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    A.J. Green is out for Ravens game
    NFL Network's Stacey Dales tweets Sunday morning that Bengals WR A.J. Green won't play against the Ravens today.

    "Spoke w/ Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis...WR AJ Green will NOT play ... Should be back next wk vs. Browns."

    Green is the league's best rookie wideout, and already one of the most dynamic players in the AFC. Through 10 weeks, he's been a big reason for quarterback Andy Dalton's early season success, as well as Cincy's 6-3 start.

    In nine games, Green has 41 receptions for 635 yards, and six touchdowns.

    Green hyperextended his knee during last week's loss to the Steelers, and even though he didn't practice this week, he was hoping to be a game-time decision. Now Dalton will have to rely on wide receivers Andre Caldwell (who will start for Green) and Jerome Simpson, and tight end Jermaine Gresham, and the Bengals' defense -- one of the NFL's best -- will have to play its best game of the season in Baltimore.

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    Is Schaub's season over?
    Former NFL general manager Charley Casserly is now CBS' NFL Today insider and he weighs in with the news of the day…

    "Not necessarily," Casserly told James Brown when asked if Schaub's done for 2011. "But on the injury, (Buccaneers DT) Albert Haynesworth caused the injury by falling on his foot. The irony of this is this is the second time he's knocked Schaub out. Two years ago, he dislocated his shoulder.

    "Now in talking to the Texans they told me this: that Schaub is going to visit Dr. Bob Anderson in Charlotte, NC this week to get a second opinion. If the opinion says he has to have surgery, he's out for the season. However, if he says rest and rehab, there's an outside chance that Schaub could come back and play in the playoffs."

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    Bennett to get the boot for shoes?
    Earl Bennett's orange shoes have cost him $15,000 already this season -- though the Bears are 2-0 when Bennett rocks the kicks, the NFL's fined him twice this season, once for $5,000 and the second time for $10,000.

    According to CBS Sports' Charley Casserly, if Bennett wears the orange shoes on Sunday, he'll be fined another $15,000. And he'll be removed from the game until he changes.

    "The NFL told me they called the Bears this week and told them this: if Bennett wears the shoes today during the game, he will be fined a minimum of $15,000," Casserly said on The NFL Today. "But more importantly, he will be removed from the game and he will not be allowed to go back into the game until he has the proper footwear on."

    Bennett's decision to continue wearing the shoes obviously didn't sit well with the league office -- and it sets a dangerous (well, relatively dangerous) precedent if the league simply continues to fine Bennett. There's a strict uniform policy around the NFL, but if there's no substantial punishment for breaking that policy apart from financial incentivizing, it wouldn't be shocking to see players do what Bennett did over a longer period of time.

    The NFL clearly wants to nip that in the bud, and they're doing so by potentially keeping Bennett from playing on Sunday.


  • Urlacher on Bears Turnaround this Season
    After starting 2-3, the Bears have won four straight and are back in the thick of the NFC Playoff Race. Shannon Sharpe sat down with Brian Urlacher to discuss the Bears turnaround and what's allowed him to play at an elite level for so long. www.cbssports.com

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    Matthew Stafford throws 2 picks in first 7 minutes

    Update: And it's another turnover for the Lions, this time by RB Keiland Williams. That's three for the day and there's still three minutes to go in the first quarter. The Curse of Millen is suddenly strong with this team.

    Through the half of the season, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was playing like a former first-overall pick, and one of the best young QBs in the NFL. In his last five quarters he has six interceptions, including two pick-sixes during last week's loss to the Bears (he also gave Chicago's D.J. Moore the business when he dragged him to the ground by the back of his helmet).

    Now, seven minutes into Sunday's game against the Panthers, Stafford has three completions to his teammates, and two to Carolina defenders.

    At 6-3, Detroit is still in great shape for a wild-card bid, but they're going to need more from Stafford. As it stands, the Lions trail Panthers. 3-0.

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    B.J. Raji, Packers NT, scores TD

    One of the most indelible images to emerge from Super Bowl XX was when William “The Refrigerator” Perry scored a 1-yard TD (much to the chagin of the touchdown-less Walter Payton) to lead Chicago to the big victory.

