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Briggs joins Marshall in unloading on Packers

Briggs joins Marshall in unloading on Packers

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The NFL's oldest rivals are spicing up their Sunday showdown with some serious trash talk.

Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs unloaded on the Packers on Thursday, saying he's no fan of Green Bay and calling Jermichael Finley ``an idiot.'' Wide receiver Brandon Marshall went off Wednesday, saying he's never disliked a team as much as the Packers.

``Very similar,'' Briggs said Thursday when asked if he felt the same way. ``Think he said it best, though. Doesn't like them, and he's going to play this game like it's his last. I feel the same way.''

Briggs really took issue with Finley for telling FOXSportsWisconsin.com the Bears might be better off with linebacker Brian Urlacher sidelined by a hamstring injury. The Packers' tight end was quoted as saying Chicago is not ``losing too much if he's out.''

Asked about that, Briggs responded, ``He's an idiot. You know?''

``Just suit up, play ball,'' he said. ``His comments aren't going to change the outcome of the game, they're not going to help him or anybody play better. Doesn't really matter.''

Finley posted Thursday on Twitter that he ``meant no disrespect'' to Urlacher, who has already missed one game and could be out the remainder of the season. He called the Bears' veteran a Hall of Fame player and person, and wrote ``his replacement in the lineup (Nick Roach) is a good player as well.''

Either way, the comments have added a twist to a game that really didn't need it.

After all, the Packers (9-5) can clinch the NFC North with a win on Sunday. The Bears (8-5) are trying to hang on after dropping four of five in another late-season collapse. Chicago fell apart a year ago once Jay Cutler broke his right thumb and finished 8-8 after a 7-3 start. That cost general manager Jerry Angelo his job, with Phil Emery replacing him.

This year, with expectations soaring after they acquired Marshall, Chicago won seven of its first eight games. But the schedule took a tougher turn. Injuries started to pile up, too.

Besides Urlacher, cornerback Tim Jennings sat out last weekend's game against Minnesota with a shoulder injury. Cutler, who missed a game last month because of a concussion, couldn't finish against the Vikings because of a sore neck and also had a knee issue listed on the injury report. He was a limited participant Thursday, although coach Lovie Smith said he practiced ``without any trouble at all.''

Cutler expects to play this weekend, but the Bears will be without kicker Robbie Gould (calf) after placing him on injured reserve.

Those injuries are only a small part of the list, but they won't get much sympathy from the Packers. They've endured more than their share, yet they're sailing along with seven wins in eight games.

Green Bay has also won seven of eight against Chicago and five straight in the series, including the NFC title game two years ago. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 8-2 against the Bears, and Briggs is simply tired of losing to them.

``We've been in the games, we just didn't finish,'' Briggs said. ``We've had opportunities, we've squandered opportunities. Turnovers, not getting enough turnovers. There's a lot of reason why, over the years, we haven't won the game. This is a new game. It's a new opportunity and we have a lot on the line.''

While Marshall is new to the rivalry, Briggs has been with Chicago since he was drafted in 2003.

``You just get sick of it,'' he said. ``And that to go along with history and hearing the city, hearing the people from the city, how important this game is, how important it is to everybody. We'll go out and we're going to play this game like it's our last.''

Notes: WR Earl Bennett (concussion), RB Michael Bush (ribs) DE Shea McClellin (knee) and DT Henry Melton (chest) did not practice, along with Jennings and Urlacher. Smith said Melton was excused for personal reasons. Briggs (knee, hip), TE Kellen Davis (knee), LB Geno Hayes (knee), OT Jonathan Scott (shoulder) and DT Matt Toeaina (knee) were limited. G Chris Spencer (knee) was a full participant after sitting out the past two games, as were Stephen Paea (foot) and Charles Tillman (shoulder).

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Redskins activate running back Byron Marshall for Week 11, release wide receiver Brian Quick

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Redskins activate running back Byron Marshall for Week 11, release wide receiver Brian Quick

On Saturday the Washington Redskins announced their activation of running back Byron Marshall off of the injured reserve list. Marshall is eligible to play in Week 11 against the Houston Texans.

To make space on the roster, the Redskins also released wide receiver Brian Quick.

