Manning, Irsay to discuss QB’s future: Don’t expect Rob Lowe to give up his day job anytime soon. Last week, the actor tweeted that Colts QB Peyton Manning was considering retirement, sending the Internet into a tizzy. But in an interview with The Indianapolis Star, Manning said he was caught “way off guard” by the report and denied that he had any plans to call it quits. As for his future in Indy, Manning says he’ll discuss it with team owner Jim Irsay, but suggested that conversation wasn’t imminent. The 2012 home of the future Hall of Famer will be one of the biggest stories of the offseason, with plenty of teams expected to show interest. Without being able to predict whether he’ll be the Peyton Manning we’ve all come to know, there’s no way to recommend him as a first-round pick, but depending on his landing spot, Manning still has top-tier value.
Gronkowksi expected to play in SB XLVI: Despite leaving Gillette Stadium in a walking boot Sunday, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will reportedly be able to play in the Super Bowl. That’s good news for Pats fans as well as anyone counting on the dynamic pass-catcher in the NFL Playoff Challenge. With a week off to rest before practices begin for the Super Bowl, it means Gronkowski has a little more time to get ready.
Wells to have surgery: Cardinals RB Beanie Wells tweeted Tuesday morning that he was undergoing surgery and while no one (not even the Cardinals’ website) was able to specify what exactly was being operated on, an educated guess would be his knee. Wells was hampered for the last half of the season after suffering an injury in Week 7 against the Steelers, although he played in eight of Arizona’s final nine games. Wells posted career highs in carries (245), yards (1,047) and touchdowns (10) this season and looks poised to be the Redbirds’ No. 1 RB for the foreseeable future. He turns just 24 in August and has yet to hit his prime. As long as this medical procedure isn’t major — and it doesn’t appear to have been — Wells will be a solid No. 2 RB fantasy back next season.
— Marcas Grant