This is the October 14, 2012 news archive. View today's NFL rumors and news.
No team came out of Sunday's action with more serious injuries than the Baltimore Ravens, who lost two key starters, possibly for the remainder of the 2012 season. First to go down was cornerback Lardarius Webb, who ESPN's Adam Schefter reports did suff…Share Tweet
Revival for Giants' Pass RushWith the Giants facing important divisional games against Washington and Dallas the next two weeks, is the pass rush finally back to the dominant presence it has been for much of the past few seasons?Share TweetYeah, that stuff Aaron Rodgers was saying the other day about his own play not being up to par? Never mind. Rodgers was back to MVP Rodgers, and he dragged the Packers back to looking like champions along with him. He was laser-sharp while carving up th…Share TweetA man from Elk Grove, Calif. was stabbed as he was walking to Candlestick Park to watch today's game between the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants. The 27-year-old man was walking to the stadium with five friends when he was stopped by two men at …Share TweetAfter days of scattered rumors that Chiefs G.M. Scott Pioli could get a contract extension, Jason La Canfora of CBS reported on Sunday that Chiefs owner Clark Hunt has offered a two-year extension to Pioli, and that a deal has been delayed by haggling o…Share Tweet
Heads up! Reporter takes football to the face on NFL pregame showSo you think the life of an NFL journalist is all free tickets and sumptuous press-room buffets, do ya? Well, it is, but every so often you've got to deal with the unexpected ... like a football to the face while you're on live TV. [Also: Is this the wi…Share TweetJairus Byrd's second interception of the game set up Rian Lindell's 25-yard field goal 3:50 into overtime that gave the Buffalo Bills a 19-16 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday.Share Tweet
Packers running short at LB: Smith doubtfulThe backup to the backup is now on the field for the Packers. Inside linebacker D.J. Smith left the game with a right knee injury and is doubtful to return. He was replacing Desmond Bishop, who was lost for the year to a hamstring injury before the star…Share TweetThe Arizona Cardinals' 19-16 overtime loss to Buffalo on Sunday afternoon was a horror show of misfires and missed opportunities. But there was at least one minor highlight: Cardinals all-everything receiver Larry Fitzgerald caught six passes for 93 yar…Share Tweet
Nick Perry questionable; Tim Jamison outPackers outside linebacker Nick Perry went down with a knee injury, and is questionable to return. He’s part of a defense that’s hitting Texans quarterback Matt Schaub more than he’s used to being hit, as the Packers have raced to a 14-7 lead. The iShare Tweet
Three different teams have game-changing plays at the same time (VIDEO)At 7:10 p.m. ET, three games had game-changing plays. Robert Griffin III ran 76 yards to clinch the win for the Washington Redskins, Russell Wilson hit Sidney Rice for a touchdown to put the Seattle Seahawks ahead of the New England Patriots, and Jay Fe…Share Tweet
With offense and defense in sync, Pete Carroll successfully sets his new Seahawks to dissolve old memories&amp;lt;br /&amp;gt; SEATTLE -- It's not something Pete Carroll talks about unless he's asked, but the weight of it still remains. After the 1999 season, the New England Patriots fired Carroll after three years and a 27-21 record. …Share Tweet
Jets penalty on Andrew Luck epitomizes the plight of the defensive player (VIDEO)There are many times defensive players in the NFL are literally put in no-win situations because of the rules that protect offensive players. When Indianapolis' Andrew Luck threw an interception to New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, Jets lineba…Share TweetOne of the biggest plays of the Ravens’ 31-29 win over the Cowboys was a failed pass to Dez Bryant on a two-point conversion attempt with 36 seconds left to play. The pass was right on target from Tony Romo, but it went through Bryant’s hands and fellShare TweetThe Ravens won’t know for sure until an MRI in the morning, but the news doesn’t appear to be good on the status of linebacker Ray Lewis. According to FoxSports’ Jay Glazer, doctors don’t think Lewis has a complete tear of his triceps, but it mighShare Tweet&lt;br /&gt; Kickers experience extreme highs and extreme lows, but they usually don't experience both in the final 1:09 of regulation. When Arizona's Jay Feely hit a career-best 61-yard field goal to tie Sunday's game against Buff…Share TweetDid the Jets' comprehensive performance Sunday inspire enough confidence that they can win next week in New England?Share TweetBrandon Weeden is 29 years old. Which makes him old for a rookie first-round draft pick, but not old for a human being. 129 years is exactly 100 years older than Brandon Weeden is and that is old for a human being, rookie first-round draft pick or other…Share Tweet
