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Leonard Fournette (ankle) is expected to practice Thursday.

Fournette was limited on Wednesday, and it is likely he will be again today. That said, even two limited practices to start the week is a good sign he will ready to face the Patriots on Sunday. Fournette struggled after aggravating the injury against the Steelers.
Jan 18 - 10:49 AM

Jaguars FS Tashaun Gipson (foot) is not expected to practice Thursday.

It is his second missed practice in a row. Gipson expects to play, but he likely needs to get in some work on Friday to make that happen. Jarrod Wilson will fill in if Gipson is forced to sit.
Jan 18 - 10:47 AM

Luke Kuechly will not attend the Pro Bowl because of an undisclosed injury.

This is normal operating procedure for the top players in the league, and the Charlotte Observer reports the "injury" is not serious. Kuechly should be fine for the offseason program.
Jan 18 - 10:22 AM

The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta reports Jets QBs coach Jeremy Bates is a "strong candidate" to replace ex-OC John Morton.

Despite a relatively successful season considering the talent, Morton was fired because of locker-room issues. Bates reportedly "had a significant role" in game-planning under Morton, so he could bring continuity without the off-field concerns. Mehta listed ex-Broncos OC Mike McCoy, Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo, ex-Steelers OC Todd Haley, and Lions QBs coach Brian Callahan as external options.
Jan 18 - 9:48 AM

Browns LT Joe Thomas (triceps) expects to be cleared by July.

That means he should be ready for training camp if he decides to return for his 12th season, something the tackle says is still up in the air. "Had a lot of time to think and spend some time with the family, but not ready definitively to make a decision one way or the other just yet," Thomas said. "I think there are some days you go back and forth." Thomas added the triceps injury will not play a big role in his decision, but lingering back and knee issues could cause him to call it quits. Despite last year's struggles on offense, the Browns have the makings of a top-shelf offensive line, but the unit would take a massive hit if Thomas decides to hang 'em up.
Jan 18 - 9:41 AM

TMZ Sports reports Emmanuel Sanders will not face charges stemming from a sexual assault case in Texas.

There is not much known about the case. TMZ reports felony 2 sexual assault accusations were brought against Sanders, but a grand jury "failed to find a bill of indictment" earlier this month, meaning there was not enough evidence to bring charges. Sanders appears to be in the clear legally, but the NFL is sure to investigate and could hand down a suspension.
Source: TMZ Sports
Jan 18 - 9:24 AM

Seahawks DE Cliff Avril said he "definitely" thinks he will be able to play again but is "okay" if it does not happen.

After the season, coach Pete Carroll said Avril will "have a hard time" getting cleared to play again, but the player is cautiously optimistic. Still, playing football again is not his top priority. "I just want to get back to being able to move around and hopefully be able to get outside and play basketball with my kids," Avril said. "I definitely think I can get back on the field. If it’s possible, I will. But if not, I’m OK with that." Avril will turn 32 in April.
Jan 18 - 9:08 AM

Colts signed WR DeAndre Smelter to a reserve/future contract.

A 2015 fourth-round pick of the 49ers, Smelter came out of Georgia Tech with mouth-watering traits but has battled injuries and coaching turnover in his career. The futures deal will allow him to spend a full healthy offseason with Indy.
Jan 17 - 9:44 PM

The player rep for free agent Jarvis Landry told the Palm Beach Post his client will not accept a hometown discount from the Dolphins.

The Dolphins spent the entire 2017 season trying to trade Landry, so this isn't a surprise. "Take a discount? Absolutely not," said agent Damarious Bilbo. "This may be Jarvis’ first and last time to set himself up and his family up. He needs to strike and strike while the iron is hot." Landry is expected to target elite No. 1 receiver money. Davante Adams' recent four-year, $58 million extension figures to be a baseline for Landry's asking price.
Jan 17 - 9:41 PM

A source told ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss that Tom Brady's injured hand "should be okay" for Sunday's AFC title game versus Jacksonville.

It's believed Brady jammed his throwing hand when a teammate accidentally ran into him on the practice field. Reports indicate it was a minor injury, although Brady may sit out Thursday's practice as a precaution. Particularly after they traded Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett, the Patriots badly need Brady under center. Their fallback option would be journeyman Brian Hoyer.
Jan 17 - 9:36 PM

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



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