Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on August 31, 2011 @ 10:02:21 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said his agent has begun contract extension talks with the Saints.

QB | Brad Smith | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey will not use QB Brad Smith (undisclosed) in the Wildcat formation, if he plays at all, in the preseason finale Thursday, Sept. 1. He returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 30, after missing the workout Monday, Aug. 29, due to an undisclosed ailment.

QB | Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy held QB Aaron Rodgers (foot) out of practice Monday, Aug. 29, due to a foot strain. He was back on the field Tuesday, Aug. 30, and might play one or two series in the preseason finale Thursday, Sept. 1, against the Kansas City Chiefs. "Aaron felt great today, and he looked great," McCarthy said.

QB | Andy Dalton | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
The Cincinnati Bengals have made it clear that they don't want QB Andy Dalton scrambling like he did for 15 yards in the team's preseason game last week. "It was the most awkward thing," Dalton said. "I've never slid before. In college I always dove head first. I have to work on my sliding. I tried I thought. But I got my foot stuck in the ground. It was just awkward and not how I wanted to do it."

QB | Eli Manning | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants QB Eli Manning hasn't performed very well in training camp and looked out of sync with his receivers during the preseason game against the New York Jets Monday, Aug. 29. He is often erratic in practice, but it hadn't translated over to a game until now. Manning threw two picks and looked uncomfortable in the pocket.

QB | Peyton Manning | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning (neck) will not play in the team's final preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday, Sept. 1. However, he feels like he is getting healthier. The team is saying Manning will practice on a "scripted" basis.


Running Back

RB | Jahvid Best | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions RB Jahvid Best (concussion) will see playing time during the final preseason game Thursday, Sept. 1. Best is not expected to see much playing time but wants to play to be prepared for the start of the regular season.

RB | Cedric Benson | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals RB Cedric Benson turned himself in to the Travis County jail in Austin Tuesday, Tuesday, Aug. 30, to begin serving his 20-day sentence. Benson could serve less time in jail if he is credited with time served. He originally decided to serve the time during the team's bye week but thought it would be best to serve the time now.

RB | Steve Slaton | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans RB Steve Slaton (hamstring), who has missed the entire preseason, was able to practice Tuesday, Aug. 30. Head coach Gary Kubiak isn't sure if Slaton will be able to play in the preseason finale Thursday, Sept. 1, against the Minnesota Vikings.

RB | Arian Foster | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) jogged on the side at practice Tuesday, Aug. 30, for the second consecutive day. "He came out today and basically did what he did yesterday, stretched with the team, did a little jogging," head coach Gary Kubiak said.

RB | Javon Ringer | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans RB Javon Ringer (hip) was unable to practice again Tuesday, Aug. 30.

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson and the team had talks Tuesday, Aug, 30, but despite lots of speculation, nothing has changed in the situation.

RB | Montario Hardesty | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty (knee) was running well and making cuts in practice Tuesday, Aug. 30, as he appears ready to move into the primary backup job to RB Peyton Hillis.

RB | Brandon Jackson | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert said Tuesday, Aug. 30, that RB Brandon Jackson (toe) might be headed for the season-ending Injured Reserve list. "We're still kind of waiting on Brandon," Heckert said. "He's not going to need surgery. It's just a matter of when he's ready." Heckert said a decision will be ade based on "who else is available." Head coach Pat Shurmur added that Jackson is "in a cast, and it's settling down."

RB | Frank Gore | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco 49ers have found common ground with RB Frank Gore on his request for a new deal, reaching a new three-year, $21 million deal that includes $13.5 million in guaranteed money. Gore will make $4.9 million in 2011. He said earlier in the day that he told his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, not to contact him until he felt the team was offering something fair. "I want to be a Niner. I want to be here," Gore said.

RB | Bernard Scott | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals RB Bernard Scott is in favor of offensive coordinator Jay Gruden's new ground attack; he rushed for 63 yards on six carries in his debut last week. "When you see it, you hit it. You don't have to do too much reading. You can just go out there and play off your natural instincts," Scott said. "The last offense it was like you had two or three different keys you needed to read. To me, I could just never let it loose. I was reading and trying to play perfect instead of just playing football."

