Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on August 19, 2011 @ 05:04:22 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Kevin Kolb | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb said he is comfortable with the team's offense after having to learn it in a short amount of time in training camp. "Besides the game-planning part of it, we're pretty much done with the core install of the offense now and I understand it all and feel comfortable with it," Kolb said.

QB | Joe Flacco | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said the team has given QB Joe Flacco the ability to audible more this season because offense coordinator Cam Cameron has built it into the offense.


Running Back

RB | Thomas Jones | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jonathan Baldwin (wrist) injured his wrist during a locker room altercation with RB Thomas Jones. Baldwin is expected to miss the rest of the preseason.

RB | Danny Woodhead | New England Patriots | Injury
New England Patriots RB Danny Woodhead (head) was knocked out of the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 18, in the fourth quarter when he took a big hit while covering a punt and stumbled when trying to get on his feet. Woodhead, however, was in the locker room after the game and said he felt fine.

RB | Isaac Redman | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Isaac Redman (ankle) left the preseason game early Thursday, Aug. 18, because of an ankle injury.

RB | Derrick Ward | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans RB Derrick Ward (concussion) likely will not play in the second preseason game but should be able to return in the near future.

RB | Arian Foster | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans RBs Arian Foster (hamstring) and Ben Tate (hamstring) are expected to play in second preseason game Saturday, Aug. 20.

RB | Shonn Greene | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets RB Shonn Greene (foot) has a low-grade skin infection on his foot and will not play in the second preseason game Sunday, Aug. 21.

RB | Patrick Cobbs | New Orleans Saints | Transaction
The New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent RB Patrick Cobbs (Dolphins) to an undisclosed deal.

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (knee) has looked good when he has been able to during practices at training camp. Jones-Drew has shown off his burst, cutting ability and acceleration during running situations.

RB | Ryan Grant | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin and Jerry Fontenot said RB Ryan Grant has the burst this training camp that he had before suffering the season-ending knee injury last season. Grant weighs 218 pounds, which is six pounds less than last season but Fontenot said Grant is moving around great.

RB | Steven Jackson | St. Louis Rams | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson (hip) is participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 18, and would like to play in the second preseason game Saturday, Aug. 20.


Wide Receiver

WR | Jonathan Baldwin | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jonathan Baldwin (wrist) injured his wrist during a locker room altercation with RB Thomas Jones. Baldwin is expected to miss the rest of the preseason.

WR | Jason Avant | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jason Avant (knee) left the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 18, with knee tendinitis. The injury is not thought to be serious.

WR | Jerricho Cotchery | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring) suffered a tight hamstring in the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 18, but left only for precautionary reasons.

WR | Andre Roberts | Arizona Cardinals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals WR Andre Roberts has been working as the No. 2 receiver in the starting lineup, but the Cardinals may not have a true set No. 2 this season. While Roberts is going to get his share of playing time, WR Early Doucet and others may be involved, too, as the Cardinals are likely to mix things up at the second starting spot opposite WR Larry Fitzgerald.

WR | Kenny Britt | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt may receive some type of discipline from the NFL for his off-field troubles during the lockout. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league is taking Britt's case under consideration and have not made a decision on any possible discipline.

WR | Roscoe Parrish | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills WR Roscoe Parrish (hamstring) and LB Shawne Merriman (leg) have been ruled out for the second preseason game. Head coach Chan Gailey said holding out Merriman is just precautionary.

WR | Mohamed Massaquoi | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns WR Mohamed Massaquoi (foot), LB Chris Gocong (neck) and CB Ramzee Robinson (groin) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 18.

WR | Percy Harvin | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings WR Percy Harvin (rib) and TE Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring) are among the players sitting out for the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 20, against the Seattle Seahawks. OG Anthony Herrera (knee) and CB Asher Allen (toe) will also sit out. WR Greg Camarillo (groin) won't see action due to a groin injury.

WR | Chad Ochocinco | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Chad Ochocinco has been working in two-receiver packages with WR Wes Welker in training camp. WR Deion Branch joins the mix in three-receiver packages.

WR | Mark Clayton | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New England Patriots plan to work out free-agent WR Mark Clayton (Rams) Friday, Aug. 19.

WR | Mike Sims-Walker | St. Louis Rams | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams WRs Donnie Avery (knee) and Mike Sims-Walker (groin) took part in practice Thursday, Aug. 18, and are likely to play in the team's second preseason game against the Tennessee Titans.

WR | Donnie Avery | St. Louis Rams | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams WRs Donnie Avery (knee) and Mike Sims-Walker (groin) took part in practice Thursday, Aug. 18, and are likely to play in the team's second preseason game against the Tennessee Titans.

WR | Jeremy Maclin | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin (illness) will return to practice within 10 days and is expected to be ready for the team's season opener against the St. Louis Rams Sept. 11. "That's first and foremost, I want everyone to know I'm fine, I'm healthy," Maclin said. "I was tested for everything and every single test came back negative. I don't have mono, I don't have AIDS, leukemia, all the things people were guessing on, there was nothing. I was being tested for lymphoma and thank God everything has come back negative."

WR | A.J. Green | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (knee) is expected to play in the second preseason game. He said he is looking forward to playing against New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis.

WR | Plaxico Burress | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets WR Plaxico Burress (ankle) participated in practice Wednesday, Aug. 17, and did not have any problems with his ankles. Head coach Rex Ryan said the trainers will continue to monitor Burress' health. Burress is scheduled to play in the second preseason game Sunday, Aug. 21.

