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Morning Sports Update: Julian Edelman reportedly cleared to play in playoff opener

Julian Edelman signals first down after a catch against the Washington Redskins. Winslow Townson/AP

The Chiefs, Steelers, Seahawks, and Packers won in the NFL wild card round. The Celtics lost to the Grizzlies, 101-98. The Patriots and Chiefs have injury updates on their star receivers.

Julian Edelman (foot) reportedly cleared to play against Chiefs:

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Chiefs’ Jeremy Maclin is day-to-day with a high ankle sprain: “After initial fears that Jeremy Maclin had torn his right ACL a third time, the Kansas City Chiefs announced Sunday afternoon the wide receiver merely sprained his ankle in the team’s playoff victory Saturday against the Houston Texans.’’ (Boston.com)

Remember the 2014 Chiefs-Patriots game? “The Patriots were embarrassed by the Kansas City Chiefs in a nationally televised contest at a packed Arrowhead Stadium last season in Week 4, the 27-point defeat being one of the worst of Bill Belichick’s coaching career.’’ (The Providence Journal)

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Patriots will prepare for Chiefs and we’ll wonder what might have been against the Bengals: “Just when it seemed that the New England Patriots were, once again, on to face Cincinnati, chaos ensued, delivering a different cyclical sort of matchup instead, scheduled for next Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.’’ (Boston.com)

The Chiefs are as bad a draw as it gets for the Patriots: “Of the three teams that could have earned the right to face the Patriots in the second round of the playoffs — Chiefs, Bengals, Texans — the Chiefs are the one team that should make Patriots fans the most nervous.’’ (The Boston Globe)

Marcus Smart, Celtics anger boils over in loss to Memphis: “As if the Boston Celtics’ frustration with their recent play needed to be condensed into one short clip, there was a sequence late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.’’ (ESPN.com)

Have a nice Monday:

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Unbelievable images from the old Boston Garden

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