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Lindsey Thiry ESPN 

The Rams' final injury report before Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Saints: "No injuries to report." Clean week for the Rams. Entire roster available.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams coach Sean McVay has always preached the importance of staying true to the process while also embracing the magnitude of big opportunities. He stressed that to his team this week, while one win away from the Super Bowl. "It's a big game," he said. "We don't shy away from that. But I think it is important to be able to keep that regulated rhythm from our players and for us because you don't want to try to make anything up. You don't need to do anything different than what we've done, other than play at our highest level. It's a great opponent, but it's a great opportunity."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams S John Johnson marveled at how Aqib Talib predicted what the Cowboys would do in Saturday's fourth quarter, on 4th and 1 with 5 minutes left. "Before they broke the huddle, he called out exactly what they were going to do," Johnson said, "and it happened exactly (how he predicted)." It was a sneak by QB Dak Prescott. The Cowboys converted, but the Rams were ready for it thanks to Talib, which is why it could make such a big difference that he's available for this Saints rematch. "He knows everything," Johnson said.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

I asked Bucs new offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich if he feels added responsibility as one of the few African-American coaches on the offensive side of the ball, like Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn. "There are only 32 of these jobs with whatever position you have, so there is already pressure that comes with the position. Do I feel a responsibility to – I feel a responsibility to my last name, to my family and also to African-American coaches just to try to be successful. Not that I go out and think about it that way. I just want to be the best football coach I can possibly be and hopefully that is good enough to inspire anybody, to help anybody as a player. I don't really view it that way. I don't really see it that way."


Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

One other note on the coaching staff, Luke Getsy completed his interview with the Packers. A source said he talked with Matt LaFleur about both the receivers job and the quarterbacks coach job but left town without a deal done yet. The Mississippi State offensive coordinator previously coached the Packers receivers but also got along well with Aaron Rodgers.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Simmons, who coached the Packers secondary last season, is expected to be retained on Matt LaFleur's staff, sources said.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

A statement from Scott Linehan: "As Jason expressed, we met on Wednesday and had a good, direct talk. At the end, we resolved that a fresh start was probably best for both of us. The Dallas Cowboys have been nothing but great to me, first class all the way. There's a reason that they are the most valuable sports franchise on the planet. And I'll always respect Jason as a coach, and I consider him a good friend. I'll miss my fellow coaches and my players a great deal. But life is about change and growth, and I very much look forward to my next challenge."

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

More context on assistant coach Mike Munchak's departure to Denver: The Steelers made attempts to keep Munchak on staff, team president Art Rooney II told reporters this week. Also, Rooney appeared on 93.7 the Fan and said those discussions started before the 2018 season. Munchak kept his options open and has made a move to be closer to family.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is one of five finalists for the Alan Page Community Award, the NFLPA announced. The winner, determined by a vote of NFL peers, will be announced on Jan. 31 during Super Bowl week in Atlanta, Newton's hometown.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots are not listing any players on their final injury report of the week. Everyone will be available for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers are expected to hire 49ers assistant O-line coach Adam Stenavich for James Campen's old job as offensive line coach, as NBC Sports Bay Area reported. Matt LaFleur wanted a line coach with experience in the Shanahan/zone run blocking scheme. Stenavich also is a Wisconsin native who was on Packers practice squad in 2006 and 2007.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The skies have opened up for the Rams' final practice of the week.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Freddie Kitchens rounds out his coaching staff, and it includes a former Grey Cup winning coach in the CFL (Chris Jones) and the former defensive coordinator at Alabama (Tosh Lutoi).

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

New Orleans Saints tight end Ben Watson won't play this week against the Rams, according to a source. Watson missed two practices due to appendicitis, and while he's been able to avoid surgery so far, the team decided he'll be inactive this week.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

"It's always great to have Eric Berry back," — defensive lineman Chris Jones.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

"I wanted to (play) in that game . . . Hopefully this weekend it will be different." — Eric Berry on missing last week's game against the Colts.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Eric Berry said he's "moving in the right direction" but stopped short of saying he will play on Sunday. "I'll talk to (Andy Reid) about it and just go from there."