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Briggs Reportedly Cuts Hand With Straight Razor

While attempting to shave with a straight razor, Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs apparently cut his hand open. If true, and he failed to notify the team of his injury, it could violate terms of his contract. Still, it could have been worse, as seen at 7:30 of this clip.

32 comments, Last at 01 May 2009, 7:16am by emocut

Jaguars Unveil THEIR New Uniforms

Not to be outdone by the Lions (because really, who wants to be outdone by the Lions? at anything?), Jacksonville has also come up with new uniforms for 2009. The color scheme is basically the same, though they've added some goofy contrast stripes (that actually make the black pants a lot more palatable), and the black helmets now have "a teal-like glitter." Photos available here.

58 comments, Last at 24 Apr 2009, 5:48pm by Jerry

Lions Unveil New Uniforms, Logo, Font

You've got to start somewhere. The Detroit Lions have unveiled a new helmet logo, wordmark, and uniforms. The new logo is more detailed and, when viewed next to the old one, looks more like, well, a lion. The uniform changes are subtle; they're still wearing silver helmets and pants with Honolulu blue jerseys and black trim. (On that note, why does a team in Detroit wear a color called "Honolulu blue?") Pictures of the uniforms available here.

44 comments, Last at 18 Feb 2011, 3:17pm by Bet365

Bears Add Orlando Pace

"On the same day the Chicago Bears added a new quarterback, they got someone to protect him." That's the lead on the ESPN story, and I can't top it. Before everyone in Chicago gets too excited, remember that Pace has not played a full season since 2005. He did play in 14 games last year, though, and 33 is not terribly old for an offensive tackle.

31 comments, Last at 06 Apr 2009, 2:57pm by Will Allen
Four Downs: AFC West
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Four Downs: AFC West

Our story begins with a very wealthy cornerback, stops in Denver and Kansas City where defensive help is still needed, and winds up in San Diego for some peace and quiet. Vince Verhei looks at the AFC West.

43 comments, Last at 15 Apr 2009, 7:51pm by

DeMaurice Smith Named Head Of NFLPA

DeMaurice Smith, a 45-year-old D.C.-based attorney, has been voted new executive director of the NFL Players' Association. Smith beat out three other candidates, including former players Troy Vincent and Trace Armstrong. The two most pressing issues facing Smith: Taking better care of retired players, and getting a new deal done with the league to prevent a work stoppage in 2011.

10 comments, Last at 16 Mar 2009, 10:46pm by Jerry

Seahawks Trade Peterson For Lions' Redding

After refusing to take a pay cut, linebacker Julian Peterson was traded by the Seattle Seahawks to the Detroit Lions for defensive end/tackle Cory Redding. The Seahawks will also get the Lions' fifth-round draft pick in the deal.

Peterson was arguably Seattle's best defender last year, finishing second on the team in tackles and third in sacks. The linked story describes Redding as "a talented young player who is still in his prime," but he's 28 years old -- at this point, what you see is what you get, and he's not likely to get any better. He is 2 1/2 years younger than Peterson, though.

25 comments, Last at 17 Mar 2009, 4:04pm by tuluse

McFadden Leaves One Super Bowl Team For The Other

Former Pittsburgh cornerback Bryant McFadden has signed with Arizona. Two years, $10 million. $5 million in the first year, so I assume that's guaranteed. This could be a big deal for the Cardinals -- if McFadden can beat out Rod Hood for a starting job and bump Hood down to nickel back, they will be stronger at both positions.

10 comments, Last at 09 Mar 2009, 8:38pm by CowWithBeef
Audibles: Free Agency 2009
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Audibles: Free Agency 2009

The FO staff looks at who cashed in and who missed out. Plus: How screwed up are the finances of the NFL Draft?

80 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2010, 5:34am by Damier Azur

Mike Vrabel Traded to Chiefs?

ESPN's Tim Graham is reporting that Mike Vrabel is in Kansas City taking a physical prior to being traded to the Chiefs. Graham notes Chief's GM Scott Pioli's background in New England, and suggests that Matt Cassell will be next.

19 comments, Last at 28 Feb 2009, 1:06pm by MC2