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Chuck Pagano announced that versatile running back Vick Ballard sustained a torn right ACL and will be placed on injured reserve. Ahmad Bradshaw (eight touches for 33 yards in Week 1) and former first-round pick Donald Brown will split the workload in Ballard’s absence. Brown averaged 4.7 yards per carry in the preseason, but he’s [...]

Lance Zierlein of SportsTalk 790 joined “The Fantasy Freaks” to set the stage for the 2013 NFL season with chatter about the AFC South, fantasy draft chatter about the new-school quarterbacks and change across the league. LanceZierlein on FF 72113

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After our long national nightmare, the NFL offseason, ended on Wednesday with the first kickoff for Giants-Cowboys. On Sunday, we watched Andrew Luck take his first snaps as the quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts. The former Indianapolis quarterback, Peyton Manning, would later take the field in Denver against the Steelers. Luck struggled through his debut [...]

The Fantasy Freaks on FOX Sports Radio are ready to get your fantasy football chatter rolling. On Sunday, Burns, Lundy & I welcomed Indianapolis Colts running back Donald Brown to the show. I asked Donald about the change in the offense post-Manning. Burns fixated on getting a touch count out of him. “You can’t handle [...]

It’s been an interesting two weeks across this sporting landscape. We celebrated that annual rite of spring, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. (You didn’t think I was going to say Major League Baseball spring training, did you?) The NFL calendar year started with a flurry of activity and big-dollar contracts. I’ll forgo the laundry list [...]

Last night, Jimmy Fallon returned to the airwaves with the phenomenon that is “Tebowie” to discuss the current situation in Denver. How often do you get to use the word “smite” in a song?

Millions of people sat in front of their televisions awaiting the annual unveiling of the NCAA Men’s Tournament bracket. I decided to sit this one out. I’d already experienced several days of uninterrupted “Bracketology,” watched countless games across myriad conferences and waded through blogs, columns and video analysis while preparing for my Sunday morning radio [...]

Where should Peyton Manning set up shop in 2012?

It was a foregone conclusion. At least, we all assumed that the release of Peyton Manning by the Colts was inevitable. I suppose there was some sliver of hope among the most ardent Manning fans that he and the Colts would find some common ground in terms of a reduced salary for a year or [...]

Pro Football Talk reported earlier on Wednesday that the Indianapolis Colts had tabbed a new head coach to succeed Jim Caldwell. Jim Irsay will have to run through his Twitter comments to find a winner for those Super Bowl tickets he offered. Chuck Pagano, defensive coordinator of the Ravens, moves into the top spot to [...]

I wrote earlier about Jack Del Rio’s dismissal by the Jaguars. He led Jacksonville to a 3-8 record before getting the news of massive changes to come. As you’d expect from the former linebacker, the defense led the way for this squad. In fact, Jacksonville ranks fifth in total defense at 18.2 points allowed per [...]

I shan’t get too crazy into the Nevada lines, but there are two games that piqued my interest when they were released this week. 1. Oregon is favored by 31 1/2 points over UCLA. UCLA lost to USC by a count of 50-0 on Saturday night. Rick Neuheisel was dismissed by the team on Monday. [...]

Rule #1: Keep Peyton Manning upright. Costanzo is only the second OL drafted in the first round during the Bill Polian era. He stands 6-foot-7 and weighs over 300 pounds. He demonstrates superior technique and has the versatility to play several positions. There was some talk about defensive help, but it’s all about protecting #18 [...]

Who do you trust? Following the unmitigated disaster that was Week 13 for many would-be heroes, fantasy owners approached Week 14 with caution. It’s the big week, either the first round of the playoffs or the final throes of the regular season. Perhaps Thursday’s big performances from our top options demonstrated that the fantasy world [...]

No Garcon … no problem. Peyton Manning topped the RZ-deficient Broncos, and did so by calling Austin Collie’s number again … and again … and again. I am glad to be able to say this, though. Brandon Marshall had a big game, and though he was on our list of players for whom to “temper [...]

I shan’t belabor the point. The stat line says it all. Following Bob Sanders’ departure, the Texans took a cue from the Saints’ Thursday playbook and pounded the rock in the second half. The Texans ran the ball 13 times in 15 plays to open the second half, with Foster amassing 49 yards on 10 [...]

Welcome back, old friend. Amid a rush of information and activity as the countdown clock ran to zero, fantasy owners texted, Tweeted, emailed and fired off derisive comments to their fellow league members. Team “xxx” is going to run all over you. More than a few of us in this fantasy realm banged the drum [...]