Baltimore Ravens star Mark Ingram missed practice on Tuesday as the running back continues to deal with a calf injury.

Ingram missed the Ravens' final game of the regular season – a 28-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 29 – after hurting his calf a week earlier.

The 30-year-old sat out practice on Tuesday, just four days out from the Ravens' clash against the Tennessee Titans.

Ingram scored 15 touchdowns during the regular season – the fourth most in the NFL – in his 15 appearances.

The Ravens, who finished the regular season with a 14-2 record, host the Titans in the AFC Divisional Round.

Joe Judge is to become the new head coach of the New York Giants, while the Carolina Panthers are set to hire Matt Rhule.

The two NFL teams have moved swiftly to settle on their new coaches, according to widespread reports.

Judge, 38, has been special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach with the New England Patriots, working under Bill Belichick.

The Giants had also been heavily linked with Rhule, but the Panthers managed to secure his services when it became clear he was not certain to land the job in New York.

Rhule will leave Baylor, where he has turned the Bears' fortunes around in the Big 12, and is poised to become the fifth head coach in the Panthers' history, reportedly on a lucrative deal that could be as long as six or seven years.

It had been reported that interim coach Perry Fewell, Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels were to interview with Carolina this week.

However, the Panthers have decided to hire Baylor coach Rhule, who was linked with the New York Jets last offseason before they opted to hire Adam Gase.

Rhule's previous NFL coaching experience is limited to a season working with the Giants' offensive line, but he has acquired many admirers for his work as the head coach of Temple and Baylor in college football.

Temple went 2-10 in Rhule's first season but he registered 10 wins in each of his final two campaigns, before transforming a Baylor team that went 1-11 in 2017 and 11-3 in 2019.

In December, the Panthers fired Ron Rivera, who was last week appointed as the Washington Redskins' head coach.

Judge, meanwhile, will replace Pat Shurmur in New York and look to turn around a team who have not won a playoff game since their Super Bowl triumph in the 2011 season.

He will have building blocks to work with in the form of exciting but turnover-prone quarterback Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley, the former NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

With Mike McCarthy having officially joined the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday, the last vacancy in the league is that of the Cleveland Browns.

Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins wants a new and improved deal and he will not return to Lincoln Financial Field next season unless he does.

Jenkins has a year remaining on his current contract with the Eagles and the two-time NFL Super Bowl champion is trying to renegotiate fresh terms in Philadelphia.

The 32-year-old enjoyed another fine season for the Eagles, tallying 81 tackles, 2.5 sacks and four forced fumbles en route to the NFC wild-card playoffs, which Philadelphia lost.

Now, three-time Pro Bowler Jenkins – who joined the Eagles from the New Orleans Saints in 2014 – wants a pay rise.

"I won't be back under the same deal," Jenkins told reporters on Monday. "That won't happen. ... It's like anything else, you set your value on the market.

"The market is good for safeties right now, and I consider myself to be in the top tier of that group."

"I'm not one to beg," Jenkins added. "I am a very prideful person, so I feel like what I put out there this year, what I put on tape, what I've given to this team is more than enough. I can't do any more. So for me, I feel good about that; that it'll be good enough for me to go into this offseason with certainty that I'll be fine."

"I told myself I'll make it to 10 and then go year by year after that, you know, as long as my body felt good, the money was what I wanted and it was a team I enjoy being on," he said. "Right now I'm physically able, still love the game, I would love to be here, but I understand that this is a business.

"Honestly, I've reached the point where I've done what I can. At this point, it's up to my agent and management. I let my soul bleed every time I touch the field, sacrifice myself, do whatever I'm asked to do. So I'm content with doing my part."

 

Adama Traore was approached by NFL teams to play American football during his time at Barcelona, said Wolves team-mate Romain Saiss.

Wolves winger Traore has played a starring role for the Premier League side this season, with four goals and as many assists.

Traore's pace and incredible physique has made headlines as Liverpool, Manchester City and former club Barca reportedly eye the 23-year-old speedster.

