NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/7/13
NFL Updates: Reed, Jones and More
September 7, 2013
Now that we’ve had a day to rest and discuss the Broncos’ huge opening night win in the NFL’s first week, it’s time to turn our eyes forward to tomorrow’s matchups. There are some interesting games on the packed schedule, and we’ll be taking some time this morning to discuss a few of the noteworthy storylines out there. Let’s see what’s happening around the league as we gear up for the big day tomorrow.
Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets: We’ve been keeping our eye on the impending matchup between the Buccaneers and the Jets over the past week or so, not necessarily because we think either team is going to do a whole lot of damage in its respective division this season, but because there are several intriguing storylines at work here.
Ivory is one such player of interest, as his health concerns have relegated him to a backup role in the Big Apple. Bilal Powell is listed as the starter, but the more talented Ivory will reportedly get the majority of the goal-line work tomorrow. The Jets have a quick turnaround before seeing AFC East rival New England on Thursday, so they’ll be aiming to keep both backs fresh for that comparatively important game. In the meantime, it’ll be interesting to see how rookie QB Geno Smith fares tomorrow--not to mention the return of Darrelle Revis to MetLife Stadium.
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Long List of Injured Cardinals: Another game we’ve been talking up over the last few days is tomorrow’s Arizona-St. Louis matchup. Both teams are much improved over last season, and they’ll do battle to open up what should be a hotly-contested NFC West.
The Cardinals have a few things working against them as they hit the road for Week 1, but things could be worse. They’re pretty banged up injury-wise, with seven probables (most notably RB Rashard Mendenhall). Tight end Rob Housler won’t be seeing the field this week, as he’s already been ruled out with an ankle injury. The team has high hopes for him this season as another receiving option for new QB Carson Palmer, but it appears that Larry Fitzgerald will have to carry the load yet again. He should be used to that by now.
Jacoby Jones, WR, Baltimore Ravens: More bad news for the Ravens this morning. During the first half of Thursday’s opener against the Broncos, Jones was injured during a punt return when a teammate collided with him while he was trying to make a fair catch. He came out of the game and didn’t return. Well, the test results are back, and they’re not too good.
Jones has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL in his knee, and he’ll be out for the next 4-6 weeks. This is yet another blow to the Ravens’ depleted receiving corps, who looked out-of-sync with QB Joe Flacco in the Week 1 defeat. Fellow WR Marlon Brown is expected to step up in Jones’ absence.
Ed Reed, S, Houston Texans: Let’s check in on Reed for a few moments, as the injury information for Monday’s game against the Chargers is beginning to trickle in. He’s considered to be a game-time decision, thanks to his recovery from off-season hip surgery. His teammates don’t seem to be so hopeful for a return just yet, though. Jonathan Joseph was quoted as saying that he believes Reed will be out for Monday, but sounded hopeful for a return soon. Regardless, we don’t think the Texans will miss him too much for this one. San Diego shouldn’t provide much of a challenge.
Malcom Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers: Speaking of the Chargers, let’s check in on Floyd. He’s coming off a knee injury, but was able to practice yesterday and looks primed to hit the field against Houston. We’ll know more when the official reports come out today, but we’d imagine Floyd will be listed as probable.
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