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Marshawn Lynch (R, Sea)

Marshawn Lynch (non-injury) didn't take part in practice Wednesday.


Lynch missed last Wednesday's practice as well, so this is starting to become a bit routine for the veteran back. He's highly unlikely to be in any danger of missing the Super Bowl.

Richard Sherman (elbow) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.


Sherman was clearly bothered by an elbow ailment in the second half of Sunday's NFC championship game against the Packers, but after undergoing an MRI on Monday, appears to be free of any serious injury. With the Super Bowl over a week away, Sherman doesn't appear to be in any danger of missing the contest.

Ryan Tannehill is likely to be the Dolphins quarterback of the future, according to the Miami Herald.


Tannehill's early results have been somewhat inconsistent but the team seems encouraged about what his future will bring to the organization and is likely to offer him a long term contract.

The Dolphins could indeed move on from Mike Wallace before free agency starts, according to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero.


Wallace has had problems with quarterback Ryan Tannehill as far as the deep ball is concerned and then, depending on who you believe, may have taken himself out of the final game of the 2014 season. This is not written in stone however because if Miami were to let go of Wallace, they would really only have second year player Jarvis Landry that they could rely on and it's not like wide receiver is the only weakness on the team they would have to worry about. Miami is likely to explore a trade first but in the end, if they are tired of Wallace's act, a release is much more likely.

Latavius Murray rushed for 424 yards and two touchdowns on 82 attempts, and caught 17 passes on 23 targets for 143 yards, in 15 games in 2014.


After sitting out his entire rookie season with an ankle injury, Murray was limited mostly to kick return duty to begin 2014, seeing just four carries in the Raiders' first six games. As the tandem of Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew continued to struggle, and the Raiders continued to lose, eventually the decision was made to give Murray a look in the primary role. He made an impact right away, rushing for 112 yards and two touchdowns on just four carries against the Chiefs in Week 12 before leaving the game with a concussion. Murray then exceeded 4.0 yards per carry in just one of his final four games, but he finished with four rushes of 20-plus yards and 18 rushes for first downs. By comparison, McFadden had just one rush of 20-plus yards and 20 first downs on 73 more attempts. Unless the Raiders add a premiere running back in the draft, Murray will likely open 2015 as the team's top option.

Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for just 96 yards on 43 attempts, and caught 11 passes on 16 targets for 71 yards, in 12 games in 2014.


Jones-Drew's first season in Oakland was nothing short of a disaster, as he failed to find pay dirt for the first time in nine professional seasons and averaged a mere 2.2 yards per carry. He didn't touch the ball in the Raiders' final two games, as Latavius Murray's emergence pushed Jones-Drew down to third on the depth chart. While he still has two years remaining on his contract, Jones-Drew turned 30 in March and could find himself on the roster bubble come summer.

Darren McFadden rushed for 534 yards and two touchdowns on 155 attempts and added 36 receptions on 55 targets for 212 yards in 2014. He also lost his lone fumble on the season.


Much to the surprise of his fantasy owners, McFadden actually stayed healthy for a full 16 games for the first time in his career, but it ultimately didn't matter. The 27-year-old limped to a 3.4 yards per carry average, ripping off just one run of 20-plus yards in 155 tries, scored just twice and lost his starting role to Latavius Murray late in the year. At 27, McFadden's days of being a serviceable runner appear to be behind him. He's an unrestricted free agent heading into the offseason and will likely have to settle for a second- or third-string job elsewhere.

Andre Holmes caught 47 passes on 98 targets for 693 yards and four touchdowns in 2014.


The 26-year-old largely faded from fantasy relevance down the stretch, failing to catch a touchdown or exceed 75 yards in his final nine games, but Holmes still finished as the team's leader in receiving yards. He had a team-high nine receptions of 20-plus yards, and also had the team's longest catch of the season, a 77-yard score in Week 6. Holmes will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

James Jones caught 73 passes on 111 targets for 666 yards and six touchdowns in 2014.


Not only did Jones lead the team in targets and receptions (and establish career-best marks in both), he also led all Raiders position players in touchdowns and finished third in yards (behind Andre Holmes and Darren McFadden) in his first year with the club. The 30-year-old provided a much-needed veteran presence on the outside for rookie quarterback Derek Carr, and while GM Reggie McKenzie figures to add a young wideout in the draft, Jones will likely open 2015 as Carr's top option.

Mychal Rivera caught 58 passes on 101 targets for 534 yards and four touchdowns in 2014. He also fumbled three times, losing one.


The second-year tight end was limited to just 13 catches in the Raiders' first six games, but another injury to David Ausberry opened up additional snaps, and Rivera went on to finish second on the team (behind James Jones) in targets, catches and receiving touchdowns. With Ausberry set to become an unrestricted free agent, the door is open for Rivera to enter 2015 as the unquestioned top option at the position for Oakland. He won't have Greg Olson calling the plays any more – Olson signed on to be the Jaguars' offensive coordinator – but Rivera seems to have quarterback Derek Carr's trust, and the two should be able to build on the strong rapport they established this season.

Derek Carr completed 348-of-599 passes for 3,270 yards, 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, and added 92 yards on 29 rushes, in 16 games during his rookie season.


