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Report: Mendenhall's Achilles injury not serious

Report: Mendenhall's Achilles injury not serious

ESPN.com profootballtalk.com Updated Oct 12, 2012
The Achilles injury Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall suffered in Thursday night's loss to the Tennessee Titans is minor, a person who has spoken to the player told NFL.com on Friday.
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  • PFT on NBC Sports Network has Torrey Smith, Brandon Weeden and …

    PFT on NBC Sports Network has Torrey Smith, Brandon Weeden and Week Six previews

    profootballtalk.com Oct 12, 2012
    Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network will be getting a jump on Sunday with a pair of players from the AFC North on Friday afternoon. Erik Kuselias will speak with Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith ahead of this weekend’s date with the Cowboys. Smithâ
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  • Dre Kirkpatrick is close to making his debut

    Dre Kirkpatrick is close to making his debut

    profootballtalk.com Oct 12, 2012
    The Bengals secondary has gotten healthier in the last couple of weeks, but they still haven’t been able to see what first-round pick Dre Kirkpatrick can do in a game. Kirkpatrick hurt his knee before training camp and then aggravated the injury in camp
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  • Even If Icing The Kicker Doesn't Work, It's Better Than Never I…

    Even If Icing The Kicker Doesn't Work, It's Better Than Never Icing The Kicker

    deadspin.com Oct 12, 2012
    Mike Tomlin iced the kicker twice last night, but with an unfortunate twist: First, he called a timeout on his own kicker, Shaun Suisham, who proceeded to miss a 54-yarder. Then he stopped the Titans' Rob Bironas just as he was about to attempt the game…
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  • Haden ready to return after suspension

    Haden ready to return after suspension

    ESPN.com Oct 12, 2012
    With a selfish act, Joe Haden damaged more than his reputation.
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  • Upon Further Review: Steelers

    Upon Further Review: Steelers

    ESPN.com Oct 12, 2012
    Revisiting the Pittsburgh Steelers' 26-23 loss to the Tennessee Titans: You can justify failing to hold fourth quarter leads to Peyton Manning and Michael Vick because they've done it so many times before. You can understand losing in the final minute t…
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  • Final Word: AFC North

    Final Word: AFC North

    ESPN.com Oct 12, 2012
    Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 6: Home sweet home: The Ravens are among the best teams in the NFL, sporting a 4-1 record. But no team is better than Baltimore at home. The Ravens' 13-game winning streak (14 if you include playoffs) is tops in the …
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  • Bengals Cheerleader Who Humped High School Student: "We St…

    Bengals Cheerleader Who Humped High School Student: "We Still Haven't Been On Our First Date Yet"

    deadspin.com Oct 12, 2012
    Now that all that messy business of sleeping with one of her former students is behind her, Sarah Jones and that former student are ready to consummate their relationship, perhaps by having dinner and seeing a movie. More »
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  • Browns could be down 2 defensive starters

    Browns could be down 2 defensive starters

    ESPN.com Oct 12, 2012
    Browns defensive starters Ahtyba Rubin and Scott Fujita both missed practice and may sit out Sunday's game against Cincinnati.
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  • Week 6 predictions: Mea culpa edition

    Week 6 predictions: Mea culpa edition

    ESPN.com Oct 12, 2012
    So, the Week 6 predictions didn't get off to a great start. I expected the Steelers-Titans game would be close, but I never thought Pittsburgh was leaving with a loss. That is, not until the Steelers started holding tryouts for offensive linemen at half…
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  • Declining? Ray Lewis says 'keep watching'

    Declining? Ray Lewis says 'keep watching'

    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis -- a 13-time Pro Bowler and one of the NFL's all-time great linebackers -- was asked if he still has "it."
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  • Vilma asks Goodell to recuse himself as all four Saints file ap…

