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T.J. Ward picks up $25,000 fine for hit on Kevin Ogletree

T.J. Ward picks up $25,000 fine for hit on Kevin Ogletree

profootballtalk.com Updated Nov 21, 2012
Ravens safety Ed Reed’s one game suspension for an illegal hit on a defenseless receiver was cut to $50,000 on appeal.  Browns safety T.J. Ward has been fined half that amount, prior to appeal, for a hit on Cowboys wideout Kevin Ogletree. Like Reed, Wa
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  • NY Giants out to rattle Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rod…

    NY Giants out to rattle Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers

    nydailynews.com Nov 21, 2012
    There was no question that the rattle factor was there the last time that the Giants played the Packers. The Giants not only defeated the Packers, who were 15-1 heading into that NFC divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field last January, they beat them …
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  • A look at the Cowboys’ keys to victory in game against Redskins

    A look at the Cowboys’ keys to victory in game against Redskins

    dallasnews.com Nov 21, 2012
    After slogging through a 23-20 overtime victory over the Cleveland Browns, the Cowboys return to the field Thursday to face NFC East rival Washington on Thanksgiving. The Redskins, despite their 4-6 record, are expected to challenge Dallas and the Cowbo…
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  • Rob Ryan’s plan for Robert Griffin III: Hit him hard

    Rob Ryan’s plan for Robert Griffin III: Hit him hard

    Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has spent the last three days putting together a game plan for Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, and he says it all comes down to playing physical football. Ryan said that when he prepares his defenses to pl…
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  • Dallas might start rookie RB due to injuries

    Dallas might start rookie RB due to injuries

    ESPN.com Nov 21, 2012
    Undrafted rookie Lance Dunbar might be the Dallas Cowboys' starting running back Thursday against the Washington Redskins with DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones listed as doubtful and questionable, respectively, for the game.
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  • Final Word: Redskins-Cowboys

    Final Word: Redskins-Cowboys

    ESPN.com redskins.com Nov 21, 2012
    Three nuggets of knowledge about the Redskins-Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game: The history: The Dallas Cowboys have won five of their past six Thanksgiving Day games, the only loss in that stretch coming against the New Orleans Saints in 2010. This will b…
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  • Giants Among the NFL’s Least-Penalized Clubs

    Giants Among the NFL’s Least-Penalized Clubs

    giantsfootballblog.com Nov 21, 2012
    According to our colleague Jimmy Kempski of Blogging the bEast, the Giants are second-least penalized team in the NFL after ten games with 53 flags upheld. The Falcons have the fewest at 46. Ironically, the other three NFC East teams are among the most-…
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  • Man gets 18 months for RG3 extortion attempt

    Man gets 18 months for RG3 extortion attempt

    ESPN.com Nov 21, 2012
    A former Baylor basketball player has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for trying to extort $1 million from Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.
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  • Leodis McKelvin, Dan Bailey take weekly special teams honors

    Leodis McKelvin, Dan Bailey take weekly special teams honors

    profootballtalk.com Nov 21, 2012
    Leodis McKelvin and Dan Bailey did very different things to help the Bills and Cowboys win last week, but they both got rewarded with special teams player of the week honors. Bailey got the nod for making three field goals and two extra points in Dallas…
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  • Felix Jones, Tyron Smith, Jay Ratliff questionable for Cowboys

    Felix Jones, Tyron Smith, Jay Ratliff questionable for Cowboys

    profootballtalk.com Nov 21, 2012
    The news is mixed on the injury front for the Cowboys heading into Thursday’s game against the Redskins. Running back Felix Jones, left tackle Tyron Smith and defensive tackle Jay Ratliff are all listed as questionable. For Smith in particular, that’s
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  • Concussions cause Vick, McCoy to miss practice

    Concussions cause Vick, McCoy to miss practice

    CNNSI.com Nov 21, 2012
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy aren't practicing because of concussions and their status for Philadelphia's game against Carolina on Monday night is uncertain.
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  • Cowboys' Bryant opens up about personal life

    Cowboys' Bryant opens up about personal life

    ESPN.com Nov 21, 2012
    In the midst of what might be a breakout month on the field, Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant opened up about his heavily scrutinized personal life Wednesday afternoon.
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  • The All-22: RG3 reaping the benefits of Shanahan’s multi-tiered…

    The All-22: RG3 reaping the benefits of Shanahan’s multi-tiered passing offense

    yahoo.com Nov 21, 2012
    For the second time in his rookie season, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was named the NFL's Offensive Player of the Week after a four-touchdown performance against the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday. Griffin completed an amazing 14…
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  • Rookie Watch: Praise for Morris Claiborne

    Rookie Watch: Praise for Morris Claiborne

    ESPN.com Nov 21, 2012
    Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne does not appear in this week's edition of Matt Williamson's Rookie Watch -- not even among the honorable mentions. But Matt uses the introduction to his weekly feature to address Claiborne as a prospect -- one …
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  • Quirks of the Game: The Third-String Quarterback

