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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 10/2/13

NFL Updates: Locker, Holmes, Week 5 Schedule and More

October 2, 2013

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Week 5 in the NFL officially kicks off (no pun intended) tomorrow, with a surprisingly intriguing matchup between the Browns and Bills. While we’re waiting on that one, there are plenty of developing storylines and injured players to keep an eye on in practice this week. With that in mind, let’s visit some of the noteworthy names out there and see what everyone’s up to. Here’s the latest.

Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans: Let’s take a moment to examine the Titans situation, as the team will look significantly different on the offensive end for the immediate future. It seems Tennessee QB Jake Locker avoided the worst of his potential situation: he’s been diagnosed with a hip sprain and a sprained MCL (knee) following the big hit against the Jets last week that sent him out of the game and into the hospital.
That means Locker won’t need surgery; just some rest and rehab time before he’s able to get back onto the field. Initially, the team had feared he’d be gone from 4-8 weeks, but it now appears he’ll be back within the slightly more reasonable timeline of 4-6 weeks. In the meantime, backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will be filling in. He’ll have his hands full this weekend with the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.

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Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets: Moving on to the Titans’ Week 4 opponent, the New York Jets, it’s plain to see they’ve got problems of their own. The team’s No. 1 WR Santonio Holmes, who injured his hamstring in the Titans game, will reportedly miss “multiple” weeks--maybe even a month. To make matters worse, fellow starting wide-out Stephen Hill is sidelined with a concussion and likely to miss the team’s Week 5 game against the Falcons.
The injuries to Holmes and Hill have prompted the Jets to sign former Bills WR David Nelson, who has a career 94 catches, 1,042 yards and eight touchdowns. The patchwork receiving corps will make their debut on “Monday Night Football” this week in Atlanta, where they’ll have their hands full.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Just a quick update on Roethlisberger this morning, as there’s been some concern on his injury status. He suffered a partial dislocation of his right index finger during the team’s painful 34-27 loss to the Vikings in London this past Sunday, and was wearing a protective sleeve on the digit in practice yesterday.
The good news here is that Roethlisberger’s injury isn’t considered serious, and he’ll have some extra time to heal since the Steelers are on a bye this week. When they return to action, they’ll face the aforementioned New York Jets.

Dwight Freeney, DE, San Diego Chargers: Bad news for the Chargers D-line this morning. Veteran end Freeney suffered a torn quad in the team’s Week 4 win over the Cowboys and will require surgery to repair it. That will bring his 2013 season to an end.
He finishes the year with a pair of tackles and ½ sack.

Week 5 Schedule: Now that Week 5 is upon us (almost), it’s time to start looking forward to the oncoming set of games. Here’s a glance at the NFL schedule, as well as the networks on which you can catch your favorite teams.

Bye Week: Steelers, Vikings, Redskins, Buccaneers

Bills at Browns, 8:25 PM ET (NFL Network)

1:00 ET Games:
Patriots at Bengals (CBS)
Lions at Packers (FOX)
Seahawks at Colts (FOX)
Ravens at Dolphins (CBS)
Saints at Bears (FOX)
Eagles at Giants (FOX)
Chiefs at Titans (CBS)
Jaguars at Rams (CBS)

Panthers at Cardinals, 4:05 PM ET (FOX)

4:25 PM ET Games:
Broncos at Cowboys (CBS)
Chargers at Raiders (CBS)

Texans at 49ers, 8:30 PM ET (NBC)

Jets at Falcons, 8:40 PM ET (ESPN)

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