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Jimmy Graham is expected to play this week

Jimmy Graham is expected to play this week

profootballtalk.com Updated Oct 16, 2012
Amid rumors that Saints tight end Jimmy Graham could miss several games with a sprained ankle, a source with knowledge of the situation has a far rosier estimate for Graham. Per the source, Graham will miss none. That’s what we’re hearing as the Saint
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  • Polamalu wouldn’t shave his head for a Super Bowl win

    Polamalu wouldn’t shave his head for a Super Bowl win

    profootballtalk.com Oct 16, 2012
    Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, who is recovering from a calf injury, spent the traditional day off for players visiting with Erik Kuselias on Pro Football Talk.  Among other things, Kuselias asked whether Polamalu would shave his head and sport that hai…
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  • Colts dump Mr. Irrelevant

    Colts dump Mr. Irrelevant

    profootballtalk.com Oct 16, 2012
    As the Indianapolis Colts continue to churn the bottom of their roster, they’ve dropped the guy taken at the very bottom of the 2012 NFL draft. Yes, quarterback Chandler Harnish has been waived. Whether Mr. Irrelevant becomes relevant depends first on w
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  • Holmgren’s exit makes plenty of sense

    Holmgren’s exit makes plenty of sense

    It was a surprise, and yet it wasn’t, that new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam announced on Tuesday that team president Mike Holmgren will retire at the end of the year. Holmgren was hired to be the surrogate owner for Randy Lerner, who wanted nothing to do w
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  • Norv Turner: It starts with the coaching

    Norv Turner: It starts with the coaching

    profootballtalk.com Oct 16, 2012
    Chargers coach Norv Turner met with the media Tuesday after watching film of the team’s total collapse in the second half of a 35-24 loss to the Broncos on Monday night. The Chargers led 24-0 at halftime and then watched the Broncos score all their poin
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  • Miami, Santa Clara to bid for 50th Super Bowl

    Miami, Santa Clara to bid for 50th Super Bowl

    The NFL has narrowed it to two candidates for Super Bowl L, and the runner-up will bid against Houston for the following year. The league announced that Miami and the new 49ers stadium in Santa Clara would bid to host the 50th Super Bowl. There was an e…
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  • Vilma’s latest court filing sheds more light on Kennedy’s role

    Vilma’s latest court filing sheds more light on Kennedy’s role

    profootballtalk.com Oct 16, 2012
    Former Vikings defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy was outed last week as the original bounty whistleblower, but he claims that he never was in.In documents filed in federal court on Monday, the lawyer representing Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma spells out…
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  • Schiano says Dallas Clark is frustrated

    Schiano says Dallas Clark is frustrated

    profootballtalk.com Oct 16, 2012
    The Buccaneers have won two games and played well in others but one new arrival isn’t have a great time, yet. Veteran tight end Dallas Clark is frustrated, and coach Greg Schiano knows it. “I want to get Dallas [Clark] more involved, myself. But you
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  • Beyonce tabbed for Super Bowl halftime show

    Beyonce tabbed for Super Bowl halftime show

    All the single ladies will be watching the upcoming Super Bowl along with football lovers -- that's because Beyonce is the halftime show performer.
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  • Patrick Willis doesn’t know who Matt Millen is, responds to Mil…

    Patrick Willis doesn’t know who Matt Millen is, responds to Millen’s criticism anyway

    Before he became the worst general manager in this history of professional sports and a perfectly execrable football analyst, Matt Millen was actually a pretty decent NFL linebacker. Quite good, actually -- Millen was selected by the Oakland Raiders in …
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  • Super Bowl IX rematch is coming to London

    Super Bowl IX rematch is coming to London

    profootballtalk.com Oct 16, 2012
    As expected, the Vikings will play one of their 2013 home games in London.  They’ll be hosting the team to which they once lost a Super Bowl. A full 39 years after the Steelers beat the Vikings, 16-6, at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, the two teams wil
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  • Bears cut Williams, 14th overall pick in 2008

