Thomas is reunited with his former offensive coordinator, Adam Gase, in Miami. While in Denver, Thomas averaged 4.2 catches for 49 yards and 0.92 TD (14.6 PPR fantasy points) in 26 games under Gase. Since then, he has averaged 3.6 catches for 35 yards and 0.43 TD (9.7 PPR fantasy points) in 21 games. Injuries have been an issue, but Thomas is entering his age-29 season and is a major threat in the red zone.
The Broncos are expected to offer Vance Joseph their head coaching job, according to 9News.com's Mike Klis. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported earlier in the week that Joseph was the front-runner for the job heading into the interview process. Joesph, who served as the Dolphins' defensive coordinator during the 2016 season, would replace Gary Kubiak, who retired a year after leading Denver to a title in Super Bowl 50.
The Steelers quarterback arrived to his postgame news conference Sunday with a boot on his right foot following Pittsburgh's 30-12 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Wild Card Weekend. He said that he hurt his ankle on his second-to-last play of the win.
"We don't know anything yet, but well find out soon enough," Roethlisberger said about his prognosis. "You're always worried about being hurt, but I'll be out there next week."
After the game, Roethlisberger underwent tests on his ankle, which confirmed the injury is not serious, sources informed of the injury told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Monday.
When it comes to injuries, Roethlisberger the league's preeminent drama queen, regularly overstating or drawing attention to his injuries so that he can develop a "tough guy" reputation for playing through them. He'll be out there against the Chiefs.
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Friday, January 6, 2017, 5:00pm
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (knee, out) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is out for Week 18. Tannehill’s return to practice is encouraging, but it doesn’t look like he’s going to play this week. Matt Moore will get the start. He has targeted Kenny Stills on 23% of his pass attempts since taking over for Tannehill in Week 14.
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Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion, questionable) missed practice Friday after taking full reps Thursday and is questionable for Week 18. He’s still in the concussion protocol, so it doesn’t look like Green will make his return this week. Eli Rogers has been one of the beneficiaries of Green’s absence; he has averaged 4.1 catches for 49 yards and 0.22 TD (on 5.8 targets) in the nine games in which Green was either sidelined or played less than 20% of the snaps. In the other four games, Rogers has averaged 2.8 catches for 37 yards and 0.25 TD (on 3.5 T/G). Jesse James has averaged a modest 2.9 catches for 25 yards and 0.25 (on 4.3 T/G) with Green out or very limited. The Dolphins have been poor against both receivers (#28 in WR aFPA) and tight ends (#32 in TE aFPA).
Ladarius Green remains in concussion protocol, but Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is hopeful the veteran tight end can play Sunday in the AFC wild-card playoff game against the Miami Dolphins at Heinz Field.
Green has not played since taking a blow to the head late in the Steelers' game at Cincinnati on Dec. 18.
“He is progressing rather well,” Tomlin said.
Miami coach Adam Gase said he’ll have a better idea on quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s availability for a Wild Card playoff game at Pittsburgh by Tuesday.
“I need to know what his movement skills are and the structure of his knee,” Gase said. “Once I get that update I’ll have a better idea. Any time you get a starter back no matter what position that’s what you want. But since Matt (Moore) has been in there he’s done a really good job.”
Gase is not ready to say if Tannehill can or will practice this week. Tannehill is healing from a sprained ACL and MCL.
Rishard Matthews emerged as one of Marcus Mariota’s top targets in the receiver's first season with the Titans, setting career highs in catches, receiving yards and touchdowns with one game still to play.
But he wasn’t happy through the first several weeks of the season, when he was splitting starts and sharing playing time with Andre Johnson, a future Hall of Fame receiver who signed with the Titans on the eve of training camp.
“I was pissed. At the end of the day, I didn’t come here to sit on the bench or sit on the sideline,” Matthews told The Tennessean on Friday. “I didn’t come here to rotate with anybody. I signed here for a reason. So it definitely pissed me off.”
Matthews, who spent the previous four years with the Dolphins before signing a three-year, $15 million contract with the Titans as a free agent in March, leads the team with 831 receiving yards and eight touchdowns this season, and his 56 catches trail only Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker, who has 60. Matthews will have a chance to boost those numbers in the regular-season finale against the Texans on Sunday at Nissan Stadium.
Matthews did get off to a bit of a slow start this year and this was likely a reason. Matthews caught his first touchdown of the season in a blowout victory against the Dolphins. It began a stretch of seven scores in eight games. Johnson, meanwhile, didn’t have a catch in the three games after that victory against Miami and abruptly retired on Oct. 31, just eight games into his tenure with the Titans.
Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm
Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm
Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (shoulder, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17. Ajayi will be out there, but if the Dolphins fall behind, they may elect to put Ajayi on ice for the playoffs.
With a first-round bye locked up — but not home-field advantage throughout the playoffs — the Patriots enter their regular-season finale at Miami Sunday with plenty for which to play.
If the Pats beat the Dolphins then the AFC's road to Super Bowl LI runs through Gillette Stadium no matter what. But a loss to the Dolphins, combined with an Oakland win over the Broncos, would give the Raiders home-field advantage.
When asked about the prospect of resting starters for the Dolphins game on this morning's conference call, Pats coach Bill Belichick dismissed the notion entirely.
"Yeah, I mean, look, I don't really understand that question," he said. "We have, I don't know how many starters we have, but we have a lot more than we ... we can only inactivate seven players. So this isn't like a preseason game where you have 75 guys on your roster. It's a regular-season game. So I don't really understand that whole line of questioning."
When Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill went down with a knee injury a little over two weeks ago, his situation was obvious enough for coach Adam Gase to publicly rule him out of not only the next game, but the one after that.
With Miami hosting the Patriots in six days, however, Tannehill’s status isn’t clear-cut. While it appears highly unlikely from the outside that he has any shot at playing Sunday, Gase declined to make that definitive.
“I don’t know yet,” he said when asked if Tannehill is out against New England. “I don’t know where the doctors have him right now or how he feels. I haven’t really asked. I just tell them, ‘Once you guys have something different, come talk to me.’”
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Tannehill sprained the MCL and ACL in his left knee late in Miami’s Dec. 11 win over Arizona.
Running back Jay Ajayi said after the game he had an issue with the AC joint in his left shoulder but that he expected he would be OK.
HC Adam Gase said Monday, "I think he’ll be OK.”
Ajayi carried the ball 32 times in Week 16 for another 200-plus yard performance in a key win for the Dolphins. It's tough to trust a player when he says he'll play but in this case it's at least encouraging that Gase seems on board too. Track him at practice this week.
Ajayi again ran for over 200 yards in the team's victory. After the game, he said his shoulder felt fine, adding that it might be an AC joint issue. Ajayi did say he will be ready for next week.
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