NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/7/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
September 7, 2014
Well, today is the day. After a long off-season of waiting, it’s time for the majority of teams around the NFL to kick off their 2014 campaigns. It’ll be a long day of must-see television starting this afternoon, but in the meantime let’s take one last look at some of the headlines and noteworthy players as we head into game day.
Lacy Outlook: Within the next couple of days, we’ll likely have a pretty good idea as to what the immediate future holds for Packers starting running back Eddie Lacy. The good news is that he’s already making progress in his return from a concussion--sustained Thursday in a 20-point loss to the defending champion Seahawks.
Lacy passed the first part of the league’s concussion protocol on Friday, and reportedly was feeling good. Thanks to the long layoff between games, the Green Bay players have the weekend off, and the extra time will only serve to help him in his quest to get back on the field.
That very well could happen in Week 2, when the Packers will host the Jets. We’ll have to watch Lacy in practice this week to get a feel for how he’s progressing.
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Reggie Wayne Outlook: Today is a very big day in the long career of veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne. He’s making his regular-season debut this evening against the Broncos on the primetime stage, his first action since missing out on nine games last season due to ACL surgery.
Wayne seems to be back to his old self--or at least that’s what he and the team are maintaining. There will be no restrictions placed on him as far as snap counts or field time.
With a little luck (and a little Luck)--and a healthy season--Wayne could very well eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in 2014. It remains to be seen what exactly the Colts offense will look like this year, though, and tonight’s game against the defending AFC champs will be a good test.
Cam Newton Outlook: Panthers fans and fantasy owners take note: We’ll have to keep a close eye on Newton all the way up until game-time today before we can determine his status.
He’s listed as questionable on the team’s injury report for the opener against the Buccaneers, thanks to his rib injury. He’ll be a game-time decision.
The good news is that Newton was able to make it through a full practice session on Friday and took his full share of reps during the session.
Newton has never missed a start in his professional career, but if he’s out for today’s game it’ll spell doom for an already struggling Panthers offense. Keep those fingers crossed.
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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