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All our week 19 content

Week 19 Players in the News

by Clayton Gray, Exclusive to Footballguys.com


The Latest News

Quarterback

*** Friday Update *** QB Jay Cutler (CHI) Bob LeGere, of The Daily Herald, reports the Bears have requested Jay Cutler be involved in the team's search for a new offensive coordinator. Cutler is meeting with every candidate for the job.

*** Friday Update *** QB Curtis Painter (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to be available to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** QB Erik Ainge (NYJ) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to be available to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** QB Mark Sanchez (NYJ) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

Running Back

*** Friday Update *** RB Jerome Harrison (CLE) Marla Ridenour, of The Beacon Journal, reports Browns team president Mike Holmgren has seen enough out of Jerome Harrison, who rushed for 570 yards and five touchdowns in the final four games of the year, to know that he likes him. "I love him as a player," Holmgren said. "I thought what he did at the end of the season was remarkable." Harrison was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent March 5, but he will be a restricted free agent unless an agreement to the CBA is reached before then.

*** Friday Update *** RB Marion Barber (DAL) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend. He's listed as probable.

"I know he really wants to play," head coach Wade Phillips has said all week. "He said he felt great. He's saying he's ready. So we'll see."

Jerry Jones also said he expects Barber to play.

"He says he's good to go. He wasn't sore today, and he moved around out there yesterday pretty good," Jones said. "We just want everything unequivocal, and that wouldn't have anything to do with his effort or anything like that, and he wants that too. But right now he's saying he's really good to go."

*** Friday Update *** RB Naufahu Tahi (MIN) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** RB Deuce McAllister (NO) WDSU.com reports the Saints have re-signed Deuce McAllister, according to sources. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Sources said McAllister could provide pass protection and blocking as well as some depth at running back.

*** Friday Update *** RB Pierre Thomas (NO) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** RB Thomas Jones (NYJ) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** RB LaDainian Tomlinson (SD) TheRedZone.com reports LaDainian Tomlinson said he is not thinking about retiring after the season, and believes his career is far from over, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune's Kevin Acee. Tomlinson is due $5 million in 2010 and will be 31.

*** Friday Update *** RB Chris Johnson (TEN) Gary Estwick, of The Tennessean, reports the Titans likely will cut down Chris Johnson's carries next season to make sure he remains effective and healthy during the season. Head coach Jeff Fisher said he would like to see another running back get more carries in the running back rotation.

Wide Receiver

*** Friday Update *** WR Anquan Boldin (ARI) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

Kent Somers, of The Arizona Republic, reports Anquan Boldin has not practiced in two weeks because of a sprained ankle and knee. Even if he plays in the team's Divisional Round game Sunday, Jan. 17, he would likely be limited to about 30 plays in the game.

Further, Bob McManaman and Kent Somers, of The Arizona Republic, report Boldin remains uncertain to play during the NFC divisional playoff game against the Saints. "Everything is the same, nothing has really changed," Boldin said. "It's better than it was a couple days ago, though, so I'm optimistic." He continues to receive treatment on his injuries, and is likely to be a game-time decision for the game.

And finally, Adam Schefter, of ESPN, reports the Cardinals are not expecting Boldin to play this weekend, but they are still holding out hope that he will be able to do so.

*** Friday Update *** WR Derrick Mason (BAL) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** WR Derrick Williams (DET) Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he anticipated rookie WR Derrick Williams would struggle as a wide receiver. Mayhew added, "If you go back and look at him at Penn State, he was in the wildcat [formation]. He was a gadget type of guy. He was not a receiver that ran the full route tree." However, Mayhew did not anticipate Williams would "struggle as a returner, especially in terms of catching the ball. You saw some of that on film, but a lot of times, [the game] was outside. It was at Penn State on punts. I thought he would do a better job catching punts for us."

*** Friday Update *** WR Pierre Garcon (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** WR Reggie Wayne (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** WR Lance Moore (NO) partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this weekend.

Tight End

*** Friday Update *** TE Todd Heap (BAL) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** TE Gijon Robinson (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** TE Visanthe Shiancoe (MIN) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

Kicker

*** Friday Update *** PK Neil Rackers (ARI) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** PK Adam Vinatieri (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to be available to play this weekend.

Offensive Line

*** Friday Update *** OL Baltimore Ravens (BAL) T Jared Gaither practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** OL Dallas Cowboys (DAL) T Marc Colombo practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** OL Indianapolis Colts (IND) T Ryan Diem practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend. T Charlie Johnson practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

G Jamey Richard practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

T Tony Ugoh practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** OL Minnesota Vikings (MIN) G Steve Hutchinson practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

Defensive Tackle

*** Friday Update *** DT Raheem Brock (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DT Keyunta Dawson (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DT Antonio Johnson (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DT Daniel Muir (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DT Jimmy Kennedy (MIN) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DT Kevin Williams (MIN) Brian Murphy, of the Pioneer Press, reports Kevin Williams and DT Pat Williams were back in court Thursday, Jan. 14, to resume their case in the StarCaps drug-testing case. The two players accused the NFL of violating Minnesota laws regulating how and when employers can test workers for alcohol and drugs. Both were suspended for four games by the league in December 2008 after they tested positive for a banned substance found in a tainted weight-loss supplement they were using. A trial is scheduled for March 10 before Hennepin County (Minn.) Judge Gary Larson, whose injunction blocks the league from suspending the two players while their case is pending.

*** Friday Update *** DT Pat Williams (MIN) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DT Rodney Leisle (NO) Adam Caplan, of Scout.com, reports the Saints have placed Rodney Leisle on Injured Reserve, ending his 2009 season.

*** Friday Update *** DT Howard Green (NYJ) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

Defensive End

*** Friday Update *** DE Calais Campbell (ARI) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DE Ervin Baldwin (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DE Dwight Freeney (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DE Robert Mathis (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DE Bobby McCray (NO) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DE Shaun Ellis (NYJ) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

Inside Linebacker

*** Friday Update *** ILB Gerald Hayes (ARI) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** ILB Tavares Gooden (BAL) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** ILB Gary Brackett (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** ILB Channing Crowder (MIA) Omar Kelly, of The Sun Sentinel, reports Channing Crowder plans to be off of his crutches and running around before the end of February. Team doctors and specialists have told him he'll be on crutches for another two weeks and then in a walking boot for two weeks after that.

