Super Bowl injury reports: Broncos' Fua doubtful, everyone probable for Seahawks

Both the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos are relatively healthy heading into Sunday's Super Bowl.

The following players are all probable for the Seahawks: wide receivers Doug Baldwin (hip) and Percy Harvin (concussion), running back Marshawn Lynch (not injury related) and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (ankle)

Everyone participated fully.

For the Broncos, defensive tackle Sione Fua is doubtful with a calf injury.

The following players are all probable: cornerback Tony ony Carter (shoulder), tight end Joel Dreessen (knee), defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (knee), offensive guard Chris Kuper (ankle), quarterback Peyton Manning (ankle), running back Knowshon Moreno (ribs), kicker Matt Prater (illness), defensive tackle Mitch Unrein (knee) and cornerback Kayvon Webster (thumb).

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Goodell says NFL not considering changing drug policy

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell say the league will evaluate the merits of marijuana usage as a pain releiver.

However, no change is expected at this time.

“We'll continue to follow the medicine,” Goodell said during his annual Super Bowl news conference. “Our experts right now are not indicating that we should change our policy in any way. We are not actively considering that at this point in time. But if it goes down the road sometime, that's something that we would never take off the table.”

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said Thursday preliminary discussions have been held about medicinal marijuan.

The policy would have to be drafted into the collective bargaining agreement in order to become official.

Goodell said he likes the policy the way it's currently worded.

“I am randomly tested, and I'm happy to say that I am clean,” Goodell said, drawing laughter.

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Suspicious powder mailed to hotels corn starch

Not taking anything lightly, authorities tested a suspicious powder that was mailed to New Jersey hotels.

The result? Corn starch, according to the Bergen Record.

That's a sigh of relief for all of those involved. Law enforcement will certainly keep an eye out for other suspicious activity during the weekend.

Neither the Broncos or Seahawks are staying at the hotels where the corn starch was mailed to.

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Super Bowl is on schedule for 6:30 p.m. kickoff

Speaking to reporters with fake snow falling behind him, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said everything appears fine for Sunday's Super Bowl.

We appreciate the magnificent job done by New York and New Jersey,” Goodell said. “And just to confirm, we will kick off at 6:30.”

There was a concern that weather could delay the Super Bowl. However, it's anticipated that the temperature will be in the 40s, making that not a concern.

If the game goes on without a hitch then it could open the Super Bowl to a host of other cold-weather cities that play outdoors.

“I believe we need to get to as many communities as possible and give them the opportunity to share in not only the emotional benefits but also the economic benefits,” Goodell said. “It helps the NFL, it helps our fans and it helps grow our game.”

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Police: Suspicious powders sent to New Jersey hotels

Days before the Super Bowl, the FBI and local police are investigating a suspicious white powder sent to at least five hotels in New Jersey in the vicinity of Met Life Stadium.

Hazardous materials teams are investigating the substances.

According to the Associated Press, Carlstadt Police Det. John Cleary said an individual at an Econo Lodge discovered the envelope on Friday.

Per the report, similar mailings were found at the Homestead Inn in East Rutherford and at a Renaissance Inn in Rutherford and another envelope was pulled from a mail truck. That was prior to the mailings reaching the Holiday Inn Express and a Hampton Inn.

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UPDATED—Top 25 2014 uncommitted prospects

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With National Signing Day just days away, it's time to take a final look at the National Football Post's rankings of the Top 25 senior prep players in the country who have yet to commit to a program.

1. CB Adoree' Jackson, Junipero Serra High School (Gardena, CA)
The 5-10, 182-pounder, who has dreams of competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics as a track and field star, has USC, UCLA, Florida and LSU in the mix for his verbal pledge. Think De'Anthony Thomas mixed with the skills to be a shutdown corner.

2. OT Damian Prince, Bishop McNamara High School (Forestville, MD)
The 6-5, 286-pounder has good athleticism and flexibility. He's a very good run blocker and pass protector whose top three are Florida, Maryland and South Carolina. The Gators have a commitment from his close friend Jalen Tabor, but Penn State, Auburn and LSU are making late pushes. I think UF has the edge.