    And while the Packers-Buccaneers game isn’t exactly on par with the importance of Super Bowl XX, Green Bay nose tackle B.J. Raji -- appropriately nicknamed The Freezer -- scored a one-yard rushing touchdown to give the Packers a 7-0 lead.

    After Aaron Rodgers scrambled on two consecutive plays, getting smacked by Ronde Barber on his second attempt, to bring the ball to the 1-yard line, Raji lined up as the fullback behind Rodgers and in front of James Starks.

    But instead of handing off to his tailback, Rodgers, using his left hand, gave the ball to Raji who bullied his way into the end zone. Which makes sense. The dude is listed at 337 pounds.

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    Vikings' Peterson leaves game with left ankle injury
    Adrian Peterson goes by many names: All Day, Purple Jesus, AP, Adrian. But with time expiring in the first quarter and the Vikings leading 7-3, Peterson had to be helped off the field after sustaining what looked like a left ankle injury.

    On the play in question, Raiders' linebacker Kamerion Wimbley tackled Peterson low, ripping off his shoe in the process, and then safety Michael Huff hit him high, dragging him to the ground. Peterson's left leg got stuck underneath Huff as he went down.

    AP, who had six carries for 26 yards and a touchdown before suffering the injury, was taken to the locker room on a cart.

    Most offenses are built around their franchise quarterbacks, and that could someday be the case in Minnesota. But right now, the offense begins with Purple Jesus.

    Toby Gerhart, you're up.

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  • Tartan jackets, FTW
    Arian Foster joined the guys on The NFL Today to discuss Matt Leinart replacing the injured Matt Schaub, twitter as well as the AFC Playoff picture. www.cbssports.com

  • MJD channels his inner LeBron after scoring Sunday.

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    LeGarrette Blount is big, apparently impossible to tackle (VIDEO)
    You want to see the best touchdown run of the season? We present: LeGarrette Blount's One-Man Show (with special guests: the entire Packers defense).

    Late in the second quarter, the Packers lead the Bucs 14-10.

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    Pacman Jones makes hair-pulling tackle against Ravens' Torrey Smith
    Pacman Jones made it rain hair late in the first half.

    After Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith (whose dreadlocks cover the name on the back of his jersey) hauled in a Joe Flacco pass, he was tackled by … his hair. Upon first viewing, it looked as if Jones had horse-collared Smith to the ground but after the officials convened, they ruled the play legal (replays confirmed as much).

    You can enjoy the impromptu catfight here.

    Two plays later, Flacco threw an interception, further proving Baltimore should run the ball.

    A similar play happened between the Chiefs and Steelers during the 2006 season; then-Kansas City running back Larry Johnson brought Pittsburgh safety to the ground by his jheri curl wig.

    The Ravens lead the Bengals at the half, 14-7.

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    Dolphins continue to impress

    I think it’s safe to call Miami one of the hottest teams in the NFL.

    Even though the Dolphins entered the game with plenty of momentum -- a two-game winning streak after a seven-game losing streak will do that for you -- and the Bills had been disappointing, it’s surprising at how dominating Miami has played in taking a 28-6 lead into halftime.

    Quarterback Matt Moore is 11 of 14 for 148 yards and three touchdowns, and Reggie Bush has continued his impressive play. And the Bills look horrendous, totaling just 130 yards while league-leading rusher Fred Jackson has 17 yards on seven carries and Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown two interceptions (the second one clearly wasn’t his fault as it bounced off David Nelson’s hands before Miami’s Yeremiah Bell grabbed it).

    Miami already has dropped out of the Suck For Luck campaign. Now it seems like the Dolphins are on a mission to save Tony Sparano’s job.

  • Burleson mocks Cam Newton

    Early in the third quarter of the Lions/Panthers game, Nate Burleson caught a pass from Matthew Stafford to score and bring the Lions within six points of the Panthers. You can see his celebration above.

