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Texans defense getting some guys back for Pats game
No one’s ready to make an official declaration, but it appears the Texans are going to be closer to full strength for Monday’s game against the Patriots. Cornerback Johnathan Joseph and linebacker Bradie James practiced again Friday, and Joseph said hUpvote Share Tweet
CNNSI.com Updated Dec 7, 2012FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- Rex Ryan says he'll make a game-time decision on whether Tim Tebow plays in the New York Jets' game in Jacksonville against the Jaguars on Sunday.Upvote Share TweetLions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has taken some criticism for his play on the Colts’ game winning touchdown in Detroit on Sunday, but Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham says he doesn’t know where that criticism is coming from. Asked abUpvote Share Tweet
Michael Rosenberg: On the verge of history, Calvin Johnson strives to be even betterCNNSI.com Updated Dec 7, 2012Calvin Johnson may not yet belong among the great wide receivers in NFL history. But by creeping up on Jerry Rice's receiving record, Johnson is getting close, writes Michael Rosenberg.Upvote Share TweetWe have written, um, at some length, about why Chad Henne ought to have a starting job in the NFL. Now he does, although it took a season-ending injury to Blaine Gabbert and a 1-9 record for him to get it. More »Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Updated Dec 7, 2012As NFL trades go, this might be the best one we've heard since Carroll Rosenbloom traded the Baltimore Colts to Robert Irsay in exchange for the Los Angeles Rams in a tax-free barter back in 1972. According to D.C. Council Finance and Revenue Chairman J…Upvote Share TweetTennessee middle linebacker Colin McCarthy will miss his second consecutive game with a concussion, and his sixth overall, when the Titans visit the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.Upvote Share Tweet
Rounding up the injuries for the weekendInjuries of note for AFC South teams this weekend… Colts Safety Tom Zbikowski will miss another game with an injured knee. Joe Lefeged and Sergio Brown will get chances in that safety spot. Left guard Joe Reitz (concussion) is also out, and Seth Olsen wUpvote Share TweetThis week, we discussed J.J. Watt's candidacy for MVP. Fair or not, the "Monday Night Football" stage gives him a huge platform to make his case for defensive player of the year, and even for MVP. If he harasses Tom Brady, gets a sack or two, …Upvote Share TweetThe Jaguars have ruled wide receiver Cecil Shorts out for Sunday's game against the New York Jets due to concussion symptoms.Upvote Share Tweet
Steelers, Broncos, Giants and Jets: Answers to Readers' Questionsnytimes.com Updated Dec 7, 2012Judy Battista, the N.F.L. reporter for The Times, answers questions from readers.Upvote Share Tweet
How Did The Raiders Sniff Out This Jailbreak Screen? Maybe Because Peyton Manning Audibled To It With "Prison! Prison!"The Oakland Raiders didn't shut down many Denver Broncos plays last night, as their defense allowed Peyton Manning to go for 310 yards on 26-for-36 passing and were otherwise steamrolled by running back Knowshon Moreno, who put up 119 yards. More »Upvote Share Tweet
Adam Schefter Made Beanie Wells Look Like A Dick Last Night Because He Sucks At TwitterWhile watching last night's Broncos-Raiders game, Cardinals running back Beanie Wells sent out the following innocuous tweet, expressing his views on Peyton Manning: More »Upvote Share Tweet
Final Word: AFC SouthFive nuggets of knowledge about Week 14: Nickel issues: When the Patriots see a nickel package on the field, Tom Brady hands off the ball. New England runs against defenses with five or more defensive backs a league-high 73.5 percent of the time, accord…Upvote Share Tweet
Reggie Wayne hopes era of diva WRs is overIf you're talented enough, plenty of teams will still accept diva behavior from a wide receiver. But rattle off the league's best guys now, and they all are far more mellow than showy, including the AFC South's two best guys: Andre Johnson and Reggie Wa…Upvote Share TweetAs the Texans get ready to face the Patriots on Monday Night Football, a player who has been in Houston for all but one year of the franchise’s existence has a fairly strong assessment of the meaning of the game. “It’s big,” Andre Johnson said, viUpvote Share Tweet
The Colts Are A Great Story, Not A Great TeamThe 2012 Colts are a team worthy of any media outlet's time, for multiple reasons. Their first-year head coach, Chuck Pagano, temporarily left his position three games into the season after being diagnosed with leukemia. The team proudly plays in his ho…Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Updated Dec 7, 2012Tom Brady's New England Patriots will face the Houston Texans on Monday night, but Brady's role of father came first on Wednesday night. His wife, Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, gave birth to the couple's daughter. She was named Vivian Lake, and …Upvote Share Tweet
League downplays estimated percentages of gun ownership by NFL playersEarlier this week, in the aftermath of the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide, former Colts and Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy explained on The Dan Patrick Show that Dungy typically would ask his players at the outset of training camp whether they own guns. Roug…Upvote Share Tweet
Johnson should pipe down about carriesI like my skill players to be a little bit selfish. I want guys who want the ball, I want guys to want the ball. I’ve defended Tennessee running back Chris Johnson in the past, thinking his periodic calls for more work didn’t amount to big-time selfisUpvote Share Tweet
Chris Johnson “very upset” about workload in second half last weekTitans running back Chris Johnson had a string of six straight games with 80 or more rushing yards snapped in last Sunday’s loss to the Texans and he’s not happy about the workload he got on offense in the second half. Johnson had three carries afterUpvote Share Tweet
RTC: Taking your eye off the ballReading the coverage… Houston Texans Wes Welker is expert at creating space, and containing the Patriots receiver will be a big key for the Texans on Monday night, says Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle. Andre Johnson says this is the biggest gameUpvote Share TweetThe Broncos have Peyton Manning under center and a playoff berth in their pocket. Now they intend to work on the thing that might make their playoff stay longer. A mandate to run more effectively was clear in last night’s win 26-13 win over the Raiders,Upvote Share Tweet
Chat wrap: On blogger superpowersWhat a wonderful chat we had Thursday. The celebrity roster may have been the most impressive ever: Wayne Gretzky, Oscar Wilde, Dom DeLuise, Marissa Tomei, George W. Bush and The Most Interesting Man in the World were among those who stopped by. Among t…Upvote Share TweetPeyton Manning and the Broncos coasted to a 26-13 over the Raiders. The future Hall-of-Famer got on track during a Week 4 rout of Oakland and has kept it going, says Chris Burke.Upvote Share Tweet
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