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Falcons release unproductive lineman Edwards

Falcons release unproductive lineman Edwards

CNNSI.com Updated Nov 12, 2012
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Ray Edwards was supposed to give the Atlanta Falcons a fearsome pass rush.
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  • Lions claim cornerback Pat Lee, cut Alphonso Smith

    Lions claim cornerback Pat Lee, cut Alphonso Smith

    profootballtalk.com Nov 12, 2012
    As the Lions continue to play musical chairs in the secondary, they’ve made yet another move at cornerback. Pat Lee, who started seven games at cornerback for the Raiders this year but was surprisingly cut on Saturday, has been claimed off waivers by th
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  • Brian Urlacher doesn’t care if people don’t like him congratula…

    Brian Urlacher doesn’t care if people don’t like him congratulating opponents

    Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher left Sunday night’s game impressed by the Texans.  Urlacher called running back Arian Foster a “bad ass” after the game was over and congratulated Texans safety Danieal Manning after Manning intercepted Jay Cutler in
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  • Harbaugh says Alex Smith is doing well

    Harbaugh says Alex Smith is doing well

    profootballtalk.com Nov 12, 2012
    Next Monday night’s game between the Bears and the 49ers features a pair of quarterbacks who may miss the game due to concussions. One of those quarterbacks could be moving closer to playing. 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters that Alex Smith “sl
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  • Lovie: Bears cautious with concussed Cutler

    Lovie: Bears cautious with concussed Cutler

    The NFL reviewed Chicago's handling of the concussion suffered by Jay Cutler, and determined the team correctly followed concussion protocol, according to a league spokesman, while Lovie Smith maintained the Bears went beyond the league's requirements.
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  • Lil Wayne sits down with Randy Moss

    Lil Wayne sits down with Randy Moss

    ESPN.com Nov 12, 2012
    I realize it has been a couple of years since Randy Moss last played in the NFC North. I also know there remains intense interest in his career and life now that he is playing for the San Francisco 49ers. That's why I think you'll appreciate the unique …
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  • Free Head Exam: Chicago Bears

    Free Head Exam: Chicago Bears

    ESPN.com Nov 12, 2012
    After the Chicago Bears' 13-6 loss to the Houston Texans, here are three issues that merit further examination: Bears coach Lovie Smith acknowledged Monday that "we think" quarterback Jay Cutler suffered his concussion on a hit by Texans lineb…
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  • Packers place Bryan Bulaga on injured reserve

    Packers place Bryan Bulaga on injured reserve

    There was a clear sense that the news on Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga’s hip injury wasn’t going to be good. The Packers made it official Monday, placing Bulaga on injured reserve and signing outside linebacker Vic So’oto to fill his roster spot
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  • Bears fans get married at tailgate before team’s disastrous los…

    Bears fans get married at tailgate before team’s disastrous loss

    yahoo.com Nov 12, 2012
    The Chicago Bears' loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday was not a game most Bears fans want to remember. Jay Cutler and Shea McClellin left with concussions. The team turned the ball over four times in the first half. It was cold, rainy, and it halted t…
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  • PFT Live: 49ers talk with Matt Maiocco, Bears talk with John Mu…

    PFT Live: 49ers talk with Matt Maiocco, Bears talk with John Mullin

    profootballtalk.com Nov 12, 2012
    Another Sunday is in the books and another Monday spent making sense of everything that went down is underway. PFT Live will jump on that train Monday by looking at two of the NFC’s leading lights who wound up with unhappy results and concussed quarterb
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  • Free Head Exam: Minnesota Vikings

    Free Head Exam: Minnesota Vikings

    ESPN.com Nov 12, 2012
    After the Minnesota Vikings' 34-24 victory over the Detroit Lions, here are three issues that merit further examination: I didn't intend to dismiss tailback Adrian Peterson's 171-yard performance by noting that most of it came in the fourth quarter, lon…
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  • Christian Ponder Jokes About His ESPN Girlfriend, Is A Pretty C…

    Christian Ponder Jokes About His ESPN Girlfriend, Is A Pretty Cool Guy

    deadspin.com Nov 12, 2012
    We like Vikings QB Christian Ponder a lot, and not just because his name is a complete sentence. He seems like a nice, normal guy, who waited all of a month to announce to the world that he was dating ESPN's Samantha Steele. That's still admirable restr…
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  • Lions question hits on Calvin Johnson, Chris Houston

    Lions question hits on Calvin Johnson, Chris Houston

    profootballtalk.com Nov 12, 2012
    The Lions were hoping to get back on the happy side of .500 with a win over the Vikings on Sunday, but it was not meant to be. Minnesota won 34-24 to improve to 6-4 and bolster their playoff chances, a result that the Lions feel they tried to get by int…
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  • Free Head Exam: Detroit Lions