RB | Chester Taylor | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears RB Chester Taylor was back with the team at practice Tuesday, Aug. 30, after he left the team's complexes a day earlier thinking he had been released. However, there is still a chance he does get cut, since he is behind RBs Matt Forte, Marion Barber III and Kahlil Bell.

RB | Kevin Smith | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New England Patriots worked out free-agent RB Kevin Smith (Lions) Tuesday, Aug. 30.


Wide Receiver

WR | Donald Jones | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills WRs Donald Jones (concussion) and Roscoe Parrish (hamstring) are not expected to play in the final preseason game Thursday, Sept. 1.

WR | Chad Ochocinco | New England Patriots | Fantasy
The New England Patriots may not use WR Chad Ochocinco as the No. 2 wide receiver at the start of the season and could wait until after their bye before moving him into the starting lineup.

WR | Terrence Toliver | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday, Aug. 30, that the preseason finale Thursday, Sept. 1, against the Minnesota Vikings is "very big" for WR Terrence Toliver (undisclosed). The undrafted rookie might make the team as a fourth or fifth receiver. "He was unable to practice yesterday," Kubiak said. "He practiced just briefly today, so I'm hoping he's ready to go, so we'll see. He got dinged a little bit last game, so we'll see where he's at."

WR | Kenny Britt | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak said Tuesday, Aug. 30, that he expects WR Kenny Britt (hamstring) to play in the preseason finale Thursday, Sept. 1.

WR | Naaman Roosevelt | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills TE David Martin (undisclosed), LB Arthur Moats (leg), WR Naaman Roosevelt (ankle) and OT Ed Wang (shoulder) did not practice Tuesday, Aug. 30.

WR | Donald Driver | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers WR Donald Driver (ankle) will have a planned injection for his ankle Wednesday, Aug. 31. It is the same ankle he injured in Super Bowl XLV. The injection was planned for Wednesday so Driver could practice all week and have several days to heal before beginning preparations for the regular season opener Sept. 8.

WR | James Jones | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers WRs Randall Cobb (knee) and James Jones (knee) are both dealing with knee bruises, and they are not expected to play in the preseason finale Thursday, Sept. 1, against the Kansas City Chiefs. The two receivers did not practice Tuesday, Aug. 30.

WR | Jeremy Maclin | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin (illness) said he will start in Week 1 against the St. Louis Rams. "I feel fine. I feel ready," Maclin said. The team and Maclin's doctors are confident that his symptoms related to cancer will not return.

WR | Nate Burleson | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson (elbow) will sit out of the team's final preseason game with an elbow contusion.

WR | Wes Welker | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous item, New England Patriots WR Wes Welker (neck) talked to reporters Tuesday, Aug. 30, and said he's fine. Welker added it is up to the coaching staff whether he plays.


Tight End

TE | Jermichael Finley | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley (ankle) is unlikely to play in the preseason finale Thursday, Sept. 1, against the Kansas City Chiefs.

TE | Benjamin Watson | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur said Tuesday, Aug. 30, that TE Benjamin Watson (hip) is dealing with a hip issue. He is questionable for the preseason finale Thursday, Sept. 1, against the Chicago Bears, but is expected to be fine for the regular season opener Sept. 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

TE | John Carlson | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks tight end John Carlson (shoulder) needs surgery to repair a torn labrum and is likely to miss the 2011 season.


Place Kicker

PK | John Kasay | New Orleans Saints | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The New Orleans Saints agreed to terms on an undisclosed deal with free-agent PK John Kasay (Panthers) Tuesday, Aug. 30. The team is worried about the health of PK Garrett Hartley (hip).


Offensive Tackle

OT | Oniel Cousins | Cleveland Browns | Injury
The Cleveland Browns were awarded OT Oniel Cousins off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens Tuesday, Aug. 30. The move was made by the Browns in case they have to place OG Eric Steinbach (back) on the Injured Reserve. Steinbach is dealing with a bulging disc in his back and may need surgery. OG Jason Pinkston has been working with the first team.


Guard

OG | Eric Steinbach | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur said Tuesday, Aug. 30, that OG Eric Steinbach (back) will be placed on the season-ending Injured Reserve list after his surgery Tuesday.


Offensive Line

OL | Jason Pinkston | Cleveland Browns | Injury
The Cleveland Browns were awarded OT Oniel Cousins off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens Tuesday, Aug. 30. The move was made by the Browns in case they have to place OG Eric Steinbach (back) on the Injured Reserve. Steinbach is dealing with a bulging disc in his back and may need surgery. OG Jason Pinkston has been working with the first team.


