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Broncos defense comes up clutch to earn hard fought victory
When the bravado wore away, the Broncos' defense was left looking around for answers in an early fight. Just as they did time and time again last season, they punched back and finally delivered the knockout blow.
9 points by The Denver Post | American football American football positions National Football League Tight end Super Bowl Super Bowl XXXVI Washington Redskins Linebacker
Niyo: Austin's Lions defense under the gun
Austin's defense under the gun        
-1 points by The Detroit News | American football positions Ndamukong Suh 2009 NFL Draft Blitz Defense American football Linebacker A Little Bit
Detroit Lions defense, specialists scouting report
Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett breaks down the Lions’ defense and specialists        
3 points by Detroit Free Press | American football American football positions Linebacker Chicago Bears Cornerback Tight end 2009 NFL Draft Punt
Niyo: Austin's defense under the gun
Austin's defense under the gun        
-1 points by The Detroit News | American football positions Ndamukong Suh 2009 NFL Draft Blitz Defense American football Linebacker A Little Bit
Ty Sambrailo, Jeff Heuerman among Broncos’ inactives for NFL opener against Carolina Panthers at Mile High
After weeks of playing through the preseason with worrisome injuries and hoping for health, especially on the offensive line, the Broncos on Thursday suited up a still-shorthanded complement of key players.
40 points by The Denver Post | American football National Football League Tight end American football positions Wide receiver Gary Kubiak Linebacker Super Bowl
Time for Bears defense to finally develop reputation again, be the difference
A press release arrived recently announcing Bears linebacker legends Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs will host a party on the eve of Sunday's season opener against the Texans. Later on television appeared the face of former Bears defensive tackle Israel Idonije, who gets paid to provide insight....
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Bears American football positions American football Tampa 2 Linebacker Blitz National Football League Bill Belichick
'Even better version' possible for Lions' Pro Bowler Ansah
Ansah is entering his fourth season in the NFL, and is coming off easily his best showing, when he racked up 14.5 sacks while playing all 16 games last season.        
-1 points by The Detroit News | American football positions American football Ndamukong Suh Blitz National Football League Indianapolis Colts Linebacker Haloti Ngata
Bears season preview: Defensive growth chart
The Chicago Bears are proud to introduce … Leonard Floyd Arrived: April 28, 2016. 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds. Welcomed to Halas Hall by defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and outside linebackers coach Clint Hurtt. Until he makes his first Pro Bowl, Floyd will be hounded by the type of critical questioning...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Bears American football Linebacker American football positions National Football League Indianapolis Colts Tampa 2 Green Bay Packers
Danny Trevathan, Jerrell Freeman could restore Bears' linebacking tradition
Tradition at one position for an NFL franchise doesn't get much richer than the Bears at linebacker. The team wasn't living in the past the last few seasons. It was longing for the past as things went downhill precipitously after the end of Brian Urlacher's career and an unproductive final season...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Linebacker Tight end Chicago Bears American football positions American football Undrafted sportsperson Free agent 2006 Chicago Bears season
Justin Rogers rates the Lions position by position
Detroit News reporter Justin Rogers rates the Lions position by position.        
-1 points by The Detroit News | American football positions American football 2009 NFL Draft Tight end Offensive tackle Defensive end Glossary of American football Linebacker
Linebacker Dowell comes up big for Michigan State
Dowell played in 13 games as a true freshman in 2015 but saw limited time at linebacker.        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Linebacker American football Michigan State University Blitz The Play American football positions Mark Dantonio American football terminology
Wojo: Lions are laying it all on the line
Matthew Stafford and the offense are doomed unless a young line develops quickly in the Lions’ new up-tempo attack.        
-1 points by The Detroit News | American football American football positions Offensive tackle Tight end Quarterback Fullback Linebacker Defensive tackle
What we learned: Injuries hampered rookie Leonard Floyd's progress
The Bears on Wednesday intensified preparations for Sunday's season opener against the Texans by beginning to install their game plan. A severe thunderstorm blew through Lake Forest during practice and forced the Bears to move indoors. Here are three things we learned at Halas Hall: 1. Injuries...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Bears American football positions Linebacker American football Tampa 2 National Football League Lake Forest Illinois Blitz
Week 1 Preview: Oakland Raiders at New Orleans Saints
By Marc Lillibridge, The Sports Xchange The talk of the offseason has been about both teams winning enough games to make the playoffs as the New Orleans Saints host the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
2 points by UPI | American football positions American football Super Bowl New Orleans Saints Linebacker National Football League Offensive tackle Tight end
UCLA tight end Caleb Wilson will play a bigger role this week against UNLV
On Sunday, with UCLA’s overtime loss to Texas A&M still a fresh wound, quarterback Josh Rosen delivered some encouraging news to tight end Caleb Wilson.  “We’re going to get you in the game more,” Wilson, a redshirt freshman, remembers Rosen telling him. “We saw some good things from you.” Wilson...
