Giants coach Tom Coughlin confirmed he expects Victor Cruz (knee) to be ready for the team's offseason program.
Cruz underwent arthroscopic surgery on Thursday, but the procedure was minor enough that he shouldn't have any issues getting cleared for offseason workouts and is on track to participate in the Giants' late-spring minicamp. Rueben Randle will replace Cruz in the starting lineup for the final two games of the regular season, with Jerrel Jernigan playing in the slot.
Vikings placed TE John Carlson on injured reserve with a concussion, ending his season.
Carlson suffered his third known NFL concussion in Week 14 and will be shut down for the season. He took on an expanded role in the second-half with Kyle Rudolph (foot, I.R.) sidelined, making eight starts and finishing with 32 catches, 344 yards, and one touchdown. Carlson is believed to be considering retirement due to his lengthy concussion history. He's currently signed through 2016.
Browns placed WR Davone Bess on the reserve/NFI list.
Bess didn't practice on Thursday or Friday and is dealing with a "serious family issue." He won't play in the final two games and the move officially ends his season. Bess will finish with just 42 catches for 362 yards and two touchdowns, while leading the NFL with 14 drops. He signed a four-year, $14.18 million extension with the Browns back in April, but will likely face competition for slot duties in 2014.
Falcons RB Antone Smith (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 16.
Smith returned to practice this week after sitting out last Sunday's win over the Redskins. He'll see limited carries as the Falcons' No. 4 running back and contribute on special teams if active for Monday night's game against the 49ers.
Tony Gonzalez (toe) is listed as questionable for Week 16.
Gonzalez continues to be limited in practice by his toe injury, but is fully expected to play despite being listed as questionable. He's a low-end TE1 for Monday night's game at San Francisco.
Darius Johnson (ankle, out) remained sidelined at Saturday's practice.
Johnson has a high-ankle sprain and isn't going to play Monday night in San Francisco. He's a candidate to be placed on season-ending injured reserve.
The Saints can create $11.55 million in salary cap space by releasing DE/OLB Will Smith this offseason.
At the moment, the Saints project to be nearly $17 million over the 2014 cap. Releasing Smith, who is currently on I.R. as he recovers from a torn ACL, will be a no-brainer move. He'll turn 33 years old next summer and doesn't fit Rob Ryan's 3-4 defense, no matter what the Saints were saying in the preseason.
49ers GM Trent Baalke says free agent FB Owen Marecic isn't interested in playing in the NFL.
After losing FB Bruce Miller (shoulder) to injured reserve last week, the 49ers approached Marecic. The 25-year-old declined their offer and seems content with life away from the gridiron. The 49ers signed DL/FB Will Tukuafu.