NFL News: Player News and Updates for 8/23/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 23, 2014
We’ve reached the weekend (finally), and even better we’re knee-deep in NFL preseason football. In a couple more weeks, we’ll be talking about the regular-season opener, but in the meantime we can occupy ourselves by taking our daily look at the headlines around the league. Here’s the latest.
Charles Latest: Let’s check in on the latest updates on the health of Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles.
Those hoping to see him in action during today’s preseason game against the Vikings will be disappointed, as multiple sources have him all but ruled out for that one. Charles had missed some time this week in practice due to a bruised foot, and the team is (understandably) taking an extra-cautious approach with their star back.
The good news is that Charles is expected to be A-OK for the season opener. The Chiefs will definitely be leaning on him heavily once again; He posted 1,287 yards on the ground with 12 touchdowns in 2013, and added 693 and seven more scores through the air.
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McCoy Update: We got some good news on Eagles running back LeSean McCoy yesterday following a concerning situation in Thursday’s preseason game.
McCoy went in for X-rays on his thumb during the first quarter of the Eagles’ win over the Steelers, immediately following a 22-yard touchdown screen.
He called the trainers over immediately following his first touch, but was able to come back out for the second series.
McCoy went to the locker room for some tests on his injured thumb, but thankfully they came back negative.
We don’t expect him to see much action in the final preseason game as the Eagles simply try to get to the regular season healthy.
Gronkowski Latest: Now that the Patriots have played their third preseason game, let’s check in on Gronkowski and see how he’s faring.
The big tight end wasn’t able to play in last night’s matchup against the Panthers; He’s still working his way back from his ACL surgery. As a matter of fact, most sources close to the team don’t think he’ll be able to play at all in the preseason.
The good news for the Patriots is that Gronkowski is coming along steadily. He started taking minor contact in team drills this week (his first participation since his surgery) and realistically could end up taking the field in Week 1.
It’s been a while since Gronk has been fully healthy, but if he can avoid any setbacks and play out a full 16-game slate, it’ll provide a huge boost to the Pats’ plans at capturing the AFC East yet again.
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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