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LenDale Was Benched For Being Late
The Titans deactivated running back LenDale White for Sunday's game against the Cardinals after he was late for a walk-through on Saturday. It marked the first time since White's rookie season that he has missed a game. "I don't know. You'll have to ask [coach] Jeff [Fisher]. Ask Jeff," White said when asked about the incident. He has 208 yards and two touchdowns this season.
Norwood Could Start For Falcons
Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has suggested to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that running back Jerious Norwood will start on Sunday against the Eagles. Michael Turner left Sunday's game in the third quarter after reinjuring his right ankle. Turner has 864 yards and 10 touchdowns on 177 carries, while Norwood has just 100 yards on 25 attempts this season.
Caldwell Puts Rest Above Undefeated Record
Colts coach Jim Caldwell will follow in the footsteps of Tony Dungy and put the team's heath above chasing an undefeated record. Indianapolis is 11-0 and has already clinched a postseason berth. Caldwell is expected to begin resting his starters once the Colts lock up home-field advantage. "It'll be somewhat similar to what we've done," he told Peter King of SI. "Going undefeated was always a secondary goal. I don't think we'll put too much emphasis on that."
Source: Ruskell Won't Return To Seahawks
Seahawks general manager Tim Ruskell has been told that he will not be re-signed after the season, sources told Pro Football Weekly. Ruskell is in the final year of his contract. The decision could open the door for Mike Holmgren to return to Seattle.
Frustrated Cutler Shoves Away Microphone
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler shoved away an NFL Network microphone following Sunday's loss to the Vikings. Minnesota defeated Chicago 36-10 in a game that Cutler threw two interceptions, giving him to an NFL-high 20 picks on the season. "It's a tough one," Cutler said. "We didn't expect this, [we] thought we had a good week. We didn't play up to our standards." At 4-7, Chicago's playoff hopes look bleak. There are five teams ahead of them in the race for the NFC's two Wild Card spots. The Bears have lost four consecutive games.
Tomlin: Steelers Are Going To 'Unleash Hell'
The Steelers, coming off a Super Bowl win, are going to have to fight just to get into the postseason this year. After losing to the Ravens in overtime on Sunday night, Pittsburgh is 6-5. They trail both Cincinnati (8-3) and Baltimore (6-5, tiebreaker) in the AFC North. Currently, Jacksonville (6-5) and Denver (7-4) stand in their way of a Wild Card berth as well. After the loss, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin promised to "unleash hell" on the rest of the NFL in the month of December.
Jackson Outshines Lynch In Buffalo
Fred Jackson was far more productive than Marshawn Lynch in Buffalo's 31-14 win over Miami on Sunday. Jackson rushed for 73 yards on 15 carries and scored two touchdowns, while Lynch carried the ball just three times for six yards in the win. Many around the Bills support Jackson as the team's starting running back. "It's greatly appreciated," Jackson said of those who prefer him as the starter. "It's one of those things that you establish yourself as somebody that can go out and be a starter on a football team. As a player, you appreciate all the love you get from the fans and the media."
Returning To Seattle Isn't High On Holmgren's List
ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that Seattle isn't high on Mike Holmgren's list of likely destinations. "So what I'm hearing is Seattle would be down Holmgren's list for Prez/GM job. New mountain to club - think SF, TB, Cleve...'Skins longshot," Mortensen wrote on his Twitter page.
Florida Pads Lead Over Alabama In AP Poll
Florida extended its lead in the Associated Press college football poll Sunday, receiving 46 first-place votes. The Gators defeated Florida State 37-10 on Saturday. Alabama received seven first-place votes and 1,416 points to edge No. 3 Texas, which received seven first-place votes and 1,414 points.
Bowden Wants To Coach FSU In 2010
Florida State coach Bobby Bowden wants to return and coach the team in 2010. On Saturday, he said he needed to do some "soul searching" before deciding his immediate future. Bowden, 80, said he hoped to meet with FSU President TK Wetherell sometime this week to discuss his future.
NFL Close To Rule On Return From Concussion
Soon players won't be able to re-enter games that they leave with concussion symptoms.
Report: Weis Already Contacted By NFL Teams
Charlie Weis could soon return to the NFL.
Haslett Says He's Been Contacted For NFL Job
Jim Haslett says he's received interest from NFL teams.
Bengals One Win From Feat Similar To 'Dating Halle Berry'
The Bengals are undefeated in the AFC North.
Rice, Emmitt Lead HOF Semifinalists
Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith are among 25 candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Colts Won't Talk About Going Undefeated
Peyton Manning says the Colts aren't thinking about their perfect record.
Ryan Implements Color-Coded System For Sanchez
The Jets are going to play red light, green light with Mark Sanchez.
Leinart Opts To Wear Gloves
Matt Leinart will wear gloves to aid in gripping the football.
Orton: Broncos Thrive Off Emotional McDaniels
Kyle Orton likes the emotion of coach Josh McDaniels.
Brady Just 163 Yards From Franchise Mark
Tom Brady is close to becoming New England's all-time leading passer.
Source: Martz Wants To Coach Bills
A number of high-profile candidates have passed on the Buffalo job.
Braylon Would Love To Remain With Jets
Braylon Edwards is in the final year of his deal.
Cowher Won't Talk To Teams With Coach
Bill Cowher is respecting the NFL's current coaches.
Owner's Son Named Colts GM
Chris Polian has been named the general manager of the Colts.