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Aqib Talib Out for Season with Hip Injury for Tampa Bay, Huge Loss

Aqib Talib may be a knuckle head, but that guy sure can play. And if he bowled, we’d say he sure can roll. The Buccaneers got a bad break when Talib went down in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Falcons. The former first-round pick had six interceptions in 11 games and has been establishing himself as one of the best cornerbacks in the league. In fact, after missing the first game of the year due to a suspension, he had an interception in three straight games.

St. Petersburg Times reporter Rick Stroud wrote on Monday that “CB Aqib Talib will miss the rest of the season for the Bucs with a hip injury. No surgery, but he tore a tendon from the bone.” Tore a tendon off the bone? That sure reminds me of Nomar Garciaparra’s groin injury in 2005. Luckily surgery won’t be needed but rest will be required.

After blowing a 10-point lead in the 4th quarter against the Falcons, the Bucs are now 7-5. Their chances of winning the NFC South are slim considering the Falcons are 10-2 and the Saints are 9-3. Additionally, the 8-4 Packers are ahead of them in the Wild Card race and not even in the playoffs as of now! The Bucs are at the Redskins then home vs. the Lions and Seahawks before closing out the year at New Orleans. A 10-win season is still possible, but not having their top corner guy will make it much more difficult to stop opposing offenses.

Report: Redskins Likely to Cut Albert Haynesworth This Week

albert-haynesworth-redskinsThe Redskins are going to look very silly if they release Albert Haynesworth, but the situation in Washington seems to be irreversible.  When Mike Shanahan benched Haynesworth on Sunday for being a minute late to practice the previous Friday, you had to believe the end of a horrible relationship was drawing near.  It looks like the ‘Skins are finally going to give up on a free agent signing gone terrible.

According to Pro Football Talk, via Chris Russell of ESPN 890 in Washington, D.C., the Redskins are seriously considering cutting Haynesworth and there is a 75 percent chance the move will happen before this weekend.  The Shanahan-Haynesworth relationship has seemingly gone from bad to worse since training camp, with the most notable confrontation revolving around the defensive tackle’s inability to “pass” Shanahan’s conditioning test.  Shanahan and his coaching staff even termed Haynesworth’s play “awful” in the preseason.

You can pin the blame for the sour relationship on Haynesworth or Shanahan, but it won’t really matter if the Redskins cut him.  All that matters is Washington signed him to one of the most lucrative deals in NFL history and ended up with nothing to show for it.  Had they traded him during training camp, they could have at least received a draft pick in return.  Releasing the 330-pounder will be admitting an epic mistake for the Redskins’ franchise, which has struggled enough as it is lately.

Carolina RB Tyrell Sutton Does Not Want to Hear About Andrew Luck Anymore

The Carolina Panthers are 1-11 and easily one of the worst teams in football. As such, they’re likely to receive a high selection in the first round of the NFL draft after the season, which is about all the fans have to remain optimistic. Because Carolina has had such poor quarterback play, many fans are hoping the team will choose a quarterback in the first round.

The top names often mentioned are Andrew Luck and Ryan Mallett, both of whom are quarterbacking teams to BCS bowl games. While the fans enjoy talking about next season, the current players don’t. Take for instance running back Tyrell Sutton who tweeted Sunday evening after the team’s loss to the Seahawks “Seriously…Stop mentioning Andrew luck to me.”

There is a delicate balance there; this season is over for the fans so they have to think about next year, while the current players are continually proving their individual worth and trying to win. Not only are the interests of the players and fans divergent in this regard, but what makes the situation more complicated is one man: The Jimmy.

The Panthers spent a second round pick on former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen, a player who many people felt had first-round talent. Clausen has been one of the worst quarterbacks in the league this year, but he’s also a rookie. Still, being a rookie hasn’t stopped Sam Bradford from looking great despite having little talent surrounding him, so Panthers fans have a legitimate concern: is Jimmy their man? In fact, I was just asked that very question on Sunday — should the Panthers take a quarterback with their likely top three pick, or stay invested with Clausen? I would go with Luck (if he comes out) or Mallett if I were them. They need a quarterback and I like those two much more than Jimmy. If you don’t have good quarterback play, you can’t win consistently. Sorry Tyrell, get used to the lucky charm.

