NFL news roundup: Chris Harris to miss AFC Championship

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The Denver Broncos are hit with more defensive injuries prior to the AFC Championship.

Team fears were confirmed Monday with news Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris tore his ACL in the team's win over the San Diego Chargers in the divisional playoff round.

Harris missing the AFC Championship forces an already injured Broncos defense to compensate for another missing starter. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will likely be tasked with stopping Patriots receiver Danny Amendola, but Denver is still missing Von Miller, Kevin Vickerson, Rahim Moore and Derek Wolfe -- all of whom are on injured reserve.

Bengals interested in Darren McFadden

It's early to be talking about free agency, too early -- but new Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson made his admiration for McFadden known in a radio interview on Monday.

Under NFL rules no coach is allowed to make any statements of interest regarding a player currently with another team. It will be interesting to see if the league believes Jackson's comments constitute tampering.

Ticket sales restricted to championship games

Efforts to combat scalping in Seattle and Denver could have a huge impact for opposing fans looking to travel in order to support their teams.

The Seahawks and Broncos are limiting sales to a handful of states, including denying payment from California and any state located in New England. The teams hope their move will ensure tickets stay in the hands of fans and out of the secondary market, but it's an extreme move that could have major implication.

Jimmy Graham's potential franchise tag is unclear

The New Orleans Saints will make an effort to keep star tight end Jimmy Graham, even if that means potentially placing the the franchise tag on him.

There are questions regarding how Graham should be designated, and whether he's truly a wide receiver for the team rather than a tight end. The distinction is important in determining the cap figure and franchise tag cost. It adds a layer of intrigue to an already difficult Saints cap situation.

Ka'Deem Carey entering NFL draft

There might not be a running back off the board in the first round of the 2014 draft, but the first name will likely be that of Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey.

Carey declared for the NFL draft Monday and is regarded as the top running back prospect by several outlets.

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