NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/11/13
NFL Updates: Patriots Injuries, Giants Backfield and More
September 11, 2013
We’re just one day away from the start of Week 2 in the NFL (wow, that was fast), so we’ll be overloaded with football action once again very soon. While we’re waiting for tomorrow night’s game between the Jets and Patriots, let’s take a look around the league at some of the noteworthy players and storylines out there. Here’s the latest.
Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Is it time to start getting worried about White? Yeah, probably. He’s coming off a disappointing statistical game against the Saints, where he tallied just two catches for 19 yards. He’s admitted he served as a decoy for much of the game, given the fact that he’s still having issues with his injured ankle.
White has also said that he’s not able to cut like he should and will likely take a few more weeks to get back to his old self. The Falcons are hosting the Rams this weekend, and though St. Louis gave up a ton of yardage through the air in Week 1, we’re not expecting Atlanta to get much out of White. We’ll keep an eye on him throughout practice this week, though.
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Giants RB Outlook: Now that the Giants have signed Brandon Jacobs, we can make some assumptions about their immediate future. Had New York gone out and signed, say, a Willis McGahee, that would have been an indication that they were planning on moving away from troubled No. 1 RB David Wilson. Since they went with Jacobs--and that decision seems to be based on his history with the club and knowledge of the offense more than anything--we can assume that Wilson’s job is safe (for now).
Wilson has all the talent in the world, but he’s had issues over the past year with fumbling and blocking assignments. The Giants look like they’ll be giving him at least one more shot to redeem himself following an ugly opening week. New York will play host to Peyton Manning and the Broncos this weekend, and the offense will have to be humming to keep up.
Patriots Injuries: New England has made headlines over the past couple of days with their marquis players making injury waves. First, there was Shane Vereen, who will miss around eight weeks with a broken bone in his wrist. Expect to see an expanded role for Stevan Ridley in the wake of this news. Then there’s Rob Gronkowski. He was limited in practice yesterday and isn’t expected to be able to play tomorrow against the Jets. We wouldn’t rule out a Week 3 return, however. Finally, we have Danny Amendola. The new Pats WR was listed as a limited participant in practice Tuesday, but no one reported catching sight of him. There have been a myriad of reports over the past couple of days that say Amendola isn’t looking like he’ll be able to take the field tomorrow due to the groin injury he suffered in the opener.
All this adds up to an even more intriguing matchup against the divisional rival Jets tomorrow night.
Daryl Richardson, RB, St. Louis Rams: Here’s another player worth keeping an eye on as we approach the weekend. Not only did Richardson have an underwhelming statistical outing in the Rams’ big win over the Cardinals in the opener, but he also may be nursing an injury. He was looked at by the St. Louis training staff on the sidelines during the game, but after getting his toe wrapped up was able to return and finish with 96 total yards.
For the Rams, it’s a good thing they’ll be getting Isaiah Pead back from suspension this week; they’ll be heading into a tough matchup against the Falcons in Atlanta. We’d imagine Richardson and Pead will share a relatively balanced workload.
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