QB | Matt Leinart | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals QB Matt Leinart has to break out this season, or the Cardinals will likely move in another direction at quarterback, reports Darren Urban, of AZCardinals.com. Leinart has said countless times that he is ready to have this opportunity, and now he needs to prove his detractors wrong.
QB | Brett Favre | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre (ankle), during an interview on WDAM, said he gained 14 pounds since January and needed to lose some weight. He noted it is harder to stay in shape now that he is getting older.
RB | Harvey Unga | Chicago Bears | Transaction
The Chicago Bears have signed supplemental draft choice RB Harvey Unga to a four-year deal, reports Brad Biggs, of NationalFootballPost.com. The deal is believed to include a signing bonus of around $60,250, but no other financial terms were disclosed.
WR | Brian Hartline | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Miami Dolphins need to find a complement to WR Brandon Marshall in the starting lineup, reports Omar Kelly, of The Sun-Sentinel. Offensive coordinator Dan Henning loves a smart receiver, and he said WR Brian Hartline was the team's smartest receiver a year ago. Hartline led the Dolphins' receivers in yards per reception (16.3) and the team may want the player opposite Marshall to stretch the field. Hartline is considered the team's fastest option at receiver. He could unseat WR Greg Camarillo for a starting job and hold off Davone Bess.
WR | Michael Crabtree | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree is expected to see some time in the slot this season, reports ESPN's John Clayton. The team experimented with it this summer in three-receiver sets.
WR | Early Doucet | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals WR Early Doucet is expected to be the team's No. 3 receiver this year and work out of the slot, reports ESPN's John Clayton. Doucet could be deadly on the inside, reports Darren Urban, of AZCardinals.com, as that is where WR Anquan Boldin previously provided plenty of production. Doucet, per Urban, also worked harder this offseason than he has previously.
WR | Chaz Schilens | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders WR Chaz Schilens' (foot) recovery from offseason foot surgery is ahead of schedule, according to Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers.
WR | Brad Smith | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets WR Brad Smith is considered the leading candidate for the No. 3 wide receiver job while WR Santonio Holmes is serving his four-game suspension, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini.
WR | Hakeem Nicks | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants WRs Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham will compete for the starting wide receiver job opposite WR Steve E. Smith during training camp, reports Ohm Youngmisuk, of ESPNNewYork.com.
TE | Joe Klopfenstein | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Transaction
The Buffalo Bills have placed TE Joe Klopfenstein (undisclosed) on Injured Reserve, ending his 2010 season, according to Chris Brown, of BuffaloBills.com.
TE | Bo Scaife | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans TE Bo Scaife said he expects to have a productive season this year as long as he is able to stay healthy, reports The Tennessean's John Glennon. "If I can stay healthy, the sky is the limit for me. I'm going to have a good year, better than what I had last year. I thought I had a pretty good year last year, but I'd like to have a career year this year," Scaife said.
OT | Willie Colon | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Transaction
The Pittsburgh Steelers announced they have placed OT Willie Colon (Achilles') on Injured Reserve, ending his 2010 season.
OG | Adrian Jones | Pittsburgh Steelers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced they have signed unrestricted free-agent OT Adrian Jones (Texans). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
OG | Jason Shirley | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Transaction
The Cincinnati Bengals have announced OG Jason Shirley (Achilles') has cleared waivers and has been placed on the Non-Football Injury list.
DL | Darnell Dockett | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals DL Darnell Dockett, during an interview on SIRIUS NFL Radio, said he is not worried about working out a new contract with the Cardinals and feels it will get done when the time is right. He noted he does not want to become a distraction.
DL | Peria Jerry | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons DT Peria Jerry (knee) will be ready to participate when training camp opens, a team official told Pat Yasinskas, of ESPN.com. "He'll be involved right from the start of training camp. Like any player returning from knee surgery, we'll proceed with some caution and there will be some rest involved. He might not be out there every day for every practice like [QB Matt Ryan], but he'll be out there," the official said. The official stated Jerry did not suffer a torn anterior cruciate ligament last season but would not disclose the injury.
DL | Marques Douglas | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New York Jets will not be re-signing unrestricted free-agent DL Marques Douglas in the near future, a source told Rich Cimini, of ESPNNewYork.com.
LB | Isaiah Ekejiuba | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Cleveland Browns have shown interest in unrestricted free-agent LB Isaiah Ekejiuba (Raiders), a source told Brad Biggs, of NationalFootballPost.com.
LB | Brendon Ayanbadejo | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens LB Brendon Ayanbadejo (quadriceps) is a candidate to start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, reports The Baltimore Sun's Jamison Hensley.
CB | Cary Williams | Baltimore Ravens | Transaction
Baltimore Ravens CB Cary Williams has been suspended two games without pay by the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy, his agent told Aaron Wilson, of NationalFootballPost.com.
CB | Orlando Scandrick | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick (finger) said his fractured finger is healing well but is not sure if the team will allow him to fully participate when training camp starts, reports Todd Archer, of The Dallas Morning News.
CB | Jamar Wall | Dallas Cowboys | Transaction
The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms with sixth-round draft choice CB Jamar Wall on a four-year deal, reports Charean Williams, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The deal includes a signing bonus of $95,000 but no other financial terms were disclosed.
CB | Ray Fisher | Indianapolis Colts | Transaction
The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to terms with seventh-round draft choice CB Ray Fisher on a four-year deal worth $1.83 million, a source told Aaron Wilson, of NationalFootballPost.com. The deal includes a signing bonus that is believed to be slightly higher that $41,500.
FS | Ed Reed | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous item, Baltimore Ravens FS Ed Reed (hip) said he is unsure of when he will return, adding that reports of him missing the first six weeks of the 2010 season are erroneous, reports NFL.com's Jason La Canfora. Reed and his advisor, Brad Davis, have said they have "no clue" when Reed will return. Davis said, "We have no idea when he's ready to return. Anyone who is saying he will miss six weeks, that's just not true. We don't know at this point. He could be back before or after. We just don't know. It's too soon to say. He could be back Week 1 or he could miss the entire season. I seriously doubt he would miss the entire year, but the reality is it's all still up in the air right now."
FS | Darren Sharper | New Orleans Saints | Injury
New Orleans Saints FS Darren Sharper (knee) said he hopes he will not have to wear a knee brace during training camp, reports Robert Stewart, of The New Orleans Times-Picayune. "As a defensive back, if you put any type of brace or anything on your legs, that's a target on you," Sharper said. "That's an X marks the spot, so to say. So they're going to be coming at you."
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