Green Bay Packers Sport 1929 Throwback Blue and Yellow Uniforms

If you tuned into the Packers-49ers game on Sunday expecting to see Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, and the rest of the boys bringing the heat, you probably were surprised to see a team that resembled the Toledo Rockets on the field. That’s because the Packers were wearing their 1929 throwback uniforms that made them look more look twister board games than football players. Instead of their iconic green and yellow unis, the Packers had brown helmets, blue jerseys with yellow numbers, and gold pants. Check em out:

I know they didn’t understand how to trade on margin in 1929, but I didn’t realize they were also color blind. Brown helmets, blue shirts, gold pants, and blue socks? Yuck. These jerseys were so damn outrageous they were almost cool. So what do you think? Thumbs up or down? Should they make the list of worst throwback jerseys ever?

Ben Roethlisberger Broken Nose (Pictures) Smashed by Haloti Ngata

On Pittsburgh’s opening drive Sunday night against the Ravens, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was sacked by Baltimore’s defense to force a punt. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata got his hand through Roethlisberger’s facemask and was able to rearrange the quarterback’s beak with a paw to the face. Check out the damage it did in these pictures of Ben Roethlisberger’s broken nose:

Big Ben was bleeding and the trainers seemed to pop it back into place prior to the team’s next drive. As if playing with a broken foot wasn’t enough, Roethlisberger also had to play through a displaced beak. The Pittsburgh quarterback sure is a tough character for playing through all the injuries, but he’s not as tough as this guy.

John Skelton Makes Debut for Cardinals Replacing Max Hall, Derek Anderson

The way the Cardinals went through quarterbacks Sunday against the Rams, you would have thought they were working guys out at the combine. Arizona let “You think this is funny?!” quarterback Derek Anderson start the game. He proceeded to play like Derek Anderson and go 7/20 for 93 yards and an interception. Apparently losing six games in a row wasn’t enough for coach Ken Whisenhunt to decide Anderson wasn’t the right man for the job, but going 7/20 did the trick.

The Cardinals turned to Max Hall for their 3rd drive of the 3rd quarter. The undrafted rookie quarterback was intercepted on his second pass attempt and then got knocked out of the game on his next drive. Hall was sacked and seemed to get his hand hurt on the play and was replaced by another rookie, John Skelton.

Skelton, a 6’6″ 240lb rookie 5th round pick, showed immediate promise completing a pass to Larry Fitzgerald. The Fordham product went 3/6 for 45 yards but was unable to lead a scoring drive. Anderson was already close to losing his job as Arizona’s starter and you have to figure the Cardinals know they can’t win with him. Max Hall certainly isn’t a better option to win games, but the Cardinals may turn to Skelton to see what he can do. At this point you have to figure the Cardinals actually would have been better off keeping Matt Leinart — they are a serious mess.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

Drew Stanton Does the Dougie (Video)

Drew Stanton’s rushing touchdown against the Chicago Bears on Sunday may have been the first of his career, but he looked like a seasoned 2010 veteran with his celebration antics.  By that, I mean he knew enough to do The Dougie.  The Dougie has been the thing to do this year when you make a big play or are just looking to entertain.  Braylon Edwards Dougied on Darius Butler earlier in the season.  The Oregon Duck busted it out when Oregon played Stanford.  John Wall Dougied for way too long at the Wizards home opener and Reid Brignac made everyone feel uncomfortable when he did the dance in the Rays’ locker room after Tampa Bay clinched a playoff berth.

The Lions lost to the Bears, but Stanton had his moment in the first quarter when he put Detroit up early.  It wasn’t pretty, but we’re glad he’s finding a way to have fun.  That’s not an easy thing to do when you play for the Lions.  You can check out the Drew Stanton Dougie video here.