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Bears' Urlacher says he may miss 2 to 4 weeks

Bears' Urlacher says he may miss 2 to 4 weeks

Brian Urlacher acknowledged he could miss the rest of the regular season because of a hamstring injury, meaning the linebacker might have played his last game with the Chicago Bears.
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  • Report: James Starks season could be over

    Report: James Starks season could be over

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    With running back Cedric Benson already lost for the season, the Green Bay Packers may be taking another hit to their backfield depth. According to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com, James Starks suffered a knee injury in the Packers win over the Minneso…
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  • Lions place Titus Young on injured reserve

    Lions place Titus Young on injured reserve

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    Lions coach Jim Schwartz told us Monday that wide receiver Titus Young wouldn’t be playing for the Lions again this season. They made that official on Tuesday, but not in the manner you might assume. Young has been placed on injured reserve, according t
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  • Report: Percy Harvin has torn ligament in his ankle

    Report: Percy Harvin has torn ligament in his ankle

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    We’ve known that Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin has been battling a sprained ankle for a while, but a report on Tuesday indicates it is a bit more serious than originally reported. Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com reports that Harvin suffered a complet
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  • The Vikings' Christian Ponder And ESPN's Samantha Steele Are En…

    The Vikings' Christian Ponder And ESPN's Samantha Steele Are Engaged

    deadspin.com Dec 4, 2012
    It is confirmed, per Richard Deitsch. ESPN's newest star, the lady who worked her way from being a ESPN Zone hostess to college football sideline reporter, is getting hitched to the Vikings' second-year quarterback. Will Ponder's quarterbacking over the…
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  • Lions' Fairley has marijuana charge dropped

    Lions' Fairley has marijuana charge dropped

    A Mobile municipal judge has dismissed a misdemeanor marijuana charge against Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley.
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  • Lions call up Kris Durham from practice squad

    Lions call up Kris Durham from practice squad

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    When he announced that wide receiver Ryan Broyles would miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL and that wide receiver Titus Young was no longer “in the mix” for playing time, Lions coach Jim Schwartz said that the team would have to make a roster
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  • How My Career Ended: I Threw The Most Famous Block In NFL Histo…

    How My Career Ended: I Threw The Most Famous Block In NFL History But Couldn't Open A Hole In My Contract

    deadspin.com Dec 4, 2012
    Tell Me When It's Over is an interview series in which we ask former athletes about the moment they knew their playing days were over (among other things). Today: five-time All-Pro guard Jerry Kramer, the man who delivered the key block in one of the NF…
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  • Don Banks: Costly losses give Ravens, Bears something to worry …

    Don Banks: Costly losses give Ravens, Bears something to worry about in race

    CNNSI.com Dec 4, 2012
    Every loss matters at this point, even for those safely in the playoff field. For two teams, Week 13 defeats could prove especially costly as the postseason nears, Don Banks writes.
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  • Kicking off the NFC playoff standings*

    Kicking off the NFC playoff standings*

    ESPN.com Dec 4, 2012
    You knew it was going to come to this, didn't you? You knew the minute Golden Tate shoved Sam Shields out of the way. You knew as soon as the ball settled into M.D. Jennings' hands, only to disappear in a web of arms. You knew the minute that one replac…
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  • NFL confirms Ndamukong Suh block was legal

    NFL confirms Ndamukong Suh block was legal

    Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will not be fined for a hit on Colts offensive lineman Winston Justice that caused a concussion on Sunday. The NFL has reviewed the play and determined that Suh delivered a legal block to Justice after a Detroit inte…
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  • NFL: Week 13 knee-jerk reactions

    NFL: Week 13 knee-jerk reactions

    ESPN.com Dec 4, 2012
    You’ve heard the chatter by the sports pundits and on the talk shows. Heck, you might even have heard it here. So, are the knee-jerk reactions about your team based in reality? Our NFL bloggers weigh in.
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  • NFC North chat alert

    NFC North chat alert

    ESPN.com Dec 4, 2012
    The fog has lifted, and that means I'll be at SportsNation at precisely 2 p.m. ET to conduct the best 30-minute NFC North chat you've ever experienced on Dec 4. There are any number of relevant topics to discuss. Just don't ask me who is going to win th…
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  • They Caught The Vikings Fan Who Wore A Purple Sombrero And Knoc…

