NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/9/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
September 9, 2014
Now that Week 1 is all wrapped up in the NFL, it’s time to start turning our attentions toward Week 2. There are plenty of notable storylines out there as we embark on our two-day break, so with that said let’s check out some of the key players and headlines out there this morning.
“Monday Night Football” Wrap-Up: We learned a couple of things in the Lions’ convincing 35-14 victory over the Giants last night. First, that Calvin Johnson guy is pretty good at football (164 yards; two touchdowns). Secondly, the Giants still have a lot of work to do if they want to be competitive in the NFC. The team couldn’t get much of a running game going (53 total rush yards), and that didn’t help the pass.
In the nightcap, we saw a much more competitive affair. The Cardinals eked out a come-from-behind 18-17 victory on the strength of two Carson Palmer pass scores in the fourth quarter. Surprisingly enough, uber-RB Andre Ellington was healthy by game-time and able to participate in his team’s big win.
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Bears O-Line Woes: Bad news for Jay Cutler and the Chicago offense. The team suffered a pair of significant injuries on their O-line during their Week 1 loss to the Bills, as both Roberto Garza and Matt Slauson suffered high-ankle sprains.
Sources close to the team are speculating that the pair could be out for a couple of weeks at minimum, which is horrible news for a high-octane offense built on passing. You can expect to see Cutler take a lot more hits this week.
Ray Rice Situation: Let’s address the proverbial elephant in the room and try to make some sense on the Ray Rice situation. Yesterday, word broke that the Ravens had released their former No. 1 back, and the NFL had suspended him indefinitely. The actions came after a new video emerged expanding on Rice’s domestic abuse allegations, and was a fairly predictable outcome from a league still trying to save face after initially giving him a slap-on-the-wrist punishment of a two-week ban.
If there’s any good to come from this, it’s that the NFL has formally changed their personal conduct policy to reflect domestic violence charges.
The Ravens will be back in the spotlight on Thursday in a big divisional game against Pittsburgh. Justin Forsett and Bernard Pierce will handle the RB duties.
NFL Week 2 Schedule: With Week 1 in the books, it’s time to start looking forward to Week 2. We’ve got plenty of interesting matchups on tap for the second round of games, so here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks you can catch the action on.
Thursday September 11, 2014:
8:25 PM ET:
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens (CBS, NFL Network)
Sunday, September 14, 2014:
1:00 PM ET:
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (CBS)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Redskins (CBS)
Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans (FOX)
Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants (FOX)
New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings (CBS)
New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns (FOX)
Atlanta Falcons at Cincinnati Bengals (FOX)
Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers (FOX)
4:05 PM ET:
St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)
Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers (FOX)
4:25 PM ET:
Houston Texans at Oakland Raiders (CBS)
New York Jets at Green Bay Packers (CBS)
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos (CBS)
Monday, September 15, 2014:
8:30 PM ET:
Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts (ESPN)
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