*** Friday Update *** ILB David Harris (NYJ) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** ILB Bart Scott (NYJ) partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this weekend.

Outside Linebacker

*** Friday Update *** OLB Will Davis (ARI) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** OLB DeMarcus Ware (DAL) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** OLB Julian Peterson (DET) Tom Kowalski, of Mlive.com, reports Julian Peterson is scheduled to make $7.5 million in 2010 and a combined $16.5 million the following two seasons. Kowalski doesn't feel the Lions want to pay that much, but Peterson may not be willing to accept a pay cut. Whether Peterson remains in Detroit for another year may come down to whether the Lions believe they cannot afford to lose him.

*** Friday Update *** OLB Clint Session (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

Cornerback

*** Friday Update *** CB Bryant McFadden (ARI) partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (ARI) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** CB Cary Williams (BAL) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** CB Tim Jennings (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** CB Jerraud Powers (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** CB Antoine Winfield (MIN) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** CB Malcolm Jenkins (NO) partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** CB Donald Strickland (NYJ) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

Safety

*** Friday Update *** S Antrel Rolle (ARI) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** S Ed Reed (BAL) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** S Gerald Sensabaugh (DAL) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** S Pat Watkins (DAL) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** S Melvin Bullitt (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** S Aaron Francisco (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** S Jamarca Sanford (MIN) Judd Zulgad, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, reports the Vikings plan to have Jamarca Sanford and Tyrell Johnson split time at strong safety in their Divisional Round playoff game.

General Team News

*** Friday Update *** TM Arizona Cardinals (ARI) P Ben Graham partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** TM Chicago Bears (CHI) The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs reports the Bears officially hired Jaguars assistant head coach Mike Tice as their offensive line coach Friday, Jan. 15.

*** Friday Update *** TM Dallas Cowboys (DAL) Nick Eatman, of DallasCowboys.com, reports Cowboys defensive line coach Todd Grantham will leave the team at the end of the season to become the defensive coordinator at the University of Georgia.

*** Friday Update *** TM Indianapolis Colts (IND) Mike Chappell and Phil Richards, of The Indianapolis Star, report the Colts will not file tampering charges against the Seattle Seahawks for going after former Colts head coach Tony Dungy to be their team president. Dungy is still under contract with the Colts even though he retired last season.

*** Friday Update *** TM Kansas City Chiefs (KC) Adam Teicher, of The Kansas City Star, reports Chiefs linebackers coach Gary Gibbs will be retained.

*** Friday Update *** TM Minnesota Vikings (MIN) P Chris Kluwe practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** TM San Diego Chargers (SD) P Mike Scifres practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** TM Washington Redskins (WAS) Jason Reid, of The Washington Post, reports Redskins offensive coordinator Sherman Smith has been informed he will not be retained.


All the news

Quarterback

QB Kurt Warner (ARI) Adam Schefter, of ESPN.com, reports Kurt Warner, according to sources close to him, is likely to retire following the season. Warner, however, could always change his mind.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Joe Flacco (BAL) Kevin Van Valkenburg, of The Baltimore Sun, reports Joe Flacco said his hip was not bothering him in practice Wednesday, Jan. 13, and doesn't think it will affect his ability to throw in the team's postseason game this weekend. "I feel great this week," Flacco said. "I'm moving around really good. There is nothing really to it."

QB Jake Delhomme (CAR) Scott Fowler, from the Charlotte Observer, believes Jake Delhomme will start out as the No. 2 quarterback in training camp.

*** Friday Update *** QB Jay Cutler (CHI) Bob LeGere, of The Daily Herald, reports the Bears have requested Jay Cutler be involved in the team's search for a new offensive coordinator. Cutler is meeting with every candidate for the job.

QB Brady Quinn (CLE) The Associated Press reports Browns president Mike Holmgren does not believe injured quarterback Brady Quinn will need foot surgery.

QB Tony Romo (DAL) Todd Archer, of The Dallas Morning News, reports Chris Clemons was fined $5,000 for his hit on Cowboys QB Tony Romo Week 17.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Matthew Stafford (DET) Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said he was not disappointed in Matthew Stafford's accuracy or decision-making. Stafford finished his rookie season with a 53.3 completion percentage and 20 interceptions in 10 games. Stafford often faced adverse situations and Schwartz said he "made mistakes on those situations." He often was too aggressive trying to make a play. Schwartz said, "There were times he played exactly like we thought he would. But you also have to temper that with where he is in his career and things like that. Here's a 21-year old quarterback who was starting as a rookie. There have been a lot of great players in the NFL that have been thrown into that role that haven't had a lot of success right away."

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Matthew Stafford (DET) Steve Schrader, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Matthew Stafford said his knee is feeling fine after doctors "scoped it and cleaned it out".

QB Peyton Manning (IND) The Associated Press reports Peyton Manning has been named The AP NFL Most Valuable Player. Manning is the first player to ever win the award four times.

*** Friday Update *** QB Curtis Painter (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to be available to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Curtis Painter (IND) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Curtis Painter (IND) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Brett Favre (MIN) Judd Zulgad, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, reports Brett Favre said he believes the team has a very good chance to win their Divisional Round playoff game and make the NFC Championship game. "Honestly, I see us sitting here next week having this press conference again. If that doesn't happen, to me it will be a shock," Favre said.

QB Tom Brady (NE) Ian R. Rapoport, of the Boston Herald, reports Tom Brady said during a radio interview that he believes the team remains capable of making a run for a championship next season. "We'll be back," Brady said. "I know that. This team isn't going anywhere. We've got a lot of pieces in place. Hopefully we can do a better job next year all around."

*** Friday Update *** QB Erik Ainge (NYJ) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to be available to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Erik Ainge (NYJ) did not practice on Thursday due to illness.

*** Friday Update *** QB Mark Sanchez (NYJ) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Mark Sanchez (NYJ) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Mark Sanchez (NYJ) practiced fully on Wednesday.

QB Kevin Kolb (PHI) Cecil Lammey, NFL Insider from FM 104.3 The Fan, reports he's heard rumblings that Cleveland may be interested in acquiring Kevin Kolb from the Eagles. The Browns just added Tom Heckert as their new general manager, and he was in Philadelphia as the top personnel executive when the Eagles added Kolb in the second-round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

QB Donovan McNabb (PHI) Eagles head coach Andy Reid said during his Monday press conference that Donovan McNabb will be the team's starting quarterback in 2010. Reid said it is too early to tell if the team will have contract extension talks with McNabb during the offseason.

