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Volume 20, #264 -- Thursday Night, January 10th, 2019

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1. PHI - Philly signs Marken Michel

Source: NFLCommunications.com

The Philadelphia Eagles signed WR Marken Michel was signed to a Reserve/Futures contract Thursday, Jan. 10. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Undrafted out of UMASS in 2016, Michel (older brother of Patriots RB Sony) made a name for himself with the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL. Measuring in at 5'11" 190 pounds, Michel can work as an underneath receiver with the ability to make defenders miss in the open field. We'll monitor him in crazy deep dynasty leagues.

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2. PHI - WR Mike Wallace logs limited practice Thursday

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Philadelphia Eagles WR Mike Wallace (ankle) was limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Jan. 10.

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Wallace has only appeared in two games for the Eagles in the 2018 season. Coming off IR/Designated to Return, Wallace has yet to be active. We'll see if he can get the nod to play against the Saints in the Divisional Round. Even if Wallace does play, he'd only have a reserve role in the Eagles offense.

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3. LAC - TE Hunter Henry takes part in practice

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Jan. 10.

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Henry is back in action for the Chargers this week. He's likely to be limited in the number of snaps he plays against the Patriots as Henry missed all of the 2018 season due to this knee injury.

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4. KC - WR Tyreek Hill ready to play

Source: Chiefs.com

Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill (heel) fully participated in practice Thursday, Jan. 10, and is not on the injury report for the Divisional Round playoff game.

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Hill is good to go and his speed will be difficult for the Colts to match up with. Expect Hill to see his normal role on Saturday.

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5. KC - Questionable tag for WR Sammy Watkins

Source: Chiefs.com

Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) was limited during practice Thursday, Jan. 10, and is listed as questionable for the Divisional Round playoff game.

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No word on whether or not we'll see Watkins out there on Saturday against the Colts. If he does, we'd imagine the Chiefs would have Watkins on some sort of snap count.

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6. KC - RB Spencer Ware listed as questionable

Source: Chiefs.com

Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Jan. 10, and is listed as questionable for the Divisional Round playoff game.

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Ware has been limited all week. He'll play against the Colts on Saturday (most likely) but it will be as the backup to Damien Williams.

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7. DAL - TE Blake Jarwin questionable

Source: DallasCowboys.com

Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys TE Blake Jarwin (ankle) was not able to practice Thursday, Jan. 10, and is questionable.

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Jarwin is trending in the wrong direction. If he doesn't play, then rookie Dalton Schultz would get more time for the Cowboys.

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8. DAL - QB Dak Prescott has full practice

Source: DallasCowboys.com

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (knee) participated fully in practice Thursday, Jan. 10.

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Good news for Prescott here. He's on the injury report but Prescott has participated fully all week. The Cowboys travel to Los Angeles to play the Rams on Saturday.

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9. LAR - RB Todd Gurley good to go

Source: DallasCowboys.com

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) participated fully in practice Thursday, Jan. 10.

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No surprise here. Gurley had three weeks to get some rest on his knee. He's going to start and should get his normal workload. The Rams starter over the last two weeks of the regular season, C.J. Anderson, should have more of a reserve role in the Divisional Round.

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10. PIT - WR Antonio Brown won't be cut, could be traded

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Gerry Dulac

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown will not be released this offseason, but team owner Art Rooney did not rule out the possibility of trading the star receiver.

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Brown has not been in contract with the team since being deactivated for the Week 17 game. It sounds like this is headed for divorce, even though it would be painful for the Steelers salary cap. There is a roster bonus of $2.5 million due on March 17, so we might see him traded before then. Trading the veteran receiver would cost the Steelers $20.2 million against the 2019 salary cap.

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11. IND - WR Dontrelle Inman ends week limited

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts WR Dontrelle Inman (shoulder, finger) was limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 10.

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The Colts WR corps is banged up heading into the Divisional Round. Ryan Grant (toe) has been ruled out with a toe injury, head coach Frank Reich said Thursday, Jan. 10. Inman and Chester Rogers will be asked to do more behind star wideout T.Y. Hilton.

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12. IND - TE Eric Ebron logs full practice

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts TE Eric Ebron (hip) was a full practice participant Thursday, Jan. 10.

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Ebron's presence is a huge boost for the Colts offense. He's a touchdown hog going up against a Chiefs defense that gives it up to tight ends like they're handing out Halloween candy. Ebron should be a big part of the Colts gameplan on Saturday.

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13. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton remains sidelined

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (ankle) missed practice Thursday, Jan. 10, but was not listed with a designation despite not practicing all week.

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Hilton doesn't practice and he still plays. That's been the routine for the last few weeks as this ankle problem has continued. We're expecting him to play his normal role for the Colts on Saturday in the Divisional Round against the Chiefs.

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14. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette meets with Jags' brass

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette met with executive vice president Tom Coughlin and other members of the team's front office to clear the air regarding his up-and-down 2018 season and perceived negative attitude, according to sources.

