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NEWARK STAR LEDGER
Falcons' Roddy White takes a shot at Victor Cruz, says "the big boys play on the outside"
Excerpt: "In an NFL Network interview with Atlanta Falcons wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White to air Sunday morning, NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin asked the duo whether Giants receivers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz are a better tandem than they are.
White doesn't think so.
“Victor Cruz is a lot more of a slot receiver; the big boys play on the outside,” White said." Read more...
Giants' Antrel Rolle back on practice field
Excerpt: "Antrel Rolle returned to the practice field today, an encouraging sign for his availability Sunday against the Eagles.
The veteran Giants safety participated in position drills and walk-through plays with the defense during the portion of practice open to the media, and appeared to be moving well on his sore, bruised left knee.
Rolle said Thursday thatplaying this week was not a sure thing. He suffered a bruised and lacerated knee in a sideline collision with a cameraman against the the Panthers last week. After practicing in a limited capacity
Wednesday, the soreness in his knee was enough that he stayed inside during Thursday's practice -- by his count, the first in-season practice he has missed since signing with the Giants in 2010." Read more...
Giants' RB Andre Brown has altered the pecking order in the running game
Excerpt: "The Giants assumed a second running back would emerge to complement starter Ahmad Bradshaw and fill the void Brandon Jacobs left behind. And they were right, someone has. They just expected it to be rookie first-round pick David Wilson, not journeyman Andre Brown.
Brown seized the opportunity when Bradshaw was sidelined with a neck injury against the Buccaneers. Over the next six quarters, Brown had 33 rushes for 184 yards and three touchdowns. He exhibited patience as blocks developed, explosiveness when he hit holes and ferocity when he encountered defenders to rejuvenate a run game that now ranks 16th in the NFL after finishing 2011 at the bottom." Read more...
Tom Coughlin reminds Giants of the importance of divisional wins
Excerpt: "Coach Tom Coughlin used today's team meeting to emphasize the importance of Sunday night's game against the Eagles.
"We talked about that with the team today," Coughlin said. "How important these divisional games are, and where we are right off the bat, and how important this game is, period."
The Giants are 2-1 so far this season but 0-1 in the NFC East, after losing their opener to the Cowboys. As they prepare for the Eagles, Coughlin took the chance to remind his players that achieving their goals for the season starts with winning the division.
"It takes on added importance because we have already dropped one in the division," left guard Kevin Boothe said. "We all know that the easiest, most direct route to the playoffs is winning your division." Read more...
Giants' David Wilson patiently waiting for second chance
Excerpt: "David Wilson said many of his teammates have taken the time to share with him experiences from their careers when they've had to wait for playing time. That includes Ahmad Bradshaw, who was once the No. 3 running back behind Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward -- but was a major contributor in the Giants' Super Bowl XLII run and in the top-ranked rushing attack in 2008.
"There’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll get my chance at some point," Wilson, the Giants' first-round pick, said today. "But like I said, until that happens, I’m working hard and learning everything I can." Read more...
Michael Strahan among nominees for 2013 Hall of Fame
Excerpt: "Former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan is among the 13 first-year eligible modern-era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013.
There are a total of 127 nominees for the Class of 2013. That list will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in late November and 15 modern-era finalists in early January. The voting for the Class of 2013 is annually conducted the night before the Super Bowl." Read more...
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.
Injuries are no Giant concern for this "D"
Excerpt: "Keith Rivers is out. Jayron Hosley is out, too. Corey Webster is choosing a cast for his right hand, and Antrel Rolle, the leader of the secondary, has a nasty laceration on his knee.
Such is the state of a banged-up Giants defense as it prepares to face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles, meanwhile, will return a key piece of their big-play air attack: Wideout Jeremy Maclin is fully over the hip injury that sidelined him last week and all but certain to play.
It’s hardly an enviable situation for any defense, especially when you consider that the Eagles also boast one of football’s most dangerous rushing weapons in LeSean McCoy. But the Giants are hardly worried.After all, said lockdown corner Webster, they’ve been here before.“We’ve been doing this for the last couple years, actually,” Webster said Friday. “We’ve been kind of filling in and preparing like starters for a long time right now.” Read more...
