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|1/21/2017||Christine Michael, GB, RB|
|Michael has been added to the injury report for Sunday's NFC championship game, having been given a questionable tag with a back injury.
Analysis: Though he didn't receive a touch in the Packers' win at Dallas in last week's divisional round, Michael would be next in line for snaps in the event Ty Montgomery is injured against the Falcons.
|1/20/2017||Shaq Lawson, Buf, LB|
|The Bills said Friday that Lawson has undergone arthroscopic knee surgery.
Analysis: Lawson was Buffalo's first-round pick in 2016. He missed the first six games due to shoulder surgery and had 13 tackles and two sacks in 10 games.
|1/20/2017||Sammy Watkins, Buf, WR|
|Watkins recently underwent surgery on his left foot, the Bills announced Friday. The foot surgery is the second for Watkins. He underwent the first procedure in April but experienced issues after playing in two regular-season games and was placed on injured reserve. He returned to play in the final six games.
Analysis: Watkins, the fourth overall pick in the 2014 draft, caught 28 passes for 430 yards and two touchdowns last season. He caught 60 or more passes in each of his first two NFL seasons and established career bests of 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns in 2015.
|1/20/2017||Zachary Orr, Bal, LB|
|Orr is retiring from the NFL at age 24 because of a serious injury. Orr becomes the latest player to cite long-term health when cutting short a promising career.
Analysis: Orr missed Week 17 with a neck injury but emerged as a starter in 2016 and was expected to have a new contract in place for next season. Chris Borland, a third-round pick in 2014, retired from the San Francisco 49ers after a standout rookie season because of concussion concerns. The same offseason, Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis retired from the 49ers at age 30.
|1/19/2017||Davante Adams, GB, WR|
|Adams has missed a second day of practice with an ankle injury Thursday, and the receiver may not know until warmups before the NFC championship game on Sunday whether he'll be able to play against the Falcons.
Analysis: Adams hurt the ankle during the 34-31 win last week against the Cowboys. He said that he's feeling better, though he was unsure whether he will feel well enough by Saturday to take part in Green Bay's final practice of the week. Adams might still be able to play after testing out the ankle in warmups before the game on Sunday afternoon, even if he sits out practice on Saturday.
|1/19/2017||Jamie Collins, Cle, LB|
|The Browns are close to a contract agreement with Collins. The sides have been in talks for several days and were nearing a deal on Thursday night.
Analysis: The Browns acquired Collins in a mid-season trade with the New England Patriots, giving up a third-round pick for the former Pro Bowler. Collins is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in March.
|1/19/2017||Geronimo Allison, GB, WR|
|Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Allison would not likely play for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday if this were a regular-season game. But head coach Mike McCarthy is holding out hope for all three to take the field for the NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Analysis: Allison, an undrafted rookie from Illinois emerging as a trusted target for quarterback Aaron Rodgers, has an injured hamstring. Coach Mike McCarthy said he will not know whether the offense will have any or all of the trio until Saturday.
|1/19/2017||Andrew Luck, Ind, QB|
|Luck has undergone surgery on the right shoulder that's bothered him the past two seasons.
Analysis: Colts owner Jim Irsay announced Thursday on Twitter that Luck was recovering from successful outpatient surgery. Irsay says Luck will be ready for the 2017 season. Luck was listed on the Colts injury report throughout this season and missed several practices, with coach Chuck Pagano saying the team had a plan for keeping Luck healthy while he dealt with a sore throwing shoulder.
|1/18/2017||Davante Adams, GB, WR|
|Adams, Jordy Nelson and Geronimo Allison would not likely play for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday if this were a regular-season game. But head coach Mike McCarthy is holding out hope for all three to take the field for the NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Analysis: Adams got hurt in the 34-31 win last week over the Dallas Cowboys. The third-year wideout had a breakout regular season with 75 catches for 997 yards and 12 touchdowns. McCarthy said he will not know whether the offense will have any or all of the trio until Saturday.
|1/18/2017||Chris Hogan, NE, WR|
|Hogan says he will play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game despite dealing with a thigh injury.
