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49ers' Davis practices, hoping to play vs. Cards

49ers' Davis practices, hoping to play vs. Cards

CNNSI.com ESPN.com profootballtalk.com Updated Dec 28, 2012
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Vernon Davis is anxious to get back on the field with the San Francisco 49ers and help them build momentum for the playoffs during Sunday's regular-season finale against Arizona.
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  • What Justin Smith's injury means for 49ers

    What Justin Smith's injury means for 49ers

    ESPN.com Dec 28, 2012
    Justin Smith cleared up confusion over his injury situation Friday. The San Francisco 49ers' Pro Bowl defensive lineman will require surgery to repair his injured triceps. However, Smith will wait until the offseason before undergoing the procedure. In …
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  • Bears RB Forte (ankle) expects to start vs. Lions

    Bears RB Forte (ankle) expects to start vs. Lions

    CNNSI.com Dec 28, 2012
    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte expects to start Sunday against the Bears despite an ankle injury suffered last week.
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  • Rams' rush has Seahawks seeing double

    Rams' rush has Seahawks seeing double

    ESPN.com Dec 28, 2012
    RENTON, Wash. -- Max Unger, Pro Bowl center for the Seattle Seahawks, feels like he's preparing for more than one opponent Sunday. The St. Louis Rams' blitz packages are that varied and complex. Russell Wilson vs. 5+ Pass-Rushers "It's like a combi…
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  • First Take: Richard Sherman discussion

    First Take: Richard Sherman discussion

    Chris Mannix, Lomas Brown and Christian Fauria recently shared with First Take viewers their views on Richard Sherman's successful suspension appeal and its implications. Mannix calls out the NFL. Brown sees a huge victory for the Seattle Seahawks. Faur…
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  • Larry Fitzgerald wants no part of being the GM

    Larry Fitzgerald wants no part of being the GM

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    There might not be a player in the league whose talented is wasted by his surroundings to the degree of Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. But he knows his job is to catch passes, not to hire or fire or make personnel decisions. “I keep everythin
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  • Final Word: NFC West

    Final Word: NFC West

    ESPN.com Dec 28, 2012
    Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 17: Three of a kind. Not since 1991 have three NFC West teams finished a season with winning records. It could happen in 2012 if the St. Louis Rams upset the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The Rams would finish 8-7-1 wi…
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  • Sando's best guesses: Week 17 predictions

    Sando's best guesses: Week 17 predictions

    ESPN.com Dec 28, 2012
    We're down to the final two NFC West games of the 2012 regular season. Let's jump right into the predictions before too much thought steers me away from two straightforward games: St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m. ET: The Seahawks are 7-0 at…
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  • 101ESPN St. Louis audio: Miklasz Show

    101ESPN St. Louis audio: Miklasz Show

    ESPN.com Dec 28, 2012
    2012 NFL Draft Production The Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams will rely heavily on their 2012 draft classes when facing one another in a Week 17 game at CenturyLink Field. Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers will be chasing Seahawks quarterback R…
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  • Updated look at odds for Super Bowl

    Updated look at odds for Super Bowl

    ESPN.com Dec 28, 2012
    Week 17: Odds to Win Super Bowl The Seattle Seahawks have pulled nearly even with the San Francisco 49ers in terms of odds to win the Super Bowl this season. The chart shows the latest odds, courtesy of the online sportsbook Bovada. The 49ers were the f…
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  • Mike Shanahan: No one in NFL history has played at RG3”²s level

    Mike Shanahan: No one in NFL history has played at RG3”²s level

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was the head coach of a Broncos team that had a Hall of Fame quarterback in John Elway, and he was the offensive coordinator of a 49ers team that had two Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Joe Montana and Steve Young. But Shanahan…
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  • Video - 'Playbook': Rams vs. Seahawks 04:13

    'Playbook': Rams vs. Seahawks

    Dec 28
    The "Playbook" gang talks about the effect that the 12th man has in Seattle and discusses why Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is nearly impossible to stop at home.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Rams vs. Seahawks 04:13

    'Playbook': Rams vs. Seahawks

    Dec 28
    The "Playbook" gang talks about the effect that the 12th man has in Seattle and discusses why Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is nearly impossible to stop at home.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers 03:01

    'Playbook': Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers

    Dec 28
    Can San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith make history on Sunday? The "Playbook" experts explain what Smith needs to do to break Michael Strahan's NFL sacks record.
  • Video - NFL Live OT: Which Record Will Fall On Sunday? 02:12

    NFL Live OT: Which Record Will Fall On Sunday?

    Dec 28
    Mark Schlereth and Tedy Bruschi discuss the NFL records they think are most likely to be broken on Sunday.

Sports Columnists

  • Peter King: Cowboys on familiar ground with win-or-go-home Week 17

    Dec 28
    In the offseason, Dallas coach Jason Garrett visited the Yankees' spring-training home in Tampa, and sought out Derek Jeter. Garrett was raised in Yankee country, so he has great respect for the Yankee shortstop, and he wanted to ask him about leadershi…
  • NFL - John Clayton's five most cherished NFL records

    Dec 28
    Football records might not resonate like those in baseball, but there are five NFL records that stand above the rest, John Clayton writes.
  • The Sports Guy powers through a damaged laptop to make his Week 17 picks

    Dec 28
    The Sports Guy's computer is on the fritz, but that didn't stop him from making his Week 17 picks.