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Fitzgerald questionable for Cards' home opener

Fitzgerald questionable for Cards' home opener

CNNSI.com Updated Sep 13, 2013
Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald was limited in practice for the third straight day and is listed as questionable for the Cardinals' home opener Sunday against the Detroit Lions.
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  • N.F.L. Roundup: Giants’ Amukamara Clears Tests and May Face Bro…

    N.F.L. Roundup: Giants’ Amukamara Clears Tests and May Face Broncos

    nytimes.com Sep 13, 2013
    The 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.
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  • 49ers’ Alex Boone would like to punch Clay Matthews in the face

    49ers’ Alex Boone would like to punch Clay Matthews in the face

    profootballtalk.com Sep 13, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Vikings: Brand-building in London

    Vikings: Brand-building in London

    ESPN.com Sep 13, 2013
    EDEN 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…
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  • Bell has a role, new celebration for Lions

    Bell has a role, new celebration for Lions

    ESPN.com Sep 13, 2013
    ALLEN 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…
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  • Vikings' stadium audit complete

    Vikings' stadium audit complete

    ESPN.com Sep 13, 2013
    EDEN 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…
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  • Review clears Wilfs' Vikes stadium finances

    Review clears Wilfs' Vikes stadium finances

    ESPN.com Sep 13, 2013
    A 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.
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  • Fast start key for Finley’s contract status

    Fast start key for Finley’s contract status

    GREEN 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…
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  • Arrest warrant issued for Charles Rogers

    Arrest warrant issued for Charles Rogers

    Former 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…
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  • Lions RT Jason Fox out for Sunday

    Lions RT Jason Fox out for Sunday

    ESPN.com Sep 13, 2013
    ALLEN 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 …
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  • Vikings injury report: 7 listed as probable

    Vikings injury report: 7 listed as probable

    ESPN.com Sep 13, 2013
    EDEN 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…
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  • Matthews deserved fine, but not criticism

    Matthews deserved fine, but not criticism

    GREEN 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…
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  • Vikings look to stop Bears' quick passes

    Vikings look to stop Bears' quick passes

    ESPN.com Sep 13, 2013
    EDEN 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…
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  • Pro Bowler Williams set to return for Vikes

    Pro Bowler Williams set to return for Vikes

    ESPN.com Sep 13, 2013
    Minnesota 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.
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  • Injury report: No setback for Burnett

    Injury report: No setback for Burnett

    ESPN.com Sep 13, 2013
    GREEN 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…
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  • Tillman, Peppers return to Bears practice

    Tillman, Peppers return to Bears practice

    ESPN.com Sep 13, 2013
    LAKE 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…
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  • The Playbook: Previewing Seahawks-Niners, Packers-Redskins, oth…

    The Playbook: Previewing Seahawks-Niners, Packers-Redskins, other Week 2 games

    CNNSI.com Sep 13, 2013
    Hawks-49ers. Packers-Skins. Manning Bowl. Week 2 has great games galore. Chris Burke and Doug Farrar preview them all.
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  • Practice Report: Nick Fairley, Palmer back

    Practice Report: Nick Fairley, Palmer back

    ESPN.com Sep 13, 2013
    ALLEN 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…
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  • Double Coverage: Redskins at Packers

    Double Coverage: Redskins at Packers

    ESPN.com Sep 13, 2013
    The 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 …
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  • Vikings: Division road games a struggle

    Vikings: Division road games a struggle

    ESPN.com Sep 13, 2013
    MINNEAPOLIS -- 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…
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  • Urlacher was mad at the Bears, hasn’t heard from Cutler

    Urlacher was mad at the Bears, hasn’t heard from Cutler

    profootballtalk.com Sep 13, 2013
    Former 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…
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  • Matt Kalil: I’m not freaked out by one bad game

    Matt Kalil: I’m not freaked out by one bad game

    profootballtalk.com Sep 13, 2013
    Vikings 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 …
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  • Morning Roar: Larry Warford tops rookie list

    Morning Roar: Larry Warford tops rookie list

    ESPN.com Sep 13, 2013
    Good 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…
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  • Video - Friday the 13th: The scariest NFL players of all time 03:16

    Friday the 13th: The scariest NFL players of all time

    Sep 13
    On Friday the 13th, the "NFL Total Access" crew unleashes its top five scariest players in NFL history.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals 03:20

    'Playbook': Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals

    Sep 13
    Is 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.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears 03:45

    'Playbook': Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears

    Sep 13
    The "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.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Washington Redskins vs. Green Bay Packers 05:42

    'Playbook': Washington Redskins vs. Green Bay Packers

    Sep 13
    Can 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.

Sports Columnists

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    Sep 13
    Anquan 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 picks

    Sep 13
    The Sports Guy makes his Week 2 picks while pondering whether to watch Breaking Bad or Seahawks-Niners.