QB Michael Vick (PHI) Jeff McLane and Bob Brookover, of The Philadelphia Inquirer, report Michael Vick wants to be a starting quarterback, although he would welcome staying with the Eagles even if he were still a backup. Vick, added, however, that he feels he has done enough this season, on and off the field, to warrant a chance from another team. "I would hope so," Vick said. "I tried to be the best ambassador that I could be in the community, the best football player that I could be. And that won't stop. I'll continue to do that, and I'll continue to work hard."

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Matt Hasselbeck (SEA) Clare Farnsworth, of Seahawks.com, reports Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll gave a vote of confidence to Matt Hasselbeck during his introductory press conference. "I know that we have a quarterback that has played really good football in his career," Carroll said. "That is one of the key elements of putting together a team that has a chance to win right way. You've got to have a quarterback. I know that we have a first-class guy in Matt and I can't wait to get working with him."

Running Back

RB Marshawn Lynch (BUF) Lou Michel, of The Buffalo News, reports Marshawn Lynch has been accused of stealing $20 from a woman at a restaurant in December. The woman's husband, Buffalo Police Sgt. William Crawford, filed a complaint with police a day after the incident, but they delayed giving a statement to detectives until Wednesday, Jan. 6, in part because she wanted to wait until the Bills' football season ended and Lynch was out of town. Crawford said his wife's girlfriend was approached at the restaurant by another member of the Buffalo Bills, who struck up a conversation with the unmarried woman. At some point, Lynch arrived at the restaurant and joined them. When the woman's girlfriend stepped away from the table, Crawford said his wife pulled out a $20 bill to pay their check in preparation for leaving. Lynch then grabbed the money from her hand.

*** Friday Update *** RB Jerome Harrison (CLE) Marla Ridenour, of The Beacon Journal, reports Browns team president Mike Holmgren has seen enough out of Jerome Harrison, who rushed for 570 yards and five touchdowns in the final four games of the year, to know that he likes him. "I love him as a player," Holmgren said. "I thought what he did at the end of the season was remarkable." Harrison was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent March 5, but he will be a restricted free agent unless an agreement to the CBA is reached before then.

*** Friday Update *** RB Marion Barber (DAL) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend. He's listed as probable.

"I know he really wants to play," head coach Wade Phillips has said all week. "He said he felt great. He's saying he's ready. So we'll see."

Jerry Jones also said he expects Barber to play.

"He says he's good to go. He wasn't sore today, and he moved around out there yesterday pretty good," Jones said. "We just want everything unequivocal, and that wouldn't have anything to do with his effort or anything like that, and he wants that too. But right now he's saying he's really good to go."

*** Thursday Update *** RB Marion Barber (DAL) was limited in Thursday's practice with a bruised knee, but coach Wade Phillips was encouraged by the running back's progress.

"We'll see what he does [Friday] but it's looking better and better for him to be able to play," Phillips said.

If Barber is dressed, Phillips expects Barber to be a starter.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Marion Barber (DAL) did not practice on Wednesday. Barber has a swollen bursa sac in his left knee. He was slowed earlier this season with a quadriceps pull, too. Coach Wade Phillips said Barber did not further injure the knee in Saturday's win against Philadelphia.

"If there's any way he can play in the game I think he will," Phillips said. "And I think he's better, so we'll see tomorrow as far as practice is concerned."

RB Marion Barber (DAL) Charean Williams, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, reports Marion Barber underwent an MRI exam on his left knee Monday, Jan. 11, and will sit out the team's practice Wednesday, Jan. 13, as a precaution. Running backs coach Skip Peete said he pulled Barber out of the team's Wild Card game Saturday, Jan. 9, because he "didn't look like Marion Barber." Barber was visibly limping in the locker room after the game. Head coach Wade Phillips is optimistic Barber will be ready to play Sunday, Jan. 17, in the team's Divisional Round game.

*** Friday Update *** RB Naufahu Tahi (MIN) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Naufahu Tahi (MIN) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Kevin Faulk (NE) Tom E. Curran, of CSNNE.com, reports Patriots pending free agent Kevin Faulk said during a television interview that he plans on returning to the team next season. "Hopefully [I won't be a free agent] for long," Faulk said. "I don't plan on leaving. I don't think I'm leaving. I feel I'm gonna be a Patriot until I leave football. It's hard to see me in anything but a Patriot uniform."

RB Reggie Bush (NO) Jeff Duncan, of The Times-Picayune, reports Saints RBs Pierre Thomas and Mike Bell are expected to receive the majority of the carries throughout the playoffs despite Reggie Bush's success in the last four games of the regular season.

*** Friday Update *** RB Deuce McAllister (NO) WDSU.com reports the Saints have re-signed Deuce McAllister, according to sources. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Sources said McAllister could provide pass protection and blocking as well as some depth at running back.

*** Friday Update *** RB Pierre Thomas (NO) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Pierre Thomas (NO) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Pierre Thomas (NO) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** RB Thomas Jones (NYJ) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Thomas Jones (NYJ) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Thomas Jones (NYJ) did not practice on Wednesday.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan said during his press conference Wednesday, Jan. 13, that Thomas Jones would not need postseason surgery on his knee. Ryan said Jones has a bruise on the outside of his knee. Ryan did not know if Jones would wear a brace for the team's Divisional Round game Sunday, Jan. 17.

Coach Ryan said Jones was held out of practice Wednesday, as he has for the past few weeks, to give the NFL's third-leading rusher a break. Fullback Tony Richardson was also given the day off.

Ryan said Jones was listed on the injury report with a knee injury, but added he could've practiced fully. Ryan said Jones has a bruised knee and there are "no problems at all with him."

RB Thomas Jones (NYJ) NewYorkJets.com reports Jets head coach Rex Ryan is expecting Thomas Jones to be fresh for the team's postseason game this weekend against the San Diego Chargers. Jones wore a brace on his knee last week and was used mostly to pick up the tough yards down in the red zone. Ryan believes the team has a formidable 1-2 punch with Jones and Shonn Greene. "I think Thomas carried it 15 times, which normally he'll be over 20. We felt great about our run game. We kept feeding Shonn [Greene]. He had the hot hand a little bit. It's great to get both of them carries. I would expect Thomas to have his carries over 20 again this week," Ryan said.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Tony Richardson (NYJ) was excused from Wednesday's practice.

