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|1/21/2018||Rob Gronkowski, NE, TE|
|The Patriots say Gronkowski will not return to Sunday's AFC championship game against the Jaguars.
Analysis: Gronkowski went to the locker room after he was blind-sided by Jaguars safety Barry Church on a downfield pass route. Church was called for unnecessary roughness on the play, and Gronkowski seemed woozy on his feet. The team said he had a head injury and announced early in the fourth quarter that he would not return.
|1/19/2018||Robby Anderson, NYJ, WR|
|Anderson faces a slew of charges in Florida, including threatening a police officer's family and saying he would rape the officer's wife.
Analysis: A Sunrise police report shows the 24-year-old Anderson was stopped early Friday in a sport utility vehicle after it ran two red lights and was swerving while traveling about 105 mph (168 kph). After he was stopped, police say he made the threats and then boasted about how much money he has. Jail records show Anderson faces nine charges, including threatening harm to a public servant, resisting arrest and traffic violations.
|1/18/2018||Andrew Sendejo, Min, S|
|Sendejo is active for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Eagles. He had been in the concussion protocol after getting injured last week against the Saints on a jarring blindside block.
Analysis: After totaling 77 tackles and two interceptions during the regular season, Sendejo had four tackles and picked off Drew Brees last weekend.
|1/17/2018||Leonard Fournette, Jax, RB|
|Fournette (ankle) is not listed on Jacksonville's final injury report and will play in the AFC title game against the Patriots.
Analysis: Fournette has been dealing with the injury since mid-October, though he didn't look too gimpy in rushing for 109 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries in last week's upset win at Pittsburgh. Expect the rookie to handle another heavy workload in the AFC Championship.
|1/17/2018||Adam Thielen, Min, WR|
|Thielen (back) is active for Sunday's NFC championship game in Philadelphia.
Analysis: Thielen had six receptions for 74 yards last week against the Saints after leading the Vikings with 91 catches and 1,276 yards in the regular season.
|1/17/2018||Tom Brady, NE, QB|
|Brady is on the field for warmups at Gillette Stadium wearing black tape over the inside part of his injured right hand - but no glove.
Analysis: Brady is throwing passes - with a glove only on his non-throwing left hand - about 45 minutes before kickoff for the AFC championship game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
|1/17/2018||Rex Burkhead, NE, RB|
|Burkhead is practiced again Friday and is expected to play in Sunday's AFC championship.
Analysis: Burkhead was inactive for last Saturday's AFC divisional round playoff game against the Titans after injuring his knee in a 27-24 win over the Steelers on Dec. 17.
|1/16/2018||Leonard Fournette, Jax, RB|
|Fournette was not injured after being involved in a minor automobile accident in Jacksonville, team announced Tuesday. The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed to local television station WJXT that Fournette was not at fault after his car was rear-ended as part of a three-vehicle collision.
Analysis: "Leonard is OK and was able to drive home," the team said in a statement. "Appreciate everyone that has reached out to check on him." Fournette overcame a late second-quarter ankle injury in Jacksonville's 45-42 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in an AFC divisional-round game on Sunday. He finished with 109 yards rushing and three touchdowns for the Jaguars, who will face the New England Patriots on Sunday.
|1/15/2018||Latavius Murray, Min, RB|
|Latavius Murray ran for 50 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries Sunday in the Minnesota Vikings' 29-24 win over the New Orleans Saints. He added two receptions for 17 yards.
Analysis: Murray was held mostly in check with just a 2.6 average yards per carry. He did, however, score a touchdown to give him four in four games. Murray has had between 19 and 21 attempts in four straight games so he'll likely be right around that same total next weekend in Philadelphia.
|1/14/2018||Antonio Brown, Pit, WR|
|Antonio Brown had seven receptions for 132 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 45-42 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Analysis: Brown was his usual brilliant self, catching two incredibly difficult touchdown passes when it seemed like he had no chance on either. Not bad for a player who supposedly wasn't close to 100 percent because of his calf.
|1/14/2018||Vance McDonald, Pit, TE|
|Vance McDonald had 10 receptions for 112 yards Sunday in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 45-42 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Analysis: McDonald was surprisingly useful as a safety valve for Ben Roethlisberger. Perhaps that bodes well heading into next season.
|1/14/2018||Dede Westbrook, Jax, WR|
|Dede Westbrook had one reception for eight yards Sunday in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 45-42 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.|
|1/14/2018||T.J. Yeldon, Jax, RB|
|T.J. Yeldon ran for 20 yards and one touchdown on five carries Sunday in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 45-42 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He added three receptions for 57 yards.|
|1/14/2018||Leonard Fournette, Jax, RB|
|Leonard Fournette ran for 109 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries Sunday in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 45-42 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He added two receptions for 10 yards.
Analysis: Fournette left in the second quarter with an ankle injury but returned in the third. Keep an eye on how he fares throughout the week ahead of the AFC championship game.
|1/14/2018||Tommy Bohanon, Jax, RB|
|Tommy Bohanon ran for zero yards on zero carries Sunday in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 45-42 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He added one reception for 14 yards and one touchdown.|
|1/14/2018||Le'Veon Bell, Pit, RB|
|Le'Veon Bell ran for 67 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries Sunday in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 45-42 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He added nine receptions for 88 yards and one touchdown.
Analysis: Bell was typically great, racking up 155 total yards and consistently shaking defenders in the open field.
|1/14/2018||Ben Roethlisberger, Pit, QB|
|Ben Roethlisberger was 37 of 58 for 469 yards and threw five touchdown passes Sunday in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 45-42 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He threw one interception, fumbled once and was sacked two times. Roethlisberger added 16 rushing yards on two carries.
Analysis: Roethlisberger racked up stats but fell to 6-4 in his career at home in the playoffs. His fumble was returned for a touchdown and the INT was a killer that gave Jacksonville an easy TD. This was not nearly as good a performance as the numbers indicated.
|1/14/2018||Blake Bortles, Jax, QB|
|Blake Bortles was 14 of 26 for 214 yards and threw one touchdown pass Sunday in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 45-42 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He did not throw an interception, didn't fumble and was not sacked. Bortles added 35 rushing yards on five carries.
Analysis: The Jags designed a gameplan to play to Bortles' strengths and it worked, particularly after they built such a big lead. He threw a lot of screens and used his feet to run for a few first downs.
|1/14/2018||Leonard Fournette, Jax, RB|
|Fournette left with an ankle injury in the first half of the Jaguars' AFC divisional game in Pittsburgh but returned in the second half.
Analysis: He ran for 82 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in the first 30 minutes. It's worth monitoring how he looks to see if he can cut on the ankle the same way.
|1/14/2018||Jonnu Smith, Ten, TE|
|Smith was carted off with a right leg injury during the third quarter of Saturday's AFC Divisional Round game at New England.
Analysis: The athletic tight end's rookie season ends on a down note. Though he managed just 18 catches for 157 yards during his debut campaign, Smith figures to be in line for an expanded role in 2018 even if the Titans hold on to the 33-year-old Delanie Walker.
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