NFL News: Player News and Updates for 10/2/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Schedule and More
October 2, 2014
Today’s the day. Week 5 in the NFL will be getting started this evening with “Thursday Night Football” between the Vikings and Packers, and the anticipation is palpable. In the meantime, let’s bide our time by taking our daily look around the league to see who’s making news out there. Here’s the latest.
It’s looking like Packers WR Jarrett Boykin is a lot worse off than the team originally thought. Not only is he out for tonight’s big divisional game against the Vikings, but there’s a decent chance that he could also be out of commission for Week 6 against the Dolphins.
Boykin is fighting off knee and groin injuries and has only two catches for 17 yards so far this year.
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The Colts will be shifting some things around on their offensive line this week, which could adversely affect their passing game.
Left guard Jack Mewhort will be out of action, and Lance Louis will slide over to that side to fill in. Hugh Thornton will jump in at right guard now that he’s back from injury.
This week, we’ll get to see what rookie WR sensation Sammy Watkins is all about. He’ll be facing a very tough challenge on Sunday, as his team will face the suffocating pass defense of the Detroit Lions.
Perhaps working in Watkins’ favor, however, is a high-profile switch from EJ Manuel to veteran Kyle Orton at QB. This weekend will offer a glimpse at the potential chemistry between Watkins and Orton, which could have a major impact on the Bills’ success this season.
Although the Falcons coaching staff remains optimistic that WR Harry Douglas will return to practice this week, he was forced to sit out of the session yesterday. Douglas is nursing a foot injury, a condition that caused him to miss out on Week 4.
He’s still trying to recapture the magic he had in the Falcons’ opener.
Here’s an interesting little tidbit of information: The Ravens’ Torrey Smith is leading the league when it comes to drawing pass interference penalties, as he’s caused defenders to get flags tossed on them five times this year. Those penalties have resulted in 98 yards for the Ravens.
Smith also led the league in this category during 2012, when he drew 16 penalties.
Week 5 NFL Schedule: It’s time to start looking forward to Week 5 in the NFL. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks you can catch the games on.
Bye Week: Dolphins, Raiders
Thursday, October 2, 2014:
8:25 PM ET:
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (CBS)
Sunday, October 5, 2014:
1:00 PM ET
Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers (FOX)
Cleveland Browns at Tennessee Titans (CBS)
St. Louis Rams at Philadelphia Eagles (FOX)
Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants (FOX)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (FOX)
Houston Texans at Dallas Cowboys (CBS)
Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions (FOX)
Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts (CBS)
Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars (CBS)
4:05 PM ET
Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos
4:25 PM ET
Kansas City Chiefs at San Francisco 49ers (CBS)
New York Jets at San Diego Chargers (CBS)
8:30 PM ET
Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots (NBC)
Monday, October 6, 2014:
8:30 PM ET
Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins (ESPN)
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