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[January 19, 2019]
Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan will not return to the Dallas
Cowboys for the 2019 season, head coach Jason Garrett announced on
"This was not an easy decision because of how highly we regard Scott
Linehan as a football coach and as a person," said Garrett in a
statement. The Cowboys coach described the move as "very much a
Linehan's future had been a subject of debate throughout the week in
Dallas. On Monday, two days after the Cowboys' season ended in a
playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Garrett told 105.3 FM in
Dallas that he expected no changes to his coaching staff, including
Later that day, Garrett stepped back from his commitment to Linehan
at the Cowboys' season-ending press conference. Linehan was the
focus of fan criticism, especially when the team was 3-5 at the
halfway point of the season. Dallas ranked No. 22 in both total and
scoring offense in 2018.
--Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry appears to be ready to play
in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots
after the team removed him from the injury report following
Berry, who has a heel injury, was a full participant for the third
straight day. The five-time Pro Bowl selection missed the preseason
and first 13 regular-season games due to the heel injury. He played
in two regular-season games in December before missing the finale
after reinjuring it.
Linebacker Dorian O'Daniel (ankle) was ruled out and was the lone
player remaining on the injury report on Friday. O'Daniel also
missed the game against Indianapolis.
--Tight end Benjamin Watson is expected to be inactive when the New
Orleans Saints host the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship
Game on Sunday, according to an ESPN report.
ESPN reported that Watson's missed practices on Wednesday and
Thursday were because of appendicitis. He has not had surgery to
remove his appendix. However, the Saints listed Watson as
questionable on Friday's injury report after he was a limited
Watson, 38, announced in December he planned to retire after this
season. New Orleans also ruled out receiver Keith Kirkwood (calf)
after he missed the week's three practices. The Rams didn't list any
players on Friday's injury report.
--Temperatures during the AFC Championship Game on Sunday night
should be much warmer than previously thought.
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Earlier this week, predictions were that the Chiefs would host the
Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium with arctic game-time temperatures in
the single digits and falling to below zero.
On Friday, the Weather Channel forecast a high of 32 degrees on
Sunday in Kansas City, Mo., with a low of 21.
--A record 135 college football players are bypassing remaining
eligibility to enter the 2019 NFL Draft.
The NFL released the official list on Friday and said 103 players
were granted special eligibility. Another 32 players graduated while
still having college eligibility. Nine others are eligible without
the need for special eligibility.
Among the players who declared prior to Monday's deadline were
Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and
quarterback Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State. Murray has previously
signed a baseball contract with the Oakland Athletics.
--The Chicago Bears have signed receiver Jordan Williams-Lambert to
a contract, the team announced.
Williams-Lambert, a product of Ball State, played in the Canadian
Football League in 2018 with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He caught
62 passes for 764 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games. He was
named the most outstanding rookie in the CFL's West Division.
The 6-3 Williams-Lambert signed with New Orleans as an undrafted
free agent in 2016 and spent the season on the practice squad. The
Saints waived him in August 2017. He becomes the third player from
the CFL to join the Bears this offseason.
--During a round of golf at Seminole Golf Club near Palm Beach
Gardens in Florida, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver made a
hole-in-one while playing a round of golf with former President
The news spread quickly as Jimmy Dunne, the president of the golf
club, waived a rule and allowed cellphone use so Fitzgerald could
reveal his good fortune. His shot turned out to one-up Obama, who
hit his approach to 20 feet at the par-3 13th.
Fitzgerald was playing in a foursome with Obama, Dunne and Glenn
Hutchins, part owner in the Boston Celtics and a board member of
Obama Foundation, and recently played golf with Tigers Woods,
perhaps in preparation to defend his title next month at the Pebble
--Field Level Media
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