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Free Head Exam: Chicago Bears

Free Head Exam: Chicago Bears

ESPN.com Updated Dec 3, 2012
After the Chicago Bears' 23-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, here are three issues that merit further examination: From a statistical standpoint, it's easy to track the reasons why the Bears have now lost three of their past four games. Put simply, thei…
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  • Packers don't expect Nelson to play vs. Lions

    Packers don't expect Nelson to play vs. Lions

    The Green Bay Packers are not optimistic that Jordy Nelson will be available for next Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.
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  • Childress, Vilma testify at bounty hearings

    Childress, Vilma testify at bounty hearings

    The latest round of appeal hearings in the NFL's bounty investigation have concluded with appearances by former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress, Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt and linebacker Jonathan Vilma.
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  • Free Head Exam: Green Bay Packers

    Free Head Exam: Green Bay Packers

    ESPN.com Dec 3, 2012
    After the Green Bay Packers' 23-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, here are three issues that merit further examination: Coach Mike McCarthy didn't rule out the possibility of keeping rookie Don Barclay at right tackle even if veteran T.J. Lang's an…
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  • Vikings to stick with struggling Ponder at QB

    Vikings to stick with struggling Ponder at QB

    The only passes from Christian Ponder that didn't sail over a receiver's head or bounce harmlessly out of bounds seemed to land in the arms of a Green Bay defender just as the Minnesota Vikings were approaching the end zone.
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  • Charlie Batch Used To Hand Off To Barry Sanders, That's How Dam…

    Charlie Batch Used To Hand Off To Barry Sanders, That's How Damned Old He Is

    deadspin.com Dec 3, 2012
    Ed Reed threw some shade at Charlie Batch, who was far from elite but at least outplayed Joe Flacco in the Steelers' win in Baltimore. But no one was expecting greatness. Batch just gave more of what he's offered these past 10 years as Pittsburgh's back…
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  • Ryan Broyles has a torn ACL, Titus Young sent home again

    Ryan Broyles has a torn ACL, Titus Young sent home again

    profootballtalk.com Dec 3, 2012
    The Lions have lost two more receivers for the season. Rookie Ryan Broyles is done for the year after tearing the ACL in his right knee during Sunday’s loss to the Colts. The injury came early in the game, leaving the Lions short on active wide receiver
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  • Have an N.F.L. Question? Judy Battista Has Answers

    Have an N.F.L. Question? Judy Battista Has Answers

    nytimes.com Dec 3, 2012
    Judy Battista, the N.F.L. reporter for The New York Times, will answer questions from readers.
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  • Stuck in a fog: So, it seems I've run into a bit of a travel sn…

    Stuck in a fog: So, it seems I've run into a bit of a travel snag…

    ESPN.com Dec 3, 2012
    So, it seems I've run into a bit of a travel snag due to the dense fog we've got here in the upper Midwest. It's going to consume much of my afternoon. I'm sorry about that. Free Head Exams for the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers will run before I g…
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  • Leading Off: For the Chiefs, a Day of Sorrow and Inspiration

    Leading Off: For the Chiefs, a Day of Sorrow and Inspiration

    nytimes.com Dec 3, 2012
    At the end of a sorrowful weekend, the Kansas City Chiefs and their admirable coach rallied together.
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  • Colts tackle calls out Suh, Lions for antics

    Colts tackle calls out Suh, Lions for antics

    Ndamukong Suh maintains he's not a dirty player but his actions again have drawn the ire of another opposing player.
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  • Free Head Exam: Detroit Lions

    Free Head Exam: Detroit Lions

    ESPN.com Dec 3, 2012
    After the Detroit Lions' 35-33 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, here are three issues that merit further examination: We've had plenty of offseason discussions about the value of defensive backs relative to pass rush in the NFL's current passing era. A r…
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  • "Man In Purple Sombrero" Arrested After Massive Brawl…

    "Man In Purple Sombrero" Arrested After Massive Brawl Outside Vikings-Packers Game

    deadspin.com Dec 3, 2012
    Green Bay cops are doing that thing where they won't officially say whether a fight involving 20-30 people outside Lambeau Field, which saw two arrested and one man hospitalized, had anything to do with the football game. I think we can probably read be…
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  • Bears defensive injuries piling up

    Bears defensive injuries piling up

    profootballtalk.com Dec 3, 2012
    The Bears’ playoff hopes went up in smoke last season thanks to injuries to quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte. Things are still looking good for them on that front after 12 games this year, but the injuries are starting to pile up on th
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  • NFC North Week 13 Quarterback Report

