Posted on: January 4, 2010 11:02 am

Reports: Brady playing with broken finger, ribs

The Boston Globe reports that Patriots QB Tom Brady has been playing with a broken finger on his throwing hand since "early December."

The story cited a source close to the team with the news, in addition to a report by Charley Casserly on CBS on Sunday that Brady also has three broken ribs.

The Globe's source confirmed that Brady is playing with hurt ribs in addition to the broken finger, but could not be more specific about the nature of the rib injury.

The Patriots host the Ravens in an AFC wildcard matchup this weekend.
Posted on: December 18, 2009 10:24 am

Shanahan appears headed to Redskins

Former Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan has been in discussions to become the Washington Redskins' next head coach, according to the Denver Post.

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder began housecleaning by bringing in Bruce Allen to replace Vinny Cerrato as general manager.

The Allen-Shanahan partnership appears ready to take control of the struggling franchise.
Posted on: December 18, 2009 9:57 am

Sanchez cold start against Falcons

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was listed as a "full" participant in practice and took 75% of the first-team reps, according to the New York Daily News.

Coach Rex Ryan said Sanchez had no swelling or discomfort when he was examined my team doctors.
Category: NFL
Posted on: December 14, 2009 11:12 am

Kevin Smith could miss rest of season

Lions running back Kevin Smith suffered a season-ending knee injury, according to the Detroit News.

The second-year running back was carted off the field in obvious pain and will undergo an MRI.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz said that it's likely a "significant" knee injury, which occurred when Smith ducked and tried to cut inside Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain.
Category: NFL
Posted on: December 14, 2009 11:05 am

Going for perfection

Should the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints focus on keeping the undefeated streaks alive?

According to USA TODAY, CBS' Bill Cowher suggests the big picture — preparing for the postseason — should take precedence over potential regular-season perfection.

Cowher believes that teams should use the games like exhibitions, where the starters play solid football for a half.
Posted on: December 14, 2009 10:57 am

Norv Turner contact extension

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Norv Turner will get a contract extension right after the regular season ends.

Turner's contract was due to expire after next season.

San Diego can clinch the AFC West Division with:
  • a win (vs. Cincinnati) and a Denver loss or tie (vs. Oakland)  

San Diego can clinch a first-round bye with:

  • a win (vs. Cincinnati) and a Denver loss or tie (vs. Oakland) and a New England loss or tie (vs. Buffalo)
Posted on: December 11, 2009 12:35 pm

Young pulled from practice, still might play

Titans QB Vince Young was pulled from practice on Thursday after aggravating an injury to his right knee, but coach Jeff Fisher still seems optimistic that Young will play against the Rams on Sunday, the Tennessean reports.

"He has been trying to push through practice and he just had a setback so we shut him down," Fisher said, as quoted in the story. "We'll tend to him ... and see how he is tomorrow."

Young hurt his knee last week in the Titans' loss to the Colts, but was still able to finish the game. The Titans training staff checked out the injury this week and deemed him fit to practice.

Posted on: December 11, 2009 12:31 pm

Ryan still questionable for Falcons vs. Saints

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Falcons QB Matt Ryan is still questionable to play against the Saints on Sunday, as he did not practice with the team on Thursday due to his turf toe injury. However, he did participate in a walk-through.

The story also noted that RB Michael Turner (ankle) was held out of practice by coach Mike Smith, but Smith believes there is a chance that he'll be ready to go vs. New Orleans.

Falcons CB Chris Houston (hamstring) is already ruled out for the game.

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