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Cowboys DT Antwaun Woods is recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum.

Woods suffered the injury in the Cowboys' Divisional Round loss to the Rams, apparently playing through the ailment for much of the contest. It's a fairly serious operation, one that can come with a lengthy rehab timeline. Woods should be considered questionable for the start of training camp. A third-year UDFA in 2018, Woods made the first 15 starts of his NFL career, earning neutral marks from Pro Football Focus.
Jan 17 - 9:19 PM

Chiefs RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (leg) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.

It's a strong sign Duvernay-Tardif will be active for the AFC Championship Game after coming off injured reserve on Tuesday. It's unclear if he will immediately be ready to reclaim starting duties from Andrew Wylie, a second-year UDFA who has been earning higher marks from Pro Football Focus of late.
Jan 17 - 5:18 PM

Spencer Ware (hamstring) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.

Despite weeks of limited practices, Ware has not played since Week 14. This finally puts him on track to return, but it should be as little more than a changeup to Damien Williams, who has been excellent in lead duties. If Ware finally does suit up, he will be a low upside DFS option for the Conference Championship round.
Jan 17 - 5:15 PM

Seahawks signed QB Paxton Lynch to a reserve/future contract.

The 2016 first-round mega bust did not struggle for workouts in 2018 but spent the year out of the league after being waived by the Broncos. It's a nothing-to-lose flier for a Seahawks squad that has routinely had one of the league's worst backup quarterback situations. Thankfully for them, Russell Wilson has literally never missed a game. Lynch seems unlikely to earn No. 2 duties in training camp. He just isn't polished enough to be an NFL quarterback.
Jan 17 - 4:19 PM's Ian Rapoport reports J.J. Watt underwent cleanup knee surgery following the Texans' Wild Card loss.

Per Rapsheet, it "sounds like he’s fine now" and was "just some maintenance on an injury that bothered him during the season." Any injury/operation is a concern for a player who missed most of 2016-17 — including 13 games in 2017 with a "tibial plateau fracture" — but 29-year-old Watt fully rebounded in 2018, playing all 16 games and notching 16 sacks. He turns 30 in March.
Jan 17 - 3:02 PM

The most catches a running back had in a season under Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech was 41.

The numbers were compiled during 12-13 game seasons, but that is still well below what would be considered a high number for a running back. For his part, Kingsbury has hinted he is excited about using David Johnson as a pass catcher. "David Johnson is a tremendous asset," Kingsbury said. "He's a guy who can do from the backfield, between the tackles, you can motion him out. He's a mismatch in space. I can't wait for our offensive coaches to be able to get their hands on him." The truth is, it's going to be almost impossible to predict what Johnson's 2019 is going to look like. Kingsbury will be making a huge transition, and the talent around D.J. will still be lacking.
Jan 17 - 1:53 PM

Broncos fired OC Bill Musgrave.

Musgrave was never going to stick around under a new head coach, and now it is official. Assuming he wants to coach in 2019, Musgrave should be able to find a home as a quarterbacks coach.
Jan 17 - 12:18 PM

ESPN's Courtney Cronin reports Vikings TEs coach Todd Downing will not return in 2019.

Cronin adds Downing "was offered at least two different roles" with the Vikings, but he decided to explore other opportunities. Only 38, Downing was once a fast riser who landed the Raiders' offensive coordinator job in 2017. He will almost certainly land on a staff before next season.
Jan 17 - 11:26 AM

Chiefs RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (leg) got in a limited practice Wednesday.

Activated off injured reserve on Tuesday, it remains unclear if Duvernay-Tardif will suit up against the Patriots, but a limited practice at least keeps the possibility open. For what it is worth, Duvernay-Tardif said he has felt good since returning to practice a few weeks ago. Andrew Wylie will get the start if LDT cannot play.
Jan 17 - 9:47 AM

Saints LG Andrus Peat (hand) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.

Peat is dealing with a broken hand, but he has played through it to this point. It does not appear as if that will change this week. RT Ryan Ramczyk (shoulder) and C Max Unger (knee) were also limited on Wednesday.
Jan 17 - 9:42 AM

The Washington Post's Les Carpenter reports Greg Manusky is expected to remain the Redskins' defensive coordinator.

Washington not so quietly courted several other candidates this month including Gregg Williams and Todd Bowles, but they struck out on their top targets. Manusky's defense actually took a step forward in 2018, but they were still just a middle-of-the-pack unit.
Jan 17 - 9:31 AM

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said Leonard Fournette is "in a really good place" following a meeting with the running back last week.

"We had a good meeting," Marrone said. "I’m not going to speak for Leonard, but when he left that meeting … I think he’s in a really good place. That’s encouraging and I’m excited about that." Fournette was the subject of criticism by EVP Tom Coughlin following Week 17, leading to some speculation he would be moved this offseason. The running back reportedly "cleared the air" with Coughlin, however, and has now done the same with his head coach. Despite the kumbayas, the two sides still could still have some contentious moments in the next couple months after Fournette filed a formal challenge about the team voiding more than $7 million in guaranteed money in his rookie contract, a move reported by Pro Football Talk.
Jan 17 - 9:23 AM

Impending free agent LB Mychal Kendricks' sentencing hearing for his insider trading case has been rescheduled for April 4.

The hearing was supposed to take place on January 25 after Kendricks pled guilty to insider trading back in September. Kendricks could be facing multiple years in prison when the sentence is finally handed down, but it is possible he gets off much lighter because of his cooperation. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has said he wants Kendricks to re-sign with Seattle.
Jan 17 - 9:17 AM

Seahawks DE Frank Clark said he played at "60 percent" health for the entire 2018 season.

Clark didn't miss any games despite his injuries. He tore the UCL in both of his elbows in Week 14. An impending free agent, keeping Clark is a priority for Seattle after a career high 13 sacks. Clark may be a candidate for the franchise tag.
Jan 16 - 7:02 PM

Eric Berry (heel) is practicing fully for the AFC Championship against the Patriots.

Berry missed the Divisional Round, but this puts him on track to return. Getting Berry back would be a major upgrade to Kansas City's secondary as they look to contain Tom Brady.
Jan 16 - 6:04 PM

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