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Martellus Bennett (knee) is questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Steelers.

He was limited at practice, just as he is most weeks. Bennett tweaked his knee late in Saturday's win over Houston but should play his usual snaps in Sunday's AFC Championship. He had a very quiet game against Pittsburgh earlier this year, hauling in just one-of-two targets for five yards in Week 7. Of course, that was before the Patriots lost Rob Gronkowski to a season-ending back injury.
Jan 20 - 4:36 PM

James Starks (concussion) is out for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

It will be Starks' sixth straight absence. The Packers will continue to roll with Ty Montgomery as the lead back. Even if the Packers advance to the Super Bowl, Starks remains a long shot to play again this year.
Jan 20 - 4:25 PM

Bills OLB Shaq Lawson underwent knee surgery after the season.

It sounds like a routine scope. The 19th overall pick in last April's draft, Lawson's rookie season began slowly due to a shoulder injury he suffered at Clemson. Lawson wound up with two sacks in ten games. The Bills should be looking to Lawson for a much bigger role in his sophomore campaign.
Jan 20 - 4:22 PM

Jeff Janis (quad) wasn't listed on the Packers' final injury report for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

Janis played only one offensive snap in last week's win over Dallas but could see more action this week with Davante Adams (ankle), Geronimo Allison (hamstring) and Jordy Nelson (ribs) all looking like game-time decisions. Jared Cook and Randall Cobb should see as many targets as they can handle in Sunday's title game.
Jan 20 - 4:21 PM

Sammy Watkins underwent foot surgery on Friday, January 20.

The Buffalo News previously reported Watkins needed more surgery, so this note is just for bookkeeping purposes. The Bills announced the procedure and claimed Watkins should be ready for training camp in 2017. Watkins has now undergone two surgeries to address a Jones fracture in his foot. Not yet 24 years old, Watkins will need to overcome repeated early-career injury setbacks in order to realize his immense NFL ceiling.
Jan 20 - 4:19 PM

Packers WR Geronimo Allison (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

So are teammates Davante Adams (ankle) and Jordy Nelson (ribs). Allison didn't practice all week but is expected to gut it out on Sunday. With Green Bay's receiving corps operating at well less than 100 percent, tight end Jared Cook could be in for a big workload this week.
Jan 20 - 4:14 PM

Jordy Nelson (ribs, illness) is listed as questionable for the NFC Championship Game.

He was a "limited" participant in Wednesday and Thursday's practices, then sat out Friday due to the flu. Nelson's availability will be determined on Saturday, or Sunday just before the Packers face the Falcons. We don't know if he'll play, and we don't know if Nelson will be effective if he does.
Jan 20 - 4:13 PM

Davante Adams (ankle) missed practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

As expected, Adams was held out of practice all week. He is expected to participate in Saturday's walkthrough and play against Atlanta, but Adams is unlikely to be 100 percent. Green Bay's pass-catcher corps is in injury disarray.
Jan 20 - 4:10 PM

Former 49ers coach Jim Tomsula is interviewing for the position of Saints DL coach.

He had previously garnered some attention from Washington, but never had a formal interview. Tomsula was out of his element as a head coach but was successful during his eight-year run as the Niners' DL coach. Bill Johnson held that position for the Saints last year but was fired after the season and has already caught on with the Rams.
Jan 20 - 4:09 PM

Alex Marvez of The Sporting News reports the Broncos are expected to hire Geep Chryst as their TEs coach.

Chryst was out of the league last year but served as the Niners' OC under Jim Tomsula in 2015. If he joins the Broncos, Chryst will be reunited with OC Mike McCoy, who he worked alongside for three seasons in Carolina. Chryst has five years of experience as an NFL TEs coach.
Jan 20 - 4:01 PM

Taylor Gabriel wasn't listed on the Falcons' final injury report for Sunday's NFC Championship Game

Gabriel was limited with a toe/foot injury earlier in the week, but he was upgraded to full practice on Friday. He won't have any restrictions against the Packers. Gabriel caught all three of his targets for 68 yards and a touchdown when he faced Green Bay in Week 8.
Jan 20 - 3:50 PM

Aaron Rodgers admitted to reporters that he felt under the weather on Friday.

"Rest fluids, all that stuff," Rodgers replied when asked what measures he's taken to deal with the illness. "We'll be okay. Jordy (Nelson) had it. Mason (Crosby) had it. I got it. We'll deal with it." Rodgers confirmed a flu or cold has been going around the team. It prevented Nelson from practicing on Friday. Rodgers did practice fully Friday and is not listed on the injury report.
Jan 20 - 3:47 PM

Per ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss, Malcolm Mitchell's (knee, questionable) availability is "trending in the right direction" for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Steelers.

Reiss calls Mitchell's situation "unlike" last week, when "it was clear" Mitchell would not play. Michael Floyd struggled with timing and dropped passes in New England's playoff win over Houston and could conceivably lose playing time to a health Mitchell. Mitchell has not appeared in a game since Week 16.
Jan 20 - 3:44 PM

SI's Greg Bedard said he noticed Chris Hogan (thigh, questionable) had a "solid limp" in the locker room on Friday.

Hogan is fully expected to suit up for Sunday's AFC title game against Pittsburgh, but it's fair to wonder how effective he'll be playing at less than 100 percent. With Hogan banged up and Malcolm Mitchell (knee) coming off a long layoff, the Patriots may need to lean even more than usual on Julian Edelman this week. They could also use more production from Martellus Bennett.
Jan 20 - 3:43 PM

Updating a previous item, the Falcons listed Julio Jones (toe) as "limited" in Friday's practice.

Julio was listed as DNP on Wednesday and Thursday. Early-Friday reports had him returning to a full practice, but Julio was officially limited. Either way, Julio is going to play against the Packers. While his health remains a lingering question mark, Julio's mere presence on the field -- even if for some reason he isn't heavily targeted -- is a massive boon to Atlanta's offense.
Jan 20 - 3:42 PM



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