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Thursday
Nov102011

Steelers Safety Ryan Clark Speaks Out on $40,000 Fine

Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)(NEW YORK) -- The fines just keep on coming to NFL players, specifically the Pittsburgh Steelers. Safety Ryan Clark was fined $40,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Baltimore Ravens tight end Ed Dickson on Sunday night.

This is the second straight week Clark has been fined by the NFL. Two weeks ago, Clark was fined $15,000 for his hit on New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Clark isn't happy with the number of fines he and his teammates have been accumulating.

"There wasn't anything malicious about it," Clark said. "It wasn't a spear. It wasn't a forearm to the head. It wasn't any of those things and to be fined $40,000 for that? To me it's either targeting me as a single player or it's targeting this team."

After Clark's latest fine, the Steelers have been fined 13 times, totaling more than $182,000.

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Wednesday
Nov092011

Lawyer for NBA Players Apologizes for Remark

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jeffrey Kessler, a lawyer who has been working with the NBA Players Association during the lockout, has apologized after he told The Washington Post earlier this week that the league was treating the players "like plantation workers."

"The comments that I made in The Washington Post took place in an interview late at night Monday after a very long day," Kessler said in a statement released to multiple news outlets. "Looking back, the words that I used were inappropriate; I did not intend to offend. I was merely passionately advocating for the players."

Kessler, who also worked with the NFL players' union during the lockout earlier this year, said he planned to apologize personally to NBA commissioner David Stern.

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Wednesday
Nov092011

Patriots Release Albert Haynesworth

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- The New England Patriots have released former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth after just six games.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick maintains that Haynesworth's release was purely "rotation related."

"We had a lot of defensive lineman active, so they played in different rotations." said Belichick. " Vince [Wilfork] is a guy, obviously, that we don't want off the field. But the rest of those guys, they can't all play. One guy plays for a while then somebody else plays, and they rotate. ... We had Kyle [Love] Vince, Albert, Gerard [Warren], and Ron [Brace] -- it's kind of five guys for two spots there."

The Patriots acquired Haynesworth in a trade with the Washington Redskins after he spent just one season with the team and clashed with head coach Mike Shanahan. In exchange for Haynesworth, the Patriots sent the Redskins a fifth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

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Tuesday
Nov082011

Bears Defeat Eagles 30-24 on 'Monday Night Football'

Nick Laham/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Bears have launched themselves into the playoff hunt in the NFC, while the Eagles are spiraling out of it.

Led by running back Matt Forte (133 rushing yards on 24 carries) and quarterback Jay Cutler (208 passing yards and two touchdowns), the Bears rallied to score 10 points in the fourth quarter -- edging the Eagles 30-24 on Monday Night Football.

It was the fourth game this season that the Eagles have led in the fourth quarter and lost. The Eagles also lead the NFL with the most turnovers in the red zone, and have been outscored by 36 points in the fourth quarter, the worst mark of any team in the NFL.

With the win, the Bears are 5-3 and now hold the sixth and final playoff spot. The Eagles meanwhile, are now just 3-5 and are tenth in the playoff standings.

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Monday
Nov072011

Struggling Redskins Mired in 4-Game Skid

NFL/Washington Redskins(ASHBURN, Va.) -- The Redskins (3-5) lost their fourth straight game to the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, 19-11.

Washington started the season 3-1, but have cooled after injuries to wide receiver Santana Moss, tight-end Chris Cooley and running back Tim Hightower. The Redskins also have not been able to get quality production at the quarterback position from Rex Grossman and John Beck.

“You just got to fight through it,” Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan said during his news conference Monday. “Hopefully it doesn’t happen too many times, you won’t be in this profession very long. That’s the nature of the game.”

The Redskins will try to get back on the winning track this Sunday in South Florida against the Miami Dolphins.

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Monday
Nov072011

Ravens Stun Steelers 23-20 In Final Seconds

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- The Sunday night showdown between the Ravens and Steelers -- that resulted in a 23-20 Baltimore win -- showed why these two teams have arguably the best rivalry in the entire NFL.

Not a single touchdown was scored in the first half, as the Ravens led 9-6 going into the third quarter.

