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Rex Ryan's Players Hear "Rest Your Legs," Assume He M…

Rex Ryan's Players Hear "Rest Your Legs," Assume He Means No Sex

deadspin.com Updated Oct 16, 2013
After losing to the inept Steelers, and on the eve of hosting the Patriots, Jets head coach Rex Ryan instructed his players this week to take it easy. Actually, the phrase the Daily News relayed from Josh Cribbs, quoting his coach, was "don't do no…
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  • N.F.L. Roundup: Thin at Running Back, the Giants Sign Hillis

    N.F.L. Roundup: Thin at Running Back, the Giants Sign Hillis

    nytimes.com Oct 16, 2013
    It is possible that Peyton Hillis, who rushed for 1,177 yards for the Browns three seasons ago, will see time as early as Monday night’s game against the Vikings.
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  • Suh's fine came for lesser hit on Weeden

    Suh's fine came for lesser hit on Weeden

    The Cleveland Browns probably were not surprised that Ndamukong Suh was fined $31,500 for his hit on Brandon Weeden in the Detroit Lions’ win over the Browns on Sunday. But they’re probably shocked Suh was fined for hitting Weeden as he threw a pass in …
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  • Weeden not losing sleep over “boneheaded” interception

    Weeden not losing sleep over “boneheaded” interception

    Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden ended his team’s hopes of a fourth-quarter comeback with an ugly interception that Weeden himself described as “boneheaded.” But Weeden says he’s ready to move on. Weeden told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that far from dw…
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  • Cards lose pick after Brown goes to IR

    Cards lose pick after Brown goes to IR

    ESPN.com Oct 16, 2013
    TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Levi Brown era officially ended in Arizona two weeks ago, but any ties lingering from his trade to the Pittsburgh Steelers were officially severed Tuesday. The Cardinals will not receive the conditional draft pick originally included…
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  • Mutual admiration between Big Ben, Suggs

    Mutual admiration between Big Ben, Suggs

    ESPN.com Oct 16, 2013
    PITTSBURGH -- No one has sacked Ben Roethlisberger more times than Terrell Suggs so it seems odd that the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is looking forward to seeing his old nemesis Sunday at Heinz Field. But Roethlisberger swears it is true, though he…
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  • After missing the series last year, Roethlisberger ready to fac…

    After missing the series last year, Roethlisberger ready to face the Ravens

    baltimoresun.com Oct 16, 2013
    Between the jaw-rattling, blind-side hits and the head-butts to the kidneys, Ben Roethlisberger has learned to appreciate the hard-hitting rivalry between the Ravens and his Pittsburgh Steelers, the one that has defined the black-and-blue AFC North.
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  • Pondering the Craigslist crack at Weeden

    Pondering the Craigslist crack at Weeden

    ESPN.com Oct 16, 2013
    At first, the notion of the Cleveland Browns' quarterback job being advertised on Craigslist is kind of comical, in a snarky sort of way. But then listen to Aaron Rodgers’ voice go still when he’s told about it, and hear him say that it wouldn’t be at a…
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  • Jarvis Jones misses practice with “head” injury

    Jarvis Jones misses practice with “head” injury

    profootballtalk.com Oct 16, 2013
    As the Steelers prepare for their first crack at their arch-rivals from Baltimore since the Ravens won the Super Bowl, the Steelers may not have one of their key young players. Linebacker Jarvis Jones missed practice on Wednesday. The team says he has a…
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  • Sean Spence practices on limited basis

    Sean Spence practices on limited basis

    ESPN.com Oct 16, 2013
    PITTSBURGH -- One linebacker made a celebrated return to practice, albeit on a limited basis, while another one watched as the Pittsburgh Steelers prepared for their Sunday game against the visiting Baltimore Ravens. Sean Spence practiced Wednesday for …
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  • Should Ravens be concerned about Rice?

    Should Ravens be concerned about Rice?

