Friday January 22nd, 2016

By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports

The NFL playoffs advance to the conference championship games on Sunday 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 has been ruled out of Sunday’s playoff game with a foot injury, head coach Ron Rivera announced.

• Broncos general manager John Elway told ESPN's NFL Insiders that cornerback Chris Harris will be a game-time decision for their game against the Patriots with a shoulder injury.

• Cleveland Browns vice president of football operations Sashi Brown says the team has fined quarterback Johnny Manziel for missing treatment on the day of the regular season finale.

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• The Jacksonville Jaguars announced they have signed head coach Gus Bradley to a one-year extension through the 2017 season. Bradley is 12–36 in his three years as the Jags’ head coach.

• Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco told WBAL-AM that he would be willing to restructure his contract to free up cap space this off-season.

• Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse said he won’t give the team a hometown discount in free agency this off-season, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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• Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid will take over offensive play-calling duties this season, reports BJ Kissel of Chiefs.com.

• Houston Texans linebackers coach Mike Vrabel turned down an offer to become the San Francisco 49ers’ defensive coordinator, reports John Middlekauff of 95.7 The Game.

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