NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/14/14
NFL Updates: Harvin, Wayne, Complete Playoffs Schedule and More
January 14, 2014
We’re one day closer to AFC/NFC Championship weekend in the NFL, and the excitement has already reached fever-pitch levels. We’ll have two very good matchups coming our way on Sunday, determining who gets the right to represent their conference at the Super Bowl. That said, let’s occupy some time by checking out some of the noteworthy storylines happening around the league right now. Here’s the latest.
Percy Harvin, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Looks like we’ll have to wait another day or two before finding out Harvin’s status for his team’s big NFC Championship game on Sunday. He’s going through concussion protocols after getting hit by Saints safety Rafael Bush in the Divisional Round, and there exists a strong possibility that he won’t be able to take the field. We’ll know more tomorrow or Thursday.
Harvin’s status for Sunday will depend on what types of symptoms he’s experiencing in the early part of this week. If he can make a speedy recovery--which isn’t totally out of the question--the Seahawks certainly need him.
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Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders: Could McFadden be a Bengal next season? It’s a possibility: Cincinnati OC Hue Jackson--who has worked with DMC before in Oakland--has shown some interest in the impending free agent, which could lead the team to make a run at him this off-season.
McFadden hasn’t been able to recapture the success that he had with Jackson--thanks to injury issues and a different offensive style--so he may consider a career revival in Cincinnati as well. If he’s willing to take a pay-cut and platoon with Giovani Bernard, we can easily envision this scenario playing out.
Shane Vereen, RB, New England Patriots: With LeGarrette Blount and Stevan Ridley destroying the Colts defense on the ground, Vereen was nowhere to be seen this past weekend during the Patriots’ big win. He got just seven touches, playing on 24 of 73 offensive snaps.
It makes sense: Blount and Ridley were doing just fine on their own and there was no reason for New England to switch things up. We expect to see quite a bit more of Vereen (and a return to the pass-oriented style of play) in the AFC Championship in Denver this weekend.
Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Let’s close things out today by checking in on Wayne, who is rehabbing after tearing his right ACL during October. By his own indication, things are progressing fine and he expects to be back on the field at 100 percent in the upcoming season.
That said, don’t expect a complete return to form; Wayne is 35 years old and has reached the twilight of his career. Still, he’ll be absolutely invaluable to a Colts offense desperate for some continuity and reliability.
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.
WILD CARD ROUND:
Saturday, January 4, 2014:
Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts (NBC)
FINAL SCORE: Colts 45, Chiefs 44
New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles (NBC)
FINAL SCORE: Saints 26, Eagles 24
Sunday, January 5, 2014:
San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)
FINAL SCORE: Chargers 27, Bengals 10
San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers (FOX)
FINAL SCORE: 49ers 23, Packers 20
Saturday, January 11, 2014:
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (FOX)
FINAL SCORE: Seahawks 23, Saints 15
Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots (CBS)
FINAL SCORE: Patriots 43, Colts 22
Sunday, January 12, 2014:
San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers (FOX)
FINAL SCORE: 49ers 23, Panthers 10
4:40 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos (CBS)
FINAL SCORE: Broncos 24, Chargers 17
Sunday, January 19, 2014:
AFC Championship 3:00 PM ET (CBS)
New England Patriots at Denver Broncos
NFC Championship 6:30 PM ET (FOX)
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
Sunday, January 26, 2014:
Pro Bowl: 7:30 PM ET (NBC)
February 2, 2014:
Super Bowl XLVIII (Teams TBA): 6:30 PM ET (FOX)
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