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Ponder’s sore knee is improving

Ponder’s sore knee is improving

profootballtalk.com Updated Oct 4, 2012
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder developed a knee problem this week.  As the team prepares to attempt to stretch its record to 4-1 against the Titans, Ponder’s knee is improving. “It didn’t bother him very much on Monday, but it was really sore
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  • Jaws QB rankings: Jay Cutler, Stafford fall

    Jaws QB rankings: Jay Cutler, Stafford fall

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    We continue this week's look at the first quarter of the 2012 season with Ron Jaworski's re-assessment of the quarterback rankings he originally published over the summer. You'll need an Insider subscription to see the entire list as it stands, but my E…
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  • Packers WR Jennings (groin) out against Colts

    Packers WR Jennings (groin) out against Colts

    Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings will miss Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts due to a groin injury.
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  • Replacement refs say they were told to let pass interference pe…

    Replacement refs say they were told to let pass interference penalties go on Hail Mary plays

    yahoo.com Oct 4, 2012
    Thankfully, the Replacement Official Era of the NFL is over, but the officiating issue is not completely off our radar screen. Ed Hochuli graces the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy demonstrated his class la…
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  • By the bye: Detroit Lions

    By the bye: Detroit Lions

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    Reviewing the Detroit Lions at their bye: Record: 1-3 Four-game capsule: The Lions opened the season with a signature fourth-quarter comeback to defeat the St. Louis Rams, but have fallen short in three subsequent attempts. Their offense has been neuter…
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  • Jags remove some tarps for Sunday

    Jags remove some tarps for Sunday

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Jags owner Shahid Khan eventually wants to remove all tarps from EverBank Field.  He’ll start by removing some. Specifically, the tarps will be lifted from Section 403 for Sunday’s game against the Bears. “We’re pleased with demand for tickets fo
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  • With help from Lions, Reynaud and Harvin win Player of the Mont…

    With help from Lions, Reynaud and Harvin win Player of the Month

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    The AFC and NFC special teams players of the month for September have something in common: They’re return men who played against the Lions. Detroit’s dreadful kick coverage units gave up four return touchdowns in September, and two of the return men w
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  • Packers coach reaches out to controversial ref

    Packers coach reaches out to controversial ref

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    One of the NFL replacement officials at the heart of the most controversial moment of the lockout said that Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has reached out to him.
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  • Seahawks-Packers ref now admits call was “probably” wrong

    Seahawks-Packers ref now admits call was “probably” wrong

    A cottage industry emerged last week among a small handful of contrarians who pandered to Seahawks fans by suggesting that the events that concluded the Monday night game between Green Bay and Seattle were handled correctly. That industry can now offici…
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  • Blogger Blitz: Stacking wins vs. AFC South

    Blogger Blitz: Stacking wins vs. AFC South

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    If the NFC North is going to push for two or maybe three playoff spots this season, it's going to have to make some serious hay against its presumably less-competitive AFC South opponents. (At least, against the non-Houston Texans teams.) Week 5 would b…
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  • Cowboys lacking home-field advantage

    Cowboys lacking home-field advantage

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Cowboys have a showplace of a stadium. They just don’t have a home-field advantage. The Cowboys are a meager 14-12 in Cowboys Stadium since it opened in 2009, and the Bears felt particularly at home Monday. “Big ups to all the Chicago fans in Dall
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Is Russell Wilson's Job in Jeopardy? 02:22

    NFL32OT: Is Russell Wilson's Job in Jeopardy?

    Oct 4
    Episode 200: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss whether Russell Wilson should remain the starter in Seattle. Steve Young breaks down the Chiefs staying with Matt Cassel. The NFL32 crew discuss how Andrew Luck will fare against the Packers defens
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: Titans-Vikings 00:32

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Titans-Vikings

    Oct 4
    The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Tennessee at Minnesota
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: Bears-Jaguars 00:23

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Bears-Jaguars

    Oct 4
    The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Chicago at Jacksonville
  • Video - Preview: Tennessee Titans vs. Minnesota Vikings 02:12

    Preview: Tennessee Titans vs. Minnesota Vikings

    Oct 4
    NFL Films previews the Week 5 matchup between the Tennessee Titans and the Minnesota Vikings.

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