NFL News: Player News and Updates for 8/11/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 11, 2014
After an interesting weekend of NFL preseason action, it’s time once again to start looking forward to the upcoming games. With each week, we’ll be getting a closer look at the way some teams will be operating once the regular season starts. That said, let’s make our daily roundup of today’s headlines and see what’s happening out there.
Manziel Outlook: Now that we’ve had a day to digest Johnny Manziel’s professional debut on Saturday, it’s time for the speculation to start flying. He and No. 1 QB Brian Hoyer each had seven drives in their care, with none resulting in a touchdown.
There were the usual bonehead mistakes that always seem to be present in a preseason game, and neither player could develop any sort of coherent offensive rhythm because of them. Manziel wasn’t asked to do a whole lot, and he did manage to make a couple of nice plays with his legs. Hoyer, on the other hand, was up-and-down but had a few nice throws to his credit.
Long story short, preseason game one didn’t do much to clarify the Browns’ position on a starting quarterback. We’ll have to wait another week (August 18) to get an additional peek at their plans, when the Browns play the Redskins.
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Jets Injuries: Yesterday, the Jets got a couple of bad news items on the injury front. RB Chris Ivory was severely limited during yesterday’s practice session, thanks to a rib cartilage injury he sustained in the team’s preseason opener against the Colts on Thursday. His status for Saturday against the Bengals is still up in the air.
Making matters worse, CB Dee Milliner injured his left ankle during yesterday’s practice. He wasn’t able to put any weight on it as the Jets’ training staff helped him off the field. Reports are saying it‘s a high-ankle sprain, which isn’t as bad as it could have been but is still a huge blow to New York. They are planning on relying heavily on Milliner this season, and with rookie CB Dex McDougle done with a torn ACL, they’ll need him more than ever.
Bradford Is Back: Speaking of injured players, the Rams’ Sam Bradford has been working his way back from ACL surgery this off-season. He sat out the team’s preseason opener last week, but yesterday we learned that he’ll be playing in Saturday’s game against Green Bay.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher says he hasn’t decided how long Bradford will play just yet, but suffice to say he probably won’t be in there for too long. That said, he’s shown some nice mobility in the team’s practice sessions and has improved the velocity on his throws. 2014 will be a big year for Bradford, and he’ll want to enter at 100 percent health.
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)
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