NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/28/13
NFL Updates: Gonzalez's Last Game (?), Week 17 Schedule and More
December 28, 2013
Just one more day left. If your team isn’t playoff-bound, you’ll only have tomorrow to say goodbye, as Week 17 marks the end of the 2013 regular season in the NFL. That said, there are all sorts of interesting matchups on the upcoming schedule, so it should make for a compelling day of action on the gridiron. While we’re waiting, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players and situations out there.
Pair of Panthers Out: Yesterday, we got some injury updates on a pair of Carolina offensive players, and they’ve both been ruled out for tomorrow’s game against Atlanta. First off, there’s Jonathan Stewart, who’s missed the past two games with a knee injury and wasn’t able to get back onto the practice field this week. His absence isn’t much of a surprise.
Like Stewart, WR Steve Smith also is dealing with a knee injury and also wasn’t able to practice all week. He sustained the ailment last Sunday against New Orleans. The team hopes to have both players back for the postseason.
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Tony Gonzalez, TE, Atlanta Falcons: Let’s stick with the Panthers-Falcons matchup tomorrow and check out Gonzalez. He will be able to bid the NFL a fond farewell from the field tomorrow, as he’s been ruled probable for the game after fighting off a toe injury.
The expectation is that Gonzalez will call it a (legendary) career after this season, so this will be his last on-field appearance. Then again, you never know; He could end up changing his mind in the off-season.
Robbie Gould, K, Chicago Bears: The Bears broke their own rule yesterday when they signed Gould to a four-year contract extension that will put him with the team through 2017. The financial information wasn’t immediately released, but it was later reported that the deal was worth $15 million with $9 million in guaranteed money. It’s the richest contract for a kicker in NFL history.
Chicago has a policy of not negotiating contracts during the season, so this is an odd development to say the least. Still, Gould has been one of the most reliable kickers in the league during his nine seasons with the Bears, and he’s been doing it in the notoriously difficult conditions of Soldier Field. He’s 234-of-272 so far, which gives him an 86.0 field goal percentage.
NFL Week 17 Schedule: The Week 17 action will be coming fast and furious tomorrow, with a handful of games deciding playoff spots. Here’s the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.
Sunday, December 29, 2013:
1:00 PM ET:
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons (FOX)
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears (FOX)
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans (CBS)
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)
Washington Redskins at New York Giants (FOX)
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (FOX)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts (CBS)
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins (CBS)
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings (FOX)
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots (CBS)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (FOX)
4:25 PM ET:
Denver Broncos At Oakland Raiders (CBS)
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals (FOX)
Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers (CBS)
St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks (FOX)
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