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  • #61
    INTRODUCING THE NEW DEION

    Posted by Mike Florio on November 3, 2008, 8:01 p.m. EST

    Ladies and gentlemen. Allow us to introduce to you . . . the new Deion Sanders.

    And we don’t mean that in a good way.

    Mike Jenkins of the Cowboys became this generation’s ”Tiptoe Matador” on Sunday, when the rookie waved a red cape at running back Derrick Ward of the Giants.

    So Jenkins is pretty much a coward. The only other explanation is that Jenkins is playing in a high-stakes fantasy football league, and Ward is on Jenkins’ team.

    We’re kidding about the last part. We hope.

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    • #62
      NO TORN LIGAMENTS FOR ORTON

      Posted by Michael David Smith on November 3, 2008, 10:00 p.m. EST

      Bears quarterback Kyle Orton will likely miss a few games with a high ankle sprain, but the news out of Chicago today is better than many Bears fans feared as Orton was being carted off the field yesterday.

      Bears coach Lovie Smith would not give any information about Orton other than to say he was still undergoing tests, but the Chicago Tribune reports that an MRI revealed no ligament tear. Orton was told he would miss three to four weeks.

      With Orton out, Rex Grossman will start Sunday against the Titans, and probably the next couple of games, against the Jaguars and Saints. Orton might be ready to return November 30 against the Vikings.

      Orton was off to a very good start this season, completing 61.9 percent of his passes, with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions. Grossman struggled in the second half yesterday, averaging just 3.1 yards a pass, but the Bears still managed a come-from-behind win against the Lions.

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      • #63
        ROETHLISBERGER IS DAY TO DAY

        Posted by Michael David Smith on November 4, 2008, 10:59 a.m. EST

        Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had to leave last night’s game against the Redskins, but the early indications are that he’ll be ready to go Sunday against the Colts.

        Adam Schefter of NFL Network reports that preliminary tests of Roethlisberger’s shoulder revealed he has a bruised AC joint, and he is expected to be day to day. Further testing will be done today and it’s still possible that a more serious injury to the shoulder will be discovered, but for now there does not appear to be any ligament damage.

        This is the second time this season we’ve had reports on Roethlisberger’s AC joint. In September Roethlisberger gave a series of bizarre non-answers when asked about his shoulder, and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin took umbrage with NBC reporting that Roethlisberger’s AC joint sprain constituted a shoulder separation. As it turned out, Roethlisberger himself was the source of NBC’s report that his shoulder was separated.

        For now, though, indications are that Roethlisberger’s shoulder will be OK.

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        • #64
          I would think about giving Big Ben a week to rest up and get healthy. He has taken a lot of hits this year and I thought Leftwich looked more than capable of being able to lead the team to victory next week.

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          • #65
            Originally posted by SouthStndJunkie View Post
            INTRODUCING THE NEW DEION

            Posted by Mike Florio on November 3, 2008, 8:01 p.m. EST

            Ladies and gentlemen. Allow us to introduce to you . . . the new Deion Sanders.

            And we don’t mean that in a good way.

            Mike Jenkins of the Cowboys became this generation’s ”Tiptoe Matador” on Sunday, when the rookie waved a red cape at running back Derrick Ward of the Giants.

            So Jenkins is pretty much a coward. The only other explanation is that Jenkins is playing in a high-stakes fantasy football league, and Ward is on Jenkins’ team.

            We’re kidding about the last part. We hope.

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            bwhaha....TJ showed that play last night on count down

            OLE!

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            • #66
              RAY-RAY WILL STICK AROUND

              Posted by Mike Florio on November 4, 2008, 1:02 p.m.

              Our friends at WNST in Baltimore report that the Ravens are close to reaching an agreement on a five-year contract extension with linebacker Ray Lewis.

              Lewis, whose deal was due to expire at the end of the season, will reportedly receive guaranteed money in the amount of $16 million.

