Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on August 16, 2011 @ 10:47:23 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Daunte Culpepper | UFL | Free Agents
Free-agent QB Daunte Culpepper (Lions) worked out for the San Francisco 49ers Monday, Aug. 15, but did not sign a contract.

QB | Cam Newton | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said Monday, Aug. 15, that he will name a starting quarterback next week. He said he expects to have a clearer idea heading into the third preseason game Aug. 25, against the Cincinnati Bengals. QBs Jimmy Clausen and Cam Newton rotated the repetitions during practice Monday.

QB | Alex Smith | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has said recently that QB Alex Smith is in a competition at quarterback with QB Colin Kaepernick. Harbaugh has yet to officially name a starter.

QB | Tarvaris Jackson | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said he is not ready to open up the quarterback competition at this point even though QB Charlie Whitehurst played well in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 11. Carroll said QB Tarvaris Jackson is still the starter at this point.

QB | John Beck | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins QB John Beck (groin) is expected to play in the second preseason game Friday, Aug. 19. Beck would start if he is able to play in the game.

QB | Mark Brunell | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets QB Mark Brunell (finger) will not play in the first preseason game Monday, Aug. 15, because of an injured finger on his throwing hand. It is believed the injury occurred during practice Saturday, Aug. 13.


Running Back

RB | Brandon Jacobs | New York Giants | Fantasy
Expect New York Giants RBs Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs to continue to share the football during games this season. "It's the same as last year," Bradshaw said. "We'll take turns."

RB | Ahmad Bradshaw | New York Giants | Fantasy
Expect New York Giants RBs Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs to continue to share the football during games this season. "It's the same as last year," Bradshaw said. "We'll take turns."

RB | Derrick Ward | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans RB Derrick Ward (head) left the team's preseason game Monday, Aug. 15, with a head injury.

RB | Jerious Norwood | St. Louis Rams | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams RB Jerious Norwood (knee) did not practice Monday, Aug. 15. He didn't appear on the post-game injury report Saturday, Aug. 13, after the preseason opener.

RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (face) went through non-contact drills with the football Monday, Aug. 15, and no helmet. He is recovering from a broken orbital bone.

RB | Ben Tate | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (hamstring) has been slow to recover from a hamstring injury. He did not play in the preseason opener Monday, Aug. 15. "Tate just hasn't come along," head coach Gary Kubiak said. "Everything thought he could - our trainers, our doctors - but he hasn't. So, we'll listen to him."

RB | Bilal Powell | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets RB Bilal Powell carried nine times for 25 yards in the preseason opener Monday, Aug. 15, against the Houston Texans, and he might push RB Joe McKnight for the No. 3 tailback job.

RB | Matt Forte | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears LB Lance Briggs supports RB Matt Forte's wish for a contract extension this year. "He deserves a deal," Briggs said. "He's earned the right to a bigger contract." Forte thought about holding out but decided to report to camp.

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, it is believed that Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson wants to make at least $39 million over the first three years of a new multi-year deal. The team has yet to make an official offer to the running back.

RB | Javon Ringer | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans RB Javon Ringer (hip) is expected to play in the team's next preseason game Saturday, Aug. 20.

RB | Montario Hardesty | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur indicated RB Montario Hardesty (knee) could be held out of th second preseason game Friday, Aug. 19, even though he has returned to practice.


Wide Receiver

WR | Jeremy Maclin | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said an update on WR Jeremy Maclin could come Tuesday, Aug. 16. Maclin has missed all of training camp with an undisclosed illness.

WR | Mohamed Massaquoi | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns LB Scott Fujita (thigh), LB Chris Gocong (neck), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (foot), DE Brian Schaefering (leg) and TE Benjamin Watson (hamstring) are not taking part in practice Tuesday, Aug. 16.

WR | Calvin Johnson | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (shoulder) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 16. Johnson's return means he will likely play in the team's second preseason game.

WR | Steve Smith | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith (finger) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 15.

WR | Donnie Avery | St. Louis Rams | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams WR Donnie Avery (knee) was unable to practice Monday, Aug. 15.

