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Packers' Woodson cleared to play vs. Vikings

Packers' Woodson cleared to play vs. Vikings

ESPN.com CNNSI.com profootballtalk.com Updated Jan 1, 2013
Charles Woodson has been cleared to play again, and the Green Bay Packers are counting on the defensive back to provide a lift in Saturday night's playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings.
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  • Eagles seek title-winning coach

    Eagles seek title-winning coach

    CNNSI.com Jan 1, 2013
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jeffrey Lurie's search for the Philadelphia Eagles' next coach began before he fired Andy Reid and could last until the Super Bowl.
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  • Vikings-Packers III: Lambeau 'advantage'

    Vikings-Packers III: Lambeau 'advantage'

    ESPN.com Jan 1, 2013
    Faced with a short work week, Tuesday was really a Wednesday for the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers. Both teams had full practices scheduled, and in Minnesota, the Vikings opened the doors to their practice facility to give them at least a part…
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  • Bears add special teams coach Joe DeCamillis to list

    Bears add special teams coach Joe DeCamillis to list

    profootballtalk.com Jan 1, 2013
    Bears general manager Phil Emery is proving to be open-minded in his pursuit of job candidates. According to FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer, the Bears have asked permission to interview Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis for their head coaching job. The
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  • Bears: Phil Emery elevates expectations

    Bears: Phil Emery elevates expectations

    It's too bad the networks can't flex-schedule press conferences. Because Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery gave one of the most expansive and content-rich pressers in recent memory at a time -- New Years' morning -- when many Bears fans and perha…
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  • Bears' GM: Missing playoffs led to Smith's firing

    Bears' GM: Missing playoffs led to Smith's firing

    CNNSI.com Jan 1, 2013
    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery says too many playoff misses and the inability to develop a productive offense led to coach Lovie Smith's firing.
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  • NFC North 2013 opponents

    NFC North 2013 opponents

    ESPN.com Jan 1, 2013
    I hope everyone is having an outstanding New Year's Day. I wanted to pass along to you a handy one-stop post that will give you plenty to chew on for the next, oh, eight months. ESPN.com blog editor Brett Longdin took the time to compile the 2013 home a…
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  • Mike McCoy joins the hunt for Bills job

    Mike McCoy joins the hunt for Bills job

    profootballtalk.com Jan 1, 2013
    Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy’s not getting much rest during his bye week. Already a candidate for the Bears and Cardinals head coaching jobs, McCoy is that latest name to emerge on Buffalo’s list, as the Bills asked for permission to inter
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  • Final NFC playoff standings*

    Final NFC playoff standings*

    ESPN.com Jan 1, 2013
    So there it is. Three months after it occurred, the "Fail Mary" deposited one ripple in the NFC playoff seeding: It cost the Green Bay Packers a first-round bye in the 2012 playoffs. You know the drill in this post. We've been tracking the pot…
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  • Ryan Broyles wants to find out how Adrian Peterson rehabbed his…

    Ryan Broyles wants to find out how Adrian Peterson rehabbed his ACL

    profootballtalk.com Jan 1, 2013
    The Lions and Vikings are divisional rivals, but Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles hopes that sharing an alma mater with Adrian Peterson makes the Vikings running back open to helping out a player from Detroit. Broyles tore the ACL in his right knee in e…
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  • Bears GM: I don't anticipate Hester retiring

    Bears GM: I don't anticipate Hester retiring

    ESPN.com Jan 1, 2013
    Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery said Tuesday he doesn't expect Devin Hester to follow through with talk of retirement, although Emery understands Hester's emotions after the firing of coach Lovie Smith.
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  • Mike Ditka calls the Bears “stupid” for firing Lovie Smith

    Mike Ditka calls the Bears “stupid” for firing Lovie Smith

    profootballtalk.com Jan 1, 2013
    Former Bears coach Mike Ditka is not happy that Lovie Smith got the boot following a 10-6 finish in 2012. Ditka called the Bears “stupid” for making the decision, noting that if the Packers had beaten the Vikings on Sunday afternoon, Smith would be pr
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  • And then it was 2013

    And then it was 2013

    ESPN.com Jan 1, 2013
    Happy 2013 to everyone! We'll be lighter than usual here on the blog, but I'm guessing you won't mind. While I'm up and ready and raring to go -- i.e., too old to go out on New Year's Eve -- I'm guessing that a few of you are sleeping it off Tuesday mor…
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  • Video - Most Appealing Coaching Vacancy 02:39

    Most Appealing Coaching Vacancy

    Jan 1
    Tedy Bruschi and Damien Woody discuss their picks for the most appealing coaching vacancy in the NFL.
  • Video - Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder progressing at right time 02:03

    Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder progressing at right time

    Jan 1
    Can Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder continue his impressive play? Hear why Ponder says his confidence was never shaken and he is learning from his mistakes.
  • Video - Lovie Smith In Demand 00:54

    Lovie Smith In Demand

    Jan 1
    Ed Werder on the teams that could be interested in hiring Lovie Smith.

Sports Columnists

  • Peter King: Rams started their rebuilding effort the right way in 2012; ma…

    Jan 1
    On Black New Year's Day, as 11 NFL teams try to figure out what to do with either their organization, GM, coach, coaching staffs -- or all of them -- I bring you my Smart Team of the Year: the St. Louis Rams.
  • Jim Trotter: Seahawks defense short on marquee names, but not superstar pl…

    Jan 1
    There were 53 cornerbacks selected in the 2011 NFL draft, and Richard Sherman wasn't among the first 33 chosen. If you think that doesn't grate on him, then you don't know Sherman, who was taken in the fifth round by the Seattle Seahawks.