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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/2/15

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

January 2, 2015

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Now that we’ve recovered from the New Year’s festivities, it’s time to start looking forward to the NFL playoffs, which begin late tomorrow afternoon. Before we get settled and await Wild Card Weekend, let’s check out some of the notable happenings from around the league.

The Lions’ Nick Fairley was able to return to practice yesterday. It was his first session since hurting his knee in Week 8.
That said, the team still doesn’t expect Fairley to be able to play on Sunday against Dallas, so it’s a good thing they’ll be getting Suh back.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/2/15

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Let’s check out a couple of news items from the Bengals. TE Jermaine Gresham missed out on practice yesterday, which was his second consecutive absence. If he’s not able to play, it’ll be a huge blow to the offense. Gresham has found a groove in recent weeks.
Also, a bit of good news. A.J. Green was able to return to practice yesterday. He sat Wednesday’s session due to a concussion.
Green will be continuing the league’s protocols over the next couple of days. We doubt we’ll know his status for sure until Sunday.

Here’s a potential bombshell out of Arizona. Veteran WR Larry Fitzgerald is not expecting to be back with the team in 2015, according to sources close to the Cardinals.
Fitzgerald reportedly is not content with his current role in the offense (in the slot) and isn’t happy unless he’s the top dog in the receiving corps.
All of that said, the Cards aren’t planning on releasing Fitzgerald, at least not at this point. He carries a $23.6 million cap hit, however, so we could see some additional developments in the off-season.

Back to the Lions for a moment--WR Calvin Johnson was able to practice on a limited basis yesterday. He’s dealing with an ankle injury.

The Steelers’ Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor were both able to practice in full yesterday, which is great news for the team. Polamalu has a knee issue and Taylor has shoulder and forearm injuries.

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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