    Quirks of the Game: The Third-String Quarterback

    nytimes.com Nov 21, 2012
    Backup quarterbacks -- and in some cases, third-stringers -- came to the fore after injuries to a bunch of starters, but the odds are almost always stacked against them.
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  • Tagliabue will have bounty ruling by end of 2012

    Tagliabue will have bounty ruling by end of 2012

    CNNSI.com Nov 21, 2012
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has advised league officials and players implicated in the NFL's bounty probe that he plans to complete all hearings by Dec. 4 and make a ruling shortly after.
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  • Familiar Faces On All-NFC East Team

    Familiar Faces On All-NFC East Team

    redskins.com Nov 21, 2012
    (Photo by Brian Murphy // ExtremeSkins.com) The Redskins mainstays on ESPN.com NFC East blogger Dan Graziano’s weekly All-NFC East Team have, well, stayed. The team has five representatives on this week’s list, just as it did last week. Again, though,
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  • Vinny Curry expected to debut this week

    Vinny Curry expected to debut this week

    profootballtalk.com Nov 21, 2012
    When the Eagles drafted defensive end Vinny Curry in the second round of April’s draft, the pick was widely hailed as a case of the rich getting richer at defensive end. Curry was expected to be a pass rushing option behind Jason Babin and Trent Cole, b
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  • All-NFC East Team: Week 12 update

    All-NFC East Team: Week 12 update

    ESPN.com Nov 21, 2012
    Not too many changes on this week's All-Division team. Just two, in fact. Dez Bryant has overtaken teammate Miles Austin for one of the wide receiver spots as his performance week over week has begun to exceed Austin's. And Brian Moorman is having a gre…
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  • Eagles fire VP of communications, that should fix it

    Eagles fire VP of communications, that should fix it

    profootballtalk.com Nov 21, 2012
    The Eagles, continuing a trend of firing people who aren’t necessarily the problem, have gotten rid of their PR man. Apparently Juan Castillo couldn’t be fired again, so they dispatched senior vice president of communications Rob Zeiger Tuesday, acco
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  • Antrel Rolle: Giants need to win out

    Antrel Rolle: Giants need to win out

    profootballtalk.com Nov 21, 2012
    With a one-game lead in a division that has underperformed from top to bottom, the Giants could likely secure a playoff berth with a 10-6 record. But Giants safety Antrel Rolle’s looking at the toughest part of the schedule, and suggesting that winning
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  • Struggling NFC East Dominates Primetime Coverage

    Struggling NFC East Dominates Primetime Coverage

    giantsfootballblog.com Nov 21, 2012
    The NFC East has been one of the worst divisions in football this season, and they will get the opportunity to either redeem or condemn themselves the next few weeks in front of a national television audience This week, the nation will be treated to gam…
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  • Breakfast links: Cowboys, Redskins cram

    Breakfast links: Cowboys, Redskins cram

    ESPN.com Nov 21, 2012
    I know nobody's thinking about work today. You're thinking about tomorrow, and turkey, and stuffing, and mashed potatoes, and mashed turnips. No? Man, I love those mashed turnips. Anyway, that's tomorrow. We all need to find a way through today, concent…
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  • Week 12 N.F.L. Game Probabilities, and a Tired Theory

    Week 12 N.F.L. Game Probabilities, and a Tired Theory

    nytimes.com Nov 21, 2012
    The Giants' offense, led by Eli Manning, peaked in Week 5 against Cleveland and has been in a relatively consistent decline since, but don't blame arm fatigue.
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  • Video - Rivalry Renewed 00:53

    Rivalry Renewed

    Nov 21
    One of the oldest rivalries in football is renewed on Thanksgiving Day when the Washington Redskins visit the Dallas Cowboys.
  • Video - Reid On The Hot Seat? 02:10

    Reid On The Hot Seat?

    Nov 21
    The Numbers Never Lie crew discuss whether Andy Reid is coaching for his job as his team faces the Panthers on Monday Night Football.
  • Video - Redskins-Cowboys: Matchup To Watch 02:10

    Redskins-Cowboys: Matchup To Watch

    Nov 21
    Tedy Bruschi and Jason Taylor give their matchup to watch and prediction for Thursday's NFC East showdown between Washington and Dallas.
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: Panthers-Eagles 01:02

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Panthers-Eagles

    Nov 21
    The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Carolina at Philadelphia

Sports Columnists

  • Biggest NFL games of Week 12 -- John Clayton's First & 10

    Nov 21
    Recent wild finishes reinforce the necessity of having a quarterback who can thrive in the fourth quarter, John Clayton writes.
  • Clayton mailbag: QB trades lose their luster

    Nov 21
    The Raiders traded two high picks for Carson Palmer. Palmer's struggles are one of the reasons trades involving QBs are risky, writes John Clayton.
  • The Sports Guy's Thanksgiving Football Mailbag

    Nov 21
    Inept coaches, serial killer questions, and, of course, all your Week 12 picks.