Nick Martin
Texans' Nick Martin: Will be ready for offseason work
Nick Martin, C, HOU
11:15 AM
News: Martin is recovering from his ankle surgery and will be ready for offseason practices, John McClain of The Houston Chronicle reports.

Martin was placed on IR during the preseason after having surgery to repair a high-ankle sprain. The rookie has been working to recover and come into offseason work completely healthy. He'll look to make his regular season debut along the Texans offensive line in 2017.

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Malcolm Mitchell
Patriots' Malcolm Mitchell: Slated for active status Sunday
Malcolm Mitchell, WR, NE
6:05 AM
News: Mitchell (knee) is expected to play in Sunday's AFC championship game versus the Steelers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

If he indeed avoids the inactive list, Mitchell will be making his first appearance since Week 16. With nearly a month to rehab a knee injury, the rookie wideout could be a breath of fresh air to the passing game. However, Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan (thigh) typically receive the most snaps among Patriots wideouts on any given Sunday, thereby hindering Mitchell's potential.

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Chris Hogan
Patriots' Chris Hogan: Slated to play Sunday
Chris Hogan, WR, NE
6:00 AM
News: Hogan (thigh) is slated to play in Sunday's AFC championship game versus the Steelers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Hogan was ruled out of the Patriots' divisional-round victory versus the Texans in the third quarter, which led to limited practice sessions in the ensuing week of prep. Despite the cap in reps, he should earn a large portion of the snaps afforded Patriots wideouts next to Julian Edelman in this do-or-die affair.

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Martellus Bennett
Patriots' Martellus Bennett: Expected to play Sunday
Martellus Bennett, TE, NE
5:55 AM
News: Bennett (knee) is expected to play in Sunday's AFC championship game against the Steelers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

After seemingly tweaking his left knee in the latter stages of the Patriots' divisional-round win against the Texans, Bennett maintained a limited workload in practice this week. Nonetheless, he'll provide a big-bodied target for Tom Brady in the passing attack, seeking his fourth visit to the end zone in the last six contests.

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James Harrison
Steelers' James Harrison: Slated to play in AFC championship game
James Harrison, OLB, PIT
5:45 AM
News: Harrison (shoulder/triceps) is slated to play in Sunday's AFC championship game in New England, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Harrison sandwiched two full practices about a veteran's day off Thursday, so his availability wasn't really in peril. While he'll be attempting to disrupt the usually heady Tom Brady, the Patriots' offensive line has allowed just 17 sacks of the veteran signal-caller in 13 games (including playoffs) this season.

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Ladarius Green
Steelers' Ladarius Green: Likely sidelined Sunday
Ladarius Green, TE, PIT
5:35 AM
News: Green (concussion/illness) isn't expected to play in Sunday's AFC championship game at New England, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Green's medical chart is fraught with concussions, the most recent of which has kept him out of commission since Dec. 18. In addition to his residence in the NFL's protocol for head injuries, he caught the illness that infiltrated the Steelers' locker room this week. If he remains sidelined Sunday, Jesse James will act as the No. 1 tight end yet again.

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Geronimo Allison
Packers' Geronimo Allison: Expected to play in NFC championship game
Geronimo Allison, WR, GB
5:30 AM
News: Allison (hamstring) is expected to play in Sunday's NFC championship game at Atlanta, Ian Rapoport and Stacey Dales of NFL Network report.

Despite all the hand-wringing regarding the Packers' receiving corps this week, Aaron Rodgers is slated to have a full allotment of weapons available Sunday. As such, Allison will contend for snaps with Jordy Nelson (ribs) and Davante Adams (ankle) behind the top healthy wideout, Randall Cobb. Although Allison was unable to practice in advance of this take-it-or-leave-it outing, he said Wednesday that his absence was merely a precaution. If so, he's a decent bet to receive a fair amount of work against the Falcons' 28th-ranked pass defense.

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Davante Adams
Packers' Davante Adams: Slated to play Sunday
Davante Adams, WR, GB
5:20 AM
News: Adams (ankle) is slated to play in Sunday's NFC championship game in Atlanta, Ian Rapoport and Stacey Dales of NFL Network report.

As preparation for this contest unfolded, the Packers faced the prospect of having three of their top-4 wide receivers on the sideline Sunday. Instead, Aaron Rodgers will have Adams, Jordy Nelson (ribs), and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) at his disposal. Adams was held out of each practice this week due to a left ankle sprain, but even he admitted Thursday that this particular injury wasn't in the same realm as the one from last season. In any case, it's difficult to project his potential snap count and thereby what he can contribute versus the Falcons' 28th-ranked pass defense.

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Jordy Nelson
Packers' Jordy Nelson: Expected to play Sunday
Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
5:15 AM
News: Nelson (ribs) is expected to play in Sunday's NFC championship game in Atlanta, Ian Rapoport and Stacey Dales of NFL Network report.

After a week in which the Packers were flirting with trotting out a decimated receiving corps, all of Nelson, Davante Adams (ankle), and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) are slated to suit up with the season on the line. Nelson himself will surely be wearing some type of protection over his broken ribs, raising the question of how many snaps he can handle. While any hit could result in an abbreviated affair, he'll aim to connect with Aaron Rodgers against the Falcons' 28th-ranked pass defense.

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Morgan Burnett
Packers' Morgan Burnett: Expected to be active Sunday
Morgan Burnett, SS, GB
1/21/2017
News: Burnett (quadriceps) is expected to be available for Sunday's NFC championship game in Atlanta, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Burnett skipped the first two practices of the week, focusing his energy on rehabbing his injured quad, but he was listed as "limited" on the Packers' estimated injury report Friday. Although he remained questionable after Saturday's light session, he seems to have a good shot to suit up Sunday in his typical starting spot at strong safety.

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