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Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 03/03/2011

NFL lockout's biggest losers are football fans

It doesn't take a genius to figure out who the big losers in the NFL labor dispute are going to be: it's the fans. "We can't look to settled law to try to predict what's going to happen because this...

By Cindy Boren  |  08:36 AM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 03/02/2011

Shaun Rogers reaches agreement with New Orleans Saints

Defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, who met with, among other teams, the Redskins earlier this month, has reached agreement on a single-year deal with the New Orleans Saints. Rogers was free to sign with a team before the end of the...

By Cindy Boren  |  11:04 AM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 03/01/2011

Albert Haynesworth is likely to return to the Redskins

There are plenty of uncertainties that will lie ahead if the NFL goes to lockoutmageddon on Thursday night, but the future of Albert Haynesworth with the Washington Redskins isn't one of them. Adam Schefter of ESPN is the latest to...

By Cindy Boren  |  01:59 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:15 AM ET, 02/28/2011

For Eagles owner, there's an Oscar and not a Vince

In Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love and gentle fan snark, the line is that Jeff Lurie may not have a Lombardi Trophy but at least now he has an Oscar. Oof. Lurie, a Hollywood producer before buying the Eagles,...

By Cindy Boren  |  08:15 AM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 02/03/2011

Jay Gruden to be named offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals

Jay Gruden, head coach of the Virginia Destroyers of the UFL, will be named offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals. Gruden, the younger brother of "Monday Night Football" analyst Jon Gruden and the Gruden who does not resemble Chucky, led...

By Cindy Boren  |  09:15 AM ET, 02/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 02/03/2011

NFLPA creates 'Let It Air' ad after CBS rejects 'Let Us Play' ad

The NFL Players Association has responded to the decision by CBS Sports Network not to air its anti-lockout "Let Us Play" ad Saturday during an NFLPA-sponsored all-star game with a new ad. This one is called "Let It Air"...

By Cindy Boren  |  08:43 AM ET, 02/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 02/02/2011

Le'Ron McClain echoes Joe Flacco's support of Jim Zorn

When it comes to talking about the dismissal of quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn last week, Baltimore Ravens fullback Le'Ron McClain has Joe Flacco's back. McClain applauded Flacco's defense of Zorn in an interview on FOX 1370 in Baltimore (via Pro...

By Cindy Boren  |  10:09 AM ET, 02/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 01/31/2011

Goodell-Smith meeting leads to NFL-NFLPA negotiating session Saturday

After a meeting today in New York between Commissioner Roger Goodell and Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, the NFL and NFL Players Association jointly released a statement saying the two sides will "hold a formal bargaining session" with their negotiating teams...

By Cindy Boren  |  06:09 PM ET, 01/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 01/30/2011

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco upset over firing of Jim Zorn

At least one member of the Baltimore Ravens is unhappy about the firing of quarterbcks coach Jim Zorn last week and that person is quarterback Joe Flacco, who said he feels "a little bit like I'm being attacked." "I'm not...

By Cindy Boren  |  04:22 PM ET, 01/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 01/30/2011

Paul Tagliabue takes issue with description of Gene Upshaw's role

Paul Tagliabue, who hasn't spoken often about football matters since he stepped down as NFL commissioner in 2006, defended the late Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFL Players Association and Tagliabue's frequent adversary in labor negotiations, in a letter...

By Cindy Boren  |  02:28 PM ET, 01/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 01/27/2011

Baltimore Ravens fire Jim Zorn as quarterbacks coach

Updated at 6:50 p.m. The Baltimore Ravens have fired Jim Zorn after one season as the team's quarterbacks coach, according to multiple reports. The firing, Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun reports, came after a long meeting between Coach John...

By Cindy Boren  |  04:47 PM ET, 01/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 01/26/2011

President Obama gets a Green Bay Packers welcome in Wisconsin

How good a politician is President Barack Obama? So good that when Air Force One touched down in Wisconsin and he was handed an autographed Green Bay Packers jersey, the Chicaco Bears fan grinned. Sure, he's probably thinking, "I've...

By Cindy Boren  |  12:38 PM ET, 01/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 01/26/2011

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to cut salary to $1 if lockout occurs

Updated at 3:20 p.m. NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith has a counteroffer for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's $1 salary: .bbpBox30354979147485184 {background:url(http://a3.twimg.com/a/1295646587/images/themes/theme1/bg.png) #C0DEED;padding:20px;} p.bbpTweet{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata{display:block;width:100%;clear:both;margin-top:8px;padding-top:12px;height:40px;border-top:1px solid #fff;border-top:1px solid #e6e6e6} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author{line-height:19px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata...

By Cindy Boren  |  10:36 AM ET, 01/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 01/26/2011

Ed Reed believes body found in Mississippi River is that of his brother

The body of a man believed to be the brother of Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed was recovered from the Mississippi River near New Orleans on Tuesday evening. Brian Reed, 29, was last seen jumping into the river as he...

By Cindy Boren  |  09:42 AM ET, 01/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 01/25/2011

Herschel Walker says he'd like to be 'the George Foreman of football'

Herschel Walker, a Heisman Trophy winner and Pro Bowl running back, is 48 years old now, but he doesn't seem to be entirely kidding when he says he'd like to give the NFL another go. "I've told everyone that at...

By Cindy Boren  |  01:54 PM ET, 01/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 01/25/2011

Wes Welker regrets his Jets-Patriots pregame wordplay

It was funny. It was clever. It was sly by the standards of the usual NFL pregame smackfest. But Wes Welker says he regrets his deft references to feet and the New York Jets. For those comments, Welker was benched...

By Cindy Boren  |  11:16 AM ET, 01/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 01/24/2011

Since Obama won't come to the Super Bowl, Packers vow to visit him

Forget Disney World. Cornerback Charles Woodson has one destination in mind if his Green Bay Packers win Super Bowl XLV: the White House. Woodson had not forgotten that President Barack Obama is a Chicago Bears fan who'd vowed to go...

By Cindy Boren  |  03:14 PM ET, 01/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 01/24/2011

Lovie Smith: Jay Cutler 'is a tough guy'

Updated at 4:55 p.m. Chicago Bears Coach Lovie Smith lashed out at the "just-add-tweets-and-stir" criticism of quarterback Jay Cutler, who was knocked out of the NFC championship game Sunday with a knee injury. "I haven't seen it before. It seems...

By Cindy Boren  |  02:28 PM ET, 01/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 01/24/2011

Bengals refuse to grant Carson Palmer's request for a trade

The Cincinnati Bengals have answered quarterback Carson Palmer, who reportedly wants to be traded. Bengals president Mike Brown confirmed Monday that Palmer requested a trade last week and added, "we are not trading Carson." "He is key to our plans,...

By Cindy Boren  |  11:39 AM ET, 01/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:33 PM ET, 01/23/2011

Quotebook: Ben Roethlisberger overwhelmed by 'how awesome it is'

Quick snippets from locker-room interviews after the Pittsburgh Steelers' 24-19 victory over the New York Jets in the AFC championship game... PITTSBURGH STEELERS Ben Roethlisberger, who will be trying to win his third Super Bowl, on his thoughts after the...

By Cindy Boren  |  10:33 PM ET, 01/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 01/23/2011

Quotebook: Aaron Rodgers says he's okay as Packers head for Super Bowl

Quick snippets from locker-room interviews after the Green Bay Packers' 21-14 victory over the Chicago Bears in the NFC championship game... GREEN BAY PACKERS Aaron Rodgers, in Fox interviews: "it's a dream come true. it's an incredible feeling. I'm at...

By Cindy Boren  |  05:42 PM ET, 01/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 01/21/2011

Gale Sayers rates Da Bears greats just ahead of Brian Urlacher, Devin Hester

When it comes to modern Chicago Bears players like Brian Urlacher and Devin Hester, they don't measure up against Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary and Gale Sayers. Just ask ... Gale Sayers. Sayers made his preference for the old-timey guys known...

By Cindy Boren  |  09:29 AM ET, 01/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 01/20/2011

Joe Namath is rooting for the New York Jets. The rest of his family...not so much.

Joe Namath will be rooting for the New York Jets, the team the quarterback led to its only Super Bowl victory in 1969, against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship game Sunday. The rest of his family will not....

By Cindy Boren  |  03:40 PM ET, 01/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 01/19/2011

Al Saunders interviewing for Oakland Raiders' offensive coordinator job

Al Saunders, the Redskins' associate head coach under Joe Gibbs and the author of the famous 700-page playbook, is Interviewing with the Oakland Raiders for the position of offensive coordinator under Coach Hue Jackson. Saunders is widely expected to get...

By Cindy Boren  |  02:22 PM ET, 01/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 01/19/2011

President Obama plans to attend Super Bowl if Chicago Bears are in it

If his beloved Chicago Bears advance to Super Bowl XLV, cancel the party at the White House. President Barack Obama plans to do something no other president has done: attend the game. "If the Bears win, I'm going no doubt,"...

