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Josh Freeman says he’s making progress, wants to start

Josh Freeman says he’s making progress, wants to start

profootballtalk.com Updated Nov 8, 2013
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…
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  • Burleson not ready to return against Bears

    Burleson not ready to return against Bears

    ESPN.com Nov 8, 2013
    The Detroit Lions will be without their No. 2 wide receiver, Nate Burleson, for at least one more week.
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  • Stafford nears franchise passing mark

    Stafford nears franchise passing mark

    ESPN.com Nov 8, 2013
    ALLEN 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…
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  • Frazier: Vikes hoping that Ponder back soon

    Frazier: Vikes hoping that Ponder back soon

    Minnesota 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…
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  • Kevin Williams stands out at nose tackle

    Kevin Williams stands out at nose tackle

    ESPN.com Nov 8, 2013
    EDEN 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…
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  • Bears DE McClellin doubtful against Lions

    Bears DE McClellin doubtful against Lions

    Chicago 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.
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  • Clay Matthews set to make return for Packers

    Clay Matthews set to make return for Packers

    profootballtalk.com Nov 8, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Chance to 'show you how good we can be'

    Chance to 'show you how good we can be'

    ESPN.com Nov 8, 2013
    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…
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  • Reggie Bush gets a rest day on Friday

    Reggie Bush gets a rest day on Friday

    profootballtalk.com Nov 8, 2013
    The 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. …
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  • Upon Further Review: Vikings Week 10

    Upon Further Review: Vikings Week 10

    A 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…
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  • The Playbook: Previewing Cowboys-Saints, Lions-Bears, more Week…

    The Playbook: Previewing Cowboys-Saints, Lions-Bears, more Week 10 games

    CNNSI.com Nov 8, 2013
    Rob Ryan chases redemption and the Bears and Lions seek NFC North supremacy in two of Week 10's biggest matchups.
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  • NFL's reaction to Matt Flynn is telling

    NFL's reaction to Matt Flynn is telling

    ESPN.com Nov 8, 2013
    Matt 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…
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  • Four Downs: First Lions, then the division?

    Four Downs: First Lions, then the division?

    ESPN.com Nov 8, 2013
    Jay 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…
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  • Andre Brown can’t believe his (bad) luck

    Andre Brown can’t believe his (bad) luck

    profootballtalk.com Nov 8, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Morning Roar: Webb returns to Michigan

    Morning Roar: Webb returns to Michigan

    ESPN.com Nov 8, 2013
    Good 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…
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  • Frazier defends late timeouts for “gassed” players

    Frazier defends late timeouts for “gassed” players

    profootballtalk.com Nov 8, 2013
    Some 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 …
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  • Redskins lose their cool at inopportune times

    Redskins lose their cool at inopportune times

    profootballtalk.com Nov 8, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Week 10 N.F.L. Matchups

    Week 10 N.F.L. Matchups

    nytimes.com Nov 8, 2013
    When 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.
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  • Video - 'Playbook': Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears 04:07

    'Playbook': Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears

    Nov 8
    Who will walk out of Soldier Field in sole possession of first place in the NFC North? The "NFL Playbook" crew breaks it down.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Philadelphia Eagles vs. Green Bay Packers 04:04

    'Playbook': Philadelphia Eagles vs. Green Bay Packers

    Nov 8
    With quarterback Seneca Wallace under center instead of Aaron Rodgers, can the Green Bay Packers prevail or do the Philadelphia Eagles have the upper hand?
  • Video - Vikings Hoping Ponder Back Soon 02:55

    Vikings Hoping Ponder Back Soon

    Nov 8
    Darren Woodson breaks down Christian Ponder's 2013 season so far and what the Vikings should do at quarterback.
  • Video - The Bear Facts: Week 10 03:22

    The Bear Facts: Week 10

    Nov 8
    ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson, Michael C. Wright and Tom Waddle discuss the Bears' upcoming matchup against the Lions.

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