Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on September 21, 2010 @ 10:56:50 PDT



QB | Matthew Stafford | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz refused to shed any light on the status of QB Matthew Stafford (shoulder), according to Tom Kowalski, of Schwartz continues to stress that Stafford will not play until he is fully healthy, but would not give any indication as to when that may be.

QB | Jason Campbell | Oakland Raiders | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable said the team is not going to have a controversy at quarterback, reports Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers. "I'll make a good decision, the right decision, and we'll go from there," Cable said regarding picking his Week 3 starting quarterback. Cable plans to address the situation again Wednesday, Sept. 22, but McDonald said the depth at the position has QB Jason Campbell, who started the first two games, as the team's No. 3 quarterback. Campbell was benched in Week 2 for Bruce Gradkowski.

QB | Luke McCown | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said QB Luke McCown (knee) is dealing with an ACL injury and it appears likely that he will need another reconstructive surgery on his knee, according to The Florida Times-Union's Tania Ganguli.

QB | Dennis Dixon | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Dennis Dixon (knee) has been diagnosed with a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, according to's Mike Florio. Dixon tore an ACL in the same knee three years ago. He will receive a second opinion Tuesday, Sept. 21. ESPN is reporting that Dixon could miss at least three weeks.

QB | Josh Freeman | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman impressed the coaching staff with his ability to make the right decisions and avoid costly turnovers in Week 2, reports's Wolf Heard. "There is no doubt about it, some of the best plays he made are just how happy you are about the decisions he made," said head coach Raheem Morris. "They were great decisions, great moments that could have been big time positive plays for the Carolina Panthers and he didn't give them. Sometimes we say, 'the best play is the one you don't make.' He absolutely proved that true yesterday." Freeman threw the ball away several times when there wasn't a play with the football in Week 2. He also added four carries for 48 yards and three of the runs went for first downs. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson thinks one of the next steps for Freeman will be understanding the run scheme and when to change out of plays when the situation is not ideal.

QB | Ryan Fitzpatrick | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey said QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will start in the team's Week 3 game, according to

QB | Jimmy Clausen | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox said he decided to name QB Jimmy Clausen as the starting quarterback for Week 3 because he is looking for a spark in their passing game, reports Steve Reed, of

Running Back

RB | C.J. Spiller | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey said following the team's Week 2 game that he wants to break RB C.J. Spiller into the offense slowly, using him on third downs, as Gailey looks to get RBs Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson more involved, according to Kareem Copeland, of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "We wanted to get Marshawn and Fred (Jackson) a lot more involved today," Gailey said. "Didn't put C.J. (Spiller) in there as much. We're going to use him on third downs and continue to work him back in there slowly." Lynch carried the ball just three times in Week 1, but was the primary runner in Week 2. He totaled 64 yards on 17 attempts while Spiller, who started in Week 1, received just one carry in Week 2.

RB | Reggie Bush | New Orleans Saints | Injury
Updating previous reports, New Orleans Saints RB Reggie Bush (leg) suffered a fractured fibula in his right leg, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. He's expected to be out four to six weeks, but more tests will be taken Tuesday, Sept. 21.

RB | Ryan Mathews | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers rookie RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) underwent tests on his right ankle, which were negative, reports Kevin Acee, of The San Diego Union-Tribune. The early indications are that he will be available to play against the Seattle Seahawks during Week 3. Mathews was wearing a protective boot on his injured foot and was sore Monday, Sept. 20. Through two games, Mathews has carried the ball 24 times for 101 yards and has three catches for 31 yards, but he has also fumbled the football two times. Head coach Norv Turner reiterated the need for Mathews to secure the ball better, but he is not too worried about a player who fumbled just three times during his collegiate career.

RB | Michael Bush | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders RB Michael Bush (thumb) had stitches removed from his left thumb and will prepare for Week 3 as if he will play, reports Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers. A decision on Bush's playing status for this week won't be made until just before the game.

RB | Michael Turner | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said RB Michael Turner (groin) is ready to play in Week 3, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter.

RB | BenJarvus Green-Ellis | New England Patriots | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The New England Patriots appeared to be using a series-by-series rotation between RBs Fred Taylor and BenJarvus Green-Ellis, reports Mike Reiss, of Green-Ellis was involved in more plays during the game than Taylor was, while RB Kevin Faulk also saw time with the offense.

