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Amendola is cleared to play

Amendola is cleared to play

profootballtalk.com CNNSI.com Updated Oct 26, 2013
When last we saw Patriots receiver Danny Amendola, he didn’t look very good. Flattened by a legal helmet-to-helmet hit against the Saints, Amendola had an obvious concussion — and it hardly appeared to be “mild.” Two weeks later, Amendola has received c…
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  • League ditches exclusive helmet deal with Riddell

    League ditches exclusive helmet deal with Riddell

    profootballtalk.com Oct 26, 2013
    At a time when the highest bidder can be the “official” anything and everything of the NFL, the NFL will no longer will have an “official” helmet. Via multiple reports, the league will ditch its exclusive deal with Riddell after the 2013 season. Current…
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  • Tyson Jackson quietly sheds bust label

    Tyson Jackson quietly sheds bust label

    profootballtalk.com Oct 26, 2013
    The 2013 Chiefs have changed plenty of perceptions about the franchise. Among the players now viewed differently is defensive lineman Tyson Jackson. Previously regarded as a bust from a 2009 first-round class chock full of them, Jackson has drawn rave r…
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  • Tuck defends himself against criticism

    Tuck defends himself against criticism

    profootballtalk.com Oct 26, 2013
    The Giants haven’t been the same this year. Coincidentally (or not), defensive end Justin Tuck hasn’t been the same. But Tuck disagrees with those who say he’s winding down. “Eli [Manning], he’s your main guy and he’s playing terrible,” NBC’s Rodney Har…
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  • For the Jaguars, keeping a game close would be progress

    For the Jaguars, keeping a game close would be progress

    profootballtalk.com Oct 26, 2013
    The Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t just losing. They’re failing to keep their games close. All of the Jaguars’ losses this season have been by 10 points or more, making them look quite a bit worse than the NFL’s other winless team, the Buccaneers, who have…
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  • Joe Montana criticizes San Francisco for losing the 49ers

    Joe Montana criticizes San Francisco for losing the 49ers

    The San Francisco 49ers will move 39 miles away from San Francisco next season when they begin playing in their new stadium in Santa Clara, putting them farther from the city that bears their name than any team in American sports. That doesn’t sit well …
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  • Which TV Market's Getting Screwed Today? Your Week 8 NFL Viewin…

    Which TV Market's Getting Screwed Today? Your Week 8 NFL Viewing Maps

    deadspin.com Oct 26, 2013
    A guide to the best and worst of the NFL slate (and to which fans are stuck with the most of worst). Maps via 506sports.com.Read more...
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  • Wilkerson wins appeal of fine for hitting Locker

    Wilkerson wins appeal of fine for hitting Locker

    profootballtalk.com Oct 26, 2013
    When Titans quarterback Jake Locker was hurt on a play on which he was hit by Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples of the Jets, Locker said the hits were clean and he didn’t want either player fined. But NFL Vice President of Operations Merton Hanks di…
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  • Redskins rule out safety Reed Doughty

    Redskins rule out safety Reed Doughty

    profootballtalk.com Oct 26, 2013
    The Redskins will be missing both starting safeties on Sunday in Denver. The club ruled out strong safety Reed Doughty on Saturday, the club said. Doughty suffered a concussion in the Oct. 20 win vs. Chicago. Free safety Brandon Meriweather was suspende…
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  • Raiders bring up Jack Cornell from practice squad

    Raiders bring up Jack Cornell from practice squad

    profootballtalk.com Oct 26, 2013
    With offensive line injuries a concern entering Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh, the Raiders have added some depth. The Raiders have signed lineman Jack Cornell from the practice squad, the club said Saturday. In a corresponding move, the Raiders relea…
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  • Seahawks will not activate Harvin vs. Rams

    Seahawks will not activate Harvin vs. Rams

    The wait will continue for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin.
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  • Sunday Morning Quarterback: Brett Favre's memory loss puts a hi…

    Sunday Morning Quarterback: Brett Favre's memory loss puts a high-profile face on NFL's concussion problem

    nydailynews.com Oct 26, 2013
    Brett Favre had no regard for his body in his 20 years in the NFL. He had a linebacker mentality, the arm of a gunslinger and the enthusiasm of a kid playing just for fun in the schoolyard. He’s just 44 years old and a grandfather and retired after the …
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  • Finnegan closes in on return to action

