NFL News: Player News and Updates for 6/21/14
NFL Updates: News Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 21, 2014
It’s been a busy week of NFL off-season action, and we’re sure to be seeing more developments in the coming days. 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.
Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts: It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on Wayne, so let’s see how he’s doing right now.
Wayne has been out since his devastating ACL tear last season, but enters this year at 100 percent heading into the season. The veteran WR made some comments this week saying that this was “the healthiest I’ve been since ‘02,” and added that the extra rehab and rest allowed him to let his body heal up.
Wayne is heading into a contract year, and even though he’ll be out there at age 35, he’ll still be a huge part of what the Colts are doing offensively. The Reggie Wayne of old may not be there numbers-wise, but it won’t be hard to see his impact on the team.
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Knowshon Moreno, RB, Miami Dolphins: One of the big storylines late this week has been the curious situation with the Dolphins’ new back Knowshon Moreno. He was pushed to the back of the practice rotation during Miami’s camp session on Thursday, and yesterday a report emerged saying that his downgrade was due to a bothersome left knee issue.
It’s worth noting that the knee in question isn’t the one he tore the ACL in during the 2011 season (that was his right), but this news is unsettling nonetheless.
The latest word is that Moreno will be seeing a doctor in the coming days to see if he requires arthroscopic surgery on his knee. We’ll keep you posted on that.
Moreno is on a one-year, $3 million contract with Miami.
Israel Idonije, DE, Free Agent: This is relatively minor news on the league scale, but for Bears faithful it represents the end of an era. The team cut ties with Idonije this week as part of a round of cuts, which brings a quick end to a Bears reunion that lasted only a few months this off-season.
Idonije is coming off his least productive campaign as a pro, logging just seven tackles and a half-sack in 2013 with the Lions. That’s a far cry from his peak in 2010 with Chicago, when he posted eight sacks and three pass deflections.
Idonije was with the Bears from 2004-12, and found a nice role under the Lovie Smith regime. It’s a very real possibility that this will end his career at age 33.
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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