NFL News: Player News and Updates for 8/31/13
NFL Updates: Brown, Foster and More
August 31, 2013
The official countdown to the NFL regular season opener now sits at just five days; Thursday’s matchup between the Ravens and Broncos will open the floodgates to a big weekend of action around the league. In the meantime, there are plenty of developing storylines to visit, so let’s check in on a few players and see what’s happening out there this morning. Here’s the latest.
Darrelle Revis, CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: One of the Buccaneers’ more interesting stories from this off-season was their acquisition of talented cornerback Darrelle Revis from the New York Jets. The one major drawback to the pickup was the fact that he’s coming off a torn ACL suffered early last season. Revis wasn’t able to take the field during the preseason, but by all indications he’ll be ready to go when the Buccaneers head to New Jersey to face the Jets in the Week 1 opener on Sunday.
Tampa Bay’s new toy is likely very much looking forward to a matchup against his former team. Not only will the familiar surroundings ease Revis’ transition back into NFL-level play, but the Jets’ question marks at QB will only serve to soften his potential competition.
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Andre Brown, RB, New York Giants: Uh-oh. It appears we’ve got a five-alarm situation in the Giants backfield. Brown will reportedly be sidelined for 4 to 6 weeks following a fractured leg suffered in Thursday’s preseason game. It’s the same injury he suffered last season, though this one is apparently not as bad. This creates some interesting lineup scenarios for the Giants, as they could potentially designate him for IR and clear up another roster spot, but Brown wouldn’t be able to return to game action for eight weeks.
Whatever the case, they’ll have to decide quickly. The deadline to parse the rosters to 53 by 6 PM ET today.
Jets QB Situation: Now it’s time for yet another dose of drama from the most interesting team that’s nowhere near the top of the standings (much less the middle of the standings). Even though incumbent starting QB Mark Sanchez is still listed as day-to-day with an injured shoulder, word broke yesterday that he’s not likely to be ready for the Jets’ season opener against the Buccaneers.
That leaves the door wide open for rookie Geno Smith to make his NFL debut in Week 1, even though he’s been less than impressive throughout the preseason. Head coach Rex Ryan has gone out of his way to not name an official starter, leaving himself open to repeated jabs from the media (which look like they’ve taken their toll on his sanity). Sanchez is scheduled for another examination this weekend, but don’t expect that to lead to an announcement. This mess will probably carry through at least the first part of the regular season.
Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: Much has been made over Foster’s injured back the past couple of weeks, and we’ll have to wait until Monday night to see how the Texans handle it. In addition to his back injury, he’s been dealing with a calf issue this off-season, and the ailments have kept him out of any game action thus far. We’d imagine Houston will limit Foster through the first few weeks and rely a little more on backup RB Ben Tate.
On the positive side, Ed Reed is expected to come off the PUP list today. We’ll know if he’s good to go for Week 1 in the coming days.
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