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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 7/3/14

NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More

July 3, 2014

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As we cruise toward the holiday weekend, we’ve got some brand-new NFL news to take with us. We’ve seen plenty of developments over the past couple of weeks, which will have a direct impact on the training camp season as well as the upcoming year. That said, let’s take our daily look around the league to see what’s happening out there.

Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints: It looks like you can forget about a “WR/TE” designation for Graham in your fantasy league this year. An arbitrator ruled on the side of the Saints yesterday, determining that Graham is a tight end--and not a wide receiver, as his camp attempted to prove--and will earn the franchise tag under that designation.
The ruling is huge for both player and team, as it’s a salary difference of $5 million in this year alone. We probably haven’t seen the last of this story, though, as Graham and company will likely appeal the decision.
Then there’s also the matter of the Saints and Graham working out a long-term deal. That’s due to be ironed out by July 15, and with this new decision we may even see a training-camp holdout on the horizon.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 7/3/14

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Kiko Alonso, LB, Buffalo Bills: Bad news for Alonso and the Bills this morning. The team confirmed yesterday that he had torn his left ACL and in all likelihood will miss the entire 2014 season.
Alonso will be set for surgery very soon and will then move on to rehab. In his place, expect to see more of both Nigel Bradham and Preston Brown, as they’re the frontrunners to step up into that position.

Tyrann Mathieu, DB, Arizona Cardinals: Speaking of ACL injuries, Mathieu is reportedly getting very close to being able to resume football activities after his, which he suffered last year. He tore his ACL and LCL in 2013, but managed to start 11 games and record 68 total tackles with a pair of interceptions before then.
Even with the good news, we don’t expect to see Mathieu as a full participant in training camp. The coaching staff has been targeting an Oct. 1 return for the second-year man, and we’ll have to wait and see if he can beat that estimate.

McClain Deal: One minor (yet interesting) note from yesterday’s NFL overview: The Cowboys picked up troubled LB Rolando McClain from the Ravens along with a seventh-round draft pick, sending a sixth-round selection to Baltimore in exchange.
With Sean Lee out, it’s not hard to see why the Cowboys are grasping at anything they can get, but McClain likely won’t even make the roster. We’ll have to see.

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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