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  Chiefs | Alex Smith expected to remain starter    Mon Jan 16, 01:58 PM

Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith was given a vote of confidence Monday, Jan. 16, in regards to holding onto the starting job in 2017. Head coach Andy Reid told reporters: 'Do I still think we can win with Alex? Yeah, we were right there.'

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  Texans | Brock Osweiler not assured of starting job    Mon Jan 16, 01:04 PM

Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler received a slight but expected vote of non-confidence Monday, Jan. 16, as head coach Bill O'Brien told reporters it is too early to know if Osweiler will be the starting quarterback at season because the team has a lot of evaluating to do.

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  Falcons | Julio Jones should play in NFC Championship    Mon Jan 16, 12:20 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe) is expected to be limited during practice this week, but head coach Dan Quinn believes Jones will be 'ready to rock' for the NFC Championship Game.

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  Packers | Jordy Nelson still has breathing issues    Mon Jan 16, 10:08 AM

Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (ribs) said Sunday, Jan. 15, that he still isn't able to breathe normally because of his ribs injury.

Footballguys view: Nelson's status for the NFC Championship Game against the Falcons is up in the air. There's a chance he could be very limited or maybe not even participate in practice during the week. Let's call him a game-time decision for now, and we'll all be monitoring his practice status.

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  Cowboys | Jason Witten plans to return    Mon Jan 16, 09:51 AM

Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten plans to return in 2017 for his 15th season.

Footballguys view: Sure, Witten has lost a step (or two) but he still has great concentration and soft hands. He should continue to be a fine target for a young and learning QB Dak Prescott.

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  Steelers | Good day for Jesse James    Mon Jan 16, 01:32 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Jesse James had five catches for 83 yards Sunday, Jan. 15, in an 18-16 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Footballguys view: James was instrumental in the Steelers win. He helped move the chains and made clutch catches to keep drives alive. With so much attention placed on WR Antonio Brown, other targets needed to come through and that's what James did.

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  Chiefs | Five catches for Travis Kelce    Mon Jan 16, 01:25 AM

Kansas City Chiefs WR Travis Kelce had five catches for 77 yards in an 18-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Footballguys view: Kelce did most of his damage early in the game. He was quiet for about two and a half quarters, then he made his presence felt with a personal foul penalty. Kelce's disappearing act certainly didn't help the Chiefs.

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  Steelers | Antonio Brown over 100 yards    Mon Jan 16, 01:20 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown caught six of his 11 targeted passes for 108 yards, including a long catch of 52 yards, in an 18-16 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Footballguys view: Brown had five catches for 101 yards in the first half. He ended up catching one more pass in the second half, and it was crucial. Brown was dragging across the field on a third down where the Steelers needed the first to end the game. He burst past the coverage and Ben Roethlisberger hit him near the sidelines to effectively seal the victory.

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  Chiefs | Tyreek Hill limited in loss    Mon Jan 16, 01:16 AM

Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill was held to three rushing attempts for 18 yards and four catches for 27 yards in an 18-16 loss Sunday, Jan. 15, to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Footballguys view: Hill is dangerous every time he touches the ball, and the Steelers had their hands full defending him as a runner, receiver and return man. He did get open deep once where QB Alex Smith wasn't able to find him for a play that would've resulted in six.

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  Chiefs | Spencer Ware held to 35 yards    Mon Jan 16, 01:01 AM

Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware ran eight times for 35 yards Sunday, Jan. 15, in an 18-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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  Chiefs | Alex Smith decent in losing effort    Mon Jan 16, 12:38 AM

Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith went 20 of 34 for 172 yards, with one touchdown and one interception, in an 18-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Jan. 15.

Footballguys view: Meh. This is what you get with Alex Smith. He played tough but missed some key throws and didn't see wide open guys at times.

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  Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger has serviceable outing    Mon Jan 16, 12:36 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception and was 20 of 31 for 224 yards Sunday, Jan. 15, in an 18-16 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Footballguys view: Roethlisberger's home/road splits will give Steelers fans nightmares. On the road against the Chiefs, it was clear the team wanted to ride RB Le'Veon Bell as much as possible. That's what they did, and it naturally limited the number of passes Roethlisberger threw.

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  Steelers | Big night for Le'Veon Bell    Mon Jan 16, 12:11 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell ran 30 times for 170 yards, with no touchdowns, in an 18-16 win over the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Jan. 15.

