Detroit Lions OG T.J. Lang was added to the Pro Bowl roster Friday, Jan. 19, as an injury replacement for Washington Redskins OG Brandon Scherff (foot).
Updating previous reports, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (thumb) suffered a cut to his right thumb during practice Wednesday, Jan. 17, which was gushing blood and required multiple stitches, according to a source close to the situation. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported that the injury occurred when RB Rex Burkhead collided with him. Brady was held out of practice Thursday, Jan. 18, but was 'zinging it pretty good' when he returned to action as a limited practice participant Friday, Jan. 19.
The Carolina Panthers have parted ways with special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey, according to multiple sources. He has already interviewed for a position with the Cleveland Browns and is expected to meet with the New York Giants.
Minnesota Vikings DT Shamar Stephen (ankle, knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Jan. 19, and has been ruled out of the NFC Championship game. CB Mackensie Alexander (rib) did not practice and is listed as questionable. WR Adam Thielen (back) was limited during practice and is listed as questionable. SS Andrew Sendejo (concussion) fully participated in practice but is listed as questionable. S Anthony Harris (knee) and C Pat Elflein (shoulder) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.
Minnesota Vikings SS Andrew Sendejo (concussion) remains in concussion protocol despite serving as a limited practice participant this week and being listed as questionable on the injury report. Head coach Mike Zimmer is optimistic that Sendejo will be able to play in the NFC Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Jan. 21, although he will have to pass several additional tests.
Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz could get a second interview from the Arizona Cardinals regarding the head coaching job.
Michigan State C Brian C. Allen has impressed scouts during practices for the East-West Shrine Game, and an AFC scout said Allen has the upside of an NFL prospect because of his technique and understanding of leverage.
Northern Iowa WR Daurice Fountain has been one of the most impressive players during practices for the East-West Shrine Game, and his 'athleticism is legit,' according to an NFL scout.
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. will thrive if Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur becomes the next head coach of the Giants as expected, according to WR Stefon Diggs, 'because Pat knows how to get people the ball.'
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman could remain a part of the backfield beyond 2018, according to general manager Thomas Dimitroff.
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer gives Eifert a 10 percent chance of re-signing with the Bengals.
Houston Texans assistant secondary coach Anthony Midget has been named as the team's new defensive backs coach. The team also hired former Miami Dolphins running backs coach Danny Barrett as their new running backs coach.