September 2012


Monday, Oct. 1
New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes was carted off the field with an apparent left foot injury during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is inactive for Sunday night's game at Philadelphia.
The most notable names on the inactive lists for Sunday night's game between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles do not come as a surprise. The Giants had ruled out starting right tackle David Diehl, nickel corner Jayron Hosley, and linebacker Keith Rivers on Friday. With Diehl out, Sean Locklear will start at right tackle.Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was added to the list on Saturday when the club downgraded their top receiver to "out". For the Eagles, they had ruled out King Dunlap, which leaves Demetress Bell as the starting left tackle opposite Todd Herremans. Weak side linebacker Akeem Jordan will not play on Sunday night. Third-year linebacker Jamar Chaney will start in place of Jordan. NY Giants : WR Hakeem Nicks, TE Adrian Robinson, OT David Diehl, G Mitch Petrus, CB Jayron Hosley, DE Adewale Ojomo, LB Keith Rivers
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Jets were a delicious treat for the San Francisco 49ers.
Stop me if you've heard this one before: September is over, and the Cleveland Browns have yet to win a NFL regular season game. While it's true that it hasn't been all bad for the Browns during their first four games of the campaign, I don't see how anybody could deny that Cleveland is currently the worst team in all of pro football. Are the 2012 Browns already a lost cause? Maybe not, but those "will the Cavs win a game before the Browns do?" jokes are getting less funny with each week.
The Philadelphia Eagles host the New York Giants on Sunday, September 30 (8:20 p.m. EDT) at Lincoln Financial Field. If the G-Men (2-1) are going to get a win -- they have lost seven of their last eight games against the Eagles (2-1) -- a few things will have to go right for them. Here are three keys to victory for Big Blue, which leads the all-time series against Philly 80-72-2.
CLEVELAND - No team has ever started 0-4 and advanced to the postseason, but that doesn't mean the winless Cleveland Browns aren't focused on their game against the New York Giants next Sunday in the Meadowlands.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Carolina rookie kick and punt returner Joe Adams is inactive for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons a week after he had two turnovers in a loss to the New York Giants.
It's been all the talk around the Carolina Panthers' franchise -- in and out of the building. Nobody seems too impressed with the ways in which quarterback Cam Newton is dealing with individual failure, several teammates have called him out about it, and there were even recent rumors of Newton seeing a sports psychologist about the fact that he's "pouting" in games when he should be leading his team back from adversity -- whether he creates that adversity or not. Late in Carolina's Week 3 36-7 loss to the New York Giants, receiver Steve Smith berated Newton for showing what he considered to be inappropriate attitude. Newton threw three picks and no touchdowns, but that wasn't what was getting up Smith's nose about the whole thing. "Cam Newton has a very unique opportunity to be a franchise quarterback to an organization that needs one," Smith said by way of explanation after the game. "Statistics don't lie. Athletic quarterbacks, they either excel or they fail. And I told Cam that. This is an opportunity for him to learn — at that time they were benching him — and observe. They put D.A. [Derek Anderson] in. You can sit there -- if this is the worst [it's] going to get, you're in for a long day, and this is not what it's about." Last season, linemen Jordan Gross and Ryan Kalil told Newton the same thing . Newton seemed to take heed, as one would do when told something by a couple of tough guys weighing over three bills each, but it hasn't taken effect on the field. In a great profile by Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer , Newton's parents, Cecil and Jackie, talk about how they've seen this for years. No matter the situation, if the younger Newton isn't playing as if he believes he should, it takes him over. It started when Cam was about 13 years old, and played in a pickup softball game. In the last inning, Cecil Newton drilled a fly ball to deep center field over his son's head. Cam Newton ran back, reached up for the ball ... and watched it go over his glove by a couple of inches. A member of the other team raced around the bases with the winning run. Cam Newton was devastated. "He didn't get (the ball). We won the softball game," Cecil Newton said Friday over lunch at a seafood restaurant near the Atlanta airport. "He sulked the rest of the weekend over that play." Cecil, a former star college defensive back who had a cup of coffee with the Dallas Cowboys in the early 1980s, remembered one game when Cam and his brother, Cecil Jr., botched a quarterback-center exchange at Westlake High in Georgia.. The boys retreated to the TV room of the family's home, where they rehashed the game, and that play, with their dad well past midnight. "We sat up all night, 'How could that have happened?'?" Cecil Newton said. No matter where that comes from -- that attitude that seems to drive Cam Newton's teammates nuts -- it clearly has to be managed.

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