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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 10/19/13

NFL Updates: Tom Brady's Outlook, Week 7 Schedule and More

October 19, 2013

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We’ve got just one more day to wait before the bulk of the Week 7 games get going around the NFL. We’ve got some nice-looking matchups headed our way tomorrow, so it should make for a very interesting day out on the field. While we’re waiting for kickoff, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players and storylines happening out there. Here’s the latest.

C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills: An interesting matchup for AFC fans will be tomorrow’s Bills-Dolphins game, and Spiller will have a big effect on that one. He’s coming off another disappointing game in Week 6, totaling just 66 yards on 10 carries and two receptions. He was limited in the later parts of the game, and the speculation is that he re-injured his ankle.
The good news is that Spiller is probable for tomorrow’s big game, and he should be just fine to play. That said, it remains to be seen how big of a load fellow RB Fred Jackson will get. The two of them will need to establish a tempo on the ground if they’re going to hang with Miami.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 10/19/13

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Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: Let’s move on to the other big AFC East matchup out there tomorrow--the Patriots and Jets at MetLife Stadium. Brady comes into this game after throwing just one touchdown pass in his last pair of appearances, but he’s got to be optimistic right now. There are all sorts of reports out there saying TE Rob Gronkowski will be making his season debut tomorrow, which gives Brady a much-needed reliable target.
Also working in his favor is the Jets’ secondary. Not only are they dealing with a handful of injuries to that unit, but they were picked on relentlessly by Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger last week. A veteran like Brady should have no trouble picking out situations in which the Jets fail to provide safety help and will take advantage of the one-on-one matchups. If his O-line can hold up, he’ll have a solid game.

Mario Manningham, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Let’s take a moment to check in on Manningham and see how he’s coming in his return from injury. The good news here is that he’s been practicing this week, though he hasn’t been activated from the PUP list just yet so likely won’t be seeing the field in Week 7 against Tennessee. If things go well and he doesn’t suffer any setbacks, we could imagine a return to action in Week 8.
Manningham hasn’t been able to play since Week 16 of last season, when he tore ligaments in his knee. The Niners could definitely use his veteran presence back in their receiving corps.

Week 7 Schedule: With the Week 7 games just a day away, the tension is already high. Let’s take a look at the full schedule for tomorrow and Monday, as well as the TV networks and times you can catch each game.

Bye Week: Saints, Raiders

1:00 PM ET Games:
Buccaneers at Falcons (FOX)
Bears at Redskins (FOX)
Cowboys at Eagles (FOX)
Patriots at Jets (CBS)
Bills at Dolphins (CBS)
Chargers at Jaguars (CBS)
Rams at Panthers (FOX)
Bengals at Lions (CBS)

4:05 PM ET:
49ers at Titans (FOX)

4:25 PM ET:
Texans at Chiefs (CBS)
Ravens at Steelers (CBS)
Browns at Packers (CBS)

8:30 PM ET:
Broncos at Colts (NBC)

Monday, October 21:
8:40 PM ET:
Vikings at Giants (ESPN)

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