Broncos' T.J. Ward: Listed as probable
Ward took a seat at the tail end of the season for three games due to an ankle injury, but four appearances in the interim have confirmed that he can play through the pain. In 14 outings this season (including playoffs), he's posted 71 tackles (55 solo), two sacks, and two forced fumbles.
Broncos' Darian Stewart: Probable for Sunday
After failing to practice last week, Stewart is now in line to fulfill expectations and suit up in Sunday's season-defining tilt. On the season (including playoffs), he racked up 71 tackles (53 solo), two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble in 17 games.
Panthers' Jared Allen: Probable for Sunday
Allen has endured an interesting past few weeks, which included a DNP in the NFC championship game, no presence on last week's injury report, and a reappearance this week with a limited showing Wednesday. However, he practiced in a full capacity both Thursday and Friday, and head coach Ron Rivera even expects Allen to start Sunday, according to the Charlotte Observer. In 13 games with the
Panthers' Thomas Davis: Listed as probable
Thomas (forearm) is listed as probable for Sunday's Super Bowl versus the Broncos, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Despite tending to a broken right forearm, which he sustained in the NFC championship game, Thomas will take the field in the Super Bowl, and in fact is expected to start, according to head coach Ron Rivera. In the regular season,
Panthers' Mike Tolbert: Probable for Sunday
Tolbert spent the week immediately after the NFC championship game in the trainer's room rather than the practice field, but full practices dominated this week, paving the way for active status Sunday. Nonetheless, he'll likely be contained to short-yardage situations behind Jonathan Stewart.
Montee Ball: Arrested Friday
Montee Ball was arrested on Friday morning for allegedly battering his girlfriend at a Madison, WI hotel, Wisconsin State Journal reports.
After the Broncos released the running back on the cusp of the regular season, Ball was in football limbo until he joined the Patriots' practice squad in mid-December. He stayed on through the team's playoff push, but his services weren't retained in the form of a reserve/future contract once the season concluded with a loss in the AFC championship game. Friday's brush with the law won't necessarily put a halt to his NFL pursuits. Rather, his performance, or lack thereof, this past season was likely enough to steer interested parties in other directions.
Rams' Todd Gurley: 'All is well' with foot
Todd Gurley (turf toe) told Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com on Thursday that "all is well" with his foot.
Gurley was sidelined in the season finale with turf toe, yet he had no problem racking up 1,106 yards in just 13 games on the backs of five 100-yard efforts. While he put in impressive work on the ground, the running back boasts the skill set to contribute as a receiver, as evidenced by an 81% catch percentage (or 21 receptions on 26 targets).
Panthers' Thomas Davis: Will start in Super Bowl
Davis broke his forearm in the NFC championship game and underwent surgery last Monday to repair it. He has been a participant in practice all week, and it appears he'll be on the field with the first-string defense Sunday. He still could see his minutes monitored during the game.
Chargers' Melvin Gordon: Rehab 'going well'
Melvin Gordon (knee) said Thursday that his rehabilitation is "going well" and believes he'll be healthy in "two months," the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Gordon missed the final two games of his rookie campaign due to a knee injury, which was remedied via surgery with noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Jan. 5. While neither the nature of the ailment nor the procedure were revealed, Gordon is on pace to be ready for the opening of the offseason program in April. Once the fall arrives, he'll be aiming to bounce back from a subpar season in which he posted 184 rushes for 641 yards (3.5 YPC), 33 catches (on 37 targets) for 192 yards, and no touchdowns.
Browns' Johnny Manziel: Won't be charged
Manziel's exit from NFL circles seems to be more assured by the week, especially after details emerged from his most recent brush with the law. On Saturday, an argument with an ex-girlfriend turned into a harrowing experience in which he allegedly "restrained" and struck her multiple times across two jurisdictions. Eventually, he ran from her residence, but not before police were called and a helicopter dispatched in search of the quarterback. Although he has avoided criminal charges, the NFL is investigating the matter to determine whether discipline is in order.
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