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Green Bay Packers offensive guard T.J. Lang will undergo foot and hip arthroscopic surgeries on Friday. What It Means: These "scopes" are minor procedures that should have zero-to-minimal effect on Lang's availability for the offseason. Lang expressed a desire to re-sign with the Packers following their loss on Sunday, and he will be entering his age-30 campaign after grading out as ...

The Seattle Seahawks have concerns about running back C.J. Prosise's durability, head coach Pete Carroll admitted. What It Means: "I can’t tell you that I'm not concerned about C.J.," Carroll said. "He had trouble through the offseason. He was unavailable to us throughout, and there was a groin and a hammy and a wrist and the scapula thing he had. He has to show it." ...

Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (concussion) said he's still having occasional headaches. What It Means: Shields suffered his second concussion in a calendar year back in Week 1 and ended up missing the rest of the season. It's a major concern, but Shields said he still wants to play. "I’m thinking it’s not over. I’ve still got more in me," Shields said. "I just l ...

The Baltimore Ravens view 2016 rookie linebacker Kamalei Correa as an inside linebacker. What It Means: Correa was drafted 42nd overall in last year's draft as a 3-4 edge rusher, but Baltimore quickly moved him inside last spring. The coaching staff said he lacked rushing instincts and needs to dissect plays faster. Correa ended up playing just 49 snaps as a rookie but could replace recently- ...

The Carolina Panthers will keep the franchise tag a possibility for impending free agent defensive tackle Kawann Short, ESPN reporter David Newton considers. What It Means: 2013 first-rounder Star Lotulelei is also heading into the final year of his deal and will also be looking for a long-term contract. 2016 first-round rookie Vernon Butler may be ready to step up, but could use another year of d ...

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell rushed six times for 20 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game Sunday in the AFC Championship Game loss. What It Means: Bell exited with a left groin injury late in the first quarter. He returned later in the half before leaving again on the same drive, and ended up playing just 11 snaps while ceding workhorse duties to DeAngelo Willia ...

New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan corralled 9-of-12 targets for 180 yards and a pair of touchdowns Sunday in the AFC Championship Game win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. What It Means: There was legitimate concern about how effective Hogan would be this week after sporting a noticeable limp in the locker room after Friday’s practice. Hogan instead had the game of his life, setting care ...

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones caught 9 of his 12 targets for 180 yards and two touchdowns in the NFC Championship Game victory over the Green Bay Packers. What It Means: Playing through what FOX's Jay Glazer described as three separate foot injuries, Jones dismantled the Packers' woeful secondary. The highlight was a 73-yard touchdown in the third quarter where Jones shook co ...

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completed 27 of his 38 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns in the team's dominant NFC Championship victory over the Green Bay Packers. What It Means: Ryan was surgical in his approach to this game, spreading the ball around to every Falcons skill player and always locating the lone man the defense left open. He looked genuinely unstoppable yesterday, ...

Washington running back Rob Kelley underwent surgery on his right knee following Washington's season-ending loss to the New York Giants, Scout.com's Ben Standig reports. What It Means: Kelley suffered the injury in Week 16, played with a brace in Week 17, and had the knee operated on shortly after the loss. A source told Standig the surgery was "relatively minor" and "deal ...

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson said he felt wanted by the team this season. What It Means: Patterson said he "didn't feel wanted" by Minnesota during head coach Mike Zimmer's first two years in charge and was focused on "trying to get out." Patterson had a change of heart this season, likely in no small part because he actually had a role on off ...

The San Francisco 49ers would go "hard" after Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins if he is available, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. What It Means: Even if Washington hits Cousins with another franchise tag, Schefter reports the 49ers may be willing to part with a trade package that includes the second overall pick of 2017's NFL Draft to land him. With former offensive coordinat ...

Cleveland Browns inside linebacker Jamie Collins is seeking $12 million annually, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports. What It Means: 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, $61.8 million). With the most cap space in the league, Cleveland shouldn’t h ...

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is considering a return in 2017, head coach Bruce Arians hopes. What It Means: "The way he played down the stretch makes you believe he’s coming back, but he got beat up pretty good last year," said Arians. "So you never know." Palmer's last words to Arians before the offseason were "I'll let you know soon." Wide r ...

New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett will likely undergo offseason ankle surgery, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. What It Means: Rapoport revealed that Bennett has a cracked bone in his ankle and also has bone chips that will need to be cleaned out. It's pretty evident that Bennett has been playing at well less than 100 percent this season, but he still has yet to miss a ...

New England Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell's (knee, questionable) availability is "trending in the right direction" for Sunday's matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers, says ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss. What It Means: Mitchell hasn't played since Week 16, but he appears to be doing much better than last week, when Reiss says "it was clear" the receiver w ...

New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (thigh, questionable) had a "solid limp" in the locker room on Friday, according to Greg Bedard of Sports Illustrated. What It Means: Hogan is expected to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, but he could be limited at less than 100 percent. With Malcolm Mitchell (knee) also banged up, the Patriots will likely dial up plenty of Ju ...

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (toe) was officially listed as "limited" in Friday's practice after early reports had him as a full participant. What It Means: Jones will play and isn't expected to be on any sort of snap count. There's some health concern, but the Falcons aren't about to sit Julio with the NFC Championship on the line. Jones is numberFire ...

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (toe) returned to a full practice on Friday. What It Means: Jones played only 58.3 percent of the team's offensive snaps in last week's victory over the Seattle Seahawks, but he won't have any restrictions for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers, per head coach Dan Quinn. He was held to 29 yards on three catches ...

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Ladarius Green (concussion, illness) returned to practice on Friday. What It Means: Green has been in and out of practice for weeks, but hasn't played since Week 15. Jesse James is expected to replace him on Sunday against the New England Patriots. Our models currently project Green to catch 2 passes for 24 yards and 0.25 touchdowns in the AFC Championship Game. ...

Green Bay Packers wide receivers Jordy Nelson (ribs), Davante Adams (ankle) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) could all three be game-time decisions for the NFC Championship Game, head coach Mike McCarthy said. What It Means: Nelson has been progressing slowly in practice and could make it out there on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Adams and Allison suffered their respective injuries in the D ...

The Cleveland Browns and impending free agent linebacker Jamie Collins have made "significant progress" towards finalizing a new deal, reports Jason La Canfora of CBS. What It Means: The Browns would like to avoid using the franchise tag on Collins, according to general manager Sashi Brown. The 27-year-old linebacker was traded to Cleveland from the New England Patriots in the middle of ...

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Zachary Orr is retiring from the NFL after three seasons. What It Means: The decision is the result of a neck/shoulder injury that caused Orr to miss the final game of the regular season. A former undrafted free agent, the 24-year-old Orr started all 15 games this season prior to injury. He was reportedly close to signing a contract extension with the team, but the Rave ...

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (ankle) won't guarantee his status for the NFC Championship Game. What It Means: Adams has yet to practice this week and plans on testing his ankle out on Saturday. Assuming he plays, Adams will likely be on a snap count, meaning Randall Cobb should see plenty of targets as one of the few healthy receivers available for Aaron Rodgers and the Packe ...

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (ribs) participated without pads in Thursday's practice. What It Means: Nelson was also limited on Wednesday, but this would suggest that he hasn't been cleared for contact. Despite being well below 100 percent, there appears to be some optimism that Jordy can play on Sunday. If Nelson plays, we project him as the sixth-best wide receiver opti ...

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