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Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars DE Calais Campbell on playing the Patriots: "To be the best you've got to beat the best. I can't wait to get out there and try."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer said safety Andrew Sendejo will get some individual work in at practice today while he remains in the concussion protocol. "He'll be fine," Zimmer said.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams LS Jake McQuaide has been named to the Pro Bowl for the second straight year, joining P Johnny Hekker, K Greg Zuerlein, KR/PR Pharoh Cooper, DT Aaron Donald, RB Todd Gurley and LT Andrew Whitworth. Donald and Zuerlein won't participate. QB Jared Goff can join the group if he wants. He's a first alternate, and Carson Wentz, another Pro Bowl QB, won't be able to participate because of injury. Goff can't officially be named to the Pro Bowl until either Wentz has his end-of-season physical or his team advances to the Super Bowl. But because he's an alternate, Goff won't officially be recognized as a Pro Bowler unless he accepts the invitation. We should know by early next week.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pro Football Writers of America selected Tom Brady over Todd Gurley as their MVP. Gurley was Offensive Player is the Year, with Jaguars DE Calais Campbell — and not Aaron Donald — the Defensive Player of the Year. The PFW and Associated Press have chosen the same MVPs each of the last 13 years.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Picture of the day: Bill Belichick, Matt Patricia, Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer converse before the start of Wednesday's in-stadium practice.

Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer 

Eagles LB Dannell Ellerbe did not participate in Wednesday's practice. He missed time with a hamstring injury last week but was able to play against the Falcons. The Eagles' 53-man roster appears pretty healthy otherwise.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

No. 4 CB/core special teamer Jonathan Jones wasn't present at Patriots practice after sustaining what appeared to be a significant injury in Saturday's win, while WR Bernard Reedy – who spent time on the practice squad and was active for two games in the regular season – was back with the team. Also, OT LaAdrian Waddle, who started at right tackle on Saturday but left with a knee injury, only rode the stationary bike and did not work on the field. Finally, WR Malcolm Mitchell was not present, as it appears he will revert to IR.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Kocurek is the fourth assistant to leave the Lions. Offensive line coach Ron Prince was fired on Jan. 1 with head coach Jim Caldwell. Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin left for a similar position in Cincinnati and Matt Raich, an assistant defensive line coach, also left for the Bengals. And now Kocurek to the Dolphins, where he will reunite with Ndamukong Suh and Dolphins DC Matt Burke. Kocurek and Burke coached together in Detroit under Jim Schwartz as DL and LB coaches. Other than Prince, the offensive staff has remained intact.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer talked to players this morning about capitalizing on opportunities, according to TE Kyle Rudolph. Zimmer told them he has been coaching in the NFL since 1994 and went to the Super Bowl with the Cowboys in 1995. He hasn't been back to an NFC/AFC Championship Game since.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

As the Lions wait to hire their head coach, they have lost another assistant. Defensive line coach Kris Kocurek is headed to Miami for a similar role with the Dolphins, his wife posted on Facebook this morning. Kocurek had been with Detroit since 2009 and coached through the Jim Schwartz and Jim Caldwell eras. He also was Ndamukong Suh's position coach during his time with the Lions -- a pairing that will reunite in Miami. Kocurek is widely respected around the league and was particularly good in Detroit of getting players to reach unexpected potential (Kerry Hyder, George Johnson and Devin Taylor).

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

The Vikings are spending a lot of time preparing for the slick turf in Philadelphia. DE Everson Griffen said he will experiment with seven-stud cleats. Coach Mike Zimmer also showed the team a cut-up video of players slipping on the turf in previous games.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers promoted Ed Policy to chief operating officer and general counsel. Many view the son of former 49ers president Carmen Policy as the likely successor to Packers president Mark Murphy.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers and OC Todd Haley set to part ways, source confirms. Haley was not under contract for '18 and team did not have plans to renew his deal. Steelers had a top-10 offense in each of the last four years, but both sides get a fresh start. NFL Network first reported the sides were moving on. NFL Network was first to report.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

Case Keenum speaking at the podium: "I know this is what you guys all predicted: A [Nick] Foles vs. Keenum NFC Championship Game."

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

Vikings S Andrew Sendejo (concussion) will participate in a portion of practice today. He is still in the concussion protocol, but coach Mike Zimmer said he would be "fine."

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

For Jaguars coach Doug Marrone, when it comes to dynasties there's the New York Yankees and the New England Patriots. "This team, outside of the New York Yankees, is probably the best dynasty that you've seen. They're an outstanding football team. I don't think I can come in here and give you guys any, ‘Hey, if you do this, you have a chance. If you do this, you have a chance.' You've got to go and you have to execute. You're talking about a team that's probably the best execution team performance-wise on Sunday since 2001. So it's going to come down to how we play on Sunday and we're going to have to play extremely well. It's going to be an unbelievable challenge for us.”

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lamar Hunt Trophy for the AFC champion is here at Gillette Stadium, which reflects the high stakes as the Patriots and Jaguars continue to prepare for Sunday's game.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars S Tashaun Gispon was out at practice for a bit. He did not have a boot on his right foot, which certainly is a good sign.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Former Broncos assistant head coach/running backs Eric Studesville is headed to the Dolphins as ruining backs coach/run game coordinator. Studesville and Dolphins coach Adam Gase were on the Broncos' staff together both under Josh Mc Daniels and John Fox.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone on the best way to guard Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski: "Hope they don't throw him the football. Or he drops it. There is no secret formula."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Do the Jaguars plan to come up with something new to confuse Tom Brady? Here's what Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone thinks about that: ‘'I've seen people do a lot of things and not have a lot of success.'

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars say S Tashaun Gipson (foot) is the only player not expected to practice today.

Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer 

The NovaCare auditorium has a different look today. A reminder of what the Eagles and Vikings are playing for Sunday, just to the left of where coach Doug Pederson is speaking.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots will once again practice on their game field today. It is their seventh straight practice on the synthetic surface, instead of the natural grass practice field. That is tied, in part, to some of the extreme cold/snow from late December.

Brian Franey ESPN Producer 

Sal Paolantonio asked Doug Pederson what his message to the team is on the first day of practice for the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: "We need to eliminate all mental clutter. If it doesn't apply to our preparation, it's clutter. Get rid of it."