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League outs Jimmy Kennedy as 2010 whistleblower, Kennedy denies…

League outs Jimmy Kennedy as 2010 whistleblower, Kennedy denies it

profootballtalk.com Updated Oct 10, 2012
So much for protecting whistleblowers. The lengthy memorandum issued by the NFL to all teams on Tuesday regarding the re-issued discipline in the Saints bounty scandal identifies former Vikings defensive lineman Jimmy Kennedy as the person who originall…
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  • Tonight’s Turning Point is must-see TV

    Tonight’s Turning Point is must-see TV

    profootballtalk.com Oct 10, 2012
    Every week, one of the best NFL Films offerings airs exclusively on NBC Sports Network.  And you won’t want to miss tonight’s episode of NFL Turning Point. The ultimate turning point came in Indy, where the Colts reversed an 18-point halftime deficit
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  • RG3 practices, cleared to play vs. Vikings

    RG3 practices, cleared to play vs. Vikings

    ESPN.com Oct 10, 2012
    There was a major sigh of relief at Redskins Park Wednesday when Washington rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III practiced and showed no effects from a mild concussion.
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  • Lions legend Karras dead at 77

    Lions legend Karras dead at 77

    DETROIT (AP) Alex Karras was one of the NFL's most feared defensive tackles throughout the 1960s, a player who hounded quarterbacks and bulled past opposing linemen.
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  • NFC North Wednesday practice report

    NFC North Wednesday practice report

    ESPN.com Oct 10, 2012
    Let's round up a busy day of roster and injury news in the NFC North: Detroit Lions: Tight end Brandon Pettigrew (knee) returned to practice after sitting out Tuesday. Receiver Titus Young (knee) didn't practice. Neither did defensive tackle Corey Willi…
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  • Packers RB Benson on IR, could still return

    Packers RB Benson on IR, could still return

    Packers running back Cedric Benson was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, but designated to return.
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  • Nick Perry fined $15k for borderline shot on Andrew Luck

    Nick Perry fined $15k for borderline shot on Andrew Luck

    profootballtalk.com Oct 10, 2012
    Packers rookie outside linebacker Nick Perry expected a fine, but not a $15,000 fine. Perry got the huge sanction for last week’s hit on Colts quarterback Andrew Luck,  for what appeared to be a facemask-to-shoulder pad shot at the end of a clean run.
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  • Bears DL Israel Idonije pranks rookies for nearly $40,000

    Bears DL Israel Idonije pranks rookies for nearly $40,000

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Oct 10, 2012
    If rookies on NFL rosters thought that the days of training camp where they carried pads, fetched snacks, were taped to goalposts or thrown into cold tubs were the end of the rookie hazing they'd experience, they are sorely mistaken. Now that they're ea…
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  • Bears, coach Smith not discussing extension yet

    Bears, coach Smith not discussing extension yet

    CNNSI.com Oct 10, 2012
    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) General manager Phil Emery says the Chicago Bears have not discussed a contract extension with coach Lovie Smith.
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  • Plaxico eyeing Bears after injury to WR Jeffery

    Plaxico eyeing Bears after injury to WR Jeffery

    ESPN.com Oct 10, 2012
    If the Chicago Bears are looking for a veteran receiver to replace injured rookie Alshon Jeffery, Plaxico Burress said he would be honored to take their phone call.
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  • Vikings don’t think Jerome Simpson has a long-term injury

    Vikings don’t think Jerome Simpson has a long-term injury

    profootballtalk.com Oct 10, 2012
    The Vikings didn’t have wide receiver Jerome Simpson at practice on Wednesday, but they don’t expect to be without him much longer than that. Simpson had an MRI after experiencing weakness in his lower left leg during Sunday’s 30-7 win over the Tita
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  • Johnny Hekker helps continue Rams special teams streak

    Johnny Hekker helps continue Rams special teams streak

    profootballtalk.com Oct 10, 2012
    Earlier this year, playing against the Lions was your ticket of special teams player of the week honors. Suddenly, you have to play for the Rams. Rams punter Johnny Hekker won NFC special teams player of the week honors, the week after teammate Greg Zue…
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  • Another touchdown helps Charles Tillman pick up a prize

    Another touchdown helps Charles Tillman pick up a prize

    profootballtalk.com Oct 10, 2012
    Cornerback Charles Tillman became the Bears’ all-time leader in defensive touchdowns when he returned a pick for a score in Jacksonville over the weekend. Now he’s the NFC defensive player of the week. Tillman picked up the honor for the second time i
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  • Lions-Eagles: A chance for turnovers