Footballguys view: Bell had 18 carries for 101 yards at halftime. He sealed the victory for the Steelers with his patience, burst and power to wear down the Chiefs defense.

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  Steelers | NFL playoff record for Chris Boswell    Mon Jan 16, 12:03 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers K Chris Boswell booted six field goals Sunday, Jan. 15, during the team's 18-16 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. He set an NFL playoff record. The previous record of five was set by a long list of kickers, including Matt Bahr, Steve Christie, John Kasay, and Adam Vinatieri.

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  Chiefs | Chris Conley clears protocol     Sun Jan 15, 11:02 PM

Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs WR Chris Conley (head) returned against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Jan. 15, after clearing concussion protocol.

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  Chiefs | Chris Conley helped off    Sun Jan 15, 10:57 PM

Kansas City Chiefs WR Chris Conley (head) was helped off the field by trainers against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Jan. 15, after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit.

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  Texans | Brock Osweiler regrets lost opportunities    Sun Jan 15, 10:14 PM

Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler said he is disappointed he was unable to capitalize on the opportunities that presented themselves in the AFC Divisional Round loss to the New England Patriots.

Footballguys view: Osweiler will get a chance to win the starting job in 2017. After getting benched for Tom Savage late in the 2016 season, there's no guarantee that Osweiler will have the top spot on the depth chart. Head coach Bill O'Brien is returning, and he doesn't seem too keen on Osweiler. Their awkward working relationship will continue with unknown results this next season.

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  Eagles | Carson Wentz plans to rest up    Sun Jan 15, 09:54 PM

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz said he is going to take some time off to rest his body, especially his arm, before working to improve his throwing mechanics.

Footballguys view: We're looking forward to Wentz's sophomore season in the NFL. The Eagles should add more weapons around him, and they may bring back free agent WR DeSean Jackson to help stretch the field. Add in a running back (this is a great RB class), and the Eagles should have a better offense. Wentz has the makings of a franchise QB and will continue to work on his game. Wentz said his offseason training program could include sessions with quarterback guru Tom House.

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  Giants | Larry Donnell hoping to re-sign with NYG    Sun Jan 15, 09:31 PM

New York Giants impending free-agent TE Larry Donnell said it would be an 'honor' to continue to play for the organization.

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  Cowboys | Career first for Jason Witten     Sun Jan 15, 08:59 PM

Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten had six catches for 59 yards and his first postseason touchdown in a 34-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 15.

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  Cowboys | Dez Bryant torches Packers    Sun Jan 15, 08:49 PM

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant had nine catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 15.

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  Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott rumbles for 125 yards    Sun Jan 15, 08:34 PM

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott had 22 carries for 125 yards in a 34-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 15.

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  Cowboys | Dak Prescott plays well in loss    Sun Jan 15, 08:30 PM

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott completed 24 of his 38 pass attempts for 302 yards, three touchdowns and an interception and ran for 13 yards in a 34-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 15.

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  Packers | Aaron Rodgers throws for 356    Sun Jan 15, 08:24 PM

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers completed 28 of his 43 pass attempts for 356 yards, two touchdowns and an interception and had two carries for 16 yards in a 34-31 win over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Jan. 15.

Footballguys view: What an instant classic we just saw. Rodgers led the way for the Packers and made pinpoint throws on the run or from the pocket to get the win. He's been on a hot streak that few have matched, and we'll see if that can continue next week in Atlanta for the NFC Championship Game.

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  Packers | Ty Montgomery scores twice    Sun Jan 15, 08:19 PM

Green Bay Packers RB/WR Ty Montgomery had 11 carries for 47 yards and two touchdowns and caught six passes for 34 yards in a 34-31 win over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Jan. 15.

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  Packers | Jared Cook goes off against Dallas    Sun Jan 15, 08:10 PM

Green Bay Packers TE Jared Cook finished with six catches on a team-high 11 targets for 106 yards and a touchdown in a 34-31 win over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Jan. 15.

Footballguys view: Cook's catch to set up the game-winning field goal will be replayed for years. It was an amazing display of his athleticism, concentration and body control. Without WR Jordy Nelson, the Packers went to Cook more and he came through.