    ESPN.com Oct 16, 2013
    OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- How poorly has this season gone for the Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice? Three quarterbacks are averaging more rushing yards per game than the Pro Bowl running back. Rice was the NFL's best all-around back for the previous four seasons, …
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  • Browns Sign Player With Torn ACL, Because They Are The Browns

    Browns Sign Player With Torn ACL, Because They Are The Browns

    Last week, the Cleveland Browns found themselves with a roster spot to fill after quarterback Brian Hoyer was placed on injured reserve. So like any savvy franchise, they went looking for talent on other teams' practice squads. They found rookie wide re…
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  • Jameel McClain back to practice with the Ravens

    Jameel McClain back to practice with the Ravens

    profootballtalk.com Oct 16, 2013
    For the first time in 10 months, Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain is practicing. McClain, who has been out since suffering a spinal cord contusion in Week 14 of last season, is participating in his first practice of the season today. “We’re going to pra…
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  • A Cleveland Browns Tailgate Featured A Beer-Drinkin' Toddler

    A Cleveland Browns Tailgate Featured A Beer-Drinkin' Toddler

    deadspin.com Oct 16, 2013
    We've said it before: Giving babies beer to drink is not necessarily the "responsible" thing to do. And the same goes for toddlers. But there was no stopping this kid. He came to party.Read more...
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  • NFL Nation Buzz: Baltimore Ravens

    NFL Nation Buzz: Baltimore Ravens

    ESPN.com Oct 16, 2013
    ESPN.com team reporter Jamison Hensley on the Baltimore Ravens’ hot topics as they begin preparations for Week 7.
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  • NFL Nation Buzz: Cincinnati Bengals

    NFL Nation Buzz: Cincinnati Bengals

    ESPN.com Oct 16, 2013
    ESPN.com team reporter Coley Harvey on the Cincinnati Bengals’ hot topics as they begin preparations for Week 7.
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  • NFL Nation Buzz: Pittsburgh Steelers

    NFL Nation Buzz: Pittsburgh Steelers

    ESPN.com Oct 16, 2013
    ESPN.com team reporter Scott Brown on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ hot topics as they begin preparations for Week 7.
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  • QB Watch: Bengals' Andy Dalton

    QB Watch: Bengals' Andy Dalton

    A weekly analysis of the Bengals' quarterback play. Rewind: For only the fourth time in his career, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw for more than 300 yards and passed for three touchdowns, when he led his team to a 27-24 overtime win at…
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  • Aaron Rodgers admits NFL rules don’t make it easy on tacklers

    Aaron Rodgers admits NFL rules don’t make it easy on tacklers

    profootballtalk.com Oct 16, 2013
    Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers criticized Ravens safety Matt Elam for tackling Packers receiver Randall Cobb at the knee, but upon further reflection, Rodgers has acknowledged that his criticism might have been a little unfair. The patriotic-sounding…
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  • Jacoby Jones’ role on offense expected to grow

    Jacoby Jones’ role on offense expected to grow

    The Ravens got wide receiver Jacoby Jones back in the lineup in Week Six for the first time since the season opener and he offered a reminder of what his speed brings to the table before the day was out. Jones ran past Packers corner Sam Shields for an …
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  • QB Watch: Ravens' Joe Flacco

    QB Watch: Ravens' Joe Flacco

    ESPN.com Oct 16, 2013
    A weekly examination of the Baltimore Ravens' quarterback play: Rewind: It was another slow start for Joe Flacco. He was 13-of-26 for 201 yards through the first three quarters, and he was 7-of-8 for 141 yards in the fourth quarter. As Flacco put it, th…
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  • New to Jets, Willie Colon hates the Patriots

    New to Jets, Willie Colon hates the Patriots

    profootballtalk.com Oct 16, 2013
    When Willie Colon was a Steeler, his battles with the Ravens were heated, but professional. It appears his feelings toward his newest rivals have grown more personal. The Jets right guard said he had “a lot of different reasons,” for his new distaste fo…
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  • Video - 'Sound FX': Terrell Suggs 04:15

    'Sound FX': Terrell Suggs

    Oct 16
    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is wired for sound as he repeatedly goes after Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Week 6.
  • Video - Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers preparing for rivalry match 01:14

    Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers preparing for rivalry match

    Oct 16
    When the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers meet, you might see first place on the line, but not on Sunday. Are the Ravens ready to possibly put the nail in the Steelers' coffin? Aditi Kinkhabwala has the latest.
  • Video - Suh Hit Under Review 02:36

    Suh Hit Under Review

    Oct 16
    Phil Savage discusses whether a hit by Lions DT Ndamukong Suh on Browns QB Brandon Weeden merits a fine. The NFL is reviewing the hit.

Sports Columnists

  • Chadiha: Not time for Texans to bench Schaub

    Oct 16
    As the best quarterback in Texans history, Matt Schaub deserves a chance to play his way out of his slump, writes Jeffri Chadiha.
  • Few Points, Strong Pats

    Oct 16
    Few Points, Strong Pats
  • Clayton's mailbag: NFC's decline helping Detroit, Seattle

    Oct 16
    Clayton's mailbag: The strength-of-schedule shift has put Detroit and Seattle on favorable paths.