RB | Beanie Wells | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said he is optimistic about RB Beanie Wells' (knee) status for Week 3 but wants to see Wells during practice before making any decisions, reports Darren Urban, of

RB | Jerious Norwood | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons RB Jerious Norwood (knee) was seen walking around the locker room on crutches Monday, Sept. 20, reports


FB | Mike Tolbert | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers RB Mike Tolbert may see more time at the goal line after scoring two rushing touchdowns during Week 2, reports Kevin Acee, of The San Diego Union-Tribune. Head coach Norv Turner said he likes both Tolbert and RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) in goal line situations. Turner said he sees both backs being used at the goal line. "You get down in there and things get real tight, obviously Michael is a little bit bigger and has more experience in our goal line runs. But I see both of them being in there at the goal line," Turner said.

Wide Receiver

WR | Anthony Gonzalez | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts WR Anthony Gonzalez (ankle) will be out four to six weeks with a high right ankle sprain, according to Phil Richards, of The Indianapolis Star. "They're saying four to six (weeks)," Gonzalez said. "I obviously hope to be on the short end of that. Everything I'm doing is designed to get back as soon as possible. The doctors and trainers tell me I'm ahead of schedule."

WR | Nate Burleson | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson (ankle) has not ruled himself out the team's Week 3 game, but according to RB Stefan Logan, Burleson could miss up to three weeks with a high ankle sprain, according to Dave Birkett, of the Detroit Free Press. "I don't know what they're going to put in the game plan this week," Logan said. "We got one guy that went down. He'll be down for about two, three weeks with a high ankle sprain, so we just got to step in and do the best we can as far as helping the team win and get our first victory."

WR | Santana Moss | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins WR Santana Moss has 16 receptions through the first two games, but is averaging just 10.4 yards per reception, according to With the running game struggling, the short pass has helped sustain drives.

WR | Braylon Edwards | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets WR Braylon Edwards was arrested early Tuesday, Sept. 21, for drunken driving, reports. He was pulled over for having overly tinted windows in his Range Rover. Police smelled alcohol, and Edwards blew 0.16 on a breathalyzer, which was twice the legal limit. According to a league spokesman, DUIs are reviewed under the NFL's substance-abuse policy. There is no automatic suspension under any circumstances. The league isn't commenting on a possible outcome or specifics.

WR | Vincent Jackson | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
It appears any trade for San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Jackson before Wednesday, Sept. 22, is a long shot, reports Adam Schefter, of ESPN.

WR | Andre Johnson | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (ankle) is being listed as day-to-day after spraining his ankle in Week 2, according to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain. Johnson is expected to play in Week 3.

WR | Mike Sims-Walker | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Mike Sims-Walker set a career-high with 10 catches for 105 yards and one score in Week 2, reports The Florida Times-Union's Tania Ganguli.

WR | Devin Aromashodu | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears WR Devin Aromashodu played just one snap with the offense in Week 2 after being targeted 10 times in Week 1, reports the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs. WR Earl Bennett played more in Aromashodu's absence, receiving 24 snaps. WR Devin Hester also was targeted a team-high six times after receiving just one target in Week 1.'s Michael C. Wright reported it is believed Aromashodu's lack of snaps was because of several passes he dropped in Week 1.

WR | Wes Welker | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Wes Welker caught four passes for 33 yards and a touchdown in the first half of New England's Week 2 game, but he had just two receptions for a total of five yards in the second half and wasn't targeted in the final 25 minutes, reports The Boston Globe's Tony Massarotti.

WR | Chad Ochocinco | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco (rib) said that he suffered a cracked rib in Week 2, according to CBSSports. However, Ochocinco said he is fine. He caught just two passes for 44 yards Sunday, Sept. 19.

WR | Percy Harvin | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress said WR Percy Harvin's (hip) MRI revealed a hip strain but no structural damage, reports Tom Pelissero, of Harvin was feeling better Monday, Sept. 20.

Tight End

TE | Kellen Winslow | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Kellen Winslow (knee) caught four passes for 83 yards in Week 2 despite playing through knee pain, reports the St. Petersburg Times' Stephen Holder. Winslow downplayed the pain in his knee, but he said he'll be ready to play every Sunday regardless of what happens during the week. "The only thing that matters is what you do on Sunday," he said. "Nobody cares about practice. When that game is on the line, you're going to make the play or not. So it doesn't matter what you do during the week ... I'll be ready every Sunday."

