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Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay recently underwent surgery on his right wrist, according to The Denver Post's Mike Klis. It was reportedly a "simple, clean-up arthroscopic procedure" on the same wrist that Lindsay had surgery on last year. He told the team that it caused him some discomfort throughout the 2019 campaign. Lindsay was sidelined until training camp last year but is expected to be ready for the start of OTAs this spring. We'll keep an eye on him.

Titans WR Adam Humphries (ankle) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. That gives him a shot to return for the AFC Championship after missing the last 6 games. A healthy Humphries would step back in as Tennessee's primary slot receiver. That's notable on the 2-game DFS slate against a Chiefs defense that's been much weaker vs. slots than outside receivers.

49ers TE George Kittle was held out of Wednesday's practice with what's been reported as a sore ankle. This doesn't sound like something that'll impact his availability for this weekend's NFC Championship game vs. the Packers, but we'll continue to keep an eye on the situation.

The Panthers have named Joe Brady their new OC. It's been a rapid rise for the 30-year-old, who spent 2017 and 2018 as an offensive assistant under Sean Payton in New Orleans and this past year as LSU's passing game coordinator. Brady won the 2019 Broyles Award as the top assistant coach in college football and was given a lot of credit for QB Joe Burrow's massive 5,671-yard, 60-TD campaign. It's an exciting -- albeit risky -- hire by the Panthers.

Panthers LB Luke Kuechly has announced his retirement. Kuechly just finished his age-28 season and 8th NFL campaign. He hasn't missed a game since 2017 and has missed just 1 game over the past 3 seasons. Kuechly famously lost the ends of his 2015 and 2016 seasons to concussions, and those issues likely factored into this decision. Kuechly has reportedly played through other issues even while not missing games the past 2 years. His departure leaves Carolina likely looking for a replacement this offseason. Shaq Thompson just signed a 4-year extension in December and will continue to start. Jermaine Carter looks like the best bet for a replacement on the current roster. The 2nd-year, former 5th-round pick played full time in the final 2 regular-season games with Thompson out.

The Jaguars have fired OC John DeFilippo after just 1 season. The 2019 Jags ranked 20th in total yards, 19th in yards per play and 26th in points. The offense, of course, lost QB Nick Foles to a broken collarbone in Week 1 and rolled with 6th-round rookie QB Gardner Minshew most of the year. We'll see who HC Doug Marrone tabs as his new OC.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman will undergo surgeries on his left shoulder and left knee this offseason, according to the Boston Herald. The shoulder surgery will repair a separated AC joint; the knee will be scoped to remove a loose body. Neither procedure should have a big impact on Edelman's offseason. But they're 2 more bullet points to add to the 33-year-old's lengthy injury history. Edelman also dealt with a rib cartilage injury throughout most of the 2019 campaign -- but actually played all 16 regular-season games for just the 3rd time in his career.

The Broncos have fired OC Rich Scangarello after 1 year on the job and replaced him with Pat Shurmur. Shurmur has struggled as a HC but had some strong seasons as an OC with the Eagles and Vikings. He's a pass-leaning play-caller, with 9 of his 11 teams ranking higher in pass attempts than rush attempts. Shurmur's top priority in Denver will be maximizing QB Drew Lock's skill set.

Chiefs DT Chris Jones (calf) is inactive for today's game against the Texans. That leaves the Kansas City D-line without a top run defender and a key component in the pass rush. Jones also missed the Week 6 meeting, in which Texans RB Carlos Hyde tallied 116 yards on 26 carries. Today's matchup gets better for Hyde with Jones out.

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Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (knee) is active for today's game against the Texans. He was limited in practice all week, but the knee issue doesn't sound like something that will be a big factor today.

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Texans TE Darren Fells (hip) is active for today's game against the Chiefs. TE Jordan Akins' absence adds upside to Fells -- although it's unclear how big an issue that hip injury will be.

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Texans WR Will Fuller (groin) is active for today's game against the Chiefs. He was limited in practice all week, and the Houston Chronicle reported that Fuller won't be back to 100% until he has time to recover this offseason. He's a risk/reward fantasy play today.

The Browns are set to hire Kevin Stefanski as their new HC. Stefanski has spent the past 14 seasons in Minnesota under multiple coaching staffs. He took over as interim OC late in the 2018 campaign and was named OC for 2019. The Vikings ranked 16th in total yards, 10th in yards per play and 8th in points this past year. They were the league's 3rd run-heaviest offense -- although assistant coach Gary Kubiak seemingly had a lot to do with that. We'll keep an eye on Stefanski's plans for a Browns offense loaded with talent.

49ers RB Raheem Mostert said he battled calf cramps in Saturday's Divisional Round game after being sick during the week. That might explain Tevin Coleman operating as San Francisco's lead back in the win over the Vikings -- although it seemed like Coleman was a big part of the game plan right from the get-go. He'll be the best fantasy bet in this backfield in the NFC Championship.

NFL Network's James Palmer reports that Texans WR Will Fuller (groin), WR Kenny Stills (knee) and TE Darren Fells (hip) will all be active for today's game against the Chiefs. Fuller will remain risky in his return from a multi-game injury. QB Deshaun Watson, however, will have his near-full group of weapons. TE Jordan Akins (hamstring) looks like the only regular piece missing. His absence helps Fells, who saw a season-high 7 targets in the Week 6 meeting with Kansas City.

Ravens TE Mark Andrews (ankle) is active for tonight's game against the Titans. He was limited in practice all week, and ESPN's Jamison Hensley notes that Andrews "won't be at full strength" tonight. So there's added risk here -- but Andrews still boasts plenty of upside vs. Tennessee's 27th-ranked TE defense.

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Ravens RB Mark Ingram (calf) is active for tonight's game against the Titans. He only got in 1 limited practice this week after experiencing tightness in that calf. He's a risk/reward fantasy play in this one. Ingram's status adds upside to RB Gus Edwards.

Texans TE Jordan Akins (hamstring) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Chiefs. TE Darren Fells remains questionable with his hip injury. If he can't go, Houston would be down to TE Jordan Thomas.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (ankle) is active for today's Divisional Round game against the 49ers. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said on Friday that the team wasn't sure how the stitches in Thielen's ankle will hold up. He obviously comes with elevated risk in fantasy lineups.

Chiefs DT Chris Jones is questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans. Jones sustained a calf injury in Thursday's practice and then missed Friday's workout. Jones missed 3 games earlier this season, a span that included losses to Houston and Green Bay. Jones' absence would hurt both the run defense and the pass rush. We'll see about his availability Sunday afternoon.

 
 
 

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