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 the Carolina Panthers hosting the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC.
Check out the latest NFL news and rumors below.
• Cardinals running back Chris Johnson says he will play if Arizona makes the Super Bowl, reports USA Today’s Tom Pelissero. Johnson was placed on injured reserve with designation to return after fracturing his tibia on Nov. 29 against the San Francisco 49ers.
• Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has applied to the NFL for reinstatement, reports ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi. Gordon was suspended indefinitely on Feb. 3, 2015 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy for the third time in three years.
• Former NFL wide receiver Antwaan Randle El told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he regrets ever playing football, saying he has memory issues and trouble walking down stairs because of his participation in the sport.
• The San Francisco 49ers have contacted Alabama’s Lane Kiffin about their offensive coordinator job, reports SB Nation.