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Posted on: January 2, 2011 11:38 am
Edited on: January 2, 2011 11:48 am

Week 17 AFC Inactives

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, those who ARE active: Browns RB Peyton Hillis, Steelers S Troy Polamalu, Ravens TE Todd Heap

And those who are INACTIVE:

A whole mess of Jets starters, including CB Darrelle Revis, CB Antonio Cromartie, RB LaDainian Tomlinson and RB Shonn Greene.

A whole mess of Patriots starters, including LB Tully Banta-Cain, WR Deion Branch, TE Aaron Hernandez and WR Wes Welker.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Bills: He missed three practice this week with a bad knee.

Dan Connolly, G, Patriots: Hasn't been seen since his amazing near-TD kickoff return with a head injury.

Chad Ochocinco, WR, Bengals: For a guy who might be playing his last game with Cincinnati, this is a quiet way to go out.

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Posted on: January 1, 2011 11:48 am

Injury Report analysis Part I

Posted by Andy Benoit

Because a handful of teams have nothing to play for in Week 17, deciphering the injury report can be a very inexact – and, frankly, pointless – science. Thus, we’ll only bother analyzing the injury reports from games that carry playoff implications.

Bengals @ Ravens

Chad Ochocinco is once again out with an ankle. Have we already seen his last game as a Bengal? TE Jermaine Gresham is doubtful with a knee. Cornerback Jonathan Joseph, who has missed five games this season, is fighting an ankle.

The Ravens will be without LB Tavares Gooden (shoulder). Gooden is a nice athlete with iffy on-field awareness. TE Todd Heap is questionable with a thigh injury; fortunately Baltimore has plenty of depth at his position.

Steelers @ Browns

Pittsburgh has been hoping all season that DE Aaron Smith can return from his October triceps injury. He has resumed workouts but isn’t ready to play in Week 17. A win would give the Steelers a bye and, ostensibly, a greater chance at getting Smith on the field in their first playoff game. Same concept applies to SS Troy Polamalu, who has missed the past few weeks with an Achilles injury. Polamalu may actually not need the bye, though. He was a full participant in practice this week and is listed as questionable.

Browns RB Peyton Hillis did not practice and is questionable with a ribs injury. DL Shaun Rogers has missed the last two games and is questionable with an ankle. DE Kenyon Coleman is also questionable (kM. Jones-Drew (US Presswire)nee).

Jaguars @ Texans

This injury report might as well read “Jacksonville’s playoff hopes tarnished”. QB David Garrard is out for the season after surgery to repair ligament damage in his right middle finger. RB Maurice Jones-Drew is once again on the shelf with a knee. He’ll need surgery after the season, as well. TE Zach Miller is out with a concussion. SS Courtney Green continues to be hampered by a shoulder. The Jags D has been gashed with Green’s backup, Sean Considine, filling in.

Fantasy owners take note: the Texans will be without superstar WR Andre Johnson.

Titans @ Colts

Tennessee’s entire roster is questionable with a heart issue. Aside from that, everyone is healthy.

Injuries have defined Indy’s season. The only major change on the injury front this week is that LB Clint Session (elbow) might finally return.

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Posted on: December 30, 2010 6:57 pm

NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

Posted by Will Brinson

Way back in the middle of October, Brandon Meriweather, James Harrison and Dunta Robinson were all fined a lot of money because of big helmet-to-helmet hits that sparked a national debate about the safety of the NFL.

Those fines, according to Judy Battista of the New York Times, have all been reduced.

Harrison (originally fined $75,000, which nearly "forced" him into retirement) had his fine reduced from $75,000 to $50,000, Meriweather (the headbutt on Todd Heap) had his reduced from $50,000 to $40,000 and Dunta Robinson (who collided with DeSean Jackson) had his reduced from $50,000 to $25,000.

The NFL has since confirmed the reductions.

"We can confirm the outcome of those appeals," the NFL said in a statement. "The appeals officer, Ted Cottrell, reduced Robinson’s fine from $50,000 to $25,000 and Meriweather’s fine from $50,000 to $40,000. Following these decisions, Cottrell took the additional step of reviewing the appeal of James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Harrison was fined $75,000 earlier this season for a similar flagrant hit. Cottrell consulted with Commissioner Goodell about reducing Harrison’s fine to $50,000 and the commissioner fully supported the decision."

