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Patriots continue to not acknowledge Brady’s hand injury
profootballtalk.com Updated Oct 30, 2013
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has a swollen hand. According to the Patriots, he doesn’t have an injured hand. Three days after CBS cameras captured images of a puffy throwing hand despite Brady’s best efforts to keep it hidden, the Patriots officially …Upvote Share Tweet
Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart finally returned to practice last week after having surgery on his ankle over the offseason. Stewart had missed the first six weeks of the season while on the physically unable to perform list. According t…Upvote Share TweetChiefs running back Jamaal Charles has had plenty of injuries this year, but he manages to keep playing. This week, he missed practice Wednesday with a sore knee. Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports that Charles nevertheless will play on Sunday. The knee i…Upvote Share TweetThe Seattle Seahawks made a surprising decision this offseason to convert Bruce Irvin from defensive end to strong-side linebacker. Irvin had led all rookies in 2012 with eight sacks as a situational pass rusher after being selected with the 15th pick i…Upvote Share Tweet
Okung, Giaocomini could be back at practice soonSeattle’s problems at offensive tackle could soon be getting solved. Coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that left tackle Russell Okung could be back at practice as soon as Friday, six weeks after he was placed in short-term injured reserve with a case of…Upvote Share TweetCan Nick Foles lift the Eagles into a playoff spot in the dreadful NFC East? Peter King and Andrew Brandt discuss.Upvote Share Tweet
Pete Carroll, Greg Schiano and the importance of locker room chemistryGreg Schiano has allegedly lost his locker room. What lessons could he learn from opposing coaches?Upvote Share TweetMiami Dolphins starting offensive tackle Jonathan Martin left the team following an incident with teammates, multiple sources confirmed to ESPN.com.Upvote Share TweetSan Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith is out of a substance-abuse treatment center and met with team officials Wednesday, coach Jim Harbaugh said.Upvote Share Tweet
Geno Smith: Run at playoffs starts with meThe New York Jets have exceeded expectations with a 4-4 record, but to make a serious run at a playoff berth, they need to improve at the quarterback position.Upvote Share TweetBills quarterback Thad Lewis missed Wednesday’s practice with injured ribs. Coach Doug Marrone said that Lewis is 50-50 to play. For now, take the over. Per a league source, Lewis is expected to play on Sunday, despite the missed practice. It remains to…Upvote Share Tweet
Fisher downplays meeting against TitansPublicly, St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher has no intention of letting on that Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans means anything more to him than any of the other 297 games he has coached.Upvote Share TweetThe ongoing debate regarding the Redskins name has been turned up a notch. In a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell that Oneida Indian Nation released to the media after its Wednesday meeting with the NFL, Nation Representative Ray Halbritter asked Goo…Upvote Share TweetA little more than two weeks after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford will have surgery to repair it, he said Wednesday.Upvote Share TweetTuesday’s trade deadline came and went without the Giants moving receiver Hakeem Nicks. While he hasn’t left yet, it’s only a matter of time before he does. Appearing in studio for Wednesday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN, Giants offensive line…Upvote Share Tweet
Matt Ryan may have had the worst 300-yard game everFalcons quarterback Matt Ryan did something unprecedented on Sunday. And not in a good way. Ryan completed 34 of 61 passes for 301 yards in a loss to the Cardinals, an average of 4.9 yards per pass attempt. According to Pro Football Reference, that mark…Upvote Share TweetWashington Redskins tight end Fred Davis said money might play a factor in his not being active the past two games, a charge his head coach, who doubles as the team president, denies.Upvote Share TweetAs the question lingered regarding when Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski would be available to return to play, we consistently pointed out that the bigger question is when he’ll be injured again. We have an answer. It’s now. The Patriots announced that…Upvote Share Tweet