    Making the celebration a little more awkward is that Burleson was mocking Cam Newton's earlier celebration.

    The lesson as always? The Lions are evil, of course.

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    Heyward-Bey leaves game after serious head shot

    Raiders receiver Darius Heyward-Bey took a serious blow to the head early in the fourth quarter, and though he showed movement in his extremities, he left the field on a cart while strapped to a body board.

    With Oakland holding a 27-14 lead against Minnesota, Heyward-Bey caught a pass across the middle from Carson Palmer, and as Cedric Griffin tackled him and began to pull him down, Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson’s knee collided with Heyward Bey’s head, knocking off his helmet.

    Almost immediately, Heyward-Bey, in obvious pain, began moving his arms and legs. As he was being stretchered off, he lifted his left arm again, triggering applause from the crowd.

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    Official ends up in very uncomfortable place (not the back of a VW)
    Ron Winter is the referee in Sunday's Bengals-Ravens game. This isn't necessarily noteworthy. That he got stuck on the bottom of a "FUMBLE!" pile-up is.

    No officials were hurt in the making of this "how not to avoid millions of pounds of flesh" instructional video.

    The pile-up in question was a result of an Andy Dalton fumble deep in the Bengals' territory late in the third quarter. The Ravens recovered, and Ray Rice scored (on a running play, no less!) on the very next snap.

    Baltimore leads Cincy 31-24 with just over five minutes to go.

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    Raiders beat Vikings, go to 6-4
    The story this week may be the Tim Tebows (small print: and the Broncos) but the Raiders are now 4-1 on the road after defeating the Vikings, 27-21, and oh yeah, they lead the AFC West.

    After whipping up on the Chargers 10 days ago, the Raiders' defense forced Christian Ponder into three interceptions, and Michael Bush again eclipsed 100 yards on the ground (109 on 30 carries, including a TD).

    Carson Palmer was an efficient 17-of-23 for 164 yards (1 TD, 0 INTs).

    Adrian Peterson left the game in the first quarter with an ankle injury, and Darrius Heyward-Bey was taken off the field on a bodyboard after a blow to the head.

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    Dolphins score big win vs. Buffalo

    Buffalo has been terrible lately. Miami has been hotter than hot.

    And that didn’t change today when the Dolphins dominated the Bills 35-8. Now, it’s pretty clear that Miami isn’t the worst team in the AFC East. That distinction now belongs in Buffalo.

    Panthers castoff Matt Moore was stupendous, completing 14 of 20 passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns, and his defense didn’t allow the Bills to do much of anything, holding Buffalo to 41 rushing yards and interceptimng Ryan Fitzpatrick twice.

    Making matters worse for Buffalo, league-leading rusher Fred Jackson (seven carries, 17 yards) left the game with a leg injury and never returned.

    As I wrote about here, the Dolphins clearly haven’t given up for coach Tony Sparano. Now, with three straight wins, you have to wonder if the hot seat he’s been on since the beginning of the season is beginning to cool just a little bit.


  • Jaguars vs. Browns Recap
    Jacksonville rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert's pass into the end zone on the game's final play was incomplete, allowing the Browns to escape with a 14-10 win over the Jaguars on Sunday. CBS Sports' Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker have the recap. www.cbssports.com

    Browns beat Jaguars on Final Play
    The Cleveland Browns defense kept the Jaguars out of the end zone on the final play of the game to solidify the 14-10 home victory on Sunday.

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    Cowboys escape Redskins in overtime

    The Cowboys needed some help, including a pair of missed field goals by Redskins kicker Graham Gano, in order to scratch out a win and avoid an upset loss to Washington.

    But after Dan Bailey booted a 39-yard field goal more than nine minutes into overtime, the Cowboys did manage to escape with a 27-24 victory vs. the Redskins and kept themselves in the NFC East and wild card races.

    After the Cowboys built a 10-lead early in the game, Rex Grossman started justifying Mike Shanahan’s decision to keep him as the starting quarterback. He finished the game 25 of 38 for 289 yards, two touchdowns and an interception -- pretty good considering he got very little help from Washington’s running game.

