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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/17/14

NFL Updates: Mathis, Rams RBs, Off-Season Schedule and More

May 17, 2014

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Surprisingly, there’s been quite a bit of additional activity in the NFL over the course of this first post-draft week. We saw some notable signings and other news items emerging as the trickle of headlines continues on our quest toward the 2014 campaign. With that in mind, here’s our daily look around the league.

Mathis Facing Suspension: The big news from yesterday was that the Colts’ star pass rusher Robert Mathis will be slapped with a suspension. Here’s basically what it boils down to: He’s reportedly in violation of the league’s PED policy and will be sitting out the first four games of the 2014 season.
Mathis had a stellar season last year, making Pro Bowl status with 19 ½ sacks in 16 games.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/17/14

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Browns Cut Little: Amid the Browns’ WR moves this week, this news doesn’t come as much of a surprise. The team released 2011 second-round draft pick Greg Little after a few frustrating seasons in the league.
Little was known more for his dropped pass tendencies than he was for his game-breaking abilities, which contributed mightily to his downfall in Cleveland. He wouldn’t have cost much (just $753,750), but the additions of Miles Austin and Earl Bennett to the team’s WR corps (along with character questions) likely sealed his fate. We’ll see where he goes from here.

Rams RB Moves: St. Louis has made some waves late this week with their roster moves in the backfield. First off, there was the release of Daryl Richardson, which would have come as a surprise to a time-traveler from last year, when he was billed as the heir apparent to Steven Jackson and the bell-cow of the backfield. His ugly 2013 (215 rushing yards in eight games) didn’t win him any favor. The Jets picked him up on waivers yesterday.
The team also reportedly shopped No. 3 RB Isaiah Pead during the draft last weekend as well, but couldn’t find any takers. Someone was bound to be on the chopping block as the Rams head into what will be a much-publicized training season, and that person was Richardson.

Rookie Minicamps: The minicamps are in full swing around the league for the new crop of arrivals, and hopes are high for everyone at this point in the schedule. 26 teams are conducting minicamp activities this weekend, so it’ll serve as a good opportunity to see what each squad has in its incoming class.
There are six NFL teams not doing anything with their rookies this weekend. Let’s check out their minicamp schedules:

Minicamp May 23-25: Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers
Minicamp May 24-26: Kansas City Chiefs
No Minicamp: Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants

Week 1 Schedule: Now that the schedules have been released, we can start looking forward to the on-field action as we warm up for the 2014 campaign. Here’s a look at the first week of the season, which begins September 4.

Thursday, September 4, 2014:

8:30 PM ET:
Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks (NBC)

Sunday, September 7, 2014:

1:00 PM ET:
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons (FOX)
Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams (FOX)
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles (CBS)
Oakland Raiders at New York Jets (CBS)
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (CBS)
Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears (FOX)
Washington Redskins at Houston Texans (FOX)
Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (CBS)

4:25 PM ET:
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)
San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys (FOX)

8:30 PM ET:
Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos (NBC)

Monday, September 8, 2014:

7:10 PM ET:
New York Giants at Detroit Lions (ESPN)

10:20 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals (ESPN)

NFL Off-Season Key Dates: We’re now back to full-on anticipation mode for the 2014 campaign. Here’s a look at some of the noteworthy dates from this off-season period that should keep us occupied until the league kicks off again.

Important 2014 Dates Remaining:

July 24: Training Camp Opens
September 4: First Game of the 2014 Season

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