185 points by Los Angeles Times | American football positions American football Fullback Tight end Eligible receiver Wide receiver Linebacker Redshirt
NFL free agency tracker: The latest moves
He has two career interceptions. Last season, an Achilles injury limited Te’o to three games.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | American football positions American football National Football League Free agent Draft Linebacker Tight end Washington Redskins
NFL draft: 5 mid-round prospects the Detroit Lions are studying
The Detroit Lions have sent their assistant coaches across the country to work out several interesting draft prospects.        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | American football positions American football Fullback Wide receiver Tight end Cornerback Canadian football Linebacker
Justin Rogers' NFL mock draft 2.0
       
-2 points by The Detroit News | American football American football positions Linebacker Quarterback Blitz Draft Tight end Conscription in the United States
Harvard forum explores technology’s role in athletics
The NFL Players Association, Harvard University and a new consulting company co-founded by local women’s hockey legend Angela Ruggiero are teaming up to develop new technologies aimed at tracking player performance and preventing injuries.“It can have a profound effect on extending the careers of our members, (and) that’s one of the many, many reasons we’re interested in this technology,” said Ahmad Nassar, president of NFL Players Inc., the commercial arm of the NFL Players Association.
91 points by Boston Herald | National Football League National Football League Players Association Ice hockey United States Winter Olympic Games New York Jets Team Linebacker
Reinhardt University plans vigil for ex-NFLer Quentin Moses
WALESKA, Ga. (AP) — Reinhardt University is planning a vigil for Quentin Moses, a former NFL linebacker who was as an assistant football coach for the school when he died in a house fire over the weekend.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Life American football Linebacker Scholarship Weekend Fundraising Workweek Georgia
Former Titans tight end Frank Wycheck said he’s ‘sure’ he has CTE
Frank Wycheck was once one of the best tight ends in the NFL and now he could be the latest veteran to have CTE.
-2 points by Daily News | American football Frank Wycheck Washington Redskins Tight end Music City Miracle Linebacker Kevin Dyson Tennessee Titans
Lavonte David: No doubt Detroit Lions' DeAndre Levy returns to form
Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy made just 21 tackles in five games this season because of injuries.        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | National Football League Detroit Lions Martin Mayhew San Francisco 49ers Washington Redskins Super Bowl American football Linebacker
Suit: Clinic cashed in on Urlacher’s new hair without permission
Brian Urlacher is suing a hair clinic he claims used his likeness without permission to sell restoration treatments like the one he unveiled in 2016.
-2 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Chicago Bears Advertising Brian Urlacher Blog Source code Linebacker Super Bowl XLI Brian Piccolo
Odell Beckham had a costly strip club fail
He big blew it! Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. fumbled a diamond ring at the Sin City Cabaret in The Bronx, according to TMZ. Beckham was in the jiggle joint with Broncos linebacker Von Miller on Thursday when he dropped the bling while busting a move, the site reports. Club staffers used flashlights...
338 points by New York Post | American football American football positions Tight end National Football League English-language films Kick Linebacker Super Bowl
Dawn of new Day sees Divine Child through to state semis
Junior QB Theo Day has thrown for 1,508 yards and 21 TDs, including more than 600 yards in three playoff wins.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | American football Tight end American football positions Game Michigan Linebacker Illinois English-language films
Dawn of new Day sees Divine Child through to D3 semis
Junior QB Theo Day has thrown for 1,508 yards and 21 TDs, including more than 600 yards in three playoff wins.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | American football Tight end American football positions Game Michigan Linebacker Illinois English-language films
Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree travels to Georgia to oversee annual turkey drive
Thanksgiving is a week away, but Rams middle linebacker Alec Ogletree got a head start on the holiday. On Thursday, the Rams’ day off, Ogletree caught an early flight to help oversee his third annual turkey drive in his hometown of Newnan, Ga. Ogletree, played at Georgia and was a first-round pick...