              As an unnamed team official told Drew Forrester, on whose show we appear every Friday during the football season: “Ray’s going to be in Baltimore next year and for a while after that. . . it’s been discussed and reviewed and nothing has changed in our mind. Ray is going to be here and he’s going to finish his career in purple. We know the numbers, financially, and we’re going to make them work.”

              Said another team employee: “Ray’s value to us is much higher than it would be with any other team in the league.”

              Monday was the deadline for counting any 2008 salary increases against the 2008 salary cap number. But as pointed out recently on the NFLPA web site, teams and players may continue to work out contracts that take advantage of any remaining 2008 cap room. The only glitch is that any actual base salary increases for the current year must be prorated like a signing bonus.

              Several years ago, Lewis was openly clamoring for a new contract. The team held firm in its refusal to re-do the deal.

              Under his current deal, Lewis is receiving a base salary of $6.5 million.

              Lewis is an original Raven, drafted in the first round of the team’s first draft in Baltimore. Also selected in that same round was left tackle Jonathan Ogden, who retired after the 2007 season. Both undoubtedly will land in Canton.

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              • #67
                GAME-TIME DECISION FOR ROETHLISBERGER?

                Posted by Mike Florio on November 5, 2008, 4:07 p.m. EST

                Our pal Tim Benz of WXDX in Pittsburgh tells us that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had his right arm in a sling and his left thumb in a brace on Wednesday.

                An MRI supposedly showed no additional significant damage to the shoulder, which originally was injured in Week One and became aggravated on Monday night.

                Roethlisberger has torn ligaments in his non-throwing thumb, and he didn’t rule out the possibility of surgery after the season. He originally suffered the thumb injury during Week Eight, against the Giants.

                Coach Mike Tomlin said that Roethlisberger’s availability for Sunday’s game against the Colts could come down to a game-time decision.

                Benz also tells us that tight end Heath Miller was limping in a walking boot, and that “a ton of guys didn’t practice.”

                Safety Troy Polamalu cut his thumb during practice.

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                • #68
                  Originally posted by SouthStndJunkie View Post
                  INTRODUCING THE NEW DEION

                  Posted by Mike Florio on November 3, 2008, 8:01 p.m. EST

                  Ladies and gentlemen. Allow us to introduce to you . . . the new Deion Sanders.

                  And we don’t mean that in a good way.

                  Mike Jenkins of the Cowboys became this generation’s ”Tiptoe Matador” on Sunday, when the rookie waved a red cape at running back Derrick Ward of the Giants.

                  So Jenkins is pretty much a coward. The only other explanation is that Jenkins is playing in a high-stakes fantasy football league, and Ward is on Jenkins’ team.

                  We’re kidding about the last part. We hope.

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                  What a major P***Y

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                  • #69
                    HASSELBECK LIKELY TO RETURN NOVEMBER 16

                    Posted by Michael David Smith on November 5, 2008, 6:15 p.m.

                    Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is expected to miss one more game because of a bulging disk in his back that is causing weakness in his leg, but he expects to return soon.

                    The current plan is for Hasslebeck to miss Sunday’s game at Miami — which would be the fifth straight game he’s missed — and then return November 16 against the Cardinals.

                    “The hope is that he practices as the scout-team quarterback,” Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said of Hasselbeck, “and gets used to doing some stuff again this week, if possible. … Right now, that’s kind of my plan. He has to do some things this week, feel good about it.”

                    Holmgren added that Hasselbeck has passed medical tests designed to determine whether he has gotten the strength back in his leg.

                    Holmgren said the Seahawks had other good news regarding injuries, as they are also getting closer to having wide receiver Deion Branch back, and defensive end Patrick Kerney is expected to return some time this season after successful shoulder surgery.

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                    • #70
                      JIM HARBAUGH TO THE RAIDERS?

                      Posted by Michael David Smith on November 5, 2008, 9:10 p.m. EST

                      Could we have two Harbaugh brothers as NFL head coaches?

