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Peyton Manning intends to play in 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014, 10:57am

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Peyton Manning has let it be known he isn't going anywhere.

The Broncos have a guaranteed $20 million salary waiting for Manning next season. The grand plan is for Manning to collect that dough while hopefully defending the Super Bowl championship the Broncos can earn Sunday by defeating the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium in nearby East Rutherford.

"I think when you still enjoy the preparation, the work part of it, I think you sought to be still doing that," he said. "When I stop enjoying it, when I can't produce, when I can't help the team, that's when I'll stop playing. If that's next year, maybe it is. I certainly want to continue to keep playing."

Fantasy Impact:

In Senior Editor John Paulsen's Never-Too-Early QB Rankings, Manning (unsurprisingly) comes in at the top spot. The Denver offense looks like a juggernaut as long as Manning is playing at a high level.

Lions hope to get Matthew Stafford back on track
Sunday, January 26, 2014, 11:40am

MLive.com - [Full Article]

On the topic of Lions QB Matthew Stafford and his irregular footwork and release points...

"I think there certainly has to be some work done," general manager Martin Mayhew said last week. "I couldn't really quantify that."

Mayhew said Stafford can still be salvaged. That belief was a guiding principle during the Lions' two-week coaching search, and the subsequent week-long search for a staff.

Detroit eventually tabbed a head coach (Jim Caldwell) that worked for a decade with Peyton Manning, and an offensive coordinator (Joe Lombardi) who spent the past five years as Drew Brees' personal quarterback coach with the New Orleans Saints.

That's no accident.

Stafford will have at least two quarterback coaches on staff, and could have a third if the Lions hire an actual quarterback coach. Their exact plan remains unknown, but the moves are being hailed around the league as a perfect match for the talented yet middling quarterback.

"I have no doubt (Lombardi will fix Stafford)," Saints tailbacks coach Dan Roushar said. "I have complete confidence. Joe is a phenomenal football coach, and it's a great hire for Matthew."

Fantasy Impact:

Stafford's play has slipped since his 5,038-yard, 41-TD season in 2011. The Lions are hoping that they can get Stafford back on track, and the first step to recovery is admitting that you have a problem.

Percy Harvin returns to practice
Thursday, January 23, 2014, 10:18am

KRJ - [Full Article]

The Seattle Seahawks saw the return of WR Percy Harvin to the practice field on Wednesday, indicating he has been cleared to participate after suffering a concussion against the New Orleans Saints.

Harvin was unable to get cleared in time to play for Seattle in the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. However, head coach Pete Carroll said Monday he expected Harvin to make it back to practice soon and Wednesday was the first opportunity to rejoin his teammates on the field. Harvin fully participated in Wednesday's practice.

Fantasy Impact:

Harvin is fully expected to play in Super Bowl XLVII. When he's played, the Seahawks have certainly tried to get him involved, so he should make at least one big play against the Broncos.

Knowshon Moreno, Percy Harvin expected to play
Monday, January 20, 2014, 12:53pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The early word on Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (ribs) and cornerback Tony Carter (arm/concussion) is that both should be back and ready to play. X-rays revealed no fractures for Moreno. There's always more to the story with rib injuries than just bone. Still, indications are he'll be suited up for the biggest game he's ever played in his home state — or anywhere, for that matter.

Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin never really had a shot to play in the NFC Championship Game after leaving twice in the divisional-round victory over the New Orleans Saints. The Seahawks were going to be careful with Harvin, even if his symptoms were mild. They expect him to play in the Super Bowl, sources have told FOX Sports. And while Seattle has gotten to this point without him, it certainly doesn't hurt to have that added dimension on offense.

Fantasy Impact:

It's two weeks until Super Bowl XLVII, so there should be plenty of time for Moreno's ribs to heal and for Harvin to navigate the NFL's concussion protocol.

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Tom Brady (illness) did not practice on Wednesday
Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 4:48pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bill Belichick won’t reveal why Patriots QB Tom Brady wasn’t at practice today. Source says he’s just sick.

Fantasy Impact:

Brady is in no danger of missing Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Lions tag Ravens OC Jim Caldwell as new head coach
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 2:19pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Detroit Lions are hiring Jim Caldwell as their head coach, per a league source.

Fantasy Impact:

Caldwell coached for the Colts while Peyton Manning was there and guided the Ravens offense to a Super Bowl win during the 2012 season. Last season's offensive struggles are a concern, but the Lions obviously feel like his resume is strong enough to justify the hire.

Ryan Mathews played through a high ankle sprain
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 11:11am

San Diego Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

A high ankle sprain carries a four-to-six week recovery timetable.

Ryan Mathews didn't miss one game.

The Chargers running back was clearly hobbled in the team's two playoff contests, not playing in the second half Sunday of a 24-17 loss to the Broncos. While Mathews declined to confirm, sources said his limitation was the result of a high ankle sprain.

Fantasy Impact:

If this is indeed the case, Mathews showed some toughness playing through the injury. Given how many owners he has burned through the years, his ADP will be interesting to watch heading into the 2014 season. He was the #10 RB from Week 6 on, so he'll merit consideration in the 3rd round.

Monday, January 13, 2014, 11:26am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Peyton Manning's future beyond this season will be determined by the results of an offseason exam on his surgically repaired neck, sources familiar with the star quarterback's mindset told ESPN Senior NFL Insider Chris Mortensen.

If the exam reveals that his neck is stable, Manning plans to return to the Broncos in 2014, regardless of how Denver fares this postseason, according to sources.

But if there is an increased risk of injury, Manning will be forced to decide whether to retire, sources said.