NFL News: Player News and Updates for 8/28/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 28, 2014
We’ve got our final round of NFL preseason games tonight, and though these last exhibition matchups don’t mean much, they do signify the last obstacle before the regular season. With that said, let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the key players and headlines everyone’s talking about.
Welker Update: It’s been a couple of days since we’ve checked in on the Broncos’ Wes Welker, so let’s see how things are coming along for him. He suffered a concussion on Saturday during Denver’s third preseason game against the Texans, which was his third concussion in the past 10 months.
Although the frequency of Welker’s head injuries sounds pretty bad, this particular concussion isn’t believed to be as serious as his other two were last season. So far, the reports are that he’s doing very well in his concussion protocols (“fantastic,” as Broncos head coach John Fox says), there remains quite a bit of optimism in Denver that he won’t be out for a lengthy period.
That said, it’s near impossible to speculate anything about concussions, and each case is different. Welker is questionable for Week 1 at this point.
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Gordon Appeal: After four long months of waiting, yesterday afternoon we finally got our answer to all those questions surrounding the Browns’ troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon. The NFL upheld his one-year suspension for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy, which is pretty much how we all figured things would work out.
The news is a crippling--though not entirely unexpected--blow to the Cleveland offense, as they’ll have to rely on increasingly creative ways of getting the ball down the field without Gordon’s big-play abilities accounted for (more on that in a minute).
All of that said, there’s a chance that Gordon and his lawyers could challenge the league in court. There were some testing discrepancies surrounding his positive violation, and we could see his legal team moving on those in the days to come. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Cameron Emergence?: Now, on to the aforementioned changes that the Browns will have to make now that Gordon is officially gone for the year. By most accounts, the lion’s share of the offensive responsibility will fall on the only other household name on their team (besides Johnny Football and maybe Joe Hayden, that is).
Tight end Jordan Cameron, who rose to prominence even amid quarterback inconsistency last season, now figures to be the Browns’ No. 1 receiving option, given his talents. He’s entering the final year of his rookie deal, and we expect Cleveland to open up the check book for him soon, since they really don’t have anyone else they can rely on.
Week 1 Schedule: The regular season is (finally) upon us, and we can start looking forward to the on-field action as we anticipate the 2014 campaign. Here’s a look at the first week of the season.
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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