NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/17/15
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Playoffs Schedule and More
January 17, 2015
We’re down to our final day of waiting before we get going on the NFL’s AFC and NFC Championship games, and the anticipation is reaching a fever pitch. Before we settle in and start the weekend, let’s check out some of the notable players and situations out there across the league.
The Falcons’ Julio Jones isn’t quite over his hip surgery just yet, so he’ll be replaced in the Pro Bowl this year by the Broncos’ Emmanuel Sanders.
This will be Sanders’ first trip; he’s coming off a 104-catch season that yielded 1,404 yards and nine scores.
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Perhaps one of the strangest and most troubling situations for the Colts last week was the status of once-vaunted running back Trent Richardson, who completed his downward spiral of ability by showing up as a healthy scratch for the Broncos game.
This week, the Indianapolis coaching staff says Richardson will be a game-time decision for the Patriots, so he may not even get on the field for that one. Regardless of if Richardson is in there or not, you can expect a heavy dose of Boom Herron.
In other Colts news, cornerbacks Vontae Davis and Greg Toler are both questionable for tomorrow’s matchup. That said, the general sentiment seems to be that both will be able to play.
Let’s head over to the Packers. Aaron Rodgers and his much talked-about calf are probable for tomorrow’s NFC title matchup in Seattle, and RB Eddie Lacy shares that designation as well. DE Josh Boyd and G Josh Sitton are probable, too.
One QB name to watch this off-season will be Ravens backup Tyrod Taylor. He’s set to hit the free agent market after backing up Joe Flacco for four seasons in 2014. He didn’t attempt a pass this season, which is the first time in his career that’s happened.
If the Ravens don’t end up retaining him, Taylor will likely draw some interest on the open market and could compete for a starting job with one of the QB-needy teams.
NFL Playoffs Schedule: Here’s a look at the complete schedule for the next round of the NFL playoffs, along with the start times and TV networks you can catch the games on.
Sunday January 18:
3:05 PM ET:
Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks (FOX)
6:40 PM ET
Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots (CBS)
Sunday, January 25:
Pro Bowl, 8:00 PM ET
Sunday, February 1:
6:30 PM ET
TBA vs. TBA (NBC)
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