November 2013 - Football Wiretap

Michael Crabtree 'Ready To Play'

Nov 30, 2013 4:10 PM

Michael Crabtree is expected to play for the first time since tearing his Achilles in the spring.

"I'm really ready to play," Crabtree said from his locker Friday. "It's been a long time coming."

"I feel comfortable enough to play," Crabtree added. "I feel great."

Crabtree emerged as a legitimate No. 1 receiver after Colin Kaepernick took over for Alex Smith last season.

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Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Fantasy, Injury

Derek Wolfe Falls Ill On Broncos' Bus To Airpot, Out For Week 13

Nov 30, 2013 4:10 PM

The Denver Broncos will be without defensive end Derek Wolfe for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Wolfe fell ill on Friday's team bus ride to the airport.

"After the club's medical staff examined him, he was taken to the hospital by ambulance for testing and observation," the Broncos said in a statement. "At this time, Wolfe is continuing to be evaluated by doctors to determine the cause of his symptoms."

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Tags: Denver Broncos, Injury

Kevin Sumlin Agrees To Six-Year Extension At Texas A&M

Nov 30, 2013 4:08 PM

Kevin Sumlin has agreed to a new six-year deal with Texas A&M.

Sumlin had been linked to the USC job, as well as a possible move to the NFL.

"I am humbled and very appreciative of the commitment that Texas A&M has extended not only to me and my family, but to our football program overall," Sumlin said in a statement. "We have only just begun to lay the foundation for sustained, long-term success here at Texas A&M, and we will work hard every day to make this great institution and the 12th Man proud."

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Tags: Misc Rumor, NCAA

Patriots Won't Have Aaron Dobson Against Texans

Nov 30, 2013 4:07 PM

Aaron Dobson has been ruled out of Sunday's game by the New England Patriots against the Houston Texans.

Dobson suffered a foot injury in the Patriots' win over the Denver Broncos last Sunday.

Kenbrell Thompkins took Dobson's spot in the second half of the game.

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Tags: New England Patriots, Fantasy, Injury

Raiders To Give Terrelle Pryor Additional Time For Evaluation

Nov 30, 2013 4:05 PM

The Oakland Raiders have been encouraged by the play of Matt McGloin, but Dennis Allen wants to further evaluate Terrelle Pryor over the final four games of the season.

It is unclear if Pryor may have a chance to start, or if he'll have a limited set of packages.

"I think we want to try to see more of (Pryor) at some point," Allen said Friday, via CSN Bay Area. "Injuries are a tough thing. They're hard to account for. You don't know how things are going to respond and how quickly people are going to get back.

"With the short week, and again, only having 20 plays in the second half, we weren't able to get him involved in the offense," Allen added. "But I think that's something we want to look at moving forward, but we'll see how that plays out."

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Tags: Oakland Raiders, IQ

Zac Stacy Expected To Play Against 49ers

Nov 30, 2013 3:57 PM

Zac Stacy is expected to play on Sunday for the St. Louis Rams against the San Francisco 49ers.

Stacy is coming back from a concussion in last week's game.

Stacy has 624 yards on 141 carries and four touchdowns.

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Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Fantasy, Injury

Percy Harvin Has Hip Issue Flare Up Again

Nov 30, 2013 3:55 PM

Percy Harvin is dealing with issues again on his surgically repaired hip.

Harvin is seeing doctors on Saturday and his status for Monday's important matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints is in doubt.

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Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Fantasy, Injury

Bo Pelini's Job At Nebraska Not In Danger

Nov 30, 2013 2:00 PM

Bo Pelini's job as head coach at Nebraska is not in jeopardy.

Nebraska lost 38-17 to Iowa to end the regular season.

Pelini came under scrutiny in September with the release of a two-year-old audio tape in which he criticized Nebraska's fans and talked of leaving the school.

"They want to fire me, go ahead," he said Friday. "I believe in what I've done. I don't apologize for what I've done. I don't apologize to you. I don't apologize to anybody." 

"My approach has always been not to comment publicly about our coaches until their full seasons are complete, as I strongly believe it is unfair and counter to best practices," Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst said in the statement. "However, given the volume of unfounded speculation and conjecture about our head football coach, I want to reaffirm what I have said many times since I arrived at the University of Nebraska -- that I positively respect, appreciate and support our football student-athletes, coaches and staff, as we do everyone in the Husker family."

