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Officiating slump coincides with personnel turnover

There are 23 officials with two or fewer years of experience in the NFL. Could that be the reason for the increase in high-profile mistakes?

Gronk leaves game with right knee injury (0:15)
Brady hopes Gronk injury is not too serious (0:46)
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Game balls: Who starred in Week 12

Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who is now 4-0 as a starter this season, and Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin are among Sunday's top performers.

Kearse: We left it all out on the field (0:45)
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Four downs: Chiefs can swing fantasy playoffs

Alex Smith is playing like a top-10 fantasy quarterback, his weapons are producing and Kansas City's schedule couldn't be easier for the stretch run.

Winston disappointed in game, not situation (0:43)
OBJ doing OBJ things (0:26)
Zimmer: This was a big win for us (0:45)


Injury updates from around the NFL

  • Bills DE Alex Carrington (torn quad) out for season, per Adam Caplan and NFL Network
  • Cardinals RB Chris Johnson has knee contusion, RB Andre Ellington has turf toe
  • Giants OG Geoff Schwartz (ankle) to go on season-ending IR, according to coach Tom Coughlin


Belichick really not happy with question

A reporter dared to ask Bill Belichick his emotions after seeing Rob Gronkowski down on the field. Note: Do not ask Bill Belichick about his emotions.


Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

"No comment on officials." -- Cardinals coach Bruce Arians when he was asked Monday if he received an additional explanation for the 13-men on the field penalty and subsequent confusion on downs.

Jags' Hurns unlikely to play next week

Jaguars WR Allen Hurns, who is in the concussion protocol, is unlikely to play Sunday against the Titans, a team source told ESPN's Mike DiRocco. The Jaguars said earlier Monday that tests on Hurns' head and neck were negative.

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Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Tomsula said it was his "understanding" that QB Colin Kaepernick was in the 49ers facility today to begin his rehab from last week's surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder.

Rob Gronkowski has bruised knee, no tear

An MRI confirms that the Patriots TE has a bruised right knee, and no tears, a source tells ESPN's Dianna Russini. He's considered week-to-week. Gronkowski was injured in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Broncos.

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How might Heisman contenders fare in NFL?

NFL Insiders Mel Kiper and Todd McShay huddled up to pick their top 4 for the Heisman race (spoiler: Derrick Henry tops both lists.) But how might those candidates perform in the NFL draft? Predictions (Insider)

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Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

"Things happen on a football field in real time. My vantage point of the play was we came in and Dial was working to get to the strike zone...between the knees and the shoulders...and I did see him lower to get in the strike zone. But I am not here to critique officiating." - 49ers coach Jm Tomsula, on the hit Quinton Dial delivered to Cardinals QB Carson Palmer that drew a controversial roughing the passer penalty, rather than an 8-yard sack,

Brady 'pissed' after loss to Broncos

Pats QB Tom Brady was upset about losing TE Rob Gronkowski and some referee calls made down the stretch in the loss to Denver, telling WEEI: "I don't know that I have ever been so pissed off after a loss, and I think everyone felt the same way. ... The way it all played out, I guess I was pretty pissed off ... the final outcome, the way the final 20 minutes of the game played out." Story

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Reviewing Chris Ivory's 31-yard TD in Jets' win over Dolphins: He broke five tackles in the space of 3 yards. Neville Hewitt and Derrick Shelby missed behind the line of scrimmage; Reshad Jones and Koa Misi missed at the line and Kelvin Sheppard missed at the 30. Where was Ndamukong Suh? He was eating grass, pancaked by RT Breno Giacomini.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals RB Andre Ellington has turf toe, Arians said. Arians said team doesn't know the how much pain it'll cause Ellington when he plays on it.

Panthers on an amazing streak

What happened a year ago today? The Carolina Panthers lost their last regular season game. Since then, the Panthers have rattled off 15 consecutive victories. Take a trip down memory lane

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

How did new Panthers cornerback Courtland Finnegan stay in shape during his semi-retirement? "I actually picked up my basketball game a little bit on the side. Being light-skinned, you think you're Steph Curry."

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said CB Jerraud Powers did not injury his Achilles. It's a calf strain. Arians compared it to a pulled hamstring and said Powers will be day-to-day.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Arians said RB Chris Johnson is in an MRI now but he has a knee contusion. CJ took a helmet to the knee.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Steelers wideout Markus Wheaton, who took to the podium after Sunday's game at Seattle, said the loss to the Seahawks kills the good vibes from his career-high 201-yard performance. "We came here to win the game," he said. This was Wheaton's first 100-yard game, and he doubled down.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

New Panthers cornerback Courtland Finnegan on his reputation for being the "Dennjs Rodman" of the NFL:


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Courtland Finnegan will wear No. 26 for the Panthers. "I got Rod Woodson," Finnegan said.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets CB Marcus Williams is week-to-week with an MCL sprain, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan. Amazing stat on Williams: He has a team-high five interceptions despite having played only 242 defensive snaps (roughly the equivalent of four full games). No wonder his teammates call him "The Playmaker."

Why to watch Ravens-Browns on MNF

The Ravens and Browns may be a combined 5-15 this season, but that doesn't mean their Monday night matchup will be a dud. All 10 of the Ravens' games have been decided by 8 points or less, including a 33-30 loss to the Browns in Week 5. Lots of close MNF games

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Not Ray Lewis on stopping Cam's dabbing

"He got your wife dabbing. He got your kids dabbing. He got coach Roy Williams from the Chapel Hill Tar Heels dabbing. Stop this man from dancing!"


Russell Wilson has a happy birthday

Wilson put up 34 ESPN standard fantasy points on Sunday, his 27th birthday. It's the third-best fantasy performance by a player on his birthday since 1960. Week 12 fantasy fallout

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Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bears did not release any injury information on Monday, but tight end Martellus Bennett (ribs) participated in the open portion of practice. Wide receiver Eddie Royal (knee) did not.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Never seen this before: For the first time since he signed with the Packers in 2014, Julius Peppers is not practicing and presumably will appear on the injury report for the first time since he's been in Green Bay.

Mike Rodak @mikerodak

Rex Ryan says he feels the frustration from fans about 15-year playoff drought. Says he takes full responsibility for ending it.