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The line between pro football and pro wrestling will further be blurred on Sunday. That’s when WWE star John Cena serves as the honorary captain of the Jets before Sunday’s game against the Colts, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.Share Tweet
A Los Angeles County judge on Friday ordered that Anthony Wayne Smith, a defensive lineman who played for eight years in the 1990s for the NFL's Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders, must stand trial for four murders.Share TweetJerry Jones’s new stadium is big and fancy, but it doesn’t necessarily give the Cowboys much of a home-field advantage. That’s the word from Hall of Fame former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, who says he doesn’t think Dallas fans are the type toShare TweetThe Achilles injury Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall suffered in Thursday night's loss to the Tennessee Titans is minor, a person who has spoken to the player told NFL.com on Friday.Share Tweet
McCarthy doesn’t want “punk, loser mentality” in Green BayAfter going 15-1 last season, the Packers are off to a 2-3 start this season, making them one of the NFL’s most disappointing teams. But Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy better not hear anyone talking about panicking. Asked at his press conference whetherShare TweetDEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Police in a Detroit suburb say they have closed their investigation into a traffic accident involving Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh (ehn-DAHM'-uh-kehn soo).Share Tweet
Saints players appeal new bounty-gate penaltiesNEW ORLEANS (AP) -- All four players punished in the NFL's bounty investigation have filed appeals with the league. People familiar with the situation say the players have asked Commissioner Roger Goodell to remove himself as arbitrator because they do …Share TweetColts defensive end Cory Redding picked up a costly unnecessary roughness penalty for a hit on Packers running back Cedric Benson on Sunday, and he wasn’t happy about it. He’s not happy about it after being fined, either. Redding has been fined $7,875Share TweetCoach Rex Ryan said that Darrelle Revis will have surgery on his torn ACL next Thursday and that the Jets will place the cornerback on season-ending injured reserve.Share Tweet
Week Six injury report roundupWe cover all of the biggest injury stories throughout the week and 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. Bills at Cardinals The BillShare Tweet
Jim Harbaugh Is A Crazy PersonOn Thursday, Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride expressed some moderate displeasure with the technique of Niners defensive end Justin Smith. Smith is one big part of the Niners' stellar front seven-he clears space for the run-stopping linebackeShare TweetCHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears are on a bye this week, but Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte stayed in town to visit with students at Tilden High School on the city's South Side. As a part of Duracell's #TrustYourPower campaign, Forte surprised the student…Share TweetWashington Redskins first round quarterback Robert Griffin practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Griffin suffered a concussion in last week's loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Wide receiver Pierre Garcon (…Share TweetEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has practiced for the second straight day and there is a chance he will play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers in a rematch of the NFC title game.Share TweetIt doesn't generally take a lot to annoy San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh -- the man is a great football mind, but one suspects that he'd wake up grumpy about a failed third-down conversion that happened five years ago if he was vacationing i…Share Tweet
Titans S Griffin ($21k) headlines Week 5 finesTennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin has been fined $21,000 by the NFL for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Vikings wide receiver Michael Jenkins.Share TweetOne of the biggest plays of Sunday night’s Chargers-Saints game came when Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw an interception that Chargers linebacker Demorrio Williams returned for a touchdown - only to have the touchdown called back on a roughing thShare Tweet
Redskins' RG3 full-go at practice, set to playWashington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is still on track to start Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.Share TweetThe Monday night battle for first place in the AFC West will not be blacked out. The Chargers announced today that their upcoming home game against the Broncos will be shown on local television. However, the game is not a sellout: The team said some tic…Share TweetPro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network will be getting a jump on Sunday with a pair of players from the AFC North on Friday afternoon. Erik Kuselias will speak with Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith ahead of this weekend’s date with the Cowboys. SmithâShare Tweet
Dre Kirkpatrick is close to making his debutThe Bengals secondary has gotten healthier in the last couple of weeks, but they still haven’t been able to see what first-round pick Dre Kirkpatrick can do in a game. Kirkpatrick hurt his knee before training camp and then aggravated the injury in campShare TweetOn Wednesday, the mother of Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen died suddenly while visiting Griffen in Minnesota. On Friday, Griffen rejoined the team - and he is expected to play on Sunday. “He said he felt like this is what his mom would want hShare TweetNew York Jets tight end Dustin Keller is expected to play Sunday against the visiting Indianapolis Colts after missing each game since Week 1 with a hamstring injury.Share TweetRedskins quarterback Robert Griffin III practiced fully on Friday and it looks like he will be in the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Vikings. Griffin III has not experienced any setbacks in his recovery from a concussion, although he still must goShare Tweet