    Lions-Eagles: A chance for turnovers

    ESPN.com Oct 10, 2012
    Here's a proven method for a struggling team to pull off a road victory in a tough place to play: Force some early turnovers and jump out to an early lead. It's sound and tempting advice for the Detroit Lions as they prepare for Sunday's game at the Phi…
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  • Anonymous GM's rip job fires up Lions' Raiola

    Anonymous GM's rip job fires up Lions' Raiola

    ESPN.com Oct 10, 2012
    At 1-3 and last in the NFC North, the Detroit Lions are one of the NFL's biggest early-season disappointments. Now, a rival executive has called them "overrated," a label that isn't sitting well with Detroit's players.
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  • Packers player says “refs are out to get us”

    Packers player says “refs are out to get us”

    profootballtalk.com Oct 10, 2012
    Buried at the very bottom of an article regarding the problem with yellow flags that’s plaguing a team whose fans wear large yellow foam hats is a contention that borders on the outlandish. “It’s definitely on us as players,” an unnamed Packer tol
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  • Aaron Rodgers isn’t living up to last year, and he knows it

    Aaron Rodgers isn’t living up to last year, and he knows it

    yahoo.com Oct 10, 2012
    In 2011, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers enjoyed one of the best single seasons in NFL history. He completed 343 passes in 502 attempts for a 68.3 completion rate, 4,643 yards, 45 touchdowns, and just six interceptions. The Packers were boun…
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  • BBAO: Jahvid Best decision looms

    BBAO: Jahvid Best decision looms

    ESPN.com Oct 10, 2012
    We're Black and Blue All Over: Our SportsNation chat Tuesday brought a number of questions about Detroit Lions tailback Jahvid Best, who is set to undergo testing this week to determine if he will be activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP)…
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  • Absurdly premature 2012 playoff picture: Week 5

    Absurdly premature 2012 playoff picture: Week 5

    yahoo.com Oct 10, 2012
    Top AFC seeds: Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens Other AFC division champs: New England Patriots, Denver Broncos AFC wild cards: Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers Top NFC seeds: Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers Other NFC division champs: Minnes…
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  • Are the Detroit Lions Who We Thought They Were?

    Are the Detroit Lions Who We Thought They Were?

    grantland.com Oct 10, 2012
    Earlier this week, Pro Football Weekly ran a fairly rabble-rousing story in which a rival GM made his thoughts known about the surprising start for ...
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Bears Defense Continues To Impress 02:08

    NFL32OT: Bears Defense Continues To Impress

    Oct 10
    Episode 204: Herm Edwards discusses the success of the Bears defense. The NFL32 crew breaks down the Patriots-Seahawks matchup.
  • Video - Who is built best for January? 01:27

    Who is built best for January?

    Oct 10
    The San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants all have solid squads, but which team is best built for January? Michael Lombardi and Darren Sharper offer their take.
  • Video - Blogger Blitz: NFC North QB Rankings 01:33

    Blogger Blitz: NFC North QB Rankings

    Oct 10
    NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert is not quite ready to name Christian Ponder the top quarterback in the division
  • Video - Rival GM Calls Lions Overrated 03:31

    Rival GM Calls Lions Overrated

    Oct 10
    Matt Williamson discusses how the Lions will react to being called overrated by a rival GM.

Sports Columnists

  • Jim Trotter: No mistaking the player, but Rivers the person is misundersto…

    Oct 10
    The latest issue of Sports Illustrated -- available on iPad Oct. 10 and newsstands Oct. 11 -- features a story on Philip Rivers' quest for playoff success. Below, Jim Trotter looks at another side of Rivers.
  • Kerry J. Byrne: Inside the numbers: Week 5

    Oct 10
    Throw out any notion of a stoic "game-management" offense in San Francisco, pigskin peeps.
  • Jim Trotter: No mistaking the player, but Rivers the person is misundersto…

    Oct 10
    The latest issue of Sports Illustrated -- available on iPad Oct. 10 and newsstands Oct. 11 -- features a story on Philip Rivers' quest for playoff success. Below, Jim Trotter looks at another side of Rivers.
  • NFL - Early surprise teams might lack staying power

    Oct 10
    The Vikings and Cardinals have surprised early, but don't be surprised if they're eventually figured out, writes John Clayton