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    • E.J. Gaines BUF CB
      Bills' E.J. Gaines: Happy result from Watkins trade
      9h ago

      Gaines, acquired by the Bills in the Sammy Watkins trade ahead of the 2017 season, played 11 games and logged 59 tackles, nine passes defensed, three forced fumbles and an interception.

      His performance on the field was even better than the box score -- in the 11 games Gaines was fit to play, the Bills were one of the league's tougher teams to pass against. The ex-Ram and rookie Tre'Davious White formed a tandem that far exceeded anyone's initial expectations, with the only buzzkill being that Gaines seemed to be battling one injury or another most of the season. He'll be an unrestricted free agent at the start of the league year, and with several other more pressing needs, there's talk the team may not retain him. However, it would be a big score if the Bills could re-sign Gaines and keep what became an excellent starting secondary completely intact.

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    • LaAdrian Waddle NE T
      Patriots' LaAdrian Waddle: Questionable for AFC championship
      9h ago

      Waddle (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Jaguars.

      Waddle was a non-participant at practice Thursday but was able to return in a limited fashion Friday. The 26-year-old sustained the injury in last Sunday's win over the Titans, and Cameron Fleming would step in at right tackle should he be unable to face the Jaguars.

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    • Alan Branch NE DT
      Patriots' Alan Branch: Questionable for AFC championship
      10h ago

      Branch (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Jaguars.

      Branch was a limited participant in practice this week after being forced to sit out last week's divisional-round victory over the Titans. The 33-year-old was limited last week as well, so his availability is likely to be a game-time decision.

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    • Leonard Fournette JAC RB
      Jaguars' Leonard Fournette: Ready to face New England on Sunday
      12h ago

      Fournette (ankle) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Patriots after logging limited practices all week.

      The Jaguars paced the NFL with an average of 141.4 rushing yards per game during the regular season, and we'd expect them to try to establish the ground game from the get-go Sunday. That should result in plenty of work for Fournette, barring any injury setbacks, with T.J. Yeldon on hand to work in a complementary/change-of-pace role. Despite missing some time during last week's AFC divisional-round win over the Steelers, Fournette still logged 25 carries for 109 yards and three TDs and added two catches for 10 yards in the contest.

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    • Mike Gillislee NE RB
      Patriots' Mike Gillislee: Limited at practice, listed as questionable
      12h ago

      Gillislee (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC championship game after practicing in a limited fashion this week.

      Gillislee -- who is bouncing back from a sprained knee ligament -- may have progressed enough to be available Sunday, though he isn't a lock to play in such a scenario, with Dion Lewis and James White ahead of him on the depth chart and Rex Burkhead (knee) a candidate to return to the Patriots' backfield mix this weekend.

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    • Rex Burkhead NE RB
      Patriots' Rex Burkhead: Listed as questionable this week
      13h ago

      Burkhead (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC championship game after practicing in a limited fashion all week.

      Earlier this week Ian Rapoport of NFL Network noted that Burkhead is expected to return to action this weekend after missing last Saturday's win over the Titans. If Burkhead does indeed suit up against Jacksonville, he'd provide valuable depth behind lead back Dion Lewis, as well as another viable pass-catching offense out of the Patriots' backfield, which also includes change of-pace man James White and possibly Mike Gillislee (knee), who the team lists as questionable for Sunday's contest.

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    • Tom Brady NE QB
      Patriots' Tom Brady: Listed as questionable for AFC championship game
      13h ago

      The Patriots list Brady (right hand) as questionable for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Jaguars after the QB logged a limited practice Friday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

      Though Brady fell short Friday of saying that he's confident about playing this weekend, replying "we'll see" when queried on the matter, NESN.com relays a report via Michael Felger of 98.5 The Sports Hub that Brady needed four stitches around the knuckle of his throwing hand. Moreover, Felger suggested that it's not an issue that is expected to hamper the signal-caller much Sunday, with Mike Garafolo of NFL Network noting that the QB is said to be throwing the ball well. In any case, Brady's status should be monitored as Sunday's 3:05 ET kickoff approaches, but ultimately we expect him to play against Jacksonville.

