Patriots being cautious with Gronkowski: If you’re looking for the first big storyline of Super Bowl XLVI, look no further than TE Rob Gronkowski‘s injured ankle. The Patriots said Gronkowski would miss Thursday’s practice — just the second practices he’s missed all season. But fear not, Playoff Challengers, coach Bill Belichick says Gronk is doing well and the team still expects him to be ready for the big game in Indianapolis in 10 days. You should expect to hear continuous reports on the status of that ankle all the way up until kickoff (we’ll do our best to spare you, dear reader).
Sherman to become Dolphins’ OC?: The Miami Herald reported that former Green Bay Packers and Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman is in talks to become the Dolphins’ new offensive coordinator. If he does take the job, it would be Sherman’s third NFL go-round as an OC after stints with the Seahawks (1999) and Texans (2007). In both instances, Sherman’s offenses were slightly better than average, ranking 12th in the league in points scored. Sherman’s offenses generally employ pass-catching running backs, which should have Reggie Bush feeling mighty excited.
Tice to make changes to Bears offense: New Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice told The Chicago Tribune that while he will keep most of offensive terminology the same, he plans to better utilize his personnel. According to Tice, that means finding better ways to get the ball into the hands of his wide receivers. But it also means relying on the strengths of RB Matt Forte, whose contract status remains at a standstill. Either way, Tice’s plan would appear to be good news for the fantasy value of Forte and QB Jay Cutler. As for any of Chicago’s receivers … well, we reserve judgment for several months.
— Marcas Grant