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9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports the Broncos will start C.J. Anderson over Ronnie Hillman in Super Bowl 50.

Hillman has technically been Denver's starter since Week 6, after Anderson got off to a painfully slow start. Anderson has severely outplayed Hillman ever since and especially in the playoffs, where Hillman is averaging 2.00 yards per carry and Anderson is averaging nearly five. Klis notes Hillman will remain involved, but Anderson "will get the first chance to find his rhythm."
Feb 7 - 5:31 PM

Panthers declared RB Cameron Artis-Payne, WR Brenton Bersin, CB Lou Young, S Dean Marlowe, RB Brandon Wegher, WR Kevin Norwood, and DE Ryan Delaire inactive for Super Bowl 50 against the Broncos.

Fifth-round rookie Artis-Payne has been inactive since losing a red-zone fumble in Carolina's Divisional Round win over the Seahawks. He'll return in 2016 to compete for the top backup job behind Jonathan Stewart. RE Jared Allen (foot) and WLB Thomas Davis (arm) are active, as expected.
Feb 7 - 4:45 PM

Broncos declared RB Juwan Thompson, QB Trevor Siemian, S Lorenzo Doss, DB Taurean Nixon, DL Darius Kilgo, G/C Sam Brenner, and OG Robert Myers inactive for Super Bowl 50.

With Thompson in street clothes, the Broncos' only active tailbacks versus Carolina will be Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson. Thompson is an impending restricted free agent and probably 50:50 to return to the Broncos in 2016.
Feb 7 - 4:44 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports new Eagles coach Doug Pederson is "interested" in bringing Nick Foles back to Philadelphia.

The quarterback wheels are spinning in Philly. Schefter reported Sunday the Eagles are no longer planning to franchise tag Sam Bradford, and now it looks like Pederson is gearing up for a reunion with Foles. Pederson was the Eagles' quarterbacks coach when the team drafted Foles in 2012. Foles is coming off a dreadful year in St. Louis, but the $7.75 million he'll make in 2016 is far less than what Bradford will command in free agency. It's unclear what the Rams would be looking for in a trade for Foles. The Rams benched Foles down the stretch last year, deciding Case Keenum was a better option.
Feb 7 - 12:29 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Eagles are not expected to use the franchise tag on Sam Bradford.

The Eagles may have to do some cap gymnastics after signing Zach Ertz, Brent Celek, Lane Johnson and Vinny Curry to long-term extensions. The projected franchise number for quarterbacks is $19.7 million, which is actually less than Bradford asked for when the two sides were negotiating during the season. Schefter said the Eagles still have "some interest" in retaining Bradford, but new coach Doug Pederson is also "interested" in a reunion with Nick Foles.
Feb 7 - 12:13 PM

According to the New York Post, the FBI is investigating former Giants TE Jeremy Shockey in connection to an international drug and gambling ring.

Owen Hanson, a former walk-on tight end at USC, was among 22 charged in a drug smuggling operation that allegedly spanned from Brooklyn all the way to Australia. Shockey has maintained a friendship with Hanson over the years but denies any involvement in the drug ring and told the FBI he has "nothing to hide." "I've never had anything to do with drugs," said Shockey. "And I would never do anything illegal to jeopardize what I’ve worked for." The investigation is ongoing.
Feb 7 - 11:18 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Marshawn Lynch has told "people close to him" he plans on retiring.

Lynch has reportedly told members of the Seahawks' organization that he plans on hanging it up. Lynch, who was on the fence about coming back last year, struggled through an injury-plagued season while being outplayed by rookie Thomas Rawls. If this is it for Beast Mode, he'll finish his career with 9,112 rushing yards across nine NFL seasons. That total ranks 36th all-time.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 7 - 10:53 AM

The Dolphins believe they have a starting-caliber running back in Jay Ajayi.

