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

NFL Updates: Panthers Backfield, Rodgers, Week 11 Schedule and More

November 13, 2013

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Now that we’ve reached the brief lull between Weeks 10 and 11 in the NFL, we have a rare opportunity to slow down a bit and examine some of the ongoing storylines across the league. Here’s a look at some of the key players out there, as well as some insight as to what we should be expecting in the days to come.

Jermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay Packers: Unfortunate news out of Green Bay this morning: Finley’s football days are more than likely over. He’s set to have surgery on his C3 and C4 vertebrae on Friday and will spend the rest of the season on injured reserve. There’s little hope that he’ll be back with the Packers again, let alone on the playing field at all.
The neck injury came at a terrible time for Finley. He had shown some real spark this season, and had posted eight grabs for 147 yards and a TD in the two games before he got hurt. We’ll keep you posted on his situation as he recovers.

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

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DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers: The Panthers have a big game coming up on Monday against a very good Patriots team. One ongoing storyline here comes from the Panthers backfield, and the usual takeaway here is just how crowded it is. They’ve got Williams, whose carries have been steadily declining since the third game of the year; Jonathan Stewart, who has posted 84 yards on 22 carries in two games since his return, and Mike Tolbert, who has served as a touchdown vulture and regular red-zone option for most of the year.
You’ve also got to consider Cam Newton, who does a lot of rushing on his own. Though his yardage totals haven’t been huge over the past couple of weeks, he does have two rushing touchdowns in the last three games, and a total of four on the year.
The abundance of backfield talent sounds like a good thing, but it could also be looked at as a negative due to the fact that the Panthers lack a go-to option in specific situations. That could come back to bite them in the future, but for now they’re running high on their five straight wins.

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers: We haven’t gotten much news on Rodgers over the past couple of weeks, but here’s what we know. He’s dealing with a broken collarbone, and is “making progress” though we still don’t have a timeline or a target date for his return. This week on his radio show, Rodgers talked about being able to dress himself and sleep on his side, all small victories in the healing process.
If we go by the original projections (though nothing has been confirmed by the team), we’re looking at another 2-4 weeks before he’s back in action. Optimistically, that puts his return around Thanksgiving at the very earliest. We’ll keep you posted with any new info.

Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans: One quick note on Locker this morning: yesterday it was confirmed that he’ll be undergoing season-ending foot surgery. He’s dealing with a Lisfranc injury sustained in his team’s loss against the Jaguars.
In his place, the team will be relying on backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for the rest of the season.

NFL Week 11 Schedule: We’ve got a ton of very important games looming on the Week 11 NFL schedule, as the stakes get higher and higher each week. Here’s a closer look at the full slate of matchups, along with the start times and TV networks you can find the games on.

Week 11 Byes: Cowboys, Rams

Thursday, November 14:

8:25 PM ET:
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans (NFL Network)

Sunday, November 17:

1:00 PM ET Games:
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills (CBS)
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)
Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers (FOX)
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles (FOX)
Arizona Cardinals at Jacksonville Jaguars (FOX)
Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans (CBS)
Baltimore Ravens at Chicago Bears (CBS)
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)

4:05 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at Miami Dolphins (CBS)

4:25 PM ET Games:
Green Bay Packers at New York Giants (FOX)
Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks (FOX)
San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints (FOX)

8:30 PM ET:
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos (NBC)

Monday, November 18:

8:40 PM ET:
New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers (ESPN)

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