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Week 16 injury report roundup

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All 32 teams play on either Saturday or Sunday, which means that all 32 teams submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday.

As we do every week, we’ve gone through all of them to pull out the information you need to know before kickoff. So, without any further ado, here’s your Week 16 injury report roundup.

Falcons at Lions

Safety William Moore (hamstring) and wide receiver Roddy White (knee) are both questionable for the Falcons. The Lions aren’t likely to have tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who is doubtful due to an ankle injury. Safety Louis Delmas is absolutely not injury prone, but he is questionable with the knee injury that’s bothered him all season.

Raiders at Panthers

Knee and hamstring issues will keep Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour out for another week. Safety Tyvon Branch (neck, ankle) and wide receiver Juron Criner (hip) are questionable. Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (ankle) is also questionable while center Geoff Hangartner is doubtful with a foot injury.

Saints at Cowboys

Fullback Jed Collins (knee, toe) won’t go for the Saints. Running back Chris Ivory (hamstring) and cornerback Patrick Robinson (groin) are questionable. Running back Pierre Thomas, who popped up on the injury report Thursday with a knee injury, is probable. The Cowboys remain without defensive tackle Jay Ratliff (groin) and they have a pair of questionable players in linebacker Ernie Sims (concussion) and wide receiver Kevin Ogletree (illness).

Titans at Packers

Center Kevin Matthews (ankle) won’t play for the Titans. Wide receivers Kendall Wright (rib) and Damian Williams (hamstring) are questionable. The Packers ruled out tight end Tom Crabtree (hamstring), wide receiver Jordy Nelson (hamstring), running back James Starks (knee), defensive end C.J. Wilson (knee) and safety Charles Woodson (collarbone). Running back Alex Green is questionable because of a concussion.

Vikings at Texans

The Vikings head to Houston in good health with defensive end Brian Robison (shoulder) listed as the only player less than probable. A healthy Texans team will be waiting for them. Cornerback Alan Ball (foot) is out, but linebacker Brooks Reed (groin) is probable to make his return and every other player on the injury report joins him with that likely to play designation.

Patriots at Jaguars

As always, the Patriots’ injury report is a statement about the very nature of injury reports as they list 19 players as questionable and no player with another designation. Among them are tight end Rob Gronkowski (forearm), defensive end Chandler Jones (ankle) and wide receiver Wes Welker (ankle). Running backs Rashad Jennings (concussion) and Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) are out once more for Jacksonville, while cornerbacks Aaron Ross (calf) and Dwight Lowery (foot) are questionable.

Colts at Chiefs

The Colts ruled out running back Delone Carter (ankle), linebacker Kavell Conner (hamstring), center Samson Satele (ankle) and safety Tom Zbikowski (knee). Center A.Q. Shipley, who would replace Satele, is questionable with a knee injury and tackle Winston Justice has the same designation thanks to a biceps injury. Chiefs tight end Tony Moeaki (head) is doubtful and tackle Branden Albert (back) is questionable.

Bills at Dolphins

The Bills are hopeful they’ll get center Eric Wood (knee) back in the lineup this week. He’s listed as questionable, as is Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline (back). Defensive tackle Randy Starks is also questionable after missing practice all week for reasons not related to an injury and unknown to us. Wide receiver Davone Bess (back) and linebacker Koa Misi (ankle) are out for the second straight week.

Chargers at Jets

Defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin (knee) is doubtful for the Chargers while linebacker DeMorrio Williams (ankle) is questionable. Jets tight end Dustin Keller (ankle) is likely to miss another game after being listed as doubtful. Wide receiver Braylon Edwards (hamstring), wide receiver Mardy Gilyard (illness), defensive tackle Sione Pouha (back), linebacker Ricky Sapp (ankle), wide receiver Chaz Schilens (calf, knee) and linebacker Bryan Thomas (chest) are all questionable, while quarterback Mark Sanchez’s wounded pride is nowhere to be found on the injury report.

