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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 8/17/13

NFL Updates: Brady, Eagles QBs and More

August 17, 2013

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We’ve got a heavy set of preseason NFL games coming our way in the next several hours, so it’ll be a nice day to settle down in front of the TV. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the developing storylines happening around the league and see if we can determine where things are headed from here. Let’s get right to it.

Today’s Schedule: This is the heaviest day for the second round of preseason games, and they’ll continue into the wee hours tonight. We’ve got some pretty nice matchups mixed in there, which should make for interesting viewing. Here’s a closer look at the matchups today and where you can find them:

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 8/17/13

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Cowboys at Cardinals, 4:30 PM ET (Nationally Televised on NFL Network)
Titans at Bengals, 7:00 PM ET
Jaguars at Jets, 7:30 PM ET (Nationally Televised on NFL Network)
Dolphins at Texans, 8:00 PM ET
Packers at Rams, 8:00 PM ET
Broncos at Seahawks, 10:00 PM ET (Nationally Televised on NFL Network)

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: It’s been quite the interesting week for Brady, but things have ended well. On Wednesday, he gave his team (and fantasy owners) quite a scare by going down with a knee injury in practice. All turned out well, however, as he was able to play in last night’s game against Tampa Bay.
Brady was awesome, going 11-for-12 with 107 yards and a touchdown. The performance put to rest any concerns about his health.

Eagles QB Race: Now that we’ve had a day to step away and examine the Eagles’ second preseason game, it’s a good time to reexamine the QB battle between Michael Vick and Nick Foles. The overall assessment: we’re still not sure.
Both players were very good against the Panthers, with Vick completing nine of 10 passes for 104 yards and a pick, while Foles tallied a 6-of-8 mark for 53 yards and one interception, and also added a rush TD.
Statistically, Vick maintains a slight edge and has the higher ceiling of the two, but Foles has shown himself capable of running Philadelphia’s new offense effectively. There’s no telling when a concrete decision will be made, but we’ll keep you posted.

Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts: Yesterday we took a closer look at Colts TE Coby Fleener, and today we’ll check in on Allen, who will battle him for targets this season. Allen got out of his walking boot late this week, which is a great sign in his return from a foot injury, which has been nagging him for the past week or so. He’s expected to be back in time for Week 1 of the regular season.
Meanwhile, Fleener is coming off his third concussion in as many years, so once Allen gets back up to speed he could prove to be the healthier option of the two.

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