NFL News: Player News and Updates for 7/27/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 27, 2014
Last week was a pretty interesting one when it comes to NFL news and activity. We’ve got plenty more action coming our way as the training camps continue this week, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making news out there. Here’s the latest.
Vick Ballard, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Most of the NFL community and fans feared the worst when the Colts’ Vick Ballard went down during training camp on Friday, and yesterday we got confirmation on those fears.
Colts coach Chuck Pagano confirmed that Ballard had sustained a torn Achilles tendon and he will be out for the rest of the season. This will be the second straight year he’s dealt with a major injury; In 2013, he missed major time due to an ACL issue. Indy will have to lean that much harder on Trent Richardson in the meantime.
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Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: Talented Green Bay WR Jordy Nelson got some good news yesterday, when he inked a four-year deal worth $39 million. Of that money, a reported $14.2 million is guaranteed.
That’s pretty close to Nelson’s asking price; He wanted to get around $10 million per year. He would have been a free agent after 2014 if the Pack hadn’t extended him. Atlanta’s Roddy White just signed a contract for $30 million, so that puts him ahead in the salary bragging rights column.
During the 2013 season, Nelson dazzled onlookers with 85 catches for 1,314 yards and eight touchdowns.
Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills: With Indianapolis’ Vick Ballard going down during training camp yesterday, some were fearing a similar grim prognosis for the Bills’ Fred Jackson, who also exited practice on Friday due to an injury.
Jackson escaped unscathed, however, as his injury is being classified as a leg bruise and he’s day-to-day.
That’s good news for Jackson, who will be fighting for dominance in the Bills backfield among C.J. Spiller and newcomer Bryce Brown. Jackson will likely end up seeing fewer touches this season because of all the competition.
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 This Month:
July 16: First Rookie Training Camp Reporting Date
July 19: First Veteran Training Camp Reporting Date
July 23-27: Training Camps Open
September 4: First Game of the 2014 Season
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