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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/29/14

NFL Updates: Cowboys Woes, Off-Season Schedule and More

May 29, 2014

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We’re getting close to the end of this shortened workweek, and even now with the NFL season still pretty far off, we’re seeing a relatively constant stream of information coming in from around the league. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look around the NFL and see which players and situations are making waves out there. Here’s the latest.

Sean Lee, LB, Dallas Cowboys: In a fit of bad luck that has defined the Cowboys franchise over recent years, Dallas lost their best defensive player--again--when Lee was injured on the first day of OTAs on Tuesday. Yesterday, word broke that he’d torn his ACL, which in a way is good news since it wasn’t a multi-ligament tear.
Lee has missed all sorts of time over the past two years due to neck, wrist and hamstring issues. This new injury came courtesy of first-round pick Zack Martin, who made contact with Lee in a supposedly non-contact drill.
We’ve yet to see a concrete timetable for Lee’s comeback, but typically torn ACLs take around 9-12 months after surgery. In the meantime, Dallas will have to scramble to find a replacement for his absence.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/29/14

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Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Last season, we were big fans of the Cardinals’ Andre Ellington (and he made it into this space quite a bit). Now it seems that Arizona coach Bruce Arians has jumped on the bandwagon as well, describing his playmaking RB as a No. 1 back and saying that he expects him to receive 25-30 touches per game.
We’ll believe Arians when we see that scenario play out on the field, but there’s no denying Ellington’s talent. In his 2013 rookie campaign, he posted a 5.5 yard average on runs and a 9.5 yard average on receptions through 157 touches.
If he can stay healthy, we can expect to see a lot more of him in 2014, which is great news for Cardinals fans.

Jermichael Finley, TE, Free Agent: Speaking of players who make it into this space on a regular basis, we have Finley again today--though he’s usually here for entirely different reasons than Ellington.
Finley underwent tests with the Green Bay Packers (his former team) yesterday, as the team is inching closer to making their mind up one way or another on whether or not they’ll bring him back for 2014.
Finley is coming off a spinal contusion which occurred this past October. He subsequently had his vertebrae fused through a surgical procedure.
In Finley’s absence, the Packers have been loading up on tight ends trying to fill the void. The team currently has seven TEs on their roster, most notably Andrew Quarless and draftee Richard Rodgers.
Other teams have shown some genuine interest in Finley as well this off-season, but the biggest hurdle has always been him gaining medical clearance first. We’d imagine the Packers have the inside track on getting him if he checks out, but we wouldn’t rule out a move, either.

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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