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[January 03, 2017]  Jan 2 (The Sports Xchange) - Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano said Monday he has not met with Colts owner Jim Irsay after missing the playoffs for a second straight year but expects to return for the 2017 season.

"That's the plan (to return)," Pagano told reporters. "I don't have any reason to believe why I wouldn't be (returning)."

Pagano said he expected to meet with Irsay later Monday.

Pagano has three more years remaining on his contract, but the Colts are coming off back-to-back 8-8 seasons.

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Buffalo Bills receiver Sammy Watkins will have a second surgery performed on his broken left foot, the Buffalo News reported, citing sources.

Watkins said after Sunday's final game that he was leaning toward not having the second surgery. Apparently, he has decided to have the operation, although he did not speak with reporters Monday.

Watkins, the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, was limited to eight games this season because of problems with his foot. Watkins had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot after last season.

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The San Diego Chargers are reportedly targeting New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia for their head-coaching vacancy.

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 The Chargers asked the Patriots for permission to interview Patricia, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. San Diego fired coach Mike McCoy on Sunday after a 5-11 season capped his four-year tenure with the team.

The Los Angeles Rams also requested permission to interview Patricia for their top coaching position after firing Jeff Fisher last month, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported.

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Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is scheduled to interview for the Jacksonville Jaguars head-coaching opening Friday.

The Falcons (11-5) beat the New Orleans Saints 38-32 on Sunday, securing a first-round playoff bye for the NFC South champions. The Falcons will host a second-round divisional playoff game on Jan. 14. (Editing by Larry Fine) ))

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