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Jets hire Arizona DC Todd Bowles as new head coach

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 11:14pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The New York Jets have replaced one defensive guru with another, tapping former Arizona Cardinals coordinator Todd Bowles as Rex Ryan's successor.

Bowles told ESPN's Josina Anderson in a text message that he was taking the job.

The news came less than four hours after the Jets announced the hiring of Mike Maccagnan as their general manager. Bowles will receive a four-year contract, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Fantasy Impact:

It's yet another defensive-minded head coaching hire for the Jets. His first task will be to find an offensive coordinator who can get the Jets' offense rolling again.

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Bills terminate contract of DC Jim Schwartz

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 6:26pm

Buffalo Bills - [Full Article]

Buffalo Bills Head Coach Rex Ryan today announced that the team has terminated the contract of Jim Schwartz which will allow the defense coordinator to pursue other opportunities.

Ryan said, “I have the utmost respect for Jim and what he has been able to accomplish throughout his career and I know he feels the same about me. Jim’s defenses are always tough and ranked near the top of the league standings. I wanted to give Jim the opportunity to pursue other opportunities and so we have terminated his contract. He did a terrific job with the Bills defense this past year and our plan is for our defense to continue to play well and be a dominating force.”

Fantasy Impact:

Schwartz did a great job with the Bills defense this season. The unit was 4th in both total points allowed and total yardage allowed. He'll be a hot name on the DC market.

Cowboys 'on the brink' of a five-year deal with HC Jason Garrett

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 6:13pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Dallas Cowboys are on the brink of a new five-year contract agreement with Jason Garrett to remain the team's head coach, sources tell ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

A team source told ESPN's Ed Werder of the deal: "It's not done, but close."

Fantasy Impact:

Garrett guided the Cowboys further than anyone outside of Irving thought they would go. Despite a tough loss to Green Bay in the Divisional Round, it was only a matter of time before owner Jerry Jones inked Garrett to a new deal.

Report: Cowboys will retain DC Rod Marinelli

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 6:09pm

Dallas News - [Full Article]

The Cowboys are close to a contract with Rod Marinelli that will ensure he remains as the team’s defensive coordinator, a source said.

The talks appear to have reached the stage where the contract could be finalized later today or tomorrow. Jason Garrett said earlier in the day that Marinelli had told him that he wanted to return.

Fantasy Impact:

The Cowboys were surprisingly competent on the defensive side of the ball despite a glaring lack of talent. The unit finished 15th in points allowed and was 19th in total yardage allowed.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 11:46am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Pittsburgh Steelers named Keith Butler as their new defensive coordinator Tuesday.

Butler was promoted to replace longtime defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, who resigned Saturday after being notified that he would not be given a new contract with the team.

The 58-year-old Butler had been Pittsburgh's linebackers coach since 2003.

Saints were 'primed to increase' Khiry Robinson's workload before arm injury

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 10:40am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Saints were primed to increase Khiry Robinson’s workload this past year before his season got derailed by a fractured arm.

Fantasy Impact:

Robinson has averaged 4.51 YPC on 130 totes, but hasn't been used much in the passing game while with the Saints (eight catches, 63 yards). If the Saints allow Mark Ingram to walk, Robinson could see a big workload as the team's primary back. He won't become a restricted free agent until 2016. Pierre Thomas is signed for two more seasons, so he would likely handle pass-catching duties.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (calf) feels better than he did a week ago

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 10:34am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Aaron Rodgers said his strained left calf felt "a little bit worse" after Sunday’s playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys, but it was a whole lot better on Monday than it was the day after the Green Bay Packers quarterback re-injured it in the regular-season finale two weeks ago.

And with just six more days until Sunday's NFC Championship Game at the Seattle Seahawks, that's an encouraging sign for the Packers given that he had two weeks between the Week 17 game against the Detroit Lions and the playoff opener against the Cowboys.

"Aaron made it through the game very well," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Monday. "Saw him today. He's getting better. I think he feels better at this time this week than he did last week."

Fantasy Impact:

It's a good sign for the Packers that Rodgers didn't suffer a setback against the Cowboys. Maybe he will have a bit more mobility against the Seahawks on Sunday.

Broncos, HC John Fox decide to part ways

Monday, January 12, 2015, 6:15pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Whether or not Sunday's Divisional Round loss marks Peyton Manning's final game in Denver, it will stand as John Fox's last game on the Broncos' sidelines.

Fox told NFL Media's Jeff Darlington Monday that he and the Broncos have reached a mutual decision to part ways. The team later confirmed the move through a released statement.

Fantasy Impact:

Fox was 46-18 in four seasons with the Broncos.

Broncos QB Peyton Manning played through a torn quad down the stretch

Monday, January 12, 2015, 11:32am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning played Sunday's Divisional Playoff loss and the past month of the season with a torn right quad, according to two sources.

