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Don Banks: Backs against wall, Batch, Steelers prove they're no…

Don Banks: Backs against wall, Batch, Steelers prove they're not quite done yet

CNNSI.com ESPN.com yahoo.com Updated Dec 2, 2012
BALTIMORE -- We probably should have seen this one coming. The aging Charlie Batch has looked like he was on his last legs for years now. Just like the aging Pittsburgh Steelers. But they both refuse to go away. At least quietly.
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  • Tomlin-Harbaugh handshake weird

    Tomlin-Harbaugh handshake weird

    ESPN.com Dec 2, 2012
    In one of the most bitter rivalries in sports, now it seems like the head coaches can't get along. Shortly after Shaun Suisham's field goal won the game for Pittsburgh, the Ravens' John Harbaugh calmly walked up to the Steelers' Mike Tomlin at midfield …
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  • Terrell Suggs says he’ll be all right after leaving with arm in…

    Terrell Suggs says he’ll be all right after leaving with arm injury

    profootballtalk.com Dec 2, 2012
    Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs came off the field during Sunday’s loss to the Steelers holding his arm, making his status a hot topic after the game in Baltimore. Suggs didn’t speak extensively to the media after the game, but Aaron Wilson of the Bal
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  • Ike Taylor has fibula injury, could be significant

    Ike Taylor has fibula injury, could be significant

    The Steelers’ win over the Ravens may have come at a significant price. Cornerback Ike Taylor, we’re told, has a fibula injury.  He’ll have an MRI on Monday. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, there is concern that the injury is signific
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  • Patriots, Broncos, Falcons, Texans clinch playoffs, Ravens do n…

    Patriots, Broncos, Falcons, Texans clinch playoffs, Ravens do not

    profootballtalk.com Dec 2, 2012
    Heading into Sunday, five NFL teams had a chance to clinch a playoff berth. Four of them succeeded. The Patriots, Broncos and Falcons all clinched their divisions on Sunday, while the Texans clinched a spot in the AFC playoffs. But the Ravens, who would…
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  • Dennis Allen away from team until Wednesday to be with sick fat…

    Dennis Allen away from team until Wednesday to be with sick father

    profootballtalk.com Dec 2, 2012
    The Raiders took it on the chin again on Sunday in a 20-17 loss to the Browns and they now have to turn around to play the streaking Broncos on Thursday night. And they’ll have to do it without their head coach being around for the first two days of pre
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  • Wrap-up: Bengals 20, Chargers 13

    Wrap-up: Bengals 20, Chargers 13

    My thoughts on the Cincinnati Bengals' 20-13 victory at the San Diego Chargers: What it means: The Bengals (7-5) kept pace in the AFC playoff race with their fourth straight win. Cincinnati remains tied with Pittsburgh for the sixth and final playoff sp…
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  • Cleveland Browns Groundskeeper Commits Suicide At Practice Faci…

    Cleveland Browns Groundskeeper Commits Suicide At Practice Facility

    Earlier this afternoon, Jay Glazer passed along news about a Cleveland Browns employee's apparent suicide at a team facility on the same day Javon Belcher took his girlfriend's life before taking his own-also at his team's facility. More »
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  • Steelers finally beat Ravens without Roethlisberger

    Steelers finally beat Ravens without Roethlisberger

    Charlie Batch rebounded from last week’s disaster, and led the Steelers to a 23-20 win over the Ravens. The Steelers only gave it away twice, a departure from last week’s eight-turnover disaster of a loss to the Browns. It stopped a two-game losing st
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  • The Browns have themselves a winning streak

    The Browns have themselves a winning streak

    Entering Sunday, the Browns had not won games in consecutive weeks since the second and third weeks of the 2011 season. That changed when they beat the Raiders 20-17 in Oakland. The win was Cleveland’s second in a row after they knocked off the Steelers
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  • Jay Ratliff headlines Cowboys, Eagles inactive lists

    Jay Ratliff headlines Cowboys, Eagles inactive lists

    yahoo.com Dec 2, 2012
    Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is active for Sunday night's game against the Philadelphia Eagles and will play for the first time since injuring his foot in an Oct. 14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Murray led the Cowboys with 897 rushing yar…
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  • Steelers-Ravens having a Steelers-Ravens game

