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ESPN's First Take frequenter Rob Parker has been suspended by the network Friday as it conducts a full review in the aftermath of Parker's comments about Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III on Thursday's broadcast.Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated broke the news on Twitter: Rob Parker has been suspended by ESPN "until further notice." ESPN says "we are conducting a full review."— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) December 14, 2012 The comments were racially tinged and elicited a strong, negative response. Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk documented what Parker said on air:My question is, and it’s just a straight, honest question:  ...
In an era of so much uncertainty on the NFL issue of player safety, the Detroit Lions are setting the right example by erring on the side of caution in the handling of RB Jahvid Best's concussion issues.It was meant to be determined on Friday whether Best could be removed from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and be declared active on Monday. However, the test results have yet to conclusive, according to a report by Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.Best has sustained three concussions that have been officially diagnosed, but the definition of a concussion is ...
The 2011 NFL season consisted of three quarterbacks passing for more than 5,000 yards, huge tight ends creating more match-up problems than ever, and too many roughing the passer penalties called.Rules changes have played a fairly significant part in changing the pro football landscape.However, don't expect those adjustments to be the reason for minimal change in the spirit of the league's game play in 2012.Defense winning championships seems to be a thing of the past. Having a solid running game will only get you so far in today's NFL, too.It seems the formula for success today is less physicality, ...

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