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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 8/14/14

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

August 14, 2014

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The NFL preseason continues to hum along, and with every passing day we’re that much closer to Week 1 and the official start of the 2014 campaign. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the notable players out there this morning. Here’s the latest.

Gronkowski Update: Yesterday, we got a couple of nuggets on the proposed future of Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski. He’s reportedly got a 50 percent chance of playing in the first week of the regular season, according to sources close to the team.
The Patriots are being optimistic at this point that their big No. 1 TE will be healthy enough in time to play in the opener, but they’re also taking things carefully as he recovers from his ACL tear.
Gronkowski hasn’t had much luck when it comes to injuries over the past couple of seasons. In addition to the knee injury, he also missed out on some time due to his ongoing issues with his forearm. He played for just seven games in 2013.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 8/14/14

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Brees Update: There was a Drew Brees sighting yesterday, and it’s the most encouraging yet after the veteran QB suffered an oblique strain on August 1. He was able to participate in individual drills out on the practice field, but had to sit out when it was time for team work.
Brees has incrementally ramped up his participation and training each day for the past couple of weeks as he recovers from this injury, and it seems there’s a light at the end of the tunnel now. Despite the length of absence, the team still considers this condition to be minor; They’re just taking things extra-cautiously with their star QB.
After another awesome statistical year where he produced 5,162 yards, 39 touchdowns and a 68.6 completion percentage, we can’t really blame the Saints for taking things slow with Brees.

Bernard Outlook: One of the players we’re most excited to see during this 2014 NFL season is Bernard, as he seems poised in every way for a breakout season. According to sources close to the team, he’ll likely end up in the neighborhood of 300 touches, and will also receive a good chunk of goal-line work (hear that, fantasy owners?).
The Bengals coaching staff has had no shortage of compliments for Bernard this training camp, and it’s starting to look like he’s become a core member of their team.
Bernard posted 695 yards and five touchdowns on 170 rushing attempts last season, and should blow right by that in 2014.

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)

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