3. WR Malachi Dupre, John Curtis Christian High School (River Ridge, LA)
The 6-3, 187-pounder, who has won state titles in the long jump, high jump and triple jump, has thoroughly impressed on the field despite playing in a run-oriented offense. LSU, Alabama, Florida State, UCLA and Ole Miss remain in the running for his pledge.

4. DE Lorenzo Carter, Norcross High School (Norcross, GA)
The 6-5, 234-pounder has a great frame to add weight, and he also has very good instincts. The top player in the Peach Tree state has Georgia and Florida as his co-favorites, with Florida State and LSU on the outside looking in. Carter is expected to be in Athens this weekend.

5. ATH JuJu Smith, Long Beach Poly High School (Long Beach, CA)
The 6-1, 206-pound two-way standout is one of Southern California's best in the 2014 class. Many recruiting analysts believe that USC is the prohibitive favorite, but UCLA, Notre Dame and Oregon are in the mix as well. He is considered a safety prospect at the next level but could also play wide receiver.

Ermon LaneWR Ermon Lane is scheduled to visit FSU this weekend.

6. WR Ermon Lane, Homestead Senior High School (Homestead, FL)
The 6-2, 196-pounder, who is considered the top receiver in the Sunshine State, is a good route runner with very good leaping ability. He recently decommitted from Florida, and some analysts believe that he could be headed to Florida State to play with good friend Dalvin Cook, the Miami Central running back who flipped his commitment from Florida to Florida State. Lane is slated to visit the 'Noles this weekend.

7. OLB Rashaan Evans, Auburn High School (Auburn, AL)
The 6-3, 217-pounder, who was one of the top performers at the Under Armour All-America Game, will decide between Auburn and Alabama. Evans recorded more than 40 tackles for loss and 18 sacks as a senior. The Tigers were considered the favorite, but never count out the Crimson Tide's Nick Saban.

8. DT Malik McDowell, Southfield High School (Southfield, MI)
The 6-6, 260-pounder, who transferred from Loyola High School to Southfield High before his senior year, was thought to be closing in on Michigan State. But Florida State remains in play along with Michigan and Ohio State. McDowell is slated to be in Columbus this weekend. Will that final impression help the Buckeyes?

9. DE Solomon Thomas, Coppell High School (Coppell, TX)
The 6-3, 256-pounder, who is one of the best players in the Lone Star State, has Arkansas, UCLA and Stanford in his top three. His older sister is a student at Arkansas.

10. OG Braden Smith, Olathe South High School (Olathe, KS)
The 6-6, 285-pounder is one of the strongest players in the 2014 class, as he's completed three reps at 515 pounds on the bench press. TCU, Texas A&M and Auburn remain in the mix for his pledge.

11. OG Damien Mama, Saint John Bosco High School (Bellflower, CA)
The 6-4, 370-pounder, who is ranked as one of the top offensive guards in the country, is not expected to be available in 2015 and 2016 because of a Mormon mission. USC may hold an advantage over Alabama and BYU because the Trojans have strong roots in the Polynesian community.

12. ATH Michiah Quick, Central East High School (Fresno, CA)
The 6-foot, 170-pounder is considered by some programs as a better fit at cornerback, but he could emerge as a good receiver at the next level. Notre Dame, Oklahoma and UCLA are in the mix for his pledge.

13. DT Travonte Valentine, Champagnat Catholic High School (Hialeah, FL)
The 6-3, 305-pound athletic defensive lineman is down to LSU and Miami (FL), though he decommitted from the Hurricanes earlier this month. His recruitment has included commitments to Louisville and Florida before giving a verbal to the Hurricanes. He is expected to be in Coral Gables this weekend along with fellow DT Lamont Gaillard and dual-threat quarterback Treon Harris.

