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James Harrison flagged for helmet contact on quarterback

11.28.10 at 3:46 pm ET
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Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison was flagged once again for a roughing-the-passer penalty where the hard-hitting defender led with his helmet. In the third quarter against Buffalo, Harrison hit Ryan Fitzpatrick on an incomplete pass. The penalty gave Buffalo a new set of downs and Fitzpatrick connected with running back Fred Jackson for a 65-yard touchdown pass just three plays later. Harrison has been fined $80,000 for excessive hits this season and has been the most public figure of the NFL’€™s strict policy on helmet-to-helmet contact.

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Fantasy Football Update: Injury Report

11.28.10 at 3:40 pm ET
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For fantasy football owners looking for late game options at key positions, here is a look at the injury report for the 4:15 P.M. slate of games.

Miami vs. Oakland (4:15)

Chad Henne (QB Miami): Henne has been cleared to play in Week 12 and is expected to start on Sunday. Tyler Thigpen started last week with both Henne and Chad Pennington injured. Henne has thrown for 2,140 yards with nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Oakland is ranked third in the league against the pass, allowing only 193.2 yards-per-game.

Brandon Marshall (WR Miami): Marshall did not travel with the team and is out with a hamstring injury. Look for Brian Hartline and Devone Bess to receive more attention in Marshall’€™s absence.

Zach Miller (TE Oakland): Miller is listed as questionable with a foot injury. He was limited in Friday’€™s practice and is expected to play. Miller has 36 receptions for 470 yards and four touchdowns on the season. Bruce Gradkowski is expected to start for Oakland against Miami’€™s fourth-ranked pass defense.

Kansas City vs. Seattle (4:15)

Mike Williams (WR Seattle): Williams has been rejuvenated under Pete Carroll with 52 receptions for 654 yards and one touchdown. Williams did not practice Friday with a foot injury, and he will reportedly sit against Kansas City. He was a game-time decision for Seattle against Kansas City’€™s 25th ranked pass defense. Deon Butler, John Carlson, and Ben Obomanu could all receive more passes.

Tony Moeaki (TE Kansas City): Moeaki was a full participant in practices this week and is expected to play on Sunday. Moeaki has 31 receptions for 378 yards and two touchdowns on the season.

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Football Hall of Fame committee reveals semifinalists

11.28.10 at 2:53 pm ET
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The Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee has announced the 26 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011. Jerome Bettis, Marshall Faulk, Curtis Martin, Willie Roaf, and Deion Sanders joined the list in their first year of eligibility

Receivers Tim Brown (1987-2003 LA/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Buccaneers) and Cris Carter (1987-89 Eagles, 1990-2001 Vikings, 2002 Dolphins) are also included. Other notable candidates include former owner Art Modell, tight end Shannon Sharpe, former league Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, and running back Terrell Davis.

The list will be cut from 26 to 15 in early January. The 2011 class will be revealed Feb. 5, the day before Super Bowl XLV.

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Adrian Peterson limps off field

11.28.10 at 2:41 pm ET
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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson left the field during Sunday’s game against the Redskins with what appears to be a right ankle injury. Peterson was tackled by a group of Washington defenders on a 1-yard gain and limped slowly off the field. Trainers attended to Peterson on the sideline.

Earlier in the game, Peterson had eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth time in his four-year NFL career. Halfway through the second quarter, Peterson had rushed six times for for 36 yards and one touchdown. He also recorded one catch for 34 yards at the time of the injury.

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Plaxico Burress could return to NFL in 2011

11.28.10 at 2:39 pm ET
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Former Giants receiver Plaxico Burress could soon follow in Mike Vick’s footsteps by returning from prison to the field, ESPN’€™s Adam Schefter reports. Burress plead guilty to felony weapons charges after taking a gun into a Manhattan nightclub where it accidentally went off.

Burress is open to full release on June 6, 2011 and will be on probation for two years following his sentence. Drew Rosenhaus, Burress’€™ agent, has been contacted by two teams about the future availability of the receiver. Burress caught the game-winning touchdown pass in Super Bowl XLII. Over his nine NFL seasons, Burress compiled 505 receptions for 7,845 yards and 55 touchdowns. He played for both the Steelers and the Giants.

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Former Patriot Ellis Hobbs may or may not be retiring

11.28.10 at 1:50 pm ET
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Former Patriot cornerback Ellis Hobbs is having neck surgery and his season is definitely over, but his agent said that reports of his impending retirement have been overstated. Kevin Omell told Philly Sports Daily that Hobbs hasn’t made up his mind yet whether he will retire.

This is the second neck-related injury that Hobbs has suffered in as many years. The second happened in an Eagles game with the Giants last weekend.

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Fantasy Football: C.J. Spiller will not be active for Buffalo Bills

11.28.10 at 11:55 am ET
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Buffalo has announced that rookie running back/returner C.J. Spiller will not play for the Bills in their game Sunday against the Steelers. Spiller has been battling a hamstring problem.

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Report: Philadelphia Eagles to put franchise tag on Michael Vick

11.28.10 at 10:23 am ET
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According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Eagles haven’t talked contract with quarterback Michael Vick as of yet, and a reason for that may be because they are planning on applying the franchise tag on Vick following this season.

Vick, who made $1.6 million in 2009 and $5.2 million in ’10, would stand to make significantly more if he was franchised. In ’10 the franchise tag value for quarterbacks (which is the average of the top five QB’s salaries) was $16.4 million. According to the report, ESPN.com estimates the number will be around $15.4 million in ’11.

To read the entire report, click here.

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Fantasy football: Gradkowski to start for Raiders

11.28.10 at 10:16 am ET
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According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Raiders will start Bruce Gradkowski at quarterback Sunday against the Dolphins. The move comes despite Jason Campbell not officially being benched. Campbell currently has a 75.8 quarterback rating, while Gradkowski’s stands at 67.0. To read the complete report click here.

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NFL, Broncos state that Scarnecchia acted alone in taping walk-through

11.27.10 at 3:47 pm ET
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NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash and Denver Broncos Chief Operating Officer Joe Ellis both stated that former Broncos director of video operations Steve Scarnecchia acted alone in taping the 49ers walk-through in London, with Pash going out of his way to say that Denver owner Pat Bowlen handled the incident in a correct manner.

Denver head coach Josh McDaniels was fined $50,000 by the league because he found out about Scarnecchia’s actions on Oct. 30, nine days before the team divulged it to the league.

“This is an incident done by one employee, and one employee only,” Ellis said.

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