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Seahawks FS Earl Thomas (shoulder) is practicing in full for Super Bowl XLIX.

Thomas' status was never in doubt, but this confirms he'll be ready to rock against the Patriots.
Jan 29 - 9:40 PM

Seahawks RT Justin Britt (knee) is practicing in full for Super Bowl XLIX.

Britt sat out the NFC Championship Game, but coach Pete Carroll said it was precautionary. A second-round rookie, Britt struggled mightily during the regular season, but played every snap.
Jan 29 - 9:39 PM

Patriots C Bryan Stork (knee) has remained limited in practice.

Most signs have pointed toward Stork being ready to go for Super Bowl XLIX, but this being the Patriots, we might not get official word until inactives are announced at roughly 5ET on Sunday. Stork's presence will be key with the Pats likely looking to get their power-run game going.
Jan 29 - 9:34 PM

LeSean McCoy isn't open to a pay cut.

Shady has said he's open to a restructure, but a straight cut is apparently out of the question. "I know how hard it is to keep a team together, and I want to be part of this team," McCoy said. "But I don't want to take less money." Due a tall $9.75 million for 2015, Shady will count $11.95 million against the cap. McCoy is signed through 2017, so any restructure would likely involve kicking some guaranteed money to 2016. Only $1 million of Shady's 2015 salary is guaranteed, but the Eagles would have to take on $4.4 million in dead money to cut him loose.
Jan 29 - 8:19 PM

The Arizona Republic reports the Cardinals were interested in ex-Falcons coach Mike Smith as a senior defensive assistant, but that it "didn't work out."

The Cardinals are determined to promote from within to replace Todd Bowles, and Smith must have balked at being a mere defensive caretaker after running the entire show in Atlanta for seven years. If Smith is going to get a big-time job this offseason, his last shot appears to be Oakland's DC vacancy.
Jan 29 - 7:50 PM

Speaking Thursday, free agent DeMarco Murray laughed off the idea that his monster 2014 was solely the product of the Cowboys' offensive line.

"I would like to see how it goes," Murray said of the Cowboys letting him walk and simply plugging another back in. "I know what I bring to the table." Murray's line was indeed dominant, but he's averaged at least 4.7 yards per carry in three of his four NFL seasons. He's an elite runner, one who won't be easily replaced if he walks, no matter how dominant Dallas' line is.
Jan 29 - 7:47 PM

Peyton Manning's father expects him to reach a decision on his NFL future "maybe in the next week or two."

"He’s given a lot of thought to it," Archie Manning said. "(I) think he’s taken a good evaluation of where he is physically." Most signs have pointed toward Manning returning for a fourth season in Denver.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 29 - 7:40 PM

According to the NFL's internal review, both concussions and torn ACLs were down in 2014.

Per the league, there were 202 concussions diagnosed in 2014, down from 229 in 2013, and 261 in 2012. Torn ACLs checked in at 49. There were 57 in 2013. Although the concussion numbers are encouraging, that's still a massive number, and there's no way of knowing how many went undiagnosed. As concussion awareness has grown, it's possible players have gotten more clever about concealing them. The crisis isn't anywhere near over.
Jan 29 - 5:44 PM

The Cardinals aren't counting on suspended ILB Daryl Washington for 2015.

Substance-abuse violations got Washington banned for all of 2014, but he's yet to be disciplined by the league for his domestic-violence conviction. "Last year, we learned about his suspension after free agency," said team president Michael Bidwill. "This year we are going to plan to make sure we address all the issues not knowing whether Daryl will be back for part of next season or all of next season." Washington should be facing at least a six-game ban. His current year-long suspension runs through late May.
Jan 29 - 5:41 PM

Free agent RB Jonathan Dwyer has been placed on probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Dwyer was originally charged with felony aggravated assault after he was accused of assaulting his wife last summer. Despite the slap on the wrist from the law, Dwyer's NFL career is almost certainly over. Going on 26, Dwyer is the owner of a lifetime 4.2 YPC. That's not worth teams taking on the stigma of a domestic abuser.
Jan 29 - 4:33 PM

49ers hired ex-Eagles VP of player personnel Tom Gamble as senior personnel executive.

Fresh off losing a power struggle with Chip Kelly, Gamble returns to the team he worked for from 2005-13. Gamble has 28 years of NFL experience, and was a hot GM candidate when he headed to Philly in 2013. Gamble was considered a big part of the 49ers' draft success during his time in the Bay Area. Bringing Gamble back is one of the few positive moves the 49ers have made this offseason.
Jan 29 - 4:18 PM

ESPN's Mike Triplett suggests the Saints could be interested in impending free agent CB Byron Maxwell.

Triplett is just connecting the dots. He's not reporting he's heard the Saints are ready to make a run at Seattle's right cornerback. Rotoworld's No. 1 free agent corner, Maxwell did excellent work opposite Richard Sherman this season, and gets a chance to shine on the national stage Sunday. Corner is a major need for the Saints, but their cap situation is one of the league's worst. If Maxwell escapes Seattle, New Orleans is an unlikely landing spot.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 29 - 3:10 PM

Chargers hired ex-Falcons DC Mike Nolan as LBs coach.

Nolan has been either coordinating defenses or serving as a head coach every year since 2002. His past two Falcons units were abysmal, but his personnel was a major issue. He's a nice addition to DC John Pagano's staff.
Jan 29 - 2:18 PM

Free agent DeMarco Murray says he hasn't started thinking about his contract yet, but left open the possibility that he won't be back with the Cowboys.

"You never know what’s going to happen, we’ll see what happens," Murray said in a radio interview. "But all you can do is hope for the best." The early signs suggest Murray will be allowed to walk, but owner/GM Jerry Jones has always been extremely reluctant to part with home-grown talent.
Jan 29 - 2:16 PM

Suspended WR Josh Gordon insists he does not have addiction issues, and says he believed he was no longer being tested for alcohol following the regular season.

Writing in an open letter, Gordon took his critics to task, trying to paint a picture of a player who has been more unlucky than wayward. He continues to insist his failed 2014 marijuana test was the result of second-hand smoke. He also says the alcohol that led to his failed test earlier this month was consumed on a flight with other Browns players, and was the first time he had drank since his July 2014 DWI. Gordon said he's not yet sure if he will appeal his year-long ban. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding his troubles, Gordon is out of second chances with the NFL. He needs to avoid trouble of any kind from here on out.
Jan 29 - 2:01 PM

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