Falcons HC Dan Quinn said Monday that WR Julio Jones (toe) will be "ready to rock" for Sunday's NFC Championship against the Packers, although he'll be limited in practice this week. Jones aggravated the toe injury he originally suffered in Week 13 and was sidelined for much of the 4th quarter of Saturday's win over the Seahawks. He ended up playing a season-low 58.3% of the snaps. Quinn's optimism -- and the fact that Jones will practice at all this week -- are obviously good signs, though. We'll keep an eye on him.
Falcons WR Julio Jones aggravated his sprained toe in Saturday's win over the Seahawks, HC Dan Quinn said afterward. Jones was noticeably hobbled at multiple times during the game and was sidelined late in the 4th quarter. "No concern, at the moment," Quinn said. "We'll have more information on that later. It will be sore, but he's certainly somebody that's able to battle through it. So, I anticipate him being ready to rock next week." We'll be on Julio Watch throughout next week.
Seahawks RB C.J Prosise (scapula) is inactive for this afternoon's game against the Falcons. He returned to practice this week and would seem to have a shot to play if Seattle advances to the NFC Championship. Thomas Rawls and Alex Collins will continue to handle backfield duties today -- with perhaps a sprinkle of J.D. McKissic.
The Broncos have hired Mike McCoy as their new OC. It's a homecoming after McCoy spent the 2009-2012 seasons in the same role. His QBs during that stretch ranged from Kyle Orton to Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning. McCoy was able to coax top-15 finishes in total yards and passing yards out of the Orton-led squads. With Tebow in 2011, Denver ranked 1st in rushing attempts and yards but 31st in passing and 23rd in total offense. McCoy's 2012 season with Manning produced a #4 finish in total yards and #2 in points. McCoy struggled as the Chargers' HC for the past 4 years, producing a 27-37 record (although injuries did him no favors). All 4 of those squads led by QB Philip Rivers ranked top 10 in passing yards. McCoy is widely regarded as 1 of the better offensive minds in the game, so this is a nice hire for Denver. He seems to lean toward a pass-heavy attack but has shown the willingness and ability to adjust his scheme. We'll see what he has in mind for this Broncos attack.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee) won't play against the Texans tonight. That figures to leave Chris Hogan as the #2 WR alongside JulIan Edelman. We're betting on WR Michael Floyd playing the 3rd most snaps, with Danny Amendola as the #4 WR.
Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee) is listed as questionable for Saturday night's game against Texans. He was limited in practice all week, and the New England media hasn't sounded very optimistic about his status. We probably won't find out Mitchell's official status until inactives are announced around 7 pm ET.
The NFL has moved kickoff of the Steelers-Chiefs game to 8:20 pm ET on Sunday. The game was originally scheduled to start at 1:05 ET, but Kansas City is expected to get slammed by an ice storm this weekend. The current forecast calls for a 100% chance of rain and 32-degree temperatures for Sunday night, so we're not sure what the new kickoff time is accomplishing. Wind isn't expected to be an issue, but the conditions will obviously be less than ideal for the passing games.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger isn't listed on the final injury report. The foot injury that had him in a walking boot after last weekend's win doesn't look like it'll be a major issue in Kansas City on Sunday. The bigger concerns are Roethlisberger's extreme home/road splits and a ball-hawking Chiefs defense.
Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. He didn't practice all week and won't play. Jesse James will serve as Pittsburgh's lead TE but isn't a recommended fantasy option vs. Kansas City's 5th-ranked TE defense.
The Seahawks list RB C.J. Prosise (scapula) as questionable for Saturday's game against the Falcons. HC Pete Carroll has labeled him a game-time decision. Consider Prosise is a rookie who's missed the past 7 weeks, we'd be surprised if he returned to a major role. If active, he'll be a high-risk, moderate-reward fantasy play in a plus matchup.
Packers HC Mike McCarthy on Friday ruled out WR Jordy Nelson for this weekend's game against the Cowboys. This was the most likely outcome all along considering Nelson broke 2 ribs in last Sunday's win over the Giants. We'd consider him no better than 50/50 for the NFC Championship if Green Bay gets there. Nelson's absence leaves Davante Adams and Randall Cobb as the Packers' top 2 WRs. Geronimo Allison figures to be next in line for snaps, with Jeff Janis as the #4 WR. TE Jared Cook and RB Ty Montgomery could also pick up extra targets with Nelson out.
On the same day they announced their relocation to Los Angeles, the Chargers named Anthony Lynn their new HC. Lynn has 17 seasons of experience in the NFL, but all but 1 of those were spent as a special teams or RB coach. Lynn was promoted to OC in Buffalo prior to Week 3 of this past season and was then named interim HC for the season finale. The Bills averaged 25.8 points per game under Lynn's watch -- a mark that would have ranked 8th league-wide. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Chargers are hoping to retain OC Ken Whisenhunt and hire Gus Bradley as DC.
The Rams have hired Sean McVay as their HC. The 30-year-old becomes the youngest HC in NFL history. He already has 8 seasons of experience in the league, though, including the past 3 as Washington's OC. The 2016 Redskins finished 3rd in total yards and 12th in points, led by the #2 ranked passing attack. McVay's 1st order of business in Los Angeles will be Jared Goff, who is coming off a disappointing rookie campaign.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll suggested on Thursday that RB C.J. Prosise (scapula) will be a game-time decision for this weekend's Divisional Round contest vs. the Falcons. The rookie was listed as a full participant in Thursday's practice. His return would be well-timed: Atlanta allowed the most receptions and 2nd-most receiving yards to RBs during the regular season.
The Ravens have added Greg Roman to their coaching staff, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. No word yet on Roman's official title, but he'll certainly have a say in the offense. He's spent the past 6 seasons as an OC -- the first 4 in San Francisco and the last 2 in Buffalo. All 6 of those offenses finished among the top 9 in rushing attempts and top 8 in rushing yards. Roman's arrival is good news for RBs Kenneth Dixon and Terrance West.
Patriots WR Danny Amendola (ankle) put in a full practice on Wednesday, putting him on track to return for this weekend's game against the Texans. He's been out since Week 13. Amendola will join a crowded WR group that also includes Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Michael Floyd and potentially Malcolm Mitchell, who was limited on Wednesday with his knee injury.
Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) didn't practice on Wednesday. He seemingly suffered a setback last Friday and doesn't look particularly likely to be cleared in time for this weekend's game against the Chiefs. We'll continue to monitor his progress.
Seahawks RB C.J Prosise (scapula) put in a limited practice on Wednesday -- his 1st since going down back in Week 11. Last we heard, Prosise still hadn't been cleared for contact yet. He remains a question mark for this weekend's game against the Falcons.
The Bills have hired Sean McDermott as their HC. He's spent the past 8 seasons as a defensive coordinator -- 1st in Philadelphia, then in Carolina -- but has no HC experience. McDermott and the Bills should make an OC hire within the next couple of weeks.
The Broncos have hired Vance Joseph as their new HC. The 44-year-old spent the 2016 season as the Dolphins' defensive coordinator after numerous stops as a defensive backs coach in both college and the pros. We'll see who he brings aboard to run the offense.
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