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LeSean McCoy RB - BUF McCoy is one of four people being invest...
McCoy is one of four people being investigated for an alleged assault of two off-duty police officers at a nightclub in Philadelphia early Sunday morning, The Buffalo News reports.
Impacts: Details are still emerging from the incident, but McCoy's agent Drew Rosenhaus did not immediately return a call from The Buffalo News seeking comment. The Bills issued a statement on Monday morning: "We are aware of the reports regarding LeSean McCoy and in the process of gathering more information. We will not provide any further comment at this time."By Rotowire.com
Jerricho Cotchery WR - CAR Cotchery secured two of five targets for...
Cotchery secured two of five targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl loss to the Broncos.
Impacts: The veteran had some trouble hanging on to the ball, failing to come down with a couple of contested passes against a swarming Broncos secondary. The 12-year veteran nevertheless was a productive component of the Panthers offense in 2015, grabbing 39 receptions (26 of which went for first downs) for 485 yards and three touchdowns as one of Cam Newton's most trusted move-the-chain targets. While his 80-plus reception years are in the rearview mirror, Cotchery's character in the locker room and savvy on the field figure to earn him a spot on an NFL roster in 2016.By Rotowire.com
Cam Newton QB - CAR Newton completed 18 of 41 passes for 265...
Newton completed 18 of 41 passes for 265 yards and an interception, and was also sacked six times in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl loss to the Denver Broncos. He gained 45 yards on six rushes and fumbled twice, losing both.
Impacts: The fifth-year pro's adrenaline seemed to get the best of him early, and a relentless Broncos defense did him in the rest of the way. Newton looked as unsettled as he had all season, rarely enjoying the kind of time he had benefited from throughout his MVP campaign. He was brought down six times, knocked down on 13 occasions, and hurried 18 times overall. Newton also had several overthrows, and his offensive options were further compromised after receiver Philly Brown was forced from the game in the third quarter with a concussion. The Broncos' defensive gameplan and furious pass rush frequently stymied Newton's ability to make game-altering plays on the ground, and forced him into three particularly untimely miscues. Von Miller's sack of Newton in the first quarter led to a Malik Jackson fumble recovery that gave Denver an early 10-0 lead, while T.J Ward's interception of a pass intended for Ted Ginn, Jr. at the Broncos' 10-yard line short-circuited the Panthers' opening drive of the third quarter. The game was effectively over when Miller got to Newton again with 4:04 remaining in the fourth quarter and separated him from the ball for a second time, setting up the Broncos offense at the Panthers' five-yard line. Despite the season-ending disappointment, Newton and the Panthers established a formidable foundation on which to build for another championship run, an undertaking that figures to be greatly aided by the return of standout wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin from injury and any additional weapons acquired in the offseason.By Rotowire.com
Marshawn Lynch RB - SEA Lynch suggested on his twitter account t...
Lynch suggested on his twitter account that he plans to retire this offseason.
Impacts: Lynch tweeted a hand making the 'peace' symbol, accompanied by a picture of green cleats hanging from a nail. Given the timing of his announcement -- during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl -- there's perhaps some chance that Lynch is just messing with the media. However, it seems far more likely that he really does intend to retire, as there have been rumors to that effect since the end of Seattle's season.By Rotowire.com
Philly Brown WR - CAR Brown left the Super Bowl with a concuss...
Brown left the Super Bowl with a concussion and will not return, according to CBS' broadcast of the game.
Impacts: Brown suffered his injury in the third quarter and was ruled out for good early in the fourth. He finished with four receptions for 80 yards on seven targets, highlighted by an impressive 42-yard catch over two defenders. Brown's absence leaves the team with just three wide receivers -- Ted Ginn, Devin Funchess and Jerricho Cotchery. Nondescript as his regular season may have been, Brown came up big during the playoffs, catching 11 passes for 251 yards and a touchdown in three games.By Rotowire.com
Le'Veon Bell RB - PIT Bell (knee) still has not been cleared t...
Bell (knee) still has not been cleared to run, according to ESPN.com staff writer Jeremy Fowler. "Once I get cleared to run, I'll be happy," Bell said. "I just want to get back to how I am and get ready for next season."
Impacts: Bell is expected to be ready for Week 1, but has a challenging rehabilitation process ahead of him for the torn MCL and PCL sustained in Week 8 of the 2015 season. A healthy Bell tops many fantasy cheat sheets, so his progess should be monitored during the offseason right up to draft day.By Rotowire.com
Johnny Manziel QB - CLE The Dallas Police Department has reopene...
