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[January 20, 2017]  Jan 19 (The Sports Xchange) - The Oakland Raiders filed relocation paperwork to move to Las Vegas on Thursday, setting in motion the process to become the third NFL team since January 2016 to change markets.

The proposal comes one week after the Chargers announced their decision to relocate from San Diego to Los Angeles, one year removed from the Rams moving to L.A. from St. Louis.

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck underwent surgery on his right shoulder to repair a two-year old injury.

Team owner Jim Irsay announced the news via Twitter. He said Luck would be ready for the start of the 2017 regular season.

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President-elect Donald Trump said that New York Jets owner Woody Johnson will be named the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Johnson might possibly retain ownership of the Jets while he serves as ambassador, but multiple media outlets reported that the day-to-day operation of the club will shift to his younger brother, Christopher Wold Johnson. Jets president Neil Glat may also have a hand in running the franchise.

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco's inconsistent season in 2016 was hampered greatly following his rehabilitation from his 2015 knee injury, owner Steve Bisciotti said.

Flacco admitted that he is still healing from the knee injury that prematurely ended his 2015 campaign, but disagreed that it was the cause of his struggles.

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The Ravens hired veteran assistant Joe D'Alessandris on to fill their vacant offensive line coach position.

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Jason Garrett led the Dallas Cowboys to the NFL's best regular-season record and Reggie McKenzie guided the Oakland Raiders back to the playoffs for the first time since 2002.

For their efforts, Garrett was selected as coach of the year by the Professional Football Writers of America and McKenzie won the honor of top executive.

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Seven-time Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson revealed three teams he would consider in free agency should he not return to the Minnesota Vikings next season.

Peterson, 31, admitted on ESPN's "First Take" that he'd like to suit up for the Vikings in 2017, but would join the New York Giants, Houston Texans or Tampa Bay Buccaneers if a deal isn't worked out.

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Wide receivers Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison would not likely play for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday if this were a regular-season game. But head coach Mike McCarthy is holding out hope for all three to take the field for the NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones sat out practice for a second straight day, but insisted he'll be ready to play in the NFC Championship Game.

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Jones aggravated a toe injury in last Saturday's 36-20 divisional-round victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell missed practice for the second straight day due to personal reasons.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Bell will be ready for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots.

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The Seattle Seahawks may lose their second-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft as a result of their failure to disclose a knee injury to Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported, citing league sources.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll revealed during Monday's interview on 710 ESPN Radio that Sherman was being plagued by an MCL injury for the second half of the season.

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The Cleveland Browns announced the hiring of five assistant coaches: Jerod Kruse (assistant defensive backs), Clyde Simmons (defensive line), DeWayne Walker (defensive backs), Blake Williams (linebackers) and Bob Wylie (offensive line). Simmons replaces Robert Nunn, who has been relieved of his duties.

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Green Bay Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf withdrew from consideration for the San Francisco 49ers general manager position and signed a contract extension to return for a 14th season with the Packers.

Wolf, 34 and the son of Hall of Fame general manager Ron Wolf, started his scouting career with the Packers in 2003.

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The New York Jets addressed one of their many vacant coaching positions by hiring Dennard Wilson as their defensive backs coach.

Wilson replaced Joe Danna on head coach Todd Bowles' staff, which has five other vacancies.

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Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien has decided not to hire an offensive coordinator to replace George Godsey, and O'Brien will instead call the plays himself and operate as his own offensive coordinator while shifting receivers coach Sean Ryan to quarterbacks coach.

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The Los Angeles Rams agreed to terms with Wade Phillips to become the team's defensive coordinator.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team for Phillips, who will work under Sean McVay, who at 30 years old is the youngest head coach in league history. (Editing by Frank Pingue)

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