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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.Share Tweet
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.Share TweetCNNSI.com Jan 22, 2013Just 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.Share Tweetyahoo.com Jan 22, 2013Tired 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…Share Tweet
Outside the Lines: Answers for Fred McNeilTwo 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…Share Tweet
The Silverdome Has Been Abandoned To The Elementsdeadspin.com Jan 22, 2013The 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 »Share TweetThe 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 duShare Tweet
Big Decision: Quarterback contractsFirst 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…Share Tweetdeadspin.com Jan 22, 2013Patriots 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.Share TweetOur 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…Share Tweet
NFC North chat alertThe 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 …Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013Not 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 defensShare Tweet
BBAO: Ayanbadejo repping '06 BearsWe'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 …Share Tweet
Peter King: Wilson not asking for new deal; more on Payton's reinstatement…Jan 22Three items in the news, all non-Harbaugh related, today:
Don Banks: Super Bowl XLVII: Facts and figures you may not knowJan 22Stuff you might not know about the San Francisco-Baltimore matchup in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, on Feb. 3...