Tony Romo, 2nd most boring interview ever, out for the season

Dallas Cowboys QB and whipping boy/scapegoat Tony Romo is out for the season, multiple sources report. That means he’ll miss the play-in game Sunday night between Dallas and Philadelphia. This battle for the NFC East title and a trip to the playoffs was flexed into the national prime time game because the winner heads to the playoffs while the loser begins recreational golf season.

The absence of Tony Romo has already turned the tide 6 points in Vegas. Dallas went from 3 point favorite to 3 point underdog when the Romo news broke.

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Chicago Bears DE Corey Wootton is indeed becoming the Coreysaurus

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Chicago Bears defensive end Corey Wootton is starting to grow into the nickname he’s always had.

“They call me Coreysaurus, cuz of my height and long neck,” Wootton told me in an exclusive during his days at Northwestern. In 2012, the 6’8″ and lanky Corey Wootton started to play like that ferocious dinosaur nickname on the professional level.

In Week 9 against the Tennessee Titans, Wootton scored his first career touchdown off a blocked punt, which had been blocked by former Northwestern teammate Sherrick McManis.

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Former Steelers, Bears FB Merril Hoge spreads concussion protection awareness

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Football’s national governing body in the United States,will conduct a Protection Tour this summer to promote proper equipment fitting, tackling fundamentals and concussion awareness and management to further advance youth football player safety. USA Football board member and former NFL standout running back MERRIL HOGE is the tour’s national spokesman.

Following an eight-year NFL playing career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears, Hoge retired from the NFL in 1994 because of complications from concussion. You also know Hoge as a media personality, the famous ESPN host for their NFL content.

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2012 NFL free agency overview, salary cap set at $120,600,000

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The 2012 NFL season officially begins tomorrow at 4 p.m. eastern time. That’s when the blockbuster NFL draft trade between the St. Louis Rams and Washington Redskins will become official, and the Denver Broncos can sign Peyton Manning, and then Tim Tebow will be set free to get another gig, and then everything starts up again.

In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about how NFL free agency in 2012

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More than 6 million people watched 2012 NFL Scouting Combine

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It is extremely boring, there’s no doubt. It’s nothing more than watching guys in tights run sprints and do some measured jumps on a football field. It’s colloquially being referred to as the “Spandex Super Bowl.” Yet for the second consecutive year more than 6.5 million viewers tuned in to NFL Network’s exclusive coverage of the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine Presented by Under Armour (6.51 million in 2012, 6.55 million in 2011).

Those totals represent large jumps over 2010 (5.2 million viewers) and 2007 (3.7 million viewers), according to The Nielsen Company.

America must really crave football is they’re willing to watch this.

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Roger Goodell’s Letter Today to NFL Fans

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NFL commissioner mass emailed a form letter to all NFL fans today, marking the end of another season/beginning of another off-season. Read the whole thing in its entirety after the jump

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For Denver Broncos, Tim Tebow’s Future is at Fullback

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Tim Tebow can be an NFL Star, but the Denver Broncos need to realize that his best chance for stardom beyond his faith or luck is to convert him to another position before free agency begins.  Regardless of what side of fandom you fall on regarding one of the NFL’s most popular players, no one can question Tim Tebow’s heart, passion and desire to be a team player.

Is that enough to get the Broncos to the Super Bowl?  To build an entire offense and defense around one man with questionable ability to survive as an NFL quarterback?

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Vikings and Chiefs: Battle for the Toilet Bowl

Fans in Kansas City and Minneapolis will have to start attending the games with paper bags over their heads. Both clubs have been examples of extreme futility so far this fall. The two clubs are headed nowhere fast because throughout the history of the NFL, only three percent of teams that have started in this manner (0-3) have reached the playoffs.

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Redskins Ryan Kerrigan NFL Rookie of Month, Boiler Up, Purdue People

We knew he was going to be dominant at the next level. It was obvious when you saw how he tore up Big Ten offensive lines.

The National Football League announced today Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan as the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for September. He is the first Redskins player to win the award since Chris Horton in September 2008 and the fourth overall to receive the honor (Horton, Fred Smoot in September 2001 and Champ Bailey in October 1999).

It’s getting to be a bigger week for Purdue Boilermakers fans, at least on the NFL level. Curtis Painter should start at QB for the Indianapolis Colts this week.

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Bears QB Jay Cutler Aware his OL Might Accidentally KILL Him

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Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been sacked more than groceries. Actually, he’s been sacked more than David Carr in his Houston Texans days, who was sacked even more than groceries.

Cutler may have the worst offensive tackles in NFL history blocking for him this week against the Green Bay Packers (4th in the league in sacks), now that the self-nicknamed “Jew Bear” starting tackle Gabe Carimi is expected to miss the game because of a partially dislocated kneecap. Good luck trying to block Clay Matthews and company short-handed.

Cutler made comments today indicating he’s well aware he may not last the entire season, given how ineffective the line is in front of him.

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NFC North: Best Division in the NFL? Yeah Probably

Our good friends (and web traffic ranking twins) over at Real Clear Sports have a wonderful feature where they average all the major power rankings for the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB each week. They accumulate and average the rankings from 8 major media power rankings and the findings show that the Upper Midwest is ruling football right now.

Yes, it’s just week one, and power rankings are extremely subjective in nature- but the NFC North had the most impressive showing in the rankings thus far. Remember the NFL has no BcS.

The only other division that came even close was the AFC East.

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Surprises from Week One in the NFL

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Stadiums, bars, and couches were packed all over the country as fans paid tribute to their fallen heroes from ten years ago and enjoyed the first Sunday during the professional football season. Besides wagering, the one thing that makes the NFL so appealing is that it is unpredictable. In baseball, it is obvious that the Red Sox and Yankees will perennially compete for the division crown. In the NFL, on any given Sunday…. Ok, enough with the Al Pacino flashback.

The Buffalo Bills took the Kansas City Chiefs out to the woodshed during week one. Ryan Fitzpatrick didn’t put up big time yardage, but he did attain four touchdowns and spread the ball around with efficiency. Four receivers had more than sixty yards each in yardage. They were Stevie Johnson, David Nelson, and Scott Chandler. The thirty-four point victory on the road showed that good players don’t necessarily need to have name recognition from the masses.

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