NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/2/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
September 2, 2014
Now that the Labor Day holiday weekend has finished up, we’ve got just two days left until the official start of the 2014 NFL season. While we’re waiting on kickoff, let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making news out there this morning. Here’s the latest.
Welker Update: It’s been a few days since we’ve checked in on the health of the Broncos’ Wes Welker, so let’s see how he’s progressing.
Welker was able to return to the practice field yesterday, which was his first appearance there since he sustained his latest concussion during a preseason game against the Texans. He’s still got a ways to go as far as being cleared for contact and for game action, but this is a very good step in the right direction.
Welker has now suffered three concussions in the span of 10 games. This one was reportedly less severe than his others, but head injuries are notoriously tricky things, and the team will take no chances here.
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Beckham Outlook: One of the interesting storylines around Big Blue this year will be the development of their rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham. He’s supposed to be in line for a big role this year, running outside routes so veteran Victor Cruz can work the slot as usual.
That said, Beckham has to get healthy first. The team doesn’t seem to think he’ll be able to recover in time to participate in the team’s opener on Monday night against the Lions, so they’ll likely have to do without him at least one week.
Beckham’s health is just the latest setback in an unremarkable preseason; He’ll have some work to do to prove his worth once he’s back out there on the field.
Smith Contract: The Chiefs’ Alex Smith certainly had a happy holiday weekend. He inked a brand new, four-year, $68 million contract extension with the team, a deal that includes $45 million in guaranteed money.
Smith is going into the final year of his current contract; He’ll make $7.5 million this season. There had been some intense speculation around the team as to whether they’d give in and pay him as a top-flight quarterback or whether he’d take more of a Chiefs-friendly deal. We guess we have our answer now.
Smith played well under new head coach Andy Reid last season, tossing 3,313 yards and 23 scores. With the dynamic Jamaal Charles behind him, there’s no reason why he can’t easily duplicate those numbers this season.
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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