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    • Tom Brady NE QB
      Patriots' Tom Brady: Practices Friday
      15h ago

      When asked at a press conference Friday how confident he is about playing in Sunday's AFC championship game against the Jaguars, Brady (right hand) replied, "we'll see," Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

      Meanwhile, the QB -- who was sporting red gloves on both of his hands -- declined to provide any details pertaining to his injured throwing hand. While we would still be very surprised if Brady -- who practiced Friday -- didn't start Sunday's game, it seems inevitable that he'll head into the weekend listed as questionable on the Patriots' final injury report, which is due to be released later in the day. It's notable that Brian Hoyer is the only other QB on the team's 53-man roster, with the New England practice squad not offering any depth at the position either.

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    • Tom Brady NE QB
      Patriots' Tom Brady: Spotted at practice Friday
      17h ago

      Brady (right hand) was present for the start of Friday's practice, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

      Brady was also present for warmups ahead of Thursday's practice, but the quarterback was ultimately listed as a non-participant for that session. The media was only able to see the players stretch and jog, so it is yet to be determined whether Brady will be able to resume throwing the football Friday, but more clarity should come on him once the Patriots release their final injury report later on in the day.

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    • Tom Brady NE QB
      Patriots' Tom Brady: Listed as non-participant at Thursday's practice
      2d ago

      Though Brady (right hand) was present for warmups in advance of practice Thursday, per ESPN's Mike Reiss, the QB was officially listed as a non-participant.

      Brady was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday after hurting his throwing hand in what Reiss describes as a "minor collision" with a teammate. The signal-caller had been scheduled to address reporters Thursday afternoon, but that has been shifted to Friday. Per Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Brady is still expected to play in Sunday's AFC championship game against the Jaguars, but added context regarding the situation will arrive Friday, perhaps when Brady speaks with the media, and certainly when the Patriots release their final injury report of the week.

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    • Taysom Hill NO QB
      Saints' Taysom Hill: Could be backup quarterback in 2018
      2d ago

      Hill did not register in the box score in Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round defeat to the Vikings, but he played 19 special-teams snaps and narrowly missed blocking a punt in the second half.

      A standout dual-threat quarterback at BYU, Hill went undrafted in last April before signing as a free agent with the Packers. Despite an impressive preseason, Green Bay waived Hill, who was claimed off waivers by the Saints in September. The rookie quarterback spent most of the season on the practice squad before causing considerable buzz in his NFL debut in a Week 13 win over the Panthers -- a game in which he recorded two tackles and came close to blocking a pair of Carolina punts as part of the Saints' special-teams unit. While Hill continued to play on special teams (he finished the regular season with four tackles in five games), it's been reported that head coach Sean Payton believes that Hill could be the eventual successor to quarterback Drew Brees, who is a free agent this offseason. Hill's ascension to starting quarterback is unlikely to occur in 2018 -- considering Brees is expected to re-sign with the Saints this offseason -- but the team could let unrestricted free agent Chase Daniel walk this offseason, which could pave the way for Hill to bump up a notch on the depth chart. Although Hill's checkered medical history includes four season-ending injuries in college, he has intriguing potential as a dual-threat quarterback if he were ever to get an extended look in the NFL at any point.

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    • Chase Daniel NO QB
      Saints' Chase Daniel: Enters unrestricted free agency this offseason
      2d ago

      Daniel played in just one game this season but did not attempt a pass.

      Daniel signed with the Saints this offseason but did not play a meaningful snap as the backup to Drew Brees, who has missed just two games in his 12 seasons in New Orleans. Daniel is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but having attempted only 78 career passes in his first eight seasons, he will almost certainly remain a backup with whatever team he signs.

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    • Leonard Fournette JAC RB
      Jaguars' Leonard Fournette: Ready to face New England on Sunday
      12h ago

      Fournette (ankle) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Patriots after logging limited practices all week.

      The Jaguars paced the NFL with an average of 141.4 rushing yards per game during the regular season, and we'd expect them to try to establish the ground game from the get-go Sunday. That should result in plenty of work for Fournette, barring any injury setbacks, with T.J. Yeldon on hand to work in a complementary/change-of-pace role. Despite missing some time during last week's AFC divisional-round win over the Steelers, Fournette still logged 25 carries for 109 yards and three TDs and added two catches for 10 yards in the contest.

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    • Mike Gillislee NE RB
      Patriots' Mike Gillislee: Limited at practice, listed as questionable
      12h ago

      Gillislee (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC championship game after practicing in a limited fashion this week.

