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Pioli, Crennel among Chiefs personnel who will attend mandatory…

Pioli, Crennel among Chiefs personnel who will attend mandatory counseling

profootballtalk.com Updated Dec 5, 2012
As the Chiefs organization continues to wrestle with the tragic events of Saturday, the personnel who witnessed linebacker Jovan Belcher’s suicide will be required by the league to submit to mandatory counseling. NFL V.P. of player engagement Troy Vince
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  • Richard Seymour, Wesley Woodyard out for Thursday night

    Richard Seymour, Wesley Woodyard out for Thursday night

    The Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders will both be missing one of their key defensive pieces for the match up of AFC West division rivals on Thursday night. The Raiders already know they’ll be without defensive end Richard Seymour. Seymour will miss hi
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  • Around the AFC West: Brady Quinn shows composure in difficult t…

    Around the AFC West: Brady Quinn shows composure in difficult times

    With the division race having been decided -- the Broncos clinched their second consecutive AFC West title last Sunday with their win over the Buccaneers -- the division's three other teams find themselves thinking about next year.
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  • TNF Preview: Broncos put seven-game winning streak on the line …

    TNF Preview: Broncos put seven-game winning streak on the line against declining Raiders

    When the 1-2 Denver Broncos beat the Oakland Raiders, 37-6, on September 30, it was the first time all season that Peyton Manning and the Denver offense really got into sync. Since then, Manning's team lost a game to the New England Patriots, and respon…
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  • Raiders P.R. chief “disgusted” by Arkush spreading Gruden rumo…

    Raiders P.R. chief “disgusted” by Arkush spreading Gruden rumor on day Allen’s father died

    profootballtalk.com Dec 5, 2012
    In many respects, the post-Al Davis Raiders are very different from the team that was run for years by one of the fieriest personalities in sports. In at least one respect, the Raiders have retained said fire. Director of Media Relations Zak Gilbert has…
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  • Ben Roethlisberger, London Fletcher headline Week 14”²s initial…

    Ben Roethlisberger, London Fletcher headline Week 14”²s initial practice participation reports

    yahoo.com Dec 5, 2012
    Our initial spin around the Week 14 NFL injury and practice participation reports begins with the final reports for Thursday night's game between the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos. The Raiders have ruled out defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who wi…
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  • Raiders deny Gruden report

    Raiders deny Gruden report

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Dec 5, 2012
    Wednesday evening, the Oakland Raiders strongly denied a Tuesday report by Pro Football Weekly saying that the Raiders and former coach Jon Gruden are in talks to bring Gruden back to the team in a prominent role. It happened on the day first-year coach…
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  • James Harrison says KC tragedy not a gun problem

    James Harrison says KC tragedy not a gun problem

    profootballtalk.com Dec 5, 2012
    Steelers linebacker James Harrison has never been afraid to take an unpopular stand. But the avid gun collector said Wednesday that the fault for last weekend’s murder-suicide in Kansas City was with Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and not the gun he us
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  • Chat wrap: A Raider draft plan?

    Chat wrap: A Raider draft plan?

    ESPN.com Dec 5, 2012
    Here are some highlights from our AFC West chat, which was held earlier Wednesday: DENVER Sam from Denver: If playoff seeding has been determined in week 17, is there any chance the Broncos sit Manning for the last game? Bill Williamson: Yeah, it could …
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  • The NFL will support Jovan Belcher’s and Kassandra Perkins’ dau…

    The NFL will support Jovan Belcher’s and Kassandra Perkins’ daughter through college

    On the same day the Kansas City Fire Department released the chilling 911 tapes from the murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend Kassandra Perkins, the NFL announced more positive news. Zoey, the three-month-old daug…
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  • Big Ben has 'positive' day, should play this week

    Big Ben has 'positive' day, should play this week

    CNNSI.com Dec 5, 2012
    PITTSBURGH (AP) Steelers coach Mike Tomlin challenged Ben Roethlisberger to prove his sprained right shoulder is ready to go before handing the keys to the offense back to his franchise quarterback.
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  • Trash talk: DE says Panthers better than Falcons

