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NFL 2010 Draft 2nd round results


NEW YORK, N.Y. – The 2010 NFL Draft has been full of surprises. After much speculation about teams trading for the2010-nfl-draft-logo St. Louis Rams first pick in the 2nd round to land Notre Dame quarterback, Jimmy Clausen, the Rams kept the pick and Clausen dropped all the way down to 48th overall where he was selected by the Carolina Panthers.

Clausen’s drop in stock was one of the biggest surprises but he wasn’t alone. As Clausen squirmed in his seat, dropping 44 picks lower than the slot ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper, Jr. had him in, Texas Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy dropped all the way into the 3rd round. McCoy was selected 85th overall by the Cleveland Browns who threw in the towel on the Brady Quinn project, trading Quinn to the Denver Broncos in the off season.

NFL 2010 DRAFT SECOND ROUND RESULTS

33. St. Louis Rams: Rodger Saffold- offensive tackle, Indiana
34. Minnesota Vikings: Chris Cook- cornerback, Virginia
35. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Brian Price- defensive tackle, UCLA
36. Kansas City Chiefs: Dexter McCluster- running back, Mississippi
37. Philadelphia Eagles: Nate Allen- safety, South Florida
38. Cleveland Browns: T.J. Ward- safety, Oregon
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Arrelious Benn- wide receiver, Illinois
40. Miami Dolphins: Koa Misi- linebacker, Utah
41. Buffalo Bills: Torell Troup- defensive tackle, Central Florida
42. New England Patriots: Rob Gronkowski- tight end, Arizona
43. Baltimore Ravens: Sergio Kindle- linebacker, Texas
44. Oakland Raiders: Lamarr Houston- defensive tackle, Texas
45. Denver Broncos: Zane Beadles- offensive guard, Utah
46. New York Giants: Linval Joseph- defensive tackle, East Carolina
47. Arizona Cardinals: Daryl Washington- linebacker, TCU
48. Carolina Panthers: Jimmy Clausen- quarterback, Notre Dame
49. San Francisco 49ers: Taylor Mays- safety, USC
50. Kansas City Chiefs: Javier Arenas- cornerback, Alabama
51. Minnesota Vikings: Toby Gerhart- running back, Stanford
52. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jason Worilds- linebacker, Virginia Tech
53. New England Patriots: Jermaine Cunningham- linebacker, Florida
54. Cincinnati Bengals: Carlos Dunlap- defensive end, Florida
55. Dallas Cowboys: Sean Lee- linebacker, Penn State
56. Green Bay Packers: Michael Neal- defensive tackle, Purdue
57. Baltimore Ravens: Terrence Cody- defensive tackle, Alabama
58. Houston Texans: Ben Tate- running back, Auburn
59. Cleveland Browns: Montario Hardesty- running back, Tennessee
60. Seattle Seahawks: Golden Tate- wide receiver, Notre Dame
61. New York Jets: Vladimir Ducasse- offensive guard, UMass
62. New England Patriots: Brandon Spikes- linebacker, Florida
63. Indianapolis Colts: Patrick Angerer- linebacker, Iowa
64. New Orleans Saints: Charles Brown- offensive tackle, USC

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NFL 2010 Schedule


Week 1
Thu. Sep. 09
Vikings at Saints, 8:30 PMnfl logo

Sun. Sep. 12
Dolphins at Bills, 1:00 PM
Colts at Texans, 1:00 PM
Lions at Bears, 1:00 PM
Falcons at Steelers, 1:00 PM
Browns at Buccaneers, 1:00 PM
Bengals at Patriots, 1:00 PM
Broncos at Jaguars, 1:00 PM
Raiders at Titans, 1:00 PM
Panthers at Giants, 1:00 PM
49ers at Seahawks, 4:15 PM
Cardinals at Rams, 4:15 PM
Packers at Eagles, 4:15 PM
Cowboys at Redskins, 8:20 PM

Mon. Sep. 13
Ravens at Jets, 7:00 PM
Chargers at Chiefs, 10:15 PM

Week 2
Sun. Sep. 19
Ravens at Bengals, 1:00 PM
Buccaneers at Panthers, 1:00 PM
Bills at Packers, 1:00 PM
Dolphins at Vikings, 1:00 PM
Bears at Cowboys, 1:00 PM
Eagles at Lions, 1:00 PM
Cardinals at Falcons, 1:00 PM
Chiefs at Browns, 1:00 PM
Steelers at Titans, 1:00 PM
Seahawks at Broncos, 4:05 PM
Rams at Raiders, 4:05 PM
Patriots at Jets, 4:15 PM
Texans at Redskins, 4:15 PM
Jaguars at Chargers, 4:15 PM
Giants at Colts, 8:20 PM

