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Patriots RB James White (ankle) is expected to return for tonight’s game against the Titans. He’s officially questionable. If active, White would carry nice PPR appeal against a defense Football Outsiders rates 7th vs. the run and 32nd in RB pass coverage

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Patriots RB Rex Burkhead and RB Mike Gillislee aren’t expected to play tonight against the Titans. Both backs enter the day questionable. Their absences would help the fantasy outlooks for Dion Lewis and James White, who is expected to return

ProFootballTalk.com hears that Steelers WR Antonio Brown (calf, illness) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's Divisional Round meeting with the Jaguars. Brown missed Friday's practice with an illness, but PFT reports the calf "remains an issue." HC Mike Tomlin didn't express much concern on Friday afternoon, saying he didn't “have a lot of reservations about [Brown] from a physical health standpoint.” We'll continue to keep an eye on this situation -- and will get Brown's official status around noon ET on Sunday.

Saints WR Brandon Coleman (neck) is out for Sunday's playoff game against the Vikings. He played 50% of New Orleans' offensive snaps and hauled in 4 of 5 targets last week. His absence pushes Willie Snead into #3 WR duties.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars -- not with his calf injury, but with an illness. Brown put in full workouts on Wednesday and Thursday, so the calf shouldn't be an issue. The illness kept him out of Friday's practice but shouldn't be a factor come Sunday. We'll keep an eye on him into the weekend, though.

The Bills have fired OC Rick Dennison. He lasted just 1 season in Buffalo, leading his unit to bottom-11 finishes in both total yards and points. The Bills will have a new OC -- and very likely a new QB -- when the 2018 season kicks off.

The Panthers have hired Norv Turner as their new OC. He brings 26 years of experience as either an NFL HC or OC but is a questionable fit in Carolina. Turner's offense is catered to pocket QBs, rather than dual-threats like Cam Newton. And he favors bell-cow ball-carriers. As talented as RB Christian McCaffrey is, a bell cow he is not. We'll see how successfully Turner is able to morph his offense to fit his personnel in Carolina.

Patriots RB James White (ankle) is listed as questionable for Saturday night's game against the Titans after a limited week of practice. He told insider Jeff Howe on Thursday afternoon that he's healthy enough to play. We'll find out for sure 90 minutes before kickoff. White could play an expanded role vs. a Tennessee defense that finished the regular season dead last in Football Outsiders' RB coverage rankings.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (knee) is listed as questionable for Saturday night's game against the Titans. After noticeably favoring his injured leg on Wednesday, Burkhead "made some nice progress" on Thursday, according to insider Jeff Howe. We'll find out his official status around 7 pm ET on Saturday. He'll be a risk/reward fantasy play if active. Dion Lewis remains the best fantasy bet in New England's backfield.

Patriots WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) isn't listed on the team's final injury report and will play against the Titans on Saturday night. He's suited up just once since going down in Week 8 and finished that game with just 1 catch on 5 targets. So Hogan comes with plenty of risk as a fantasy option this week. But there's also intriguing upside against a leaky Tennessee pass defense. Hogan racked up 5 TDs across his first 8 games.

The Bears have named Mark Helfrich their new OC, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Helfrich spent 4 seasons as Chip Kelly's OC at Oregon before serving as the Ducks' HC from 2013-2016. While HC Matt Nagy will call plays for the Bears, Helfrich should bring some tempo and creativity to the offense. We like the coaching staff Chicago is putting together for QB Mitchell Trubisky.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) was listed as a full participant in Wednesday's practice. He played limited snaps over the final 3 weeks of the regular season, totaling just 6 targets and 4 catches. It looks like the bye week has Rudolph much closer to 100% now -- and ready for his usual role against the Saints on Sunday.

Titans RB DeMarco Murray (knee) is out for Saturday night's playoff game against the Patriots. Derrick Henry will again serve as Tennessee's feature back. He's played 97% of the offensive snaps both of the past 2 weeks, tallying touch totals of 29 and 25. The Titans need to get him up into that territory again if they want any chance of leaving New England with a win. The Patriots have allowed 4.7 yards per carry to RBs this season.

Patriots insider Jeff Howe notes that RB Rex Burkhead was still sporting a brace on his left knee during Wednesday's practice. Burkhead was reportedly favoring that left leg during the stretching period. "If he’s available Saturday, it’d appear he’ll be limited," Howe opined. A limited Burkhead would mean more action for the red-hot Dion Lewis. We'll continue to track Burkhead's progress leading up to Saturday night's game vs. the Titans.

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (knee) is expected to be ready for spring workouts, according to insider Armando Salguero. Tannehill finally had surgery to repair his ACL in August after partially tearing it the previous December. He'll be about 9 months removed from surgery when minicamp opens this spring. Barring setbacks, Tannehill will be under center for Miami come Week 1. He's signed with the Fins through the 2020 campaign.

The Seahawks have fired OC Darrell Bevell. He spent the past 7 seasons in that post, leading Seattle to top 15 finishes in total offense in each of the past 4. His play-calling has been questionable lately, though, often waiting until too late in games to really unleash QB Russell Wilson. We'll see who the 'Hawks tab as Bevell's replacement. The offensive line remains a bigger issue than the play-calling.

Patriots WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) remained limited in Tuesday's practice. He's been limited before missing each of New England's last 3 games. We'll continue to track his progress ahead of Saturday night's game vs. Tennessee.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (knee) was officially limited in Tuesday's practice. He got back on the practice field last week and is expected to play against the Titans this weekend. But it'd be nice to see him get in a full workout over the next couple of days. RB James White (ankle) was also limited on Tuesday, while RB Mike Gillislee (knee) did not practice.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown (calf) was a full-go in Monday's practice, HC Mike Tomlin said. It's confirmation that he'll be ready for his usual role against the Jaguars this weekend. Brown turned 19 targets into a 10-157 line vs. Jacksonville back in October.

The Panthers have fired OC Mike Shula. He's been with the team since 2011, spending the past 5 seasons as OC. Carolina ranked in the top half of the league in total yards in just 2 of those 5 years, including 19th-place finishes the past 2 seasons. We'll see who the Panthers tab to replace Shula. We're especially curious to see what kind of role the new guy envisions for RB Christian McCaffrey, who caught 80 balls but carried just 117 times as a rookie.

 
 
 

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