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Friday, January 15, 2016, 5:23pm

Seahawks TE Luke Willson (concussion, probable) took full practice reps again Thursday and is probable for Week 19.

Bucs hire Mike Smith as defensive coordinator

Friday, January 15, 2016, 2:22pm

Buccaneers - [Full Article]

Dirk Koetter and Mike Smith are combining forces once again. During a press conference at One Buccaneer Place Friday, in which Koetter was introduced as the Bucs 11th head coach in franchise history, Koetter announced Smith has agreed to join him as the Bucs new defensive coordinator.

It also marks the third time that Koetter and Smith have landed in the same NFL location, always as coordinators or head coaches. In the previous two stops, that pairing immediately helped produce a playoff team.

The two coaches first intersected in Jacksonville in 2007. That was the last year of Smith's very successful four-year run as the Jaguars' defensive coordinator; in 2008, he would be hired by the Atlanta Falcons as their head coach. Koetter began a five-year stint as Jacksonville's offensive coordinator in '07, and he and Smith helped the Jaguars record an 11-5 record and a Wild Card playoff win. Jacksonville ranked sixth in scoring offense and 10th in scoring defense that season.

In 2012, Smith brought Koetter to Atlanta to be his offensive coordinator, and the Falcons soared to a 13-3 record before suffering a narrow loss to San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game.

Fantasy Impact:

As defensive coordinator, Smith led the Jacksonville defense to four consecutive top 10 appearances (in points allowed) from 2004-07. From 2008 to 2012, with Smith as head coach, the Falcons finished in the top 11 in points allowed three times in five years and the franchise didn't finish lower than 18th in that category until back-to-back finishes at the #27 spot in the last two years. Smith certainly has a resume of a good defensive mind and he knows Koetter well.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown ruled out for Sunday

Friday, January 15, 2016, 11:00am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been ruled out for Sunday's playoff game at Denver.

Brown could not get over the concussion protocol hump.

The team announced the news Friday.

Related players: Ben Roethlisberger, Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton, Darrius Heyward-Bey

Fantasy Impact:

It's a big blow to the entire Steeler offense. Ben Roethlisberger may struggle without his top weapon, but Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton and Darrius Heyward-Bey all get a bump. The matchup is bad, however, so Bryant and Wheaton aren't shoo-ins for productive afternoons. Heath Miller is also more attractive as a cheap play at tight end.

Eagles plan to hire Doug Pederson as head coach

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 6:09pm

Albert Breer, Twitter - [Full Article]

Chiefs OC Doug Pederson will be the Eagles' next coach. They have to wait for KC's season to end to make it official.

Fantasy Impact:

Pederson has served as the Chiefs' offensive coordinator for the last three years, though it's Andy Reid who calls the plays.

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 6:07pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday. Brady should be fine for Saturday.

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 6:07pm

Broncos QB Peyton Manning (foot) took full practice reps again Thursday. Manning will be able to face the Steelers on Sunday.

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 6:07pm

Broncos QB Brock Osweiler (knee) missed practice again Thursday.

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 6:07pm

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (right finger) took full practice reps again Thursday. No worries here.

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 6:07pm

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (right shoulder) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Roethlisberger is expected to play, but isn’t close to 100% at this point. It’s a tough matchup against Denver, but the Steelers went pass-heavy when they played the Broncos in Week 15. Roethlisberger attempted 55 passes and threw for 380 yards and three touchdowns. He may be without his top weapon since Antonio Brown is iffy for Sunday.

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 6:07pm

Steelers RB Will Johnson (hamstring) took limited practice reps again Thursday.

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 6:07pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy (rib) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Lacy should continue to play through the injury.

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 6:07pm

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) practiced fully Wednesday. We’ll see if Lynch makes the flight to Carolina.

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 6:07pm

Seahawks RB Will Tukuafu (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 6:07pm

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (ankle) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Ware figures to play against the Patriots. Ware out-touched Charcandrick West 16-to-9 last week against the Texans, and he also out-touched West 16-to-14 in Week 17. The ankle injury makes him tough to count on this week.

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 6:07pm

Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker (ankle) missed practice again Thursday.

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