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Derrick Johnson (Achilles) is hopeful he will be fully recovered and ready for training camp, KansasCity.com reports.

Impact

Johnson is two months removed from rupturing his Achilles tendon for the second time in three years. The veteran is determined to go through his rehab, and return in full health for training camp. He recorded 90 tackles (70 solo), one interception, and a sack across 13 games in the 2016 regular season.

Ryan Harris (shin) is contemplating retirement, Cameron Wolfe of The Denver Post reports.

Impact

Harris still has one more year left on his current contract with the Steelers, so it's fair to wonder whether the shin injury that landed him on injured reserve last October is still a problem. If he decides against retirement – and is fully recovered – Harris will likely enter the 2017 campaign as one of the Steelers' top reserves at tackle.

Terrell Suggs (biceps) will return to play for the Ravens in 2017, CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.

Impact

Suggs played with a torn biceps from Week 6 on in 2016, not to mention a vague elbow ailment he apparently had to deal with as well. He's scheduled for offseason surgery to correct the bicep issue, and there doesn't appear to be any concern that either injury will impact his availability for the start of the 2017 campaign. Still, it remains to be seen how extensive a role Suggs may have entering his 15th season in the league.

Justin Forsett (R, Den)

Justin Forsett will make a decision within the next month or so on whether he'll resume his playing career, The Denver Post reports.

Impact

Forsett played for the Broncos, Lions and Ravens last season, bouncing around the league as a veteran running back capable of providing depth for teams in need. After joining Denver in December, Forsett went on to start three of the four games he played for the Broncos, finishing with 155 yards and a touchdown on 43 rushing attempts. However, at 31 years old and without a contract for next season, it remains to be seen whether Forsett will try to find a new team or call it a career after nine seasons.

Michael Vick officially announced his retirement from the NFL, ESPN reports.

Impact

Now 36 years old, Vick was unable to find a team to play for in 2016 despite his stated hopes of playing again. Once the No. 1 overall selection in the 2001 Draft, he will be remembered on the football field for the strong arm and electrifying running ability that led the Atlanta Falcons to two playoff appearances and one NFC championship game. He later joined the Eagles for the 2009-2013 seasons before spending a year with each of the Jets and Steelers, finishing his career with 22,464 passing yards, 133 passing touchdowns and 6,109 rushing yards – an all-time quarterback record.

DeMarcus Ware (back) said he plans to return for the 2017 season and hopes to remains with the Broncos, The Denver Post reports.

Impact

Ware played just 10 games this season due to forearm and back injuries, resulting in career lows in tackles (15) and sacks (4.0), and he's slated to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. At 34 years old, Ware is looking forward to his 13th NFL season, which he wants to take place in Denver. According to Ware, new Broncos coach Vance Joseph has given him promising indications regarding his future with the team, but it still remains to be seen whether general manager John Elway will re-sign him knowing that Denver already boasts Von Miller, Shane Ray and Shaq Barrett at outside linebacker. Although Ware is also coming off surgery to repair a ruptured disk in his back, the fact that he expects to be cleared for all activities in two weeks bodes well for him being ready ahead of the 2017 campaign.

Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) is questionable to play in Sunday's Super Bowl against the Falcons.

Impact

Hightower played through the same shoulder injury in the AFC championship game. Given the absence of any reported setbacks, look for him to do the same Sunday.

Nate Ebner (concussion) is questionable to play in Sunday's Super Bowl against the Falcons.

Impact

Although Ebner was a limited participant in practice the past two weeks due to a concussion suffered in the AFC championship game, he's expected to be cleared in time for Sunday's Super Bowl.

Vincent Valentine (back) was limited at practice Friday and is officially listed as questionable for the Super Bowl.

Impact

Valentine was added to the injury report Thursday, and his limited participation in practice is a cause for concern in the Patriots' locker room. With fellow defensive tackle Alan Branch (toe) also on the injury report, the Patriots are left with Malcom Brown as the only healthy option at defensive tackle. Look for more updates on Valentine's status to come Sunday morning.

Alan Branch (toe) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Falcons.

Impact

Branch was limited in practice by a toe injury this week, but he's expected to be ready in time for Sunday's 6:30 ET kickoff.

Malcolm Mitchell (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Falcons.

Impact

Mitchell's knee problem kept him limited during practice this week, but like most of his teammates on the injury report, the rookie is anticipated to be cleared to play Sunday. Although Mitchell has caught only one of four targets for four yards in the playoffs, his presence figures to add valuable depth to Tom Brady's targets.