RB Leon Washington (NYJ) The Associated Press reports Leon Washington said his broken right leg is healing ahead of schedule and expects to be ready for the team's season opener in 2010.

RB Brian Westbrook (PHI) Les Bowen, of the Philadelphia Daily News, reports Brian Westbrook may have played his last game for the team. If Westbrook returns to the team next season, he would be owed $7.5 million, which would be hard to envision.

*** Friday Update *** RB LaDainian Tomlinson (SD) TheRedZone.com reports LaDainian Tomlinson said he is not thinking about retiring after the season, and believes his career is far from over, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune's Kevin Acee. Tomlinson is due $5 million in 2010 and will be 31.

*** Friday Update *** RB Chris Johnson (TEN) Gary Estwick, of The Tennessean, reports the Titans likely will cut down Chris Johnson's carries next season to make sure he remains effective and healthy during the season. Head coach Jeff Fisher said he would like to see another running back get more carries in the running back rotation.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Chris Johnson (TEN) The Tennessee Titans announced Wednesday, Jan. 13, that Chris Johnson has been named The Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year.

RB Clinton Portis (WAS) Jason Reid and Rick Maese, of The Washington Post, reports former Washington Redskins running backs coach Stump Mitchell was asked whether Clinton Portis would benefit from better conditioning and better practice habits. Mitchell said, "That's a slam dunk. Clinton could've worked harder." Mitchell believes Portis is still capable of being a Pro Bowl-caliber running back, but only if he prepeares like one.

Wide Receiver

*** Friday Update *** WR Anquan Boldin (ARI) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

Kent Somers, of The Arizona Republic, reports Anquan Boldin has not practiced in two weeks because of a sprained ankle and knee. Even if he plays in the team's Divisional Round game Sunday, Jan. 17, he would likely be limited to about 30 plays in the game.

Further, Bob McManaman and Kent Somers, of The Arizona Republic, report Boldin remains uncertain to play during the NFC divisional playoff game against the Saints. "Everything is the same, nothing has really changed," Boldin said. "It's better than it was a couple days ago, though, so I'm optimistic." He continues to receive treatment on his injuries, and is likely to be a game-time decision for the game.

And finally, Adam Schefter, of ESPN, reports the Cardinals are not expecting Boldin to play this weekend, but they are still holding out hope that he will be able to do so.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Anquan Boldin (ARI) did not practice on Thursday.

"Everything is the same, nothing has really changed," said Boldin, who hasn't practiced in two weeks since suffering left ankle and knee injuries in the regular-season finale against Green Bay.

"It's better than it was a couple days ago, though, so I'm optimistic."

Boldin is continuing to get treatment in hopes of playing against the Saints, but he is likely to be a game-time decision, head coach Ken Whisenhunt said.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Anquan Boldin (ARI) did not practice on Wednesday but coach Ken Whisenhunt is hopeful he will be able to take part in Thursday's workout. "They're both (Boldin and Gerald Hayes) getting better, we're going to have to see them do something a little bit later in the week in order to determine where they're going to be," Whisenhunt said on Wednesday. "Obviously both of them will be a game day decision."

WR Anquan Boldin (ARI) The Associated Press reports Anquan Boldin said he is feeling much better Tuesday, Jan. 12, and is optimistic that he will play in the team's playoff game this weekend. He said Tuesday that he "was able to move around a little bit" for the first time since he injured his left ankle and knee in Week 17. Boldin is hoping to practice Wednesday, Jan. 13, or Thursday, Jan. 14.

Also, Kent Somers, of The Arizona Republic, reports the Cardinals will likely trade Boldin in the offseason rather than re-sign him to an extension. The 2010 season will be the final year of Boldin's contract.

*** Friday Update *** WR Derrick Mason (BAL) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Derrick Mason (BAL) practiced fully on Thursday.

Dan Connolly, of The Baltimore Sun, reports Derrick Mason said he is unsure if he will play next season or decide to retire. "I'll re-evaluate after the season and see where I am at physically and mentally and go from there," Mason said. "I am not interested in anything right now professionally but winning football games."

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Derrick Mason (BAL) practiced fully on Wednesday.

WR Josh Cribbs (CLE) Tony Grossi, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports Browns president Mike Holmgren disputed the characterization of the team's $1.4 million-a-year offer to Josh Cribbs as "take it or leave it." Holmgren indicated the team would continue to negotiate an improvement to Cribbs' existing deal. Holmgren said, "My hope is that we can get this to a win-win situation. Yes, I think there's a chance [of another offer]. There's light at the end of the tunnel, hopefully."

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Bryant Johnson (DET) Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said he needs more production from Bryant Johnson in 2010. Johnson's 35 catches this season tied a career low. Linehan wants a receiver who can help alleviate pressure from WR Calvin Johnson. "We've got to figure out a way for Bryant and anybody else in that No. 2 spot or third spot to be somebody that has got one-on-one coverage that produces in that spot," Linehan said.

*** Friday Update *** WR Derrick Williams (DET) Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he anticipated rookie WR Derrick Williams would struggle as a wide receiver. Mayhew added, "If you go back and look at him at Penn State, he was in the wildcat [formation]. He was a gadget type of guy. He was not a receiver that ran the full route tree." However, Mayhew did not anticipate Williams would "struggle as a returner, especially in terms of catching the ball. You saw some of that on film, but a lot of times, [the game] was outside. It was at Penn State on punts. I thought he would do a better job catching punts for us."

*** Friday Update *** WR Pierre Garcon (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Pierre Garcon (IND) practiced fully on Thursday.

Also, the Associated Press reports Pierre Garcon said he has heard from some of his relatives that were affected by the earthquake in Haiti but said there are still others that he has not yet contacted.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Pierre Garcon (IND) practiced fully on Wednesday.

Phil Richards, of The Indianapolis Star, reports Pierre Garcon said he is still waiting to hear from some of his family members that may have been affected by the earthquake in Haiti. "I have aunties, uncles back there, cousins, nieces and nephews back there. Haven't heard much from them; still waiting to see. My mom is trying to call and hopefully get some good news. It's terrible. It's probably the worst thing that can ever happen, probably worse than a nightmare. It's already a poor country and this just makes it worse," Garcon said.

