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Darian Stewart (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Panthers, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports.


After failing to practice last week, Stewart is now in line to fulfill expectations and suit up in Sunday's season-defining tilt. On the season (including playoffs), he racked up 71 tackles (53 solo), two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble in 17 games.

Jared Allen (foot) is listed as probable for Sunday's Super Bowl versus the Broncos, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.


Allen has endured an interesting past few weeks, which included a DNP in the NFC championship game, no presence on last week's injury report, and a reappearance this week with a limited showing Wednesday. However, he practiced in a full capacity both Thursday and Friday, and head coach Ron Rivera even expects Allen to start Sunday, according to the Charlotte Observer. In 13 games with the Panthers this season (including playoffs), Allen accumulated two sacks among 27 tackles.

Thomas (forearm) is listed as probable for Sunday's Super Bowl versus the Broncos, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.


Despite tending to a broken right forearm, which he sustained in the NFC championship game, Thomas in fact is expected to start, according to head coach Ron Rivera. In the regular season, Davis ranked second on the Panthers with 105 tackles, to which he added 5.5 sacks, four interceptions, four forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery in 16 contests.

Montee Ball was arrested Friday morning for allegedly battering his girlfriend at a Madison, Wis., hotel, Wisconsin State Journal reports.


After the Broncos released the running back on the cusp of the regular season, Ball was in football limbo until he joined the Patriots' practice squad in mid-December. He stayed on through the team's playoff push, but his services weren't retained in the form of a reserve/future contract once the season concluded with a loss in the AFC championship game. Friday's brush with the law won't necessarily put a halt to his NFL pursuits. Rather, his performance, or lack thereof, this past season was likely enough to steer interested parties in other directions.

Todd Gurley (turf toe) told Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com on Thursday that "all is well" with his foot.


Gurley was sidelined in the season finale with turf toe, yet he had no problem racking up 1,106 yards in just 13 games thanks to five 100-yard efforts. While he put in impressive work on the ground, the running back also boasts the skill set to contribute as a receiver, as evidenced by an 81 percent catch rate (21 receptions on 26 targets).

Thomas Davis (forearm) will start in the Super Bowl, according to head coach Ron Rivera, Steve Wyche of NFL Network reports.


Davis broke his forearm in the NFC championship game and underwent surgery last Monday to repair it. He has been a participant in practice all week, and it appears he'll be on the field with the first-string defense Sunday. Davis still could see his snaps monitored during the game.

Melvin Gordon (knee) said Thursday that his rehabilitation is "going well" and believes he'll be healthy in "two months," the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.


Gordon missed the final two games of his rookie campaign due to a knee injury, which was remedied via surgery with noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Jan. 5. While neither the nature of the ailment nor the procedure were revealed, Gordon is on pace to be ready for the opening of the offseason program in April. Once the fall arrives, he'll be aiming to bounce back from a subpar season in which he posted 184 rushes for 641 yards (3.5 YPC), 33 catches (on 37 targets) for 192 yards, and no touchdowns.

Johnny Manziel won't be charged by either the Fort Worth or Dallas police departments in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident from Saturday morning, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.


Manziel's exit from NFL circles seems to be more assured by the week, especially after details emerged from his most recent brush with the law. On Saturday, an argument with an ex-girlfriend turned into a harrowing experience in which he allegedly "restrained" and struck her multiple times across two jurisdictions. Eventually, he ran from her residence, but not before police were called and a helicopter dispatched in search of the quarterback. Although he has avoided criminal charges, the NFL is investigating the matter to determine whether discipline is in order.

T.J. Ward (ankle) practiced in full Thursday, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports.


Tagging along since he was sidelined from Weeks 13 through 15, an ankle issue doesn't seem as if it will stand in the way of Ward taking the field Sunday versus the Panthers. However, the final injury report of the week will clarify his potential to play.

Darian Stewart (knee) practiced fully Thursday, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports.


Stewart appears poised to brush off a sprained MCL suffered in the AFC championship game, though Friday's injury report will likely provide final passage to availability in Super Bowl 50.

Jared Allen (foot) was a full practice participant Thursday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.


Allen sidestepped the first injury report in advance of the Super Bowl, yet he landed on this week's version due to his healing foot, which forced a limited showing Wednesday. However, his return in a full capacity Thursday implies that he's in line to play Sunday against the Broncos. If he suits up, he'll be seeking his second career sack of Peyton Manning.

Victor Cruz is recovering from a torn fascia in his left calf, which kept him from logging any snaps during the 2015 campaign, Jordan Raanan of NJ.com reports.


