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NFL hoping to decide future of Pro Bowl by April

NFL hoping to decide future of Pro Bowl by April

CNNSI.com Updated Jan 22, 2013
HONOLULU (AP) -- The NFL is hoping to decide the fate of the Pro Bowl by the time it releases next season's schedule in April. And the fate of the league's all-star game will largely depend on how much effort this year's participants put into the game.
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  • Vikes' Rudolph added to Pro Bowl for Gonzalez

    Vikes' Rudolph added to Pro Bowl for Gonzalez

    Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl team as an injury replacement for Tony Gonzalez of the Atlanta Falcons.
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  • Highway To Recovery: Just months after tearing his ACL, Marcus …

    Highway To Recovery: Just months after tearing his ACL, Marcus Lattimo…

    CNNSI.com Jan 22, 2013
    Just months after tearing his ACL, Marcus Lattimore has his sights on the NFL -- and in 2013. The rehabbing back is on a mission, and not letting doubt creep in, says Andy Staples.
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  • The first pro sack Ray Lewis ever made? On a quarterback named …

    The first pro sack Ray Lewis ever made? On a quarterback named Jim Harbaugh

    yahoo.com Jan 22, 2013
    Tired of every story about the Super Bowl being about Ray Lewis or a Harbaugh? You're in luck, because here's a story about Ray Lewis AND a Harbaugh! Let's go all the way back to 1996, Week 7. The Oilers were still in Houston. Brett Favre was still a yo…
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  • Outside the Lines: Answers for Fred McNeil

    Outside the Lines: Answers for Fred McNeil

    ESPN.com Jan 22, 2013
    Two years ago, we re-introduced you to former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Fred McNeil, whose descent into memory loss and depression was artfully told by Jeanne Marie Laskas in GQ magazine. The implication was that McNeil's years playing football had a…
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  • The Silverdome Has Been Abandoned To The Elements

    The Silverdome Has Been Abandoned To The Elements

    deadspin.com Jan 22, 2013
    The Silverdome hasn't hosted the Lions since 2001. The city of Pontiac auctioned it off in 2009 to the highest bidder. The highest bid was $550,000. "It was a bit surprising," the new owner said. "There were really very few bids." More »
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  • Titus Young threatens to quit football if he doesn’t get the fo…

    Titus Young threatens to quit football if he doesn’t get the football

    The Lions may have been better off with the second-round pick they used on receiver Titus Young by simply saying, “Pass.” Young, who was exiled from the team via an injured reserve designation after lining up “multiple times” in the wrong place du
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  • Big Decision: Quarterback contracts

    Big Decision: Quarterback contracts

    ESPN.com Jan 22, 2013
    First in a series of important offseason issues facing NFC North teams: Quarterbacks are the most important players in the game. They're also, on average, the highest paid. Those undeniable facts could make for a significant offseason of contract news i…
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  • Patriots Player's House Robbed During AFC Championship

    Patriots Player's House Robbed During AFC Championship

    deadspin.com Jan 22, 2013
    Patriots journeyman safety Derrick Martin nearly enshrined himself as a good luck charm-he was on the Packers two years ago when they won the Super Bowl (though he finished the season on IR) and was a Giant when they took the Lombardi Trophy last year.
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  • Rewind'12: Special teams rankings

    Rewind'12: Special teams rankings

    ESPN.com Jan 22, 2013
    Our fine ESPN.com blog editing team passed along a link to Rick Gosselin's annual special-teams rankings last week. Now, let's take a moment to amplify its information and provide some context. Gosselin has been evaluating NFL special teams for 33 years…
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  • NFC North chat alert

    NFC North chat alert

    ESPN.com Jan 22, 2013
    The 12-month NFL calendar hits a lull this time of year for 30 of the 32 teams. There won't be another game that counts for eight months. The scouting combine is a month away. Free agency won't start for nearly two months and we must wait 93 days until …
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  • Jim Washburn headed to help Lions pass rush

    Jim Washburn headed to help Lions pass rush

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    Not only is Lions coach Jim Schwartz adamant about sticking with his Wide 9 alignment, he’s bringing in one of its main proponents to help him. According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, former Eagles assistant Jim Washburn will join the Lions as a defens
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  • BBAO: Ayanbadejo repping '06 Bears

    BBAO: Ayanbadejo repping '06 Bears

    ESPN.com Jan 22, 2013
    We're Black and Blue All Over: Brendon Ayanbadejo has received national attention for his stance on same-sex marriage and the New England Patriots, among other issues. Chicago Bears fans, of course, remember when he was a two-time Pro Bowl selection as …
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    Jan 22
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