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Thomas Davis confirmed that he has a broken arm, yet he still hopes to play in the Super Bowl, Steve Reed of The Associated Press reports.


According to ESPN's David Newton, Davis even went so far as to say that he'll be ready for the big game in two weeks. Although the early optimism is a good sign, it won't be at all surprising if Davis' assertion doesn't come to fruition, as a broken arm typically requires far more than two weeks to heal. Even if he suits up, Davis will likely be doing so at less than 100 percent.

Julian Edelman (W, NE)

Julian Edelman caught just seven of 15 targets for 52 yards in Sunday's loss to the Broncos.


Just a week after racking up 10 catches for 100 yards versus the Chiefs, Edelman was held in check in Sunday's AFC championship game as the Broncos made a concerted effort to limit his effectiveness. Despite seeing plenty of targets as the Patritos tried to come back late in the game, Edelman was simply too well-covered to make any impact plays. Edelman was limited to just nine games in the 2015 regular season because of a foot injury, and he will look to bounce back in 2016.

Darian Stewart (knee) said his sprained MCL won't prevent him from playing in the Super Bowl, Vic Lombardi of Altitude Sports Network reports.


Stewart suffered the injury during the second half of Sunday's win over the Patriots, finishing with three tackles (one solo) and an interception. If he isn't ready for the Super Bowl, Shiloh Keo will likely join T.J. Ward in the starting lineup.

Tom Brady (Q, NE)

Tom Brady completed just 27 of 56 passes for 310 yards, a touchdown and a pair of interceptions in Sunday's loss to the Broncos in the AFC championship game.


Up against a ferocious Broncos defense, Brady wasn't able to establish a rhythm until the fourth quarter, when he led a furious comeback attempt that fell one two-point conversion short of tying the game. The ageless Brady enjoyed another fine season, throwing 36 touchdowns and just seven interceptions, which represents the second-fewest of his storied career. Brady clearly intends to play again in 2016, when the Patriots will once again be among the favorites to come out of the AFC.

Bruce Ellington stayed fantasy irrelevant in 2015, gaining just 153 yards on 13 catches with no touchdowns.


Ellington remained low on the depth chart despite staying healthy for the majority of the season. He was the 49ers' primary return man (25.6 yards per kick return), but it is tough to produce as the fourth or fifth receiver in an offense that struggles to move the ball through the air. With Anquan Boldin set to hit free agency, Ellington will get a chance to compete for a more prominent role in the offense this offseason.

Thomas Davis left Sunday's game against the Cardinals with an arm injury and will not return to the contest, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.


Davis took a cleat to the arm during the second quarter, forcing him to the locker room for x-rays. If he did in fact break his arm, he will almost certainly be unavailable for a potential Super Bowl appearance. Shaq Thompson and A.J. Klein are both candidates to take on additional snaps.

Roman Harper left Sunday's game against the Cardinals due to an eye injury and will not return to the contest, NFL Network's Tiffany Blackmon reports.


With Harper ruled out for the rest of the evening, Tre Boston and/or Colin Jones will fill in alongside Kurt Coleman at safety.

Blake Bell finished his rookie campaign with 15 receptions (24 targets) for 186 yards.


Bell was buried on the depth chart early in the season, but a combination of Vernon Davis' departure and a losing season allowed San Francisco to showcase their fourth-round draft pick down the stretch. He responded by eclipsing 40 yards in three of the 49ers' last six games. Bell is still considered a project, so we may not see his full potential next season, but he should see more targets in 2016.

Leodis McKelvin, who missed the first seven games of the season as he recovered from a broken ankle the previous season, ended up playing in nine games for the Bills in 2015. He logged 32 tackles and two interceptions.


McKelvin didn't seem to miss a beat when he returned. Even though rookie Ronald Darby had taken over the No. 2 cornerback spot across from Stephon Gilmore by then - quite capably, mind you - McKelvin was an important midseason addition given that he was able to serve as a safety given all kinds of injuries to that group. McKelvin also started at cornerback once Gilmore was lost for the final four weeks with a shoulder injury. With Gilmore and Darby back for another season, McKelvin - assuming the Bills keep him and his high salary around - may have to serve as the versatile backup in 2016.

Tony Romo expects to undergo surgery on his left collarbone in the offseason, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. "We've had exhaustive discussions about it," he said Saturday. "It's going to be good."


Romo has endured a fractured left clavicle on three occasions since the 2010 season, including a pair of instances in the most recent campaign. After an upcoming CT scan to learn whether his shoulder can handle a plate and screws, the subsequent surgery will presumably stabilize the region in order to avoid a similar injury in the future. If the Cowboys opt for the procedure, he'll be facing a recovery timetable of 6-to-8 weeks, which should allow him to participate in OTAs this spring.

Chandler Jones (abdomen/toe) is listed as active Sunday's AFC title game against the Broncos.