Even If Icing The Kicker Doesn't Work, It's Better Than Never Icing The KickerMike Tomlin iced the kicker twice last night, but with an unfortunate twist: First, he called a timeout on his own kicker, Shaun Suisham, who proceeded to miss a 54-yarder. Then he stopped the Titans' Rob Bironas just as he was about to attempt the game…Share Tweet
College coaches wanted to make J.J. Watt an OTJ.J. Watt has become one of the dominant defensive linemen in the NFL. But if his coaches at Central Michigan would have had their way, he’d be playing offense. According to 49ers left tackle Joe Staley, the Chippewas wanted to convert Watt from tight eShare TweetIf today is the day that doctors clear Lions running back Jahvid Best to return to the field after a year off following two concussions, the Lions aren’t letting on. Although Best expressed optimism that he could be cleared today, Lions coach Jim SchwarShare TweetWith a selfish act, Joe Haden damaged more than his reputation.Share Tweet
Cowboys welcome three starters back to lineup this weekThe Cowboys know they’ll have three starters back in the lineup at Baltimore Sunday, and are awaiting word on a fourth. Nose tackle Jay Ratliff (ankle), defensive end Kenyon Coleman (knee) and center Phil Costa (back) were all listed as probable, accordShare TweetAnthony Spencer's pectoral strain could keep him out of a second straight game and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan isn't so sure the Cowboys' outside linebacker will be able to play anytime soon.Share Tweet
League doesn’t fine Harrison SmithLast month, Pats coach Bill Belichick was fined $50,000 for grabbing an official by the arm after a game. Now, Vikings safety Harrison Smith has been fined nothing for shoving an official during a game. The league office tells PFT that Smith, who was e…Share Tweet
For many 49ers, the bitterness toward Giants remainsKyle Williams isn’t the only 49ers player who looks at this week’s game with the Giants as a chance at redemption. From top to bottom of the 49ers roster, there’s a pain that came with last year’s loss in the NFC Championship Game that they can’Share TweetAnyone familiar with the film The Program likely remembers that James Caan, playing a college football coach, had Omar Epps, playing a fumble-prone freshman running back in love with Halle Berry, carry a football around campus with him so that he could …Share Tweet
Jared Allen says his knee is as valuable as Tom Brady’sDefensive players are beginning to revolt against the NFL’s protection of the knees of quarterbacks, at the expense of the knees of other players. Vikings defensive end Jared Allen thinks it shouldn’t be that way. And he made his point in referenceShare TweetWe mentioned earlier today that Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings wasn’t making positive noises when asked if he’d play this week. Now we know why. The Packers have officially ruled Jennings out for Sunday night’s game at Houston, according to JasShare Tweet
Bucs go with ticketless ticketsThe team that hasn’t had to print an abundance of tickets lately could soon have to print none. The Buccaneers have become the first team to use paperless ticketing, with tickets purchased via a smartphone - and the phone then scanned upon entry to thShare Tweet
The NFL protects defenseless players, but not if they’re on defenseThe season-ending knee injury suffered by Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing in the first half of Houston's 23-17 Monday night win over the New York Jets has spun more outrage than the NFL would like. In a league culture that preaches player safety…Share Tweet
Bengals Cheerleader Who Humped High School Student: "We Still Haven't Been On Our First Date Yet"Now that all that messy business of sleeping with one of her former students is behind her, Sarah Jones and that former student are ready to consummate their relationship, perhaps by having dinner and seeing a movie. More »Share TweetDrew Stanton was a Jet for all of a week. He signed to be the backup to Mark Sanchez, but other events intervened. Peyton Manning decided on the Broncos, so Tim Tebow became expendable. The Jets traded for Tebow, at a not-insignificant cost in both draf…Share Tweet
Mark Sanchez, Peyton Manning, the Giants: Answers to Readers' Questionsnytimes.com Oct 12, 2012Judy Battista, the N.F.L. reporter for The Times, answers questions from readers.Share Tweet
Browns could be down 2 defensive startersBrowns defensive starters Ahtyba Rubin and Scott Fujita both missed practice and may sit out Sunday's game against Cincinnati.Share TweetThe widow of a slain Bears fan killed in Jacksonville last weekend has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the community, and from the Bears. Several players have reached out to support the family, and tight end Kellen Davis has organized…Share Tweet
Dennis Dillon: Week 6 Spotlight: Packers-TexansThe Texans have cemented themselves as Super Bowl contenders. How will they fare against the Packers, expected contenders who are just 2-3? Dennis Dillon breaks it down.Share TweetNew Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has filed his appeal of the season-long suspension with an intriguing strategy.Share TweetBaltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis -- a 13-time Pro Bowler and one of the NFL's all-time great linebackers -- was asked if he still has "it."Share Tweet
