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Deal is struck in Bucs-Bills wiretapping case

Deal is struck in Bucs-Bills wiretapping case

profootballtalk.com Updated Dec 4, 2013
Earlier this year, a pair of young men managed to get Buccaneers G.M. Mark Dominik and former Bills G.M. Buddy Nix on the phone at the same time. Not realizing the breadth and the potency of the federal wiretapping laws, the men recorded the call and so…
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  • Seahawks never lose at home, but there are three NFC teams that…

    Seahawks never lose at home, but there are three NFC teams that could pull off playoff upset at Seattle

    yahoo.com Dec 4, 2013
    There is not a single team that will admit it is afraid to play the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in the playoffs. But NFC teams should privately have plenty of anxiety.Seattle dismantled the New Orleans Saints at home on Monday, 34-7, and the g…
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  • Mitchell backs off calling Brees 'soft'

    Mitchell backs off calling Brees 'soft'

    ESPN.com Dec 4, 2013
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- One thing you can count on in politics and sports: Something you say one day is going to be brought back up again if it is remotely controversial or inflammatory. It happened Wednesday to Carolina Panthers safety Mike Mitchell when he…
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  • Newton is finally trusting his teammates

    Newton is finally trusting his teammates

    ESPN.com Dec 4, 2013
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton should be a defensive back the way he's gotten so good at deflecting attention when it's thrown at him. It happened again on Wednesday when he was asked about finally getting to play in big gam…
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  • Saints' next opponent looks awfully familiar

    Saints' next opponent looks awfully familiar

    ESPN.com Dec 4, 2013
    METAIRIE, La. -- About the only good thing that came out of the New Orleans Saints' 34-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night was they got a chance to prepare for their next opponent -- the Carolina Panthers. Saints players and coach Sean Payton…
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  • Guys Who Prank-Called Bills And Bucs GMs Won't Go To Prison

    Guys Who Prank-Called Bills And Bucs GMs Won't Go To Prison

    deadspin.com Dec 4, 2013
    The two men who set up and recorded a conversation between then-Bills GM Buddy Nix and Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik will likely avoid prison time through an agreement with the government.Read more...
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  • Newton's secret weapon for noise? Gum.

    Newton's secret weapon for noise? Gum.

    ESPN.com Dec 4, 2013
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Cam Newton has a secret weapon for dealing with the crowd noise he'll face on Sunday night at the Superdome in New Orleans. And it's not special earplugs like the ones Saints players used to drown out the noise at Seattle on Monday ni…
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  • Matt Ryan has plenty of respect for Packers

    Matt Ryan has plenty of respect for Packers

    ESPN.com Dec 4, 2013
    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Matt Ryan has plenty of respect for the Green Bay Packers. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback appreciates the mystique behind historic Lambeau Field, the place Ryan and his teammates will visit this Sunday. "It's certainly one o…
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  • Saints list five on projected injury report

    Saints list five on projected injury report

    ESPN.com Dec 4, 2013
    METAIRIE, La. – Although the New Orleans Saints didn’t practice on Wednesday, they were required to submit a projected injury report. Five players were listed as “Did Not Practice” – offensive tackle Zach Strief (ankle), defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkle…
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  • Rodgers will know Friday or Saturday if he can play

    Rodgers will know Friday or Saturday if he can play

    There won’t be a game-time decision to make about Aaron Rodgers. The Packers quarterback, who has yet to be medically cleared or officially ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Falcons, said Wednesday that there would be a call on his status before Su…
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  • Panthers expect top DE, RB back for Saints

    Panthers expect top DE, RB back for Saints

    ESPN.com yahoo.com Dec 4, 2013
    Barring a major setback, the Carolina Panthers expect to have their sack leader and leading rusher back from injuries when they face the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
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  • Saints: Flight delay doesn't change planning

    Saints: Flight delay doesn't change planning

    ESPN.com Dec 4, 2013
    The New Orleans Saints pushed back their practice schedules this week.
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  • Lions-Falcons in London will kick off at 9:30 a.m. Eastern

    Lions-Falcons in London will kick off at 9:30 a.m. Eastern

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2013
    The NFL is trying something different with a 2014 game in London: An early kickoff. The league announced today that the Lions-Falcons game on Sunday, October 26 will kick off at 1:30 p.m. UK time, which is 9:30 a.m. Eastern time. That’s believed to be t…
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  • Bucs place Jonathan Casillas on injured reserve

    Bucs place Jonathan Casillas on injured reserve

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2013
    The number of Buccaneers on injured reserve has hit 14 with the announcement that linebacker Jonathan Casillas has been shut down for the season because of a knee injury. Casillas signed with the Bucs as a free agent before the season and had played in …
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  • Douglas not focused on 1,000-yard mark

    Douglas not focused on 1,000-yard mark

    ESPN.com Dec 4, 2013
    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons receiver Harry Douglas has had a career year while stepping into the No. 1 receiver role vacated by the injured Julio Jones. As the Falcons prepare to face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Douglas stands just 94 ya…
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  • Weatherspoon fined for roughing Manuel

    Weatherspoon fined for roughing Manuel

    ESPN.com Dec 4, 2013
    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon said he was fined "a little less than $20,000" for his hit on Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel last Sunday. Weatherspoon picked up a 15-yard penalty for roughing the passer…
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  • Russell Wilson is the NFC offensive player of the week

    Russell Wilson is the NFC offensive player of the week

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2013
    Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson shredded the Saints’ defense all night on Monday, so it’s no surprise that he’s been named the NFC offensive player of the week. Wilson completed 22 of 30 passes for 310 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptio…
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  • What the media are saying about the NFC South

    What the media are saying about the NFC South

    nola.com Dec 4, 2013
    Falcons' issues start with a basic element of football -- tackling
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  • Bills release Tashard Choice

    Bills release Tashard Choice

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2013
    Bills running back C.J, Spiller said last week that he thought he was getting back to his old self and then backed that up by running for 149 yards in a loss to the Falcons. That seems to have made the Bills feel okay with having fewer veteran options b…
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  • Koetter: Ryan can't be at best when hit

    Koetter: Ryan can't be at best when hit

    ESPN.com Dec 4, 2013
    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter doesn't base everything on statistics because he understands they can sometimes be deceiving. So when Koetter sees how quarterback Matt Ryan has been sacked a career-high 30 times…
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  • Saints morning report: Home sweet home

    Saints morning report: Home sweet home

    ESPN.com Dec 4, 2013
    After a dreadful loss in Seattle on Monday night, there is no better time and place for the New Orleans Saints (9-3) to get back on track than prime time in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints will be looking for their 13th consecutive victory in a …
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  • Pete Carroll optimistic Percy Harvin is close to getting back o…

    Pete Carroll optimistic Percy Harvin is close to getting back on the field

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2013
    The Seattle Seahawks came out of the bye week with a massive matchup with the New Orleans Saints coming up believing they would have Percy Harvin fully ready to go after making his debut against the Minnesota Vikings two weeks earlier. Harvin’s hip had …
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  • Video - 'Sound FX': Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera 04:45

    'Sound FX': Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera

    Dec 4
    Go inside the headset of Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera during the Panthers' 27-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 13.
  • Video - Are the New Orleans Saints tough enough for a road playoff game? 04:33

    Are the New Orleans Saints tough enough for a road playoff game?

    Dec 4
    Do the New Orleans Saints have enough strength to win a playoff game on the road? Heath Evans and Jamie Dukes state their cases.

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