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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Ladarius Green (concussion, illness, questionable) is not expected to play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Patriots.

Green participated in two of the Steelers' three practices this week but hasn't passed the concussion protocol and appears to be headed for his fifth straight absence. James Harrison (shoulder, triceps), who is also listed as questionable, is expected to get the green light for Sunday's AFC title game.
Jan 22 - 8:56 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Jimmy Raye III has emerged as the "clear favorite" to take over as the Colts' full-time GM.

Raye was installed as the team's interim GM after Ryan Grigson was let go on Saturday and it seems like only a matter of time until his "interim" label is removed. He's already on the books for an interview and is reportedly a favorite of coach Chuck Pagano. Raye has served as the Colts' VP of Football Operations since 2013. He's the son of former NFL offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye II.
Jan 22 - 8:54 AM

Colts owner Jim Irsay confirmed Saturday that Peyton Manning is not a candidate to replace Ryan Grigson at GM.

He also insisted that coach Chuck Pagano's job is safe, at least for 2017. Multiple sources have reported that Irsay was aggressively pursuing Manning before he fired Grigson, but it doesn't seem like the interest was mutual. Jimmy Raye III has taken over as the Colts' interim GM and has a good chance of retaining the full-time gig.
Jan 22 - 8:36 AM

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Jordy Nelson (ribs, illness, questionable), Davante Adams (ankle, questionable) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) will all be available for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

Morgan Burnett is also expected to play after exiting last week's game with a thigh injury. Out of those four, only Burnett and Nelson were able to practice this week. Coach Mike McCarthy has acknowledged that if this were a regular season game, the receiving trio of Adams, Allison and Nelson would all be out this week. Jordy and company deserve credit for gutting it out at much less than 100 percent, but it's anyone's guess how long each player will last or how effective they'll be. Look for Randall Cobb and Jared Cook to be target hogs Sunday in what should be a high-scoring affair at the Georgia Dome.
Jan 22 - 8:22 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Chris Hogan (thigh, questionable), Martellus Bennett (knee, questionable) and Malcolm Mitchell (knee, questionable) are all expected to play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Steelers.

Danny Amendola (ankle) wasn't mentioned, but he should be out there as well. With the exception of Rob Gronkowski (back surgery, I.R.) it looks like Tom Brady will have his full complement of weapons on Sunday. With Mitchell returning from a two-game absence, Michael Floyd could end up being a healthy scratch for the AFC title game.
Jan 22 - 8:11 AM

Texans C Nick Martin (ankle) is expected to be ready for OTAs.

A 2016 second-round pick, Martin missed his entire rookie year on IR. He’ll be full healthy for Houston’s offseason program. Martin should push Greg Mancz for the starting center job.
Jan 21 - 8:01 PM

Texans CB Kevin Johnson (foot surgery) expects to be ready for offseason workouts.

Johnson spent the final 11 weeks on IR after suffering a Jones re-fracture. He’ll be moved slowly but could get in some work at OTAs. With A.J. Bouye a free agent, Johnson’s in line to open 2017 as Houston’s No. 3 corner.
Source: ESPN
Jan 21 - 7:54 PM

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports free agent LB Jamie Collins is seeking $12 million annually.

The Browns have made "significant progress" in extension talks, with a contract between the sides expected to be finalized soon. Collins is looking for Luke Kuechly money (5 years, $61.8M). With the most cap space in the league, Cleveland shouldn’t have trouble getting a deal done.
Jan 21 - 6:10 PM

Colts owner Jim Irsay said Chuck Pagano will return in 2017.

"I hope Chuck can be our coach for many years to come. He is our coach," Irsay said. This confirms previous reports. The Colts are keeping Pagano for another year after firing GM Ryan Grigson. Coming off consecutive eight-win seasons, Pagano needs to make the playoffs to avoid getting fired.
Jan 21 - 5:56 PM

NFL suspended free agent OL J'Marcus Webb the first four games of 2017.

It's likely a violation of the NFL's drug policy. Webb has been out of the league since getting cut from Seattle in November. The suspension puts his chances of a return in doubt.
Jan 21 - 5:06 PM

Packers placed OL J.C. Tretter (MCL) on injured reserve.

Tretter had knee surgery this week. He was already ruled out for the postseason. A free agent, 25-year-old Tretter will likely have to settle for one-year offers.
Jan 21 - 4:11 PM

Packers signed WR Max McCaffrey from the practice squad.

It's a sign the Packers will be without one of their three injured receivers for the NFC Championship. Green Bay placed JC Tretter on IR in a corresponding move.
Jan 21 - 4:07 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports coach Chuck Pagano's job is "believed to be safe."

Owner Jim Irsay made a run at Jon Gruden and has been looking at other coaches for weeks. The Colts fired GM Ryan Grigson but it sounds like Pagano will get another year. Pagano has been on the hot seat the last two seasons and is entering a make-or-break 2017. The Colts haven't made the playoffs since 2014.
Jan 21 - 3:47 PM

Colts fired GM Ryan Grigson.

Grigson's status had been up in the air since the end of the season. The Colts are finally moving on after years of draft and free agency misses. Grigson's clashes with coach Chuck Pagano had also become a distraction over the last two-plus seasons. It's an overdue move for a Colts team that's missed the playoffs in consecutive years. President of Football Operations Jimmy Raye is a candidate to replace Grigson if Indy stays in-house. Owner Jim Irsay has been pushing Peyton Manning for a front office role.
Jan 21 - 3:17 PM

Packers CB Quinten Rollins (neck, concussion) is questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

Rollins missed the last two weeks after going down in the season finale. He's been practicing on a limited basis but still needs to pass the final stage of the concussion protocol. Rollins isn't much of an upgrade to Green Bay's secondary. He'll get the majority of left corner snaps if cleared.
Jan 21 - 3:09 PM



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