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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/31/14

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

December 31, 2014

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We’re just a few days away from the NFL’s playoff schedule, as the action will start early Saturday evening. In the meantime we’ve got plenty to go over from teams who are still in the running to those eliminated a long time ago. Let’s take a moment to check out the latest headlines.

As the days go by, it’s looking more and more like Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell won’t be healthy enough to play on Saturday when the Ravens come to town.
The team signed ex-Brown and Viking Ben Tate to the roster yesterday, and he’ll likely be at least a minor contributor this weekend.
Besides Bell, the Steelers had Josh Harris and Dri Archer on the roster. Neither of those names elicits much confidence in a replacement capacity.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/31/14


The Patriots’ Brandon LaFell was unable to practice yesterday. He hurt himself in the Week 17 game against the Bills.
The good news is that LaFell’s foot injury isn’t considered to be serious, and he’ll have plenty of time to rest up before the Pats take the field again on January 10.

If Vikings coach Mike Zimmer gets his way, troubled RB Adrian Peterson will be back with the team next season. Zimmer said he’d “be in his corner” whenever Peterson’s suspension ends and whatever the team decides to do from there.
We won’t know Peterson’s fate for a few months at least. At the earliest, he would be eligible to come back April 15. Heading into 2015, he’ll have a cap number of $15.4 million.

The Jaguars fired their offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch yesterday. He’d been with the team for two seasons and was coming off a dismal 15.6 PPG average, which ranked last in the league.
Expect Jacksonville to be on the lookout for a quarterback guru who can work his magic with young QB Blake Bortles.

Speaking of the Jags, they’re not expected to re-sign WR Cecil Shorts next year. He played 13 games this year and came up with 53 grabs for 577 yards.

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:

AFC Championship
6:40 PM ET

Sunday, January 25:

Pro Bowl, 8:00 PM ET

Sunday, February 1:

Super Bowl:

6:30 PM ET

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