*** Friday Update *** WR Reggie Wayne (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Reggie Wayne (IND) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Reggie Wayne (IND) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Wes Welker (NE) Adam Kilgore, of the Boston Globe, reports Wes Welker will have to wait for his torn medial collateral ligament to heal before having surgery on his torn anterior cruciate ligament.

WR Wes Welker (NE) Tim Graham, of ESPN.com, reports Wes Welker will hold off on surgery for his knee. "We have to let the MCL heal first and then we can go in and work on the ACL," Welker said. "We're just taking our time right now. That's one thing. We've got a little bit of time right now to wait on that to heal and just kind of get ready and make sure that we exhaust all the options and find out the best one for myself to give me the best chance to get back out there on the field." Welker did not give a timetable for his rehab.

*** Friday Update *** WR Lance Moore (NO) partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Lance Moore (NO) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Lance Moore (NO) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

WR Braylon Edwards (NYJ) The Associated Press reports Braylon Edwards was in a Cleveland court Tuesday, Jan. 12, after pleading not guilty in November to a misdemeanor assault charge after he was accused of punching a man outside a downtown nightclub.

Dennis Waszak Jr., of The Associated Press, reports Edwards pleaded no contest to misdemeanor aggravated disorderly conduct Tuesday, Jan. 12, and has been placed on probation. Edwards received a suspended 180-day jail sentence and was fined $1,000.

Tight End

*** Friday Update *** TE Todd Heap (BAL) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Todd Heap (BAL) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Todd Heap (BAL) practiced fully on Wednesday.

TE Todd Heap (BAL) WNST.net reports Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Todd Heap is dealing with lower back spasms but should be able to play in the team's Divisional Round playoff game.

TE Richard Quinn (DEN) Mike Klis, of The Denver Post, reports charges against Richard Quinn have been dropped by the Arapahoe County (Colo.) District Attorney's office, according to his agent and attorney Peter Schaffer. Quinn was charged with harassment and domestic violence following a Labor Day disturbance with his former girlfriend. Schaffer had contended it was the woman who escalated the disturbance and Quinn merely tried to diffuse the situation by locking himself with his daughter in his daughter's bedroom.

*** Friday Update *** TE Gijon Robinson (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Gijon Robinson (IND) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Friday Update *** TE Visanthe Shiancoe (MIN) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Visanthe Shiancoe (MIN) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Visanthe Shiancoe (MIN) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Kicker

*** Friday Update *** PK Neil Rackers (ARI) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** PK Neil Rackers (ARI) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** PK Neil Rackers (ARI) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** PK Adam Vinatieri (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to be available to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** PK Adam Vinatieri (IND) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** PK Adam Vinatieri (IND) practiced fully on Wednesday.

Offensive Line

*** Friday Update *** OL Baltimore Ravens (BAL) T Jared Gaither practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OL Baltimore Ravens (BAL) T Jared Gaither practiced fully on Thursday.

Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun, reports Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said he believes Gaither will be able to play in the team's Divisional Round playoff game.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Baltimore Ravens (BAL) T Jared Gaither did not practice on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** OL Dallas Cowboys (DAL) T Marc Colombo practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OL Dallas Cowboys (DAL) T Marc Colombo practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Friday Update *** OL Indianapolis Colts (IND) T Ryan Diem practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend. T Charlie Johnson practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

G Jamey Richard practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

T Tony Ugoh practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OL Indianapolis Colts (IND) T Ryan Diem practiced fully on Thursday.

T Charlie Johnson practiced fully on Thursday.

C Jamey Richard practiced fully on Thursday.

T Tony Ugoh practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Indianapolis Colts (IND) T Ryan Diem practiced fully on Wednesday.

T Charlie Johnson practiced fully on Wednesday.

G Jamey Richard practiced fully on Wednesday.

T Tony Ugoh practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** OL Minnesota Vikings (MIN) G Steve Hutchinson practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OL Minnesota Vikings (MIN) G Steve Hutchinson partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Minnesota Vikings (MIN) G Steve Hutchinson partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL New England Patriots (NE) Albert Breer, of the Boston Globe, reports T Matt Light could be released during the offseason because he is scheduled to make $4.5 million in 2010.

Ian Rapoport, of the Boston Herald, reports G Stephen Neal is considering retirement because he is not sure how much longer he can handle the physical aspects of the game. "I'm not sure if I'll keep getting into them car accidents every week," Neal said.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Philadelphia Eagles (PHI) Les Bowen, of the Philadelphia Daily News, reports Eagles head coach Andy Reid said it is "too early to tell" if C Jamaal Jackson will be 100 percent at the start of the 2010 season.

OL Seattle Seahawks (SEA) Adam Schefter, of ESPN, reports via Twitter that the Seahawks have hired Alex Gibbs as offensive line coach.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Washington Redskins (WAS) Barry Svrluga, of The Washington Post, reports T Chris Samuels said he will get another check up in three or four weeks and then will decide on whether he will retire.

Defensive Tackle

*** Friday Update *** DT Raheem Brock (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DT Raheem Brock (IND) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** DT Raheem Brock (IND) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** DT Keyunta Dawson (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DT Keyunta Dawson (IND) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** DT Keyunta Dawson (IND) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** DT Antonio Johnson (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DT Antonio Johnson (IND) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** DT Antonio Johnson (IND) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** DT Daniel Muir (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DT Daniel Muir (IND) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** DT Daniel Muir (IND) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** DT Jimmy Kennedy (MIN) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DT Jimmy Kennedy (MIN) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** DT Jimmy Kennedy (MIN) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** DT Kevin Williams (MIN) Brian Murphy, of the Pioneer Press, reports Kevin Williams and DT Pat Williams were back in court Thursday, Jan. 14, to resume their case in the StarCaps drug-testing case. The two players accused the NFL of violating Minnesota laws regulating how and when employers can test workers for alcohol and drugs. Both were suspended for four games by the league in December 2008 after they tested positive for a banned substance found in a tainted weight-loss supplement they were using. A trial is scheduled for March 10 before Hennepin County (Minn.) Judge Gary Larson, whose injunction blocks the league from suspending the two players while their case is pending.