    Free Head Exam: Detroit Lions

    ESPN.com detnews.com Nov 12, 2012
    After the Detroit Lions' 34-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, here are three issues that merit further examination: After falling behind early once again, the Lions have now been outscored 53-28 in the first quarter of their games this season and 107-75…
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  • Peter King: Lots to like in Week 11, but one weird game stands …

    Peter King: Lots to like in Week 11, but one weird game stands above the rest

    CNNSI.com Nov 12, 2012
    How to describe the NFL's first tie in four years? Bizarre. But through the odd plays, big mistakes and bad calls, one lesson in particular stands out, Peter King writes of Week 10.
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  • NFC North Week 10 Quarterback Report

    NFC North Week 10 Quarterback Report

    ESPN.com Nov 12, 2012
    Let's take a closer look at NFC North quarterback play in Week 10, which didn't include an idle Aaron Rodgers but did feature extended play by a backup in one division locale. Thanks again to ESPN statistics analyst Jacob Nitzberg for his help in interp…
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  • Rick Spielman: I’m not the anonymous G.M. who ripped the Lions

    Rick Spielman: I’m not the anonymous G.M. who ripped the Lions

    profootballtalk.com Nov 12, 2012
    On multiple occasions this season, the Lions - and particularly center Dominic Raiola - have taken issue with reports citing an anonymous NFL general manager ripping the team. Whoever that anonymous general manager was, Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman says
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  • Jarius Wright makes the most of his first NFL opportunity

    Jarius Wright makes the most of his first NFL opportunity

    profootballtalk.com Nov 12, 2012
    With Vikings receiver Percy Harvin nursing an ankle that he says was sprained in three places, it was foolish to think the Vikings would be able to plug in another slot receiver and expect him to do what Harvin does as well as any slot receiver. Someone…
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  • Slideshow: Your Week 10 photos

    Slideshow: Your Week 10 photos

    ESPN.com Nov 12, 2012
    Some of you braved sleet and freezing temperatures in Minnesota. Others held your ground on a windy night outside Chicago's Soldier Field. The living room wasn't such a bad place to be, either, when watching NFC North games here in Week 10. Your photos,…
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  • Texans win without defensive line coach

    Texans win without defensive line coach

    profootballtalk.com Nov 12, 2012
    Before Sunday night’s impressive 13-6 win over the Bears in a rainy and windy Soldier Field, Texans defensive line coach Bill Kollar wasn’t feeling well. As explained by Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston, Kollar became ill.  He was taken to a local ho
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  • BBAO: NFC North race tightens

    BBAO: NFC North race tightens

    ESPN.com Nov 12, 2012
    We're Black and Blue All Over: Well then. A few things changed in this division after I departed the Metrodome early Sunday evening. The Chicago Bears lost for only the second time this season, a 13-6 defeat to the Houston Texans that tightened our NFC …
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  • Arian Foster earned Brian Urlacher’s respect

    Arian Foster earned Brian Urlacher’s respect

    If you want to earn the respect of a hard-hitting defense, you have to be hard-hitting yourself. So it was no surprise the Bears were impressed with Texans running back Arian Foster last night. “He’s a bad ass,” Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said,
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  • Don Banks: Texans prove they're ready for the elements

    Don Banks: Texans prove they're ready for the elements

    CNNSI.com Nov 12, 2012
    CHICAGO -- Covering a Ravens-Texans game last month on a beautiful sun-splashed Sunday afternoon in Houston, I couldn't help but notice the powers that be elected to keep the roof at Reliant Stadium closed, even though the weather couldn't have been muc…
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  • Video - PTI Big Finish November 12th 00:43

    PTI Big Finish November 12th

    Nov 12
    PTI runs down Monday's big stories.
  • Video - Mint Condition: Paul Hornung's Memorabilia To Be Auctioned 04:02

    Mint Condition: Paul Hornung's Memorabilia To Be Auctioned

    Nov 12
    SCP Auctions President David Kohler joins Michele Steele to discuss Paul Hornung memorabilia, including his 1956 Heisman Trophy reissue, that will be available at auction.
  • Video - Countdown Daily Insight: No Cutler, No Wins? 02:25

    Countdown Daily Insight: No Cutler, No Wins?

    Nov 12
    Prim Siripipat and Eric Allen talk about whether or not the Bears can win without Jay Cutler
  • Video - Cutler Concussed In Loss To Texans 02:07

    Cutler Concussed In Loss To Texans

    Nov 12
    Jeff Dickerson and Michael Wright discuss Jay Cutler's concussion in the Bears' loss to the Texans.

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  • Peter King: Lots to like in Week 10, but one weird game stands above the r…

    Nov 12
    Tie Trivia as we wrap up another week in the playoff race to determine who'll square off in New Orleans:
  • Don Banks: Texans prove they're ready for the elements

    Nov 12
    CHICAGO -- Covering a Ravens-Texans game last month on a beautiful sun-splashed Sunday afternoon in Houston, I couldn't help but notice the powers that be elected to keep the roof at Reliant Stadium closed, even though the weather couldn't have been muc…