DeAngelo Williams’s return couldn’t have come at a better time for a Panthers backfield decimated by injuries.

The San Diego Chargers can relate to the Panthers’ running back woes. With Ryan Mathews sidelined for at least a couple more weeks with a severely strained knee and backup Danny Woodhead gone for the season with a broken leg, the Chargers are thin in the backfield.

They’ll turn to Donald Brown and Branden Oliver against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Brown, the former Indianapolis Colt, was the primary workhorse after Mathews’s early exit last week, toting the ball 31 times for 62 yards. Oliver was a preseason star who drew comparisons to Darren Sproles, but had just three touches last week.

San Diego addressed its depth by signing journeyman Shaun Draughn to a free-agent contract earlier this week.

Since I hate the three-man rush with a passion, I couldn’t have been happier about the ultimate outcome of this drive. That’s karma for your ass, jack. Next time, keep rushing four!

DeAngelo Williams’s return couldn’t have come at a better time for a Panthers backfield decimated by injuries. Having missed the last two games with a thigh injury, he’s been a full participant in practice this week and is penciled in as the starter against the Baltimore Ravens (and he’s coming prepared for the “blood and guts” Steve Smith promised).

Another 24 hours, and we’re no closer to finding out if Arian Foster will play for the Houston Texans this Sunday. In his Friday morning press conference, head coach Bill O’Brian said that the running back is still a game-time decision with an injured hamstring. Foster was a game-time decision last week and ended up sitting out against the Buffalo Bills.

“Sean would tell you he loved you regardless,” said Moss. “He meant a lot to me for the time that he was here, and I feel like I didn’t tell him enough what he meant to me.”

Those kinds of regrets stay with Moss, and he hopes that being a part of this documentary will help with the closure that has eluded him thus far. He also hopes that the viewers get something positive out of Friday’s airing.


With his career on the ropes, Papa Panda comes out punching

Nobody knows what Pablo Sandoval’s right-handed swing will look like this spring after the toll of shoulder surgery and a tedious nine-month rehabilitation.

But wait until you get a load of his right hook.

Last month, Sandoval walked into Ray Echevarria’s makeshift gym in north Miami and signed up for boxing lessons. Having changed his dietary habits and exercise program as a way of getting leaner, the Kung Fu Panda decided it was time to get meaner, too.

And before anyone makes a crack about the notoriously portly Boston Red Sox third baseman being a heavyweight, know this: Sandoval’s impulse to sting like a bee is another sign of how serious he appears to be about getting in shape to save his flagging career.

2010/2011, FC Barcelona 3-1 Arsenal FC (agg: 4-3). The beginning of the cycle, the start of the flat circle. The wound that aches until this day; because disasters don’t just happen to us and heal, they continuously assert their power. They become part of our being. The scar is always there, you just learn to live with it. A 1-0 victory against Guardiola’s Barcelona at home, and a 1-3 loss at the Camp Nou. Hope, and then despair.

Illy do go past this round of 16, as they did in 2009/2010, then they’re sure to meet Barcelona in the quarterfinals. As they did that year. Always the same.

What are the Chiefs and Eric Berry doing? Berry got tagged last year, but the Chiefs never got a long-term deal done with him. (Maybe because they wanted him to pay millions for his own disability insurance). The Chiefs defense needs Berry.

Back in the real world, not long after his Wrigley Field walk-a-thon, Harper appeared to lose the otherworldly patience he’d demonstrated over the previous 13 months. Gone was the spit-on-it selectiveness that had been the bedrock of his MVP campaign and that had onlookers comparing him to Barry Bonds. In short, getting Maddonized wrecked him.

The veteran linebacker played his first nine seasons in Green Bay.

The Green Bay Packers are continuing to revamp the middle of their defense. According to the team’s website, veteran inside linebacker A.J. Hawk has been released.

Hawk first joined the team as the fifth overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. He finishes his Packers career as the franchise’s all-time leader in tackles with 1,118. He started for most of his nine years in Green Bay, including the team’s Super Bowl-winning 2010 season. However, he saw his playing time diminish last year as Sam Barrington’s role increased and Clay Matthews began taking more snaps at inside linebacker.

Manning and Elway have already met this offseason, coming together Feb. 12 to discuss a bevy of topics along with the possibility of restructuring the contract.

The Broncos have approximately $26 million in cap space but are saddled with a litany of big-name free agents. Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is all but certain to be hit with the franchise tag, adding a $12.9 million figure to the payroll. With the remaining money, Denver has six restricted free agents and a draft class to sign, along with Julius Thomas, Terrance Knighton, Orlando Franklin, Will Montgomery, Mitch Unrein and Rahim Moore.

Denver needs to get this done with Manning before March 9, because on that date his 2015 salary becomes fully guaranteed. The following day is when free agency begins.

“You guys know me, in terms of affecting the quarterback,” said Quinn at the Combine when asked about pass rushers on the roster. “That’s one of the things that’s near and dear to me. There are a number of guys on our roster that I can’t wait to work with and continue to develop. As we go through the combine and through free agency, we’ll get a vision of who else can be a part of this team and add to that. When you look at a guy, you’re trying to picture things that he can do. I was fired up about the guys on the current roster. Then we’ll add into whether if it’s in the draft or free agency, all of the unique stuff that a guy has, we’ll try to use it in the future.”