Trent Richardson RB IND 5 Days3 Comments

Richardson's absence from Indianapolis' two playoff games was due to suspension, NFL.com reports.

General Manager Ryan Grigson said as much Friday, though he cited 'personal reasons' as the cause of suspension rather than a specific violation. If 'personal reasons' is meant to put a positive spin on the situation, it fails to do so. It's not unusual for a player to miss time due to personal reasons, but it's almost inconceivable that such cases would be categorized as a suspension unless there were some sort of disciplinary issue involved. For what it's worth, Richardson says he missed Sunday's walkthrough before the AFC Championship Game due to a "very serious" family emergency. Richardson is a top candidate for contract termination in the offseason.

Robert Mathis LB IND 5 Days

Mathis is still recovering from a torn Achilles he suffered in September, Kevin Bowen of the Colts' website reports.

It's not clear where Mathis stands in his recovery, and that may not be known for a while, as Colts GM Ryan Grigson said "hopefully in a couple months" the Colts will have an update on his status. It remains to be seen if Mathis will be back at 100 percent when training camps rolls around this summer.

Brandon LaFell WR NE 5 Days

LaFell (shoulder/toe) was one of six Patriots' players listed as a limited practice participant Thursday, the team's official site reports.

LaFell has been an injury report regular of late, but the last time he missed a game was back in 2012 and in the absence of any setbacks, he's in no danger of missing the Super Bowl. Look for the wideout to be listed as probable for the contest when the Patriots' final injury report of the season is released next week.

Philip Rivers QB SD 6 Days6 Comments

Rivers declined an invitation to play in this weekend's Pro Bowl because he is still nursing a back injury, the ESPN.com reports.

Meanwhile, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger will also sit out the game as they bounce back from injuries. As a result, Tony Romo, Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford, Andrew Luck, Drew Brees and Andy Dalton are the quarterbacks who will participate in Sunday's contest.

Jerod Mayo LB NE 6 Days

Mayo, who tore his patellar tendon in Week 6, indicated that his injury rehab has been going well, the Boston Herald reports.

While Mayo -- who landed on IR with the injury -- indicated he's "right on schedule" in his recovery, the linebacker isn't sure if he will be ready in time for the Patriots' offseason workouts, which begin in April. Prior to suffering his knee injury, Mayo recorded 53 tackles and one sack in six games for the Patriots. Per WEEI.com, Mayo -- who is signed through the end of the 2017 campaign -- is a candidate to have his contract restructured this offseason, given his cap hit of $10.6 million next season.

Julius Peppers DL GB 6 Days

Peppers racked up 44 tackles (29 solo), seven sacks, four forced fumbles, two interceptions, 11 pass deflections, and two touchdowns over 16 games in his first season with the Packers.

Peppers' sack and tackle numbers essentially mimicked what he posted in 2013, but he did a much better job forcing turnovers and knocking down passes. Peppers remains under contract with the Packers, but given that he is 35 years old and is currently due $9.5 million in 2015, his next step is uncertain.

Aldrick Robinson WR BAL 6 Days1 Comment

The Ravens have signed Robinson to a Reserve/Future contract.

Robinson caught just one pass for six yards in five games for Washington this past season, but the 2011 sixth-rounder could make a run for a spot on the Ravens' 53-man roster in 2015 as a deep threat in the team's wideout corps.

Brandon Bostick TE GB 6 Days

Bostick appeared in 13 games during the 2014 season and caught two passes for three yards and a touchdown.

Bostick entered training camp with a chance to secure a regular role at the tight end position, but his opportunity was dashed by a broken leg, and he spent most of the season as the Packers' third tight end behind Andrew Quarless and Richard Rodgers. Bostick is under contract for 2015, but he is not guaranteed a spot on the Packers' roster.

Jeff Janis WR GB 6 Days

Janis appeared in three games during his rookie season and caught two passes for 16 yards.

Janis' contributions in his rookie season were minimal, but he spent the entire season on the 53-man roster, so it's clear the Packers like his potential. He figures to get a shot to earn a more prominent role during the offseason.

John Kuhn RB GB 6 Days1 Comment

Kuhn had 24 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown in 16 games during the 2014 season. He also caught four passes for 23 yards and was named the NFL's All-Pro fullback by the AP.

Kuhn's numbers were hardly eye-popping, but he played well enough in other areas of the game to garner recognition at the end of the season. Kuhn will be a free agent this offseason, and it remains to be seen if he will return to Green Bay.