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Date Player
1/26/2015 Cody Mandell, P
The Green Bay Packers have signed Mandell.

Analysis: Mandell, a 6-foot-2, 217-pound first-year player out of Alabama, appeared in 52 games for the Crimson Tide after joining the team as a walk-on in 2010. For his career, Mandell averaged 42.6 yards per punt and landed 58 punts inside the 20 yard line. Mandell was waived by the Dallas Cowboys during training camp last summer.
1/26/2015 Charles Woodson, S
The Oakland Raiders have signed Woodson to a one-year contract.

Analysis: Woodson was eligible to be a free agent in March. He will turn 39 next season but has shown few signs of slowing down. He played all 16 games this season and was on the field for a team-high 1,100 snaps. Woodson led the Raiders with 160 tackles, including 105 solo tackles and four interceptions. He also added nine passes defensed, one fumble recovery and one sack.
1/26/2015 Andrew Jackson, LB
Jackson has been arrested on a drunken driving charge in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Analysis: He was charged with careless driving and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and booked into the local jail. Jackson was the Colts' 2014 sixth-round pick from Western Kentucky and was emerging as a special teams contributor and short-yardage inside linebacker as the season was ending. He played in 13 games this season, registering 10 tackles and one sack.
1/25/2015 Josh Gordon, WR
The Browns say they are disappointed about a report that Gordon has failed another drug test and could be facing a one-year NFL ban.

Analysis: ESPN, citing anonymous sources, first reported Gordon's failed test. Pro Football Talk said Gordon tested positive for alcohol.
1/23/2015 Justin Britt, T
Britt has returned to practice and should be ready for the Super Bowl.

Analysis: The Seahawks' starting right tackle missed the NFC title game against Green Bay due to a knee injury.
1/23/2015 Richard Sherman, CB
Sherman was a full participant all week in practice for the Seattle Seahawks.

Analysis: Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Friday that, if the Seahawks had to play this Sunday, Sherman would be able to go. Sherman sprained his elbow in the fourth quarter in the NFC championship game against Green Bay.
1/23/2015 Earl Thomas, S
Thomas returned to limited duty in practice for the Seattle Seahawks while cornerback Richard Sherman was a full participant all week.

Analysis: Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Friday that, if the Seahawks had to play this Sunday, Thomas would be able to go. With having another week to go, Carroll expects him to be fully ready for the Super Bowl. Thomas suffered a separated shoulder in the NFC title game.
1/22/2015 Marshawn Lynch, RB
The NFL has fined Lynch $20,000 for making an obscene gesture during last Sunday's NFC championship game, a person with knowledge of the fine told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Analysis: The league did not specify what the gesture was in the win over Green Bay. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the fine has not been publicly announced. Most recently, Lynch was fined $11,000 for an inappopriate gesture in Seattle's win over Arizona on Dec. 21.
1/21/2015 Richard Sherman, CB
Sherman still expects to play in the Super Bowl despite injuring his left elbow in the NFC championship game.

Analysis: Sherman said his elbow is "better than it was" during the fourth quarter of Seattle's 28-22 overtime win over Green Bay. Sherman was injured on the first play of the fourth quarter when he appeared to hyperextend his elbow while getting sandwiched between Green Bay's James Starks and teammate Kam Chancellor. Sherman played the rest of the game with his left arm pinned against his chest.
1/20/2015 Tashaun Gipson, S
Gipson has decided not to play in his first Pro Bowl so he doesn't risk a setback from a knee injury. Gipson announced his decision Tuesday on Twitter, where he thanked fans for voting for him. The 24-year-old was named to the AFC squad despite playing in just 11 games.

Analysis: He missed the last five games after spraining a medial collateral ligament on Nov. 23. At the time of his injury, Gipson led the NFL with six interceptions. He's eligible to become a restricted free agent in March. Gipson was the first undrafted Browns player to make the Pro Bowl since linebacker Mike Johnson in 1991.
1/20/2015 Aaron Rodgers, QB
Rodgers said his injured left calf should heal in four to six weeks now that Green Bay is out of the playoffs.

Analysis: Rodgers said on his ESPN radio show in Milwaukee on Tuesday that he would have been ready to play had Green Bay advanced to the Super Bowl on Feb. 1. There is a one-week layoff between the conference title games and the NFL championship.
1/20/2015 Tyler Bray, QB
The Chiefs announced Tuesday that Bray has torn the ACL in his left knee, putting his future with the franchise in doubt and creating space for Terrelle Pryor at backup quarterback.

Analysis: Bray spent last season on injured reserve after spraining an ankle in preseason. The move allowed the Chiefs to keep him along with Alex Smith, Chase Daniel and Tyler Murray. Pryor, a former Raiders quarterback, recently agreed to a deal with the Chiefs.
1/20/2015 Andy Dalton, QB
Dalton is headed to his second Pro Bowl, replacing the injured Aaron Rodgers.

Analysis: Dalton was a seventh alternate in voting for the Pro Bowl last month. Rodgers had a calf injury during the playoffs. Green Bay lost the NFC championship game to Seattle 28-22 in overtime. Dalton also went to the Pro Bowl during his 2011 rookie season.
1/20/2015 Dominic Raiola, C
Raiola's agent says the Detroit Lions have told the veteran center he is not part of their plans next season.

Analysis: Raiola has played all 14 of his NFL seasons with Detroit, starting 203 games. Agent Kenny Zuckerman says Raiola would like to keep playing, but he'll have to do so elsewhere. He signed a one-year deal last offseason that kept him with the Lions for 2014.
1/18/2015 Golden Tate, WR
Tate is headed to the Pro Bowl.

Analysis: Tate replaces Jeremy Maclin of Philadelphia. Tate made a huge impact in his first season with the Lions after signing as a free agent. He caught 99 passes for 1,331 yards, helping Detroit withstand injury issues that kept Calvin Johnson out for a month.
1/18/2015 Matthew Stafford, QB
Stafford is headed to the Pro Bowl.

Analysis: Stafford replaces Peyton Manning of Denver. Stafford finished the regular season with 4,257 yards passing, helping Detroit to its second postseason berth in four years.
1/18/2015 Bryan Stork, C
Patriots rookie center Bryan Stork is inactive because of a knee injury.

Analysis: Right guard Ryan Wendell is expected to start at center in Stork's place and Josh Kline would replace Wendell.
1/18/2015 Greg Toler, CB
Indianapolis Colts starting cornerbacks Vontae Davis and Greg Toler are active for Sunday's AFC championship game against the New England Patriots.

Analysis: Davis (knee) and Toler (groin) both were listed as questionable after missing practice Wednesday and being limited Thursday and Friday.
1/18/2015 Vontae Davis, CB
Indianapolis Colts starting cornerbacks Vontae Davis and Greg Toler are active for Sunday's AFC championship game against the New England Patriots.

Analysis: Davis (knee) and Toler (groin) both were listed as questionable after missing practice Wednesday and being limited Thursday and Friday.
1/18/2015 Peyton Manning, QB
As Peyton Manning ponders his football future, he's concluded one thing: He won't play in the Pro Bowl next weekend in Glendale, Arizona.

Analysis: Manning said his right thigh injury hasn't gotten much better in the week since the Denver Broncos were bounced from the playoffs by Indianapolis. The five-time NFL MVP extended his QB record with his 14th Pro Bowl selection this season, tying center Bruce Matthews and tight end Tony Gonzalez for the most in NFL history.
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