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Jones-Drew, Cutler reunite after 2011 Twitter incident Updated Oct 3, 2012
In early 2011, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler absorbed plenty of criticism after tapping out of the NFC title game with a knee injury.  The naysayers were legitimized by Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who openly questioned Cutler’s toughness on
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  • Jared Allen misses practice with groin injury

    Vikings defensive end Jared Allen has concerns about getting to Titans quarterback Matthew Hasselbeck, given his ability to get rid of the ball quickly.  Making it even harder for Allen to get to Hasselbeck on Sunday could be a groin injury that hampere…
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  • Greg Jennings “extremely frustrated” by groin injury Oct 3, 2012
    Packers coach Mike McCarthy said earlier this week that wide receiver Greg Jennings aggravated his groin injury in last Sunday’s win over the Saints and suggested that Jennings might be shut down for a week so that he could fully heal before returning t
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  • Aaron Berry: Rex Ryan told me he believes in second chances Oct 3, 2012
    New Jets cornerback Aaron Berry said after he signed this week that he knows he’s working on his last chance in the NFL after the Lions dumped him this summer for getting arrested twice. But Berry says that if there’s a coach willing to give second ch
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  • Hot Read: Inside replacement officiating Oct 3, 2012
    I don't know whether to feel sympathetic or outraged after reading this week's Hot Read from ESPN's Elizabeth Merrill and Wayne Drehs. The reporters told a behind-the-scenes stories on some of the replacement officials used by the NFL during its recent …
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  • Bristolmetrics: The Best SportsCenter Of 2012 Oct 3, 2012
    This is a regular feature breaking down, minute-by-minute, the content that appears on ESPN's 11 p.m. edition of SportsCenter throughout the week. More »
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  • Mike Tice on Cutler: “Jay and I are good”

    Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice said he had no problems with quarterback Jay Cutler walking away from him during Monday’s win over the Cowboys. Tice seemed no more bothered by Cutler’s continued churlishness than Bears fans who are willing to ov
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  • Louis Delmas returns to practice for Lions

    When the Lions return from their bye in Week Five, they could be bringing an old face back with them. Tim Twentyman of the Lions website passes along word that safety Louis Delmas was on the practice field with the rest of the team during the portion of…
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  • Aaron Rodgers named NFC offensive player of week Oct 3, 2012
    Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was chosen as the NFC offensive player of the week after engineering Green Bay’s Week Four win over the New Orleans Saints, 28-27. The defending NFL Most Valuable Player completed 31-of-41 passes for 319 yards, four tou
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  • Canadian won $725K after Seahawks' MNF win Oct 3, 2012
    Watching replacement officials botch the end of the infamous Packers-Seahawks Monday night game two weeks ago might have been torturous for Green Bay fans, but it was glorious for a Canadian man, who won a quarter of a million dollars thanks to the resu…
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  • NFC North first quarter Stock Watch Oct 3, 2012
    Some of you have noticed the absence of a weekly Stock Watch report. Over the years, I thought the post had a tendency to get repetitive. This season, I wanted to try taking watch of our stock once every four games or so. We've reached the first quarter…
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  • BBAO: Cedric Benson a permanent fixture Oct 3, 2012
    We're Black and Blue All Over: We've reached the quarter point of the NFL season. Each NFC North team has played four of its 16 games, and here is one development none of us would have predicted when training camp began: Cedric Benson is the Green Bay P…
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  • Tom Lewand Says 1-3 Start for the Lions Isn’t a Concern Oct 3, 2012
    The Lions are 1-3 and in last place in the NFC North, something they did not expect after coming off a playoff season. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free-Press reports Detroit Lions’ president Tom Lewand made a public appearance at the University of Winds
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  • Absurdly premature 2012 playoff picture: Week 4 Oct 3, 2012
    Top AFC seeds: Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens Other AFC division champs: Denver Broncos, New England Patriots AFC wild cards: Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers Top NFC seeds: Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers Other NFC division champs: Philad…
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  • Is This Real? The First-Place Vikings Oct 3, 2012
    This week, "Is This Real?" moves onto the rapidly expanding bandwagon of the 3-1 Minnesota Vikings, who are improbably tied for the division lead in t...
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  • Video - 'Sound FX': Aaron Rodgers 04:12

    'Sound FX': Aaron Rodgers

    Oct 3
    Take a listen as Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers leads the Packers to a comeback win over the New Orleans Saints.
  • Video - Who Will Win The NFC North? 01:19

    Who Will Win The NFC North?

    Oct 3
    ESPN Chicago's Marc Silverman takes a closer look at the NFC North standings as we head into Week 5.
  • Video - Week 5 Expectations For The Bears 02:48

    Week 5 Expectations For The Bears

    Oct 3
    ESPN Chicago's Tom Waddle and John Jurkovic take a quick look back at the Bears' win over the Cowboys and discuss their expectations for the Week 5 matchup with the Jaguars.
  • Video - Blogger Blitz: North vs. South 01:28

    Blogger Blitz: North vs. South

    Oct 3
    NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert still has hope for multiple playoff teams in the division due to their easy schedule against the AFC South