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New Texans GM Brian Gaine said a contract extension for Jadeveon Clowney is "on the horizon."

"Right now, I'm in an evaluative period in terms of studying the roster and studying the team and learning the players in terms of how they performed," said Gaine at his introductory press conference. "But certainly a player that's valued by the Texans organization, and in time, as we go through that process, we'll arrive to that conclusion." Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle suggests Clowney's next contract could surpass the six-year, $114.1 million deal inked by Von Miller in 2016. That would make Clowney the highest-paid non-quarterback in the NFL. The former first overall pick will earn $13.846 million in the final year of his rookie contract.
Jan 17 - 7:52 PM

According to Kent Somers of AZ Central Sports, DC James Bettcher is still a candidate for the Cardinals' head-coaching vacancy.

The Cardinals' coaching search is beginning to take shape. Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong and Panthers DC Steve Wilks have been granted second interviews while Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak and Vikings OC Pat Shurmur have both bowed out. Patriots LBs coach Brian Flores is also in the running to replace Bruce Arians, though he won't be able to interview this week with New England preparing for its AFC title bout with Jacksonville. Bettcher was the first candidate the Cardinals interviewed back on January 3. Because he's been with the team for five years, Bettcher won't require a second interview.
Jan 17 - 7:32 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, ex-Steelers OC Todd Haley is a candidate for the Jets' vacancy at offensive coordinator.

It seems like fate that the Jets would part ways with OC John Morton on the same day that the Steelers decided not to renew Haley's contract. Haley is familiar with head coach Todd Bowles, having worked with him when both were assistants to Bill Parcells in Dallas. The Browns, who are prepared to hire an OC for the first time under Hue Jackson, might also be an option for Haley.
Jan 17 - 7:12 PM

Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong will have a second interview for the Cardinals' head-coaching vacancy.

Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak was also offered a second interview, but declined the invitation. Armstrong has over two decades of NFL experience but has never been a head coach. Patriots LBs coach Brian Flores and Panthers DC Steve Wilks have also been linked to the opening in Arizona.
Jan 17 - 6:52 PM

Panthers DC Steve Wilks' interview for the Titans' head-coaching vacancy has been postponed.

Wilks was slated to meet with Tennessee on Wednesday but snow threw a wrench in that plan. The Titans also have sit-downs scheduled with Rams OC Matt LaFleur and Texans DC Mike Vrabel.
Jan 17 - 6:38 PM

Updating an earlier report, Tom Brady hurt his right hand during Wednesday's practice.

According to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, Brady jammed his hand after a teammate accidentally ran into him. Brady went for X-rays but was cleared of any structural damage. It's never good when a quarterback hurts his throwing hand, but we'd still expect Brady to be under center for Sunday's AFC Championship tilt versus Jacksonville.
Jan 17 - 6:09 PM

Patriots placed CB Jonathan Jones on injured reserve, ending his season.

WR Bernard Reedy was signed in the corresponding roster move. Jones was hurt in Saturday's Divisional Round win over Tennessee. He was a core special teamer and also served as a backup cornerback. Johnson Bademosi should fill his role on defense.
Jan 17 - 5:53 PM

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Steelers are expected to hire QBs coach Randy Fichtner as their offensive coordinator.

According to Dulac, Fichtner's promotion is "pending final approval of his contract." This comes hours after it was announced the Steelers would not be retaining Todd Haley, who was at the end of his contract. Fichtner is known to have a strong relationship with Ben Roethlisberger and even served as a buffer between Ben and Haley when the two weren't getting along this past season. The Steelers also considered Mike Munchak for their OC position, but instead he'll remain in his current role as the team's OL coach. Fichtner has served on Mike Tomlin's staff since 2007.
Jan 17 - 5:46 PM

Jets fired OC John Morton.

Morton lasted just one season in the Big Apple. According to ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini, Morton rubbed some players the wrong way and also had "philosophical differences" with head coach Todd Bowles. Morton's play-calling also came into question throughout the year. Todd Haley, who will not be retained by Pittsburgh, could be of interest to the Jets while QBs coach Jeremy Bates is the leading in-house candidate to replace Morton. The Raiders briefly pursued Morton for their offensive coordinator position but ultimately went with Rams QBs coach Greg Olson. The Jets' next offensive coordinator will be their sixth in eight years.
Jan 17 - 5:23 PM

Tashaun Gipson (foot) didn't practice on Wednesday.

He injured his right foot in the Divisional Round against Pittsburgh. Gipson expects to play, though his status will need to be monitored throughout the week. His absence would be an upgrade for Rob Gronkowski.
Jan 17 - 5:00 PM

Mike Gillislee (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

With Rex Burkhead (knee) expected back this week, Gillislee will probably be inactive even if he's healthy for Sunday's AFC Championship versus Jacksonville. Gillislee got off to a hot start this year with four touchdowns in his first two games but has only scored once since.
Jan 17 - 4:56 PM

Rex Burkhead (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Burkhead sat out the Divisional Round and reportedly wasn't moving well at practice last week. He's improved since then, however, and is trending toward playing Sunday against Jacksonville. Burkhead was on a tear before he got hurt (six touchdowns in his last four games) but could be limited upon his return. Dion Lewis has solidified himself as New England's lead ball-carrier.
Jan 17 - 4:33 PM

Leonard Fournette (ankle) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Fournette aggravated an ankle injury in Sunday's Divisional Round win over Pittsburgh. He played through it, but was noticeably less effective after he got hurt (72 yards on 12 carries before the injury, 27 yards on 13 carries after). For the Jaguars to upset the top-seeded Patriots, they'll need Fournette to be firing on all cylinders.
Jan 17 - 4:32 PM

Tom Brady (hand) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

The injury is to Brady's throwing hand. His presence at practice, albeit in a limited capacity, would suggest it's nothing serious. Brady was brilliant in the Divisional Round (337 yards, three touchdowns) but will face a much stiffer challenge against Jacksonville's league-best defense in Sunday's AFC title game.
Jan 17 - 4:30 PM

Vikings FS Andrew Sendejo (concussion) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

It's a good sign that he's practicing, but Sendejo will have to clear the league's protocol in order to play Sunday at Philadelphia. If he's unable to go, Anthony Harris would draw the start at free safety.
Jan 17 - 4:15 PM



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