Answering the most important damage questions for NFL divisional playoff groups

Answering the most important damage questions for NFL divisional playoff groups

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5:45 PM ETNFL NationESPN The Cleveland Browns get back their head coach, Kevin Stefanski — who missed the wild-card game due to COVID-19 — for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Quarterbacks continue to deal with injuries, most notably in Los Angeles, where Jared Goff is recovering from surgery on his throwing-hand thumb and John Wolford is recovering from a stinger. Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald is also dealing with a rib injury suffered in the wild-card round but is expe..

Edwards-Helaire practices forward of playoff recreation

Edwards-Helaire practices forward of playoff recreation

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5:19 PM ETAdam TeicherESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered Chiefs for 20 seasons for Kansas City Star
Joined ESPN in 2013KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs could have running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire for Sunday's divisional-round playoff game against the Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead Stadium.
Edwards-Helaire returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since injuring his ankle and hip in a Week 15 game against the New Orleans Saints. He was a limited practice participant.
Chiefs co..

Bucs’ Evans hopes to be nearer to 100% Sunday

Bucs’ Evans hopes to be nearer to 100% Sunday

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3:59 PM ETJenna LaineESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered the Buccaneers since 2009
Joined ESPN in 2016TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans might have suffered a hyperextended left knee that forced him to head straight to the hospital for an MRI in Week 17, but the three-time Pro Bowler said he's hopeful he can go into Sunday's divisional playoff against the New Orleans Saints “closer to 100 percent.”
Evans gutted out a 119-yard performance in the Bucs' wild-card..

Supply: No Pack shut contacts after OT optimistic

Supply: No Pack shut contacts after OT optimistic

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6:22 PM ETRob DemovskyESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered Packers for Green Bay Press-Gazette from 1997-2013
Two-time Wisconsin Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters AssociationGREEN BAY, Wis. — Two days after arriving in Green Bay, veteran offensive tackle Jared Veldheer was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Veldheer tested positive for COVID-19, a source told ESPN's Field Yates. But the good news for the top-seeded Packers as they prepare for ..

Rams DT Donald on rib damage: ‘Really feel actual good’

Rams DT Donald on rib damage: ‘Really feel actual good’

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4:51 PM ETLindsey ThiryESPN Close Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times
Previously covered the Falcons
Has covered the NBA and college football and basketballTHOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald said the rib injury he suffered in a wild-card playoff win over the Seattle Seahawks is feeling good and that he's on track to play against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in a divisional-round game.
“Feel good, feel real good,” Donald said We..

Bears keep Nagy and GM, but DC Pagano retires

Bears keep Nagy and GM, but DC Pagano retires

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8:22 PM ETJeff DickersonESPN Staff Writer CloseDickerson covers the Chicago Bears for ESPN's NFL Nation. He is the co-host of “Dickerson & Hood” on the ESPN Radio national network, and is heard in Chicago on ESPN 1000.CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears will keep head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace for the 2021 season, the team announced Wednesday.
Bears chairman George McCaskey praised Nagy's ability to navigate the team through a six-game losing streak this season and help le..

Browns DBs Ward, Johnson come off COVID list

Browns DBs Ward, Johnson come off COVID list

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11:02 AM ETJake TrotterESPN Staff Writer CloseCovers the Big 12Joined ESPN.com in 2011Graduate of Washington & Lee UniversityBEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns defensive backs Denzel Ward and Kevin Johnson were both activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list after missing the past two games, including Sunday's playoff victory over Pittsburgh.
Ward, a Pro Bowl selection as a rookie in 2018, has been Cleveland's top corner this season. Despite missing four games this year, Ward led the NFL dur..

Bears GM: Everything is on table with QB spot

Bears GM: Everything is on table with QB spot

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3:01 PM ETJeff DickersonESPN Staff Writer CloseDickerson covers the Chicago Bears for ESPN's NFL Nation. He is the co-host of “Dickerson & Hood” on the ESPN Radio national network, and is heard in Chicago on ESPN 1000.LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears' never-ending search for a franchise quarterback could have another chapter after general manager Ryan Pace declined to say that the team intends to re-sign 2017 second overall pick Mitchell Trubisky.
“As far as the plan at quarterba..

