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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/19/13

NFL Updates: Peterson, Davis, Week 16 Schedule and More

December 19, 2013

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There’s a strange-feeling absence in the NFL this week, as we’ll be without a Thursday night game tonight for the first time this year. That said, we’ve got just three more days to wait for a full set of Sunday action, so there’s hope on the horizon for us NFL addicts. That said, let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy players and storylines developing out there right now. Here’s the latest.

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers: When it comes to finding out Rodgers’ status for Sunday’s game, this week is starting to look a lot like last week. He’s reportedly doing the same things in practice that he was at this time a week ago, and still hasn’t received medical clearance to return from his broken collarbone.
If the situation continues to play out like it did in Week 15, we probably won’t find out anything about Rodgers’ status until tomorrow. Sunday’s game is at home against the Steelers, and the Packers need a big win (and some help) if they want to have any hope of overtaking the Bears for the NFC North lead and a potential playoff berth.

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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/19/13

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Concussion Issues: There are a handful of notable NFL receivers around the league who are battling concussion symptoms this week. The Broncos’ Wes Welker, the Browns’ Jordan Cameron, the Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald, the Redskins’ Jordan Reed and the Giants’ Victor Cruz were all out of action at practice yesterday.
Fitzgerald’s prognosis seems to be the most favorable, with Cruz likely to miss Week 16. As for Welker, Cameron and Reed, we’ll have to watch them in practice this week and monitor their progress as they attempt to complete the league’s concussion protocols.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: After missing out on Week 15 against the Eagles with a sprained foot, Peterson was back out there in practice yesterday, putting in a limited session. If all goes as planned, he should be able to make his return Sunday against the Bengals.
If Peterson is indeed able to play, he’ll have his work cut out for him. He faces a Cincinnati defense that’s giving up only 98.7 yards per game and 3.9 YPC.

Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers: Conversely, we could be seeing an epic outing from Davis this weekend against Atlanta. He’s one of the hottest tight ends out there right now, with TDs in five straight outings, and he’ll face a Falcons defense that’s given up four scores over its last four games.
Davis has 12 touchdowns so far this year, which is one shy of his career-high (2009). He’s got a great chance to match or perhaps even eclipse that on Monday.

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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