Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on August 5, 2011 @ 09:07:38 PDT



QB | David Garrard | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars QB David Garrard (back) left practice early Thursday, Aug. 4, because of back stiffness. Head coach Jack Del Rio did not think the injury was a big deal.

QB | Jimmy Clausen | Carolina Panthers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen feels his experience from last season will be a benefit to him this year. He and rookie QB Cam Newton are battling for the starting job, and both players are on even footing when it comes to exposure to the team's new offensive system.

QB | Chad Henne | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins QB Chad Henne said he is busy trying to learn the team's new offense. He said he is focused 100 percent on getting the ins and outs of it down. In regards to his placement on the depth chart, where he has been working as the No. 1 quarterback, he said he doesn't feel like he is the definitive starter and he is competing for the job just like everyone else in camp. "Nobody's made the mark yet, so I'm just out there to show what I have and just improve on everything, keep learning the playbook and just make some plays out there," Henne said. He also noted he is taking all of the criticism as motivation to improve this year.

QB | Brett Favre | Retired | Fantasy
Contrary to speculation, the Miami Dolphins have no interest in signing retired QB Brett Favre (Vikings), according to a team source.

QB | Tyler Thigpen | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit
Buffalo Bills backup QB Tyler Thigpen worked as the team's No. 2 quarterback during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 team workouts Thursday, Aug. 4. QB Levi Brown worked with the third-string offense and the team used QB/WR Brad Smith at times, too.

Running Back

RB | Lynell Hamilton | Free Agent | Transaction
The New Orleans Saints have released RB Lynell Hamilton.

RB | Cedric Benson | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals RB Cedric Benson said he is concerned NFL commissioner Roger Goodell may discipline him due to his arrest on an assault charge.

RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson said RB Darren McFadden (face) will miss around two weeks because of a broken orbital bone.

RB | Ryan Torain | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins RB Ryan Torain (hand) is expected to miss seven to 10 days after having screws inserted to repair a fractured hand.

RB | Jason Snelling | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Bengals have shown interest in free-agent RB Jason Snelling (Falcons), but it is unknown if they are still looking at him after re-signing RB Cedric Benson.

RB | Steven Jackson | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson said he would like to be more involved in the passing game this season and believes offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will give him more plays as a receiver. "I'm looking forward to having that challenge, proving to the rest of the league that I'm more than just a downhill, first- and second-down kind of running back. I think if anyone could help me re-establish myself as a franchise back, an all-around back, I think Josh will do that," Jackson said.

Wide Receiver

WR | Johnny Knox | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears WR Johnny Knox looks stronger this year after spending the offseason in the weight room. He said he had to get stronger in his upper body, and he has put on about 10 pounds since last season. While his legs still look a bit thin, he promised they are also stronger and he did a lot of lower body work.

WR | Earl Bennett | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears WR Earl Bennett bulked up during the offseason.

WR | Devin Hester | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears WR Devin Hester put on six pounds during the offseason. He said he had a lot of protein after workouts, which helped build muscle.

WR | Vincent Jackson | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Jackson returned to practice Thursday, Aug. 4, after not being allowed to practice the first few days due to post NFL lockout rules. He spent some time in the summer working out with QB Philip Rivers and noted the two have "really good chemistry" on the field. Jackson added that he is focusing on the small things, including technique, route running and finishing his blocks.

WR | Brandon Marshall | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins QB Chad Henne said WR Brandon Marshall has been having a great training camp. He noted Marshall is working really hard on the field and being a good team player.

WR | Malcom Floyd | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Baltimore Ravens are considered the favorite for free-agent WR Malcom Floyd (Chargers) and could get a deal done Friday, Aug. 5.

WR | Brandon LaFell | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers WRs David Gettis (hamstring) and Brandon LaFell (undisclosed) are not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 4.

WR | Buster Davis | Buffalo Bills | Transaction, Free Agents
The Buffalo Bills have signed free-agent WR Buster Davis (Chargers). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

WR | Braylon Edwards | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to terms with free-agent WR Braylon Edwards (Jets) on a one-year deal worth $3.5 million.

WR | Legedu Naanee | Carolina Panthers | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Carolina Panthers have reached a contract agreement with free-agent WR Legedu Naanee (Chargers). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

WR | Jerricho Cotchery | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Jets officially released WR Jerricho Cotchery Thursday, Aug. 4, which likely means the team has signed free-agent WR Derrick Mason (Ravens).

