NFL News: Player News and Updates for 7/17/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 17, 2014
With training camps already kicking off around the NFL, the anticipation for the 2014 season is at a fever pitch. We’ll be getting rapid-fire news updates from now until the beginning of the year, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look at the headlines out there.
Greg Hardy, DE, Carolina Panthers: The Panthers got some bad news yesterday involving defensive end Greg Hardy. He was found guilty on assault charges, earning him a sentence of 18 months probation and a 60-day suspended sentence in jail.
Hardy will be appealing to superior court, which will offset his probation for the time being. That means he will be able to travel and play football while the appeals process works itself out. He’ll still likely get suspended by the league for violating the policy on personal conduct, though.
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Kyle Orton Released: The Cowboys made a big roster move yesterday, cutting ties with veteran QB Kyle Orton. The transaction marks the end of a long and drawn-out process involving much will-he-or-won’t-he speculation.
Orton had originally been contemplating retirement, according to reports. He’d also skipped out on physicals and some off-season activities this summer. The good news for him is that he gets to keep all of the $5 million signing bonus the Cowboys paid him back in 2012.
As for Dallas, they’ll now end up with Brandon Weeden as their backup QB, which isn’t really that much of a step backward.
Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals’ official website posted some interesting projections this week, so let’s dive into their speculation and check out what it could mean for Cincinnati.
Second-year RB Giovani Bernard is expected to receive around 230 carries this season, according to the site. That translates to 60 more than he got in his rookie season of 2013, and would average out to a little more than 14 per game. He’ll also get a lot of consideration in the passing game.
As for the remaining 240 or so projected carries the Bengals will have available this season, Jeremy Hill will likely get the majority. The rest will likely be divided between BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Rex Burkhead and maybe one other minor player.
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 16: First Rookie Training Camp Reporting Date
July 19: First Veteran Training Camp Reporting Date
July 23-27: Training Camps Open
September 4: First Game of the 2014 Season
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