- Myles Garrett vows not to take it easy on Mason Rudolph (Beacon Journal) - Star defensive end Myles Garrett doesn’t plan to treat Mason Rudolph differently than any other NFL quarterback he tries to sack. The Browns star defensive end and Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback will face each other in Sunday’s regular-season finale at FirstEnergy Stadium for the first time since Garrett hit Rudolph over the head with the QB’s helmet on Nov. 14, 2019, during a nasty brawl late in a 21-7 Cleveland win.
- Kevin Stefanski names Myles Garrett captain for the Steelers game (cleveland.com) - Myles Garrett has certainly come a long way since the helmet incident with Mason Rudolph last year. Kevin Stefanski named him the captain for Sunday’s almost must-win game against the Steers.
- Wyatt Teller listed as questionable, but Browns feel good about him playing against Steelers (Browns Zone) - Right guard Wyatt Teller was listed as questionable on the official injury report Friday, but coach Kevin Stefanski said he feels good about him being able to play Sunday in the finale against the Steelers.
- Browns D confident in depth as roster shuffle hits key positions (clevelandbrowns.com) - The Browns’ defensive depth chart has already contained plenty of scribbles and X’s this week as a result of injuries and positive COVID-19 tests. It’s still quite a bit of shuffling, but defensive coordinator Joe Woods is confident his defense is well-equipped for any combination of personnel.
- Saints place Alvin Kamara on reserve/COVID list; Kamara’s status for playoff opener in doubt (nola.com) - The first day of the new year brought some unwelcome tidings for the New Orleans Saints, who placed running back Alvin Kamara on the reserve/COVID list after he tested positive for the coronavirus. Kamara will miss Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, and he could potentially be forced to miss New Orleans’ first playoff game if the Saints do not clinch the NFC’s top seed this weekend.
- Belichick’s exit plan and a JJ Watt trade: NFL subplots to watch in 2021 (The Guardian) - Will Aaron Rodgers depart Green Bay after an MVP-caliber season? Will Bill Belichick leave New England before it turns ugly? There’s no shortage of meaty NFL plotlines in 2021.
- Chance to play, not rematch with Browns, motivating Steelers Mason Rudolph (triblive.com) - As fate would have it, the biggest game of Mason Rudolph’s season is also the biggest game for the Cleveland Browns in more than a decade. Despite the sordid history between the two, the latter is having little effect in motivating the former.
- Frank Ragnow talks Pro Bowl nod, throat injury (detroitlions.com) - Frank Ragnow has dreamt of being a Pro Bowl NFL player since he first strapped on a helmet as a little kid. Upon hearing the news last week that he made his first Pro Bowl, Ragnow’s first order of business was to share the news with his mother and his family. Unfortunately, that had to be done via family group text. No phone call. Ragnow was still on strict orders not to speak after damaging his vocal cords Week 14 vs. Green Bay.