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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Shawn Smith has been assigned as referee for Sunday's Patriots-Bills game. He is No. 14 in your officials' program. Smith was promoted to referee in 2018. His crew averages the second-most penalties called per game this season (18.6).

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

There's been a fair amount of talk and speculation about the Browns retaining Gregg Williams as coach. It's justified; Williams has built a strong case for himself. However, GM John Dorsey has made it clear with his past statements that he will search for the best candidate, and the Browns also must comply with Rooney Rule requirements about interviewing minority candidates. It's logic that the coaching search will proceed after the season.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera didn't exactly sound like a coach who has been given a vote of confidence by owner David Tepper for next season during Tuesday's press conference Asked if he hates questions about his future, Rivera said: “Absolutely, because I don't know. I've been through it a couple of times my first two seasons. But at the end of the day it comes down to one person, and that's the only one that knows.'' When asked if he wants to be back, Rivera responded: “That is a stupid question. That really is, and I'm not going to answer that one. I'm very happy where I am. I do appreciate my place here on this football team and in this city and in this community.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera didn't rule out he could continue calling defensive signals next season. Said everyone needs to grow as they finish up this season and he felt very comfortable calling plays Monday night after what he called a couples of ‘'rieur'' weeks.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Will the Jets end their two-year Pro Bowl drought? We'll find out tonight. S Jamal Adams, KR Andre Roberts and PK Jason Myers are their top candidates. I'd say Adams has an excellent chance to be one of the three safeties from the AFC. Roberts could get squeezed out by Miami's Jakeem Grant or Kansas City's Tyreek Hill, who won the fan vote. It'll be tough for Myers to overtake Baltimore's Justin Tucker. (Note: Myers' PAT misses won't have any bearing on his chances because the player/coaches vote was held last Friday.) The Jets haven't had a Pro Bowl selection since the 2015 season (Muhammad Wilkerson and Darrelle Revis). Leonard Williams was an injury replacement in the 2016 season.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he won't have a conversation with the medical staff concerning Cam Newton's sore right shoulder until later in the day. He still says Newton gives Carolina the best chance to win. “I can't tell you want I'm going to say until I get an opportunity to know where he is in terms of his physical state and mental state,'' Rivera said of Newton. "It's a tough situation right now. Until I get a chance to visit with him I'm not going to speculate.''


Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Looking back at Patriots game, a few things stand out with the Steelers defense: Team relied on ILB Vince Williams in coverage and he held up well, Joe Haden was tremendous (not just the pick), Artie Burns and Cam Sutton barely played despite practicing with the first team all week, DE Cam Heyward with no sacks but had crucial pressures.