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Peyton Manning, Colts won’t talk contract until after season

10.24.10 at 1:08 pm ET
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According to ESPN.com, quarterback Peyton Manning informed the Colts that he will not discuss a contract extension until after this season. Manning is playing the last year of a seven-year, $99.2 million deal. Manning’s agent, Tom Condon, told ESPN.com that there had been “zero negotiations” between the team and the four-time NFL MVP.

Colts GM Bill Polian told WEEI.com in July that talks with Manning and Condon had been slowed by the uncertainty surrounding the NFL’s negotiations over a Collective Bargaining Agreement. But while Manning and the Colts have agreed to table discussions this year, Tom Brady and the Patriots were able to enact a four-year, $72 million extension.

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Ravens’ Heap will start against Bills

10.24.10 at 12:51 pm ET
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Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd Heap, who was on the receiving end of a helmet-to-helmet hit from Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather last Sunday, will start for the Ravens on Sunday against the Bills. Heap had been listed as questionable in Baltimore’s final injury report. For the full list of inactives in the Ravens-Bills game, click here.

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Miami called Patriots about Mankins

10.24.10 at 12:46 pm ET
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According to the Miami Herald, Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland called New England to kick the tires about whether a deal for hold-out offensive lineman Logan Mankins might prove possible.

“I suppose the sound on the other end of the phone line was Bill Belichick laughing uncontrollably at the suggestion he might trade a Pro Bowl player to a division rival,” Armando Salguero wrote in the Herald. “But you have to admire Ireland’s moxie for exploring the issue, however improbable. The Patriots, after all, have made some curious trades and roster decisions lately.”

With the Patriots reportedly seeking a first- or second-round pick for the All-Pro guard, Mankins was not traded before last week’s NFL trade deadline. Now, he has until Nov. 16 to decide whether or not to sign his tender offer from the Patriots in hopes of accumulating enough service time to be eligible for unrestricted free agency.

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Kerry Collins gets the start for Titans; Vince Young out with ankle sprain

10.24.10 at 11:28 am ET
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According to multiple media outlets, Kerry Collins will start at quarterback for the Tennessee Titans Sunday against the Eagles, with Vince Young out with what ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is classifying as a high ankle sprain. To read Mortensen’s Tweet click here.
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Jenn Sterger’s manager says client’s silence not for sale

10.24.10 at 11:10 am ET
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According to the New York Post, Jenn Sterger’s manager, Phil Reese, said that contrary to a Friday report in the St. Paul Pioneer-Press his client’s cooperation in regard to her case involving Brett Favre won’t be steered by any settlement with the quarterback. Reese told The Post, “Jenn’s willingness to cooperate with the NFL’s investigation is not for sale. This decision is ultimately Jenn’s to make, and hers only.”

Reese went on to tell the newspaper that Sterger is “strongly considering” meeting with the league, and “doesn’t know what to do at the moment.”

To read the entire report click here.

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Jerramy Stevens won’t play after his arrest on drug charges Saturday night

10.24.10 at 10:54 am ET
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According to the Tampa Tribune, Tampa Bay tight end Jerramy Stevens won’t be playing in the Bucs’ game against the Rams Sunday after being arrested on multiple drug charges, two of which are felonies. The team released a statement on the matter through team spokesman Jonathan Grella,  saying, “We’re deeply disappointed by this news. We take such matters seriously. Obviously, Jerramy Stevens will not be participating today. We will address this matter with the seriousness it deserves, but in the meantime, we’re focused on the Rams game.” To read more on Stevens’ arrest click here.

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New Hampshire runs away with first-ever ‘Colonial Clash’ at Gillette Stadium

10.23.10 at 11:56 pm ET
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In the first-ever collegiate football game played at Gillette Stadium between the University of Massachusetts and the University of New Hampshire, appropriately dubbed the ‘€œColonial Clash,’€ the Wildcats ran away with a commanding 39-13 victory. The Wildcats, who improve to 5-3 overall on the season, and 3-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association, scored first and never looked back as the Minutemen (4-3, 2-2) suffered their second-straight loss.

Sophomore linebacker Matt Evans from New Hampshire won the annual Bill Knight Award, given traditionally to the MVP of the game between the two conference rivals, after recording a team-high 13 tackles, an interception and forcing a fumble. Bill Knight was a long-time Sports Information Director at UNH who died in 1985 after a long battle with cancer. Evans is the 25th recipient of the award.

The first collegiate football game held at Gillette Stadium attracted a CAA-record 32,848 fans in attendance. Supporters for both sides arrived hours early to tailgate in the parking lots and eat in the designated restaurant headquarters in Patriots Place.

New Hampshire was led by sophomore running back Dontra Peters on offense, who carried the ball 23 times for 98 yards and two touchdowns, while senior quarterback R.J. Toman ran in two scores of his own, while throwing for one more. UMass senior quarterback Kyle Havens threw 55 times, completing 32 passes for a career-high 450 yards in the loss. UNH has a bye week next weekend, while UMass returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 30, at James Madison University.

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Record CAA crowd in attendance to witness first ‘Colonial Clash’

10.23.10 at 11:55 pm ET
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The first-ever Colonial Clash at Gillette Stadium between the University of New Hampshire and the University of Massachusetts proved to be more of a success than was originally thought, as the first collegiate game ever hosted by the home of the Patriots attracted a CAA-record 32,848 fans to the game. The previous CAA record was set just last weekend at Delaware, when the Blue Hens hosted Rhode Island.

The 65,000-capacity stadium opened up all but two sections on the lower level to accommodate students and general admission fans from both schools, while the club seating above was filled with supporters. Many alums and former athletes made the trip to Foxboro to witness the landmark event in school and stadium history.

After New Hampshire ran away with the victory, both UNH and UMass fans remained behind to watch the Minutemen marching band perform.

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Twitter helps sell out Patriots-Chargers game

10.23.10 at 9:31 am ET
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It was widely assumed that the San Diego Chargers would not sell out Sunday’s game against the Patriots due to recent struggles by the Chargers. Fanhouse reports that the Chargers’ team Twitter account asked fans to buy tickets to avoid a local television blackout. The Patriots responded with their own account. “Hey Patriots fans on the West Coast, if you want to see the Pats play the Chargers, go to Chargers.com to buy tickets,” the tweet read.

After the tweet, all remaining tickets were purchased within a couple hours, with half of them purchased by Patriots fans. The game will be played in San Diego at 4:15 ET.

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Saints’ Malcolm Jenkins, Vikings’ Ray Edwards fined by NFL

10.23.10 at 9:30 am ET
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More fines and controversy follow the NFL entering Week 7, reports Sports Illustrated. The NFL fined Minnesota defensive end Ray Edwards and New Orleans cornerback Malcolm Jenkins on Friday. Edwards was fined $20,000 for spearing Cowboys running back Marion Barber while Jenkins was fined $10,000 for an unnecessary roughness hit on Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman.

Titans defensive end William Hayes was fined $10,000 for a late hit while fellow teammate Dave Ball was fined $5,000 for roughing the passer. Three Houston players were fined for $5,000 as well and even Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb was fined $5,000 for a horse-collar tackle against Falcons defender William Moore.

The fines come after James Harrison, Dunta Robinson, and Brandon Meriweather provoked significant fines for illegal hits in Week 6. Harrison’€™s fine was the highest at $75,000 and the Steelers’€™ star received much media attention after threatening to retire given the NFL’€™s new stance on illegal hits.

Entering Week 7, players can be subjected to fines and suspensions for illegal and unnecessary hits that endanger fellow players.

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