NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/22/14
NFL Updates: Gordon, Sanders, Off-Season Schedule and More
May 22, 2014
The week is beginning to wind down, but the NFL news continues to trickle in from all around the league. Training camp really isn’t all that far off, so fans will want to keep up with their favorite teams to find out what’s going to be happening this season. On that note, let’s take a look at some of the top stories from around the league.
Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns: We still don’t have an official word on the suspension length for the Browns’ Josh Gordon just yet, but it’s not looking good. The latest reports have him looking at a season-long suspension for his third violation of the NFL’s drug policy, and the team has been stockpiling wide receivers in preparation for his absence.
Gordon’s representatives are preparing to appeal the suspension--however long it may be--so there’s a chance we could see it knocked down a bit. Previous reports had him out for anywhere from eight games to an entire season, so this would be on the harsh side of the punishment if the latest report is true.
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Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos: The Broncos’ talented receiving corps will have a new wrinkle during the 2014 season when former Steeler Emmanuel Sanders takes the field with his new team. Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase is visibly giddy at the prospect of utilizing his new toy, noting Sanders’ speed and separation skills as valuable tools in his arsenal.
Sanders is coming off a nice year in Pittsburgh, notching 67 catches for 740 yards and a half-dozen scores. Chances are he’ll be able to better those numbers in Denver this season with Peyton Manning throwing him the ball.
Playoff Expansion Next Year?: At the Spring League Meeting this week, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed that the league’s playoff format wouldn’t be changing just yet, but he also added that he believes an expansion will come for the 2015 season.
Currently, the NFL allows 12 teams into the playoffs, and there are arguments from both sides when it comes to altering that format. An extra couple of teams in the postseason would help maintain interest from a broader fan base, but would also water down the competition in what’s supposed to be the elite class of NFL squads.
Our guess is that an expansion will happen, and not just because Goodell is pushing for it. More games equal more revenue for the league, and that’s basically all this amounts to.
Week 1 Schedule: Now that the schedules have been released, we can start looking forward to the on-field action as we warm up for the 2014 campaign. Here’s a look at the first week of the season, which begins September 4.
Thursday, September 4, 2014:
8:30 PM ET:
Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks (NBC)
Sunday, September 7, 2014:
1:00 PM ET:
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons (FOX)
Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams (FOX)
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles (CBS)
Oakland Raiders at New York Jets (CBS)
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (CBS)
Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears (FOX)
Washington Redskins at Houston Texans (FOX)
Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (CBS)
4:25 PM ET:
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)
San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys (FOX)
8:30 PM ET:
Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos (NBC)
Monday, September 8, 2014:
7:10 PM ET:
New York Giants at Detroit Lions (ESPN)
10:20 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals (ESPN)
NFL Off-Season Key Dates: We’re now back to full-on anticipation mode for the 2014 campaign. Here’s a look at some of the noteworthy dates from this off-season period that should keep us occupied until the league kicks off again.
Important 2014 Dates Remaining:
July 24: Training Camp Opens
September 4: First Game of the 2014 Season
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