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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/7/16

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

January 7, 2016

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The countdown to the first round of the NFL Playoffs stands at just two days, and there’s a lot to digest in the meantime. Let’s take our daily look at the headlines and see what everyone’s talking about right now.

The Bengals’ Marvin Jones has officially been removed from the injury report and will be good to go for Saturday’s Wild Card game against the Steelers.
Jones is getting over a hamstring injury.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/7/16

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The Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch was able to put in a full practice yesterday. As long as he doesn’t re-aggravate his abdomen injury, he should be fine for Sunday’s matchup against the Vikings.
With Christine Michael playing well, it’s likely he will split reps with Lynch. We’ll see how that goes on Sunday.

Looks like the Saints are going to stick with the status quo in 2016. Head coach Sean Payton will be back, ending speculation that he will migrate to another team.
The Giants and Niners were thought to be possible landing spots for Payton, but he’ll be back in New Orleans next year to give it another go. His leash will be short, however, coming off two straight losing seasons. He’s got two more years left on his contract as well.

The Texans have a couple of question marks at wide receiver this weekend. Nate Washington was not able to practice yesterday due to his hip injury. He did, however, do some solo work off to the side.
Cecil Shorts is also banged up, which leaves Jaelen Strong as the team’s next healthy receiver in line.

In something of a surprise development, the Lions’ Calvin Johnson released a telling statement yesterday, confirming he is contemplating retirement before 2016.
Johnson’s body has taken a beating over the years, and though he’s not yet 31, he could decide he’s simply too worn down to continue. He’s made plenty of money in his career and has done some amazing things on the field.
That said, the drive to compete could bring Johnson back once he gets to feeling better this off-season.

NFL Playoffs Schedule: Let’s take a look at the upcoming round of games on the NFL playoffs schedule, along with the start times and TV networks you can catch them on.

Wild Card Weekend

Saturday, January 9, 2016:

4:35 PM ET:
Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans (ESPN)

8:15 PM ET:
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals (8:15 PM ET)

Sunday, January 10, 2016:

1:05 PM ET:
Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings (NBC)

4:40 PM ET:
Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins (FOX)

Divisional Playoffs

Saturday, January 16, 2016:

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

8:15 PM ET:
TBA at Arizona Cardinals (NBC)

Sunday, January 17, 2016:

1:05 PM ET:
TBA at Carolina Panthers (FOX)

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

Conference Championships

Sunday, January 24, 2016:

TBA at TBA

Pro Bowl

Sunday, January 31, 2016:
Team Rice vs. Team Irvin (ESPN)

Super Bowl

Sunday, February 7, 2016:
6:30 PM ET:
TBA vs. TBA (CBS)

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