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Mike Wallace unsure if his future is in Pittsburgh or elsewhere

Mike Wallace unsure if his future is in Pittsburgh or elsewhere

profootballtalk.com Updated Dec 28, 2012
Steelers receiver Mike Wallace has been ruled out of Sunday’s season finale with a hamstring injury, and as a soon-to-be free agent, he acknowledged today that he has considered the possibility that he has played his last game for the Steelers. “I def
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  • NFL dishes fines: $55K for Reed, $31K for Newton

    NFL dishes fines: $55K for Reed, $31K for Newton

    NEW YORK (AP) - Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed was fined $55,000 by the NFL for his high hit on the New York Giants' Victor Cruz last weekend.
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  • Michael Oher fined 10K for chop block

    Michael Oher fined 10K for chop block

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    Safety Ed Reed got the biggest fine of the week for the Ravens, but he wasn’t the only member of the team to owe the NFL a cut of his paycheck this week. Tackle Michael Oher has been fined $10,000 for a chop block on Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuk
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  • Bengals finagle final-game sellout

    Bengals finagle final-game sellout

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    The Cincinnati Bengals, whose fans became fickle even as the team powered its way to a franchise-first back-to-back playoff appearances in non-strike seasons, have managed to fill up Paul Brown Stadium for the last home game of 2012. The Bengals have an…
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  • Bengals place Mike Nugent on IR

    Bengals place Mike Nugent on IR

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    Bengals kicker Mike Nugent tried to practice Wednesday, but he apparently didn’t respond well. According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bengals placed Nugent on injured reserve Friday. Nugent didn’t practice Thursday after giving it a sh
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  • Browns third-stringer Lewis likely to start at QB

    Browns third-stringer Lewis likely to start at QB

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Injured Browns quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy are not practicing, making it almost certain that third-stringer Thad Lewis will start the season finale at Pittsburgh.
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  • Weeden, McCoy, Richardson all ruled out for Browns

    Weeden, McCoy, Richardson all ruled out for Browns

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    Thad Lewis, come on down. Browns coach Pat Shurmur announced Friday afternoon, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, that Lewis will make his NFL debut as the team’s starting quarterback against the Steelers this Sunday. The writing’s been
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  • Final Word: AFC North

    Final Word: AFC North

    ESPN.com Dec 28, 2012
    Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 17: Running wild: While it's unknown how much the Ravens starters will play, it's proven that Baltimore increases its chances of winning by giving the ball more to running back Ray Rice. After getting fewer than 25 t…
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  • Friday Forecast: Week 17 predictions

    Friday Forecast: Week 17 predictions

    ESPN.com Dec 28, 2012
    I haven't had a perfect week since Week 11. Time to end the regular season strong. Here are the guaranteed results ... Bengals 20, Ravens 13: The Bengals don't have anything to play for in terms of playoff seedings, but they still have a bad taste in th…
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  • Jamie Dukes thinks Ravens better off facing Colts in playoffs

    Jamie Dukes thinks Ravens better off facing Colts in playoffs

    baltimoresun.com Dec 28, 2012
    NFL Network analyst says Ravens might fare better against Indianapolis offense that has shown some inconsistency With a 10-5 record and the AFC North title in tow, the Ravens are currently the No. 4 seed in the AFC postseason. A win against the Cincinna…
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  • Browns curse alive for Steelers, not Bengals

    Browns curse alive for Steelers, not Bengals

    ESPN.com Dec 28, 2012
    The Bengals were able to shake the Curse of the Browns. The Steelers, however, weren't so lucky. Losing to the Browns still means no playoffs for Pittsburgh, which committed eight turnovers in a 20-14 loss at Cleveland on Nov. 25. Since the Browns retur…
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  • Polamalu hopes “humbling” season gets Steelers’ attention

    Polamalu hopes “humbling” season gets Steelers’ attention

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    For much of a lost season, the Steelers looked surprised by the fact they were losing. And for veteran safety Troy Polamalu, he hopes it was a wake-up call for the team, which can no longer roll out of bed and take a winning season for granted. “I hope
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  • Three division players on Clayton's All-Pro

    Three division players on Clayton's All-Pro

    ESPN.com Dec 28, 2012
    The three AFC North players who made John Clayton's All-Pro team are all deserving. The Browns' Joe Thomas is the best left tackle in the game. Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins is one of the league's top defensive players. And the Ravens' Jacoby Jon…
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  • Soon-to-be free agent Josh Cribbs is frustrated in Cleveland

    Soon-to-be free agent Josh Cribbs is frustrated in Cleveland

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    Browns receiver and return man Josh Cribbs becomes a free agent this offseason, and he sounds like he could use a fresh start. Although Cribbs says he’d like to remain in Cleveland, he also lashed out at Browns fans on Twitter after Sunday’s loss to t
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  • Wake-up: Steelers' LeBeau wants to return

    Wake-up: Steelers' LeBeau wants to return

    Hope everyone is enjoying the final days of 2012 and the last days of the regular season. Like most Fridays, the predictions post will be on the blog around noon and the Final Word will get posted at 1:30 p.m. The theme for today's wake-up call is uncer…
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  • Video - 'Playbook': Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals 03:57

    'Playbook': Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals

    Dec 28
    Will the Cincinnati Bengals finish the season strong? Our experts explain why it might be difficult for the Bengals to win because Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has run all over them in the last four games.
  • Video - Ed Reed Fined $55,000 00:40

    Ed Reed Fined $55,000

    Dec 28
    John Clayton breaks down Ed Reed's $55,000 fine for his hit to the head of Giants WR Victor Cruz.

Sports Columnists

  • Peter King: Cowboys on familiar ground with win-or-go-home Week 17

    Dec 28
    In the offseason, Dallas coach Jason Garrett visited the Yankees' spring-training home in Tampa, and sought out Derek Jeter. Garrett was raised in Yankee country, so he has great respect for the Yankee shortstop, and he wanted to ask him about leadershi…
  • NFL - John Clayton's five most cherished NFL records

    Dec 28
    Football records might not resonate like those in baseball, but there are five NFL records that stand above the rest, John Clayton writes.
  • The Sports Guy powers through a damaged laptop to make his Week 17 picks

    Dec 28
    The Sports Guy's computer is on the fritz, but that didn't stop him from making his Week 17 picks.