## SITE LINK
Vick looks to turn back time against Giants
Excerpt: "His coaches encourage him to stay in the pocket, push him to survey the field instead of taking off at the earliest sign of trouble. They want to protect his battered 32-year-old body, keep their quarterback upright for an entire season.
But Michael Vick has a message for anyone who thinks his athleticism has eroded. He can still take over a game with his lightning-quick legs, he says. And who knows? When the Eagles host the Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday night, he just may return to the scrambling style of his youth.
“Any time I can switch it up,” he told the Daily News on Thursday. “I can put on them light shoes and run around still. And you never know when. It could be this week.” Read more..
Rolle still unable to practice with the Giants
Excerpt: "The Giants have insisted that the knee injury suffered by Antrel Rolle last Thursday night isn’t serious, but one week later he’s still not back on the practice field.
Rolle was missing again on Thursday afternoon as the Giants began their daily practice. It’s the third straight practice he will have missed due to the injury he suffered during a collision with a camera man on the sidelines during the Giants’ 36-7 win in Carolina." Read more...
Bradshaw has a bulging disc in his neck
Excerpt: "Ahmad Bradshaw didn’t just sprain his neck two weeks ago. He suffered what he called a bulging and inflamed disc.
The Giants’ top running back revealed that secret after practice on Thursday afternoon. He said he “feels great” and there’s nothing that will prevent him from playing in Philadelphia on Sunday night.
But he knows discs are tricky, and he’s in danger of the issue flaring up again.
“I can’t say it won’t happen again,” he said. “But I’m prepared for it. I can’t worry about that.”
Bradshaw suffered the injury early in the Giants’ Week 2 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He said he took a hit in the first quarter “and felt tingling in my hands.” He then stayed in, took another hit, and “it happened again.”
After that, the Giants put in Andre Brown, who finished that game and started the Giants’ win in Carolina last Thursday night, too. The Giants never publicly disclosed the nature of Bradshaw’s injury, though one source close to Bradshaw had described it as a mere “sprain.” Read more...
THE NEW YORK POST.
Giants toughen up for battle with Eagles
Excerpt "The more you hit the late Joe Frazier, the more he seemed to like it. And it is no different with the Giants, heavyweight champions of the NFL.
Some teams would cower and crumble in the face of the mean, green ambush that awaits them Sunday night at the Linc, a prime-time death struggle with the Eagles that begins at 20 past hate.
The Giants rub their hands together with glee and relish the prospect of a Thrilla in Philla, where they try again to batter Michael Vick from pillar to post and make him quit on his stool, if not knock him out.
“You know that when you step on that field down there it’s ... it’s kinda like gladiators — only one man’s going to come out,” Michael Boley said." Read more...
Beat-up secondary may be without Rolle in Philadelphia
Excerpt: "The starting free safety, who always practices and always plays, didn’t practice and cannot guarantee he will play. The starting left cornerback has a broken right hand, which makes grabbing hold and tackling somewhat of an issue. The player who has started at right cornerback has a bad hamstring and probably won’t play and his replacement has a sprinkling of NFL experience but has never before started a game.
Is this any way to brace for impact of the ready-to-erupt Eagles passing attack?
It is not exactly all-systems go for the Giants defensive backfield, which has been pulled and yanked in all sorts of directions thus far this season. Corey Webster finished last week’s 36-7 demolition of the Panthers wearing a cast on the right hand he broke earlier in that game and this will be his first full test against an opponent that knows all about his infirmity. Prince Amukamara makes his first start, replacing Jayron Hosley, who probably won’t make it because of the hamstring he strained in Charlotte. To make a sticky situation more uncomfortable, Antrel Rolle, the rock at the safety position, is dealing with a sore left knee as a result of a collision with a camera in Carolina and he could not declare himself a go for Sunday night’s clash with the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field." Read more...
Giants' Nicks doubtful for Eagles' game with knee, foot injuries
Excerpt: "The Giants may be without wide receiver Hakeem Nicks for Sunday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Nicks, who missed a win over Carolina Sept. 19 with a sore foot, now has a knee problem.
