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  • Kitna gives Dallas sense of stability

    IRVING, Texas – These days, Jon Kitna would be forgiven if he surrendered to his imagination. The urge to consider possibilities now steeped in realism seem too great to resist. …


  • AFC North title within Steelers’ grasp

    PITTSBURGH – There was no drama, no surprise. The Pittsburgh Steelers are closing in on a division title and a bye in the first round of the playoffs, and the …


  • NFL Notes: 49ers change QBs

    The San Francisco 49ers are going back to Troy Smith as their starting quarterback while leaving open the possibility they might switch to Alex Smith at any time. Coach Mike …


  • Enigmatic Niners

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The San Francisco 49ers are an NFL enigma. So bad one week, so good the next – and it’s hard to explain why. Other than inconsistency, …


  • NFL Notes: Tebow time in Denver

    It’s Tim Tebow time for the remainder of the season whether Kyle Orton likes the situation or not. Orton said he was informed by the Denver Broncos that the rookie …


  • Hester’s returns, Favre’s injury lead to blowout

    MINNEAPOLIS – Brett Favre was bundled up in a heavy gray coat by the time Devin Hester sped through the snow with his record-setting return. Favre’s surprise start ended with …


  • Game ball honors coach’s battle for life

    Jeff Fisher had only one game ball to hand out after Tennessee ended a six-game skid, and his football went to his offensive coordinator, who keeps coaching despite being treated …


  • Return on final play gives Eagles win

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – With 13 seconds left, DeSean Jackson never thought he’d get a chance to win the game. Matt Dodge was ordered by Giants coach Tom Coughlin to …


  • NFL Notes: Falcons, Steelers clinch

    The Atlanta Falcons and Pittsburgh Steelers have clinched playoff berths, and neither team even needed to win. Atlanta gets in because the Philadelphia Eagles rallied to beat the New York …


  • Saints, Ravens put it on the line

    BALTIMORE – While savoring their stature as defending Super Bowl champions, the New Orleans Saints have assumed a more pressing role: just another team trying to enhance its position in …


  • San Diego blasts 49ers to move closer to Chiefs in AFC West

    SAN DIEGO – Vincent Jackson reminded the San Diego Chargers just what they missed during a nasty contract dispute. Jackson had a career-high three touchdown catches, Philip Rivers surpassed 4,000 …


  • NFL Notes: Favre unlikely to return

    Brett Favre sounds like a quarterback who’s thrown his last pass, at peace with the way his storied career could end on a blindside hit that slammed him to the …


  • Jets coach’s job on line

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Sal Alosi tripped up when he told the New York Jets his side of the story. Now, the embattled assistant coach could be looking to save …


  • Wilson’s interception gives Ravens OT win

    HOUSTON – The Baltimore Ravens almost blew another one, until their trademark defense saved the game. Josh Wilson intercepted Matt Schaub’s pass and returned it 12 yards for a touchdown …


  • Favre watches Giants triumph

    DETROIT – Brett Favre stood on the sidelines for the start of a game for the first time since 1992, rubbing his salt-and-pepper beard in frustration because his body couldn’t …


  • NFL Notebook: Jets assistant suspended

    Turns out this was one costly trip for Sal Alosi. The New York Jets assistant coach who tripped a Miami Dolphins player during a game was suspended by the team …


  • After 297 straight starts, Favre forced out by shoulder injury

    An unexpected postponement gave Brett Favre one more chance. A little extra time for his right shoulder to heal, another day for him to show he was healthy enough to …


  • Metrodome roof collapse could boost Favre’s chances of playing

    MINNEAPOLIS — Brett Favre is getting help from the Minnesota Vikings medical staff, the athletic trainers and perhaps even the weather gods as he tries to keep his incredible consecutive …


  • NFL Notes: Kansas City Chiefs extend Charles

    The Kansas City Chiefs signed running back Jamaal Charles to a five-year contract extension, continuing their plan to lock up their impressive core of young players. Charles confirmed the signing …


  • NFL Notes: Cassel out for Chiefs-Chargers game

    Quarterback Matt Cassel didn’t travel to San Diego on Saturday and is out for the Kansas City Chiefs’ game against the Chargers today. Cassel, having the finest year of his …


  • NFL Notes: Steelers’ Harrison feels he was targeted

    Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has been fined four times this season for dangerous hits. Now, he thinks an opposing player should be disciplined for supposedly going after him. Harrison …


  • Manning gets Colts back on winning track

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – So much for the worst slump of Peyton Manning’s career. Manning threw for 319 yards and two touchdowns, and the Indianapolis Colts snapped their three-game skid by …


  • NFL Notes: Haynesworth suspended without pay

    Simmering all year, the antagonism between Albert Haynesworth and Mike Shanahan finally reached the boiling point Tuesday when the two-time All-Pro defensive lineman was suspended by the Washington Redskins coach …


  • NFL Notes: Teammate calls out Haynesworth

    Phillip Daniels’ emotions swelled to the point that the Washington Redskins veteran defensive lineman had to stop and gather himself as he spoke about Albert Haynesworth. When Daniels resumed, the …


  • Injuries take toll on NFL starting QBs

    This is the sixth consecutive NFL season in which there have been at least 50 different starting quarterbacks. The high turnover is mostly injury-related and performance- related; on occasion, it …


  • Brady picks apart Jets in 45-3 victory

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady turned this anticipated classic into a classic rout. Brady doesn’t lose many big games, certainly not at home and definitely not with so much on …


  • NFL notes: Favre sprains shoulder

    Brett Favre says he has a sprained throwing shoulder and that it’s too early to tell if he will make his 298th consecutive regular season start next week. The 41-year-old …


  • Football union advises saving paychecks

    NFL players might be socking away their paychecks soon to get ready for a lockout that could cost them their entire salary in 2011. The pro football players’ union has …


  • Vick rallies Eagles over Texans

    PHILADELPHIA – Michael Vick shook off all the hard hits, continued to get up off the ground and kept making plays. Vick threw for 302 yards and accounted for three …


  • NFL Notes: Broncos’ McKinley owed big debt

    Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley had a gambling problem and was deep in debt when he committed suicide on Sept. 21, friends and family told authorities during a probe …