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Ponder’s sore knee is improving

Ponder’s sore knee is improving

profootballtalk.com Updated Oct 4, 2012
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder developed a knee problem this week.  As the team prepares to attempt to stretch its record to 4-1 against the Titans, Ponder’s knee is improving. “It didn’t bother him very much on Monday, but it was really sore
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  • Ben Tate’s status is undecided for Monday night

    Ben Tate’s status is undecided for Monday night

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    As the Texans prepare to become the second straight opponent to apply the “ground and pound” to the Jets on their own turf, running back Ben Tate may not be available for grounding and/or pounding. Tate missed practice on Thursday with a toe injury. 
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  • Chargers' Pagano speaks about brother's illness

    Chargers' Pagano speaks about brother's illness

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano spoke publicly for the first time Thursday about his brother Chuck, the Indianapolis Colts' head coach who was diagnosed with a treatable form of Leukemia last week.
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  • Peyton says it’s his wife who’s trying to buy a piece of the Gr…

    Peyton says it’s his wife who’s trying to buy a piece of the Grizzlies

    Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning says the report that he’s trying to buy a piece of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies isn’t quite right: According to Manning, it’s his wife, Ashley, who is the investor in the group trying to buy the Grizzlies. In stat
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  • Daylight for EverBank, section 403

    Daylight for EverBank, section 403

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    It’s daylight for section 403 at EverBank Field. The Jaguars are pulling off the tarp for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. A limited number of tickets there are available for $35 each. Bears fans are likely driving this. They showed up en mass
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  • MJD doesn’t intend to hold out again, but no promises

    MJD doesn’t intend to hold out again, but no promises

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    After a summer spent away from the Jaguars, running back Maurice Jones-Drew said he didn’t want another. “I’m not gonna hold out again,” he told Albert Breer of the NFL Network, before stepping back from that particular ledge. “I don’t think s
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  • Packers WR Jennings (groin) out against Colts

    Packers WR Jennings (groin) out against Colts

    Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings will miss Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts due to a groin injury.
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  • Britt absence puts stress on other WRs

    Britt absence puts stress on other WRs

    Kenny Britt's injured ankle isn’t only affecting Britt. It’s not only affecting Matt Hasselbeck. It’s affecting the rest of the Titans’ receivers. With Britt uninvolved in the team portion of practice, the teams other top three receivers -- rookie
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  • Colts extend sellout streak to 82

    Colts extend sellout streak to 82

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    During the offseason, with season-ticket holders opting to take a break and the waiting list fully exhausted, there were concerns that the Colts wouldn’t be able to sell out their home stadium on a consistent basis. So far, the post-Peyton Colts have so
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  • Should short throws be easy throws?

    Should short throws be easy throws?

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    “In small proportions we just beauties see,” author Ben Jonson wrote about 400 years ago. “And in short measures life may perfect be.” My 2012 football rendition of that, for our purpose here, is that short passes should be easy for quarterbacks t
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  • J.J. Watt wins AFC defensive player of month

    J.J. Watt wins AFC defensive player of month

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Texans defensive end J.J. Watt may not be headed to Canton just yet, but he has been recognized for an incredible month. Watt was named AFC defensive player of the month for September, for his work leading the Texans to a 4-0 record. Watt had 20 tackles…
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  • Jason Hill surprised New York remembers him calling Jets “overh…

    Jason Hill surprised New York remembers him calling Jets “overhyped”

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Maybe new Jets wide receiver Jason Hill is just better suited to smaller markets. The same guy who called the Jets “overhyped” and cornerback Darrelle Revis a “good player” when he was with the Jaguars is now astonished anyone in New York remember
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  • Texans: More offense or defense?

    Texans: More offense or defense?

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    Which unit is more responsible for Houston’s 4-0 start, the offense or defense? ESPN Stats & Info argues both sides of the question. Writes Michael Bonzagni: “The Texans are second in the league in time of possession (35:32) because the defense gets o
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  • RTC: Freeney on track to come back

    RTC: Freeney on track to come back

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    Reading the coverage ... Houston Texans Matt Schaub knows the Texans offense, has a feel for his line and his receivers and is off to the best start of his career, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. Gary Kubiak needs to slow his roll with Arian…
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  • Schrodinger's Refs: A Halfhearted Audit of the 2011 NFL Officia…

    Schrodinger's Refs: A Halfhearted Audit of the 2011 NFL Officials

    grantland.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Titans are trailing by 25 points, deep in the third quarter, when they score a touchdown. The extra point is converted, the onside kick is well-ex...
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Is Russell Wilson's Job in Jeopardy? 02:22

    NFL32OT: Is Russell Wilson's Job in Jeopardy?

    Oct 4
    Episode 200: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss whether Russell Wilson should remain the starter in Seattle. Steve Young breaks down the Chiefs staying with Matt Cassel. The NFL32 crew discuss how Andrew Luck will fare against the Packers defens
  • Video - NFL Live OT: Monday Night Football Preview 01:52

    NFL Live OT: Monday Night Football Preview

    Oct 4
    NFL Live OT looks ahead to Texans vs. Jets.
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: Titans-Vikings 00:32

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Titans-Vikings

    Oct 4
    The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Tennessee at Minnesota
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: Bears-Jaguars 00:23

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Bears-Jaguars

    Oct 4
    The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Chicago at Jacksonville

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