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Tim Tebow scores 2nd TD of career

10.31.10 at 2:55 pm ET
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Josh McDaniels will do what it takes to win over frustrated Broncos fans. In the second half against the 49ers, McDaniels called on Tim Tebow to take his first snap of the game at the goal line. Tebow took the snap from the shotgun and ran left, for a 1-yard touchdown run. Tebow had his first TD run earlier in the season but the Broncos has limited the QB’s exposure so far this season.

Tebow has yet to throw a pass this season, but he has carried the ball nine times for 26 yards and two touchdowns on the season.

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Monday Night Football: Colts fantasy focus

10.31.10 at 2:49 pm ET
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Colts running back Joseph Addai missed practice Saturday and he is listed as doubtful for the team’s Monday night game against Houston. Addai has not practiced since suffering a nerve injury in his left shoulder on Oct. 17.

When he has remained healthy, Addai has maintained solid production. Addai has 406 yards rushing on 93 carries for a 4.4 average and three touchdowns.

It seems that Donald Brown will be the benefactor of Addai’s absence. Brown went through full workouts on Saturday and it seems he is starting to recover from a lingering hamstring injury. Brown is listed as questionable but he is expected to start.

Brown, 23, has not played in the last three games for the Colts. He received 16 carries for 69 yards and one touchdown against the Giants in Week 2. The Texans are 13th in the league against the run, allowing 104.3 yards-per-game.

Receivers Reggie Wayne (hamstring), Pierre Garcon (hamstring), and Anthony Gonzalez (ankle) are also all questionable for Monday’s game. Wayne practiced fully for the first time this week on Saturday, while Garcon and Gonzalez has participated all week. Any of the receivers could be a big play for fantasy owners with the Texans ranking dead last in league against the pass, giving up 306.2 yards-per-game.

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Saints’ Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas out against Steelers

10.31.10 at 2:29 pm ET
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The Saints will be missing some key play makers on offense against a tough Steelers defense on Sunday. Running backs Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas will not play on Sunday, reports Sports Illustrated.

Bush has missed recent weeks with a fractured fibula in his right leg but had hoped to return to action this week. Bush could return for next week’s match up against Carolina or the team may decide to give him an extra week of rest during the team’s Week 10 bye week. That would push Bush’s expected return to the Saints’ Week 11 game against Seattle.

Thomas is still nursing a sprained ankle from Week 3 and he has not played since. There is no timetable for his return and he is still using crutches to keep weight off of his feet.

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Fantasy Quarterback Updates: Vince Young, Jason Campbell to start

10.31.10 at 2:28 pm ET
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Vince Young : (4:15 vs. San Diego)

It looks like Jeff Fisher and the Titans will start Young today after missing last week’s contest with a sprained left knee. Kerry Collins is probable but for now it seems that the veteran QB will return as the No. 2 quarterback for the Titans. The Chargers (2-5) rank first in the NFL in passing defense, allowing only 158.6 yards passing-per-game. Young, 27, has 745 yards passing, seven touchdowns, and only two interceptions on the season for a passer rating of 98.8.

Jason Campbell: (4:15 vs. Seattle)

The Raiders will have Jason Campbell make his third straight start this Sunday against Seattle. Campbell began his streak in place of the injured Bruce Gradkowski who is recovering from a separated right shoulder.

Seattle ranks 29th in the league in passing defense, giving up 261.3 yards-per-game in the air. This could mean many opportunities for the Raiders offense, coming off a big game against Denver. Campbell has thrown for 713 yards, four touchdowns, and four interceptions while posting a passer rating of 73.1. However, Campbell played well last week, going 12-of-20 attempts for 204 yards and two touchdowns against Denver.

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NFL Roundup: Patriots could get Fred Taylor back for Cleveland game

10.31.10 at 9:51 am ET
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According to ProFootballTalk.com, the Patriots may be getting running back Fred Taylor back for their Nov. 6 game against Cleveland. Taylor has appeared in just three games this season due to a toe injury. For the complete report click here.

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Rangers could start Cliff Lee in Game 4

10.30.10 at 4:37 pm ET
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While the Rangers are scheduled to have right-hander Tommy Hunter start Game 4 of the World Series, Rangers manager Ron Washington did not rule out the possibility of bringing back ace Cliff Lee on three days’ rest for the contest if his team suffers a loss in Game 3 to fall into a 3-0 hole.

“There’s a chance that anything could happen,” Washington said in response to a question about the hypothetical scenario. “But as I said, really the only thing that I’m thinking about right now is [Rangers Game 3 starter] Colby Lewis tonight. That hypothetical, we’ll deal with it if it happens.”

The Giants beat Lee in Game 1, scoring seven runs against him in 4 2/3 innings, and then erupted in the late innings of Game 2 to take a 2-0 series lead. The two teams will play Game 3 on Saturday night, in the first World Series home game ever played by the Rangers.

