Saints safety Jairus Byrd returned to practice Tuesday after missing workouts Sunday and Monday, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Byrd had back surgery this summer and was unavailable for the first part of training camp.
Panthers defensive back Josh Thomas didn't factor into many plays in Week 12, but he came up with one big one in a 20-16 win over the Dolphins. Thomas ended Miami's first drive of the game when he picked off quarterback Ryan Tannehill for his first career interception. He added one tackle in the game.
Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander has been suspended without pay for the team's first four games of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL policy and program for substances of abuse, the team announced Friday.