14. S Steven Parker II, Jenks High School (Jenks, OK)
A lot of recruiting analysts believe that the 6-2, 175-pounder will choose Oklahoma, although he also has offers from major programs such as Texas A&M, Auburn, Alabama and Ohio State. Keep an eye on Auburn.

15. ILB Kenny Young, John Curtis Christian High School (River Ridge, LA)
The 6-1, 210-pounder has Oklahoma State as one of his five finalists. LSU, Miami (FL), Texas A&M and UCLA are also in the mix. In the U.S. Army All-American Game, he finished with six tackles and a sack.

16. DT Derrick Nnadi, Ocean Lakes High School (Virginia Beach, VA)
The 6-1, 299-pounder recently made trips to Ohio State, Florida State and Penn State. Former Nittany Lions assistant Larry Johnson was his main recruiter at State College, so keep an eye on the Buckeyes with Johnson now in Columbus. However, Virginia Tech has been considered the leader as the Hokies try to keep him home.

17. CB Wesley Green, Martin Luther King High School (Lithonia, GA)
The 5-11, 173-pounder recently said that South Carolina is his new leader after the coaching changes at Georgia. Auburn, Clemson and Ohio State also have offered, but it appears to be a battle between the Bulldogs and the Gamecocks. He is expected to be in Athens this weekend.

18. S Budda Baker, Bellevue High School (Bellevue, WA)
The 5-9, 174-pounder is one of the nation's best playmakers who has top Pac-12 offers. Washington has a chance to keep him in-state, but keep an eye on UCLA.

19. RB D’Ernest Johnson, Immokalee High School (Immokalee, FL)
The 5-11, 182-pound former North Carolina commit could be a great fit at South Florida.

20. ATH Chris Lammons, Plantation High School (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
The 5-10, 171-pounder likely slots in best at cornerback. He has received offers from major schools such as South Carolina, Wisconsin, Florida, Alabama and Ohio State. Keep an eye on the Gamecocks.

21. RB Donte Thomas-Williams, Hillside High School (Durham, NC

The 6-foot, 217-pounder has offers from top programs such as Florida State and UCLA, but keep an eye on NC State and West Virginia. Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen really wants Thomas-Williams in his program's class.

22. OT Roderick Johnson, Hazelwood Central High School (Florissant, MO)
The 6-6, 320-pounder has offers from major schools such as Ohio State, Michigan, Florida State and Alabama. The Seminoles have had the lead despite his recent visit to Columbus.

23. DE Andrew Williams, Eagles Landing Christian Academy (McDonough, GA)
The 6-4, 251-pounder needs to work on his consistency, but he has the potential to blossom even further as he continues to add weight. He is expected to choose between Auburn and Clemson, but Georgia, South Carolina and Ole Miss continue to push.

24. WR Trevon Lee, Cardinal Gibbons High School (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
The 5-11, 168-pounder should have a bright future in the slot because he catches almost everything even in traffic. Keep an eye on Duke, which may have the edge for the receiver. Stanford and Vanderbilt remain in the mix.

25. S Mattrell McGraw, John Curtis Christian High School (River Ridge, LA)
The 5-10, 180-pounder is a good tackler and very good athlete who projects to be a very good safety at the next level if he adds some muscle. Oregon could be in line for his pledge.

Others of note: OLB Hoza Scott (La Porte, TX), ATH Myles Autry (Norcross, GA), DT Nifae Lealao (Sacramento, CA), DT Poona Ford (Hilton Head, S.C.) and ATH Isaiah McKenzie (Plantation, FL)

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49ers lineman Kilgore arrested in Tennessee

San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Daniel Kilgore was arrested in Kingsport, Tenn., for a public intoxication charge last weekend.

On Jan. 26, Kilgore and another man was seen staggering on a sidewalk, according to a police report.

Kilgore allegedly had a strong odor of alcohol, red eyes and dilated pupils.

At least Kilgore wasn't behind the wheel of a car.

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Jason Pierre-Paul will avoid surgery

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul dealt with a nagging shoulder injury all season.

