NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/22/14
NFL Updates: Jones, Harvin, Complete Playoffs Schedule and More
January 22, 2014
One more day down as we wait for the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 (or the Pro Bowl on Jan. 26, if you’re into that sort of thing), and there’s plenty to talk about as we lead up to the big game. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look across the league at some of the players who are making headlines right now. Here’s the latest.
Lance Moore, WR, New Orleans Saints: According to some rumblings surrounding the Saints organization, Moore could be in a different jersey next season. He’s become a salary cap liability, set to count $5.1 million against it during this upcoming campaign. There’s no guarantee in his contract, so the Saints could (and likely will) simply opt to drop him.
Moore posted only 457 yards in 2013 and battled through some tough injuries. The Saints are looking to get younger at receiver (think Kenny Stills), but on the bright side, it shouldn’t take Moore long to catch on somewhere else if he’s cut.
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Jason Campbell, QB, Cleveland Browns: It’ll be interesting to see what the Browns will do at quarterback this season. The latest word from sources around the team is that they’ll be dropping Campbell, who will be due $3.25 million during the upcoming season. He was just 1-7 as a starter but did develop some nice chemistry with uber-WR Josh Gordon.
Also expected to be put on the proverbial chopping block is Brandon Weeden, who went 0-5 with nine touchdowns and nine interceptions. That leaves Brian Hoyer as the only QB of note left, so they’ll be looking at the position during the early rounds of the draft. They pick fourth, and have been rumored to have significant interest in Johnny Manziel.
Percy Harvin, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Today will be a big day for Harvin. He’s expected to return to practice for the first time after sustaining a concussion against the Saints in the Divisional Round. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll expects him to be out there, which is a great indicator of his potential availability for the Super Bowl.
Top-ranked defense or no, the Seahawks definitely need an injection of life on offense, and Harvin could very well provide that. They’ll have to work extra hard to get him back up to speed in time for the big game.
Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: We’ll close things out today with a quick check-up on Jones, who has been gone since breaking a bone in his foot during October. The latest word on him is that he’s progressing well and is expected to be ready for OTAs. That said, the Falcons are expected to ease Jones along very carefully this off-season to make sure he’s fully healed up.
NFL Playoffs Schedule and Key Dates: There’s just one more (meaningful) game left in the NFL season, and after that it’s back to anticipation mode for the 2014 campaign. Here’s a look at the schedule and scores from previous rounds, along with a few important upcoming dates we’ll be seeing soon.
Sunday, January 26, 2014:
Pro Bowl: 7:30 PM ET (NBC)
February 2, 2014:
Super Bowl XLVIII: 6:30 PM ET (FOX)
Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos
Important 2014 Dates:
May 8-10: NFL Draft
July 24: Training Camp Opens
September 4: First Game of the Season
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
Sunday, January 19, 2014:
Denver Broncos 26, New England Patriots 16
Seattle Seahawks 23, San Francisco 49ers 17
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