Redskins at Eagles

Quarterback Robert Griffin III (knee) is expected to start for the Redskins, who listed tackle Tyler Polumbus (head) and defensive end Stephen Bowen (biceps) as questionable. Running back Stanley Havili (hamstring) is out and running back Chris Polk (toe) is doubtful. The Eagles do expect to have LeSean McCoy back in the starting lineup in his return from a concussion.

Bengals at Steelers

The Bengals listed cornerbacks Adam Jones (hamstring) and Dre Kirkpatrick (head) as questionable. Cornerback Ike Taylor (ankle) will miss another game for the Steelers and it looks like tackle Mike Adams, doubtful with an ankle injury, is going to be out as well.

Rams at Buccaneers

Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan (thigh) is questionable, as is Buccaneers cornerback LeQuan Lewis (knee). Tampa defensive end Aaron Morgan (shoulder) is doubtful, which wraps up a brief injury report ahead of this matchup.

Browns at Broncos

The Browns ruled out wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (knee), tight end Jordan Cameron (head) and safety Tashaun Gipson (foot). Broncos guard Chris Kuper (head, ankle) is doubtful for the game.

Bears at Cardinals

Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton (clavicle) is doubtful after missing last week’s game. Wide receiver Earl Bennett (concussion) and cornerback Tim Jennings (shoulder) are both questionable. Wide receiver Early Doucet (concussion) and guard Mike Gibson (calf) are out for Arizona. Left tackle Nate Potter is questionable with an ankle injury.

Giants at Ravens

Center David Baas (hip, shoulder), tight end Travis Beckum (knee), running back Ahmad Bradshaw (knee, foot), safety Kenny Phillips (knee), safety Tyler Sash (hamstring), guard Chris Snee (hip) and defensive end Justin Tuck (shoulder) are all questionable for the Giants. Reports are more optimistic on Bradshaw than they are on Tuck, who missed practice all week. Cornerback Prince Amukamara (hamstring) is probable after missing last week’s game. Safety Bernard Pollard (chest) is likely to miss his second straight game while guard Marshal Yanda (ankle) and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (ankle) are better bets to return to action after getting questionable tags. Wide receiver Torrey Smith and running back Bernard Pierce are also questionable pending the results of their baseline concussion tests.

49ers at Seahawks

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh says defensive tackle Justin Smith is questionable with an elbow injury, but the injury report says he’s doubtful. Linebacker Clark Haggans (shoulder) is also doubtful. Wide receiver Mario Manningham (shoulder) is questionable. Wide receiver Sidney Rice (knee), cornerback Walter Thurmond (hamstring) and cornerback Marcus Trufant (hamstring) will all be game-time decisions for Seattle.

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Report: Kevin O’Connell will coach quarterbacks in Washington

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The Redskins will hire Kevin O’Connell as their new quarterbacks coach, Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports reported Friday.

The team has not announced the move, nor has it announced a replacement for offensive coordinator Sean McVay after he became head coach of the Rams. The hiring of O’Connell would indicate that head coach Jay Gruden will promote Matt Cavanaugh from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator.

O’Connell, 31, was quarterbacks coach with the Browns in 2015 and worked on the 49ers’ staff last season. The report said he had also been in the mix for coordinator and quarterbacks coach jobs at the college level.

O’Connell spent five seasons in the NFL as a player. He worked training high school and college quarterbacks before accepting a job with the Browns prior to the 2015 season.

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Travis Kelce fined for ripping ref

KANSAS CITY, MP - JANUARY 15: Tight end Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs signals a first down in the first quarter of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers  in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Getty Images

After the Chiefs lost to the Steelers on Sunday, Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce ripped referee Carl Cheffers, saying Cheffers “shouldn’t be able to wear a zebra jersey,” even at Foot Locker. The NFL was not amused.

A league source tells PFT that Kelce has been fined for criticizing Cheffers.

Although we have not confirmed the exact amount of Kelce’s fine, it’s believed to be about $12,500. That’s half of what Josh Norman was fined for telling an official he sucked during the regular season.

