Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on September 13, 2011 @ 15:58:44 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Andy Dalton | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton (forearm) was scheduled to visit with a specialist Monday, Sept. 12, and the team is hoping he can make the start in Week 2 against the Denver Broncos.

QB | Kyle Orton | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox said the team is sticking with QB Kyle Orton as the starter despite a rough game in Week 1 versus the Oakland Raiders. "We came up a little short. There were plenty of reasons why. It wasn't just the quarterback by any stretch. Kyle is our starting quarterback and I don't think too many guys are firing all their guys because their team happened to lose in Week 1," Fox said.

QB | Tony Romo | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is supporting QB Tony Romo despite a late fourth-quarter collapse in their loss to the New York Jets in Week 1. "This may draw a little criticism, but I thought Tony played one of the best games I've ever seen him play," Jones said. "You can make a big case that the way he played for three quarters was how we got there at the end and looked like for sure we were going to get the win. But he played outstanding."

QB | Kevin Kolb | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb said he doesn't mind relying on tight ends if teams try to take WR Larry Fitzgerald out of the equation. Kolb is confident in the team's tight ends, which include TEs Todd Heap, Jeff King, Jim Dray and Rob Housler. "I've always relied on my tight ends a lot, and when I came here and got with these guys, man, there's a lot of talent there," Kolb said. "We're going to continue to use them. They obviously have the playmaking ability, so we'll look forward to putting the ball in their hands a lot more."

QB | Luke McCown | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio was very pleased with the way QB Luke McCown handled himself in the Week 1 contest against the Tennessee Titans. The team decided to be conservative through the air but that doesn't mean they won't open it up in future weeks.


Running Back

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
The Tennessee Titans plan to give RB Chris Johnson more carries in Week 2.

RB | Knowshon Moreno | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) and WR Brandon Lloyd (groin) are both undergoing MRI exams Tuesday, Sept. 13.

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said RB Maurice Jones-Drew is being limited in the early going this year in order to keep him fully healthy. However, Jones-Drew ran 24 times for 97 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 but was on the sidelines for much of the fourth quarter. RB Deji Karim rushed 14 times for 33 yards. Del Rio did not say how many times he is comfortable with Jones-Drew rushing, but he definitely did not want him going over 35 carries.

RB | Javon Ringer | Tennessee Titans | Injury
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak said RB Javon Ringer (hip) has made progress from his hip injury but may not be ready for Week 2.


Fullback

FB | Ovie Mughelli | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons FB Ovie Mughelli (knee) left the Week 1 game against the Chicago Bears with a knee injury.

FB | Mike Tolbert | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers RB Mike Tolbert (knee) was declared healthy after tests by doctors Monday, Sept. 12. Tolbert is expected to practice this week, and play in Week 2 against the New England Patriots.


Wide Receiver

WR | Devin Hester | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
The Chicago Bears used two very effective screen passing plays - one to RB Matt Forte and the other to WR Devin Hester - that led to two important touchdowns. The play has become a more important weapon for the offense than in the past. QB Jay Cutler had two completions of 50-plus yards in Week 1 for the first time in his time with Chicago.

WR | Ruvell Martin | Buffalo Bills | Transaction, Free Agents
The Buffalo Bills placed WR Marcus Easley (illness) on Injured Reserve Tuesday, Sept. 13, and re-signed WR Ruvell Martin in a corresponding move.

WR | Chad Ochocinco | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Chad Ochocinco was on the field for just 18 of the team's 80 total snaps in Week 1 against the Miami Dolphins Monday, Sept. 12. TEs Aaron Hernandez (66) and Rob Gronkowski (21) were used heavily, thus limiting Ochocinco's time. Also contributing to his absence was the team's reliance on a no-huddle offense, which led the Patriots to use receivers with more experience in the system.

WR | Brandon Lloyd | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) and WR Brandon Lloyd (groin) are both undergoing MRI exams Tuesday, Sept. 13.

WR | Kenny Britt | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt revealed that wide receivers coach Dave Ragone contacted him during the lockout. "I don't answer no phone calls that I don't know the area code," Britt said in early August. "You can even ask my coach Raggy (Ragone) about that, he's been calling me all summer long. I told him, he's got to send me a text before I'll answer it." It's unknown if the NFL will punish Britt for the infraction.

WR | Harry Douglas | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas (lower body) left the Week 1 game against the Chicago Bears in the fourth quarter due to an undisclosed lower body injury, but he was walking fine after the game.

WR | Stevie Johnson | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey said Monday, Sept. 12, that WR Stevie Johnson's cut block which led the Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry (knee) suffering a season-ending injury was a clean play. "It was a clean block," Gailey said. "We tell our guys, 'You go block those guys.' Because let me tell you, if you're up in the air they're not going to hesitate to get you and take a shot at you because they're trying to separate you from the ball. That's an opportunity for our receivers to go down the field and hit those guys. It's legal. It happened in front of me on the sideline in front of an official."

WR | Ben Obomanu | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks WR Ben Obomanu (undisclosed) suffered an undisclosed injury in Week 1, but he is expected to be fine going forward, according to head coach Pete Carroll.


Tight End

TE | Aaron Hernandez | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Chad Ochocinco was on the field for just 18 of the team's 80 total snaps in Week 1 against the Miami Dolphins Monday, Sept. 12. TEs Aaron Hernandez (66) and Rob Gronkowski (21) were used heavily, thus limiting Ochocinco's time. Also contributing to his absence was the team's reliance on a no-huddle offense, which led the Patriots to use receivers with more experience in the system.