Beat writer Barry Jackson believes Miami will try to retain Lamar Miller, but Olivier Vernon remains the team's top priority in free agency. Part of the Dolphins' willingness to move on from Miller stems from the potential they see in Ajayi, who flashed explosiveness as both a runner and receiver as a rookie. If Miller leaves, Ajayi could be close to an every-down back if the Dolphins don't pursue serious competition.
Feb 7 - 10:42 AM

Athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion doesn't expect Panthers WLB Thomas Davis (arm) to be limited in Sunday's Super Bowl against the Broncos.

"The biggest challenge for him right now is, what's it going to feel like to take a blow on it," said Vermillion. "The nice thing is, wrist motion is going to be there, elbow motion is going to be there, and his grip is there." Davis has made a miraculous recovery from a broken arm and should play his usual snaps on Sunday. He shouldn't need any more surgery after having a six-inch plate installed during the bye week.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 7 - 10:18 AM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Broncos will place the franchise tag on Von Miller and then try to work out an extension.

The Broncos could theoretically use the tag on Brock Osweiler, but Miller is understandably the top priority. Miller has keyed Denver's pass rush for the last four years and is coming off a monster game against New England in the AFC Championship. Last year, the franchise number for linebackers was $13.195 million. That number should jump to about $14 million in 2016.
Feb 7 - 9:34 AM

Ex-Lions WR Titus Young was arrested on January 30 on charges of felony battery with serious bodily injury.

The incident occurred in Los Angeles. Between this new battery charge and Young's prior convictions, he could be looking at up to nine years in prison. Young was sentenced to five years probation last year following a string of assaults. The 26-year-old hasn't appeared in an NFL game since 2013.
Source: TMZ.com
Feb 7 - 9:19 AM

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston believes the Patriots will "explore the possibility" of signing impending free agent Matt Forte.

The Patriots were painfully one-dimensional on offense after losing Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount to season-ending injuries. Forte would be a tremendous upgrade for New England, particularly given his all-around skill set.
Source: ESPN Boston
Feb 7 - 8:26 AM

Former Packers QB Brett Favre was one of four players elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

One of the greatest quarterbacks in league history, Favre was inducted in his first year of eligibility. Drafted by the Falcons, he played 16 years with the Packers before finishing his career with the Jets and Minnesota. A six-time All Pro, Favre owns multiple NFL records, including most starts (298) and pass completions (6,300), and is tied with Peyton Manning with 186 career wins. He ranks second all-time in pass yards (71,838) and touchdowns (508). Favre is joined by Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, coach Tony Dungy, Seniors nominees Dick Stanfel and Ken Stabler, and contributor Eddie DeBartolo as members of the 2016 Hall of Fame class. Terrell Owens, Kurt Warner, Terrell Davis, and Steve Atwater were among the candidates not selected.
Feb 6 - 9:52 PM

Associated Press named Cam Newton its 2015 Most Valuable Player.

Newton was the clear MVP frontrunner, throwing for 3,837 yards and a 35:10 TD/INT ratio in the regular season. He rushed for 636 yards (4.8 YPC) and 10 touchdowns, making him the first player in NFL history to post 30-plus pass touchdowns and 10 rushing TDs. Newton’s career highs came without top WR Kelvin Benjamin (ACL). His play elevated a middling cast to a 15-win season and Super Bowl appearance. Newton won MVP in a landslide, getting 48 first-place votes. He also beat Antonio Brown (10 votes) for Offensive Player of the Year.
Feb 6 - 9:48 PM

Associated Press named Ron Rivera its 2015 Coach of the Year.

He beat out Andy Reid, who was a distant second with six votes compared to Rivera's 36.5. "Riverboat Ron" -- a nickname Rivera has fully embraced and even appears on his verified Twitter handle -- led Carolina to a 15-1 record and the NFC’s No. 1 seed, becoming the sixth team in history to finish with only one loss. The Panthers led the NFL in turnover margin and ranked as a top-five run defense, allowing just over 19 points per game. Rivera has just two losses over his last 24 games. It marks the second time he’s won Coach of the Year. The Associated Press named Broncos DC Wade Phillips its Assistant Coach of the Year.
Feb 6 - 9:31 PM



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