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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.
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.
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.
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.
The Ravens hired veteran assistant Joe D'Alessandris on to fill
their vacant offensive line coach position.
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.
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.
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.
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
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Jones aggravated a toe injury in last Saturday's 36-20
divisional-round victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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