The Arizona Cardinals and Kurt Warner have scheduled a news conference for noon today amid widespread speculation that the 38-year-old quarterback will announce his retirement.
Neither the Cardinals nor Warner’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, would say what Warner has decided, but such elaborate plans were unlikely if Warner was to announce he was returning.
The former league and Super Bowl MVP has one year left on the two-year contract he signed after the 2008 season.
Colts’ Freeney rests
Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney missed his second straight practice because of a sprained right ankle.
Coach Jim Caldwell said Freeney was “coming along” in his recovery but did not provide details. Team president Bill Polian has maintained Freeney will play in next week’s Super Bowl.
Starting cornerback Jerraud Powers (foot) and starting safety Melvin Bullitt (knee) also did not practice.
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez had both knees examined by team doctors this week and might have surgery this offseason to stabilize the patella ligament in his left knee. … Quarterback Alex Smith of the 49ers will serve as a guest studio analyst for the BBC on Super Bowl Sunday. … Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels has promoted linebackers coach Don Martindale to defensive coordinator. He replaces Mike Nolan. … Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco kicked off during practice at the Pro Bowl and hopes to convince the AFC coaches to let him do more than just catch passes during the game. He punted during Wednesday’s practice and said he also plans to kick field goals during practice this week.