Cottrell also said, according to the league's statement, that he reduced the fines because of an increased effort by the players to work within the confines of the rules and adjusting their techniques.

Additionally, those fine amounts just make more sense in the scheme of things, especially when you consider how knee-jerk the reaction from the league was to three big hits within a short time span at the time.

With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, and no major incidents with any of the players during the rest of the regular season, a reduction in fines seems like a smart move.

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Posted on: December 26, 2010 11:42 am
Edited on: December 26, 2010 12:17 pm

Week 16 AFC Inactives

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, those who ARE active: Jaguars WR Mike Sims-Walker, Ravens CB Chris Carr, Jets QB Mark Sanchez (who is starting), Colts RB Joseph Addai, Browns NT Shaun Rogers.

Now, those who are NOT active:

Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars:
We figured this was coming, but still, it’s important to note that this is the first time Jones-Drew has missed a game due to injury. Rashad Jennings will take over, and he should be fine today.

Aaron Hernandez, TE, Patriots:
The rookie TE who has been so impressive this season didn’t travel with his team to Buffalo, so this isn’t a surprising. Look for Rob Gronkowski to get even more action.

Todd Heap, TE, Ravens:
He's been dealing with a hamstring issue, and after an inconsistent week of practice, he's sitting down today.

Karlos Dansby, LB, Dolphins:
Miami will miss one of its best linebackers, but Dansby is dealing with a toe injury and didn't practice all week.

Chad Ochocinco, WR, Bengals:
Apparently, Ochocinco tweeted today that he was inactive. With this guy, though, I would wait until the official inactive list comes out to confirm it.

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Posted on: December 5, 2010 9:03 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 12:15 am

Steelers, Ravens come down with injuries

B. Roethlisberger took a shot to the nose on the first Pittsburgh series. Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The first series for the Ravens and Steelers offenses did not end well for either team.

On the final play for Pittsburgh, Baltimore NT Haloti Ngata sacked QB Ben Roethlisberger, but while doing so, his left hand made contact with Roethlisberger’s facemask (no penalty was called).

By time Roethlisberger made it back to his feet, blood poured from his nose, and his appendage looked more crooked than we remember it (for a look at the new schnozz, click here) .

On the next series, though, Roethlisberger – who’s also playing with a bad foot – returned to the field.

For the Ravens, the first offensive play of the game was a disaster. As TE Todd Heap ran a fly route, he sustained a hamstring injury. He immediately limped to the sidelines, and according to reports, Heap is out for the game.

Photo at right courtesy of thedutchmaster3 .

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Posted on: November 12, 2010 12:18 am

Matt Ryan is awfully impressive

M. Ryan has become one of the better quarterbacks in the league (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I was prepared to write a post about how much better Matt Ryan is at playing quarterback than Joe Flacco. I probably wouldn’t have phrased it exactly like that, because the difference in the abilities of Ryan and Flacco is probably minimal at best.

But with the Falcons dominating the Ravens for most of the game Thursday night – and with Ryan easily out-playing Flacco – it would have been an easy story to write.

Yet, then, Flacco showed that, while neither he nor Ryan should be considered a top-five quarterback, they’re most definitely two of the better quarterbacks in the league. And they’re two quarterbacks who can push their respective teams deep into the playoffs and perhaps take them on a ride to the Super Bowl.

During Atlanta’s 26-21 win vs. Baltimore, Ryan was brilliant, completing 32 of 50 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns. It was a career game for him.

Flacco (21 of 34 for 209 yards, three touchdowns and one pick), who looked so flat for most of the game, willed his team to 14-straight unanswered points, including two touchdown passes in a span of 4:37 late in the fourth quarter. It was a heck of a final 15 for him.

Briefly, after Flacco hit Ravens TE Todd Heap for the nine-yard score with 1:05 to play to give Baltimore the 21-20 lead, it looked like Flacco had been vindicated.

