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Oklahoma City Thunder Building New Identity on the Defensive End

The Oklahoma City Thunder have rebranded themselves as a defensive-minded team. Traditionally, the Thunder have let their explosive offense lead the way. Over the past four seasons, the team has finished in the top five in scoring while the defense mostly stayed in the middle of the pack. Show More Summary

Eagles DL Fletcher Cox Coming into His Own with Huge 2014 Season

In a sense, Thanksgiving Day was a star-making performance for Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox. The 2012 first-round pick was nothing less than dominant on a nationally televised stage, racking up four solo tackles—two...Show More Summary

Well, that's settled: season on scrap heap, playoff scenarios a mirage

10 hours agoSports : Globetrotting

DETROIT — After sacking Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford late in the third quarter of Thursday's 34-17 loss to the Lions at Ford Field, Bears defensive end Willie Young started performing for the Thanksgiving Day crowd.

Bears Defense Ends Chicago's Playoff Hopes with Awful Thanksgiving Performance

It was only fitting that the dreadful defense of the Chicago Bears delivered the final nail in the club's disappointing 2014 season. Given a chance to breathe new life into a dying season, the Bears instead allowed almost 500 yards—including...Show More Summary

Lions' Ezekiel Ansah Celebrates Thanksgiving Sack vs. Bears with Turkey Dance

With his team comfortably ahead of the Chicago Bears in the fourth quarter on Thanksgiving Day, all Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah could think about was turkey. Ansah came up with a sack of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler midway through the fourth quarter. Show More Summary

Bears vs. Lions: Score and Twitter Reaction from 2014 Thanksgiving Day Football

The Detroit Lions have embraced a new defensive identity in 2014, but that didn't mean the timeless Thanksgiving tradition of serving up several helpings of an unstoppable Calvin Johnson had to come to an end. Megatron caught 11 passes...Show More Summary

Cornelius Washington Injury: Updates on Bears DE's Chest and Return

The Chicago Bears' defense can't seem to stay healthy, as defensive end Cornelius Washington left Thursday's game against the Detroit Lions with a chest injury. Leaving in the first half, he was quickly ruled out for the rest of theShow More Summary

Bears banged up on defense, Detroit takes advantage

The Bears’ defense has suffered a couple of first-half injuries today at Detroit, and the Lions are taking advantage. Bears defensive end Cornelius Washington has been ruled out for the rest of the game with a chest injury, and safety Chris Conte is being evaluated for a concussion. The Bears were already without linebacker Lance…

Jason Hatcher sits again, Trent Williams practices

ASHBURN, Va., -- The Washington Redskins might have more juggling to do defensively as defensive end Jason Hatcher and cornerback E.J. Biggers both missed practice for a second straight day. Coach Jay Gruden, though, said he's hopeful that Hatcher will return for Sunday's game in Indianapolis. Show More Summary

The NFL Today: Jared Allen helps build homes for wounded soldiers

Chicago Bears defensive end Jared Allen is giving the term 'coming home' a whole new meaning for wounded soldiers

How far can Russell Wilson's legs take the Seahawks?

No quarterback has the deadly combination of awareness and wheels like Seattle's Russell Wilson. Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White says that could carry the Seahawks a long way once again this season. Last week in my three questions...Show More Summary

Muhammad Wilkerson likely to miss Week 13

For much of this season, defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson has been the rare member of the Jets roster that isn’t an answer to the question of what’s wrong with the Jets this season. A toe injury suffered last Monday night against the Bills looks like it will change that. Wilkerson has gone for further evaluations…

Chris Long appears likely to return for Rams this week

Defensive end Chris Long appeared in only the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings before having ankle surgery and landing on the injured reserve-designated to return list for the St. Louis Rams. But Long appears set to return to the lineup for the Rams this Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. “He’s coming on,” head coach…

Randy Gregory Injury: Updates on Nebraska Star's Ankle and Return

Dealing with an ankle sprain, Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory is questionable for Friday's regular-season finale at Iowa. Head coach Bo Pelini, via's Robin Washut, confirmed the news regarding the talented junior: The Pioneer Press' Marcus R. Show More Summary

Zach Mettenberger sends himself to selfie rehab

Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger made a rookie mistake by drawing too much attention to himself on social media before his first start, and incurred the wrath of Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. But Mettenberger said he’s gone cold turkey on taking selfies, in hopes of keeping a lower profile. “I was just addicted to it…

Can Connor Barwin steal the Defensive Player of the Year award?

Conner Barwin has 12.5 sacks and is leading a suddenly threatening Philadelphia Eagles defense. Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White says to keep an eye on the darkhorse DPOY candidate. So I'm looking through the league leaders in various NFL statistics and when I get to sacks, I'm shocked by one name: Connor Barwin. Show More Summary

SEC Extra Points with Barrett Sallee: Alabama and Auburn Ignoring Last Year

"Kick-Six?" What's that? It's hard to go anywhere this week without seeing former Auburn defensive back Chris Davis running 109 yards at the end of last year's Iron Bowl and into college football history. ESPN's promo, stories on what...Show More Summary

After Clutch 5-Star Commit, Which Top Targets Should UCLA Push for Next?

UCLA just signed Keisean Lucier -South, a 5-Star defensive end, as per 247sports. The Bruins class is shaping up to be a dandy with several top prospects leaning towards UCLA. Bleacher Report College Football Analyst Michael Felder discusses...Show More Summary

Devon Still's Ex Says He Hasn't Paid Child Support In Months

yesterdaySports : Deadspin

Bengals defensive end Devon Still's relationship with his cancer-stricken four-year-old daughter, Leah, has seemed to be perhaps the only true feel-good story in the NFL this year. Maybe not so much anymore, though, as Leah's mother,...Show More Summary

San Francisco 49ers: Lessons from the Playoff Loss to the Seattle Seahawks

The last time the San Francisco 49ers took on the Seattle Seahawks, they ended up agonizingly short of the Super Bowl. The Legion of Boom and the rest of Seattle’s star defense took the best the 49ers could offer and made the big plays...Show More Summary

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