The Dallas Police Department has reopened its investigation into an alleged domestic violence incident committed by Manziel last Saturday morning.
Impacts: On Friday, the department received a complaint of the alleged assault, spurring a renewed effort to determine if anything criminal occurred during the encounter. As the listed suspect, Manziel could now be facing legal concerns in addition to any discipline that the NFL may hand down.By Rotowire.com
Johnny Manziel QB - CLE Manziel won't be charged by either the F...
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.
Impacts: 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.By Rotowire.com
Travis Benjamin WR - CLE Benjamin and Cleveland have "made s...
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.
Impacts: 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.By Rotowire.com
Jonathan Stewart RB - CAR Stewart (ankle) wasn't listed on the Pan...
Stewart (ankle) wasn't listed on the Panthers' injury report Wednesday.
Impacts: Stewart didn't log a single practice rep in the first week of Super Bowl prep, but upon his arrival in Santa Clara, CA, he's been given the all-clear to proceed as normal. Including the postseason, he's notched 1,178 yards at a clip of 4.2 YPC, while reaching the end zone nine times in 15 games. He'll attempt to keep up the pace Sunday against a staunch Broncos run defense that ranked third during the regular season.By Rotowire.com
Tyler Eifert TE - CIN Eifert injured his lower left leg during...
Eifert injured his lower left leg during Sunday's Pro Bowl, leaving Aloha Stadium in a walking boot, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports. "I don't really know what happened," Eifert said. "I jammed my heel. I'll be good."
Impacts: After recording his first Pro Bowl catch in the fourth quarter, Eifert was targeted on the very next play by Jameis Winston but was unable to corral a potential 35-yard touchdown. Eifert exhibited an evident limp as he went to the sideline, where his foot was iced until he was transported to the locker room in the waning minutes in order to undergo an X-ray. The initial exam was returned negative, but he'll have additional tests performed once he returns to Cincinnati to determine the extent of the injury.By Rotowire.com
Calvin Johnson WR - DET Johnson intends to retire from the NFL,...
Johnson intends to retire from the NFL, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impacts: At the conclusion of the 2015 season, Johnson shared his thought process with head coach Jim Caldwell, who urged the wideout to take his time with the decision. After tending to ankle issues throughout his career -- but more specifically over the past two campaigns -- Johnson has also dealt with increased general soreness in his body. In a statement made through the Lions' organization on Jan. 6, he stated that the call would be confirmed, one way or another, in the "not-too-distant future," but he required less than a month to uphold his desire. Once he files the proper paperwork, he'll conclude his career with 731 receptions for 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns in 135 games, including the second-most receiving yards per game (86.1) of any player in NFL history.By Rotowire.com
Aaron Rodgers QB - GB Rodgers underwent arthroscopic knee surg...
Rodgers underwent arthroscopic knee surgery after the Packers' season ended on Jan. 16, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Rodgers has never been listed with a knee issue in the course of his professional career, but the procedure was performed as a "cleanup of an old injury," which could be a reference to reconstructive surgery that was performed on his left knee in January of 2004 at the University of California. Arthroscopic surgeries aren't accompanied by lengthy recovery periods, and the quarterback himself stated Friday that he's "doing well" and "recovering on schedule." As a result, he pulled himself out of Sunday's Pro Bowl but shouldn't have any problem being available for the entirety of the offseason program.By Rotowire.com
Johnny Manziel QB - CLE Fort Worth police released the full repo...
Fort Worth police released the full report on the incident involving Manziel from Saturday morning, which states that Fort Worth police are working with Dallas police to determine whether a criminal offense occurred, though there has been no arrest to this point.
Impacts: The new information is somewhat convoluted but concerning in any case. The report states that a call was made alerting police to a potential assault, but upon arriving at the location, police could not locate the caller. Instead they found a woman now identified as Manziel's ex-girlfriend. The woman said she was involved with a disturbance with her ex-boyfriend (Manziel) earlier in the evening, in Dallas, though she evidently did not cooperate with Fort Worth police further. The woman otherwise told Fort Worth police that she was concerned for the well-being of Manziel, but police eventually determined that he was in no danger. The Fort Worth police forwarded the report to the Dallas Police Department. It sounds like another very messy situation for Manziel, whose presumed exit from Cleveland might be hastened in light of this news.By Rotowire.com
Johnny Manziel QB - CLE Police filed an information report regar...