By Cindy Boren  |  01:16 PM ET, 01/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 01/18/2011

NFL players union planning no gesture of labor unity at title games

The NFL season opened with a show of labor unity by members of the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings. The gesture, in which players raised an index finger skyward, was repeated several times during the season but isn't likely...

By Cindy Boren  |  06:25 PM ET, 01/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 01/18/2011

HBO to air Jets' 'Hard Knocks' episodes Saturday

The Buzz: Hard Knocks Remember when the New York Jets had swagger and bluster and bravado and weren't giant luvtubs of goo for their next opponent? (It was only last week.) HBO will help you remember and prepare for the...

By Cindy Boren  |  12:08 PM ET, 01/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 01/17/2011

Marcus Trufant, John Carlson released from Chicago hospital

Marcus Trufant and John Carlson, who suffered frightening injuries in the Seattle Seahawks' loss to the Bears on Sunday, have been released from a Chicago hospital and are headed back to Seattle. Both players were immobilized immediately on the field...

By Cindy Boren  |  12:59 PM ET, 01/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 01/17/2011

Bart Scott on Tom Brady, Patriots: 'They can't stop a nosebleed"

"They can't stop a nosebleed." Sacking Tom Brady five times and beating the New England Patriots gives a team bragging rights and, boy, did Bart Scott -- justifiably -- take 'em. The Jets, who sniff out slights real and...

By Cindy Boren  |  08:58 AM ET, 01/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:25 PM ET, 01/15/2011

NFL's overtime rules: A refresher

Here's a quck refresher on the NFL's new overtime rule, which is in effect for the first time this postseason (via Mark Maske): The team that gets the ball first in overtime can win the game by scoring a touchdown....

By Cindy Boren  |  07:25 PM ET, 01/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 01/15/2011

NFL warns teams to keep trash talking off the field

The NFL has informed the eight remaining playoff teams that it expects players to keep their trash talking off the field and, if illegal hits occur in games starting today, any previous comments will be taken into account when considering...

By Cindy Boren  |  11:49 AM ET, 01/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 01/14/2011

On paper, the Jets are a winner over the Patriots

It may not be great journalism. It may not even be great PhotoShop. It's just ridiculously fabulous. The New York Post's cover may be the newspaper's best sports work since an epic streak of Marv Albert covers from way back...

By Cindy Boren  |  08:25 AM ET, 01/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:58 AM ET, 01/14/2011

Patriots' Wes Welker toes the line in comments about Jets

Wes Welker jabs Rex Ryan over foot fetish video: MyFoxBOSTON.com There's deadpan and then there's Wes Welker. The New York Jets launched a verbal assault on the the New England Patriots this week, with Antontio Cromartie calling Tom Brady an...

By Cindy Boren  |  06:58 AM ET, 01/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 01/13/2011

John Fox reaches agreement to become Denver Broncos' head coach

Let's let John Elway, vice-president of football operations for the Denver Broncos, deliver the news: .bbpBox25654728511721470 {background:url(http://a0.twimg.com/profile_background_images/188293973/twitter-elway-4.jpeg) #f15d23;padding:20px;} p.bbpTweet{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata{display:block;width:100%;clear:both;margin-top:8px;padding-top:12px;height:40px;border-top:1px solid #fff;border-top:1px solid #e6e6e6} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author{line-height:19px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author img{float:left;margin:0 7px 0 0px;width:38px;height:38px} p.bbpTweet...

By Cindy Boren  |  03:52 PM ET, 01/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 01/13/2011

Pat Shurmur named Cleveland Browns coach

Updated at 1 p.m. Pat Shurmur, offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams, has been named head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Shurmur, under whom rookie Sam Bradford passed for 18 touchdowns and 3,512 yards in his rookie season, worked...

By Cindy Boren  |  10:42 AM ET, 01/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 01/12/2011

Playoffs? Playoffs? Pete Carroll answers a reporter's phone during press conference

Maybe this is just the kind of loosey-goosey coach who should scare the bejeebers out of the Chicago Bears. A reporter's cellphone, placed on the podium to record Pete Carroll's coachspeak during a press conference, rang and Carroll, in a...

By Cindy Boren  |  04:21 PM ET, 01/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 01/12/2011

Terrell Suggs sends a message to Pittsburgh

Terrell Suggs let his wardrobe convey his sentiments about Pittsburgh and the Steelers today. A T-shirt with "Hey Pittsburgh" and two giants birds (one purple and winged, the other of the digital variety) was pretty nuance-free, but Suggs said he...

By Cindy Boren  |  03:40 PM ET, 01/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 01/12/2011

Jets place Damien Woody on injured reserve with Achilles' injury

The New York Jets have placed tackle Damien Woody on the injured-reserve list with a torn left Achilles' tendon. He will undergo surgery this afternoon, according to Coach Rex Ryan, and will be out the rest of the playoffs....

By Cindy Boren  |  02:03 PM ET, 01/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 01/12/2011

Antonio Cromartie says very bad things about Tom Brady

Updated at 3:03 p.m. Antonio Cromartie isn't stepping back from his comments about Tom Brady. Saying "no reason to," Cromartie told reporters: "I hope he throws the ball 10 times my way." Updated at 11:20 a.m. There's good old-fashioned...

By Cindy Boren  |  10:48 AM ET, 01/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 01/12/2011

Denver Broncos turn coaching search into reality show

Say this for the Denver Broncos: they're bringing a new level of transparency to their coaching interviews. It's a calculated, PR-kind of transparency. (A job candidate is going to rip the team on camera? Please.) It would be nice...

By Cindy Boren  |  10:25 AM ET, 01/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:41 PM ET, 01/11/2011

Know who likes Donovan McNabb? Vernon Davis, that's who

The San Francisco 49ers are a team in flux at quarterback and tight end Vernon Davis, who famously disagreed with former Coach Mike Singletary, has an eye on one veteran: Donovan McNabb, for now, of the Redskins. "Oh, man. I'd...

By Cindy Boren  |  06:41 PM ET, 01/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 01/11/2011

Ed Reed rejoins Ravens after trip to Louisiana

Safety Ed Reed has rejoined the Baltimore Ravens after a quick trip home to Louisiana to be with his family. Reed, whose younger brother has not been seen since he jumped into the Mississippi River near New Orleans last Friday,...

By Cindy Boren  |  05:51 PM ET, 01/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 01/11/2011

Report: Ron Rivera agrees to deal with Carolina Panthers

San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera reportedly has agreed to a deal to become the head coach of the Carolina Panthers. Rivera and the Panthers, according to an ESPN report, are putting the finishing touches on the agreement now....

By Cindy Boren  |  02:04 PM ET, 01/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 01/11/2011

Gregg Williams decides not to interview with Denver Broncos

Gregg Williams, the New Orleans Saints' defensive coordinator, has decided not to interview for the Denver Broncos' vacant head coaching position. Williams, former defensive coordinator of the Redskins, reportedly decided against interviewing after discussing the position with his family and...

By Cindy Boren  |  12:10 PM ET, 01/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 01/11/2011

The tuck rule: Mike Pereira doesn't like it

Ah, the tuck rule. It reared its pinched, troll-like little face again Saturday in the playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens. For the record, Rule 3, Section 2 states: When a team 'A' player (passer)...

By Cindy Boren  |  11:10 AM ET, 01/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 01/10/2011

Ron Rivera closer to being named Carolina Panthers' coach, reports say

Ron Rivera, defensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers, is moving closer to being named head coach of the Carolina Panthers. Although the San Diego Union Tribune reports the announcement could come Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter cites a Panthers executive...

By Cindy Boren  |  03:38 PM ET, 01/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 01/10/2011

Gregg Williams to interview with Denver Broncos about coaching job

The Denver Broncos have been granted permission to interview New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams for their vacant head-coaching position. "He is someone I couldn't recommended high enough," Coach Sean Payton said, adding that he spoke with Williams for...

By Cindy Boren  |  01:35 PM ET, 01/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 01/10/2011

Marshawn Lynch's touchdown run from two other angles

Not that Marshawn Lynch's touchdown run wasn't sweet enough on its own Saturday, but a little Tecmo and Nintendo treatment never hurts. (via NFL Facts and Rumors)...

By Cindy Boren  |  10:55 AM ET, 01/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 01/09/2011

Football Hall of Fame announces 17 finalists for Class of 2011

Seventeen finalists for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame have been announced: Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Andre Reed, Shannon Sharpe, Dermontti Dawson, Richard Dent, Chris Doleman, Charles Haley, Cortez Kennedy, Ed Sabol and first-time candidates Jerome Bettis, Curtis...