Until Ryan – who improved to 18-1 at home in his career – took the field, that is.

He didn’t get a ton of help from his receivers. Harry Douglas dropped a pass. So did Roddy White, which was strange because White had dropped one earlier in the quarter and White almost never drops passes.

But he threw a great ball to Michael Jenkins for a 24-yard gain in which Jenkins made a wonderful fingertip catch. He connected with White, and two plays later, Ryan – with the pocket collapsing around him – threw toward TE Tony Gonzalez. The pass was incomplete, but the officials called it pass interference on Ravens LB Tavares Gooden.

Which set the stage for Ryan, who rolled left and threw a great pass to White for the 33-yard touchdown with 20 seconds to go and the victory.

Earlier, I told you Ryan isn’t the elite of the elite. After all, can you visualize him standing in the same picture as Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or Philip Rivers? But with more performances like that, you can see that he eventually could make his way into the frame with the finest of the fine.

Ryan is already a really good quarterback. Ryan becoming a great quarterback is very much a real possibility.

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Posted on: November 5, 2010 12:15 am

Houshmandzadeh wants more PT (obviously)

T. Houshmandzadeh would like an expanded role in Baltimore's offense, but he think he's not going to get it (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The fall from being one of the league’s top possession receiver to near irrelevance has been a quick ride for Ravens WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

From 2005-2009, he caught at least 78 passes a season for at least 900 yards, and though he was never an elite downfield (or home run) threat, he was always one of the better guys in the league at securing that third-down catch and making the tough grab in traffic across the middle of the field.

This year, though, has been a bit of a disaster. Despite signing a five-year, $40 million contract with Seattle in 2009, the Seahawks released him in September. He signed with the Ravens, where he was the third receiver behind Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason (not to mention TE Todd Heap), and now that Donte Stallworth is returning to the team, Houshmandzadeh (nine catches, 128 yards, one touchdown) figures to fall further into the abyss.

Naturally, he’s not pleased with his role.

"I like being here, I really do," Houshmandzadeh told Fox 1370 radio, via the Baltimore Sun. "It's just, anybody that's a competitor, you want to play, period. I'm no different than anybody else. That’s it. You’re winning. And that’s just the situation I’m in. I’m not going to cry about it.

"Do I like it? No. You work for Fox 1370 AM, and if you weren’t allowed to do what you thought you did well, I don’t think you would like that. I’m no different than anyone else on the work force, I just happen to play football. That’s it. It’s no different. I want to play because I think I’m good at what I do, but we have a lot of good players, so it’s not just me."

But as for regrets with signing with Baltimore, he doesn’t have any. The ultimate goal is still within reach.

"As long as you have a chance, an opportunity (to play in the Super Bowl), then it’s always worth it," Houshmandzadeh said. "Once you get to that point – it’s so far away, you know – but just to get an opportunity to have that chance, then of course it’s worth it."

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Posted on: October 24, 2010 12:25 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2010 12:39 pm

NFL to use length of injury-based suspensions?

Posted by Will Brinson

It would be almost surprising if no one gets suspended during Week 7's NFL action; even though the NFL made their intentions known the past week by slinging out fines like [insert your own Lindsay Lohan joke here], it's going to be tough for every single defensive player in the league to avoid landing any devastating hits. 

But how long will any player making an illegal hit be suspended? Excellent question -- there's a chance that it could involve how much time the "victim" of the hit misses.

That's according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, who reported on television that the NFL is considering suspensions that correspond to the length of time the opponent misses based on their injury.

As Michael David Smith noted at Pro Football Talk, this is a logistical nightmare, if just for the reason that suspending a superstar cornerback or linebacker for the season after another team's scrub is placed on IR with a "season-ending injury" (if you know what I mean) simply isn't fair.

That being said, the NFL could institute this "eye-for-eye" with some sort of cap -- like, hypothetically, if Todd Heap misses time because Brandon Meriweather's hit injured him, Meriweather will miss as much time as Heap, up to three weeks.

Whether or not a player purposely went after the opponent could also be a factor, but the league's shown over the past week it doesn't care much for emotions or intentions when it comes to dangerous hits, so don't count on that changing the length of suspension.

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