Police filed an information report regarding a dispute between Manziel and his girlfriend Saturday morning, NBC 5 Dallas/Fort Worth's David Watkins reports.
Impacts: According to Watkins, police were called early Saturday morning to look into a dispute between Manziel and his girlfriend, but there was no arrest made. It's not clear at this point what any of the specifics of the situation were, but either way this is more bad attention for a player who has no PR capital left. More reporting on the matter figures to be available in the near future.By Rotowire.com
Jonathan Stewart RB - CAR Stewart (ankle) is listed as questionabl...
Stewart (ankle) is listed as questionable in advance of Super Bowl week, the Panthers' official site reports.
Impacts: Stewart didn't take the practice field at all this week, which is no surprise due to the left foot issues that he's dealt with since Week 14. After ripping up the Seahawks and Cardinals for a combined 38 carries, 189 yards, and two touchdowns in the postseason to date, he should be set for Super Bowl 50 against the Broncos, even if his reps remain negligible next week.By Rotowire.com
Travis Kelce TE - KC Kelce signed a five-year, $46 million ex...
Kelce signed a five-year, $46 million extension with the Chiefs on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.
Impacts: The Chiefs made Kelce the second-highest paid tight end in the league, with $20.5 million of the extension guaranteed. The deal locks him up through 2021. Kelce was the Chiefs' second-leading receiver in 2015 with 72 receptions for 875 yards and five touchdowns.By Rotowire.com
Josh Robinson CB - MIN Robinson is unlikely to return to the Vi...
Robinson is unlikely to return to the Vikings roster for the 2016 season, Ben Goessling of ESPN reports.
Impacts: 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.By Rotowire.com
Kirk Cousins QB - WAS Cousins, a potential free agent, is a ta...
Cousins, a potential free agent, is a target for a long-term deal for Washington GM Scot McLoughan, NFL Network reports.
Impacts: 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.By Rotowire.com
Peyton Manning QB - DEN Manning completed 17 of 32 passes for 17...
Manning completed 17 of 32 passes for 176 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Sunday's win over the Patriots in the AFC championship game. He also lost a fumble.
Impacts: The Sheriff's offense was limited to just 275 total yards on Sunday, but his ability to limit the turnovers and cash in on good field position secured a trip to next month's Super Bowl. Manning clearly isn't on the same level physically as he was in the past, but his experience and leadership ability have him knocking on the door of another championship as the sun sets on his storied career. Manning will now have a couple of weeks to rest up before facing the winner of Sunday's NFC championship game between the Cardinals and the Panthers.By Rotowire.com
Jonathan Stewart RB - CAR Stewart (ankle) returned to practice Thu...
Stewart (ankle) returned to practice Thursday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
Impacts: Stewart's level of participation probably won't be known until later in the afternoon, but even a limited practice would put him on track for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Head coach Ron Rivera made it clear that Stewart's current issue, which he suffered against the Seahawks in the divisional round, is unrelated to the foot injury that sidelined Stewart for the final three games of the regular season.By Rotowire.com
Jordy Nelson WR - GB During Monday's media session, head coac...
During Monday's media session, head coach Mike McCarthy told Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com that Nelson (knee) will "come back better than ever. He's so far ahead of the rehab."
Impacts: Since Nelson suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during the preseason, he was only seen on the Packers' sideline during the recently concluded season. Following confirmation from McCarthy that Nelson's recovery is progressing well, the wide receiver seems on pace to be ready for training camp. However, Nelson turns 31 in May, so it's a legitimate question to wonder if he'll regain the explosiveness that was sorely missing from Green Bay's receiving corps in 2015.By Rotowire.com
Randall Cobb WR - GB Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that Cob...
Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that Cobb's bruised lung is not expected to pose long-term issues, although McCarthy was still unaware of the injury specifics.
Impacts: Cobb was removed from Saturday's playoff loss to Arizona after laying out for a catch which was ultimately ruled back. He was later seen spitting blood near the sidelines and further news on the severity of his bruised lung has remained under wraps by the organization.By Rotowire.com
Ronnie Hillman RB - DEN Hillman gained just 38 yards on 16 carri...
Hillman gained just 38 yards on 16 carries in Sunday's win over the Steelers. He failed to haul in his only target in the passing game.
