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Redskins' RG3 to have knee surgery

Redskins' RG3 to have knee surgery

CNNSI.com Updated Jan 8, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A person familiar with the situation says Robert Griffin III will have surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his right knee.
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  • No Nelson, but Finley returns to Packers practice

    No Nelson, but Finley returns to Packers practice

    profootballtalk.com Jan 8, 2013
    The Packers don’t have to submit an injury report today, so there’s not much in the way of official comment on any of their injured players. But reporters there can call the roll. According to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press Gazette, wide receiver
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  • Christian Ponder no surprise as '13 starter

    Christian Ponder no surprise as '13 starter

    You may have seen the news that the Minnesota Vikings plan to enter into negotiations that would extend the contract of coach Leslie Frazier. That should come as no surprise given our discussions over the past month. On the other hand, from what I can t…
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  • Vikes' Frazier not concerned with contract status

    Vikes' Frazier not concerned with contract status

    Leslie Frazier has one year left on his contract and no concern about his future. The Minnesota Vikings coach said Tuesday he and his agent will speak soon with team officials about his deal.
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  • Eagles to meet Lovie

    Eagles to meet Lovie

    CNNSI.com Jan 8, 2013
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Eagles will interview Lovie Smith for their coaching vacancy on Thursday.
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  • Christian Ponder isn’t sure whether Percy Harvin will be back

    Christian Ponder isn’t sure whether Percy Harvin will be back

    profootballtalk.com Jan 8, 2013
    Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Monday that receiver Percy Harvin will remain with the team in 2013.  Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder has somewhat less optimism. “I’m not sure, I don’t know,” Ponder told Paul Allen of KFAN on Tuesday.  ”
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  • John Clayton: NFC North salary cap space

    John Clayton: NFC North salary cap space

    ESPN.com Jan 8, 2013
    Perhaps you've already seen John Clayton's item on salary cap space for all 32 NFL teams. If not, I've pulled the four NFC North figures into this post. Keep in mind that cap numbers are fluid this time of year and aren't finalized until shortly before …
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  • Eagles to interview former Bears coach Smith

    Eagles to interview former Bears coach Smith

    The Philadelphia Eagles will interview Lovie Smith for their coaching vacancy on Thursday, making him just the second former head coach to be considered for the job.
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  • Replacement refs more popular than Congress

    Replacement refs more popular than Congress

    profootballtalk.com Jan 8, 2013
    The NFL’s replacement officials became a national punchline during the first three weeks of the season, and they were finally given the boot after a disastrous decision to award the Seahawks a game-winning touchdown in a Monday night meeting with the Pa
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  • Outside the Game: Jay Cutler inspires others with Type 1 Diabet…

    Outside the Game: Jay Cutler inspires others with Type 1 Diabetes

    yahoo.com Jan 8, 2013
    Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has faced monstrous defensive linemen and skilled pass defenders, gone through disappointing seasons, and traversed the inevitable NFL churn through two different teams and a revolving cast of characters. So, with al…
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  • Packers-49ers II: Legacy of Aaron Rodgers

    Packers-49ers II: Legacy of Aaron Rodgers

    ESPN.com Jan 8, 2013
    On the eve of his fourth trip to the NFL playoffs, Aaron Rodgers sat down with broadcaster Bob Costas and obliged a big-picture conversation. The Green Bay Packers quarterback has started a Pro Bowl. He has won the league's MVP award and was the MVP of …
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  • Nate Burleson thinks Titus Young needs to channel Scottie Pippe…

    Nate Burleson thinks Titus Young needs to channel Scottie Pippen

    profootballtalk.com Jan 8, 2013
    The Lions haven’t made any decisions about wide receiver Titus Young’s future with the team, but one of his teammates thinks that he knows what Young needs to do in order to succeed in Detroit. To fellow wideout Nate Burleson, it is as simple as knowi
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  • Bears GM Phil Emery assembles lengthy list of head coaching can…

    Bears GM Phil Emery assembles lengthy list of head coaching candidates

    yahoo.com Jan 8, 2013
    Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery hopes to have a new head coach in place by Jan. 19's East-West Shrine game and has a lengthy list of candidates to sort through. Emery fired Lovie Smith, in part, because of a failure over the years to develop th…
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  • Vikings' Allen to have surgery after Pro Bowl

