NFL News: Player News and Updates for 6/5/14
NFL Updates: Nelson, Wilson, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 5, 2014
We’re transitioning into the weekend, and with the closing of the workweek comes a steady stream of NFL happenings. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look around the league and see which players are making headlines out there. Here’s the latest.
Rams OTA Notes: We’ve got a couple of nuggets from the Rams this morning, as the team gets ready to begin their OTA off-season workouts today.
OT Jake Long will not be healthy enough to participate in the minicamp sessions, thanks to his rehab from a torn ACL and MCL. That said, he’s expected to be back to 100 percent by the time the team begins their 2014 campaign.
Then there’s QB Sam Bradford. In the weeks leading up to today’s camp, there had been some questions as to whether or not he’d be healthy enough to participate. Those questions have been answered now, as the team announced yesterday that he’ll be ready. Bradford tore an ACL in his left knee last season.
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Packers WR Questions: Green Bay has some tough decisions to make regarding their WR corps. Both Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson will be free agents following the 2014 season, and both receivers will command a high salary.
Nelson is the Packers’ WR veteran right now, with Greg Jennings and James Jones gone. He’s in the final year of a $12.6 million deal, and the expectation is that the team will make re-signing him a priority.
We’d imagine the Packers will take care of Nelson first--probably closer to training camp--before they turn their attentions toward Jones (and see how much money they’ve got left to work with). That said, Green Bay let Jennings and Jones walk away without those big-money deals, so nothing is guaranteed.
David Wilson, RB, New York Giants: Yesterday, Wilson visited with a doctor in a highly-anticipated checkup. He was not able to gain clearance to return from his neck injury, however, and will continue to participate in non-contact drills for the Giants.
Wilson had surgery on his neck in January and has been a big question mark since then. He’s scheduled to have another checkup at some point before training camp, and he’ll get another chance to gain medical clearance for contact at that point. If he cant, New York will have to rely primarily on Rashad Jennings and their new rookie Andre Williams.
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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