                      Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News reports that it’s generally assumed that Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, brother of Ravens coach John Harbaugh, is likely to get an offer to become the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders after the season is over.

                      Kawakami quotes an unnamed source as saying, “Everybody knows Al loves Harbaugh, but why would Harbaugh want that job? He could wait at Stanford a little longer and get a real job.”

                      But, according to Kawakami, Harbaugh loves Davis, too, and is one of the few coaches in football who might see working for Al Davis as desirable.

                      Kawakami, the reporter who had the infamous dust-up with a Raiders official earlier this season, also writes that interim head coach Tom Cable has no chance of being offered the job on a permanent basis after the season. Writes Kawakami, “Cable is so long gone that Al’s lieutenants don’t even have to bother to back-stab him.”

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                      • #71
                        Harbaugh would be stupid to take that job....as would any remotely qualified candidate.

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                        • #72
                          LOCAL TV BLACKOUT IN DETROIT

                          Posted by Michael David Smith on November 6, 2008, 4:22 p.m.

                          Detroit fans were so loyal to the Lions that the team’s first 50 games at Ford Field were sellouts, even though the Lions were the worst team in the league over those 50 games.

                          But the fans in Detroit are finally fed up.

                          The Lions’ 51st game at Ford Field — two weeks ago against the Redskins — failed to sell out, and now this Sunday’s home game against the Jaguars hasn’t sold out, either. So Sunday’s Jaguars-Lions game will be blacked out on local television in the Detroit area.

                          Under NFL rules, a game has to be sold out 72 hours before kickoff for the blackout to be lifted. Although the league has a fairly loose definition of “sold out” and is willing to give a 24-hour extension to teams that are close to a sellout, the Lions aren’t even close, with 6,000 tickets still available.

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                          • #73
                            RAIDERS ARE BLACKED OUT, TOO

                            Posted by Michael David Smith on November 6, 2008, 4:41 p.m.

                            The Lions aren’t the only team whose fans are fed up.

                            We’ve heard that the Oakland Raiders’ game Sunday against the Carolina Panthers will be blacked out on local television, making it two NFL games this weekend that the local fans can’t watch without buying a ticket.

                            Blackouts don’t become official until 72 hours before kickoff, but for this Sunday’s Raiders game, the writing has been on the wall for a while. Raiders CEO Amy Trask said Wednesday, “I don’t believe this game will be on TV.”

                            It’s a testament to the popularity of the NFL that even franchises that field as inferior a product as the Raiders and Lions put forth continue to sell out most of their games. And the Raiders say they expect to sell out their next two home games, against the Chiefs and Patriots. But sometimes the fans say enough is enough, and that’s what’s happening this weekend in Detroit and Oakland.

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                            • #74
                              NO WILLIE THIS WEEKEND

                              Posted by Mike Florio on November 7, 2008, 9:50 a.m.

                              Steelers running back Willie Parker, who returned to action on Monday night after missing several games with a knee injury, won’t play on Sunday against the Colts, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

                              Parker injured his shoulder at Washington.

                              It happened at some point in the third quarter. “I’m not sure how,” Parker said.

                              Parker, who has rushed for 333 yards in four games, is expected to miss only one week. He’ll be replaced by Mewelde Moore.

                              Moore played well after Parker’s prior injury, followed by the loss of rookie Rashard Mendenhall for the season. Moore has 320 yards rushing and three touchdowns. He has started three games.

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                              • #75
                                The Associated Press reports Jacksonville Jaguars WR Matt Jones fired back at Miami Dolphins LB Joey Porter Thursday, Nov. 6. Porter said Wednesday, Nov. 5, he didn't know how Jones could be caught with cocaine and still playing. Jones said, "I don't even know why he's even thinking about me. I mean, maybe he likes other men and sits up and thinks about stuff, so I don't know. ... Is Joey Porter the commissioner? Then why would I even worry about it?"

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