    NFC North Week 13 Quarterback Report

    ESPN.com Dec 3, 2012
    Three of our NFC North quarterbacks played really nice games Sunday. The fourth was, uh, not really nice. So let's take a closer look with the help of Jacob Nitzberg of ESPN's Stats & Information. Jay Cutler Passer rating: 119.6 QBR: 94.1 Action pla…
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  • Week 13 Splash Plays: NFC North players look great in tough los…

    Week 13 Splash Plays: NFC North players look great in tough losses

    yahoo.com Dec 3, 2012
    Megatron being Megatron: We talked about the historical significance of Calvin Johnson's season yesterday, and here's the play of the day Megatron pulled off against the Indianapolis Colts. Sometimes, it just isn't fair -- especially when the Indianapol…
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  • Peter King: Crennel, Quinn open up on Chiefs' inspired win with…

    Peter King: Crennel, Quinn open up on Chiefs' inspired win with heavy hearts

    CNNSI.com Dec 3, 2012
    A cloud hangs over Kansas City, but for three hours the Chiefs found escape. Peter King goes inside their inspired win with the coach who bravely led his team through the sorrow.
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  • MegatronWatch: 171 yards closer to record

    MegatronWatch: 171 yards closer to record

    ESPN.com Dec 3, 2012
    The Detroit Lions finished Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts without the players who opened the season as their No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 wide receivers. And still, receiver Calvin Johnson managed to catch 13 passes for 171 yards and a 46-yard t…
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  • Slideshow: Your Week 13 fan photos

    Slideshow: Your Week 13 fan photos

    ESPN.com Dec 3, 2012
    Thanks for your best-ever contributions to the NFC North blog's efforts to embrace the visual side of life. Division games, such as the one we had Sunday at Lambeau Field, tend to get the creative juices flowing. Withour further ado...
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  • Jim Schwartz Ain't Even Mad

    Jim Schwartz Ain't Even Mad

    deadspin.com Dec 3, 2012
    The Colts topped Detroit yesterday thanks to some last-second Andrew Luck magic, and it's the sort of ending one might expect could launch notoriously-volatile Lions coach Jim Schwartz into orbit. Not so, it seems, as Schwartz simply brushed it off with…
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  • BBAO: Re-setting NFC playoff seedings

    BBAO: Re-setting NFC playoff seedings

    ESPN.com Dec 3, 2012
    We're Black and Blue All Over: GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It's amazing how much happened Sunday between about 3:45 p.m. ET and 4:30 p.m. ET. In that window, the Green Bay Packers cemented a 23-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, their sixth victory in seven …
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  • Jordy Nelson, Jake Long and Dustin Keller headline Week 13”²s i…

    Jordy Nelson, Jake Long and Dustin Keller headline Week 13”²s injury roundup

    yahoo.com Dec 3, 2012
    Here's a look at some of the injury situations Shutdown Corner will be monitoring as we move into Week 14 of the 2012 regular season: Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson injured his hamstring in Sunday's 23-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Th…
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  • Video - Can AP run for 2,000 yards? 01:03

    Can AP run for 2,000 yards?

    Dec 3
    Will Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson rush for 2,000 yards this season? LaDainian Tomlinson explains what needs to happen for AP to reach the milestone.
  • Video - Jay Cutler Mailbag 03:57

    Jay Cutler Mailbag

    Dec 3
    Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler talks to Waddle & Silvy about whether he would take a 'hometown discount' during contract negotiations to help the Bears surround him with better talent.
  • Video - The Beginning Of The End For Urlacher? 01:37

    The Beginning Of The End For Urlacher?

    Dec 3
    Prim Siripipat and Eric Allen talk about how much longer Brian Urlacher can play
  • Video - Suh Reportedly Taunts Injured Player 01:08

    Suh Reportedly Taunts Injured Player

    Dec 3
    Ndamukong Suh and Lions teammates reportedly taunted Colts OT Winston Justice after he got injured.

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  • Peter King: Crennel, Quinn open up on Chiefs' inspired win with heavy hear…

    Dec 3
    On Sunday morning, I was talking to Joe Linta, the agent for the late Jovan Belcher, about the state of mind that might have made the Chiefs linebacker shoot his live-in girlfriend nine times with his own mother in the house and then, less than an hour …