broncos claim Holiday in hopes of boost to return gameWaived yesterday by the Texans, return specialist Trindon Holiday wasn’t out of work long. According to his agent’s Twitter account, Holiday was claimed Thursday by the Denver Broncos. The 5-foot-5 Holiday scored three touchdowns on returns in the preUpvote Share Tweet
Adrian Peterson: Of course I want to run over DeJon GomesVikings running back Adrian Peterson returns to FedEx Field this Sunday for the first time since his 2011 season ended with a torn ACL he thinks occurred on a hit by Redskins safety DeJon Gomes. Peterson said Thursday that he felt “99.9 percent” sureUpvote Share Tweet
Documentary Promises the Personal Side of L.T.An coming documentary on the life of Lawrence Taylor promises to shed life on the personal life as well as the career of the former Giants star.Upvote Share TweetThe disconnect between the Jets and the Texans over the block that ended Brian Cushing’s season continues, with those in New York saying Matt Slauson did nothing wrong when he hit Cushing in the knee from behind, and those in Houston saying the block waUpvote Share TweetRedskins defensive end Adam Carriker made a bet with former pro wrestler Bill Goldberg. If the Washington Redskins had beaten the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday, Goldberg, a former Atlanta Falcon, would've had to wear a Washington Redskins jersey. If the F…Upvote Share Tweet
A Siena College Baseball Player Is Failing Drawing Class, According To An Academic Advisor Who Emailed The Wrong PersonWe got the following email from a reader this afternoon: More »Upvote Share TweetDemaryius Thomas wants to reduce his fumbles, and the easiest way to do that is to not play. That’s probably not an ideal option. But Thomas has a hip injury. According to Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post, he was limited in practice on Thursday, the fUpvote Share TweetDallas Cowboys starting outside linebacker Anthony Spencer said he expects to play in Sunday's game at the Baltimore Ravens. Spencer missed the Week 4 loss to the Chicago Bears with a pectoral muscle injury.Upvote Share TweetReceiver Hakeem Nicks has not played since the second week of the season, but there remains a possibility that he could be on the field against San Francisco.Upvote Share Tweet
Fox Officiating Expert Mike Pereira Once Tried To Get Help From The Replay BoothOn Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, the Philadelphia Eagles hosted the Green Bay Packers in an NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field. It was Fox's first postseason broadcast that season, which meant that it was the first opportunity for the network…Upvote Share TweetWhen the New York Giants lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the regular season last year, 49ers defensive back Carlos Rogers snared a pair of interceptions. He also broke out a mock version of Victor Cruz's salsa dance, which Cruz did not like. A couple…Upvote Share Tweet
William Powell waited for the shot he’s getting nowWhen Ryan Williams was injured, the Cardinals were willing to go with the running backs they have on hand because they trusted them. Even though one of them was working in a Best Buy warehouse a year ago. William Powell could actually be the main ball-c…Upvote Share Tweet
Rams-Dolphins game will be televised in MiamiIt’s not known how many tickets were sold to Sunday’s game between the Rams and Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. It is known, however, that the Dolphins have complied with the NFL requirements for games to be broadcast locally. It’s known because theUpvote Share TweetIndianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis is out two to three weeks with a sprained left knee, defensive coordinator Greg Manusky confirmed Thursday.Upvote Share TweetChicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher admitted Thursday that he's been somewhat of a spectator during his team's strong start, but he maintained he could return to an All Pro level despite a knee injury that he said will neverUpvote Share Tweet
Dennis Dillon: Chiefs' Charles right back at it as NFL's best big-play backTorn ACL recovery is usually a process, but nothing about Jamaal Charles is slow. Gone last year, Charles is quickly picking back up as the NFL's best big-play back, Dennis Dillon writes.Upvote Share Tweet
Ten things you can expect to see in Week 6Last week: 4-6 (.400); Season record: 17-33 (.340)Upvote Share TweetLions running back Jahvid Best has missed a full year after suffering two concussions early in the 2011 season, but he hopes he is less than 24 hours away from being cleared to return. Best said on Thursday that he has gone through a battery of tests an…Upvote Share TweetWith all the problems in New York, one of the most glaring hasn’t gotten nearly enough attention. Shonn Greene, the supposed centerpiece of the ground-and-pound offense, has been doing more grounding than pounding. But coach Rex Ryan, who may or may notUpvote Share Tweet
