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Lions running back Reggie Bush told PFT after Sunday’s season-opening win over the Vikings that he can handle 25 touches per game all season long. Those 25 touches, however, can lead to plenty of injuries. His list of conditions officially has expanded …Upvote Share Tweet
Most expensive beer in NFL? Not in DetroitALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions would like you to know that no, they do not have the most expensive beer per ounce in the NFL. A study done by teammarketing.com said the price of beer sold at Ford Field is $0.67 an ounce, 14 cents higher than the…Upvote Share TweetFormer Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said he might still be with the club in 2013, had the organization relayed the reality of its financial situation back in the spring during negotiations.Upvote Share Tweet
Underrated tackles held up wellGREEN BAY, Wis. -- Whatever angst the Green Bay Packers had about their starting tackles should have been eased somewhat after their performance in Sunday’s season opener at San Francisco. Although it wasn’t a flawless performance and there were issues …Upvote Share TweetEarlier this week, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh called Packers linebacker Clay Matthews‘ late hit on quarterback Colin Kaepernick a “cheap shot” and that Matthews would have to work on repairing his image as a “tough guy” for slapping 49ers tackle Joe Stale…Upvote Share TweetGREEN BAY, Wis. -- The last thing the Green Bay Packers want is a repeat of last week, when starting safety Morgan Burnett practiced Wednesday and Thursday only to drop out late in the week and then miss the opener against the San Francisco 49ers. Altho…Upvote Share Tweet
Gould nails 10 straight from long rangeLAKE FOREST, Ill. -- There used to be a theory floating around that Bears kicker Robbie Gould lacked the necessary leg strength to connect on field goals of 50-plus yards. The truth of the matter is that former Bears head coach Lovie Smith simply prefer…Upvote Share Tweet
Offensive line ready for next test vs. VikingsLAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Add offensive line play to the reasons the Chicago Bears might be willing to open up the playbook even further this week. The somewhat conservative game plan Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals was not just because the Bears are s…Upvote Share TweetALLEN PARK, Mich. -- They lined up against each other in the Arizona air and didn’t say much. In one of the premier individual matchups in the NFL last season -- one commencing again this Sunday -- both players were gassed. “Shoot, we weren’t really tal…Upvote Share TweetEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Defensive tackle Kevin Williams was a limited participant for the second straight day in practice on Thursday, and coach Leslie Frazier said afterward that Williams will play on Sunday if everything goes fine in the Vikings' pract…Upvote Share TweetLAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears seemed more concerned about their collective sweet tooth than they are about J'Marcus Webb revealing their secrets. Webb was cut by the Bears at the end of the preseason before signing with the Minnesota Vikings, w…Upvote Share TweetALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Outside linebacker Ashlee Palmer missed practice with an ankle injury according to the Detroit Lions' official practice report Thursday. He was one of four Lions to miss practice, joining defensive tackle Nick Fairley (shoulder), ri…Upvote Share TweetOn Wednesday, the Packers had neither tight end Jermichael Finley nor left guard Josh Sitton at practice. Things took a turn for the better on Thursday. Both players were able to be limited participants for the Packers, keeping up hope that both startin…Upvote Share TweetEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson only got five offensive snaps in his first NFL game on Sunday, but offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said on Wednesday that had more to do with how little the Vikings were on the field…Upvote Share TweetLAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (knee) and defensive end Julius Peppers missed practice on Thursday, but those absences shouldn't affect their availability for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. According to a tea…Upvote Share TweetASHBURN, Va. -- Brandon Meriweather remains upbeat and confident. He also remains healthy and in line to start Sunday, provided he does not have yet another setback. Meriweather practiced Wednesday in full for the first time since the last workout befor…Upvote Share TweetA lot has happened since the Detroit Lions' most recent trip to University of Phoenix Stadium, last December. The Arizona Cardinals hired an entirely new coaching staff and enlisted a veteran quarterback to bolster the offense. The Lions, meanwhile, add…Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Updated Sep 12, 2013The Patriots are hurting. The Jets are riding high. Can New York pull off an upset? Plus, more Week 2 picks.Upvote Share Tweet
PFT’s Week Two picksYes, MDS finagled a one-game win in Week One, getting 12 of 16 right while I hit on 11 of the games. After four years of doing this, however, I finally dropped the proverbial hole in one, picking the exact score of the Bears-Bengals game. And under the …Upvote Share Tweet
Inside Slant: The counterintuitive 'process'In 2010, I sat in the Soldier Field press box and watched as "process of the catch" became a term of great derision and mystery. Four seasons later, it seems, nothing has changed. Players, fans, media members and even officials remain confused…Upvote Share TweetThe NFL has taken more than $342,000 from Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in the form of six fines and one suspension for on-field transgressions. On Wednesday, in the aftermath of his most recent incident, Suh told reporters: "My play…Upvote Share Tweet
Starter Pack: Where's Aaron Rodgers?A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat. It was such a busy Wednesday around Lambeau Field that I didn’t even get the chance to weigh in on ESPN colleague Dan Graziano’s second installment of MVP Watch. Last week, Graziano had Packer…Upvote Share Tweet
Chris Canty on Suh: It’s dirty, but offensive linemen do it all the timeRavens defensive lineman Chris Canty isn’t defending Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh. But Canty does find the uproar about Suh taking a shot at Vikings center John Sullivan’s knee curious. That’s because Canty says defensive linemen take shots to …Upvote Share TweetA week after successfully rope-a-doping the Packers into assuming the 49ers would run quarterback Colin Kaepernick all day long, coach Jim Harbaugh has been wise to avoid saying anything that would stir up the Seahawks. The wisdom hasn’t completely tric…Upvote Share Tweet
Kickalicious says league rejected Lions’ attempt to keep him on practice squadHavard “Kickalicious” Rugland was released by the Detroit Lions after an attempt to make an NFL roster. Rugland earned a roster spot for training camp with the Lions after becoming an internet sensation for his kicking exhibitions on YouTube. The Lions …Upvote Share Tweet
Countdown Daily Prediction: DET-ARISep 12The NFL Live crew make their picks for Detroit at Arizona.
Preview: Washington Redskins vs. Green Bay PackersSep 12NFL Films previews the Week 2 matchup between the Washington Redskins and the Green Bay Packers.
Preview: Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago BearsSep 12NFL Films previews the Week 2 matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears.
Countdown Daily Prediction: MIN-CHISep 12The NFL Live crew make their picks for Minnesota at Chicago.
Biggest NFL games of Week 2 -- John Clayton's First and 10Sep 12John Clayton's First and 10: With a week to prepare, will defenses be able to rein in the scoring a bit in Week 2?
Don Banks: NFL Week 2 picksSep 12The powerhouse NFC West gets the spotlight treatment in Week 2, with defending division champion San Francisco traveling to Seattle Sunday night to take on a Seahawks team that embarrassed the 49ers 42-13 in Week 16 of last season. No blowouts either wa…
The Sports Guy's Thursday NFL PickSep 12PATRIOTS (-11.5) over Jets The case for the Jets: Last week New England barely beat Buffalo, a team that's currently GETTING three points at home in ...