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NFC East News and Rumors
Cruz says contract is a “matter of time”
Earlier in the season, Giants receiver Victor Cruz said the structure was in place for a new contract, which would compensate the third-year, minimum-salary wideout far more handsomely for his performance. Since then, the deal hasn’t been finalized. “Upvote Share Tweet
Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant has decided to delay surgery on a broken index finger, risking permanent damage, because he says a chance to make the playoffs now is more important than considering what shape his finger might be in for the rest of his life.…Upvote Share TweetThere are obviously far more important things to talk and think about on this day of tragedy, but as a follow-up note, we feel obliged to inform you that after he made some patently ridiculous comments on ESPN's "First Take" show regarding Was…Upvote Share TweetEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Giants will play a critical game Sunday afternoon against the Atlanta Falcons without their leading rusher.Upvote Share TweetWashington Redskins first round quarterback Robert Griffin was "full participant" in Friday's practice and is listed as "questionable" on the team's final injury report of the week. Griffin has a "mild" sprain of the latera…Upvote Share TweetFlip Wilson has flipped his stance. Giants running back David Wilson, who said earlier this week people should “relax” about his signature celebration, said Friday he changed his mind. Wilson said on ESPN he would no longer do a backflip after he scorUpvote Share Tweet
For each sack, 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith donating $5,099 to Boys & Girls ClubsSan Francisco 49ers outside linebacker and Defensive Player of the Year candidate Aldon Smith is approaching former New York Giants and current FOX pregame panelist Michael Strahan's single-season record for quarterback sacks. Smith needs just three sac…Upvote Share TweetRedskins coach Mike Shanahan said Friday that quarterback Robert Griffin III has progressed all week and that he was “much better” on Friday, leaving him to be listed as questionable on the final injury report of the week. “We’ll get a chance to eUpvote Share Tweet
Temple hires Giants assistant as new head coachTemple has offered its head coaching job to Giants assistant offensive line coach Matt Rhule, according to OwlScoop.com. He was one of two NFL assistants to interview for the job, along with Eagles defensive coordinator (and former Temple safety) Todd B…Upvote Share TweetThe Browns are riding a three-game winning streak into Sunday’s game against the Redskins, but rookie running back Trent Richardson hasn’t been performing quite as well as his team. Richardson is averaging 3.5 yards per carry in those three games andUpvote Share Tweet
Giants will be shorthanded in AtlantaThe New York Giants have ruled out running back Ahmad Bradshaw, cornerback Prince Amukamara and safety Kenny Phillips for Sunday's critical game against the Falcons in Atlanta due to their injuries. All of the injuries are major as the Giants try to bec…Upvote Share Tweet
Quirks of the Game: Should the N.F.L. Kill the Kickoff?nytimes.com Updated Dec 14, 2012Tampa Bay Coach Greg Schiano has proposed doing away with kickoffs to make the game safer. The idea has yet to gain much support.Upvote Share TweetThe Dallas Cowboys will not place nose tackle Jay Ratliff on injured reserve until they have to.Upvote Share TweetFive nuggets of knowledge about Week 15: Home-field disadvantage? The Atlanta Falcons are 6-0 at home this season, have won 10 straight home games overall, and are 32-7 in the Georgia Dome over the past five seasons. So the fact that they are playing at…Upvote Share Tweet
Week 15 Sunday Picks: Falcons out to show they’re legitimate Super Bowl contendersNew York Giants at Atlanta Falcons The Falcons are in the midst of the most successful period in the organization's history, but have yet to win the playoff game necessary to validate the Mike Smith/Thomas Dimitroff Era. The Giants have won the last fou…Upvote Share TweetRavens linebacker Terrell Suggs is trying to play through a torn biceps he suffered a couple of weeks ago, but he wasn’t able to answer the bell for last Sunday’s game against the Redskins. It’s unclear whether he’ll be on the field against the BrUpvote Share Tweet
Better to receive: A Friday debate postThere are few teams (if any) in the NFL that can match the New York Giants for the quality of their top two wide receivers, but they play one of them Sunday. The Atlanta Falcons' outstanding duo of Roddy White and Julio Jones is a vital reason the Falco…Upvote Share TweetGiants defensive end Osi Umenyiora didn’t know Pat Hill was the Falcons new offensive line coach. But he said he could tell from watching tape things were different. Some accused the Falcons blockers of dirty play last year, and after other teams accusUpvote Share TweetIt wasn’t an inspiring performance, but in these white-flag days in Philadelphia, it was enough. After last night’s 34-13 loss to the Bengals, and after Michael Vick was cleared from his concussion, Eagles coach Andy Reid said he was going to continueUpvote Share Tweet
Breakfast links: Giant hopes for HokiesNew York Giants If Prince Amukamara can't play Sunday because of his hamstring injury, rookie Jayron Hosley would get the start at cornerback for the Giants in his place. That would mean they could be counting on two Virginia Tech rookies to help them w…Upvote Share Tweet
Plenty To Learn FromCNNSI.com Updated Dec 11, 2012The 49ers squandered a 31-3 lead, but beat the Patriots 41-34. Winning in this fashion could prove quite valuable in the weeks ahead for San Francisco, says Chris Burke.Upvote Share TweetIt was the play that perhaps best typified the Philadelphia Eagles' season, though there were many more to come. With 9:59 left in the first quarter of the Cincinnati Bengals' 34-13 thumping of Andy Reid's team, Eagles punter Mat McBriar set to punt fro…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL Kickoff OT: Key Games For Week 15Dec 14NFL Kickoff OT breaks down the big games for week 15.
'Playbook': Redskins vs. BrownsDec 14"Playbook" debates whether the Washington Redskins will be able to throw the ball deep against the Cleveland Browns in Week 15.
'Playbook': Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas CowboysDec 14Will the Dallas Cowboys be able to get a running game going against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The "Playbook" guys discuss the Cowboysâ€™ offense and also explain why Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is extending plays.
New York Giants Stevie Brown providing boost to G-MenDec 14New York Giants safety Stevie Brown discusses his success, the Giants' remaining schedule and the feel around the team's locker room.
Peter King: Ravens hope change in offensive plan yields playoff benefitsDec 14Sometimes, good coaches and good players don't agree, and they get at cross-purposes, and the players stop listening to the coaches, and a boss has to see that, and the boss has to say it's time for a change -- even at an incredibly inopportune time, as…
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