      Gillislee -- who is bouncing back from a sprained knee ligament -- may have progressed enough to be available Sunday, though he isn't a lock to play in such a scenario, with Dion Lewis and James White ahead of him on the depth chart and Rex Burkhead (knee) a candidate to return to the Patriots' backfield mix this weekend.

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    • Rex Burkhead NE RB
      Patriots' Rex Burkhead: Listed as questionable this week
      13h ago

      Burkhead (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC championship game after practicing in a limited fashion all week.

      Earlier this week Ian Rapoport of NFL Network noted that Burkhead is expected to return to action this weekend after missing last Saturday's win over the Titans. If Burkhead does indeed suit up against Jacksonville, he'd provide valuable depth behind lead back Dion Lewis, as well as another viable pass-catching offense out of the Patriots' backfield, which also includes change of-pace man James White and possibly Mike Gillislee (knee), who the team lists as questionable for Sunday's contest.

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    • Jeremy Hill CIN RB
      Bengals' Jeremy Hill: Not expected back
      16h ago

      Jim Owczarski and Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer relay that Hill (ankle) seems unlikely to return to the Bengals.

      Hill, who is bouncing back from season-ending ankle surgery, previously indicated that he "should be back to (himself)" in January, noting that he elected to address his ankle woes back in November in order to put himself in the best possible position heading into free agency. The Enquirer report projects the possibility of Hill returning to the Bengals at one percent. That sounds reasonable, given that the team drafted Joe Mixon last April and still has Giovani Bernard under contract through 2019.

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    • David Johnson ARI RB
      Cardinals' David Johnson: Wrist healed
      1d ago

      In a podcast interview, Johnson said his wrist is healed and his strength and full range of motion are returning, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official website reports.

      A good sign for the highly-touted running back as he heads into the offseason, looking to put the injury-riddled 2017 campaign behind him. Although the reports say the wrist if fully healed, the injury is still something to keep an eye on heading into offseason workouts.

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    • Devonta Freeman ATL RB
      Falcons' Devonta Freeman: Avoiding knee surgery
      2d ago

      Head coach Dan Quinn revealed Thursday that Freeman won't require surgery on the MCL and PCL sprains in his right knee, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

      After Saturday's divisional-round defeat at Philadelphia, Freeman discussed his health, noting the aforementioned knee issues. He was still a force as a runner and pass catcher throughout his fourth campaign, but his effectiveness in the former realm waned down the stretch. As evidence, he failed to reach 4.0 YPC in five of the Falcons' last seven contests, including each of the last four (including playoffs). Nonetheless, Freeman still averaged 84.4 yards from scrimmage per game and scored eight touchdowns in 14 regular-season outings, so he remains a valued fantasy asset, despite the presence of all-purpose RB Tevin Coleman in his own backfield.

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    • Robby Anderson NYJ WR
      Jets' Robby Anderson: Reportedly arrested early Friday morning
      13h ago

      Anderson reportedly faces nine charges, including two felonies, stemming from an incident in South Florida early Friday morning, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

      Per the report, this marks Anderson's second arrest in the last eight months. With the NFL slated to review the matter, the wideout is potentially subject to discipline under the league's personal-conduct policy. Meanwhile, the Jets released a statement, noting that the team is "aware of the situation. This is a pending legal matter and we will have no further comment."

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    • Eli Rogers PIT WR
      Steelers' Eli Rogers: Suffers torn ACL
      13h ago

      Rogers was diagnosed with a torn ACL, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

      Rogers went down with a previously undisclosed right leg injury on the final drive of last Sunday's divisional-round loss to the Jaguars. Since ACL injuries usually command a nine-to-12 month recovery, the 25-year-old receiver will likely miss all of OTAs and training camp recovering and isn't guaranteed to be ready in time for the 2018 season opener.

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    • Jarvis Landry MIA WR
      Dolphins' Jarvis Landry: Not open to hometown discount
      15h ago

      Landry's agent said the receiver is not willing to take a hometown discount to stay in Miami, Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post reports.

      Landry's agent, Damarious Bilbo, also went on record to defend recent criticisms against the receiver by saying Landry is an emotional and high-energy player who serves as a valuable sparkplug for the offense. Regardless, Landry will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year and, considering he's approaching his age-26 season in 2018, his next contract could be his last opportunity to break the bank. The LSU product is likely looking for a long-term contract in a similar price range as fellow 2014 second-rounder Davante Adams, who recently inked a four-year, $58.75 million extension with the Packers. If Landry and the Dolphins are unable to strike a deal, it's possible Miami could slap him with either the franchise or transition tags, which would pay Landry about $16.5 million or $14.2 million, respectively.

