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Mike Smith let go by Falcons

Monday, December 29, 2014, 9:45am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Coach Mike Smith was fired by the Atlanta Falcons, the team announced Monday morning.

"Smitty's contributions to our club, team and city over the last seven years are numerous," owner Arthur Blank said in a release. "His accomplishments on the field made him the most successful coach in the 49-year history of the Falcons, and we are grateful for the foundation he has laid for us for the future."

Fantasy Impact:

Smith's firing did not come as a surprise, as multiple media outlets have reported on Blank's frustration with the Falcons' shortcomings over the last two seasons. Smith finished with a 1-4 postseason record despite going 66-46 in the regular season. The Falcons reached the playoffs four times in Smith's seven seasons with the team.

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Black Monday begins: Jets fire Rex Ryan

Monday, December 29, 2014, 9:42am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The writing has been on the wall for a long time, and now it's reality: the Jets have fired Rex Ryan. Second-year general manager John Idzik was also let go.

The pair was informed of their fate early Monday morning, the team announced.

The popular head coach brought the Jets out of relative obscurity in the world's biggest market back in 2009. He led New York to the AFC title game twice in his first two seasons and even scored a book deal and contract extension. But he never reached the playoffs again.

The defensive-minded coach's time was marred by inconsistent quarterback play, a knock on his resume that he was never able to overcome despite going through several different coordinators. The team drafted two quarterbacks in the first or second round -- Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith -- neither of whom could buoy an offense strong enough to complement Ryan's dominant defenses. Ryan leaves the Jets with a 46-50 record.

Jets owner Woody Johnson issued a statement following the news.

"Both Rex and John made significant contributions to the team, and they have my appreciation and gratitude for their efforts and commitment. Over the years, Rex brought the Jets a bold confidence and a couple of great post-season runs, which all of us will remember. I am beginning our search for new football leadership, effective immediately, with guidance and support from respected football experts, including Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf, two Super Bowl winners with decades of valuable experience."

Fantasy Impact:

As NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport noted on Sunday, Johnson is searching for a candidate with more of a personnel background. As Rapoport also noted, Ryan will search for another head coaching opportunity. Potential openings in Chicago, Oakland and Atlanta would certainly be appealing. If not, Ryan will go into television -- he retained a media agent in the event that he would move in front of the camera.

LeVeon Bell hyperextends knee

Monday, December 29, 2014, 9:39am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Steelers received a major scare on the way to winning their first AFC North title since 2010.

Running back LeVeon Bell left the Steelers' 27-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night in the third quarter after taking a direct shot on his right knee and did not return.

Coach Mike Tomlin said after the Steelers finished 11-5 and secured the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs that Bell hyperextended his knee and did not appear to suffer a serious injury. Bell was one of the last people out of the Steelers locker room, and he had his right knee wrapped in ice and walked slowly to a cart that took him to the players' parking lot at Heinz Field.

"We'll gather more significant information as we proceed through the week," Tomlin said. "We're thankful that it's not anything major."

Fantasy Impact:

It's still way too early, but Bell is no sure thing to play in the Wild Card game at home against Baltimore. Bell did not have a brace on his injured knee or walk with the aid of crutches and overall the injury isn't considered serious. Backup Josh Harris carried five times for just seven yards.

A.J. Green suffers concussion

Monday, December 29, 2014, 9:33am - [Full Article]

Bengals A.J. Green has entered the league's concussion protocol, per ESPN's Coley Harvey and Paul Dehner of The Cincinnati Enquirer, after sustaining a blow to the head from Steelers safety Mike Mitchell late in the fourth quarter of the Bengals' 27-17 loss.

The hit came less than a second after Green hauled in a 17-yard pass and was wrestled down toward the ground by Antwon Blake, forcing a fumble. The result was a pivotal recovery by the Steelers, ending the Bengals' drive.

