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Ravens' Reed fined $55K for hit on Giants' Cruz

Ravens' Reed fined $55K for hit on Giants' Cruz

ESPN.com profootballtalk.com Updated Dec 27, 2012
Ravens safety Ed Reed has been fined $55,000 for his hit on Victor Cruz in Sunday's game. An NFL spokesman confirmed Reed's fine for striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area.
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  • Dalton:  Bengals are treating meaningless Week 17 like any othe…

    Dalton: Bengals are treating meaningless Week 17 like any other week

    profootballtalk.com Dec 27, 2012
    The Bengals have earned their first back-to-back playoff berths in franchise history.  But they’re not taking a victory lap as they prepare for a Week 17 game against the Ravens that won’t improve, or diminish, Cincy’s playoff positioning. Quarterb
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  • LeBeau intends on returning to Steelers in 2013

    LeBeau intends on returning to Steelers in 2013

    CNNSI.com Dec 27, 2012
    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Armed with a promise from his beloved defensive coordinator that he wouldn't retire without first informing his players, Ryan Clark threatened to avoid Dick LeBeau.
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  • RG3: I’ll be able to do more this week

    RG3: I’ll be able to do more this week

    profootballtalk.com Dec 27, 2012
    Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s return to action against the Eagles last week went just fine. The Redskins won and Griffin did no new damage to the knee he injured in Week 14 against the Ravens, which made the day a success even if they operat
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  • Andy Dalton drops by PFT on NBC Sports Network

    Andy Dalton drops by PFT on NBC Sports Network

    profootballtalk.com Dec 27, 2012
    Andy Dalton has become the first man to quarterback the Bengals to consecutive playoff appearances in a long time and we’ll get a chance to hear his thoughts about it during Thursday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network. Erik Kuselias
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  • Steelers were stunned by Brett Keisel’s sack celebration penalt…

    Steelers were stunned by Brett Keisel’s sack celebration penalty

    profootballtalk.com Dec 27, 2012
    Steelers defensive lineman Brett Keisel thought he had ended the Bengals’ first series on Sunday with a third-down sack. And then a flag came down that left the Steelers stunned. After Keisel sacked Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton on third down, he got
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  • Where they rank on offense, defense

    Where they rank on offense, defense

    ESPN.com Dec 27, 2012
    The Steelers (7-8) are looking to avoid more than their first losing season with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday. With one regular-season game remaining, Pittsburgh is ranked 22nd in scoring. The Steelers have never finished lower than 21st sin…
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  • Casey Hampton wants to play two more years

    Casey Hampton wants to play two more years

    profootballtalk.com Dec 27, 2012
    When the Steelers told wide receiver Hines Ward that they didn’t have a place for him in the 2012 season, he chose to retire rather than sign on with a different team. Defensive tackle Casey Hampton isn’t interested in going that route. Hampton is the
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  • Joe Flacco says win over Giants was 'a good game for us to buil…

    Joe Flacco says win over Giants was 'a good game for us to build off of'

    baltimoresun.com Dec 27, 2012
    Ravens quarterback completed 25 of 36 passes for 309 yards, two touchdowns for 114.2 passer ratingOrchestrating the Ravens' most productive offensive performance of the season, quarterback Joe Flacco is upbeat about what it could mean for the AFC North …
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  • Browns' Weeden, McCoy still not practicing

    Browns' Weeden, McCoy still not practicing

    ESPN.com Dec 27, 2012
    Third-string quarterback Thad Lewis is one day closer to starting for the Browns.
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  • Strange to see Ravens close to this record

    Strange to see Ravens close to this record

    ESPN.com Dec 27, 2012
    The Ravens are on the verge of setting the team record for most points scored in a season. The strange twist is that Baltimore can set a new scoring mark just three games after firing its offensive coordinator. Of course, not all of the Ravens' points h…
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  • Geno Atkins wins AFC defensive player of the week honors