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    • Adam Thielen MIN WR
      Vikings' Adam Thielen: Listed as questionable
      15h ago

      Thielen (lower back) will be listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Eagles.

      Thielen returned to practice in a limited fashion Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's session, and given the magnitude of Sunday's contest, we'd expect him to suit up this weekend barring any setbacks. Thielen was on the field for 77 of a possible 81 snaps on offense in last Sunday's divisional-round win over the Saints, en route to hauling in six of nine targets for 74 yards. Assuming he plays against the Eagles, Thielen would be in line to start at wideout for the Vikings opposite Stefon Diggs, whose TD catch on the final play of last week's game allowed Minnesota to move one game away from a Super Bowl berth.

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    • Tommylee Lewis NO WR
      Saints' Tommylee Lewis: Finishes second season with whimper
      18h ago

      Lewis played only one offensive snap in Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round loss to the Vikings. He finished the 2017 regular season with 10 catches for 116 yards and a touchdown and two carries for 14 yards in 15 games. He also averaged 23.6 yards on 13 kickoff returns and 8.2 yards on 14 punt returns.

      Lewis never topped 16 offensive snaps in any game this season but saw some playing time as a slot receiver early in the season. During the second half of the year, however, Lewis was almost exclusively limited to special-teams work. With both Willie Snead and Brandon Coleman restricted free agents this offseason, there's an outside chance that Lewis could see his role grow next season if neither returns. At 5-foot-7, however, it seems more likely that Lewis will remain a gadget player in the Saints' offense, giving him limited fantasy appeal except in leagues that award points for return yardage.

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    • Brandon Coleman NO WR
      Saints' Brandon Coleman: Restricted free agent this offseason
      18h ago

      Coleman, who did not play in the Saints' 29-24 NFC divisional-round loss to the Vikings due to a neck injury, finished the 2017 regular season with 23 receptions for 364 yards and three touchdowns.

      Coleman appeared in all 16 games for New Orleans and the three touchdowns tied a career high. An excellent run blocker, Coleman saw substantial playing time as the Saints' No. 3 receiver but the Rutgers product was generally an afterthought in the passing game. Coleman is only 24 years old and will be a restricted free agent this offseason. At 6-foot-6, another team could sign him with the hope of turning him into a dangerous red-zone target. However, if Coleman returns to New Orleans next season he will probably need an injury to one of the receivers ahead of him on the depth chart (Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn) in order to make a significant fantasy impact.

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    • Michael Hoomanawanui NO TE
      Saints' Michael Hoomanawanui: Held without catch in playoff defeat
      2d ago

      Hoomanawanui did not catch a pass in Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round loss to the Vikings. He finished the season with just six catches for 52 yards and a touchdown in 14 games.

      Hoomanawanui signed a three-year deal with the Saints in March 2016 and is expected to return to New Orleans for his 10th NFL season in 2018. The big tight end is an excellent blocker who helped the Saints average nearly 130 rushing yards per game. Hoomanawanui, however, has never been much of a receiver, as he has a career high of just 13 receptions. He will therefore be off the fantasy radar again in 2018.

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    • Alex Ellis NO TE
      Saints' Alex Ellis: Gets reserve/future deal from New Orleans
      3d ago

      The Saints signed Ellis to a reserve/future contract Tuesday, Joel A. Erickson of The Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

      Ellis didn't log any NFL action during the past season, but made six appearances for the Jaguars during his rookie campaign in 2016, hauling in three of four targets for 11 yards. He'll join the Saints for their offseason program and could vie for a roster spot at tight end during training camp.

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    • Nick Truesdell MIN TE
      Nick Truesdell: Joins Minnesota's practice squad
      4d ago

      The Vikings signed Truesdell to their practice squad Tuesday.

      The 27-year-old tight end previously joined the Vikings for their offseason program and the preseason before being cut loose in September. Truesdell, who has spent time in the Arena Football League and Indoor Football League since turning pro, is still awaiting his NFL debut.