WR | Greg Salas | St. Louis Rams | Injury
St. Louis Rams CB Ron Bartell (thigh), DL James Hall (hip), TE Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion), WR Greg Salas (knee) and DL Eugene Sims (concussion) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 15.

WR | Jacoby Ford | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders WR Jacoby Ford (hand) is no longer wearing a protective sleeve on his broken left hand, but the hand remains swollen and he has a sizable surgical scar.

WR | Lestar Jean | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Houston Texans WR Lestar Jean had a pair of receptions for 53 yards in the preseason opener Monday, Aug. 15, against the New York Jets. Jean, the rookie out of Florida Atlantic University, is battling for the No. 4 receiver job. "Jean's been doing that all camp," head coach Gary Kubiak said. "It was good to see him make those plays."

WR | Plaxico Burress | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets WR Plaxico Burress (ankle) did not play in the preseason opener Monday, Aug. 15, against the Houston Texans, as expected, but he did say he will return to a full practice Wednesday, Aug. 17.

WR | Larry Fitzgerald | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald's contract includes a stipulation that prevents the team from putting the franchise tag on him after this year, according to two sources. Fitzgerald could leave the team without any restrictions at the end of this year if he is not signed to an extension before then. The team has already started talks about a new deal with the star receiver.

WR | Michael Crabtree | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (foot) was "encouraged" with his progress Monday, Aug. 15, from his injured left foot. He was moving around without the aid of his walking boot Monday.

WR | Kenny Britt | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt (hamstring) looked good in practice Monday, Aug. 15, but is still not 100 percent healthy. Britt is hoping to be ready by the team's season opener.

WR | Wes Welker | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Wes Welker has looked quicker during practice this season and said his knee is feeling great. "This is the best I've felt in my career," Welker said. "I think just my knowledge of the game, and being able to be healthy, I think it's helped, and hopefully it'll keep improving and I'll keep getting better as the year moves on."

WR | Andre Johnson | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans RBs Arian Foster (hamstring), Ben Tate (hamstring) and Steve Slaton (hamstring), WRs Andre Johnson (finger) and Trindon Holliday (undisclosed), DL Damione Lewis (undisclosed), LB Brian Cushing (knee), CBs Johnathan Joseph (groin) and Rashad Carmichael (undisclosed) and LS Jonathan Weeks (ankle) will not play in the first preseason game Monday, Aug. 15.

WR | Austin Collie | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts WR Austin Collie (knee) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 15. He was having one of his knee examined by one of the team's doctors and his absence had nothing to do with the concussions he suffered last season. Head coach Jim Caldwell said Collie should be fine.

WR | Eddie Royal | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos WRs Eddie Royal (hip) and Britt Davis (undisclosed), DT Brodrick Bunkley (undisclosed) and LBs D.J. Williams (thigh) and Nate Irving (ankle) participated in practice Monday, Aug. 15.

WR | Steve E. Smith | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles WR Steve E. Smith (knee) said he does not expect to play in any preseason games but hopes to begin practicing before the team's Week 1 game. He expects to be on the final roster and not on the Physically Unable to Perform list if he does not have any more setbacks.

WR | Maurice Price | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Monday, Aug. 15, that they have signed free-agent WRs Aundrae Allison (Jets) and Maurice Price (Redskins) to undisclosed deals. The team also placed WR Raymond Webber (undisclosed) on Injured Reserve and waived QB Mike Coughlin and TE Jose Cruz.

WR | Denarius Moore | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Oakland Raiders rookie WR Denarius Moore has been the best receiver on the field every day in practice; sometimes he has also appeared to be the best player on the team, too. Head coach Hue Jackson has said over and over again that the players will be judged on performance and the team is looking for playmakers. Moore shined again Sunday, Aug. 14, making three impressive receptions. He gets open, adjusts to the ball, gets position on defenders and makes plays on the ball. "You get to see his plays because he jumps over people and he makes these fantastic catches and he runs with punts and l that," Jackson said.

