Shark Bites

The Steelers signed QB Dwayne Haskins, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Haskins flamed out on and off the field in Washington but is certainly worth a flier for Pittsburgh. He was the 15th overall pick of the 2019 draft after chucking for 4,831 yards and 50 scores at his final season at Ohio State and is still just 23 years old. QB Ben Roethlisberger is tentatively expected back for 2021, but the Steelers need to find their QB of the future.

Bucs HC Bruce Arians labeled WR Antonio Brown (knee) a game-time decision for Sunday's NFC Championship vs. the Packers. Brown missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. We'll see if he's able to get out there tomorrow, but he'll be at less than 100% if he suits up this weekend. If Brown can't go, WRs Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson would pick up extra snaps.

Bucs WR Antonio Brown (knee) did not practice on Wednesday. He reportedly avoided a serious injury but isn't a lock to play in Sunday's NFC Championship. We'll continue to monitor his progress.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (calf) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. He missed all 3 workouts last week before being inactive for the win over the Browns. Watkins seemingly has a shot to play vs. the Bills this weekend, but check back tomorrow for another update.

Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle, hip) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. The rookie was limited last Wednesday before sitting out the final 2 practices of the week and then missing the Browns game. We'll see what he does over the next 2 days leading up to Sunday's AFC Championship.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid said Wednesday afternoon that QB Patrick Mahomes "feels good" after taking "all the snaps" in practice. Reid confirmed that Mahomes remains in the concussion protocol, but he continues to trend in the right direction for this weekend's AFC Championship vs. the Bills.

Update: The Chiefs listed Mahomes as a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes has no concussion symptoms as of Wednesday morning, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Mahomes is expected to have a "very light practice" on Wednesday, per Rapoport, and then "ramp up" through the rest of the week. If he stays symptom-free, he figures to be cleared for Sunday's AFC Championship vs. the Bills.

QB Philip Rivers announced his retirement on Wednesday. The 39-year-old played 17 seasons -- 16 with the Chargers, his last with the Colts -- and sits 5th in both career passing yards and TDs. Rivers turned in 10 top-12 fantasy seasons. His retirement leaves Jacob Eason as the only QB on the roster signed for 2021. We'll see if the Colts bring back QB Jacoby Brissett, but they'll certainly be adding to the position via free agency and/or the draft.

Bills RB Zack Moss underwent "tight rope" surgery to repair his high-ankle sprain on Tuesday morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. That's the procedure QB Tua Tagovailoa had at Alabama in 2019, ultimately returning to play 3 weeks later. Moss is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the start of the offseason program, per Schefter. Moss averaged a solid 4.3 yards per carry as a rookie, emerging as Buffalo's lead ball-carrier over the 2nd half. His upside is capped going forward, though, by the presence of RB Devin Singletary and the Bills' pass-centric offense.

ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes cleared "some big steps" in the concussion protocol on Monday. He still has a ways to go -- but Mahomes is expected to practice on Wednesday, and there's "hope and optimism" he'll be able to play vs. the Bills this weekend. Schefter adds that Mahomes is also dealing with a foot injury, which was clearly bothering him in Sunday's win over the Browns before he exited with the head injury.

Bucs WR Antonio Brown's knee injury is not considered serious, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Brown is considered "day-to-day" and seemingly has a shot to play vs. the Packers on Sunday. We'll keep a close eye on him this week.

Saints WR Michael Thomas will "likely" have surgery this offseason to repair a torn deltoid and other injured ligaments in his ankle, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Thomas hurt that ankle in Week 1, didn't return until Week 9 and played the rest of the way with pain medication, per Schefter. It's safe to say that Thomas was never at full strength after the opener. Assuming better health, he'll be a prime 2021 bounce-back candidate.

The Ravens released RB Mark Ingram. The move was a no-brainer, with Ingram due to make $5 million in 2021. The 31-year-old ranked near the bottom of the league in missed tackles forced and yards after contact per attempt this past season and was a healthy scratch for most of the games down the stretch. He figures to latch on elsewhere at least for training camp this summer but isn't a good bet for a 2021 fantasy impact. J.K. Dobbins is set to enter next season as Baltimore's lead back. We'll see if the Ravens bring back restricted free agent Gus Edwards and/or make any other additions to the backfield.

Bucs WR Antonio Brown suffered a knee injury in Sunday's win over the Saints and is undergoing an MRI on Monday, ESPN's Jenna Laine reports. Brown didn't play much in the 2nd half vs. New Orleans. We'll look for updates on his injury and monitor his practice participation this week. If Brown can't play vs. the Packers on Sunday, WRs Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson would pick up more snaps.

The Lions are finalizing a deal to make Dan Campbell their new HC, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Campbell spent 10 seasons playing TE in the league and has been in the coaching ranks for the past 11. The first 6 of those came in Miami -- primarily as a TEs coach, with a 12-game stint as interim HC in 2015. Campbell has been assistant HC and TEs coach in New Orleans under Sean Payton for the last 5 years. It's a relatively uninspiring hire, but we'll see who Campbell brings aboard as OC.

The Chargers have named Brandon Staley their new HC. The 38-year-old has been a fast riser, going from a LBs coach in Chicago and Denver to Rams defensive coordinator to Chargers HC in just 5 years. Staley's 2020 Rams defense was better than Wade Phillips' 2019 unit in points allowed, total yards allowed, yards per play allowed and Football Outsiders' DVOA. This at least looks like a good hire for the Chargers defense. We'll see who joins Staley to run the offense.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes sustained a concussion in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's Divisional Round win over the Browns. It's his 2nd documented concussion, with the 1st coming at Texas Tech back in 2014. Mahomes' progress through the protocol this coming week will be the biggest story in sports. If he's not cleared by Sunday, QB Chad Henne will get the start in the AFC Championship vs. the Bills.

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Bucs RB Ronald Jones (quad, finger) is active for tonight's game against the Saints. HC Bruce Arians said earlier this week that RB Leonard Fournette would get the start regardless of Jones' status, making Fournette the better fantasy bet.

Saints QB Taysom Hill (knee) and RB Latavius Murray (quad) are inactive for tonight's game vs. the Bucs. QB Drew Brees and RB Alvin Kamara will pick up extra snaps.

Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle, hip) is officially inactive for today's matchup with Cleveland. As expected. Should the Chiefs advance, we'd expect CEH to return for the AFC Championship game.

 
 
 

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