Player Notes

  • Geronimo Allison sits out practice Thursday
    Packers WR Geronimo Allison (hamstring) was held out of Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Coach Mike McCarthy said he probably won't get in any work until Saturday, but indicated he will be active against the Falcons. With Allison, Davante Adams and Jordy Nelson all banged up, Trevor Davis and Jeff Janis are going to be needed for bigger roles as the Pack try to advance to the Super Bowl. 19 minutes ago
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  • Pack: WRs only playing because it's playoffs
    Speaking Thursday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said injured receivers Davante Adams (ankle), Jordy Nelson (ribs) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) probably wouldn't play Sunday if it were the regular season.

    Advice: Neither Adams nor Allison practiced on Thursday, and aren't expected to do so until Saturday's walk-through. McCarthy's comments indicated all three players will play, but none of them are anywhere close to 100 percent. It could be a problem in a game where the Pack will have to score all afternoon to keep up. Randall Cobb is shaping up as a nice DFS play. Trevor Davis and Jeff Janis are going to have to play increased snaps. 23 minutes ago
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  • Julio not practicing, but insists he'll play
    Julio Jones (toe) remained sidelined Thursday, but insisted he'll be ready for Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

    Advice: Jones probably won't practice Friday, either, but there's no question he'll be out there against the Packers. The question is how effective he will be after aggravating his toe injury last Saturday. Today, 10:20 am
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  • Joe Flacco happy Marty Mornhinweg is back
    Joe Flacco said he is happy the Ravens retained OC Marty Mornhinweg.

    Advice: Flacco said the offense was too "conservative" in November, but it does not sound like he puts all of the blame at Mornhinweg's feet. "I think the other thing you have to realize is that a lot of what we’ve been doing isn’t necessarily his offense," Flacco said. "I think this offseason will be a big point for him to get a lot of the stuff that he’s comfortable running. He and I can work through that stuff together. I think that’s the biggest thing." The Ravens need to improve the running game and find playmakers which allow them to be more aggressive in the passing game, but Flacco also needs to play better for the offense to take a step forward next season. Today, 9:44 am
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  • Peterson interested in Texans, Bucs, Giants
    Adrian Peterson said he is interested in playing for the Texans, Bucs, and Giants.

    Advice: Peterson is still under contract with the Vikings, but there seems to be little hope he remains with the team next season. Owed $18 million in salary and bonuses including a $6 million roster bonus due on March 11, there is also little chance any team trades for the aging star. That means Peterson should have his pick of the litter once he is released, but none of these teams are viable options right now. The Texans just spent a lot of money on Lamar Miller, and Peterson is not a good fit in the Giants' shotgun-heavy attack. The Bucs could be an option if they decide to move on from Doug Martin, but Peterson is not a better player than Martin at this point in his career and might end up costing more. Along with Tony Romo, Peterson's search for a new team will be one of the biggest storylines this offseason. Today, 9:09 am
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  • Andrew Luck looking at six-month timetable
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Andrew Luck (shoulder surgery) should be ready for "a full return" in six months.

    Advice: Luck underwent surgery on a lingering shoulder injury after the season. RapSheet reports he should be able to resume throwing in three months and return to full practice by mid-July. It looks like Luck will miss most if not all of the offseason program, but he should be ready for training camp. His Week 1 availability is not in doubt. Today, 8:18 am
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  • Marcus Mariota 'on track' and 'doing great'
    Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Marcus Mariota (broken leg) is "on track" and "doing great."

    Advice: "He should be back when we get this thing rolling," Mularkey added. It is not clear if things get "rolling" in OTAs or training camp, but there is no doubt Mariota will be ready for Week 1. Coming off a breakout season, Mariota should be able to take another step forward in 2017 if the Titans can surround him with one or two more weapons. Today, 7:11 am
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  • Lynn: Gordon's game 'growing like a weed'
    New Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said Melvin Gordon's game is "growing like a weed."

    Advice: "He’s very dynamic," Lynn said. "He took his game to another level, and we’re going to help him take it even further." Lynn wants to run a "balanced" offense, which is not surprising considering his history as a running backs coach. Lynn has been involved in seven 1,000-yard seasons in his 14 years as an RBs coach or offensive coordinator including LeSean McCoy's 1,267-yard effort in 2016. Gordon should see as much work as he can handle moving forward. Today, 6:36 am
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  • Jordy worked 'slowly' into Packers practice
    Jordy Nelson (broken ribs) admitted he worked "slowly" back into Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Officially, he was listed as "limited." Either way, it was a step in the right direction. "I just caught some balls, tried to slowly work back in to it and feel things out," Nelson described. Nelson admitted he is entering unknown territory in his "hopeful" quest to play against the Falcons. "I've never played receiver with broken ribs," said Jordy. "We'll find out, hopefully. ... It's one of those things that you'll figure out when you get there. If it happens, we'll see how it goes." Yesterday, 5:58 pm
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  • Brandon Marshall says he won't take pay cut
    Brandon Marshall said he's not open to taking a pay cut.