By Cindy Boren  |  11:17 AM ET, 01/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 01/08/2011

Tony Sparano gets contract extension through '13 from Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins announced today that they have given Coach Tony Sparano a contract extension through 2013, wrapping up a chaotic and odd week in which owner Stephen Ross jetted to the West Coast to talk to Jim Harbaugh. Ross...

By Cindy Boren  |  03:16 PM ET, 01/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 01/08/2011

Ed Reed: 'My brother ... would want me to play' Sunday

Updated at 5:47 p.m. Despite the disappearance of his brother in Louisiana, safety Ed Reed will play in the Baltimore Ravens' playoff game Sunday against the Chiefs in Kansas City. "My brother loved football," Reed, who flew to Missouri with...

By Cindy Boren  |  02:29 PM ET, 01/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 01/08/2011

NFL playoff schedule kicks off with Saints-Seahawks

The Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints will kick off the NFL playoffs today. The Saints will play the Seahawks in Seattle at 4:30 p.m.; the New York Jets will play the Colts in Indianapolis at 8 p.m. Both are...

By Cindy Boren  |  11:10 AM ET, 01/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 01/07/2011

Brother of Ravens safety Ed Reed reportedly missing in Louisiana

Updated at 6:01 p.m. A man believed to be the 29-year-old brother of Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed is missing after jumping into the Mississippi River in Louisiana in order to avoid police. Members of the St. Charles Parish...

By Cindy Boren  |  04:22 PM ET, 01/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 01/07/2011

Jim Harbaugh to coach San Francisco 49ers

Jim Harbaugh has reached agreement on a five-year deal to coach the San Francisco 49ers. Harbaugh's decision came down to a choice between staying as head coach at Stanford with returning quarterback Andrew Luck, and moving into the NFL, where...

By Cindy Boren  |  03:44 PM ET, 01/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 01/07/2011

Jim Harbaugh's top options San Francisco 49ers, Stanford

Updated 3:15 p.m. Jim Harbaugh is choosing between remaining the coach at Stanford and jumping to the San Francisco 49ers, according to multiple reports. This never-ending saga (so lengthy, there's an animated "Bachelor" parody) is getting a little weird....

By Cindy Boren  |  09:05 AM ET, 01/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 01/06/2011

Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe returns to practice

Dwayne Bowe, the Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver who missed practice Wednesday because of a flu-like illness, returned to the field and practiced fully today. Guard Brian Waters missed practice Wednesday and again Thursday for the same reasonas the Chiefs...

By Cindy Boren  |  02:16 PM ET, 01/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 01/06/2011

Jim Harbaugh is in the middle of 49ers, Dolphins bidding war

For a change, it's fascinating to watch an NFL bidding war that does not involve the Washington Redskins. That's what reportedly is taking place in San Francisco, where Stanford Coach Jim Harbaugh is being wined, dined, wooed and pursued by...

By Cindy Boren  |  12:43 PM ET, 01/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 01/06/2011

Jason Garrett to be named Dallas Cowboys' head coach

Jason Garrett will be introduced as the Dallas Cowboys' head coach in a press conference at 2:30 p.m. EST today. Garrett, formerly the team's offensive coordinator, went 5-3 after replacing Wade Phillips on Nov. 9. Those three losses were by...

By Cindy Boren  |  12:05 PM ET, 01/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 01/05/2011

Vince Young will be traded or released by Tennessee Titans

The tempestuous relationship between Tennessee Titans Coach Jeff Fisher and quarterback Vince Young will end with either the trade or release of the quarterback, according to Tennessean.com. "As you are aware, we have been engaged in a series of internal...

By Cindy Boren  |  07:00 PM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 01/05/2011

New Orleans Saints place Pierre Thomas on injured reserve list

The New Orleans Saints have placed running back Pierre Thomas on the injured reserve list a day after their leading rusher, Chris Ivory, was shut down for the season. With a playoff game looming Saturday on what probably will be...

By Cindy Boren  |  03:21 PM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 01/05/2011

Report: Jim Harbaugh, 49ers to meet

Updated at 4:23 p.m. Stanford Coach Jim Harbaugh is expected to meet today with the San Francisco 49ers according to an ESPN report. Harbaugh and 49ers officials were expected to meet at an undisclosed location away from the team's facility....

By Cindy Boren  |  02:53 PM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 01/05/2011

Report: Denver Broncos will ask permission to interview Gregg Williams

The Denver Broncos reportedly will ask the New Orleans Saints for permission to interview defensive coordinator Gregg Williams for their vacant coaching position. Woody Paige reports that Williams, who re-energized the Saints' defense and formerly was Redskins' designated heir apparent...

By Cindy Boren  |  02:23 PM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 01/05/2011

Michigan athletic director believes Jim Harbaugh is headed to NFL

Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon agrees with John Harbaugh about just where Jim Harbaugh will coach next season. "I personally believe Jim Harbaugh is headed to the NFL," Brandon said at a press conference announcing the firing of Rich Rodriguez....

By Cindy Boren  |  01:02 PM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 01/05/2011

Raiders part with Tom Cable and Jim Harbaugh's name comes up

Updated at 12:37 p.m. The Oakland Raiders parted with Tom Cable on Tuesday, which means that there suddenly are two NFL coaching vacancies in the Bay Area. And, coincidentally and conveniently, the hottest name in coaching right now is just...

By Cindy Boren  |  08:29 AM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 01/04/2011

Report: Miami Dolphins check out Jim Harbaugh

The Miami Dolphins and Jim Harbaugh? Hmmm... The Dolphins, according to a report by the NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, have had multiple conversations with the Stanford coach, whose services are wanted by the University of Michigan (where Rich Rodriguez...

By Cindy Boren  |  11:21 AM ET, 01/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 01/04/2011

Marvin Lewis re-signs with Cincinnati Bengals

Updated at 3:47 p.m. After a tumultuous day of on-and-off talks and varying reports, Marvin Lewis has re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. "I do feel like it's a new beginning," Lewis said in a late-afternoon press conference in Cincinnati. "It's...

By Cindy Boren  |  10:48 AM ET, 01/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 01/03/2011

John Harbaugh thinks there's 'good chance' Jim Harbaugh stays at Stanford

Jim Harbaugh, perhaps the hottest coaching prospect around right now, will wrap up the season tonight when his Stanford team plays Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. Then what will Harbaugh do? Stay at Stanford? Take the Michigan job? Take...

By Cindy Boren  |  06:08 PM ET, 01/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/03/2011

Roger Goodell sends letter to 5 million NFL fans

On the day after the regular season ended, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell emailed about 5 million fans, expressing the league's stance on the rookie wage scale, the 18-game season, the health of players and the continuing impact of a sluggish...

By Cindy Boren  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 01/03/2011

Charlie Weis makes jump from Chiefs to Florida

Charlie Weis is taking his offensive coordinator skills to the University of Florida. Weis, the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator and former head coach at Notre Dame, will become the University of Florida offensive coordinator, the school announced. "Charlie was...

By Cindy Boren  |  10:57 AM ET, 01/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:51 AM ET, 01/03/2011

2011 NFL Draft order set for non-playoff teams

The first 20 picks of the 2011 NFL Draft, which will take place regardless of the labor situation, are set in stone, with the rest to be determined by playoff outcomes. The new draft format -- the three-day playerpalooza --...

By Cindy Boren  |  07:51 AM ET, 01/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:33 PM ET, 01/02/2011

Tom Coughlin's job with Giants was never in doubt, owner says

The whispers about Tom Coughlin's demise were greatly exaggerated. New York Giants owner John Mara said, after the team's 17-14 win over the Washington Redskins, that Coughlin would return. "There was never any doubt he was going to be back...

By Cindy Boren  |  08:33 PM ET, 01/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 01/02/2011

Leslie Frazier to be named Minnesota Vikings' coach...permanently

Leslie Frazier will be the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings next year. The interim job, which Frazier has held since Brad Childress was fired Nov. 22, will officially be his this week, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Despite the...

By Cindy Boren  |  03:00 PM ET, 01/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 01/02/2011

Report: Jason Garrett to be named Dallas Cowboys' coach

Updated at 1:59 p.m. Jason Garrett, the Dallas Cowboys' offensive coordinator who has been the interim head coach since replacing Wade Phillips on Nov. 9, will be given the job, according to an NFL Network report. Michael Lombardi of the...

By Cindy Boren  |  11:26 AM ET, 01/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 12/27/2010

Ed Reed's coat, containing Ed Reed, catches fire

While trying to stay warm during the fourth quarter of the Baltimore Ravens' 20-10 victory Sunday, Ed Reed's coat, with Ed Reed burrowed inside it, got a little too close to the sideline heater in Cleveland, with predictable results. All...

