December 13, 2013
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Rift in DC started with drafting RGIII

Credit Robert Griffin III for putting on a brave face. [But] it's now clear that he's more than just confused by coach Mike Shanahan's decision to pull the plug on his season. Appearing on Thursday's edition of "NFL Total Access Kickoff," NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said that Griffin is, in fact, "extremely angry" to be shut down for health reasons. And it turns out, owner Daniel Snyder was actually "receptive" to Shanahan's idea of preserving the franchise quarterback to ensure a full offseason, NFL Media columnist Michael Silver said. The fissure between head coach and owner originated when Snyder surrendered a "king's ransom" for the opportunity to draft Griffin, Silver reported. Contrary to previous speculation, Snyder -- not Shanahan -- was the "impetus" behind the blockbuster trade. ( Comment

Pistons trying to 'hide' Jennings

The examples are right in front of his face. The Nets' Deron Williams is next. After that is the Blazers' Damian Lillard. These are the next standout point guards the Pistons will face as they try to end a three-game losing streak during a two-game home stand. And it's safe to say the Nets ([Friday's] opponent) and the Blazers (Sunday's) will attack Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings until he stands up better against dribble penetration. Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks pretty much said it Wednesday night before his team lost to the Pelicans in overtime, 111-106. He was asked whether he would consider using rookie defender Kentavious Caldwell-Pope when struggling to defend point guards and "hide" Jennings. He scoffed. "I don't want that word 'hiding,'" Cheeks said. (Detroit Free-Press) Comment

Abdullah still plagued by ankle pain

What if not for Ameer Abdullah? [Abdullah] kept coming back. Charging with reckless abandon. Churning out crucial yards for Nebraska's injury-plagued offense. He was hobbled by an ankle injury during the season's homestretch. He occasionally had to take himself out of games to regroup, such was the pain's intensity. ... Think for a moment where the Huskers (8-4) might be if Abdullah had been unable to play in the final five regular-season games, during which he averaged 117.4 yards on 24.2 carries. Maybe 7-5? Or even 6-6? Or worse? ... His ankle "is still getting better each day," said the 5-foot-9, 190-pound Abdullah, who this season rushed 254 times for a conference-best 1,568 yards (6.2 per carry). He also is third on the team with 26 receptions for 232 yards and two more TDs. (Lincoln Journal-Star) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Thomas Keiser of the Chargers reacts after intercepting Peyton Manning late in San Diego's upset win over the Broncos. (Joe Mahoney/AP)

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Boomer Esiason says Mike Shanahan is sending a message with his benching of Robert Griffin III.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More John Stockton
  • 1983 -- The Pistons beats the Nuggets 186-184 in triple overtime in the highest-scoring game in NBA history.
  • 1983 -- Utah Jazz guard John Stockton records his 14,000th career assist.
  • 1997 -- Michigan's Charles Woodson becomes the first predominantly defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy.

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