The move to add Marshall back on the 53-man roster is not too surprising. Earlier this week Samaje Perine was ruled out for Week 11 with a calf injury. Only Adrian Peterson and Kapri Bibbs were the healthy backs left on the active roster. Chris Thompson is still not available to play.

Before the season even started Marshall was placed on the IR with a sprained ACL and MCL. Those injuries occuring in the second preseason game of the season.

In his second season with Washington, Marshall has only played in four games. Don't expect him to see significant time against the Texans behind Peterson and Bibbs, either. It will probably just be some fill-in opportunities in the backfield. At worst, he sees a notable amount of snaps if one of the two gets dinged up.

The release of Quick comes with Trey Quinn coming back this week as well. Placed on waivers, Quick only had three catches for 18 yards through six games for the Redskins. 

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Maryland goes toe to toe with Ohio State, but ultimately falls to the Buckeyes

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Maryland goes toe to toe with Ohio State, but ultimately falls to the Buckeyes

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Relentlessly zipping up and down the field, ninth-ranked Ohio State and upstart Maryland were racking up yards and points at a dizzying pace.

Finally, the Terrapins were presented with the chance to end it -- one way or another.

A gutsy decision by Maryland interim coach Matt Canada did not achieve the desired results, and the Buckeyes avoided one of the most stunning upsets in this college football season by squeezing out a 52-51 victory in overtime on Saturday.

After a 5-yard touchdown run by Dwayne Haskins gave the Buckeyes a seven-point lead to start overtime, Tayon Fleet-Davis scored for the Terrapins. Canada opted to keep his offense on the field to attempt a 2-point conversion, and Tyrrell Pigrome's pass to Jeshaun Jones was off target .

"It was a gut call," Canada said. "I felt like they were scoring, we were scoring. We had the ball, we had to make one play to win. Obviously it didn't work. I wasn't trying to be aggressive. I was just trying to win."

After watching his defense allow 535 yards and seven touchdowns, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer understood why Canada opted to win it right there.

"I would have probably done the same thing if I was their coach, the way they were gaining yards on us," Meyer said. "I'm relieved we won."

Favored by 14 points, Ohio State (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten, No. 10 CFP) trailed by two touchdowns in the third quarter and 45-38 with under two minutes left before rallying.

The victory kept the Buckeyes in the hunt for the Big Ten title and a spot in the College Football Playoff. Ohio State concludes the regular season next week in a game against Michigan that will decide the Big Ten East winner.

After describing the performance of his defense as "alarming," Meyer said, "But we won. Let's go back to work and get ready for next week."

The Buckeyes never led until overtime against the gritty Terrapins (5-6, 3-5), who have made the most of a season dedicated to teammate Jordan McNair, who died of heatstroke in June. The players teamed together under the guidance of Canada, who maintained his role of offensive coordinator after taking over for head coach DJ Durkin, who was placed on administrative leave in August, reinstated on Oct. 30 and fired on Oct. 31.

On this day, the Terps traded blows with one of the best teams in the nation, and stuck in it to the end.

"I wish we had been a little bit better on the last play," Canada said. "It's a tough day. We put a lot into this."

Pigrome was making his first start of the season after Kasim Hill sustained a season-ending knee injury last week. He went 6 for 13 for 181 yards.

Haskins ran for three touchdowns and was 28 for 38 for 405 yards and three TDs. Ohio State finished with a whopping 688 yards, including 203 on the ground by J.K. Dobbins.

All that offense meant nothing until Pigrome's pass went about six inches wide of his intended target.

"For us to stop them on a 2-point conversion, a whole bunch of emotions just came out of me," Haskins said. "All that grit, all that adversity we faced in this game, to come back on top just meant everything for myself and my teammates."

Maryland freshman Anthony McFarland had touchdown runs of 81 and 75 yards in the first quarter and finished with 298 yards rushing -- seven short of the school's single-game record.

The Terps took a 45-38 lead when Chigoziem Okonkwo recovered a fumble by McFarland in the end zone with 1:41 left. Haskins then orchestrated a 50-yard, beat-the-clock drive that ended with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Binjimen Victory with 40 seconds remaining.