Kelly was fired last month by the Philadelphia Eagles and didn't
have to wait long to receive a second opportunity as an NFL coach.
He was reportedly chosen over Mike Shanahan.
Ben McAdoo has officially become the person to follow Tom Coughlin
as New York Giants coach.
The Giants announced McAdoo's appointment, preferring the
38-year-old over the five other candidates they interviewed. Only
recently hired Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase (37) is younger among
NFL head coaches.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were close to finalizing a deal with Dirk
Koetter to become their next head coach, according to multiple
Koetter spent the 2015 season as Tampa Bay's offensive coordinator
under Lovie Smith, who was fired last week after two seasons as head
Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid said wide receiver Jeremy Maclin
and outside linebacker Justin Houston will be game-time decisions
for Saturday's divisional playoff game at the New England Patriots.
Neither player took part in team drills Thursday, with Maclin
testing his sprained ankle during the stretch period and Houston
resting his sore knee.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski missed Thursday's
practice with a knee injury.
According to an ESPN report, Gronkowski visited a Boston hospital on
Thursday and received an injection in the injured knee. The All-Pro
is expected to play Saturday in the divisional playoff game against
the Kansas City Chiefs, but coach Bill Belichick was vague when
asked about Gronkowski's status.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Antonio Brown were
limited participants in practice for the Pittsburgh Steelers on
Thursday, just three days before the team will face the Broncos in
The plan this week was for Roethlisberger to be limited until at
least Friday as he rests his separated throwing shoulder, so more
will be known after that day's workout. He took part in some
handoffs Thursday, but did not do any throwing.
There is even more uncertainty with Brown, who is still in the
league's concussion protocol and has not been cleared for contact.
If he is cleared in time, Brown will play even if he doesn't
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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson will be sidelined
approximately six months after recent surgery to repair his broken
Wilkerson broke his right fibula in the season-ending loss to the
Buffalo Bills. He underwent surgery to repair the break and the team
finally released a timetable for his recovery on Thursday.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford knows wide receiver
Calvin Johnson well enough to understand what it means when the
All-Pro mentions retirement.
"I think, anytime Calvin says something, it's not for show, it's
something serious," Stafford told The Mitch Albom Show on WJR-AM. "I
think you guys have covered him long enough to know that he's a
pretty measured person, and everything that he says to the public is
a thought-out thing. So in that regard, I'm sure it's thought-out."
The Minnesota Vikings hired NFL veteran Tony Sparano as their
offensive line coach on to replace Jeff Davidson.
Davidson, who was told earlier this week that his contract would not
be renewed by the Vikings, landed a new job as offensive line coach
for the San Diego Chargers.
Sparano's NFL experience includes four years as head coach of the
Miami Dolphins from 2008 to 2011.
Chicago Bears right tackle Kyle Long was named to his third
consecutive Pro Bowl.
Long will serve as an injury replacement for Philadelphia Eagles
left tackle Jason Peters. (Editing by Frank Pingue)
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