By Cindy Boren  |  11:41 AM ET, 12/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:37 AM ET, 12/27/2010

Mike Singletary fired by 49ers, leaves memorable body of work

Mike Singletary's time as coach of the San Francisco 49ers ended with his firing after another loss and say this about his tenure: it was a dramatic and sometimes wacky run. Never too busy to stir up a little in-game...

By Cindy Boren  |  05:37 AM ET, 12/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 12/26/2010

NFL 'discussing' whether to postpone Eagles-Vikings game in Philadelphia

Is there a chance that tonight's nationally-televised game between the Minnesota Vikings and Eagles might be postponed because of the near-blizzard conditions that are expected to envelop Philadelphia? Michael Nutter, the city's mayor, has issued a snow emergency to start...

By Cindy Boren  |  10:36 AM ET, 12/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 12/20/2010

Brett Favre upgraded to questionable in snowy, frozen TCF Bank Stadium

As if there weren't enough drama, what with the first outdoor NFL game in Minnesota in 29 years on a snowy, frozen field that punter Chris Kluwe called "unplayable," Brett Favre is back in play. The Minnesota Vikings host...

By Cindy Boren  |  01:32 PM ET, 12/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 12/20/2010

DeSean Jackson's punt return was knockout punch to Giants, Jason Avant

DeSean Jackson's 65-yard punt return was lights out for the New York Giants -- and for Jackson's teammate, Jason Avant. Avant had thrown a key block on Zak DeOssie, helping to spring Jackson for what is believed to be...

By Cindy Boren  |  12:51 PM ET, 12/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:08 AM ET, 12/20/2010

Enjoy Dan Connolly's kickoff return

Dan Connolly's 71-yard kickoff return against the Green Bay Packers is, according to the Elias Sports Bureau gang, the longest by an offensive lineman in NFL history. It's certainly one of the funnest to watch. It begins when Connolly fields...

By Cindy Boren  |  08:08 AM ET, 12/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 12/19/2010

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe calls TCF Bank Stadium field 'unplayable'

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe stepped onto the TCF Bank Stadium field on which the Vikings and Chicago Bears will play Monday night and called it "unplayable." Kluwe said in a series of tweets: "Serious time - All respect to...

By Cindy Boren  |  02:28 PM ET, 12/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 12/15/2010

Vikings' move to TCF Bank Stadium is still not official

The Minnesota Vikings are working to prepare the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium for the Monday night game against the Chicago Bears, but the decision is not final yet. The Vikings issued a news release this afternoon: At this...

By Cindy Boren  |  04:01 PM ET, 12/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 12/15/2010

Danny Rouhier's alter ego fears an NFL lockout

Comedian and 106.7 The Fan contributer Danny Rouhier is nothing if not committed to football and, specifically, the Washington Redskins. Now, adopting an alter ego in connection with the NFL Players Association, it has come to his attention that there...

By Cindy Boren  |  03:28 PM ET, 12/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 12/15/2010

Cowboys WR Kevin Ogletree out for the season, will have toe surgery

Wide receiver Kevin Ogletree will undergo surgery on his big toe and will miss the rest of the Dallas Cowboys' season. The Cowboys, who play the Washington Redskins on Sunday, could call up Manny Johnson from the practice squad as...

By Cindy Boren  |  11:16 AM ET, 12/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 12/15/2010

New York Giants wide receiver Steve Smith out for the season

In his first game back after missing a month because of a torn pectoral muscle, New York Giants wide receiver Steve Smith injured his knee Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings and will be out the rest of the season....

By Cindy Boren  |  10:45 AM ET, 12/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 12/13/2010

Tampa Bay linebacker Geno Hayes arrested after victory over Redskins

Hours after his team's victory over the Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Geno Hayes was arrested at a Tampa nightspot and charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct. Hayes, 23, was arrested just after 2 a.m. on the misdemeanor charges....

By Cindy Boren  |  03:06 PM ET, 12/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 12/13/2010

NFL Network to show Vikings-Giants rerun tonight

The rescheduled and relocated game between the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants tonight in Detroit's Ford Field can be seen live nationally by DirecTV's Sunday Ticket subscribers and locally in Minnesota and New York. The NFL Network will televise...

By Cindy Boren  |  02:40 PM ET, 12/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 12/13/2010

Eagles-Vikings game Dec. 26 moves to prime-time

The Philadelphia Eagles' game Dec. 26 against the Minnesota Vikings in Philadelphia has been flexed to prime-time. The originally scheduled night game, San Diego at Cincinnati, has been moved to that afternoon. This will be the Eagles' sixth prime-time game;...

By Cindy Boren  |  02:22 PM ET, 12/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 12/13/2010

Sal Alosi trips player, triggers memories of other sideline foibles

And now, in honor of the Jets' Sal Alosi, who tripped Nolan Carroll of the Dolphins on Sunday, great moments in sideline stupidity: Tommy Lewis averts a touchdown, is instantly regretful or at least wishful that the ground would swallow...

By Cindy Boren  |  12:35 PM ET, 12/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 12/13/2010

Fans snap up free Vikings-Giants tickets; Brett Favre still 'doubtful'

Updated at 12:32 p.m. Fans lined up in Detroit very, very early this morning to get free tickets to an impromptu NFL game between the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings tonight and by late morning the giveaway at the...

By Cindy Boren  |  11:12 AM ET, 12/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:25 AM ET, 12/13/2010

Jets coach Sal Alosi apologizes for tripping Dolphins player

Updated at 9:34 a.m. It might be a good idea if, in the future, the New York Jets kept their strength and conditioning coach a little busier on the sideline during games. With his team struggling of late, Sal...

By Cindy Boren  |  05:25 AM ET, 12/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 12/11/2010

New York Giants diverted to Kansas City by snowstorm in Minnesota

Updated at 6:40 p.m. The NFL's latest statement on the Vikings-Giants game, scheduled for noon CST Sunday, from NFL spokesman Greg Aiello: "We continue to closely monitor the weather in Minneapolis and remain in regular contact with both clubs and...

By Cindy Boren  |  04:26 PM ET, 12/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 12/10/2010

Judge orders Bengals to garnish Pacman Jones' wages

A judge in Cincinnati has told the Bengals to garnish the wages of Adam (formerly Pacman) Jones in order to pay off his debt to a car dealer. Jones, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer, defaulted on leases for a Lamborghini...

By Cindy Boren  |  11:44 AM ET, 12/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 12/09/2010

NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith plans to meet with Roger Goodell to discuss fines

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, said he intends to meet soon with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss fines the league is handing down to players for helmet-to-helmet hits and the appeals process for players who...

By Cindy Boren  |  12:50 PM ET, 12/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 12/08/2010

Report: Ndamukong Suh fined $15,000 for hit on Jay Cutler

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been fined $15,000 by the NFL for his hit on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on Sunday. Suh's agent, former Lions linebacker Roosevelt Barnes, confirmed the fine to FOX Sports Detroit, saying, "It's...

By Cindy Boren  |  01:10 PM ET, 12/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:28 AM ET, 12/08/2010

How 'Monday Night Football' told world John Lennon had died

Originally filed Dec. 6; updated Dec. 8, 5:33 a.m. "We have got to say what we know in the booth." News of the death of John Lennon 30 years ago today will always be inextricably linked to an NFL...

By Cindy Boren  |  05:28 AM ET, 12/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 12/07/2010

On Dec. 7, 1941, crowd at Redskins game was kept in the dark about attack

On Dec. 7, 1941, the Washington Redskins were playing the Philadelphia Eagles in Griffith Stadium and the public address announcer kept calmly paging military and government personnel. Washington Post sports columnist Shirley Povich was there that day and pieced together...

By Cindy Boren  |  08:48 AM ET, 12/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 12/06/2010

Jameel McClain, Haloti Ngata fined by NFL for hits on Steelers

Updated at 7:34 p.m. Jameel McClain was fined $40,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Heath Miller and Haloti Ngata was fined $15,000 for the hit that broke Ben Roethlisberger's nose Sunday night in the game between the Baltimore Ravens and...

By Cindy Boren  |  04:08 PM ET, 12/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 12/06/2010

Brett Favre has sprained shoulder joint, MRI confirms

An MRI of Brett Favre's shoulder confirmed that he has a sprained sternoclavicular joint, according to Minnesota Vikings Coach Leslie Frazier. "If the doctor says he's fine, he's functional and Brett feels good about it, it won't be a hard...

By Cindy Boren  |  02:08 PM ET, 12/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 12/06/2010

Dez Bryant has surgery for broken fibula

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant underwent surgery this morning to repair the broken fibula he suffered Sunday afternoon in Dallas' overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Sources told ESPN that a plate was placed in Bryant's leg to stabilize...

By Cindy Boren  |  01:13 PM ET, 12/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 12/06/2010

Ben Roethlisberger to have surgery to fix his broken nose

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will undergo surgery today to repair the broken nose he suffered in the Steelers' victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night. Roethlisberger's nose was sporting a wicked dogleg (photo via Larry Brown Sports) after...

