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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 11/6/13

NFL Updates: Cutler's status, Peterson preview, Week 10 schedule and more

November 6, 2013

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We’ve got just one more day to wait before the Redskins and Vikings get things kicked off on “Thursday Night Football” for Week 10. In the meantime, there are plenty of storylines across the league that deserve monitoring. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy happenings out there and see who’s making headlines. Here’s the latest.

Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears: Is this the week we’ll see Cutler out on the field again? Maybe. Word came out early this week that the team is expecting him to play, but he’s still got a few obstacles to overcome before he can take the field. There’s a walkthrough practice today; if he’s able to participate there it will open the door for practice tomorrow and Friday. There’s also the matter of being medically cleared; he still hasn’t received the blessing of the team’s doctors just yet.
The Bears could certainly use Cutler this week. The Bears are playing the Lions, one of the two other teams deadlocked alongside them at 5-3 atop the NFC North standings. If he’s able to return from his torn groin muscle, he’d only have missed 1 ½ games, which is a rosy scenario considering his original four-week recovery timetable.

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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 11/6/13

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Clay Matthews, OLB, Green Bay Packers: Let’s take a look at the other 5-3 NFC North team and check in on Matthews. The Packers’ star LB has been out for the past four games with a broken thumb, but things are looking up. He had the pins removed from the digit early this week, and he’s expected to try and practice during these next few days.
There’s a chance Matthews could be ready for this week’s game against the Eagles, but there’s also probably an equal chance that he won’t be healthy enough until Week 11. Regardless, there’s no doubt the Packers could use him back. Without him, their defense was gashed by the Bears’ Josh McCown, Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall in Week 9.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: Even though the Vikings are pretty much just playing out the schedule at this point, there’s reason to believe Peterson will have a great statistical game tomorrow night against the Redskins on “Thursday Night Football.” His history against Washington isn’t the greatest: he’s averaging around 45 yards and 30 receiving yards in four career games. That said, the Redskins defense has been a sieve with regards to rush yards (and pretty much any offense, really) this season, so they’re ripe for a big game from AP.
Peterson is also entering this matchup on a roll. Over the past two weeks, he’s posted 200 rush yards and a pair of touchdowns on 38 carries. He’ll be paramount on the Redskins defense’s list of worries tomorrow night.

NFL Week 10 Schedule: Now that Week 9 is in the rearview mirror, we can go ahead and start looking forward to Week 10 in the NFL, which begins tomorrow night. There are only four teams on byes this week, so it’ll be a slightly heavier round of games as compared to the last couple. Here’s a look at the full slate, as well as the start times and TV networks carrying the games.

Bye Week: Browns, Patriots, Jets, Chiefs


8:25 PM ET:
Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings (NFL Network)

Sunday, November 10:

1:00 PM ET Games:
Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers (FOX)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans (CBS)
Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)
Oakland Raiders at New York Giants (CBS)
St. Louis Rams at Indianapolis Colts (FOX)
Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons (FOX)
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (CBS)
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears (FOX)

4:05 PM ET:
Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers (FOX)

4:25 PM ET Games:
Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals (CBS)
Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers (CBS)

8:30 PM ET:
Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints (NBC)

Monday, November 11:

8:40 PM ET:
Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (ESPN)

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