TE | Daniel Fells | St. Louis Rams | Injury
St. Louis Rams TE Daniel Fells (knee) is considered day-to-day because of a medial collateral ligament injury, according to

TE | Billy Bajema | St. Louis Rams | Injury
St. Louis Rams TE Billy Bajema (knee) has a medial collateral ligament injury and will miss two to four weeks, according to

TE | Jason Witten | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten (head) said he hopes to be cleared to practice Wednesday, Sept. 22, and expects to play in Week 3, according to's Tim MacMahon.

Place Kicker

PK | Rob Bironas | Tennessee Titans | Injury
Tennessee Titans PK Rob Bironas (leg) had his left leg looked at by trainers late in Week 2 but appeared to be fine, reports The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt.

Offensive Tackle

OT | Chad Clifton | Green Bay Packers | Injury
The Green Bay Packers do not appear to be inclined to put OT Chad Clifton (knees) back in a game until his knee problems improve dramatically, according to Rob Demovsky, of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Clifton was removed in Week 2 because his sore knees wouldn't allow him to play up to standards, and at this point, there's reason to think he won't be markedly better by Week 3. The Packers probably are going to have to prepare rookie OT Bryan Bulaga this week to start at left tackle.

OT | Brandyn Dombrowski | San Diego Chargers | Injury
San Diego Chargers OLT Brandyn Dombrowski (leg) was leg whipped during Week 2, suffering a bruised leg, reports Kevin Acee, of The San Diego Union-Tribune. He is, however, expected to play during Week 3.

Defensive Line

DL | Richard Seymour | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders DL Richard Seymour (hamstring) is "real close" to a return, reports Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers, according to head coach Tom Cable.

DL | Cliff Avril | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions DL Cliff Avril (knee) could return to the practice field this week, according to Tom Kowalski, of However, at this point, he would be considered questionable for Week 3.

DL | Albert Haynesworth | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said he is not sure if DT Albert Haynesworth (ankle) will be able to practice at some point this week, reports The Washington Post.

DL | B.J. Raji | Green Bay Packers | Injury
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said DL B.J. Raji (knee) is fine after suffering a knee injury in Week 2, according to Greg A. Bedard, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

DL | Jacob Ford | Tennessee Titans | Injury
Tennessee Titans DE Jacob Ford (knee, ankle) suffered knee and ankle injuries in Week 2 and was scheduled to undergo an MRI, reports The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt.


LB | DeAndre Levy | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (groin) is expected to start in Week 3 if he goes the entire week of practice without a setback, according to Tom Kowalski, of

LB | Shawne Merriman | San Diego Chargers | Injury
San Diego Chargers OLB Shawne Merriman (Achilles') said he wasn't feeling any unexpected soreness in his Achilles' after playing during Week 2, reports Kevin Acee, of The San Diego Union-Tribune.

LB | Justin Durant | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury
Jacksonville Jaguars LB Justin Durant (ankle) injured his ankle in the first half of the team's Week 2 game, reports The Florida Times-Union's Tania Ganguli. Durant wore a boot on his lower leg after the game.


CB | Randall Gay | New Orleans Saints | Injury
New Orleans Saints CB Randall Gay (concussion) suffered a concussion against the San Francisco 49ers during Week 2, reports The Associated Press. He was not able to return to the game.

CB | Darrelle Revis | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring) said he will not return until his injured hamstring is fully healthy, reports Rich Cimini, of

CB | Champ Bailey | Denver Broncos | Injury
The Denver Broncos are hoping CBs Champ Bailey (ankle) and Andre' Goodman (thigh) will be able to play in Week 3, reports The Associated Press. If these two are not able to play, CBs Perrish Cox and Cassius Vaughn will take their place.

CB | Mike Jenkins | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins (knee) said he expects to play in Week 3, according to's Tim MacMahon. Jenkins said his MRI did not show any ligament damage.

Free Safety

FS | Major Wright | Chicago Bears | Injury
Chicago Bears OT Chris Williams (hamstring) and FS Major Wright (hamstring) each suffered hamstring injuries during the team's Week 2 game, reports Jeff Dickerson, of

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