Mon. Sep. 20
Saints at 49ers, 8:30 PM

Week 3
Sun. Sep. 26
Bills at Patriots, 1:00 PM
Falcons at Saints, 1:00 PM
Lions at Vikings, 1:00 PM
Browns at Ravens, 1:00 PM
Cowboys at Texans, 1:00 PM
49ers at Chiefs, 1:00 PM
Titans at Giants, 1:00 PM
Steelers at Buccaneers, 1:00 PM
Bengals at Panthers, 1:00 PM
Eagles at Jaguars, 4:05 PM
Redskins at Rams, 4:05 PM
Raiders at Cardinals, 4:15 PM
Chargers at Seahawks, 4:15 PM
Colts at Broncos, 4:15 PM
Jets at Dolphins, 8:20 PM

Mon. Sep. 27
Packers at Bears, 8:30 PM

Week 4cheesehead
Sun. Oct. 03
Jets at Bills, 1:00 PM
Seahawks at Rams, 1:00 PM
Panthers at Saints, 1:00 PM
Lions at Packers, 1:00 PM
Bengals at Browns, 1:00 PM
Ravens at Steelers, 1:00 PM
Broncos at Titans, 1:00 PM
49ers at Falcons, 1:00 PM
Colts at Jaguars, 4:05 PM
Texans at Raiders, 4:05 PM
Redskins at Eagles, 4:15 PM
Cardinals at Chargers, 4:15 PM
Bears at Giants, 8:20 PM

Mon. Oct. 04
Patriots at Dolphins, 8:30 PM
Byes: DAL, KC, MIN, TB

Week 5
Sun. Oct. 10
Buccaneers at Bengals, 1:00 PM
Falcons at Browns, 1:00 PM
Giants at Texans, 1:00 PM
Chiefs at Colts, 1:00 PM
Packers at Redskins, 1:00 PM
Jaguars at Bills, 1:00 PM
Broncos at Ravens, 1:00 PM
Bears at Panthers, 1:00 PM
Rams at Lions, 1:00 PM
Saints at Cardinals, 4:05 PM
Chargers at Raiders, 4:15 PM
Titans at Cowboys, 4:15 PM
Eagles at 49ers, 8:20 PM

Mon. Oct. 11
Vikings at Jets, 8:30 PM
Byes: MIA, NE, PIT, SEA

Week 6
Sun. Oct. 17
Browns at Steelers, 1:00 PM
Saints at Buccaneers, 1:00 PM
Dolphins at Packers, 1:00 PM
Chargers at Rams, 1:00 PM
Ravens at Patriots, 1:00 PM
Chiefs at Texans, 1:00 PM
Lions at Giants, 1:00 PM
Falcons at Eagles, 1:00 PM
Seahawks at Bears, 1:00 PM
Raiders at 49ers, 4:05 PM
Jets at Broncos, 4:05 PM
Cowboys at Vikings, 4:15 PM
Colts at Redskins, 8:20 PM

Mon. Oct. 18
Titans at Jaguars, 8:30 PM
Byes: ARI, BUF, CAR, CIN

Week 7
Sun. Oct. 24
Eagles at Titans, 1:00 PM
Bengals at Falcons, 1:00 PM
Browns at Saints, 1:00 PM
Steelers at Dolphins, 1:00 PM
Rams at Buccaneers, 1:00 PM
49ers at Panthers, 1:00 PM
Redskins at Bears, 1:00 PM
Jaguars at Chiefs, 1:00 PM
Bills at Ravens, 1:00 PM
Cardinals at Seahawks, 4:05 PM
Raiders at Broncos, 4:15 PM
Patriots at Chargers, 4:15 PM
Vikings at Packers, 8:20 PM