WR | Dezmon Briscoe | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Dezmon Briscoe has been working with the starters during practice and preseason while WR Arrelious Benn (knee) has been trying to recover from a knee injury he suffered last season. Wide receivers coach Eric Yarber said Briscoe has good speed, body control and the ability to run great routes.

WR | Donald Driver | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers WR Donald Driver has been able to participate in every practice during training camp and has not had many drops during practices. Wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett said Driver still has the speed to create separation from defenders.

WR | Larry Fitzgerald | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald indicated that the talks with the team about a contract extension have progressed and an agreement is not too far away.


Tight End

TE | Todd Heap | Arizona Cardinals | Depth Chart Tidbit
Arizona Cardinals TEs Todd Heap and Jeff King are both expected to play quite a bit this year. Sometimes, the team may even open with two tight ends in the starting lineup. With King being the better blocker, he might get some starting nods ahead of Heap, who is known more as a pass receiver.

TE | Jeff King | Arizona Cardinals | Depth Chart Tidbit
Arizona Cardinals TEs Todd Heap and Jeff King are both expected to play quite a bit this year. Sometimes, the team may even open with two tight ends in the starting lineup. With King being the better blocker, he might get some starting nods ahead of Heap, who is known more as a pass receiver.

TE | Evan Moore | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Cleveland Browns TE Evan Moore appears to be fitting in the West Coast offense very well and is catching a lot of passes during practice. Moore is also building a chemistry with QB Colt McCoy during training camp.

TE | Visanthe Shiancoe | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings WR Percy Harvin (rib) and TE Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring) are among the players sitting out for the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 20, against the Seattle Seahawks. OG Anthony Herrera (knee) and CB Asher Allen (toe) will also sit out. WR Greg Camarillo (groin) won't see action due to a groin injury.


Place Kicker

PK | David Buehler | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys PK David Buehler (hip) will not play in the second preseason game Sunday, Aug. 21, because of a hip strain. He is considered day-to-day and it is not known when he will be able to return.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Russell Okung | Seattle Seahawks | Injury
Seattle Seahawks OT Russell Okung (ankle) took part in individual drills during practice Thursday, Aug. 18. He wasn't going full speed, but one week after Okung injured his left ankle in the exhibition opener, it is clear that his injury won't sideline him nearly as long as the two high ankle sprains he suffered last year. "Russell is not as bad as he was," head coach Pete Carroll said. "There's no doubt. He's way, way ahead of where he was so we know that he's maybe a week away or two weeks away at the most." Carroll wouldn't go so far as guaranteeing Okung will be back for Week 1, however.

OT | Marcus Gilbert | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert (knee) should be OK after suffering a hyperextended knee injury in the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 18.

OT | Jonathan Scott | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers OT Jonathan Scott (knee) should be OK after suffering a hyperextended knee injury in the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 18.

OT | Alex Barron | New Orleans Saints | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents
The New Orleans Saints have placed OT Alex Barron (knee) on Injured Reserve, ending his 2011 season. In a corresponding move, the team signed free-agent CB Quincy Butler (Rams). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.


Guard

OG | Bruce Campbell | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson said OG Bruce Campbell (knee) remains in the mix for a starting spot despite missing two weeks of practice with a knee injury. "No question. Oh, yeah, he is. Again, it's about performance. He's got to go out now and perform. Everybody's going to earn what they get here," Jackson said.


Defensive Line

DL | Osi Umenyiora | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants DL Osi Umenyiora (knee) will miss three to four weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday, Aug. 19.

DL | Trent Cole | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles DL Trent Cole (elbow) suffered an elbow injury in the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 18. The injury, however, is not believed to be serious.

DL | Albert Haynesworth | New England Patriots | Injury
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick doesn't seemed too worried with the fact that DL Albert Haynesworth (undisclosed) has been held out of practice since Aug. 3. Haynesworth could line up at tackle next to DL Vince Wilfork.

DL | Vernon Gholston | Chicago Bears | Injury
Chicago Bears DLs Mario Addison and Vernon Gholston are seeing increased repetitions in practice with DL Corey Wootton (knee) injured. Addison is having a solid training camp, and the team is starting to see small improvements from Gholston. The Bears see Gholston as a better fit in a 4-3 defensive scheme.


Linebacker

LB | DeMeco Ryans | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans LB DeMeco Ryans (elbow) was held out of practice Thursday, Aug. 18, because of a swollen elbow. He underwent an MRI Wednesday, Aug. 17, and is considered day-to-day.

LB | Shawne Merriman | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills WR Roscoe Parrish (hamstring) and LB Shawne Merriman (leg) have been ruled out for the second preseason game. Head coach Chan Gailey said holding out Merriman is just precautionary.

LB | Clay Matthews | Green Bay Packers | Injury
Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 18, because of a hamstring injury. Head coach Mike McCarthy said Matthews was held out as a precaution.


Cornerback

CB | Johnathan Joseph | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (hamstring) and CB Johnathan Joseph (groin) participated in practice Thursday, Aug. 18. Joseph's status for the second preseason game is uncertain at this point.

CB | Chris Houston | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions CB Chris Houston (groin) was limited to individual drills during practice Thursday, Aug. 18, and is considered questionable for the second preseason game Friday, Aug. 19.

CB | Eric Wright | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions CB Eric Wright (groin) participated in practice Thursday, Aug. 18. He missed the last two practices because of a groin injury.

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