NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/28/16
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
January 28, 2016
In this lull before the Super Bowl, we’ve got quite a few ongoing storylines in the NFL. Let’s take our daily look at some of the notable situations out there and see what’s going on.
Jonathan Stewart didn’t practice yesterday. He’s got an ankle issue he’s dealing with, but there’s pretty much no chance he’ll miss the Super Bowl.
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Good news for the Patriots’ LeGarrette Blount. He doesn’t need off-season surgery on his hip.
Blount suffered the injury in Week 14 and hit IR shortly thereafter. He’ll be a free agent this off-season, and there should be mutual interest from both sides.
The Redskins’ Chris Thompson had surgery on his torn labrum yesterday. He played through it over the course of the final four weeks of the season.
Thompson is an exclusive-rights free agent and we’d imagine he’ll be back on the Redskins squad this upcoming year.
Now let’s get into a couple of Steelers items. First off, sources close to the team expect TE Heath Miller to be back in Pittsburgh this upcoming season.
Miller isn’t getting any younger (he’s 33), but he’s still the best TE the Steelers have. Even better, he’s only getting $4 million next season. He’s also a good blocker and a fan favorite. There is no reason for Pittsburgh not to bring him back.
Then there’s Steelers OC Todd Haley. He reportedly told teams who approached him that he wasn’t interested in making the move to head coach in 2016.
The Dolphins supposedly had some interest in Haley, but nothing ever came of it. Considering all the injuries he had to deal with this year, it’s pretty amazing that Haley’s squad played so well this past year. With a healthy lineup, they should do even better in 2016.
As if we needed one more nail in Johnny Manziel’s proverbial coffin, new Browns coach Hue Jackson said the two haven’t talked yet.
That seems kind of odd that Jackson wouldn’t call his new quarterback, lending credence to the theory that Manziel’s time in Cleveland is completely done.
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.
Sunday, January 31, 2016:
Team Rice vs. Team Irvin (ESPN)
Sunday, February 7, 2016:
6:30 PM ET:
Carolina Panthers vs. Denver Broncos (CBS)
February 22: Teams can use franchise or transition tags on players
February 23-29: NFL Scouting Combine
March 7: Free agent negotiations can begin
March 15: 2016 league year officially begins; free agency officially begins
March 20-23: League meetings
April 4: Off-season workouts can begin for teams with new head coaches
April 18: Off-season workouts can begin for teams retaining head coaches
April 22: Offer sheet deadline for restricted free agent signings
April 28-30: NFL Draft (Chicago, Illinois)
May 6-9: Post-draft minicamps
Mid-July: Training camps open
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