Reviewing Week 6 in the N.F.L.Jacoby Jones tied an N.F.L. record with a 108-yard kickoff return in the Ravens' 31-29 victory over the Cowboys.Share Tweet
Giants harass Smith into 3 INTs, roll over 49ersAntrel Rolle intercepted two passes by Alex Smith, Prince Amukamara picked off another and the Giants shut down San Francisco in a 26-3 victory over the 49ers on Sunday in a rematch of last season's NFC championship game.Share TweetBefore this Sunday, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw just three interceptions, fewer than Aaron Rodgers or Eli Manning. The Oakland Raiders had zero interceptions, ranking them last in the league along with the Detroit Lions. But during the F…Share Tweet
Suspended players may choose not to pursue CBA appealWhen the internal appeals panel issued its final ruling regarding the question of whether Commissioner Roger Goodell stayed within his lane of jurisdiction under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the reasoning arguably created a minefield for the Com…Share Tweet
Giants remind everyone that they’re always a contenderSomehow, the Giants were significant underdogs at San Francisco. We all should have known better. The Giants are masterful at this. Just when it looks like the Giants are slipping into mediocrity and everyone falls in love with the new hot team, they ri…Share Tweet
Wes Welker Getting Phased Out Of His Shoes, The Chiefs And Buccaneers Combining For Something Approximating A Football Play AndHere's where we're putting the GIFs of the week, from Wes Welker getting housed to Robert Griffin III looking super human. More »Share TweetCardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb exited Sunday’s overtime loss to the Bills with an injury. Which gave Week One starter John Skelton a chance to reclaim his job. Skelton failed. He completed only two of 10 passes for 45 yards, and an interception in oShare TweetGiants bait 49ers' Smith into three INTs, roll 26-3Share Tweet
Griffin helps Redskins end 8-game skid at homeRobert Griffin III ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns, including a 76-yard scamper with 2:43 to play, and the Washington Redskins snapped an eight-game home losing streak Sunday with a 38-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings.Share TweetRussell Wilson found Sidney Rice behind the secondary for a 46-yard touchdown with 1:18 remaining, and the Seattle Seahawks rallied for 14 points in the final 7:31 to stun the New England Patriots 24-23 on Sunday.Share TweetAmong the various regrets and lamentations arising from the 10-point lead that the Eagles blew in the fourth quarter against the Lions is the fact that rookie defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, a first-round draft pick, was ejected from the game for throwin…Share TweetThe Packers will be without starting nose tackle B.J. Raji (ankle) and wide receiver Greg Jennings (groin) tonight against the Texans. The Packers will have Jermichael Finley up tonight, though he’s been bothered by a shoulder problem. Also inactive forShare Tweet
Monday's Matchup: Broncos (2-3) at Chargers (3-2)The Chargers can control this game if Ryan Mathews can take the solid work he has been doing in 10 to 14 carries a game, and apply it to a 20-plus-carry effort.Share TweetThe Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Detroit Lions on Sunday, blowing a 10-point lead in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter to lose 26-23. It was the Eagles' third loss in four games, dropping them to 3-3 on the season. Contributing to the loss…Share TweetTrailing by 13 in the fourth quarter, Russell Wilson threw touchdown passes to Braylon Edwards and Sidney Rice as the Seahawks beat the Patriots 24-23 and improved to 4-2.Share TweetThe Vikings proved they were mortal, Robert Griffin III proved he had no complications from last week’s concussion, and the Redskins proved they could win at home. An early interception was nearly the only mistake Griffin made, leading the Redskins to aShare TweetThe Giants said heading into this week’s game against the 49ers that they didn’t think they were getting enough respect. After what they did to the 49ers on Sunday, everyone has to respect the Giants as contenders to repeat as Super Bowl champions. ThShare Tweet
