NFL News: Player News and Updates for 10/16/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League
Today’s the day. The NFL’s Week 7 action will be getting kicked off tonight with the Jets visiting the Patriots in an AFC East matchup. While we’re waiting on the game to begin, let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s in the news this morning.
The Eagles’ Zach Ertz has one major strength on the football field, and that’s his pass-catching abilities. He’s not as good in the blocking game as fellow TE Brent Celek, which is why Celek outplayed him 57-30 snaps in the Eagles’ Week 6 matchup.
Philly’s focus on the run means that Celek will be getting most of the looks in the immediate future. When he’s in the game, you can bet the ball is most likely going to super-RB LeSean McCoy (who posted 149 yards on 22 carries against the Giants).
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It looks like we’ve got an RB committee forming in St. Louis. Rams coach Jeff Fisher remarked this week that he’s got “no problem” with a group effort at RB, so that means we should be seeing an even split or maybe a hot-hand approach in the Rams’ next game.
St. Louis has a trio of Zac Stacy, Benny Cunningham and rookie Tre Mason in the backfield right now, and it seems Mason has most of the buzz centered around him right now. We’ll have to see how things shake out.
The Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell was in court yesterday for a brief appearance. During his time there, he waived his right to a preliminary hearing regarding his DUI and marijuana possession charges.
Bell had to take a drug and alcohol evaluation on the spot yesterday, due to the charges he’s up against. He and fellow RB LeGarrette Blount were placed under arrest in August during a traffic stop.
If the Jets are going to stand any chance whatsoever of beating the Patriots tonight, they’re going to have to get as many healthy bodies on the field as possible.
Overall, their injury report is pretty promising, with most of the players being deemed probable for tonight’s game. That said, Greg Salas and Trevor Reilly have both been ruled out.
The Cardinals kept RB Andre Ellington out of practice yesterday in an effort to keep his foot injury in line. The team is trying to be as careful as possible with their star back, so you can expect the kid glove treatment during practices while he’s banged up.
Week 7 NFL Schedule: It’s time to start looking forward to Week 7 in the NFL. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks you can catch the games on.
Bye Week: Eagles, Buccaneers
Thursday, October 16, 2014:
8:25 PM ET:
New York Jets at New England Patriots (CBS)
Sunday, October 19, 2014:
1:00 PM ET
Atlanta Falcons at Baltimore Ravens (FOX)
Tennessee Titans at Washington Redskins (CBS)
Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams (FOX)
Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville Jaguars (CBS)
Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts (CBS)
Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills (FOX)
Miami Dolphins at Chicago Bears (CBS)
New Orleans Saints at Detroit Lions (FOX)
Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers (FOX)
4:05 PM ET
Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers (CBS)
4:25 PM ET
Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders (FOX)
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (FOX)
8:30 PM ET
San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos (NBC)
Monday, October 20, 2014:
8:30 PM ET
Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers (ESPN)
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