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Vikings cornerback Chris Cook returned to practice Thursday, putting him on track to return for the Vikings Dec. 23 game against the Texans. Cook was placed on IR/designated for return, and today was the first day he was eligible to practice, according …Upvote Share Tweet
Let's take a quick spin through the Thursday practice report in the NFC North: Chicago Bears: Receiver Earl Bennett (concussion) was ruled out of Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Running back Michael Bush (ribs) and cornerback Tim Jennings (…Upvote Share Tweet
Looking ahead at playoff scenariosFor no good reason, I spent part of Thursday working through some playoff scenarios in anticipation of what could be a dramatic Week 15 game at Soldier Field. Some of this will be irrelevant after Sunday, but let's try to boil down the highlights as the…Upvote Share TweetOn Wednesday, the Vikings placed receiver Percy Harvin on injured reserve, due to an ankle injury he suffered last month. On Thursday, Harvin issued a statement regarding the circumstances that ended his fourth year in the NFL. “It certainly is disappoiUpvote Share TweetThe surprising Minnesota Vikings are 6-6 right now and still in the hunt for a playoff spot in the NFC. Their make-or-break game is this weekend against the Bears at the MetroDome, and linebacker Chad Greenway wants fans to show their support by getting…Upvote Share TweetEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- So I got a pretty lively and thoughtful response Thursday morning after tweeting out the basics of a proposal to eliminate the kickoff from football, as suggested by commissioner Roger Goodell in this week's edition of TIME magazi…Upvote Share Tweet
Peter King: NFL Week 14 PicksCNNSI.com Updated Dec 6, 2012If the Pats get the AFC's No. 2 seed, they'll have earned it, thanks to a brutal two-game stretch that starts now. Can they slow the Texans' playmakers? Peter King picks Week 14.Upvote Share TweetChicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was fined $21,000 for his second horse-collar tackle in as many weeks, a source familiar with the situation confirmed.Upvote Share Tweet
Falcons and Texans still fighting for respect around the NFL, but key December matchups will give each team a chance to prove eanydailynews.com Updated Dec 6, 2012There are two 11-1 teams with a month left in the NFL season and most years, the talk would be whether anyone can beat them (see last year's Packers). Not so with the Falcons or the Texans who don't have many people outside Atlanta or Houston believing …Upvote Share Tweet
Back to drawing board for Lions' run gameIn Week 2, the Detroit Lions' running game wasn't good enough to exploit a San Francisco 49ers that was aligned dramatically to stop the pass. Things got only incrementally better upon Mikel Leshoure's debut in Week 3, and as a result, it's worth noting…Upvote Share Tweet
Nate Burleson hopes time on IR matures Titus YoungWhile Lions coach Jim Schwartz took a shot at Titus Young yesterday, saying the young wide receiver would have knee surgery “unless he doesn’t show up for it,” others are taking a more therapeutic approach. Veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson in parUpvote Share Tweet
Blogger Blitz: March to 2,000 yardsAs we enter the final quarter of the 2012 season, two NFC North players are making legitimate threats at producing a 2,000-yard season at their respective positions. This week's Blogger Blitz provides the details. We'll be keeping close tabs on Detroit …Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Updated Dec 6, 2012In this internet era, where everybody lives on blog time, we do have to pause to understand the concept of lead time. When you're creating tangible things one can hold in one's hands, it takes a bit longer to set things up. However, the company put in c…Upvote Share TweetWith wide receiver Earl Bennett possibly out for the Chicago Bears match up with the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, the return of Alshon Jeffery and Devin Hester to practice on Wednesday was a tremendous positive for the battered Bears. Jeffery has missed…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Cowboys Keeping Playoff Hopes AliveDec 6Episode 232: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss the Cowboys chances to make the playoffs. John Clayton breaks down the impact of Brian Urlacher's injury on the Bears defense. The NFL32 discuss the return of Ben Roethlisberger.
James Jones: 'It is about winning the Super Bowl'Dec 6Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones joins "Around the League" to talk about his success in the 2012 season.
M & M: Does Brian Urlacher's injury derail Bears season?Dec 6Michael Irvin and Marshall Faulk go head-to-head on whether Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher's injury will only lead the Bears to a downward spiral, and if Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez should be the starter.
Countdown Daily Prediction: Lions-PackersDec 6The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Detroit at Green Bay
Biggest NFL games of Week 14 -- John Clayton's First & 10Dec 6No. 1 seeds are on the line this weekend, but that distinction isn't as valuable as it once was, John Clayton writes.