Player Notes

  • Jonnu Smith (knee) track for OTAs
    Titans TE Jonnu Smith (knee) is expected to be ready for offseason workouts.

    Advice: Smith suffered a torn MCL in the Divisional Round but it won't impact his status for OTAs. A third-round pick, Smith made 13 starts as a rookie and flashed playmaking upside despite a limited pass-game role. With a new coaching staff and Delanie Walker due $7 million in the final year of his deal, it's possible Tennessee moves forward with Smith as their No. 1 tight end. Today, 3:27 pm
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  • Falcons plan to extend Matt Bryant
    The Falcons plan to extend Matt Bryant this offseason.

    Advice: Bryant took a step back from 2016 but was still one of the better kickers in the league last year, converting 34-of-39 field goals and making every extra point. The Falcons should bring him back despite Bryant entering his age-43 season. Bryant has been with Atlanta since 2009. Today, 3:05 pm
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  • Eli Rogers has ACL surgery
    Steelers WR Eli Rogers underwent ACL surgery on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rogers tore his ACL in the Divisional Round against Jacksonville. This injury will set him back multiple weeks into the 2018 season, making for a tricky situation this offseason as he's a restricted free agent. The No. 4 receiver on Pittsburgh, the Steelers will likely look to replace him. Today, 10:30 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Le'Veon Bell was tardy before Div. Round loss
    Impending free agent Le'Veon Bell reportedly missed almost all of the Steelers' final walkthrough the day before last week's Divisional Round loss to the Jaguars.

    Advice: Additionally, coach Mike Tomlin has told players and coaches to arrive two hours before kickoff for games. Bell (and reportedly one coach) arrived to last Sunday's playoff loss "much later than that," even after skipping all but the final five minutes of Saturday's walkthrough. Bell is headed for intense contract negotiations, of course, and the Steelers have leaked negative info about players in similar situations before, most notably Antonio Brown. Whether it be from the Steelers or another team, Bell is going to get paid this offseason. Today, 8:53 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Brady threw ball 'incredibly well' Friday
    Ian Rapoport reports Tom Brady threw the ball "incredibly well" during Friday's practice.

    Advice: After getting four stitches to his knuckle early in the week due to a collision with Rex Burkhead, Brady should be good to play against the Jaguars. Without any structural damage, his injury shouldn't impact his passing. Brady is a top-tier play despite the tough matchup against the Jaguars. Today, 7:09 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Leonard Fournette left off injury report
    Leonard Fournette (ankle) was left off the injury report for Sunday's AFC Championship game.

    Advice: Fournette aggravated his ankle in the Divisional Round and was limited early in the week. His status was never in doubt. Fournette should see another heavy workload after getting 27 touches in Jacksonville's upset of the Steelers. Yesterday, 3:10 pm
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Mike Gillislee (knee) gets questionable tag
    Mike Gillislee (knee) is questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship game against Jacksonville.

    Advice: Gillislee is closer to returning than he was last week, but his status remains up in the air. Even if healthy, Gillislee isn't a lock to be active. Yesterday, 1:07 pm
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  • Burkhead officially questionable vs Jaguars
    Rex Burkhead (knee) is questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship game against Jacksonville.

    Advice: Burkhead was limited in practice all week. He was held out of the Divisional Round but looks on track to return. The Patriots also listed Mike Gillislee (knee) as questionable. Yesterday, 1:04 pm
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  • Thielen questionable for NFC Championship
    Adam Thielen (back) is questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Eagles.

    Advice: Thielen has been working through a low back issue all week. He's fully expected to play after practicing on a limited basis the last two days. Thielen may not be 100 percent but should be fine for his normal snaps. Yesterday, 10:17 am
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  • Robby Anderson arrested in Florida on Friday
    Robby Anderson was arrested and charged with harm to a public servant/family, reckless driving, eluding police, and resisting arrest Friday morning in Florida.

    Advice: Anderson was arrested in Florida last offseason as well at a music festival. This one sounds a bit more serious, however, though little details are known at this point. Coming off a breakout 2017, this is the last thing Anderson needs. Yesterday, 10:00 am
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  • Jeremy Hill not expected back with Bengals
    Impending free agent Jeremy Hill is fully expected to move on from the Bengals.

    Advice: Beat writers Jim Owczarski and Paul Dehner put the chances of the Bengals re-signing Hill at one percent. It's a massive long shot. Hill needed ankle surgery in November, ending his season, but he's expected to be fully healthy sometime this month. Hill had a big rookie season and scored 29 touchdowns his first three seasons, but he's averaged just 3.6 YPC his last three seasons, spanning 482 carries. Hill is still just 25 but is just an early-down, goal-line bruiser. Yesterday, 8:26 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • '10 percent' chance Bengals re-sign Eifert?
    The Cincinnati Enquirer puts the chances the Bengals re-sign impending free agent Tyler Eifert at "10 percent."