Coach Tom Coughlin said Nicks developed swelling in his left knee after working out on Thursday. It was his first and only expected practice for the game. He was listed as doubtful for the contest between the NFC East rivals, meaning he has a 25 percent chance of playing.
Nicks banged his knee making a catch in the fourth quarter against Tampa Bay." Read more...
Giants' Bradshaw has "no symptoms" from sprained neck
Excerpt: "Ahmad Bradshaw, speaking to reporters for the first time since he sprained his neck against the Bucs in Week 2, said today that his neck is problem-free.
“I feel great. No symptoms. Nothing that lets me know I won’t be prepared for this week,” the Giants running back said in the locker room. “The swelling went down and I feel fine now.”
Bradshaw called his injury “pretty much like an inflamed disc,” saying it wasn’t really one hit against Tampa Bay that especially caused the problem." Read more...
Giants' Mara: Ref mess "will be forgotten" soon
Excerpt: "Giants co-owner John Mara doesn't believe the NFL has been tarnished by the replacement referee fiasco.
"I don't think so. In a few weeks, this will be forgotten and we'll be back to criticizing the regular referees," Mara said and laughed.
It won't be forgotten if Green Bay misses the playoffs by one game or Seattle makes it by one game.
"You can say that every year about calls that went against a particular team," Mara said. "They're not limited to just the replacement refs." Read more...
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THE BERGEN RECORD
Vinny DiTrani's NFL picks
Excerpt: "Truth be known, we were forced to use a replacement selector last week. His previous experience had been handicapping Division II and Division III college games, as well as the Hoboken Sunday Morning Flag League. Clearly he was overmatched. The result was predictable: 5-11, and a best bet loss. Hopefully there is a lesson to be learned here. There is no place for the word "replacement" in the NFL lexicon.
Giants over *Eagles, getting 2 — Key will be pounding Michael Vick early, like Cards did last week, and watching how Andy Reid reacts." Read more...
Giants wary of LeSean McCoy
Excerpt: "LeSean McCoy called Osi Umenyiora "a ballerina in a Giants uniform" when interviewed for an episode of ESPN's "E:60" that was filmed several months ago and broadcast for the first time this week.
Umenyiora promised he would not stoke the flames of what has been a fiery feud between him and the Eagles' All-Pro running back Thursday afternoon when reporters asked about their back-and-forth in the locker room following practice.
That did not stop the Giants' defensive end from having some fun with it, however.
In calling McCoy's ballerina remark "a good shot, a clean shot," Umenyiora insisted he won't be dressing the part when Big Blue travels to Lincoln Financial Field and renews its heated rivalry with the Eagles on Sunday night.
"They fine you thousands of dollars and you can't wear anything. No tutu, no nothing — just a regular Giants uniform," said Umenyiora, who joked ballet slippers instead of his usual cleats also were out of the question. "The grass is really bad over there, so I don't want to slip. It's going to make me look even worse." Read more...
Giants plan to have Antrel Rolle in lineup
Excerpt: "Perry Fewell is counting on Antrel Rolle playing Sunday.
The Giants’ safety has not missed a game since the regular-season finale three seasons ago when he was with Arizona, so regardless of how sore Rolle’s left knee is right now, his defensive coordinator did not even want to entertain thoughts of his not being there.
"I think there’s no question about it," Fewell said of whether Rolle will be available to play against the Eagles." Read more...
NEW YORK TIMES
WALL STREET JOURNAL
Giants' Hakeem Nicks unlikely to play Sunday
Excerpt: "After missing a week three game against the Carolina Panthers, New YorkGiants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks said it was merely because of a quick turnaround and that he would play in week four against the Philadelphia Eagles. However, when Big Blue revealed their final injury report on Friday afternoon, Nicks was listed as doubtful with both a foot injury and a swollen knee." Read more...
NY Giants' Osi Umenyiora says he's "a company man "now: "Talk is cheap, Play the game"
Excerpt: "Earlier this week, it was revealed by ESPN that during a recent taping of E:60, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy -often referred to as "Lady Gaga" by the New York Giants defense- called Osi Umenyiora a "ballerina in a Giants uniform." When pressed about the comment on Thursday, Umenyiora refused to take the bait. Instead, he opted to take the "high road."