Mon. Oct. 25
Giants at Cowboys, 8:30 PM
Byes: DET, HOU, IND, NYJ

Week 8
Sun. Oct. 31
Packers at Jets, 1:00 PM
Broncos at 49ers, 1:00 PM
Jaguars at Cowboys, 1:00 PM
Dolphins at Bengals, 1:00 PM
Panthers at Rams, 1:00 PM
Redskins at Lions, 1:00 PM
Bills at Chiefs, 1:00 PM
Titans at Chargers, 4:05 PM
Vikings at Patriots, 4:15 PM
Seahawks at Raiders, 4:15 PM
Buccaneers at Cardinals, 4:15 PM
Steelers at Saints, 8:20 PM

Mon. Nov. 01
Texans at Colts, 8:30 PM
Byes: ATL, BAL, CHI, CLE, NYG, PHI

Week 9
Sun. Nov. 07
Buccaneers at Falcons, 1:00 PM
Saints at Panthers, 1:00 PM
Bears at Bills, 1:00 PM
Jets at Lions, 1:00 PM
Dolphins at Ravens, 1:00 PM
Patriots at Browns, 1:00 PM
Chargers at Texans, 1:00 PM
Cardinals at Vikings, 1:00 PM
Giants at Seahawks, 4:05 PM
Chiefs at Raiders, 4:15 PM
Colts at Eagles, 4:15 PM
Cowboys at Packers, 8:20 PM

Mon. Nov. 08
Steelers at Bengals, 8:30 PM
Byes: DEN, JAC, SF, STL, TEN, WAS

Week 10
Thu. Nov. 11
Ravens at Falcons, 8:20 PM

Sun. Nov. 14
Texans at Jaguars, 1:00 PM
Vikings at Bears, 1:00 PM
Panthers at Buccaneers, 1:00 PM
Lions at Bills, 1:00 PM
Jets at Browns, 1:00 PM
Titans at Dolphins, 1:00 PM
Bengals at Colts, 1:00 PM
Chiefs at Broncos, 4:05 PM
Cowboys at Giants, 4:15 PM
Seahawks at Cardinals, 4:15 PM
Rams at 49ers, 4:15 PM
Patriots at Steelers, 8:20 PM

Mon. Nov. 15
Eagles at Redskins, 8:30 PM
Byes: GB, NO, OAK, SD

Week 11
Thu. Nov. 18
Bears at Dolphins, 8:20 PM

Sun. Nov. 21
Packers at Vikings, 1:00 PM
Redskins at Titans, 1:00 PM
Cardinals at Chiefs, 1:00 PM
Ravens at Panthers, 1:00 PM
Bills at Bengals, 1:00 PM
Lions at Cowboys, 1:00 PM
Texans at Jets, 1:00 PM
Raiders at Steelers, 1:00 PM
Browns at Jaguars, 1:00 PM
Seahawks at Saints, 4:05 PM
Falcons at Rams, 4:05 PM
Buccaneers at 49ers, 4:05 PM
Colts at Patriots, 4:15 PM
Giants at Eagles, 8:20 PM

Mon. Nov. 22
Broncos at Chargers, 8:30 PM

Week 12
Thu. Nov. 25
Patriots at Lions, 12:30 PMLions
Saints at Cowboys, 4:15 PM
Bengals at Jets, 8:20 PM

Sun. Nov. 28
Titans at Texans, 1:00 PM
Buccaneers at Ravens, 1:00 PM
Jaguars at Giants, 1:00 PM
Panthers at Browns, 1:00 PM
Steelers at Bills, 1:00 PM
Eagles at Bears, 1:00 PM
Vikings at Redskins, 1:00 PM
Packers at Falcons, 1:00 PM
Chiefs at Seahawks, 4:05 PM
Dolphins at Raiders, 4:05 PM
Rams at Broncos, 4:15 PM
Chargers at Colts, 8:20 PM

Mon. Nov. 29
49ers at Cardinals, 8:30 PM

Week 13
Thu. Dec. 02
Texans at Eagles, 8:20 PM

Sun. Dec. 05
Jaguars at Titans, 1:00 PM
Broncos at Chiefs, 1:00 PM
Redskins at Giants, 1:00 PM
Bears at Lions 1:00 PM
Falcons at Buccaneers, 1:00 PM
Saints at Bengals, 1:00 PM
Bills at Vikings, 1:00 PM
Browns at Dolphins, 1:00 PM
49ers at Packers, 1:00 PM
Raiders at Chargers, 4:05 PM
Rams at Cardinals, 4:15 PM
Cowboys at Colts, 4:15 PM
Panthers at Seahawks, 4:15 PM
Steelers at Ravens, 8:20 PM

