NFL News: Player News and Updates for 10/1/13
NFL Updates: Dolphins-Saints, Bills Injuries and More
October 1, 2013
With the completion of September, so concludes the NFL’s Week 4, and it’s been quite a season already. As with every Tuesday, there are plenty of storylines to catch up on as we turn our attention toward the upcoming games (which begin in just two days). Let’s take a look at some of the notable players and headlines out there while we gear up for Week 5. Here’s the latest.
Dolphins-Saints Notes: If you’re a Saints fan, you’re probably having a pretty good morning. New Orleans thoroughly dominated Miami at home last night, resulting in a lopsided 38-17 victory that brings the Saints to 4-0 on the year. Drew Brees was the evening’s most noteworthy player, as he whipped the ball all around the field for an excellent 30-for-38 line, 413 yards and four touchdowns. Jimmy Graham got in on the action (100 yards; two touchdowns), as did Marques Colston (96 yards) and Darren Sproles (146 total yards; two touchdowns).
The Dolphins couldn’t really get anything going in the face of a stout Saints pass rush. Ryan Tannehill was sacked four times and gave up four turnovers (three picks; one fumble). The Miami defense couldn’t slow Brees down, as they spent most of the night gassed and unable to get off the field.
This week, the Saints will head to Chicago, and the Dolphins will host the Ravens.
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Brian Hoyer, QB, Cleveland Browns: The Browns have a short turnaround this week (they play Buffalo on Thursday), so they don’t have much time to mess around with their starting lineup. That’s probably at least part of the reason that they’ve already named Hoyer as the starting QB over Brandon Weeden, whose injured thumb is reportedly healthy enough for him to take the field.
This decision makes all sorts of sense, as Hoyer has provided a spark to the team that’s won their last two games. In that span, he’s thrown five touchdown passes and completed 59.8 percent of his throws. The Browns stopped short of naming Hoyer the starter for the rest of the season, saying they’ll evaluate things on a week-to-week basis, but if he continues to play well, he could earn that vote of confidence soon.
Steve Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills: Johnson is coming off an ugly game against the Ravens--one catch for negative-one yard--which was his first dismal performance of the season. He’ll try to turn things around on Thursday, but he’ll have to overcome an injury issue first.
Johnson is dealing with a injured hamstring which kept him limited in yesterday’s practice. The general consensus, however, is that he’ll be just fine for the Browns.
Bills Running Backs: Meanwhile, in the Buffalo backfield, we’re seeing some injury concerns here as well. No. 1 RB C.J. Spiller missed out on yesterday’s practice completely, thanks to an ankle injury he sustained against Baltimore.
Also of note, fellow RB Fred Jackson was limited during the walk-through session. He’s fighting a knee issue.
For the record, both Spiller and Jackson are planning on playing.
Mike Goodson, RB, New York Jets: Let’s check in on Goodson for a moment, and say hello for the first time this season. He’s officially back from his four-game suspension, and just in time to contribute to the Jets’ running game. Starting RB Bilal Powell couldn’t get much going against the Titans in Week 4 (nor could any Jets player, really), and backup Chris Ivory has been battling a stubborn hamstring issue.
That opens the door for Goodson to make an impact right off the bat, so look for him to get some reps on Monday against the Falcons.
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