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Biggest injury questions for NFL playoff teams

NFL Nation reporters assess the biggest injuries among teams playing in this weekend's conference championship games, including Packers WR Jordy Nelson and Falcons WR Julio Jones.

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Brady: 'We have to play our best game of the year' (0:17)
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Belichick draws laughs about his excitement for AFC title game (0:19)
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Molly reminds everyone Brady is better than Rodgers (1:49)
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Can 49ers land Shanahan for head coaching position? (0:59)
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Stephen A.: Jerry Jones has no regard for Dak Prescott (2:04)
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Goodell shares 'great vision' for NFL in Los Angeles (0:39)
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Landon Collins discusses Giants' trip to Miami (1:10)
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Comeback player of the year in each NFL division

Jordy Nelson and Cameron Wake recovered from major injuries to have impressive seasons -- at ages 31 and 34, respectively. Here are NFL Nation's picks for comeback players in all eight divisions.

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Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Left guard Kevin Pamphile has been named the Bucs' Ed Block Courage Award. Next month, he'll be personally traveling to Haiti to deliver hygiene products to 500 youth. He conducts annual school supplies drives for children in Haiti as well and book drives here in Tampa.

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The winner of the Steelers-Patriots game on Sunday will play in their 9th Super Bowl, more than any other franchise. The Patriots, Steelers, Cowboys and Broncos have all appeared in 8, with the Steelers leading the way with 6 wins.

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The 4 QB scheduled to start this weekend -- Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers -- have combined to win seven Super Bowls, the most on any Championship weekend since the 1970 Merger. It's also the 3rd time since 1970 3 Super Bowl-winning starting QB will play in the Conference Championship in a single season.

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Tom Brady, who already has played in the most Divisional Playoff games all-time, will set the record for the most Championship Game appearances with 11, breaking the record shared by Gene Upshaw and George Blanda. If Brady wins, he'll appear in his 7th Super Bowl, which will break his tie with Mike Lodish for most all-time.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Amari Cooper will sit out the Pro Bowl with an undisclosed injury, a source confirmed, joining LT Donald Penn (knee), QB Derek Carr (ankle) and DE/OLB Khalil Mack (undisclosed injury) as Raiders skipping the NFL's all-star game, which moved from Hawaii to Orlando this year. The Raiders (12-4) had an NFL-high seven Pro Bowlers selected as LG Kelechi Osemele, C Rodney Hudson and FS Reggie Nelson are still on track to play.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams long snapper Jake McQuaide has been added to the Pro Bowl roster, joining DT Aaron Donald and P Johnny Hekker. McQuaide was added as a "need" player by Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. The head coach for each conference chooses a "need" player, which must be a long snapper. With McQuaide snapping, Hekker set an NFL record for punts downed inside the 20-yard line. This is McQuaide's first Pro Bowl invite.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs have signed CFL linebacker Jeff Knox to a futures contract. He played college football at California University of Pennsylvania and spent the last two seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Julian Edelman, to Steelers reporters, on his Antonio Brown-related comments: "I mean, I think it was taken out of context. I have nothing but respect for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They're an unbelievable franchise. It starts from the top with the Rooney Family, Coach [Mike] Tomlin, I think they just mis[interpreted] – I mean, I don't know, I may have said it, but I think more of that was that it's not the way we would do it here. That's just how that goes. There was no maliciousness about it, but it's whatever. That's what the media does, try to make stories."

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jacksonville Jaguars also have hired Marion Hobby as defensive line coach. Hobby spent the last six seasons as the co-defensive coordinator/defensive ends coach at Clemson. Hobby and new Jaguars coach Doug Marrone were on the same staff together in New Orleans.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

The future home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers in Inglewood is slated to open August 2019.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

It's a hamstring injury for Geronimo Allison. Here's the full NFC Championship Game injury report:

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone has retained Nathaniel Hackett as offensive coordinator. Hackett served in that role for the last nine games of the season after former coach Gus Bradley fired Greg Olson. The Jaguars interviewed former Philadelphia and San Francisco head coach Chip Kelly for the position on Monday.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

A look at the construction going on at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, the future home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers.

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