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Bruce Irvin to play bigger role for Seahawks with Clemons injur…

Bruce Irvin to play bigger role for Seahawks with Clemons injury

profootballtalk.com ESPN.com Updated Jan 7, 2013
With defensive end Chris Clemons lost for the season due to a torn ACL and meniscus, the Seattle Seahawks will have to hope rookie Bruce Irvin can fill the void. Irvin was Seattle’s first-round pick in last April’s draft and has been used almost exclu
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  • Harbaugh says Kaepernick has “savant-like” understanding of pl…

    Harbaugh says Kaepernick has “savant-like” understanding of playoff prep

    profootballtalk.com Jan 7, 2013
    With the 49ers preparing for a playoff game that they won a year ago against the team they beat to start the current season, it’s becoming harder to overlook the fact that the quarterback who led San Fran to victory against the Saints in January 2012 an
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  • Etty Allen, widow of late coach George Allen, dies

    Etty Allen, widow of late coach George Allen, dies

    CNNSI.com Jan 7, 2013
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Henriette "Etty" Allen, matriarch of a famed American football family and mother to former Virginia Gov. George F. Allen, has died. She was 90.
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  • Sunday divisional games: Falcons looking for first playoff win …

    Sunday divisional games: Falcons looking for first playoff win under Mike Smith

    yahoo.com Jan 7, 2013
    With the divisional round set, let's take a quick look at the main storylines setting up for this weekend's playoffs. We'll have much more comprehensive coverage through the week, but here's a quick primer, starting with the two Saturday games. Seattle …
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  • Seahawks to look at kickers with Hauschka ailing

    Seahawks to look at kickers with Hauschka ailing

    profootballtalk.com Jan 7, 2013
    Defensive end Chris Clemons wasn’t the only member of the Seahawks to pick up an injury in Sunday’s victory over the Redskins. Kicker Steven Hauschka injured his left calf during the game, which limited him to extra points and field goals while punter
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  • RGIII set to have more tests

    RGIII set to have more tests

    CNNSI.com yahoo.com Jan 7, 2013
    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Robert Griffin III will get more tests on his injured right knee after an MRI proved inconclusive because of a previous ACL tear.
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  • 'Good chance' 49ers carry both Akers, Cundiff

    'Good chance' 49ers carry both Akers, Cundiff

    ESPN.com Jan 7, 2013
    David Akers and Billy Cundiff were taking their competition to be San Francisco's playoff kicker to Candlestick Park on Monday.
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  • 2013 NFL draft order: Picks 1-24

    2013 NFL draft order: Picks 1-24

    ESPN.com Jan 7, 2013
    The St. Louis Rams will hold the 16th and 22nd overall choices in the 2013 NFL draft. The 16th pick was their own. The 22nd pick was acquired from Washington as part of the trade enabling the Redskins to select Robert Griffin III in 2012. The Redskins' …
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  • Harbaugh says there’s a “leader in the clubhouse” at kicker

    Harbaugh says there’s a “leader in the clubhouse” at kicker

    profootballtalk.com Jan 7, 2013
    The 49ers sent both their kickers to Candlestick Park Monday, to continue the competition that will determine who kicks against the Packers Saturday. And while 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said he had a hunch which way he was leaning, he didn’t divulge whic
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  • Seahawks vs. 49ers for SB: What are odds?

    Seahawks vs. 49ers for SB: What are odds?

    ESPN.com Jan 7, 2013
    Greetings. The mind wanders during a six-hour flight across the country. More than once during the trip home I envisioned the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers playing one another in the NFC Championship Game. Imagine what that one would do for t…
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  • Jay Gruden drawing interest from the Cardinals, Eagles

    Jay Gruden drawing interest from the Cardinals, Eagles

    yahoo.com Jan 7, 2013
    Below is your head coaching and general manager rumors and interview roundup for Monday, Jan. 7. Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals' search for a head coach and general manager continues into a second week. The team has already interviewed current defensi…
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  • Pete Carroll says FedEx Field was “horrible”

    Pete Carroll says FedEx Field was “horrible”

    profootballtalk.com Jan 7, 2013
    The Seahawks beat the Redskins on Sunday at FedEx Field.  But Seattle coach Pete Carroll wasn’t happy with the quality of the turf. “It was horrible,” Carroll told Brock & Salk of ESPN 710.  “It’s a horrible field.  It’s as bad as a field c
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  • Patrick Willis may play more of a role for 49ers this time

    Patrick Willis may play more of a role for 49ers this time

    profootballtalk.com Jan 7, 2013
    The Packers are a different offense than the first time they played the 49ers. And that may actually help the 49ers this time through. As Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee points out, because Green Bay spent much of the opener spreading the field with …
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  • No injuries “of serious nature” for Packers