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    • Tim Semisch TEN TE
      Titans' Tim Semisch: Inks reserve deal with Tennessee
      4d ago

      Semisch signed a reserve/future contract with the Titans on Monday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

      The Northern Illinois product has yet to make his NFL debut since going undrafted in 2014. He'll join the Titans for their offseason program, but the tight end may need to stand out in those workouts in order to stick around through training camp.

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    • Levine Toilolo ATL TE
      Falcons' Levine Toilolo: Hauls in one reception in divisional-round loss
      4d ago

      Toilolo caught one of two targets for 12 yards in Saturday's divisional-round loss to the Eagles.

      Toilolo had a bigger impact in the real world as a blocker than he did as a fantasy option in 2017, as he finished the year with 12 receptions for 122 yards and one touchdown. He's under contract for two more years, but Austin Hooper is the Falcons' tight end to own of the duo.

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    • Austin Hooper ATL TE
      Falcons' Austin Hooper: Catches one ball in loss
      4d ago

      Hooper caught one ball for three yards Saturday in a 15-10 playoff loss to the Eagles.

      The Falcons never expected Hooper to live up to the likes of Tony Gonzalez, but it's hard to say that he's lived up to expectations in two years in the league. Hooper did see a sizable increase in both targets and yards, as he finished the year with 49 receptions for 526 yards, but he was again held to only three touchdowns. Some of that is due to the fact the Falcons have a number of offensive weapons, but fantasy owners likely hoped for more this year. Hopefully, he continues to see more work and can find the end zone more frequently in 2018.

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    • Wil Lutz NO K
      Saints' Wil Lutz: Potential game-winner erased by miracle catch
      17h ago

      Lutz made three extra-point tries and a 43-yard field goal in Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round loss to the Vikings. He also missed a 58-yard field goal.

      Lutz appeared to have sent the Saints to the NFC title game when he booted a clutch field goal to give New Orleans the lead with only 25 seconds remaining in the contest, only to have Stefon Diggs' miracle catch-and-run abruptly eject New Orleans from the playoff field. Still, Lutz had a terrific sophomore season, converting 31 of 36 field-goal attempts and 47 of 50 extra-point kicks. So long as Drew Brees -- who is an unrestricted free agent this offseason -- returns to New Orleans in 2018, Lutz should enter the year as one of the better kicking options in fantasy leagues, as the Saints' high-powered offense should provide him with plenty of scoring opportunities.

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    • Ryan Succop TEN K
      Titans' Ryan Succop: In line for nice pay day
      4d ago

      Succop didn't attempt a field goal but made a pair of extra points in Saturday's 35-14, divisional round loss to New England.

      Succop didn't get to show off his accurate leg in this lopsided defeat. The 31-year-old pending free agent's near-automatic performance from inside 50 yards should net him a strong salary for his position, as Succop set an NFL record this season with 56 consecutive makes on field-goal attempts under 50 yards.

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    • Justin Tucker BAL K
      Ravens' Justin Tucker: Turns in another strong season
      4d ago

      Tucker finished the season converting 34 of 37 field goals and going 39-for-39 on extra point attempts.

      It was another stellar season from Tucker, who converted over 90 percent of his field goal attempts for the second year in a row and fourth time in his career. Tucker was also among the league's elite from distance, checking in with five field goals of 50-or-more yards, but that was a dropoff after going 10-for-10 from that distance in 2016. Still, Tucker is clearly one of the most bankable options at kicker regardless of format thanks to his high volume of attempts coupled with a unique ability to convert from almost any distance. Tucker, 28, is under contract for two more years.

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    • Blair Walsh SEA K
      Seahawks' Blair Walsh: Likely done in Seattle
      4d ago

      Walsh was 21 of 29 on field-goal attempts and 37 for 38 on extra-points attempts for the Seahawks in 2017.

      Walsh's longest field goal of the season was 49 yards, and he finished the season on a sour note with a missed 48-yard field goal in the final minute of the Week 17 loss to the Cardinals. The Seahawks have already signed former-Jaguar Jason Myers to a reserve\future contract as Walsh is set to hit free agency, with his tenure in Seattle likely over.

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    • Matt Bryant ATL K
      Falcons' Matt Bryant: Perfect in what might be his final game
      4d ago

      Bryant connected on a 33-yard field goal and an extra point in a 15-10 divisional round loss to the Eagles.

