NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/3/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
September 3, 2014
Just one more day left until the official start of the NFL’s 2014 campaign. The anticipation is reaching a fever pitch, and we football fans are chomping at the proverbial bit. In the meantime, let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the notable headlines out there right now.
Watt Deal: Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt has a lot to be smiling about today. Long regarded as the best defender in the game, the Texans put their money where their proverbial mouths are yesterday and gave Watt a huge contract extension.
The historic deal is a six-year extension worth $100 million. That number reportedly includes $51.8 million in guaranteed money. Assuming those numbers are correct, Watt is now making more than the Bills paid Mario Williams ($96 million) and has now shed his moniker as the most underpaid player in the NFL.
The Watt extension solidifies a potentially fearsome combination up front for the Texans. He’ll pair up with rookie sensation (and No. 1 overall pick) Jadaveon Clowney for what should be must-see television during the coming years.
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Gronkowski Status: We haven’t had the chance to visit with our old pal Rob Gronkowski lately, so let’s check in with him and see how he’s doing. Earlier this week, the Patriots tight end told the media that he will be starting in New England’s opener on Sunday against their division rival Dolphins.
That’s great news for the Pats, obviously, as a healthy Gronkowski brings a significant advantage to their offensive attack that’s sorely lacking when he’s not on the field. Gronk is coming off surgery on his knee, preceded by a boatload of forearm issues.
Gronkowski says he won’t be playing “every single snap,” so we won’t see him out there as much as usual over the first game or two.
Welker Update: Let’s cruise on over to Denver and check on an ex-member of the aforementioned Patriots in Wes Welker. In what’s admittedly a surprising situation, been banned by the NFL for four games for violation of the league’s PED policy. (It was reportedly amphetamines that caused the positive test.) The sample was taken shortly after Welker went to the Kentucky Derby, and he even went so far as to say that he’s considering the possibility that someone spiked his drink at that event.
This is a crushing blow to the Broncos and to Welker, who seemed to be on track to beat his latest concussion and take the field this weekend. He’ll be eligible to return against the Jets.
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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