While confirming Traore does not do any weightlifting in training, Wolves midfielder Saiss said the Spaniard – who left Camp Nou in 2015 – was previously targeted by NFL franchises.

"I see him every day, because we are in the gym together, before or after training," Saiss told RMC Sport.

"Maybe he has a hidden gym room in his house, but at training, in any case, he never pumps iron, whether it is bench-press or otherwise. He is huge and very quick.

"I remember saying to him: 'You run like an American footballer'. He responded to me that at the time that he played in Barcelona, NFL teams tried to get him to playing American football instead, that's how explosive he was.

"There are people who say that it is not possible, that he cannot be playing football."

The Los Angeles Rams will be on the hunt for a new defensive coordinator after informing Wade Phillips his contract will not be renewed.

Phillips joined head coach Sean McVay's staff in 2017 and helped them win the NFC West and reach the playoffs in that season.

The Rams reached Super Bowl LIII at the end of the 2018 campaign, but lost 13-3 to the New England Patriots despite a stellar effort from Phillips' defense.

However, he has paid the price for a mediocre 2019 season in which the Rams finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs.

Phillips posted on Twitter: "I have been informed by the Rams that my contract will not be renewed.

"I want to thank them for the opportunity to be a part of their success the last 3 years.

"Most of all I want to thank the players who I loved working with. I still want to coach and feel I can contribute."

The 72-year-old former Dallas Cowboys head coach has been coaching in the NFL since 1976 and was defensive coordinator when the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50 at the end of the 2015 season.

Tom Brady would be open to the possibility of continuing his legendary NFL career away from the New England Patriots after the quarterback reiterated his desire to keep playing.

The Patriots endured a tough end to the 2019 NFL season, falling into the wild card round of the playoffs and then losing to the Tennessee Titans.

It has been suggested the poor run could spell the end of an era in New England, with Brady and Bill Belichick potentially parting ways after winning the team's six Super Bowls together.

Brady is set to become a free agent but said after the defeat to the Titans retirement was "pretty unlikely".

Speaking to NBC's Football Morning in America, the 42-year-old suggested he wanted to stay with the Patriots but will not rule out carrying on elsewhere.

"I'll explore those opportunities whenever they are," Brady said. "If it's the Patriots, great. If that doesn't work, I don't know. I just don't know.

"I love playing football. I still want to play football. I think I still can play at a championship level. I've just got to go do it. I'm motivated to get back to work and training."

Tua Tagovailoa has declared for the 2020 NFL Draft, the Alabama quarterback deciding to turn professional despite a serious hip injury that ended his 2019 season. 

Once regarded as the likely top pick in the 2020 class, Tagovailoa's hopes of being selected first overall were effectively ended when he dislocated his hip in a game against Mississippi State in November.

That led to speculation Tagovailoa could return to Tuscaloosa for another season with Alabama, but he put an end to that talk in a media conference on Monday.

He told reporters: "It was a really hard decision, going through my rehab and talking with my parents about it, it's been tough, I have been going back and forth.

"I'm content with the decision that I've made, it's more so what's next that I'm thinking of, what's next with this process.

"I'm optimistic that I'll be able to play this upcoming season. I'm more so worried about getting better as soon as possible, if I can do a pro day, if I can't do a pro day, it's really all dependent on what the doctors say to the teams."

Asked if he was confident of being a high pick in the draft, Tagovailoa replied: "I don't think I could tell you that, I don't think any of the teams can tell you that. It really depends on how the doctor's report goes at the three-month mark."

Tagovailoa won a National Championship with Alabama at the end of the 2017 season, coming off the bench to replace Jalen Hurts and leading the Crimson Tide to an incredible 26-23 overtime win over Georgia. 

He guided them back to the National Championship game in his first season as a starter the following year, but Alabama suffered a chastening 44-16 loss to Clemson.

His injury curtailed Alabama's hopes of returning to the showpiece this season, Tagovailoa ending his collegiate career with 7,442 passing yards, 87 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions.

The Dallas Cowboys have quickly secured Mike McCarthy as departed head coach Jason Garrett's successor, according to widespread reports.