Fantasy Impact:

The blow to the head prematurely ended Green's night, in which the receiver caught six passes for 67 yards over his final two drives after a sluggish start. His status for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Indianapolis Colts is in jeopardy, depending upon his progression during the week. Mohamed Sanu would move back to the WR1 role but he had just one catch for 16 yards in Week 17. Giovani Bernard had a 7-56-1 receiving line in Week 17 and will likely continue to be a major factor in the passing game while Jeremy Hill gets the carries.

Mike Wallace 'no longer wanted to play' in Week 17 game

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 8:37pm

Jeff Darlington on Twitter - [Full Article]

After Dolphins TE Charles Clay scored with 2:49 left in first half, Mike Wallace came off the field and told HC Joe Philbin he no longer wanted to play in the game.

Fantasy Impact:

Wallace was seen on the sidelines by himself in the second half. This turn of events put a question mark on whether he'll be with the Dolphins in 2015. Wallace finished 2014 with 67 catches for 862 yards and 10 TDs.

Report: Jim Harbaugh, 49ers parting ways

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 8:14pm - [Full Article]

After months of speculation, the Jim Harbaugh era in San Francisco is over.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday night that Harbaugh and the 49ers are parting ways, according to a source involved in the situation.

The 49ers quickly released a statement confirming the news:

"Jim and I have come to the conclusion that it is in our mutual best interest to move in different directions,"€ team CEO Jed York said. "We thank Jim for bringing a tremendous competitive nature and a great passion for the game to the 49ers. He and his staff restored a winning culture that has been the standard for our franchise throughout its history. Their commitment and hard work resulted in a period of success that should be looked back on proudly by our organization and our fans. We wish Jim and his family all the best."

Fantasy Impact:

This was pretty obvious if you watched the end of the 49ers-Cardinals game. Most links to Harbaugh involve him going back to Michigan. One report from Sunday said Harbaugh's family is already on it's way to Michigan and an announcement will come early this week.

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 7:40pm

Steelers Inactives
Justin Brown WR
Clifton Geathers DT
Chris Hubbard G
Landry Jones QB
Michael Palmer TE
Troy Polamalu SS
Ike Taylor CB

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 7:39pm

Bengals Inactives
Tanner Hawkinson G
T.J. Johnson G
Greg Little WR
AJ McCarron QB
Terence Newman CB
Devon Still DT
James Wright WR

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 3:21pm

Rams Inactives
E.J. Gaines CB
Justice Cunningham TE
Alex Bayer TE
Alex Carrington DE
Ethan Westbrooks DT

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 3:16pm

49ers Inactives
Tramaine Brock CB
Ahmad Brooks OLB
Perrish Cox CB
Carlos Hyde RB
Josh Johnson QB
Steve Johnson WR
Eric Reid FS

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 3:14pm

Seahawks Inactives
Demarcus Dobbs TE
Cooper Helfet TE
Jermaine Kearse WR
Keavon Milton TE
Max Unger C

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 3:11pm

Lions Inactives
Rodney Austin G
Ryan Broyles WR
Nick Fairley DT
Kellen Moore QB
Caraun Reid DT
Josh Thomas DB
Larry Webster DE

Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (hip) ACTIVE, as expected

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 3:10pm

Broncos Inactives
Paul Cornick T
Dominique Jones TE
Brandon Marshall OLB
Michael Schofield T
Juwan Thompson RB
Mitch Unrein DT
T.J. Ward SS

Fantasy Impact:

Sanders is good to go for an important game.

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 3:08pm

Raiders Inactives
Tony Bergstrom G
Vincent Brown WR
T.J. Carrie CB
Chimdi Chekwa DB
Stacy McGee DT
Denarius Moore WR
Menelik Watson T

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 3:07pm

Packers Inactives
Carl Bradford OLB
Bruce Gaston NT
Garth Gerhart C
DuJuan Harris RB
Davon House CB
Jeff Janis WR
Justin Perillo TE

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