Sept 13 (The Sports Xchange) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson and Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews were fined by the NFL on Friday as a result of hits over the weekend. Goldson drew a $30,000 fine for "unnecessarily striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area" during the second quarter of Sunday's 18-17 loss to the New York Jets. Goldson was penalized for committing a personal foul after hitting Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland. Matthews was fined $15,000 for his late hit against San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. ...
The New York Giants were willing to part ways with running back Brandon Jacobs because the team believed it had better options this season. However, after Andre Brown fractured his leg in the preseason finale and David Wilson fumbled twice in Week 1, New York had a change of heart. [ Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football is open for business ] Jacobs, who was a free agent, worked out with New York today and re-signed with the team, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano. He reportedly signed a one-year deal (terms of Jacobs’ contract were not disclosed). To make room for Jacobs, New York placed defensive end Adewale Ojomo on waivers. Here is what Graziano had to say about the signing: The source also said one of the reasons the Giants decided to sign Jacobs was his familiarity with their offense, particularly their pass-protection schemes. That's an area in which Wilson struggled last year and again Sunday night. The Giants believe Jacobs can help mentor Wilson in that and other areas, as well as possibly spell him on passing downs and maybe at the goal line. Jacobs played for the Giants from 2005 to 2011. He won two Super Bowl titles before joining the San Francisco 49ers in 2012. Jacobs was suspended by the team before he was eventually released. He remained unsigned until today. Overall, Jacobs has rushed for 4,856 yards and 56 touchdowns in his career. - - - Hit us up on Twitter @YShutdownCorner , email us at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com and "Like" Shutdown Corner on Facebook for NFL conversation 365 days a year, the way it should be.
(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. ...
(Reuters) - Following are brief profiles of the 16 teams in the National Football Conference (NFC) ahead of the 2013 National Football League (NFL) season: - - ATLANTA FALCONS Head coach: Mike Smith 2012 record: 13-3 (Won the NFC South after starting the season 8-0 before losing 28-24 to the San Francisco 49ers in second round of the playoffs) Blessed with a well-oiled passing attack effectively orchestrated by quarterback Matt Ryan, the Falcons have high hopes of going deeper into the postseason after acquiring three-time Pro Bowl running back Steven Jackson in March. ...
Sept 2 (Reuters) - Following are brief profiles of the 16 teams in the National Football Conference (NFC) ahead of the 2013 National Football League (NFL) season: - - ATLANTA FALCONS Head coach: Mike Smith 2012 record: 13-3 (Won the NFC South after starting the season 8-0 before losing 28-24 to the San Francisco 49ers in second round of the playoffs) Blessed with a well-oiled passing attack effectively orchestrated by quarterback Matt Ryan, the Falcons have high hopes of going deeper into the postseason after acquiring three-time Pro Bowl running back Steven Jackson in March. ...
Aug 27 (The Sports Xchange) - Defensive tackle Kevin Williams appears to have escaped major injury from a low block against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night, but his Minnesota Vikings teammates remain upset with 49ers guard Joe Looney. The NFL reviewed the play and deemed the block legal, which further upset Vikings defensive end Jared Allen. "He had a perfect opportunity to hit him in the chest, but he intentionally went to his knee," Allen told ESPN. ...
The San Francisco 49ers ruled out any chance that Mario Manningham would be ready for the start of the regular season after placing the injured wide receiver on the physically unable to perform/reserve list, coach Jim Harbaugh announced Sunday.
When the San Francisco 49ers lost, in overtime, to the New York Giants in the 2011 NFC championship game, one area of the roster that the team desperately needed to improve was the wide receiver position. In that 20-17 loss, 49ers wide receivers were targeted just nine times, with Michael Crabtree accounting for the only reception. That catch gained three yards on a 3rd-and-5 play from the Giants' 10-yard line with six minutes to go in the fourth quarter, forcing the 49ers to kick a game-tying field goal instead of having another crack at a potential go-ahead touchdown. The 49ers were aggressive in upgrading the receiver position last offseason. Mario Manningham and Randy Moss were signed in free agency and the team used their first round pick in the 2012 NFL draft on Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, who may need general manager Trent Baalke's help to get a roster spot in 2013, writes Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News.
Aug 12 (The Sports Xchange) - Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamal Charles was carted off the field during practice Monday, but coach Andy Reid said X-rays taken on Charles' injured foot were negative. The team is treating the injury as a sprain and the injury is not considered serious. His status for Friday night's preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers is not certain, but Reid told NFL.com, "If he is ready to go, he'll play." - - First-year Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid got his man when he traded for quarterback Alex Smith during the offseason. ...

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