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.
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.
Falcons rookie safety Dezmen Southwardwill not play Thursday against the Jaguars because of a concussion, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. It remains to be seen if he'll be ready for Week 1 of the regular season.
Falcons running back Steven Jackson, who had been out since the start of camp with a hamstring injury, returned to practice Monday, reports the team's website. Jackson had been working on the side doing rehab and conditioning.
The Falcons announced Thursday linebacker Marquis Spruill will miss the entire 2014 season after suffering a torn ACL in practice Wednesday. Spruill was drafted in the fifth round (168th overall) out of Syracuse.