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  Texans | Will Fuller has support of coach    Sun Jan 15, 07:57 PM

Houston Texans WR Will Fuller dropped a potential touchdown in a 34-16 loss to the New England Patriots Saturday, Jan. 14, but head coach Bill O'Brien said Fuller is only going to improve and the drop wasn't the difference in the game.

Footballguys view: Coming out of college, Fuller was comparable to Panthers WR Ted Ginn -- speed and drops is the name of his game. Fuller's concentration was always something of a concern, but he'll make enough big plays going forward to make up the difference.

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  Packers | Davante Adams able to return    Sun Jan 15, 07:43 PM

Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams (ankle) returned against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Jan. 15, after having his left ankle taped.

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  Packers | Davante Adams checked out    Sun Jan 15, 07:36 PM

Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams (ankle) was helped off the field by trainers against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Jan. 15, with a left ankle injury.

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  Steelers | Divisional Round inactives for PIT    Sun Jan 15, 07:30 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared CB Al-Hajj Shabazz, LB Anthony Chickillo, OL Brian Mihalik, RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, TE Ladarius Green, DL Ricardo Mathews, QB Zach Mettenberger inactive for Week 19.

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  Chiefs | Divisional Round inactives for Chiefs    Sun Jan 15, 07:28 PM

The Kansas City Chiefs have declared CB D.J. White, RB Knile Davis, OG Mike Person, TE Ross Travis, DL T.J. Barnes, QB Tyler Bray, DL Victor Ochi inactive for Week 19.

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  Bears | Brian Hoyer to become free agent    Sun Jan 15, 06:10 PM

Chicago Bears QB Brian Hoyer will be an unrestricted free agent Thursday, March 9, at 4 p.m. EST.

Footballguys view: Hoyer was limited to six games this year with the Bears. A fractured forearm ended his season after he threw for 1,445 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. Some team in need of an experienced QB should be interested in the 31-year old veteran...most likely as depth.

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  Ravens | Kyle Juszczyk set to become free agent    Sun Jan 15, 06:03 PM

Baltimore Ravens FB Kyle Juszczyk will be an unrestricted free agent Thursday, March 9, at 4 p.m. EST.

Footballguys view: The demand for fullbacks just isn't that high. The Ravens should be able to keep Juszczyk for a good price if they want.

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  Cardinals | Andre Ellington to become free agent    Sun Jan 15, 06:03 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington will be an unrestricted free agent Thursday, March 9, at 4 p.m. EST.

Footballguys view: The speedy back could use a change of scenery if he wants a larger role. He was the primary backup to David Johnson this year and had a career-low 96 yards rushing and a career-low 85 yards receiving. He may get a chance to compete for a starting role somewhere else in 2017. Ellington will have a lot to prove as the RB position is always cramped, will get more cramped with a great RB class coming in, and Ellington's injury history is also a concern.

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  Cardinals | Jermaine Gresham primed to hit market    Sun Jan 15, 05:58 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Jermaine Gresham will be an unrestricted free agent Thursday, March 9, at 4 p.m. EST.

Footballguys view: Gresham seemed to fit with the Cardinals, and we think they could bring him back for a good price.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson set to be FA    Sun Jan 15, 05:54 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson will be an unrestricted free agent Thursday, March 9, at 4 p.m. EST.

Footballguys view: At 31-years old, Johnson still feels like he has something to prove. Over the last two years, Johnson has played in only 15 games. In 2016, Johnson was limited to four games as a groin injury that required surgery cut his season short. He should get a shot somewhere, but it might not be until training camp.

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  Redskins | Vernon Davis will be FA    Sun Jan 15, 04:50 PM

Washington Redskins TE Vernon Davis will be an unrestricted free agent Thursday, March 9, at 4 p.m. EST.

Footballguys view: We'll see if Davis can get one final payday. He signed a one-year deal with Washington after doing next to nothing (except winning a Super Bowl) with the Broncos in 2015. Davis was great depth behind injury prone starter Jordan Reed, and Davis performed well as a reserve or as a starter this year. If the price is right, Washington would be wise to bring him back.

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  Redskins | Pierre Garcon set to be free agent    Sun Jan 15, 04:48 PM

Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon will be an unrestricted free agent Thursday, March 9, at 4 p.m. EST.