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Tags: NCAA

Richie Incognito Agrees To Extend Suspension With Pay

Nov 29, 2013 6:02 PM

Richie Incognito and the Miami Dolphins have agreed for him to remain away from the team, but he'll continue to get paid.

Incognito was suspended indefinitely on Nov. 3 after his bullying situation with Jonathan Martin came to light.

Incognito and the Dolphins have reached this compromise with the agreement of both the league office and the NFL Players Association.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Miami Dolphins, Misc Rumor, Suspension

Saban Unsure How Much Longer He Wants To Coach

Nov 29, 2013 1:53 PM

Nick Saban is "happy" at Alabama, but is unsure how much longer he plans to continue coaching.

Saban is already 62 years of age and has led Alabama to three BCS titles over the past four years.

"I really don't know," Saban said during the interview. "I feel like as long as I enjoy what I'm doing.

"I'm happy with what I'm doing and I feel like I can make a contribution to the young people, and they respond to do things the right way and is actually benefiting them to help them be more successful in their life. As long as I'm healthy and can do that and I'm happy doing it, then I'm going to do it."


Tags: NCAA

John Fox To Return To Broncos On Monday
John Fox is recovering from open-heart surgery earlier this month.

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Harbaugh Wonders If Tomlin Received Credit For Tackle
Mike Tomlin interfered with James Jones during a 73-yard return in the Ravens' win over the Steelers on Thursday.

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Raiders Release Tyler Wilson For Fourth Time
The Raiders have released Tyler Wilson to create a roster spot to activate left tackle Jared Veldheer.

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Cowboys Wear Standard Blue Jerseys At Home For First Time In Decades
The Cowboys typically wear throwback blue jerseys with white helmets during their annual Thanksgiving day game.

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Weeden: I Don't Need 5-Year-Old Kids Telling Me How To Play QB
Brandon Weeden has completed just 51.5 percent of his passes this season.

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Patrick Peterson Leaves Agent Ahead Of Expected Extension Talks
Patrick Peterson is widely expected to be made the NFL's highest-paid defensive player in the NFL, with as much as $50 million guaranteed.

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Tate Calls Suspended Seahawks' Teammates 'Selfish'
Golden Tate described the suspensions of Walter Thurmond and Brandon Browner for substance abuse as "selfish."

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GM: Too Many Rushed Judgments For The Elite Young QBs
Russell Wilson is only trailing Peyton Manning in passer rating and QBR since Week 8 of last season.

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Brooks: Griffin Shouldn't Be Playing Right Now
Robert Griffin III threw for just 127 yards on 17-for-27 shooting with one interceptions and four sacks agains the San Francisco 49ers.


Flacco Thinks Wildcat Formation Should Be Left For High School
Joe Flacco doesn't expect the Ravens to use the Wildcat again this season.


49ers Expect Michael Crabtree To Play Sunday
Michael Crabtree has practiced over the past three weeks and is expected to be in the lineup on Sunday against the Rams.

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Cowboys-Giants Scores Higher TV Rating Than Patriots-Broncos
The NFC East continues to score huge ratings despite having a down season.

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Nick Foles Finally Given Eagles' Job Indefinitely
Nick Foles has completed 63.6 percent of his passes with 16 touchdowns and no interceptions this season.

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Jay Cutler Wants To Remain With Bears, Even Under Franchise Tag
Jay Cutler is even open to having the Bears place the franchise tag on him.

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Brandon Browner Facing Year-Long Suspension
Brandon Browner is a free agent at the end of the season and his tenure with the Seahawks is likely over.

Bob Condotta/Seattle Times

Seahawks Discuss Return With Antoine Winfield
The Seahawks will be without Walter Thurmond for a four-game suspension, while Brandon Browner is out with a groin injury.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Rodgers' Odds Of Playing On Thanksgiving 'Slim And None'
Aaron Rodgers injured his collarbone several weeks ago against the Bears.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Daniel Thomas Out For Season With Ankle Injury
Daniel Thomas will miss the remainder of the season with an ankle injury.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Source: Dwayne Allen Is Player Colts Really Miss
Dwayne Allen was drafted for the Colts to use him in two-tight end sets with Coby Fleener.

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Rivers: NFL Has More Parity This Season
The Chargers are one of six teams in the AFC with a 5-6 record.

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