01/18/17 - Quinten Rollins, Miami (OH), Packers CB Quinten Rollins had limited work in practice Wednesday. "(He's) getting close, getting close," McCarthy said. Rollins remains in the concussion protocol and also has a neck injury, which have kept the second-year starter from playing in the postseason so far.
01/18/17 - Anthony Chickillo, Miami, Steelers LB Anthony Chickillo, who missed the first two playoff games because of an ankle injury, was a limited practice participant Wednesday. He's been a core special teams player this season.
01/17/17 - Kevin Johnson, W Forest, Texans CB Kevin Johnson is planning his comeback.
As the Texans' players cleaned out their lockers Monday following an AFC divisional-round playoff loss to the New England Patriots, Johnson is recuperating from his second Jones fracture and is upbeat about his future after undergoing the same procedure following his rookie season a year ago. Jones expects to be ready in time for the offseason training program and practices.
"No question about it," Johnson said. "I'm looking to be back healthy and get better, bigger, faster and stronger and just be the best player I can be. I'm looking forward to it. I'm excited about it."
Johnson broke the bone in his foot in October against the Indianapolis Colts. Initially, the thought was to let it heal naturally, but then the decision was reversed to address it surgically.
"It's a Jones re-fracture and now I'm in the position where I got it fixed up and now I'll be back," Johnson said. "It's just a bad-luck thing. I'll bounce back from it. I learned a lot from it."
Johnson's loss represented a major blow to the Texans' top-ranked defense, but they carried on well without him due to the presence of cornerbacks A.J. Bouye, Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson. In two NFL seasons, Johnson has recorded 73 tackles, 12 passes defended, one interception and one fumble recovery.
Drafted in the first round last year out of Wake Forest, Johnson is a huge factor for a Texans defense that could potentially lose A.J. Bouye in free agency.
"I was doing some good things and it's something to build on," Johnson said. "How I want to come back is something to look forward to."
01/16/17 - Quinten Rollins, Miami (OH), Packers CB Quinten Rollins didn't play the divisional-round playoff victory over the Cowboys on Sunday. The second-year starter has missed both games in the postseason so far because of a neck injury and concussion. "He's getting better." McCarthy said Monday about Rollins' status.
01/16/17 - Ramik Wilson, Georgia, Chiefs ILB Ramik Wilson led all defensive players in Sunday night's AFC divisional-round loss to the Steelers. Wilson had 15 total tackles, double the number of any other player on the field. It was just his second postseason appearance and first start in the playoffs.
01/16/17 - Chris Conley, Georgia, Chiefs WR Chris Conley (ribs) left Sunday night's game for a brief period after he took a hit to his rib cage area from Steelers safety Sean Davis. Officials flagged Davis for unnecessary roughness, hitting a defenseless receiver. The 13-yard penalty moved the Chiefs to the Steelers 12-yard line. They scored a touchdown five plays later. Conley was examined on the bench and went back into the game.
01/15/17 - Ty Montgomery, Stanford, Packers RB Ty Montgomery had six receptions and scored on two short runs in the NFC divisional playoff game.
01/15/17 - Jordan Richards, Stanford, Patriots S Jordan Richards was a healthy scratch against Houston. The disappointing second-year former second-round pick was inactive five times in the regular season, though he did deal with a knee injury late in the year.
01/15/17 - Justin Coleman, Tennessee, Undrafted CB Justin Coleman was a healthy scratch for the Texans playoff opener. The second-year reserve was inactive six times during the regular season.
01/12/17 - Quinten Rollins, Miami (OH), Packers CB Quinten Rollins remained in the limited category for practice Thursday for the second straight day. Having Rollins on the field for some involvement in the padded practice could be taken as another step in the right direction after the young starter was subjected to the concussion protocol since he sustained a neck injury in the regular-season finale Jan. 1. More on Rollins' status for the Sunday game at Dallas won't be known until Friday.
01/12/17 - Alvin Dupree, Kentucky, Steelers LB Bud Dupree told ESPN that he was fined $18,231 by the NFL for his hit on Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore during Sunday's AFC wild-card game. Dupree, who said that he would appeal the fine, was penalized on the play in which he blasted Moore in the facemask midway into the second quarter. Moore remained on the field for several moments before retreating to the sideline for one play, prompting the NFL and players' association to open an investigation on the Dolphins.
01/11/17 - Thomas Rawls, Cen Michigan, Undrafted RB Thomas Rawls got a day off to rest after rushing for 161 yards against the Lions last week.