Impacts: The 24-year-old led the Broncos in carries on the day, but his inefficiency resulted in C.J. Anderson nearly doubling him in yardage. Anderson also received three targets to Hillman's one, and plowed home the team's only touchdown. Hillman should continue to see his fair share of touches, but Anderson's rugged style could prove more suited to playoff football, and he could see some additional looks next week in the AFC championship game against the Patriots.By Rotowire.com
Marshawn Lynch RB - SEA Lynch (abdomen) is listed as active Sund...
Lynch (abdomen) is listed as active Sunday in Carolina, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports.
Impacts: The wait is over. For the first time since Nov. 15, Lynch will lead the Seahawks' rushing attack against a Panthers defense that limited him to 17 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown in Week 6.By Rotowire.com
Rob Gronkowski TE - NE Gronkowski (knee/back) secured seven of...
Gronkowski (knee/back) secured seven of eight targets for 83 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 27-20 Divisional Round victory over the Chiefs.
Impacts: The star tight end put all health concerns to rest early, opening the scoring with an eight-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Gronkowski tallied a second visit to the end zone on a 16-yard reception in the third quarter, and looked unencumbered by the knee and back ailments that landed him on the injury report Thursday. Gronkowski looks primed for a full workload once again in next week's AFC Championship Game.By Rotowire.com
Randall Cobb WR - GB Cobb (chest) has been ruled out of Satur...
Cobb (chest) has been ruled out of Saturday's divisional round game in Arizona.
Impacts: A casualty of his own athleticism, Cobb will depart with just one target on the ledger. With Cobb and Davante Adams (knee) out of commission, the Packers have been whittled down to James Jones, Jared Abbrederis, and Jeff Janis at wide receiver.By Rotowire.com
Randall Cobb WR - GB Cobb is questionable to return to Saturd...
Cobb is questionable to return to Saturday's game at Arizona due to a chest injury.
Impacts: After hauling in a spectacular one-handed grab that was eventually wiped away by penalty, Cobb was examined by the Packers' medical staff and quickly carted to the locker room. The extent of the ailment is unclear, but for the time being, Aaron Rodgers will be down to James Jones, Jared Abbrederis, and Jeff Janis in the WR corps.By Rotowire.com
Ben Roethlisberger QB - PIT According to Sal Paolantonio of ESPN, Ro...
According to Sal Paolantonio of ESPN, Roethlisberger (shoulder) is expected to start Sunday's divisional round game in Denver.
Impacts: Roethlisberger emerged from last Saturday's win at Cincinnati with an AC joint sprain as well as torn ligaments in his right shoulder, which predictably held him out of throwing drills both Wednesday and Thursday. However, he progressed enough to do "everything" asked of him Friday, including a "variety of throws." While he made the trip to the Mile-High City, he's scheduled for an evaluation by the Steelers' medical staff on Sunday morning, which will ultimately be his final hurdle to active status. Assuming he passes that test, he'll be down a pair of top playmakers, as Antonio Brown (concussion) and DeAngelo Williams (foot) have already been ruled out.By Rotowire.com
Marshawn Lynch RB - SEA According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network...
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Lynch (abdomen) will play in Sunday's divisional round game at Carolina.
Impacts: After practicing in full for the second week in a row, Lynch was seen walking to the team buses and indeed made the subsequent cross-country trip. If he's deemed active Sunday, he'll be making his first appearance since Nov. 15, though DFS players are advised to check in prior to the Seahawks' 1:05 PM ET kickoff.By Rotowire.com
Julian Edelman WR - NE Edelman (foot) is listed as active Satur...
Edelman (foot) is listed as active Saturday versus the Chiefs.
Impacts: Making his first appearance since Nov. 15, Edelman will compose a complete, albeit banged-up receiving corps that also includes Rob Gronkowski (knee/back) and Danny Amendola (knee). Considering the health of those around him, Edelman could very well serve as Tom Brady's No. 1 option in the Pats' playoff opener.By Rotowire.com
Jeremy Maclin WR - KC Maclin (ankle) is active for Saturday's...
Maclin (ankle) is active for Saturday's divisional round game at New England, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Impacts: Emerging from wild-card weekend with a high-ankle sprain, Maclin was unable to fit in any practice reps this week, as the training room was his domain. Although he's been deemed active, his potential workload is to be determined, which could place more of the receiving burden on the likes of Travis Kelce (groin), Albert Wilson (hamstring), and Chris Conley.By Rotowire.com
Rob Gronkowski TE - NE Gronkowski (knee/back) is active for Sat...
