NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/11/13
NFL Updates: Cutler-McCown, Week 15 Schedule and More
December 11, 2013
Week 15 will be upon us tomorrow, so there’s not much time to prepare for all the oncoming NFL action headed our way. It’s bound to be another exciting round of games, with plenty of big matchups on the schedule. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy names and storylines out there and see what everyone’s up to this morning. Here’s the latest.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears: The talk of the sports world yesterday was Bears backup QB Josh McCown and his masterful performance against the Cowboys on Monday night. He utterly destroyed the visiting Cowboys, putting up 348 yards, four passing scores and a rush TD. He’s been great in his last three starts filling in for Cutler, with a total of eight touchdowns and one interception in that span.
McCown’s big performances have left many people wondering what the Bears are going to do at QB, not just in the short-term, but after the season as well. The short-term question should be simple enough: as soon as Cutler is ready to return from his high-ankle sprain, he’ll be back under center (according to the coaching staff, anyway), which could be as early as this week against the Browns.
After the season is a different story. Cutler’s contract is up after this year, and though a lot of things can happen between now and then, the Bears have to be thinking about what life might be like with McCown at the helm. The trouble is, we don’t have much of a sample size on him, so it’s impossible to tell if he could sustain this level of play. The Bears’ stellar offensive weapons (Marshall, Forte, Bennett, Jeffery) certainly don’t hurt. Also, McCown is 34 years old and presumably wouldn’t have too long of a shelf-life.
Cutler will command quite a salary in his next contract, and there are a handful of teams who would love to have him--and who wouldn’t hesitate to pay him--so he wouldn’t last long on the open market. Regardless of the outcome, it should be a very interesting off-season in Chicago.
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Wes Welker, WR, Denver Broncos: We’ll get a better idea of his status later today, but Welker’s chances of playing against the Chargers tomorrow don’t seem to be very good. He wasn’t able to take the practice field yesterday, thanks to the concussion he suffered during Sunday’s game against the Titans. Welker has had some concussion issues in the past, so it’s difficult to imagine he could shake off another one so quickly and get back to business as usual without a little time off.
In Welker’s absence (assuming he can’t go), expect a big contribution from TE Jacob Tamme, who hasn’t had much of a role this season thanks to the emergence of Julius Thomas. After Welker went down in Week 14, Tamme took over in the slot and made a sizable contribution. We’d imagine the game plan will be the same tomorrow.
NFL Week 15 Schedule: Week 15 will be upon us tomorrow. There’s sure to be even more can’t-miss action out there on the field as the playoff races really heat up. Here’s a look at the full schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.
Week 15 Byes: None
Thursday, December 12, 2013:
8:25 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos (NFL Network)
Sunday, December 15, 2013:
1:00 PM ET:
Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons (FOX)
San Francisco 49ers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)
Seattle Seahawks at New York Giants (FOX)
Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings (FOX)
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (CBS)
Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars (CBS)
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts (CBS)
Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns (FOX)
4:05 PM ET:
Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders (CBS)
New York Jets at Carolina Panthers (CBS)
4:25 PM ET:
Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys (FOX)
Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans (FOX)
New Orleans Saints at St. Louis Rams (FOX)
8:30 PM ET:
Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers (NBC)
Monday, December 16:
8:40 PM ET:
Baltimore Ravens at Detroit Lions (ESPN)
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