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Nick Mangold jets to Olympics to see sister compete

After some hemming and hawing, and a whole lot of convincing on his coach’s part, Nick Mangold is heading to the Olympic games in London. It’s not a leisure trip, however. The Jets’ All-Pro center is going in support of his sister, Holley, who will compete in the U.S. women’s weightlifting competition on Sunday. For months, Rex Ryan has urged Mangold to make the trip, despite...
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August 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Cowboys rookie WR Cole Beasley quits team

It's been a helluva week for the Dallas Cowboys. Mostly for owner Jerry Jones, whose went from rants about (what he interprets as) gloryholes to laying down the law to Dez Bryant to emphatically predicting victory over the division-rival Giants. Thankfully, Jones was not in too talkative of a mood on Friday, but probably had a word or twenty after losing a potential diamond...
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August 04, 2012  |  Discuss
SMOOCHY SMOOCHY

Belichick kisses Hernandez's boo-boo

Yes, you read that correctly. In the midst of several team-wide scuffles and shoving matches — par for the course this time of year — Patriots coach Bill Belichick showed his rare softer side, kissing the elbow of banged-up tight end Aaron Hernandez during Wednesday night’s training camp practice. (Still rubbing your eyes in disbelief? Just look at the photo.) While participating...
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August 03, 2012  |  4 Comments

Eagles’ Evan Mathis suffering from vertigo

Here's a training camp ailment you don't hear about everyday. Geoff Mosher of the News Journal has learned that Eagles guard Evan Mathis is suffering from vertigo, which has sidelined him from practice the last two days. Mathis, a key link on Philadelphia's offensive line, has dealt with dizziness and balance issues, stemming from an inner ear infection. There&...
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August 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Barack Obama: I’d be nervous if I was a Jets fan

The last time we heard from Barack Obama, he passed along a valuable piece of advice to Michael Vick. Sticking with the topic of quarterbacks, the commander-in-chief has a message for Jets nation: Be afraid. Be very afraid. In an interview on 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, Obama touched on the Mark Sanchez-Tim Tebow dynamic taking hold of the Big Apple, greeting the controversy with...
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August 02, 2012  |  Discuss
NOWHERE TO BE FOUND

Balmer AWOL from Redskins camp

Washington Redskins defensive end Kentwan Balmer has missed the last two days of training camp and apparently has gone AWOL.

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August 02, 2012  |  Discuss
CLEVELAND STEAMER

Browns sold to Steelers fan for $1B

The Browns reportedly have been sold to Jimmy Haslam, a former minority investor (and fan) of the Steelers, for a price in excess of $1 billion.

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August 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Joe McKnight ‘puking all day,’ courtesy of Applebee’s

They say dining at Applebee’s is “eatin’ good in the neighborhood.” Joe McKnight, ostensibly about five pounds lighter, didn’t get that impression. The Jets’ third-year running back was absent from Wednesday’s training camp practice due to an “illness.” Digging deeper, as beat writer Kimberley Martin did, it turns out McKnight used a “cheat day” at Applebee’s...
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August 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Giants owner takes another dig at Jets, Tebow

Remember around four months ago, when Giants owner John Mara decided to mock the Jets over Tim Tebow's much-ballyhooed arrival? Yeah, well, he's at it again. During an interview Wednesday on ESPN New York 98.7 FM, Mara was asked whether he'd heard of Jerry Jones' latest salvo in the Giants-Cowboys rivalry. His answer had nothing to do with Big D, and everything...
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August 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Saints’ Shanle blasts Donte Whitner, 49ers on Twitter

They may hail from different divisions and their paths don't cross very often, but the Saints and 49ers are quickly becoming the NFL's hottest rivalry. The two have traded barbs since their NFC Divisional Round tilt, and the verbal battle continued to drag on this week. It started (again) on Monday, when San Fran safety Donte Whitner, who famously -- and legally --...
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August 01, 2012  |  Discuss
CATCHY TUNE

Cromartie: I'm Jets' second-best WR

Antonio Cromartie likes his chances as a two-way player for the Jets. He thinks he's better than most the receivers on the team.

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July 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Phillips: J.J. Watt will be a Hall of Famer

Last season, first-round draft pick J.J. Watt enjoyed a solid rookie campaign, recording 5½ sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 4 passes defensed, and even blocked a field goal for the Texans. The 23-year-old defensive end can do it all, and his merits have earned him the highest possible praise from Houston's defensive boss. Following Monday's training camp practice, coordinator...
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July 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Jags coach Mularkey has yet to meet Maurice Jones-Drew

Typically, when a new head coach is brought in, the first thing he does is get acquainted -- both personally and professionally -- with the players. In Jacksonville, Mike Mularkey has done just that, save for one very notable exception. According to Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com, Mularkey and running backs coach Sylvester Croom have yet to meet disgruntled back Maurice Jones...
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July 31, 2012  |  Discuss
DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS

Jones: Cowboys will crush Giants

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones assured fans that the team will be triumphant when it faces the Giants this season, but said so using much more colorful language.

