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Memphis Teen Dies After Fatal Football Hit, Appeared Healthy During Practice

Football Accident Leaves High School Player Dead

Memphis, TN – Fifteen-year-old Memphis high school student Dana Payne was killed on Wednesday after suffering what appeared to be a routine hit during his team’s afternoon practice. The high school sophomore was participating in his team’s standard practice when he suffered a “standard hit” that left him laying on the ground. When team officials… Read more »

Michael Vick Chest Injury Won’t Keep Him From Opening Day

Michael Vick Will Play In 2012 Season Opener

Michael Vick will be ready to play on opening day, according to Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid. Vick was injured this week after taking a hard hit to the chest. After Vick hobbled off the field, X-rays revealed that he had not broken any ribs. In November of last year, Vick missed three games after… Read more »

Seattle Seahawks To Start Rookie Russell Wilson On Friday

Russell Wilson Up For Starting Position Over Matt Flynn

Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson will open the upcoming preseason game for the Seattle Seahawks on Friday. The team announced the pre-season starting position after Russell impressed during the teams first two pre-season game of the 2012-2013 season. Coach Pete Carroll informed free-agent starter Matt Flynn of the decision on Monday but chose to wait 24… Read more »

Junior Seau Autopsy Finds No Illegal Drugs Or Alcohol In His System

Junior Seau Autopsy Report Findings Released

When NFL player Junior Seau shot himself in the chest and ultimately killed himself back in May, he was sober and definitely not on drugs. The Junior Seau autopsy report was conducted by the San Diego medical examiner, and, on Monday, his death was officially ruled a suicide. The autopsy report was filed by Deputy… Read more »

Brian Urlacher: I’ve Only Had One Knee Surgery

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There’s a big question mark hanging over the Chicago Bears 2012-13 season: Will Brian Urlacher be ready to play? The heart of the Chicago defense recently underwent knee surgery, and, according to some reports, it was his third knee surgery in the last year. But Urlacher insists that he has only had one surgery on… Read more »

Former LSU Star Tyrann Mathieu Enters Rehab Following Drug Policy Violation

Tyrann Mathieu Enters Rehab Following Drug Policy Violation At LSU

Former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu ‘Honey Badger’ was released from the team after testing positive for drugs. Now the 20-year-old cornerback and punt returner has checked himself into the Right Step recovery center where he is being counseled by former NBA player and recovering drug addict John Lucas. The rehab admittance was first report to… Read more »

Steelers’ Lamarr Woodley Gives Big To Hometown Athletics

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Saginaw, MI – Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lamarr Woodley pledged to help local sports programs in his hometown, and, this week, he backed up that pledge with a $60,000 donation. Woodley didn’t appreciate the pay-to-play fees in his hometown of Saginaw, Michigan which were a burden to many underprivileged children, so he put up enough money… Read more »

Jason Witten Suffers Lacerated Spleen

Jason Witten Spleen Injury

Jason Witten, a tight end for the Dallas Cowboys, has suffered a lacerated spleen, according to a doctor’s diagnosis, and the injury could force him to miss out on the rest of the preseason. Witten’s injury occurred in the first quarter of Dallas’ preseason opener against Oakland on Monday, following a hit from the Raiders’… Read more »

300 Pound Kid Banned From Texas Pee Wee Football League

Pee Wee Texas Football Bans 300 Pound Kid

A seventh-grade boy was banned from playing in a Texas Pee Wee league this week because he weighed more than 300 pounds. Elijah Earnhardt, 12, was told that he could not place in the Mesquite Pee Wee Football Associations league because his weight could cause harm to other children. According to KDFW Fox 4, the… Read more »

Watch Chad Johnson Being Cut By The Miami Dolphins [Video]

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The Miami Dolphins cut wide receiver Chad Johnson (formerly Chad Ochocinco) just one day after his domestic violence arrest, and HBO’s Hard Knocks cameras were there when he received the news from head coach Joe Philbin. Johnson was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife, Evelyn Lozada, who has now filed for divorce. As captured on… Read more »

NFL Regular Season May Kickoff With Replacement Referees

NFL Referees Replaced For Pre-Season 2012

The 2012 NFL season may begin with replacement referees as the NFL and NFL Referees Association have failed to come together during contract negotiations. The NFL’s big hangup is that several part-time officials are not willing to go full-time. Many of those officials already work full-time jobs that they work for the added revenue they… Read more »

Cedric Benson Inks One-Year Deal With Green Bay

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ESPN is reporting that the injury-laden Green Bay Packers have signed free agent running back Cedric Benson to a one-year contract. Benson, 29, spent his last four NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and has rushed for 1,000 yards in each of the last three. However, the Bengals apparently had little interest in resigning him,… Read more »

Vince Young Hit With $1.69 Million Payday Loan Settlement

Vince Young Payday Loan Interest

Vince Young must pay Pro Player Funding (PPF) $1.69 million after he took out and then failed to pay off a loan from the company in May 2011. Known as a high interest “lockout loan,” the company offered cash to players when the NFL lockout left many unable to pay their bills. At the time… Read more »

Peyton Manning Makes Denver Broncos Debut, Plays One Possession

Peyton Manning Returns for one possession.

Peyton Manning made his NFL return on Thursday night when he played in one full possession with the Denver Broncos. During his brief time on the field, Manning threw 4 of 7 passes for 44 total yards against the Chicago Bears before being intercepted just outside of the endzone. Manning nearly turned the ball over… Read more »

NFL’s First Female Ref, Shannon Eastin, Officiates First Game

NFL's first female referee Shannon Eastin

The NFL’s on-field gender barrier has officially been broken, as Shannon Eastin became the first female referee to officiate a game. Eastin served as a line judge in a seven-person crew in the San Diego Chargers’ 21-13 preseason win over the Green Bay Packers Thursday night. 42-year-old Eastin is a 16-year veteran from Tempe, Arizona… Read more »

NFL Preseason Kicks Off With Plenty Of Unanswered Questions

NFL Preseason Kicks Off With Plenty Of Unanswered Questions

The NFL preseason is a time for roster adjustments, trying out new schemes, and watching backup players get plenty of playing time, but, as week one of the preseason is set to kick off, there are more questions than ever. The 2012 NFL season will some some of the biggest changes in decades, with a… Read more »