    Finnegan closes in on return to action

    profootballtalk.com Oct 26, 2013
    When the Rams face the Seahawks on Monday night in the game no one in St. Louis will be watching, cornerback Cortland Finnegan could be playing. Finnegan, who injured his thigh during a Week Four Thursday night game against the 49ers, officially is list…
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  • Gruden says he’d like to give coaching “one more try”

    Gruden says he’d like to give coaching “one more try”

    profootballtalk.com Oct 26, 2013
    In Saturday’s one-liners, we pointed out that former Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden referred to one of the Glazers (we’re not sure which one — possibly Jay) as a “son of a bitch” during an Ocala speaking engagement. Lurking on the second page of the story …
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  • Weather could be a major issue for London game

    Weather could be a major issue for London game

    profootballtalk.com Oct 26, 2013
    As the NFL prepares to stage its second regular-season game of the season in London, an irregular weather event could impact the game. Via BBC News, a storm system due to hit England on Sunday night and Monday carries with it a risk of heavy rain, falli…
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  • Vikings add tight end Chase Ford from practice squad

    Vikings add tight end Chase Ford from practice squad

    profootballtalk.com Oct 26, 2013
    The Vikings promoted first-year tight end Chase Ford from the practice squad on Saturday. The move gives Minnesota three healthy tight ends for Sunday’s game vs. Green Bay with reserve Rhett Ellison (ankle) ruled out for Week Eight. Ford, who has been o…
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  • Goodell wants a team in both L.A. and London

    Goodell wants a team in both L.A. and London

    With the NFL eyeballing a return to Los Angeles and expansion to London, Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed for the first time his preferred pecking order. “I want both, but it doesn’t matter which one is first,” Goodell told a forum of European NFL f…
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  • Cowboys sign safety Jakar Hamilton

    Cowboys sign safety Jakar Hamilton

    profootballtalk.com Oct 26, 2013
    The Cowboys have added rookie safety Jakar Hamilton from their practice squad, the team said Saturday. The move bolsters the Cowboys’ safety depth. Starting strong safety J.J. Wilcox (knee) will miss Sunday’s game at Detroit. Hamilton, 24, played at Sou…
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  • Greg Cosell’s Film Review – Jets quarterback Geno Smith is maki…

    Greg Cosell’s Film Review – Jets quarterback Geno Smith is making very good progress

    yahoo.com Oct 26, 2013
    There are two things that stand out to me about Jets quarterback Geno Smith seven games into his rookie season. One is his willingness to pull the trigger on downfield throws, which is always a positive in the NFL. Will that result in some forced balls …
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  • Browns sign Darius Eubanks from practice squad

    Browns sign Darius Eubanks from practice squad

    profootballtalk.com Oct 26, 2013
    The Browns have brought up rookie linebacker Darius Eubanks from their practice squad, the team said Saturday. With Eubanks added the roster, the Browns waived linebacker Brandon Magee. Eubanks, 22, has been on Cleveland’s practice squad since Sept. 2, …
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  • Empty seats continue to plague the Bucs

    Empty seats continue to plague the Bucs

    profootballtalk.com Oct 26, 2013
    Although the Buccaneers have promised that none of this year’s home games will be blacked out on local television, they’re a long way from filling their stadium. For Thursday night’s loss to the Panthers, the Buccaners listed their paid attendance as 59…
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  • Tom Brady is feeling the pressure

    Tom Brady is feeling the pressure

    profootballtalk.com Oct 26, 2013
    Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is struggling with the blitz this season. Brady is usually among the best in football at getting the ball away quickly and accurately when opposing teams blitz him, but as former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski demonstrated t…
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  • As RG3 runs less, Luck and Wilson run more

    As RG3 runs less, Luck and Wilson run more

    profootballtalk.com Oct 26, 2013
    The three rookie quarterbacks who took the NFL by storm last season — Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson — are all excellent athletes who can beat teams with their feet as well as with their arms. But last year, Luck and Wilson were some…
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  • Freddie Mitchell links his tax fraud conviction to brain injuri…

