Jones will be ready for NFC championship
Julio Jones will be ready to go in the NFC championship game. Coach Dan Quinn insisted Monday that his All-Pro receiver will be in the lineup when the Atlanta Falcons play for a spot in the Super Bowl against the Green Bay Packers, despite a lingering foot injury that limited Jones in the second half of a divisional-round victory. "We'll limit him throughout the week, and then as the week progresses, we'll get him a little more at the end," the coach said. "That's the plan from last week. That will be the plan moving forward for us. He's excited to play."
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Packers without Rollins again
Green Bay cornerback Quinten Rollins sat out his second straight playoff game in the divisional round against Dallas because of neck and concussion-related issues. Rollins, who was injured in the regular-season finale against Detroit, also missed the first meeting with Dallas in Week 6, a 30-16 victory for the Cowboys. Fellow cornerback Damarious Randall was active Sunday after being added to the injury report with a foot issue following Saturday's practice.
Houston limited in practice
Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston was limited in the final practice for Sunday's divisional playoff game against Pittsburgh, though his game status was left blank on the final injury report. That means Houston should be available for the first time since a loss to Tennessee on Dec. 18.
Safety Eric Berry and running back Spencer Ware practiced fully all week and are also expected to play in Sunday night's game. Berry had been dealing with a sore Achilles tendon and Ware had bruised his ribs late in the regular season.
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CB Rollins practices again
Cornerback Quinten Rollins practiced for a second straight day for the Green Bay Packers, a sign that their secondary could be getting closer to full strength ahead of the divisional-round playoff game Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Rollins missed last week's wild-card win over the New York Giants. He is recovering from a neck injury while also being monitored in the NFL's concussion protocol after getting hurt two weeks ago in Detroit.
Roethlisberger's ankle injury not serious
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is downplaying the late-game injury that landed him in a walking boot after Sunday's wild-card round victory over the Miami Dolphins. "(The MRI) showed I aggravated an old foot fracture but nothing severe," Roethisberger said Monday. "I should be good to go."
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Nelson questionable with rib injury
Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson has been knocked out of the NFC wild-card game against the New York Giants on Sunday with a rib injury after taking a hit to his ribs while trying to make a catch along the sideline. The severity of Nelson's injury is unknown, but his status for next Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys has to be in question. The Green Bay Packers advanced to the NFC Divisional Round after defeating the New York Giants, 38-13.
Lions rule out Swanson
The Detroit Lions have ruled out center Travis Swanson for their playoff game Saturday at Seattle. Swanson, who has been recovering from a concussion, missed the final four games of the regular season. Detroit initially listed him as questionable Friday, but the Lions downgraded him to out later in the day. The Lions have three players listed as questionable for Saturday's game: LB DeAndre Levy (knee), T Riley Reiff (hip) and WR Andre Roberts (shoulder).
Gregory gets 1-year ban
Dallas defensive end Randy Gregory was suspended for at least a year Thursday for another violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy. It's the third time this season Gregory has been suspended. The first was a four-game ban, followed by 10 games on top of that. The latest suspension makes him ineligible for the playoffs, which start January 15 for Dallas, the top seed in the NFC. The suspension is for one calendar year, meaning Gregory could be eligible for the playoffs without another violation if the Cowboys make it again next season.
Tannehill ruled out against Steelers
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was ruled out of Sunday's playoff game at Pittsburgh , and backup Matt Moore will start for the fourth week in a row. The Dolphins announced the decision Thursday after determining Tannehill still isn't ready to practice because of a sprained left knee. Moore, a 10th-year pro, is 2-1 as Tannehill's replacement and will make his first career postseason start.
Dolphins QB Tannehill unlikely vs Steelers
The Dolphins' No. 1 quarterback Ryan Tannehill sat out practice Wednesday, making it unlikely he'll return from a sprained left knee for the team's first postseason game since 2008. Tannehill has missed the past three games. Moore, who is 2-1 as Tannehill's replacement, will make his first career postseason start "unless something changes drastically here in the next two days or three days," coach Adam Gase said.
Raiders searching for healthy quarterback
With star Derek Carr out with a broken right leg, the Raiders head into Saturday's playoff game at Houston not knowing whether backup Matt McGloin will be able to play with a sore left shoulder or if rookie Connor Cook will become the first quarterback to get his first career start in a postseason game. "Either way, you know you're dealing with a tough situation," coach Jack Del Rio said Monday. "You're dealing with your backup - maybe your third-stringer." The Raiders struggled all over in their first game without Carr, a 24-6 loss in the season finale at Denver that cost them a division title and first-round bye.
McPhee sidelined with shoulder injury
Chicago linebacker Pernell McPhee will miss the Bears' season-finale Sunday at Minnesota because of a shoulder injury. McPhee, who has four sacks in nine games, sat out practices all week and did not travel with the team on Saturday. He missed the first six games following offseason knee surgery. Linebacker Leonard Floyd is doubtful because of a concussion, and Willie Young is questionable because of a knee injury.