Chris Hogan (W, NE)

Chris Hogan (thigh) is listed as questionable to play in the Super Bowl this Sunday against the Falcons.

Impact

Hogan was limited by a thigh ailment throughout practice this week, but he's still widely anticipated to play. In fact, after catching nine passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns in New England's AFC championship triumph, Hogan could play a big role in the Patriots' vertical passing game come Sunday.

Martellus Bennett (T, NE)

Martellus Bennett (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Falcons.

Impact

Bennett was limited during practice this week due to a listed knee issue, but despite his questionable tag, it'd be shocking if he isn't available to suit up Sunday in his hometown of Houston. In two playoff games thus far, Bennett boasts six receptions on nine targets for 36 yards.

Carson Palmer (Q, AZ)

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians anticipates that Carson Palmer will announce his intention to play next season sometime in the near future, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Impact

Palmer was reportedly considering retirement after completing what's been described as the most physically grueling campaign of his career, but after news of top wideout Larry Fitzgerald's decision to keep playing, it appears the 37-year-old Palmer will return for his 15th year in the league. After missing one game due to a concussion and dealing with a hamstring issue as well, Palmer finished this past season with 4,233 passing yards, 26 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and 14 fumbles. Those numbers paled in comparison to Palmer's near-MVP 2015 campaign, so assuming the veteran indeed opts to play another season, Palmer will look to rebound and lead Arizona back to the playoffs.

Alex Mack (fibula) does not have an injury designation ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl against the Patriots.

Impact

Mack missed all of practice last week due to a fibula injury suffered during the NFC championship, but he was able to return in a limited capacity this week, clearing him of any concern going into Sunday. Although the timing of his injury is hardly ideal, Mack will still be available to start at his usual center spot, where he's played an instrumental part in Atlanta's offensive success this season.

Julio Jones (W, Atl)

Julio Jones (toe) does not have an injury designation ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl against the Patriots.

Impact

Jones was limited throughout practice this week to minimize the stress placed on his sprained toe, but the wideout enters Sunday's colossal contest without any concern over his status. The All-Pro target missed two days of practice prior to Atlanta's NFC championship win over the Packers, but he still finished with a monstrous nine receptions for 180 yards and two touchdowns in that contest. Thanks to nearly two weeks of rest since then, Jones should once again be firing on all cylinders this Sunday, when he figures to play a key role in the Falcons' attempt to win their first Super Bowl in franchise history.

Joe Mixon was denied an invitation to the Combine, USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports.

Impact

Mixon was left out along with Baylor wide receiver Ishmael Zamora. This is simply the result of the NFL enforcing a relatively new rule, introduced last year, that states no player with a domestic violence, sexual assault, or weapon charge convictions will be allowed at the Combine. Mixon's stock won't be affected by this specific anecdote – his pro day showing will be of immense interest to the football world.

Eric Berry will "definitely not" play under the franchise tag in 2017, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

Impact

Berry earned $10.8 million this season while playing under Kansas City's franchise tag, but that only came after he reported late for training camp in the wake of an unsuccessful attempt to secure a long-term contract. Despite a delayed start to his 2016 campaign, Berry still finished with 77 tackles (62 solo), four interceptions and two defensive touchdowns, earning his fifth Pro Bowl selection along the way. At 28 years old, Berry is a vital cog in the Chiefs defense and reportedly hopes to finish his career in Kansas City, but it looks like he'll only return if a long-term agreement is reached.

John Kuhn (R, NO)

John Kuhn re-signed on a one-year deal with the Saints on Friday, Herbie Teope of NOLA.com reports.

Impact

Kuhn, who will turn 35 at the beginning of the upcoming season, totaled 37 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries to go along with 16 receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown in his first season with the Saints. He doesn't receive a ton of touches, but Kuhn's solidified himself as a goal-line threat and safety blanket for Drew Brees, which gives him a bit of value in deep fantasy formats.

Nate Ebner (concussion) is expected to play in Sunday's Super Bowl against the Falcons, Ryan Hannable of WEEI reports.

Impact

The Patriots will likely have their special teams ace available Sunday despite the fact that Ebner wore a non-contact jersey during Thursday's practice. Ebner was a second-team All-Pro selection as a specialist while teammate Matthew Slater took home first-team honors. The former rugby star racked up 19 tackles and forced a fumble during the regular season and will help edify New England's special teams units Sunday.