While it will take some time to heal this offseason, Pierre-Paul told the Newark Star-Ledger that he will not need offseason surgery.

That's good news for Pierre-Paul, who can let the injury rest before rehabbing it. Obviously, surgery is never a fun thing to endure and can make rehabbing last longer.

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Hall of Fame predictions

The 46 member Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee will decide the fate of the 15 modern era finalists and two Seniors Committee nominees in New York City on February 1. The election process begins with a discussion on each of the 17 candidates before a vote is taken on the senior nominees. Following that discussion, the 15 modern era finalists are reduced to 10. Another cut is then made to the final five candidates. Each of the final five are voted on individually. A minimum of 80 percent of the vote is required in order to be enshrined. A Hall of Fame class must consist of at least four members with a maximum of seven inductees. The 2014 class will be announced later that evening during the NFL Honors show.

Expect at least one of the senior nominees to be elected. Their enshrinement rate has been 80 percent (16 of 20) since the selection process added a second senior candidate in 2004. Additionally, five modern era candidates will likely be a part of this year’s class. 2007 was the last time one of the final five (Paul Tagliabue) was not elected. Here’s my prediction for the 2014 Hall of Fame class.

First Year Eligible Candidates

Derrick Brooks (LB)-Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Warren Sapp and Derrick BrooksBrooks and Sapp anchored one of the nastiest defenses in NFL history.

Brooks was a five-time first-team All-Pro and 11-time Pro Bowl selection in 14 NFL seasons. The 2000s All-Decade team member was the co-leader with Warren Sapp, who was a first ballot Hall of Famer last year, of one of the best defenses in the last twenty years. The Buccaneers were ranked in the top 10 in both scoring defense and total defense for nine straight seasons (1997-2005). In the Tampa 2 defense, Brooks was the ideal weakside linebacker. He excelled in coverage and space. Brooks was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2002 when he led all linebackers with five interceptions for 218 return yards (third in the NFL) and three touchdowns (first in the NFL) while playing on a defense that was ranked first in both scoring defense and total defense. The Buccaneers also had the only Super Bowl victory in franchise history that season. It will be hard for the selection committee to justify putting Sapp in on the first ballot while denying Brooks in his first try given the two players were equally important to Tampa Bay’s defensive success.

Marvin Harrison (WR)-Indianapolis Colts

Harrison was named first-team All-NFL six times and elected to eight Pro Bowls during his 13-year NFL career. He was a first-team wide receiver with Randy Moss on the 2000s All-Decade team. Harrison ranks third in NFL history with 1,102 receptions, seventh with 14,580 receiving yards and fifth with 128 receiving touchdowns. He set the NFL single season record for receptions in 2002 with 143. The next closest single season total is 123 receptions. Harrison was the first NFL player to have three consecutive 1,500 receiving yard seasons. Although there isn’t a limit each year on the number of inductees at a position, Harrison faces competition from Tim Brown, a four-time finalist, and Andre Reed, a seven-time finalist. Unlike Harrison, Brown and Reed weren’t named first team All-Decade. The selection committee isn’t supposed to consider off the field issues, but Harrison was a person of interest in a 2008 Philadelphia shooting involving a gun owned by him. Five wide receivers have been first ballot Hall of Famers, with Jerry Rice as the most recent in 2010. Harrison should be the sixth.

Walter Jones (OT)-Seattle Seahawks

Jones was a six-time All-Pro and nine-time Pro Bowler in 12 NFL seasons. A good case can be made that Jones was the best offensive lineman of the 2000s. If the distinction doesn’t belong to Jones, then it goes to Jonathan Ogden, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2013 during his first year of eligibility. Jones and Ogden have similar resumes. The two players are the first-team tackles on the All-Decade team for the 2000s. A difference is Jones doesn’t have a Super Bowl ring like Ogden. Jones’ only Super Bowl appearance was in the 2005 season when the Seattle Seahawks lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL. Recent selection trends favor offensive lineman. An offensive lineman has been elected to the Hall of Fame in seven of the last eight years. If the Selection Committee applies the same standard to Jones as they did with Ogden, then Jones should be inducted, unless winning the Super Bowl carries significant weight.

