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Thursday, January 3, 2013, 1:19pm
When asked about Harvin's absence, HC Leslie Frazier said this: "It's purely up to him. If he wanted to be around, he could be around. But the guys are working hard doing everything they can. I know he wants our team to do well and that's important. But we got some other guys who are on IR as well, so it doesn't concern us."
At this point, Frazier hasn't been told that Harvin will have to have surgery on the ankle.
Harvin's relationship with the team is strained due to the status of his contract, which runs through the 2013 season. Expect this issue to bubble up again this summer if not earlier.
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Thursday, January 3, 2013, 1:15pm
Thursday, January 3, 2013, 1:13pm
But the wide receiver said during his weekly spot on WFAN that both sides opted to put contract talks aside during the season after "agreeing to disagree."
"It got tabled for a couple weeks, mainly because of the two sides agreeing to disagree at the same time," Cruz said. "So it had been tabled for a couple weeks, but now that the season’s over and the statistics are what they are, I think we’re going to get back and pick up the pen again and see what we can do."
Thursday, January 3, 2013, 12:52pm
No structural damage in Dez Bryant's back
Thursday, January 3, 2013, 12:41pm
In the regular-season finale against Washington, Bryant suffered a back injury in the second half and left FedEx Field in a wheelchair. Bryant, diagnosed with back spasms, was using crutches to walk on Tuesday.
The Cowboys' leading receiver also has a fractured left index finger, suffered with three weeks to play in the regular season, and nothing has been determined as to when he'll undergo surgery.
Bryant emerged as a top tier fantasy receiver this season, averaging 6.3 catches for 110 yards and 1.13 TDs in his last eight games. That projects to 101-1760-18 (or 284 fantasy points) over the course of a 16-game season. Since 2001, only Randy Moss (2003, 2007) and Calvin Johnson (2011) scored more than 260 FP in a season, so Bryant finished on a torrid pace. He's likely to be a 2nd round pick in 2013.
Thursday, January 3, 2013, 12:28pm
“Who knows what happens next year?” said Hasselbeck, who will enter the third and final season of his contract with the Titans and count $7.5 million against the team’s salary cap. “But I like our quarterback room a lot and if I’m here, I understand where we are in Jake’s development and all that, so I guess, really, I’m OK with being a part of his maturing process if that’s the role I have to play. What also goes with that role is stepping in if he can’t go, so I knew all that coming in.
“Some guys might feel differently at the stage I am in my career or whatever. But the only thing that’s important to me that goes with that is I want to be on a team that is good and that is heading in the right direction.”
Fred Jackson wants to stay with Bills
Thursday, January 3, 2013, 12:21pm
"This is where I started my career, and this is where I want to end my career," Jackson replied. "Even if I did leave here, who's to say where I go I won't be some third- or fourth-string back there?
"My thing is to go out and compete and make the most of the opportunities I do get. Whether that's here or somewhere else, I'm going to continue to show up and make plays and try and help my team win."
Jackson is signed through 2014, but will turn 32 in February, so he's definitely in the twilight of his career given the typical lifespan of NFL running backs. One thing working in his favor is that he didn't become a full time player until age 28 and has just 932 carries in his career. However, he has only played 20 games in the last two seasons and now has the reputation of being injury-prone.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 5:32pm
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“I live in San Diego. I might go home to Fresno or Bakersfield a couple times, but that’s just a three-hour drive. It ain’t much. Just get ready. (There’s) a lot of stuff I need to work on, stuff I need to get better, but I have what it takes to reach that next level and that’s what I plan to do.”
As far as his clavicles are concerned, Mathews said they are “pretty stable right now” and though he missed the last two games of the season, he feels good.
“I feel good physically,” Mathews said. “I really do. Like I said, I’ve been healthy for the most part this year. I haven’t had any setbacks or anything. It was just a bad year. That’s all you can say. You just have to look forward to next year, watch your film and do your homework, take the time for your body to rest and come back here just explosive. It’s time for me to show them why they bumped up to the spot they did to draft me. I’ve shown greatness at some times and I’ve shown I can be the worst player at some times. You just have to be consistent and that’s what I plan to do.”
Christian Ponder (elbow) limited on Wednesday
Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 5:15pm
Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 5:07pm
Jordy Nelson to be re-evaluated on Thursday
Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 4:58pm
Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 12:27pm
Ravens MLB Ray Lewis intends to retire at the end of this season.
49ers sign Billy Cundiff
Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 12:02pm
Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 11:58am
The Cowboys’ desire to sign quarterback Tony Romo to a long-term contract extension this off-season hasn’t changed despite his three interceptions Sunday night in a do-or-die loss at Washington.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett wouldn’t specifically address Romo’s contract status Monday, but he did fully support his quarterback.
Romo is under contract in 2013. The Cowboys tried to sign him to a long-term contract extension during the season, but Romo asked to table the talks until after the season to concentrate on football.