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New Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett holds full-pad practice

11.10.10 at 5:15 pm ET
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Newly appointed Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett opened up the new Dallas coaching era with a bang on Wednesday, having his team practice in full pads for the first time since training camp.

Garrett took over as the head coach of the Cowboys on Monday after former coach Wade Phillips was fired. The Cowboys are 1-7 on the season, all under Phillips, and prepare to face the NFC East-leading Giants this Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J. Garrett told reporters that he expects a completely different effort from his team, an effort opposite of that put forth under Phillips that led to the team’s last-place standing.

Garrett also had players jogging to drills and stretches on the field during the 20 minutes the media was allowed to observe practice on Wednesday.

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Browns rookie Colt McCoy likely to get fourth-straight start

11.10.10 at 3:52 pm ET
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According to the Associated Press, Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Colt McCoy is likely to get his fourth-straight start this weekend after receiving the majority of snaps in practice. Browns head coach Eric Mangini will not yet name McCoy his official starter, however, as the Browns prepare to face the Jets, Mangini’s former team.

Quarterback Seneca Wallace did practice for the first time since suffering an ankle sprain in early October, but Mangini said that he would only receive about 25 percent of the workout. Mangini added that there has been discussion about placing quarterback Jake Delhomme on injured reserve.

McCoy is 2-1 in his first three starts of his career. He passed for 174 yards last weekend against the Patriots while adding 20 yards rushing with a touchdown.

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Dolphins bench QB Chad Henne, will start Chad Pennington against Titans

11.10.10 at 3:27 pm ET
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The Miami Dolphins have decided to bench starting quarterback Chad Henne and start backup Chad Pennington this Sunday against the Titans, reports. Pennington hasn’t started a game since Week 3 of the 2009 NFL season.

Henne, who threw three interceptions last weekend in a 26-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, has led the underachieving Dolphins to a 4-4 record thus far in the 2010 season, good enough for third place in the AFC East.

Henne this season has thrown for 1,900 yards with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions, with a passer rating of 78.2.

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League won’t issue a fine given in Le’Ron McClain spitting incident

11.10.10 at 3:24 pm ET
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After allegedly spitting on Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder during last Sunday’s matchup, Baltimore Ravens fullback Le’Ron McClain will not be handed a fine by the NFL, a league spokeman said. reported that McClain was not handed a fine after he reared his head back, appearing to spit on Crowder, but the fullback denied actually spitting on him.

The league announced on Wednesday that Director of Football Operations Merton Hanks has reviewed the tape from Sunday’s game, as well as had several conversations with John Parry, the referee in the area of the alleged incident, and has decided that there is no conclusive evidence that the spitting incident ever occurred. Therefore, no disciplinary actions will be taken following these allegations.

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Rookie cornerback and former teammate Joe Haden says Cam Newton is being targeted

11.10.10 at 3:18 pm ET
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Cleveland Browns rookie cornerback Joe Haden, who lived with current Auburn quarterback Cam Newton during Newton’s tenure at the University of Florida, said that he talked to Newton through a phone conversation on Tuesday night, and that Newton is not personally worried about the allegations against him.

Haden told the Associated Press that he considers Newton his best friend, and that Cam is, “not letting this stuff get to him too much. He said, ‘Joe, I got a plan and everything is going to work out for the best.'”

Newton is accused of academic cheating while with the Gators, and having phone conversations with his father about asking a MIssissippi State recruiter for money in order to play at that school.

Haden told the AP that he believes Newton is being targeted because he is playing so well for Auburn right now.

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Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal could play against Heat

11.10.10 at 3:14 pm ET
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After sitting out five games due to a knee injury, Boston Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal has returned to practice and said he may play Thursday night against Miami in South Beach, the Associated Press reports. O’Neal, who wore a leg sleeve and knee pads in practice on Wednesday, said that he is still experiencing pain just below his right knee.

The center is averaging 8.7 points per game along with 5.3 rebounds per game this season. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that he isn’t sure whether Shaquille O’Neal and fellow center Jermaine O’Neal, who is currently experiencing pain in his left knee, will be playing for the team against the Heat.

“Likely neither, maybe both,” Rivers told the Associated Press. “Who knows?”

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Vikings players call for coach Brad Childress to be fired

11.10.10 at 1:43 pm ET
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According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, six players on the Vikings  have expressed their dislike of coach Brad Childress and their request that he be fired from his position. The players who expressed their feelings towards their coach were not named but made statements to the paper showing the team’s disapproval.

“We got too many good football players, and we won’t lay down like Dallas,” a player said.

“As much as I hate Childress, I will keep playing,” another player said.

The Vikings are 3-5 on the season and sitting third in the NFC North, just one year after playing in the NFC championship game. Minnesota travels to Chicago to face the 5-3 Bears this Sunday.

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Steelers put LT Max Starks on IR

11.10.10 at 11:04 am ET
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The Steelers have suffered a major loss on their offensive line, as starting left tackle Max Starks was put on injured reserve Wednesday. The team reported that Starks experienced stingers in his neck during the Steelers’ 27-21 win over the Bengals on Monday night and will undergo neck surgery. The 28-year-0ld Starks is expected to make a full recovery and be back for the 2011 season.

Starks has been one of the most consistent linemen in Pittsburgh for the last seven years, and the team is not very deep on the offensive line. To fill his roster spot, the Steelers have activated offensive tackle Chris Scott, who missed the team’s first eight games with a foot injury, from the physically unable to perform list. The team may consider moving veteran right tackle Flozell Adams to the left side or try backup Jonathan Scott at left tackle.

With a reconstructed offensive line, the 6-2 Steelers will host the 6-2 Patriots on Sunday in a game that matches up two of the best teams in the AFC.

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LEEInks List: NFL coaches on the hot seat

11.10.10 at 10:25 am ET
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To no one’s surprise, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones fired Wade Phillips Monday, the first head coaching move in the NFL this season. Phillips’ painful season ended after the Cowboys were demolished on Sunday Night Football against the Packers. While Phillips now can take some time to work on his golf game and catch up on his lawn work, there are several other coaches who will have to sweat out the second half of the season.

Here is a list of the top 10 coaches on the hot seat:

10. Norv Turner, Chargers (4th season)

The one man who perennially finds his name on this list is Turner. Despite leading the Chargers to the playoffs in each of his first three years and receiving an extension this past offseason through 2013, Turner still makes the list. Until he can get this talented squad to the Super Bowl and actually win the big game, Turner will be at risk. Starting the season 4-5 certainly doesn’t help any coach’s job security, especially with losses to the Rams, Seahawks and Raiders. He should survive this year, but missing the playoffs could make things really hot for him next season, especially if the Chargers have another slow start.

9. Gary Kubiak, Texans (5th season)

While Kubiak has taken the franchise to new levels, he has yet to take the Texans to the playoffs and his time is running out. Owner Bob McNair gave Kubiak a vote of confidence in February by extending Kubiak through 2012, but that was after the team finished with its first winning record (9-7) last year. This season, the Texans jumped out to a 3-1 record and looked like legitimate playoff contenders but have lost three of their last four and sit tied for last in the AFC South. Without a playoff bid this season, which looks increasingly unlikely with a tough schedule to finish the season, Kubiak could feel the heat being turned up.

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Report: Yankees GM plans trip to Arkansas to meet with Cliff Lee

11.10.10 at 10:20 am ET
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According to a item on the New York Post website, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman will fly to Arkansas on Wednesday to meet with free agent pitcher Cliff Lee. The Yankees already contacted Lee’s agent, Darek Braunecker, Sunday night to express their interest in the left-handed ace.

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