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Jones working way back from concussion

Jones working way back from concussion

PITTSBURGH -- Jarvis Jones took part in what the Steelers called an “exercise challenge” Thursday as the starting outside linebacker tries to work his way back from a concussion that he sustained in the Steelers' 19-6 win over the Jets. Jones, who was l…
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  • Greg Little tries to avoid UNC, scandal

    Greg Little tries to avoid UNC, scandal

    ESPN.com Oct 17, 2013
    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Greg Little today addressed his involvement with a sport agents when he was at North Carolina. Sort of. The agent’s actions, giving cash and other benefits to Little and others at UNC, led to the agent being charged with a…
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  • Cook's 'chess game' protects King Dalton

    Cook's 'chess game' protects King Dalton

    ESPN.com Oct 17, 2013
    CINCINNATI -- If there were another position on the football field that Cincinnati Bengals center Kyle Cook could play, according to him, it would be quarterback. No, don't rub your eyes and don't adjust your computer screen. If you're reading this on a…
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  • Kelvin Beachum staying put at left tackle

    Kelvin Beachum staying put at left tackle

    ESPN.com Oct 17, 2013
    PITTSBURGH -- He won’t get any consideration when it is time for the Steelers players to vote for team MVP. But if the Steelers gave an award for most unsung player, Kelvin Beachum may have already locked it up. He stepped in at center after Maurkice Po…
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  • Willis McGahee pops up on injury report with knee

    Willis McGahee pops up on injury report with knee

    Browns running back Willis McGahee, who went from his couch to the top of the depth chart not long after Trent Richardson was traded to Indianapolis, has become one of the few bright spots in the post-Hoyer offense. McGahee’s availability for Sunday at …
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  • Chris Canty returns to Ravens practice

    Chris Canty returns to Ravens practice

    ESPN.com Oct 17, 2013
    Baltimore Ravens starting defensive lineman Chris Canty returned to have a full practice Thursday after sitting out the day before. He is dealing with a groin injury. That means inside linebacker Josh Bynes (finger, thigh) was the only starter who didn'…
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  • Bengals' Newman out second straight day

    Bengals' Newman out second straight day

    ESPN.com Oct 17, 2013
    CINCINNATI -- After dealing with injury issues the first five weeks of the season, the Cincinnati Bengals are in the middle of their second straight week of near complete health. Cornerback Terence Newman was the only absence from their walkthrough Thur…
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  • Ray Horton: Browns defense is 'not broken'

    Ray Horton: Browns defense is 'not broken'

    ESPN.com Oct 17, 2013
    Ray Horton came prepared to his weekly meeting with the Cleveland Browns media. The Browns defensive coordinator didn’t understand where Lions running back Reggie Bush was coming from, and he had a statistic to show his defense is playing well. “When yo…
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  • Rookies to get thrown into fierce rivalry

    Rookies to get thrown into fierce rivalry

    ESPN.com Oct 17, 2013
    PITTSBURGH -- A canvassing of veteran players in the locker room where they still aren't shooting pool reinforces the perception that you probably have to play in a Steelers-Ravens game to truly understand it. As wide receiver Antonio Brown put it when …
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  • Ravens prepping for Steelers' improvisation

    Ravens prepping for Steelers' improvisation

    ESPN.com Oct 17, 2013
    OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens face the Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger for the first time in 23 months, and the concern isn't really the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback. It's how the Steelers wide receivers play when Roethlis…
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  • Steelers Vs. Ravens: Three Players To Watch From Baltimore

    Steelers Vs. Ravens: Three Players To Watch From Baltimore

    steelersgab.com Oct 17, 2013
    The Ravens and Steelers have a long, storied history when it comes to battling for bragging rights in the AFC North. This season both teams seem down, but that doesn’t stop either team from wanting this win badly on Sunday. It’s a huge game for both, wi…
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  • Double Coverage: Bengals at Lions

    Double Coverage: Bengals at Lions

    ESPN.com Oct 17, 2013
    The Detroit Lions have a chance to solidify themselves for a playoff push. So do the Cincinnati Bengals. They may be in different conferences, but this game should be a good test for both teams as to where they stand in the larger picture of the NFL. Bo…
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  • 2014 NFL Draft Report; Linebackers could see revival, led by An…

