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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/18/13

NFL Updates: Harvin, McCoy, Week 16 Schedule and More

December 18, 2013

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The NFL’s Thursday games are all finished up, so it’s going to be a longer-than-usual turnaround between Weeks 15 and 16. That said, we’ve got plenty to talk about during all that down-time as the playoff races heat up around the league. Let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players and storylines out there this morning. Here’s the latest.

Percy Harvin, WR, Seattle Seahawks: We’ll be getting an update on Harvin’s status today, but if the rumors are to be believed, we’ve seen the last of him in the regular season.
Harvin made his season debut on November 17 after sitting out with a hip injury. Since then, he’s missed three games due to re-aggravation of the condition. He may be able to return to practice today, but even if he does there’s really no need to rush him back until the playoffs begin.

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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/18/13

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Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Let’s talk about the Seahawks’ Week 16 opponent, specifically Fitzgerald, who has quite a hill to climb if he wants to be available for the game. He’s coming off a concussion suffered during an onside kick late in the team’s narrow win over Tennessee, and must pass the league’s concussion protocols if he’s going to be cleared for the weekend.
Adding to Fitzgerald’s worries is a difficult matchup in Seattle on Sunday. It’s been three weeks since the Seahawks have allowed a touchdown to a wide receiver, and in their last meeting on October 17 he could only come up with two catches for 17 yards.

LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: The Bears-Eagles matchup this weekend should be a pretty good game. If Philly sticks to the existing blueprint for beating Chicago--which they should--we’re in for a heavy dose of McCoy.
The Bears are giving up 5.1 yards per carry to opposing running backs, which is worst in the league. They’ve allowed a total of 16 touchdowns to the position this year.
McCoy is coming off a relatively quiet week on the ground--he got just eight carries for 38 yards in the surprise loss to the Vikings. That won’t happen at home against the Bears, however; Philly will feed him early and often in this one.

NFL Week 16 Schedule: There are lots of pretty good-looking matchups ahead in Week 16, so it should be another good weekend of football as the playoff-bound teams jockey for position in the standings. Here’s a look at the full schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.

Sunday, December 22, 2013:

1:00 PM ET:
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (CBS)
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers (FOX)
Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals (FOX)
Denver Broncos at Houston Texans (CBS)
Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars (CBS)
Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)
Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (FOX)
Cleveland Browns at New York Jets (CBS)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at St. Louis Rams (FOX)

4:05 PM ET:
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks (FOX)
New York Giants at Detroit Lions (FOX)

4:25 PM ET:
New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens (CBS)
Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers (CBS)
Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers (CBS)

8:30 PM ET:
Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles (NBC)

Monday, December 23, 2013:

8:40 PM ET:
Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers (ESPN)

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