NFL News: Player News and Updates for 8/25/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 25, 2014
Now that another full weekend of NFL preseason football has passed, we can start focusing on the final warm-up games in preparation for the regular season. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the interesting happenings out there.
Welker Outlook: Now that we’ve had a full day to digest Denver Bronco WR Wes Welker’s latest injury, it’s time to attemtp to figure out what this will mean for him and the team.
On Saturday during Denver’s 18-17 loss to Houston, Welker took a shot to the head and was taken to the locker room by trainers. Subsequent tests showed that he had sustained another concussion.
This is Welker’s third concussion in less than a year; He sustained a pair in a two-month window during the 2013 season. That’s bad news for the Broncos receiving corps, and even worse news for his overall health. This could put his season--not to mention his career--in jeopardy.
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Vikings QB Competition: There’s little doubt out there that Matt Cassel has played his way into the Vikings’ No. 1 QB position, but the coaching staff is playing coy when asked to admit it officially.
Vikes coach Mike Zimmer continues to refrain in giving Cassel the nod publicly, but by all indications that’s pretty much where we’re at.
Cassel played pretty well in his most recent outing, a 30-12 win over the Chiefs in Minnesota’s third preseason game. Rookie and starting QB challenger Teddy Bridgewater didn’t even get to hit the field until the third quarter. It’s looking more and more like he’ll be sitting--at least for a while--as Cassel tries to pump some life into the Vikings’ passing game.
Steve Smith Outlook: New Raven and veteran NFL wide-out Steve Smith was a busy man this weekend. He caught six of seven targets from Baltimore QB Joe Flacco, logging 80 yards and a touchdown all together.
It looks like Flacco and Smith are quickly developing some solid chemistry, which is a very good sign for the Baltimore passing game.
Smith is coming off a 64-catch, 745-yard season in Carolina, and he’s got a legitimate shot at equaling those totals in Baltimore. As another legitimate deep threat beside Torrey Smith, the Ravens vertical offense just got a lot more dangerous with their new veteran.
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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