Packers' Nick Perry: Records sack in playoff victory
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(1:55 pm ET) Perry made four tackles (all solo) and recorded a sack in Sunday's playoff victory over the Cowboys.

Perry missed time in December with a broken hand, but the setback has not slowed him down following his return to action in Week 16, as he has four sacks in four games since.


Seahawks' Richard Sherman: Played through MCL injury
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(1:50 pm ET) According to coach Pete Carroll, Sherman played through an MCL injury over the second half of this season, Liz Mathews of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

Sherman was regularly given days off from practice over the past couple months, which, in hindsight, could've been related to his knee problem. While Carroll revealed Sherman carried an MCL injury, he didn't reveal the exact nature of the ailment or how it would be treated this offseason. Regardless of his injury, Sherman didn't miss a game this season, and finished with 58 tackles, 13 pass deflections and four interceptions.


Packers' Micah Hyde: Comes up big in playoff victory
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(1:45 pm ET) Hyde made four tackles (all solo), recorded a sack, and intercepted a pass in Sunday's playoff victory over the Cowboys.

Hyde played every defensive snap in Sunday's game, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, and he made a number of key plays in the Packers' victory. Expect him to continue playing a prominent role for the Packers' defense the rest of the way.


Seahawks' DeShawn Shead: Set for ACL surgery
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(1:35 pm ET) Shead (knee) suffered a torn ACL during Saturday's playoff loss to the Falcons, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

Shead's left knee buckled while attempting to defend Falcons wideout Taylor Gabriel on a comeback route to open the second half Saturday. The fifth-year cornerback will now undergo surgery to repair his ACL, resulting in an eight-month recovery timetable. Considering Shead started all 15 games he played this season, recording 81 tackles, 14 pass deflections and one interception along the way, his injury is a considerable blow to a Seahawks secondary that already has Earl Thomas (tibia) rehabbing an injury and Richard Sherman coming off playing the second half of the season with an MCL issue.


Panthers' James Bradberry: Leads team in passes defended
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11:50 am ET) Bradberry posted 59 tackles (47 solo) and two interceptions in 13 games played this season.

Bradberry was drafted in the second round and became an immediate starter in the role vacated by Josh Norman leaving the Panthers. Although that put considerable pressure on Bradberry to start his career, he emerged as Carolina's best cornerback over the course of his rookie season. The Panthers struggled mightily in pass defense when he was sidelined for three games due to a foot problem, but that absence still didn't prevent him from leading the team in pass deflections. The 23-year-old will aim to make further strides in his performance next season.


Panthers' Daryl Worley: Makes 88 tackles as rookie
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11:40 am ET) Worley finished this season with 88 tackles (63 solo), one interception and one sack in 16 games played.

Worley quickly became a starter after being drafted in the third round and fared relatively well as his first professional season unfolded. The West Virginia product finished fourth on the Panthers in tackles and was credited with nine pass deflections, which was second-best on the team. With a season under his belt, Worley will look to build on that success in 2017.


Panthers' Kurt Coleman: Sets new career high
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11:20 am ET) Coleman finished this season with 95 tackles (66 solo), four interceptions, one sack and one touchdown in 15 games played.

Coleman's tackle total marked the highest in his seven-year career, and his second consecutive 90-tackle season since joining the Panthers. He also led Carolina with four interceptions. After signing a three-year extension prior to this season, Coleman figures to remain an important member of the Panthers defense going forward, which should make him a solid IDP option among defensive backs in 2017.


Panthers' Thomas Davis: Leads Panthers in tackles
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(10:55 am ET) Davis finished this season with 106 tackles (73 solo), three interceptions, 2.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries in 16 games played.

Davis has now put together five straight 100-tackle seasons, with his 106 stops this year marking the third-most in his impressive 12-year career. Along with leading the Panthers in that category, Davis also intercepted at least three passes for the second consecutive season. Despite being 33 years old, Davis has shown no signs of aging, and should remain a strong IDP option alongside Luke Kuechly in the heart of Carolina's defense next season.


Steelers' Artie Burns: Recovers fumble in playoff win
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(1:00 am ET) Burns collected two tackles (both solo) and a fumble recovery in Pittsburgh's 18-16 playoff win over Kansas City.

The Steelers' defense has allowed an average of just 14 points in two playoff wins, but will face a Patriots' offense that scored 34 points in their win over the Texans. New England, which averaged 27.5 points per game this season, has won four of their last five games against the Steelers, including a 27-16 win in Week 7, and Pittsburgh has never beaten Tom Brady at home; their one win in New England came in 2008 against Matt Cassel.


Steelers' Ryan Shazier: Fourth consecutive game with interception
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(12:40 am ET) Shazier recorded five tackles (all solo) and an interception in Pittsburgh's 18-16 playoff win over Kansas City.

Pittsburgh's defense forced two turnovers and held Kansas City to 106 yards of offense in the first half, led by Shazier's fourth interception in as many games. He'll look to keep the streak going against Tom Brady, who threw only two interceptions during the regular season, but was picked off twice in New England's playoff win this week.


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