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Chris Long appears likely to return for Rams this week

Chris Long appears likely to return for Rams this week

profootballtalk.com Updated 8 hours ago
Defensive end Chris Long appeared in only the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings before having ankle surgery and landing on the injured reserve-designated to return list for the St. Louis Rams. But Long appears set to return to the lineup for t…
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  • Thursday’s N.F.L. Matchups

    Thursday’s N.F.L. Matchups

    nytimes.com 10 hours ago
    Detroit’s game against Chicago looks like it will be more competitive than it would have been a couple weeks ago, when the Lions were among the N.F.L.'s top teams and the Bears had allowed a combined 106 points in back-to-back losses.
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  • Cardinals' Bush: No 'fair shake' with Bears

    Cardinals' Bush: No 'fair shake' with Bears

    ESPN.com 13 hours ago
    Michael Bush is grateful to get a chance with the Cardinals after not getting 'fair shake' in Chicago.
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  • Kyle Fuller, Riley Reiff and Reggie Bush all questionable for T…

    Kyle Fuller, Riley Reiff and Reggie Bush all questionable for Turkey Day

    The Bears and Lions have released their final injury reports before Thursday’s game at Ford Field and it finds key players on both sides questionable. Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller drew the tag after hurting his MCL last weekend. He was listed as a limit…
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  • Ryan Kalil says his brother’s hat-flick was all his fault

    Ryan Kalil says his brother’s hat-flick was all his fault

    Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil has apologized for flicking the hat off a heckling fan last Sunday. But the guy should probably be glad Ryan Kalil didn’t give more wedgies growing up. The Panthers center came to the defense of his little brother, saying …
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  • NFL hits Raiola with $10,000 fine for punch

    NFL hits Raiola with $10,000 fine for punch

    Lions center Dominic Raiola has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for punching an opponent at New England on Sunday.
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  • Bridgewater's No. 1 priority for improvement down the stretch: …

    Bridgewater's No. 1 priority for improvement down the stretch: `Just take advantage of those easy completions'

    startribune.com 16 hours ago
    Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but at 4-7 and residing in the NFC North, the Vikings sure have a lot less to play for than the 3-7-1 Panthers do in the NFC Worst South. So we asked Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to name the No. 1 thing he’s…
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  • Bears place Brian de la Puente on injured reserve

    Bears place Brian de la Puente on injured reserve

    profootballtalk.com 16 hours ago
    Among the many problems that have plagued the Bears this season is an inability to keep the same offensive line together for long stretches because of injuries. Left tackle Jermon Bushrod has missed two games, left guard Matt Slauson is on injured reser…
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  • Former Lions  defensive end Willie Young flourishing in Chicago

    Former Lions defensive end Willie Young flourishing in Chicago

    ESPN.com 18 hours ago
    ALLEN PARK, Mich. – Willie Young heard Matthew Stafford called him “one of my favorite teammates” Tuesday and the former Detroit Lions defensive end -- now with the Chicago Bears -- started to laugh. Young, who left the Lions in free agency during the o…
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  • Packers' T.J. Lang back on sideline with ankle injury

    Packers' T.J. Lang back on sideline with ankle injury

    ESPN.com 18 hours ago
    GREEN BAY, Wis. -- T.J. Lang was either trying to keep the New England Patriots guessing or he was just trying to be funny, but the Green Bay Packers right guard had a towel draped over his head during Wednesday's practice as he rode a stationary bike. …
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  • Vikings' Phil Loadholt expects to be healthy by training camp

    Vikings' Phil Loadholt expects to be healthy by training camp

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings right tackle Phil Loadholt, who will have surgery Friday to repair a torn pectoral muscle, said he expects to be completely healthy by training camp next July and will stay in Minnesota to rehab during the rest o…
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  • Belichick on Brady/Rodgers similarities: They both wear No. 12

    Belichick on Brady/Rodgers similarities: They both wear No. 12

    profootballtalk.com 20 hours ago
    Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers correctly pointed out on Tuesday that Sunday’s game against the Patriots is not about a matchup between him and Tom Brady because they won’t be on the field at the same time barring some really strange coaching decision…
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  • Eddie Lacy wins NFC offensive player of week

    Eddie Lacy wins NFC offensive player of week

    Hopefully by Thursday, Eddie Lacy’s stomach has settled down. He deserves to be able to enjoy a piece of pie after the way he carried the Packers last week. The second-year running back was named NFC offensive player of the week, for his gutsy performan…
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  • Lions vs. Bears preview

    Lions vs. Bears preview

    ESPN.com 21 hours ago
    When: 12:30 p.m. ET, Thursday Where: Ford Field, Detroit TV: CBS The Detroit Lions broke their Thanksgiving Day hex last season when they annihilated NFC North foe Green Bay. At the time, the Lions looked like a team potentially heading for the playoffs…
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  • PFT’s Week 13 picks

    PFT’s Week 13 picks

    profootballtalk.com 21 hours ago
    As Thanksgiving approaches, I’m quite thankful for my three-game lead through 12 weeks of action. The three-game lead survived Week 12, because we split the four games on which we disagreed last weekend (I was right on Bengals and Browns, MDS nailed it …
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  • Lance Briggs expects groin injury to keep him out “a few weeks”

    Lance Briggs expects groin injury to keep him out “a few weeks”

    profootballtalk.com 23 hours ago
    Longtime Bears linebacker Lance Briggs knows the clock is ticking. And his time in Chicago might be even shorter than he imagined, thanks to a groin injury picked up last week. Briggs said during his weekly show on CSN Chicago that his groin issue would…
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  • Wednesday morning one-liners

    Wednesday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com 23 hours ago
    Bills WR Robert Woods made the Jets pay for single coverage. The Dolphins have had some bad luck. Patriots QB Tom Brady and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers have never started against each other, until Sunday. The latest “Fire John Idzik” billboard tells Woody …
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  • Jim Caldwell: Lions have no comfort zone on offense

    Jim Caldwell: Lions have no comfort zone on offense

    profootballtalk.com 23 hours ago
    Going two weeks without a touchdown is a sign that things aren’t working for your offense, but the signs were there for the Lions even before they lost their last two games while scoring a total of 15 points. They are scoring their fewest points per gam…
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  • Griffin is surely done in D.C.

    Griffin is surely done in D.C.

    profootballtalk.com Nov 26 (yesterday)
    Well, that escalated quickly. Only nine days ago, quarterback Robert Griffin III remained entrenched as the starter in D.C. After nearly beating the Vikings in his return from a dislocated ankle, Griffin had two weeks to get ready for a gimme putt again…
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  • Video - NFL Live Prediction: Patriots-Packers 01:13

    NFL Live Prediction: Patriots-Packers

    Nov 26
    The NFL Live crew make their picks for New England at Green Bay.
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    NFL Live Prediction: Panthers-Vikings

    Nov 26
    The NFL Live crew make their picks for Carolina at Minnesota.
  • Video - NFL Live Prediction: Bears-Lions 00:39

    NFL Live Prediction: Bears-Lions

    Nov 26
    The NFL Live crew make their picks for Chicago at Detroit.
  • Video - How can the Detroit Lions bounce back? 01:33

    How can the Detroit Lions bounce back?

    Nov 26
    NFL Media's Randy Moss takes a look at the Detroit Lions' Week 13 matchup against the Chicago Bears.

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