Greg Cosell’s Spotlight Team – Carolina Panthers winning with defense and a diverse offenseI think the overlooked element of the Carolina Panthers and their three-game winning streak is the defense, because everyone focuses on quarterback Cam Newton. Carolina's front seven is exceptional. And I think Sean McDermott, their defensive coordinato…Upvote Share TweetAllen 'proud' to still be with Vikes after deadlineUpvote Share TweetThe Lions swapped out one injured reserve guy for another Wednesday. To clear the space needed to activate running back Montell Owens from injured reserve/designated for return, the Lions placed wide receiver Ryan Broyles on the season-ending version. B…Upvote Share TweetNFL head of officiating Dean Blandino said the NFL competition committee likely will review the league's taunting rule in the offseason.Upvote Share TweetThe debate continues to rage about whether Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant's intensity is out of control, but tight end Jason Witten has nothing but praise for his teammate's passion.Upvote Share Tweet
With team 2-5, RG III vexed but still upbeatRobert Griffin III isn't used to failure. Naturally, this season doesn't sit well with him.Upvote Share Tweet
Giants had 20-man Gong Show on TuesdayAs the Giants embark on their bye week with two straight wins, they may not be standing pat with the players they have. Per a league source, a whopping 20 players visited the Giants for tryouts on Tuesday. They were: defensive end Kendrick Adams, tight …Upvote Share TweetAn assurance from Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski did not keep Josh Gordon from staying by his phone on Tuesday.Upvote Share TweetThe Seahawks likely had an inkling before Tuesday’s trade deadline that receiver Sidney Rice was done for the year. But in lieu of making a trade for a wideout or bringing back, say, an aging wideout known widely by his initials who was in camp last sea…Upvote Share Tweet
Bruce Arians sees some Darren Sproles in Andre EllingtonCardinals coach Bruce Arians thinks rookie running back Andre Ellington can do some of the same things in Arizona’s offense that Darren Sproles does in New Orleans. Arians said on ESPN today that his vision for Ellington is less of a workhorse back and …Upvote Share TweetThe Tennessee Titans will be wearing a patch on their jerseys the rest of the season honoring their late owner Bud Adams starting Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.Upvote Share Tweet
Gone Fishing: At age 24, former Raiders first-round pick Roland…At age 24, former Raiders first-round pick Rolando McClain worried he would be the next pro to snap. So after a string of arrests led to his release in Oakland, McClain did the unthinkable: Rather than play for the Ravens, he walked away from football.Upvote Share Tweet
Prosecutor: Man guilty of murdering TaylorA Florida man confessed fully to the fatal shooting of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor only days after the 2007 crime and should be convicted of murder, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday.Upvote Share TweetCoach Greg Schiano on Wednesday defended the way the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been using cornerback Darrelle Revis in pass coverage.Upvote Share TweetUnemployed linebacker Rolando McClain walked away from the NFL prior to his 24th birthday, despite getting a second chance after a troubled career with the Oakland Raiders. Despite being offered a chance to make the Baltimore Ravens this summer, McClain…Upvote Share Tweet
Sources: Some Jaguars Players Got Beat Up In London After Sunday's Gamedeadspin.com Oct 30, 2013We don't have any names, but we do have two stories from two different sources, probably about the same group of players. In either case, the story ends with the players losing a fight and going to the hospital. The fight involves either women and hotel…Upvote Share TweetIf you scoffed at last week’s schedule of games coming in, as we did, consider this: No Week 9 NFL game matches up two teams that are currently in the projected playoff field. Kind of stunning. That said, there are some important games on the schedule t…Upvote Share TweetWith receiver Brandon Gibson placed on injured reserve after tearing a knee ligament against the Patriots, the Dolphins have needs at the position. On Tuesday, they look a look at four guys who could help them in that regard. Per a league source, Mohame…Upvote Share Tweet
Titans put previously benched Rob Turner on IRRob Turner had already lost his starting job with the Titans, now he’s lost for the season. According to John Glennon of the Tennesseean, Turner was placed on injured reserve Wednesday with a shoulder injury, and they signed veteran offensive lineman Pa…Upvote Share TweetTake a seat, Peyton Manning. Cool your jets, Jamaal Charles. Slam your hand in a door, Tom Brady. (Wait, he already did.) In a conference containing some of the best offensive players of the past generation, a second-year receiver has claimed the honors…Upvote Share TweetBrian Hoyer said the Cleveland Browns trainers have had to hold him back as he attacks his rehab from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right knee.Upvote Share Tweet
Bill Belichick dressing like a pirate, and smiling too? Yup, that happened (Photo)There have been some stunning costumes involving regular people doing NFL people, and vice versa, this Halloween season. Everyone will have their favorite. Baby Andy Reid is tremendously cute. The Sean Payton and Rob Ryan tandem costume was quite nice. …Upvote Share Tweet