*** Friday Update *** DT Pat Williams (MIN) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DT Pat Williams (MIN) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** DT Pat Williams (MIN) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

DT Vince Wilfork (NE) Mike Reiss, of ESPNBoston.com, reports Vince Wilfork reiterated his desire to remain with the team, but he emphasized he would be upset if the team used the franchise tag on him. Wilfork is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Wilfork said, "I want a long-term deal. That's something me and my wife [Bianca], we want. We're going to try to get a long-term deal done, that's first and foremost." Wilfork added that he could imagine himself playing for another team.

*** Friday Update *** DT Rodney Leisle (NO) Adam Caplan, of Scout.com, reports the Saints have placed Rodney Leisle on Injured Reserve, ending his 2009 season.

*** Thursday Update *** DT Rodney Leisle (NO) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Friday Update *** DT Howard Green (NYJ) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DT Howard Green (NYJ) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** DT Howard Green (NYJ) practiced fully on Wednesday.

Defensive End

*** Friday Update *** DE Calais Campbell (ARI) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DE Calais Campbell (ARI) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** DE Calais Campbell (ARI) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

DE Trevor Pryce (BAL) Edward Lee, of The Baltimore Sun, reports Trevor Pryce said he will play out the final year of his contract in 2010 and then will think about his playing future.

DE Julius Peppers (CAR) Scott Fowler, of the Charlotte Observer, reports the Panthers are unlikely to let Julius Peppers walk away as an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The Panthers may use the franchise tag on him and then trade him.

*** Thursday Update *** DE Cliff Avril (DET) Tom Kowalski, of MLive.com, reports Cliff Avril said he is still waiting to hear from some of his cousins that may have been affected by the earthquake in Haiti. "I haven't heard from anybody yet. We're waiting to see what's going on. They're pretty much out of date technology-wise, so we know it might be awhile," Avril said. Avril is particularly concerned since his relatives live near a hospital that had collapsed.

*** Friday Update *** DE Ervin Baldwin (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DE Ervin Baldwin (IND) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Friday Update *** DE Dwight Freeney (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DE Dwight Freeney (IND) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** DE Dwight Freeney (IND) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** DE Robert Mathis (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DE Robert Mathis (IND) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** DE Robert Mathis (IND) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** DE Bobby McCray (NO) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DE Bobby McCray (NO) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** DE Bobby McCray (NO) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** DE Shaun Ellis (NYJ) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DE Shaun Ellis (NYJ) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** DE Shaun Ellis (NYJ) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

DE Richard Seymour (OAK) Tom E. Curran, of CSNNE.com, reports Richard Seymour flatly ruled out a return to the New England Patriots as he approaches free agency this offseason. "There's probably about 31 teams I'd consider going to," Seymour said. When asked if he would accept a call from the Patriots if they approached him about coming back, Seymour said, "That isn't something I'm looking to do at all."

Inside Linebacker

*** Friday Update *** ILB Gerald Hayes (ARI) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** ILB Gerald Hayes (ARI) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** ILB Gerald Hayes (ARI) CBSSports.com reports Gerald Hayes wore a walking boot on his right foot Tuesday, Jan. 12, because of an apparent sprained ankle.

did not practice on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** ILB Tavares Gooden (BAL) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** ILB Tavares Gooden (BAL) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** ILB Tavares Gooden (BAL) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** ILB Gary Brackett (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** ILB Gary Brackett (IND) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Friday Update *** ILB Channing Crowder (MIA) Omar Kelly, of The Sun Sentinel, reports Channing Crowder plans to be off of his crutches and running around before the end of February. Team doctors and specialists have told him he'll be on crutches for another two weeks and then in a walking boot for two weeks after that.

*** Wednesday Update *** ILB Cameron Wake (MIA) Brian Biggane, of the Palm Beach Post, reports Cameron Wake said he believes he can win a starting job next season but is not sure if it will happen. "We're gonna go through offseason, OTAs, then training camp. In my gut I feel like I can do it. Ask anybody in this locker room and they'll say the same thing. But there's only 11 players on the field. What I say or you say doesn't really matter. It's what happens when we get out there," Wake said.

*** Wednesday Update *** ILB Junior Seau (NE) Tim Graham, of ESPN.com, reports Junior Seau said on Showtime's Inside the NFL that he is retiring from the NFL.

*** Friday Update *** ILB David Harris (NYJ) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** ILB David Harris (NYJ) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** ILB David Harris (NYJ) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** ILB Bart Scott (NYJ) partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** ILB Bart Scott (NYJ) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** ILB Bart Scott (NYJ) practiced fully on Wednesday.

Outside Linebacker

*** Friday Update *** OLB Will Davis (ARI) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OLB Will Davis (ARI) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** OLB Will Davis (ARI) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

OLB Rashad Jeanty (CIN) Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com, reports Rashad Jeanty will not need surgery on his fractured fibula.

*** Friday Update *** OLB DeMarcus Ware (DAL) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OLB DeMarcus Ware (DAL) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Friday Update *** OLB Julian Peterson (DET) Tom Kowalski, of Mlive.com, reports Julian Peterson is scheduled to make $7.5 million in 2010 and a combined $16.5 million the following two seasons. Kowalski doesn't feel the Lions want to pay that much, but Peterson may not be willing to accept a pay cut. Whether Peterson remains in Detroit for another year may come down to whether the Lions believe they cannot afford to lose him.

OLB Aaron Kampman (GB) The Associated Press reports Aaron Kampman said the rehab from his reconstructive surgery is ahead of schedule and expects to be ready for the start of training camp.

*** Friday Update *** OLB Clint Session (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OLB Clint Session (IND) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** OLB Clint Session (IND) practiced fully on Wednesday.

Cornerback

*** Friday Update *** CB Bryant McFadden (ARI) partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** CB Bryant McFadden (ARI) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** CB Bryant McFadden (ARI) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (ARI) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (ARI) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (ARI) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** CB Cary Williams (BAL) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** CB Cary Williams (BAL) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** CB Cary Williams (BAL) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** CB Leodis McKelvin (BUF) Chris Brown, of BuffaloBills.com, reports Leodis McKelvin has been running and doing sprint training but said he is not 100 percent healthy yet. "I can go out there and do drills and stuff like that and do a couple of things to keep me refined in what I do. It's basically just a slow process toward getting back out there," McKelvin said. He said he will be fully participating in offseason workouts.

