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Josh Freeman says he’s making progress, wants to start
Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman, who was quickly made the starter after arriving in Minnesota but has been demoted from first string to third string, says he believes he can start for the Vikings again this year. Freeman told the St. Paul Pioneer Press…Upvote Share Tweet
Burleson not ready to return against BearsThe Detroit Lions will be without their No. 2 wide receiver, Nate Burleson, for at least one more week.Upvote Share Tweet
Stafford nears franchise passing markALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Matthew Stafford has been playing in Detroit for four-and-a-half seasons. While this next fact might be a combination of years of franchise ineptitude and a shift in the NFL to pass-favored offenses, he's about to do something no Li…Upvote Share TweetMinnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said a MRI on Christian Ponder's dislocated left shoulder revealed "no surprises," and Ponder's availability for the club's next game against the Seattle Seahawks will depend solely on how quickly the qua…Upvote Share TweetEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- After 11 seasons in the league and six Pro Bowls, Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams has little need for diplomacy. So when the Vikings moved him to nose tackle on Thursday night, primarily because injuries forced t…Upvote Share TweetChicago Bears defensive end Shea McClellin is doubtful to play Sunday against the Detroit Lions after he tweaked his hamstring at practice on Thursday during a one-on-one drill.Upvote Share TweetThe Packers wanted to see how linebacker Clay Matthews managed with a club on his right hand in Thursday’s practice before making a decision about whether or not he’d play against the Eagles this Sunday and it seems that he managed just fine. Matthews h…Upvote Share Tweet
Chance to 'show you how good we can be'Aaron Rodgers has participated in all of his normal meetings this week, including his weekly private game-planning session with Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy. Despite his presence, however, McCarthy has worked hard internally -- and to the publi…Upvote Share TweetThe Lions rested running back Reggie Bush on Friday, multiple media outlets, including the club’s website, reported. According to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com, resting Bush occasionally could be part of the club’s standard procedure going forward. …Upvote Share TweetA review of four hot issues after the Minnesota Vikings' 34-27 win over the Washington Redskins on Thursday night: Williams 'more fired up than I've ever seen him': With the Vikings down 24-14 at halftime, having gone 14 straight possessions at home wit…Upvote Share Tweet
The Playbook: Previewing Cowboys-Saints, Lions-Bears, more Week 10 gamesCNNSI.com Updated Nov 8, 2013Rob Ryan chases redemption and the Bears and Lions seek NFC North supremacy in two of Week 10's biggest matchups.Upvote Share TweetMatt Flynn's name surfaced Monday night just minutes after Aaron Rodgers grabbed his left shoulder, winced and walked off the field. Flynn, after all, had spent four seasons as the Packers' backup, made two impressive starts and seemed a preferable emer…Upvote Share TweetJay Cutler is back, the Green Bay Packers are reeling with the loss of Aaron Rodgers to injury, and the Chicago Bears have a chance to take control of the NFC North with a victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. What a difference a week makes in the N…Upvote Share TweetThe metal plate was inserted into Andre Brown’s left leg when he broke his fibula last Nov. 25 against the Packers. He can’t believe the odds someone would hit the exact same spot. The Giants running back will return this weekend, after a freak preseaso…Upvote Share Tweet
Morning Roar: Webb returns to MichiganGood morning and ROOOAAARRR!!!! ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Martell Webb didn't play much at Michigan. Stuck in an offense that didn't utilize tight ends and with Kevin Koger ahead of him, Webb's opportunity just never came. The NFL, though, apparently sees so…Upvote Share Tweet
Frazier defends late timeouts for “gassed” playersSome of his players were alarmed that Leslie Frazier was giving the Redskins time. But he was trying to give his guys a break, too. The Vikings coach, who used just 42 players because of injuries that depleted his roster, called a pair of late timeouts …Upvote Share Tweet
Redskins lose their cool at inopportune timesThe Redskins, at the moment, aren’t good enough to give their opponent extra chances. But that’s exactly what they did Thursday night, committing three personal fouls which each extended Vikings scoring drives in a 34-27 loss. “That’s unacceptable,” Red…Upvote Share Tweet
Week 10 N.F.L. Matchupsnytimes.com Updated Nov 8, 2013When Philadelphia’s defensive players look into the Packers’ backfield and see Seneca Wallace filling in for the injured Aaron Rodgers, they will not exactly be quaking in their turf shoes.Upvote Share Tweet
'Playbook': Detroit Lions vs. Chicago BearsNov 8Who will walk out of Soldier Field in sole possession of first place in the NFC North? The "NFL Playbook" crew breaks it down.
'Playbook': Philadelphia Eagles vs. Green Bay PackersNov 8With quarterback Seneca Wallace under center instead of Aaron Rodgers, can the Green Bay Packers prevail or do the Philadelphia Eagles have the upper hand?
Vikings Hoping Ponder Back SoonNov 8Darren Woodson breaks down Christian Ponder's 2013 season so far and what the Vikings should do at quarterback.
The Bear Facts: Week 10Nov 8ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson, Michael C. Wright and Tom Waddle discuss the Bears' upcoming matchup against the Lions.
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It’s Good to be a . . . Panther?Nov 8Steve Smith is on pace for just under 700 receiving yards, but the Panthers’ success gives him plenty of reasons to smile. (Mike McCarn/AP) Stretching after practice Thursday in Charlotte, indestructible 34-year-old Panthers receiver Steve Smith found h…
Bill Simmons on which NFL teams will claim the up-for-grabs playoff spotsNov 8Who will claim the five up-for-grabs playoff spots in the NFL? Plus, Week 10 picks.