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|1/16/2015||Justin Britt, T|
|Britt is inactive for Sunday's NFC championship game against Green Bay, the first game the rookie has missed all season. Britt was limited in practice this week after developing soreness in his knee after last week's playoff victory over Carolina. Britt had started every game of his first season after being a second-round pick out of Missouri.
Analysis: With Britt out, versatile backup Alvin Bailey will start. Bailey has started games at left tackle and left guard this season.
|1/15/2015||Ray Rice, RB|
|Rice has reached a settlement on his grievance against the Baltimore Ravens, according to two people familiar with the case.
Analysis: The three-time Pro Bowl running back was seeking slightly more than $3.5 million for wrongful termination after the Ravens released him once the video of him knocking out his then-fiancee in an elevator was released publicly in September.
|1/15/2015||Griff Whalen, WR|
|Whalen has been promoted from the practice squad to the active roster.
Analysis: The move was made since Josh McNary was put on the commissioner's exempt list less than 24 hours after city prosecutor's filed charges of rape, criminal confinement with bodily injury and battery resulting in bodily injury against the backup linebacker.
|1/15/2015||Mike Brown, WR|
|The Panthers announced they've signed wide receiver Mike Brown to a reserve/future contract. The deal was announced Thursday.
Analysis: The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Brown spent the last three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and has played in 18 games with eight starts during his career. The former undrafted player from Liberty has 39 catches for 534 yards and two touchdowns since joining the league in 2012.
|1/15/2015||Emmanuel Sanders, WR|
|Sanders was selected to play in his first Pro Bowl.
Analysis: Sanders replaces injured Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones.
|1/15/2015||Greg Jones, RB|
|Jones signed a ceremonial, one-day contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday and retired with the team that drafted him in 2004.
Analysis: Jones says "10 years have flown by. It's been a time of happiness and grief." A second-round pick out of Florida State, Jones played in 115 games during his nine years in Jacksonville. He spent the 2013 season with Houston and went to training camp with New Orleans last year before getting cut.
|1/14/2015||Doug Free, T|
|Free will have a procedure on his left ankle next week.
Analysis: Free missed the last four games, including the playoffs, after injuring his ankle against Philadelphia in December. He missed three games earlier in the season with a broken right foot.
|1/14/2015||Jeremy Mincey, DE|
|Mincey is set for elbow surgery Thursday.
Analysis: Mincey, who led the Cowboys with six sacks in the regular season, didn't miss any games. He had to pass a concussion test before the playoff loss to Green Bay last weekend. He has a year remaining on his contract.
|1/14/2015||Aaron Rodgers, QB|
|The Packers have listed Rodgers and running back Eddie Lacy as probable on the injury report for Sunday's NFC title game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Analysis: Rodgers, who has been limited this week in practice with a lingering left calf injury, will obviously play Sunday.
|1/14/2015||Adrian Peterson, RB|
|Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman says the team is waiting for the process to play out before it can make any definitive statements on the future of suspended running back Adrian Peterson.
Analysis: Spielman says he has no doubt Peterson "is going to play at a very high level when he comes back." When asked if he wants Peterson back on the Vikings, Spielman said, "I don't know if there's a team in the NFL that wouldn't want Adrian Peterson on their football team."
|1/14/2015||Gerald McCoy, DT|
|McCoy is out of the Pro Bowl.
Analysis: McCoy was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Dec. 15 after spraining his right knee.
|1/14/2015||Sheldon Richardson, DT|
|Richardson is replacing injured Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy in the Pro Bowl.
Analysis: The Jets announced Wednesday that Richardson, who was originally selected as an alternate, will play in the game in Glendale, Arizona, on Jan. 25 - a week before the Super Bowl is played there.
|1/14/2015||Josh McNary, LB|
|The Indianapolis Colts have placed McNary on the commissioner's exempt list.
Analysis: The decision comes less than 24 hours after prosecutors charged McNary with rape, criminal confinement with bodily injury and battery resulting in bodily injury. On Wednesday, the Colts said they were aware of the allegations but did not have enough information to take action.
|1/14/2015||Greg Toler, CB|
|Toler missed Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: Toler sat out with a groin injury.
|1/14/2015||Vontae Davis, CB|
|Davis missed Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: Coach Chuck Pagano says Davis hurt his knee.
|1/14/2015||Peyton Manning, QB|
|Manning is the winner of the 2015 Bart Starr Award, given annually to a player who exemplified leadership and character on and off the field.
Analysis: Manning will receive the award at the Athletes In Action Super Bowl Breakfast in Phoenix on Jan. 30. Manning and his wife, Ashley, have helped at-risk youth in Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana and Tennessee through the PeyBack Foundation since 1999.
|1/14/2015||Peyton Manning, QB|
|Reports are surfacing that Jack Del Rio will be the Broncos next coach and this could affect Manning.
Analysis: Manning may be close to retirement after he played through injuries in the playoffs. General manager and Hall of Famer John Elway has told Manning to wait to make a decision and the hiring of Del Rio will certainly play a part in what the legendary quarterback decides to do.
|1/12/2015||B.J. Daniels, QB|
|Coach Pete Carroll said Seattle will add quarterback B.J. Daniels to the active roster for the NFC championship against the Packers.
Analysis: Daniels will take the spot of wide receiver Paul Richardson, who suffered a torn ACL in Saturday's win over the Panthers.
|1/12/2015||Byron Maxwell, CB|
|The Seattle Seahawks expect Maxwell to be fine for Sunday's NFC championship game versus Green Bay.
Analysis: Maxwell was ill last week and was limited to just four snaps on special teams. Carroll said it seems like Maxwell has recovered.
|1/12/2015||Max Unger, C|
|The Seattle Seahawks expect center Max Unger to be fine for Sunday's NFC championship game versus Green Bay.
Analysis: Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Unger appeared to be fine after having the back of his legs rolled up on in the fourth quarter of the Seahawks' win over Carolina on Saturday. The concern was that Unger had re-aggravated a high-ankle sprain.
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