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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 8/20/14

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

August 20, 2014

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We’re creeping closer to the third round of preseason games in the NFL, and the excitement is at a fever-pitch. There’s plenty to keep us occupied while we’re waiting on those all-important matchups, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there.

Cardinals Outlook: Now that we’ve had a day to digest the mind-blowing news of Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett’s season-ending torn right ACL, Arizona can start the difficult process of moving on and preparing for the season without him.
The good news (if you can call it that) is that Dockett didn’t tear his MCL, which means he’ll be able to undergo corrective surgery sooner than he otherwise would have. It’ll also make his rehab a little bit easier.
As for the bad news, the Cardinals are now without their de facto defensive leader, and it’ll be difficult not seeing him on the field. The 33-year-old Dockett has only missed two games in his 10 years in the NFL--which all have been in Arizona--and has been a fixture on the team’s defense for the last decade. With Karlos Dansby and Daryl Washington gone as well, this squad may end up being a shadow of its former self. That’s bad news in such a grueling division.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 8/20/14


Broncos Updates: We’ve got a couple of nuggets from Broncos practice for you this morning, so let’s see what’s going on there.
New Bronco WR Emmanuel Sanders was not able to practice yesterday due to his quad injury, which isn’t terribly surprising. Sanders wasn’t able to participate in Sunday’s preseason game due to the condition.
On the bright side, RB Montee Ball was back out on the practice field yesterday. He took part in the non-contact portion of the festivities and was able to do some individual drills. He had an appendectomy a little over two weeks ago, but is expected to be ready for the season opener.

LeSean McCoy Status: It’s been a pretty distressing week for Eagles fans (not to mention fantasy football owners). After suffering a toe injury in practice last week, McCoy tweaked it in the preseason game last Friday. The pain caused him to miss some practice this week, but he and the coaching staff don’t seem to think it’s much of an issue.
McCoy got two MRIs on his injured toe just to make certain there wasn’t anything serious wrong with it, and he’s expected to hit the field for tomorrow’s game. He’s calling it a “small version of turf toe” but isn’t calling it severe.

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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