4 points by Los Angeles Times | Miami Dolphins Linebacker Washington Redskins Wicket-keeper The Help The Lockers PASS Happiness
At last! DeAndre Levy returns to Lions practice
DeAndre Levy practiced Wednesday for the first time since Sept. 9. It's unclear whether he'll play vs. Jaguars.        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Linebacker American football American football positions Tight end Washington Redskins Indianapolis Colts Wide receiver 2009 NFL Draft
McCourty: Cure for Patriots’ defense is simple – play better
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Devin McCourty had a quick answer for how the New England defense can settle the nerves of fans after last week’s poor performance.“It’s simple. We’ve just got to play better,” the defensive captain said Wednesday.“There’s nothing I can say to calm that or anything, we’ve just go...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Bill Belichick American football American football positions Tight end New England Patriots Linebacker Eligible receiver Glossary of American football
Chicago teams come to grips with star players' hand injuries
Chicago sports fans must feel like fate has given them the finger, or at least the thumb. Three pivotal players have come down with thumb injuries within the last two weeks (Facebook's thumbs-up "like" button should get a bandage on it just for Chicago users). Below, we try to get a handle on each...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Bears Playoffs American football Injury National Football League Blitz Jay Cutler Linebacker
As Bears defense reshuffles, Jerrell Freeman's 'fired-up calmness' a key
Early in the second quarter Monday night, running back Wendell Smallwood slithered out into a screen pattern, a play the Eagles offense hadn't previously put on film. Still, Bears inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman had it read and before Smallwood even turned back toward quarterback Carson Wentz,...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | American football positions Chicago Bears American football Blitz Linebacker Tampa 2 Defense Tight end
Fantasy Football update: Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler out with thumb injury
The Sports Xchange Fantasy Football update: Starting quarterback Jay Cutler is likely to miss at least two games with a thumb injury, but the Chicago Bears plan to list him as day-to-day entering Sunday's game at Dallas.
3 points by UPI | Chicago Bears National Football League Jay Cutler NFC Championship Game Linebacker 2009 Chicago Bears season Soldier Field Denver Broncos
Quick, someone tell John Fox and Ryan Pace the idea is to add talent to the roster
Sorry, but I need to recap the carnage from "Monday Night Faceplant:" The Bears lost yet another home game under John Fox, lost their starting quarterback, lost a couple defensive backs, one of whom could actually play some, lost one of the new inside linebackers, lost an outside linebacker, and...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | American football positions American football Chicago Bears Linebacker National Football League Tight end Offensive tackle Wide receiver
Drama-weary USC reacts to quarterback change with a shrug
Max Browne was surprised. Sam Darnold was caught off guard. Clay Helton informed his quarterbacks Sunday evening that he was switching starters, from Browne to Darnold. He informed the rest of the team in their first team meeting on Monday. The reaction? “It was pretty steady,” linebacker Michael...
8 points by Los Angeles Times | American football American football positions Tight end Quarterback Canadian football Linebacker End zone Blitz
Spartans want LB Ed Davis to see more action
Michigan State has plenty of depth at linebacker, something clearly evident as Jon Reschke returned to the lineup after missing the opener        
-1 points by The Detroit News | American football American football positions Michigan State University Lansing Michigan English-language films Linebacker East Lansing Michigan Michigan
Lions film review: Titans' game-winning drive
For three quarters, the Lions held the Titans in check before surrendering a 13-play, 83-yard game-winning drive.        
-1 points by The Detroit News | American football positions American football Tight end Wide receiver Washington Redskins Linebacker Canadian football Fullback
Monday night no longer sure thing for star-crossed QB Jay Cutler
Cutler couldn't pinpoint when his thumb began to hurt, but acknowledged "trouble" gripping the ball from early on in the game.
35 points by The Denver Post | American football American football positions Chicago Bears Fumble Linebacker Tight end Jay Cutler Monday Night Football
Connor Barth's first field-goal try for Bears goes awry
Connor Barth's first field-goal attempt as a Bear was from 31 yards Monday night. Long enough to get acclimated kicking toward Soldier Field's north end zone but short enough to be within his money zone under 40 yards. So an ideal length, right? Wrong. Barth's kick hit the left upright, leaving...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | American football Knee Anterior cruciate ligament American football positions Cruciate ligament Linebacker Arthroscopy National Football League
Broncos limping toward Cincinnati, but feeling “lucky” with two key diagnoses
The Broncos limped out of the weekend and into preparation for their first road game of the season missing more than just linebacker DeMarcus Ware. Denver's infirmary also includes offensive lineman Donald Stephenson and tight end Virgil Green, two players in positions of thin depth.
