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Michigan coaches to don CHUCKSTRONG T-shirts

Michigan coaches to don CHUCKSTRONG T-shirts

profootballtalk.com Updated Oct 9, 2012
As the Michigan Wolverines prepare to play Illinois on Saturday, the team’s coaching staff will wear CHUCKSTRONG T-shirts purchased from the Colts’ official website. According to ESPN.com, coach Brady Hoke bought 40 of the T-shirts, which will be worn
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  • Bills sign Reggie Wells

    Bills sign Reggie Wells

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    After their first, second, and third games, the Chargers signed offensive lineman Reggie Wells.  Before their second, third, and fourth games, the Chargers cut offensive lineman Reggie Wells. But they didn’t sign him again before their fifth game, and
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  • Report:  Jets not interested in T.O.

    Report: Jets not interested in T.O.

    As to the possibility of signing receiver Terrell Owens, Jets coach Rex Ryan publicly said Tuesday, “Never say never.” Privately, the Jets are saying never. Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the Jets aren’t interested in Owens. Instead, th
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  • Harbaugh says he’s concerned about Smith’s finger

    Harbaugh says he’s concerned about Smith’s finger

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    49ers quarterback Alex Smith said after Sunday’s romp over the Bills that he has no concerns about a sprained middle finger on his throwing hand.  Coach Jim Harbaugh lacks the same level of confidence. “It’s very much of a concern,” Harbaugh said
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  • Buddy Nix wants more urgency from the defense

    Buddy Nix wants more urgency from the defense

    The Bills are hanging out in the desert this week before they face the Cardinals and they’re doing a little bit of soul searching to figure out how to stop a slide that’s seen them outscored 97-31 in the last two games. When they’re hanging out in a
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  • Source:  Cushing torn ACL is confirmed

    Source: Cushing torn ACL is confirmed

    After Monday night’s game against the Jets, the Texans feared that linebacker Brian Cushing suffered a torn ACL. An MRI has confirmed those fears. A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Cushing’s ACL is indeed torn.  It means that he
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  • Outside the Game: Kyle Turley hopes to get back to NFL stadiums…

    Outside the Game: Kyle Turley hopes to get back to NFL stadiums - this time, with his band

    yahoo.com Oct 9, 2012
    As a football player, offensive lineman Kyle Turley was best-known for one incident. When Turley's Saints played the New York Jets at the Superdome in November of 2011, there was a play in which Jets defensive player Damien Robinson was trying to twist …
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  • 'Encouraged' Ryan expects Keller to return

    'Encouraged' Ryan expects Keller to return

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller, who has missed the last four games with a pulled hamstring, is expected to play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, according to Rex Ryan.
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  • NFL: Week 5 knee-jerk reactions

    NFL: Week 5 knee-jerk reactions

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    You’ve heard the chatter by the sports pundits and on the talk shows. Heck, you may have even heard it here. So are the knee-jerk reactions about your team based in reality? Our NFL bloggers weigh in.
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  • Belichick: Welker’s got a good sense of humor

    Belichick: Welker’s got a good sense of humor

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    If Patriots coach Bill Belichick was upset by wide receiver Wes Welker’s comment that it was nice to stick it in the coach’s face after catching 13 balls in the win over the Broncos, he’s not sharing it with the public. Belichick directed questions
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  • Ryan: Jets sticking with struggling Sanchez

    Ryan: Jets sticking with struggling Sanchez

    Mark Sanchez is mired in one of the worst slumps of his career, but he will remain the New York Jets' starting quarterback.
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  • Dolphins RB Bush to become first-time father

    Dolphins RB Bush to become first-time father

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    Reggie Bush is going to become a first-time father.
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  • Former Pats RB Faulk retires, receives praise

    Former Pats RB Faulk retires, receives praise

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    Former New England Patriots running back Kevin Faulk announced his retirement Thursday in a ceremony at Gillette Stadium attended by his coaches and teammates.
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  • PFT Live: Texans talk with James Palmer