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July 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Colts coach gives Luck jersey to Steelers fan

He might be a pretty harsh critic of impromptu music, but say this about Chuck Pagano: he’s establishing a brand with the Colts. During Monday’s training camp practice, the first-year coach was notified by safety Tom Zbikowski that one attending fan (if you could call him that) was wearing a Steelers jersey. The fan in question was Zach Simmons, a 24-year-old who was only there...
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July 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Mark Sanchez shrugs off Holmes’ QB comments

32 NFL teams are currently going through the rigors of training camp, but you wouldn’t know it with the amount of coverage the Jets are getting. Be that as it may, Mark Sanchez made his rounds with the media on Monday, touching on the recent comments made by Santonio Holmes. As a refresher, Holmes vehemently stated that a two-quarterback system of Sanchez and Tim Tebow would not...
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July 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Jeremy Shockey: Goodell ‘lied to every player’

Yeah, so maybe there are better ways to go about getting a job in the NFL. Jeremy Shockey, the free agent tight end, is probably to stick with that title for a while. On Sunday night, Shockey went on a brief TwitteRant against commissioner Roger Goodell, claiming (though not very coherently) he “lied to every player” regarding concussions. The no it all Rog goodell lied to every...
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July 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Harbaugh defends A.J. Jenkins, bashes ‘clueless’ critics

This past April, the 49ers pulled off a bit of a head-scratcher, selecting receiver A.J. Jenkins with their first-round draft pick, No. 30 overall. It’s not to say Jenkins isn’t a good football player — his highly-productive college resume speaks for itself — but many expected the club to go in a different direction. Those who were against the pick were given some ammo during...
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July 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Luck sings John Denver, gets booed off stage by team

As tradition goes in the NFL, all rookies are subject to initiation with uncomfortable razzing and awkward tasks set upon them by their veteran teammates. Andrew Luck, despite being the No. 1 overall pick, is no exception. This weekend at Colts training camp, Luck was forced to serenade his mates with a tune of his choosing. Because he claims it’s the only song he knows...
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July 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Antonio Cromartie again chides Bill Belichick

After toning down his usual blustery rhetoric this offseason, Jets coach Rex Ryan couldn’t help himself during the team’s first training camp practice on Friday, stating he’s “the best defensive coach in football.” On Sunday, one of his star players — cornerback Antonio Cromartie – backed up the claim, while taking another veiled shot at a certain arch nemesis. “That’s...
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July 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Jaguars kicker can’t find spot for Aston Martin

Two weeks ago, Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee broke the bank (as far as kickers go), squeezing in a four-year contract extension. The new deal included $4.75 million in guarantees so, like most pro athletes, he immediately tapped into some of the new-found wealth by purchasing his dream ride, a silver Aston Martin. Though, despite having his own James Bond car, one problem remains...
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July 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Jets’ Revis misses practice with tight hamstring

Whenever news regarding Darrelle Revis pops up, it’s automatically assumed to be contract-related. That was not the case on Sunday — or so he says. Per the NY Daily News, the Jets’ All-Pro cornerback sat out part of today’s full-contact practice with what he described as “a little tightness” in his right hamstring. Revis, who admitted he was “close” to holding out...
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July 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Dolphins, Ryan Tannehill agree on four-year deal

It took a little longer than both sides would've liked, but the Fins have come to terms with their first-round draft pick. Citing a league source, Profootballtalk.com reports the Dolphins signed Ryan Tannehill to a four-year contract. Financial details aren't yet available, though, as ESPN's Adam Schefter notes, there is offset language included in the deal. ...
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July 28, 2012  |  Discuss
TOUGH CROWD, TOUGH CROWD

Tebow heckled by Jets fans

Tim Tebow's first public practice for the Jets didn't go so well.  It was so bad that several fans got in some verbal jabs on the backup QB.

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July 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Tony Gonzalez is ’95 percent’ sure he’ll retire in 2013

When Tony Gonzalez last walked off the field, he was visibly dismayed, having lost in the playoffs — and rather laughably — to the Giants. He watched yet another quest for that elusive Super Bowl ring fall short, pretty much the only flaw in his impeccable Hall of Fame resume. It seemed as if the time had come for Gonzalez to hang ‘em up, but he surprised some on New Year’s...
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July 28, 2012  |  Discuss
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