Cover-Two: Taking stock of the division leaders from AFC East to NFC WestWhich division leaders are true contenders? Chris Burke and Doug Farrar take stock from the AFC East to NFC West.Upvote Share TweetBaltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice said he didn't intentionally spit on Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Phil Taylor seven weeks ago.Upvote Share Tweet
Watch Bears mascot ‘Staley Da Bear’ freak out unsuspecting patrons at costume shop (Video)Whoever came up with the prank of the Bears' mascot playing dead at a Halloween costume shop, just to scare unsuspecting patrons walking by ... congratulations. Because this video is hilarious. The mascot, "Staley Da Bear," ran this gag on a n…Upvote Share TweetWhen Eagles quarterback Mike Vick said he heard his hamstring pop on Sunday against the Giants, the presumption became that he was injured worse than he did the first time he strained the hamstring, three Sundays earlier against the Giants. Per a league…Upvote Share TweetSince announcing which of his bad quarterbacks he planned to start hasn’t worked so well, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier is going to keep it to himself this week. Frazier told reporters today that he had an idea who was going to start against the Cowboys …Upvote Share TweetThe Cincinnati Bengals put safety Taylor Mays on injured reserve Wednesday with a dislocated right shoulder, ending his season.Upvote Share Tweet
Ryan Succop wins AFC special teams awardLife is such for the 8-0 Chiefs that you don’t have to be perfect to win. Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop was named AFC special teams player of the week, after making three-of-four field goals to help his team to a 23-17 win over the Browns to stay undefeated…Upvote Share TweetStop the presses: A 329-yard game is enough to earn NFC offensive player of the week honors. Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, whose 329-yard performance in a win over the Cowboys was second in NFL history, has received the award for Week Eight. I’ve been …Upvote Share TweetNew York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas, who missed each of the past two seasons following ACL tears in the same knee, has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Sunday's 15-7 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.Upvote Share TweetYou can’t make a play longer than the one Cordarrelle Patterson made Sunday night, so it figures he’d get recognized. The Vikings rookie return man was named NFC special teams player of the week, after his 109-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against…Upvote Share Tweet
Ross Tucker and PFT Planet calls and tweets on today’s PFT LiveDespite the largely news-free passing of the NFL trade deadline, there’s plenty to talk about in the NFL today. Mike Florio will go head-to-head with Ross Tucker — and with PFT Planet — on today’s Pro Football Talk Live. Tucker, the former NFL offensive…Upvote Share TweetCleveland Browns executive Jon Sandusky has pleaded guilty to refusing a chemical test when he was pulled over last month for suspicion of drunken driving in Fargo.Upvote Share Tweet
Samantha And Christian Ponder Dressed Up As The Sandlot Charactersdeadspin.com Oct 30, 2013Guess who loves the 90s and probably also BuzzFeeᴅ. ESPN's Samantha Ponder and her husband, backup Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder.Read more...Upvote Share TweetThe reeling Baltimore Ravens decided to shake up their roster coming off their bye, cutting safety Michael Huff and defensive tackle Marcus Spears.Upvote Share Tweet
Young Packers fan has worn Aaron Rodgers jersey for more than 1,000 days in a rowDave Pehl mentioned to his son David, after David got an Aaron Rodgers jersey for Christmas, that a young boy had set a record by wearing a Brett Favre jersey for almost 1,600 straight days. He might regret that now. David Pehl, who is in sixth grade, s…Upvote Share Tweet
Nine teams that could be in the market for a new QB in 2014The QB carousel will be spinning fast in 2014 for these teams that may make a change behind center.Upvote Share Tweet
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie wins AFC defensive honorsWhen a quarterback’s playing as well as Peyton Manning has this year, other contributors can get overlooked. But Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie got some deserved recognition, winning AFC defensive player of the week honors. Rodgers-Croma…Upvote Share Tweet
Dimitroff addresses decision not to trade GonzalezFuture Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez made clear on Monday his desire to be traded to a contender, saying everything but, “Trade me to a contender.” Falcons G.M. Thomas Dimitroff has explained why none of his players were traded. “We are confident…Upvote Share Tweet
Tom Brady dressed as the Cowardly Lion for Halloween, but got to kiss GiseleAll right, this is just perfect. Tom Brady as the Cowardly Lion for Halloween, with Gisele as Dorothy. A Dorothy who complains that the Scarecrow and the Tin Man aren't carrying their share of the load in taking down the Wicked Witch, but whatever. We'l…Upvote Share TweetLike a lot of staffs, the Falcons went back to campus this offseason to learn how to better defend read-option principles, and running quarterbacks in general. That meant trips to Clemson and Vanderbilt, but all the scheming in the world might not be ab…Upvote Share Tweet
