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nytimes.com Updated Sep 13, 2013The cornerback, who left last Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys with a concussion, passed the N.F.L.-mandated concussion protocol of tests and evaluations.Upvote Share Tweet
49ers’ Alex Boone would like to punch Clay Matthews in the faceThe NFL fined Packers linebacker Clay Matthews $15,000 hitting 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but 49ers guard Alex Boone would have preferred handing down a different punishment. Boone said that if he had his druthers, he would have taken care of M…Upvote Share Tweet
Vikings: Brand-building in LondonEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings gathered people from across the organization, including team vice president Lester Bagley and general manager Rick Spielman, on Friday to talk about all the preparations for their trip to London this month. T…Upvote Share Tweet
Bell has a role, new celebration for LionsALLEN PARK, Mich. -- He scored his first touchdown of the season and in the back of his mind, Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell knew what he wanted to do. He has always tried to get the crowd involved, so into the crowd he went. Bell ran to the cor…Upvote Share Tweet
Vikings' stadium audit completeEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority today released the findings of its financial audit of the Wilf family, which showed the Vikings' owners will have enough money to meet their obligation for a new stadium, regardless of the…Upvote Share TweetA financial review shows Minnesota Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf are able to pay their share of the $1 billion cost for the team's new downtown Minneapolis stadium, officials with the public authority that's managing the project said Friday.Upvote Share TweetGREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers don’t have to make decisions on any of their free agents for months, but general manager Ted Thompson likely has begun prioritizing the players he plans to re-sign. That’s why in tight end Jermichael Finley’s min…Upvote Share TweetFormer Lions draft bust Charles Rogers is in trouble with the law again. An arrest warrant was issued for Rogers, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft, after he failed to appear in court this week. Rogers is currently facing charges on five diff…Upvote Share Tweet
Lions RT Jason Fox out for SundayALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions right tackle Jason Fox, who made the first start of his career in the season opener against Minnesota, has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against Arizona with a groin injury. Fox will likely be replaced in the lineup …Upvote Share TweetEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings should head to Chicago with a relatively clean bill of health for their Week 2 game against the Chicago Bears. All seven players on their injury report -- left tackle Phil Loadholt, linebackers Larry Dean and…Upvote Share TweetGREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews deserved to be fined for his late hit out of bounds on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The amount -- $15,000 as was announced by the NFL on Friday -- is debatable. What shou…Upvote Share TweetEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- As successful as the Detroit Lions were at throwing screens to Reggie Bush in their 34-24 win over the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday -- and as ably as the Chicago Bears can approximate that approach with Matt Forte -- it'd be surp…Upvote Share TweetMinnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams should be "ready to go" on Sunday when the team faces the Chicago Bears, coach Leslie Frazier said on Friday.Upvote Share TweetGREEN BAY, Wis. -- Unlike last week, Green Bay Packers safety Morgan Burnett made it through the entire week of practice without aggravating his hamstring injury. But the Packers still could not be certain that Burnett will make his 2013 debut on Sunday…Upvote Share TweetLAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Charles Tillman and Julius Peppers returned to practice for the Chicago Bears on Friday and officially will be listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. Tillman has been dealing with a mino…Upvote Share Tweet
The Playbook: Previewing Seahawks-Niners, Packers-Redskins, other Week 2 gamesCNNSI.com Updated Sep 13, 2013Hawks-49ers. Packers-Skins. Manning Bowl. Week 2 has great games galore. Chris Burke and Doug Farrar preview them all.Upvote Share TweetALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Some good news for the Detroit Lions at practice Friday. Starting defensive tackle Nick Fairley (shoulder) and linebacker Ashlee Palmer (ankle) were back on the field and participating. This bodes well for their chances to play Sund…Upvote Share TweetThe Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins, NFC division winners last season and playoff hopefuls this season, both lost in Week 1. That means, barring a tie, when they meet Sunday at Lambeau Field, one of these teams will be in an 0-2 hole to start …Upvote Share Tweet
Vikings: Division road games a struggleMINNEAPOLIS -- For a team that wanted so badly to believe its days of floundering on the road were over -- indeed, a team that squeezed its way into the playoffs with the help of two road wins last December -- the Minnesota Vikings didn't present a conv…Upvote Share TweetFormer Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher didn’t appreciate the way the team treated him in contract negotiations early this year. Urlacher said in an interview with Yahoo! Sports that the Bears gave him a “take it or leave it” offer and that they were eag…Upvote Share Tweet
Matt Kalil: I’m not freaked out by one bad gameVikings left tackle Matt Kalil didn’t have the best preseason, picking up personal fouls and giving up sacks to the opposition during the team’s exhibition games. It’s easy to forget those things when a player comes out and plays at a higher level when …Upvote Share Tweet
Morning Roar: Larry Warford tops rookie listGood morning and ROOOAAARRRR!!!! He played in one regular-season game and right guard Larry Warford is already starting to receive some attention. Not bad for an offensive lineman, a position where anonymity and not being noticed are usually hallmarks o…Upvote Share Tweet
Friday the 13th: The scariest NFL players of all timeSep 13On Friday the 13th, the "NFL Total Access" crew unleashes its top five scariest players in NFL history.
'Playbook': Detroit Lions vs. Arizona CardinalsSep 13Is Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford ready to break out? Our "Playbook" analysts talk about the adjustments they have seen from Stafford and explain why he can help the Lions beat the Arizona Cardinals.
'Playbook': Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago BearsSep 13The "Playbook" analysts explain why Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was successful in Week 1 and discuss whether Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson can run on the Bears defense.
'Playbook': Washington Redskins vs. Green Bay PackersSep 13Can the Washington Redskins defense avoid giving up a big day to Green Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers? Our "Playbook" analysts discuss the Redskins' defensive struggles and the mindset of Robert Griffin III.
Seattle’s Ready for the 49ers’ Deception GameSep 13Anquan Boldin scored his only touchdown against the Packers from the left receiver spot, but that wasn’t the only position he played. - (Robert Beck/SI) In one of my early years covering the NFL, I remember Giants GM George Young telling me why free age…
Bill Simmons makes his Week 2 NFL picksSep 13The Sports Guy makes his Week 2 picks while pondering whether to watch Breaking Bad or Seahawks-Niners.