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NY Jets coach Rex Ryan says team is desperate for win against St. Louis Rams, feels for angry fans Updated Nov 17, 2012
The Jets have been backing up for a while now, back to when they were 8-5 last season before the bottom fell out. They have lost nine of 12 games since then, lost those games by an average of 16 points. You think about where they were at 8-5, even where…
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  • Beer Of The Week: Stella Artois, Belgium's Allegedly French Beer Nov 17, 2012
    Apparently Stella Artois used to be advertised in the U.K. under the slogan "reassuringly expensive." Without knowing the relative merits of price and quality across the pond, I can only rejoice that such a snotty tagline has gone the way of d…
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  • Programming note: The plan for Week 11 Nov 17, 2012
    "Monday Night Football" is affecting the NFC West schedule for a second time in three weeks, and for the final time this season. I'll be watching broadcasts for the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams from my home office Sunday. I'll post wra…
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  • Niners QB Smith practices, but is still uncertain Nov 17, 2012
    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith practiced again on Saturday, however his availability is still uncertain for the game against the Chicago Bears.
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  • Matt Toeaina ruled out, Alshon Jeffrey probable for Bears Nov 17, 2012
    Chicago Bears defensive tackle Matt Toeaina joins quarterback Jay Cutler and defensive end Shea McClellin as players officially ruled out for Monday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. Toeaina was ruled out on Saturday after being unable to pr
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  • Patriots cut Deion Branch, call up Greg Salas Nov 17, 2012
    The Patriots have made a move to get younger at wide receiver. New England today released veteran Deion Branch and brought Greg Salas up to the 53-man roster from the practice squad, Tom Curran of reports. Salas was a 2011 fourth-round draft p…
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  • Alex Smith practicing again today, looking likely to play Nov 17, 2012
    Alex Smith is practicing in a black “non-contact” jersey today, which doesn’t make his return for Monday’s game a certainty, but does give a strong hint the 49ers will activate him. Smith has been limited all week, but his involvement in practice
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  • Bucs pilfer defensive lineman from Niners’ practice squad Nov 17, 2012
    The man who recruited Matthew Masifilo to Stanford gave him a job with the 49ers.  And now Masifilo has been recruited elsewhere by another former college coach. The Buccaneers and Greg Schiano have signed the first-year defensive tackle from the 49ers”
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  • Matchup: Jets (3-6) at Rams (3-5-1) Nov 17, 2012
    The most popular phrase around the Jets' complex last week - well, besides anonymous players - was self-inflicted wounds.
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  • MNF preview: 49ers catching a QB break? Nov 17, 2012
    The San Francisco 49ers won't have to face Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on "Monday Night Football" in Week 11. They'll draw backup Jason Campbell instead. This would seem to increase the 49ers' chances for victory, but based on what? C…
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  • Amendola’s willing to do anything to avoid another tie Nov 17, 2012
    Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola was just the latest NFL player to get McNabb-ed, to not know that a tie was a possibility. But even if it meant playing all night, he said he’d rather see anything than having to walk away with half a result. Amendola s
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  • Ken Whisenhunt in uncharted territory with two rookie tackles Nov 17, 2012
    The Cardinals will start two rookies at offensive tackle on Sunday, with seventh-round draft pick Nate Potter getting his first start on the left side, while fourth-rounder Bobby Massie continues to start on the right side. Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhun…
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  • McDonald fined for hit on Bradford, Dunbar not fined for hit on Alex Smith Nov 17, 2012
    A defensive player was fined for a hit on a quarterback in Sunday’s Rams-49ers tie, but it wasn’t the player who knocked a quarterback out of the game. Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar was not fined for the hit on 49ers quarterback Alex Smith that cause
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  • Saturday morning one-liners Nov 17, 2012
    South Korean rapper Psy will go Gangnam Style when the Bills host the Seahawks next month.  (Maybe Reggie Bush will show up to help sing the “Hey, sexy lady!” part.) Jets CB Darrelle Revis says “[t]his week has been a tough week for the team. . . .
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  • XTRA910 audio: Rookie starting tackles Nov 17, 2012
    Good morning. I'll be working on a "Monday Night Football" preview to post after a while. In the meantime, I've put together a look at the Arizona Cardinals' production by offensive line combination this season. This supplements some of the di…
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  • Video - 'Monday Night Football' Preview 01:16

    'Monday Night Football' Preview

    Nov 17
    Jon Gruden and Mike Tirico preview the Bears vs. 49ers at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.