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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/24/13

NFL Updates: Burleson's Accident, Week 4 Schedule and More

September 24, 2013

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Now that Tuesday has arrived, we’ll be getting a brief two-day respite from the NFL before we dive headlong into Week 4. In the meantime, there are plenty of storylines and issues to keep track of, so it’ll be a busy time during the quick turnaround. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players and developing news from around the league so we can get an idea of what to be expecting in the coming days. Here’s the latest.

Manning’s Historic Night: We’d be remiss if we didn’t touch on Peyton Manning’s incredible performance in a 37-21 victory against the Raiders on “Monday Night Football” last night. His final line was a ridiculous 32-of-37 passing for 327 yards and three touchdowns. That gives him 12 passing scores through three games, which beats Tom Brady’s record of 11 from 2011. He also hasn’t thrown an interception through those dozen scores, which ties Michael Vick’s record from 2010.
As if that weren’t enough, the Broncos also tied their own franchise record for consecutive regular-season home wins, with 14 straight (that record was set in ‘98, when Denver would go on to win a Super Bowl). They’ll get a chance to best that mark this week, when the Eagles come to town on Sunday.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/24/13

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Rams Injuries: With the quick turnaround before Week 4, there’s not much time to mull over injury issues. The Rams certainly have that problem this week, as there are several notable players who are ailing right now. Let’s take a look at a few of the names on the injury report.
We’ll start with Rodger Saffold, who is the team’s starting right tackle. He didn’t practice yesterday, as he’s fighting a sprained MCL that kept him out of Week 3. We probably won’t be seeing him Thursday.
Also missing practice was WR Chris Givens, who’s experiencing a knee issue. As yet, it’s believed he’ll recover in time to play Week 4.
Daryl Richardson, the team’s starting RB, has a more optimistic outlook. He was limited in practice yesterday, but should be able to make it onto the field Thursday. Richardson aggravated a foot injury on the first play during the Rams’ Week 3 loss to Dallas.

Burleson’s Accident: Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson was involved in an auto accident early this morning and broke his arm in two places. According to the report, he was attempting to pick up a pizza that was falling from his seat, and the movement caused him to slam his car into the median. According to police, there is no evidence of alcohol playing a factor in the crash. Chalk that one up as another strange non-sports injury.
Burleson will need to undergo surgery today to fix his arm, which is a noteworthy blow to the Lions receiving corps. Through three games thus far, he’s collected 239 yards on 19 grabs. He was coming off a nice 116-yard performance in a win against the Redskins during Week 3. We’ll have to see how this affects his season.

Week 4 Schedule: Now that Week 3 is in the rearview mirror, we can turn our eyes forward to Week 4. It’s set to be another good one, as there are plenty of interesting matchups on the schedule. Here’s a closer look at what’s coming up, and the networks on which you can catch your favorite teams.

Thursday:
49ers at Rams, 8:25 PM ET (NFL Network)

Sunday:
1:00 PM ET Games:
Ravens at Bills (CBS)
Cardinals at Buccaneers (FOX)
Steelers at Vikings (CBS)
Giants at Chiefs (FOX)
Colts at Jaguars (CBS)
Seahawks at Texans (FOX)
Bengals at Browns (CBS)
Bears at Lions (FOX)

Jets at Titans, 4:05 PM ET (CBS)

4:25 PM ET Games:
Redskins at Raiders (FOX)
Eagles at Broncos (FOX)
Cowboys at Chargers (FOX)

Patriots at Falcons, 8:30 PM ET (NBC)

Monday:
Dolphins at Saints, 8:40 PM ET (ESPN)

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