    But after Washington took a 17-10 lead, Tony Romo (23 of 37, 298 yards, three touchdowns) efficiently lead Dallas back into the lead and eventually into overtime.

    Although Gano had a chance to kick the game-winning field goal on the extra period’s first drive, he barely missed wide right, allowing Bailey to be the hero.

    It should leave the Redskins with a little bit of optimism, but there’s also no denying that they’ve lost their sixth-straight game. Which isn’t very good at all.


  • Bengals vs. Ravens Recap
    Joe Flacco threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns, and the Baltimore Ravens squeezed by the Cincinnati Bengals 31-24 on Sunday to move into first place in the AFC North. Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf recap all the action from M&T Stadium. www.cbssports.com

    Flacco Connects with Smith for 39-Yard TD
    Joe Flacco connected with rookie Torrey Smith on a 38-yard TD to give Baltimore a 31-14 lead early in the fourth quarter. Smith finished with six catches for 165 yards in the Ravens 31-24 win over the Bengals.


  • Raiders vs. Vikings Recap
    Oakland Raiders' QB, Carson Palmer, completed 17 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown in a 27-21 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Join CBS Sports' Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots for a recap of all the action.

    Chaz Schilens' 11-Yard Touchdown Catch
    Carson Palmer connects with Chaz Schilens in the corner of the end zone for an 11 yard touchdown catch to give the Oakland Raiders an early 10-7 lead over the Minnesota Vikings.


  • The Browns are 4-6. It doesn't sound particularly impressive, but their 14-10 victory over the Jaguars Sunday is noteworthy for a few reasons. First, it stopped a three-game losing streak. Second, Cleveland scored more than 12 points for the first time since October 16. And third, Josh Cribbs hauled in a touchdown pass (his fourth of the season) to give the Browns the lead.

    The only thing missing? A Cribbs post-score shimmy (because let's be honest, who knows when it'll happen again). After the game, he apologized via Twitter (turns out, he had a good reason):

    Cribbs' Tweetin' Feed

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    Locker replaces Hasselbeck, promptly throws TD
    With the Titans trailing the Falcons 23-3 with just over two minutes to go and starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck sidelined with a right-arm injury, rookie first-rounder Jake Locker too the field.

    At this point in the proceedings, not much was expected from him, mostly because he's barely seen the field this season. Through the first 10 weeks, Locker had thrown a grand total of two passes.

    His first attempt Sunday was incomplete. His second pass, however, was good for eight yards. Then, on this third try, Locker threw a 40-yard touchdown strike to Nate Washington. (Actually, Locker rolled right and hit Washington in the numbers on a 20-yard pass, and Washington beat two defenders to the end zone. Whatever, it counts the same.)

    Unfortunately, the score was worth the customary six points, so the Titans still trail by 13. That said, Locker looked like an old hand under center.

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    49ers' Goldson throws haymakers, ejected
    Maybe the only way the Cardinals are going to be the 49ers is if they continue to start fights, hope that the San Francisco players lose their cool and throw a punch, and the officials eject them.

    That was the (unintended) strategy in the second half; Cards' WR Early Doucet threw a punched that missed 49ers safety Dashon Goldson. Goldson, however, didn't miss Doucet, connecting several times. And though nobody was hurt (they're wearing pads and helmets, duh), Goldson was ejected.

    Details via the Associated Press:

    "Goldson was on the ground after the 49ers sacked backup quarterback Richard Bartel when Doucet appeared to hit him in the helmet. Goldson jumped to his feet angrily and went after Doucet, throwing a left-right combination to Doucet's shoulder pads and facemask. Goldson continued to throw punches and Doucet fought back before players from both teams separated the two."

    Goldson was flagged for a personal foul and ejected. The penalty gave Arizona an automatic first down and the Cardinals went on to score a touchdown when Bartel threw a 23-yard touchdown to Larry Fitzgerald."

    By the way, there's no QB controversy in Arizona; John Skelton was benched for Bartel, which means that once Kevin Kolb is healthy, it's his job.

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