WR | David Reed | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Transaction
The Baltimore Ravens have activated WR David Reed (wrist) from the Physically Unable to Perform list after he passed his physical.


Tight End

TE | Benjamin Watson | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns LB Scott Fujita (thigh), LB Chris Gocong (neck), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (foot), DE Brian Schaefering (leg) and TE Benjamin Watson (hamstring) are not taking part in practice Tuesday, Aug. 16.

TE | Visanthe Shiancoe | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring) is not expected to return to practice this week because of his hamstring injury.

TE | Todd Heap | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
The Arizona Cardinals will not rush TE Todd Heap (thumb) back to practice while he deals with a sore thumb.


Place Kicker

PK | Lawrence Tynes | New York Giants | Injury
Updating a previous report, New York Giants PK Lawrence Tynes (thigh) said his bruised thigh is feeling better and may try to kick Wednesday, Aug. 17, or Thursday, Aug. 18. Tynes said he is not ruling himself out of the second preseason game Monday, Aug. 22.


Offensive Tackle

OT | King Dunlap | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles OT King Dunlap will start at right tackle in the team's next preseason game, according to head coach Andy Reid. OT Ryan Harris (back) remains bothered by back spasms.

OT | Jeff Otah | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers OT Jeff Otah (knee) remained sidelined Monday, Aug. 15. He developed swelling in his surgically repaired knee during the first week of camp, and he has not practiced since. Head coach Ron Rivera said Otah has been attentive to his rehab and is progressing.

OT | Rodger Saffold | St. Louis Rams | Injury
St. Louis Rams DL George Selvie (back) and OT Rodger Saffold (back) were limited participants in practice Monday, Aug. 15.

OT | Jon Stinchcomb | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The New Orleans Saints released OT Jon Stinchcomb Monday, Aug. 15.

OT | Jared Gaither | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury
Kansas City Chiefs OT Jared Gaither said his back injury is completely healed and is willing to play either tackle spot this season.

OT | Adam Terry | Tennessee Titans | Transaction, Free Agents
The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with free-agent OT Adam Terry (Jaguars). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

OT | Bryant McKinnie | Free Agent | Free Agents
Drew Rosenhaus, agent for free-agent OT Bryant McKinnie (Vikings), said McKinnie has been working out and is down to 365 pounds. McKinnie usually plays at 355 pounds. Rosenhaus said McKinnie has received a few offers but has not accepted any of them.

OT | Jeff Backus | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said OT Jeff Backus (pectoral) is making good progress but the team wants to be cautious in terms of his return.

OT | Vernon Carey | Miami Dolphins | Free Agents
Miami Dolphins OG Vernon Carey will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2011 season because the team voided the final three years of his contract as part of a contract restructuring.


Guard

OG | Jacob Bell | St. Louis Rams | Injury
St. Louis Rams CB Mikail Baker, OG Jacob Bell (knee), DL Jermelle Cudjo (back), TE Fendi Onobun (groin) and RB Eddie Wide (shoulder) were unable to practice Monday, Aug. 15.

OG | Brandon Moore | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets OG Brandon Moore (hip) is not playing in the team's preseason game Monday, Aug. 15, meaning OG Vladimir Ducasse will receive the start.

OG | Anthony Herrera | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
The Minnesota Vikings have activated OG Anthony Herrera (knee) off the Physically Unable to Perform list. Head coach Leslie Frazier would not rule Herrera out of the second preseason game.

OG | Marshal Yanda | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens OG Marshal Yanda (back) missed his third straight practice Monday, Aug. 15, because of a back injury.


Offensive Line

OL | Robert Turner | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets C Robert Turner (leg) was lost to a potentially serious lower leg injury in the preseason opener Monday, Aug. 15, against the Houston Texans. Turner can play center, guard and even tight end, and he blocks in the wedge on kickoff returns.

OL | Vladimir Ducasse | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets OG Brandon Moore (hip) is not playing in the team's preseason game Monday, Aug. 15, meaning OG Vladimir Ducasse will receive the start.


