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There haven’t been any mega-trades during the run-up to this NFL draft.

That’s a big change from a year ago, when the draft buildup included the Los Angeles Rams obtaining the No. 1 overall pick from the Tennessee Titans to use it on Jared Goff, then the Philadelphia Eagles acquired the second choice from the Cleveland Browns to land Carson Wentz.

The Titans have the draft’s fifth and 18th overall selections. The No. 5 choice could be attractive to a quarterback-needy team looking to move ahead of the New York Jets, who have the sixth pick, to take either North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky or Clemson’s Deshaun Watson.

The Browns have the first and 12th picks and seem likely to go with Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett at No. 1, despite speculation that they haven’t ruled out going with Trubisky. Assuming the Browns pick Garrett first, could they also trade up to land Trubisky?

Black Monday often strikes quickly and with little nuance. In other cases these situations can get seriously dragged out. It appears as if the Bengals will be running a marathon, not a sprint.

Personally I’m a big proponent of John Dorsey and his ability to find talent in the draft. Handing him four picks in the top 40 of this upcoming draft, including the No. 1 overall pick and the No. 4 overall pick, should produce a lot of premium talent. At the very least you’re going to see a lot of “Browns win the draft again” stories this offseason (which is perhaps not that different from other offseasons, and we know how that has worked out). But if you’re a Browns fan, you cannot be happy about what happened over the last 48 hours.

In its protocol, the NFL urges caution. Listed under additional best practices: “It is important to recognize players may be able to equal or exceed their performance under the Sideline Concussion Assessment compared to their baseline level yet still have a concussion, underscoring the importance of the physicians’ knowledge of the player. If there is any doubt about the presence of a concussion, regardless of the Sideline Concussion Assessment results, the player is to be removed from practice or play.”

Remember Tony Romo rebreaking his collarbone? The Packers should avoid that scenario with Rodgers. The season is done, made official by the Falcons’ win Monday night. Rodgers should be shut down.

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That leaves the Baltimore Ravens as the only true bubble team in the conference.

The silver lining for the Jets, who some thought wouldn’t win a game this year, is that their offense isn’t the worst in the NFL. But it still isn’t playoff-caliber, scoring 1.6 points per drive (22nd) and being forced to go three-and-out 43 percent of the time. Only the Colts and Titans are worse in this regard.

The Ravens lost, 23-20, to the Titans on Sunday, yet are projected to win eight games by the end of the regular season, one or two wins shy of qualifying for a wild-card spot. If they do make an end-of-season push, look for it to come late — they face the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals during the last three weeks of the season.

The Los Angeles Rams — this year’s surprise team — will likely earn a playoff berth, their first since 2004, alongside the Eagles, New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings as the NFC’s division winners. The Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys look poised to be the two wild-card teams.

The Jaguars, even acknowledging Bortles, are a more dangerous threat to New England. There is no reliable blueprint to beat Tom Brady, but the best bet is to pressure him with a sudden rush up the middle and lock down receivers on the outside. It’s what Miami did in a Week 14 upset. The Jaguars play like Miami, just with better personnel.

If you were one of the contenders in the NFC that didn’t make a move at the deadline, you fell behind. The 7-1 Eagles and the 5-2 Seahawks got objectively better while the 6-2 Vikings, 5-2 Saints and 5-2 Rams rested on their laurels. There is no shame in not making a deal, but it’s no fun seeing your competition acquire plug-and-play talent.

The 4-6 Chargers lost wide receiver Mike Williams, who was carted off with a knee injury and the 5-5 Cowboys, already without suspended running back Ezekiel Elliott, lost right guard Zack Martin to a head injury. He was ruled out for the second half and replaced by Joe Looney.

Much of the Cowboys’ success last season was because of its offensive line, but the unit has not been able to repeat its dominance this year. All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith missed two games with a groin strain, and now that he has returned to the lineup, Martin goes out. As of the end of the third quarter Thursday, the Cowboys had yet to score, making it 10 straight quarters without a touchdown.

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Holiday’s first two free throws looked perfect. His last, for the win, rattled out.

“It wasn’t meant to happen,” Holiday said. “I had the opportunity. I don’t miss free throws. Obviously after the game we can talk about things we did wrong, but when we get an opportunity like that, that’s what is on my mind right now.”

Officials in some teams’ front offices were unhappy with the league office’s approach to dealing with the crisis brought on by Trump’s comments. They believed that the league should not have responded so publicly and directly. The controversy, in their view, would not have been as intense.

Jones, who took issue with the league’s handling of the investigation that led to the six-game suspension of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott under the personal conduct policy, said at the December owners’ meeting that he would continue to press for changes. He was not specific. But there was speculation at the time that those changes could include an attempt by Jones and perhaps other owners to force an overhaul of the league office.

“As with any organization of any type whether it be business, social or otherwise, you have to evolve and you have to make changes,” Jones said then. “And frankly, that is what this has been about. Now, if you saw anything happening, did I cause them to be made? You can’t one person do it in the National Football League. It takes 32 owners to make the changes. And so anything that was done differently about this contract was done by all 32 owners.”

If Brady and Foles don’t play well, they should at least avoid playing like these guys did.

Smith-Schuster apologized for the hit after the game and said he didn’t realize he was targeting Burfict.

“I didn’t know it was Burfict at first. All I saw was the first Bengal was going to tackle .?.?. and my instinct is I gotta block for my teammate,” Smith-Schuster said. “And me just playing ball, I hit him. After I seen the replay I think I should’ve held back a little bit more from blocking him. Also, I believe that that’s not me. I should’ve never stood over him. I apologize for that and with that being said, I hope he gets better.”