The Cowboys missed out on the NFL playoffs this season and belatedly confirmed Garrett would be departing on Sunday, with his contract up on January 14.

Having taken their time to dismiss the nine-year coach, Dallas moved swiftly to bring in the next man.

The NFL Network reports former Green Bay Packers coach McCarthy has signed a deal with the team.

McCarthy, 56, who won Super Bowl XLV with the Packers, was a man in demand after spending a year away from the NFL following his sacking in Green Bay.

He had interviews with the Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns and New York Giants before heading to Texas over the weekend as Garrett's future became increasingly clear.

It is said Marvin Lewis was the only other option considered before the Cowboys made McCarthy their eighth permanent head coach.

Carson Wentz says he was "so dang proud" of the Philadelphia Eagles' season and assured fans he would be "just fine" after a head injury in the playoff defeat to the Seattle Seahawks.

The Eagles lost Sunday's wild card game 17-9 at home to the Seahawks after quarterback Wentz was forced to exit in the first quarter, having taken a blow to the back of his helmet from Jadeveon Clowney.

Wentz had played the entire regular season for the first time since his rookie year, having suffered major injuries in 2017 and 2018 and missed Philadelphia's Super Bowl LII triumph.

Although his playoff debut ended on a sour note, the 27-year-old took to Instagram on Monday to send a message to fans, offering an update on his health while looking forward to the 2020 season.

"So dang proud of this team and how we battled and overcame so much this season," Wentz wrote. "Not the ending we envisioned but we will all grow and be stronger because of it!

"The fight and resiliency that this team displayed was so impressive. Love these guys!

"Also, appreciate the thoughts and prayers. I'm feeling good today and will be just fine! Head injuries are a scary thing so I appreciate everybody's thoughts and prayers.

"Hate not being out there to finish it out with my guys because of a play like that, but it's the unfortunate part of this game. It's all in God's plan, not mine! Trusting in him.

"Philly, year four was one fun ride. Appreciate the love and support - especially the real ones who were with us through the highs and lows.

"Onward to next year... big things comin', believe that!"

Seahawks defensive end Clowney speculated after the game he might receive death threats from "the worst fans in the world" in Philadelphia for the hit on Wentz, but he added there was no intent in the incident.

"I was just playing fast, and he turned like he was running the ball, so I was trying to get him down," Clowney said. "It was a bang-bang play.

"I don't intend to hurt anybody in this league, let me just put that out there. I've been down the injury road - it's not fun.

"That's a great player over there for their team and for their organisation. I hope he's okay. Like I said, I didn't intend to hurt him.

"I didn't even know he went out of the game until the next series. I thought it was just a small hit, but everybody was going crazy on the sidelines. I was just trying to finish the play, but it happened."

The Jason Garrett era finally came to an end in Dallas on Sunday, as the Cowboys parted company with their head coach after nine full seasons together.

Garrett, who initially took over on an interim basis in 2010, led the Cowboys to three playoff appearances, but paid the price for a mediocre 8-8 season in which Dallas failed to live up to expectations.

Owner Jerry Jones has already begun the search to find the new man to try harness the potential of a supremely talented roster, with Mike McCarthy and Marvin Lewis reportedly interviewed by the Cowboys.

Here we look at the likely contenders to replace Garrett, as the Cowboys plot a long-awaited return to the glory days of the early 1990s.

Lincoln Riley

The bookmakers' favourite, Riley is regarded as one of the brightest young coaching minds in the college game. Riley has led the Oklahoma Sooners to three consecutive College Football Playoff appearances, while his ability to get the best out of quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray saw them selected first overall in successive drafts.

Riley had similar success with Jalen Hurts in 2019 and his potential impact on Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense is likely to appeal greatly to Jones, whose challenge would be convincing the 36-year-old to leave one of the premier jobs in college football.

Josh McDaniels

Still receiving significant interest despite going back on his handshake agreement with the Indianapolis Colts last year, former Denver Broncos head coach McDaniels appears destined to receive a second chance in a top job. The New England Patriots offensive coordinator will surely be keen to prove he can succeed without Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. The Cowboys have the talent to help him do so.