Defensive Line

DL | Nick Fairley | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (foot) watched practice Tuesday, Aug. 16, for the first time since his injury. Fairley told reporters he's returned to workouts and has begun post-surgical rehab. Fairley said he's taking his rehab day-by day, and didn't offer a timetable for his return to practice.

DL | Tank Johnson | Free Agent | Transaction
The Cincinnati Bengals have released DL Tank Johnson, the team announced Tuesday, Aug. 16.

DL | Charles Johnson | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers DL Charles Johnson (undisclosed) and LB Thomas Davis (foot) was able to return to practice Monday, Aug. 15.

DL | James Hall | St. Louis Rams | Injury
St. Louis Rams CB Ron Bartell (thigh), DL James Hall (hip), TE Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion), WR Greg Salas (knee) and DL Eugene Sims (concussion) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 15.

DL | Ty Warren | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos DL Ty Warren (triceps) suffered a triceps tendon injury in practice Monday, Aug. 15, and he was sent for an MRI. There is fear the injury is significant.

DL | Tyler Brayton | Indianapolis Colts | Transaction, Free Agents
The Indianapolis Colts signed free-agent DL Tyler Brayton (Panthers) Monday, Aug. 15.

DL | Corey Williams | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions DL Corey Williams (ankle) is considered day-to-day after injuring his left ankle during practice Monday, Aug. 15.

DL | Louis Leonard | Free Agent | Injury, Transaction
The Denver Broncos have released DL Louis Leonard and have waived injured LB Derek Domino (undisclosed).

DL | Brodrick Bunkley | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos WRs Eddie Royal (hip) and Britt Davis (undisclosed), DT Brodrick Bunkley (undisclosed) and LBs D.J. Williams (thigh) and Nate Irving (ankle) participated in practice Monday, Aug. 15.

DL | Corey Wootton | Chicago Bears | Injury
Chicago Bears DE Corey Wootton (knee) is expected to miss at least four weeks because of a knee injury he suffered in the first preseason game. He is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair meniscus damage in the knee.

DL | Osi Umenyiora | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants DE Osi Umenyiora (knee) is participating in practice Monday, Aug. 15.

DL | Roy Miller | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Roy Miller (knee) will not play in the second preseason game Thursday, Aug. 18, because of a knee injury.

DL | Brian Price | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris said DT Brian Price (pelvis, hamstring) will take part in individual drills during practice Monday, Aug. 15. Morris said Price could be a month away from playing.


Linebacker

LB | Aaron Maybin | Free Agent | Free Agents
According to multiple sources, the Chicago Bears have had discussions about free-agent LB Aaron Maybin (Bills). All indications are Maybin wants to play for defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.

LB | Scott Fujita | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns LB Scott Fujita (thigh), LB Chris Gocong (neck), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (foot), DE Brian Schaefering (leg) and TE Benjamin Watson (hamstring) are not taking part in practice Tuesday, Aug. 16.

LB | Thomas Davis | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers DL Charles Johnson (undisclosed) and LB Thomas Davis (foot) was able to return to practice Monday, Aug. 15.

LB | James Laurinaitis | St. Louis Rams | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams LB James Laurinaitis (chest) was able to return to practice Monday, Aug. 15. He had been sideliend for a few days due to a strained chest muscle. "You just have to be careful with strains," Laurinaitis said. "Because you get something tight with too much force on it and resistance, and you're worried about tearing it, and that'd be a nightmare. I'm feeling fine."

LB | London Fletcher | Washington Redskins | Injury
Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins LB London Fletcher (groin) was held out of team drills Monday, Aug. 15. "We didn't think there was any reason to push it," head coach Mike Shanahan said. "A game situation you couldn't keep him out - you know that. He's getting treatment on it and it should be no problem."

LB | DeMeco Ryans | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans LB DeMeco Ryans (Achilles') was able to start the preseason opener Monday, Aug. 15, against the New York Jets, but he played sparingly and did not record any tackles or defensive statistics.