WR | James Jones | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers WR James Jones could receive an increased role in the offense this season if WR Donald Driver's play shows signs of decline.

Tight End

TE | Kevin Boss | Oakland Raiders | Transaction, Free Agents
The Oakland Raiders have reached agreement with free-agent TE Kevin Boss (Giants) on a four-year deal worth $16 million.

TE | Chris Cooley | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins TE Chris Cooley (knee) is not practicing Friday, Aug. 5, with a sore left knee. Cooley had been limited for a couple days as the coaches try to keep him healthy. He had taken a lot of reps early in training camp.

TE | Bo Scaife | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent TE Bo Scaife (Titans) is scheduled to visit the Cincinnati Bengals, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

TE | Marcedes Lewis | Jacksonville Jaguars | Transaction
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed TE Marcedes Lewis to a five-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. He will start practicing Friday, Aug. 5.

TE | Tony Gonzalez | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez said he believes he can play another three years if he wanted to from a physical standpoint. He is in the final year of his current contract.

Offensive Tackle

OT | Nate Solder | New England Patriots | Transaction
The New England Patriots have agreed to terms with first-round draft choice OT Nate Solder. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

OT | Ray Willis | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Miami Dolphins recently worked out free-agent OT Ray Willis (Seahawks) but decided not to make him a contract offer.


OG | Leonard Davis | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Miami Dolphins had talks with free-agent OG Leonard Davis' (Cowboys) representatives but have not invited him for a visit or offered him a contract.

Defensive Line

DL | Raheem Brock | Seattle Seahawks | Transaction, Free Agents
The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to terms with free-agent DL Raheem Brock (Seahawks) on a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

DL | Shaun Ellis | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New England Patriots worked out free-agent DL Shaun Ellis (Jets) Thursday, Aug. 4, according to a league source. The New York Jets have already made him a one-year offer worth $910,000.

DL | Cliff Avril | Detroit Lions | Transaction, Free Agents
Detroit Lions restricted free-agent DE Cliff Avril has signed his one-year tender offer. Financial terms were not disclosed.

DL | Corey Liuget | San Diego Chargers | Transaction
The San Diego Chargers have agreed to terms with first-round draft choice DT Corey Liuget. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.


LB | Justin Houston | Kansas City Chiefs | Transaction
The Kansas City Chiefs announced Friday, Aug. 5, that they have signed third-round draft pick LB Justin Houston. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

LB | Matt Roth | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent LB Matt Roth (Browns) is receiving interest from the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals.

LB | Trevor Scott | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders DE Trevor Scott (knee) said he is getting very close to being able to return to action. He has been working out feverishly on the sidelines, as he works his way back from torn knee ligaments. Scott noted his knee feels fine.

LB | Keith Rivers | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Cincinnati Bengals LB Keith Rivers (wrist) has been sidelined due to an undisclosed wrist injury.


CB | Prince Amukamara | New York Giants | Transaction
The New York Giants have agreed to terms with first-round draft choice CB Prince Amukamara on a four-year deal worth $8.18 million with more than 90 percent of the money guaranteed.

CB | Trumaine McBride | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent CB Trumaine McBride (Cardinals). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

CB | Brent Grimes | Atlanta Falcons | Transaction
The Atlanta Falcons re-signed CB Brent Grimes to a one-year deal Thursday, Aug. 4. Financial terms were not given.

CB | Brandon Carr | Kansas City Chiefs | Transaction
The Kansas City Chiefs re-signed CB Brandon Carr and free-agent SS Sabby Piscitelli (Browns) to undisclosed contracts Thursday, Aug. 4.

CB | Ryan Mouton | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Transaction
The Tennessee Titans have placed CB Ryan Mouton (Achilles') on Injured Reserve, ending his 2011 season.

Free Safety

FS | Louis Delmas | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions FS Louis Delmas (finger) will not practice Friday, Aug. 5. Delmas had a screw removed from his finger that remained from a previous surgical procedure. He is expected to return to practice Saturday, Aug. 6.

FS | Donte Whitner | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction, Free Agents
The San Francisco 49ers have reached a three-year, $11 million deal with free-agent S Donte Whitner (Bills).

FS | Jordan Babineaux | Seattle Seahawks | Free Agents
Updating a previous report, free-agent FS Jordan Babineaux (Seahawks) has decided not to join the Tennessee Titans and has agreed to terms with the Seattle Seahawks.

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