Officiating talk on today’s PFT LiveThe replacement refs are gone, but questions about the officiating remain. So it’s a good thing we’ve got former NFL official and NBC officiating consultant Jim Daopoulos on call. Daopoulos will join Mike Florio once again on Pro Football Talk Live toShare Tweet
Colts quickly lose waivers dibsOne of the few benefits of a disastrous season, apart from getting the first pick in the draft, is the fact that the worst team in the league has the first crack at every player who is waived, through the day after the Super Bowl through the third week …Share Tweet
With Jeffery out, Bears won’t be adding a wideoutThe Chicago Bears won’t have rookie wideout Alshon Jeffery for at least a couple of weeks, thanks to a broken bone in his hand. But that doesn’t mean they’ll be adding any receivers to replace him. G.M. Phil Emery says that no free-agent wideoutsShare TweetLast week, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick created a stir when he tweeted what appeared to be a Rockwellian picture of himself playing on his iPad while his daughter studied at the kitchen table. The stir occurred when people noticed a box …Share TweetWith Jaguars owner Shahid Khan promoting the team’s impending annual trips to London, Khan has suggested that more games could be played by the Jaguars in London based on how well the team is received from 2013 through 2016. “In the course of the nextShare TweetCarlos Rogers won't be doing any salsa dancing on the field Sunday.Share TweetNot a week goes by without an NFL player posting something stupid on Twitter. This week it’s Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes‘ turn. Spikes took to Twitter on Wednesday and posted what appears to be a joke stolen from British comedian Jack WhitehallShare Tweet
Instead of Rich Bartel, Sam Acho got to hang with Clinton and BushCardinals linebacker Sam Acho was just going to hang out with a former teammate, quarterback Rich Bartel, Wednesday night. Instead, he got to meet a pair of former Presidents. Acho was able to drag Bartel along when, at the invitation he wide receiver L…Share Tweet
Ben Roethlisberger Is Not ImpressedTennessee upset Pittsburgh last night in a Thursday Night Football game full of exciting field goals and the sort of play that led most viewers to seek out more compelling sports TV on TBS or TNT. A last-second field goal by Rob Bironas-his fourth of thShare TweetThe Steelers blew a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter against a Titans team that made a habit out of getting blown out in the first five weeks of the season. It’s their third road loss in three road games this season to teams that have gone a combiShare Tweet
Mario Williams finally lands on injury reportIn a move that serves only to highlight the team’s failure to disclose Mario Williams‘ wrist injury at any point during the first five weeks of the regular season, the Bills have disclosed Mario Williams’ wrist injury on both injury reports releasedShare TweetBills RB Tashard Choice tried to rally his teammates with a speech following last week’s loss. It looks like WR Jabar Gaffney will play for the Dolphins this Sunday. Moving Rob Ninkovich to defensive end has worked out well for the Patriots. Jets RB ShoShare Tweet
Finley reiterates lack of chemistry with RodgersThings aren’t going well this year for the Packers, and it’s creating frustration. Which is leading to guys saying things that maybe they shouldn’t be saying. The latest guy to let his frustration become verbalized is tight end Jermichael Finley.Share Tweet
Hasselbeck gets the fourth quarter comeback he neededThe Titans needed it as a group. But quarterback Matt Hasselbeck needed a comeback win like Thursday’s over the Steelers for his own reasons. After losing the starting job to Jake Locker in camp, and then playing poorly in relief, the 37-year-old HasselShare Tweet
Chris Johnson credits the offensive line after 91-yard gameWhen Titans running back Chris Johnson got off to a brutal start this season, he said he’s only as good as Tennessee’s offensive line. So it’s only fair that after a good game Thursday night against the Steelers, Johnson praised the line. Johnson, wShare Tweet
Week 6 Matchups: The Loss of a Starnytimes.com Oct 12, 2012The Texans will soon see how much the loss of Brian Cushing will affect them.Share Tweet
Age Before Beauty: The Titans survived the Steelers 26-23 largely be…The Titans survived the Steelers 26-23 largely behind the veteran heroics of Matt Hasselbeck. The 37-year-old proved that age is just a number -- and it's all relative, writes Chris Burke.Share TweetAt 1-4 entering Thursday night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Tennessee Titans needed a win to keep any realistic hopes they had for making the postseason alive. Thanks to 290 yards passing from Matt Hasselbeck, 91 yards rushing from Chris…Share Tweet
'Playbook': Indianapolis Colts vs. New York JetsOct 12Will Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck continue his growth against New York Jets CB Antonio Cromartie and the rest of the Jets defense? The "Playbook" group discusses Luck's potential and the decline of Jets QB Mark Sanchez.
'Playbook': Denver Broncos vs. San Diego ChargersOct 12Will the Denver Broncos clean up their mistakes and hold onto the ball, while also defending better on 3rd down? Our analysts discuss the Broncos' struggles, as well as the production they are getting from their tight ends.
'Playbook': Packers vs. TexansOct 12The "Playbook" crew breaks down the Green Bay Packers matchup with the Houston Texans and explains how the defenses will play a big factor in Week 6.
'Playbook': Cowboys vs. RavensOct 12The "Playbook" crew explains why the running game will be important for both teams in the Dallas Cowboys' Week 6 matchup with the Baltimore Ravens.