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NFL News and Notes: Tom Coughlin By The Bay and Others Thoughts

Tom Coughlin may have just left the New York Giants organization, but that does not mean he is done coaching in the NFL. The 69-year-old coach has a meeting scheduled with the San Francisco 49ers, according to a report from NFL.com.

Conor Orr reports that a meeting with the 49ers on Tuesday to discuss their head coaching vacancy, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. He met with the Eagles on Monday. The Eagles have named Adam Gase as their new head coach, taking Coughlin out of the running. If Coughlin is hired bu the 49ers or any other NFL franchise, it will be his third tenure. Before his time with the Giants, which includes two Super Bowl titles in 2007 and 2011, Coughlin was the first head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and took the team to two AFC Championship games in 1996 and 1999.

The 49ers are a team that fired Jim Tomsula after one year as their leader. He replaced Jim Harbaugh as the now Michigan head coach had a tumultuous relationship with San Francisco’s management, which ultimately lead to his departure following the 2014 season.

If Coughlin is being brought in for an interview, it shows the team is seriously considering him as a candidate to revitalize the franchise.

BEN ROETHLISBERGER’S STATUS IN DOUBT

It may take a Willis Reed-like effort from Ben Roethlisberger this weekend if he is going to play against Denver in the divisional round of the playoffs. It has been announced the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback has torn ligaments in his shoulder.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Suffered AC Joint Sprain, Torn Ligaments

The CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh has confirmed the report from several media outlets. Roethlisberger injured his shoulder in the wildcard game against Cincinnati last weekend. Whether he plays this weekend is still up in the air. Roethlisberger says that he’s still working his way back from injury, and isn’t sure of his status for Sunday, according to the story.

Roethlisberger injured his shoulder after a hit from Bengals linebacker Vontez Burfict. He was taken off the field and into the locker room for x-rays and returned to the game in the closing moments to secure the 18-16 win in Cincinnati. In addition to the torn ligaments in the shoulder, it has also been reported that Roethlisberger suffered a sprain of his AC joint as well.

“It didn’t hurt when I reached back to throw,” Roethlisberger said of his heroic late-game drive. “But it was pushing forward to throw and then the end of the throw. So I definitely felt like I was shortening up my motion up a little bit, which is why we threw some screens, and couldn’t really get the ball down the field… I think it just more affected how I could throw it.”

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told the media at his press conference there is a chance Roethlisberger could play against the Broncos.

EDELMAN TO RETURN VERSUS KANSAS CITY

Tom Brady has to be all smiles now that he has learned that Julian Edelman will make his return to the starting lineup when New England hosts the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Edelman has been out of action for the past seven weeks with a broken foot. The Patriots limped into the playoffs, winning only four of those contests.

Kevin Patra of NFL.com writes the return of the wide receiver is huge for the Patriots, who have struggled on offense of late. Both Edelman and Danny Amendola were hit with injuries at the same time, which limited the New England passing game. Both players should see action on Saturday and with Rob Gronkowski, the three weapons could be the key to a Patriots win versus a Chiefs team that is the hottest team in football right now.

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