NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Week 1 Schedule and More
September 4, 2015
The final round of NFL preseason games will be getting going very soon, and Week 1 will begin in just six days. That said, let’s take our daily look at the headlines and see what’s happening around the league.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention yesterday’s huge news item, which broke in the morning.
A district court judge officially nullified the NFL’s four-game suspension of New England quarterback Tom Brady, rendering him eligible to start Week 1. The league has appealed the decision.
The judge ruled that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was too harsh on Brady in his punishment for all of the alleged antics involved with the Deflategate scandal. This is all the pundits have been talking about for the past 24 hours, and the discussion won’t be slowing down anytime soon.
The Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul will be joining up with the team next week. That puts him on track to get back on the field early on in the season.
Pierre-Paul suffered a much-publicized fireworks accident on the Fourth of July, an incident which caused the loss of his index finger (and perhaps more).
Pierre-Paul is coming off a 12.5-sack season.
The NFL issued a one-game suspension for Broncos safety T.J. Ward yesterday. The ruling was in response to a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy.
Ward was charged with misdemeanors back in May of last year, leading to the suspension. He’s coming off a solid 2014 in which he made the Pro Bowl with 74 tackles and two picks.
The Colts’ stable of RBs took a hit yesterday, with both Dan Herron and Vick Ballard getting injured in the team’s final preseason game.
Herron hurt his shoulder, and Ballard re-injured his already ailing hamstring. This puts the backup job to No. 1 RB Frank Gore in a state of flux. We’ll see how this shakes out.
The Panthers’ Josh Norman injured his head yesterday in the team’s final preseason game.
Norman has begun protocol for a concussion. We’ll have to wait and see if he’s healthy enough for the opener.
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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