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.’’ (

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)


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.’’ (

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.’’ (

Have a nice Monday:

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Unbelievable images from the old Boston Garden

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