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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 11/9/13

NFL Updates 11/9: Lions, Bernard, Week 10 Schedule and More

November 9, 2013

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The countdown to Week 10 in the NFL (well, most of it anyway) now stands at just one day, and in the meantime we’ve got plenty of storylines and situations to monitor. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players out there who will have a heavy impact on the games tomorrow. Here’s the latest.

Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: One of the matchups we’ll be watching with great interest this weekend will be the Bengals-Ravens AFC North clash in Baltimore. Bernard has been a running storyline in the week leading up to the game, and for a few different reasons. He’s coming off the best game of his young career in the loss against the Dolphins last Thursday, with 79 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries, along with four receptions for 25 more yards.
Although he’s outperformed fellow RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bernard likely won’t supplant him on the depth chart for now, as the coaching staff has been resistant to change publicly. Both backs will face a tough matchup tomorrow, as the Ravens defense has been very stingy against opposing RBs. On top of everything else, Bernard is listed as questionable for the game, due to a rib issue. The general consensus seems to be that he’ll likely play, but we’ll have to wait and see.

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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 11/9/13

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Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons: It’s been a rough year for White. He hasn’t been completely healthy at all this season, and he’s missed the last three games entirely thanks to ankle and hamstring issues. He’s listed as questionable for tomorrow’s game, and for the record White maintains that he’ll be playing.
He returns to the field in a less-than-ideal situation, to say the least. The Falcons will be making the cross-country trip to Seattle to visit the Seahawks tomorrow, and it’s a well-known fact that life is pretty difficult for road teams there. Still, if White is finally healthy, he could help provide some life to a beat-up receiving corps that hasn’t been able to do much without him.

Johnson and Bush Good to Go: The Lions got confirmation on two of their biggest offensive weapons yesterday, as it was announced that both Reggie Bush (not injured, but on the report due to a veteran day off) and Calvin Johnson (knee; limited in practice all week) were both considered probable for their big game against the NFC North rival Bears tomorrow. Both teams are 5-3 and will be battling for first place in the division.
There’s some mixed results on both players’ statistical outlooks, however. Bush should have a big day after the Packers’ Eddie Lacy carved the Bears up on the ground last week. Johnson, meanwhile, will get the honor of facing Chicago’s best cornerback, the ball-hawking and newly-healthy Charles Tillman. All things considered, it’s got the makings of a great matchup.

NFL Week 10 Schedule: We’ve got four teams sitting out this week, but it will still be a heavier schedule than we’ve had over the last pair of bye rounds. 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

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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