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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/25/13

NFL Updates: Rams/Niners Injuries, Pryor and More

September 25, 2013

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We’ll never quite get used to these short two-day turnarounds in the NFL, but that’s not to say we don’t love the constant action. Week 4 will kick off tomorrow night with a big divisional battle between the 49ers and the Rams, and in the meantime there’s plenty of news to go over. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy players and headlines out there. Here’s the latest.

Rams Injuries: Tomorrow’s Week 4 opener featuring the Rams and 49ers will have its fair share of injury concerns. Let’s start things off by taking a look at the Rams players on the report. Most notably, Daryl Richardson, James Laurinaitis, and T.J. McDonald were limited in practice Monday. All three players made it back yesterday and look like they’ll be able to take the field against San Francisco.
Chris Givens didn’t make the practice session on Monday due to his knee injury. He was out there and unrestricted yesterday, however, so it looks pretty good for him playing tomorrow.

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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/25/13

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49ers Injuries: Meanwhile, San Francisco has a pretty lengthy injury list of their own. Those on the report who practiced yesterday include Frank Gore, who participated in full, and Vernon Davis, who was limited and remains questionable for tomorrow.
CB Nnamdi Asomugha (knee) and LB Patrick Willis (groin) were both out, so their official statuses are up in the air. They’ll likely both end up as game-time decisions.

Bills Passing Attack: One matchup we’ll be watching during this weekend’s games is the back-and-forth between the Buffalo Bills receivers and the Baltimore Ravens secondary. Namely, Buffalo will likely focus on Stevie Johnson, who posted six grabs for 86 yards last week against the Jets, and Scott Chandler, who is coming off a 79-yard effort that produced his first touchdown of the 2013 season.
They’ll have their hands full against Baltimore. The Ravens were shredded by Peyton Manning and the Broncos in Week 1, but have since been pretty solid on defense and haven’t given up a TD to a wide receiver or tight end (or anyone, for that matter) since. Bills rookie QB E.J. Manuel will face a tough test here, so look for Buffalo to focus on their running game, at least initially.

Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders: Let’s take a moment to check in on the Raiders, who lost Pryor late in Monday’s game due to a concussion. According to the coaching staff, they’re game-planning for both Pryor and backup QB Matt Flynn to get the starting nod against the Redskins this week. It’s a relatively easy matchup against an ugly Redskins defense, so we doubt the team would try to rush anything when it comes to the health of their ailing young QB. Pryor still has to pass the league-mandated concussion protocols this week, so we won’t know anything for a couple more days. We’ll keep you posted.

Week 4 Schedule: Now that we’ve had a day to rest and recover from the Week 3 action, it’s time to look ahead to the upcoming games. There are several intriguing matchups on the Week 4 schedule that should provide some must-see viewing for football fans everywhere, so let’s take a closer look at the layout and channels on which you can catch your favorite teams.

49ers at Rams, 8:25 PM ET (NFL Network)

1:00 PM ET Games:
Ravens at Bills (CBS)
Cardinals at Buccaneers (FOX)
Steelers at Vikings (CBS)
Giants at Chiefs (FOX)
Colts at Jaguars (CBS)
Seahawks at Texans (FOX)
Bengals at Browns (CBS)
Bears at Lions (FOX)

Jets at Titans, 4:05 PM ET (CBS)

4:25 PM ET Games:
Redskins at Raiders (FOX)
Eagles at Broncos (FOX)
Cowboys at Chargers (FOX)

Patriots at Falcons, 8:30 PM ET (NBC)

Dolphins at Saints, 8:40 PM ET (ESPN)

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