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Tired of hearing about Albert Haynesworth? Lucky for you he wasn’t the only news this week in football.  Despite the many misfortunes suffered by the hapless Redskins, life in the NFL moves on and there was indeed other noteworthy if not somewhat annoying news.

Colts fans breathed a collective sigh of relief as Peyton Manning returned to form with a 30-28 win over the Tennessee Titans Thursday night.  Though not the drubbing the Colts might have wished for, Manning threw for 319 yards a pair of touchdowns.  The Colts are still chasing the Jaguars in the home stretch and the Titans are running from a season with almost as much drama as the Redskins. 

Jenn Sterger, the playmate-turned whatever-she-was for the Jets has announced that she is willing to drop her case against the grizzled and ailing Brett Favre if the NFL suspends him.  Brett Favre is seriously considering taking the offer according to inside sources that I just made up.  It makes sense though.  He might not be playing out the rest of the season anyways so it’s a win-win.  If humiliation is what Sterger is looking for, Favre already got it when he texted pictures of his pigskin to her.

And that brings us to our next piece, no pun intended; Brett Favre.  It looks like Favre’s luck might have run out as he battles a severe shoulder sprain unlike any injury he has had before.  Interim head coach Lee Frazier has said Favre will be a game time decision and both have agreed Favre won’t play solely to keep his consecutive start record going if the prognosis doesn’t look good.  Right.

Head coach Rex Ryan and the Jets had an unusual funeral and it wasn’t a gesture of respect for Brett Favre’s career which is more than likely over.  Ryan brought the team out to bury the game ball from their embarrassing defeat against the New England Patriots.  The surprised team agreed with the actions, which signified the game was in the past and it was time to move on.  Recently it has emerged that Bill Belichick, of all people, pulled the stunt in 2001 when the Pats dropped to 1-3 after a loss to the Dolphins.  We know how that season ended.  It was both Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady’s first Super Bowl victory. Sorry Jets.  Not gonna’ happen.

Chad Pennington of the Miami Dolphins is scheduled for his fourth shoulder surgery in seven years but he isn’t ready to throw the towel in yet even after being given 50-50 odds of a successful recovery.  Meanwhile, Matt Cassel of the Kansas City Chiefs had surgery of his own.  The AFC player of the month is iffy for his next start with 50-50 odds as well after undergoing an appendectomy.  Doctors really just don’t like going on a limb these days to give good news do they?  The thought of Cody Broyle with a career record of 0-9 starting in his place might be enough to give Cassel a coronary in addition to his appendectomy.

Lastly, the 5-7 Redskins play the 7-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  The Skins are not favored to win this game or any other really.  Owner Dan Snyder has called for patience –just a little- but after a decade of losing records, patience is becoming a virtue among Skins fans which is hard to find.  The Skins lose 17-27 and its going to be a long cold winter.

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