QB | Jay Cutler | Chicago Bears | Injury
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (knee) received a painkiller shot at halftime of the NFC Championship Game, according to a source close to the situation, reports Sean Jensen, of the Chicago Sun-Times. Cutler injured his knee on the first play of the second quarter, when Green Bay Packers DL Ryan Pickett landed on his left knee, as he attempted a short pass to RB Matt Forte. Cutler headed to the locker room for halftime ahead of his teammates, and doctors and trainers confirmed their initial, on-field assessment. It is believed the team planned to shelve him for the remainder of the game, at that point. However, Cutler insisted on trying to play and received an injection to ease the pain.
QB | Colt McCoy | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Cleveland Browns QB Colt McCoy said during a radio interview that he expects to be the team's starting quarterback next season, reports Nate Ulrich, of the Akron Beacon Journal.
QB | Kyle Orton | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway said that trading QB Kyle Orton this offseason is not a foregone conclusion, reports Mike Klis, of The Denver Post.
RB | Brian Westbrook | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers RB Brian Westbrook is doubtful to return to the team in 2011, reports Matt Maiocco, of CSNBayArea.com.
RB | Anthony Dixon | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers RB Anthony Dixon should continue to prove that he is capable of taking a larger role in the offense, reports Matt Maiocco, of CSNBayArea.com. The team is not expected to retain RB Brian Westbrook.
RB | Cedric Benson | Cincinnati Bengals | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Bengals have improved their chances to re-sign impending free-agent RB Cedric Benson this offseason because of the firing of offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski, reports Joe Reedy, of The Cincinnati Enquirer.
PK | Billy A. Cundiff | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens PK Billy A. Cundiff is scheduled to make a base salary of $1.5 million in 2011, $2.2 million in 2012, $2.3 million in 2013, $2.7 million in 2014 and $3 million in 2015, reports Aaron Wilson, of the Carroll County Times. Cundiff also received a signing bonus of around $3 million.
DL | Ndamukong Suh | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh (shoulder) said he is making progress from his shoulder surgery and is not wearing a brace or sling on the shoulder, reports Dave Birkett, of the Detroit Free Press.
DL | Charles Johnson | Carolina Panthers | Free Agents
The Carolina Panthers have made it an offseason priority to re-sign pending free-agent DL Charles Johnson, according to CBSSports.com.
DL | Aaron Smith | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers DL Aaron Smith (triceps) went through a limited practice session Wednesday, Feb. 2, reports Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Smith has not played since Oct. 24 due to a left triceps injury. "I do, but it's fading," head coach Mike Tomlin said, when asked if he had hope Smith would be available for Super Bowl XLV.
DL | Aaron Kampman | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury
Jacksonville Jaguars DE Aaron Kampman (knee) said he is happy with how his rehab has gone so far and how far along he is in his recovery, reports Jaguars.com.
LB | Thomas Davis | Carolina Panthers | Free Agents
The Carolina Panthers have made it an offseason priority to re-sign pending free-agent LB Thomas Davis, according to CBSSports.com.
LB | Frank Zombo | Green Bay Packers | Injury
Green Bay Packers LB Frank Zombo (knee) was listed as a full participant in practice Wednesday, Feb. 2, reports Tom Silverstein, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Zombo appears ready for Super Bowl XLV, and might even start, if Erik Walden (ankle) cannot play.
LB | Erik Walden | Green Bay Packers | Injury
Green Bay Packers LB Erik Walden (ankle) practiced Wednesday, Feb. 2, reports Tom Silverstein, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "How Erik responds to this practice will be big," head coach Mike McCarthy said. "He practiced and took reps in every team drill. That was the high end of what we were going to try to give him today. It'll be great if he feels good tomorrow."
LB | Dan Connor | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers LB Dan Connor (hip) has been running since last week and hopes to be at full strength once the team's offseason workouts begin in mid-March, reports Bryan Strickland, of Panthers.com.
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