NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/23/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Week 17 Schedule and More
December 23, 2014
Now that Week 16 is in the rearview mirror, it’s time to start focusing on the NFL’s final regular-season week of 2014. For many teams, it’s the end of the road. For others, the fun is just beginning. With that, let’s check out some of the notable storylines in our daily check-up.
MNF Wrap-Up: We had a good game last night in Cincinnati. The Bengals ended up taking care of the Broncos by a score of 37-28, securing themselves a spot in the playoffs. They did it on the strength of four interceptions and a great running game led by Jeremy Hill.
As a result, the Bengals will now play the Steelers in Pittsburgh this week, with the winner taking the division (the loser gets a Wild Card). As for the Broncos, they lose the current No. 1 seed in the AFC to the Patriots.
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One week after getting benched in favor of Jimmy Clausen, the Bears will be turning back to Jay Cutler for their Week 17 finale against the Vikings.
Clausen is experiencing delayed symptoms from a concussion--absorbed on a helmet-to-helmet hit during a loss to the Lions on Sunday--and will not play Week 17.
Whether or not it’s Cutler’s final start as a Bear remains to be seen, but it’s setting up to be an interesting off-season in Chicago.
It’s looking like the Cardinals are making a quarterback change as well. Logan Thomas is expected to get the start (the first of his career) on Sunday against San Francisco. He’ll come on in relief of Ryan Lindley, who posted just 18-of-44 passes for 216 yards, no scores and a pick.
The Chiefs’ Dwayne Bowe has a sprained shoulder, but the coaching staff in Kansas City is optimistic that he’ll be able to suit up for the finale against San Diego.
We’ll have to watch him in practice this week to see if that holds true.
Mike Williams is gone from the Bills. He was released yesterday following a stint on injured reserve due to a calf injury.
Williams finishes the 2014 campaign with 142 yards and a touchdown on eight grabs.
No big surprise here, but Eagles QB Nick Foles has been ruled out of Week 17 against the Giants. He’s been sidelined since Week 9 due to a broken collarbone.
Foles compiled 2,163 yards and 13 touchdowns with 10 interceptions this year.
Week 17 NFL Schedule: It’s time to start looking forward to Week 17 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: None
Sunday, December 28, 2014:
1:00 PM ET
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons (FOX)
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens (CBS)
Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (FOX)
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans (CBS)
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (FOX)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans (CBS)
San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS0
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins (CBS)
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings (FOX)
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots (CBS)
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants (FOX)
Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)
4:25 PM ET
Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos (CBS)
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers (FOX)
St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks (FOX)
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