Sept 12 (The Sports Xchange) - Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano told the Tampa Bay Times that he did not fix the results of the team's voting for team captain to prevent quarterback Josh Freeman from being honored. Freeman was a captain for the last three years. Rumors circulated that Schiano rigged the voting after Freeman was not elected this year. - - Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley missed his second practice in a row Thursday with a shoulder injury. ...
Sept 11 (The Sports Xchange) - Ndamukong Suh will appeal the $100,000 fine levied against him by the NFL for unnecessary roughness on his blindside hit to the knees of Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan on Sunday, according to multiple reports. The Detroit Lions defensive lineman received the largest fine without a suspension ever given for an on-field violation. - - Cleveland Browns rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo was cleared for contact and was on the practice field with the team. ...
Sept 11 (Reuters) - Each Wednesday, The Lineman offers his predictions and analysis of six matchups from that week's National Football League (NFL) schedule. - - Last Week 2-4 Pick of the Week 0-1 - - PICK OF THE WEEK Dallas Cowboys (1-0) at Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) (Line: Cowboys +2.5) The Chiefs won just two games last season yet this year they have been tipped as favorites for the second consecutive week. Blowing out the toothless Jaguars is one thing, giving up points to the Cowboys is another. I like the Chiefs, I really do. ...
Sept 10 (The Sports Xchange) - The NFL fined Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh $100,000 but avoided a suspension for diving at Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan's knees during an interception return by Lions teammate DeAndre Levy in Sunday's 34-24 victory over the Vikings. - - Running back Brandon Jacobs re-signed with the New York Giants on a one-year deal. The team opted to bring Jacobs, 31, back into the fold to help struggling second-year back David Wilson. He was with the Giants from 2005 to 2011 and rushed for 4,849 yards and 56 touchdowns. ...
Sept 9 (The Sports Xchange) - Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh faces discipline from the NFL for diving at Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan's knees during Sunday's game, ESPN reported. Suh was penalized 15 yards for an illegal block during an interception return by Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy, who scored an apparent touchdown that gave Detroit the lead. But the play was nullified because of Suh's illegal low block against Sullivan away from the play. ...
(Reuters) - It may have only been the first week of the National Football League season but that is all that was needed for Super Bowl contenders to reveal themselves while other hopefuls got off to a rocky start. The Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints confirmed their championship ambitions with impressive wins while the New England Patriots and Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens had worrying flaws exposed. ...
Sept 9 (Reuters) - It may have only been the first week of the National Football League season but that is all that was needed for Super Bowl contenders to reveal themselves while other hopefuls got off to a rocky start. The Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints confirmed their championship ambitions with impressive wins while the New England Patriots and Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens had worrying flaws exposed. ...
Sept 8 (The Sports Xchange) - The New York Giants kept giving Dallas the ball and it was only a matter of time before the Cowboys started doing something of substance with the gifts. Quarterback Tony Romo and the Cowboys took advantage of six turnovers to hold off the Giants 36-31 before 85,348 fans at AT&T Stadium on Sunday- the first win for Dallas in five tries against New York in the Cowboys' $1 billion home. The six turnovers led to 24 Dallas points, 21 coming in the second half. Romo passed for 263 yards and two touchdowns, both to Jason Witten. ...
Sept 6 (The Sports Xchange) - It appears New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will be ready to play in Sunday's opener against Dallas despite a heel injury, but the status of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul remains unclear. - - The Cleveland Browns defense has been hit with injuries that threaten to sideline a pair of starters for Sunday's regular-season opener against the Miami Dolphins. Cornerback Buster Skrine was listed as questionable Friday with a shoulder injury suffered in practice the previous day, while left defensive end Ahtyba Rubin is also questionable with a calf injury. ...
By Steve Keating (Reuters) - The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos, the hot favorite to lift the title, raise the curtain on the NFL's 2013 season on Thursday as the opening act to a Week One full on intrigue. Recycled players, rivalries, revenge and a return to the sidelines highlight the opening chapter of a five-month drama that will reach a chilling climax on February 2 when New York and New Jersey host the first outdoor, cold weather Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium. ...

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