NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/30/14
NFL Updates: Buccaneers, Panthers, Off-Season Schedule and More
May 30, 2014
The weekend is at hand, and it hasn’t taken Friday too long to get here thanks to the shortened workweek. We’ve seen a lot of NFL activity over these past few days, and there’s plenty of news to go along. That said, let’s take our daily glance around the league and see what’s happening out there. Here’s the latest.
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Late this week, a promising report emerged on the health of Panthers QB Cam Newton. He’s done some throwing on the side during the team’s OTAs and it’s possible that he could be healthy enough to participate in the team’s mandatory minicamp, which takes place June 16-19.
Newton is coming off ankle surgery on March 19, and Panthers head coach Ron Rivera seems optimistic at his prospects for taking the field.
At the very least, we should see Newton on the field for training camp, and he should be just fine for the beginning of the season.
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Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions: After some interviews this week, we now have a clear idea of what Johnson was going through in the 2013 season. During that campaign, he had to have his knee drained on a weekly basis and his finger was stuck at a 90-degree angle. Thanks to his myriad of injuries, he wasn’t able to fully participate in 38 practices throughout the course of the year.
The good news is that Johnson is feeling much better this off-season and he looks like he’ll be relatively healthy heading into the new year. Even with the injury issues and missed time, he was still able to post 84 receptions for 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns in 14 games.
Glazer Dies at 85: Sad news out of Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers’ owner Malcolm Glazer passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 85. After purchasing the team in 1995, he helped guide the franchise toward relevance after years of futility in the NFL. Under Glazer’s direction, the team went to the playoffs seven times, won five postseason games and achieved the pinnacle of success with the Super Bowl title in the 2002 postseason.
Glazer leaves behind a wife, six children and 14 grandchildren. In his absence, his family will continue to operate the Bucs franchise.
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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