Dose: Kobe & Melo struggling

Dose: Kobe & Melo struggling
Kobe was back in action on Sunday, but took only 10 shots, while Carmelo left early with more knee pain. Dose breaks down six games.
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Dri Archer rushed one time for negative-one yard and caught two passes for 19 yards in Sunday's night's Week 17 win over the Bengals.

Archer saw a small bump in playing time after Le'Veon Bell's knee injury, but the Steelers were petrified to line up the 173-pounder in the backfield. Archer was out-carried by UDFA Josh Harris 5-1. The lightning fast third-round rookie is a package player and nothing more, a poor man's Darren Sproles. We wouldn't expect significant usage even if Bell can't go in Saturday night's Wild Card game against the Ravens.
Dec 29 - 8:15 AM

Josh Harris rushed five times for seven yards in Sunday night's Week 17 win over the Bengals.

Harris was the primary back following Le'Veon Bell's knee injury, out-carrying Dri Archer 5-1. It should be noted that Harris did have a 59-yard fourth quarter run wiped out by a holding penalty. Bell, who suffered a mere hyperextension, is questionable for the Wild Card game. If he can't go, the Steelers will be forced to turn to Harris, an underwhelming UDFA out of Wake Forest who rushed eight times for 41 yards in the preseason. He'd have a weak projection against the Ravens' strong front seven.
Dec 29 - 8:11 AM

A source tells PFT that coach Mike Smith is "absolutely done" with the Falcons.

Smith likely would have been gone even if the Falcons had beaten the Panthers Sunday and made the playoffs with a 7-9 season. He's lost his way at the end of his seven-year tenure, posting a 4-12 record last year and continuing to bungle in-game decisions. Owner Arthur Blank has already contracted a search firm to find his next head coach. Smith's official firing will likely be announced at some point Monday.
Dec 29 - 7:56 AM

Coach Mike Tomlin said Le'Veon Bell's right knee injury is "not anything major."

Bell has been diagnosed with a scary hyperextension, but no ligament damage. He was able to walk without crutches in the locker room after the game and was not in a brace. Still, hyperextensions can be multi-week injuries in certain cases, leaving Bell questionable for Saturday night's Wild Card game against the Ravens. The Steelers were forced to turn to UDFA Josh Harris following Bell's injury Sunday night. CBS' Jason La Canfora reported Tuesday morning that the Steelers believe it's "possible" Bell can play Saturday night.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 29 - 7:50 AM

A.J. Green is in the concussion protocol.

Green battled through his badly bruised bicep on Sunday night, but wasn't himself as he dropped passes and lost a devastating fourth quarter fumble when the ball was ripped out of his hands. Right after that fumble, he took a shot the head from Steelers S Mike Mitchell. Green will be in a race to get cleared ahead of Sunday's Wild Card game at Indy.
Dec 29 - 7:44 AM
Rex Ryan - DT - Jets

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Jets owner Woody Johnson plans to "move swiftly" on Monday, firing both coach Rex Ryan and GM John Idzik.

Per Mort, Johnson doesn't want to keep Rex twisting in the wind. It would be an inglorious end to what's ultimately been a successful tenure for Ryan in the Big Apple, but one that's been a fait accompli since early in the season. Ryan is a good head coach, but has routinely been felled by dysfunctional offenses. That's not all his fault, of course, but no one can fault the Jets for making a change after four straight 8-8 or worse seasons. Ryan will likely be in high demand if/when he's let go, however. Ryan is reportedly dead set against being a coordinator, so we'd guess he'll head into television if a head-coaching gig doesn't materialize.
Dec 29 - 1:00 AM

Heath Miller had three catches for 41 yards in Week 17 against the Bengals.

He was targeted seven times, behind only Antonio Brown. Miller was held out of the end-zone for the third straight week and couldn't come down with a red-zone look in the second quarter. He finishes the season with a 66/761/3 line. The Steelers play the Ravens in the first round of the playoffs.
Dec 29 - 12:50 AM

Jermaine Gresham caught three passes for 20 yards and a touchdown in Week 17 against the Steelers.

Gresham missed the majority of the first half with a back injury. He was a non-factor outside of a five-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Gresham finishes the season with 62 catches, 460 yards, and five touchdowns. He graded out as the best pass-blocking tight end in the league by Pro Football Focus.
Dec 29 - 12:44 AM
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