NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/13/13
NFL Updates: Foster, Wallace and More
September 13, 2013
Now that Week 2 has officially begun, there’s sure to be a steady stream of news coming out of the NFL. We’ve still got a couple of days to look forward to the main slate of games on Sunday (and there are plenty of interesting matchups to look forward to), so let’s take this downtime to check in on some of the developing storylines and players from around the league. Here’s the latest.
Jets-Patriots Notes: Well, it was a pretty messy game at Gillette Stadium last night, and we’re not just talking about the rain. New England prevailed over New York in a drop- and turnover-filled 13-10 win that featured four Jets turnovers (three picks and a fumble). It was defense-heavy on both sides, but there were a few standouts offensively.
Julian Edelman nabbed 13 receptions--a busy evening as expected, while the Jets rushers came up with a solid game statistically on the other side. Chris Ivory managed 52 yards on 12 carries, while Bilal Powell posted 70 total yards and a score. Next up, the Jets get Buffalo at home, while New England plays host to Tampa Bay.
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Domenik Hixon, WR, Carolina Panthers: One of the puzzling storylines to emerge from Carolina’s Week 1 loss to the Seahawks was Hixon’s health. He was ruled inactive for the opener due to a hamstring injury sustained in the preseason, but was reportedly all healed up and ready to go.
Hixon himself said this week that he doesn’t understand why he wasn’t on the field, but according to the Panthers’ coaching staff, it was a precautionary move to ensure his hamstring was fully healed. That said, head coach Ron Rivera was quoted as saying Hixon will get 15-20 snaps this week against the Bills.
Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: It will be interesting to see exactly how the Texans utilize star RB Arian Foster in this weekend’s matchup against Tennessee. He’s seemed quite unhappy with sharing time alongside fellow RB Ben Tate in the opener, even though he got plenty of work in his first game action of 2013 (24 touches on 74 percent of overall offensive snaps; by comparison, Tate had 11 touches).
It’s understandable that Houston would want to ease Foster back into game shape, as he’s coming off back and calf injuries in the off-season. At the same time, however, they shouldn’t be ignoring Tate’s potential production: he posted 55 yards on nine carries. All of this talk will fall by the wayside as long as the Texans continue to win, but it does make for some dramatic headlines in between games.
Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins: Another player to watch this weekend is the Dolphins’ new star WR Wallace. Even though Miami got a victory, he had an underwhelming debut against the Browns, posting just one catch for 15 yards. Much of that can be attributed to the fact that he was being guarded by one of the best CBs in the league--Joe Haden--but that didn’t stop Wallace from expressing frustration at the fact that he didn’t get much work.
Given the fact that Wallace is far and away the best offensive player in Miami, we’d imagine the team will try their best to keep him happy, even if they don’t come right out and say it. You can expect the Dolphins to make a concerted effort to get him the ball, so we’ll likely see his stats take a major step up against the Colts.
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