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Sterger expected to meet with NFL about Favre

10.30.10 at 4:33 pm ET
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According to ESPN.com, former Jets sideline host Jennifer Sterger is expected to meet with the NFL next week about allegations that Vikings (and former Jets) quarterback Brett Favre sent her inappropriate text and picture messages. NFL analyst Peter King had told the Dale & Holley Show on Friday that the NFL had been thinking about closing the investigation, which had dragged on in the absence of Sterger’s testimony.

“The league is at the end of its rope. Either talk or don’€™t talk, but the fact that they have strung it out for so long, I think the league wants to put this matter to bed. Fairly soon, in fact,” King said. “If they haven’€™t said, I think they’€™re going to say it in the coming days, maybe even in the coming day, They’€™ll say we need a decision from you or else we’€™re going to close the investigation. That’€™s my gut feeling about what’€™s going on with it.”

But now, Sterger’s lawyer told ESPN.com, it appears that the recipient of the alleged messages will discuss them with the League.

“There is a very strong likelihood that Ms. Sterger will agree to meet with the NFL in their ongoing investigation,” the attorney is quoted as saying in the ESPN article. “I expect that such a meeting will take place late next week at an undisclosed location.”

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Yankees face questions about Derek Jeter’s future

10.30.10 at 9:31 am ET
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It was a struggle of a season for Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (despite the fact that his bats are being used by the U.S. government to secure goodwill around the world). In an American League-leading 739 plate appearances, Jeter’s offensive and defensive production nosedived.

He had career lows in batting average (.270), OBP (.340), slugging (.370) and OPS (.710) and matched a career worst with 10 home runs. Defensively, he had a Plus/Minus rating of -17, meaning he made 17 fewer plays than an average shortstop would have on balls hit to his fielding zone. That mark ranked 32nd among major league shortstops.

As a result, while few doubt that Jeter — a free agent this winter for the first time in his career — will re-sign with the Yankees, questions are being asked about whether he will either be dropped in the batting order (he started 137 games as a leadoff hitter and 18 as the No. 2 hitter) or moved from shortstop. Yankees manager Joe Girardi, in a conversation with reporters to announce his own three-year extension with the Yankees, did not dismiss the possibilities.

“I think you have to watch the level he plays at,” Girardi told reporters, adding, “Our lineup is maybe something that could change next year.”

GM Brian Cashman, however, suggested that the organization is not contemplating a move of Jeter from the only position he has ever played in his career.

“He’s the best candidate to play shortstop for this franchise,” said Cashman.

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Houston Texans owner has locker room checked for PEDs

10.30.10 at 9:11 am ET
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Houston Texans owner Bob McNair had staff members check the team’s locker room to make sure that players were not using substances that were either banned or not approved by the NFL. The news was first reported by USA Today.

Two Texans players — left tackle Duane Brown and linebacker Brian Cushing — served four-game suspensions for violating league banned substance policy. As a result, McNair had staff members check lockers and remove products that were not specifically approved by the NFL. The examination took place about a month ago.

“We concluded that one thing we can do is to just go through the locker room and make sure that if anybody is using anything, it’s a product from one of the approved manufacturers,” McNair said. “That’s about all that we can do.”

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Saints rule out Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas for Sunday night

10.30.10 at 9:04 am ET
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The Saints have ruled out both of their top two running backs for another week, according to the Associated Press. New Orleans will be without both Reggie Bush (broken fibula) and Pierre Thomas (left ankle sprain) for Sunday night’s game against the Steelers.

Bush has been out since suffering the injury in Week 2. He had expected to come back for this Sunday against the Steelers, but after testing the ankle’s recovery, he said that it’s possible he will sit not just this week, but also next week against Carolina before a Week 10 bye.

“We’re just kind of taking it week by week,” Bush said. “Obviously, if I didn’t play next week, that would give me a little more time with the bye week to come back after that. So I don’t know. There’s a lot of things up in the air.”

Thomas was on crutches and had no timetable for his return.

On the Dale & Holley Show on Friday, NFL analyst Peter King noted the devastating effect that the injuries to the two running backs have had.

“I talked to Sean Payton at length this morning. I think they’€™re very worried. It’€™s the first time I’€™ve heard him say something like, ‘€˜The way we’€™re going now, we’€™re a 7-9, 9-7, 8-8 team. We’€™ve got to play better.’€™ I think the thing people are concerned about with them, especially because I doubt they’€™ll have Reggie Bush this weekend. So another weekend without Reggie Bush, without Pierre Thomas,” said King. “I did a lot of Saints games last year towards the end of the year. I just know that at the end of the year, Pierre Thomas was one of their five most important players. He was a vital guy for them. And now, he’€™s been a total non-factor for them this year. You need to have someone other than a Julius Jones who is walking in off the street and trying to learn all the little things. They’€™ve made a bunch of mistakes in the passing game where running backs are either running the wrong way or don’€™t do what they’€™re supposed to do.”

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