"I'm taking the high road," Umenyiora said. "I'm a company man now. Talk is cheap, play the game."But the big question remains: will he be wearing the ballerina slippers on Sunday night?
"No. Don’t wanna slip, gonna make me look even worse," Chief Osi said, admitting that the ballerina joke was a "good, clean" shot." Read more...
BIG BLUE VIEW
Corey Webster: Cast won't keep him from playing Sunday
Excerpt: "The New York Giants have a laundry list of defensive backs who either definitely won't play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles or could be limited by injuries. Corey Webster, broken right hand and all, is not one of those players.
Webster has other problems. Problems you might not ordinarily associate with a professional football player. Like writing. And eating." Read more...
Tom Coughlin: Friday press briefing highlights
Excerpt: "New York Giants' coach Tom Coughlin touched on a wide array of topics during his meeting with reporters on Friday. Below, are some of the highlights. [Full transcript]" Read more...
Friday injury report, Hakeem Nicks doubtful for Sunday
Excerpt: "Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was somewhat surprisingly listed as questionable Friday by the New York Giants for Sunday's key NFC East game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Nicks, who missed last Thursday's game against the Carolina Panthers due to lingering issues with the foot he broke during the off season, apparently also has swelling in one of his knees.
Also for the Giants, offensive tackle David Diehl (knee), cornerback Jayron Hosley (hamstring) and linebacker Keith Rivers (hamstring) will not play Sunday.
Safety Antrel Rolle, dealing with the after effects of slamming his knee into a camera during the Carolina game, is listed as questionable. Cornerback Michael Coe is also questionable." Read more...
Spotlight on Andre Brown
Excerpt: "In Week 2 of the 2012 NFL season, New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw left the game early against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a neck injury, so the Giants turned to Andre Brown to fill his shoes. He finished an impressive day with 71 yards on 13 carries, a touchdown, and scored on a two point conversion.
But it was the following week against the Carolina Panthers where he had the breakout game of his career. With Bradshaw out, Brown carried the ball 20 times for 113 yards and scored two touchdowns.Who was Brown before these two weeks?" Read more...
Antrel Rolle no concern from Perry Fewell
Excerpt: "Antrel Rolle is still bothered by the knee that slammed into a camera during Thursday's victory over the Carolina Panthers.
New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said Thursday he has "no concern" over the condition of safety Antrel Rolle, who missed practice Thursday with a bruised and lacerated knee.
Giants vs. Eagles: What to watch for on Sunday
"I don't think there's any question about it," said Fewell when asked if Rolle would play Sunday. "I mean he practiced on Monday, he practiced on Wednesday. I think he'll be ready to roll." Read more...
Excerpt: "Here are a few things to watch for in Sunday night's NFC East tilt between your New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles.
1. Michael Vick -- We know all about the controversy surrounding coach Andy Reid's remarks about the Eagles' sturggling quarterback. What we don't know is how Vick will react on the field, or how the Eagles' faithful at Lincoln Financial Field will handle the drama. If Vick turns the ball over a couple of times or struggles early, the folks at The Linc could turn on him. Wouldn't that be fun?
2. Giants' running game -- Andre Brown has been magnificent the last two weeks, helping the Giants find a running game the likes of which they haven't seen since 2010. The dynamic changes this week, however, when starterAhmad Bradshaw returns from a neck injury. Theoretically, that should be a good thing. But, will it? It will be interesting to see how the workload gets divvied up and whether or not Bradshaw can continue what Brown started. They have drastically different styles, and you wonder if Brown's decisive, straight-ahead style has really been part of what has jump-started the running game." Read more...
Giants' safety Antrel Rolle misses practice, status for Sunday uncertain
Excerpt: "New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle sat out practice Thursday after still being bothered by a bruised knee he suffered against the Panthers in last Thursday’s game when he collided with a television camera. Rolle had an MRI on Wednesday, which revealed nothing more than just a bruise. Rolle has not missed a game in his three seasons with the Giants. However that could come to an end as his status for Sunday’s game vs. the Philadelphia Eagles is now in serious question.