    Geno Atkins wins AFC defensive player of the week honors

    The Bengals are headed back to the playoffs thanks in large part to their defensive line, and another member of that line picked up an award Thursday. Defensive tackle Geno Atkins was named AFC defensive player of the week, after last week’s postseason-
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  • Win And In: The NFC East crown comes down to Sunday night whe……

    Win And In: The NFC East crown comes down to Sunday night whe…

    CNNSI.com Dec 27, 2012
    The NFC East crown comes down to Sunday night when Washington hosts Dallas. Peter King says the Redskins win on the back of one guy. And it's not who you might think.
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  • Browns QB decision speaks to lack of security there

    Browns QB decision speaks to lack of security there

    profootballtalk.com Dec 27, 2012
    The Browns are one day closer to a depth chart of Thaddeus Lewis and Josh Johnson at quarterback, after Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy were held out of another day of practice Thursday with shoulder injuries. And that may get them one day closer to a new…
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  • AFC North wrap: all-division team, more

    AFC North wrap: all-division team, more

    ESPN.com Dec 27, 2012
    Five things to know and my 2012 all-division team: Division MVP: A.J. Green, Bengals. If there was any doubt about who was the most valuable player in the AFC North, it was settled with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter in Pittsburgh in Week 16. …
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  • Black Monday Is Coming

    Black Monday Is Coming

    CNNSI.com Dec 27, 2012
    The first Monday after the regular season is usually ripe for coaching changes, and this year will be particularly active. Don Banks breaks down who's likely out, and who's safe.
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  • Ray Rice wins AFC offensive player of week

    Ray Rice wins AFC offensive player of week

    Ravens running back Ray Rice won AFC player of the week honors, and he didn’t even have to convert a fourth-and-29 this time. Rice had 158 combined yards in last week’s win over the Giants (107 rushing, 51 receiving), helping the Ravens to a season-hi
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  • Roethlisberger shouldn't take all the blame

    Roethlisberger shouldn't take all the blame

    ESPN.com Dec 27, 2012
    Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger put the blame on himself for Pittsburgh failing to make the playoffs for only the fourth time since 2001. "A lot of it just has to do with me not playing well enough down the stretch," Roethlisberger sai…
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  • AFC North Pro Bowl notes

    AFC North Pro Bowl notes

    ESPN.com Dec 27, 2012
    Here are some notes from the AFC North Pro Bowl selections: RAVENS: The Ravens' six Pro Bowl selections ranked third in the AFC, behind the Texans (eight) and the Patriots (seven). ... The Ravens' Vonta Leach will be the AFC fullback for the third conse…
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  • Wake-up: Josh Cribbs apologizes for tweet

    Wake-up: Josh Cribbs apologizes for tweet

    ESPN.com Dec 27, 2012
    In case you missed it, the Pro Bowl teams were announced last night and you can click here to read the analysis of the AFC North players who made it. Later today, all of the NFL blogs will be rolling out their season wrap-ups, which include all-division…
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  • Video - Ed Reed Fined For Hit On Victor Cruz 03:06

    Ed Reed Fined For Hit On Victor Cruz

    Dec 27
    ESPN.Com AFC North Blogger Jamison Hensley on Ravens S Ed Reed fined $55k for hit on on Giants WR Victor Cruz.
  • Video - Preview: Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 02:02

    Preview: Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

    Dec 27
    NFL Films previews the Week 17 matchup between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Video - Preview: Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 02:02

    Preview: Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

    Dec 27
    NFL Films previews the Week 17 matchup between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Video - Preview: Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals 02:19

    Preview: Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals

    Dec 27
    NFL Films previews the Week 17 matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals.

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    Dec 27
    The only constant in the NFL these days is change, and all indications point to another active firing/hiring season commencing on Black Monday -- the day after the league's regular season concludes. While there were no midseason coaching dismissals in 2…
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    Dec 27
    Few teams have the luxury of sitting their starters in this season finale.
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    Dec 27
    Peyton Manning headlines John Clayton's 2012 All-Pro team, which includes clear choices at the skill positions and tough calls elsewhere.