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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 10/20/13

NFL Updates: Broncos-Colts outlook, Monday night injuries and more

October 20, 2013

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Today’s the day. In just a few short hours, the bulk of the Week 7 games will be happening around the NFL. There have been plenty of interesting storylines taking place within the league this week, and we’ll be getting our answers today. With that in mind, let’s take a quick look at some of the noteworthy happenings in the NFL while we’re waiting for kickoff.

“Monday Night Football” Injury Report: The reports are out for the Week 7 edition of “Monday Night Football,” with both the Vikings and Giants dealing with some noteworthy ailments. Let’s take a closer look at both teams’ injury reports so we can get a feel for the game.

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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 10/20/13

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Vikings Injuries: The Vikes are dealing with a pair of doubtfuls: CB A.J. Jefferson and WR Rodney Smith. T Matt Kalil is questionable with a back injury.
The rest of the names on the injury report are all questionable: those players include DE Jared Allen, TE Rhett Ellison, RB Adrian Peterson, QB Christian Ponder, CB Xavier Rhodes, C John Sullivan, K Blair Walsh, DT Kevin Williams and WR Jarius Wright.

Giants Injures: The Giants aren’t dealing with as many injury issues, but the ones they do have are more significant in number. First off, both CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring) and RB David Wilson (neck) have been ruled out. The quintet of questionable designations include RB Brandon Jacobs, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, TE Adrien Robinson, DL Shaun Rogers and S Cooper Taylor.
The remaining three players are all probable: C David Bass, CB Terrell Thomas and CB Corey Webster.

What to Watch Tonight: One of the most interesting games of the season so far will be taking place tonight, when Denver QB Peyton Manning returns to Indianapolis for “Sunday Night Football.” The Broncos are rocking a spotless 6-0 record that’s got them tied with the surprise Chiefs atop the AFC West, while the Colts sit at 4-2 with a one-game lead over Tennessee in the AFC South.
Manning has had a banner year thus far, posting a whopping 22 touchdown passes and 2,179 yards in Denver’s high-flying offense. Benefiting the most from Peyton’s resurgence is Demaryius Thomas, with 37 receptions, 528 yards and four touchdowns. They’re backed up by RB Knowshon Moreno, who has 373 yards and seven scores on 80 carries.
Manning’s Indianapolis heir is second-year man Andrew Luck, who is currently sitting on 1346 pass yards and seven touchdowns. The team has struggled to find a role for new RB toy Trent Richardson, as this offense is quite a bit different from what he experienced in Cleveland. So far, Richardson has 61 carries for 191 yards and two scores. Helping to keep the Colts afloat is the ever-present Reggie Wayne, with 33 receptions for 453 yards and two touchdowns.
Tonight’s game will be must-see TV, so make sure you reserve your spot on the couch. By all accounts, this should be an exciting, pass-heavy shootout filled with all sorts of storylines. Coverage begins at 8:30 ET on NBC.

Week 7 Schedule: Today will be yet another busy Sunday around the NFL, as there are bound to be plenty of interesting happenings around the league. Before we get the kickoffs going, let’s take one last look at the full schedule for today (and tomorrow) as well as the TV networks you can catch the games on.

Bye Week: Saints, Raiders

1:00 PM ET Games:
Buccaneers at Falcons (FOX)
Bears at Redskins (FOX)
Cowboys at Eagles (FOX)
Patriots at Jets (CBS)
Bills at Dolphins (CBS)
Chargers at Jaguars (CBS)
Rams at Panthers (FOX)
Bengals at Lions (CBS)

4:05 PM ET:
49ers at Titans (FOX)

4:25 PM ET:
Texans at Chiefs (CBS)
Ravens at Steelers (CBS)
Browns at Packers (CBS)

8:30 PM ET:
Broncos at Colts (NBC)

8:40 PM ET:
Vikings at Giants (ESPN)

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