NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on July 10, 2009 @ 17:50:18 PDT



QB | Brett Favre | Free Agent | Injury News, Fantasy
Chip Scoggins, of The Minneapolis Star Tribune, citing the Star Tribune's Sid Hartman, reports Minnesota Vikings head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman traveled to Mississippi Wednesday, July 8, to check on QB Brett Favre (shoulder) and his surgically repaired right arm. It was Sugarman's second visit with Favre, as the two met about two weeks ago to go over some stretching exercises to help Favre in his recovery. Two Vikings sources said Favre is now seven weeks removed from surgery and it was a complete success, which provides more evidence his signing with Minnesota may be imminent.

QB | Brady Quinn | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
James Walker, of, reports Cleveland Browns QB Brady Quinn holds a slight lead over QB Derek Anderson (calf) in the competition for the team's starting quarterback job. Quinn had a decent, albeit not spectacular, minicamp, while Anderson struggled most of the way through before missing the final two practices with a calf injury. The coaching staff, however, will not make any premature decisions. They will wait until both quarterbacks perform in preseason games, so it is still very much an open competition.

QB | Jay Cutler | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Larry Mayer, of, reports Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler has worked very hard in the classroom this offseason to pick up the team's system. Not only has he been able to grasp it, he is also able to execute the offense on the field. Some of the verbiage and reads in the offense are the same as they were with the Denver Broncos, allowing him to pick things up quicker. Quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton has been impressed with his arm strength.

Running Back

RB | Shaun Alexander | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Josh Bean, of the Mobile Press-Register, reports unrestricted free-agent RB Shaun Alexander (Redskins) said he has had preliminary talks with some NFL teams.

RB | Matt Forte | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Larry Mayer, of, reports Chicago Bears RBs coach Tim Spencer said he would like to see second-year RB Matt Forte improve on his yards per carry and yards per catch. Spencer believes both will improve for Forte this season. Spencer said he is not concerned about a sophomore slump. "He's going to do well," Spencer added. "We have some new players and we've improved on our offensive line. I see no reason why Matt shouldn't improve this season."

RB | Kevin Jones | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Larry Mayer, of, reports Chicago Bears RBs coach Tim Spencer said the team has to use RB Kevin Jones more this year to make sure both he and RB Matt Forte are as healthy as they can be by the end of the season. Spencer said Jones is now 100 percent healthy and is back to where he was before suffering a torn ACL. "He knows our system and he knows what we're trying to do," Spencer noted on Jones.

RB | Michael Turner | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
J. Michael Moore, of, reports Atlanta Falcons RB Michael Turner, who had 376 carries last season, said he is preparing for another heavy workload this season. "Treat every week like it's Week 1," Turner said when asked about taking care of his body and getting ready for so many carries. "Don't take anything for granted. Make sure your body is right and fresh every week. If you don't do it at the beginning of the season then you're going to feel the effects later on the year."

RB | Knowshon Moreno | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Bill Williamson, of, reports Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels envisions RB Knowshon Moreno as a three-down back.

Wide Receiver

WR | Devin Hester | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Larry Mayer, of, reports Chicago Bears QBs coach Pep Hamilton said he wouldn't be surprised to see the team try to utilize QB Jay Cutler's strong arm and WR Devin Hester's game-breaking speed together this season by trying to get Hester behind the secondary on deep routes.

WR | Matt Jones | Free Agent | Free Agency News
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports free-agent WR Matt Jones (Jaguars) is free to resume his NFL career now that his graduation from Washington County Drug Court has wiped away a felony drug charge. Circuit Court Judge Mary Ann Gunn warned Jones Monday, July 6, that since he has completed the program, drug court is no longer an option if he is arrested again. Jones will remain in the league's substance abuse program until 2010.

WR | Andre Caldwell | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Chick Ludwig, of the Dayton Daily News, reports Cincinnati Bengals WR Andre Caldwell is expected to play multiple roles for the team this season. Caldwell should see time as a slot receiver, a kickoff returner and work out of the Wildcat formation, where he will line up as a quarterback and have the option of running or throwing.

WR | Eddie Royal | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Bill Williamson, of, reports Denver Broncos WR Eddie Royal could have a similar effect in head coach Josh McDaniels' system this season as New England Patriots WR Wes Welker did while McDaniels served as offensive coordinator with the Patriots.

Tight End

TE | Chase Coffman | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
Carlos Holmes, of the Dayton Daily News, reports Cincinnati Bengals third-round draft choice TE Chase Coffman (foot) was able to participate in the team's final minicamp and said his foot is nearly 100 percent healthy.

TE | Greg Olsen | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Larry Mayer, of, reports Chicago Bears QBs coach Pep Hamilton said TE Greg Olsen has continually progressed during the offseason. He is wowing everybody with his physical stature and athleticism.

TE | Tony Gonzalez | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
J. Michael Moore, of, reports Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez will catch his share of passes in the Falcons offense this season. However, with the offense built around RB Michael Turner, Gonzalez will be relied upon to be a productive blocking tight end. "Tony will help our offense in a number of ways," offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey said. "One thing he's going to do is that he's a productive blocker and that's important in our offense ... As successful as he's been as a receiver, he's a good blocker too and he really doesn't get the credit that he should."


LB | Junior Seau | Free Agent | Free Agency News reports free-agent LB Junior Seau (Patriots) said during a radio interview that he is unsure about his status for the 2009 season. Seau said he is currently retired, but that could change later in the season. "I'll definitely look at it at the end of October or November. Let's put it that way," Seau said.

LB | Derrick Brooks | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Gene Frenette, of the Florida Times-Union, reports the Jacksonville Jaguars do not appear interested in unrestricted free-agent LB Derrick Brooks (Buccaneers).


CB | Patrick Surtain | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Ethan J. Skolnick, of the South Florida SunSentinel, reports unrestricted free-agent CB Patrick Surtain (Chiefs) said he would like to play two or three more years in the league. He said he is waiting for teams to call and would be willing to play either cornerback or safety.

CB | Mike McKenzie | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Barry Jackson, of the Miami Herald, reports the Miami Dolphins have kept tabs and spoken casually with agents about a few unsigned cornerbacks, primarily free-agent CBs Mike McKenzie (Saints) and Travis Fisher (Lions), in case there are injuries in training camp or if CBs Eric Green, Sean Smith and Vontae Davis struggle.

Free Safety

FS | Stuart Schweigert | Detroit Lions | Injury News
Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Detroit Lions FS Stuart Schweigert (calf) said he will be fully healthy by the start of training camp.

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