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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/1/15

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

January 1, 2015

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The calendar has officially flipped to 2015, but for NFL fans the only date that matters is January 3, which will mark the beginning of the playoffs. We’ve still got a couple more days of speculation to get through before we kick off, so with that said let’s check out the headlines in our daily wrap-up.

The Bengals Jermaine Gresham was not able to practice with the team yesterday. He’s coming off a back injury and as of right now there’s no word on his potential status for the Sunday game against Indianapolis.
Gresham has five touchdowns in the last seven games alone.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/1/15


The Colts’ Reggie Wayne was able to practice yesterday, which is good news for his weekend status. The veteran WR left the Week 17 victory due to a groin injury and should be okay for Sunday.

Hmm, this is interesting--and unsettling if you’re a Broncos fan. QB Peyton Manning missed out on yesterday’s practice session due to his thigh injury, which marked his second consecutive day of absence.
Although there’s no real basis to think Manning would be sidelined for the Broncos’ first playoff game, he’s never taken two consecutive days off practice this year. This will be a situation to watch.

Although Steelers fans really would like him to contribute, even Ben Roethlisberger says it’s unrealistic to think that newly-acquired RB Ben Tate will be able to do a whole lot against the Ravens this weekend.
Roethlisberger alluded to a specific package of plays designed for Tate--something he could learn quickly--so we may see him in certain situations and rehearsed setups.
Aside from Tate, the Steelers have Josh Harris and Dri Archer on the roster to replace the injured Le’Veon Bell.

Back to the Colts for a moment--TE Dwayne Allen was able to return to practice yesterday. He missed out on Week 17 due to a knee issue.
The Colts will definitely want Allen back on the field and working in tandem with fellow TE Coby Fleener.

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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