By Cindy Boren  |  09:16 AM ET, 12/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:16 PM ET, 12/05/2010

Dez Bryant suffers ankle fracture on kickoff return in Cowboys-Colts game

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant fractured his ankle on a kick return in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys' game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in Dallas. As Kavell Conner of the Colts tackled Bryant, he held onto...

By Cindy Boren  |  07:16 PM ET, 12/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 12/03/2010

Jets lose safety Jim Leonhard to leg injury after collision in practice

New York Jets safety Jim Leonhard suffered what Coach Rex Ryan said was a "severe shin" injury on a collision with wide receiver Patrick Turner during practice. Ryan said he is "assuming" that Leonhard, who was carted off the field,...

By Cindy Boren  |  02:39 PM ET, 12/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:38 PM ET, 12/02/2010

Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger's foot injury is not a new one (updated)

Updated at 6:15 p.m. Steelers spokesman Dave Lockett said that Ben Roethlisberger's injury is not a new fracture, but rather an aggravation of old injury where there's scar tissue. Filed at 5:38 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's foot injury...

By Cindy Boren  |  05:38 PM ET, 12/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 12/02/2010

Giants safety Antrel Rolle clarifies comments on booing NFL players, soldiers

Updated at 6:28 p.m. Antrel Rolle issued a statement through the Giants: "I used a very poor, inappropriate example earlier today to demonstrate how seriously I take my job. Obviously there is no comparison between the men and women of...

By Cindy Boren  |  05:11 PM ET, 12/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 12/02/2010

Jon Gruden says again that he's committed to 'Monday Night Football'

Jon Gruden wasn't really serious about coaching the Miami Hurricanes; he was just trying to be helpful. "I'd just like to say I'm committed to ESPN," Gruden said on a conference call, apologizing about speculation that he might leave "Monday...

By Cindy Boren  |  03:25 PM ET, 12/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:10 AM ET, 12/02/2010

Jon Gruden listens to Miami Hurricanes AD, just wants to help 'find right guy'

Updated at 2:48 p.m. Jon Gruden talked about his relationship with the University of Miami this afternoon and said he was never interested in coaching the Hurricanes. "My brother went to the U of M medical school, Gruden said on...

By Cindy Boren  |  08:10 AM ET, 12/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 12/01/2010

Arizona quarterback Derek Anderson apologizes for press conference outburst

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson has apologized for his press conference outburst Monday night. "Okay, let's try this in a manner that doesn't end up on YouTube," he said of his comments to the media after a reporter questioned why...

By Cindy Boren  |  04:55 PM ET, 12/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 12/01/2010

Magic Johnson, Dwight Howard offer their takes on Derek Anderson

How would Magic Johnson have handled a situation in which a teammate was smiling as his team was being trounced, as Derek Anderson did during the Arizona Cardinals' loss Monday night? "He would've been cut today," Johnson told Jimmy Kimmel...

By Cindy Boren  |  12:04 PM ET, 12/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/01/2010

University of Miami AD meets with Jon Gruden to discuss Hurricanes' job

Updated at 3:27 p.m. Although University of Miami Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt met Wednesday morning with "Monday Night Football" analyst and former coach Jon Gruden to discus the vacant Hurricanes job, no offer was extended and Gruden is not the...

By Cindy Boren  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:25 AM ET, 12/01/2010

Devin Thomas: 'I wasn't up to speed' with the Redskins

After a couple of seasons in which nothing much happened for him on a football field, the last few weeks qualify as a whirlwind for Devin Thomas, who is playing for his third team in seven weeks. The No. 34...

By Cindy Boren  |  06:25 AM ET, 12/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 11/30/2010

NFL sets policy for ticket refunds if games are canceled by work stoppage

The NFL has announced a ticket-refund policy for all general-admission seats for preseason and regular-season games canceled by a work stoppage next season. The policy, announced by the league today, will not include Personal Seat Licenses or club seats and...

By Cindy Boren  |  12:07 PM ET, 11/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 11/30/2010

Derek Anderson gives Dennis Green a run for his money after Arizona Cardinals' loss

Updated at 1:34 p.m. Cardinals Coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters that he is satisfied that Derek Anderson and Deuce Lutui were conducting themselves professionally on the bench Monday night and that both are serious about winning. Filed at 11:10 a.m....

By Cindy Boren  |  11:10 AM ET, 11/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:34 AM ET, 11/30/2010

Report: Frank Gore has fractured hip, will miss rest of the season

San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore left the Monday night game against the Arizona Cardinals with an injury and, after the game, left University of Phoenix Stadium on crutches. Preliminary diagnosis: fractured right hip. Gore, according to an NFL...

By Cindy Boren  |  05:34 AM ET, 11/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:27 AM ET, 11/29/2010

Man dies from fall at Soldier Field during Eagles-Bears game

Chicago police are investigating the death of a 23-year-old man who fell from the upper level of Soldier Field during the Bears' game Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. The incident occurred around halftime; Stewart Haverty fell 40-50 feet to a...

By Cindy Boren  |  05:27 AM ET, 11/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:16 PM ET, 11/28/2010

Cortland Finnegan, Andre Johnson fight in Titans-Texans game

It was a fight more typical of a hockey game than an NFL game. And, when it was over, Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson and Tennessee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan were ejected from the game, which Houston won. Finnegan...

By Cindy Boren  |  05:16 PM ET, 11/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 11/25/2010

Vince Young apologizes to Tennessee Titans Coach Jeff Fisher, via text

Updated at 11:50 a.m. Jeff Fisher, on Vince Young's apology, on Wednesday: "He texted me and apologized." Fisher, meeting with the media, was asked if he'd rather have had an in-person apology. "I'm not a real big text guy, okay?...

By Cindy Boren  |  11:50 AM ET, 11/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:47 AM ET, 11/24/2010

Jeff Fisher: Vince Young can get treatment but not attend meetings, practices

Tennessee Titans Coach Jeff Fisher confirmed a Nashville report that he told Vince Young to leave the team's facility Monday when the quarterback arrived at the building the day after he walked out of the locker room because of an...

By Cindy Boren  |  07:47 AM ET, 11/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 11/23/2010

Report: Vince Young was asked to leave Tennessee Titans' facility Monday

Vince Young showed up for work Monday after an incident Sunday involving his coach, Jeff Fisher, and was told to leave the Tennessee Titans' facility. Young, who was not happy about being replaced at quarterback after hurting his thumb in...

By Cindy Boren  |  03:28 PM ET, 11/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 11/23/2010

NFL parity exists because there's a nice graphic illustrating it

Reddit user danchan22 makes a purdy picture illustrating that the concept of "any given Sunday" is alive and well, even if your real team and your fantasy teams are not....

By Cindy Boren  |  02:39 PM ET, 11/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 11/23/2010

Report: Giants will sign Michael Clayton with Hakeem Nicks out

The New York Giants, who lost wide receiver Hakeem Nicks for at least three weeks because of compartment syndrome Sunday night, reportedly will sign former Tampa Bay wide receiver Michael Clayton. Clayton, who was released by the Buccaneers earlier this...

By Cindy Boren  |  01:38 PM ET, 11/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 11/23/2010

Report: Patrick Crayton dislocated wrist in Chargers' win over Broncos

Updated at 1:06 p.m. San Diego Chargers wide receiver Patrick Crayton dislocated his wrist in the team's victory over the Denver Broncos on Monday night, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Crayton, who caught three passes for 105 yards and a...

By Cindy Boren  |  01:06 PM ET, 11/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 11/23/2010

Colt Brennan 'still sedated and in stable condition,' parents say

Terry and Betsy Brennan, the parents of former Washington Redskins quarterback Colt Brennan, issued a statement on his condition Monday, as their son continues to recover from injuries he suffered in a car crash Friday. Colt is still sedated and...

By Cindy Boren  |  09:43 AM ET, 11/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 11/22/2010

Vince Young will have season-ending surgery, Jeff Fisher says

The Vince Young drama is over, at least for now, and so is his season. Tennessee Titans Coach Jeff Fisher said that the quarterback will be placed on the injured-reserve list because the thumb injury he suffered Sunday against the...

By Cindy Boren  |  06:28 PM ET, 11/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:12 PM ET, 11/22/2010

Report: Richard Seymour fined $25,000 for striking Ben Roethlisberger

Oakland Raiders defensive end Richard Seymour has been fined $25,000 by the NFL for striking Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the face on Sunday, sources told ESPN. Roethlisberger jumped into the arms of tackle Flozell Adams to celebrate a...

By Cindy Boren  |  06:12 PM ET, 11/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 11/22/2010

Ravens right guard Chris Chester may be out 2 weeks with infection

Chris Chester, the Baltimore Ravens' starting right guard, could miss the next two weeks because of cellulitis, Coach John Harbaugh said Sunday. Cellulitis is a bacterial skin infection that can spread to deeper tissues and through the bloodstream to the...

