NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/19/13
NFL Updates: Richardson, Housler and more
September 19, 2013
We’ll never quite get used to these quick turnarounds in the NFL--it’s already time to get Week 3 started. Tonight, we’ve got the Chiefs and Eagles set to go at it on “Thursday Night Football,” and it should be a good one. While we’re waiting for kickoff, let’s take a look around the league at some of the noteworthy names and storylines out there. Here’s the latest.
Richardson Trade: The big news around the NFL for the past day or so has been the incredibly surprising trade between the Colts and Browns. Cleveland sent their star RB and potent offensive weapon Trent Richardson to Indianapolis in exchange for a 2014 first-round pick, and like most other fans, we were admittedly scratching our heads over that one.
The thinking in Cleveland is that they’re building up ammunition for next year’s draft. They’ve got plenty, too: now that Richardson is gone, the Browns have two first-round picks and 10 overall selections. If they can strike gold on a few of those, we may be singing Cleveland’s praises at this time next year. They’ve got some pieces in place: Joe Haden, Jordan Cameron, etc. A little fine-tuning could make a huge difference.
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Bears Offensive Outlook: Chicago is buzzing after a (somewhat surprising) 2-0 start from the Bears, and according to RB Matt Forte, the offense has lots more tricks up their sleeves. Today he was reported as saying that the Bears haven’t dug very deeply into their playbook just yet, and indicated that they’ll be showing fans and opponents a lot of interesting plays as the season progresses.
Speaking of Forte, he’s been an integral cog in the Bears’ two intense come-from-behind victories this season. So far, he’s logged 39 rushing attempts, and perhaps more importantly, 14 receptions totaling 114 yards through two games. Next up this weekend is a big road game against a reeling Steelers team. It should make for another intense game.
Rob Housler, TE, Arizona Cardinals: We were big fans of Housler coming into the season, but so far we haven’t been able to see him play in a meaningful game. He’s been sidelined the first two weeks due to an ankle injury, but there could be some hope looming on the horizon. Housler reportedly felt good after practice yesterday, and remains hopeful that he’ll be able to get out on the field for Week 3.
The Cardinals will face off against the Saints in New Orleans, which--even with the improved defense--is a pretty nice matchup for the Arizona receivers. Speaking of which, there’s still a big question mark looming with Larry Fitzgerald’s hamstring. Friday’s practice will go a long way in determining his availability. If Arizona can get both him and Housler out there, we predict some major fireworks.
Eagles-Chiefs Injury Notes: While we’re waiting for kickoff in tonight’s Philly-KC game, let’s take a quick look at a few notable injury concerns from both sides. Starting with the Eagles, they got off pretty easy this week. The half-dozen on their injury report are all listed as probable, so they should be relatively healthy this evening. That list includes Brent Celek and Brandon Boykin.
As for the Chiefs, they’ve got a doubtful (Anthony Fasano), a couple of questionables (Brandon Flowers and Travis Kelce) and the rest are probable for tonight’s game. Those players are Branden Albert, Mike DeVito, James-Michael Johnson, Nico Johnson and Dezman Moses.
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