Rolle was asked by reporters today if he feels like he can play on Sunday. Rolle replied by telling them “Right now, I can’t say it’s a for-sure thing,” Rolle said. “In my mind, am I gonna play on Sunday? Yeah. God willing, everything goes as planned and my knee feels good enough to go out there.” Rolle told the media today that he was awake until two in the morning on Thursday, doing leg extensions and squats and icing his knee. “I’m just trying to make sure I’m able,” he said. “If I can be at 90 percent, 85 percent on Sunday, I think that’ll be good enough for me.” Read more...SITE LINK
Folger's Forecast: Giants @ Eagles
Excerpt: "The Giants are coming off a ten-day break, which usually spells trouble as too much time off can take away a team’s edge. Playing a divisional foe should help the Giants’ focus.
They’re also coming off two confidence-building wins, albeit against second-tier opposition. Knowing that they’re stepping up in class will surely get everyone’s attention. We expect this to be a very competitive game.
The Eagles have won seven of their last eight meetings with the Giants. Head coach Andy Reid and company have had their number, and have found ways to neutralize the Giants’ pass rush as well as limiting the big plays from Eli Manning’s offense, which includes stopping the run.
The Eagles are coming off an ugly loss and two ugly wins. Expect them to come out determined to erase that bad taste from their mouths, especially against a division foe on a national stage." Read more...
David Wilson awaits his chance for redemption
Excerpt: "This wasn’t exactly how running back David Wilson, who thus far has only carried the ball six times for eight yards, envisioned the start of his NFL career.
Yet Wilson, the Giants’ first round draft pick, has seen his NFL career start off in head coach Tom Coughlin’s doghouse, a result of his first quarter fumble in the season-opener against Dallas.
That miscue, along with a dropped pass the following week against Tampa Bay, and the emergence of teammate André Brown have only served to cement Wilson’s last place spot of the Giants’ depth chart, behind Bradshaw, Brown, and Da’Rel Scott, the latter of whom was given the mop up duty snaps in last week’s blowout of the Panthers ahead of Wilson.
To his credit, Wilson hasn’t lost his confidence or his desire to prove his first round status to his team. He said he’s been working hard at his craft every opportunity he gets and he believes that his time will come.
“When you have three productive backs, you’re just looking for an opportunity,” he said. “Until then, I’m just working hard, practicing hard, looking for an opportunity, and learning everything I can.” Read more...
THE RED ZONE
Prove it time for Eagles' D Line
Excerpt: "The Philadelphia Eagles believe the strength of their defense is their four-man defensive line and the pass rush it generates without help. They rotate eight or nine players to keep that line fresh and ferocious for 60 minutes. Starting ends Trent Cole and Jason Babin are the headliners who helped the Eagles post a league-leading 50 sacks last year, but they can get pressure from their defensive tackles, too, and having talented ends like Brandon Graham and Darryl Tapp as part of the rotation is a key to what they do. So far this year, Pro Football Focus rates the Eagles' pass rush the second-best in the league behind only that of the Seattle Seahawks. The Eagles' defensive line is legitimately one of the best in the NFL.
On the other side of the field Sunday night, however, will be the team that has perfected this method -- and won two Super Bowls with it -- over the past decade. The New York Giants, who visit Philadelphia for a huge division game this weekend, also live by the philosophy that the best way to play defense is to pressure the quarterback with the front four and drop seven into coverage. You wouldn't get anyone in Philadelphia to admit this, but the Eagles appear in some ways to be trying to copy the formula with which their division rivals have had such success. There are differences, especially in the way the Philadelphia defensive ends line up in Jim Washburn's "Wide 9" alignment. But the Eagles look at Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul with the belief that their guys are just as good." Read more...
Bradshaw discusses neck injury
Excerpt: "Ahmad Bradshaw revealed the nature of his neck injury and said it involves a disk.
The Giants' running back said his injury involved a bulge before likening it to an inflamed disk. He said he feels great and has no symptoms but admits it could flare up again.
