NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/18/14
NFL Updates: Johnson, Wilson, Complete Playoffs Schedule and More
January 18, 2014
We’ve finally reached the weekend, and that means we’ve got just one more day left until the AFC and NFC Championship games in the NFL. While we’re trying to occupy those last few hours until kickoff, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players out there who are making headlines right now. Here’s the latest.
David Wilson, RB, New York Giants: The future of Giants RB David Wilson remains cloudy, but for now we’ve got a favorable update on the two-year vet. He tweeted this week concerning his neck surgery, saying the procedure went well and that he was up and around walking afterward. Wilson is coming off a bad injury in October, and the surgery was for fusing the vertebrae after he herniated a disc in his neck.
As of right now, it’s anyone’s guess whether or not he’ll play in 2014--or ever again. The Giants are reportedly heading into the off-season as if they’ll be without Wilson, so you can expect them to be RB players in the draft and/or free agency.
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Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans: Let’s stick with the RB theme this morning and head down to Tennessee to check in on Johnson. According to loads of speculation from the local and national media, the six-year pro isn’t expected to be with the Titans this upcoming season and will likely be released.
There’s no one reason behind his anticipated departure; It’s a culmination of several different factors. For one, he’s due a hefty $8 million dollars in 2014. That’s hard to justify following a career-worst 3.9 yards per carry this past season. New coach Ken Whisenhunt isn’t expected to retain Johnson, either.
So, what will the Titans do at RB? Well, they’ve got Shonn Greene on the roster, but he’s less a feature back than a pretty decent time-share type. Like the Giants, Tennessee will likely be mentioned in any free agent RB conversations and could look that way in the draft as well.
Malcom Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers: Back to some injury news; Let’s check in on Floyd. It’s been a while since we’ve seen him on a football field--he went down in Week 2 with a neck injury against the Eagles and had to go on season-ending injured reserve as a result. There’s been some rampant speculation that his injury could be a career-ender, and the Chargers haven’t done much to dispel that notion. They’ve remained largely vague when discussing Floyd, taking a “we’ll see” attitude when approached about his status.
We’ll find out more about his status next month when he goes for a doctor evaluation. As of right now, Floyd is still experiencing some pain and discomfort in his neck, so the signs aren’t terribly optimistic. We’ll keep you posted.
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.
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)
Previous Playoff Rounds:
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
San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos (CBS)
FINAL SCORE: Broncos 24, Chargers 17
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