01/11/17 - Ty Montgomery, Stanford, Packers RB Ty Montgomery doesn't appear on the injury report this week. Montgomery, who has assumed the role of lead back, suffered what appeared to be a leg injury during the wild-card win over the Giants on Sunday. He hobbled off the field and was held out of the game for a short time before he returned to action.
01/11/17 - Quinten Rollins, Miami (OH), Packers CB Quinten Rollins did some individual work at the start of practice Wednesday, his first on-field activity since he suffered a neck injury and a concussion in the regular-season finale at the Detroit Lions on Jan. 1. Head coach Mike McCarthy said Rollins remains in the concussion protocol. Unless Rollins can take a huge step forward the next few days, the young starter probably won't be available for the divisional-round playoff game at Dallas on Sunday. The Packers went with Damarious Randall, LaDarius Gunter and Micah Hyde as their top three cornerbacks in the wild-card rout of the Giants last weekend.
01/11/17 - Vic Beasley, Clemson, Falcons LB Vic Beasley Jr (shoulder) was listed on the injury report, but was a full participant in practice.
01/11/17 - Justin March, Akron, Undrafted ILB Justin March-Lillard (hand) has been practicing for the last two weeks and was a full participant in Wednesday's session with the Chiefs. March-Lillard went to the injured-reserve list on Oct. 18 after playing in five games. He was brought back to the active roster on Dec. 30, but did not play in the regular-season finale against San Diego.
Coach Andy Reid said March-Lillard could be active for Sunday's game in the playoffs against Pittsburgh.
01/09/17 - Quinten Rollins, Miami (OH), Packers CB Quinten Rollins didn't play the Packers' lopsided victory over the Giants in the wild-card round of the playoffs Sunday. The young starter was sidelined last week because of a neck injury and a concussion he sustained in the final regular-season game at the Detroit Lions. Green Bay went with the trio of Damarious Randall, LaDarius Gunter and Micah Hyde as its starting cornerbacks Sunday. It's not clear whether Rollins could get back on the field this week and possibly play Sunday in the divisional-round game at Dallas.
01/09/17 - Ty Montgomery, Stanford, Packers RB Ty Montgomery will try to bounce back this week from what appeared to be a left leg injury he sustained in the 38-13 rout of the New York Giants in the first round of the playoffs Sunday. Montgomery hobbled off the field after having the leg twisted as he was tackled on a run play early in the fourth quarter. The team's lead back later returned to the game. McCarthy said Monday he feels "pretty good" about Montgomery's status going forward as the Packers get ready to play at Dallas in the divisional round Sunday.
01/09/17 - Andrew Franks, RPI, Undrafted K Andrew Franks (18-23 FGs) converted two FGs, one from 38 yards and one from 47 yards, which could help his confidence. Franks should expect serious training camp competition but having playoff success could go a long way toward helping him emerge from that battle.
01/09/17 - *Ereck Flowers, Miami, Giants LT Ereck Flowers, who has struggled to live up to his No, 9 overall draft pedigree, needs to start doing precisely that, general manager Jerry Reese said. "He's still a young player but it's time for him to show us the fruits of being a first-round draft pick and I think he'll do that," Reese said. Reese, who last offseason insisted Flowers was the team's left tackle, backed off that sentiment. "Is he the left tackle? Should he be in a (different) position? We'll evaluate all that," Reese said. "I still think he has a chance to be a very good player."
01/09/17 - *Amari Cooper, Alabama, Raiders WR Amari Cooper caught two passes in 10 targets for 10 yards on Saturday against the Texans, his season-low for yardage and tied for his season low in receptions.
01/09/17 - *Jay Ajayi, Boise St, Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi was limited to 33 yards on 16 carries in a postseason loss to Pittsburgh. During the regular season, Ajayi rushed for 204 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Dolphins to a 30-15 win over the Steelers. It was the first of three 200-yard games during the season for Ajayi.
01/08/17 - Owamagbe Odighizuwa, UCLA, Giants DE Owa Odighizuwa was inactive as expected after being listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury.
01/08/17 - Damarious Randall, Arizona St, Packers CB Damarious Randall also was active for the Packers after being listed as questionable with a knee injury.
01/08/17 - Aaron Ripkowski, Okla, Packers FB Aaron Ripkowski was active after being added to the injury report on Saturday with a shoulder injury. Ripkowski led the Packers in rushing last week against the Detroit Lions with 61 yards.