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Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers O-line coach Mike Munchak releases statement through team on withdrawing from Cardinals head coaching position.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets have signed punter Ben Turk to a reserve/future contract. He lasted punted for Notre Dame in 2012. He's the nephew of former Jets punter Matt Turk.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots' injury report consisted of five players who were limited: QB Tom Brady (right hand), DT Alan Branch (knee), RB Rex Burkhead (knee), RB Mike Gillislee (knee) and OT LaAdrian Waddle (knee). Players said nothing seemed out of the ordinary with Brady at practice in regards to any injury.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars-Patriots Wednesday injury report.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots LT Nate Solder on how Tom Brady looked in practice: "About 6-foot-6." Brady was limited due to a right-hand injury, according to the injury report.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski had high praise for the Jaguars today, telling media during a news conference: "It's a big challenge. They have many great players. It's the best team we've faced all year. AFC championship game this weekend, we have to be ready, be prepared. Big challenge for sure."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots QB Tom Brady was limited in practice with an injury to his right throwing hand, per the team's participation report. A team public relations staffer had explained that Brady was meeting with the medical staff after practice, and that was why he didn't hold his scheduled news conference.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots DB Eric Rowe on maligned Jaguars QB Blake Bortles: "You can't be trash and be in the championship game."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Adam Thielen is dealing with a low back injury and did not practice on Wednesday. Neither did Shamar Stephen, who injured his knee against the Saints. Andrew Sendejo (concussion) and Mackensie Alexander (ribs) were limited participants.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady won't be holding his scheduled news conference today. A Patriots public relations staffer says he is meeting with the medical staff and will be on the injury report when it is released later today.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue got a lot of love from Bill Belichick. The Patriots' coach raved about his "non-stop motor," saying, "Even when he's blocked, he's not really blocked."

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Greg Olson says the Raiders are still contemplating whether or not to hire a QB coach since he is the OC and Jon Gruden will call plays.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Greg Olson: "Everything we do in this building is about the development of Derek Carr...we grow as Derek Carr grows."

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson, on how different Derek Carr looks from his rookie year, when Olson was his OC: "He had a big year (in 2016) and still looks extremely talented. He obviously took a step backwards..,but he's demonstrated he's a more mature player. You see that on tape...a lot of upside and a lot of room for growth."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick opens his remarks by noting that it is a privilege to compete in this game.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots S Devin McCourty is playing in his seventh straight AFC Championship Game. All told, he has played in 17 postseason games. "I never take it for granted," he said. As a reminder, all he has to do is look at his brother, Jason McCourty: Nine years, no playoff games.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Matthew Slater dons a "New England vs. Everybody" shirt at his AFC Championship Game news conference.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin on Todd Haley: "I have made the decision to not renew the contract for offensive coordinator Todd Haley. I would like to thank Todd for his contributions to our offense the past six years, and we wish him the best in his coaching future."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills on Wednesday signed safety Kelcie McCray to a future contract. He has played in 63 games since 2013 for the Dolphins, Buccaneers, Chiefs and Seahawks. He started seven games for Seattle between 2015 and 2016.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Devin McCourty says Bill Belichick mentioned it to players that the Jaguars are a team that isn't afraid to go for it on fourth down, as they showed last week.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Kris Richard released this statement through the Seahawks a day after the team fired him as defensive coordinator: "I would like to thank Mr. Allen and the entire Seahawks organization for the opportunity to realize my dreams. I wish nothing but the best for everyone associated with the organization and the 12s moving forward."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski says "you can take a little bit" from having joint practices with the Jaguars when preparing for Sunday's game against them.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots TE Gronkowski called the Jaguars "the best team we're facing all year." He lauded the Jaguars' defense: "Very, very competitive defense. Fast, tough, physical." He expects no easy plays. He expects every play to be well-contested.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

Vikings WR Adam Thielen did not appear to be practicing today. During the portion of practice open to reporters, he was on the field wearing a jersey and a baseball hat. His injury, which the Vikings must identify via their injury report later Wednesday, is not believed to be serious.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles said it was pretty cool that former ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer sought him out last year to apologize for calling him the NFL's "worst quarterback." Next part of his response was, "How'd you hear about that."