NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/8/13
Daily NFL Updates: Injury Reports, Gronkowski and More
September 8, 2013
Even though the season has technically already begun, today feels like the real opener of the NFL season. We’ve got a full slate of games on tap for today, and plenty of interesting (and potentially important) matchups peppered in. While we wait out the last few hours before kickoff, let’s take a glance around the league and check in on some of the noteworthy situations out there. Here’s the latest.
Oher Injury: Good news for the Ravens this morning--and they could use some. The ankle injury to star right tackle Michael Oher isn’t considered serious. He’s been tested over the past couple of days since Baltimore’s Week 1 loss to Denver and it’s looking like he should be fine going forward.
Now that Oher is okay, the Ravens need to put the opener behind them and focus on Week 2. They’ll be matched up against the Browns, which will be a prime opportunity to gain some early traction in the division. That one is September 15 at 1:00 ET.
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Texans Injury List: Yesterday we got to see Houston’s injury report for their opener tomorrow night against San Diego, and the good news is that it mostly consists of probable designations. Some of the notables on that list include Brian Cushing, A.J. Bouye, Garrett Graham, DeAndre Hawkins and Bryce McCain.
Of course, the elephant in the room is undoubtedly Arian Foster, who heads into tomorrow night’s game probable as well. He hasn’t been able to play in a game yet, but should receive a decent amount of action against the Chargers. Foster will have to cede majority carries with Ben Tate, however, so don’t expect a feature role.
Chargers Probables: While we’re at it, let’s check in on the Chargers injury report as well. It’s full of probable designations, with the exception of rookie LB Manti Te’o, who is out with a foot injury.
Among the banged-up players who are expected to hit the field are Malcom Floyd, Eddie Royal and Brandon Taylor.
Gronkowski Won’t Play: According to a report that emerged yesterday, Pats fans can forget about a miraculous Week 1 comeback for No. 1 TE Rob Gronkowski. He apparently didn’t travel with the team to Buffalo, but is listed on the injury report as doubtful.
That makes sense. Gronkowski just recently started practicing again, and pretty much no one predicted he’d be ready for the opener. That said, we wouldn’t completely rule out a Week 2 return, but Week 3 sounds a little more likely at this point. We’ll see.
Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, New York Giants: According to reports that emerged yesterday, Pierre-Paul will, in all likelihood, be playing in his team’s opener against Dallas tonight. He was originally tagged as a game-time decision, but it would seem the team has already reached a conclusion.
Pierre-Paul is coming off back surgery and didn’t hit the field at all in the preseason. As a matter of fact, he didn’t even start practicing until Wednesday. Still, if he’s healthy enough, he should be able to contribute. Just expect to wait a few weeks for him to return to 2012 form (6.5 sacks), much less 2011 form (16.5 sacks).
Today’s Schedule: Here’s a quick look at the schedule for the remaining games, and where you can find your favorite teams.
1:00 ET Games:
Patriots at Bills (CBS)
Titans at Steelers (CBS)
Falcons at Saints (FOX)
Buccaneers at Jets (FOX)
Chiefs at Jaguars (CBS)
Seahawks at Panthers (FOX)
Bengals at Bears (CBS)
Dolphins at Browns (CBS)
Vikings at Lions (FOX)
Raiders at Colts (CBS)
4:25 PM ET Games:
Cardinals at Rams (FOX)
Packers at 49ers (FOX)
8:30 PM ET:
Giants at Cowboys (NBC)
Eagles at Redskins, 7:10 PM ET (ESPN)
Texans at Chargers, 10:20 PM ET (ESPN)
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