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Reports: Lions great Karras has kidney failure

Reports: Lions great Karras has kidney failure

ESPN.com CNNSI.com Updated Oct 8, 2012
Alex Karras' condition has deteriorated and the NFL team he played for is extending its sympathies.
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  • Cedric Benson injury will force transition

    Cedric Benson injury will force transition

    In essence, the Green Bay Packers are back where they started. They opened training camp with plans to use James Starks, Alex Green and Brandon Saine as their top three tailbacks, with John Kuhn serving as a swing fullback/tailback. And the news that Ce…
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  • Bruce Arians: I threw the red flag knowing I couldn’t challenge

    Bruce Arians: I threw the red flag knowing I couldn’t challenge

    profootballtalk.com Oct 8, 2012
    Bruce Arians won his first game as the Colts’ interim head coach on Sunday, but in the process he appeared at one point to make a rookie mistake: He picked up an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for throwing the challenge flag on a play when the Packers
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  • Report:  Alshon Jeffery has broken hand

    Report: Alshon Jeffery has broken hand

    profootballtalk.com Oct 8, 2012
    Bears rookie receiver Alshon Jeffery didn’t believe his hand injury was significant. Define “significant.” Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com reports that Jeffery suffered a fracture in his right hand in Sunday’s 41-3 win over the Jaguars. Per the
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  • Vikes' Smith won't be punished more for ref push

    Vikes' Smith won't be punished more for ref push

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings strong safety Harrison Smith won't be punished further for his shove of an official that drew a 15-yard penalty and automatic ejection from Sunday's game against Tennessee.
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  • Redskins optimistic RG3 will play vs. Vikings

    Redskins optimistic RG3 will play vs. Vikings

    ESPN.com Oct 8, 2012
    Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan is optimistic that Robert Griffin III will play next weekend after the rookie quarterback suffered a concussion in Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons.
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  • Bears fan has throat slashed in Jacksonville bar

    Bears fan has throat slashed in Jacksonville bar

    CNNSI.com Oct 8, 2012
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Authorities say a Chicago Bears fan who came to Jacksonville for the Bears-Jaguars football game had his throat slashed inside a bar.
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  • Lovie: 'Prayers' go to family of slain Bears fan

    Lovie: 'Prayers' go to family of slain Bears fan

    ESPN.com Oct 8, 2012
    Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith opened his Monday press conference by expressing sympathy to the family of a suburban Chicago man who was killed early Sunday morning after traveling to Jacksonville for Sunday's game.
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  • Steep price of Packers' pass-happy ways

    Steep price of Packers' pass-happy ways

    ESPN.com Oct 8, 2012
    We noted earlier how the Green Bay Packers shifted heavily toward their passing game Sunday after tailback Cedric Benson departed with a foot injury. It was probably no coincidence that the Indianapolis Colts sacked quarterback Aaron Rodgers five times …
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  • Adrian Peterson has a mild ankle sprain

    Adrian Peterson has a mild ankle sprain

    profootballtalk.com Oct 8, 2012
    The last thing the Vikings need right now is for something to happen to upset the apple cart they’ve ridden to a 4-1 start. A bad outcome on what happened to Adrian Peterson on the second play of Sunday’s win over the Titans, for example. “The secon
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  • Free Head Exam: Chicago Bears

    Free Head Exam: Chicago Bears

    ESPN.com Oct 8, 2012
    After the Chicago Bears' 41-3 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, here are three issues that merit further examination: Based on the final score, it's hard to believe the Bears needed a nine-minute drive at the start of the second half just to take a…
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  • Colts' Pagano expresses pride in postgame email

    Colts' Pagano expresses pride in postgame email

    Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano, who has been hospitalized with leukemia, wrote an e-mail to the Indianapolis Star to express the pride he has for his team after watching it come back by 18 points to beat the Green Bay Packers 30-27 on Sunday.
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  • Mularkey: Jags have no plans to bench Gabbert

    Mularkey: Jags have no plans to bench Gabbert

    CNNSI.com Oct 8, 2012
    Jacksonville Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey said he does not plan to bench quarterback Blaine Gabbert after a poor performance that led to the Jaguars falling to 1-4 with a 41-3 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
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  • Reggie Wayne fought through “severe cramps” on final drive

    Reggie Wayne fought through “severe cramps” on final drive

    profootballtalk.com Oct 8, 2012
    The Colts’ stunning 30-27 win over the Packers has plenty of story lines.  Leave it to Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports to dig up a new one. Silver reports that receiver Reggie Wayne, who generated a career-high 212 receiving yards on Sunday, overcame “s
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  • Free Head Exam: Minnesota Vikings

    Free Head Exam: Minnesota Vikings

    ESPN.com Oct 8, 2012
    After the Minnesota Vikings' 30-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans, here are three issues that merit further examination: Quarterback Christian Ponder shook off interceptions on consecutive throws by completing 11 of his final 12 passes for 100 yards. …
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  • Schefter: No suspension for Harrison Smith

