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Chris Cook back to practice, on track to return for Vikings

Chris Cook back to practice, on track to return for Vikings

profootballtalk.com Updated Dec 6, 2012
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 …
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  • NFC North Thursday practice report

    NFC North Thursday practice report

    ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    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 (…
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  • Looking ahead at playoff scenarios

    Looking ahead at playoff scenarios

    ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    For 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…
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  • Harvin vows to come back “stronger and better than ever”

    Harvin vows to come back “stronger and better than ever”

    On 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 disappoi
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  • Chad Greenway Wants Vikings Fans To Get "Super-Duper Drunk…

    Chad Greenway Wants Vikings Fans To Get "Super-Duper Drunk" This Sunday

    deadspin.com ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    The 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…
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  • On Roger Goodell's kickoff musings

    On Roger Goodell's kickoff musings

    ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    EDEN 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…
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  • Peter King: NFL Week 14 Picks

    Peter King: NFL Week 14 Picks

    CNNSI.com Dec 6, 2012
    If 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.
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  • Source: Urlacher fined for 2nd horse-collar hit

    Source: Urlacher fined for 2nd horse-collar hit

    Chicago 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.
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  • Falcons and Texans still fighting for respect around the NFL, b…

    Falcons and Texans still fighting for respect around the NFL, but key December matchups will give each team a chance to prove ea

    nydailynews.com Dec 6, 2012
    There 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 …
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  • Back to drawing board for Lions' run game

    Back to drawing board for Lions' run game

    ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    In 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…
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  • Nate Burleson hopes time on IR matures Titus Young

    Nate Burleson hopes time on IR matures Titus Young

    profootballtalk.com Dec 6, 2012
    While 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 par
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  • Blogger Blitz: March to 2,000 yards

    Blogger Blitz: March to 2,000 yards

    ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    As 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 …
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  • There are a few major problems with the Detroit Lions’ 2013 cal…

    There are a few major problems with the Detroit Lions’ 2013 calendar

    yahoo.com Dec 6, 2012
    In 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…
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  • Alshon Jeffery, Devin Hester return to practice for Bears

    Alshon Jeffery, Devin Hester return to practice for Bears

    profootballtalk.com Dec 6, 2012
    With 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…
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Cowboys Keeping Playoff Hopes Alive 02:45

    NFL32OT: Cowboys Keeping Playoff Hopes Alive

    Dec 6
    Episode 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.
  • Video - James Jones: 'It is about winning the Super Bowl' 03:48

    James Jones: 'It is about winning the Super Bowl'

    Dec 6
    Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones joins "Around the League" to talk about his success in the 2012 season.
  • Video - M & M: Does Brian Urlacher's injury derail Bears season? 02:05

    M & M: Does Brian Urlacher's injury derail Bears season?

    Dec 6
    Michael 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.
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: Lions-Packers 00:47

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Lions-Packers

    Dec 6
    The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Detroit at Green Bay

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    Dec 6
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