Source: New court filing coming Monday in bounty casesOn Friday, the four players suspended by Commissioner Roger Goodell for involvement in the bounty program filed an appeal with Commissioner Roger Goodell. On Monday, they’ll file paperwork with someone they regard as slightly more impartial. Per a souShare TweetMatt Bryant kicked his second game-winning field goal in three weeks, a 55-yarder with 1 second remaining, and the Atlanta Falcons remained unbeaten with a sloppy 23-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.Share TweetThe 4-1 Cardinals have their hands full against the 2-3 Bills. Jay Feely's 61-yard field goal late in the fourth had tied the game, but he later missed a 38-yard field goal. They're now in OT.Share TweetWe knew that the Washington Redskins' offense could be pretty high-flying with Robert Griffin III at the controls, but this was ridiculous. Late in the second quarter of their game against the Minnesota Vikings, the 'Skins did something pretty rare -- t…Share TweetJason Hanson kicked a 45-yard field goal in overtime, and the Detroit Lions rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 26-23 on Sunday.Share Tweet
Before his death, Junior Seau seemed to be two different peopleCheerful and full of light one minute, and racked with depression, memory loss and confusion the next. That was Junior Seau in the months leading up to his suicide, according to a haunting portrait of Seau painted by Jill Leiber Steeg in Sunday's San Di…Share TweetThe Cowboys finally got their running game in gear with 227 yards against the Ravens on Sunday, but the good feelings generated by that productivity is tempered by a couple of things. The first is that the Cowboys weren’t able to avoid enough mistakes tShare TweetThe Browns finally earned their first win on Sunday against the Bengals, but running back Trent Richardson didn’t have much to do with it. Richardson had 14 carries for 37 yards before leaving with a rib injury that was too painful for him to continue.Share TweetDarrelle Revis can't help the New York Jets on the football field. Since he tore his ACL on Sept. 23, the All-Pro cornerback has been on injured reserve and unable to suit up. But that doesn't mean he's not going to help his team. He was spotted in the …Share Tweet
Falcons’ Harry Douglas makes one of the year’s best catches off defender’s helmetAtlanta's Matt Ryan spent most of the first half of Sunday's game against Oakland throwing the ball right into the hands of Raider defenders. So it was singularly appropriate that even though he started getting his feet under him, he still couldn't help…Share TweetThis season, Jets running back Shonn Greene had 217 rushing yards through five games combined. On Sunday against the Colts, Greene churned up 161 yards on 32 carries, including three touchdowns. It’s not a bad way to grab attention in his contract yeaShare Tweet
Vikings lead Redskins 9-3 in field goal battleThe Vikings are doing what they do, Robert Griffin III isn’t, and Blair Walsh leads Kai Forbath 9-3. After suffering a concussion last week, Griffin has thrown an interception and has only rushed once. But he just led the Redskins on a 13-play drive thaShare Tweet
Chiefs blocked punt-fumble return combo their only touchdown of the day (VIDEO)The Kansas City Chiefs pulled off a crazy, crazy turnover touchdown during their 38-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Early in the fourth quarter, Tampa Bay punter Michael Koenen was attempting to punt from the Buccaneers' six-yard line. He was block…Share TweetRyan Tannehill threw two touchdown passes, and the Miami Dolphins withstood a late rally by the St. Louis Rams to win 17-14 Sunday.Share TweetRookie Brandon Weeden threw two touchdown passes and the Cleveland Browns snapped an 11-game losing streak that dated to last season, beating the Cincinnati Bengals 34-24 Sunday.Share TweetOff weekends can be trouble in the NFL. Without a game to play on Sunday, the Steelers' Alameda Ta'amu, a rookie defensive lineman, got himself into a whole mess of trouble with Pittsburgh police early Sunday morning. Ta'amu began the public-relations n…Share TweetThe Ravens beat the Cowboys 31-29 on Sunday to improve to 5-1 and