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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/30/14

NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Playoffs Schedule and More

December 30, 2014

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It was a little strange last night not having a “Monday Night Football” game, but we’ve still got plenty to look forward to in the coming week ahead of the Wild Card round of the playoffs. In the meantime, let’s check out some of the notable happenings out there and see what our favorite players are up to.

The Cardinals are holding out hope that Drew Stanton will be ready for the Wild Card game on Saturday against the Panthers.
The coaching staff reported yesterday that nothing has changed in their timetable for Stanton, who has been out for the past two weeks with a knee issue.
Whoever ends up under center for the Cardinals will face a tall order in Carolina--the Panthers absolutely destroyed the Falcons in Week 17.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/30/14

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The Vikings’ Jerick McKinnon says he plans on being ready for the team’s OTAs next year, and if he ends up healthy he could end up as the Vikings bell-cow rusher.
McKinnon missed out on the last five games of the year due to a lower-back injury. If Minnesota doesn’t bring back troubled RB Adrian Peterson, they could turn the page and go with McKinnon in 2015. He posted 538 rush yards on 113 carries in his rookie season.

The NFL suspended DT Ndamakong Suh for this weekend’s Wild Card game. He will be appealing the suspension.
Suh gets the punishment for stepping on QB Aaron Rodgers’ leg during the Week 17 game. The Lions will be taking on the Cowboys in their playoff matchup.

Steelers fans are intently watching the status of RB Le’Veon Bell this week. The good news is that the MRI on his injured knee came out clean with no damage to his ligaments. That said, the team isn’t all that optimistic that he’ll be able to play on Saturday against the Ravens.
Bell hyper-extended his knee in Sunday night’s win over the Bengals. He’s a key lynchpin in the Steelers’ attack and his absence will be felt significantly.
If Bell is indeed out, the RB duties will fall on Dri Archer and Josh Harris--quite a drop-off from the No. 1 spot.

NFL Playoffs Schedule: Here’s a look at the complete schedule for the next round of the NFL playoffs, along with the start times and TV networks you can catch the games on.

Wild Card Weekend:

Saturday, January 3:

4:35 PM ET:
Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers (ESPN)

8:15 PM ET:
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (NBC)

Sunday, January 4:

1:05 PM ET:
Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts (CBS)

4:40 PM ET:
Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys (FOX)

Divisional Playoffs:

Saturday, January 10:

4:35 PM ET:
TBA at New England Patriots (NBC)

8:15 PM ET:
TBA at Seattle Seahawks (FOX)

Sunday, January 11:

1:05 PM ET:
TBA at Green Bay Packers (FOX)

4:40 PM ET:
TBA at Denver Broncos (CBS)

Sunday January 18:

NFC Championship:
3:05 PM ET:
TBA at TBA (FOX)

AFC Championship
6:40 PM ET
TBA at TBA (CBS)

Sunday, January 25:

Pro Bowl, 8:00 PM ET

Sunday, February 1:

Super Bowl:

6:30 PM ET
TBA vs. TBA (NBC)

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