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Report: Percy Harvin to dress Sunday

11.07.10 at 12:32 pm ET
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Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network reported that Percy Harvin (ankle) will be active for the Vikings vs. the Cardinals on Sunday. After suffering a sprained ankle at New England last Sunday, Harvin did not practice until Friday, where he had a heated confrontation with head coach Brad Childress.

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Report: Percy Harvin, Brad Childress nearly fight in practice

11.07.10 at 12:26 pm ET
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According to a report on ESPN, Minnesota head coach Brad Childress and wide receiver Percy Harvin had a confrontation at practice on Friday that grew so heated players and coaches needed to separate them in order to stop a physical exchange.

This was Harvin’s first practice of the week following his ankle sprain at New England last Sunday. Childress was not happy with Harvin’s and the wideout took exception to the criticism, and the argument “was as close to physical as you can get,” according to a source.

Harvin is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game vs. Arizona.

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Eagles’ WR DeSean Jackson, QB Michael Vick to start vs. Colts

11.05.10 at 8:07 pm ET
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Philadelphia wide out DeSean Jackson is expected to return to the field this week for the first time since Oct. 17. Jackson sustained a significant concussion when Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson delivered a hard hit that left both players injured. The collision was one of the many that prompted the NFL to raise their awareness of helmet-to-helmet contact.

The speedy Pro Bowl receiver is expected to start against the Colts (5-2) this Sunday. He will bring a new helmet on the field with him, one that designed to prevent concussions. The Oct. 17 hit was the second concussion Jackson suffered in 11 months.

Jackson will also have Michael Vick throwing to him after Vick recovered from suffering damage to his rib cartilage earlier in the season. Vick will be replacing Kevin Kolb, who started in Vick’€™s absence. Jackson fared better in games started by Vick, compiling 13 receptions for 318 yards and two touchdowns in the first three games of the season. Jackson has 19 receptions for 395 yards and three touchdowns on the season.

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Cowboys DE Igor Olshansky criticizes offense

11.05.10 at 1:10 pm ET
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As if Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett needed any more criticism: In one of the most disappointing seasons in recent memory, the turmoil continues to grow as defensive end Igor Olshansky called out the Cowboys offense while appearing on linebacker Bradie James‘ weekly show on ESPN 103.3 FM.

“Don’t give the ball away,” Olshansky said while on the air. “I mean, there’s a lot of things that can go wrong when you pass the ball. You can get sacked, the ball can get tipped, you can get an interception. If you run the ball, you can get tackled and get a forced fumble. See, there’s a lot more things [that can go wrong on pass plays]. … You’ve got to run the ball.”

Olshansky’s points hold water. In going 1-6, the Cowboys have committed 15 turnovers, the 11th most in the NFL. They also rank 31st in the NFL in rushing offense, averaging only 80.9 yards per game and ranking second to last in rushing attempts at 155.

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Colts’ Austin Collie returns, but Anthony Gonzalez battling PCL injury

11.05.10 at 1:06 pm ET
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The curse of the Colts receiving corps continues. In what’s becoming a near weekly trend, another Colts wide receiver was bit by the injury bug. ESPN’s John Clayton revealed that slot man Anthony Gonzalez suffered a PCL knee injury after a cheap shot from Texans safety Bernard Pollard during Monday night’s contest. The Indianapolis Star expects him to “be out a while, possibly the season” and given his injury history, that’s a reasonable estimate.

The team did finally receive a bit of good news surrounding its pass catchers, however. Austin Collie practiced fully on Thursday, and the Indy Star would be “shocked” if Collie missed the game. Though he was originally projected to miss 2-6 weeks after having surgery to re-attach a thumb ligament, Collie has displayed some toughness in reducing the missed time to a minimum.

Collie has been a monster in his sophomore season, catching 44 balls for 503 yards and six touchdowns. Gonzalez, who’s been hindered by injuries, has played in only two games and tallied 67 yards on five catches for no touchdowns.

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Colt McCoy will start for Browns against Patriots

11.05.10 at 1:04 pm ET
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What was becoming increasingly apparent given Cleveland’s Thursday practice report has become official: On Friday, rookie quarterback Colt McCoy was officially named the starter for Sunday’s contest against the Patriots.

In his first two starts, McCoy has played well, considering the competition. Against the Steelers in his first start, McCoy completed just under 70 percent of his passes for 281 yards, while he did enough against the defending Super Bowl champion Saints in New Orleans to secure a win.

‘€œI think with each experience, it helps you, because you recognize some things better and you get more comfortable adjusting,’€ Browns coach Eric Mangini said.

Browns quarterbacks Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace have not practiced since Oct. 10, since suffering high ankle sprains. Earlier in the week, team president Mike Holmgren said once his veterans return, he will meet with his coaching staff to decide on the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season.

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Mark Sanchez fined for body language at Jets practice

11.05.10 at 11:59 am ET
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Don’t expect to see Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez hanging his head or pointing a finger during Jets practice anymore. According to a report, the team started fining its quarterback for his body language during practice this week. The system was Sanchez’ idea, and he will pay the money to veteran backup Mark Brunell.

“Today, there was a play in practice when he screwed something up. He kind of looked like it was someone else’s fault. That’s a fine,” offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said Thursday. “It’s fun stuff. He’s a passionate guy that loves to play. We just stay on him about that.”

Sanchez and the team hopes this system will help the sophomore grow in the manner he approaches and handles difficult situations. The extent of the fines was not revealed. One can only wonder how much Sanchez would have been fined for this …

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Report: Randy Moss told Vikings owner that Brad Childress should be fired

11.05.10 at 9:34 am ET
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According to a Minneapolis Star-Tribune report, Randy Moss stated to Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and other team executives “in no uncertain terms that [Brad] Childress wasn’t a good coach and should be fired.” This all reportedly transpired in the visitors locker room at Gillette Stadium following a 28-18 loss in which Moss caught one pass for 8 yards.

Consequently, Wilf has spent the past two days attending Vikings practice to “gauge the temperature” of his disappointing team. He has also been meeting with staff members and players to discuss a variety of issues surrounding the 2-5 club.

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Report: Mets clubhouse manager under gambling investigation

11.05.10 at 7:38 am ET
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Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels is under investigation by law enforcement for his role in a gambling ring that included bets on baseball, according to a report in the New York Daily News. Samuels, who was suspended by the Mets last week, is alleged to have bet on games, provided inside information to other gamblers and used his Mets accounts to cover gambling debts. He’s also accused of skimming money on hotel rooms ordered for players and stealing property from the clubhouse.

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Giants decline option on World Series MVP Edgar Renteria

11.05.10 at 7:31 am ET
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Despite winning the World Series MVP award after helping the Giants beat the Rangers in five games, shortstop Edgar Renteria did not get his 2011 option picked up by the team. The Giants chose to pay Renteria a $500,000 buyout instead of locking in to a $9.5 million contract.

Renteria, 34, reportedly is considering retirement after an injury-plagued season. the onetime Red Sox player said Wednesday he would rest for a while before deciding on his future in baseball.

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