    Bears cut Williams, 14th overall pick in 2008

    The Chicago Bears have released former first-round pick offensive linemen Chris Williams and re-signed cornerback Zack Bowman to a one-year contract, the team announced on Tuesday.
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  • Sherman: No regrets over Brady comments

    Sherman: No regrets over Brady comments

    Richard Sherman says he has no regrets over the strong comments and messages from his Twitter account following the Seattle Seahawks' victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday.
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  • Bears WR Marshall found support from Ditka

    Bears WR Marshall found support from Ditka

    ESPN.com Oct 16, 2012
    As Brandon Marshall tried to get acclimated to his new team in Chicago, the receiver said Tuesday he found support from one of the Bears' legends, Mike Ditka.
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  • Eric Decker's Fiancée Wants Everyone To Know That Eric Decker …

    Eric Decker's Fiancée Wants Everyone To Know That Eric Decker Has A Big Dick

    deadspin.com Oct 16, 2012
    During last night's Broncos-Chargers game, Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker tripped on his own feet after catching a pass that should have led to an easy touchdown. As you can see below, it was embarrassing: More »
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  • James Harrison says he’s had a dozen undisclosed concussions

    James Harrison says he’s had a dozen undisclosed concussions

    Steelers linebacker James Harrison has developed a reputation through the years for giving concussions to opposing players, but Harrison also says he has had plenty of them himself. Harrison told reporters today that he’s had at least a dozen concussion
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  • Russell Wilson: My height isn’t a factor

    Russell Wilson: My height isn’t a factor

    profootballtalk.com Oct 16, 2012
    While there have been plenty of good things said about him since he was drafted by the Seahawks in April, there’s been a consistent chatter about Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson’s ability to succeed without having the ideal height for an NF
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  • Cardinals put no timetable on Kolb's (ribs) return

    Cardinals put no timetable on Kolb's (ribs) return

    PHOENIX (AP) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb has rib cartilage damage and will be sidelined, in the team's words, "an unspecified period of time."
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  • Suggs will return to practice on Wednesday

    Suggs will return to practice on Wednesday

    profootballtalk.com Oct 16, 2012
    As Peter King said over the weekend, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs will be back at practice this week, after suffering a partially-torn Achilles tendon during the offseason. According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, however, Suggs will be practi…
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  • Patriots to wear throwbacks Sunday against Jets

    Patriots to wear throwbacks Sunday against Jets

    profootballtalk.com Oct 16, 2012
    The Patriots announced they’d wear their throwback uniforms Sunday against the Jets, taking them back to a less-stylized, more patriotic time. With red jerseys and helmets with “Pat Patriot” on the side, they’re going back to the ‘80s for a week
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  • Belichick: Tebow’s a “valuable guy”

    Belichick: Tebow’s a “valuable guy”

    When the Patriots last saw Tim Tebow, they harassed him into a miserable performance during a 45-10 playoff victory over the Broncos. Tebow’s a Jet now, you might have already heard something about that, and memories of that 9-of-26 performance haven’
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  • Someone Stole A New York Giants Player's 1996 Chevy Caprice

    Someone Stole A New York Giants Player's 1996 Chevy Caprice

    While the Giants were in San Francisco to face the 49ers, burglars broke into the team's parking lot back in East Rutherford, N.J. where the players' cars were parked. The burglars broke into multiple vehicles and stole one. More »
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  • Chiefs' Cassel cleared for practice

    Chiefs' Cassel cleared for practice

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel, who sat out last week's game at Tampa Bay with a concussion, has been cleared for non-contact practice and could play in the Chiefs' next game on Oct. 28 against Oakland.
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  • Yep, A Saints Fan Filed A Class-Action Lawsuit Against Roger Go…