Mon. Dec. 06
Jets at Patriots, 8:30 PM

Week 14
Thu. Dec. 09
Colts at Titans, 8:20 PM

Sun. Dec. 12
Bengals at Steelers, 1:00 PM
Falcons at Panthers, 1:00 PM
Packers at Lions, 1:00 PM
Patriots at Bears, 1:00 PM
Browns at Bills, 1:00 PM
Giants at Vikings, 1:00 PM
Raiders at Jaguars, 1:00 PM
Buccaneers at Redskins, 1:00 PM
Seahawks at 49ers, 4:05 PM
Rams at Saints, 4:05 PM
Dolphins at Jets, 4:15 PM
Chiefs at Chargers, 4:15 PM
Broncos at Cardinals, 4:15 PM
Eagles at Cowboys, 8:20 PM

Mon. Dec. 13
Ravens at Texans, 8:30 PM

Week 15
Thu. Dec. 16
49ers at Chargers, 8:20 PM

Sun. Dec. 19
Bills at Dolphins, 1:00 PM
Eagles at Giants, 1:00 PM
Redskins at Cowboys, 1:00 PM
Browns at Bengals, 1:00 PM
Jaguars at Colts, 1:00 PM
Texans at Titans, 1:00 PM
Saints at Ravens, 1:00 PM
Chiefs at Rams, 1:00 PM
Cardinals at Panthers, 1:00 PM
Lions at Buccaneers, 1:00 PM
Falcons at Seahawks, 4:05 PM
Broncos at Raiders, 4:15 PM
Jets at Steelers, 4:15 PM
Packers at Patriots, 8:20 PM

Mon. Dec. 20
Bears at Vikings, 8:30 PM

Week 16
Thu. Dec. 23
Panthers at Steelers, 8:20 PM

Sat. Dec. 25
Cowboys at Cardinals, 7:30 PM

Sun. Dec. 26
Patriots at Bills, 1:00 PM
49ers at Rams, 1:00 PM
Ravens at Browns, 1:00 PM
Lions at Dolphins, 1:00 PM
Jets at Bears, 1:00 PM
Redskins at Jaguars, 1:00 PM
Titans at Chiefs, 1:00 PM
Seahawks at Buccaneers, 1:00 PM
Vikings at Eagles, 1:00 PM
Texans at Broncos, 4:05 PM
Colts at Raiders, 4:05 PM
Giants at Packers, 4:15 PM
Chargers at Bengals, 8:20 PM

Mon. Dec. 27
Saints at Falcons, 8:30 PM

Week 17
Sun. Jan. 02
Dolphins at Patriots, 1:00 PM
Buccaneers at Saints, 1:00 PM
Panthers at Falcons, 1:00 PM
Cowboys at Eagles, 1:00 PM
Raiders at Chiefs, 1:00 PM
Titans at Colts, 1:00 PM
Jaguars at Texans, 1:00 PM
Bengals at Ravens, 1:00 PM
Bears at Packers, 1:00 PM
Vikings at Lions, 1:00 PM
Giants at Redskins, 1:00 PM
Steelers at Browns, 1:00 PM
Bills at Jets, 1:00 PM
Chargers at Broncos, 4:15 PM
Rams at Seahawks, 4:15 PM
Cardinals at 49ers, 4:15 PM

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Will McNabb Trade Come Back & Bite the Eagles?


WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the biggest news to come out of Washington since the Health Care Bill passed, the donovan mcnabbPhiladelphia Eagles traded Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb to their division rival Washington Redskins in a move that dropped the jaw of many NFL insiders around the league.

In return the Eagles will get this month’s Redskins 2nd round draft pick (37th overall) in the NFL Draft and another later round pick next year that will be determined later.

New Redskins coach Mike Shanahan signed Rex Grossman earlier in the year and with this move may be expected to move Jason Campbell who has been the starter for more than three seasons.

Shanahan takes over a team that underachieved last season and this move frees up the #4 overall pick to fill another hole on the team. Prior to this trade for McNabb, the Redskins were almost certain to take Sam Bradford or Jimmy Clausen with that selection.

When asked for an explanation for trading McNabb to a division rival they will be facing two times per year, Eagles’ coach Andy Reid said “You can’t say that we didn’t think about that. We did, but this was a decision that we thought was best for Donovan and, at the same time, the compensation was right for us. We certainly took into consideration Donovan’s feelings here, too.”