      Bryant was superb again this year, as the 41-year-old connected on 34-of-39 kicks, including a mesmerizing 17-of-19 from over 40 yards. He'll be 42 this offseason, and he's no longer under contract, so it's certainly possible that we've seen him kick in his final professional game. That being said, if he wants to come back, the Falcons would certainly give him a chance to earn the job and kick in what would be his 17th professional season.

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    • Brandon McManus DEN K
      Broncos' Brandon McManus: Finishes 2017 with 99 points
      5d ago

      McManus was 24 for 32 on field-goal attempts and 27 for 27 on extra-point attempts in 2017. His season long was from 57 yards.

      McManus was like one of people whose luck turns bad after winning the lottery. He signed a big contract extension opening day and promptly shanked five of his first 13 field-goal attempts. He settled down a bit down the stretch, but he was notably less reliable from short range, missing on three of 20 attempts from 39 yards and in in 2017 after hitting all 39 such attempts in 2015 and 2016. Denver fired special teams coordinator Brock Olivo at season's end and brought in veteran Tom McMahon. It'll be interesting to see if the switch gets McManus back to being the kicker Denver thought it was paying top-dollar for at the beginning of the year.

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    • E.J. Gaines BUF CB
      Bills' E.J. Gaines: Happy result from Watkins trade
      9h ago

      Gaines, acquired by the Bills in the Sammy Watkins trade ahead of the 2017 season, played 11 games and logged 59 tackles, nine passes defensed, three forced fumbles and an interception.

      His performance on the field was even better than the box score -- in the 11 games Gaines was fit to play, the Bills were one of the league's tougher teams to pass against. The ex-Ram and rookie Tre'Davious White formed a tandem that far exceeded anyone's initial expectations, with the only buzzkill being that Gaines seemed to be battling one injury or another most of the season. He'll be an unrestricted free agent at the start of the league year, and with several other more pressing needs, there's talk the team may not retain him. However, it would be a big score if the Bills could re-sign Gaines and keep what became an excellent starting secondary completely intact.

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    • Alan Branch NE DT
      Patriots' Alan Branch: Questionable for AFC championship
      10h ago

      Branch (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Jaguars.

      Branch was a limited participant in practice this week after being forced to sit out last week's divisional-round victory over the Titans. The 33-year-old was limited last week as well, so his availability is likely to be a game-time decision.

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    • Dannell Ellerbe PHI LB
      Eagles' Dannell Ellerbe: Questionable for NFC championship game
      13h ago

      Ellerbe (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Vikings.

      Ellerbe has been nursing a hamstring injury for about a month but it hasn't forced him to miss any games. After practicing on a limited basis both Thursday and Friday, he seems likely to suit up again Sunday.

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    • Andrew Sendejo MIN SS
      Vikings' Andrew Sendejo: Practices for third straight day
      14h ago

      Sendejo (concussion) was a full participant in Friday's practice, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

      Sendejo continues to work his way back after a hit to the head from Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas knocked him out of the game Sunday. The veteran safety has yet to be officially cleared by an independent neurologist, but he sufficiently progressed through the concussion protocol so as to practice all week. Sendejo's presence is crucial, considering Eagles quarterback Nick Foles exposed Atlanta's secondary in last Sunday's divisional-round win by completing 76.7 percent of his pass attempts and throwing for 246 yards.

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    • Malik Golden PIT DB
      Steelers' Malik Golden: Lands contract with Pittsburgh
      14h ago

      The Steelers signed Golden to a reserve/future contract Friday, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

      Golden went undrafted out of Penn State in 2017 and spent time with both the 49ers and Steelers last summer. However, he wound up on Pittsburgh's injured reserve list prior to the season opener with a groin injury and was released with an injury settlement shortly thereafter. It seems Golden showed promise before going down, though, and he'll now compete for a spot on a roster with questionable cornerback depth.

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    • Shamar Stephen MIN DT
      Vikings' Shamar Stephen: Will sit out Sunday
      14h ago

      Stephen (knee) has been ruled out for the NFC championship game at Philadelphia on Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

      Stephen suffered a knee injury on Andrew Sendejo's first-quarter interception return this past Sunday and had to be carried off the field. He did not have to go back into the locker room to be evaluated, but the injury was serious enough to hold him out for the remainder of the game and for all of practice this week. With Stephen on the mend, it will be rookie Jaleel Johnson filling in at defensive tackle against Philadelphia's third-ranked rushing offense.

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