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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/21/13

NFL Updates: Reed, Steelers-Bears and More

September 21, 2013

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We’ve got just one more day to wait for the bulk of the Week 3 games to kick off around the NFL. That means there’s plenty to go over in the coming hours, as there are plenty of intriguing matchups on the schedule. While we’re waiting, let’s take a closer look at the schedule and some of the ongoing storylines around the league. Here’s the latest news.

Rams-Cowboys Injury Notes: We’re really looking forward to the St. Louis-Dallas matchup on Sunday. It should serve as an intriguing look at two up-and-coming franchises who are trying to establish themselves in their respective divisions. Both teams are coming in a little beat-up, which could have an effect on the game.
The Rams will likely be missing TE Mike McNeill and T Roger Saffold, but on the whole their injury list is filled with probables: Cortland Finnegan, William Hayes and Darian Stewart are among the P designations.
As for the Cowboys: They’ll likely have DeMarcus Ware and Dez Bryant, but may have to go without Anthony Spencer and Ernie Sims. Regardless, it should be an entertaining matchup tomorrow at the Jerry Dome.

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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/21/13

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Ed Reed, S, Houston Texans: Right about this time last week, we reported Reed as a game-time decision for the Texans’ Week 2 matchup. He missed out on that one due to his nagging hip injury (a result of off-season surgery), and is once again questionable for tomorrow’s game in Baltimore. He’ll be a game-time decision for a potential reunion with the Ravens.
This week, it was reported that Reed was close to being ready, but he was apparently expressing trepidation about making his 2013 debut on artificial turf. If he plays, that could factor into his mobility, but he’d be used sparingly regardless.

Steelers-Bears X-Factors: Another matchup we’re really looking forward to around here is tomorrow night’s Bears-Steelers game in Pittsburgh. Chicago comes in at a surprise 2-0, while the Steelers are looking to control their home turf and try to get the ship righted on the season. It’ll be a smash-mouth evening of old-fashioned football from two of the most storied franchises in the NFL.
Two players we’re watching in this one are the Steelers’ Antonio Brown and the Bears’ Martellus Bennett. Brown has yet to really get it going statistically (but, then again, so has the entire Pittsburgh offense), but hasn’t been awful, tallying 11 grabs for 128 yards. If he can avoid being matched up with Chicago’s Charles Tillman, he may be able to find some room. Meanwhile, Bennett has proven to be QB Jay Cutler’s second-favorite target through two games thus far, and he’s reaping the benefits of that spot in the pecking order. Bennett has three scores so far, including a pair on a seven-catch, 76-yard effort last week against the Vikings. If either of these players fails to get going, it could spell trouble for his team tomorrow night.

Week 3 Remaining Schedule: Every other day or so this week, we’ve been glancing forward to the impending set of games across the league. Let’s take one last look ahead this morning, and take stock of the intriguing matchups we’ve got on tap tomorrow and Monday (not to mention where to find them).

1:00 PM ET Games:
Texans at Ravens (CBS)
Giants at Panthers (FOX)
Lions at Redskins (FOX)
Chargers at Titans (CBS)
Cardinals at Saints (FOX)
Buccaneers at Patriots (FOX)
Packers at Bengals (FOX)
Rams at Cowboys (FOX)
Browns at Vikings (CBS)

4:05 PM ET:
Falcons at Dolphins (FOX)

4:25 PM ET Games:
Bills at Jets (CBS)
Colts at 49ers (CBS)
Jaguars at Seahawks (CBS)

8:30 PM ET:
Bears at Steelers (NBC)

Raiders at Broncos, 8:40 PM ET (ESPN)

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