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Chicago Bears stand ready to raise funds for the family of murd…

Chicago Bears stand ready to raise funds for the family of murdered fan

yahoo.com profootballtalk.com Updated Oct 11, 2012
42-year-old William "Christopher" Pettry was a resident of Lake Villa, Ill., and a longtime Chicago Bears fan. He was in Jacksonville last Sunday to watch his team beat the Jaguars, 41-3. Hours before the game, Pettry went to an Irish restaura…
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  • Of whistleblowers and witnesses

    Of whistleblowers and witnesses

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    When it comes to the Saints’ bounty scandal, the NFL has said that whistleblowers must be protected at all costs.  When it comes to the original whistleblower in the Saints’ bounty scandal, the NFL inexplicably outed former Vikings defensive tackle J
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  • Report: WR Johnson says he played concussed

    Report: WR Johnson says he played concussed

    Calvin Johnson said Thursday he returned to a game against the Minnesota Vikings earlier this season after suffering a concussion. Johnson told the Detroit Free Press he suffered a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit from Chad Greenway.
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  • Suh is accused of sideswiping a car, leaving scene of accident

    Suh is accused of sideswiping a car, leaving scene of accident

    On the same day Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was featured on this page in response to allegations that he’s not showing enough fight on the field, he’s showing too much fight off it. Allegedly. According to FOX 2 in Detroit, Steve Vines claims
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  • Picking apart the Week Six picks

    Picking apart the Week Six picks

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    Every Thursday morning, we unveil the respective picks from MDS and yours truly.  Every Thursday afternoon, MDS joins PFT Live to discuss the games on which we disagree - and other games that make us nervous. Today, we talked Vikings-Redskins, Broncos-
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  • Calvin Johnson Says He Suffered A Concussion. The Lions Say He …

    Calvin Johnson Says He Suffered A Concussion. The Lions Say He Didn't.

    deadspin.com Oct 11, 2012
    Lots of football players get concussions. That's how it works. It's a violent sport, and they play it for so long, that most every football player you encounter, even long-retired dads, will say, oh, yeah, I had a concussion or two. So football players …
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  • Everson Griffen leaves team after sudden death of mother

    Everson Griffen leaves team after sudden death of mother

    Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen will be away from the team, after the sudden and unexpected death of his mother on Wednesday. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Griffen’s mother was visiting her son in the Twin Cities when she died. The cause is no
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  • Packers still missing three key players

    Packers still missing three key players

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    As the Packers prepare for a must-win game that based on their remaining schedule really isn’t, they’re still missing three of their key players. Actually, four.  But there’s no way one of them - running back Cedric Benson - will be back by Sun
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  • RGIII on track to play Sunday despite concussion

    RGIII on track to play Sunday despite concussion

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Oct 11, 2012
    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is still on track to start Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
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  • NFC North Thursday practice report

    NFC North Thursday practice report

    ESPN.com Oct 11, 2012
    Let's get inside a newsy Thursday practice report: Detroit Lions: All players participated in at least a portion of practice except defensive tackle Corey Williams (knee). That includes receiver Titus Young (knee), who was limited. Meanwhile, coach Jim …
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  • Adrian Peterson: Of course I want to run over DeJon Gomes

    Adrian Peterson: Of course I want to run over DeJon Gomes

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    Vikings running back Adrian Peterson returns to FedEx Field this Sunday for the first time since his 2011 season ended with a torn ACL he thinks occurred on a hit by Redskins safety DeJon Gomes. Peterson said Thursday that he felt “99.9 percent” sure
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  • Cowboys LB Spencer expects to play Sunday

    Cowboys LB Spencer expects to play Sunday

    ESPN.com Oct 11, 2012
    Dallas Cowboys starting outside linebacker Anthony Spencer said he expects to play in Sunday's game at the Baltimore Ravens. Spencer missed the Week 4 loss to the Chicago Bears with a pectoral muscle injury.
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  • Fox Officiating Expert Mike Pereira Once Tried To Get Help From…

