Description: A brain injury has forced former Jaguars linebacker Russell Allen to retire from pro football. SOURCE: Sports Illustrated
Insight: An on-field stroke against Buffalo in Week 15 left Allen with a dead spot on his brain. The injury was originally believed to be a concussion but was actually much more serious. Allen\'s best season came in 2012 when he recorded a career-high 131 tackles in 16 games for Jacksonville. The San Diego State alum turns 28 next month.
Description: Heat guard Mario Chalmers went through the team\'s walkthrough on Wednesday but remains a game-time decision tonight against Charlotte. SOURCE: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Insight: The reality is, Miami doesn\'t need Chalmers (9.8 ppg, 4.9 apg) to beat the seventh-seeded Bobcats. It might ultimately benefit the team more to have him healthy for the next round when the Heat are likely to face a much tougher opponent. Norris Cole would fill in at point guard if Chalmers sits this one out.
Description: Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in Tuesday\'s season-ending loss to Montreal.
Insight: Tampa Bay was eliminated after just four games. Palat had a tremendous rookie season, generating 23 goals and 36 assists in 81 regular season contests. He\'ll be a top pick in next year\'s fantasy draft.