    Yep, A Saints Fan Filed A Class-Action Lawsuit Against Roger Goodell And The NFL Over Bountygate

    deadspin.com Oct 16, 2012
    Surely it was just a matter of time. When it turned out that months of whiny baby complaining and conspiracy claims weren't going to change anything, a lawsuit became the only rational weapon left in Saints' fans arsenals. (Rational being a relative ter…
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  • MRIs show no serious damage for Morris Claiborne, Mike Jenkins

    MRIs show no serious damage for Morris Claiborne, Mike Jenkins

    profootballtalk.com Oct 16, 2012
    Lardarius Webb wasn’t the only cornerback to pick up an injury during Sunday’s Ravens-Cowboys game. It looks like the Ravens corner is the only one who will miss any significant time, though. Cowboys cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Mike Jenkins both
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  • Judge wants to see NFL’s bounty evidence

    Judge wants to see NFL’s bounty evidence

    The four players who were suspended as a result of the league’s investigation into the Saints’ bounty program have always said they want to see all the evidence. Now a judge has said he wants to see the evidence, too. Magistrate Daniel Knowles has tol
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  • Outside the Game: Jags cornerback Aaron Ross has learned a lot …

    Outside the Game: Jags cornerback Aaron Ross has learned a lot from his Olympic wife

    yahoo.com Oct 16, 2012
    After five years in the Big Apple, and two Super Bowl wins with the New York Giants, cornerback Aaron Ross has moved on to Jacksonville. It's now there that he lives with his wife, fellow athlete and sometime competitor, Olympic sprinter Sanya Richards-…
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  • Haslam: Shurmur needs to show “a positive direction” to keep h…

    Haslam: Shurmur needs to show “a positive direction” to keep his job

    New Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says that in order for coach Pat Shurmur and his staff to keep their jobs, they’ll have to show that they have the team on an upward trajectory. Asked at his introductory press conference what he wants to see from the coach
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  • Don Banks: Loss of Lewis, Webb speeds up Ravens' shift toward o…

    Don Banks: Loss of Lewis, Webb speeds up Ravens' shift toward offense

    CNNSI.com Oct 16, 2012
    The Ravens are down two of their best defensive players. But this isn't your father's team. With a shift toward offense already in place, all's not lost in Baltimore, Don Banks writes.
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  • Alameda Ta’amu suspended two games by Steelers after arrest

    Alameda Ta’amu suspended two games by Steelers after arrest

    Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin announced that rookie defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu has been suspended for two weeks without pay, the first wave of punishment the fourth-round pick from the University of Washington will receive after leadin…
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  • Andy Reid: I’m evaluating Eagles, firing Castillo “is one of th…

    Andy Reid: I’m evaluating Eagles, firing Castillo “is one of the moves”

    Eagles coach Andy Reid hinted on Tuesday that firing defensive coordinator Juan Castillo wasn’t the last move he’ll make during the team’s bye week. “I’m going through and evaluating our football team, both coaches and players,” Reid said. “
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  • NFL puts lipstick on pig, adopts window for legal tampering

    NFL puts lipstick on pig, adopts window for legal tampering

    profootballtalk.com Oct 16, 2012
    In addition to unanimously approving Jimmy Haslam as the new owner of the Cleveland Browns, NFL owners also approved a measure to create a three-day window prior to free agency to legally tamper with pending free agents. As they say where I’m from, bles
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  • Rudi Johnson's Auctioning Off A Bunch Of His Shit And It's All …

    Rudi Johnson's Auctioning Off A Bunch Of His Shit And It's All Really Cheap

    deadspin.com Oct 16, 2012
    Former NFL running back Rudi Johnson, who was once on an episode of MTV Cribs (playing third-string behind Bow Wow and Don Omar), is auctioning off many of his possessions, and he's passing the savings on to youuuu! More »
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  • Stabbing outside 49ers game started with taunting a Cowboys fan

    Stabbing outside 49ers game started with taunting a Cowboys fan

    profootballtalk.com Oct 16, 2012
    Police say they have arrested two people in connection with the stabbing on Sunday outside Candlestick Park before the Giants-49ers game, and they say it began with taunting a fan who was wearing a Cowboys jersey. San Francisco Police Sgt. Michael Andra…
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  • Asante Samuel throws a jab at Andy Reid

