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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 7/28/14

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

July 28, 2014

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It’s been a very interesting weekend in the NFL, and we’ve already seen some devastating (and encouraging) news for teams across the league. We’ve got plenty to look forward to this week as well, so with that said let’s take our daily look at some of the key players and headlines out there right now.

Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins: Let’s start things out today by heading to D.C. and checking out the Redskins’ offense, specifically the role of RB Alfred Morris.
There has been a lot of speculation this off-season as to what the ‘Skins’ offense will look like in 2014, as the hiring of former Bengals OC Jay Gruden has come with much uncertainty. Gruden has a history of relying on the pass--almost to a fault--and that aspect of his play-calling leads to many question marks for Morris and the rest of the Washington RB corps.
Morris doesn’t have much pass-catching experience in the NFL--he’s only caught 20 balls through two seasons. Whether or not he can adjust to a pass-heavy scheme remains to be seen, but there’s good news here as well. With the Redskins’ new run-blocking setup, he should see more daylight in which to make significant gains on the ground.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 7/28/14

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C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills: Now let’s move on to a rumor that’s gained some momentum over the past couple of days. Some sources close to the Bills are speculating that the team may end up dealing their No. 1 RB C.J. Spiller. It sounds crazy at first glance, but not so much when you break it down.
Spiller is entering the final year of his deal, and will likely cost more than the Bills are willing to pay for a renewal. They’ve also got two very capable backs behind him in Fred Jackson and Bryce Brown, either of whom could spearhead the offense (at a cheaper cost).
Of course, this is all just speculation at this point, but could end up happening over the next several weeks. We’ll keep you posted if anyone comes calling.

Weekend Injuries: Training camp just started for most teams, and the injury bugs are already piling up. Let’s take a look at a few of the injuries from the past couple of days.

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart will miss 2-4 weeks of action after pulling a hamstring before camp. He should be just fine for the opener, though.

Panthers RB Tyler Gaffney kept the bad news flowing this weekend after being diagnosed with a torn meniscus in his knee. He’ll need surgery and will miss the entire season. It’ll be a tough road back for the rookie sixth-rounder.

Bills TE Tony Moeaki is dealing with yet another injury. This time it’s his hamstring, and he’ll likely be out for a significant stretch of time.

Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson didn’t finish the team’s first padded practice yesterday. He watched from the sidelines with ice on his left knee. He’s coming off a torn patellar tendon.

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 This Month:

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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