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  • 1/22, 9:14 am
    • The Patriots are optimistic that Gronkowski...

      The Patriots are optimistic that Gronkowski (concussion) will be cleared in advance of the Super Bowl LII, which takes place on Feb. 4, the Boston Herald reports.

      Analysis: Gronkowski was forced out of Sunday's AFC championship win over the Jaguars after absorbing a helmet-to-helmet hit. The Patriots' star tight end will benefit from the added time leading up to the Super Bowl, so we expect there's a pretty good chance that he'll gain clearance as the big game approaches. Prior to his second-quarter exit from Sunday's contest, Gronkowski logged 26 snaps, catching one of his three targets for 21 yards. Upon his departure, Dwayne Allen saw an uptick in snaps (39), but did not log a target.

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  • 1/22, 9:13 am
    • Cook (knee) said Monday that he...

      Cook (knee) said Monday that he has began jogging but remains without a firm timetable to return to full football activities, Kevin Seifert of reports.

      Analysis: The running back is a little over three months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, so his lack of extensive activity to date shouldn't be viewed as a concern at this stage of his recovery. Assuming Cook endures no significant snags during the rehab process, he should be at or near full strength for the beginning of training camp next summer, though the Vikings will almost certainly monitor his workload carefully during practices. While Latavious Murray and Jerick McKinnon proved to be an effective backfield tandem once the rookie was shut down for the season in Week 5, a healthy Cook profiles as the clear No. 1 back for Minnesota heading into the 2018 campaign.

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  • Tom Brady QB-NE
    1/22, 7:29 am
    • Brady said Monday that he would...

      Brady said Monday that he would have the 12 stitches in his right (throwing) hand removed in the coming days, Mike Reiss of reports. "Hopefully some time this week. And at that point, again, because I was fortunate not to tear any ligaments or anything like that [after injuring the hand in practice last week] -- there was no broken bones -- that was obviously the best news I could ever hear based on what you thought it could be," Brady told the "Kirk and Callahan Show." It ended up being a lot of good luck after, I'd say, a pretty unlucky injury. It turned out to be a lot good luck it wasn't more serious than it was."

      Analysis: Brady was listed as questionable heading into Sunday's AFC championship game after teammate Rex Burkhead ran into him during practice earlier this week, resulting in a gash to the quarterback's hand that required stitches to seal up. The hand -- in addition to the first-half departure of top target Rob Gronkowski to a concussion -- ultimately proved to be no issue for Brady, who rallied the Patriots from a 20-10 fourth-quarter deficit and finished with 26 completions on 38 attempts for two touchdowns and no interceptions. With his stitches set to be removed well in advance of the Patriots' Feb. 4 Super Bowl matchup with the Eagles, Brady isn't expected to experience any discomfort as he pursues his sixth NFL title.

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  • Nick Foles QB-PHI
    1/22, 6:37 am
    • Foles underwent precautionary X-rays on his...

      Foles underwent precautionary X-rays on his ribs Sunday following the Eagles' 38-7 win over the Vikings in the NFC championship game, a source informed Sal Paolantonio of ESPN. "I'm good," Foles told Adam Schefter of ESPN after being examined in the locker room.

      Analysis: If Foles was playing hurt Sunday it certainly didn't show, as the quarterback turned in the best outing of his five starts since replacing MVP candidate Carson Wentz (knee). Foles completed 26 of 33 passes for 352 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, with the performance made all the more impressive considering it came against the NFL's top-scoring defense. The Eagles could monitor Foles' practice reps carefully over the next two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl matchup with New England, but it doesn't look like the rib issue will threaten his availability for that contest.

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  • 1/21, 7:49 pm
    • Diggs caught eight of 12 targets...

      Diggs caught eight of 12 targets for 70 yards during Sunday's 38-7 loss to the Eagles.

      Analysis: Diggs tied for the team lead in targets, but he made just one play longer than 14 yards and wound up averaging just 8.8 yards per catch. The third-year wideout's usage was slightly down during the regular season, but he still managed 849 yards and a career-high eight touchdowns, not to mention his terrific game-winning catch in the NFC divisional round. Diggs has emerged as one of the bright young receivers in the NFL and will look to take another leap in 2018 as he plays out his rookie contract.

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