Mike McCarthy

Highly sought after following a year out of the game, McCarthy has significant experience and a Super Bowl title to his name from his spell with the Green Bay Packers. McCarthy is said to have spent his time away reinventing himself and improving his knowledge of analytics. The Cowboys were seemingly very impressed with McCarthy 2.0, as he reportedly stayed an extra day in Dallas after his interview.

Urban Meyer

Meyer has never coached at NFL level but has the big-name cachet Jones will likely crave having won three National Championships during a decorated spell as a college coach. He left Ohio State for health reasons after a 2018 season marred by scandal but has reportedly said he is interested in making the jump to the pros with Dallas. Given his history of success at every college team he coached, that interest should be mutual.

Marvin Lewis

The Cincinnati Bengals were a consistent contender during Lewis' 16-season tenure, and consistency is exactly what the Cowboys need. The blot on Lewis copybook is his playoff record, with the Bengals 0-7 in the postseason under his stewardship. That may affect his standing with a Cowboys franchise that has seen only four playoff victories since their last Super Bowl triumph in the 1995 season.

Other potential candidates

Matt Rhule is a popular name in this hiring cycle following the turnaround he has inspired at Baylor and a move from college to the pros seems likely at some point.

San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh has no head coaching experience but his energy and the success he has overseen could win over a franchise. Florida head coach Dan Mullen is a long-shot candidate, having coached Prescott at Mississippi State.

Rookie wide receiver DK Metcalf stole the show in the Seattle Seahawks' playoff win at the Philadelphia Eagles, earning plaudits from Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll and even LeBron James.

Metcalf had 160 receiving yards on seven receptions and connected with Wilson for the decisive touchdown in a 17-9 wild-card round win.

The 53-yard TD saw Metcalf go to ground in taking the catch before springing up to lunge into the endzone, securing an advantage the Seahawks protected with relative ease.

Quarterback Wilson was particularly effusive in his praise of the "special" 22-year-old, a second-round pick in 2019.

"DK was special tonight, and he's been special all year," Wilson told reporters. "He's one of the best rookies that's come out.

"He's got a nice little chip on his shoulder, too - I'm glad he's on our team, that's for sure, and he's on our team for a long time.

"I think the great thing about him, though, is that he's always been professional from day one. Nothing happens by accident.

"[It has been about his] his preparation, how he's prepared week in, week out - even since the offseason - all the extra work, all the early mornings, throwing at 5:20 in the morning in the summer. That's what greatness looks like."

Head coach Carroll added: "I think the night was stolen by DK. He did some stuff that it's hard to imagine anyone else doing."

And NBA great James took to Instagram to add his congratulations, posting on his story: "Congrats young [king]. Too fast, too strong."

The Seahawks move on to play the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round in the NFC.

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson believes the NFC wild-card clash with the Seattle Seahawks would have been a different if star quarterback Carson Wentz did not suffer a head injury.

Wentz exited in the first quarter after hurting his head and did not return as the Eagles lost 17-9 to the Seahawks in the NFL playoffs on Sunday.

The Eagles signal caller took a blow to the back of his helmet from Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and was replaced by 40-year-old back-up Josh McCown.

McCown – making his postseason debut following 17 seasons in the league – went 18 of 24 for 174 yards as the Eagles failed to reach the divisional round in Philadelphia.

Asked whether the game would have been different if Wentz was healthy, Pederson told reporters: "It's hard to say but I'd say yes if he was healthy. With the game plan we had, I think so. But it's hard to speculate."

The Eagles were hoping Wentz could lead the team deep into the playoffs after the 27-year-old played the entire regular season for the first time since his rookie year.

Wentz had suffered major injuries in 2017 and 2018 as Nick Foles stepped up to guide the Eagles to Super Bowl LII glory – Sunday's playoff appearance his first since being drafted in 2016.

"I feel for him. I feel bad for him," Pederson said of Wentz. "I briefly saw him in the dressing room afterwards.

