Monday January 18th, 2016

By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports

The NFL Playoffs advance to the conference championship games this weekend with the Denver Broncos hosting the New England Patriots in the AFC and Carolina Panthers hosting the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC.

Check out the latest NFL news and rumors below.

• Panthers defensive end Jared Allen sustained a foot injury that is expected to require season-ending surgery, reports Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer.

• Panthers tight end Greg Olsen also sustained a shoulder injury against the Seahawks, but said he is “fine” and will play next weekend against the Cardinals, reports Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer.

• Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (abdomen, toe) and linebackers Jamie Collins (back) and Jerod Mayo (shoulder) all left Saturday's win over the Chiefs in the second half with injuries and are listed as questionable to play Sunday, reports ESPN’s Scott T. Miller.

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• Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb sustained a bruised lung in the first quarter of their loss to the Cardinals and was coughing up blood on the sidelines, reports Miller. Cobb tweeted on Sunday that he was discharged from the hospital.

• Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson told Bleacher Report Radio that the Browns need to get a quarterback with the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft.

• Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said the NFL should go to college football overtime rules, reports Tom Pelissero of USA Today. The Packers lost to the Cardinals in overtime without ever possessing the ball in the extra period.

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• The Tennessee Titans announced on Saturday they have hired Mike Mularkey to be their head coach. Mularkey went 2–7 as Tennessee’s interim head coach this season.

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