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NFC North News and Rumors
Packers’ Ryan Taylor says $21,000 fine nearly killed him
Packers tight end Ryan Taylor found out during the team’s bye week that he had been fined $21,000 for an illegal block during Green Bay’s game against the Cardinals. He was not pleased. In fact, Taylor said that when his agent informed him of the fineUpvote Share Tweet
On Monday night, the Atlanta Falcons abruptly cut defensive end Ray Edwards. Per a league source, Edwards has now cleared waivers. The window closed at 4:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, with no teams making a claim for the man who spent five years with the Vi…Upvote Share Tweet49ers quarterback Alex Smith, who suffered a concussion Sunday against the Rams, has passed concussion tests this week and is on track to start Monday night against the Bears, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Upvote Share TweetLet's take a quick roundup of a newsy Wednesday in the NFC North: Chicago Bears: The Bears didn't practice so there was no injury report. We've already noted that coach Lovie Smith said quarterback Jay Cutler (concussion) is improving. According to ESPN…Upvote Share Tweet
Jason Campbell's downfield reticenceChicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is "getting better" as he recovers from a concussion suffered three days ago, coach Lovie Smith said Wednesday. In reality, as we've discussed already, we won't have a meaningful update on Cutler's conditio…Upvote Share TweetGreen Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews will miss Sunday's game in Detroit with a hamstring injury.Upvote Share TweetA new way of thinking about concussions has taken over the NFL, and we saw it play out Sunday night at Soldier Field. Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler took a brutal hit from Houston Texans linebacker Tim Dobbins, but he remained in the game for the …Upvote Share TweetChristian Ponder's up-and-down performance in his first full season as the Vikings starting quarterback has draped plenty of criticism on his shoulders from the team's demanding fans.Upvote Share TweetHopefully you followed along earlier Wednesday when, after a brief technological issue, I chatted via Twitter (@ESPN_NFCNblog) with AFC West colleague Bill Williamson (@ESPN_AFCWest) about the stunning comebacks this season of Minnesota Vikings tailback…Upvote Share TweetDespite the Chicago Bears' ugly loss on Sunday night, Brandon Marshall was excited. He got a package at the Bears' training facility from his alma mater, Central Florida. Inside, he found a UCF workout shirt he wanted to show off to his 752,131 Twitter …Upvote Share Tweet
Lions hopeful Cliff Avril can play this weekMost of the attention paid to concussions this week has had to do with the injuries suffered by quarterbacks Jay Cutler, Alex Smith and Michael Vick. They weren’t the only players to suffer head injuries in Week 10, though. Lions defensive end Cliff AvrUpvote Share Tweet
Packers Lineman Gives One Hell Of An Answer To "Boxers Or Briefs?"deadspin.com Updated Nov 14, 2012The great thing about Twitter is that you can ask an athlete anything-anything, truly-and you just never know when they're going to answer you and how. Take Packers guard Josh Sitton, for example, who held a little Q&A with his followers last night. SUpvote Share Tweet
ChatWrap: The middleman in PSL debateThanks to those of you who participated in Tuesday's SportsNation chat. One of your questions merited a follow-up, mostly because it pointed out an important nuance in Tuesday's post on the potential for personal seat licenses (PSLs) at the Minnesota Vi…Upvote Share TweetWe're Black and Blue All Over: Hey gang. We're going to mix things up a bit Wednesday morning and try something new. At 11 a.m. ET, I'm going to have a Twitter chat with AFC West colleague Bill Williamson about the seasons of Minnesota Vikings tailback …Upvote Share Tweet
The Peanut PunchNov 14Rachel Nichols examines how Charles Tillman is able to force fumbles with his peanut punch.
Countdown Daily Prediction: Packers-LionsNov 14The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Green Bay at Detroit
Adrian Peterson's top 5 plays of 2012Nov 14After Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson suffered a torn ACL on Christmas day 2011, he proved all the doubters wrong with a superhuman comeback in the 2012 season. Check out Adrian's top 5 plays in the first 10 games of 2012.
Blogger Blitz: No PersonalityNov 14NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert thinks the Bears offense needs to figure out who they are before it's too late
Clayton mailbag: Backup QBs under microscopeNov 14With four starters being injured in Week 10, the state of the NFL's backup quarterback situation is about to come into focus, writes John Clayton.