NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/31/13
NFL Updates: Calvin Johnson Injury, Complete Playoffs Schedule and More
December 31, 2013
Now that we’ve had a day to catch our collective breath after an intense Week 17 in the NFL, we can get back to business by checking out the upcoming matchups in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. We’ve got four games to look forward to this weekend, so it should be a pretty entertaining couple of days. In the meantime, let’s check in on some of the notable players and happenings out there in the NFL.
David Wilson, RB, New York Giants: There’s still a bit of uncertainty surrounding the Giants backfield heading into this off-season, specifically with Wilson. According to the team, he’ll be getting evaluated by doctors during the near future, and will make a decision regarding surgery. If he does indeed go under the knife, he’ll have a chance to be ready for the beginning of the 2014 season.
That said, it seems like Wilson’s prognosis could change quite a bit before things are ironed out. There’s been some concern about whether or not he should even try to play again. Whatever the case, the Giants will have to figure out a plan for RB next year. Brandon Jacobs, Andre Brown and Peyton Hillis will all be unrestricted free agents.
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Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans: After a rough season, the Texans will most likely be without Tate, who put in four years with the team after being drafted in 2010. He tweeted yesterday about cleaning out his locker and said “odds are I won’t be back.”
Tate started seven games for the Texans this season. He finished 2013 with 181 rushes for 771 yards and four touchdowns. There’s no telling what the free agent market is going to look like just yet, but odds are Tate will be able to find a landing spot at least as a timeshare-type back.
Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions: The Lions’ unfortunate self-implosion coincided with Johnson’s health deterioration late this season. The beastly wide receiver posted just 12 catches for 193 yards in a three-week span before sitting out the finale with a knee injury. In all, he posted 84 receptions for 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns in 14 games.
Outgoing coach Jim Schwartz said earlier this week that Johnson would “probably” need knee surgery, so he’ll have to spend some off-season time rehabbing. Regardless, it’s going to be a very different-looking team in Detroit next season as they try to regain relevance in a sketchy NFC North.
NFL Playoffs Schedule: It’s almost playoff time, and the anticipation is running high. Here’s a look at the complete schedule of games for each round of the playoffs, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each matchup.
WILD CARD ROUND:
Saturday, January 4, 2014:
4:35 PM ET:
Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts (NBC)
8:10 PM ET:
New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles (NBC)
Sunday, January 5, 2014:
1:05 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)
4:40 PM ET:
San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers (FOX)
Saturday, January 11, 2014:
4:35 PM ET:
Lowest NFC Seed at Seattle Seahawks (FOX)
8:15 PM ET:
Highest AFC Seed at New England Patriots (CBS)
Sunday, January 12, 2014:
1:05 PM ET:
Higest NFC Seed at Carolina Panthers (FOX)
4:40 PM ET:
Lowest AFC Seed at Denver Broncos (CBS)
Other Notable Dates:
AFC Championship: January 19, 2014 (CBS)
NFC Championship: January 19, 2014 (FOX)
Super Bowl XLVIII: February 2, 2014 (FOX)
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