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Busy week

Not since the Eagles' Buddy Ryan wanted payback against the Cowboys has a bounty been big news in the NFL. Terrell Suggs had the NFL scrambling to defuse the issue when he said there was a bounty on Hines Ward. On top of his awkward Troy Smith observation, Suggs was a roaring (mindless?) cannon last week.

A fine mess

Meanwhile, Ward and the Steelers protested they have been targeted by the league for discipline after four Steelers were fined a total of $50,000 in two weeks for actions on the field. In this case, the money talked and the NFL responded by sending two executives to Pittsburgh to calm the storm.

Telephone game

Jets QB Brett Favre might not have passed along any valuable information about the Packers to then-Lions GM Matt Millen in their now-infamous cell phone call. But Favre certainly knew the territory, and he had to know Lions coaches would be listening in. Fortunately for Favre, he has a lot of media lackeys willing to cover his tracks.

A Brown out?

It's hard to figure out who dissed whom the most in the Kellen Winslow-Phil Savage affair. For some reason, Winslow wanted it known he had a staph infection. Savage, the Browns' GM, did not. Hence the suspension. Look for Winslow to play elsewhere in 2009. If he can stay off motorcycles, anyway.

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