Once the second half started it was a different story, as the Ravens took a 16-6 lead mid-way through the third quarter after a Ray Rice touchdown. Pittsburgh swiftly responded with touchdowns from Rashard Mendenhall and Mike Wallace in the fourth quarter to take a 20-16 lead.

Baltimore had one more chance to win the game. The team started its final drive at the 8-yard line with 2:17 left in the game. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco led the Ravens to the 26-yard line, and with just eight seconds left, Flacco threw a touchdown pass to Torrey Smith to take a 23-20 lead -- and that was the difference.

With the win, the Ravens sweep the season series against the Steelers. At 6-2, they are tied with fellow AFC North rival Cincinatti Bengals for the best record in the conference.  

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Sunday
Nov062011

Giants Shock Patriots Again, 24-20

Elsa/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- The New York Giants (6-2) upset the New England Patriots (5-3) 24-20 on Sunday.  Eli Manning led his team 80 yards down the field and connected with tight end Jake Ballard to give New York a 23-20 lead with 15 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

All around New England, Patriots fans had flashbacks of the 2008 Super Bowl when Manning essentially did the same thing.

"It's a big win obviously coming in this place getting a win considering how good that team is and what they've done here in the last 20 games, it was a big win, to win it in the fashion we won it, it brings back memories," said Giants defensive end Justin Tuck.

With the win, regardless of what the Philadelphia Eagles do on Monday night, New York will still have first place all to themselves halfway through the season.

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Friday
Nov042011

Giants' Running Back Bradshaw Has Broken Foot, Still Hopes To Play

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- Despite having a cracked bone in his foot, New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw still hopes to play this Sunday against the New England Patriots.

The injury occurred last Sunday in the third quarter in the team's win over the Miami Dolphins. Bradshaw ended up coming back into the game and initial X-rays showed no major structural damage, so Bradshaw didn't think it was anything serious. While feels that he should be able to play, Head Coach Tom Coughlin is hoping the team's leading rusher is available against a Patriots team that is ranked ninth in the NFL in run defense.

"In the past he's played with a crack, or whatever you want to call it, a stress crack in his foot, he has played that way in the past," Coughlin said. "I don't know what the determination will be just yet. We will just have to wait and see...what the doctors decide to do."

If Bradshaw is unable to play, Brandon Jacobs is expected to start in his place.

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Thursday
Nov032011

NFL Wants Referees To Monitor Head Injuries

Larry French/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In an effort to raise player safety awareness even higher, the NFL Injury and Safety Panel has asked referees to become better educated on concussions and concussion-related symptoms.

When the NFL holds its annual officiating clinic, the league plans on having doctors speak out on the issues of concussions and head injuries.

"We're not trying to train the officials to be doctors, but we're asking them to treat it like other injuries that may make it necessary to stop the game and get them medical attention, either on the field or by getting them off the field," said NFL Vice President Of Public Relations Greg Aiello.

Over the past year, the NFL has made numerous efforts to prevent injuries and ensure player saftety, specifically concerning concussions.

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Thursday
Nov032011

Browns' Peyton Hillis Feeling Heat After Missing Kids Charity Party

Matthew Stockman/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Is it too early to proclaim another victim of the "Madden Curse?" Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis is taking a lot of criticism in Cleveland after he missed a Halloween party for kids at a Boys and Girls Club.

Hillis claims that he never came because of series of miscommunications, and it was not intentional. The damage though, has been done.

This is just another hit to the image and reputation of Hillis, who this time a year ago, was a rising star and icon for the Browns and the city of Cleveland. Hillis was on his way to being the poster boy for Cleveland sports, he was even voted to appear on this years cover of "Madden 2011," but like many pros who've graced the cover of the bestselling game, his performance has started to suffer.

Since the beginning of the season, he publicly came out recently saying he wanted a new contract from the Browns front office. Then, he missed the team's week 3 game against the Miami Dolphins because of strep throat. Hillis came out and said his agent was the one who advised him not to play. Hillis has played in just 4 out of a possible 7 games and has just 211 rushing yards an only two touchdowns. His 3.5 yards per carry is the 44th worst in the NFL.

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