NFL News: Player News and Updates for 8/22/15

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NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Schedule and More

August 22, 2015

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We’ve reached another NFL preseason weekend, and we’ll be getting more on-field action very soon. While we’re waiting on those games to get going, let’s check out some of the notable headlines from around the league.

It looks like the Eagles’ Marcus Smith will be out of action for a little while. He sustained a hamstring injury during practice back on Thursday, and the team announced yesterday that he’ll be sidelined for 2-3 weeks while he recovers.
Smith is heading into his second year after the Eagles selected him in the first round of the draft. He’s trending toward gaining a larger role on the defense in 2015.

The Lions’ Dan Orlovsky looks like he’s taken the lead in the team’s competition for the backup QB job.
Orlovsky posted a nice game on Thursday against the Redskins, completing 13 of 17 tosses for 118 yards. The team was able to score twice in his two quarters under center.
Orlovsky seems like he’s ahead of Kellen Moore for the No. 2 job behind Matthew Stafford, but we’ll have to see how well he performs in the team’s last two preseason games.

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Now a couple of Redskins items: QB Robert Griffin III was beat up pretty badly during Thursday’s game, sustaining a concussion and a shoulder stinger. The good news is that he should be back in action ahead of next Saturday’s game against the Ravens.
Griffin will have to get through concussion protocol first, of course, but seems like he’s going to be okay.
Also, the Redskins announced yesterday that LB Adam Hayward sustained a torn ACL during Thursday’s game. He’ll be out for the entire year.
Hayward has been great on special teams for the Redskins, but has had trouble staying healthy. He sustained a tibial plateau fracture last season, which kept him out the final five games of the year.

The Jets lost a half-dozen players to various injuries in last night’s preseason game against the Falcons.
Falling to concussions were Jeremy Kerley, Durell Eskridge and Daryl Richardson.
The other injured players were Ben Ijalana, Shaq Evans and Sashaun Phillips.

NFL Weekly Schedule: Now that the schedules have been released, we can start looking forward to the official start of the 2015 NFL season. Let’s take a look at the upcoming round of games.

Thursday, September 10, 2015:

8:30 PM ET:
Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots (NBC)

Sunday, September 13th, 2015:

1:00 PM ET:
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears (FOX)
Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans (CBS)
Cleveland Browns at New York Jets (CBS)
Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills (CBS)
Miami Dolphins at Washington Redskins (CBS)
Carolina Panthers at Jacksonville Jaguars (FOX)
Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams (FOX)

4:05 PM ET:
New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals (FOX)
Detroit Lions at San Diego Chargers (FOX)

4:25 PM ET:
Tennessee Titans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (CBS)
Cincinnati Bengals at Oakland Raiders (CBS)
Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos (CBS)

8:30 PM ET:
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (NBC)

Monday, September 14th, 2015:

7:10 PM ET:
Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons (ESPN)

10:20 PM ET:
Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers (ESPN)

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