NFL News: Player News and Updates for 11/3/13
NFL Updates: Bears-Packers Injuries, Colts-Texans Storylines and More
November 3, 2013
Today’s the day. The NFL will continue the Week 9 action in the coming hours, and we should be seeing some very interesting happenings out there on the field. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the news-making players and ongoing storylines out there as we get set for kickoff. Here’s the latest.
What to Watch Tonight: The Colts and Texans will face off tonight on NBC in what’s sure to be an interesting game. Indianapolis comes into this one off a bye week, and the glaring question mark is the season-ending injury to No. 1 WR Reggie Wayne, who went down in Week 7 against the Broncos. No one is really sure what the Colts offense will look like without him, but names like Trent Richardson and T.Y. Hilton come to mind as likely candidates to fill in the gaps. Darrius Heyward-Bey is questionable, but if he can make it onto the field he’ll have a major role in the offense.
As for Houston, the main concern is Arian Foster. He’s the lone questionable designation on the injury report, and will be a game-time decision. Expect a heavy dose of Ben Tate if he’s out or limited--which is also bad news for Houston. Tate is dealing with broken ribs.
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Bears-Packers Injuries: “Monday Night Football” will be a good one this week, as the Bears and Packers will battle for supremacy in the NFC North tomorrow night. Games between these two teams are always fun to watch, so let’s take a closer look at the injury reports on both sides and try to predict what impact they’ll have on the matchup.
LB Lance Briggs and QB Jay Cutler will be out for this one, with WR Joe Anderson as the lone questionable candidate. LB Blake Costanzo, S Major Wright and CB Charles Tillman are the three probables.
For Green Bay, TE Jermichael Finley and LB Clay Matthews are out as expected. WR James Jones is questionable, LB Nick Perry is doubtful, and the three probable designations here are TE Ryan Taylor, CB Cam Shields and LB Brad Jones.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys: We’ve been keeping an eye on Murray all week, and it seems he’ll be able to hit the field today. He’s got a good matchup looming against the Vikings as well, which should inject some faith into Cowboys fans who are desperate for a win after the disastrous finish against the Lions last week.
Minnesota isn’t too good against the run, which bodes well for Murray, who posted 72 rush attempts for 356 yards and a score in the first three weeks of the season. He’s also got a TD in each of his last two games. A convincing win here would help the Cowboys gain a significant foothold in the wide-open NFC East.
NFL Week 9 Schedule: With the razor-close result in Thursday’s game, Week 9 is off to a compelling start. Here’s one last look at the full slate of games, as well as the networks and times you can catch all the action.
Week 9 Byes: Broncos, Cardinals, Jaguars, Lions, Giants, 49ers
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)
8:40 PM ET:
Bears at Packers (ESPN)
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