    Freddie Mitchell links his tax fraud conviction to brain injuries

    profootballtalk.com Oct 26, 2013
    Former Eagles receiver Freddie Mitchell pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to file a false claim as part of a tax-fraud scheme. As he attempts to convince a judge to go easy on him in sentencing, he is suggesting that brain injuries suffered playing …
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  • Injury History Of Everyone On The Field When Jermichael Finley …

    Injury History Of Everyone On The Field When Jermichael Finley Got Hurt

    deadspin.com Oct 26, 2013
    The play above, from the fourth quarter of last weekend's Browns-Packers game, ended with Jermichael Finley temporarily paralyzed on the field after a major hit. He was carted off, began walking the next day, and was released from the hospital on Thursd…
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  • Jerry Jones: I’m more worried about Reggie Bush than Megatron

    Jerry Jones: I’m more worried about Reggie Bush than Megatron

    profootballtalk.com Oct 26, 2013
    As Dallas prepares to head to Detroit, Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones says Calvin Johnson is not the Lion who worries him most. Asked on KRLD-FM whether he’s more concerned about his defense facing Johnson or Lions running back Reggie Bus…
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  • One Play Saved a Game and May Have Saved the Jets’ Season

    One Play Saved a Game and May Have Saved the Jets’ Season

    nytimes.com Oct 26, 2013
    If not for speedy linebacker Demario Davis, whose tackle in the Sept. 8 game against the Bucs helped them win the game, the Jets would not be contending for a playoff berth.
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  • Goodell says Aldon Smith entering rehab will count in his favor

    Goodell says Aldon Smith entering rehab will count in his favor

    profootballtalk.com Oct 26, 2013
    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith is less likely to face league discipline because he decided on his own to enter rehabilitation for addiction. Asked by ESPN if Smith’s decision to seek alcohol treatment works in his favor…
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  • Giants’ Hillis Goes From Watching ‘Monday Night Football’ to Pl…

    Giants’ Hillis Goes From Watching ‘Monday Night Football’ to Playing in It

    nytimes.com Oct 26, 2013
    Peyton Hillis, who had been discarded by three teams in the last three years before the Giants signed him last week, scored a pivotal touchdown in the their first victory of the season Monday.
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  • Rehab will factor into ruling on 49ers' Smith

    Rehab will factor into ruling on 49ers' Smith

    ESPN.com Oct 26, 2013
    Aldon Smith's decision to seek alcohol treatment could work in his favor when the NFL decides whether to suspend him for his off-the-field issues.
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  • Saturday morning one-liners

    Saturday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Oct 26, 2013
    Bills coach Doug Marrone is grateful for the things he learned from the head coach he’ll face this weekend in New Orleans. Nearly $1.2 million has been raised to fight progeria, with $500,000 coming from Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who was inspired by …
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  • Gerald McCoy tells fans they’re taking Schiano anger too far

    Gerald McCoy tells fans they’re taking Schiano anger too far

    profootballtalk.com Oct 26, 2013
    Tampa Bay fans despise Greg Schiano right now, and Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy understands that when a team is 0-7, the coach is going to hear the boos. But McCoy thinks some Buccaneers fans are taking it too far. McCoy said the invective d…
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  • Starks, Lacy to share time in Green Bay backfield

    Starks, Lacy to share time in Green Bay backfield

    profootballtalk.com Oct 26, 2013
    With Packers running backs James Starks (pictured) and Eddie Lacy finally healthy at the same time, both guys will be playing. But while the carries will be shared, Lacy is expected to remain the No. 1 guy. “Eddie is running the ball well right now,” ru…
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  • Learning From Veterans, Giants Lineman Earns Trust and Playing …

    Learning From Veterans, Giants Lineman Earns Trust and Playing Time

    nytimes.com Oct 26, 2013
    Center Jim Cordle, set to play against the Eagles on Sunday in his fourth N.F.L. start, has helped solidify the offensive line after injuries to David Baas and others.
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  • Video - Have teams figured out San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick? 03:18

    Have teams figured out San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick?

    Oct 26
    The "NFL Total Access" team has some mind-blowing stats to show why San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick isn't having the season everyone expected him to have.
  • Video - Monday Night Football Preview 01:18

    Monday Night Football Preview

    Oct 26
    Jon Gruden and Mike Tirico preview Monday night's matchup between the Seahawks and Rams at 8:30 pm ET on ESPN.