Defensive Line

DL | Alex Brown | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Chicago Bears could show interest in free-agent DE Alex Brown (Saints) but head coach Lovie Smith would not say if the team will pursue Brown. Smith said he likes the competition the team has at defensive end now.

DL | Derrick Morgan | Tennessee Titans | Injury
Tennesssee Titans head coach Mike Munchak said Tuesday, Aug. 30, that DL Derrick Morgan (knee) had his knee scoped, and he shouldn't have as many issues going forward. He had no structural damage in the knee, but he is out a few weeks.

DL | Kyle Williams | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills DL Kyle Williams (undisclosed) was held out of practice Tuesday, Aug. 30, for the second straight day due to precautionary reasons, but he is expected to be ready for the regular season opener Sept. 11, against the Kansas City Chiefs.

DL | Corey Wootton | Chicago Bears | Injury
Chicago Bears DL Corey Wootton (knee) is not ruling out being ready to play in the season opener Sept. 11. However, he still hasn't practiced since undergoing surgery on his right knee.

DL | Sione Pouha | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets DL Sione Pouha (knee) was scratched from the preseason game for precautionary reasons Monday, Aug. 29. The team wanted to get a look at DTs Martin Tevaseu and Kenrick Ellis.


Linebacker

LB | DeMeco Ryans | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans LB DeMeco Ryans (elbow) has been able to practice each of the past two days, and head coach Gary Kubiak is happy to have him back. "He has missed a lot of time. It has been a concern, but he's huge to this football team," Kubiak said. "He has looked good in practice the last two days, so we're heading into the right direction."

LB | Shawne Merriman | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills LB Shawne Merriman (groin) is expected to play in the preseason finale Thursday, Sept. 1, against the Detroit Lions. "He needs to play," head coach Chan Gailey said. "He hasn't played in a couple of years. He wants to play. He seems to be physically fit."

LB | Clay Matthews | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews and CB Charles Woodson were held out of practice Tuesday, Aug. 30, and are not expected to play in the preseason finale Thursday, Sept. 1, per head coach Mike McCarthy's decision.

LB | Chris Gocong | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert said Tuesday, Aug. 30, that he thinks LB Chris Gocong (neck) will be able to return from a neck stinger and play in the regular season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals Sept. 11.


Cornerback

CB | Rashad Carmichael | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans CB Rashad Carmichael (shoulder) has missed the entire preseason and most of training camp due to a shoulder injury. Carmichael, the team's fourth-round pick, might be well enough to play in the preseason finale Thursday, Sept. 1, against the Minnesota Vikings, but his status is still up in the air.

CB | Chris X. Johnson | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders CB Chris X. Johnson (undisclosed) was a surprise participant in practice Tuesday, Aug. 30, after having surgery about two weeks ago for an unspecified injury. He said "hands down" that he is playing in the regular season opener Sept. 12, against the Denver Broncos, but he is out for the preseason finale Friday, Sept. 2, against the Seattle Seahawks.

CB | Charles Woodson | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews and CB Charles Woodson were held out of practice Tuesday, Aug. 30, and are not expected to play in the preseason finale Thursday, Sept. 1, per head coach Mike McCarthy's decision.

CB | Darrelle Revis | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis (hip) will have his practice repetitions monitored but his injury isn't considered serious. FB John Conner (ankle) will not practice this week and is in a walking boot. QB Mark Brunell (calf) is also out this week. WR Logan Payne (wrist) will need to undergo surgery on his wrist.


Strong Safety

SS | Michael Mitchell | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders SS Michael Mitchell (knee) is dealing with an injury to one of his knees, according to a source close to Mitchell, though he isn't sure if Mitchell require surgery to repair the cartilage damage.


Free Safety

FS | James Sanders | Atlanta Falcons | Transaction, Free Agents
Updating a previous report, the Atlanta Falcons reach an agreement Tuesday, Aug. 30, with free-agent FS James Sanders (Patriots) on a one-year deal.

FS | T.J. Ward | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns SS T.J. Ward (hamstring) added to his workload at practice Tuesday, Aug. 30, competing in 11-on-11s.

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