"I don't know ... bulge, maybe?" Bradshaw said when asked what his injury is specifically. "I don't know."
"They can't do anything, just let it heal," he added when asked about how to treat it. "It is pretty much like an inflamed disk. And it is just sitting right on the spinal cord I guess, and the swelling went down and I feel fine now. There are no setbacks, no problems." Read more...
Giants plan to ride the hot hand at running back
Excerpt: "The Giants expect to have Ahmad Bradshaw back in the lineup against the Eagles on Sunday night, but it sounds like he’s going to have to deal with the injury that kept him out of last week’s game for the rest of the season.
Bradshaw’s injury was described as a neck problem, but the running back went into a bit more detail on Thursday. It’s actually an inflamed disc that’s sitting right on Bradshaw’s spinal cord and it is an injury that Bradshaw says wasn’t caused by the hit by Buccaneers linebacker Mason Foster that directly preceded his departure from that game in Week Two." Read more...
PFT's week 4 picks
Excerpt: "In hindsight, I shouldn’t have complained about the Monday night debacle.
After all, I picked the Seahawks to win by a point and, thanks to the replacement officials, Seattle won by two. Since MDS picked the Pack, it allowed me to win the weekly contest with MDS by two, 9-7 versus 7-9.
Given the crazy, upside-down games from Week Three, I’ll take a winning record and run with it — as quickly as the Seahawks ran with their unwarranted win.
For the season, I’m now 27-21, and MDS is 26-22."
Giants at EaglesSITE LINK
MDS’s take: The Eagles need to bounce back in a big way after laying an egg against the Cardinals. I think they’re going to, with Michael Vick finally making it through a game without a turnover.MDS’s pick: Eagles 24, Giants 21.Florio’s take: Eagles coach Andy Reid does his best work when his back is against the wall. And his back is already against the wall. And he said just enough this week to put his quarterback’s back against the wall, too.
Florio’s pick: Eagles 27, Giants 24. " Read more...
Key Matchup: Giants' defense vs. Eagles' RB LeSean McCoy
Excerpt: "Eagles RB LeSean McCoy vs. Giants defense
The Eagles have stressed this week that they need to be more balanced. In Andy Reid’s mind, balanced could entail a “60-40 or 70-30” split for the pass-run ratio (Reid's words this week), not the industry-standard 50-50 when using that definition.
No matter what the division, RB LeSean McCoy has to be used more wisely. Not only more often, but also earlier in games.
In Week One, McCoy had only seven first-half carries (but gained 50 yards with them) as the Eagles attempted 28 passes, not counting the two sacks Michael Vick took. The Eagles led that game 10-3 at the half, but Reid’s love of the passing game turned troublesome. The subsequent five possessions went like this: punt, interception, punt, interception, interception." Read more...
Power rankings: Week 4
Excerpt: "The upsets keep rolling in the NFL and our team of Power Rankers continue to scratch their heads in disbelief.
But with three games gone we’re getting to the stage now where performances can’t be ignored. It’s why our team is slowly coming round to the idea that the Cardinals could be for real, is losing faith in the New Orleans Saints powers of recovery, and is starting to think that maybe Ryan Kalil wasted some money in buying ad space that declared the Panthers Super Bowl bound.
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Baltimore fans give officials a standing ovation
Excerpt: "The real refs are back, and the fans are showing their appreciation.
When referee Gene Steratore and his crew walked out on the field about an hour before the Browns and Ravens kick off tonight in Baltimore, the fans in the stands gave the officials a standing ovation. The officials tipped their caps and waved to the fans in appreciation of the rare case of the fans showing love to the officials.
Steratore and his crew are the first officials to take the field since the NFL ended its lockout of the officials late on Wednesday night. Although officials are rarely popular with fans, the regular officials became popular as the outcry over the replacements’ mistakes reached a crescendo with Monday night’s debacle in Seattle." Read more...
NFL refs return to chorus of cheers as Ravens beat Brown 23 - 16
Politi: Replacement referees made us appreciate the real guys - - until they screw up again
Roger Goodell apologizes to fans for NFL having to use replacement refs