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Tom Brady was down to one glove on Tuesday,
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, but the New England Patriots quarterback acknowledged that his right hand is "not where I want it to be" five days before Super Bowl
Brady required 12 stitches after suffering a cut on his throwing hand in practice leading up to the AFC Championship Game two weeks ago. He has been coy about the injury since,
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regularly wearing gloves on both hands, including during Media Night on Monday.
He arrived to Tuesday's press availability sporting a glove only on his throwing hand -- one specifically made for Brady by Under Armour that he said "has a lot of recovery in
"It's getting better,
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," Brady said of the hand. "I'm just trying to take care of it."
--About three months after he was shut down for the rest of the 2017 season with recurring pain in his throwing shoulder,
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, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is "very
close" to resuming a throwing routine, according to a report.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Luck was headed to Los Angeles to train with throwing mechanics experts Tom House and Adam Dedeaux, who have worked with high-profile
QBs such as Brady, Drew Brees, among many others., Matt Ryan and Eli Manning
It's a sign that Luck won't need another surgery after spending time in the Netherlands rehabbing and getting soft tissue work on the shoulder in November and December. The
report adds that the 28-year-old is working on his motion and arm speed as he finishes up getting his strength back.
--With rumors swirling about a possible trade in his future, where he has played the last five
, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said that he wants to remain in Kansas City
"I love where I'm at,
," Smith said on the "Dan Patrick Show" when asked where he would play in 2018 if it were up to him. "I feel like we underachieved. I feel like we
offensively last year, did some awesome things. But who knows?"
Many expect the Chiefs to trade Smith this offseason and install 2017 first-round pick Patrick Mahomes as the new starter. Kansas City traded two first-round picks and a third-
rounder to move up 17 spots and grab Mahomes 10th overall in April.
--Washington Redskins quarterback and pending free agent Kirk Cousins will be looking for a payday this spring, but the opportunity to win will also be a major factor in his
"Is money a part of it? Sure. Is it the only thing? No," Cousins said Tuesday on "PFT Live." "It is about winning, so I'm going to be
, and that's what I want more than anything
willing to make sacrifices or do what has to be done to make sure I'm in the best possible position to win,
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,and that's what the focus is going to be."
Washington used the franchise tag on Cousins each of the last two offseasons and could do so again,
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, although it would come at a hefty price tag of $34 million this time around.
He was content to play on the tag each of the last two seasons and said Tuesday "there's no need to change the script" in how he approaches the situation this time around.
--Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles underwent surgery on his right wrist last week in order to address an issue he dealt with all of this season, according to
The operation repaired a small tear, and a full recovery is expected.
Bortles is facing an uncertain offseason. Jacksonville previously exercised the 25-year-old's fifth-year option worth $19,053,
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, but it doesn't become fully guaranteed until
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the third day of the league year (March 16). However, which could put the Jaguars in a difficult spot if they want to move on from Bortles
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, the option is guaranteed for injury
but he is unable to pass a physical by mid-March.
--Eagles left tackle Jason Peters will return for a 15th NFL season,
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, whether in Philadelphia or somewhere else.
"They hadn't asked me," Peters told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Monday when asked if he has had any conversations with Eagles brass about his future.
, but I'm going to be back
"Step out on a limb, I'm still (going) somewhere.", if they don't want me
The 36-year-old tore the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his right knee in October, ending his season with the latest in a number of injuries over
his 14-year career. Peters has missed time due to injury in eight of his last 11 seasons, including all of 2012 after rupturing his Achilles' tendon twice in the preceding
--Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil told The Charlotte Observer that he intends to retire after the 2018 season.
Kalil, will join veteran teammate Thomas Davis in leaving the game after next season. Thomas reaffirmed his intention to retire to NFL.com earlier this month., 33
--The Tennessee Titans have hired Matt LaFleur as offensive coordinator, the same position LaFleur held with the Los Angeles Rams this season.
With the Titans, something he wasn't able to do under Rams head coach Sean McVay in his first season as an NFL offensive
, LaFleur will have the opportunity to call plays
coordinator. LaFleur, interviewed for the Titans' head-coaching vacancy earlier this offseason before the team tabbed Mike Vrabel for the job., 38
In addition, ending his six-year run as
, the Titans officially announced the hiring of Dean Pees as defensive coordinator on Tuesday. The 68-year-old enjoyed a brief retirement
the Baltimore Ravens' defensive coordinator on Jan. 1 before being lured back to fill the same role for Tennessee.
--Despite renewed pressure from the Change the Mascot group toward the Washington Redskins, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell doesn't anticipate the team's name changing.
Goodell noted on ESPN radio that Washington owner Dan Snyder has been steadfast in his desire to keep the nickname, "I don't see him changing that perspective.", adding
The Change the Mascot group issued a statement on Monday praising the Cleveland Indians for their decision to remove the Chief Wahoo logo from their jerseys starting in 2019,
while calling upon Washington to do the same.
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