    Vilma asks Goodell to recuse himself as all four Saints file appeals

    profootballtalk.com Oct 12, 2012
    As expected, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s idea of a compromise has not satisfied the four players who were suspended in the league’s investigation of the Saints’ bounty program. Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, Saints defensie end Will Smith, B
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  • Foote: Steelers 'not strong mentally'

    Foote: Steelers 'not strong mentally'

    The Steelers have lost fourth-quarter leads in four of five games this season and all three of their defeats have come to teams with losing records. What's the problem? It's something you don't usually hear a Steelers player say. "We’re not strong menta
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  • Ben Roethlisberger Is Not Impressed

    Ben Roethlisberger Is Not Impressed

    deadspin.com Oct 12, 2012
    Tennessee upset Pittsburgh last night in a Thursday Night Football game full of exciting field goals and the sort of play that led most viewers to seek out more compelling sports TV on TBS or TNT. A last-second field goal by Rob Bironas-his fourth of th
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  • Wake-up: D'Qwell Jackson expects to play

    Wake-up: D'Qwell Jackson expects to play

    ESPN.com Oct 12, 2012
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Ravens were criticized for winning ugly Sunday in Kansas City. My guess is the Steelers would take a win instead of the pain of losing on a game-ending field goal in Tennessee. The same goes for the Bengals, who were upset by the…
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  • Hasselbeck gets the fourth quarter comeback he needed

    Hasselbeck gets the fourth quarter comeback he needed

    profootballtalk.com Oct 12, 2012
    The Titans needed it as a group. But quarterback Matt Hasselbeck needed a comeback win like Thursday’s over the Steelers for his own reasons. After losing the starting job to Jake Locker in camp, and then playing poorly in relief, the 37-year-old Hassel
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  • Chris Johnson credits the offensive line after 91-yard game

    Chris Johnson credits the offensive line after 91-yard game

    profootballtalk.com Oct 12, 2012
    When Titans running back Chris Johnson got off to a brutal start this season, he said he’s only as good as Tennessee’s offensive line. So it’s only fair that after a good game Thursday night against the Steelers, Johnson praised the line. Johnson, w
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  • Age Before Beauty: The Titans survived the Steelers 26-23 large…

    Age Before Beauty: The Titans survived the Steelers 26-23 largely be…

    CNNSI.com Oct 12, 2012
    The Titans survived the Steelers 26-23 largely behind the veteran heroics of Matt Hasselbeck. The 37-year-old proved that age is just a number -- and it's all relative, writes Chris Burke.
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  • Kenny Britt shrugs off drops, helps Titans to 26-23 win over th…

    Kenny Britt shrugs off drops, helps Titans to 26-23 win over the Steelers

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Oct 12, 2012
    At 1-4 entering Thursday night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Tennessee Titans needed a win to keep  any realistic hopes they had for making the postseason alive. Thanks to 290 yards passing from Matt Hasselbeck, 91 yards rushing from Chris…
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  • Video - 'Playbook': Cowboys vs. Ravens 06:36

    'Playbook': Cowboys vs. Ravens

    Oct 12
    The "Playbook" crew explains why the running game will be important for both teams in the Dallas Cowboys' Week 6 matchup with the Baltimore Ravens.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns 03:49

    'Playbook': Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns

    Oct 12
    Why are the Browns still winless? Our experts explain why questionable play calling from the Browns and the talent of the Bengals wide receivers could prove to me a major issue for Cleveland on Sunday.
  • Video - NFL Live OT: Losing Teams That Can Make The Playoffs 02:46

    NFL Live OT: Losing Teams That Can Make The Playoffs

    Oct 12
    Trey Wingo, Tedy Bruschi and Mark Schlereth discuss which teams with losing records they think can make the playoffs.
  • Video - Steelers Panic Meter 01:19

    Steelers Panic Meter

    Oct 12
    Herm Edwards discusses the level of panic in Pittsburgh.

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    Oct 12
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    Oct 12
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    Oct 12
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