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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/25/13

NFL Updates: Rodgers, Playoff Standings, Week 17 Schedule and More

December 25, 2013

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We’re heading into the final week of the NFL regular season, with the majority of teams finishing up their years on Sunday. To the lucky few who qualify for the playoffs, they’ll be the focal point of all the NFL news heading forward. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few of the noteworthy happenings around the league right now. Here’s the latest.

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers: The long and sordid story of Aaron Rodgers’ collarbone will reach its regular-season conclusion tomorrow, as the team is expected to make an announcement as to his status for Week 17 then.
For the record, Rodgers has said that he feels great and has been doing well at practice. There’s at least a chance that he could be activated--the NFC North and a playoff berth are on the line this weekend against Chicago--but we wouldn’t count on it. Matt Flynn will take the snaps once again if Rodgers can’t go. He’s been out since November 4.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/25/13

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Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: We’ve talked about Thomas--and the entire Broncos offense, really--quite a bit this season, but let’s take a moment to visit his stellar statistics and appreciate just what he’s been able to do as the standout star on a WR-packed offense.
In Thomas’ last nine games, he has eight touchdowns. He’s also broken the century mark in four of his last seven outings. On the year, he’s looking at 86 receptions for 1317 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Broncos really don’t have a whole lot to play for this weekend in Oakland, so they’ll probably take their foot off the proverbial gas pedal. Still, you can expect Thomas to get at least a few grabs and hit the ground running in the playoffs.

NFL Playoff Picture: Even though we’re heading into the final week of the season, there are plenty of additional playoff scenarios that can play out and affect the overall outcome. Needless to say, it’ll be a very interesting weekend. Here’s a snapshot of how things look right now.

AFC Standings:
1. Denver Broncos 12-3 (Clinched AFC West)
2. New England Patriots 11-4 (Clinched AFC East)
3. Cincinnati Bengals 10-5 (Clinched AFC North)
4. Indianapolis Colts 10-5 (Clinched AFC South)
5. Kansas City Chiefs 11-4 (Clinched Wild Card 1)
6. Miami Dolphins 8-7 (Wild Card 2)

In the Hunt: Baltimore Ravens (8-7) San Diego Chargers (8-7)

NFC Standings:
1. Seattle Seahawks 12-3 (Lead West; Clinched Berth)
2. Carolina Panthers 11-4 (Lead South; Clinched Berth)
3. Philadelphia Eagles 9-6 (Lead East)
4. Chicago Bears 8-7 (Lead North)
5. San Francisco 49ers 11-4 (Wild Card 1; Clinched Berth)
6. New Orleans Saints 10-5 (Wild Card 2)

In the Hunt: Arizona Cardinals (10-5), Dallas Cowboys (8-7), Green Bay Packers (7-7-1)

NFL Week 17 Schedule: Now that Week 16 has concluded, we can focus on the last round of games out there. The action will be coming fast and furious this Sunday, so if your team’s not bound for the playoffs, you’ll need to bid them farewell in Week 17. Here’s the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.

Sunday, December 29, 2013:

1:00 PM ET:
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons (FOX)
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears (FOX)
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans (CBS)
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)
Washington Redskins at New York Giants (FOX)
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (FOX)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts (CBS)
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins (CBS)
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings (FOX)
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots (CBS)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (FOX)

4:25 PM ET:
Denver Broncos At Oakland Raiders (CBS)
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals (FOX)
Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers (CBS)
St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks (FOX)

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