extend their winning streak at home to 15 games, but it wasn’t without some serious tension at the end. The Cowboys cut the lead down to two with a touchdown pass to Dez Bryant with 32 seShare TweetThe Jets defense has been torn apart by opposing running games the last two weeks, but they put that string to an end against the Colts on Sunday. And the Colts defense got to feel what the Jets defense felt against the 49ers and Texans. The Jets rolled…Share TweetIn a game that was far closer than it should have been, the Atlanta Falcons moved to 6-0 with a 23-20 win over the Raiders. Kicker Matt Bryant made a 55-yard field goal with one second left, in response to a late drive from the Raiders to tie the game a…Share TweetThe Buccaneers improved to 2-3 with a convincing 38-10 victory over the Chiefs. But since the combined records of the two teams they beat (along with the Panthers) is 2-9, it’s hard to know if they’re any good themselves or not. The Bucs dominated thiShare Tweet
If You're Going To San Francisco, Be Sure To Put Some Cilantro In Your Salsa: Your NFL Late Games Viewing GuideHey it's time for Game one of the Joe Buck doubleheader. Let's dive right in! Check out our de facto open thread here. More »Share Tweet
Brady, Pats leading Seahawks in rainThe Patriots have control against the Seahawks, but Seattle isn't letting up on a drenched day in the Pacific Northwest. Can New England turn on its potent offense? Follow all the action.Share Tweet
Samuel pick-six turns things around in AtlantaWith the game knotted at 13 and the Raiders driving for a go-ahead score late, Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel did what he failed to do in crunch time of Super Bowl XLII. Samuel held onto the ball. More specifically, he jumped a route and ran 79 yards,…Share Tweet
Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones ties NFL record with 108-yard kick return, goes completely untouched in the processGoing into their Week 6 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys, the Baltimore Ravens were not at all happy with their return game. Especially at the start of the second half of their win last Sunday over the Kansas City Chiefs, when rookie Deonte Thompson fumb…Share TweetNew England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who has been out since Week 2 with an ankle sprain, is on the team's active roster for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks.Share TweetNew York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is active and will play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.Share TweetBoth the Redskins and Vikings are down a receiver on Sunday. Pierre GarÃ§on is inactive for the Redskins after he experienced renewed pain in his foot late in the week. Coach Mike Shanahan indicated GarÃ§on’s status would be contingent on his ability toShare TweetWith four games kicking off in the late slots around the league, it can be tough to keep apprised of who will and won’t be in the lineup while also watching the early games. We’ve got you covered, so just scroll down to see all the guys who won’t beShare Tweet
Bucs with a burst, lead 21-3 early in thirdThe Buccaneers have blown this one open against the Chiefs, such that it is an achievement. They opened the third quarter with a four-play, 80-yard touchdown drive and followed with a (wait for it) Chiefs turnover (21 and counting) for another score, an…Share Tweet
Dolphins up 10-6 at half, thanks to Shanks-a-tronOK, so we’re not really going to call Rams rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein Shanks-a-tron. Unless, of course, this streak lasts as long as the other one. Zuerlein missed his second straight field goal just before half, and the Dolphins lead the Rams 10-6. ThShare TweetJoe Buck is a lot of things, but lazy does not appear to be one of them. He will work both the San Francisco 49ers-New York Giants game at 4:25 p.m. and the San Francisco Giants-St. Louis Cardinals game at 8:15 p.m. (both times eastern). More »Share Tweet
Report: Redskins face “hefty fine” for in-game report on Griffin injuryThe NFL’s injury-reporting rules apply not only before a given game but also during it. If the Redskins didn’t know that, they soon will. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that the Redskins are facing a “hefty fine” for their failure to discloseShare TweetAs mentioned earlier in the day, Jimmy Haslam possibly will hold simultaneous ownership interests in the Browns and the Steelers. A separate source tells PFT that Haslam will have roughly 12-18 months to transfer his 12.5-percent stake in the Steelers t…Share Tweet