    Vikings' Allen to have surgery after Pro Bowl

    ESPN.com Jan 8, 2013
    Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen said he'll wait until after the Pro Bowl to have surgery on his left shoulder to repair a torn labrum he's had for months.
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  • Bears’ coaching search adds 13th candidate

    Bears’ coaching search adds 13th candidate

    profootballtalk.com Jan 8, 2013
    OK, so now it looks like Phil Emery is just showing off. Emery has expanded the list of known candidates to coach the Bears to a lucky (or, depending on the final decision, unlucky) 13. The latest, according to Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune, is Bear…
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  • NFC North chat alert

    NFC North chat alert

    ESPN.com Jan 8, 2013
    Our SportsNation chat is back and better than ever after going into hiatus on the past two Tuesdays, which just so happened to fall on Christmas and New Year's. All topics are welcome when we convene here at 2 p.m. ET, from Saturday night's playoff game…
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  • Rod Marinelli could remain in Chicago

    Rod Marinelli could remain in Chicago

    profootballtalk.com Jan 8, 2013
    One of the coaches not on the Bears’ ever-expanding list of head coaching candidates is their current defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. According to a report by Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune, that doesn’t mean Marinelli is without a future in C
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  • Twitter campaign gets Adrian Peterson to call cancer-stricken b…

    Twitter campaign gets Adrian Peterson to call cancer-stricken boy

    How great was Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s season?  It was so great that he’s still doing great things, even after the season ended. Via the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, a Twitter campaign launched by friends of a Fairport, New York teen
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  • BBAO: Mike Singletary joins Bears' list

    BBAO: Mike Singletary joins Bears' list

    We're Black and Blue All Over: Make that an even dozen reported candidates for the Chicago Bears' open head-coaching position. The latest: Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports the Bears want to interview a pair of Minnesota Vikings assistants: Mike…
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  • Video - PTI Big Finish January 8th 00:56

    PTI Big Finish January 8th

    Jan 8
    PTI runs down Tuesday's top stories.
  • Video - Nate Burleson: 'We let down a lot of people' 04:17

    Nate Burleson: 'We let down a lot of people'

    Jan 8
    Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson stops by "Around the League" to talk about Calvin Johnson's record-breaking year, quarterback Matthew Stafford's struggles and what the team should look for in the 2013 NFL Draft.
  • Video - Nate Burleson: 'We let down a lot of people' 04:17

    Nate Burleson: 'We let down a lot of people'

    Jan 8
    Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson stops by "Around the League" to talk about Calvin Johnson's record-breaking year, quarterback Matthew Stafford's struggles and what the team should look for in the 2013 NFL Draft.
  • Video - NFC Road Team With Best Chance To Win 02:34

    NFC Road Team With Best Chance To Win

    Jan 8
    Mark Schlereth, Herm Edwards and Eric Mangini discuss which NFC road team has the best chance to win this weekend.

Sports Columnists

  • Peter King: Marrone appears to have right pedigree to turn around Bills; m…

    Jan 8
    I don't know if Doug Marrone will win in Buffalo. No one does. He probably needs a new quarterback. He has to figure out why a defense that should have been top 10 in the NFL this year let everyone down and finished 22nd in yards allowed and a mind-bogg…
  • Don Banks: My best and worst preseason NFL predictions

    Jan 8
    When it comes to NFL predictions, I have a favorite credo that I trot out from time to time to remind myself what we're up against in this business: It's the NFL, nobody knows anything, and if they say they do, they're lying. I would imagine the coachin…
  • NFL playoffs 2013 - Peyton Manning's next move

    Jan 8
    Peyton Manning has had one of the finest seasons of his Hall of Fame career, but he needs to find the right reason to keep playing.
  • Notre Dame Fighting Irish TE Tyler Eifert will forgo senior season for NFL…

    Jan 8
    Notre Dame junior tight end Tyler Eifert said Monday night after the Irish's 42-14 loss to Alabama that he would enter April's NFL draft.