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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.

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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.

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.

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.

David Njoku, a tight end from Miami (FL), was projected to the Titans at the 18th pick by NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah.


Njoku, listed at 6-foot-4, 245 pounds, caught 43 passes for 698 yards and eight touchdowns as a redshirt sophomore last year, and he's a viable candidate to be the first tight end selected in the draft. Njoku possesses highly unusual athleticism and might end up with some lofty comparisons before the pre-draft process is over – he high-jumped just under seven feet coming out of high school, and on tape he shows the ability to rapidly cover ground. He also appears to have an unusually big wingspan for someone of his height. Njoku pretty much can't block – at least not at his current build – so he might see a higher routes-run to snap ratio than most tight ends. Njoku somewhat resembles Marques Colston at a glance, though there's been no mainstream discussion of him playing wide receiver in the NFL. He in any case has the build and presumed athleticism to project as a high-upside fantasy asset in the NFL.

Geronimo Allison (hamstring) is expected to play in Sunday's NFC championship game at Atlanta, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. "We're going to give them the whole week," head coach Mike McCarthy told Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com on Thursday. "I'm not really concerned today. We'll hopefully have a better gauge if we think these guys [Allison and Davante Adams] are going to make it."


After Sunday's victory at Dallas, Jordy Nelson (ribs) had the only known injury within the Packers' receiving corps, but the first injury report of this week revealed otherwise, with absences from Allison and Adams (ankle). While Rapoport's report is clearly a good sign for the upcoming availability of both Allison and Adams, bumping up to limited or full by Friday would be the best indication that the duo is trending toward active status.

Andrew Luck's surgery to address a lingering right shoulder issue is in line to prevent the QB from throwing for three months, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.


The NFL.com report adds that a full recovery entails a period of approximately six months, a scenario that would enable Luck to be at full strength at or around the opening of training camp this coming July. Such an outcome precludes any setbacks, but a continuing theme with regard to Luck's status is that the QB is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017 campaign. Though a regular on the Colts' injury report this past season, Luck started all but one of the team's games in 2016, en route to recording 4,240 passing yards and a 31:13 TD:INT ratio. With a complete recovery assumed, Luck should remain a quality fantasy option in 2017, though back-to-back 8-8 results in which the Colts did not qualify for the playoffs figure to lead to some re-tooling of the QB's supporting cast this offseason.

The right shoulder procedure that Andrew Luck recently underwent was described by Colts owner Jim Irsay as "successful outpatient surgery," the Indianapolis Star reports.


While the specifics of the procedure and a precise timetable for the QB's recovery have not yet been offered, Irsay noted that Luck, whose shoulder issue had lingered since Week 3 of the 2015 campaign, will be ready for the start of the 2017 season. With that in mind, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport suggests that the motivation for Luck going ahead with the surgery is for the QB – who was an injury report regular in 2016 – "to not have to be limited in practice anymore."

Gerald Everett, a tight end from South Alabama, was projected to the Giants at the 23rd pick by NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah.


As Jeremiah points out, Everett is an intriguing pass-catching threat with the production and apparent athleticism to prove useful as a Jordan Reed-type tight end in the NFL. Still, we're pretty sure he won't go in the first round. Listed at 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, Everett is likely to check in an inch shorter than that, and his standout production at South Alabama (90 catches for 1,292 yards and 12 touchdowns in two years) carries a tiny asterisk for the fact that he played those two seasons at his fourth and fifth seasons of college football eligibility. On the other hand, one could argue that point is offset by the fact that Everett didn't start playing football until his senior year of high school. Listed as a 6-foot-3, 180-pound wideout at the time, Everett initially committed to Bethune-Cookman out of high school but ended up enrolling for two years at Hutchinson Community College instead, after which he joined UAB for one season. When UAB's program was cancelled, Everett transferred to South Alabama for his final two seasons. By that point he was routinely showing the athleticism and pass-catching skills that caught the interest of NFL teams, and regardless of where specifically he's drafted, he should be in demand with teams looking to improve their passing game production in the middle of the field. Everett is a decent bet to run a 4.60 or faster in the 40-yard dash, and he appears to have an above-average wingspan. We'd project him in the second or third round right now, but Everett could make the first-round push Jeremiah envisions with a strong showing during the Senior Bowl process.

Andrew Luck underwent offseason surgery to repair a right shoulder injury, per Colts owner Jim Irsay.


Luck has apparently been dealing with a lingering shoulder injury since 2015, but that didn't stop him from throwing for 4,240 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2016. Although Irsay didn't get into the specifics of the procedure, he did note that Luck will be ready to begin his sixth NFL season in 2017.

Marcus Martin (ankle) was placed on injured reserve during Week 17.


Removed from Week 15 due to an ankle injury, Martin didn't make another appearance the rest of the way and eventually landed on IR in order to open up a roster spot for reserve RB Raheem Mostert.

Head coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that Quinten Rollins is closing in on clearing the concussion protocol, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.


Sidelined since suffering a neck injury and concussion in Week 17, Rollins only returned to practice last Wednesday in a limited capacity. According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, Rollins has maintained such a level through this Wednesday, but McCarthy's words imply that he may bump up to full participation in the near future. Even if he does, Rollins will be at the behest of an independent neurologist in order to escape the protocol entirely.