Jeff Fisher says it was ‘hilarious’ when he couldn’t find his challenge flag

Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher couldn’t find his challenge flag in the third quarter of a 26-10 loss against the New England Patriots in Week 13.

However, he eventually found the flag and won the challenge. Fisher explained why he couldn’t locate his flag. He explained that it was “hilarious,” via NESN.com.

Johnson, who retired earlier this season after eight games with the Tennessee Titans, continued his tradition of taking children on a huge shopping spree.

At Smith’s annual Christmas event, the children were given $200 Target gift cards while Papa John’s donated a pre-shopping pizza party for the children. Each child also received a gift bag, a Holiday Helpers T-shirt, and items from Target and the Ravens.

A reminder, though: Even if Smith likes to play Santa Claus, he does not want St. Nick coming to his house.

Last year, Smith asked for “a healthy Achilles” for Christmas, and he got his wish. The 37-year-old returned to the field this season and has caught 54 catches for 589 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games.

Both Smith and Johnson are future Hall of Fame wide receivers, but their impact has been felt well beyond the football field.

If not, props to Joe’s sibling. That’s some good younger brother-ing right there.

The Ravens visit the Patriots on Monday Night Football this week. Someone should probably check the walls in Flacco’s hotel room to see if he’s trying to gain an extra advantage.

Patriots QB Tom Brady, TE Rob Gronkowski miss practice

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (knee) and tight end Rob Gronkowski (back) were not present for the team’s practice Wednesday, as both are still recovering from injuries.

This marks the second straight week that Brady was not present for the opening practice of the week. He missed practices both Wednesday and Thursday last week before returning with limited participation Friday. He played all 73 snaps Sunday in a 22-17 win over the New York Jets.

“It’s better than last Monday, so I’m very happy about that,” Brady said of his health during his weekly interview Monday on sports radio WEEI. “… Hopefully I’ll be feeling a lot better come Sunday.”

Said Brady later Monday to Westwood One Radio: “I expect it to heal. I’m a pretty fast healer. I hope I don’t have to deal with it much longer.”

Meanwhile, Gronkowski left the game late in the first quarter after injuring his back. He had returned to action after missing the team’s game the week before because of a chest injury.

As quarterback Tom Brady said Monday on sports radio WEEI, the Patriots had a good feeling that they would have Gronkowski, and built a significant part of their red-zone game-plan around him.

Gronkowski’s late first-quarter departure forced plans to be scrapped and somewhat re-drawn on the fly, leading to some uncharacteristic clock management late in the second quarter.

“With Gronk injured, you have all these plays you like and then all of a sudden he goes out and a lot of things change,” Brady said on the “Kirk and Callahan” program.

“You’re trying to figure out situationally what you’re going to do when you lose him. I think that’s always a little bit of a challenge when you lose someone like that early in the game, just trying to adjust, especially when it comes to situational football. You’re trying to still know the plays you have confidence in based on the coverages you’re getting. They game-planned us, we game-planned them, and then all of a sudden your whole game-plan changes when one player goes out.”

Hill punctuated the kick return by high-fiving with teammate De’Anthony Thomas as the two approached the end zone with no Broncos within reach.

“We’ve been working on that in practice,” Hill said.