Brandon Weeden: I have to get rid of the egoHeading into the draft there were questions about Brandon Weeden’s age leaving teams to make different decisions than they might when considering a typical rookie quarterback. Through five games, Weeden has shown one clear similarity with many of the moUpvote Share Tweet
Tim Tebow Is Destroying The Jets Before He Even Has A Chance To Destroy Them As A StarterDrew Magary's Thursday Afternoon NFL Dick Joke Jamboroo runs every Thursday during the NFL season. More »Upvote Share TweetRavens linebacker Ray Lewis sent a message to the Cowboys running game. And Cowboys fullback Lawrence Vickers said he’s not backing down. During a conference call with Dallas media, Lewis said the Ravens had other plans if the Cowboys wanted to try to fUpvote Share TweetShould you mention the idea of Tony Romo holding for a kick, you can be pretty sure what the response will be. Are you crazy? Don’t you remember what happened in Seattle during the playoffs? That’s not really the end of Romo’s holding story, though.Upvote Share Tweet
Brees says bounty penalties based on 'rhetoric'Drew Brees said Thursday that commissioner Roger Goodell seems to have changed his reasoning for punishing Jonathan Vilma and Scott Fujita based on the letters the commissioner sent to both players in re-issuing their suspensions.Upvote Share TweetTo no surprise, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ home game against the Chiefs will be blacked out. The team has announced the fact that the game won’t be televised in the Tampa area, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. Even with the Bucs takingUpvote Share Tweet
Jets lose Ellis 4 to 6 weeks to sprained left kneeThe New York Jets will be without defensive end Kenrick Ellis for 4-6 weeks with what coach Rex Ryan labeled a "significant" knee injury.Upvote Share Tweet
Falcons’ bandwagon is growingBeing undefeated has its benefits. Apart from receiving extra praise and/or pastries from family, friends, and fans, more people want to watch the games. In Atlanta, they are. According to Tim Tucker of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Falcons hav…Upvote Share Tweet
Pete Carroll: Matt Flynn is ready, but Russell Wilson is our guyEarly this month, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was saying that any questions about benching Russell Wilson for Matt Flynn were moot because Flynn wasn’t ready to play because of a sore elbow. Now Carroll says Flynn is ready. But he’s sticking with WilsUpvote Share TweetKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel has been ruled out for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay with a concussion, and Brady Quinn will start an NFL game for the first time since the 2009 season.Upvote Share TweetRunning back Darren McFadden has been healthy through the first four games of the Raiders season, but their rushing attack has not been as robust as hoped. The team is dead last in the NFL with 60.8 rushing yards per game and getting better was a point …Upvote Share Tweet
Troy Aikman Calls Dallas Fans A Bunch Of BandwagonersWhen Brandon Marshall called Chicago's win over the Cowboys two weeks ago-at Cowboys Stadium-a "home game", he wasn't kidding. The Bears jumped out to an early lead, never looked back, and received an increasing percentage of the cheers as the game weUpvote Share Tweet
Move over, Packers and Lions, Leslie Frazier has Minnesota Vikings playing like NFC North contendersIt's bottoms up in the NFC North where the Packers and Lions were expected to fight things out for the division. But in perhaps the biggest of surprises of the NFL season, the Vikings have stormed out to a 4-1 record matched by the Bears.Upvote Share Tweet
Week 6 picks: The Pats' offense is a juggernaut, but unstoppabl…The Pats' offense is a juggernaut, but unstoppable? The Seattle crowd, and a crazed pass rush, will have something to say about that, Peter King writes as he picks Week 6's games.Upvote Share TweetIt was the kind of thing that could have easily landed Bears rookie defensive end Shea McClellin on the sequel to Broke. Instead, after a brief scare, he realized it was all just a joke. After taking the defensive line and a few linebackers out for a Ro…Upvote Share Tweet
Jake Delhomme understands the pressure on Cam NewtonThere are no real one-to-one correlations to Cam Newton’s place in Charlotte right now. Prior to the Panthers drafting him first overall last year, the city’s biggest sports personality was a basketball player with a national shoe deal which requiredUpvote Share TweetChargers left tackle Jared Gaither gave up the game-sealing sack at the end of Sunday night’s loss to the Saints, and Chargers coach Norv Turner says Gaither shouldn’t have been on the field. Turner said on Wednesday that Gaither strained his groin aUpvote Share Tweet