169 points by The Denver Post | American football Tight end American football positions Linebacker Indianapolis Colts Washington Redskins
Where'd everybody go? The mystery of the Bears' depth chart flux
The Chicago Bears will head for their season opener this weekend in Houston with a group of projected starters that barely resembles the cast they began the 2015 season with. In all, it’s possible that only five players who started in Week 1 last year against the Packers will be starting again...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Bears Linebacker American football positions Jay Cutler Tampa 2 National Football League 2009 Chicago Bears season Pro Bowl
How Bears can get their ground game running against Eagles
Jeremy Langford would be the first to admit it. His longest run in Week 1 against the Texans should have been longer. He sensed it as soon as safety Quintin Demps corralled him to the turf. Watching video of the play later only reinforced his lament. Langford's 15-yard scamper around left end in...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | American football positions American football Fullback Offensive tackle Defensive tackle Linebacker Running back Jay Cutler
MSU learns a bit about itself in huge win
Before Michigan State took the field Saturday night at Notre Dame Stadium, so many questions still surrounded the team.        
-1 points by The Detroit News | American football American football positions Mark Dantonio Michigan State University Tight end Big Ten Conference Linebacker Michigan State Spartans football
Jabrill Peppers jumps at chance to do even more for Michigan football
Against Hawaii, he played more snaps than anyone, saw time at linebacker, safety and punt returner        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | American football American football positions Linebacker Jim Harbaugh Blitz End zone Punt and Dennis Glossary of American football
Lions' Ebron, on self: 'We got a great tight end'
Eric Ebron was the only non-running back to score a touchdown for the Detroit Lions in Sunday's win over the Colts.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | American football American football positions Touchdown Washington Redskins End zone Indianapolis Colts Linebacker Canadian football
MNB: Michigan DE Rashan Gary is really good and getting better
On a defensive line as deep as Michigan’s, Gary might not end up as a 'starter.' But he is an important piece.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | American football American football positions Jim Harbaugh Detroit Football Detroit Free Press Linebacker Glossary of American football
Rams vs. 49ers: How they match up
Rams pass offense vs. 49ers pass defense: The Rams can’t go anywhere but up after finishing last in the NFL in passing offense last season. Quarterback Case Keenum does not have a huge arm, but he was efficient during four exhibition games. In six games last season, Keenum completed 61% of his...
-1 points by Los Angeles Times | American football American football positions Linebacker Tight end National Football League American football terminology Blitz Seattle Seahawks
Rams offensive coordinator Rob Boras finds his calling
John Robinson last walked the sideline as the Rams coach a quarter-century ago, but his imprint on the organization remains. And it goes beyond Coach Jeff Fisher, a former USC player and Rams assistant under Robinson. In 1999, Robinson was coaching at Nevada Las Vegas when Rob Boras found himself...
-1 points by Los Angeles Times | American football positions American football Fullback Washington Redskins Tight end Wide receiver Linebacker San Francisco 49ers
10 thoughts on the Bears' 23-14 loss to Texans
Ten thoughts after the Chicago Bears lost a lead in the fourth quarter and fell to the Texans 23-14 on Sunday at NRG Stadium. There’s a lot of stuff packed in here, including a great college recruiter with ties to the Bears, stats after 14 games with the new touchback rule and plenty more. 1. The...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | American football American football positions Linebacker Chicago Bears Canadian football Cornerback Lake Forest Illinois Tight end
Houston LB Cushing injures knee against Bears
HOUSTON — Houston middle linebacker Brian Cushing injured his knee in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears and will not return.Cushing was injured early in the first quarter and walked off the field. He was looked at by trainers on the sideline for a couple of minutes before going to the locker room.He missed significant time in the 2012 and 2013 seasons because of two major injuries to his left knee. But he returned in 2014 to start 14 games before starting each game last season.___
-1 points by Boston Herald | Year Major League Baseball Illinois Chicago Bears Linebacker Chicago Cubs Houston Texans
McCabe: Zeeland West's T-formation offense key to success
Zeeland West is undefeated, but that is no surprise to anyone in the world of Michigan high school football        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | American football American football positions Tight end Fullback Linebacker Eligible receiver New England Patriots Traverse City Michigan