By Cindy Boren  |  03:04 PM ET, 11/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 11/22/2010

Agent: Ellis Hobbs will not play again this season

Updated at 3:21 p.m. Ellis Hobbs will be placed on the season-ending injured-reserve list, according to his agent, Kevin Omell. As for Hobbs' career, Omell told the Philadelphia Daily News in an email: "can't speak to that at the moment....

By Cindy Boren  |  01:05 PM ET, 11/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 11/22/2010

Poll: Will the Vikings beat the Redskins on Sunday?

A change at the top worked for the Cowboys, who've won two games since Jason Garrett replaced Wade Phillips as head coach. Will it work for the 3-7 Vikings, who replaced Brad Childress with Leslie Frazier today? The team's first...

By Cindy Boren  |  12:40 PM ET, 11/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 11/22/2010

Vince Young admits he's frustrated, says, 'I just want to win'

Vince Young told his version of the very public display of the issues between him and Tennessee Titans Coach Jeff Fisher, admitting his frustration but saying he did not throw "half his uniform" into the stands. Young was demoted from...

By Cindy Boren  |  11:34 AM ET, 11/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:40 AM ET, 11/22/2010

Ellis Hobbs says 'I'll be back' after suffering neck injury in Eagles' win

As Andy Reid (far right) watches, Ellis Hobbs is carted off the field. (Clem Murray / Philadelphia Daily News) Ellis Hobbs walked out of the Philadelphia Eagles' locker room, wearing a neck brace as a memento of the frightening...

By Cindy Boren  |  07:40 AM ET, 11/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:18 PM ET, 11/21/2010

Richard Seymour apologizes -- to Raiders -- after hitting Ben Roethlisberger

Updated at 8:18 p.m. Oakland Raiders defensive end Richard Seymour apologized -- to his teammates -- for smacking Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the facemask in Pittsburgh's 35-3 victory. After throwing a touchdown pass that gave Pittsburgh a 21-3...

By Cindy Boren  |  06:18 PM ET, 11/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 11/21/2010

Vince Young demoted after Titans' loss to Redskins

Updated at 8:13 p.m. Vince Young has lost his job as the starting quarterback of the Tennessee Titans, Coach Jeff Fisher said after Tennessee's 19-16 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins at LP Field. "Yes, right now he has," Fisher...

By Cindy Boren  |  05:44 PM ET, 11/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 11/19/2010

Baltimore Ravens guard Chris Chester hospitalized with a 'skin issue'

Baltimore Ravens right guard Chris Chester was hospitalized with a "skin issue" last night, Coach John Harbaugh said Friday. "We think he'll be there for Sunday," Harbaugh said, "but you never know with those things." Harbaugh said he didn't know...

By Cindy Boren  |  01:09 PM ET, 11/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 11/19/2010

Bucs wide receiver Mike Williams charged with DUI

Updated at 1:21 p.m. Mike Williams will travel to San Francisco and will start against the 49ers, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Filed at 11:16 a.m. Mike Williams, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' leading wide receiver, was arrested for driving under the...

By Cindy Boren  |  11:16 AM ET, 11/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 11/19/2010

Brandon Marshall commits 'downright stupid' penalty in Bears-Dolphins game

"That's just downright stupid." Joe Theismann is 10 trillion percent correct as Brandon Marshall draws a flag for failing to check himself before he wrecked himself in the Dolphins' loss to the Bears on Thursday night....

By Cindy Boren  |  10:59 AM ET, 11/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 11/18/2010

Brian St. Pierre named Carolina Panthers' starting QB against Baltimore Ravens

Brian St. Pierre will be the Carolina Panthers' starting quarterback Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. I repeat. Brian St. Pierre will be the Carolina Panthers' starting quarterback Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. St. Pierre has thrown five passes in the...

By Cindy Boren  |  01:44 PM ET, 11/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 11/18/2010

Peyton vs. Brady: If you had to pick one ...

Peyton vs. Brady. Brady vs. Peyton. Whether it's the greatest quarterback rivalry in NFL history is up for debate; what matters is that it's the one we have now, this weekend. poll by twiigs.com...

By Cindy Boren  |  12:15 PM ET, 11/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 11/18/2010

Report: Number of NFL players on injured-reserve list is up over 2009

Does it seem as if the number of injuries in the NFL is up this year? Being a Red Zone zombie might contribute to that perception. So might a day like Oct. 17, when there were a number of dangerous...

By Cindy Boren  |  11:06 AM ET, 11/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 11/17/2010

Texans quarterback Matt Schaub hospitalized with bursa sac injury in knee

Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub was hospitalized Tuesday night because of a bursa sac injury in his knee. Coach Gary Kubiak, who said that Schaub was hospitalized as a precaution, expects him to practice Thursday and to be ready to...

By Cindy Boren  |  03:04 PM ET, 11/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:03 AM ET, 11/17/2010

With Chad Pennington, Chad Henne out, Dolphins move on with Tyler Thigpen and Wildcat

With only four days between their games this week, the Miami Dolphins have faced a compression of time that has forced them to fast-forward through the stages of loss and grief. Only Sunday they lost two quarterbacks, Chad Pennington (for...

By Cindy Boren  |  08:03 AM ET, 11/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 11/16/2010

Steelers cut Jeff Reed, sign former Redskins kicker Shaun Suisham

The Pittsburgh Steelers have opted to replace their struggling kicker, Jeff Reed, with former Redskins kicker Shaun Suisham. Suisham, who was with the Redskins for parts of four seasons, made 81 of 101 field goal attempts. He was good on...

By Cindy Boren  |  12:23 PM ET, 11/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 11/15/2010

Report: Clinton Portis on early inactives list for Redskins

Clinton Portis is among the players on the early inactives list for tonight's game between the Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field, according to the NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora. Portis, who tore a groin muscle when the teams played...

By Cindy Boren  |  09:35 AM ET, 11/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:26 AM ET, 11/15/2010

Dolphins look at QBs (including Patrick Ramsey) after injuries to Chads

Updated at 5:15 p.m. The Dolphins have signed former Redskins quarterback Patrick Ramsey. Filed at 5:26 a.m. In addition to losing two Chads on Sunday, Miami Dolphins left tackle Jake Long separated his shoulder, an injury that will have ramifications...

By Cindy Boren  |  05:26 AM ET, 11/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:31 PM ET, 11/14/2010

Miami Dolphins lose two quarterbacks, Chad Pennington and Chad Henne

On an odd day in the NFL, the team that may have had the worst of it was the Miami Dolphins, who managed to win despite losing not one but two quarterbacks, possibly for the season. And, although they beat...

By Cindy Boren  |  06:31 PM ET, 11/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 11/14/2010

Chad Pennington suffers arm injury on second play of Dolphins-Titans game

Chad Pennington, starting for the first time at quarterback since Week 3 of last season, was knocked out of the Miami Dolphins' game against the Tennessee Titans on his second play. Pennington hurt his right arm when he hit his...

By Cindy Boren  |  01:33 PM ET, 11/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 11/12/2010

Jenn Sterger meets with NFL as Brett Favre investigation continues

Jenn Sterger, the former New York Jets employee who reportedly received inappropriate photos from quarterback Brett Favre when both were with the Jets, met Thursday with NFL officials investigating the matter. "I'm not going to comment as to anything that...

By Cindy Boren  |  01:15 PM ET, 11/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 11/12/2010

Chad Pennington puts R and R behind him with a little Eminem

Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington enjoys him some Eminem as he prepares for his first start since Week 3 last season....

By Cindy Boren  |  01:02 PM ET, 11/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 11/12/2010

Hakeem Nicks, Vernon Davis accused of improperly aiding North Carolina players

New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has been accused by the University of North Carolina of providing improper benefits to players. The benefits include "gifts of cash and jewelry and impermissible assistance with lodging, travel, transportation and entertainment expenses,"...

By Cindy Boren  |  12:05 PM ET, 11/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 11/11/2010

Shawne Merriman will miss game Sunday because of strained Achilles'

Shawne Merriman will not play Sunday for the Buffalo Bills against the Detroit Lions. Merriman was injured 10 minutes into his first practice with the Bills on Wednesday. "Merriman strained an Achilles'," Coach Chan Gailey said Thursday. "It's not long...

By Cindy Boren  |  03:47 PM ET, 11/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 11/11/2010

Cleveland Browns linebacker Marcus Benard hospitalized after collapse

Cleveland Browns linebacker Marcus Benard was hospitalized after he collapsed in the team's locker room this afternoon. Benard, Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis said, is stable, alert and undergoing more tests. At the time of his collapse, Benard, 25, was seated...

