Rob Housler
TE CHI (9)
16 hours ago

The Patriots have signed Housler to a reserve contract for 2017, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Martellus Bennett, Matt Lengel and Michael Williams all slated to become free agents this offseason, Housler provides the Patriots' organization with some TE depth behind Rob Gronkowski in advance of the 2017 campaign.

QJames Harrison
LB PIT (8)
16 hours ago

Harrison (shoulder/triceps) didn't practice on Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Harrison was a full participant in practice Wednesday and appeared in line to participate all week. He was initially expected to sit out some time this week for rest purposes and that is likely the reason for his absence Thursday. Despite sitting out practice he isn't expected to be limited in any fashion in Sunday's game against New England.

Chris Boswell
K PIT (8)
17 hours ago

Boswell (illness) was a full participant at practice Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Boswell appears to be recovered from the illness that forced him to sit out Wednesday's practice session. His illness isn't expected to impact him at all come Sunday's AFC championship game against the Patriots.

QSean Smith
DB OAK (10)
17 hours ago

Smith underwent surgery on his shoulder, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smith played through his shoulder injury late in the 2016 season but it turned out he was unable to make a full recovery without surgery. He's expected to be healthy and able to participate by the time offseason practices begin.

QAustin Howard
OAK (10)
17 hours ago

Howard had surgery to repair his injured shoulder Wednesday, Scott Bair of CSN California reports.

EDGE Analysis

Howard played through his shoulder since suffering it during training camp. He's expected to be recovered in time for offseason practices.

QMartellus Bennett
TE NE (9)
17 hours ago

Bennett (knee) remained limited at practice Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Bennett has played through his share of aches and pains this year and we don't expect that to change Sunday against the Steelers, even if the Patriots end up officially listing the tight end as questionable for the contest.

QChris Hogan
WR NE (9)
17 hours ago

Hogan (thigh) remained limited at practice Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Hogan called the thigh issue that he suffered this past Saturday against the Texans a "little minor setback," which suggests that the wideout should be a go for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Steelers. The Patriots are still likely to officially list Hogan as questionable for the contest, however.

Darrius Heyward-Bey
WR PIT (8)
17 hours ago

Heyward-Bey (illness) practiced fully Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Heyward-Bey is in line to be available Sunday against the Patriots, but given that he has yet to catch a pass in either of the Steelers' postseason games to date, the veteran speedster is off the fantasy radar in postseason formats.

QLadarius Green
TE PIT (8)
17 hours ago

Green (concussion/illness) missed practice Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Green - who has been in the NFL's concussion protocol -- was a limited practice participant Wednesday, but his absence from Thursday's session is apparently related to the tight end dealing with an illness rather than indicative of a concussion setback. We'll revisit Green's status Friday, but at this stage his status for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Patriots remains decidedly cloudy.

Le'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
17 hours ago

Bell missed practice Thursday for personal reasons, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports.

EDGE Analysis

Though Bell also missed practice Wednesday, Fowler relays that coach Mike Tomlin indicated that the running back's absence won't affect either his preparation or status for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Patriots.