“I’m really excited about my future with the Washington Redskins,” said McNabb. “I’m eager to work with Coach Shanahan. He’s been a very successful coach with a couple of Super Bowl victories on his resume. While it’s been my goal to win a Super Bowl in Philadelphia, we came up short. I enjoyed my 11 years here and we shared a lot more good times than bad.”

In his 11 years donning green in the City of Brotherly Love, the 33-year-old McNabb is a 6-time Pro Bowler and guided the Eagles to one Super Bowl appearance and 5 NFC championship games. He holds most of the team’s records at his position including 32,873 yards passing, 2,801completions, a 59% completion percentage and 216 TD passes. On the ground the elusive slinger has rushed for 3,249 yards and 28 TDs.

Kevin Kolb is the new starter after only starting two games and Michael Vick goes into preseason expected to be the backup.

On paper it appears the Redskins got a steal in this move. Last season, McNabb had the 3rd highest QB rating in his career (92.9) and threw for 3,553 yards and 22 TDs.

Mike Shanahan is considered one of the elite minds in the NFL and may be able to convert the Redskins into a contender as soon as this upcoming season.

“Donovan is an accomplished quarterback who has been a proven winner in the National Football League,” said Shanahan. “I have long admired his competitiveness and feel he will be an outstanding addition to the Redskins and our community. He knows our division and the roadmap to success in the NFC East.”

Yes he does and that roadmap may also include a playoff match-up against his former Eagles and the fans in Philly who have long been screaming for his removal.

 

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Thomas Jones Joins T.O. and All-Pro Cast of NFL Free Agents


NEW YORK – Has there ever been a free agency period in the NFL that has included so many All-Pro, marquee names? The latest to join the group is New York Jets running back, Thomas Jones.

After having a career year and leading the Jets AFC-best rushing attack, Jones will be released on Friday when NFL 2010 free agency begins. Terrell Owens Photo

Jones who is coming off his best year as a pro, would have been due $5.8 million for this upcoming year, a salary that included a $3 million bonus.

The Jets attempted to restructure his contract but Jones declined to take a pay cut. It’s hard to blame him since last year while playing for only $900,000, he maintained a great attitude and produced strong numbers for the team while patiently waiting for this higher-structured year to arrive.

Jones, 31-years-old, set career highs of 1,402 yards on the ground and 14 touchdowns leading his team to the AFC championship game against Indianapolis.

Also a leader in the locker room, he was voted the team’s most inspirational player by his teammates on two separate occasions.

Jones joins several other marquee names in his position that are joining the free agent market. San Diego cut LaDainian Tomlinson, the Philadelphia Eagles released Brian Westbrook, the Cleveland Browns sent Jamal Lewis packing and Minnesota Vikings Chester Taylor is out in the open market.

Another potential free agent expecting to create a buzz may be Terrell Owens who is leaving the Buffalo Bills after just one season.

T.O. was productive in the cold while playing for a struggling franchise known for a weak passing game (25th in the NFL last season). He caught 55 passes for 829 yards, taking 5 to the house.

On the defensive side of the ball names like Julius Peppers, Aaron Kampman and the Chicago Bears Adewale Ogunleye are expected to be available for bid starting March 5th.

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Michael Vick says if not Caught He’d Likely Still be Dogfighting


Michael Vick would still be engaged in dog fighting had he not been caught and prosecuted. He admitted that Monday Vickmorning on the Dan Patrick radio program in an interview during which he touched on his year as a Philadelphia Eagle as well as his time in prison.Vick was open with Patrick whose questions covered what could have been uncomfortable topics. But then again, Vick was also promoting his BET series, “The Michael Vick Project” that premieres Tuesday at 10 pm ET.

He told Patrick about his early introduction to dog fighting “I was seven years old the first time I saw one,” Vick said. “It wasn’t organized. It was just taking place in an open area in the neighborhoods.” But he knows it’s no excuse, “It really doesn’t override the fact that we should have known better,” Vick said.

And then he admitted the sad truth about what would have happened had he not been caught. He answered Patrick’s direct question about whether he would still be engaged in the business of dog fighting: “That’s the scary thing,” Vick said. “I think about it. I would have continued to put my life in jeopardy. From a distance I would have still been involved.”

Although many organizations and fans believe Vick shouldn’t get another chance, some believe he deserves a shot as expressed in this article by an NFL sportswriter, “Michael Vick Deserves Fresh Start”.

