Broncos' C.J. Anderson: Starting Super Bowl 50
C.J. Anderson will start Super Bowl 50 against the Panthers, Mike Klis of 9 News Denver reports.
Anderson has been far more effective than Ronnie Hillman over the past month, notching at least 72 rushing yards in four straight games. Overall, Anderson has racked up 55 carries for 312 yards, seven receptions (on 11 targets) for 32 yards, and three touchdowns during that span.
Panthers' Cameron Artis-Payne: Inactive Sunday
Artis-Payne dropped the ball in the divisional round against the Seahawks, but his relegation to the inactive list the past two games has more to do with the relative health of the backfield than any other factor.
Broncos' Darian Stewart: Active Sunday
Darian Stewart (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Panthers, Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post reports.
In advance of the season-ending tilt, Stewart was likely the most iffy of the Denver Broncos ' injured, but with two weeks to rest, he won't be denied by the sprained MCL sustained in the AFC championship game. While his tackle totals were modest from game to game, he was still involved in five turnovers this season (three fumbles and two interceptions).
Broncos' T.J. Ward: Active Sunday
T.J. Ward (ankle) is active for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Panthers, Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post reports.
After the Denver Broncos ' starting safety tandem came out of the AFC championship game with injuries, there was some worry whether Ward and Darian Stewart (knee) would take the field in Super Bowl 50, but full practices Thursday and Friday put an end to those questions.
Panthers' Thomas Davis: Active Sunday
Thomas Davis (forearm) is active for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Broncos.
All signs indicate that Davis is poised to be his typical self Sunday, despite sustaining a broken forearm in the NFC championship game. Expected to start at weak-side linebacker, he'll be donning just a pad on the affected region, meaning contact could be his biggest hindrance to logging a full complement of snaps.
Panthers' Jared Allen: Active Sunday
Jared Allen (foot) is listed as active for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Broncos.
One of the Carolina Panthers ' inactives in the NFC championship game, Allen will return to a starting gig, which equated to 63 percent of the defensive snaps in 12 regular season appearances upon arriving in Carolina after Week 3. However, he put up just two sacks over the course of the year.
Panthers' Mike Tolbert: Active Sunday
Mike Tolbert (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's Super Bowl versus the Broncos.
The Carolina Panthers ' rushing attack is powered by Jonathan Stewart and Cam Newton, but Tolbert still got in on the act on a weekly basis, averaging five touches per game in the regular season. Among those looks were 17 carries and seven targets in the red zone, which is a weapon that may be utilized in the most important outing of the campaign.
Broncos' Von Miller: In line for franchise tag?
The Denver Broncos will attempt to work out a long-term contract with Von Miller in the offseason, but if inroads aren't made, the franchise tag will be used on the pass rusher, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Miller has matured from the Broncos' most-fined player as a rookie in 2011 to one of the NFL's premier pass rushers, accruing double-digit sacks in four of five professional campaigns. Only a six-game suspension and a torn ACL in 2013 stopped him from making it 5-for-5, but he's now the backbone of a defense that will attempt to corral Cam Newton and the Panthers in Super Bowl 50. In 18 games this season (including playoffs), he's notched 13.5 sacks among 42 tackles, to which he's added four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch: Intends to retire
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Marshawn Lynch has shared his intention to retire with both teammates and some within the Seattle Seahawks ' organization.
Lynch had been a model of reliability during his time in Seattle, playing in 85 of 86 games between his arrival in 2010 and last year's Super Bowl. However, the additional reps taken on due to successive deep playoff runs appeared to take a toll in 2015, as he suffered through a hamstring injury early and abdominal surgery that combined to hold him out of nine regular season contests. After staying home during the Seahawks' wild-card win at Minnesota, he returned for the divisional round in Carolina but managed only six carries for 20 yards and two receptions for 15 yards. If he decides to hang up the cleats and tinted visor, he'll conclude his career with 9,122 rushing yards, 1,979 receiving yards, and 83 touchdowns (74 on the ground) in 127 games between the Seahawks and Bills.
Panthers' Thomas Davis: Not expected to be limited Sunday
The Carolina Panthers ' training staff doesn't expect Thomas Davis (forearm) to be limited in Sunday's Super Bowl against the Broncos, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Davis had surgery on his right forearm one day after the NFC championship game. During and immediately afterward, trainers were encouraged by how the repair proceeded, and their efforts in the interim have included reducing swelling in the forearm, rebuilding strength, and ensuring he returned to the practice field. After practicing in full this week, they accomplished that feat and, more importantly, believe he'll be his typical play-making self in Super Bowl 50, when he'll merely wear a pad over the healing region.
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