NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/28/13
NFL Updates: Fitzgerald, Johnson, Week 4 Schedule and More
September 28, 2013
We’ve got just one more day before the bulk of the Week 4 games get started around the NFL. In the meantime, there’s plenty to talk about. With that in mind, let’s pass the time by taking a look at some of the ongoing storylines around the league. Here’s a look at some of the noteworthy players and developing situations out there.
Saints Pair Miss Practice: New Orleans was without a pair of key offensive players in practice yesterday, which casts some doubt on their availability for Monday’s big game against the unbeaten Dolphins. Both Mark Ingram and Lance Moore sat out yesterday’s session, so today’s practice will tell a lot about whether or not they’ll be able to play.
Ingram is fighting a toe injury, and Moore is having issues with his hand/wrist. If we had to guess, we’d say Moore has a better chance at seeing the field, since Ingram didn’t even play last week. We’ll keep you posted.
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Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: This week, it’s been seeming more and more likely that we’ll get our first look at the rookie Bell this week, and boy do they need him. He’s officially listed as probable for tomorrow’s game against the Vikings in London, and things are finally looking up for the Steelers. They’re coming into the game relatively healthy--everyone on the injury report is probable, and Bell should give them a much-needed boost to their ugly running game.
In addition to that, the Vikings will be starting backup QB Matt Cassel, who hasn’t done much recently to instill fear in the hearts of opponents. We’ll say this: with everything working in their favor right now, if the Steelers can’t get it going this week, you can pretty much kiss the season goodbye.
Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans: Those NFL fans who love ground-and-pound battles at the line of scrimmage will love the Jets-Titans matchup set for tomorrow afternoon. Johnson has a tough task ahead of him, as he’ll face a New York front line that has yielded only one touchdown on the ground and a max of 79 yards to an opposing RB.
As for Johnson, he’s flirted with 100 yards rushing a couple of times this year, but has yet to find the end zone. If the trends hold, expect him to land somewhere around the 20-25 carry area.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Good news on Fitzgerald this week. He got through the entire week’s practice sessions and hasn’t had any further issues with his nagging hamstring injury. He’s officially listed as probable for tomorrow’s game against the Buccaneers.
The ailment has slowed Fitzgerald down considerably; he’s only got seven grabs for 97 yards in his past two appearances. That said, it’ll be interesting to see the battle between him and Tampa Bay CB Darrelle Revis. The two likely won’t spend the entire day shadowing each other, so there could be some opportunities for Fitzgerald in there somewhere.
Week 4 Schedule: Let’s take one last look at the upcoming schedule this week--it’s going to be a good one. Here’s a glance at tomorrow and Monday’s games and the networks you can catch them on.
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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