About his prison experience, Vick said he was challenged by other inmates while incarcerated but he dismissed it as merely the norm for that environment. On the other side of things, he told Patrick was asked for his autograph by some inmates.

And while he will be eternally grateful to the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, Jeffrey Lurie for the chance to reenter the league, he still yearns to play quarterback on a regular basis.

Vick said he would return to the Eagles if a trade isn’t worked out in the off-season. “If I had to, I would, just because I’m thankful,” Vick said. He insisted his body is ready for many more years of NFL work load.

This is just a taste of what we can expect from the show in which Vick and his family appear and which he wants to use, to “restore my family’s good name., as quoted at phily.com in a review of his show.

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Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for Examiner.com and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles. 

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Cowboys Dominate Eagles For First Playoff Win Since 1996


ARLINGTON, TX. – The Dallas Cowboys responded to last week’s blowout over the Philadelphia Eagles with another Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaderslopsided win, 34-14. The Cowboys dominated from the start with the Eagles offense only taking 18 snaps and gaining 140 yards total offense in the first half. Michael Vick’s longest touchdown pass of his career (76 yards) tied the game 7-7 but after that is was all Dallas.

Dallas quarterback Tony Romo hit 23-of-35 passes for 244 yards and two TDs and 0 INTs. He spread the ball around well throughout the game connecting with rookie John Phillips and Miles Austin for touchdowns and Roy Williams on five passes for 59 yards.

Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was never able to develop a flow to his offense. He finished the game 19-of-37 for 230 yards, with one touchdown and an interception.

Dallas linebacker Keith Brooking who played his entire career for the Atlanta Falcons before coming to Dallas this year was ecstatic with the win. “We have something to really build off of,” said Brooking “With the talent we have I don’t think there are a lot of teams in this league that can beat us right now.”

Dallas coach Wade Phillips got a gorilla off his back with the win, his first ever in the playoffs. The win may have created job security for Wade as speculation of Dallas owner Jerry Jones replacing him was picking up steam prior to December.   “This team has hung together all year, got stronger at the end of the year and were playing our best football,” said Phillips. “I think we’re playing as good as anybody right now.”

Romo can finally forget about the bad hold he had that caused a botched field goal attempt and contributed to a Dallas playoff loss a few years ago.

“It’s just … rewarding,” Romo said. “It makes me proud of the guys. Fighting, grinding, staying committed to the approach. I’m happy for the guys, happy for Wade, happy for Jerry.”

The game was played in the $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium drew 92,951 fans making it the largest crowd to ever see an NFL playoff game other than the Super Bowl.

The Cowboys pack up and head into Minnesota for their game next Sunday against Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings.

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NFL News – Urlacher & McNabb Out; Sanchez and Stafford Debut


All-Pro linebacker Brian Urlacher, the heart and soul of the Chicago Bears’ defense will miss the remainder of the brian-urlacherseason after dislocating his wrist in the 21-15 loss to the division rival Green Bay Packers Sunday night.

With the injury occurring so early in the season, Chicago is expected to shop around for a replacement to fill the middle linebacker spot. Derrick Brooks is expected to join the team if the two sides can work out a deal. Brooks is familiar with Chicago coach Lovie Smith and Chicago’s defensive schemes.

Mark Sanchez silenced some of the critics including Pete Carroll, his former coach at USC, when the rookie led his New York Jets to a 24-7 win over the Houston Texans.

Earlier in the year and prior to selection day, Carroll had publicly stated that Sanchez “made a bad choice” in joining the NFL draft.

Sanchez finished 18-of-31 for 272 yards and one TD.

In other injury news, joining Urlacher on the sidelines list is Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Donovan McNabb who suffered a cracked rib in his team’s 38-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

With McNabb’s status unknown and Michael Vick ineligible for another week, don’t be surprised to see ex-Eagle Jeff Garcia donning green in Philly this weekend when Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints visit the ‘City of Brotherly Love’.

In other rookie news, Matthew Stafford will have to wait for his first victory. Stafford appears to have a much larger chore ahead of him than Sanchez after his Detroit Lions started this season where they left off last year.

The Lions’ defense who were worst in the NFL last year were ripped apart by fantasy football favorite Drew Brees, who tossed six touchdown passes during the 45-27 blowout over the Lions.

Stafford finished 16-of-37 for 205 yards and 3 INTs.

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