    No injuries “of serious nature” for Packers

    profootballtalk.com Jan 7, 2013
    The Packers had a couple of offensive starters leave Saturday night’s win over the Vikings before the game was complete, but it doesn’t sound like there’s much worry about either player’s status for next weekend’s game against the 49ers. Tight e
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  • You called it: Fearless predictions (Wk. 19)

    You called it: Fearless predictions (Wk. 19)

    ESPN.com Jan 7, 2013
    2008-12 You Called It Repeat Winners OK, I'm going to make this one quick. My laptop battery is about toast here on the nearly six-hour flight from Washington, D.C. to Seattle. That means I'll have a hard time posting anything to the blog for a bit, but…
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  • Status of coach, G.M. searches, one week later

    Status of coach, G.M. searches, one week later

    profootballtalk.com Jan 7, 2013
    [Editor's note:  With the hiring cycle seven days old and only two head-coaching jobs filled, we thought it would make sense to wipe the slate clean and provide a fresh, one-stop update as to all current vacancies.] Arizona Cardinals:  Looking for both
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  • Reports: Tom Gamble not sure thing for Jets G.M.

    Reports: Tom Gamble not sure thing for Jets G.M.

    profootballtalk.com Jan 7, 2013
    On Sunday, there were reports that indicated 49ers exec Tom Gamble was poised to become the next general manager of the Jets. That may come to pass, but multiple reports from New York put Gamble’s hiring as less of a sure thing than it seemed during the
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  • Closer look at Cards coaching candidates

    Closer look at Cards coaching candidates

    ESPN.com Jan 7, 2013
    A few thoughts on each of the known candidates for the Arizona Cardinals head coaching vacancy: Andy Reid: Hiring Reid would have been the safest move for several reasons. Reid has 130 regular-season victories and a Super Bowl appearance, so he's proven…
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  • Seahawks weren’t worried about Lynch’s response to fumble

    Seahawks weren’t worried about Lynch’s response to fumble

    profootballtalk.com Jan 7, 2013
    Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has gained so many tough yards, scored so many big touchdowns, the surprise was when he fumbled in the third quarter of last night’s playoff win. But though he didn’t say much after the game, his teammates said the
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  • Trent Williams, Richard Sherman make peace

    Trent Williams, Richard Sherman make peace

    profootballtalk.com Jan 7, 2013
    After the conclusion of Sunday’s Seahawks-Redskins game, Washington left tackle Trent Williams put a hand in the face of Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman. Williams later expressed remorse for his conduct. “Just high emotions, man, and, you know, I l
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  • Slideshow: Seahawks-Redskins fan photos

    Slideshow: Seahawks-Redskins fan photos

    ESPN.com Jan 7, 2013
    Greetings from somewhere over the space between Washington, D.C., and Seattle. Thanks to those who shared photos for the latest NFC West game-day slideshow, including those who were waiting at the airport when the Seahawks returned from their 24-14 vict…
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  • London Fletcher may have played his last NFL game

    London Fletcher may have played his last NFL game

    profootballtalk.com Jan 7, 2013
    The Redskins’ playoff loss to the Seahawks may have been the final game of linebacker London Fletcher’s career. “I’ll take some time to let the emotions of the season kind of get away, refresh a little bit and then sit down with my family and make
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  • Around the NFC West: Divisional thoughts

    Around the NFC West: Divisional thoughts

    ESPN.com Jan 7, 2013
    Around the NFC West: Jan. 7, 2013 WASHINGTON -- Greetings from a table near Gate 18 at Reagan National Airport. I've got about 25 minutes until boarding and hope to share a few NFC West-related thoughts to help get the conversation going this morning. S…
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  • Quick Hits: Questions About Griffin as Seahawks Rise

    Quick Hits: Questions About Griffin as Seahawks Rise

    nytimes.com Jan 7, 2013
    The Seahawks may have done the Redskins a favor. By eliminating them, they prevented the Redskins from continuing to let their injured franchise player limp around the field another week.
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  • Video - Which running back is the most important to his team? 01:22

    Which running back is the most important to his team?

    Jan 7
    Is Marshawn Lynch the most important running back left in the playoffs? LaDainian Tomlinson explains why Lynch is so important to the Seattle Seahawks' success and also discusses Ray Rice's fumbling issues.
  • Video - Seattle Seahawks locker-room speech 00:50

    Seattle Seahawks locker-room speech

    Jan 7
    Listen in as Pete Carroll and the rest of the Seattle Seahawks celebrate their wild-card win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
  • Video - 'The Coaches Show': Pete Carroll explains Seattle Seahawks winning ways 04:46

    'The Coaches Show': Pete Carroll explains Seattle Seahawks winning ways

    Jan 7
    Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll explains how Russell Wilson has been able to have success this season and if it can continue in the playoffs against the Atlanta Falcons.
  • Video - How To Fix The Chiefs 03:09

    How To Fix The Chiefs

    Jan 7
    Herm Edwards discusses the challenges that Andy Reid will face as the new coach of the Chiefs.

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    Jan 7
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    Jan 7
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