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Will reduced suspension satisfy Fujita?

Will reduced suspension satisfy Fujita?

ESPN.com profootballtalk.com Updated Oct 9, 2012
Browns linebacker Scott Fujita has repeatedly denied that he contributed money to a pool that allegedly paid his former Saints teammates for intentionally injuring opponents. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell conceded that he couldn't prove that, which is …
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  • James Harrison Didn't Sack Michael Vick Because He Was "Wo…

    James Harrison Didn't Sack Michael Vick Because He Was "Worried More About A Fine"

    deadspin.com Oct 9, 2012
    Since the NFL instituted its "more significant discipline" for shots to the head two years ago, James Harrison has been a remorseless re-offender. He's been fined six times under the new protocol, and he's seemingly bitched about it just as of…
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  • Roethlisberger says he didn’t call the Eagles dirty

    Roethlisberger says he didn’t call the Eagles dirty

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    Apparently Willie Colon now has more to apologize for than his four holding penalties. Colon said Monday that his teammate Ben Roethlisberger thought the Eagles “were going after his head,” but his quarterback circled back Tuesday to deny that. “I j
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  • AFC North quarterback report card

    AFC North quarterback report card

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    A look at how the quarterbacks around the division fared in Week 5: Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals Stats: 26-for-43 (60.5 percent) for 234 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Comment: This was Dalton's worst game of the season. He was never in …
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  • NFL re-issues bounty discipline

    NFL re-issues bounty discipline

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    Four weeks and three days after an internal appeals panel vacated suspensions imposed on Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, Saints defensive end Will Smith, and free-agent defensive end Anthony Hargrove, the league has re-…
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  • Blogger Blitz: Heat on Brandon Weeden

    Blogger Blitz: Heat on Brandon Weeden

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    It appears that the Browns are growing tiresome of quarterback Brandon Weeden's mistakes. Here's where Weeden currently ranks among quarterbacks after five weeks: 29th in completion rate (55.4 percent), 15th in passing yards per game (258), 21st in touc…
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  • T-Rich already a star; more Week 5 Xs & Os

    T-Rich already a star; more Week 5 Xs & Os

    CNNSI.com Oct 9, 2012
    The Browns are terrible, but luckily Trent Richardson is far from it. Already a star, the rookie could be a monster in the near future. Chris Burke breaks down Week 5's Xs and Os.
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  • NFL: Week 5 knee-jerk reactions

    NFL: Week 5 knee-jerk reactions

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    You’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.
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  • AFC North Game Balls: Week 5

    AFC North Game Balls: Week 5

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    We're handing out game balls after Week 5 and this is who's getting them: OFFENSE: Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers. He gets the game ball after throwing for a season-low 207 yards. But numbers have never defined Roethlisberger. He drove the Steelers down t…
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  • Ravens fans once cheered an injured QB

    Ravens fans once cheered an injured QB

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    Baltimore Ravens fans must have had flashbacks of a low point in their city's football history when they heard Chiefs fans cheer after Haloti Ngata knocked out struggling Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel with a concussion. It was seven years a…
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  • Steelers, Ravens actually agree on an issue

    Steelers, Ravens actually agree on an issue

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    Congratulations, Philadelphia Eagles. You've actually done something that doesn't happen around here often -- you got AFC North rivals to come together on an issue. The Steelers joined the Ravens in saying that the Eagles cross the line too often during…
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  • Video - Steelers' Ryan Clark one-on-one 04:19

    Steelers' Ryan Clark one-on-one

    Oct 9
    Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark joins "Around the League" to talk about how the defense will cope without star safety Troy Polamalu.
  • Video - Goodell Upholds Vilma Penalty 04:50

    Goodell Upholds Vilma Penalty

    Oct 9
    Roger Goodell has reduced the bounty-related suspensions of two players while upholding the punishment of two others.
  • Video - Blogger Blitz: Wondering About Weeden 01:22

    Blogger Blitz: Wondering About Weeden

    Oct 9
    AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley talks about how much time Brandon Weeden has to show he can lead the Browns to victories

Sports Columnists

  • 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 words

    Oct 9
    Roger 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 9
    The 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 5

    Oct 9
    The pulse of the NFL season changes weekly. Every Tuesday, SI.com will break down the front-runners for the major NFL awards.