Five throws, two picks for Matt RyanFalcons receiver Roddy White told Dan Patrick this week that quarterback Matt Ryan no longer wants to be known as “Matty Ice.” The shoe fits on Sunday, given that through the early stages of Sunday’s game against the Raiders, Ryan is ice cold. (IâShare Tweet
Tony From Dallas Will Hang Up And Listen: Your NFL Early Games Viewing GuideThere are a several weirdly intriguing games this week. Cowboys-Ravens seems like to could be interesting. Why, I don't know. It just does. Same for the Lions and Eagles. And who could forget Kansas City and Tampa Ba-false alarm on that one. Sorry, guysShare Tweet
Redskins could be in serious trouble for the way they handled RG3”²s concussionThe Washington Redskins' time in the NFL's doghouse doesn't appear to be ending anytime soon. Earlier this year, the Redskins were docked a total of $36 million in salary cap space for alleged violations of the NFL's unofficial cap during the uncapped o…Share TweetThe Ravens started slowly, but a 108-yard kick return by Jacoby Jones helped Baltimore build a lead over the Cowboys. Can Dallas stage a response on the road? Follow all of today's action.Share Tweet
Darrius Heyward-Bey returns to lineup, won’t worry about concussionsThe Raiders will have wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey for the first time since he suffered a concussion in Week Three against the Steelers. Heyward-Bey sat out Week Four and the Raiders were on a bye last week, giving Heyward-Bey a little more time to…Share TweetWith the Vikings short-timers in the Metrodome anyway, they’re taking one of their home games overseas next year. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Vikings would play a home game in London next September. The Vikings will still play next season in theShare TweetThe Eagles got a lot of questions this week about putting DeSean Jackson back into the punt returner role after rookie Damaris Johnson failed to find much success this season. Jackson said he was ready to do whatever the team asked of him and special te…Share TweetBrowns starting linebacker Scott Fujita and defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin will not play against Cincinnati because of injuries.Share TweetWith Matt Cassel sidelined by a concussion, the Kansas City Chiefs will start Brady Quinn against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Quinn will be making his first NFL start since a Dec. 20, 2009 game against the Chiefs where he passed for 66 yards and…Share Tweet
League will look at further restrictions on cut blocksThe hit by Jets guard Matt Slauson on Texans linebacker Brian Cushing is expected to spark a debate in the offseason regarding further restrictions on the use of cut blocks in the NFL. A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Slauson’s hiShare Tweet
Week 6 Picks: Browns and Colts could provide upset alertsWeek 6 is about the time that teams start to look like who they really are, unless they're the New York Giants. This week features an interesting slate of games, a few big-time battles, and a couple of snoozers that may leave you looking for that honey-…Share TweetLions safety Louis Delmas will be good to go today, barring any setbacks in pregame warmups. A league source tells PFT that Delmas is expected to play, although the final decision won’t be made until game time. Delmas has missed the entire season with aShare Tweet
Will Carroll: NFL Week 6 Med Check: Charles, Vick, Gonzalez among upgradesThe Chiefs have QB issues, and that could lead to a big day for Jamaal Charles and his owners, writes Will Carroll. Plus, the latest on the Patriots tight ends and more injury updates.Share TweetAs the Bucs deal with the sudden disappearance of cornerback Aqib Talib from a roster that is trying to dig out of an early-season 1-3 hole, we’ve got a couple of additional nuggets regarding the manner in which the four-game suspension for Adderall camShare TweetThe Bills could use the morale boost provided by a victory. All is well with the Dolphins front seven so far this season. Patriots RB Shane Vereen has a lot in common with Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch. The importance of CB Antonio Cromartie to the Jets de…Share Tweet
