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The Browns have released linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, their undisputed team leader and the longest-tenured member of the team.

I's all about the Benjamin's baby. Jackson wanted more than the Browns wanted to pay (he was slotted to earn a $4.1 million roster bonus on March 15th). Jackson received $19 million in guarantees and bonuses for the extension he signed through 2016, but with the bonus he was due and the $3.93 million in salary, the Browns decided not to commit $8 million to him for 2014.ANALYST: Ray Flowers

Jimmy Butler (knee) will not play Monday and he will likely miss Wednesday's game against the Hawks.

One would think that if Jimmy Butler would be injured in the first half, his back would be sore from carrying the Bulls offense. But an MRI on his knee revealed a strain. He is already ruled out for Monday and Wednesday is more than likely a game Butler will miss as well. This is potential good news for Derrick Rose owners who will have to help provide offense with Butler potentially out for the week. Butler's status for All Star weekend is unknown, much will depend on how his knee responds to therapy this week.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Jonathan Stewart has returned to the game.

As an update, Jonathan has progressed from questionable to return rather quickly. He not only was on the field in the Panthers recent possession, he has carried the ball and caught a pass in consecutive plays. Adrenaline should allow him to play as long as his foot will hold up. Good news for the Panthers if Stewart can be effective after returning from the injury.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Jonathan Stewart (ankle) limped off of the field and is questionable to return.

Jonathan Stewart left the field after a player rolled onto his foot at the end of a tackle. Stewart made it off the field under his own power, but his return is officially listed as questionable. Carolina needs its best running back to keep the Bronco defense honest. If Stewart is indeed lost for the game, it will definitely affect the Panther offense moving forward. More updates are sure to follow regarding Stewart.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Freddy Garcia has announced he has retired from baseball.

Veteran pitcher Freddy Garcia pitched for seven teams in his 15 year career in the majors winning 156 games with a 4.15 ERA and over 1,600 strikeouts. Garcia will not attempt to pitch in a 16th year as he announced his retirement prior to pitching in the Caribbean Series championship. His best season was 2001 in which he won 18 games and finished third in the Cy Young Award voting. He has been out of the majors the last two seasons so this news ends any chance of a comeback.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Padres signed Hunter Redman to a minor league deal.

In an effort to gain more organizational depth at catcher, the Padres have signed a minor league free agent. Hunter Redman only logged 11 at bats last year in the minors but should slot in wherever San Diego needs him in their system this year. Redman is only 23 and played his college ball at Texas Tech.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Al Jefferson (knee) has begun non-contact drills.

The veteran center of the Hornets has had a tough season. First Al Jefferson injured his calf and was suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy. After returning from the calf injury, Jefferson suffered a knee injury which required arthroscopic surgery to repair his meniscus. His surgery was right before the new year and his prognosis was a six week return. Jefferson has started to go through non-contact drills. But his age and the injury may keep him out past the original return date. Monitor the reports regarding his practice activity.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

C.J. Anderson will be the Denver Broncos’ starting running back for Super Bowl 50.

In a move that will not surprise any fantasy owners, the Broncos have switched their starting running back for Super Bowl 50. C.J. Anderson has out gained Ronnie Hillman by 90 yards on only four more carries in the playoffs. Anderson has averaged 4.6 yards per attempt to rush for 144 yards in the postseason. He has also caught five passes for 29 yards. If the Broncos are going to keep Cam Newton on the sideline and play ball possession, they need their best runner in the game, which is C.J. Anderson.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

NBA will likely announce the Blake Griffin suspension before the All-Star break.

The pending suspension stems from the altercation that Griffin and a Clippers equipment manager got into while on a road trip that resulted in Griffin punching out the equipment guy and breaking his hand. There is also reports from Steve Ballmer, the team owner, that L.A. will add to the suspension the league hands out. So Blake Griffin owners are likely not to see him on the court till nearly the end of the regular season as the suspension won't take effect until he recovers from the injuries he is currently suffering from. Analysis: Matt Selz

Tyler Johnson (shoulder) said he might be done for season.

Earlier this week the 23-year-old two-guard had surgery to repair his torn rotator cuff and the recovery timeline for it puts him out for the next 2-3 months before resuming basketball drills with contact. Based on that news he is almost assuredly done for the rest of the season meaning Beno Udrih and Gerald Green will continue to see the minutes off the bench and slight increases in their value. Analysis: Matt Selz

Safeties T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart are active for Super Bowl 50.

Both starting safeties were considered questionable last week but have been officially activated and will start after practicing in full the past two days. It's a huge boost to the best pass-defense in the league as Ward and Stewart both lock down the back end of the secondary along with Aqib Talib and Chris Harris. Cam Newton will now have much more to pay attention to in the pre-snap looks. Analysis: Matt Selz

Update: Hassan Whiteside (ankle) said he could have stayed in Sunday's game.

When the injury first happened, as Whiteside came up limping following a rebound, it didn't seem to be more than a precautionary move to take the big center out of the game. He did manage to secure a double-double in his limited play as he came off the bench behind A'mare Stoudemire. Considering Whiteside believes he could have continued to play, he should be fine for Miami's next game, though his minutes may still be on the lower end. Analysis: Matt Selz

QB Trevor Siemian, CB Lorenzo Doss, CB Taurean Nixon, RB Juwan Thompson, G/C Sam Brenner, G Robert Myers Jr. and NT Darius Kilgo.

Like Carolina, Denver has a full compliment of healthy players heading into the biggest games of the year and as such doesn't need these guys to be dressed. There are not many starters in this group, if any, so them being inactive will not in anyway deplete the number one defense in the NFL in the Broncos defensive unit. Analysis: Matt Selz

WR Brenton Bersin,WR Kevin Norwood, CB Lou Young, S Dean Marlowe RB Brandon Wegher, RB Cameron Artis-Payne and DE Ryan Delaire.

None of these players have had a major impact this season save for Artis-Payne to a degree. With a full roster of healthy players all of these guys are not needed on the active roster and will instead watch the game in street clothes rather than a uniform. Analysis: Matt Selz

Emmanuel Mudiay finished with 15 points (6-18 FG, 1-4 FT, 2-6 3pt), nine assists and four rebounds in 32 minutes during Sunday’s 101-96 win over the Knicks.

As is common with NBA rookies, Mudiay has been anything but consistent during his roller-coaster rookie season. However, the performance has been mostly positive from the 19-year-old rookie of late. Over the last six games, he has averaged 13.5 points, 6.7 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals Mudiay has contributed at least four assists in 13 consecutive games while scoring double-digit points in 11 of those.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Joffrey Lauvergne put up 12 points (5-11 FG, 2-2 FT) and 10 rebounds in 29 minutes during Sunday’s 101-96 win over the Knicks.

Lauvergne has dealt with a toe injury in recent days and offered next to nothing in terms of fantasy production, but the 6-11 center from France came off the bench for extended run Sunday afternoon and delivered in a big way for the Nuggets. Outside of the team suffering some injuries up front, it simply does not seem Lauvergne will find deliver much fantasy value anytime soon. Analysis: Nate Miller

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