    PFT Live: Texans talk with James Palmer

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    Week Five is in the books and we’ll spend some time during Tuesday’s edition of PFT Live talking about one of the two remaining unbeaten teams. James Palmer of CSN Houston will join Mike Florio to talk about the Texans in the wake of their 23-17 win o
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  • Patriots streamline play calling, speed up offense

    Patriots streamline play calling, speed up offense

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    The Patriots’ fast-paced offense gave the Broncos fits on Sunday. And simplifying the play calling was a big part of it. New England used one-word play calls for much of the game against Denver, taking what is ordinarily a mouthful that includes the for
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  • Stock Watch: AFC East

    Stock Watch: AFC East

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    Let's take a look at whose AFC East stock is rising and falling in Week 5: Falling 1. Buffalo Bills: I don’t know what got into the Bills. But this team has been in a major funk the past two weeks. The Bills have gone from 2-1 to 2-3 after back-to-back
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  • Tebow gets seven snaps, exits in goal-line situation

    Tebow gets seven snaps, exits in goal-line situation

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    The Jets continue to stumble when it comes to devising the proper strategy for using quarterback Tim Tebow. Amid rampant reports and speculation that the Jets would make extensive use out of Tebow on Monday night against the Texans, Tebow was involved i…
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  • Bills hope to regroup with an extra week in the West

    Bills hope to regroup with an extra week in the West

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick grew up in Arizona, so he knows about the old hippies and New Agers who flock to Sedona. He might considering leading a field trip of self-discovery this week. “Light some incense,” Fitzpatrick joked with Tim Graham
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  • Tuesday morning one-liners

    Tuesday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    Said Bills LB Nick Barnett, “Going on two weeks and giving up that many run yards and giving up the plays we gave up, it’s disappointing and deflating. I don’t lose hope. I’m going to keep striking and pushing forward because I know we have the po
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  • For Jets, Fourth-Quarter Glimpses of Ground-and-Pound Identity

    For Jets, Fourth-Quarter Glimpses of Ground-and-Pound Identity

    If the injury-depleted Jets are going to find a way to get back on the plus side of .500, re-establishing their ground-and-pound roots would seem to be a necessity.
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  • Foster carries unbeaten Texans to win vs. Jets

    Foster carries unbeaten Texans to win vs. Jets

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    Arian Foster ran for 152 yards and a touchdown, and the Texans stayed unbeaten by defeating the Jets for the first time in team history, hanging on for a 23-17 victory Monday night.
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  • Video - What's going on with the Jets? 01:31

    What's going on with the Jets?

    Oct 9
    The New York Jets are facing countless problems offensively and defensively. Is Mark Sanchez the main problem for team's recent failures? Charley Casserly gives his answer.
  • Video - Who Should Start For The Jets? 06:21

    Who Should Start For The Jets?

    Oct 9
    Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss whether Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow should start against the Colts.
  • Video - Was Wes Welker Joking With Belichick? 06:00

    Was Wes Welker Joking With Belichick?

    Oct 9
    Rapper Bun B, Eric Mangini, Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss Wes Welker's claim that he was joking in his postgame comments about coach Bill Belichick.
  • Video - Blogger Blitz: Dolphins D-Line Stepping Up 00:56

    Blogger Blitz: Dolphins D-Line Stepping Up

    Oct 9
    AFC East blogger James Walker talks about the division's unsung heroes, the Miami Dolphins' defensive line

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    Oct 9
    "I read your story,'' Robert Griffin III told me the night of the NFL Draft in New York. "Interesting."
  • Suspended New Orleans Saints snared by own words

    Oct 9
    Roger Goodell used the suspended Saints' own words against them in the bounty case, writes Jeffri Chadiha.
  • Don Banks: In Newton's regression, shades of another recent fall from grac…

    Oct 9
    The comparison grows a little more obvious and well-defined as the weeks pass, and so do the concerns. When you watch the early-season struggles of last year's rookie sensation quarterback, Carolina's Cam Newton, it's hard to fight the feeling that perh…
  • Jim Trotter: Awards Watch: Week 5

    Oct 9
    The pulse of the NFL season changes weekly. Every Tuesday, SI.com will break down the front-runners for the major NFL awards.