Jaguars G.M.: Justin Blackmon is still learning to be an NFL receiverThe Jaguars traded up to the fifth pick in this year’s NFL draft to select receiver Justin Blackmon, and so far Blackmon hasn’t shown Top 5 draft pick ability: Blackmon has just 13 catches for 119 yards and no touchdowns through five games. But JaguarShare Tweet
With $4.45 million bonus looming in March, Finley could be on his way outThe Packers and tight end Jermichael Finley avoided a potentially contentious franchise-tag fight regarding Finley’ classification with a two-year contract that pays the player well - but also gives him an incentive to step up his game to a higher levShare Tweet
Torrey Smith sees every season as Super Bowl or bustIf you’re not watching Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network at 5:00 p.m. every Monday through Friday, you’re in a continuously-shrinking group. In our second month, folks are watching the show - and a surprising number are enjoying it, despiteShare TweetWe’ve been expecting to see Robert Griffin III at quarterback for the Redskins on Sunday since the rookie was able to practice without setbacks all three days this week. The league’s concussion protocols demand that Griffin pass multiple cognitive tesShare Tweet
NFL says it “does not profit” from sale of pink merchandiseWith the proliferation of pink throughout the NFL uniforms and sidelines during October, the month that promotes breast cancer awareness, plenty of pink NFL gear is available to be purchased by the paying customers. In response to an article that claims…Share TweetThe statistics of the Bills’ defense over the last two weeks have been shockingly bad: In last week’s loss to the 49ers, they gave up 45 points and 621 yards. In the loss two weeks ago to the Patriots, the Bills gave up 52 points and 580 yards. ThoseShare TweetOn the eve of a challenging game against the Seahawks in Seattle, the Patriots scratched a key player on each side of the ball. According to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com, the Pats have ruled out receiver Julian Edelman and linebacker Dont’a Hightower. HShare TweetDrew Brees has been through a lot in his NFL career, but nothing could have prepared him for a 2012 season in which he would lose his head coach, general manager, and two defensive teammates to an NFL suspension process that many people still question. …Share Tweet
Cowboys sticking with Chris Jones at punter on SundayThe Cowboys have two punters on their roster. Both of them are hurt. But one is healthy enough to play on Sunday. Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com reports that Chris Jones will be able to kick against Baltimore despite a knee injury. Per Watkins, theShare TweetLost in the Browns’ 0-5 start is the fact that the Browns five straight losses to start the 2012 season coupled with six straight losses to end the 2011 season means that the Browns have now lost 11 in a row. It ties a franchise record for consecutive lShare Tweet
Join us for the Yahoo! Sports NFL Week 6 chat at 12:45ETIt's time for Week 6, and that means it's time for a little gameday chat. Turn on the TV, flip open the laptop (or the cell phone, or the tablet) and join us here as we run through the afternoon games' action. We'll bring in your comments, too, so have …Share Tweet
Tom Crabtree 48-yard TD catchOct 14Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers finds TE Tom Crabtree for a 48-yard touchdown to increase the team's lead to 35-17 over The Houston Texans in the fourth quarter.
Foster 1-yard TD runOct 14Houston Texans RB Arian Foster gets his second touchdown of the night on a 1-yard run late in the third quarter.
Nelson gets his third TD of the nightOct 14Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson gets his third TD of the night after catching a 1-yard pass from QB Aaron Rodgers in the third quarter.
Redskins postgame press conferenceOct 14Redskins react following game with Vikings
Jim Trotter: Giants don't just beat 49ers at their own game, they dominate…Oct 14SAN FRANCISCO -- With two minutes remaining in regulation Sunday in Candlestick Park, Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw walked slowly from the sideline into the narrow tunnel that led to the locker room. His muscles were cramping and the medical staff …
The Packers notched a season-saving win against the TexansOct 14Not many teams can claim a season-saving win in Week 6, but the Packers have made a strong case.
Don Banks: Cowboys can't explain away their latest choke job; more SnapsOct 14Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we take stock of Week 6 in the NFL...