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Bucs signed QB Sean Renfree to a reserve/future contract.

Renfree has been out of the league since getting cut in the preseason. He was a backup for two years in Atlanta. Renfree could open training camp as the No. 3 quarterback behind Jameis Winston and Ryan Griffin.
Jan 20 - 8:02 PM

Redskins hired Kevin O'Connell as QB coach.

O'Connell was fired after one season as Cleveland's quarterbacks coach. He spent last year as an offensive assistant with the 49ers. O'Connell's hiring confirms Matt Cavanaugh will be promoted to offensive coordinator. Coach Jay Gruden is expected to call plays in 2017.
Jan 20 - 7:51 PM

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said wants to extend DE Khalil Mack.

Mack is under team control for the next two years (2018 option). There's no rush to get a deal done, but Oakland has $46.6 million in cap space to lock him up this offseason. A two-time All Pro, Mack is going to push Von Miller for the top pass rusher salary in the league.
Jan 20 - 7:16 PM

CSN Mid Atlantic expects the Ravens to part ways with OLB Elvis Dumervil.

This falls in line with previous reports. Dumervil missed eight games to injury, but was effective when healthy. He shouldn't struggle for free agent offers despite entering his age-33 season. Baltimore can save $6 million from releasing Dumervil.
Jan 20 - 6:37 PM

Jaguars hired Keenan McCardell as WRs coach.

It's a reunion after McCardell spent most of his playing career in Jacksonville. McCardell had a previous stint as Washington's receivers coach, but hasn't been in the NFL since 2011. He's another hire with strong ties to EVP Tom Coughlin. McCardell will look to turn the careers of Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns after down seasons.
Jan 20 - 6:24 PM

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship Game.

Hightower is fully expected to play despite a limited week of practice. Patriots DE Jabaal Sheard (knee) is also listed as questionable.
Jan 20 - 5:12 PM

Sports Illustrated's Mike Silver reports the 49ers are still pursuing Gus Bradley for their vacant defensive coordinator position.

Bradley had his sights set on reuniting with Tom Cable, but he recently withdrew his name from consideration for the Niners' head-coaching job. The Niners are reportedly "upping their offer" to Bradley, so it looks like they're fairly serious about bringing him on board. Bradley has also been linked to vacancies in San Diego and Washington this offseason.
Jan 20 - 5:01 PM

Danny Amendola (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Steelers.

He was a limited participant at all three practices this week. Amendola played just 21-of-69 offensive snaps last week in his first game back from a high-ankle sprain. More might be asked of him this week with Chris Hogan nursing a thigh injury and Michael Floyd coming off an awful game in the Divisional Round.
Jan 20 - 4:49 PM

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



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