NFL News: Player News and Updates for 8/1/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 1, 2014
We’re cruising toward another off-season weekend in the NFL, and it won’t be too much longer before we’re talking about the preseason games on the schedule. In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy happenings out there and see who’s in the news this morning.
Arizona RB Plans: Yesterday, we got a little bit of insight on the hierarchy of the Cardinals’ running backs. Here’s how it’s supposed to be shaking out.
The team’s No. 1 will obviously be the uber-talented Andre Ellington, but both backups Stepfan Taylor and Jonathan Dwyer will have significant roles. Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has shown a penchant for trying to avoid overusing Ellington, so we’ll see plenty of both the No. 2 and 3 here.
Taylor is technically ahead of Dwyer on the depth chart as of right now, but each back will have his specific role in the offense. We still see Taylor getting more on-field time, though, thanks to his extra strengths in pass protection.
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David Wilson, RB, New York Giants: We haven’t gone in-depth with this one just yet, and it’s high time we did. Giants running back David Wilson suffered a setback to his healing neck this week, and now it appears his career could be in jeopardy--maybe even for good this time.
On Tuesday, Wilson suffered a “burner” to his neck (which reportedly involves numbness and tingling) and was ruled out of practice for the rest of the week. He won’t be able to play in the team’s preseason game Sunday, either.
According to rumors, Wilson’s prognosis is pretty grim, and he’ll need a “miracle” to continue his career with the Giants. We’ll suspend judgment until we figure out what’s going on for sure, but in the meantime things don’t look so good. It would be something of a surprise if he plays again. We'll find out after Monday's visit with his surgeon.
Wallace Injury: Now let’s take our talents to South Beach to check out another injury that’s impacting the Dolphins. The team’s No. 1 WR Mike Wallace will be out of practice until next week, and also won’t be participating in the team’s planned scrimmage tomorrow.
Wallace is suffering from a hamstring issue, but the good news is that it doesn’t sound like it’s such a big deal. He’s coming off a 930-yard, five-touchdown season, but hopes are high that he’ll be able to post some better numbers in 2014.
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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