Returning Finalists

Charles Haley (DE/LB)-Dallas Cowboys/San Francisco 49ers

Haley is a finalist for the fifth straight year. He made the first cut of finalists in 2012 and 2013 without advancing to the final five either year. Haley was named All-Pro twice and to five Pro Bowls during his 13-year NFL career. He was the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1990 and 1994. Haley has 100.5 total sacks, with a season best 16 in 1990. His trade to the Dallas Cowboys in 1992 swung the balance of power in the NFL. He added three Super Bowl rings after the trade to go along with the two rings he had already earned with the San Francisco 49ers. Haley is the only player in NFL history to win five Super Bowls. His 4.5 sacks in Super Bowls are the most of any player. Haley was a difficult teammate and antagonized the media, which could be factors with the selection committee.

Michael Strahan (DE)-New York Giants

Michael StrahanStrahan notched an NFL record 22.5 sacks in 2001.

Strahan survived the reduction to 10 candidates last year as a first-year eligible finalist, but was eliminated from consideration during the second reduction. He was a five-time first team All-Pro and received seven Pro Bowl berths during his 15 NFL seasons. The 2000s All-Decade team member is fifth on the all-time sack list with 141.5 sacks. Strahan set the NFL single season sack record in 2001 when he registered 22.5 sacks en route to becoming the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year. He won his second sack title in 2003 by notching 18.5 sacks. Strahan was more than just a pass rusher, as he was also stout against the run. Strahan ended his career in grand fashion after the 2007 season with a victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, his second Super Bowl appearance. It is a rarity for there to be two defensive ends in the same Hall of Fame class, but the selection committee strays from convention this time.

Seniors Committee Nominees

Ray Guy (P)-Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders

Guy is the only true punter to be named as a modern era finalist. He reached the finalist stage of the selection process seven times over a 17-year period beginning in 1992. Guy was an eight-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowler in 14 NFL seasons. He is a member of the 1970s All-Decade team and the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time team. Guy’s booming punts are credited with coining the term, “hang time.” He led the NFL in punting three times (1974, 1975 and 1977). Guy finished second in punting three times and third once. He is also a three-time Super Bowl champion. 23 years have passed since the selection committee recognized the importance of special teams by electing Jan Stenerud, the only kicking specialist in the Hall of Fame.

Claude Humphrey (DE)-Atlanta Falcons/Philadelphia Eagles

Humphrey made it past the first reduction twice during his three times as a modern era finalist. He was also a Senior
s Committee nominee in 2009. Humphrey earned first team All-Pro honors five times and was selected to six Pro Bowls during his 14-year NFL career. Sacks didn’t become an official statistic until 1982 after Humphrey retired, but he is credited with 122 career sacks. Humphrey was named 1968 Defensive Rookie of Year after recording 11.5 sacks in his debut NFL season. He was a cornerstone of the Atlanta Falcons’ top-ranked “Gritz Blitz” defense in 1977, which set the NFL record for fewest points allowed per game (9.2). Humphrey’s lone Super Bowl appearance came in Super Bowl XV with the Philadelphia Eagles. Bob Hayes is the only other senior candidate to be named a finalist twice under the expanded senior process. If history repeats itself, Humphrey is elected in his second attempt as a senior nominee, just like Hayes.

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Source: Cardinals try out Alex Hall

The Arizona Cardinals worked out Canadian Football League standout pass rusher Alex Hall, according to a league source.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive end wasn't immediately signed to a contract. He was traded to Saskatchewan from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this season. He was named an East Division All-Star.

He worked out for the Minnesota Vikings in December.

A former Cleveland Browns seventh-round draft pick from St. Augustine's College, Hall has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, and New York Giants.

The Vikings also worked out wide receivers Dontrelle Inman, Chris Matthews and Nick Moore and defensive tackle Ted Laurent.

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