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With two playoff rounds over, Denver, New England, Carolina and Arizona are still alive heading into conference championship weekend. NFL Nation reporters look ahead to what Thursday has in store for each playoff team.


New England Patriots: There is more clarity on the Patriots' injury front, as rookie guard Tre' Jackson (knee) remains out of practice, while linebacker Jamie Collins (back) and defensive end Chandler Jones (right knee) were healthy enough to join their teammates at Wednesday's walk-through. Meanwhile, receiver Julian Edelman's left foot made it through his return against the Chiefs, and he should be available for Sunday's AFC championship game. -- Mike Reiss

Denver Broncos: The Broncos could look out on the practice field Wednesday and see the good news. Every player on the roster had full participation in the practice, and that included cornerback Chris Harris Jr. Harris has been dealing with a left shoulder injury, which limited him some in the regular-season finale and during the Broncos' AFC divisional round win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Harris, who was the only player on the Broncos' defense who topped 1,000 snaps in the regular season, had to leave the field at times against the Steelers. The Broncos need Harris as close to 100 percent as possible to help keep the Patriots' Julian Edelman in check. -- Jeff Legwold


Arizona Cardinals: Cardinals Pro Bowl defensive tackle Calais Campbell talked about the key to the Carolina Panthers' offense on Wednesday. And it wasn't Cam Newton. It was running back Jonathan Stewart, who opened the Panthers-Seattle Seahawks game last week with a 59-yard run. "He creates some big things out of just a little bit," Campbell said. "He doesn't need much to get going, so we have our hands full trying to stop him." -- Josh Weinfuss

Carolina Panthers: Defensive end Jared Allen's fractured foot will be re-evaluated again on Thursday. Allen has made it clear that he will try to play through the pain, but coach Ron Rivera also made it clear that Allen must prove he can contribute effectively. It would not be a good sign if he's not on the field in at least a limited capacity on Thursday. Backup running back Fozzy Whittaker (ankle) appears ready to contribute after missing two games. His ability to catch passes out of the backfield and pick up the blitz could be big on third down against an Arizona team that blitzes more than any in the league. -- David Newton