    They Caught The Vikings Fan Who Wore A Purple Sombrero And Knocked Out A 50-Year-Old Man Outside Lambeau

    deadspin.com Dec 4, 2012
    This is Mark Swanson, from Lakeland, Minn. He was involved in the big brawl outside Lambeau Field after the Packers beat the Vikings, but if you were there you probably don't recognize him from his mug shot. That's because, according to police, he was w…
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  • Playoff standings: Vikings drop to No. 10

    Playoff standings: Vikings drop to No. 10

    ESPN.com Dec 4, 2012
    As we noted Monday night on Twitter, the Washington Redskins' victory over the New York Giants wasn't a great thing if you're hanging on to the Minnesota Vikings' fleeting playoff hopes. As ESPN.com's playoff standings indicate, the result buried the Vi…
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  • Lions think Calvin Johnson could top 2,000 receiving yards

    Lions think Calvin Johnson could top 2,000 receiving yards

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has 1,428 receiving yards this season, putting him on pace to break Jerry Rice’s single-season record of 1,848 yards, set in 1995. But the Lions are eyeing an even bigger number. Detroit offensive coordinator Scott Linehan
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  • BBAO: Let's catch up, shall we?

    BBAO: Let's catch up, shall we?

    ESPN.com Dec 4, 2012
    We're Black and Blue All Over: So, yeah. Monday. That was interesting. A bizarre descent of December fog basically shut down my favorite NFC North airport in Appleton, Wis., so at about 11:45 a.m. local time I realized that if I was going to get back to…
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  • Charles Woodson nearing return for Packers

    Charles Woodson nearing return for Packers

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    Green Bay Packers defensive back Charles Woodson has missed the last five games due to a broken collarbone suffered against the St. Louis Rams in October. Now Woodson is closing in on his return to the field. According to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Jo…
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  • Video - NFL32OT: The Race Begins 02:45

    NFL32OT: The Race Begins

    Dec 4
    Episode 230: The NFL32 crew discuss whether the Giants can hold on and win the NFC East. Tim Hasselbeck breaks down who will win in the NFC North. The NFL32 crew discuss the best team in the AFC.
  • Video - Bears face 'must win' Sunday in Minnesota 02:37

    Bears face 'must win' Sunday in Minnesota

    Dec 4
    The ESPN Chicago crew looks back at what went wrong for the Bears against the Seattle Seahawks and discusses the importance of Sunday's game in Minnesota.
  • Video - Report: Brian Urlacher Out Three Weeks 01:41

    Report: Brian Urlacher Out Three Weeks

    Dec 4
    Jeff Dickerson with the latest on Brian Urlacher's injury.
  • Video - NFL Live OT: Bears Lose Urlacher 02:48

    NFL Live OT: Bears Lose Urlacher

    Dec 4
    Tim Hasselbeck and Damien Woody discuss the report that Brian Urlacher could miss the rest of the regular season.

Sports Columnists

  • Kerry Byrne: Inside the Numbers: Week 13

    Dec 4
    Tom Brady is in the midst of one of the great seasons any quarterback has ever produced -- yet again.
  • Jim Trotter: Awards Watch: Week 13

    Dec 4
    The pulse of the NFL season changes weekly. Every Tuesday, SI.com will break down the front-runners for the major NFL awards.
  • Don Banks: Costly losses give Ravens, Bears something to worry about in ra…

    Dec 4
    Week 13 in the NFL had its requisite amount of 16 losers -- and, yes, we know the Rams and 49ers nearly tied once again -- but nobody in the league lost more ground than the Bears and Ravens, both of whom were upset at home on Sunday by six-win teams, d…
  • Peter King: Behind star trio, rookie QB class playing beyond its years; ma…

    Dec 4
    LANDOVER, Md. -- "It's all being ready to play at a younger age,'' Robert Griffin III said early this morning, putting those crazy striped socks on at his locker at FedEx Field. "I mean, look at how [South Carolina defensive end] Jadeveon Clow…