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McCarthy doesn’t want “punk, loser mentality” in Green Bay

McCarthy doesn’t want “punk, loser mentality” in Green Bay

profootballtalk.com Updated Oct 12, 2012
After going 15-1 last season, the Packers are off to a 2-3 start this season, making them one of the NFL’s most disappointing teams. But Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy better not hear anyone talking about panicking. Asked at his press conference whether
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  • Police investigate, close crash case involving Suh

    Police investigate, close crash case involving Suh

    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Police in a Detroit suburb say they have closed their investigation into a traffic accident involving Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh (ehn-DAHM'-uh-kehn soo).
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  • Cory Redding: I only “tapped” Cedric Benson’s head, NFL fined …

    Cory Redding: I only “tapped” Cedric Benson’s head, NFL fined me

    profootballtalk.com Oct 12, 2012
    Colts defensive end Cory Redding picked up a costly unnecessary roughness penalty for a hit on Packers running back Cedric Benson on Sunday, and he wasn’t happy about it. He’s not happy about it after being fined, either. Redding has been fined $7,875
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  • Matt Forte talks with Shutdown Corner about the Bears’ hot star…

    Matt Forte talks with Shutdown Corner about the Bears’ hot start, his teammates and algebra class

    yahoo.com Oct 12, 2012
    CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears are on a bye this week, but Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte stayed in town to visit with students at Tilden High School on the city's South Side. As a part of Duracell's #TrustYourPower campaign, Forte surprised the student…
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  • Robert Griffin, Aaron Hernandez headline the NFL’s Week 6 injur…

    Robert Griffin, Aaron Hernandez headline the NFL’s Week 6 injury report

    yahoo.com Oct 12, 2012
    Washington Redskins first round quarterback Robert Griffin practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Griffin suffered a concussion in last week's loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Wide receiver Pierre Garcon (…
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  • NFC North Friday injury report

    NFC North Friday injury report

    ESPN.com Oct 12, 2012
    Let's finally get inside the Friday injury report: Detroit Lions: Safety Louis Delmas (knee) did not practice Friday, but it sounds as if it was for precautionary reasons. "We had planned to ease him back at the end of the week," coach Jim Sch…
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  • Titans S Griffin ($21k) headlines Week 5 fines

    Titans S Griffin ($21k) headlines Week 5 fines

    ESPN.com Oct 12, 2012
    Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin has been fined $21,000 by the NFL for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Vikings wide receiver Michael Jenkins.
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  • Redskins' RG3 full-go at practice, set to play

    Redskins' RG3 full-go at practice, set to play

    ESPN.com Oct 12, 2012
    Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is still on track to start Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
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  • Everson Griffen rejoins Vikings, will play Sunday

    Everson Griffen rejoins Vikings, will play Sunday

    On Wednesday, the mother of Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen died suddenly while visiting Griffen in Minnesota.  On Friday, Griffen rejoined the team - and he is expected to play on Sunday. “He said he felt like this is what his mom would want h
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  • Robert Griffin III listed as questionable, expected to play

    Robert Griffin III listed as questionable, expected to play

    profootballtalk.com Oct 12, 2012
    Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III practiced fully on Friday and it looks like he will be in the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Vikings. Griffin III has not experienced any setbacks in his recovery from a concussion, although he still must go
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  • Lions have no update on Jahvid Best

    Lions have no update on Jahvid Best

    profootballtalk.com Oct 12, 2012
    If today is the day that doctors clear Lions running back Jahvid Best to return to the field after a year off following two concussions, the Lions aren’t letting on. Although Best expressed optimism that he could be cleared today, Lions coach Jim Schwar
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  • League doesn’t fine Harrison Smith

    League doesn’t fine Harrison Smith

    profootballtalk.com Oct 12, 2012
    Last month, Pats coach Bill Belichick was fined $50,000 for grabbing an official by the arm after a game.  Now, Vikings safety Harrison Smith has been fined nothing for shoving an official during a game. The league office tells PFT that Smith, who was e…
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  • Jared Allen says his knee is as valuable as Tom Brady’s

    Jared Allen says his knee is as valuable as Tom Brady’s

    profootballtalk.com Oct 12, 2012
    Defensive players are beginning to revolt against the NFL’s protection of the knees of quarterbacks, at the expense of the knees of other players. Vikings defensive end Jared Allen thinks it shouldn’t be that way.  And he made his point in reference
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  • Packers injury report: Much in question

