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Michigan coaches to don CHUCKSTRONG T-shirts
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 wornUpvote Share Tweet
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, andUpvote Share TweetAs 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, thUpvote Share Tweet49ers 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 saidUpvote Share TweetThe 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 aUpvote Share TweetAfter 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 heUpvote Share Tweet
Outside the Game: Kyle Turley hopes to get back to NFL stadiums - this time, with his bandyahoo.com Updated Oct 9, 2012As 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 …Upvote Share TweetNew 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.Upvote Share TweetYou’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.Upvote Share TweetIf 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 questionsUpvote Share TweetMark Sanchez is mired in one of the worst slumps of his career, but he will remain the New York Jets' starting quarterback.Upvote Share Tweet
Dolphins RB Bush to become first-time fatherReggie Bush is going to become a first-time father.Upvote Share TweetFormer New England Patriots running back Kevin Faulk announced his retirement Thursday in a ceremony at Gillette Stadium attended by his coaches and teammates.Upvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: Texans talk with James PalmerWeek 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 oUpvote Share Tweet
Patriots streamline play calling, speed up offenseThe 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 forUpvote Share TweetLet'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-backUpvote Share TweetThe 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Bills hope to regroup with an extra week in the WestBills 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 GrahamUpvote Share TweetSaid 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 poUpvote Share TweetIf 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.Upvote Share TweetArian 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.Upvote Share Tweet
What's going on with the Jets?Oct 9The 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.
Who Should Start For The Jets?Oct 9Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss whether Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow should start against the Colts.
Was Wes Welker Joking With Belichick?Oct 9Rapper 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.
Blogger Blitz: Dolphins D-Line Stepping UpOct 9AFC East blogger James Walker talks about the division's unsung heroes, the Miami Dolphins' defensive line
Peter King: Unless he plays smarter, RGIII will lose to Luck in long-term;…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 wordsOct 9Roger 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 9The 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 5Oct 9The pulse of the NFL season changes weekly. Every Tuesday, SI.com will break down the front-runners for the major NFL awards.