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Cutler misses practice, questionable for Monday

Cutler misses practice, questionable for Monday

CNNSI.com Updated Nov 15, 2012
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler missed practice on Thursday and his playing status remains in question because of a concussion.
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  • Urlacher again: I'd lie about concussion

    Urlacher again: I'd lie about concussion

    CNNSI.com Nov 15, 2012
    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher still says he would lie to cover up a concussion.
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  • No contract talks between Rams, Amendola

    No contract talks between Rams, Amendola

    profootballtalk.com Nov 15, 2012
    Rams receiver Danny Amendola said on Wednesday’s episode of Pro Football Talk that he’d have no problem with having the franchise tag used against him.  That could be how it turns out. A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that there cur
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  • 49ers' Jacobs causes a stir with boss 'hate' tweet

    49ers' Jacobs causes a stir with boss 'hate' tweet

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs has posted advice on Twitter with a reference to never working "in a place where you hate your boss so much." The hash tag: "YouLiveAndYouLearn."
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  • NFC West penalty watch: Live, don't learn

    NFC West penalty watch: Live, don't learn

    ESPN.com Nov 15, 2012
    St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford appeared to complete a routine pass to Austin Pettis during a Week 4 game against the Seattle Seahawks. There was one problem. The Rams had more than seven players on the line of scrimmage. As a result, only the o…
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  • Alex Smith practices on a limited basis for 49ers

    Alex Smith practices on a limited basis for 49ers

    profootballtalk.com Nov 15, 2012
    On Wednesday, 49ers quarterback Alex Smith was cleared to practice after suffering a concussion against the Rams on Sunday.  On Thursday, Smith returned to practice, on a limited basis. Then again, practice for a quarterback is always limited, given tha…
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  • 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has surgery for irregular heartbe…

    49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has surgery for irregular heartbeat

    The San Francisco 49ers began on-field preparations for Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears without head coach Jim Harbaugh, who underwent surgery at Stanford Hospital for an irregular heartbeat on Thursday, the club announced. "Coach Har…
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  • Bradford, Sanchez and Schottenheimer

    Bradford, Sanchez and Schottenheimer

    ESPN.com Nov 15, 2012
    2011 QBs: Sanchez vs. Bradford It's looking like first-year St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer escaped the New York Jets just in time. His tenure with the Jets had run its course after six seasons amid mounting evidence that quart…
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  • Triple coverage: Wilson and the rookie QBs

    Triple coverage: Wilson and the rookie QBs

    ESPN.com Nov 15, 2012
    Several Seattle Seahawks fans sent me a link to Kerry Byrne's piece promoting Russell Wilson as the NFL's best rookie quarterback this season. "The biggest story in football is that a charismatic but undersized 5-foot-11, 205-pound, third-round dra…
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  • Dennis Dillon: Overlooked Ivory a very pleasant surprise for th…

    Dennis Dillon: Overlooked Ivory a very pleasant surprise for the Saints ... again

    CNNSI.com Nov 15, 2012
    The Saints have life again, as does their surprise featured back, Dennis Dillon writes. Chris Ivory has provided a spark that has fans asking the team's coaches, What took so long?
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  • Can the 49ers make the Super Bowl?

    Can the 49ers make the Super Bowl?

    ESPN.com Nov 15, 2012
    We're singling out one team from each division for Super Bowl consideration with seven weeks remaining in the 2012 regular season. The San Francisco 49ers have for some time been the only NFC West team worth our consideration on that subject. Recent eve…
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  • So, who’s the REAL Optimus Prime?

    So, who’s the REAL Optimus Prime?

    yahoo.com Nov 15, 2012
    We never thought there would be a battle between two of the NFL's elite cornerbacks for the title of "Optimus Prime," but that's exactly what we seem to have now. Before the Seattle Seahawks went against the Detroit Lions in a Week 8 matchup, …
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  • Richard Sherman isn’t buying Tramon Williams as Optimus Prime

    Richard Sherman isn’t buying Tramon Williams as Optimus Prime

    profootballtalk.com Nov 15, 2012
    Packers cornerback Tramon Williams took a page from Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s book and dubbed himself Optimus Prime ahead of this week’s matchup with Megatron, a.k.a Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Williams also took a shot at Sherman
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  • Bears' corners want 49ers to step outside

