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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 10/5/13

NFL Updates: Bills-Browns Fallout, Week 5 Schedule and More

October 5, 2013

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Week 5 in the NFL is set to continue tomorrow, and we fans will be able to get our football fixes once again. In the meantime, there are plenty of ongoing storylines to keep track of as we cruise through the weekend, so let’s check in on some of the noteworthy happenings out there around the league. Here’s the latest.

Bills-Browns Fallout: The drama continues for the Bills and the Browns, and it’s been almost two days since their Week 5 matchup on Thursday night. First off, Browns QB Brian Hoyer--who was injured during the first quarter of Thursday’s game--has a torn ACL in his knee, which ends his 2013 season. Brandon Weeden will be taking the snaps from here on out.
There’s also been some drama over the discussions that the Browns were allegedly targeting rookie QB E.J. Manuel, who injured his knee during the game as well. Browns safety T.J. Ward allegedly warned Bills center Eric Wood that the Browns were going to “get him,” referring to Manuel. In itself, the comment is innocuous, but given the context of the situation it’s certainly strange. As for Manuel, he’s got a knee sprain and will be out for a few weeks.

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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 10/5/13

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Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets: The Jets have a big game coming up this week against Atlanta on “Monday Night Football,” and they’re going to be running with a very thin receiving corps. Holmes missed practice once again yesterday, still nursing a hamstring injury he sustained in Week 4 against Tennessee. He finished that game with one catch for 25 yards. He hasn’t officially been ruled out for Monday, but things aren’t looking too good.
The Jets will be without WR Stephen Hill for this game and probably longer; he’s dealing with a concussion. As a result, Jeremy Kerley and Clyde Gates would make the start if Holmes can’t go. The inexperience in the receiving corps doesn’t bode too well for rookie QB Geno Smith, but anything can happen if their defense can keep them in the game.

Falcons Receivers: Speaking of banged-up wide receivers, the Falcons aren’t doing too well there, either. Julio Jones was limited in practice yesterday, his second straight day with that designation. He’s fighting a knee injury but should be okay to play. Meanwhile, fellow WR Roddy White was also limited due to his nagging ankle issue that has plagued him all season. White told reporters earlier this week that he had suffered a setback with his injury, but wouldn’t elaborate on exactly what that meant. We’ll have to wait and see if he’s able to take the field.

Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans: We’ll also check in on Johnson here, as he was limited in practice yet again yesterday. He’s been dealing with a shin injury and is questionable for this week against the 49ers, but the general consensus seems to be positive. Johnson had been suffering the same ailment last week, and he was able to play. He finished that game with 110 yards on nine grabs.

Week 5 Schedule: There are plenty of interesting matchups on tap for tomorrow and Monday as we finish up Week 5 in the NFL, so let’s look ahead and see what’s coming our way. Here’s a look at the remaining set of games, and the TV networks you can catch your favorite teams on.

Bye Week: Steelers, Vikings, Redskins, Buccaneers

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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