Morning Headlines: Time Warner Cable and NFL Network Agree to a Deal


February 5, 2011; Dallas, TX, USA; Steve Sabol, son of Ed Sabol (not pictured), talks during a press conference after being named into the NFL Hall of Fame class of 2011 at the Super Bowl XLV media center. Ed was named into the Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

The NFL has reached an agreement with Time Warner Cable Inc. to carry the league-owned NFL Network and RedZone Channel. The network will be up and running by the next week in time for the Browns vs. Ravens matchup. Time Warner is second-largest U.S. cable company with close to 12 million subscribers, but has been the only major cable provider that doesn’t carry the NFL Network.

Steve Sabol will be honored at every NFL stadium this week on the video boards of every stadium before kickoff of each game. The former president of NFL Films passed away this week at the age of 69 after a long bout with brain cancer.

It what was expected to be one of the more competitive matchups of Week 3, it was anything but as the Giants silenced the Panthers with a 36-7 whipping. The Giants did this by shutting down the next Michael Jordan  Cam Newton, as he completed just 16/30 passes for 242 yards and three interceptions. Giants QB Eli Manning completed 27-of-35 passes for 288 yards and a touchdown

On the injury front, Giants CB Corey Webster suffered a broken bone in his right hand, while safety Antrelle Rolle cut his left knee hurdling a camera late in the game, but both players appear to have avoided any serious injuries. LB Keith Rivers left with a minor hamstring injury. Its safe to say that trade between the Giants and the Bengals worked out pretty well for the Bengals.

The NFL and the NFL Referees Association secretly engaged in two days of negotiations earlier this week for the first time in over two weeks. Its unknown as of now when the two sides will meet again, but then again, we probably won’t know they’re meeting until after the meetings have already occurred.

In the meantime, the NFL is now warning coaches about behavior towards replacement officials.

Bills Head Coach Chan Gailey confirmed that Fred Jackson is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a sprained knee, and could possibly return in Week 5 versus the 49ers.

Bears RB Matt Forte (ankle) missed practice Thursday, and doesn’t look as though he’ll be ready for Sunday’s game vs. the Rams.

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (ribs) was able to fully participate in Thursday’s practice.

Cardinals QB John Skelton (ankle) returned to Cardinals practice Thursday.

Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons is mad at his $21,000 fine for hitting Jets QB Mark Sanchez.

Falcons WRs Julio Jones and Roddy White were limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday.

Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh says one of reasons Ravens’ have gone with more no-huddle offense is because of the success the New England Patriots have had.

Ravens CB Cary Williams sounds off on replacement officials.

The Buccaneers will sign wide receiver Chris Owusu off of the Chargers’ practice squad.

Despite receiving a heavier workload in practice this week, Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall (knee) is expected to return in Week 5, following the teams’ bye week.

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