NFL

Sean Payton reminding Saints of past turnarounds

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — When the Saints won the Super Bowl after the 2009 season, they became the first team to take home a Lombardi Trophy after losing their final three games of the regular season. That doesn’t mean that every team with championship aspirations should be trying to drop games at the end of the season, but it…
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Thursday morning one-liners

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — Donte Whitner’s not backing off comments he made about Buffalo and the Bills. The Dolphins aren’t fooling themselves about the late-season danger of the Jets. Patriots special teamer Matt Slater is thankful for a new contract. The Jets fans who buy billboards have a new target — owner Woody Johnson. Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs reached…
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Division winners should lose automatic home playoff game

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — The NFL’s current structure of four divisions per conference and four teams per division creates a neat, tidy, and symmetrical collection of franchises.  It looks great on paper.  And it makes it easier for the league to craft a scheduling formula that permits every team to play every other team every four years.  It also…
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Michael Bush: I didn’t get a “fair shake” in Chicago

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — The Cardinals signed veteran running back Michael Bush this week, ending a spell on the unemployment line that started when Bush was released by the Bears in March. Bush’s departure from Chicago came after two years with the team as the No. 2 behind Matt Forte, but Bush says the 2013 season isn’t one that…
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Browns teammates said Josh Gordon needed to “find himself”

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — Josh Gordon said he felt alienated during his suspension, felt alone. And some of his teammates think that’s exactly the point. “You’re going to have that disconnect,” linebacker Karlos Dansby said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “It’s part of it. You have to find yourself. “It gave him an opportunity to…
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Seahawks need to solve offensive line issues, quickly

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — As the Seahawks prepare to face the 49ers on Thanksgiving night, Seattle coach Pete Carroll would be thankful if he could find a way to get better performance out of an offensive line that gave up seven sacks four days ago against the Cardinals. “We had all kinds of problems,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said…
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Arian Foster looks “pretty good” in practice

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — Texans running back Arian Foster has missed the last two games while dealing with a groin injury, which has dropped him down the list of league leaders in rushing yards. Foster’s descent on the leader board could be coming to an end. The running back practiced on Wednesday and coach Bill O’Brien liked what he…
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Justin Forsett’s ready to settle down in Baltimore

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — Justin Forsett has played for five teams in six years, but he’s ready to settle down. And he might have finally found a spot where they want him to. Forsett’s found a home in Baltimore, and said he hopes to sign a longer-term deal this offseason. “Definitely, this is a great place, a great organization,”…
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Muhammad Wilkerson likely to miss Week 13

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — For much of this season, defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson has been the rare member of the Jets roster that isn’t an answer to the question of what’s wrong with the Jets this season. A toe injury suffered last Monday night against the Bills looks like it will change that. Wilkerson has gone for further evaluations…
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Colts Put in Extra Time to Prepare for McCoy

NY Times: The Fifth Down (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson and cornerback Darius Butler started this week preparing to face Robert Griffin III.
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Week 13 skill-position injury report — Wednesday

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Wilkening) — Here are the skill-position players listed on the injury report as of Wednesday. Key fantasy starters are bolded. Finally, a friendly reminder three games will be played Thursday: Bears-Lions (12:30 p.m. ET), Eagles-Cowboys (4:30 p.m. ET) and Seahawks-49ers (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC). DID NOT PRACTICE Bears WR Chris Williams (hamstring). — OUT Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu…
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Bucs stadium caught selling non-alcoholic alcohol

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — On the football field, the 2-9 Buccaneers currently are as strong as a stiff drink.  Especially when the drink is mixed with some of the alcohol sold at the team’s stadium. According to WFLA, at least one customer purchased on November 9 a shot of tequila that ended up being colored water. Aramark, the concessions…
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Charles Woodson has no intention to retire after this season

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Curtis Crabtree) — Fresh off an AFC defensive player of the week award, Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson doesn’t see any reason to hang up his cleats anytime soon. “No question,” Woodson said when asked about playing in 2015, per the Associated Press. “I’m not thinking about going into the 40s but I don’t know. I’ll continue to…
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Chris Long appears likely to return for Rams this week

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Curtis Crabtree) — Defensive end Chris Long appeared in only the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings before having ankle surgery and landing on the injured reserve-designated to return list for the St. Louis Rams. But Long appears set to return to the lineup for the Rams this Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. “He’s coming on,” head coach…
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Bills awarded returner Marcus Thigpen on waivers

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Wilkening) — The Bills have added a veteran kick returner for the stretch run, claiming Marcus Thigpen on waivers from Tampa Bay on Wednesday, the club said. The 28-year-old Thigpen was the Buccaneers’ punt and kickoff returner for the first four games of November, bringing back six kickoffs for 120 yards and four punts for 65 yards.…
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