Taj Smith won't suit up for Super Bowl XLIV, but he's played an important role in the Colts' defensive preparations, writes Len Pasquarelli.
Every NFL team talks about getting players to fit into its philosophy. No one succeeds at it more often, though, than New England does.
A recurring hamstring problem that forced him to the sideline for three games earlier this season will keep Cincinnati Bengals starting tailback Rudi Johnson out of action again for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.
With the regular season winding down, the only remaining intrigue in the AFC is the race for the final wild-card spot.
If the Arizona Cardinals claim their first playoff berth since 1998, the switch to the 3-4 defense may be a big reason why, Len Pasquarelli writes in Tip Sheet notes.
Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis apparently feels his team had once voice too many in its season-ending playoff loss.
Pittsburgh finally got its fifth Super Bowl title. A sixth next season isn't out of the question, but there are some decisions to be made.
Lofa Tatupu and LeRoy Hill might be rookies, but the two linebackers have played a big part in leading Seattle to the Super Bowl.
Ken Whisenhunt's play calling not only has the Steelers vying for a title, but has also made him a head coaching prospect.
Just two days after he was hurt in the first quarter of thei Bengals' playoff loss, quarterback Carson Palmer had surgery to repair two torn ligaments in his left knee.
Turnovers were the name of the game in a wild-card weekend that saw road teams win three of the four games.
This weekend's wild-card matchups feature veteran playoff QBs vs. signal callers making their postseason debuts.
The Steelers are back to playing Steelers football, which could make them a dangerous team in the playoffs.
With a record 14 teams already eliminated from playoff contention, 2005 has become a season of disparity in the NFL.
Stuck in a three-game losing streak, the Steelers can't run the ball and are in serious danger of missing the playoffs.
Byron Leftwich and Keary Colbert are among the players who'll be asked to step up as their teams vie for playoff spots.