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Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan will interview for the 49ers' head-coaching vacancy for a second time next week.

Shanahan will interview on Tuesday if the Falcons lose to the Packers on Sunday, but if Atlanta wins to advance to the Super Bowl, the interview won't be until Friday. Tom Cable and Josh McDaniels both withdrew their names from the Niners' coaching search last week, leaving Shanahan as the odds-on favorite to replace Chip Kelly. The Niners are already talking as if Shanahan has the job, so next week's interview should be just a formality.
Jan 22 - 12:35 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Martellus Bennett will likely undergo offseason ankle surgery.

Rapoport revealed that Bennett has a cracked bone in his ankle and also has bone chips that will need to be cleaned out. It's pretty evident that Bennett has been playing at well less than 100 percent this season, but he still has yet to miss a game. Bennett was listed as questionable this week after briefly exiting with a knee issue during the Divisional Round, but should play his usual snaps in Sunday's AFC title game versus Pittsburgh.
Jan 22 - 12:27 PM

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports confirms Steelers OLB James Harrison (shoulder, triceps, questionable) is expected to play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Patriots.

Harrison sat out Thursday's practice but was back for a full session on Friday. Despite the questionable tag, there was never much doubt about his status for Sunday's AFC title game in Foxboro. Look for Harrison to put plenty of heat on Tom Brady.
Jan 22 - 11:51 AM

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports the Redskins are promoting OLBs coach Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator.

Gus Bradley, Mike Pettine and Rob Ryan also interviewed for the position. Manusky has nine years of coordinating experience including a four-year stint as the Colts' DC from 2012-15. None of those defenses in Indianapolis were anything special and the Redskins will likely stay with the 3-4 scheme they used under Joe Barry. It represents a bland hire for a Redskins' coaching staff that lost both of its top coordinators from 2016.
Jan 22 - 11:29 AM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Colts brought in a psychologist last year for coach Chuck Pagano and former GM Ryan Grigson to work through some of their issues.

One source compared the sessions to marriage counseling. The Colts tried their best to ease the hostility between Pagano and Grigson but in the end, the relationship couldn't be saved. Owner Jim Irsay finally fired Grigson on Saturday, dissolving what had been a five-year partnership. Pagano reportedly has a much better relationship with VP of Football Operations Jimmy Raye III, who is expected to replace Grigson as the full-time GM. Regardless of who succeeds Grigson, Pagano will be entering a must-win season in 2017.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 22 - 11:03 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Falcons are expected to "explore" a contract extension with Matt Ryan this offseason.

After this season, Ryan will have two years remaining on his five-year, $103.75 million contract. Rapoport expects Ryan's agent Tom Condon to capitalize on his career-best season with the goal of making Ryan the league's highest-paid quarterback, a title currently held by Andrew Luck. Ryan's current annual salary is 11th-highest among NFL signal-callers. Ryan carries a $23.75 million cap hit for next season and an extension could help to reduce that number.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 22 - 10:40 AM

Packers WR Geronimo Allison (hamstring, questionable) is expected to play in Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

He was a DNP at practice this week but will give it a go in Sunday's do-or-die game at the Georgia Dome. Allison played the Falcons in his NFL debut, catching two-of-four targets for 21 yards and a touchdown back in Week 8. Playing at much less than 100 percent, Allison will be a tough sell as a DFS dart throw this week.
Jan 22 - 10:21 AM

Davante Adams (ankle, questionable) is expected to play in Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

The Packers' receiving corps is pretty banged up but it looks like they'll have all their heavy hitters on hand for Sunday's NFC title game. That includes Adams, who went for 74 yards on 12 catches against Atlanta when he faced them in Week 8. It's fair to wonder how effective Adams will be after missing all three practices this week.
Jan 22 - 10:16 AM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is hopeful Carson Palmer will return in 2017.

"The way he played down the stretch makes you believe he’s coming back, but he got beat up pretty good last year," said Arians. "So you never know." Palmer's last words to Arians before the offseason were "I'll let you know soon." Larry Fitzgerald has also been noncommittal about returning and it's possible that if one goes, the other will too. Palmer looked sluggish at times in 2016 but played well late in the year to finish with 26 touchdown passes and 4,233 passing yards.
Jan 22 - 9:52 AM

Jordy Nelson (ribs, illness, questionable) is expected to play with a Kevlar vest in Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

Nelson practiced twice this week but wasn't cleared for any contact. Under normal circumstances Nelson would likely have been ruled out, but instead he'll wear a protective vest made from Kevlar. Tony Romo wore a similar vest when he played through broken ribs a few years ago. Nelson is putting it all on the line for Sunday's NFC Championship tilt but it's unclear how effective he'll be or if the Packers plan on using him as a decoy. Davante Adams (ankle, questionable) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring, questionable) will also suit up on Sunday.
Jan 22 - 9:27 AM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss expects either Danny Amendola or Michael Floyd to be a healthy scratch for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Steelers.

The Patriots listed Amendola as questionable with an ankle injury but he's healthy enough to play. The question is whether he'll be active with Chris Hogan (thigh) and Malcolm Mitchell (knee) both expected to suit up. There have been rumblings that Floyd has been practicing with the special teams unit following an abysmal performance in last week's win over Houston. Julian Edelman remains the safest bet for targets in New England's crowded receiving corps.
Jan 22 - 9:15 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Ladarius Green (concussion, illness, questionable) is not expected to play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Patriots.

Green participated in two of the Steelers' three practices this week but hasn't passed the concussion protocol and appears to be headed for his fifth straight absence. James Harrison (shoulder, triceps), who is also listed as questionable, is expected to get the green light for Sunday's AFC title game.
Jan 22 - 8:56 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Jimmy Raye III has emerged as the "clear favorite" to take over as the Colts' full-time GM.

Raye was installed as the team's interim GM after Ryan Grigson was let go on Saturday and it seems like only a matter of time until his "interim" label is removed. He's already on the books for an interview and is reportedly a favorite of coach Chuck Pagano. Raye has served as the Colts' VP of Football Operations since 2013. He's the son of former NFL offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye II.
Jan 22 - 8:54 AM

Colts owner Jim Irsay confirmed Saturday that Peyton Manning is not a candidate to replace Ryan Grigson at GM.

He also insisted that coach Chuck Pagano's job is safe, at least for 2017. Multiple sources have reported that Irsay was aggressively pursuing Manning before he fired Grigson, but it doesn't seem like the interest was mutual. Jimmy Raye III has taken over as the Colts' interim GM and has a good chance of retaining the full-time gig.
Jan 22 - 8:36 AM

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Jordy Nelson (ribs, illness, questionable), Davante Adams (ankle, questionable) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) will all be available for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

Morgan Burnett is also expected to play after exiting last week's game with a thigh injury. Out of those four, only Burnett and Nelson were able to practice this week. Coach Mike McCarthy has acknowledged that if this were a regular season game, the receiving trio of Adams, Allison and Nelson would all be out this week. Jordy and company deserve credit for gutting it out at much less than 100 percent, but it's anyone's guess how long each player will last or how effective they'll be. Look for Randall Cobb and Jared Cook to be target hogs Sunday in what should be a high-scoring affair at the Georgia Dome.
Jan 22 - 8:22 AM



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