Players generally get a pass if they criticize the officiating in a general sense. When they start to get personal toward an individual official, that’s when the league cracks down. The NFL felt that Kelce, by specifically identifying Cheffers and criticizing not just one specific holding call but Cheffers’ competence in general, had crossed the line.

The NFL has also said that Cheffers was correct on the call in question, a holding call on Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher. And the NFL has appointed Cheffers to referee the Super Bowl, demonstrating that the league is satisfied that Cheffers is fully capable of wearing the zebra jersey to do more than sell footwear.

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Alfredo Roberts will coach Chargers running backs

Jacksonville Jaguars tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts watches play during the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida on September 18, 2006. The Jaguars won 9-0.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The Chargers will hire Alfredo Roberts as their new running backs coach, ESPN’s Adam Caplan reported Friday.

Roberts previously worked with new Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn in Cleveland, where Lynn coached running backs and Roberts coached the tight ends in 2007-08, and in Jacksonville.

Roberts also previously was the tight ends coach for the Buccaneers and Colts. He played on two Super Bowl teams with the Cowboys in the early 1990s.

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Jaguars hire Keenan McCardell as wide receivers coach

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Jimmy Smith’s prayers have been answered.

When word broke that the Jaguars were interviewing Keenan McCardell to be their wide receiver coach, Smith said he was praying for his former Jacksonville teammate to get the job. Their former coach and current executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin helped announce the news on Friday afternoon.

“We all understand what Keenan means to this organization and we are excited to welcome him home to Jacksonville, as he’ll oversee the growth and consistent improvement of our receiving corps,” Coughlin said in a statement. “I had the pleasure of coaching Keenan for six seasons and understand his passion for the game of football and his burning desire to win.”

McCardell joined the Jaguars in 1996 and caught 499 passes for 6,393 yards and 30 touchdowns over six seasons with the team. McCardell played 16 years in the NFL overall, wrapping up his career with the Redskins in 2007 and catching 883 passes in the process.

McCardell coached the wide receivers in Washington in 2010 and 2011 and spent two years in the same job at the University of Maryland, where he worked with current Vikings wideout Stefon Diggs.

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Tom Brady still not willing to talk Donald Trump

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on in the second half against the Houston Texans during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) Getty Images

On Thursday night, Donald Trump said that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady called to congratulate the since-inaugurated Commander-in-Chief. On Friday, Brady declined to address the situation, in any way.

Asked by reporters to share some of the details about the call, Brady said this: “I don’t have much to say.”

Asked simply whether he called Trump, Brady said this: “Did I call him? Let’s talk about football.”

In contrast, coach Bill Belchick admitted that he had sent Trump a letter of encouragement before the election, after Trump read from the letter at a rally.

It’s Brady’s prerogative to say whether he did or didn’t make the call; after the election, he said he’s done talking politics. However, the fact that he said nothing underscores the notion that he surely wasn’t happy about the public disclosure of his private communication.

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Vikings make it official with coordinator Pat Shurmur

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 7: Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur of the Philadelphia Eagles watches his team warm up prior to the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 7, 2014 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) Getty Images

After going through interim quarterbacks, interim running backs and interim tackles last year, the Vikings decided to remove that adjective from their offensive coordinator’s title.

The team announced that Pat Shurmur would remain as their offensive coordinator, after he took over for Norv Turner last November.

The team also announced that Kevin Stefanski will move from coaching running backs to quarterbacks, along with the hirings of running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu and tight ends coach Clancy Barone.

Shurmur’s background with Sam Bradford was helpful for the Vikings this year, as they tried to recover from Teddy Bridgewater’s knee injury. They worked together previously with the Rams and Eagles, and may well into the future, since no one’s quite sure when or if Bridgewater will return.