By Cindy Boren  |  01:30 PM ET, 11/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 11/11/2010

NFL says this is its most watched season in history

The one person in America who is not watching the NFL must leave now. Thank you. A little over halfway through the season, the NFL says this season is its most-watched ever, as more than 175 million viewers have tuned...

By Cindy Boren  |  12:56 PM ET, 11/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 11/11/2010

Randy Moss: 'I can carry a lot of weight'

Turns out Randy Moss was only kidding when he threatened to conduct interviews in which he answered only his own questions. He gave the media that assembled in Nashville on Wednesday a good three minutes of his time Wednesday after...

By Cindy Boren  |  12:38 PM ET, 11/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:16 AM ET, 11/11/2010

Herm Edwards offers advice to suspended Connecticut high school coach

D.J. Hernandez, the 24-year-old Southington, Conn., football coach and brother of the Patriots' Aaron Hernandez, made an unfortunate mistake during a recent football game. His team found the armband playlist belonging to the opposing team's wide receiver and used it...

By Cindy Boren  |  07:16 AM ET, 11/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:39 AM ET, 11/11/2010

Chan Gailey: Shawne Merriman's injury isn't major, but may keep him out Sunday

Shawne Merriman hurt his leg 10 minutes into his first practice with the Buffalo Bills, an injury that Coach Chan Gailey said "wasn't anything major."...

By Cindy Boren  |  05:39 AM ET, 11/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 11/10/2010

NFL: no evidence to support discipline of Le'Ron McClain in spitting incident

The NFL has closed the book on spitgate, saying there is inconclusive evidence to back Channing Crowder's claim that Le'Ron McClain spit on him during the Baltimore Ravens' game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. There will be no fine...

By Cindy Boren  |  03:16 PM ET, 11/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 11/10/2010

Shawne Merriman hurt in first practice with Buffalo Bills

Ten minutes into his first practice with the Buffalo Bills, Shawne Merriman limped off the field with what appeared to be some sort of lower leg injury. Merriman was pivoting on his right foot during a routine drill with...

By Cindy Boren  |  03:01 PM ET, 11/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 11/10/2010

Steelers place tackle Max Starks on injured-reserve list with neck injury

The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed left tackle Max Starks on the season-ending injured-reserve list because of a neck injury. The injury to Starks, who is expected to undergo surgery, is the second significant offensive line injury for the team. Right...

By Cindy Boren  |  11:42 AM ET, 11/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 11/10/2010

Patriots place kicker Stephen Gostkowski on injured-reserve list

The New England Patriots have placed kicker Stephen Gostkowski on the season-ending injured-reserve list because of a thigh injury. The Patriots went to designated emergency kicker replacement Shayne Graham, signing him to a contract on Tuesday. Graham, 32, signed with...

By Cindy Boren  |  11:28 AM ET, 11/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 11/10/2010

Al Harris signs with Miami Dolphins after being released by Green Bay

Cornerback Al Harris, released by the Green Bay Packers earlier this week, has signed with the Miami Dolphins. Harris, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament last season, had been on the physically unable to perform list and had been practicing...

By Cindy Boren  |  10:22 AM ET, 11/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:07 AM ET, 11/10/2010

Jason Campbell endorsed as Raiders' starter by Al Davis

Things seemed a little too quiet, a little too placid, in Oakland where, as Sam Farmer writes, "all of a sudden [in the NFL], the Raiders are the well-adjusted ones." Enter managing general partner Al Davis, who has expressed his...

By Cindy Boren  |  08:07 AM ET, 11/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 11/09/2010

Wade Phillips not to blame for dallascowboys.com's poor performance

This one wasn't Wade Phillips' fault. Someone, probably someone not named Phillips, neglected to renew the domain name "dallascowboys.com" and as the Cowboys were playing the Packers on Sunday night in Green Bay, the site was replaced by a page...

By Cindy Boren  |  08:35 AM ET, 11/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 11/08/2010

Wade Phillips fired by Cowboys after 3 1/2 seasons as coach

Wade Phillips leaves the field after the Cowboys' loss. (Ron Jenkins / Fort Worth Star-Telegram) Wade Phillips has been fired as coach of the Dallas Cowboys by Jerry Jones. Jason Garrett, the offensive coordinator and occasional heir apparent, will...

By Cindy Boren  |  02:30 PM ET, 11/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 11/08/2010

Will Wade Phillips be fired by Jerry Jones?

Updated at 11 a.m. Wade Phillips, according to sources who have spoken with him today, doesn't think anything is happen regarding his future as Cowboys coach today, Fox's Jay Glazer tweets. The Cowboys emailed members of the media to say...

By Cindy Boren  |  08:39 AM ET, 11/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:48 AM ET, 11/08/2010

Channing Crowder hears from Le'Ron McClain over spitting allegation

Updated at 2:25 p.m. Le'Ron McClain continues to offer his defense in Spitgate. Via Twitter, he says, "I'm not a spitter": Video shows me arguing with guy! Called him something and i guess a Lil spit got on him. Not...

By Cindy Boren  |  07:48 AM ET, 11/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 11/07/2010

Austin Collie alert and sitting up after scary collision with Kurt Coleman

Updated at 6:07 p.m. Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie was taken from the field on a cart after being knocked out in a helmet-to-helmet collision with Philadelphia Eagles safety Kurt Coleman. Collie, according to Colts president Bill Polian, has...

By Cindy Boren  |  05:43 PM ET, 11/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 11/05/2010

Minnesota restaurant roasts Randy Moss with luncheon specials

It's Randy Moss Day at Tinucci's restaurant in Newport, Minn. That's the joint whose cuisine was panned in an impromptu food review by James Beard Randy Moss when it catered locker room lunch for the Minnesota Vikings. Gus Tinucci is...

By Cindy Boren  |  12:02 PM ET, 11/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 11/04/2010

Steelers LB James Harrison fined again, this time for hit on Saints QB Drew Brees

James Harrison, the Pittsburgh Steelers' linebacker who was fined $75,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on a Cleveland Browns wide receiver Oct. 17, has been fined $20,000 for a late hit on Drew Brees on Sunday night. That brings Harrison's...

By Cindy Boren  |  01:02 PM ET, 11/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 11/04/2010

Kerry Collins endorses Tennessee Titans' pickup of Randy Moss

Skeptical that the whole thing with Randy Moss won't work out in Tennessee? Titans quarterback Kerry Collins was on board with having Moss as a teammate again (they were together in Oakland in 2005), hours before the Titans picked up...

By Cindy Boren  |  10:22 AM ET, 11/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 11/03/2010

Randy Moss claimed off waivers by Tennessee Titans

And the winner is ... the Tennessee Titans. Tennessee claimed wide receiver Randy Moss off the NFL's waiver wire today. Moss' name hit the waiver wire Tuesday when he was released by the Minnesota Vikings after a bizarre series of...

By Cindy Boren  |  04:04 PM ET, 11/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 11/03/2010

Buffalo claims Shawne Merriman off waiver wire

Buffalo has claimed Shawne Merriman. Merriman, who played at Maryland and was waived earlier this week by the San Diego Chargers, has five days in which to report to the Bills although he is not expected to play Sunday against...

By Cindy Boren  |  03:47 PM ET, 11/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 11/03/2010

Randy Moss, Shawne Merriman wait to see which teams claim them

The Tennessee Titans are interested in obtaining the services of Randy Moss, according to a report by Don Banks of si.com. There's a chance, of course, that a team ahead of them steps in with a claim; the Titans are...

By Cindy Boren  |  03:23 PM ET, 11/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 11/03/2010

Troy Polamalu says Roger Goodell has too much power

A day after his Pittsburgh Steelers teammate, James Harrison, was in New York to confer with Commissioner Roger Goodell about the NFL's crackdown on hits by defenders, Troy Polamalu was sounding off in Pittsburgh. "It's football, you know. If people...

By Cindy Boren  |  02:51 PM ET, 11/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 11/02/2010

Randy Moss' drama goes on in Minnesota as Brad Childress feels more heat

When Brett Favre is the quiet guy shunning the spotlight in the corner of your locker room, you've got a situation on your hands. Randy Moss may or may not have been waived by the Minnesota Vikings on Monday. His...

By Cindy Boren  |  09:41 AM ET, 11/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 11/01/2010

Football beats baseball as "Sunday Night Football" tops World Series ratings

NBC's "Sunday Night Football" was the No. 1 show of the night for the eighth straight week, according to NBC's PR machine. The matchup of the Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints drew an 11.8 overnight rating ... which means...

By Cindy Boren  |  10:19 AM ET, 11/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 10/29/2010

Super Bowl XLV commecial spots are sold out

The commercial slots for Super Bowl XLV next February have all been sold, less than a year after Super bowl XLIV had openings until Feb. 1, according to Broadcasting & Cable. Fox was seeking between $2.8 million and $3 million...

