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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 11/2/13

NFL Updates: Blackmon, Injury Issues, Week 9 Schedule and More

November 2, 2013

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We’ve got just one more day left before the majority of games on the NFL’s Week 9 schedule get started, and the anticipation is high. Even though it’s a heavy bye-week, we’ll be seeing some important matchups taking place that will shape the standings in divisions all across the league. With that in mind, let’s check in on some of the important players and news-making items from the NFL this morning. Here’s the latest.

Geno Atkins, DT, Cincinnati Bengals: On top of the sour taste of their 22-20 loss to the Dolphins, the Bengals got some more bad news yesterday concerning Atkins. An MRI revealed that he had sustained a torn ACL, and will miss the rest of the season.
Atkins finishes the year with six sacks and 20 tackles.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 11/2/13

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Justin Blackmon, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Later in the day yesterday, word broke that Blackmon had been suspended indefinitely without pay for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. This was his second suspension this year, as he missed the first four weeks of the season and was only able to play in four games before this most recent incident.
Blackmon will be eligible to be reinstated for the 2014 season, but he’s going to need to make some changes if he wants to stay on the field next year. He’s a top-level talent, but comes with an enormous amount of baggage. In the meantime, expect to see an increase in reps for Jags WR Mike Brown.

Saints Defense Injuries: One of the matchups we’re looking forward to tomorrow features the New Orleans Saints heading to Jersey to face the Jets. New York may have caught a break here (though they’re pretty beat-up themselves), as the Saints are dealing with several notable injuries on the defensive side of the ball.
The ailing players include a trio of probable designations: DL Akiem Hicks (knee), DB Malcolm Jenkins (knee) and LB David Hawthorne.
Five more are considered questionable and could end up sitting out tomorrow afternoon: those players include DL members Tom Johnson, Tyrunn Walker (knee) and Cameron Jordan (ankle). In the secondary, Roman Harper (knee) and Kenny Vaccaro (concussion, back) are also questionable.

Chiefs Health: Kansas City will continue their quest to remain undefeated tomorrow, going for a perfect 9-0 in Buffalo against the Bills. Fortunately for KC, they’re going into the game pretty healthy. Perhaps most importantly, superstar running back Jamaal Charles has been ruled as probable, as have Dwayne Bowe and Donnie Avery.
As a matter of fact, just about everyone on the report--save Mike Catapano--looks like they’ll be playing, with Anthony Fasano, Eric Fisher, Kendrick Lewis, Dezman Moses, Ron Parker, Anthony Sherman and Sean McGrath all earning probable designations as well.

NFL Week 9 Schedule: With the Dolphins pulling out a surprise victory over the Bengals on Thursday, Week 9 is already off to a competitive start. We’ve got just one more day to wait before the main slate of games gets started, so here’s a look a the full schedule, as well as the start times and TV networks you can catch the action on.

Week 9 Byes: Broncos, Cardinals, Jaguars, Lions, Giants, 49ers

Tomorrow:

1:00 PM ET Games:
Falcons at Panthers (FOX)
Vikings at Cowboys (FOX)
Saints at Jets (FOX)
Titans at Rams (CBS)
Chiefs at Bills (CBS)
Chargers at Redskins (CBS)

4:05 PM ET Games:
Eagles at Raiders (FOX)
Buccaneers at Seahawks (FOX)

4:25 PM ET Games:
Ravens at Browns (CBS)
Steelers at Patriots (CBS)

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

Monday, November 4:

8:40 PM ET:
Bears at Packers (ESPN)

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