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Travis Kelce fined for shoving Ross Cockrell

KANSAS CITY, MP - JANUARY 15:  Tight end Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Getty Images

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce ripped the officials in last Sunday’s playoff loss to the Steelers for a holding call on left tackle Eric Fisher on a two-point conversion attempt in the fourth quarter and said that referee Carl Cheffers wasn’t fit to wear a striped shirt for Foot Locker.

The NFL has a different read on Cheffers’ work as they named him to work the Super Bowl in Houston in a couple of weeks. We don’t know if Kelce’s views of the officiating have drawn a fine from the league, but PFT has confirmed that Kelce was fined for an on-field penalty.

Kelce has been fined $9,115 for an unnecessary roughness penalty. Kelce was flagged in the third quarter for shoving Steelers cornerback Ross Cockrell at the end of a play. The penalty pushed the Chiefs back 15 yards, but they were able to convert a first down on the next play and ended the drive with three points.

That wasn’t enough to put them in front of the Steelers, who advanced to the AFC Championship Game by an 18-16 score after the Chiefs’ second try at the aforementioned two-point conversion came up short.

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No fines for Chiefs-Steelers post-game skirmish

KANSAS CITY, MP - JANUARY 15: Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers attempts to calm down cornerback Marcus Peters #22 of the Kansas City Chiefs  in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) Getty Images

Although it didn’t get a lot of attention in the media, a skirmish broke out between players on the Chiefs and Steelers after Sunday night’s playoff game.

The league office didn’t pay it any mind, either: PFT has confirmed that none of the players involved were fined.

Chiefs defensive backs Terrance Mitchell and Marcus Peters were involved in some pushing and shoving with several Steelers players, and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin got between them. Steelers coach Joey Porter also got in the middle of it, trying to break things up just days after he was reinstated from the team after being put on leave briefly for allegedly doing some pushing and shoving of his own in a Pittsburgh restaurant.

No punches were thrown and it was a fairly mild scuffle, so it’s no surprise that the NFL decided not to hand out any discipline, even if it wasn’t exactly the ideal way for a playoff game to end.

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Jadeveon Clowney, Eric Rowe fined for divisional round infractions

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots passes the ball while under pressure by Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Getty Images

Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney hit Patriots quarterback Tom Brady a few times in last Saturday’s Patriots win in the divisional round of the playoffs and one of them led to an animated reaction from Brady when a flag wasn’t thrown.

Clowney dragged Brady down on an incomplete pass in the third quarter and Brady was seen shouting at the officials after the play was over. He got the flag he was looking for early in the next quarter when Clowney was penalized for roughing Brady on a 10-yard completion to running back Dion Lewis.

PFT has confirmed with the league that Clowney was also fined $18,231 for roughing Brady.

Patriots cornerback Eric Rowe has also been fined $12,154 after picking up an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. There was a scrum at the end of a short completion on third down to Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins early in the game and Rowe was penalized for pulling people off the pile. The penalty gave the Texans a first down that they used to continue a drive that ended with a field goal.

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Patriots list seven as questionable for Sunday

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 12:  Malcolm Mitchell #19 of the New England Patriots celebrates scoring a touchdown during the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium on December 12, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Patriots didn’t have a player on their 53-man roster miss practice at any point this week, but they aren’t saying that everyone will be healthy enough to play on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game.

They listed seven players as questionable to face the Steelers, including four of quarterback Tom Brady’s targets through the air. Wide receivers Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell all got the questionable designation after three days of limited practices. Amendola returned to action last week after missing a month with an ankle injury while Mitchell didn’t play due to a knee issue and Hogan had to leave the win over the Texans after hurting his thigh.

Tight end Martellus Bennett is the other member of the quartet. He’s listed with a knee injury after briefly leaving last week’s game a couple of times, but said early in the week that he was feeling fine.

Linebacker Dont’a Hightower (shoulder), running back Brandon Bolden (knee) and defensive end Jabaal Sheard (knee) make up the rest of the group.

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Sammy Watkins has second foot surgery

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 27:   Sammy Watkins #14 of the Buffalo Bills warms up before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Bills announced Friday that wide receiver Sammy Watkins and defensive end Shaq Lawson have recently undergone surgeries.

