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Bush’s collection of injuries grows

Bush’s collection of injuries grows

profootballtalk.com ESPN.com Updated Sep 12, 2013
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 …
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  • Most expensive beer in NFL? Not in Detroit

    Most expensive beer in NFL? Not in Detroit

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    ALLEN 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…
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  • Urlacher: Still playing if Bears were candid?

    Urlacher: Still playing if Bears were candid?

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    Former 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.
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  • Underrated tackles held up well

    Underrated tackles held up well

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    GREEN 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 …
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  • Clay Matthews: I’m an awesome player, not a dirty player

    Clay Matthews: I’m an awesome player, not a dirty player

    Earlier 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…
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  • Injury report: Burnett taking it slow

    Injury report: Burnett taking it slow

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    GREEN 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…
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  • Gould nails 10 straight from long range

    Gould nails 10 straight from long range

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    LAKE 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…
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  • Offensive line ready for next test vs. Vikings

    Offensive line ready for next test vs. Vikings

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    LAKE 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…
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  • Johnson vs. Peterson II a matchup to watch

    Johnson vs. Peterson II a matchup to watch

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    ALLEN 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…
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  • Vikings: Kevin Williams looks good to go

    Vikings: Kevin Williams looks good to go

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    EDEN 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…
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  • Bears not worried Webb gives Vikes edge

    Bears not worried Webb gives Vikes edge

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    LAKE 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…
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  • Palmer, Fairley didn't practice Thursday

    Palmer, Fairley didn't practice Thursday

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    ALLEN 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…
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  • Josh Sitton, Jermichael Finley get in limited practices

    Josh Sitton, Jermichael Finley get in limited practices

    On 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…
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  • Musgrave: More in game plan for Patterson

    Musgrave: More in game plan for Patterson

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    EDEN 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…
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  • Tillman, Peppers miss practice

    Tillman, Peppers miss practice

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    LAKE 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…
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  • Brandon Meriweather: 'I feel great'

    Brandon Meriweather: 'I feel great'

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    ASHBURN, 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…
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  • Double Coverage: Lions at Cardinals

    Double Coverage: Lions at Cardinals

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    A 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…
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  • NFL Week 2 picks: The Patriots are hurting. The Jets are riding…

    NFL Week 2 picks: The Patriots are hurting. The Jets are riding hig…

    CNNSI.com Sep 12, 2013
    The Patriots are hurting. The Jets are riding high. Can New York pull off an upset? Plus, more Week 2 picks.
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  • PFT’s Week Two picks

    PFT’s Week Two picks

    profootballtalk.com Sep 12, 2013
    Yes, 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 …
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  • Inside Slant: The counterintuitive 'process'

    Inside Slant: The counterintuitive 'process'

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    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…
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  • Inside Slant: Players must police Suh

    Inside Slant: Players must police Suh

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Starter Pack: Where's Aaron Rodgers?

    Starter Pack: Where's Aaron Rodgers?

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    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…
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  • Chris Canty on Suh: It’s dirty, but offensive linemen do it all…

    Chris Canty on Suh: It’s dirty, but offensive linemen do it all the time

    profootballtalk.com Sep 12, 2013
    Ravens 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 …
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  • Anthony Dixon takes a shot at the “She-hawks”

    Anthony Dixon takes a shot at the “She-hawks”

    profootballtalk.com Sep 12, 2013
    A 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…
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  • Kickalicious says league rejected Lions’ attempt to keep him on…

    Kickalicious says league rejected Lions’ attempt to keep him on practice squad

    profootballtalk.com Sep 12, 2013
    Havard “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 …
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  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: DET-ARI 00:54

    Countdown Daily Prediction: DET-ARI

    Sep 12
    The NFL Live crew make their picks for Detroit at Arizona.
  • Video - Preview: Washington Redskins vs. Green Bay Packers 02:18

    Preview: Washington Redskins vs. Green Bay Packers

    Sep 12
    NFL Films previews the Week 2 matchup between the Washington Redskins and the Green Bay Packers.
  • Video - Preview: Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears 02:29

    Preview: Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears

    Sep 12
    NFL Films previews the Week 2 matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears.
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: MIN-CHI 01:14

    Countdown Daily Prediction: MIN-CHI

    Sep 12
    The NFL Live crew make their picks for Minnesota at Chicago.

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