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Bills TE Scott Chandler (torn ACL) is participating in minicamp.

Chandler is almost certainly limited to individual drills, but it's another positive step in his impressive recovery. Just like Adrian Peterson in 2011, Chandler tore up his knee in Week 16. It's looking more realistic that the red-zone threat will be ready for Week 1.
Tue, Jun 11, 2013 03:09:00 PM

Jets fired head coach Rex Ryan and GM John Idzik.

Ryan went 20-12 in his first two seasons with the Jets, playing in two straight AFC Championship Games (2009, 2010). In the four seasons since then, he's gone 26-38 with zero playoff appearances and an inability to develop offensive talent. Still, Ryan hits the market as one of the best candidates available, an excellent motivator even if he's best suited to be a defensive coordinator. Ryan's defenses ranked 1st, 3rd, 5th, 8th, 11th and 6th in his six years at the helm. If another head coaching opportunity doesn't materialize for him this offseason, it's possible he'll take a year off and do some television work.
Dec 29 - 8:30 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

By losing to the Saints in Week 17, the Buccaneers secured the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

It's incredibly early in the process to try predicting such things, but the general thinking among media members is Oregon QB Marcus Mariota and Florida State QB Jameis Winston will both be in play at No. 1 overall. The Titans will pick second, and the Jaguars third. These are picks Nos. 4-10: Raiders (4); Redskins (5); Jets (6); Bears (7); Falcons (8); Giants (9); Rams (10).
Dec 28 - 9:55 PM

Julio Jones caught 4-of-8 targets for 58 yards in the Falcons' Week 17 loss to the Panthers.

Jones was in and out of the game after reportedly aggravating a preexisting knee injury. That's the story of Jones' season, as he battled multiple lower-body ailments despite missing just one game. He still had the best season of his career, totaling 104 catches for 1,593 yards and six touchdowns. Legitimately dominant on the outside when at or near full health, Jones will be a surefire WR1 and first- or second-round pick in fantasy drafts next season. He has one year left on his contract at 25 years old. Matt Ryan also still has a ton of game left at 30.
Dec 28 - 8:35 PM

NFL Network's Jeff Darlington reports Mike Wallace was benched in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Jets for quitting on the team.

Wallace literally quit. After Charles Clay scored a touchdown late in the second quarter, Wallace reportedly "came off the field and told Joe Philbin he no longer wanted to play in the game." Understandably, Wallace's teammates were "very displeased" with Wallace's actions, and he spent the second half sitting on the bench with no one around him. Wallace was a largely effective wide receiver in 2014, particularly in the red zone, but it's now fair to question whether he'll be back with the Dolphins in 2015. He is owed $9.9 million in salary and bonuses.
Dec 28 - 8:18 PM

49ers fired coach Jim Harbaugh.

The 49ers are refusing to call the transaction a firing, but instead a "(mutual agreement) to part ways." Whatever they want to call it, the 49ers are pushing out a coach with one year left on his contract. Harbaugh was a revelation in his first go-around as an NFL head coach, posting a 44-19-1 record across four seasons while reaching the NFC Championship Game three times. Harbaugh's squad lost Super Bowl XLVII to the Ravens, and were one play away from being world champions. It seems absurd that Harbaugh has lost his power struggle with GM Trent Baalke, but it's no secret that his personality is a grating one. Despite the winning, he just couldn't get along with his bosses. Harbaugh is widely rumored to be returning to the college ranks, and his alma mater Michigan. We should have official word some time in the next 48 hours. Whomever the 49ers hire next will be a downgrade, and likely a steep one.
Dec 28 - 8:14 PM

C.J. Anderson rushed 13 times for 87 yards with three touchdowns and caught two passes for 20 yards in Sunday's 47-14 Week 17 win over the Raiders.

Anderson continued his Pro Bowl caliber play since taking over the starting job, scoring for the 10th time in the last seven games. He's clearly an ideal fit for this Peyton Manning offense and has played virtually error-free football. However, he strangely lost a ton of high-leverage snaps and carries to Ronnie Hillman (15 rushes, one catch) as Hillman made his return from a foot injury. It's possible the Broncos were just saving CJA for the playoffs, where they earned a bye as the AFC's No. 2 seed. Hillman is best used as a scat-back kind of complement.
Dec 28 - 7:50 PM

Michael Floyd secured 8-of-12 targets for 153 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinals' Week 17 loss to the 49ers.

Floyd finally showed what he's capable of when given a lot of passing-game volume. He's a true "No. 1" receiver; the Cardinals to this point just hadn't utilized him as one. Floyd made spectacular sideline catches in this one and repeatedly abused San Francisco's secondary. The Cardinals will need more of where this game from to have a shot at upsetting Carolina in the Wild Card round.
Dec 28 - 7:45 PM

Russell Wilson completed 17-of-25 passes for 239 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception in the Seahawks' 20-6, Week 17 win over the Rams.

With the win, the Seahawks have clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC and a first-round bye. With Seattle playing so well and every team having to come through the Pacific Northwest, it's hard to see anyone other than the Seahawks going to the Super Bowl from the NFC. The Rams gave Wilson and Co. a run for their money in the first half, taking a 6-0 lead into the locker room and picking off Wilson to go along with three sacks. But Shaun Hill doomed the Rams with a couple horrible interceptions. Wilson and the Seahawks get two weeks to rest up for another title run.
Dec 28 - 7:34 PM




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