    Advice: Eifert has said all options are on the table, admitting his lengthy injury history will likely cloud some things. He's recovering from a second back surgery in two years and also needed a recent knee scope. Eifert has missed 41-of-80 games in five seasons but was dominant in 2015 when healthy, proving to be a huge red-zone weapon. He's still just 27, but the body is breaking down. Eifert's free-agent case will be interesting to follow. He may have to take a one-year deal. Yesterday, 8:22 am
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  • David Johnson back to 100 percent health
    David Johnson (wrist) is back to 100 percent health.

    Advice: Johnson is finally healthy after his injury cost him all but one game and 17 touches. It will be an offseason of change for Johnson, who must adjust to a new coach and is headed into the final year of his rookie contract. Although Bruce Arians relies on three-down bellcows to an unusual degree, whomever replaces him will do the same with Johnson. Johnson turned 26 in December. Thursday, 4:13 pm
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  • Dimitroff: Tevin Coleman could remain in ATL
    Speaking Thursday, Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said he believed Tevin Coleman could remain a part of the team's backfield beyond 2018.

    Advice: Specifically, Dimitroff said he could see Coleman and Devonta Freeman having a future together. We're not buying it. 2018 is Coleman's contract year, and Freeman just got $22 million guaranteed last summer. Dimitroff was basically saying what he needed to say at a season-ending press conference. Thursday, 11:34 am
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  • Devonta Freeman (knee) doesn't need surgery
    Devonta Freeman (MCL, PCL) does not require surgery.

    Advice: Freeman finished the season playing through MCL and PCL sprains. Including the postseason, he averaged just 2.64 yards per carry over his final four games. Freeman should be ready to rock for the offseason program. Thursday, 11:25 am
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  • Falcons' 'main focus' extending Matt Ryan
    Speaking Thursday, Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said his "main focus" this offseason will be extending contract-year QB Matt Ryan.

    Advice: Going on 33, Ryan followed up his MVP 2016 with a disappointing 20-score campaign but didn't take any physical steps backward. He had the looks of a player who should remain the answer under center for at least 2-3 more seasons. Any extension would have to make Ryan one of the 2-3 highest-paid players in the league. Thursday, 10:32 am
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  • Kenny Bell signs futures deal with Broncos
    Broncos signed WR Kenny Bell to a reserve/future contract.

    Advice: A fifth-round pick by the Bucs in 2015, Bell was a favorite of the draft community, but he missed his rookie season with a hamstring injury and failed to make the roster as a sophomore. Bell is a good dart throw for the Broncos, but he is a long-shot to stick on the roster. Thursday, 8:32 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Sanders not charged in sexual assault case
    TMZ Sports reports Emmanuel Sanders will not face charges stemming from a sexual assault case in Texas.

    Advice: There is not much known about the case. TMZ reports felony 2 sexual assault accusations were brought against Sanders, but a grand jury "failed to find a bill of indictment" earlier this month, meaning there was not enough evidence to bring charges. Sanders appears to be in the clear legally, but the NFL is sure to investigate and could hand down a suspension. Thursday, 6:24 am
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  • Jarvis Landry won't take hometown discount
    The player rep for free agent Jarvis Landry told the Palm Beach Post his client will not accept a hometown discount from the Dolphins.

    Advice: The Dolphins spent the entire 2017 season trying to trade Landry, so this isn't a surprise. "Take a discount? Absolutely not," said agent Damarious Bilbo. "This may be Jarvis’ first and last time to set himself up and his family up. He needs to strike and strike while the iron is hot." Landry is expected to target elite No. 1 receiver money. Davante Adams' recent four-year, $58 million extension figures to be a baseline for Landry's asking price. Wednesday, 6:41 pm
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  • Terrelle Pryor an option to return to Browns?
    ESPN Browns reporter Pat McManamon believes impending free agent Terrelle Pryor is a "fit" for Cleveland.

    Advice: Pryor left Cleveland last offseason, reportedly turning down the same deal the Browns gave Kenny Britt (four years, $32.5 million), and joined the Redskins only to catch 20 balls for 240 yards and one touchdown before being sent to I.R. in November. After the season, he replied to a Duke Johnson post on Instagram, saying he hoped to see him again in 2018. Pryor is a coach's pet of Hue Jackson, and a reunion makes all the sense in the world for both Pryor and the Browns. Wednesday, 8:52 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
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