Ravens won’t back down from blitz against Allen

Ravens won’t back down from blitz against Allen

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1:29 PM ETJamison HensleyESPN Staff Writer CloseUniversity of Maryland graduate
Lives in the Baltimore area with his wife and sonOWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens don't intend to change their blitz-heavy ways against Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, who was among the best at handling pressure this season.
Heading into Saturday's AFC divisional game, the Ravens have blitzed an NFL-high 41% of the time. Allen has thrived against the blitz, throwing a league-high 19 touchdown..

Broncos reach deal with Vikings’ Paton to be GM

Broncos reach deal with Vikings’ Paton to be GM

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1:27 PM ETJeff LegwoldESPN Senior Writer Close Covered Broncos for nine years for Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News
Previously covered Steelers, Bills and Titans
Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame Board
of Selectors since 1999ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — John Elway and the Denver Broncos wanted George Paton to be the team's new general manager so much, Paton was given a longer deal than Elway ever had in the same job.
Paton, who has spent the past 13 years with the Minnesota Vikings, has agreed ..

Ex-Eagles coach Doug Pederson would not be ‘Philly Particular’ with Jets

Ex-Eagles coach Doug Pederson would not be ‘Philly Particular’ with Jets

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Jan 12, 2021Rich CiminiESPN Staff Writer CloseLongtime Jets beat writer for New York Daily News
Syracuse University graduateFLORHAM PARK, N.J. — When Joe Douglas was introduced as the New York Jets' general manager, he thanked about a dozen people from his past, including Doug Pederson. He mentioned Pederson among a handful of members from the Philadelphia Eagles' organization, saying, “We will walk together forever in the history of pro football” — a reference to their Super Bowl ti..

Ex-Eagles coach Doug Pederson would not be ‘Philly Particular’ with Jets

Ex-Eagles coach Doug Pederson would not be ‘Philly Particular’ with Jets

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Jan 12, 2021Rich CiminiESPN Staff Writer CloseLongtime Jets beat writer for New York Daily News
Syracuse University graduateFLORHAM PARK, N.J. — When Joe Douglas was introduced as the New York Jets' general manager, he thanked about a dozen people from his past, including Doug Pederson. He mentioned Pederson among a handful of members from the Philadelphia Eagles' organization, saying, “We will walk together forever in the history of pro football” — a reference to their Super Bowl ti..

Ex-Eagles coach Doug Pederson would not be ‘Philly Particular’ with Jets

Ex-Eagles coach Doug Pederson would not be ‘Philly Particular’ with Jets

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Jan 12, 2021Rich CiminiESPN Staff Writer CloseLongtime Jets beat writer for New York Daily News
Syracuse University graduateFLORHAM PARK, N.J. — When Joe Douglas was introduced as the New York Jets' general manager, he thanked about a dozen people from his past, including Doug Pederson. He mentioned Pederson among a handful of members from the Philadelphia Eagles' organization, saying, “We will walk together forever in the history of pro football” — a reference to their Super Bowl ti..

The flaw in Jeffrey Lurie’s considering on Eagles QBs Carson Wentz, Jalen Hurts

The flaw in Jeffrey Lurie’s considering on Eagles QBs Carson Wentz, Jalen Hurts

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6:00 AM ETTim McManusESPN Staff Writer ClosePHILADELPHIA — The term Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie kept coming back to when talking about quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts Monday was “assets.”
It was one of the descriptors he used for Wentz when asked if the 2016 No. 2 overall pick would remain on the roster in 2021 — Lurie said it wasn't his decision to make — and it's how he framed the QB situation when giving an argument for why Philadelphia would be a desirable ..

The flaw in Jeffrey Lurie’s pondering on Eagles QBs Carson Wentz, Jalen Hurts

The flaw in Jeffrey Lurie’s pondering on Eagles QBs Carson Wentz, Jalen Hurts

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6:00 AM ETTim McManusESPN Staff Writer ClosePHILADELPHIA — The term Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie kept coming back to when talking about quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts Monday was “assets.”
It was one of the descriptors he used for Wentz when asked if the 2016 No. 2 overall pick would remain on the roster in 2021 — Lurie said it wasn't his decision to make — and it's how he framed the QB situation when giving an argument for why Philadelphia would be a desirable ..