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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

A snapshot of the cover of the GameDay magazine — with Tom Brady on the cover — that will be sold at Gillette Stadium for the AFC Championship Game.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots owner Robert Kraft (on if his heart skipped a beat when he learned Tom Brady was hurt, via Patriots All Access): "More than my heart. I actually was in Florida for a day and a half and I was out at a restaurant and got a call from my favorite quarterback, FaceTime. Saw his situation. So then I got up here quickly to see first-hand. I saw him throw a few out at practice and it made me feel a lot better. But it's still a challenge. It was an unfortunate force majeure item. So now we hope for the best. He's a real competitor, as we all know. We have a pretty good balanced team. Sometimes these issues help you bring the team together too."

Cameron Wolfe ESPN Staff Writer 

Titans HC Mike Vrabel: "Everything we do is going to be geared towards winning and being physical. We want to prepare our players so they know what to do, which will allow them to play fast and aggressive." 100% Jon Robinson type of guy.

Cameron Wolfe ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Vrabel will be introduced as Titans head coach in a press conference at Saint Thomas Park on Monday. His offensive coordinator and offensive staff will be extremely important. Need to hit a home run on who works with Marcus Mariota.

Cameron Wolfe ESPN Staff Writer 

Titans GM Jon Robinson and HC Mike Vrabel spent seven years in New England together from 2002-08. Vrabel was a Patriots player. Robinson was working his way up the Patriots scouting department. They won two Super Bowls together. That relationship played a huge role here.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Titans announce they have hired Mike Vrabel as their new head coach, which means Matt LaFleur, who interviewed, will remain the Rams' offensive coordinator. He's crucial in helping Sean McVay call plays, but also in Jared Goff's development.

Cameron Wolfe ESPN Staff Writer 

Titans announce Mike Vrabel is the 19th head coach in franchise history.

Cameron Wolfe ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor hired former Titans WR coach Frisman Jackson for the same position. He reunites with Matt Rhule. Titans will have a new WR coach in 2018, an important role to get better development & route precision from a young core.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

Those Patriots -7 lines? They're all gone in Las Vegas and offshore, as New England is back up to a 7.5-point favorite over Jacksonville in the AFC title game.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots are down to 7-point home favorites at several LasVegas sportsbooks for Sunday's AFC title game.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Even if Cliff Avril is able to play again, there's no guarantee it would be with the Seahawks. His age and salary would have made him a potential salary-cap casualty this offseason even before his neck injury. Avril will turn 32 in April and has one year left on his contract. It includes a $7 million base salary and only $500,000 in dead money, meaning the Seahawks would save a considerable amount against the cap by releasing him.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril said this on 710 ESPN Seattle about his mindset as he recovers from surgery on a career-threatening neck injury he suffered this past season: "First and foremost, my health is most important. So for me, I just want to get back to just feeling good. I just want to just being able to move around and hopefully be able to go outside and play basketball with my kids, different things like that. That's the main goal for me, not necessarily getting back to football but just quality of life. But now as I continue to keep chopping away, I don't want to just close the door on it. So I definitely think I can get back on the field. If it's possible, I will. But if not, deep down inside I'm OK with that. As long as I'm able to be a dad and be able to run around with my kids, that's No. 1 for me right now."

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril, who suffered a career-threatening neck injury in October, reiterated on 710 ESPN Seattle that he'd like to continue playing football if possible. He said he'll discuss that with his wife sometime in the spring, at which point he'll be about five months removed from disc surgery. For now, he's focusing simply on getting back to feeling like his pre-injury self. Avril, 31, said he's now pain-free and has started to regain his range of motion.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

This makes three longsnappers for the Raiders, along with one-time Pro Bowler Jon Condo, who will be a free agent, and Bradley Northnagel, who also has a Reserve/Future contract. It also puts heat on Condo, who turns 37 in August. "We'll see what happens," Condo said the day after the season finale. "I still want to play the game of football. I love it. I still feel young and this is the healthiest I've been. I haven't had any trips to the training room this year and I took care of my body. We'll see."

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins signed offensive lineman Orlando Franklin to a reserve/future contract, the team announced Friday. Franklin played one game with Washington this season but was then cut. He started 89 games between 2011 and '16. He was a second-round pick by Denver in 2011 and played four years with the Broncos before joining the Chargers. New Orleans cut him in training camp.