NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/5/16

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

January 5, 2016

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Now that we’ve had a full day to digest all the happenings in Week 17 around the NFL, we can focus on the upcoming round of playoff games. Those begin on Saturday, but in the meantime there’s plenty to talk about. Let’s check out today’s headlines.

The Texans will need WR Cecil Shorts on Saturday against the Chiefs, and there’s a chance he’ll be able to get out on the field.
Shorts is dealing with a hamstring injury right now but the odds seem to be in favor of him playing this weekend.
The team is also trying to get WR Nate Washington back in action--he’s got a hip injury and is day-to-day.

The Bears didn’t get a chance to see what WR Kevin White could do; he spent the whole season on the PUP list thanks to a stress fracture in his shin.
White’s goal is to be able to get back to 100 percent by the time the off-season conditioning stuff begins in April. We’ll have to wait and see if he’s able to hold to that timeline.

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Bad news for the Patriots. QB Tom Brady is dealing with a high-ankle sprain along with his bruised ribs.
The good thing here is that Brady gets a couple of weeks off before his next game, since the Pats have a first-round bye in the playoffs. It sounds like he should be okay to play by then, but fans will want to watch him closely.

Colin Kaepernick will be a player to watch this off-season. He will undergo surgery on his right (throwing) thumb tomorrow, which will be his second surgery in two months following a shoulder procedure in November.
Kaepernick should be okay and back to 100 percent by June, but the bigger question is what the Niners will end up doing with him. There aren’t too many quarterbacks to choose from around the league, but we could see the team cut ties here.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t touch on the Giants parting ways with head coach Tom Coughlin yesterday. The move was deemed a “resignation,” and Coughlin has expressed a desire to get back to the sidelines next season.
Even at age 70, no one would be surprised to see Coughlin get another shot in 2016.

NFL Playoffs Schedule: Let’s take a look at the upcoming round of games on the NFL playoffs schedule, along with the start times and TV networks you can catch them on.

Wild Card Weekend

Saturday, January 9, 2016:

4:35 PM ET:
Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans (ESPN)

8:15 PM ET:
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals (8:15 PM ET)

Sunday, January 10, 2016:

1:05 PM ET:
Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings (NBC)

4:40 PM ET:
Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins (FOX)

Divisional Playoffs

Saturday, January 16, 2016:

4:35 PM ET:
TBA at New England Patriots (CBS)

8:15 PM ET:
TBA at Arizona Cardinals (NBC)

Sunday, January 17, 2016:

1:05 PM ET:
TBA at Carolina Panthers (FOX)

4:40 PM ET:
TBA at Denver Broncos (CBS)

Conference Championships

Sunday, January 24, 2016:


Pro Bowl

Sunday, January 31, 2016:
Team Rice vs. Team Irvin (ESPN)

Super Bowl

Sunday, February 7, 2016:
6:30 PM ET:

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