    Packers injury report: Much in question

    ESPN.com Oct 12, 2012
    We typically post a final injury report at the end of Friday, but the Green Bay Packers have enough prominent players on their list to prompt a quicker post this week. As expected, the Packers ruled out receiver Greg Jennings for the second consecutive …
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  • Greg Jennings ruled out for Sunday’s trip to Houston

    Greg Jennings ruled out for Sunday’s trip to Houston

    profootballtalk.com Oct 12, 2012
    We mentioned earlier today that Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings wasn’t making positive noises when asked if he’d play this week. Now we know why. The Packers have officially ruled Jennings out for Sunday night’s game at Houston, according to Jas
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  • Final Word: NFC North

    Final Word: NFC North

    ESPN.com Oct 12, 2012
    Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 6: Tough sledding: The Detroit Lions have had two weeks to prepare for a tough matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, knowing they'll need a victory to avoid starting the season with an unmanageable 1-4 record. Thi…
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  • Mark Sanchez, Peyton Manning, the Giants: Answers to Readers' Q…

    Mark Sanchez, Peyton Manning, the Giants: Answers to Readers' Questions

    nytimes.com Oct 12, 2012
    Judy Battista, the N.F.L. reporter for The Times, answers questions from readers.
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  • Bears players rally to support widow of slain fan

    Bears players rally to support widow of slain fan

    profootballtalk.com Oct 12, 2012
    The widow of a slain Bears fan killed in Jacksonville last weekend has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the community, and from the Bears. Several players have reached out to support the family, and tight end Kellen Davis has organized…
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  • Dennis Dillon: Week 6 Spotlight: Packers-Texans

    Dennis Dillon: Week 6 Spotlight: Packers-Texans

    CNNSI.com Oct 12, 2012
    The Texans have cemented themselves as Super Bowl contenders. How will they fare against the Packers, expected contenders who are just 2-3? Dennis Dillon breaks it down.
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  • With Jeffery out, Bears won’t be adding a wideout

    With Jeffery out, Bears won’t be adding a wideout

    profootballtalk.com Oct 12, 2012
    The Chicago Bears won’t have rookie wideout Alshon Jeffery for at least a couple of weeks, thanks to a broken bone in his hand.  But that doesn’t mean they’ll be adding any receivers to replace him. G.M. Phil Emery says that no free-agent wideouts
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  • Finley reiterates lack of chemistry with Rodgers

    Finley reiterates lack of chemistry with Rodgers

    profootballtalk.com Oct 12, 2012
    Things aren’t going well this year for the Packers, and it’s creating frustration.  Which is leading to guys saying things that maybe they shouldn’t be saying. The latest guy to let his frustration become verbalized is tight end Jermichael Finley.
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  • BBAO: Quiet start for Brian Urlacher

    BBAO: Quiet start for Brian Urlacher

    ESPN.com Oct 12, 2012
    It's a tribute to the Chicago Bears' defense, and perhaps also an indication of my early senility, that middle linebacker Brian Urlacher didn't make our "By the bye" post Thursday. Urlacher was probably the most-discussed player on the Bears' …
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  • Video - 'Playbook': Packers vs. Texans 03:50

    'Playbook': Packers vs. Texans

    Oct 12
    The "Playbook" crew breaks down the Green Bay Packers matchup with the Houston Texans and explains how the defenses will play a big factor in Week 6.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles 06:42

    'Playbook': Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles

    Oct 12
    Will the Lions offense be able to avoid the pressure by CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie? The "Playbook" crew explains why the Lions receivers will have a tough time, especially if they keep dropping balls.
  • Video - Are Detroit Lions underachieving or overrated? 01:27

    Are Detroit Lions underachieving or overrated?

    Oct 12
    Should the Lions be a better team than they are currently showing? Charlie Casserly explains why the Lions have many areas to improve upon.
  • Video - NFL Live OT: Losing Teams That Can Make The Playoffs 02:46

    NFL Live OT: Losing Teams That Can Make The Playoffs

    Oct 12
    Trey Wingo, Tedy Bruschi and Mark Schlereth discuss which teams with losing records they think can make the playoffs.

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    Oct 12
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    Oct 12
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    Oct 12
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