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-Mike Tomlin isn't happy with his running game.
-James Harrison and Troy Polamalu (right) are still being evaluated.
-49ers linebacker and ex-Steeler Clark Haggans was suspended three games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
-The Bengals placed defensive end Jamaal Anderson on injured reserve.
-The Patriots re-signed wide receiver Deion Branch.
-With tight end Aaron Hernandez dealing with an ankle injury, the Patriots signed former Browns/Buccaneers tight end Kellen Winslow.
-Eagles running back and Pitt product LeSean McCoy claims a replacement official told him he needed him for his fantasy team.
-Falcons running back Michael Turner was arrested and charged with drunken driving.
-Cowboys linebacker and Penn State/Upper St. Clair product Sean Lee tied a single-game franchise record with 21 tackles Sunday.
-Former Titans/Eagles/Bills quarterback Vince Young is broke.
-NFL Films president Steve Sabol lost his battle with cancer yesterday at the age of 69. It's doubtful you could find many people who meant more to the NFL's popularity than Sabol. And it's also doubtful you could find anyone who could document the connection between the Steelers and Pittsburgh better than Sabol:
-The Pirates can't keep the Brewers off the basepaths in a 7-0 loss.
-How much sleep did the Pirates get after Monday's marathon game?
-Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escoba was suspended three games for wearing eyeblack with a homophobic slur on it.
-"He was very decisive with where he wanted to go with the ball. He recognized what the defense was giving us." - Pitt wide receiver Mike Shanahan on quarterback Tino Sunseri's strong game against Virginia Tech.
-Dana Holgorsen and West Virginia prepare for Maryland.
-Turnovers have been key for Penn State's defense.
-"We don't have access to the team staff, so, if something happens, I'm sure we can find a doctor in the phone book." - Craig Adams joking about the possibility of injury during his teammates' informal workouts.
-“Should employees get 57 percent of the revenue? If I owned a company, I don’t want to give my employees 57 percent, so I understand where they’re coming from. But why not just say, ‘Hey guys, let’s go 50/50 and see how this works for the next five years? Let’s just do it.’ It would really be nice to see guys get together and say, ‘What is BETTER for the game?’ Not what’s better for the players and not what’s necessarily better for the owners. What is better for the GAME. And sitting out is not." - Former Penguins captain Orest Kindrachuk (right) on the lockout.
-Jonathan Bombulie of the Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice catches up with defenseman prospect Reid McNeill.
-Bruins defenseman and former Penguin Andrew Ference is considering playing in the Czech Republic if the lockout drags out long enough.
-Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is expected to join Dynamo Moscow of Russia's KHL for the duration of the lockout.
-The Panthers laid off several employees in the wake of the lockout including the person who portrays the mascot, Stanley C. Panther.
-Coyotes defenseman and former Penguin Zbynek Michalek is still recovering from offseason hip surgery. As a result, he will still be paid by the Coyotes during the lockout until he's declared healthy by team doctors.
-Kings forward Anze Kopitar has joined Mora of Sweden's Allsvenskan for the duration of the lockout.
-NHL on-ice officials will not be paid a salary during the lockout.
(Photos: Polamalu-Matthew Stockman/Getty Images; Kindrachuk-Penguins Hockey Cards)
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