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Chiefs’ Friday injury report vs. Patriots: Eric Berry will play in AFC title game...

Each practice day, the Kansas City Chiefs will release an official injury report leading up to the next game. The Chiefs host the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.
Here is the Chiefs’ final injury report of the week with official injury designations:

The Patriots have no players listed on their injury report ahead of Sunday’s AFC title game.
Some notes
Safety Eric Berry was listed as a “full participant” for the third straight day on Friday. Berry has missed the Chiefs’ last two games (Week 17 and last week against the Colts) due to his lingering heel injury but should play on Sunday.

Berry on Friday, when asked if he was confident he would play in the game: “Yeah, I feel pretty good. [I’ll] just talk to coach (Reid) and see what he wants to do and just go from there.

Cowboys sign former second-round pick wide receiver to futures deal

It’s been a busy day for the Dallas Cowboys. From firing offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, to signing a new wide receiver to a futures deal — the Cowboys have had a busy, busy day.

Ian Rapoport broke the news via his twitter account. Devin Smith was a second-round draft pick in the 2015 draft by the New York Jets. Smith played his college football at Ohio State University, and had a ton of success in the Buckeyes offense. Since entering the league in 2015, Smith has dealt with his fair share of injuries, and has yet to able to kick-start his career in the NFL. The Cowboys are hoping a change of scenery could kick-start the 26-year-old’s career in the Dallas offense.
Smith hasn’t seen the field since 2016, and in the 14 games he’s seen action in, Smith has hauled in 10 receptions, for 135 yards, and one touchdown.

4-star DB Jalen Catalon commits to Arkansas over Texas, TCU, and Oklahoma

Arguably the top remaining target for the Texas Longhorns is now off the table, as versatile Mansfield Legacy safety Jalen Catalon announced his commitment to the Arkansas Razorbacks on Friday in a ceremony at his high school, siding with Chad Morris’ program over the TCU Horned Frogs, Oklahoma Sooners, and of course, the Longhorns.
Though Catalon’s decision serves as disappointing news to Texas, it shouldn’t come as a surprise.
After initially appearing to be the team to beat throughout the spring, summer, and on into the earlier portion of the 2018 season following Catalon’s numerous trips to the Forty Acres, Texas saw the momentum begin to shift in Arkansas favor just weeks after the four-star talent was on hand for the Longhorns 37-14 win over USC. Even prior to his Oct.

Browns fill out most of the remaining spots coaching staff (full list)

On Friday, the Cleveland Browns officially announced the hiring of seven assistant coaches, and also confirmed the retention of two assistant coaches. The new additions include: Joe Whitt as pass game coordinator/secondary coach, Al Holcomb as run game coordinator/linebackers coach, Chris Jones as senior defensive assistant, Tosh Lupoi as defensive line coach, John Lilly as tight ends coach, John Parrella as assistant defensive line coach and Jeff Blasko as assistant offensive line coach.
Wide receivers coach Adam Henry and defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker were confirmed to be remaining with the team. We had previously discussed all the other coaching hires; so besides the list below, the write-ups portion will only address the new additions.

Exclusive: Grad transfer DT Zach Abercrumbia says Jim Harbaugh to visit him in Texas,...

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh will be taking a visit to Texas on Monday, according to Rice grad transfer defensive tackle Zach Abercrumbia.
Maize n Brew spoke with Abercrumbia, who gave some details as to what the visit will entail.
The visit will include some good Texas eats. “Meeting at a bbq restaraunt by my crib,” said Abercrumbia.
Abercrumbia is appreciative that Harbaugh is making the visit to Texas to meet with him. “Anytime a head coach, especially of his caliber comes to see you it’s a big deal, so I’m excited.”
What Abercrumbia is looking forward to about the visit is “to meet him (Harbaugh) and get a feel for his personality.”
It sounds like Michigan is firmly in play for Abercrumbia and that Michigan has a high level of interest in the defensive tackle. Harbaugh doesn’t just visit any grad transfer.

Adjusting the offense to fit Jalen Hurts

The stories from Jalen Hurts’ three years with the Alabama Crimson Tide tend to end up as life lessons about the importance of handling adversity with grace and the value of character.
The upshot of all that collected wisdom: Being a good locker room guy should help him slide into the role of starting quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners fairly seamlessly. That’s a plus, but what about the actual quarterbacking part of the gig?
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Hurts’ skill set represents a major departure from his two most immediate predecessors at QB for OU. For all the success the Sooners had with Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield at the helm, that’s not necessarily a bad thing in some respects.
One-cut runner
The most intriguing aspect of the Hurts portfolio is his running ability.

Running back Brian Snead no longer with Ohio State

Brian Snead appeared in two games this season for the Ohio State Buckeyes before being suspended, without an official explanation ever being offered for why. Now, after not playing in any contests since the Week 2 meeting with Rutgers, Snead is officially no longer part of the OSU football team.
First reported by Tom Orr of The Ozone.net, the spring rosters reflected the news: Brian Snead’s name was absent.
Getting 11 carries combined against Oregon State and the Scarlet Knights, Snead collected 37 yards and a touchdown. But, he didn’t travel with the team to Arlington, Texas, to face TCU — and the rest is history.
A member of the 2018 recruiting class, the Seffner, Fla. native was a four-star prospect, according to the 247sports composite. Amongst RBs, he was the third best in the class; in the Sunshine State, he was considered the 17th best prospect.

Florida defensive line coach Sal Sunseri returning to Alabama

The Florida Gators had almost made it through a full season and recruiting cycle without any staff turnover.
News broke Friday, via 247Sports Alabama beat writer Tim Watts, that Florida defensive line coach Sal Sunseri is departing Dan Mullen’s staff to rejoin Nick Saban’s at Alabama, with his role with the Crimson Tide unclear.
For Sunseri, who had previously been on Saban’s staff at both Michigan State and Alabama, the move makes sense on multiple levels.

Palpable Buzz: Episode 7

On the latest episode of Palpable Buzz, Ricky O’Donnell and I discuss:
—Duke-Virginia this weekend.—Our midseason All-Americans.—The 8 teams most likely to win the national title.—Why Virginia should lose a game on purpose.—Ricky failing horrifically at the “Did Michael Scott or Josh Pastner Say This Quote” challenge.

You can now subscribe/get the pod on itunes, the podcast app or anywhere else you can find podcasts.

Scott Linehan is gone, will anything really change for the Cowboys?

Cowboys Nation has been in a somber mood most of the last week, licking the wounds from another disappointing divisional round defeat. But there was much rejoicing by many fans today when word came out that much-maligned offensive coordinator Scott Linehan would not return to conduct the team’s offense in 2019.
Not to celebrate one man’s termination, but the overwhelming consensus of fans, media members and hardcore film analysts was the Cowboys’ offensive scheme was:
Easy to defend
Rigid (unable to adapt)
Not utilizing weapons properly (especially Dak Prescott’s running ability)
Now, fans and writers calling for a change when a team comes up short of the goal is an ever-present reality in professional sports.

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