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Donald Penn won't participate in the Pro Bowl due to his knee fracture, Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area reports.


Penn missed the Raiders wild-card playoff loss to Houston due to his small knee fracture and it appears he has yet to recover. Though it's preventing Penn from participating in the Pro Bowl, his knee injury isn't expected to linger into offseason practices.

Amari Cooper (W, Oak)

Amari Cooper (unspecified injury) will skip the upcoming NFL Pro Bowl, CSN Bay Area reports.


While the exact nature of the ailment that will keep him out of the contest has not been confirmed, the wideout dealt with a shoulder injury late in the 2016 season, so it's quite possible that Cooper is bowing out to tend to that issue.

Dont'a Hightower was limited in Wednesday's practice session due to a shoulder injury.


Hightower wasn't limited in the divisional round and is likely being rested just to ensure his health for the AFC championship. Barring any setbacks, Hightower should be able to play against the Steelers on Sunday.

Jabaal Sheard was limited in practice Wednesday due to a knee injury.


Sheard didn't appear to struggle with injury during the divisional round and his limited participation suggests it isn't too serious. His status the rest of the week will give a better indication of his status for the AFC championship on Sunday.

Danny Amendola (W, NE)

Danny Amendola (ankle) was limited at practice Wednesday.


Amendola returned to action this past Saturday against the Texans and with no reported setbacks in that contest, we suspect that the wideout's limitations Wednesday were maintenance-related.

Brandon Bolden (R, NE)

Brandon Bolden (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday.


Bolden is a core special-teamer for the Patriots, but he's decidedly behind fellow RBs LeGarrette Blount, Dion Lewis and James White in the team's offense.

The Bears have signed Kapron Lewis-Moore to a reserve/future contract.


Lewis-Moore saw action in five games with the Ravens in 2015 but didn't play at all this year. In 2017 he'll look to catch on as a depth player along what was an injury riddled Bears defensive line.

Martellus Bennett (T, NE)

Martellus Bennett (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday.


After seeing Bennett appear to tweak his knee this past Saturday against the Texans, it's not a surprise to see the tight end listed as limited Wednesday. Still, Bennett barely missed a beat afterward and is expected to be fine for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Steelers.

Chris Boswell (K, Pit)

Chris Boswell was held out of Wednesday's practice due to illness.


Boswell hit a playoff-record six field goals in Sunday's win over Kansas City and could be a large factor for Pittsburgh once again in the AFC championship game. Given it's still early in the week, it's unlikely that his illness will impact his availability Sunday. His practice status later this week will give a better indication of his health against the Patriots on Sunday.

Malcolm Mitchell (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday.


CSN New England relays that Mitchell is "feeling well" as Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Steelers approaches, but it's still likely that the rookie wideout will end up officially listed as questionable for the contest. If he does end up returning to action this weekend, Mitchell would be in line, along with Danny Amendola and Michael Floyd, to jostle for wideout snaps behind Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan.

Chris Hogan (W, NE)

Chris Hogan (thigh) was limited at practice Wednesday.


Per ESPN's Mike Reiss, Hogan characterized the thigh injury he suffered this past Saturday against the Texans as a "little minor setback." Though the wideout may end up listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC championship game, we'd expect Hogan to suit up this weekend and continue to see a good deal of action along with fellow starting wideout Julian Edelman.

Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion) practiced fully Wednesday.


With undisputed starter Le'Veon Bell clearly the top option in the Pittsburgh backfield, Toussaint's availability for Sunday's AFC Championship game is of minor fantasy import, with veteran DeAngelo Williams also in the team's RB mix.

Darrius Heyward-Bey (W, Pit)

Darrius Heyward-Bey (illness) missed practice Wednesday.


Also under the weather and missing Wednesday's practice were kicker Chris Boswell, offensive lineman B.J. Finney and reserve QB Zach Mettenberger. Heyward-Bey has yet to catch a pass in either of the Steelers' postseason games and is clearly behind Antonio Brown and Eli Rogers these days in the team's fantasy wideout pecking order.

Ladarius Green (W, Pit)

Ladarius Green (concussion) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday.


After not practicing at all last week and then missing the Steelers' playoff win over the Chiefs, this is a step in the right direction for Green. It remains to be seen what level of medical clearance the tight end has gained at this stage, but his presence at practice Wednesday, in any capacity, offers hope that he could potentially return to action for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Patriots.

Taylor Gabriel (W, Atl)

Taylor Gabriel (foot) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.


After logging an entire week of full practices, Gabriel received just 24 of the 72 offensive snaps Saturday against the Seahawks, which was well behind fellow wideouts Mohamed Sanu (49) and Julio Jones (42), and nearly equal to Aldrick Robinson's allotment of 25. Gabriel's inability to grab a larger workload is worrisome due to the seeming cap placed upon Jones, who has contended with a toe injury for more than a month and kicked off this week with a DNP. If allowed to play, as expected, in Sunday's NFC championship game versus the Packers, Jones should earn the largest share of WR reps, ensuring that Gabriel will have to take full advantage of his limited snap count.

Ricardo Mathews (ankle) participated fully in Wednesday's practice session.


Mathews was held out of Sunday's win over the Chiefs due to his ankle injury but he appears to be recovered now. He'll likely be able to play in Sunday's AFC championship game, barring any further setbacks.

James Harrison (shoulder/triceps) was a full participant at practice Wednesday.


Harrison was initially expected to be limited early in the week due to his shoulder and triceps injuries but it appears he recovered enough to not need the extra rest and he should be a full go for Sunday's AFC championship game.

Davante Adams (W, GB)

Davante Adams (ankle) won't participate in Wednesday's practice, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. "[I'm] curious to see him move," head coach Mike McCarthy told Jason Wilde of ESPN.com of Adams. "I don't think he'll practice until Saturday."


And the hits keep coming for the Packers' receiving corps. First, Jordy Nelson suffered multiple rib fractures in the wild-card round and was unavailable Sunday at Dallas. In the latter victory, Adams' left ankle was rolled up on during his final catch of the game. Both wideouts will begin the week of prep with the rehab group, per McCarthy, but a decision on Adams' availability could come down well before this Sunday's kickoff in Atlanta, as it did for Nelson last Friday. Fortunately for Adams, he has a few more chances to buck expectations in advance of the NFC championship game.

Duke Thomas signed a reserve/future contract with the Cowboys on Monday.


An undisclosed injury ended Thomas' rookie campaign, and he'll be looking to stay healthy and make a roster in his second season. His ability to make the Cowboys' roster may come down to if he's able to contribute on special teams as well as provide depth at cornerback.

Jameill Showers signed a reserve/future contract with the Cowboys on Monday.


Showers signed with Dallas' practice squad as a quarterback in early September but was then converted to safety. With a full offseason working in the secondary he may be able to secure a role as a depth safety and special teams player in 2017.