Dec 19, 2011; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith (94) reacts after a fumble recovery against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Steelers 20-3. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

NFL News: Justin Smith's Triceps, Tony Gonzalez Retirment, & Monte Kiffin to Cowboys



San Francisco DE Justin Smith continues to recover from a torn triceps muscle, but that shouldn’t keep him out of Saturday night’s showdown with the Green Bay Packers for their divisional round matchup. The two teams squared off in Week 1, and the 49ers pulled out a 30-22 win in Green Bay.


New Jaguars GM David Caldwell wasted no time in making headlines in Jacksonville, as he fired head coach Mike Mularkey. He also stated that the team will have an open quarterback competition this offseason and through training camp. The Jags will also bypass any opportunity to sign QB Tim Tebow.


New Cleveland Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski shouldn’t have any trouble adjusting to Cleveland, as he’ll be joining them for the third time as a coach. Chud previously served as the TEs coach in 2004 and offensive coordinator from 2007 through 2008.


The Dallas Cowboys are close to hiring Monte Kiffin as the teams’ next defensive coordinator.


Atalanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez still says he’s 95 percent certain that he will retire after the season.


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