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1/17/2018 Leonard Fournette, Jax, RB
Fournette will play in the AFC title game against the Patriots but may be hampered a bit by his ailing ankle.

Analysis: Fournette overcame a late second-quarter ankle injury in Jacksonville's 45-42 victory over the Steelers last Sunday to finish with 109 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
1/17/2018 Adam Thielen, Min, WR
Thielen didn't practice Wednesday because of a back injury.

Analysis: Thielen, who had six receptions for 74 yards last season, is probable for Sunday's NFC championship game in Philadelphia.
1/17/2018 Tom Brady, NE, QB
Brady did not attend a scheduled AFC championship news conference Wednesday because he was meeting with the team medical staff for a right hand injury. The Boston Herald reported Brady jammed his throwing hand during practice after someone accidentally ran into him. X-rays showed no structural damage.

Analysis: Brady appeared on the Patriots' weekly injury report several times during the latter half of the regular season with both an Achilles tendon and left shoulder injury. Brady has never missed a playoff start during his 18-year career.
1/17/2018 Rex Burkhead, NE, RB
Burkhead is practicing Wednesday and expected to play in Sunday's AFC championship.

Analysis: Burkhead was inactive for last Saturday's AFC divisional round playoff game against the Titans after injuring his knee in a 27-24 win over the Steelers on Dec. 17.
1/16/2018 Leonard Fournette, Jax, RB
Fournette was not injured after being involved in a minor automobile accident in Jacksonville, team announced Tuesday. The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed to local television station WJXT that Fournette was not at fault after his car was rear-ended as part of a three-vehicle collision.

Analysis: "Leonard is OK and was able to drive home," the team said in a statement. "Appreciate everyone that has reached out to check on him." Fournette overcame a late second-quarter ankle injury in Jacksonville's 45-42 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in an AFC divisional-round game on Sunday. He finished with 109 yards rushing and three touchdowns for the Jaguars, who will face the New England Patriots on Sunday.
1/15/2018 Latavius Murray, Min, RB
Latavius Murray ran for 50 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries Sunday in the Minnesota Vikings' 29-24 win over the New Orleans Saints. He added two receptions for 17 yards.

Analysis: Murray was held mostly in check with just a 2.6 average yards per carry. He did, however, score a touchdown to give him four in four games. Murray has had between 19 and 21 attempts in four straight games so he'll likely be right around that same total next weekend in Philadelphia.
1/14/2018 James O'Shaughnessy, Jax, TE
James O'Shaughnessy had one reception for 19 yards Sunday in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 45-42 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
1/14/2018 Marqise Lee, Jax, WR
Marqise Lee had three receptions for 28 yards Sunday in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 45-42 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
1/14/2018 Allen Hurns, Jax, WR
Allen Hurns had one reception for 12 yards Sunday in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 45-42 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
1/14/2018 Antonio Brown, Pit, WR
Antonio Brown had seven receptions for 132 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 45-42 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Analysis: Brown was his usual brilliant self, catching two incredibly difficult touchdown passes when it seemed like he had no chance on either. Not bad for a player who supposedly wasn't close to 100 percent because of his calf.
1/14/2018 Vance McDonald, Pit, TE
Vance McDonald had 10 receptions for 112 yards Sunday in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 45-42 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Analysis: McDonald was surprisingly useful as a safety valve for Ben Roethlisberger. Perhaps that bodes well heading into next season.
1/14/2018 Dede Westbrook, Jax, WR
Dede Westbrook had one reception for eight yards Sunday in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 45-42 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
1/14/2018 T.J. Yeldon, Jax, RB
T.J. Yeldon ran for 20 yards and one touchdown on five carries Sunday in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 45-42 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He added three receptions for 57 yards.
1/14/2018 Leonard Fournette, Jax, RB
Leonard Fournette ran for 109 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries Sunday in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 45-42 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He added two receptions for 10 yards.

Analysis: Fournette left in the second quarter with an ankle injury but returned in the third. Keep an eye on how he fares throughout the week ahead of the AFC championship game.
1/14/2018 Tommy Bohanon, Jax, RB
Tommy Bohanon ran for zero yards on zero carries Sunday in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 45-42 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He added one reception for 14 yards and one touchdown.
1/14/2018 Le'Veon Bell, Pit, RB
Le'Veon Bell ran for 67 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries Sunday in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 45-42 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He added nine receptions for 88 yards and one touchdown.

Analysis: Bell was typically great, racking up 155 total yards and consistently shaking defenders in the open field.
1/14/2018 Ben Roethlisberger, Pit, QB
Ben Roethlisberger was 37 of 58 for 469 yards and threw five touchdown passes Sunday in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 45-42 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He threw one interception, fumbled once and was sacked two times. Roethlisberger added 16 rushing yards on two carries.

Analysis: Roethlisberger racked up stats but fell to 6-4 in his career at home in the playoffs. His fumble was returned for a touchdown and the INT was a killer that gave Jacksonville an easy TD. This was not nearly as good a performance as the numbers indicated.
1/14/2018 Blake Bortles, Jax, QB
Blake Bortles was 14 of 26 for 214 yards and threw one touchdown pass Sunday in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 45-42 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He did not throw an interception, didn't fumble and was not sacked. Bortles added 35 rushing yards on five carries.

Analysis: The Jags designed a gameplan to play to Bortles' strengths and it worked, particularly after they built such a big lead. He threw a lot of screens and used his feet to run for a few first downs.
1/14/2018 Leonard Fournette, Jax, RB
Fournette left with an ankle injury in the first half of the Jaguars' AFC divisional game in Pittsburgh but returned in the second half.

Analysis: He ran for 82 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in the first 30 minutes. It's worth monitoring how he looks to see if he can cut on the ankle the same way.
1/14/2018 Jonnu Smith, Ten, TE
Smith was carted off with a right leg injury during the third quarter of Saturday's AFC Divisional Round game at New England.

Analysis: The athletic tight end's rookie season ends on a down note. Though he managed just 18 catches for 157 yards during his debut campaign, Smith figures to be in line for an expanded role in 2018 even if the Titans hold on to the 33-year-old Delanie Walker.
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