    Fox Officiating Expert Mike Pereira Once Tried To Get Help From The Replay Booth

    deadspin.com Oct 11, 2012
    On Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, the Philadelphia Eagles hosted the Green Bay Packers in an NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field. It was Fox's first postseason broadcast that season, which meant that it was the first opportunity for the network…
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  • Answers on Jahvid Best coming Friday

    Answers on Jahvid Best coming Friday

    Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best used optimistic and hopeful phrases Thursday in an interview with local reporters, revealing he took his latest battery of concussion-related tests Monday and that he will learn the results Friday. If all went well…
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  • Bears' Urlacher: I'll be impact player again

    Bears' Urlacher: I'll be impact player again

    ESPN.com Oct 11, 2012
    Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher admitted Thursday that he's been somewhat of a spectator during his team's strong start, but he maintained he could return to an All Pro level despite a knee injury that he said will never
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  • Lions: The real obstacle of Eagles' defense

    Lions: The real obstacle of Eagles' defense

    ESPN.com Oct 11, 2012
    Already this week, we've heard several Detroit Lions players express optimism that the Philadelphia Eagles will ignore a season's worth of video evidence and use man-to-man coverage against their pass-catchers Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Most rec…
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  • Move over, Packers and Lions, Leslie Frazier has Minnesota Viki…

    Move over, Packers and Lions, Leslie Frazier has Minnesota Vikings playing like NFC North contenders 

    nydailynews.com Oct 11, 2012
    It's bottoms up in the NFC North where the Packers and Lions were expected to fight things out for the division. But in perhaps the biggest of surprises of the NFL season, the Vikings have stormed out to a 4-1 record matched by the Bears.
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  • By the bye: Chicago Bears

    By the bye: Chicago Bears

    ESPN.com Oct 11, 2012
    Reviewing the Chicago Bears at their bye: Record: 4-1 Five-game capsule: The Bears are in excellent position after rebounding from a Week 2 debacle at Lambeau Field. Their defense leads the NFL in takeaways (17) and touchdowns (five), getting elite perf…
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  • Bears rookies get sticker shock from phony restaurant tab

    Bears rookies get sticker shock from phony restaurant tab

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    It was the kind of thing that could have easily landed Bears rookie defensive end Shea McClellin on the sequel to Broke. Instead, after a brief scare, he realized it was all just a joke. After taking the defensive line and a few linebackers out for a Ro…
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  • Blogger Blitz: Revisiting QB rankings?

    Blogger Blitz: Revisiting QB rankings?

    ESPN.com Oct 11, 2012
    This exchange during Tuesday's SportsNation chat spurred some thought: Tom (Brooklyn) Kevin, virtually everyone's preseason rankings of the division QBs went 1. Rodgers, 2/3. Cutler/Stafford, 4. Ponder. Care to go again? Kevin Seifert (2:41 PM) No, not …
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  • Brian Hartline’s teammates think he’s underrated because he’s w…

    Brian Hartline’s teammates think he’s underrated because he’s white

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    When Jordy Nelson was breaking out for the Packers last season, his fellow wide receiver Greg Jennings said that he thought Nelson got underestimated around the league because he’s white. According to some members of the Dolphins, Nelson’s big 2011 se
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  • Remembering Alex Karras as a Football Player

    Remembering Alex Karras as a Football Player

    nytimes.com Oct 11, 2012
    The movie and television actor should also be remembered as one of the N.F.L.'s defensive stars of the 1960s.
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  • Video - Brian Urlacher Still Battling PCL 03:10

    Brian Urlacher Still Battling PCL

    Oct 11
    Brian Urlacher vows return to elite level of play despite knee injury.
  • Video - An Early Evaluation of the Bears 03:22

    An Early Evaluation of the Bears

    Oct 11
    ESPN's Michele Steele and Lomas Brown breakdown the Chicago Bears through the first five games.
  • Video - Hot Button: 2012 or 2006? 01:21

    Hot Button: 2012 or 2006?

    Oct 11
    ESPN's Michele Steele and Lomas Brown on if the 2012 Bears defense is better than the 2006 squad.
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: Vikings-Redskins 01:18

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Vikings-Redskins

    Oct 11
    The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Minnesota at Washington

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    Oct 11
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