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49ers hired former ESPN analyst Eric Mangini as a senior offensive consultant.

It's a loss for football fans who value strong TV analysis during the week. Mangini was hard to love as a head coach for the Jets (2006-2008) and Browns (2009-2010) due to the borderline-paranoid way he handled his teams and all things associated with them, but in just a couple of years had become one of the better NFL analysts around. Still only 42, Mangini may well resurface as a defensive coordinator or head coaching candidate as soon as 2014 or 2015. His primary background has been defense, although Mangini was an offensive assistant in Baltimore under Ozzie Newsome in 1996. He'll work on Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore, Anquan Boldin, and Vernon Davis' side of the ball in San Francisco.
Sat, Jun 1, 2013 01:05:00 PM

JuJu Smith-Schuster was added to the Steelers' injury report on Thursday, getting in a limited session with a hamstring issue.

Smith-Schuster spent the second half of November battling hamstring problems. He missed Week 12. Mid-week additions are never good news, but his Friday status will be key. For now, we would operate under the assumption that JuJu Smith-Schuster will be out there against the Patriots, but his status obviously cannot be taken for granted.
Dec 14 - 4:38 PM

DeAndre Hopkins (toe) didn't practice on Thursday.

Hopkins wasn't listed on Wednesday's practice report, so this must be a new injury. It's too early to get a gauge on Hopkins' status, but if he were to sit against the Jaguars, it would make a brutal matchup even worse for fill-in quarterback T.J. Yates. Nuk leads the NFL with 11 touchdowns this year and ranks second in both catches (88) and receiving yards (1,233) behind Antonio Brown. We'd suspect Hopkins plays.
Dec 14 - 3:55 PM

Amari Cooper (ankle) is expected to miss Week 15.

Cooper remained sidelined at Thursday's practice. It's hard to see how he suits up after aggravating his injury last Sunday against the Chiefs. A lost season is ending in lost fashion for the disappointing third-year pro.
Dec 14 - 2:48 PM

Adam Thielen (knee) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.

Thielen was just getting some maintenance on Wednesday. He's a top-five option for Week 15 against the Bengals.
Dec 14 - 2:41 PM

Jordan Matthews (injured reserve) underwent left knee and right ankle surgery Thursday.

In a social media post, Matthews said both injuries had "plagued" him over the past two years. He's expecting a full recovery, but did not provide a timeline. Finishing his age-25 season on I.R., Matthews is headed to free agency.
Dec 14 - 2:38 PM

Mike Wallace (ankle) remained sidelined on Thursday.

Two missed practices is never a good sign, but Wallace did play through the issue against the Steelers. Even a "limited" session on Friday would have him on track to suit up against the Browns.
Dec 14 - 2:20 PM

Adrian Peterson (neck) wasn't seen at the open portion of Thursday's practice.

He's likely to miss his third straight game Sunday at Washington. There's no timetable for Peterson's recovery and it's possible he's played his final game of 2017. Kerwynn Williams will be an RB2/3 in the likely event that Peterson sits.
Dec 14 - 1:38 PM

Kyle Rudolph (ankle) did not practice Thursday.

Rudolph also sat out on Wednesday, raising big concerns about his availability. He almost certainly has to practice on Friday to have any shot at suiting up. Backup TEs Blake Bell (shoulder) and David Morgan (concussion) are also dealing with injuries.
Dec 14 - 12:30 PM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Tevin Coleman remains in the concussion protocol.

There are different stages of the protocol, so being in it does not mean Coleman will necessarily miss Thursday's practice. Still, he was not able to get in any work Tuesday, and it looks like he is at best questionable for Monday night.
Dec 14 - 12:30 PM

Leonard Fournette (quad) did not practice Thursday.

Fournette also sat out Wednesday's practice, raising real concerns about his availability for Sunday against the Texans. His participation during Friday's session should tell the story. Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon will split reps if Fournette cannot play.
Dec 14 - 12:14 PM

Giants placed RT Justin Pugh (back) on injured reserve.

Pugh went for a second opinion this week which obviously recommended him shutting things down for the rest of the season. The good news is he will not need surgery, a welcome development as he heads into free agency. As long as he is healthy, Pugh should have a hot market as a quality and versatile lineman.
Dec 14 - 12:12 PM




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