Gronkowski (knee/back) is active for Saturday's divisional round game versus the Chiefs.
Impacts: After a week of question marks surrounding many of its key playmakers, New England will have Gronkowski, among others, available in its postseason opener. There certainly should be concern with the tight end, who received an injection in his right knee during the week and even had a back issue added to the injury report. However, in the do-or-die scenario, Gronkowski will likely remain one of Tom Brady's top targeted players.By Rotowire.com
Rob Gronkowski TE - NE Gronkowski (knee/back) is listed as ques...
Gronkowski (knee/back) is listed as questionable for Saturday's playoff game against the Chiefs, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Impacts: Per Reiss, Gronkowski was present for Friday's day-before-game walk-through, after missing Thursday's practice. Meanwhile, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald suggests that Gronkowski will "try to play through the pain" in his knee Saturday, while indicating that the it's believed that the tight end's back issue is less of a concern at this stage. In any case, those considering Gronkowski in fantasy lineups this weekend are advised to verify his status in advance of Saturday's 4:35 ET kickoff.By Rotowire.com
Marshawn Lynch RB - SEA Lynch (abdomen) is listed as probable f...
Lynch (abdomen) is listed as probable for Sunday's playoff game against the Panthers.
Impacts: Per ESPN.com, Lynch -- who was a full practice participant both Wednesday and Thursday -- has indicated that he is ready to return to game action for the first time since Nov. 15, a notion supported by his official probable designation. How close to a full workload he'll be up for in his anticipated re-entry to the lineup, however, is uncertain. In any case, Christine Michael, who carried 21 times for 70 yards against the Vikings last weekend, is on hand to spell Lynch on Sunday when he needs a breather, or in the event that he suffers any setbacks.By Rotowire.com
Eddie Lacy RB - GB Lacy (ribs) is listed as probable ahead...
Lacy (ribs) is listed as probable ahead of Saturday's playoff game against the Cardinals, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports.
Impacts: Lacy was limited earlier in the week due to his lingering rib problem, but is still expected to play Saturday night in Arizona. Should Lacy feel any ill-effects from his injury, teammate James Starks represents a proven alternative in the Packers' backfield heading into this weekend.By Rotowire.com
Davante Adams WR - GB Adams (knee) has been ruled out of Satur...
Adams (knee) has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Cardinals, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports.
Impacts: Adams was considered unlikely to play after suffering an MCL injury last weekend, so Friday's news confirms he'll be unavailable Saturday. Although he struggled for most of this season, Adams' absence leaves the Packers' receiving corp a bit thin against Arizona's deep and talented secondary, but Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis are the most likely candidates to see more playing time.By Rotowire.com
Ben Roethlisberger QB - PIT Roethlisberger (shoulder) is listed as...
Roethlisberger (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Broncos.
Impacts: Roethlisberger's status thus merits monitoring in advance Sunday's 4:40 ET kickoff, but coach Mike Tomlin's comments after Friday's practice suggest that the QB has a good shot to play. "I thought he did a nice job," Tomlin said with regard to Roethlisberger's performance in Friday's session. "He did everything we asked him to do. I was very specific about what I asked him to do. I wanted to see a variety of throws. I wanted to see enough, no more." In the event that Roethlisberger does play Sunday, we suspect that he'll be operating at less than 100 percent thanks to his shoulder ailment, and adding to his challenges in the contest is that both RB DeAngelo Williams (foot) and WR Antonio Brown have been ruled out by the Steelers this week.By Rotowire.com
DeAngelo Williams RB - PIT Williams (foot) has been ruled out for...
Williams (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Broncos.
Impacts: With Williams still out, Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman are in line carry the Steelers' rushing load Sunday against a rugged Denver defense that allowed an average of 83.6 rushing yards per game during the regular season.By Rotowire.com
Jeremy Maclin WR - KC Maclin (ankle) is listed as questionabl...
Maclin (ankle) is listed as questionable for Saturday's playoff game against the Patriots.
Impacts: Per the Kansas City Star, the status of the wideout -- who is dealing with what has been described a "mild" high ankle sprain -- is viewed as a game-time decision in advance of Saturday's 4:35 ET kickoff. If Maclin misses the game, or ends up in uniform, but limited, Chris Conley would be a candidate to see added snaps in such a scenario.By Rotowire.com