NFL News: Player News and Updates for 11/11/13
NFL Updates: Austin's breakout, Week 11 schedule and more
November 11, 2013
As usual, yesterday gave us a very active round of games in the NFL, as the bulk of the Week 10 games were completed. We saw all sorts of interesting things out on the field, and we’re sure to see even more tonight as the week wraps up. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the notable players out there and see what everyone’s up to.
Bad Day for Quarterbacks: Yesterday wasn’t a good day to be a QB in the NFL. Three signal-callers went down in the early-afternoon games alone, and we could be looking at a very different lineup on a few different rosters in the coming weeks. Here’s a quick look at the situations.
The Bears’ Jay Cutler re-aggravated a groin injury in a close loss against the Lions (not to mention the fact that he was sporting a swollen left hand during the first half). His backup, Josh McCown came in and nearly helped the Bears to a win--or at least a tie.
Green Bay’s Seneca Wallace also went down with a groin injury, his suffered on the team’s very first drive. He was replaced by Scott Tolzien, who was recently taking snaps on the practice squad. Expect a call to Matt Flynn to come very soon.
Then there’s Tennessee’s Jake Locker. He suffered what looked like a pretty serious foot injury in the second quarter of the team’s loss against Jacksonville. Ex-Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced him and did a pretty decent job.
As always, we’ll keep you posted on the injuries as more information becomes available this week.
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Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis Rams: Austin shocked the world--or at least the Colts--yesterday, almost single-handedly destroying Indy in an overwhelming loss to his Rams. The rookie racked up three touchdowns--one on a 98-yard punt return, and two more on pass distances of 57 and 81 yards for a total of 138 on the day. His surprising speed was on full display, as he flat-out zipped by the Colts defense as they struggled to contain him.
It’s too bad Austin is on a bye in Week 11. It will be interesting to see what he can do for an encore, but we’ll just have to wait until Week 12 against the Bears to find out.
Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions: One of the handful of competitive games from yesterday’s slate was between the Lions and Bears, with Detroit coming out on top in a 21-19 victory. Johnson once again played a huge part in the win, tallying 83 yards on six grabs. He also managed a pair of touchdowns, giving him 63 in his career and a Lions franchise record for receiving scores.
It wasn’t quite his 329-yard path of destruction from Week 8, but the Lions will take it. They’ve won two games in a row for the first time since Weeks 3 and 4, and they’ll be looking to make it three in Pittsburgh on Sunday.
NFL Week 11 Schedule: Even though Week 10 isn’t technically completed just yet, we can’t resist taking a peek forward to Week 11. Here’s the full schedule, along with the start times and TV networks you can find the games on.
Week 11 Byes: Cowboys, Rams
Thursday, November 14:
8:25 PM ET:
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans (NFL Network)
Sunday, November 17:
1:00 PM ET Games:
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills (CBS)
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)
Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers (FOX)
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles (FOX)
Arizona Cardinals at Jacksonville Jaguars (FOX)
Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans (CBS)
Baltimore Ravens at Chicago Bears (CBS)
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)
4:05 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at Miami Dolphins (CBS)
4:25 PM ET Games:
Green Bay Packers at New York Giants (FOX)
Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks (FOX)
San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints (FOX)
8:30 PM ET:
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos (NBC)
Monday, November 18:
8:40 PM ET:
New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers (ESPN)
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