Peppers looks to be in his last season with ChicagoBefore the 2013 season began, Bears defensive end Julius Peppers dropped his base salary from $12.9 million to $9.9 million. Come 2014, the Bears likely will drop it all the way to zero. Peppers, who has only one sack this season, is due to make $13.9 m…Upvote Share Tweet
Game of the Week: New England and Pittsburgh trying to extend their dynastiesOf the last 10 AFC championship games, nine have featured New England, Pittsburgh or both. The Steelers and Patriots have won multiple Super Bowls this century and been model franchises for other NFL teams to copy. Now, both are just trying to hang onto…Upvote Share TweetSteelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says that if you want to measure the greatness of a quarterback, you just need to look at the success of his team. Which means that in Roethlisberger’s opinion, the best active quarterback in the NFL is Tom Brady.…Upvote Share Tweet
Waivers system now applies to all playersThe trade deadline has come and gone. And that has meaning beyond the fact that players no longer can be traded from one team to another. After the trade deadline, all players who are released by their current teams must pass through waivers. Before the…Upvote Share TweetQuarterback Jay Cutler isn’t the only injured Bear who thinks he’s ahead of schedule. Bears linebacker Lance Briggs, who was expected to miss four to six weeks with a shoulder injury, said he might cut those numbers in half. “The way injuries go, the do…Upvote Share TweetThe Bills waived DT Jay Ross and signed WR Cordell Roberson to the practice squad. The Dolphins need Rishard Matthews to be ready to fill the role of slot receiver now that Brandon Gibson is done for the season. Patriots coach Bill Belichick dressed lik…Upvote Share Tweet
Panthers add Matt Blanchard to practice squadThe Panthers added a quarterback, lightening the load in practice for the two guys who have taken every snap since final cuts. The Panthers signed former Bears quarterback Matt Blanchard to their practice squad, giving them a third behind Cam Newton and…Upvote Share TweetIt’s another reunion week in the NFL. After Peyton Manning went back to Indy in Week Seven and Mike Shanahan returned to Denver in Week Eight, long-time Oilers/Titans coach Jeff Fisher welcomes his former team to St. Louis on Sunday. Not surprisingly, F…Upvote Share TweetEven though Giants General Manager Jerry Reese didn’t come right out and say that coach Tom Coughlin’s future was secure, the things he said about the veteran coach made it seem like he’s going to get chances to fix things. While an 0-6 started was comp…Upvote Share TweetJoseph Robert Patterson, charged with multiple accounts related to the death of the two-year-old son of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, has been released from jail on bond. Earlier this week, the bond requirement was dropped from $750,000, which a…Upvote Share TweetAs receiving targets dwindle because of injuries, the Colts are willing to be a little more forgiving. The team announced they had re-signed tight end Weslye Saunders, who has now fulfilled his eight-game suspension for a second violation of the league’…Upvote Share TweetSt. Louis Rams guard Harvey Dahl was forced to leave Monday night’s game against the Seattle Seahawks after suffering an injury midway through the game. According to Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com, Rams’ head coach Jeff Fisher said Tuesday that Dahl’s injury …Upvote Share TweetA broken leg in the New York Giants’ final preseason game has kept Andre Brown out for the first eight weeks of the season. The Giants believe that Brown will be able to make his debut next week against the Oakland Raiders after their bye this week. Acc…Upvote Share Tweetgrantland.com Oct 30, 2013Yesterday's NFL trade deadline came and went with a flurry of activi ... oh, just the one deal, then? I guess that works, too. Despite rumors swirl...Upvote Share Tweet
'Sound FX': Matthew StaffordOct 30Get an inside look at Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford during the team's improbable comeback victory against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 8.
'Sound FX': Wes WelkerOct 30Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker is wired for sound during the team's 45-21 victory over the Washington Redskins in Week 8.
'Sound FX': Cameron JordanOct 30New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan is mic'd up during the Saints' decisive victory over the Buffalo Bill in Week 8.
Warner's top 5 QBs for Week 8Oct 30Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton makes the list this week after throwing for 221 yards and two touchdowns against the Buccaneers. See who else made and missed Kurt Warner's list of top five quarterbacks for Week 8.