LB | Bart Scott | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets LB Bart Scott (leg) suffered an ankle or leg injury on the first play of the preseason opener Monday, Aug. 15, against the Houston Texans. He was able to return for the second series, but was on the sidelines in the second half with a large wrap on his leg.

LB | Lance Briggs | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears LB Lance Briggs supports RB Matt Forte's wish for a contract extension this year. "He deserves a deal," Briggs said. "He's earned the right to a bigger contract." Forte thought about holding out but decided to report to camp.

LB | D.J. Williams | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos WRs Eddie Royal (hip) and Britt Davis (undisclosed), DT Brodrick Bunkley (undisclosed) and LBs D.J. Williams (thigh) and Nate Irving (ankle) participated in practice Monday, Aug. 15.

LB | Bruce Carter | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys LB Bruce Carter (knee) said he hopes to be ready to play once the regular season begins. Carter has been told he is around four weeks from returning.

LB | Jon Beason | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers LB Jon Beason (foot) is considered questionable for the second preseason game Friday, Aug. 19, because of tendinitis in his left foot.


Cornerback

CB | Brandon Hogan | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers CB Brandon Hogan (knee) has yet to practice during training camp, and it is uncertain whether he'll play this season due to a knee injury suffered in December. There is no timetable for his return.

CB | Josh Wilson | Washington Redskins | Injury
Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins CB Josh Wilson (groin, hamstring) spent much of practice Monday, Aug. 15, getting the upper part of his left leg worked on. He was wearing a large bandage after the session, and head coach Mike Shanahan said Wilson was dealing with some groin or hamstring tightness.

CB | Orlando Scandrick | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick has been impressive during training camp with CBs Terence Newman (groin) and Mike Jenkins (stinger) injured. "I'm off to a very, very, very good start," Scandrick said. "I feel like I've picked up right where I left off last year and hopefully I can maintain that level of play through the 2011-12 season." Scandrick is very comfortable in defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's system.

CB | Chris Houston | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions CB Chris Houston (groin) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 15, because of a groin issue.

CB | Chris Carr | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens CB Chris Carr (hamstring) pulled up and held his hamstring while running during practice Monday, Aug. 15, and did not return.

CB | Reggie Jones | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins CBs Reggie Jones (shoulder) and Josh Wilson (groin) started practice Monday, Aug. 15, but were unable to finish because of injuries.

CB | Michael Adams | Arizona Cardinals | Injury
Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said CB Michael Adams (knee) and FS Adrian Wilson (biceps) are doing well in their rehabs but there are no timetables for their returns.

CB | Zackary Bowman | Chicago Bears | Injury
Chicago Bears CB Zackary Bowman (head) said he is ready to participate in practice but will need the trainers' permission to practice Monday, Aug. 15.

CB | Ashton Youboty | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed free-agent CB Ashton Youboty (Bills). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.


Strong Safety

SS | Kevin Payne | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers SS Kevin Payne (concussion) was unable to practice Monday, Aug. 15, due to a concussion. It's uncertain when he'll be able to return to the field.

SS | Jim Leonhard | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets SS Jim Leonhard (shin) was back on the field Monday, Aug. 15, in preseason action against the Houston Texans. He had one solo tackle.

SS | Josh Bullocks | Oakland Raiders | Transaction, Free Agents
The Oakland Raiders have signed free-agent SS Josh Bullocks (Bears) and FS Matt Giordano (Saints). Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

SS | Adrian Wilson | Arizona Cardinals | Injury
Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said CB Michael Adams (knee) and FS Adrian Wilson (biceps) are doing well in their rehabs but there are no timetables for their returns.


Free Safety

FS | Darren Sharper | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New Orleans Saints are still interested in re-signing FS Darren Sharper.

FS | Hiram Eugene | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders FS Hiram Eugene (hip) is expected to be placed on Injured Reserve after undergoing surgery to repair a dislocated hip.

FS | LaRon Landry | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins FS LaRon Landry (Achilles') said he believes he will be able to play in the third preseason game. He expects to come off the Physically Unable to Perform list at some point this week and begin practicing.

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