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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rams will honor their community events in Mexico City, which includes hospital visits, a 10K and the building of a playground. Rams COO Kevin Demoff, on not playing in Mexico: "I think ‘bittersweet' is a great word. We were really excited as an organization to play in Mexico. We requested to play in Mexico for our abroad game this year; we spent a lot of time working with the community and business leaders to host a great week, and get our fans excited and really build that fan base. ... On the other hand, for Southern California, what an unbelievable turn of events to be able to get potentially the game of the year here, on Monday night, in the Coliseum."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams officials are all over the place (Colorado Springs, Thousand Oaks, Playa Vista, working remotely), and their Agoura Hills ticket office is in an evacuation zone. They're scrambling to host a game in six days. But there aren't many other events going on in LA this weekend, which will help them secure concessions and security.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The NFL first raised concerns about the playing surface at Estadio Azteca in October, in the wake of a Shakira concert and a handful of soccer games. Rams COO Kevin Demoff saw the field alongside team and NFL officials then and said it seemed "very safe." But it only worsened thereafter, largely because of heavy rainfall. Field testers from all sides raised legitimate concerns on Monday and ultimately determined against playing in Mexico City. The Rams needed at least five days to get the Coliseum ready for Monday Night Football. Said Demoff: "Everybody just kind of needed the dropdead date. I think the NFL took all the information in, they processed it, and they made the right decision."

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin told 710 ESPN Seattle that the knee issues he's been battling all season have improved to the point that he woke up pain-free last Thursday for the first time. "I've been dealing with this for four months, and I forgot what it felt like to not have pain," he said. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer noticed the difference Sunday. Said Schottenheimer: “I told him on Monday when I saw him ... I thought he looked really good in that game. It was an option route on third down that he ran and he caught it. He put his right foot into the ground and just shot up the field and I was like 'wow.' So I think he's feeling better now. I'm not worried about Doug. Doug is going to be fine. I think he's starting to feel good and that's good for us."

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer wasn't any more revealing than Pete Carroll was about how much Rashaad Penny will factor into the Seahawks' offense after his breakout game. Schottenheimer said Chris Carson will continue to start, as expected, now that he's back from a one-game absence. He also echoed Carroll's comments about how Seattle's coaches have been pushing Penny, saying: "He'll always be involved in the plan. We're hard on him. We're excited about him. He's still a young player. He still has those times in the meetings where it's like, 'Rashaad, are you listening?' like most young players do. The season is long. I think it was really good for his confidence to go out there and do what he did and to play well and perform well and I think his assignment grade was really, really good. I think he's always involved and I think now he feels like 'OK, I'm involved, I can help, I can play' and I think that kind of pushes some of the pressure away from him."

Lindsey Thiry ESPN 

How about some team bonding: The Rams are attending tonight's Nuggets vs. Rockets game at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The Nuggets are owned by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. The Rams are spending the week 75 miles south in Colorado Springs, where they had planned to train at altitude before playing the KC Chiefs in Mexico City. That game has now been moved to L.A., but the Rams will remain in Colorado until Saturday.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Important: The Rams will still wear their "Color Rush" uniforms on Monday night.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Le'Veon Bell will most likely never play for the Steelers again, but the team faces a decision this offseason: Transition tag Bell at $14.5 million, giving Pittsburgh the right to match any offer, or let him enter free agency and get a mid-round compensatory pick for his services. Bell told ESPN in October that the Steelers planned to transition tag him. But the Steelers might want a clean divorce at this point.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Linebacker K.J. Wright's availability for Thursday night's game against the Packers is looking very iffy now that he's missed two straight days of practice. But every other Seahawk practiced Tuesday at least in limited fashion. Running back Chris Carson and right guard D.J. Fluker, who missed the Rams game Sunday, were among the full participants Tuesday.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

After practice Wednesday, Patriots players will be off Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the bye week, before returning Monday for meetings. Bill Belichick said rest is one of the more important parts of the bye.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald echoed Pete Carroll's comments that he made it out of Sunday's game against the Rams with his knee feeling better. McDougald said he's been dealing with a sore knee all season but that he feels like he's turned a corner in his recovery: "Short week, but we did a good job recovering. I've been rehabbing hard. I'll be ready to go."