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Cruz says contract is a “matter of time”

Cruz says contract is a “matter of time”

profootballtalk.com Updated Dec 14, 2012
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. “
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  • Dez Bryant: If we weren’t fighting for a playoff spot, I’d have…

    Dez Bryant: If we weren’t fighting for a playoff spot, I’d have surgery

    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.…
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  • ESPN suspends Rob Parker, but will the network’s ethics ever ch…

    ESPN suspends Rob Parker, but will the network’s ethics ever change?

    There 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…
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  • Bradshaw sidelined for Week 15 duel vs. Falcons

    Bradshaw sidelined for Week 15 duel vs. Falcons

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Giants will play a critical game Sunday afternoon against the Atlanta Falcons without their leading rusher.
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  • Robert Griffin, Rob Gronkowksi headline Week 15”²s injury round…

    Robert Griffin, Rob Gronkowksi headline Week 15”²s injury roundup

    yahoo.com Dec 14, 2012
    Washington 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…
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  • David Wilson bows to pressure, won’t flip any more

    David Wilson bows to pressure, won’t flip any more

    Flip 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 scor
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  • For each sack, 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith donating $5,099 to …

    For each sack, 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith donating $5,099 to Boys & Girls Clubs

    yahoo.com Dec 14, 2012
    San 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…
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  • Report: RG3 hasn’t taken first team reps this week

    Report: RG3 hasn’t taken first team reps this week

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    Redskins 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 e
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  • Temple hires Giants assistant as new head coach

    Temple hires Giants assistant as new head coach

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    Temple 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…
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  • Browns might cut Trent Richardson’s playing time

    Browns might cut Trent Richardson’s playing time

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    The 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 and
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  • Giants will be shorthanded in Atlanta

    Giants will be shorthanded in Atlanta

    ESPN.com Dec 14, 2012
    The 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…
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  • Quirks of the Game: Should the N.F.L. Kill the Kickoff?

    Quirks of the Game: Should the N.F.L. Kill the Kickoff?

    nytimes.com Dec 14, 2012
    Tampa Bay Coach Greg Schiano has proposed doing away with kickoffs to make the game safer. The idea has yet to gain much support.
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  • Cowboys holding off on sending Ratliff to IR

    Cowboys holding off on sending Ratliff to IR

    The Dallas Cowboys will not place nose tackle Jay Ratliff on injured reserve until they have to.
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  • Final Word: NFC East

    Final Word: NFC East

    ESPN.com Dec 14, 2012
    Five 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…
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  • Week 15 Sunday Picks: Falcons out to show they’re legitimate Su…

    Week 15 Sunday Picks: Falcons out to show they’re legitimate Super Bowl contenders

    yahoo.com Dec 14, 2012
    New 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…
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  • Terrell Suggs is a game-time decision again

    Terrell Suggs is a game-time decision again

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    Ravens 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 Br
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  • Better to receive: A Friday debate post

    Better to receive: A Friday debate post

    ESPN.com Dec 14, 2012
    There 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…
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  • Umenyiora: Falcons OL not as dirty as it used to be

    Umenyiora: Falcons OL not as dirty as it used to be

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    Giants 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 accus
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  • With a cleared Vick, Reid says he’ll “stick with Nick”

    With a cleared Vick, Reid says he’ll “stick with Nick”

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    It 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 continue
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  • Breakfast links: Giant hopes for Hokies

    Breakfast links: Giant hopes for Hokies

    ESPN.com Dec 14, 2012
    New 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…
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  • Plenty To Learn From

    Plenty To Learn From

    CNNSI.com Dec 11, 2012
    The 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.
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  • Eagles waste early comeback against Bengals with turnover-fille…

    Eagles waste early comeback against Bengals with turnover-filled second half

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Dec 14, 2012
    It 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…
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  • Video - NFL Kickoff OT: Key Games For Week 15 05:58

    NFL Kickoff OT: Key Games For Week 15

    Dec 14
    NFL Kickoff OT breaks down the big games for week 15.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Redskins vs. Browns 04:43

    'Playbook': Redskins vs. Browns

    Dec 14
    "Playbook" debates whether the Washington Redskins will be able to throw the ball deep against the Cleveland Browns in Week 15.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys 05:21

    'Playbook': Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys

    Dec 14
    Will the Dallas Cowboys be able to get a running game going against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The "Playbook" guys discuss the Cowboys’ offense and also explain why Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is extending plays.
  • Video - New York Giants Stevie Brown providing boost to G-Men 04:45

    New York Giants Stevie Brown providing boost to G-Men

    Dec 14
    New York Giants safety Stevie Brown discusses his success, the Giants' remaining schedule and the feel around the team's locker room.

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