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Alex Smith was spotted wearing a massive brace on his right leg at the Washington Wizards' game on Monday.

Per Dr. David Chao, the brace is called an "external fixator." It can be viewed at the link below. After suffering compound and spiral fractures in his right leg, Smith dealt with infections that prompted several more surgeries. Smith appears highly unlikely to be ready for the beginning of the 2019 season.
Jan 21 - 5:30 PM

The Chiefs are having "internal discussions" about whether to retain DC Bob Sutton.

No decisions have been made yet, but Sutton is understandably on the hot seat after his unit developed into the Chiefs' Achilles' heel. Kansas City finished 30th in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA in 2017, and 26th in 2018. In fairness to Sutton, the Chiefs' defensive talent has eroded in recent years.
Jan 21 - 5:08 PM

Citing a "half dozen players, plus other sources close to the team," Philly Voice reports Carson Wentz created tension in the Eagles' 2018 locker room and "complicated" the offense.

We weren't quite sure what to make of the story by Joseph Santoliquito but decided to at least pass it along. Santoliquito paints a picture of a young franchise quarterback navigating growing pains as well as ego. Per Santoliquito, Wentz has a great relationship with Nick Foles but less so with other teammates. Santoliquito also reports Wentz was prone to going off script this season after losing Frank Reich as offensive coordinator. For their part, many of Wentz's teammates/Eagles officials have gone on the record to strongly deny the story. Regardless of how much of this is noise, Wentz will certainly be on the spot in 2019. It's been a bizarre 1.5 years for a player who was cruising toward MVP honors in 2017 before shredding his knee.
Jan 21 - 3:30 PM

Saints OL Jermon Bushrod is unsure if he will continue his playing career in 2019.

Going on 35, Bushrod is also headed to free agency. He needs thumb surgery. A career tackle who shifted to guard for the Dolphins in 2016-17, Bushrod was back at tackle in 2018.
Jan 21 - 3:10 PM

Titans promoted TEs coach Arthur Smith to offensive coordinator.

Smith is so much of an unknown that he lacked a Wikipedia page at the time of this writing. According to the team, he is "wrapping up his eighth season on the Titans coaching staff." He started with the club as a defensive assistant/quality control coach but moved to the offensive side of the ball in 2012. He has served under four different head coaches in Nashville. Amazingly, Smith will be Marcus Mariota's fifth offensive coordinator in five years. As Freddie Kitchens has once again proven, unknown does not equal bad hire. We just don't have anything to go on.
Jan 21 - 2:00 PM

The Washington Post's Mark Maske reports the NFL's competition committee will "give consideration" to making pass interference calls reviewable.

Several coaches including Sean Payton, whose team was on the receiving end of a horrific and game-changing non-call on Sunday, have been in favor of making pass interference reviewable, and it sounds like there is a possibility they will get their wish. "It will be discussed at length along with additional fouls that coaches feel should be subject to review," a source told Maske. A more comprehensive and streamlined review system could help, but the underlying issue is a serious refereeing problem which needs to be addressed.
Jan 21 - 12:26 PM

NFL announced the Buccaneers, Raiders, Rams, and Jaguars will host games in London and the Chargers will host a game in Mexico City during the 2019 season.

The London games will be split between Wembley Stadium and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium while the Estadio Azteca will get another shot to host an NFL game after a matchup between the Rams and Chiefs this season had to be relocated because of poor field conditions. As for the visiting teams, the Panthers will travel to face the Bucs, the Bears will play the Raiders, the Bengals will meet the Rams, the Texans will battle the Jaguars, and the Chiefs will get their second shot at Mexico City against the Chargers.
Jan 21 - 10:08 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Dolphins plan to hire Packers run-game coordinator Patrick Graham as their defensive coordinator.

After the Josh McDaniels debacle in Indianapolis last year, the hire will not be made official until the Dolphins formally hire Patriots de-facto DC Brian Flores as head coach. Graham worked with Flores in New England from 2009-2015, spent two years coaching the defensive line for the Giants, and was the Packers run-game coordinator and linebackers coach last season.
Jan 21 - 9:33 AM

Todd Gurley said he is healthy despite playing just 32-of-69 snaps in the Rams' NFC Championship win over the Saints.

Gurley missed the final two games of the regular season with a left knee injury, but he did not blame that issue for his limited playing time. "I was sorry as hell today," Gurley said. "I was sorry. So, C.J. [Anderson] did his thing and the whole team did its thing." To his point, Gurley dropped two passes including one which resulted in an interception, missed a blitz pickup, and did little on the ground outside of a six-yard touchdown. Even so, it is tough to believe his knee had nothing to do with the limited snaps. The good news is Gurley has two weeks to shake it off before the Super Bowl.
Source: ESPN
Jan 21 - 9:30 AM

Drew Brees said he plans to play in 2019.

"My mind's not even there right now. So this is all pretty fresh," Brees said. "But I plan on being here next year and making another run at it." He left himself a bit of wiggle room, but this is a pretty definitive statement from the newly-40 quarterback. He slowed down a bit late in the year, but Brees posted an MVP-caliber season, completing 74.4 percent of his passes for 3,992 yards, 32 touchdowns, and five interceptions in 15 games. Playing at that level and with a team good enough to push for the Super Bowl, it would have been a shock if Brees decided to walk away.
Source: ESPN
Jan 21 - 9:22 AM

Chris Hogan caught 5-of-7 targets for 45 yards in the Patriots' AFC Championship Game win over the Chiefs.

A revived Hogan has been Tom Brady's No. 2 receiver over the past month. Super Bowl LIII could easily be a shootout between the Rams and Patriots, making Hogan a sensible, if low upside, DFS option.
Jan 20 - 11:48 PM

Rex Burkhead rushed 12 times for 41 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots' AFC Championship Game win over the Chiefs, adding four receptions for 23 additional yards.

With the Patriots running an incomprehensible 94 plays, Burkhead was heavily involved behind Sony Michel. His second touchdown was the game winner in overtime. Despite today's heavy workload, Burkhead's touch over/under for the Super Bowl should be in the 6-8 range.
Jan 20 - 11:46 PM

Demetrius Harris caught a two-yard pass in the Chiefs' AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.

The Chiefs' No. 2 tight end caught three of Patrick Mahomes' 50 touchdowns in 2018. Going on 28, Harris has never surpassed 224 yards in a season. He is headed to free agency.
Jan 20 - 11:41 PM

Chris Conley failed to catch his lone target in the Chiefs' AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.

Conley bounced back from his 2017 Achilles' tear to catch 32 balls for 334 yards and five touchdowns during the regular season, but he was never what you would call a "factor" in the Chiefs' high-flying offense. The 26-year-old is now headed to free agency. Conley has 1,238 receiving yards across 53 NFL games.
Jan 20 - 11:39 PM

Demarcus Robinson caught 1-of-1 targets for 27 yards in the Chiefs' AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.

Something of a fantasy football gadfly, Robinson posted new career highs across the board during the regular season, catching 22 balls for 288 yards and four touchdowns. That would not have been the case without Sammy Watkins' foot injury, though Watkins missing time is hardly new. Headed into the final year of his rookie contract, the 2016 fourth-rounder turns 25 in September.
Jan 20 - 11:36 PM



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