NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/19/14
NFL Updates: Bridgewater, Ravens, Off-Season Schedule and More
May 19, 2014
The weekend is over (unfortunately), but we can still look forward to another week of NFL news as the off-season continues on. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look around the league and check out what’s happening out there. Here’s the latest.
Bernard Pierce, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Those Ravens fans wanting to get a look at Pierce during OTAs and minicamp this summer will have to wait a while. He won’t be available for either event, as he’s still recovering from his off-season rotator cuff surgery. This move comes as a precaution, as a fall or hard hit could cause a setback. Pierce will likely be good to go by the time training camp rolls around though.
After a promising rookie campaign, Pierce regressed in 2013 with just 2.9 YPC. He had 152 rushes for 436 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
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Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings: Take this however you wish, but it’s looking like it’ll have a significant impact on the Vikings’ offense this season. Fresh out of the 2014 NFL Draft, new Vikes QB Teddy Bridgewater will be taking first-team reps immediately and will compete for the starting position in Minnesota.
Head coach Mike Zimmer recently praised Bridgewater’s leadership and athleticism, saying he was progressing at a “good pace.” The rookie’s main competition for the starting slot is journeyman Matt Cassel, who probably has just as much of a chance to win the job as Bridgewater does--at least initially.
Robert Mathis, LB, Indianapolis Colts: Over the weekend, we got some new details on the suspension of Colts LB Robert Mathis, and what it will mean to the team. The 12-year veteran was suspended for four games for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, and will serve his sentence through the first quarter of the year.
He’ll be absent for the big season opener against the Broncos, and also games against the Eagles, Jaguars and Titans.
Mathis’ positive test reportedly came from a drug called Clomid, which he says he took for fertility reasons.
Whatever the case, Mathis’ absence is a crippling blow to an already inept Colts pass rush. Without their star, Indy really has no secondary weapon to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. They’ll have to get creative through the first four games while he’s gone.
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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