    Bears' corners want 49ers to step outside

    ESPN.com Nov 15, 2012
    The San Francisco 49ers' passing offense faces a special challenge against Charles Tillman, Tim Jennings and the Chicago Bears on Monday night. Tillman and Jennings have led a Bears secondary that has feasted on opponents, especially on perimeter throws…
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  • Peter King: Week 11 picks

    Peter King: Week 11 picks

    CNNSI.com Nov 15, 2012
    The Chargers are playing for more than their last playoff hopes this week, they're playing for jobs. Can San Diego beat Denver to stay alive in the AFC West? Peter King makes his picks.
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  • Former Jets enjoy the peace of Rams locker room

    Former Jets enjoy the peace of Rams locker room

    profootballtalk.com Nov 15, 2012
    From a thousand miles away, former Jets tackle Wayne Hunter knew exactly what was happening in his old locker room. He didn’t like it then, and he doesn’t like it now. Now with the Rams, Hunter said the culture that creates anonymous rip jobs like yes
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  • Collision course with potential implications

    Collision course with potential implications

    ESPN.com Nov 15, 2012
    A St. Louis victory and an Arizona defeat in Week 11 would move the Rams ahead of the Cardinals in the NFC West standings heading into their Week 12 matchup at University of Phoenix Stadium. That thought recalled what happened when the teams met in Week…
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  • PFT’s Week 11 picks

    PFT’s Week 11 picks

    profootballtalk.com Nov 15, 2012
    That five-game lead over MDS has grown to seven, with seven weeks left. If anyone is capable of blowing this lead, I am. This week, we disagree on three games.  Last week, we were 10-3-1 and 8-5-1, respectively.  (I would have predicted the Rams-49ers w
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  • Defensive questions as Rams' offense rises

    Defensive questions as Rams' offense rises

    ESPN.com Nov 15, 2012
    St. Louis Rams fans will enjoy what has to be the most resoundingly positive assessment of the team's offense in a long, long time. Rick Venturi's offensive film grades for 101ESPN St. Louis include high praise for tight end Lance Kendricks as a receive…
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  • Around the NFC West: Moss' humble roots

    Around the NFC West: Moss' humble roots

    ESPN.com Nov 15, 2012
    Around the NFC West: Nov. 15, 2012 A couple items stand out this morning as ones to address off the top: Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com traveled to Randy Moss' hometown of Rand, W. Va., to profile the San Francisco 49ers' receiver. The first part of his…
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  • Sando chat scheduled for 1 p.m. ET

    Sando chat scheduled for 1 p.m. ET

    ESPN.com Nov 15, 2012
    Good morning. Those interested in joining the NFC West conversation can follow this link to the Thursday chat at 1 p.m. ET. In the meantime, I'll pass along a link to audio for Pete Carroll's recent appearance on Mike & Mike. He's pleased with the t…
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  • Janoris Jenkins, Chris Givens back to practice following suspen…

    Janoris Jenkins, Chris Givens back to practice following suspensions

    profootballtalk.com Nov 15, 2012
    St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins and wide receiver Chris Givens were surprise scratches from last Sunday’s game with the San Francisco 49ers. The pair was suspended for the game by Rams head coach Jeff Fisher for an unspecified violation of tea
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  • Video - Level Of Concern With Campbell 02:29

    Level Of Concern With Campbell

    Nov 15
    Lomas Brown discusses what the Bears need to do in order to help Jason Campbell succeed in their offense.
  • Video - Tough Times In New York 02:02

    Tough Times In New York

    Nov 15
    Lomas Brown gives his opinion on players anonymously ripping Tim Tebow and whether Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum is on the hot seat.
  • Video - NFL Live OT: Backup QB You Trust The Most 01:54

    NFL Live OT: Backup QB You Trust The Most

    Nov 15
    Marcellus Wiley and Herm Edwards discuss which backup QB they have the most confidence in among Nick Foles, Colin Kaepernick, Jason Campbell and Byron Leftwich.
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: Bears-49ers 01:00

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Bears-49ers

    Nov 15
    The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Chicago at San Francisco

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