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Justin Tucker made 33 of his 40 field-goal attempts (82.5 percent) and all 29 of his extra-point tries during the 2015 season.


Six of his misses came from 50-plus yards, with the other coming from 40-49. Tucker can become an unrestricted free agent in March, and he has a very strong case to become the highest-paid kicker in NFL history. However, the Ravens may opt to use the franchise tag, which would make Tucker a very nice bargain, at least for 2016. The most likely scenario features the Ravens using the franchise tag, then using it as leverage to negotiate a long-term contract. Tucker has proven to be a top-notch fantasy kicker, even when the Baltimore offense is mediocre.

Robert McClain (ankle) was a full participant at practice on Thursday.


McClain's injury appears to minor, and it likely won't affect his status for the Super Bowl barring any setbacks. He's in line to provide depth in the Panthers' secondary and play a role in nickel and dime packages.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome expects Terrell Suggs (torn Achilles) to return for the 2016 season, The Baltimore Sun reports.


Suggs suffered the second torn Achilles of his career in Week 1, leaving the Baltimore defense without arguably its most important player for the entire season. He made a miraculously quick recovery from the injury back in 2012, but he didn't return to his usual form until the following season. Now 33 years old, Suggs is signed through 2018 on a contract that has team-friendly cap numbers, but with a high percentage of the money guaranteed. While it would be shocking if he opted for retirement, there's no assurance that he'll ever be a dominant player again.

Kawann Short (knee) was a limited participant at practice Thursday.


Although Short is nursing a minor knee injury, his practice limitation comes as more of a precaution, as his status for the Super Bowl isn't much of a concern at the moment.

Charles Johnson (knee) did not practice Thursday.


Johnson is nursing a minor knee injury and the Panthers are electing to play it safe by holding him out of practice. There's not much concern about Johnson's status for the Super Bowl barring any setbacks.

Jimmy Smith finished the 2015 season with 54 tackles (48 solo), three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and a sack in 16 games.


Smith bounced back from Lisfranc surgery to start all 16 games, albeit with mixed results. He did play better toward the end of the season, and his contract ensures that he'll be back in Baltimore as the starting right cornerback in 2016. Smith has mostly been an effective cover corner throughout his career, but he's never been much of an IDP option.

Thomas Davis (forearm) did not practice Thursday.


As expected, Davis did not practice Thursday as he continues to recover from a broken right arm. The Panthers will likely continue to hold their starting linebacker out until he's clearly ready, as Davis plans to return for the Super Bowl.

T.J. Ward (ankle) was back on the practice field Thursday as a limited participant, Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post reports.


Although he didn't do much at practice on Thursday, it was a good sign for the Broncos' starting safety to be back on the field. Despite aggravating his left ankle sprain during the fourth quarter of Sunday's win over the Patriots, Ward plans on being ready to go for the Super Bowl.

Darian Stewart (knee) did not practice Thursday, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.


Stewart continues to nurse the sprained MCL injury he suffered during Sunday's win over the Patriots, but he'll have plenty of time to heal before the Super Bowl. The Broncos' starting safety plans to be ready for the big game, but Shiloh Keo figures to fill in if Stewart suffers a setback.

Matt Jones (R, Was)

Matt Jones won't necessarily be Washington's workhorse back in 2016, according to Rich Tandler of CSN Mid-Atlantic.


With Alfred Morris set to become an unrestricted free agent, there have been rumbling that Jones might step right in as a three-down workhorse next season. However, there's still some chance Washington could retain Morris, and Chris Thompson (shoulder) has proven to be a perfectly capable passing-down back. Furthermore, the team may look into external options in the draft and/or free agency. Jones had a few nice moments during his rookie season, but his ball security and elusiveness left a lot to be desired, and he doesn't run with the power that's expected of a 230-pound running back. On a more positive note, he does have phenomenal speed for his size, with solid pass-catching skills to boot. There's a lot to work on but also a lot to like.

Matt Forte, an impending free agent, does not expect to remain with the Bears, ESPN.com reports.


