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Sparingly used Faulk undecided on his future in football

Associated Press

It’s too soon to say whether the Marshall Faulk highlight montage the Rams showed at the finish of their home finale was a going away tribute to the running back.

Faulk, a former NFL MVP who’s been used sparingly this year behind Steven Jackson, hasn’t decided if he will keep playing. Earlier this year, he agreed to a restructured four-year contract and took a pay cut.

After the Rams (5-10) were swept by the 49ers for the first time since 1998 in a 24-20 loss Saturday, he said it wasn’t the right time to discuss his future.

“I’ve been playing football for a long time and it’s something I love doing,” he said. “So to just give you a quick answer after a hard loss to a division opponent wouldn’t even be right.”

Armstead among possible solutions to Giants’ LB woes

The New York Giants’ linebacker situation has become so dire that the team might look to its past for solutions.

Last week, the Giants worked out Jesse Armstead, a five-time Pro Bowl selection with the team in the late 1990s. The last time he played in a regular-season game was 2003 with Washington. Coach Tom Coughlin didn’t say Sunday whether Armstead would join the team.

A linebacker corps already missing starters Antonio Pierce (high ankle sprain) and Carlos Emmons (strained right pectoral muscle) took another hit Saturday when rookie Chase Blackburn strained his neck in a 35-20 loss at Washington.

Verdict still out on Mora’s antics following loss

Atlanta Falcons president/general manager Rich McKay said Sunday it’s too early to tell if the team will discipline coach Jim Mora for his antics following the team’s 27-24 overtime loss at Tampa Bay on Saturday.

The defeat eliminated Atlanta from playoff contention. After the game, in his regularly scheduled postgame chat with radio flagship analyst Dave Archer, Mora was asked to explain why the Falcons punted from their 24 when facing fourth-and-2 with 1:08 remaining in overtime.

Even though Michael Koenen’s punt went 53 yards, Mark Jones’ 28-yard return put the Buccaneers in position to win on Matt Bryant’s field goal five plays later.

According to several team and radio station employees, Mora abruptly removed his headset after hearing Archer’s question and threw it to the ground.

Mora was so angry that he also threw a microphone – which almost hit sideline reporter Nicole Watson in the head.

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