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Jamaal Jones signed a reserve/future contract with the Chargers on Thursday.


Jones was with the Chargers last offseason but was eventually released near the end of the preseason. He'll look to earn a role as a depth receiver and special teams player in 2017.

Mason Crosby (K, GB)

Mason Crosby (illness) practiced in full Thursday.


Absent from Wednesday's session due to an illness, Crosby's unhinged return one day later clears up any question regarding his availability for Sunday's NFC championship game at Atlanta. While he's been offered more than one field-goal attempt on four occasions during the Packers' four-game winning streak, he's attempted at least three PATs in each outing during that stretch.

Geronimo Allison (hamstring) was unable to practice Thursday.


According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, Allison was seen in pads during the portion of practice open to the media, but ultimately he didn't take part in any drills. His avoidance of practice to date would be worrisome under most scenarios, but he said Wednesday that his absence was for "precautionary reasons." Allison may not have to practice at all this week in order to suit up for Sunday's NFC championship game in Atlanta, the latter of which is expected to take place, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Davante Adams (W, GB)

Davante Adams (ankle) was a non-participant in practice Thursday.


Adams upheld his standard from Wednesday, instead focusing his efforts on rehabilitating his balky ankle. After Thursday's session, the wide receiver told Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com that this particular sprain doesn't approach the severity of the one that afflicted him throughout the 2015 season. No matter, Adams will have to show his ankle can handle the rigors of his position, which could come down to a game-time decision. On a positive note, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network relayed Thursday that both Adams and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) are expected to play Sunday in Atlanta, meaning Adams will have a few more opportunities to prove his health.

Jeff Janis (quadriceps) was a full participant in Thursday's practice session.


Janis was limited in practice Wednesday but he appears to be healthy now and is expected to play without limitation in Sunday's NFC championship game against Atlanta.

Jordy Nelson (W, GB)

Jordy Nelson (ribs) participated in a limited capacity at Thursday's practice.


Making progress by the day, Nelson jogged certain routes and caught passes during the part of practice open to the media Thursday, Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Having said that, Nelson participated without pads, implying that he has yet to receive clearance for contact, per Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. Considering he's less than two weeks removed from fractured ribs, Nelson is a prime candidate to sidestep potential hits until Sunday's NFC championship game in Atlanta, but fortunately he's reached the point where he can breath easy, as he mentioned Wednesday. "Right now I'm just focused on getting back to full motion and doing everything and seeing if we can get that opportunity," Nelson said. "It would be a great chance to have." Friday's injury report should impart whether he's trending in the right direction.

Rodney Smith signed a reserve/future contract with the Seahawks on Thursday, Curtis Crabtree of the Associated Press reports.


Smith hasn't played in a game since 2014, failing to make an active roster the past two seasons. He'll look to carve out a role on special teams and at the bottom of the receiver depth chart in Seattle in 2017.

Nick Rose signed a reserve/future contract with the 49ers on Thursday, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.


Rose, an undrafted rookie in 2016, failed to make a roster in 2016 but he'll have a chance to compete with Phil Dawson for the job in San Francisco in 2017.

Aldrick Rosas signed a reserve/future contract with the Giants on Thursday, Jordan Raanan of ESPN reports.


Rosas had a tryout with the Giants in November but didn't end up making the team. With the team's current kicker, Robbie Gould, set to be a free agent this offseason, Rosas will have a chance to be the Giants' starting kicker in 2017.

Anthony Chickillo (ankle) was a full participant in Thursday's practice session.


Chikillo sat out Sunday's game against Kansas City due to his ankle injury and he was limited in practice to start this week. Now that he's practicing in full it would be a surprise to see him held out against the Patriots in the AFC championship game on Sunday.

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


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. Housler, who was drafted 69th overall by the Cardinals in 2011, last saw NFL action in 2015 with the Browns and Bears.

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


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)

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


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.

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


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.

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


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

Martellus Bennett (knee) remained limited at practice Thursday.


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 playoff contest.

Chris Hogan (W, NE)

Chris Hogan (thigh) remained limited at practice Thursday.


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 (illness) practiced fully Thursday.


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.

Ladarius Green (W, Pit)

Ladarius Green (concussion/illness) missed practice Thursday.


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 (R, Pit)

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


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.