Although the Raiders seemed to have every intention of sitting Carr for most the year when they drafted him 36th overall back in May, Matt Schaub's elbow injury and poor play during the preseason thrust Carr into the starting role in Week 1. The 23-year-old certainly endured some growing pains, with the Raiders dropping their first 10 games, but Carr led the team to three straight home wins to close the year, tossing six touchdowns against zero interceptions in those victories. He did fumble 10 times on the year despite taking only 24 sacks – by comparison, his brother, David, was sacked a record 76 times as a rookie in 2002 – but lost only four of those fumbles and should have a lot of confidence heading into 2015. If GM Reggie McKenzie can get him some more weapons on offense, Carr could start to separate himself from the QB2 pack in his second year as the Raiders' starter.

Joique Bell (R, Det)

Joique Bell recently underwent what the Detroit Free Press describes as minor surgeries to clean up his knee and Achilles tendon.


On the plus side, Bell, who led the Lions with 860 rushing yards (on 223 carries) in 15 games this past season, while scoring eight total TDs, is expected to return in time for the Lions' organized offseason workouts. Health permitting, he's on track to remain to team's lead back as the 2015 campaign approaches.

Peyton Manning (Q, Den)

Though Peyton Manning (quad) reportedly wants to return to the Broncos for the 2015 season, a final decision on that front figures to wait until he takes an annual physical, which is called for by his contract, Woody Paige of the Denver Post reports.


Per the report, the Broncos have requested that Manning – who the team wants back – let them know his plans by March 9. Assuming the QB is on the team's roster on March 10, his $19 million salary for the 2015 season would become fully guaranteed. At this point it would be a surprise if Manning didn't return to play under new coach Gary Kubiak. The veteran QB, who turns 39 in March, is coming off a 2014 season in which he recorded 4,727 passing yards to go along with 39 TDs and 15 picks.

D'Qwell Jackson was named to the Pro Bowl with Seattle's Bobby Wagner playing in the Super Bowl, ESPN reports.


Jackson had 140 tackles and a career-high four sacks in his first season with Indianapolis. While the volume of stats made him a strong IDP option in fantasy leagues, he graded as the 46th best inside linebacker last season according to Pro Football Focus due to his poor pass coverage.

Mike Adams was named to the Pro Bowl with Seattle safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor playing in the Super Bowl, ESPN reports.


Adams was a ten-year journeymen before signing with the Colts but took over the starting strong safety role and responded with five interceptions and 87 tackles in 16 games.

Coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday that he expects Drew Stanton (knee) to be "ready to go" for the team's offseason activities, NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports.


Stanton seemed to have a legitimate chance of returning to action if the Cardinals' postseason stay had lasted beyond the Wild Card round, so it's not surprising that he's expected to enjoy a relatively normal offseason. The veteran backup was a passable fill-in for Carson Palmer (knee) while appearing in nine games for the Cardinals, and should be slated to open 2015 as the team's No. 2 quarterback.

Coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday that Carson Palmer (knee) is "so far" ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn ACL, NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports.


Arians expressed optimism that Palmer would be ready to go for the Cardinals' mandatory minicamp, but given the severity of the injury, it's much more likely the team limits their franchise quarterback's activity until training camp. Even so, it's encouraging to see that Palmer appears on his way to being ready for the start of the 2015 season, after he was on his way to one of the best years of his career before succumbing to the injury.

Coach Rex Ryan expressed a big interest in bringing back Jerry Hughes, who's about to become a free agent, BuffaloBills.com reports. Ryan told FOX Sports, "I absolutely envision that. I think Jerry is an outstanding player. The last two years I've been against him and he's tremendous. I hope he's still a Buffalo Bill moving forward. Sometimes things happen where that might not be a possibility, but I believe he's a great player and I hope he's a Buffalo Bill for a long time."


Hughes has implied he won't be giving the Bills a discount, but he's revived his career and then some since being acquired by the team in a steal of a trade with the Colts. Ryan is a defensive guy, so you can bet he likes nothing more than the image of Mario Williams, Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus, and Jerry Hughes manning his defensive line next season. It's worth noting Ryan runs a different style of defense than the 4-3 style of Jim Schwartz - one the Bills had so much success with in 2014 - but it'd be tough to imagine Hughes not being a key source of sacks should he return to the Bills.

The Lions are moving on from Dominic Raiola, his agent confirmed on Monday, ESPN.com reports.


Raiola has played his entire career with the Lions since the team selected him in the second round of the 2001 draft. After a strong 2013, Raiola had a rough 2014 season, garnering a minus-17.2 rating as the No. 37 center in the NFL, according to PFF. His slippage in play, age, and sometimes dirty play on the field are what ultimately led to the Lions not wanting him anymore. The Lions will probably slide Travis Swanson, a third-round pick in the 2014 draft, into Raiola's spot at center.

Melvin Gordon, a running back from Wisconsin, is an early entrant in the 2015 NFL Draft.


You probably are already at least slightly familiar with this Heisman finalist and soon-to-be first-round pick. It's doubtful that any running back aside from Barry Sanders could claim to have had a more impressive college career than Gordon, who ran for 4,915 yards and 45 touchdowns in 45 career games while averaging a preposterous 7.8 yards per carry. Gordon's combination of vision, explosiveness and balance might match that of any current NFL runner – he has an uncanny ability to lead defenders into the wrong pursuit angle before splitting the safeties or turning the corner with seemingly minimal effort. Although he doesn't run with much power, Gordon's vision and decisiveness allow him to excel between the tackles, so he projects to be a good all-around workhorse back instead of just a big-play specialist. If he can run a 4.40 or better while performing well in the broad jump and agility drills, Gordon could make a push for the top 15 picks. The Jamaal Charles comparison for Gordon is an appropriate one, though we think he also looks a bit like a taller Clinton Portis.