    Asante Samuel throws a jab at Andy Reid

    The firing of Juan Castillo as the Eagles defensive coordinator has generated a lot of response from around the football world. Former Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel is one of those weighing in. Samuel was traded to the Falcons this offseason with repo…
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  • Mike Wallace says he’s playing for Super Bowl and not a new con…

    Mike Wallace says he’s playing for Super Bowl and not a new contract

    profootballtalk.com Oct 16, 2012
    Wide receiver Mike Wallace didn’t get the deal that he wanted from the Steelers this offseason and the potential free agent is still looking for a long-term deal with the team. Wallace admitted that his contract situation is on his mind as he plays this
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  • Jones: Cowboys still can vie for title in '12

    Jones: Cowboys still can vie for title in '12

    ESPN.com Oct 16, 2012
    Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said based on what he saw from his team in a 31-29 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, he believes he has a team that can compete for a championship this season.
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  • Next up on the Andy Reid chopping block?  Mike Vick

    Next up on the Andy Reid chopping block? Mike Vick

    profootballtalk.com Oct 16, 2012
    On Monday, Eagles coach Andy Reid offered tepid support for quarterback Mike Vick and defensive coordinator Juan Castillo.  On Tuesday, Reid fired Castillo. Undoubtedly, Mike Vick is next. Though it may not (but still could be) a bye-week benching, Reid…
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  • Dez Bryant admits he should have caught two-point conversion pa…

    Dez Bryant admits he should have caught two-point conversion pass

    profootballtalk.com Oct 16, 2012
    Before the Cowboys bungled clock management before missing what would have been a game-winning field goal, they had a chance to tie the game on a two-point conversion. Tony Romo delivered a pass right to Dez Bryant, but Bryant couldn’t catch it and the
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  • DeAngelo Hall denies slapping Adrian Peterson

    DeAngelo Hall denies slapping Adrian Peterson

    profootballtalk.com Oct 16, 2012
    Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said after Sunday’s loss that Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall slapped him in the face following a tackle early in the game. Hall was asked about Peterson’s allegation during a Monday conference call and he had a
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  • Burleson: Lions' 'bad guys' swagger is back

    Burleson: Lions' 'bad guys' swagger is back

    ESPN.com Oct 16, 2012
    The Detroit Lions, in an effort to regain discipline after an offseason marred by arrests, might have lost their swagger on the field, helping to explain their slow start, receiver Nate Burleson said Monday.
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  • Tuesday morning one-liners

    Tuesday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Oct 16, 2012
    How well does the Bills’ record reflect the team? The Dolphins hope to rejuvenate their running game during the bye week. Patriots coach Bill Belichick wasn’t happy with his defense on a long Seahawks touchdown pass. The Jets get high marks across the
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  • Schiano says Talib will be back; actually says “trust us”

    Schiano says Talib will be back; actually says “trust us”

    profootballtalk.com Oct 16, 2012
    The Buccaneers have given less leash to players with character questions under first-year coach Greg Schiano. But he said Monday that cornerback Aqib Talib would be welcomed back after his latest misstep, and he sounded like a used car salesman when he …
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  • If Ever A Moment Called For Facepalm, It's Philip Rivers Last N…

    If Ever A Moment Called For Facepalm, It's Philip Rivers Last Night

    deadspin.com Oct 16, 2012
    How do you blow a 24-0 halftime lead? Account for six turnovers, as Philip Rivers did last night in guiding the Chargers to a 35-24 final score, and you might just do it. To say it was laughable is an understatement, though most of us were, indeed, laug…
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  • Ray Anderson likely is safe

