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Peyton Manning - Indianapolis Colts - 2012 Player Profile -
Appearing on SportsCenter Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter predicted that Peyton Manning (neck surgeries) will play football in 2012. Schefter made it clear that he doesn't expect it to be with the Colts, but insisted Manning's neck is "fine" and that it's "more likely he does plan that he doesn't play, at this point." Schefter expects Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsay to meet the week after Super Bowl XLVI. At that point, the sides will determine that parting ways is in the best interest of both.

Updated mock draft: 1st February " Seahawks Draft Blog
This week’s projection is based on information accumulated over the last two weeks and continued tape observation. This mock best describes how I see things unfolding after the Senior Bowl and building up to the combine. Some of the picks will go against on my own personal grades, but I want to put down a mock I can return to after the combine to see how things have changed as we move closer to April 26th. For that reason, I’ve also included a second round to this week’s projection.

Super Bowl Head to Head
Review game stats for every Super Bowl game from 1967-2011 news: Colts' Vinatieri says teammate Manning was throwing well
A day after Peyton Manning proclaimed that his recovery from neck surgery is indeed on schedule, more positive news has surfaced that the Indianapolis Colts quarterback will eventually return to the field. Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri was among the teammates who got a first-hand look at Manning when he returned to throwing a football following his third neck procedure in the last two years.

Seattle to get another professional football team? | Seattle Seahawks & NFL News - - Can’t get enough football? Need your gridiron fix in the spring, when the Seahawks are no longer playing? Well, a new professional football team may be coming to Seattle. Part of something called the Spring Professional Football League, such a team would begin playing in 2013, according to Deadspin. Blogs " Blog Archive Three and out: Forte and the franchise tag "
Three and out: Forte and the franchise tag Staff | Tags: Three and out, Andy Reid, Brandon Marshall, Chad Henne, Chicago Bears, DeSean Jackson, Matt Flynn, Matt Forte, Matt Moore, Miami Dolphins, Mike Tice, Philadelphia Eagles Bears could franchise Forte: Bears president Ted Phillips suggested the team would franchise RB Matt Forte if they can’t agree on a long-term deal. So it seems one way or another, Forte will be a Bear next season. But Forte has implied that he could hold out if hit with the franchise tag, adding an air of drama to what promises to be the Bears’ biggest storyline of the offseason. With new OC Mike Tice saying he’d like to better use his personnel this season, a healthy and motivated Forte could find himself as a second-round selection in a lot of fantasy drafts. If he instead opts to hold out, then all bets are off.

National Signing Day recap: Part one | National Football Post
Recruits from around the country are signing Letters of Intent.

NFL Draft: All-Star game risers | National Football Post
Who made the most of their post-season opportunities?

Players All-Star Classic Practice Notes | National Football Post
A breakdown of day one from Little Rock, Arkansas.

Big Red says Eagles yet to make decision on DeSean Jackson | National Football Post
Sign him, tag him, let him walk?

What happened to Lofa Tatupu? | National Football Post
Former Pro Bowl LB was out of football in 2011.

All Peyton Manning knows about his future is that it will include delicious, life-affirming Gatorade | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
ESPN was very excited about its exclusive Peyton Manning interview Tuesday afternoon. It sat down with Peyton in the Gatorade lair in Indianapolis to talk about all sorts of important things: Peyton's brother, his health, his neck and his future. And do you know what ESPN found out? That Gatorade is awesome

The Rookie Scouting Portfolio | A seat in Matt Waldman's filmroom
This has been David Wilson Week at the RSP blog. In case you missed it, here’s the analysis I have done – and what is still slated – for the Va. Tech runner:

NFL Free Agent Master List - Offseason Low Down -
The 2011 free agent class was the deepest, most talent-rich in league history. The 2012 class comes pretty close.

My full book of notes from the Senior Bowl practices last week - Mocking The Draft
I had previously written about some players that impressed, and others that didn't at the Senior Bowl practices last week. Since a number of you had questions about prospects not mentioned, I figured I'd just post my full set of notes from the five practices I attended down in Mobile. Hopefully, the Senior Bowl isn't too far in everyone's rear-view mirror by now. It's a looooong read, so if you only care about some specific prospects, allow me to recommend making use of your "Ctrl+F" feature. There's a decent chance I took some sort of note on whoever you're looking for. Otherwise, let's just get right to it.

What's Stopping Nick Foles From Being the 3rd Best Quarterback in the Draft? - Mocking The Draft
The race to be the third quarterback has officially begun. The draft process has started and the general belief is that Andrew Luck will be taken by the Indianapolis Colts number one overall and Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III will follow shortly after. Who comes behind those two, is anyone's guess.

Post-Senior Bowl 2012 NFL mock draft - Mocking The Draft
Now that the Senior Bowl is over and only the Super Bowl remains, some player values and team needs are beginning to be set. So now seemed like a good, overdue time to release my first mock draft since November. Some of the picks remain the same, namely the top four. But others have changed dramatically.

NFL: No plans to sell fans tickets to Combine -
With the NFL continually finding new ways to market itself and the insatiable appetite fans have for all things football it has been theorized by many that it is only a matter of time before the league begins selling tickets to the annual Scouting Combine.

2012 NFL Mock Drafts -
Devon Still, DT, Penn State: Many expect the Seahawks to consider a quarterback to compete with incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson with this selection but in beating the New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens last year, and matching up well with division champion San Francisco, the club may not be willing to reach to fill a perceived need. Don't be surprised if Seattle instead turns its attention to a bounty of talented defensive linemen likely to be selected in the top 15. Still, a 6-4, 310-pound defensive tackle, showed his talent and despite all of the distractions in Happy Valley last year, was the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year. Still could help inside at defensive tackle as well as provide the Seahawks with some flexibility at the five technique defensive end position should incumbent starter Red Bryant be heavily pursued in free agency.

Senior Bowl Stock Up and Down Post " Tom Melton's NFL Draft Blog
Doug Martin, RB, Boise State: Martin proved to be the top back all week, and while he didn’t have great numbers in the game he showed the ability to hit the hole quickly with his burst, catch the ball out of the backfield and make critical blocks in pass protection. He probably won’t go in the 1st round, but if you need a running back in the early-mid portion of the 2nd round Doug Martin should be very high on your board.

2012 Players All-Star Classic: Weigh-In Results | Articles
The Weigh-In Results and some Weigh-In notes for the 2012 Players All-Star Classic are UP!