By Cindy Boren  |  11:36 AM ET, 10/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 10/27/2010

Troy Smith gets his chance to start at quarterback for 49ers against Broncos

Troy Smith, the former Heisman Trophy winner and Baltimore Raven, will make his first start since 2007 on Sunday when the San Francisco 49ers play the Denver Broncos in London. Smith, a fifth-round pick by the Ravens in 2007, was...

By Cindy Boren  |  01:22 PM ET, 10/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 10/26/2010

DeSean Jackson passes concussion test, Andy Reid says

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has passed a concussion test, Coach Andy Reid said on his Monday radio show. On Oct. 17, Jackson suffered what was termed a "severe" concussion, his second in less than a year. At that...

By Cindy Boren  |  10:36 AM ET, 10/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 10/22/2010

DeSean Jackson will not play Sunday in Eagles' game against Titans

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson will not play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Jackson suffered a concussion, his second in less than a year, in a collision with Dunta Robinson of the Atlanta Falcons Sunday. In other Eagles news,...

By Cindy Boren  |  02:01 PM ET, 10/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 10/22/2010

Dallas Clark is out for the rest of the season with wrist injury

The Indianapolis Colts have lost tight end Dallas Clark for the remainder of the season because of a wrist injury he suffered in the game against the Redskins. Clark was placed on the injured-reserve list and said he will undergo...

By Cindy Boren  |  12:05 PM ET, 10/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 10/21/2010

Magic Johnson would 'really, really' love to have the NFL back in LA

Magic Johnson has roughly $100 million burning a a really big hole in his pocket, so maybe that's why he laughed when he was asked by the Los Angeles Times if he'd like to own an NFL team and take...

By Cindy Boren  |  01:24 PM ET, 10/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 10/21/2010

Roger Goodell reiterates that NFL isn't changing rules, just enforcing them

Updated at 4:07 p.m. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was in Boston on Wednesday night, accepting an Impact Award from the Sports Legacy Institute for his leadership efforts in preventing and treating concussions. What better time to clarify a few matters...

By Cindy Boren  |  11:20 AM ET, 10/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 10/21/2010

DeSean Jackson still 'very sore' from collision with Dunta Robinson

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who suffered a concussion when he was hit hard by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson will not play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Eagles Coach Andy Reid said that Jackson remains very sore and...

By Cindy Boren  |  10:11 AM ET, 10/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 10/21/2010

Reggie Bush says 'I'll take concussion to getting blind sided in knees'

Reggie Bush, the New Orleans Saints' running back who is currently recovering from a broken leg, sides with the defensive players who are questioning the NFL's crackdown on dangerous hits. Via Twitter, Bush said this morning: As an offensive player...

By Cindy Boren  |  09:45 AM ET, 10/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 10/20/2010

Colts punter Pat McAfee arrested after drunken dip

Updated at 10 p.m. The Colts acted swiftly, suspending Pat McAfee for one game about 12 hours after his arrest. Updated at 1:44 p.m. Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee was released from the Adult Processing Center this afternoon after his...

By Cindy Boren  |  08:36 AM ET, 10/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:42 AM ET, 10/20/2010

NFL says putting photos of illegal hits up for sale was a mistake

Updated at 9:31 a.m. The NFL says it regrets the mistake in which photos of illegal and dangerous hits in Sunday's games were put up for sale online. The sale sent a mixed message after the league fined three players...

By Cindy Boren  |  06:42 AM ET, 10/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 10/19/2010

NFL says suspensions for dangerous hits will be enforced immediately

NFL players will be subject to immediate suspension for dangerous and flagrant hits, the league has announced. Suspensions, according to the Associated Press, also could be handed out for hits that occurred Sunday. Ray Anderson, the NFL's vice president of...

By Cindy Boren  |  12:32 PM ET, 10/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:20 AM ET, 10/19/2010

NFL's crackdown on hits should emphasize fundamentals, Hoge says

Brandon Meriweather of the Patriots collides with Todd Heap of the Ravens. (AP) What to do about the kind of violence and injury that millions of football fans saw Sunday? The NFL promises to crack down on the dangerous,...

By Cindy Boren  |  08:20 AM ET, 10/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 10/18/2010

NFL taking action after Sunday's helmet-to-helmet hits

The NFL is taking action after a rash of helmet-to-helmet and jarring hits left a string of injured players Sunday. Here's Mark Maske's full account on the The League. Ray Anderson, the league's vice president of football operations, says immediate...

By Cindy Boren  |  12:42 PM ET, 10/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 10/18/2010

NFL's former director of officiating calls for action after day of helmet-to-helmet hits

The announcement was repeated with frightening frequency for about two hours Sunday in press boxes at NFL games across the country: "Will not return (head injury)." There was a staggering number of helmet-to-helmet hits, particularly in the 1 p.m. games,...

By Cindy Boren  |  08:00 AM ET, 10/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 10/17/2010

Detroit Lions linebacker Zack Follett 'conscious, has feeling and movement' in extremities

On a day of scary helmet-to-helmet hits around the NFL, Detroit Lions linebacker Zack Follett may have gotten the worst of it. He was carted off the field after being hurt on an inadvertent helmet-to-helmet late in the game against...

By Cindy Boren  |  04:00 PM ET, 10/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 10/15/2010

Report: Terrell Owens fined $5,000 by NFL for tweeting too close to kickoff

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens has been fined $5,000 by the NFL for violating the league's social media policy by tweeting too close to kickoff Sunday. Players must stop using social media 90 minutes before kickoff, the policy, which...

By Cindy Boren  |  11:32 AM ET, 10/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 10/15/2010

Chris Cooley, Tanya Snyder, Roger Goodell discuss breast cancer awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, something you're reminded of every time you watch an NFL game and see bright pink mixing with team colors. Three with ties to the NFL and to the disease were on "Today" this morning...

By Cindy Boren  |  10:54 AM ET, 10/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 10/14/2010

Ines Sainz will return to work but not to NFL locker rooms

Ines Sainz is heading back to work next week for the first time since her appearance in the New York Jets' locker room sparked a debate over the presence of women journalists in men's locker rooms. She will not, however,...

By Cindy Boren  |  06:20 PM ET, 10/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 10/12/2010

Tim Hasselbeck: Football with pink ribbon decal is 'a disaster'

It's just a small pink ribbon on the official NFL football, but former quarterback Tim Hasselbeck says players tell him the ball is "a disaster." "No one's talking about this," Hasselbeck said on ESPN's "Mike and Mike" show. "They're playing...

By Cindy Boren  |  01:09 PM ET, 10/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 10/12/2010

Tom Brady denies report of fight with Randy Moss

There's no truth to the CBS report of a dustup between New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Randy Moss, Brady said. "No, certainly not," Brady said in his weekly WEEI Radio appearance. "I don't know why these...

By Cindy Boren  |  12:24 PM ET, 10/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 10/07/2010

Randy Moss press conference: 'I'm back home...this is going to be a fun ride'

Quick snippets from Randy Moss' first press conference in Minnesota since his trade from New England: "I'm back home. To all Vikings fans pull your 84 jerseys out. I think this is going to be a fun ride." "I've paid...

By Cindy Boren  |  03:33 PM ET, 10/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 10/07/2010

Jay Cutler will miss Chicago Bears' game Sunday against Carolina Panthers

Jay Cutler will miss the Chicago Bears' game Sunday night against the Carolina Panthers, meaning backup Todd Collins will get the start. Although Cutler, who suffered a concussion in the Bears' loss to the New York Giants on Sunday night,...

By Cindy Boren  |  01:40 PM ET, 10/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 10/07/2010

Randy Moss trade: Bill Belichick says there was never incident, problem

New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick decided to do a little air-clearing about the trade of wide receiver Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. "It's a combination of things," he told the media at Gillette Stadium about his...

By Cindy Boren  |  01:01 PM ET, 10/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:37 AM ET, 10/06/2010

Randy Moss trade to Vikings is done; Patriots get third-round pick

Updated at 2 p.m. The New England Patriots have traded wide receiver Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings for a third-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. The trade also involved the Patriots sending their seventh-round pick in 2012 to...

By Cindy Boren  |  05:37 AM ET, 10/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 10/05/2010

NFL asks Sen. Russ Feingold to stop using ad featuring Randy Moss, others

The National Football League has asked the re-election campaign of Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) to stop using an ad that contains footage from NFL games. The league, according to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, did not license the footage, which shows...

By Cindy Boren  |  02:16 PM ET, 10/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:22 AM ET, 10/05/2010

Patrick Chung leads Patriots to a big win over Dolphins with stellar show

Updated at 11:41 a.m. By anyone's measure, an NFL game in which a safety returns an interception for a touchdown and blocks a punt and a field goal ought to have "defensive player of the week" stamped all over it....

By Cindy Boren  |  08:22 AM ET, 10/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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