Watt loses a sack, Ben picks up a scoreWhen it comes to football, the only thing final about a game is the final score. The stats can and do change, and a pair of them did this week. According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Elias Sports Bureau has stripped a sack from Texans …Upvote Share TweetLONDON (AP) The San Francisco 49ers will return to Wembley Stadium to play an NFL regular-season game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013.Upvote Share TweetNo 49ers player has more to make amends for this weekend than Kyle Williams. Which is why he didn’t bother trying to make Sunday’s NFC Championship Game rematch with the Giants just another game. “After what happened last year, I definitely want toUpvote Share Tweet
49ers QB Smith says sprained finger 'fine'Alex Smith's sprained middle finger shouldn't be a problem when the San Francisco 49ers host the New York Giants on Sunday in the anticipated rematch of last season's NFC Championship Game.Upvote Share Tweet
Seahawks say they’re ready for the furious challenge of New England’s offenseSEATTLE -- The New England Patriots are expected to field a typically explosive offense when they travel across the country to meet up with the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. But there is a new kind of contender that awaits Bill Belichick's team…Upvote Share Tweet
Caliendo joins ESPN: If ESPN didn’t plan it this way, it should have…If ESPN didn’t plan it this way, it should have. After ESPN boosted Rob Riggle’s sports cred by having him host the ESPYs, FOX hired Riggle to supplant Frank Caliendo as the host of the comic-relief-and-picks segment on the FOX pregame show. But RigUpvote Share TweetA reeling Bills defense is hoping a reeling Cardinals offense is what they need to get on track. This will be popular in South Florida: A rational defense of Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland. Patriots rookie CB Alfonzo Dennard is earning more reps (with others …Upvote Share Tweet
N.F.L. Week 6 Game Probabilities: Penalizing PittsburghWhat has been holding the Steelers back is their penalty rate. They have a league-worst rate of 0.7 penalty yards per play; the league average is 0.4 yards per play.Upvote Share TweetScott Fujita lashed out at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday, saying that Goodell’s actions in the Saints bounty case have been detrimental to the league. Now Saints quarterback Drew Brees has weighed in, saying he feels the same way. “I agrUpvote Share Tweet
Terrell Owens: Desperate Jets need meTerrell Owens wrote on Twitter during the Jets’ loss on Monday night that he’s available if the Jets want him. But the Jets don’t want him. So now Owens is turning up the heat on the Jets. In an interview on TSN, Owens said the fact that the Jets arUpvote Share TweetThe movie and television actor should also be remembered as one of the N.F.L.'s defensive stars of the 1960s.Upvote Share Tweet
NY Giants' Justin Tuck held without a quarterback sack so far, and that needs to change for Big BlueAs the NFL heads into the sixth weekend of the 2012 season, there have been 201 players who have registered sacks, starting with Houston’s J.J. Watt, who leads with 8.5, all the way down to the 22 players who barely make the list with a half-sack apieceUpvote Share TweetThere is no cover, no escape from the relentless pounding that Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez continue to take over the Tim Tebow question.Upvote Share Tweet
The Trenchie Awards: Houston's Zone Blocking, the Rams' Rushers, and the Best Line Play From Week 5In 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...Upvote Share Tweet
The Sports Guy's Thursday NFL PickThe Tennessee Titans have been outscored 88-181 through five weeks, which means they're giving up an astonishing 36.2 points per game. They're on pace...Upvote Share Tweet
The Hidden Factors for Winning in the NFLWith 20 quarters in the books for 26 of the league's 32 teams, now seems like a good time to take a quick look back at the first five weeks of the yea...Upvote Share Tweet
Brian Urlacher Still Battling PCLOct 11Brian Urlacher vows return to elite level of play despite knee injury.
Hot Button: 2012 or 2006?Oct 11ESPN's Michele Steele and Lomas Brown on if the 2012 Bears defense is better than the 2006 squad.
An Early Evaluation of the BearsOct 11ESPN's Michele Steele and Lomas Brown breakdown the Chicago Bears through the first five games.
Big Ben all about winningOct 11Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger may not put up flashy statistics, but he does have a proven track record of winning. Kurt Warner digs deeper into the two-time Super Bowl champion's will to win.
John Clayton's Last CallOct 11Upsets. Crazy plays. Debatable play calls. Incredible kicks. Week 6 had it all, writes John Clayton.
Peter King: Week 6 PicksOct 11Last week: 12-2, .857. Year to date: 43-34, .558 Pittsburgh 27, Tennessee 14. The talk in Pittsburgh will be about Ben Roethlisberger?s shot at breaking Terry Bradshaw?s record for career passing yards?he needs a 300-yard game in Nashville to do it?but …
Biggest NFL games of Week 6 -- John Clayton's First & 10Oct 11It's a crucial weekend for three slumping NFC teams, writes John Clayton.
The Sports Guy's Thursday NFL PickOct 11The Tennessee Titans have been outscored 88-181 through five weeks, which means they're giving up an astonishing 36.2 points per game. They're on pace...