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The player most mentioned in the NFL this year has not played a down on the field, but now he is getting suited up for his big game.  Ray Rice will have his day in court next we...(full article)

Everyone saw what happened to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night. More important: what didn't happen to the Cowboys that night. The sight of Tony Romo immobile on the turf at AT&T ...(full article)

We're still half a season away from Black Monday, but that doesn't mean the tea leaves aren't there for us to read. With every coaching success story, there is a strong coordinat...(full article)

Charlotte, N.C. -- When New Orleans Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton left the Mercedes-Benz Superdome last Sunday, he went searching for a restaurant or a drive-through open at that...(full article)

In the middle of the visitors' locker room Sunday, shortly after a 13-9 win allowed the Seahawks to escape the possibility of another dramatic week, head coach Pete Carroll casuall...(full article)

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