The flu or a flu-like cold is running through the Green Bay Packers locker room, and Aaron Rodgers has confessed that he was ill on Friday. "Rest fluids, all that stuff," Rodgers said. "We'll be okay. Jordy (Nelson) had it. Mason (Crosby) had it. I got it. We'll deal with it." … After Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay insisted Andrew Luck’s injured throwing shoulder would not require surgery, Luck underwent surgery on his injured shoulder and is expected to miss six months. The clearly unreliable Irsay now insists Luck will be ready for Week 1.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that trading Tony Romo is the Dallas Cowboys top priority this offseason. However, Jerry Jones says he has made no decision about what to do with Romo. "There's only one that can make that decision, and there's been no decision made," Jones said. "Don't think for one minute if you see something written or something said about what and where Romo is going to be, relative to our team, that there's any credibility to it." … Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Mularkey says Marcus Mariota, who suffered a broken leg, is “on track” and “doing great.” "He should be back when we get this thing rolling," Mularkey said.
Joe Flacco is thrilled the Baltimore Ravens have decided to stick with Marty Mornhinweg as their offensive coordinator. "I think the other thing you have to realize is that a lot of what we’ve been doing isn’t necessarily his offense," Flacco said. "I think this offseason will be a big point for him to get a lot of the stuff that he’s comfortable running. He and I can work through that stuff together. I think that’s the biggest thing.”… Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid still believes in Alex Smith as his starter moving forward. "Do I still think we can win with Alex?" Reid asked. "Yeah, we were right there." … Conversely, Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien sounded less hopeful when it comes to Brock Osweiler stating that it’s “too early to know” if he’ll be the starter next season.
The Cleveland Browns are an early rumored team expected to pursue potentially soon to be former Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor should he become available this offseason … Speaking of Browns quarterbacks, Johnny Manziel is back in the news and attempting a comeback. He admits he got “lost in the sauce” last season, but now he’s just “trying to be a good person” and has achieved sobriety without professional help.
James Starks has once again been ruled out for the NFL Championship Game on Sunday. He’s still sidelined with a concussion … Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter says that Dwayne Washington is “still learning to play NFL football.” "I think he would maybe like some of his runs back," said Cooter … According to Ian Rapoport, the Browns and Isaiah Crowell have hit a “stalemate” in contract talks after going into deep negotiations.
Adrian Peterson says he is interested in joining the Houston Texans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and New York Giants in 2017 … Recently signed San Diego Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn says that Melvin Gordon’s game is “growing like a weed.” "He’s very dynamic," Lynn said. "He took his game to another level, and we’re going to help him take it even further." Danny Woodhead is six weeks ahead of schedule with his ACL rehab, and the team may also be interested in retaining Branden Oliver … Ryan Mathews will likely have to take a pay cut if he wants to stay with the Philadelphia Eagles … Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says C.J. Prosise needs to show he can stay healthy and on the field. "He has to show it," Carroll said.
Jordy Nelson (ribs) and Davante Adams (ankle) are both very questionable for this weekend’s NFC Championship Game and may both be game-time decisions. Regardless of whether or not either plays, neither is expected to be all that close to 100 percent. Geronimo Allison is also questionable and banged up with a bad hammy … Julio Jones continued to be limited all week in practice dealing with his toe injury. With that said, he is not expected to have any limitations this Sunday for the Atlanta Falcons. Taylor Gabriel is good to go as well.
Danny Amendola is questionable for the New England Patriots this week. He’s expected to play, but may once again be limited. Chris Hogan was also seen with a “solid limp this week. The good news is that Malcolm Mitchell is trending in the right direction for the Pats … Sammy Watkins has undergone yet another foot surgery on Friday. He should be ready for training camp … Brandon Marshall says he will not be willing to take a pay cut to stay with the New York Jets. "People need to get away from me [being] due $7.5 million," Marshall said. "Get away from my salary. That's underpaid. Any team should be happy to have me for $7.5 million." … Troubled Pittsburgh Steelers star Martavis Bryant has applied for reinstatement … Tyler Lockett should be ready for Week 1 after breaking his fibula and tibia.
Martellus Bennett is questionable for the AFC Championship but is expected to play … Ladarius Green did manage to return to practice on Friday and will travel to New England with the team. However, he’s still in the league’s concussion protocol, and his status for the game is a complete mystery. It doesn’t help that his concussion history is also a huge question mark after he missed months of the season due to either career-threatening concussion issues or an ankle injury … The Jacksonville Jaguars will likely cut ties with Julius Thomas this offseason … Pete Carroll expects to have Jimmy Graham back next season … Eric Ebron’s goals for 2017 are to stay healthy and top 1,000 receiving yards.