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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/7/14

NFL Updates: Injury Updates, Complete Playoffs Schedule and More

January 7, 2014

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We’ve still got another four days to wait until the Divisional Round of this year’s NFL playoffs gets started. That means there’s plenty of time to analyze the matchups and other storylines happening around the league this week. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look around the NFL and see what everyone’s up to right now. Here’s the latest.

DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Jackson had a career year in 2013. He finished the season with 82 catches for 1,332 yards (both career highs) and nine touchdown receptions (tying a career high). Considering those numbers, he’s got a lot of confidence heading into the off-season.
Here’s the kicker: Jackson has indicated that he wishes to renegotiate his current contract in an effort to get a pay raise. He signed his current deal just under two years ago, but feels he has outperformed his salary. Jackson is due $30.5 million over the next three years under his current deal. Though he didn’t come out and say it, we get the feeling he wouldn’t hesitate to hold out if a deal isn’t reached. We’ll have to keep an eye on this during the off-season.

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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/7/14

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Injury Items: We’ve got a couple of tidbits for you this morning on the injury front. First, we’ll start in San Diego and look at Ryan Mathews. He was absent for the majority of the second half during his team’s shocking victory over the Bengals, thanks to an ankle injury that’s been nagging at him over the past couple of weeks. For the record, Mathews says he’ll be able to take the field against the Broncos this weekend, but we’ll have to keep an eye on him in practice to see how he’s doing.

We also got a bit of an update yesterday on the health of the Panthers’ Steve Smith. He’s been fighting off a knee injury and expects to be able to take the field this Sunday against the incoming 49ers. Smith gauged his confidence in his knee holding up at the 60 percent mark, which doesn’t sound terribly optimistic, but we’ll take it. He sat out the final week of the regular season against Atlanta.

NFL Playoffs Schedule: It’s playoff time, and the anticipation is running high as we cruise through each week. Here’s a look at the scores and complete schedule of games for each round of the playoffs, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each matchup.

Saturday, January 4, 2014:

4:35 PM ET:
Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts (NBC)
FINAL SCORE: Colts 45, Chiefs 44

8:10 PM ET:
New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles (NBC)
FINAL SCORE: Saints 26, Eagles 24

Sunday, January 5, 2014:

1:05 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)
FINAL SCORE: Chargers 27, Bengals 10

4:40 PM ET:
San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers (FOX)
FINAL SCORE: 49ers 23, Packers 20


Saturday, January 11, 2014:

4:35 PM ET:
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (FOX)

8:15 PM ET:
Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots (CBS)

Sunday, January 12, 2014:

1:05 PM ET:
San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers (FOX)

4:40 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos (CBS)

Other Notable Dates:

AFC Championship: January 19, 2014 (CBS)

NFC Championship: January 19, 2014 (FOX)

Super Bowl XLVIII: February 2, 2014 (FOX)

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