*** Thursday Update *** CB Mike Jenkins (DAL) David Moore, of The Dallas Morning News, reports Vikings QB Brett Favre said he believes Mike Jenkins can become a superstar in the league in the future. "Terence Newman has been a mainstay there and has been outstanding. But No. 21 [Jenkins] is going to be a superstar in this league for a long time," Favre said.

CB Eric King (DET) Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Eric King served a one-game suspension during the team's Week 17 game "for an alcohol-related violation of law," according to an NFL spokesman. King forfeited a game check of $58,823. The league did not release details of the violation, and the team never announced the suspension.

CB Charles Woodson (GB) The Associated Press reports Charles Woodson has been named The AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

*** Friday Update *** CB Tim Jennings (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** CB Tim Jennings (IND) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** CB Tim Jennings (IND) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** CB Jerraud Powers (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** CB Jerraud Powers (IND) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Friday Update *** CB Antoine Winfield (MIN) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** CB Antoine Winfield (MIN) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** CB Antoine Winfield (MIN) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

The Associated Press reports the Vikings plan to move Antoine Winfield around on defense during their postseason game this weekend. Winfield had his role reduced because of a foot injury in Week 17, and took the slot position in the nickel package in that game. Head coach Brad Childress said Winfield "seems to be pretty comfortable," but did not indicate which matchups would dictate moving Winfield.

*** Friday Update *** CB Malcolm Jenkins (NO) partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** CB Malcolm Jenkins (NO) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** CB Malcolm Jenkins (NO) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** CB Donald Strickland (NYJ) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** CB Donald Strickland (NYJ) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** CB Donald Strickland (NYJ) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Thursday Update *** CB Nate Clements (SF) Matt Maiocco, of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports 49ers head coach Mike Singletary said he is not considering moving Nate Clements to safety.

*** Thursday Update *** CB Aqib Talib (TB) Curtis Krueger, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports Aqib Talib has applied to enter a pretrial intervention program as a way of resolving his misdemeanor battery charge. Assistant state attorney Richard Ripplinger said the office is reviewing the application, and should know within a few weeks if Talib has been accepted into the program. Ripplinger said Talib is the type of offender who is eligible for the program. Talib was arrested Aug. 19, after the Florida Highway Patrol said he hit a cab driver in the neck and ear with a closed fist.

Safety

*** Friday Update *** S Antrel Rolle (ARI) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** S Antrel Rolle (ARI) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** S Antrel Rolle (ARI) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** S Ed Reed (BAL) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** S Ed Reed (BAL) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** S Ed Reed (BAL) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** S Jairus Byrd (BUF) Chris Brown, of BuffaloBills.com, reports Jairus Byrd said he is not sure if he will be ready to participate at the start of offseason workouts after undergoing surgery on his hip. Byrd said he wants to take his rehab slow so he can let it fully heal.

*** Thursday Update *** S George Wilson (BUF) Chris Brown, of BuffaloBills.com, reports George Wilson, who is an impending restricted free agent, said he would like to sign a multi-year deal with the Bills but knows that the decision is not up to him.

*** Wednesday Update *** S Ken Hamlin (DAL) Todd Archer, of The Dallas Morning News, reports Ken Hamlin has been fined $12,500 for hitting a defenseless receiver in the team's Wild Card playoff game.

*** Friday Update *** S Gerald Sensabaugh (DAL) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** S Gerald Sensabaugh (DAL) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Friday Update *** S Pat Watkins (DAL) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** S Pat Watkins (DAL) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Friday Update *** S Melvin Bullitt (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** S Melvin Bullitt (IND) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** S Melvin Bullitt (IND) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** S Aaron Francisco (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** S Aaron Francisco (IND) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** S Aaron Francisco (IND) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** S Jamarca Sanford (MIN) Judd Zulgad, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, reports the Vikings plan to have Jamarca Sanford and Tyrell Johnson split time at strong safety in their Divisional Round playoff game.

*** Thursday Update *** S Jamarca Sanford (MIN) Chip Scoggins, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, reports Jamarca Sanford said Wednesday, Jan. 13, he did not know if he will come off the bench, start or split snaps with S Tyrell Johnson during the team's Divisional Round game Sunday, Jan. 17. Sanford played about 20 snaps while alternating with Johnson Week 17.

S James Sanders (NE) Ian Rapoport, of the Boston Herald, reports James Sanders was fined $7,500 for his hit on Texans WR David Anderson in Week 17.

S Jermaine Phillips (TB) Scott Reynolds, of PewterReport.com, reports Jermaine Phillips was arrested early Sunday, Jan. 10, and charged with domestic battery by strangulation, which is a felony.

Colleen Jenkins, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports Phillips was released without bail Monday, Jan. 11. Phillips was accused of choking his wife after she questioned him about another woman. Judge Walter Heinrich ordered Phillips to not have any contact with his wife, Adrianne. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted, according to Heinrich.

General Team News

*** Friday Update *** TM Arizona Cardinals (ARI) P Ben Graham partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** TM Arizona Cardinals (ARI) P Ben Graham partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Arizona Cardinals (ARI) P Ben Graham partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Atlanta Falcons (ATL) D. Orlando Ledbetter, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports Falcons assistant head coach/secondary Emmitt Thomas has not had his contract with the team renewed.

*** Thursday Update *** TM Carolina Panthers (CAR) Darin Gantt, of the Rock Hill Herald, reports the Panthers have fired special teams coach Danny Crossman.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Carolina Panthers (CAR) Charles Chandler, of the Charlotte Observer, reports Panthers quarterbacks coach Rip Scherer has decided to remain with the team. Scherer stated via text message that he declined an offer to become the University of Virginia's offensive coordinator. He also added that he was not being interviewed for any other jobs in the football world.

TM Carolina Panthers (CAR) Adam Schefter, of ESPN, reports the Panthers gave head coach John Fox the right to void out of his contract if he found a more attractive job, according to league sources.

*** Friday Update *** TM Chicago Bears (CHI) The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs reports the Bears officially hired Jaguars assistant head coach Mike Tice as their offensive line coach Friday, Jan. 15.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Cincinnati Bengals (CIN) John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports the Bengals have agreed to terms with offensive line coach Paul Alexander on a new three-year deal, according to a source.