    2014 NFL Draft Report; Linebackers could see revival, led by Anthony Barr, C.J. Mosley

    yahoo.com Oct 17, 2013
    Linebacker has been a bit of a forgotten position in the draft, at least the traditional, 4-3 ’backer. Pass-rushing 3-4 linebackers have been in vogue in recent years, and last year we saw the Pittsburgh Steelers take Jarvis Jones with the 17th overall …
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  • NFL Week 7 picks: Smell the upsets brewing. It says here that t…

    NFL Week 7 picks: Smell the upsets brewing. It says here that the C…

    CNNSI.com Oct 17, 2013
    Smell the upsets brewing. It says here that the Colts spoil the Broncos' perfect season this weekend.
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  • Packers try to “keep calm” despite all their injuries

    Packers try to “keep calm” despite all their injuries

    profootballtalk.com Oct 17, 2013
    The Packers might not have any decisions to make at all when it comes time declare their inactives for Sunday’s game with the Browns. In fact, all those spots might be taken by injured players, and then some, leaving the possibility of the Packers being…
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  • Different feel for Ravens-Steelers rivalry

    Different feel for Ravens-Steelers rivalry

    ESPN.com Oct 17, 2013
    OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The schedule says it's the week when the Baltimore Ravens play at the Pittsburgh Steelers. It just doesn't feel like it around the Ravens' facility. What has made the Ravens-Steelers rivalry one of the best in all of sports was the …
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  • Receiver Charles Johnson had been practicing with torn ACL

    Receiver Charles Johnson had been practicing with torn ACL

    profootballtalk.com Oct 17, 2013
    So how did the Browns end up signing a guy with a torn ACL from the Packers’ practice squad? The guy in question, receiver Charles Johnson, had a torn ACL that no one knew about. When a player is signed from another team’s practice squad, a physical isn…
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  • Browns fan posts a funny ‘Quarterback wanted’ ad on Craigslist

    Browns fan posts a funny ‘Quarterback wanted’ ad on Craigslist

    yahoo.com Oct 17, 2013
    There's nothing quite as sarcastic (and funny) as a Browns fan sick of his quarterback. Cleveland is not happy with Brandon Weeden. Seeing Brian Hoyer play well for a few weeks as Weeden's replacement didn't help. Hoyer suffered a season-ending knee inj…
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  • Wake-up caw: Torrey Smith's war of words

    Wake-up caw: Torrey Smith's war of words

    ESPN.com Oct 17, 2013
    Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith is usually the model of composure. But when it comes to playing the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ike Taylor, a different side of Smith comes out. “I haven’t met anyone that talks as much trash as him,” Smith said, …
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  • Sean Spence practices for first time in more than a year

    Sean Spence practices for first time in more than a year

    profootballtalk.com Oct 17, 2013
    Steelers rookie Jarvis Jones didn’t practice on Wednesday because of a head injury, but the injury news wasn’t all bad at linebacker. Sean Spence, last seen on a field when he suffered a catastrophic knee injury in the final preseason game, was a limite…
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  • Video - NFL Cold Hard Facts 01:15

    NFL Cold Hard Facts

    Oct 17
    Darren Woodson breaks down the Seahawks' chances of getting to the Super Bowl without home-field advantage, Michael Vick being out Sunday and the Bengals as the favorites to win the AFC North.
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: CLE-GB 00:48

    Countdown Daily Prediction: CLE-GB

    Oct 17
    The NFL Live crew make their picks for Cleveland at Green Bay.
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: BAL-PIT 00:54

    Countdown Daily Prediction: BAL-PIT

    Oct 17
    The NFL Live crew make their picks for Baltimore at Pittsburgh.
  • Video - Preview: Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 02:08

    Preview: Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

    Oct 17
    NFL Films previews the Week 7 matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Sports Columnists

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    Oct 17
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  • Don Banks: NFL Week 7 picks

    Oct 17
    Some weeks you can just smell the upsets brewing. There are very few comfortable picks to be had in Week 7, and it wouldn't shock me at all if the Jets knocked off the hobbled Patriots, the Jaguars stunned the Chargers, and yep, the Colts ended the Bron…
  • Biggest NFL games of Week 7 -- John Clayton's First and 10

    Oct 17
    John Clayton's First and 10: Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan are among the star QBs coping with injury-depleted receiving corps.