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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

cedric-benson green bay packers deal 2012

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 »

New York Jets Players Brawl During Practice

New York Jets Practice

The New York Jets might want to work on the teamwork aspect of their game. Several players during Monday’s practice got into an altercation which in turn led to a 20-person brawl. The fight happened on the teams sideline after safety D’Anton Lynn shoved running back Joe McKnight out of bound during a screen pass…. Read more »

NFL Welcomes First Female Referee For Preseason Game

Shannon Eastin First Female NFL Referee

Shannon Eastin is about to make history. With the NFL referee lockout still in progress Eastin will officiate the Green Bay Packers and San Diego Charges preseason game on Thursday night. Eastin at that time will become the first female NFL referee. Eastin is an experienced referee who has served time in the Mid-Eastern Athletic… Read more »

Curtis Martin Speech Uplifting And Upsetting In Equal Measures

curtis martin speech

As former NFL player Curtis Martin was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame over the weekend, it was his speech and not his accomplishments that garnered headlines. Curtis Martin’s speech Saturday was described as “brutally honest, heartfelt, and complex” by Rich Eisen of the NFL Network, and those words certainly characterize the former… Read more »

Art Malone Dead At 64, NFL Mourns Running Backs Death

Art Malone of NFL Passed Away This Week

Art Malone, the former NFL and Arizona State running back has passed away at the age of 64. Malone’s death was announced on Tuesday by his former alma mater. Malone played with the Arizona Sun Devils from 1967 to 1969 where he ranked seventh on the schools all time rushing list with 2,649 yards. Malone… Read more »

Penn State Recruits Stand Behind Coach Bill O’Brien, Will Not Transfer

Christian Hackenberg Still Heading To Penn State

Top-ranked pocket-passer Christian Hackenberg plans to attend Penn State despite the schools NFL sanctions which includes a four-year band on post-season play. Hackenberg along with several other players reiterated their plans on Sunday to stick alongside head coach Bill O’Brien. Among those staying will be high ranked tight end Adam Breneman. Breneman said of himself… Read more »