Footballguys view: Garcon wants to prove that he's more than a possession receiver. He comes off a 2016 season where he went over 1,000 yards receiving for just the second time in his career. Early speculation has Garcon as a potential target of the Baltimore Ravens in free agency.

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  Redskins | DeSean Jackson to be UFA    Sun Jan 15, 04:48 PM

Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson will be an unrestricted free agent Thursday, March 9, at 4 p.m. EST

Footballguys view: Jackson is done in Washington, and there's a chance he winds up back with the Eagles. His speed would certainly be a welcome addition to the Philadelphia offense.

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  Redskins | Kirk Cousins will be free agent    Sun Jan 15, 04:42 PM

Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins will be an unrestricted free agent Thursday, March 9, at 4 p.m. EST

Footballguys view: Washington has to find a way to keep Cousins, and that may come with a long-term contract or a franchise tag for the second year in a row. With 4,917 passing yards in 2016 (4th-highest in the league), Cousins led the way through the air for the Washington passing attack. With WRs DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon likely to move on in free agency, Cousins may have to work with a revamped group of receiving weapons in 2017...if Washington keeps him.

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  Buccaneers | Jacquizz Rodgers set to be free agent    Sun Jan 15, 04:40 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jacquizz Rodgers will be an unrestricted free agent Thursday, March 9, at 4 p.m. EST

Footballguys view: Rodgers had to start five games for the Bucs in 2016, and he was impressive when called up to do more. He should return to Tampa as a reserve/backup running back.

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  Buccaneers | Vincent Jackson to be UFA    Sun Jan 15, 04:19 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson will be an unrestricted free agent Thursday, March 9, at 4 p.m. EST

Footballguys view: Jackson has had some big seasons during his time with the Bucs. However, over the last two years Jackson has been limited to 15 games. In 2016, Jackson played in only five games finishing the year with 15 catches for 173 yards and zero touchdowns. He could end up retiring, but perhaps some team wants to give him another chance.

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  Patriots | Malcolm Mitchell may play next week    Sun Jan 15, 04:19 PM

New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee) appears to have a solid chance to play in the AFC Championship game, according to a source.

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  Packers | Davante Adams starting    Sun Jan 15, 03:27 PM

Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams will be in the starting lineup for the Divisional round playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys with Jordy Nelson (ribs) ruled out.

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  Cowboys | Divisional Round inactives for Dallas    Sun Jan 15, 03:23 PM

The Dallas Cowboys have declared RB Alfred Morris, OG Jonathan Cooper, CB Leon McFadden, QB Mark Sanchez, LB Mark Nzeocha, DT Richard Ash inactive for Week 19.

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  Packers | Divisional Round inactives for Packers    Sun Jan 15, 03:17 PM

The Green Bay Packers have declared RB James Starks, LB Jayrone Elliott, OT JC Tretter, QB Joe Callahan, WR Jordy Nelson, OT Kyle Murphy, CB Quinten Rollins inactive for Week 19.

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  Steelers | Markus Wheaton will be free agent    Sun Jan 15, 02:18 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton will be an unrestricted free agent Thursday, March 9, at 4 p.m. EST.

Footballguys view: Wheaton enters free agency on a whimper. He was limited to three games this year before a labrum injury ended his season. Wheaton will have settle for a "prove it" deal on the open market.

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  Steelers | Le'Veon Bell set to be UFA    Sun Jan 15, 02:17 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will be an unrestricted free agent Thursday, March 9, at 4 p.m. EST.

Footballguys view: The Steelers will franchise tag Bell if they can't get a long-term deal worked out. The two sides seem to have a mutual desire to get something done.

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  Broncos | Denver unlikely to trade for Tony Romo    Sun Jan 15, 01:49 PM

The Denver Broncos are not inclined to trade for Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo this offseason even though they are Romo's No. 1 preferred spot, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Romo struggled to stay healthy behind the league's best O-Line...what in the world could he possibly do behind Denver's Swiss cheese unit? The Broncos added Peyton Manning and it resulted in two Super Bowl appearances and one World Championship. We can't say that adding Romo would yield similar results. They're seemingly set with 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch and 2016 starter Trevor Siemian.

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  Packers | Jordy Nelson may play if team advances    Sun Jan 15, 01:44 PM

Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (ribs) will not play in the Divisional round playoff game, but the Packers hope he could play in the NFC Championship game if they defeat the Dallas Cowboys this weekend.

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