Forte said in late December that he wants to return but doesn't think it will happen. WR Alshon Jeffery will likely be the Bears' top priority in free agency, as Jeremy Langford showed signs that he may be ready to replace Forte as the lead back. The 30-year-old Forte has aged well for his position, so he shouldn't have much trouble finding a starting job in free agency. However, he probably won't match the gargantuan workloads that he handled for much of his time in Chicago, where he had three seasons (2008, 2013, 2014) with 350+ touches.

Justin Forsett (arm) said he should be healthy in a couple of weeks, The Baltimore Sun reports.


Forsett broke his forearm on Nov. 22 and missed the rest of the season, but he should be ready for the start of offseason workouts. The real question is whether he'll be able to hold off Javorius Allen in a potential competition for the starting job.

Josh Robinson is unlikely to return to the Vikings roster for the 2016 season, Ben Goessling of ESPN reports.


Robinson opened the year on the physically unable to perform list with a torn pectoral muscle and never got his season off the ground, as he appeared in just five games and made only two tackles. He recorded five interceptions, 15 passese defended and 151 tackles from 2012-2014, so there might be enough there for another team to take a chance on him.

Kirk Cousins (Q, Was)

Kirk Cousins, a potential free agent, is a target for a long-term deal for Washington GM Scot McLoughan, NFL Network reports.


Cousins almost certainly isn't going anywhere in 2016, as Washington can use the franchise tag should contract negotiations stall out this offseason. McLoughan praised Cousins's improvement throughout the season, but we'll have to see if it was enough for Washington to be willing to pony up the kind of $17-20 million average annual salary Cousins may require to lock up long-term.

Jadeveon Clowney won't require offseason foot surgery, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.


In Week 16, Clowney sustained a foot injury that claimed his availability in the season finale and the wild-card loss to the Chiefs. Prior to that unfortunate development, he realized some of his vast potential as a pass rusher, racking up 4.5 sacks among 40 tackles (27 solo) and a forced fumble. If he can ever avoid the injury bug, he would augment an already imposing pass-rushing duo of J.J. Watt (groin) and Whitney Mercilus.

Darian Stewart (knee) was listed as a DNP on Wednesday's injury report, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.


The Broncos did not take the field for practice Wednesday but were still required to release an injury report, meaning that Stewart would not have been able to participate had they practiced. Stewart's sprained knee coupled with T.J Ward's ankle injury leave the Broncos with a nicked up pair of safeties, but there is plenty of time for them to get back on the field before their injuries become legitimate concerns.

T.J. Ward (ankle) is listed as a DNP on Wednesday's injury report, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.


Although the Broncos did not practice Wednesday, the team was still required to release an injury report; thus, Ward's ankle injury theoretically would have kept him on the sidelines for at least one practice. The Broncos will begin practicing Thursday, but it's unlikely that the coaching staff would pressure Ward to get back on the field before he's completely ready. Both he and fellow safety Darian Stewart (knee) are banged up after Sunday's AFC Championship game, but it's too early to make any definitive statements on their statuses for the Super Bowl.

Roman Harper wasn't listed on the Panthers' injury report Wednesday, Jonathan Jones of the Chrlotte Observer reports.


Harper missed the entire second half of the NFC championship game due to a swollen eye. However, his lack of presence on the first Super Bowl injury report confirms that he'll be able to handle his normal duties at strong safety against the Broncos.

Jared Allen wasn't listed on the Panthers' injury report Wednesday, Jonathan Jones of the Chrlotte Observer reports.


After sustaining a fractured foot in the divisional round against the Seahawks, Allen was shelved in the NFC championship game in order to avoid a setback. Avoiding the initial Super Bowl injury report entirely sheds light on the extent of the injury and paves the way for active status in the big game. In 12 regular season outings with the Panthers, he totaled two sacks among 27 tackles (15 solo).

Thomas Davis (forearm) was held out of practice Wednesday, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.


In a media session that followed, head coach Ron Rivera said that Davis is the Panthers' "only real injury concern" at the moment, according to Max Henson of the Panthers' official site. After undergoing surgery Monday to repair a broken right forearm, such a comment isn't a surprise, but Thomas has already gone on the record, saying he won't miss the Super Bowl. If he upholds that belief, he should hold down his typical spot at weak-side linebacker.