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Packers’ Ryan Taylor says $21,000 fine nearly killed him Updated Nov 14, 2012
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 fine
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  • Ray Edwards clears waivers Nov 14, 2012
    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…
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  • Source: 49ers QB Smith in line to start Monday Nov 14, 2012
    49ers 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.
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  • NFC North Wednesday practice report Nov 14, 2012
    Let'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…
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  • Jason Campbell's downfield reticence Nov 14, 2012
    Chicago 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…
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  • Packers' Matthews (hamstring) out vs. Lions

    Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews will miss Sunday's game in Detroit with a hamstring injury.
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  • Inside Slant: Jay Cutler, concussion rules

    A 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 …
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  • Vikings GM has '100 percent belief' in Ponder

    Christian 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.
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  • Twitter Double Coverage: Manning vs. AP Nov 14, 2012
    Hopefully 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…
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  • Bare down! Brandon Marshall inadvertently tweets a picture of a naked teammate Nov 14, 2012
    Despite 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 …
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  • Lions hopeful Cliff Avril can play this week Nov 14, 2012
    Most 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 Avr
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  • Packers Lineman Gives One Hell Of An Answer To "Boxers Or Briefs?" Nov 14, 2012
    The 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. S
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  • ChatWrap: The middleman in PSL debate Nov 14, 2012
    Thanks 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…
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  • BBAO: Adrian Peterson vs. Peyton Manning Nov 14, 2012
    We'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 …
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  • Video - The Peanut Punch 02:11

    The Peanut Punch

    Nov 14
    Rachel Nichols examines how Charles Tillman is able to force fumbles with his peanut punch.
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: Packers-Lions 00:37

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Packers-Lions

    Nov 14
    The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Green Bay at Detroit
  • Video - Adrian Peterson's top 5 plays of 2012 01:21

    Adrian Peterson's top 5 plays of 2012

    Nov 14
    After 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.
  • Video - Blogger Blitz: No Personality 02:02

    Blogger Blitz: No Personality

    Nov 14
    NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert thinks the Bears offense needs to figure out who they are before it's too late