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Bucs QB Tom Brady will undergo what HC Bruce Arians described as "clean-up" surgery on his left knee. That's the knee in which Brady tore his ACL back in 2008. He hasn't missed a game due to injury since. We'll keep an eye on Brady's status this offseason, but this shouldn't impact his 2021 campaign.

The Raiders will release WR Tyrell Williams at the start of the new league year next month, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. It'll save $10.6 million against the cap. Williams missed the entire 2020 season with a torn labrum in his shoulder. He turned 29 today but was still effective when we last saw him in 2019, averaging 15.5 yards per catch and scoring 6 times on 42 grabs. We'll see where Williams lands.

Lions new assistant HC/RBs coach Duce Staley talked up RB D'Andre Swift on Wednesday. "When I look at D'Andre, I do think he's a three-down back and like I said, he has some special traits I can't wait to get my hands on, so I'm excited about that," Staley said. "You can get 18 carries and seven touches as far as receptions and you have 25 touches, which is what you want from your star back." It's the time of the year when coaches toss around touch projections for the coming season, so don't go expecting 25 touches per game from Swift. But it's clear the new coaching staff is high on the Georgia product, despite not being around when he was drafted. There's RB1 upside here if Swift gets feature-back usage.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn plantar plate in his foot (turf toe), according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Mahomes' rehab will take "several months," but he's fully expected to be ready for the start of the 2021 season. We'll obviously keep a close eye on Mahomes' progress, but we're not downgrading him in early fantasy drafts.

The Vikings have promoted Klint Kubiak to OC. He's the son of Gary Kubiak, who just retired after spending the past 2 seasons in Minnesota. Klint has no NFL play-calling experience. We suspect his job will be to keep as much of his father's offense in place as possible.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (calf) is active for the Super Bowl. It’ll be his 1st action since Week 16. Watkins did get in a full practice on Friday, though, so there’s a chance that he plays a significant role tonight.

Bucs TE Cameron Brate (back) is active for the Super Bowl. He was added to the injury report on Thursday and then didn’t practice on Friday. Brate has caught 11 of 16 targets in Tampa’s 3 playoffs wins, but there’s a chance that he’s limited tonight.

Bucs WR Antonio Brown (knee) is active for the Super Bowl. He got in full practices on Thursday and Friday, so he should be close to 100%.

The Athletic's Joe Buscaglia expects the Bills to release WR John Brown this offseason. It'd save the team $7.2 million against the 2021 cap. Brown turns 31 in April and missed 7 games this past season with calf, knee and ankle injuries. Buffalo has a ready-made replacement in WR Gabriel Davis, who was impressive on his way to a 35-599-7 line as a rookie. Highlight Davis as a sleeper in 2021 fantasy drafts.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes will visit a foot specialist after the Super Bowl and will "likely" have surgery on his injured toe, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Mahomes said this week that the toe is feeling "a lot better," but it's safe to say he'll be operating at less than 100% as he plays for a 2nd straight Lombardi Trophy. We'll keep an eye on his recovery this offseason, but the toe shouldn't be an issue for the 2021 season.

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is "a little ahead of schedule" in his rehab from October's fractured and dislocated ankle, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Prescott was originally pegged for a 4-6 month recovery timetable and is expected to be ready "long before" the start of the 2021 season. Rapoport also reports that Dak had a 2nd surgery on that ankle in December to "strengthen his deltoid ligament, clean out the ankle and make it more structurally sound." The Cowboys are expected to franchise-tag Prescott again if the 2 sides can't agree to a long-term deal.

Chiefs WR Demarcus Robinson has been activated from the COVID list and is eligible to play in the Super Bowl. He figures to be 4th in the WR pecking order behind Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman and Sammy Watkins.

Bucs TE Cameron Brate (back) is questionable for the Super Bowl. After being added to the injury report on Thursday, he didn't practice on Friday. We'll get Brate's game status around 5 pm ET on Sunday. His absence would mean a boost in projections for both TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Antonio Brown.

Bucs WR Antonio Brown (knee) is listed as questionable for the Super Bowl. He put in full practices on Thursday and Friday, so it'd be a surprise if he doesn't play. Brown has averaged 7.2 targets, 5.2 catches and 59 yards in 9 healthy games with the Bucs. But he's played fewer than 50% of the snaps in 3 of the last 5 as Tampa has deployed more 2-TE sets. That could change on Sunday if TE Cameron Brate (back) is unable to play.

Chiefs RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) got in a full practice on Friday and isn't on the final injury report for the Super Bowl. He figures to be 3rd in the backfield pecking order behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (calf) is listed as questionable for the Super Bowl. He was a full participant in Friday's practice, though, so we're expecting him to suit up. It'll be Watkins' first action since late December, adding obvious risk to his fantasy profile. He averaged 5.9 targets, 3.9 catches and 44 yards in his 9 healthy games this season.

Bucs TE Cameron Brate was added to Thursday's injury report as limited with a back. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Brate is dealing with "discomfort" and was pulled from practice "out of an abundance of caution." It sounds like he'll be fine for the Super Bowl, but check back Friday afternoon for another update.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (calf) remained limited in Thursday's practice. He's seemingly trending toward playing in the Super Bowl, but we'll get another update on his status on Friday afternoon.

Bucs WR Antonio Brown (knee) was upgraded to a full participant in Thursday's practice. He's set to play in the Super Bowl. Brown's playing time was on the decline even before his injury as Tampa moved to more 2-TE sets. We're expecting a similar game plan on Sunday.

Bucs WR Antonio Brown (knee) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. It's an upgrade after he sat out all week leading up to the NFC Championship. Brown is seemingly on track to return for Sunday's Super Bowl.

 
 
 

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