    Advice: It conflicts with comments Marshall made earlier this month. "People need to get away from me [being] due $7.5 million," Marshall said. "That's underpaid. Any team should be happy to have me for $7.5 million." Marshall's contract is very reasonable for a No. 1 receiver, but the Jets might not view him that way coming off a down season and turning 33 in March. It would not be a surprise if they decide to move on. Yesterday, 4:11 pm
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  • Falcons limit Taylor Gabriel in practice
    Taylor Gabriel (foot) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Gabriel returned for the Divisional Round after sitting out the regular season finale, catching 4-of-6 targets for 71 yards. The Falcons are limiting his reps ahead of Sunday's NFC Championship. Daily Slant: Per Mike Clay, the Packers have allowed the most FPPG to WRs who line up on the right side of the field, something that bodes particularly well for Taylor Gabriel. The speedy receiver lines up on the right side about half the time, with Julio Jones running roughly a third of his routes out of that spot. It's possible that the Packers use LaDarius Gunter to shadow Jones, but that would even further increase the appeal of Gabriel. On the other side of this match-up, the Falcons have allowed the 2nd most FPPG to slot receivers, so Randall Cobb becomes very intriguing if Jordy Nelson sits. Yesterday, 1:30 pm
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  • Martellus Bennett (knee) limited in practice
    Martellus Bennett (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Bennett went down late in the Patriots' Divisional Round win but was able to return. He likely won't get in much practice this week. Bennett has already said he'll be for Sunday's game. Yesterday, 1:22 pm
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  • Danny Amendola (ankle) limited Wednesday
    Danny Amendola (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: The Patriots are managing his reps coming off his first game back. Amendola should continue to play in four-wide sets in Sunday's AFC Championship. Yesterday, 1:16 pm
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  • Ladarius Green upgraded to limited Wednesday
    Ladarius Green (concussion) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.

    Advice: It's an upgrade for Green after he missed practice all last week following a setback the previous week. Green remains in the protocol, but this at least gives him a shot to play Sunday. Consider him no better than 50-50. Yesterday, 12:58 pm
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  • Ryan Mathews a candidate for release/pay cut
    Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski considers Ryan Mathews a candidate to be released or asked to take a pay cut.

    Advice: Mathews is entering the final year of his contract, and his $4 million base salary is currently ninth-highest among all running backs. In no way is Mathews a top-10 back in this league, and he's coming off a serious neck injury suffered in Week 16. Cutting Mathews would clear $4 million in cap space. Yesterday, 12:08 pm
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  • 49ers to have three back for GM interviews
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the 49ers will have Eliot Wolf, Brian Gutekunst, and George Paton back for second interviews regarding their general-manager vacancy.

    Advice: Wolf and Gutenkunst are Packers executives, while Paton is with the Vikings. Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan is fully expected to get the head-coach job and will help pick the team's new GM when he meets with the 49ers after the NFC Championship game. Wolf and Gutekunst are considered the favorites. Yesterday, 10:54 am
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  • Malcolm Mitchell practicing Wednesday
    Malcolm Mitchell (knee) is practicing on Wednesday.

    Advice: Mitchell practiced on a limited basis last week before being inactive against the Texans. There's a chance Mitchell could play over Michael Floyd this week. There's just as good a chance Mitchell won't play at all, of course. Yesterday, 10:48 am
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  • Chris Hogan practicing on Wednesday
    Chris Hogan (thigh) is practicing on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hogan departed the Divisional Round win over the Texans early but said earlier this week that he is "feeling good" heading into championship week. Yesterday, 10:47 am
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  • Jaguars expected to cut FA bust Julius Thomas
    ESPN Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco expects Jacksonville to release Julius Thomas this offseason.

    Advice: Signed to a monster five-year, $46 million deal ahead of the 2015 season, Thomas has answered with 46-455-5 and 30-281-4 receiving lines in 2015 and 2016, respectively, while missing 11 games to injuries. He scored 24 touchdowns across his final two seasons in Denver, but the Jaguars failed to use him like the Broncos did as a field-stretcher down the seams. Thomas isn't going to make defenders miss on short passes; he's a run-straight athlete in the mold of Jared Cook who could benefit playing in an offense that better plays to his strengths. Releasing Thomas would save the Jaguars $4.7 million against the cap. Tuesday, 6:01 pm
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  • Panthers working out Aaron Murray Tuesday
    Free agent QB Aaron Murray is working out for the Panthers on Tuesday.

    Advice: A fifth-round pick of the Chiefs in 2014, Murray was the only member of the Eagles' practice squad not signed to a reserve/future contract after the season. That is obviously not a great sign for his future, but he should latch on with someone as an offseason arm. Backups Derek Anderson and Joe Webb are both under contract with the Panthers for 2017. Tuesday, 9:48 am
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