Saints host Eagles...Another Alabama player declares for draft...Hurricanes beat Predators
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints left tackle Terron Armstead and Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett are active for their NFC divisional round playoff game against the Eagles. Armstead, who has been hampered by a pectoral injury since Nov. 11, last played part of New Orleans’ victory over Pittsburgh on Dec. 23. Bennett had been listed as questionable for the game because of a foot injury. Three other Eagles who’d been listed as questionable —linebacker D.J. Alexander, receiver Shelton Gibson and tackle Jason Peters — also are available to play.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — All-America safety Deionte Thompson has joined a growing crowd of Alabama players leaving early for the NFL draft. Thompson is the sixth Crimson Tide underclassman to announce his decision to leave early. Cornerback Saivion Smith announced yesterday that he’s turning pro. A day earlier, left tackle Jonah Williams, defensive lineman Quinnen Williams, tailback Josh Jacobs and tight end Irv Smith Jr. all declared for the draft.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Sarah Thomas is the first woman to work an NFL playoff game as an on-field official. Thomas was the down judge in today’s divisional round game between New England and the Los Angeles Chargers. That’s a first, according to the league’s Twitter account. Thomas was hired in 2015 and was already the league’s first female full-time official.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL says Big Boi and Travis Scott will join Maroon 5 in this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. Maroon 5 had been the widely reported halftime show act since September, but the NFL officially announced the band as its headliner today. Many acts have turned down the halftime show this year in support of Colin Kaepernick and other players who have taken a knee during the national anthem. An online petition urges Maroon 5 to withdraw from the gig.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sebastian Aho had three goals and an assist to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-3 win over the Nashville Predators. Justin Williams, Saku Maenalanen and Lucas Wallmark also scored for Carolina, which won for the seventh time in eight games and earned its fifth consecutive victory at home.