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No telling what's next for Percy Harvin Updated Dec 5, 2012
If it wasn't clear before, it should be now: Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier was absolutely holding back when he spoke in vague and cryptic phrases Wednesday morning about receiver Percy Harvin. About six hours after Frazier said there were some …
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  • Greenway should get super duper fined for asking fans to get “super duper drunk” Dec 5, 2012
    As the Vikings prepare to host the Bears in a game that will go a long way toward determined whether they’ll have a domed stadium’s chance in a blizzard of making the playoffs, linebacker Chad Greenway has a request for the teams fans. “Hopefully, t
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  • Detroit Lions 2013 calendar is the worst holiday gift ever Dec 5, 2012
    If you have a Detroit Lions fan in your life, and he’s someone you like and respect, you will certainly not want to buy him this Lions-themed 2013 calendar for Christmas. But if you have a Lions fan in your life and you really want to get under his skin
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  • NFC North Wednesday practice report Dec 5, 2012
    Let's wrap up a newsy day in the NFC North: Chicago Bears: Linebacker Brian Urlacher (hamstring) was officially ruled out of Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Four players sat out of practice because of injuries: receiver Earl Bennett (concus…
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  • Jared Allen doesn’t expect retaliation from the Bears Dec 5, 2012
    When the Vikings and Bears played a couple of weeks ago, the Bears lost guard Lance Louis for the rest of the season after he was on the receiving end of a huge block from Vikings defensive end Jared Allen. The Bears weren’t happy that Allen left his fe
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  • Schwartz slams Titus Young one more time on way out

    If you had any doubts about Titus Young’s future with the Lions, you can pretty much consider them cleared up now. The Lions had previously exiled him, and then placed him on injured reserve. But today, Jim Schwartz took napalm to any planks that remai
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  • Packers re-sign Grant as RB situation unsettled

    Ryan Grant didn't want his return to the Green Bay Packers to be a distraction, so he figured he'd say a few quick hellos and get right to work.
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  • Vikings’ Christian Ponder, ESPN’s Samantha Steele are engaged Dec 5, 2012
    A bit of happy news out of Minneapolis, as Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch is reporting that Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is engaged to ESPN reporter Samantha Steele. The two met earlier this year on the set of ESPN's "College GameDay.…
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  • PFT Live: Bears talk with John Mullin, Coaching Hot Seat Dec 5, 2012
    The Bears gave up a pair of late touchdowns to the Seahawks last Sunday, costing them a win they needed to hold onto their position as the NFC North leaders. John Mullin of CSN Chicago will join Mike Florio on Wednesday’s edition of PFT Live to talk abo
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  • NFC North third quarter Stock Watch Dec 5, 2012
    We've posted quarterly Stock Watches in October and November, and now it's time for the third installment of a once-weekly feature. FALLING 1. Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings quarterback: Ponder has brought the franchise to a crossroads as it nears …
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  • Bears could be without Earl Bennett this week Dec 5, 2012
    The Bears have struggled all year finding someone other than Brandon Marshall to catch passes. Now one of the few contributors other than Marshall might not make it this week, with wide receiver Earl Bennett’s status in doubt because of a concussion. Ac
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  • Rodgers says Packers are still discussing loss to Seahawks Dec 5, 2012
    When Week Three of the 2012 NFL season ended with a Monday night game between the Packers and Seahawks that ended with a horrible call on a play that has become known as the “Fail Mary,” we all knew that the undeserved loss for Green Bay and the undes
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  • Brian Urlacher: If I’m done with the Bears, I’ll be sad but not crushed Dec 5, 2012
    Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has a hamstring injury that could cause him to miss the rest of the season. And with Urlacher set to become a free agent, that means it’s possible that he has played his last game in Chicago. Urlacher acknowledged that po
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  • BBAO: Season ends for James Starks? Dec 5, 2012
    We're Black and Blue All Over: It turns out that Brian Urlacher's potentially season-ending hamstring injury was only the tip of the NFC North's personnel news Tuesday night. The Detroit Lions ended the season of receiver Titus Young, and possibly his t…
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  • Video - 'Sound FX': Detroit's dynamic duo 05:02

    'Sound FX': Detroit's dynamic duo

    Dec 5
    Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson are mic'd up for Week 13's wild matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.
  • Video - 'A Football Life': When Barry retired... 08:20

    'A Football Life': When Barry retired...

    Dec 5
    Barry Sanders' retirement was a shock and rocked the city of Detroit. Take a look at the controversy that lingered between Sanders' legacy and Emmitt Smith's legacy.
  • Video - 'A Football Life': Mr. 2,000 08:00

    'A Football Life': Mr. 2,000

    Dec 5
    After four straight playoff loses and a new head coach, Barry Sanders got off to a rough start but recovered to have a record-breaking season.
  • Video - 'A Football Life': A new roar in Detroit 06:35

    'A Football Life': A new roar in Detroit

    Dec 5
    The Detroit Lions needed a franchise man, and they got one in running back Barry Sanders. Take a look at how Sanders took control over a struggling team.