"I'm disappointed for him. I wanted this for him. A lot of his team-mates did, too. So did the team and organisation. He's been through a lot."

Th Eagles endured an injury-ravaged season, but star tight end Zach Ertz managed to suit up and face the Seahawks, despite two non-displaced rib fractures sustained in Week 16.

Ertz was rushed to hospital after finding blood in his urine, however, he took to the field two weeks later and was teary-eyed post-game.

"It's been tough. It's been real tough," Ertz told reporters. "It hurts. Been a lot of highs and lows. My faith just kept me through it, kept me grounded. There was a plan for me.

"I just wanted it to be black and white, honestly. I took the emotion out of it. I just prayed that I wanted it to be clear. I didn't want it to be a grey area where it was an emotional decision. When it was unanimous that I was good to play, I knew that there was a plan and a reason, and that's why I was able to go."

"I wanted to play for this city," Ertz added. "I take a lot of pride [in] playing for my team-mates."

The Seattle Seahawks moved past the injury-hit Philadelphia Eagles courtesy of a 17-9 win in the NFL playoffs on Sunday.

Seattle set up a clash against the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round after proving too good for the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Eagles lost quarterback Carson Wentz in the first quarter due to a head injury and never got to their best to trouble the Seahawks in the NFC wild-card showdown.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson went 18 of 30 for 325 yards and a touchdown, but it was Seattle's defense that dominated.

They managed seven sacks, including six of Wentz's replacement Josh McCown.

McCown went 18 of 24 for 174 yards, but Wentz's injury, which came after a blow to the back of his helmet from Jadeveon Clowney, hurt the Eagles' chances.

The Seahawks needed until late in the second quarter to score their first TD as Marshawn Lynch spun over from five yards.

Jake Elliott's three field goals were all the Eagles could manage, with his second bringing them back to a 10-6 deficit in the third quarter.

However, Wilson connected with DK Metcalf with a 53-yard touchdown pass and the Seahawks were untroubled from then.

Metcalf starred with 160 receiving yards on seven receptions.

Drew Brees refused to be drawn on his future after the New Orleans Saints' NFL playoff loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Brees' Saints fell to a surprise 26-20 overtime defeat to the Vikings in the NFC wild-card clash.

The 40-year-old quarterback is coming out of contract and will reportedly stay with the Saints, but Brees was unwilling to confirm his future after the defeat.

"I'm not making any comments on that other than I've told you guys this for the last couple of years, I've always just taken it one year at a time and kind of re-evaluate each offseason," he told a news conference.

"Then, find the things I want to get better at and move on."

Kirk Cousins and Kyle Rudolph connected for the game-winning touchdown for the Vikings against the Saints, who had come from 20-10 down in the fourth quarter.

Brees, who went 26 of 33 for 208 yards with a TD and an interception, said Minnesota executed better than the Saints.

"It was a hard-fought football game. We played a really good team and obviously they came ready to play and at the end of the day they just made more plays than we did," he said.

"I love the way that we fought in the fourth quarter, we really didn't play our best football up until that point, but put together some good drives during that period of time and put ourselves in a position to win.

"But unfortunately they just made a few more plays than we did."

Dallas Cowboys will not renew Jason Garrett's contract with the team, bringing an end to his nine-year tenure as head coach.

The Cowboys won the NFC East division in 2018, only to lose to the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional playoffs.

However, they have not made the postseason this time around, finishing their season with an 8-8 record after a victory over the Washington Redskins in Week 17.

With Garrett – who initially took over as interim coach in 2010 before being handed the role on a permanent basis – set to be out of contract on January 14, the Cowboys have elected against renewing his deal.

"We are extremely grateful to Jason Garrett for his more than 20 years of service to the Dallas Cowboys as a player, assistant coach and head coach," said owner and general manager Jerry Jones in a statement on Sunday.

"His level of commitment, character and dedication to this organisation has been outstanding at every stage of his career."

While also searching for a new coach, the Cowboys, who finished second in the NFC East this season, risk losing as many as 26 players, including quarterback Dak Prescott, to unrestricted free agency.

 

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