NFL's reasoning for Suh's 2-game suspension
Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been suspended two games for stomping on a Packers lineman during a not-very-thankful Thanksgiving Day get-together. Seemed like a fair punishment but if you were still wondering about the league's reasoning, The NFL Today insider Charley Casserly explains:
"The (league) felt he needed to be taught a lesson. Here's a guy who hasn't even finished his second year and he's had multiple fines, multiple penalties, and he's been ejected from a game," Casserly told CBS' James Brown Sunday.
"This is the time you have to be hard on him."
As for the Lions as an organization, Casserly spoke with general manager Martin Mayhew.
"He told me he met with Suh after the incident. He told Suh this has got to stop. He says, 'We don't tolerate this behavior.' He also said, 'Ndamukong, when you're not in the game, you hurt the football team.'
"Also, coach Jim Schwartz and other players sent him that message too."
Casserly: McNabb 'quit' on Vikings
Donovan McNabb is a free agent, having been waived by the Minnesota Vikings last week, and it doesn't really look like there's a whole lot of interest from other teams in the veteran quarterback.
Why? Well, as Charley Casserly reported on The NFL Today, the Vikings believe that McNabb 'quit' on them.
"Well what happened this week is head coach Leslie Frazier and the Vikings went to McNabb and told him 'We are now going to play Joe Webb into the games ahead of you,'" Casserly reported. "McNabb didn't like that, he asked for his release, they released him."
"One Viking told me, 'It was as if he took his football and decided to go home.' They were upset by him, they felt he quit on the team. Also, I talked to Houston, I talked to Chicago, I talked to Dallas -- no interest in McNabb."
For those of you who aren't math majors, the calculations on this one are pretty simple: McNabb quitting on the Vikings + McNabb being benched for Kevin Kolb, Rex Grossman and Christian Ponder + McNabb complaining enough to be cut by the team that gave him another chance = McNabb not getting another shot.
The only interest in McNabb in the near future is likely to be quarterbacking an NFL analysis show.
Casserly: Raiders investigating before disciplining McClain
The Raiders are taking plenty of heat for having Rolando McClain active for Sunday's game, and understandably so -- less than 72 hours ago, the linebacker was arrested on four misdemeanors.
But according to CBS Sports' Charley Casserly on The NFL Today, McClain will be disciplined by Oakland, but not until they find out the full details of what happened. Additionally, Casserly reports McClain didn't fire the gun during the incident in question.
"Multiple sources told me McClain denies shooting the gun," Casserly said. "From the Raiders point of view, they are absolutely going to discipline him, but they want to wait until they find out all of the facts in the case before they decide what the appropriate discipline will be."
"From the league's point of view, they are investigating it and no plans for discipline at this time."
This is a pretty smart move by both the league and the Raiders -- there's simply no reason to punish McClain for something he didn't do. Determining his punishment is simply a matter of determining his culpability.
There's still a case to be made (as CBS Sports Bill Cowher did on the show) that McClain shouldn't be playing today, though.
It remains to be seen if the Raiders will hold him out of the starting lineup.
Orton in one play, hurts finger
Early in the second quarter, the “Kyle Orton as the Chiefs quarterback “ era officially began as he replaced Tyler Palko with Kansas City in a scoreless tie against the Bears.
But one play into his regime, after the Chiefs attempted a flea-flicker, Orton hurt what appeared to be his index finger and he left the game.
Orton was hit by safety Major Wright, and Orton immediately grabbed his hand in pain. He motioned to the sideline, and immediately, Palko -- who is 4 for 6 for 27 yards -- returned to the game as trainers began to examine Orton.
Cushing out of the game, how will Texans D respond?
With Wade Phillips transforming the Texans defense into one of the best in the league, the Houston defensive coordinator has relied on the improvement of linebacker Brian Cushing to help make the team’s 3-4 scheme work well.
But midway through the second quarter, with the Texans leading the Falcons by 10 points, Cushing hurt his right leg and had to be helped off the field.
Soon after, he walked without help to the locker room. If he can’t return, that, of course, would be a big loss for the Texans, who know a little something about losing top players this year.
