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The Titans conducted their head-coaching interview with Texans DC Mike Vrabel on Thursday.

Vrabel previously interviewed with the Lions and Colts, though both teams appear to have already made their decision (Matt Patricia in Detroit, Josh McDaniels in Indy). The Titans have also been connected to Eagles OC Frank Reich, Rams OC Matt LaFleur and Panthers DC Steve Wilks.
Jan 18 - 3:01 PM

Speaking Thursday, Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said he believed Tevin Coleman could remain a part of the team's backfield beyond 2018.

Specifically, Dimitroff said he could see Coleman and Devonta Freeman having a future together. We're not buying it. 2018 is Coleman's contract year, and Freeman just got $22 million guaranteed last summer. Dimitroff was basically saying what he needed to say at a season-ending press conference.
Jan 18 - 2:34 PM

Devonta Freeman (MCL, PCL) does not require surgery.

Freeman finished the season playing through MCL and PCL sprains. Including the postseason, he averaged just 2.64 yards per carry over his final four games. Freeman should be ready to rock for the offseason program.
Jan 18 - 2:25 PM

Speaking Thursday, Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said his "main focus" this offseason will be extending contract-year QB Matt Ryan.

Going on 33, Ryan followed up his MVP 2016 with a disappointing 20-score campaign but didn't take any physical steps backward. He had the looks of a player who should remain the answer under center for at least 2-3 more seasons. Any extension would have to make Ryan one of the 2-3 highest-paid players in the league.
Jan 18 - 1:32 PM

Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian will be retained for 2018.

"Placing blame on one person would be wrong in this instance," coach Dan Quinn said Thursday. "If this was about one person, that decision would’ve already been made." Sark had been loosely connected to the Seahawks' offensive coordinator vacancy, but Pete Carroll hired Brian Schottenheimer. The Falcons' offense took a mammoth step backward this season, with its points per game dropping from 34 to 22. Matt Ryan and company were always expected to regress in 2017, but the fall off was far more dramatic than expected. Sark will be on the spot in 2018.
Jan 18 - 1:13 PM

Rex Burkhead (knee) is practicing Thursday.

Burkhead sat out the Divisional Round despite practicing all week, so getting in work Wednesday and Thursday does not guarantee he will suit up. Still, he seems to be trending the correct direction. Even if Burkhead plays, Dion Lewis should remain the lead back.
Jan 18 - 12:30 PM

Tom Brady (hand) is practicing Thursday.

Brady jammed his throwing hand when a teammate ran into him during Wednesday's practice. There never seemed to be much concern about the injury, however, with multiple reports saying he "should be okay." This practice backs that up. It would be a shock if Brady is not ready to face the Jaguars on Sunday.
Jan 18 - 12:26 PM

Vikings S Andrew Sendejo (concussion) is practicing Thursday.

Sendejo is still in the protocol, but he has now practiced on back-to-back days to start the week, suggesting he will be cleared in time to face the Eagles on Sunday. If he cannot play, Anthony Harris will draw the start.
Source: ESPN
Jan 18 - 12:20 PM

Adam Thielen (back) participated in Thursday's practice.

He was officially limited. Thielen sat out Wednesday with a lower back issue, but it never seemed like a real concern. Barring a setback, he should be ready to face the Eagles on Sunday.
Source: ESPN
Jan 18 - 12:19 PM

Broncos signed WR Kenny Bell to a reserve/future contract.

A fifth-round pick by the Bucs in 2015, Bell was a favorite of the draft community, but he missed his rookie season with a hamstring injury and failed to make the roster as a sophomore. Bell is a good dart throw for the Broncos, but he is a long-shot to stick on the roster.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 18 - 11:32 AM

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. Coach Doug Marrone said Gipson is trending in the right direction, but he likely needs to get in some work on Friday to play. 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


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