Analysis: Hogan exited last week's win over Houston in the divisional round in the third quarter, but said the injury wasn't serious. He recorded 95 yards on four catches prior to departing, and led New England wideouts with an average of 17.9 yards per reception during the regular season.
|1/17/2017||Jordy Nelson, GB, WR|
|Nelson, Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison would not likely play for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday if this were a regular-season game.
Analysis: Green Bay's top receiver is still dealing with cracked ribs he sustained in the team's opening-round win over the Giants on Jan. 8, causing him to sit out Sunday's 34-31 victory at Dallas in the divisional round. Coach Mike McCarthy said he will not know whether the offense will have any or all of the trio until Saturday.
|1/16/2017||Julio Jones, Atl, WR|
|Jones didn't practice for the second straight day Thursday but said a sprained toe won't keep him from playing in Sunday's NFC championship game against Green Bay.
Analysis: The All-Pro wideout said he felt a "snag" in last week's win over Seattle and decided not to play the fourth quarter with Atlanta holding a big lead. He was inactive in Weeks 14 and 15 with a similar injury. Coach Dan Quinn says Jones will participate in practice Friday on a limited basis, adding that he expects Jones to start Sunday.
|1/15/2017||Dan Bailey, Dal, K|
|Dan Bailey converted three of three field-goal attempts Sunday as the Dallas Cowboys lost to the Green Bay Packers 34-31. He made kicks of 50, 33 and 52 yards. Bailey tacked on two PATs.|
|1/15/2017||Dak Prescott, Dal, QB|
|Dak Prescott was 24 of 38 for 302 yards and threw three touchdown passes Sunday in the Dallas Cowboys' 34-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He threw one interception, didn't fumble and was sacked two times. Prescott added 13 rushing yards on two carries.
Analysis: The fourth-round pick, who was supposed to be the No. 3 quarterback before injuries changed everything, got Dallas' rally going with a 40-yard touchdown toss in the first half to Dez Bryant, the first playoff TD for the star receiver. He set the stage for the first tying score on a 6-yarder to Jason Witten, then the rookie signal-called bullied his way over the goal line for the 2-point conversion
|1/15/2017||Ladarius Green, Pit, TE|
|The Steelers are without Green on Sunday versus Kansas City.
Analysis: Troubled all season by various injuries (ankle, knee) and maladies (headaches), he's on the inactive list while he remains in the NFL's concussion protocol.
|1/15/2017||Justin Houston, KC, LB|
|Houston is active for the first time since a loss to Tennessee on Dec. 18.
Analysis: The star linebacker has been dealing with soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.
|1/15/2017||Morgan Burnett, GB, S|
|Burnett will not return to Sunday's NFC Divisional Round playoff game at Dallas after sustaining a quad injury in the first quarter.
Analysis: Burnett, who led Green Bay with 91 tackles during the regular season, was hurt after colliding with teammate LaDarius Gunter while defending a pass on the game's opening drive. He's been replaced by undrafted rookie Kentrell Brice.
|1/15/2017||Adrian Clayborn, Atl, DE|
|Clayborn has officially been placed on injured reserve after he tore his biceps in last week's NFC divisional playoff game.
Analysis: The injury leaves Atlanta without one of its top pass rushers for the remainder of the postseason. Clayborn finished second on the team with 4.5 sacks and 15 quarterback hurries during the regular season despite missing three games with a knee injury.
|1/15/2017||Tyron Smith, Dal, T|
|Smith (knee) is active for Sunday's NFC Divisional Playoff against Green Bay.
Analysis: The All-Pro left tackle was fully expected to play despite being listed questionable on the final injury report and sitting out Dallas' meaningless regular-season finale at Philadelphia.
|1/15/2017||Morris Claiborne, Dal, CB|
|The Cowboys will have Claiborne back for Sunday's clash with Green Bay in the NFC Divisional Playoffs.
Analysis: It'll be Claiborne's first appearance since Oct. 30, having missed the team's final nine regular-season games with a significant groin injury. The former first-round pick's return ensures Dallas' secondary will be at full strength for a tough matchup against the red-hot Aaron Rodgers.
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