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Thomas (forearm) is listed as probable for Sunday's Super Bowl versus the Carolina Panthers , James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Despite tending to a broken right forearm, which he sustained in the NFC championship game, Thomas will take the field in the Super Bowl, and in fact is expected to start, according to head coach Ron Rivera. In the regular season, Thomas Davis ranked second on the Panthers with 105 tackles, to which he added 5.5 sacks, four interceptions, four forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery in 16 contests.
Mike Tolbert (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Carolina Panthers , James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Tolbert spent the week immediately after the NFC championship game in the trainer's room rather than the practice field, but full practices dominated this week, paving the way for active status Sunday. Nonetheless, he'll likely be contained to short-yardage situations behind Jonathan Stewart.
Todd Gurley (turf toe) told Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com on Thursday that "all is well" with his foot.
Gurley was sidelined in the season finale with turf toe, yet he had no problem racking up 1,106 yards in just 13 games on the backs of five 100-yard efforts. While he put in impressive work on the ground, the running back boasts the skill set to contribute as a receiver, as evidenced by an 81% catch percentage (or 21 receptions on 26 targets).
Thomas Davis (forearm) will start in the Super Bowl according to head coach Ron Rivera, Steve Wyche of NFL Network reports.
Davis broke his forearm in the NFC Championship game and underwent surgery last Monday to repair it. He has been a participant in practice all week and it appears he'll be on the field with the first string defense on Sunday. He still could see his minutes monitored during the game.
Melvin Gordon (knee) said Thursday that his rehabilitation is "going well" and believes he'll be healthy in "two months," the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Gordon missed the final two games of his rookie campaign due to a knee injury, which was remedied via surgery with noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Jan. 5. While neither the nature of the ailment nor the procedure were revealed, Gordon is on pace to be ready for the opening of the offseason program in April. Once the fall arrives, he'll be aiming to bounce back from a subpar season in which he posted 184 rushes for 641 yards (3.5 YPC), 33 catches (on 37 targets) for 192 yards, and no touchdowns.
Johnny Manziel won't be charged by either the Fort Worth or Dallas police departments in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident from Saturday morning, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Manziel's exit from NFL circles seems to be more assured by the week, especially after details emerged from his most recent brush with the law. On Saturday, an argument with an ex-girlfriend turned into a harrowing experience in which he "restrained" and struck her multiple times across two jurisdictions. Eventually, he ran from her residence, but not before police were called and a helicopter dispatched in search of the quarterback. Although he has avoided criminal charges, the NFL is investigating the matter to determine whether discipline is in order.
T.J. Ward (ankle) practiced in full Thursday, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports.
Tagging along since he was sidelined from Weeks 13 through 15, an ankle issue doesn't seem as if it will stand in the way of Ward taking the field Sunday versus the Panthers. However, the final injury report of the week will clarify his potential to play.
Darian Stewart (knee) practiced fully Thursday, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports.
Stewart appears poised to brush off a sprained MCL suffered in the AFC championship game, though Friday's injury report will likely provide final passage to availability in Super Bowl 50.
Jared Allen (foot) was a full practice participant Thursday, Max Henson of the Carolina Panthers ' official site reports.
Allen sidestepped the first injury report in advance of the Super Bowl, yet he landed on this week's version due to his healing foot, which forced a limited showing Wednesday. However, his return in a full capacity Thursday implies that he's in line to play Sunday against the Broncos. If he suits up, he'll be seeking his second career sack of Peyton Manning.
Victor Cruz is recovering from a torn fascia in his left calf, which kept him from logging any snaps during the 2015 campaign, Jordan Raanan of NJ.com reports.
After sustaining the ailment in mid-August, it was initially reported that Cruz was dealing with a sprain, but recurring inflammation forced the New York Giants to shut down the fifth-year wide receiver during a Week 11 bye. With the "very rare" diagnosis official, he's expected to be 100 percent once the healing process from season-ending surgery is complete. While the recovery from this injury is accompanied by no issues long-term, the rehab process will nonetheless be monitored closely as the offseason proceeds.