NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/18/13
NFL Updates: Bell, Britt and More
September 18, 2013
Week 3 will be getting started in the NFL tomorrow with Thursday night’s Eagles-Chiefs matchup, and there’s plenty to go over between now and then. Let’s take a look at some of the recent happenings around the league and try to get a feel as to where we’re headed in the coming week. Here’s the latest.
Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Okay, we know things are bad for the 0-2 Steelers right now, and even worse for their practically nonexistent ground game. There could be some hope on the horizon, however, as we’ve got some promising news on rookie RB Bell this morning. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin reported Bell would be doing some individual work in practice this week, and also left the door open for an extended workload--possibly even team reps.
We’ll have to see for ourselves how things play out this week, but it’s definitely a good sign. Bell’s return--which still could take a couple weeks--won’t save the Pittsburgh ground game (their OL is shredded), but it’ll take some of the pressure off Big Ben and the receivers.
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Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans: After a pair of disappointing performances so far this year, Britt has indicated that he may be on the way out in Tennessee, firing off a cryptic tweet yesterday. This revelation comes on the heels of his benching during Week 2 against the Texans, when he was pulled for lazy blocking and sat out for a series of plays.
Now, this current situation gives some validation toward trade talks concerning Britt. It wouldn’t be surprising to see his name mentioned in potential conversations, especially if the Titans can’t pull off a few wins over the next handful of games. He’s in a contract year, sure, but could pose some value to a playoffs-bound team in need of receiver depth. We’ll keep you posted on the situation as it develops.
Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins: The 0-2 Redskins are in dire straits right now. Their losses were nothing short of embarrassing, bandaged only by cosmetic scoring in the second halves. To make matters worse, their star second-year QB Griffin has been having his share of difficulties in getting his legs back underneath him.
It remains to be determined how much of his sour play is due to rust, the lingering effects of his knee surgery, or both. Redskins WR Pierre Garcon remarked yesterday that Griffin “can’t run as fast” as he used to, which signifies that the team is well aware of his physical struggles. Washington will host Detroit this week, and they’ve got to pull out a win to right their sinking ship.
Steven Jackson, RB, Atlanta Falcons: We’ve got a bit of an update on Jackson this morning, and it’s as we all expected. He’s officially been ruled out of the Falcons’ Week 3 game against Miami, and though Atlanta coach Mike Smith says the injury is “short term,” the general consensus is that he’ll be out for 2-4 weeks.
Jackson suffered the thigh injury during Week 2 (the opening drive, as a matter of fact), as he extended his body to reach the end zone on a scoring pass play.
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