    Trash talk: DE says Panthers better than Falcons

    CNNSI.com Dec 5, 2012
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy says the struggling Panthers are better team than league-leading Atlanta.
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  • Browns' Thomas calls ex-teammate Hillis 'toxic'

    Browns' Thomas calls ex-teammate Hillis 'toxic'

    CNNSI.com Dec 5, 2012
    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas called former teammate Peyton Hillis "a terrible distraction" last season, and said the running back put his contract situation ahead of the team.
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  • Chargers sign Reggie Wells, he might last longer this time

    Chargers sign Reggie Wells, he might last longer this time

    profootballtalk.com Dec 5, 2012
    The Chargers don’t need a nametag for the newest offensive lineman. But unlike his previous stays, he might actually hang around a bit this time. The Chargers signed the veteran offensive lineman Wednesday, the third blocker they’ve signed in the las
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  • Carlos Dunlap wins AFC defensive player of the week

    Carlos Dunlap wins AFC defensive player of the week

    profootballtalk.com Dec 5, 2012
    Forcing turnovers against the Chargers is no longer novel, but the rate at which Carlos Dunlap did it was still impressive. The Bengals defensive end was named AFC defensive player of the week, with a pair of sack-forced fumbles and four pressures in th…
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  • By the numbers: Best in West

    By the numbers: Best in West

    ESPN.com Dec 5, 2012
    Here is a look at the division leaders in some key statistical categories after Week 13: PASSING YARDS Player: Carson Palmer, Oakland Yards: 3,532 Comment: Raiders wish the big passing yardage resulted in more points. RUSHING YARDS Player: Jamaal Charle…
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  • Let's chat early: We are chatting early this week because I wil…

    Let's chat early: We are chatting early this week because I will be…

    ESPN.com Dec 5, 2012
    We are chatting early this week because I will be headed to the Denver-Oakland game on Thursday. We will chat at 3 p.m. ET Wednesday. I look forward to chatting with you.
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  • AFC West Stock Watch

    AFC West Stock Watch

    ESPN.com Dec 5, 2012
    FALLING The run game in San Diego: The Chargers offense is lethargic, and a big reason why is the inability to run the ball successfully. In Sunday's loss to Cincinnati, the Chargers simply gave up. They ran the ball 11 times in 59 offensive plays. Wasn…
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  • A Closer Look at Ray Guy's Hall of Fame Candidacy

    A Closer Look at Ray Guy's Hall of Fame Candidacy

    nytimes.com Dec 5, 2012
    The claim that Ray Guy was far superior to his contemporaries, at any point in his career, is not supported by the evidence.
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  • Chargers put WR Ajirotutu, center Molk on IR

    Chargers put WR Ajirotutu, center Molk on IR

    The San Diego Chargers placed wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu and center David Molk on injured reserve and replaced them Tuesday with center Colin Baxter and guard-tackle Stephen Schilling.
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  • Video - 911 Call From Belcher Shooting Released 01:24

    911 Call From Belcher Shooting Released

    Dec 5
    Warning: Some audio may be disturbing to viewers.
  • Video - Denver Broncos LB Von Miller getting ready for 'TNF' 04:45

    Denver Broncos LB Von Miller getting ready for 'TNF'

    Dec 5
    Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller discusses the upcoming "Thursday Night Football" matchup against the Oakland Raiders and his chase for the NFL's all-time sack record.
  • Video - Inside the Huddle: Megatrend, RBs, QBs & Kickers 02:04

    Inside the Huddle: Megatrend, RBs, QBs & Kickers

    Dec 5
    John Clayton takes you inside the huddle to see Megatron Johnson, Green-Ellis, the Class of 2012 rookie QBs and some trouble in the kicking game.
  • Video - Countdown Daily AccuScore: SD-PIT 00:56

    Countdown Daily AccuScore: SD-PIT

    Dec 5
    Prim Siripipat goes inside the numbers for the Chargers-Steelers