TM Cleveland Browns (CLE) Scout.com's Adam Caplan reports the Browns named Eagles general manager Tom Heckert as their new general manager Monday, Jan. 11.

*** Friday Update *** TM Dallas Cowboys (DAL) Nick Eatman, of DallasCowboys.com, reports Cowboys defensive line coach Todd Grantham will leave the team at the end of the season to become the defensive coordinator at the University of Georgia.

TM Houston Texans (HOU) ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Texans have officially hired former Broncos offensive line coach Rick Dennison to be their offensive coordinator.

*** Friday Update *** TM Indianapolis Colts (IND) Mike Chappell and Phil Richards, of The Indianapolis Star, report the Colts will not file tampering charges against the Seattle Seahawks for going after former Colts head coach Tony Dungy to be their team president. Dungy is still under contract with the Colts even though he retired last season.

TM Jacksonville Jaguars (JAX) Peter King, of SI.com, reports via Twitter that Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio will remain the team's head coach for next season.

*** Friday Update *** TM Kansas City Chiefs (KC) Adam Teicher, of The Kansas City Star, reports Chiefs linebackers coach Gary Gibbs will be retained.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Kansas City Chiefs (KC) ESPN.com reports the Chiefs informed former defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast early Wednesday, Jan. 13, that they would be terminating his contract, sources close to the situation told ESPN's Adam Schefter. In his place, the Chiefs officially hired Romeo Crennel. Scott Pioli, Charlie Weis, and now Crennel have all reunited and hope to recapture the glory they all once had when they were together with the Patriots.

TM Miami Dolphins (MIA) Scout.com's Adam Caplan reports the Dolphins fired defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni Monday, Jan. 11.

*** Friday Update *** TM Minnesota Vikings (MIN) P Chris Kluwe practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** TM Minnesota Vikings (MIN) P Chris Kluwe partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Minnesota Vikings (MIN) P Chris Kluwe partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Thursday Update *** TM New England Patriots (NE) Shalise Manza Young, of The Providence Journal, reports the Patriots have fired defensive coordinator Dean Pees.

However, Ian Rapoport, of the Boston Herald, reports former Pees said he stepped down from the job because his contract was up. Pees said he was not fired from his job.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM New York Jets (NYJ) Adam Schefter, of ESPN, reports via Twitter that Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has declined to interview for the Bills' head coaching vacancy.

TM New York Jets (NYJ) Dave Hutchinson, of The Star-Ledger, reports P Steve Weatherford 0was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat and was not cleared to play in the team's Wild Card playoff game.

The Associated Press reports Weatherford passed a stress test Tuesday, Jan. 12, and is expected to be fine for the team's postseason game this weekend. Weatherford said he will need offseason surgery to correct his rapid heartbeat. He said his condition is related to "the electrical setup of the heart" and has nothing to do with physical exertion. Weatherford practiced with the team Tuesday.

*** Thursday Update *** TM Oakland Raiders (OAK) Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers, reports Raiders assistant coach Willie Brown is retiring from professional football.

TM Oakland Raiders (OAK) Steve Corkran, of the Oakland Tribune, reports Raiders head coach Tom Cable has yet to meet with managing general partner Al Davis regarding his fate. Previous reports indicated that Cable was scheduled to meet with Davis Monday, Jan. 11. "I never had any knowledge of a meeting on Monday," senior executive John Herrera said. Reportedly, Davis is undecided on the future of Cable, according to several people familiar with the situation.

*** Thursday Update *** TM Philadelphia Eagles (PHI) NFL.com's Jason La Canfora reports the Eagles terminated the contract of special teams coach Ted Daisher Thursday, Jan. 14. In his place, the Eagles hired free-agent special teams coach Bobby April (formerly of the Bills).

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Philadelphia Eagles (PHI) Les Bowen, of the Philadelphia Daily News, reports the Eagles will receive a fourth-round draft pick from the Jets for CB Lito Sheppard (who was traded back in the preseason). The Eagles will have six picks in the first four rounds of the 2010 NFL Draft.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Pittsburgh Steelers (PIT) Jason La Canfora, of NFL.com, reports the Steelers have hired former Bills offensive line coach Sean Kugler to fill the same role.

*** Friday Update *** TM San Diego Chargers (SD) P Mike Scifres practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** TM San Diego Chargers (SD) P Mike Scifres practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM San Diego Chargers (SD) P Mike Scifres practiced fully on Wednesday.

TM San Diego Chargers (SD) USATODAY.com reports Chargers head coach Norv Turner has won USA TODAY's NFL Coach of the Year award.

TM Seattle Seahawks (SEA) Adam Schefter, of ESPN, reports the Seahawks have reached agreement with University of Southern California head coach Pete Carroll on a deal to become their next head coach, multiple sources confirmed early Saturday, Jan. 9. Carroll has been promised full control, multiple sources said.

Sam Farmer, of The Los Angeles Times, reports the Seahawks have offered Carroll $32.5 million over five years to be their head coach. The offer is for Carroll to be the coach and not the role as general manager.

The Associated Press reports Carroll will also have "operating duties" with the team. His added responsibilities will be equivalent to a vice president of football operations.

ESPN.com reports Carroll said his move to the Seahawks to become their next head coach is not because of possible sanctions against the USC Trojans' program faces as a result of an ongoing investigation over whether players may have received improper benefits. "Not in any way," Carroll told the Los Angeles Times. "Because I know where we stand. It's just a process we have to go through. We know we've fought hard to do right."

*** Friday Update *** TM Washington Redskins (WAS) Jason Reid, of The Washington Post, reports Redskins offensive coordinator Sherman Smith has been informed he will not be retained.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Washington Redskins (WAS) Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Tribune, reports Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Blache has retired after 22 seasons in the NFL.

Rick Maese and Barry Svrluga, of The Washington Post, reports the Redskins have hired former NFL head coach Jim Haslett to be their next defensive coordinator, according to a league source. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. It is believed Haslett will have a more aggressive attack planned for the defense.

Cindy Boren, of The Washington Post, reports Redskins offensive line coach Joe Bugel will retire.

Gerry Dulac, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports the Redskins have hired Steelers assistant coach Lou Spanos to be their linebackers coach.