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Malcolm Mitchell (knee) is practicing on Wednesday.

Mitchell practiced on a limited basis last week before ultimately being inactive against the Texans. There's a chance Mitchell could play over Michael Floyd this week.
Jan 18 - 1:48 PM

Chris Hogan (thigh) is practicing on Wednesday.

Hogan departed the Divisional Round win over the Texans early but said earlier this week that he is "feeling good" heading into championship week.
Jan 18 - 1:47 PM

Julio Jones (toe) is not practicing Wednesday.

As expected. Jones did go through the walkthrough portion on Wednesday, but the Falcons aren't going to push him to practice after he aggravated his sprained toe against Seattle. Jones will play against the Packers on Sunday.
Jan 18 - 1:23 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports ex-Bills OL coach Aaron Kromer is "getting stronger" as a candidate for the Rams' offensive coordinator job.

New coach Sean McVay wants his OC to have a strong offensive line background to help rebuild one of the league's worst blocking units. Whoever ends up as OC isn't going to be calling the plays, as McVay will handle those duties. Kromer served as the Bears' OC from 2013-14 under Marc Trestman.
Jan 18 - 1:01 PM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley suggested the team is high on second-year UDFA NT Michael Pierce.

Pierce played 375 snaps as a rookie out of Samford and dominated in run support, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 13 defensive tackle against the run despite playing fewer snaps than every other player ahead of him. Pierce's strong rookie year might make it easier if Baltimore can't re-sign NT Brandon Williams in free agency. Williams is expected to command top dollar.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 18 - 12:14 PM

Coach Bill O'Brien will call the Texans' offensive plays in 2017.

Houston fired OC George Godsey on Tuesday, and the team has no plans to hire a new offensive coordinator. O'Brien called the plays most of this past season anyway, so it's not much of a shakeup on offense.
Jan 18 - 11:49 AM

Bears hired ex-49ers OC Curtis Modkins as RBs coach.

Modkins served one season as the 49ers' OC but was shipped out along with the rest of ex-coach Chip Kelly's staff. Kelly called the plays for the Niners. Modkins has mostly been an RBs coach for the past 15 years. He replaces Stan Drayton in Chicago after Drayton left for the University of Texas.
Jan 18 - 11:20 AM

Titans DC Dick LeBeau raved about 2016 fifth-round CB LeShaun Sims.

"He is one of our promising young players," LeBeau said. "I think he has a bright future. He has good size, and size and speed is a good combination for a corner. He’s really worked hard, he has a good work ethic." Sims played just six defensive snaps Weeks 1-11, but was in on 230 plays from Week 12 on after Tennessee released CB Perrish Cox. At 6'/203, Sims tested well at last year's Combine and has a chance to open next season with a prominent role.
Jan 18 - 10:58 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the 49ers will have Eliot Wolf, Brian Gutekunst, and George Paton back for second interviews regarding their general-manager vacancy.

Wolf and Gutenkunst are Packers executives, while Paton is with the Vikings. Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan is fully expected to get the head-coach job and will help pick the team's new GM when he meets with the 49ers after the NFC Championship game. Wolf and Gutekunst are considered the favorites.
Jan 18 - 10:54 AM

Texans DC Romeo Crennel is expected to remain with the team as assistant head coach.

LBs coach Mike Vrabel is being promoted to defensive coordinator, but Crennel, whose contract expires next week, is expected to stay on staff. That way the Texans don't lose any important coaches, and Vrabel gets a promotion out of it to keep him away from teams still searching for defensive play-callers. Crennel will turn 70 later this year (in June).
Jan 18 - 9:57 AM

MMQB's Albert Breer reports the Texans are promoting LBs coach Mike Vrabel to defensive coordinator.

Current DC Romeo Crennel's contract is expiring, but he's expected to return as the assistant head coach, according to Breer. Houston didn't want to lose either coach, and Vrabel had been linked to the 49ers' defensive-coordinator opening once Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan accepts the head-coaching job. Vrabel's star has been getting brighter the past couple years. He was connected to the Rams' head-coaching job last week but never formally interviewed for it.
Jan 18 - 9:22 AM

Coach Pete Carroll said he had a "big meeting" with Richard Sherman after the season and discussed his numerous outbursts.

"Probably the biggest regret is that we showed some bad expressions and stuff on the sidelines," Carroll said. "I had a big meeting with Richard going out, and he has some regrets about this season. It was a difficult year for him. The media thing was a big deal and all that. He made it through it. It was hard." Sherman went after DC Kris Richard on the sideline in October, and then called out OC Darrell Bevell in-game and post-game in Week 15. He also had a verbal exchange with a reporter late in the season. Sherman's antics have grown tired, but the Seahawks seem willing to put up with him for at least another year. He turns 29 in March.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 18 - 8:37 AM

NFL Network's Mike Silver reports Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan is "almost certain" to accept the 49ers' offer to become their new head coach.

Reports earlier this week had Patriots OC Josh McDaniels as the 49ers' preferred choice, but he bowed out of the search, and San Francisco has now reached the Shanahan-or-bust level. Shanahan can't officially accept the 49ers' offer until the Falcons' season is over, but all signs point to him getting the job. He's expected to again meet with the Niners after the NFC Championship game -- win or lose -- to have his say in the team's search for a general manager.
Jan 18 - 8:21 AM

ESPN Chargers reporter Eric Williams expects San Diego to move on from CB Brandon Flowers this offseason.

Flowers turns 31 next month and missed the final six games of the season with a concussion. He's had a history of brain injuries and could be contemplating his playing future. The Chargers can save $7 million against the cap by releasing Flowers and have Casey Hayward and Jason Verrett as starters.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 17 - 9:13 PM

ESPN Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco expects Jacksonville to release Julius Thomas this offseason.

Signed to a monster five-year, $46 million deal ahead of the 2015 season, Thomas has answered with 46-455-5 and 30-281-4 receiving lines in 2015 and 2016, respectively, while missing 11 games to injuries. He scored 24 touchdowns across his final two seasons in Denver, but the Jaguars failed to use him like the Broncos did as a field-stretcher down the seams. Thomas isn't going to make defenders miss on short passes; he's a run-straight athlete in the mold of Jared Cook who could benefit playing in an offense that better plays to his strengths. Releasing Thomas would save the Jaguars $4.7 million against the cap.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 17 - 9:01 PM



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