    Ray Anderson likely is safe

    profootballtalk.com Oct 16, 2012
    In the wake of the replacement official debacle, league insiders were buzzing about the possibility that NFL V.P. of football operations Ray Anderson will be fired. Of course, folks with first-tier NFL jobs rarely are ever fired in the traditional sense…
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  • View From San Diego After Epic Collapse

    View From San Diego After Epic Collapse

    nytimes.com Oct 16, 2012
    The comeback by Peyton Manning and the Broncos was one part of the story on Monday night. In San Diego, they won't soon forget the blowing of a 24-0 halftime lead.
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  • Want to find the root of the Chargers’ recent troubles? Start a…

    Want to find the root of the Chargers’ recent troubles? Start at the top

    yahoo.com Oct 16, 2012
    Many will blame head coach Norv Turner for the San Diego Chargers' Monday night collapse against the Denver Broncos, and that's fair enough. Some will blame quarterback Philip Rivers, and that's more than fair. When you throw four interceptions and give…
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  • Manning ties comeback record with amazing second half

    Manning ties comeback record with amazing second half

    Through a string of recent comeback attempts that didn’t pay off, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning kept talking about working through the adversity. The work paid off Monday, as the Broncos took advantage of a hailstorm of turnovers by the Chargers to
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  • Jason Garrett takes the blame for Cowboys’ clock management

    Jason Garrett takes the blame for Cowboys’ clock management

    profootballtalk.com Oct 16, 2012
    With the Cowboys taking heat for the way they handled the end of their loss to the Ravens, head coach Jason Garrett is accepting the blame. “It starts with me,” Garrett said. The Cowboys trailed by two points with 26 seconds left and had the ball at t
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  • In an otherwise magnificent game, Peyton Manning’s tackle attem…

    In an otherwise magnificent game, Peyton Manning’s tackle attempt was hysterical

    yahoo.com Oct 16, 2012
    Look, we know that quarterbacks are made of fine china and tissue paper and they're not supposed to tackle anything tougher than a plate of grilled chicken. But even by the absurdly low standards we set for them, Peyton Manning's performance above in tr…
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  • Broncos rally from 24 down to shock Chargers

    Broncos rally from 24 down to shock Chargers

    ESPN.com Oct 16, 2012
    Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes in the second half and Tony Carter and Chris Harris scored off turnovers by Philip Rivers as the Denver Broncos overcame a 24-0 halftime deficit to stun the San Diego Chargers 35-24 on Monday night.
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  • The Chargers Pee Their Pants (Again)

    The Chargers Pee Their Pants (Again)

    grantland.com Oct 16, 2012
    When I was in first grade, there was a kid named Thomas who couldn't go more than a couple weeks without peeing his pants. Every day he'd come to scho...
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  • The NFL's Political Ad

    The NFL's Political Ad

    grantland.com Oct 16, 2012
    Did you catch that new political ad? A concerned mom — a woman who worries about her son in these uncertain times — asks a question. A goo...
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Manning Making Magic 03:06

    NFL32OT: Manning Making Magic

    Oct 16
    Episode 206: Wendi Nix and Antonio Pierce discuss Peyton Manning's comeback win over the Chargers. Adam Schefter breaks down what's next for Ray Lewis. The NFL32 crew discuss the problems plaguing the Cowboys.
  • Video - NFL Live OT: Replacing Starting QB's 03:26

    NFL Live OT: Replacing Starting QB's

    Oct 16
    How do teams decide when it's the right time to replace the starting QB with the backup?
  • Video - Top 10 Peyton Manning comebacks 02:01

    Top 10 Peyton Manning comebacks

    Oct 16
    Which of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning's comebacks is the best? Find out if Monday night's miracle in San Diego even cracked the top five.
  • Video - Buy or sell -- RG3 will outplay Eli Manning 03:59

    Buy or sell -- RG3 will outplay Eli Manning

    Oct 16
    Will Washington Redskins QB RG3 outplay New York Giants QB Eli Manning this week? Is Philip Rivers a reliable NFL quarterback? Heath Evans and Darren Sharper discuss those and other topics.

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