Jones, who recorded four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble before exiting last Saturday's win over the Chiefs in the fourth quarter, will give it a go Sunday, as will linebacker Jamie Collins, with the duo's combined presence of vital importance to the New England defense's chances of containing the Broncos offense on Sunday.

Jamie Collins (back) is listed as active Sunday's AFC title game against the Broncos.


It remains to be seen how close to 100 percent Collins will be, but the Pro Bowler – who recorded a fantasy-friendly 89 tackles, 5.5 sacks and five forced fumbles in 12 contests for the Patriots this past season – will give it a go on Sunday, which represents a big boost to the team's chances of containing Denver's offense this week.

The Cardinals will consider a contract extension for Tyrann Mathieu during the offseason, Conor Orr of NFL.com reports.


For the second time in his three-year career, Mathieu's season came to a close due to a torn ACL, but not before he proved himself to be one of the NFL's top safeties. In just 14 games, he was among the Cardinals' leading tacklers with 89 on the ledger, which he supplemented with five interceptions (including one pick-six), one sack, and one forced fumble. While it's arguable to invest too much in a player coming off serious knee injuries, medical science has made leaps and bounds in recent years, meaning teams have less to worry about in such scenarios.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Chris Harris will play through his shoulder injury Sunday against the Patriots.


Per the report, Harris is dealing with a deep-tissue shoulder bruise. While the issue – which is described as "not insignificant" – is not expected to require offseason surgery, it's the sort of ailment that causes Harris pain while engaging in such daily activities as brushing his teeth. In any case, Harris' availability – albeit at less than full strength – will be a plus for the Broncos defense on Sunday, as the team's secondary tries to contain New England's Tom Brady-led offense.

Manny Lawson finished the 2015 season with 47 tackles, one sack, one interception, and five passes defensed.


Lawson played 64.4 percent of the defensive snaps, third among linebackers behind Preston Brown and Nigel Bradham. Lawson saw just 31.3 percent snaps the previous season, so it's clear he's curried more favor with the new coaching staff. Coach Rex Ryan raved about Lawson's smarts on the field, so he would appear to be in line for a regular role again next season. That said, Brown - with two 100-plus tackle seasons in his first two NFL season - is the linebacker to own in this defense from a fantasy perspective.

Jarryd Hayne saw limited action in 2015, gaining 79 yards on 23 touches.


The former rugby league star burst onto the scene with a stellar preseason in which he gained 175 yards (7.0 YPC) while exhibiting his skills as a return man. The glow wore off quickly as Hayne was not able to replicate his success as a return man and was eventually waived and placed on the practice squad due to fumbling issues (three fumbles, one lost in six games games). He was eventually brought back up, where he gained 27 yards on nine carries. While this season didn't turn out to be a success story for Hayne, he will definitely be a project in the offseason, and could see touches in 2017 if he shows improvement.

Kendall Gaskins was promoted from the practice squad in 2015 and saw limited action, finishing the year with 16 carries for 38 yards while adding 69 yards on eight catches.


After starting the last two seasons on the 49ers' practice squad, Gaskins finally made his professional debut when Carlos Hyde and Reggie Bush went down with season-ending injuries. His 2.4 YPC confirm the organization's belief that he isn't more than a roster depth piece. He is under contract through the end of the next season, so he will likely end up on the practice squad if he can survive the training camp roster cuts.

Tony Romo (collarbone) said he will have a CT scan next week to determine whether surgery is necessary on his shoulder, NBCDFW's Pat Doney reports.


The scan is to verify that Romo's recovery from the third break of his left clavicle is going as hoped, with the shoulder procedure referenced presumably only occurring if an adjustment of some sort is necessary. Between his age (36 in April) and the propensity he's shown for re-injuring the clavicle, Romo's durability will be a concern in 2016 regardless of the exact pace and nature of his current recovery.

EJ Manuel started two games in 2015 when Tyrod Taylor was injured, both losses as the Bills fell to the Bengals and Jaguars in back-to-back weeks. He finished the season 52-of-84 for 561 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions.


The performances on paper were actually better than what took place on the field, as Manuel pretty much single-handedly lost the Jags game in London, which derailed a somewhat promising season at the time for Rex Ryan's boys. He never tossed a pass after that, and while the team speaks highly of his work ethic and attitude, it remains to be seen if the former first-rounder can capably lead an NFL offense. We'll see if GM Doug Whaley sticks by his guy for one more season, though Taylor is the clear starter entering the 2016 season.

Jamie Collins (oblique) will be a go for Sunday's game against the Broncos, Boston Herald Sports reports.


Given the stakes of a playoff game, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that Collins will give it a go. It's unclear how healthy he will be be for the contest, so it's possible the Patriots will limit his snaps to avoid a setback. Collins officially remains questionable for the AFC championship, but there's no reason to believe that he won't suit up.