Matt Birk, Tavon Austin on NFL Network; Friday's news

Retired NFL center Matt Birk returns as guest analyst today on "NFL Total Access" at 7 p.m. ET on NFL Network. Plus, St. Louis Rams rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin, and all the latest news and analysis from around the NFL.

Here's what else is on tap for Friday:

» What's the best uniform in NFL history? Dave Dameshek (aka the Uniform Monitor) is turning things over to you, the fans, to decide. But hurry -- voting ends today at 5 p.m. ET.

» NFL Network celebrates the holiday weekend with an "America's Game" marathon, which resumes Friday at 2 p.m. ET.

» Bucky Brooks continues a series that examines leading candidates for Most Improved Player of 2013 with a look at Morris Claiborne and some other defensive backs ready to step it up.

» NFL Network and NFL.com's Around The League have launched their "32 in 32" series, breaking down the biggest subplots of every NFL team as the 2013 season approaches. Up today: The Detroit Lions.

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» Check out NFL.com's podcast hub for all manner of football fun from Dave Dameshek, Rich Eisen, the "NFL Fantasy Live" crew, and much more.

» NFL Evolution reports on how U.S. Navy lieutenant and Washington Redskins fullback Eric Kettani balances his two demanding jobs.

» Around The League continues its series profiling the top 40 players we see Making a Leap in 2013.

» How well do you know your favorite NFL players? Play our interactive game to find out!

» Happy birthday to free-agent wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, who turns 32 on Friday.

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