Palko’s first TD pass? A Hail Mary
The Chiefs offense has been less than impressive lately, failing to score a touchdown in nearly three games, and quarterback Tyler Palko hadn’t exactly been a savior since taking over for Matt Cassel.
But after replacement Kyle Orton hurt his finger on his first play in a Kansas City uniform, Palko converted on a 38-yard Hail Mary to Dexter McCluster to give the Chiefs a 7-3 lead against the Bears heading into halftime.
It was the first touchdown of Palko’s career, and it almost definitely shouldn’t have happened. While Palko threw the ball up for grabs, Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher had a chance to intercept the pass. But the ball was batted down directly into the hands of McCluster.
Considering the Bears offense isn’t much better with Caleb Hanie running it, that could be a game-saving play.
Seymour ejected for throwing a punch
As if things couldn’t be going much worse for the Raiders, who are behind 34-0 near the end of the third quarter, Richard Seymour has been ejected for throwing a punch.
It was the same move he pulled against Pittsburgh last season when he was tossed for doing the same thing. Today, the punch wasn’t quite as noticeable, but it ended in the same result.
As Seymour battled with Miami’s Richie Incognito, Seymour threw a sneaky left hook. The officials spotted it, though, and gave Seymour the old heave-ho. He wasn’t suspended for his actions against the Steelers, but now you have to wonder if a little time off might be coming his way.
Dalton out of game as Steelers work over Bengals
After three quarters, three sacks and an 11 for 24 performance against the Steelers Sunday, rookie quarterback Andy Dalton gave way to backup Bruce Gradkowski.
The Bengals, with Gradkowski under center, got only their second first down of the half before he threw an interception to Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor two plays later.
Dalton appeared to injure his hip on the previous series after being sacked by James Harrison and Brett Keisel.
Not to be outdone, the Steelers made a quarterback change of their own: Charlie Batch replaced Ben Roethlisberger, who threw two touchdowns to Mike Wallace. Unlike Dalton, Big Ben appears to be relatively healthy.
Pittsburgh (8-3) leads Cincy (7-4) 35-7 with 10 minutes to do in the game and they appear to be headed for a season sweep of the series.
As for Dalton, who got off to a strong start this season but has looked like, well, a rookie in recent weeks. Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton now appears to be the runaway choice for rookie of the year.
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Tebow (and ahem, the Broncos) are tied for first
Yes, Tim Tebow and the Broncos won again, the sixth time in seven games Denver has accomplished that feat since benching Kyle Orton as the starting quarterback and inserting Tebow.
For the first time, though, Tebow actually played like a legit NFL quarterback -- completing 10 of 15 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns -- and as a result, the Broncos made another comeback 35-32 win against the Vikings.
And look what we have here: thanks to the Raiders putrid performance vs. Miami, the Broncos, at 7-5, are now tied with Oakland for first place in the AFC West.
Which is kind of crazy. But with Tebow, apparently anything is possible. Even the Broncos in contention for a playoff spot.
Colts vs. Patriots Recap
Rob Gronkowski caught two touchdown passes then scored on a lateral and the Patriots withstood a fourth-quarter rally to keep the Colts winless with a 31-24 victory Sunday. Marv Albert and Rich Gannon recap all the action from Foxborough. www.cbssports.com
Jets vs. Redskins Recap
Mark Sanchez hit Santonio Holmes for a 30-yard touchdown pass with 4:49 to play Sunday, and Shonn Greene added a pair of insurance scores to give the Jets a 34-19 win over the Redskins. Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts recap all the action from FedEx Field. www.cbssports.com
Greene Runs for 25-Yard TD
Shonn Greene rushed for a 25-yard score to put the game out reach as the Jets defeated the Redskins 34-19 on Sunday. www.cbssports.com
Bengals vs. Steelers Recap
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 176 yards with two touchdowns as the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 35-7 on Sunday. Jim Nantz and Phil Simms recap this game. www.cbssports.com
Brown 60-Yard Punt Return
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown returns a 60-yard punt for a touchdown to increase the Steelers' lead over the Cincinnati Bengals in the second quarter. www.cbssports.com