    Steelers-Ravens having a Steelers-Ravens game

    profootballtalk.com Dec 2, 2012
    Just when it looked like the Ravens were about to blow this one open, the Steelers have forced a 20-20 tie in the fourth quarter. Ravens safety Ed Reed killed a scoring chance with an interception in the end zone (after collecting Emmanuel Sanders‘ inex
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  • Rapid Reaction: Steelers 23, Ravens 20

    Rapid Reaction: Steelers 23, Ravens 20

    ESPN.com Dec 2, 2012
    BALTIMORE -- My thoughts on the the Pittsburgh Steelers' 23-20 victory at the Baltimore Ravens: What it means: On Shaun Suisham's 42-yard game-winner as time expired, the Steelers (7-5) stayed in the thick of the AFC playoff race by upsetting the Ravens…
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  • Inactives for Bengals, Browns

    Inactives for Bengals, Browns

    ESPN.com Dec 2, 2012
    Here are the inactives for the other afternoon games in the AFC North: Browns at Raiders Browns: DT Ronnie Cameron, RB Brandon Jackson, OL Jarrod Shaw, S Usama Young, CB Dimitri Patterson, WR Josh Cooper, S Ray Ventrone. Raiders: OL Willie Smith, RB Mik…
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  • Mendenhall is inactive for the Steelers

    Mendenhall is inactive for the Steelers

    ESPN.com Dec 2, 2012
    BALTIMORE -- Rashard Mendenhall went from the starting running back last week to being inactive today against the Ravens. That's what happens when Mendenhall fumbles on two of his four carries against the Browns. Mendenhall, who has dealt with injuries …
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  • Ravens are hurting at inside linebacker

    Ravens are hurting at inside linebacker

    ESPN.com Dec 2, 2012
    BALTIMORE -- The Steelers are down to their third-string quarterback in Charlie Batch. The Ravens, though, are down to their third-string linebacker. Already without Ray Lewis (torn triceps), the Ravens will be without his replacement in Dannell Ellerbe…
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  • Darren McFadden not expected to play vs. Browns

    Darren McFadden not expected to play vs. Browns

    profootballtalk.com Dec 2, 2012
    Although the Raiders were optimistic during the week that running back Darren McFadden could play today against the Browns, it appears that he’ll sit out. McFadden is unlikely to play today, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. The absence of McFadden, who s
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  • Sunday notes: Bengals without Sanu

    Sunday notes: Bengals without Sanu

    ESPN.com Dec 2, 2012
    Here are some notes heading into Sunday's games: RAVENS: Ravens defensive lineman Art Jones was devastated by the news of Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who fatally shot his girlfriend Saturday and then committed suicide at Arrowhead Stadium. Jones wa…
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  • Video - Sunday Blitz: Browns-Raiders Recap 01:09

    Sunday Blitz: Browns-Raiders Recap

    Dec 2
    Jorge Andres and Eric Allen break down the Browns' 20-17 win over the Raiders
  • Video - Sunday Blitz: Bengals-Chargers Recap 01:49

    Sunday Blitz: Bengals-Chargers Recap

    Dec 2
    Jorge Andres and Eric Allen break down the Bengals' 20-13 win over the Chargers
  • Video - Sunday Blitz: Steelers-Ravens Recap 01:59

    Sunday Blitz: Steelers-Ravens Recap

    Dec 2
    Jorge Andres and Eric Allen break down the Steelers' 23-20 win over the Ravens
  • Video - Bengals postgame press conference 02:58

    Bengals postgame press conference

    Dec 2
    Bengals react following game with Chargers

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Backs against wall, Batch, Steelers prove they're not quite don…

    Dec 2
    BALTIMORE -- We probably should have seen this one coming. The aging Charlie Batch has looked like he was on his last legs for years now. Just like the aging Pittsburgh Steelers. But they both refuse to go away. At least quietly.
  • Don Banks: Surprisingly, the race is on in NFC West, North; more Snaps

    Dec 2
    BALTIMORE -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a tragedy-marred Week 13 in the NFL, but one that treated us to multiple fantastic finishes...
  • Kansas City Chiefs take first step toward healing after Jovan Belcher trag…

    Dec 2
    Kansas City Chiefs take first step toward healing after Jovan Belcher tragedy.