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Fournette and the Jaguars seem stuck with each other for one more season. He's got a $7.4 million cap number in 2019 with $8.9 million remaining in dead money. The meeting seemingly went well for both sides and they are prepared to move in a positive direction.

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15. DAL - WR Cole Beasley doesn't practice

Source: DallasCowboys.com - David Helman

Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley (ankle) missed practice Thursday, Jan. 10.

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It would be a surprise if Beasley is available to play in the Divisional Round. He's likely a game-time decision for the game against the Rams on Saturday. If Beasley is down, then Noah Brown and Tavon Austin would be asked to do more.

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16. IND - WR Ryan Grant to miss playoff game

Source: FOX 59 Indianapolis - Mike Chappell

Indianapolis Colts WR Ryan Grant (toe) has been ruled out of the divisional-round playoff game with a toe injury, head coach Frank Reich said Thursday, Jan. 10.

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This toe injury has sidelined Grant all week in practice. With him out in the Divisional Round against the Chiefs, we'll see more from guys like Chester Rogers and Dontrelle Inman.

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17. SEA - QB Russell Wilson to attend spring training

Source: MLB Network - Jon Paul Morosi

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson will attend spring training with the New York Yankees for the second straight year, his MLB agent Mark Rodgers said Thursday, Jan. 10.

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Nothing to see here people. Wilson has attended spring training before and doesn't miss any football time because of it. Back in 2010, Wilson was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round (140th pick overall) of the 2010 MLB draft. His rights were traded to the Yankees last year and he attended spring training in 2018.

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18. DAL - TE Blake Jarwin's availability up in air

Source: DallasCowboys.com - Rob Phillips

Dallas Cowboys TE Blake Jarwin (ankle) is uncertain to practice Thursday, Jan. 10, as he deals with an ankle injury. Head coach Jason Garrett says if Jarwin does practice, he will be limited.

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Jarwin is trending in the wrong direction. If he doesn't play, then rookie Dalton Schultz would get more time for the Cowboys.

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19. CLE - Todd Monken to meet with Browns

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken will interview with the Cleveland Browns for their offensive coordinator post Thursday, Jan. 10.

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Monken interviewed for the Jets head coaching vacancy earlier in the week. He did a good job as a playcaller for the Bucs in 2018 and might be a good fit for new Browns HC Freddie Kitchens and QB Baker Mayfield.

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20. ARI - Vance Joseph interviewing with Cards

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Former Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph is interviewing for the Arizona Cardinals' defensive coordinator post Thursday, Jan. 10.

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Joseph has gotten a bit of interest and could land somewhere as a defensive coordinator. He had two seasons as the Broncos head coach and fell short, leading to the first back-to-back losing seasons for Denver since 1972. Joseph was a one-year defensive coordinator with the Dolphins before he got a shot with the Broncos.

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21. NYJ - Gregg Williams has Jets' interest

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington

Former Cleveland Browns interim coach Gregg Williams is under consideration for the New York Jets' defensive coordinator spot, according to sources.

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Williams did a good job as the interim coach for the Browns in 2018. It wasn't enough for him to land the permanent job and now he's looking elsewhere. Williams brings an aggressive defense no matter where he lands and the Jets have a few young, impact players on defense.

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22. NYJ - TE Chris Herndon pleads guilty to DWI

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets TE Chris Herndon pleaded guilty to DWI on Tuesday, Jan. 9, stemming from an incident this past June 2 when he crashed his SUV into another vehicle.

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The league is likely to step in and suspend Herndon at some point in 2019. Herndon will lose his license for 90 days as a result according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

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23. LAC - RB Melvin Gordon expected to play Sunday

Source: NESN.com - Doug Kyed

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knees) is expected to play against the New England Patriots on Sunday, Jan. 13, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. Gordon did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 9.

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Gordon is not at full strength but the team needs him out there in the Divisional Round. The Chargers travel to play the Patriots on Sunday and we might see a bit more of Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson with Gordon banged up.

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24. NFL - Kyler Murray to play football?

Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Henry Schulman and Susan Slusser

Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray was drafted by the Oakland Athletics last year to play baseball, but the Athletics expect Murray to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft this weekend, according to sources.

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Murray is an exciting player with the ball in his hands. The 2018 Heisman Trophy Winner took college football by storm with his rushing ability and ability to zip passes into all windows from multiple arm angles. There has been buzz about the Raiders loving his skill set and Murray could certainly be selected much earlier than some think in the 2019 NFL draft.

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25. JAX - DJ Chark could push for starting job

Source: The Florida Times-Union - John Reid

Jacksonville Jaguars WR DJ Chark could compete for a starting receiver job next season if he can improve route running and pass catching, in the opinion of The Florida Times-Union's John Reid.

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Keep an eye on this situation as we head into training camp this summer. Chark has speed to burn and he can be a downfield threat...provided the Jaguars have a quarterback that can perform.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J