NFL News: Player News and Updates for 10/18/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League
It’s Saturday, and that means just one more day before all of the big weekend matchups get started in the NFL. While we’re waiting on those kickoffs, let’s take a closer look at some of the notable players around the NFL and see what everyone’s up to.
Is Arizona’s Andre Ellington due for a big game tomorrow against the Raiders? That seems to be the general sentiment floating around the team.
He’s certainly due for a breakout performance. Ellington has averaged just over three yards per carry in his past three appearances, but relief could be coming with Oakland.
The Raiders D hasn’t been able to contain opposing running backs this season, allowing them to average 4.8 yards per carry. We see a big game for Ellington here.
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You can pretty much count on Detroit WR Calvin Johnson sitting out tomorrow’s game against the Saints. Lions coach Jim Caldwell said yesterday that it would be a “miracle” if Johnson was able to take the field, yet the team refuses to rule him out in the hopes that he might be able to go. (Or more likely, in a bit of gamesmanship as well.)
Johnson has been fighting off a sprained ankle which kept him out of action in Week 6 and has been nagging at him for some time. It’s really hampered his production, too; in his last two games combined he has just three grabs for 19 yards.
With A.J. Green banged up, the Bengals have been looking to their other receivers to cover the slack. Mohamed Sanu will get another shot at a large role in the offense, and thus far he’s done well with the extra participation.
Sanu has posted 15 grabs for 190 yards and a pair of scores in the past two weeks, but he won’t have quite such an easy time tomorrow.
The Bengals will face off against the Colts this week, and Indianapolis has done a good job at stopping opposing wideouts so far. That said, with two of Cincinnati’s top three wide receivers nursing injury, expect Sanu to get plenty of looks.
The Giants will head into tomorrow’s key game against Dallas with a couple of notable injury concerns on hand.
The good news is that linebacker Jon Beason and punter Steve Weatherford were able to practice fully yesterday and earned the probable designation. That said, both Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Spencer Paysinger were limited in yesterday’s practice, earning them the questionable tag. That could lead to some depth problems on defense.
Also--and as expected--Rashad Jennings has been ruled out for this week.
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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