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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Clete Blakeman has been assigned as referee for Sunday's AFC Championship Game. Blakeman is highly rated, having worked Super Bowl 50.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers WR Davante Adams has been added to the Pro Bowl as a replacement for Atlanta's Julio Jones. Adams did not play in the final two games of the regular season because of a concussion but said shortly after the season that he had been cleared from his second concussion of the year and third in 14 months.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings released practice squad tackle Storm Norton and signed tight end Nick Truesdell, who was with the team in training camp. The move comes days after Minnesota waived TE Kyle Carter to make room for Sam Bradford on the 53-man roster. Truesdell was signed to the practice squad.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked about comments to Tony Dungy creating perception that it's OK for teams to look ahead, Mike Tomlin went in on a self-proclaimed ‘soapbox.'

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Detroit Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis and punt returner Jamal Agnew were both named to the Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie team Tuesday. Davis was the Lions' first round pick in 2017 and Agnew, who has also been named an All-Pro by the PFWA, was a fifth-round pick. Agnew was also named a first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press earlier this month.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Mike Solari has served as the primary offensive-line coach for five teams over 19 seasons. Here's how Solari's teams have finished in rushing over his last three stops: Giants (2016-17) were 29th and 26th; 49ers (2010-14) were 19th, eighth, fourth, third and fourth; Seahawks (2008-09) were 19th and 26th (under Mike Holmgren and Jim L. Mora). There's a lot of variance there, but the best of those results came with a team that Pete Carroll's Seahawks faced twice a season. That's probably no coincidence.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Roethlisberger on weekly show: Body and mind feel good for another year, not committing to beyond 2018 based on his preparation process, ‘I'm sorry' to Steelers fans for not getting it done.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Browns are interviewing former Giants coach Ben McAdoo today as they continue searching for an offensive coordinator.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Roethlisberger doesn't sound like a QB who wants OC Todd Haley gone. Said on weekly radio show the least player/coach change with ‘special' group, the better. "We're on the cusp," he said. Met with Haley at length Monday and two felt good about their work together.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints punter Thomas Morstead said he was diagnosed with torn cartilage, not broken ribs. Said it bruised his ego because it "doesn't sound as cool," but doctors assured him it hurts just as much. Said he felt better after a local shot, but it still hurt to punt. But he said he figured a bad punt would hurt just as much as a good punt, so he might as well hit some good ones.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady previewed Patriots-Jaguars on his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI: "It's been a busy couple days. We practiced against them in training camp and we haven't seen much of them all year. Yesterday was a ton of film. It was good because it really kind of gets you focused on where you need to be. This is the biggest challenge we've faced all year. We've had a good offense. They've had the best defense. And that's always a challenge when you go up against those guys. When you watch them play over the course of the season, you can see why. There is not a lot of time for the quarterback to throw, and I think the whole secondary knows it. The linebackers know it. And they're aggressive. They take chances. They get a lot of turnovers. They have a really good scheme, and the quarterback is just under pressure all day."

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril told the NFL Network that he hasn't given up hope on resuming his football career, saying he'll try to play again. Avril had disc surgery after suffering a season-ending neck injury in October. If he is able to come back, there's no guarantee it would be with the Seahawks. Avril's future with the team was already going to be a question before his injury. He'll be 32 in April and is scheduled to make $7 million in salary in 2018, the final year of his deal.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Ken Norton Jr. was well-liked among Seahawks players, particularly the linebackers he coached, during his five seasons with the team. One of those linebackers, K.J. Wright, posted a picture to Instagram on Monday of he and Norton on the practice field. The caption: "Time to finish what we started! Welcome back coach."

Cameron Wolfe ESPN Staff Writer 

Titans signed their 10 practice squad players to future contracts: DL Antwaun Woods, WR Darius Jennings, CB Jeremy Boykins, S Denzel Johnson, OL Tyler Marz, DE Johnny Maxey, WR Zach Pascal, TE Tim Semisch, DE Julius Warmsley, OL Cody Wichmann.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt LaFleur seems like a longshot at this point in his trajectory, but hey, so did Sean McVay. Regardless, perhaps it's the start of him getting noticed. LaFleur previously served as a QB coach under Kyle Shanahan with the Browns and Falcons. Could someday take over Rams playcalling duties.

Cameron Wolfe ESPN Staff Writer 

Titans will interview Rams OC Matt LaFleur for their vacant HC job, a source confirmed to ESPN's Alden Gonzalez. LaFleur just finished his first year as OC and helped HC/playcaller Sean McVay turn around Rams, Jared Goff.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Can confirm that the Titans will be interviewing Rams offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur for their head coaching job. LaFleur did not call plays this season, but he was big in assisting Sean McVay in his first year as head coach and playcaller. Under McVay and LaFleur, the Rams became the first team in the Super Bowl era to go from last to first in scoring from one season to the next.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

The Seahawks are hiring Mike Solari as their offensive line coach, a source confirms to ESPN. Solari was Seattle's offensive line coach in 2008 and 2009 under Mike Holmgren and Jim L. Mora, respectively, and has served the same role since then for the 49ers and Giants. He replaces Tom Cable, who was fired last week after seven season with the team. The NFL Network first reported that Seattle is hiring Solari.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers coaches will represent the AFC in this year's Pro Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 28. Mike Tomlin and his staff will have up to eight Steelers in the game.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Ken Norton Jr., who was recently hired as 49ers assistant head coach for defense, is considered a top candidate to become defensive coordinator in Seattle. Niners coach Kyle Shanahan's statement indicates Norton will be allowed to pursue such an opportunity.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Statement from 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan on Ken Norton Jr.: "Last week, Ken was presented with an opportunity to once again coordinate a defense. Because of how we feel about Ken as a coach, we understand and respect his desire to pursue the position."

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Seahawks backup quarterback Austin Davis spent his first three NFL seasons with the Rams, when Brian Schottenheimer was their offensive coordinator. He said he thinks the Seahawks' offense under Schottenheimer will mix things up more from week to week than it did in recent seasons. "We were very creative in St. Louis," he told 710 ESPN Seattle. "We threw a lot of things at the defense, whether it was drop-back, whether it was play-action, whether it was quarterback movement, we had it all. And we were a really good screen team. If there was one thing I could pick out from last year, we couldn't run screens."

Cameron Wolfe ESPN Staff Writer 

Titans assistant coaches, including DC Dick LeBeau, are under contract for the 2018 season. Titans GM Jon Robinson plans to call of the assistants this afternoon to talk to them. Yet to be seen if he'll let them interview elsewhere.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton and the Saints coaching staff will coach the NFC Pro Bowl team, the league announced Monday -- the first time they've done so since Payton's first year on the job after the 2006 season. Mike Tomlin and the Steelers staff will coach the AFC squad. Payton shouldn't have much trouble getting familiar with his roster, since the Saints sent six players to the Pro Bowl this year (QB Drew Brees, RBs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, WR Michael Thomas, DE Cameron Jordan and CB Marshon Lattimore).

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

"We knew from the beginning they were a good football team." — Patriots safety Duron Harmon, reflecting on Jaguars-Patriots joint practices in August. Said Patriots expect Sunday to be their most physical game of the year.