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Peyton Hillis lashed back at former teammate Joe Thomas on Thursday, comparing the Browns' offensive tackle to a "crazy ex-girlfriend" after he made disparaging comments about the Kansas City Chiefs running back.Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Issue of control could determine Heckert’s fateWith rumors swirling that new Browns CEO Joe Banner plans to fire G.M. Tom Heckert and replace him with Mike Lombardi, a new report suggests that Heckert’s future hinges on one thing. Control. According to Patrick McManamon of FOXSportsOhio.com, HeckertUpvote Share Tweet
Roethlisberger will wear special padding to protect ribWhen Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returns to action on Sunday, nearly a month after injuring his shoulder and suffering a dislocated rib, he’ll be carrying some extra baggage. Per the Associated Press, Roethlisberger will wear a “custom fitUpvote Share TweetThe Cowboys’ offensive line will have a tough task protecting quarterback Tony Romo from Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins on Sunday. And that task will get even tougher if they’re down a starting guard. But with starting guard Nate Livings out ofUpvote Share TweetThe Steelers are getting Ben Roethlisberger back at quarterback on Sunday and we’ve got one of the guys he’ll be throwing to on Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network on Thursday. Erik Kuselias will talk to Sanders about the return of Big Ben to theUpvote Share TweetPITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will start on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.Upvote Share TweetRavens linebacker Paul Kruger frequently wears his jersey tight and pulled up high, presumably because it makes it harder for opposing offensive linemen to grab it. But now that habit has proved costly for Kruger. The NFL has fined Kruger $5,000 for vio…Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Updated Dec 6, 2012Kerry Collins and Trent Dilfer were high picks who had better playing days for teams that did not draft them.Upvote Share Tweet
Ravens lineman shaves head to honor PaganoIt’s a testament to Colts coach Chuck Pagano, that not only cheerleaders are willing to shave their heads in a show of support for him, but players on other teams as well. Ravens defensive lineman Arthur Jones has shaved his head and all his facial hairUpvote Share Tweet
Where they rank on offense, defenseThe lack of carries for Ray Rice has been a season-long problem for Baltimore. It shows up in the production. The Ravens currently have the 23rd-ranked ground game in the league, which is not typical for Baltimore. The Ravens' rushing attack has ranked …Upvote Share TweetThe Bengals have signed kicker Josh Brown to fill in for the injured Mike Nugent, who hurt his right calf and didn't practice Wednesday.Upvote Share TweetESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter says it looks like Ben Roethlisberger will be healthy enough to start Sunday against the Chargers.Upvote Share Tweet
Is Hue Jackson interested in Volunteers?Hue Jackson, an assistant coach for special teams and defensive backs for the Bengals, is reportedly interested in the University of Tennessee coaching job, AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky posted on Twitter. Jackson would make a good coach on the colleg…Upvote Share Tweet
Peter King: NFL Week 14 PicksCNNSI.com Updated Dec 6, 2012If the Pats get the AFC's No. 2 seed, they'll have earned it, thanks to a brutal two-game stretch that starts now. Can they slow the Texans' playmakers? Peter King picks Week 14.Upvote Share Tweet
It's 'Hunger Games' for Bengals lineThe way the Bengals' defensive line has been sacking quarterbacks, you're waiting for some comparison to the Fearsome Foursome or another memorable defense from the past. You probably weren't expecting a reference to a young adult novel about a fight to…Upvote Share TweetThe Bengals took a look at three kickers Thursday while Mike Nugent recovers from a calf injury and they chose one of them to serve as a replacement until Nugent is ready to get back to work. The team announced that Josh Brown beat out Billy Cundiff and…Upvote Share Tweet
Elusive three-game win streak for BrownsThe Browns are looking for more than a win over their former coach (Romeo Crennel) and quarterback (Brady Quinn) Sunday against the Chiefs (2-10). It would also mark Cleveland's first three-game win streak since the Browns won their final four games at …Upvote Share Tweet
Usama Young back at practice for BrownsCleveland Browns safety Usama Young was back at practice Wednesday after missing last Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders with a concussion. Young suffered the concussion two weeks ago against the Pittsburgh Steelers and wasn’t cleared in time tUpvote Share TweetThe Cincinnati Bengals play host to the Dallas Cowboys this weekend in a match up that could determine the playoff fate for both teams. But to Bengals cornerback Adam Jones, there’s even a little bit more on the line as well. Jones gets to play againstUpvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Cowboys Keeping Playoff Hopes AliveDec 6Episode 232: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss the Cowboys chances to make the playoffs. John Clayton breaks down the impact of Brian Urlacher's injury on the Bears defense. The NFL32 discuss the return of Ben Roethlisberger.
NFL Cold Hard FactsDec 6Cold Hard Facts looks at the Robert Griffin III, Redskins vs. Ravens and Giants vs. Saints.
Ben Roethlisberger To Start SundayDec 6Tedy Bruschi and Herm Edwards react to the news that Ben Roethlisberger will start Sunday against the Chargers.
Clark talks Big Ben's impactDec 6Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark phones in on "Around the League" to talk quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's return as well as the team's crucial victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
Biggest NFL games of Week 14 -- John Clayton's First & 10Dec 6No. 1 seeds are on the line this weekend, but that distinction isn't as valuable as it once was, John Clayton writes.