Tom Brady QB NE (9) 2 hours ago
Brady (hand) is active for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Jaguars.
A bit of unexpected drama preceded this AFC decider as it pertains to Brady, who emerged from Wednesday's practice with a right hand injury. The Patriots, secretive as always, wouldn't elaborate on Brady's health throughout a week in which he followed a limited/DNP/limited practice regimen. During a press conference Friday, the quarterback was more or less mum about his availability, telling the media "we'll see." With his status confirmed, question marks still remain. Whether or not he wears a glove on his throwing hand, the game plan will foretell which Brady we see Sunday.
Tashaun Gipson DB JAC (8) 4 hours ago
Gipson (foot) is expected to play in Sunday's AFC championship game against the Patriots, a source informed Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The foot injury limited Gipson's participation in practice throughout the week, ultimately garnering him a questionable designation Friday. While Gipson probably won't be at full strength Sunday, it sounds like he's moving around well enough to give it a go with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. An important member of an exceptional Jaguars secondary, Gipson started all 16 games at free safety during the regular season, finishing with 64 tackles (53 solo), seven pass breakups and four interceptions.
QMackensie Alexander DB MIN (9) 4 hours ago
Alexander (ribs/illness), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Eagles, is expected to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Despite failing to practice during the Vikings' final practice of the week, it appears Alexander will be able to gut it out with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. Alexander, who typically sees most of his action in nickel or dime packages, played 34 snaps in last week's win over the Saints, recording one tackle and breaking up a pass.
QAndrew Sendejo DB MIN (9) 4 hours ago
Sendejo (concussion), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Eagles, is expected to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Sendejo sustained the concussion during last Sunday's divisional-round win over the Saints, but after practicing in some capacity each day this week, it looks as though he's passed through all phases of the NFL's protocol for head injuries. The Vikings have yet to confirm as much, but Sendejo's absence from the inactive list the team will release approximately 90 minutes before the 6:40 p.m. EST kickoff would indicate the starting safety is good to go.
QAdam Thielen WR MIN (9) 6 hours ago
Thielen (lower back), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Eagles, is set to play in the contest, a source informed Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
An official announcement on Thielen's status should come when the Vikings reveal their inactives approximately 90 minutes before the 6:40 p.m. EST matchup, but it looks like Thielen isn't in any serious peril of missing his first game of the season. Thielen was only able to put in two limited practices during the week, but it sounds like his restrictions may have been in place to avoid a potential setback heading into Sunday. Expect the wideout, who logged six catches for 74 yards in last week's divisional-round win over the Saints, to remain a top target for quarterback Case Keenum.
OUTMike Gillislee RB NE (9) 7 hours ago
Gillislee (knee) is not expected to play in Sunday's AFC championship game against the Jaguars, ESPN.com reports.
Per the report, Gillislee's knee is "not sufficiently recovered" at this stage. On the plus side, from the Patriots' perspective, is that fellow running back Rex Burkhead is slated to be available Sunday and is on track to work in a rotation along with lead back Dion Lewis and change-of-pace option James White.
Rex Burkhead RB NE (9) 7 hours ago
Burkhead, who has missed the past three games with a knee injury, is on track to play in Sunday's AFC championship game against the Jaguars, ESPN.com reports.
In his expected return to action, Burkhead is in line to be part of the team's running back rotation Sunday, working behind lead back Dion Lewis, while providing the team with another viable pass-catching option out of the backfield to go along with change-of-pace man James White.
Tom Brady QB NE (9) 7 hours ago
Brady (right hand) is in line to start Sunday's AFC championship game against the Jaguars, ESPN.com reports.
Brady is officially listed as questionable for the contest after cutting his throwing hand at practice Wednesday on a hand-off to RB Rex Burkhead. While the injury did not cause any structural damage, the cut required stitches, which may result in the QB donning a protective glove during Sunday's 3:05 ET game, though Ian Rapoport of NFL Network relays that Brady hopes to avoid that. It remains to be see how much, if at all, the signal-caller's grip or throwing efficiency might be affected by his hand issue, but Brady is on track to tough things out Sunday afternoon, which is no surprise, given the magnitude of the game.
OUTEli Rogers WR PIT (9) 1 day ago
Rogers (knee) underwent surgery to repair his torn ACL on Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Rogers, who suffered the devastating right knee injury during the Steelers' divisional playoff loss to the Jaguars, will be a restricted free agent this offseason as he deals with a lengthy road to recovery. Pittsburgh could be without their slot receiver for the beginning of the 2018 regular season if they elect to re-sign Rogers, given the nine-to-12 month timetable that usually accompanies a torn ACL.
Brandon Tate WR BUF (6) 1 day ago
Tate finished the 2017 campaign with a 19.6-yard average on 28 kickoff returns and a 9.7-yard average on 20 punt returns. He also caught six passes for 81 yards and a touchdown while occasionally chipping in on offense.
The punt return average put Tate sixth in the NFL, but the kickoff return work was lacking and his worst yards per return in his NFL career. The latter all ranked last among the 12 NFL players with enough attempts to qualify on the league's special teams leaderboard. Tate, who's been in the league since 2009, is now an unrestricted free agent and there's talk the Bills will let him go and look for something a little more youthful with more upside in the return game. The receiver-needy Bills could also use someone that fills the spot as a return specialist while also offering a little more potential than Tate for offensive duty.