NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/29/13
NFL Updates: Pryor's Status, Dolphins-Saints Injuries and More
September 29, 2013
Today’s the big day. The NFL’s Week 4 continues in just a few hours, and after that it’ll be another fast and furious day of football. While we’re waiting for the games to begin, let’s check in on some of the players and storylines that are making headlines this morning. Here’s a look around the league.
Dolphins Injuries: Both the ‘Phins and Saints have a generous amount of injury concerns heading into tomorrow night’s big matchup of undefeated teams. Let’s take a moment to go over a few of the noteworthy players who are on the report this week, starting with Miami.
CB Dimitri Patterson is the only sure-bet listed as out, while the rest have at least a decent chance of hitting the field. The questionable names are LB Jonathan Freeny, LB Koa Misi, DT Paul Soliai and DE Cameron Wake.
There are a handful of probables here as well: S Chris Clemons, LB Dannell Ellerbe, WR Brandon Gibson, C Mike Pouncey, LB Philip Wheeler and S Jimmy Wilson.
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Saints Injuries: As for the Saints, their injury report is a little more lengthy, but for the most part it seems their key players have at least coin-flip odds of playing tomorrow.
NT Brodrick Bunkley and S Roman Harper are both out.
Questionable players for the Saints include: S Isa Abdul-Quddus, CB Chris Carr, G Jahri Evans, RB Mark Ingram, DE Tom Johnson, G Tim Lelito, WR Lance Moore and DE Tyrunn Walker.
Those marked as probable are WR Marques Colston, DE Glenn Foster, LB Junior Galette, CB Jabari Greer, DE Akiem Hicks, LB Curtis Lofton, T Zach Strief and LB Martez Wilson.
We’ve still got another day to wait and see how these injuries shake out on both sides, so anything could happen between now and then.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: Gronkowski has been ruled out for the fourth consecutive week, as he’ll be missing tonight’s big matchup against the Falcons. He’s been recovering from his back and forearm injuries, but hope has remained high that he’d join the lineup over the past couple of weeks.
That brings to light an interesting report that surfaced this weekend. Apparently the Patriots organization belives Gronkowski is healthy enough to hit the field, but he himself disagrees, and has been targeting Week 6 all along. This disagreement has caused some friction between him and the team, and it’s apparently been going on for a while. Gronkowski wants to make sure he’s good and ready to absorb contact before stepping on the field, and we really can’t blame him. He’ll be a focal point for opposing defenses when he gets back out there. We’ll keep you posted on the situation as it develops.
Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders: After a very eventful day yesterday, it’s looking like Pryor will be healthy enough to take the field this afternoon against the Redskins. Here’s how the past couple of days have shaped up: Pryor was limited in practice on Thursday and Friday, then took his last, all-important concussion test yesterday after passing one the day before. He passed, and has been given the all clear to take the field.
It’s been a rollercoaster week for Pryor thus far, but he’ll go into a confidence-building matchup against a vulnerable Redskins defense. We expect to see a pretty vanilla game plan heavy with rushing and pocket passing, but Raiders fans will be cringing every time protection breaks down and Pryor has to make a run for it.
(Update: Pryor will sit today in favor of backup QB Matt Flynn.)
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