While ESPN’s announcing team decried Smith-Schuster’s actions, particularly in light of Shazier’s injury, the reaction was more mixed online because of Burfict’s history with the Steelers. Most notoriously, the linebacker had knocked out Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown with what many thought was an especially egregious hit in the 2016 playoffs, earning a three-game suspension.

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What matters now is just Shazier’s continued recovery.

I took Latin for six years like a big ol’ loser, and let me tell you, if D.K. handed this picture in as a homework assignment, it’d get him kicked out of class.

Quick aside: One time we were learning about planets, and I raised my hand and asked, Who was Uranus named after? I couldn’t stop laughing afterwards, so my teacher made me sit in the hallway for the rest of the period.

Anyway, I don’t know where all of this will lead. I’m hopeful that it will wrap up neatly, but I’m also slowly coming to terms with the fact that we just might never know. And maybe that’s okay. Maybe the real friends are the Hader facts and Greek mythology we brushed up on at the IHOPs along the way.

Morstead promised to fly back to Minnesota to personally deliver a check to Minnesota’s Child Life Program if the donations surpassed $100,000.

Payton added a #skol to his Twitter post on Friday, as well as a #recovering and the words, Felling better already. Payton also said he is pulling for his longtime friend Mike Zimmer, who coaches the Vikings.

Payton dialed up the trick pass with Willie Snead. It almost worked perfectly, but Snead’s throw was … less than accurate. It also happened on third and short, forcing a punt when the Saints could least afford it.

Vikings 20, Saints 14 After that madness, Kai Forbath nailed a clutch 49-yard field goal to make it a six-point game.

The Vikings’ drive stalled out, but Sean Payton inexplicably wasted both his challenges on calls that were never close to overturned. The Saints now have just one timeout with ten minutes left.

X factor: Danny Amendola, WR. Amendola has racked up 196 yards and two touchdowns on 18 grabs this postseason. It’s the route running, the quickness and the scheme in New England that makes him a prime X factor in the Super Bowl. Look at how the Patriots create space inside of the numbers or focus on Amendola’s ability to shake coverage in a phone booth. This allows Brady to dice up the middle of the field on high-percentage throws in the short-to-intermediate passing game. And that’s a blueprint for success. — Matt Bowe

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He developed a close relationship with Big Ben as the quarterback’s relationship with Haley deterioriated.

On Monday, the day after the remarkable 61-yard play that resulted in a five-point victory over the New Orleans Saints and a trip to the NFC Championship Game, the team filed for three trademarks to the phrase Minneapolis Miracle and one to Minnesota Miracle.

The filings showed up Friday in electronic records published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The Vikings seek to own the monikers on more than 100 items, including football helmets, watches, golf bags, bowling bags, bathing suits and parkas.

The team is selling a T-shirt with Minneapolis Miracle 1-14-18. Diggs, with T-shirt seller Represent, began selling an NFLPA-licensed shirt with his image and the words Minneapolis Miracle on Wednesday.

When Championship Sunday kicks off Jan. 21, you’re going to notice one familiar face and three party crashers. Of the four teams left, the Patriots are the only team that has won a Super Bowl. The Jaguars have never even been to the Super Bowl, while the Eagles (0-2) and Vikings (0-4) are winless in their six combined trips.

After destroying the Titans 35-14 on Saturday, the Patriots will now be playing in the AFC title game for the seventh straight season.

Fichtner started with the Steelers in 2007, arriving in Pittsburgh with Mike Tomlin. He has been the quarterbacks coach for the past eight years. He never has been an offensive coordinator in the NFL, but he was the offensive coordinator at Arkansas State University (1997-2000) and Memphis (2001-06).

Last month, La Canfora reported that Roethlisberger asked Tomlin to allowed Fichtner to leave the coaching booth for the sideline to serve as a buffer between him and Haley:

Sources said Roethlisberger approached head coach Mike Tomlin about a month ago and requested to have a buffer between him and Haley on the sidelines, another set of eyes and a sounding board he could turn to.

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The Saints made the postseason for the fifth time in team history after the 2000 season.

They got their first-ever playoff win over the Rams in the Wild Card Round, only to find themselves up against the Vikings again in divisional play. Minnesota delivered another early exit from the playoffs with a 34-16 win over the Saints.

And that Monday Night Football loss during the 2008 season that Hendrix mentioned? That was a 30-27 punch to the gut that came on a Ryan Longwell field goal with just 16 seconds left in the game.

The Chiefs traded up to pick Patrick Mahomes with the 10th selection in the 2018 NFL draft, and he immediately showed off his huge potential in preseason. With the AFC West clinched and nothing to play for in Week 17, Kansas City gave Mahomes his first regular-season start and he kept the hype train rolling by leading the Chiefs to a come-from-behind victory, even if he finished with an interception and no touchdowns.

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From our perspective, he’s the type of professional athlete that you want to celebrate, hold up as an example, not only to other players in the league but hold up to kids that are playing the game, and just as somebody you want to model your life off of, not only as a professional athlete but how he is as a father to his children, a husband, a son to his parents, a brother to his sisters. He is as good of a human being as you can get. And I think as I’ve told you before, if Tom was a lot younger and let’s say he wasn’t a football player but was the exact same guy and he married my daughter, I’d think my daughter had married the greatest guy in the world. He’s exceptional.