NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/20/15
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Playoffs Schedule and More
January 20, 2015
We’re in the dead stretch between the AFC/NFC Championships and the Super Bowl (the Pro Bowl doesn’t really count as football) but there’s a lot to talk about in the meantime. Let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the notable headlines out there right now.
Pats-Hawks Super Bowl Outlook: After a long NFL season of ups and downs, we’re now getting the Super Bowl matchup that a lot of people predicted at the beginning of the year. The Seahawks and Patriots were the favorites from their respective conferences, and after Sunday’s conference championships (in which Seattle stole an improbable victory from Green Bay and New England flat-out destroyed the hapless Colts) we’ll be getting a solid-looking Super Bowl.
Pats QB Tom Brady has a lot riding on this one. He’ll be starting his sixth Super Bowl, the most of any quarterback. If he can manage to get a win, he’ll match both Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw with four, also the most out of all the quarterbacks.
If Seattle wants to prevent that, they’ll have to find some life in their offense, which looked downright anemic for most of the Packers game. The vaunted Seahawks defense will keep them in the game as they always do, but if Russell Wilson and company can’t generate any movement the game could get out of hand quickly--much like Seattle did to Peyton Manning and the Broncos last year.
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The Colts’ Reggie Wayne didn’t want to talk too much following his team’s 45-7 beat down at the hands of the Patriots on Sunday, but he did give an indication of his off-season plans.
He’ll be having surgery in the coming weeks to repair a torn triceps, but we’ll have to wait and see if he elects to return to the NFL in 2015.
Wayne had an elbow injury this season that hampered his numbers, but he finished with 64 grabs for 779 yards and a pair of scores.
Now on to the Seahawks. Seattle’s Richard Sherman got an MRI following Sunday’s NFC Championship win over the Packers, and the test revealed he has a sprained elbow.
The good news here is that Sherman should be able to play in the Super Bowl. He was hurt during the second half of this past weekend’s victory.
Martellus Bennett will be replacing Rob Gronkowski on the Pro Bowl roster. Gronk can’t play the exhibition game due to his presence in the Super Bowl.
Bennett posted 90 garabs for 916 yards and five scores in a career year during 2014.
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 25:
Pro Bowl, 8:00 PM ET
Sunday, February 1:
6:30 PM ET
Seahawks vs. Patriots (NBC)
Off-Season Key Dates:
February 16: Teams can designate franchise players
Feb 17-23: NFL Scouting Combine (Indianapolis)
March 10: 2015 league year begins; free agency begins at 4 PM ET and all teams must be under salary cap
March 22-25: Annual meeting
April 30-May 2: NFL Draft (Chicago)
May 8-11: Rookie mini-camps begin
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