After sustaining the ailment in mid-August, it was initially reported that Cruz was dealing with a sprain, but recurring inflammation forced the Giants to shut down the fifth-year wide receiver during a Week 11 bye. With the "very rare" diagnosis official, he's expected to be 100 percent once the healing process from season-ending surgery is complete. While the recovery from this injury is accompanied by no issues long term, the rehab process will nonetheless be monitored closely as the offseason proceeds.

Randall Cobb (W, GB)

Randall Cobb suffered a punctured lung during the Packers' divisional round loss at Arizona, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.


During a spot Wednesday at Super Bowl 50's Radio Row, Cobb revealed the nature of the lung injury that knocked him out of the playoffs, relaying "I punctured my lung." Because he avoided a rib fracture in the process of landing on his back, he speculated that the fact he was miked up played a role in the injury, which left the Packers reeling at wideout in the eventual defeat. Nevertheless, with Jordy Nelson ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn ACL, Aaron Rodgers is poised to have his entire arsenal of weapons healthy at the outset of next season.

Rob Gronkowski (T, NE)

Rob Gronkowski won't need offseason surgery on his knee or back, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.


Gronkowski struggled to stay healthy for a fourth consecutive year, as he missed one game in 2015 due to a minor knee strain. Additionally, a back issue afflicted him in both playoff tilts, but the touchdown machine still struck three total times against the Chiefs and Broncos. After a third 1,000-yard and fifth double-digit touchdown campaign in six professional seasons, he'll enter draft season as the clear-cut No. 1 tight end.

Tony Romo will be evaluated in late February or early March to determine if surgery is necessary on his left collarbone, The Dallas Morning News reports.


Before undergoing a CT scan last week, Romo fully expected to have surgery at some point in the offseason, but the Cowboys now have some options to ponder. If the team opts for the first one, a set of screws will attach a plate over the collarbone in order to stabilize the area and avoid another fracture. As for the second choice, if the next CT scan reveals a suitable amount of bone growth and regeneration to last week's base line, he may undergo a Mumford procedure, in which part of "the distal clavicle is shaved off or removed." The latter procedure is preferable, as it reduces long-term stress on the collarbone versus the attachment of a plate. No matter which path Romo takes, he'll face a 6-to-8 week recovery, setting him up to take part in the entire offseason program.

Alfred Morris (R, Was)

Redskins President Bruce Allen suggested that Alfred Morris won't be offered a new contract before the free agency period begins, CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. "He's been incredibly productive for us," Allen said. "Free agency is going to be a great test for him. If he gets a great contract [elsewhere], we're going to applaud him. If not, we're going to see what happens with us."


Morris likely wants to test the open market, but his declining production and lack of receiving skills may ultimately lead to disappointment. While a return to Washington can't entirely be ruled out, it seems that the team is comfortable moving forward with a running back group led by Matt Jones and pass-catching specialist Chris Thompson.

Kelvin Beachum is unwilling to shift inside from his regular tackle position to guard, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I have played left tackle my entire career, and I was thrust into all kinds of positions when I got here [Pittsburgh]," Beachum said. "I was a team player from that perspective, but I made my mark as a left tackle."


Beachum, who is recovering from an ACL injury suffered in October, has the ability to play any offensive line position, but wants to remain at left tackle, even if it means doing so for another team. "It would be (tough to say goodbye to Pittsburgh), but the NFL has a lot of turnover," Beachum said. "I have never been through free agency before where I get to choose the team I get to go to. At the end of the day, all that matters is that you are happy." He and the Steelers were unable to work out a contract extension last season, making Beachum an unrestricted free agent.

Travis Benjamin and Cleveland have "made strides in terms of getting him back in a Browns uniform," Benjamin's agent told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Wednesday.


Benjamin's agent, Ronald Butler, said that Browns coach Hue Jackson "loves Travis" and is excited about Benjamin's explosive skillset. Benjamin caught 68 balls for 966 yards and five touchdowns and is will be one of the Browns' most talented players if they can reach a deal before the March 9 roster deadline.

Robert McClain (ankle) wasn't listed on the Panthers' injury report Wednesday.


McClain commenced last week with a limited practice, which he followed up with unhindered sessions Thursday and Friday. With the shackles of an injury designation off his shoulders, he'll look to replicate his tackle totals from the past three games, during which he accrued 21 stops (15 solo) and one interception.

Kawann Short (knee) wasn't listed on the Panthers' injury report Wednesday.


Short followed up limited showings in practice last week by avoiding the injury report entirely in advance of the Super Bowl. After racking up 13 sacks in 18 games this season (including playoffs), expect the third-year pro to play a key role in pressuring Peyton Manning (foot) on Sunday.