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Not on the ball

The 49ers are starting to have weekly fiascos. In Monday night's loss at Arizona, offensive coordinator Mike Martz thought the ball was spotted closer to the goal line than it really was for the game-deciding play. Not surprisingly, Martz made a poor call. Why is he always involved in these intrigues?

Colt worth keeping?

Questions are swirling around Colts WR Marvin Harrison. Peyton Manning was quick to defend him after Harrison dropped two catchable balls last week. But some critics are even questioning Harrison's effort. The key numbers: He is 36, ranks fourth on the team with 30 catches and will eat up more than $13 million on the 2009 cap.

Browns' infighting

Ever-candid RB Jamal Lewis created another firestorm in Cleveland when he said certain players quit on the Browns when they had the lead against Denver in a game they lost. KR Joshua Cribbs seemed to endorse Lewis' statement, but embattled coach Romeo Crennel denied the charge. What a mess.

Peppers hot again

Last season, pass rusher Julius Peppers had 2 1/2 sacks for the Panthers. Last week, he had three against the Raiders. That served as confirmation of his comeback in a season when he has collected seven sacks and restored his reputation as one of the league's top playmakers.

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