    Schefter: No suspension for Harrison Smith

    ESPN.com Oct 8, 2012
    Our Free Head Exam on the Minnesota Vikings will post shortly, but for now I want to pass along this news from ESPN's Adam Schefter. The NFL is expected to fine, but not suspend, Vikings safety Harrison Smith for shoving aside back judge Steve Freeman i…
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  • Fran Tarkenton admits he was wrong about the Vikings

    Fran Tarkenton admits he was wrong about the Vikings

    profootballtalk.com Oct 8, 2012
    Add legendary Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton to the list of people who were wrong about the Vikings. People thought he was nuts in the preseason when he said the Vikings would trail only the Packers in the NFC North. “I was wrong,” Tarkenton said
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  • The Air-Humping Chicago Bears Assistant Coach Is Really Gross

    The Air-Humping Chicago Bears Assistant Coach Is Really Gross

    deadspin.com Oct 8, 2012
    Gross. That is really gross, dude. You're way too old to be doing stuff like this. I'm sure the "Hey loogit me y'all, I'm humpin' air. Hee haw!" routine used to be really funny back in your college days, but you're a grown-up now; a grown-up w…
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  • NFC North Week 5 Quarterback Report

    NFC North Week 5 Quarterback Report

    ESPN.com Oct 8, 2012
    Let's review Sunday's performances from NFC North quarterback. Remember, the Detroit Lions and quarterback Matthew Stafford had a bye. Aaron Rodgers Passer rating: 103.5 QBR: 54.1 Action plays: 48 Comment: Rodgers threw three touchdowns passes and has s…
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  • Jets get all the buzz, but Texans are the real story in Monday …

    Jets get all the buzz, but Texans are the real story in Monday night’s matchup

    yahoo.com Oct 8, 2012
    The NFL is full of interesting stories right now. From the Atlanta Falcons, who are 5-0 for the first time in franchise history, to the utterly shocking 4-1 Minnesota Vikings, to what five different rookie starting quarterbacks are doing this year, it w…
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  • Ringer feared out for season, Johnson continues awful season

    Ringer feared out for season, Johnson continues awful season

    profootballtalk.com Oct 8, 2012
    These are not the days to be a Titans running back. According to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, the Titans fear they’ve lost backup Javon Ringer for the season with a left knee injury, suffered late in Sunday’s 30-7 loss to the Vikings. He was hauled of
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  • BBAO: Bears, Vikings emerge in race

    BBAO: Bears, Vikings emerge in race

    ESPN.com Oct 8, 2012
    We're Black and Blue All Over: Late last week, I suggested the NFC North had an opportunity to step up and demonstrate it will have multiple teams in playoff contention thanks to a weekend schedule of presumably inferior AFC South opponents. Two of our …
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  • NFL morning after: Andrew Luck takes his star turn

    NFL morning after: Andrew Luck takes his star turn

    profootballtalk.com Oct 8, 2012
    You know that 13-play touchdown-scoring drive you saw at the end of the Colts’ win over the Packers on Sunday? That’s what a franchise quarterback is supposed to look like. Andrew Luck, the No. 1 overall pick who had the biggest pair of shoes to fill
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  • Week 5 Quick Hits: Packers' Offense Is Puzzling

    Week 5 Quick Hits: Packers' Offense Is Puzzling

    nytimes.com Oct 8, 2012
    With the exception of last week's win over New Orleans, Green Bay's offense has been uncharacteristically inconsistent in 2012.
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  • Video - Benson Will Miss Next Week's Game 00:16

    Benson Will Miss Next Week's Game

    Oct 8
    Packers RB Cedric Benson to miss Week 6 against the Texans after foot injury in loss to Colts.
  • Video - Jay Cutler's Mailbag Pt. 2: Slow Starts 02:38

    Jay Cutler's Mailbag Pt. 2: Slow Starts

    Oct 8
    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler talks to John Jurkovic and Marc Silverman about the offense's slow start each week and whether his chemistry with Brandon Marshall is where he expected it to be.
  • Video - Jay Cutler's Mailbag Pt. 1: Hester HOF? 02:36

    Jay Cutler's Mailbag Pt. 1: Hester HOF?

    Oct 8
    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler explains to John Jurkovic and Marc Silverman how Devin Hester impacts the game and why he should be in the Hall of Fame.
  • Video - Jay Cutler's Mailbag Pt. 3: Cutler's Green Thumb 02:57

    Jay Cutler's Mailbag Pt. 3: Cutler's Green Thumb

    Oct 8
    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler takes a call from his teammate Brandon Marshall who reveals a secret about his quarterback.

Sports Columnists

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    Oct 8
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    Oct 8
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    Oct 8
    FOXBORO, Mass. -- After another loss to New England was in the books -- their third in the span of 10 games, including last season's playoffs -- Champ Bailey and the rest of his Broncos teammates found the repetition of it all a little wearing.
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    Oct 8
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