Manning initially injured his thigh when he rolled out right to throw a 12-yard completion to Emmanuel Sanders late in the first half of Denver's Dec. 14 win over the San Diego Chargers.

Following the game, Manning said he injured his leg on a throw to Sanders. There was some thought that he had hurt it on an 8-yard completion to Sanders with 2:43 to play in the first half or three plays before he left the field and went up the tunnel to the visitors' locker room. But after the 12-yard completion with 5:39 left, Manning can be seen flexing his leg and grimacing as he moves to call the next play.

Broncos doctors knew about the injury, and Manning did what he could to intentionally conceal the injury from as many people as he could, sources said.

Fantasy Impact:

Manning averaged just 240 yards and 0.8 TD (against 1.2 INT) in his last five games, so the quad injury explains a lot. He's mulling his future, and his potential retirement would drastically change the fantasy landscape in Denver.

Packers RB Eddie Lacy slowed by asthma attack

Monday, January 12, 2015, 10:47am

Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

The only thing that can put Eddie Lacy on pause is the sub-freezing temperature of the Wisconsin outdoors that inflames his lungs.

But while an asthma attack sidelined him for a portion of the second quarter, the Green Bay Packers running back roared back and ended up with 101 yards on 19 carries against the respected Dallas run defense ranked No. 8 in the NFL this season.

"I had a real good first drive. And then...."

And then he had to tell running backs coach Sam Gash that he couldn't breathe. Backup running back James Starks was sent in, and Green Bay fell behind, 14-7, trailing at home for the first time since Week 2 against the New York Jets. All Lacy could do was warm up with a jacket and wait for his inhaler to help him out.

"You know your body is good enough to go out and play," said Lacy. "But ... you just can't breathe. And it's a breathing thing. It's not something you want to go out and risk...risk something bad happening. There's nothing I can do about it. It's a medical condition. I take my inhaler, I do everything I'm supposed to do. When it happens, it happens."

Fantasy Impact:

Lacy's absence early in the game was puzzling given the stage and his performance early on. He returned to the game and was a key to the Packers' ability to pull out the win. The team will need him next week to slow down Seattle's pass rush.

Seahawks WR Paul Richardson has a torn ACL

Sunday, January 11, 2015, 9:53pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Seattle Seahawks rookie wide receiver Paul Richardson suffered a torn ACL in the team's divisional round playoff game Saturday night and will be out the remainder of the playoffs, sources confirmed to ESPN's Chris Mortensen on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

Richardson will miss the remainder of the season.

Broncos QB Peyton Manning noncommittal about 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015, 9:14pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Broncos QB Peyton Manning on whether he will be coming back in 2015, to Dave Logan on 850 KOA:

"That's kind of what I've said all along. But I can't answer every what-if circumstance. What if you're not as healthy? What if certain coaches leave? I can't answer every what-if situation. I think I'll have to take some time to see how I feel, see how I feel physically."

On his mindset for the 2015 season:

"Yeah my mindset right now is just disappointment after today's game. Dave Logan asked me about it after the game, and like I said, I didn't have a great answer for him. So I'm disappointed. I kind of need to process this game and we'll meet tomorrow. I need to process this game.

"I just can't give that simple answer. I'm just processing it. I could not say that."

Fantasy Impact:

If Manning were to retire, it would completely change the fantasy landscape in Denver. He sounds to us like a player who will be back for another season, but needs some time to process the season and the loss.

Sunday, January 11, 2015, 3:16pm

Broncos Inactives
WR Cody Latimer
DB Tony Carter
RB Juwan Thompson
OL Paul Cornick
OL Michael Schofield
TE Dominique Jones
DL Mitch Unrein

Trent Richardson inactive for Colts

Sunday, January 11, 2015, 3:12pm

Colts Inactives
CB Jalil Brown
RB Trent Richardson
CB Sheldon Price
LB Henoc Muamba
OL Xavier Nixon
OL Jonotthan Harrison
DL Zach Kerr

Fantasy Impact:

With Trent Richardson inactive, Dan Herron should see plenty of action with Zurlon Tipton serving as Colts RB2. This may mark the end of the Trent Richardson era in Indianapolis.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger won't need knee surgery

Sunday, January 11, 2015, 12:07pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger opted out of the Pro Bowl as a precaution, but the decision is not related to a larger problem with his knee, his agent said in an email to ESPN.com Friday night.

"Ben was instructed by team doctors to avoid strenuous activity due to inflammation in his knee, thus he will not play in the Pro Bowl," agent Ryan Tollner said. "His knee will not require surgery and he looks forward to an otherwise healthy offseason to improve with his teammates."

Fantasy Impact:

Roethlisberger should be good to go for OTAs and minicamp.