The team said Watkins had a second surgery on his injured foot and that his anticipated timetable includes a healthy return in time for training camp.

Watkins had foot surgery last spring, then re-injured his foot and missed half of the 2016 season, though he returned to play in December. He caught 28 passes for 430 yards and two touchdowns in eight games.

Lawson, the team’s first-round pick last spring, had arthroscopic knee surgery. He’s expected to be available for the entire offseason program.

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Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison listed as questionable

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15:  Davante Adams #17 of the Green Bay Packers reaches for the end zone past Morris Claiborne #24 of the Dallas Cowboys in the first half during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at AT&T Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Packers aren’t ruling any of their injured wide receivers out for Sunday’s game against the Falcons, but they know that they may need to go without one or all of Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison.

All three players were listed as out of practice on Friday — it was an estimation as the Packers will work out on Saturday — as Nelson fell ill after working two days in an attempt to return from broken ribs. Adams, who has an ankle injury, and Allison, who is dealing with a hamstring issue, missed all three days and coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that the team will go as long as they need to before making a decision about their status for the NFC title game.

“I’m going to give these guys the open time frame to do everything they can to play. Maybe one or two of those guys will have to work Sunday before the game,” McCarthy said, via USA Today.

Safety Morgan Burnett was listed as a limited participant in practice Friday, the first time he’s been listed as anything but out since injuring his quadricep against the Cowboys. He’s been listed as questionable along with cornerback Quinten Rollins, who was limited all week with the neck injury and concussion that kept him out the last two weeks.

The Falcons got wide receiver Julio Jones back at practice Friday and, as coach Dan Quinn said earlier in the day, have no players on the active roster with injuries that will keep them from playing on Sunday.

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Steelers list Green and Harrison as questionable

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 18:  Ladarius Green #89 of the Pittsburgh Steelers attempts to stiff arm Shawn Williams #36 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Pittsburgh defeated Cincinnati 24-20. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Steelers list tight end Ladarius Green and outside linebacker James Harrison as questionable for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game at New England.

Green has missed the last four games due to a concussion. Though he’s practiced on a limited basis last week and this week, it’s uncertain if he’ll be fully cleared to play.

Harrison has shoulder and triceps injuries and was a full practice participant Friday. Barring a setback, he will play.

Backup running back Fitzgerald Toussaint, who missed last week’s game with a concussion, is also listed as questionable. He was a full practice participant Friday.

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Aaron Rodgers also under the weather

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers drops back to pass in the first half during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images

No defense has had much luck stopping Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers over the last eight games and he said on Friday that germs won’t be the thing to slow him down either.

The Packers have joined the Steelers as teams dealing with illness kicking around their locker rooms this week. Wide receiver Jordy Nelson was sent home by the Packers on Friday because the team worried he might be contagious, but Rodgers said that he’s already under the weather.

“Rest, fluids, all that stuff,” Rodgers said, via Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal. “We’ll be OK. Jordy had it. Mason [Crosby] had it. I got it. We’ll deal with it.”

The ailing Packers players will try to get everything is out of their systems by Sunday afternoon in hopes of avoiding a different reason to feel sick to their stomachs.

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Jim Tomsula interviews with Saints for position coach job

SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 15:  Jim Tomsula speaks during a press conference at Levi's Stadium on January 15, 2015 in Santa Clara, California. The San Francisco 49ers announced Jim Tomsula as their new head coach to replace Jim Harbaugh.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Getty Images

We asked for it, and now we have it.

According to Alex Marvez of the Sporting News, former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula has interviewed with the Saints for their vacant defensive line coaching gig.

The Saints are looking for someone to replace Bill Johnson, who was fired as part of a staff shakeup there. Johnson landed with the Rams.

Tomsula went 5-11 in his one season as 49ers head coach in 2015, and was defensive line coach there for the eight years prior.

He was out of football last year, living off the $14 million the 49ers paid him for one season of work.

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