TE | Todd Heap | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb said he doesn't mind relying on tight ends if teams try to take WR Larry Fitzgerald out of the equation. Kolb is confident in the team's tight ends, which include TEs Todd Heap, Jeff King, Jim Dray and Rob Housler. "I've always relied on my tight ends a lot, and when I came here and got with these guys, man, there's a lot of talent there," Kolb said. "We're going to continue to use them. They obviously have the playmaking ability, so we'll look forward to putting the ball in their hands a lot more."

TE | Kellen Winslow | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris admitted that he contacted TE Kellen Winslow and CB Aqib Talib during the lockout. It's unknown if the league will penalize the team.


Place Kicker

PK | Nick Novak | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the San Diego Chargers signed PK Nick Novak to a two-year deal Tuesday, Sept. 13. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

PK | Nate Kaeding | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The San Diego Chargers placed PK Nate Kaeding (knee) on Injured Reserve Tuesday, Sept. 13, and released FS C.J. Wallace.

PK | Sebastian Janikowski | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Oakland Raiders PK Sebastian Janikowski had three field goals, including an NFL record tying 63-yard boot, to go along with two extra points in the Week 1 win Monday, Sept. 12, against the Denver Broncos.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Andrew Whitworth | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Cincinnati Bengals OT Andrew Whitworth (foot) was wearing a protective boot on his left foot Monday, Sept. 12, but was walking without the boot Tuesday, Sept. 13.

OT | Willie Colon | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Transaction
The Pittsburgh Steelers placed OT Willie Colon (triceps) on Injured Reserve Tuesday, Sept. 13, and signed free-agent OT Jamon Meredith (Giants) in a corresponding move.

OT | Rodger Saffold | St. Louis Rams | Injury
St. Louis Rams OT Rodger Saffold (leg) was kicked in the lower leg in the Week 1 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, and he is considered day to day.


Defensive Line

DL | Luis A. Castillo | San Diego Chargers | Injury
The San Diego Chargers will hold a roster spot open for DL Luis A. Castillo (leg), who will be out until November.

DL | Elvis Dumervil | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno (hamstring), DL Elvis Dumervil (shoulder), CB Champ Bailey (hamstring) and WR Brandon Lloyd (groin) all were injured in Week 1. Moreno and Bailey had hamstring strains and Lloyd dealt with a groin strain.

DL | Justin Tuck | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants DL Justin Tuck's (neck) MRI exam taken last week showed no nerve damage in his neck. The pain in his neck has gone down, but he is still feeling stiffness.

DL | Richard Seymour | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders DL Richard Seymour (undisclosed) was shaken up in the fourth quarter of the Week 1 game Monday, Sept. 12, against the Denver Broncos with an undisclosed injury. He walked off on his own power and was receiving treatment on the bench.

DL | Derrick Morgan | Tennessee Titans | Injury
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak said he expects DEs Derrick Morgan (knee) and Jason D. Jones (knee) to be ready for Week 2.

DL | William Hayes | Tennessee Titans | Injury
Tennessee Titans DE William Hayes (shoulder) and FS Chris Hope (shoulder) suffered shoulder injuries in Week 1 while WR Damian Williams (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury. All three will be re-evaluated but Williams is considered questionable for Week 2.


Linebacker

LB | James Harrison | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said LB James Harrison (knee) is "fine" after suffering a knee contusion in Week 1.

LB | Sergio Kindle | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh expects LB Sergio Kindle (head) to be a major factor in the team's defense this season. "He'll be ready to go, I know that," Harbaugh said. "I expect him to be ready to go. He prepared well last week. You get 46 (players for the gameday roster) and you kind of start doing the match. Sergio Kindle is a very good player. He can help us, there's no doubt about it."

LB | Daryl Washington | Arizona Cardinals | Injury
Arizona Cardinals LB Daryl Washington (calf) might be able to play in Week 2 against the Washington Redskins, his agent said Monday, Sept. 12. "Daryl should be fine. I believe he will be back for (the) next game but may miss several days of practice," his agent said via e-mail. Washington strained his calf in the fourth quarter in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers.

LB | Jason Taylor | Miami Dolphins | Injury
Miami Dolphins LB Jason Taylor (ankle) was able to return to the field in the second half in Week 1 against the New England Patriots. He left in the second quarter after having his right ankle stepped on.

LB | David Hawthorne | Seattle Seahawks | Injury
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Monday, Sept. 12, that he expects LB David Hawthorne (knee) to be 100 percent and back in Week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Cornerback

CB | Ron Bartell | St. Louis Rams | Injury
St. Louis Rams CB Ron Bartell (neck) will miss the rest of the season after fracturing a bone in his lower neck in Week 1. Bartell plans on returning next season. The C7 bone in his lower neck has two fractures in it. He will not need surgery but will need weeks in a brace and months of rehab.

CB | Terrence Wheatley | Buffalo Bills | Transaction
The Buffalo Bills signed free-agent CB Terrence Wheatley (Jaguars) to their practiced squad Tuesday, Sept. 13.

CB | Frank Walker | Dallas Cowboys | Transaction
The Dallas Cowboys are in the process of signing free-agent CB Frank Walker (Titans) to their active roster.

CB | Champ Bailey | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno (hamstring), DL Elvis Dumervil (shoulder), CB Champ Bailey (hamstring) and WR Brandon Lloyd (groin) all were injured in Week 1. Moreno and Bailey had hamstring strains and Lloyd dealt with a groin strain.

CB | Aqib Talib | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris admitted that he contacted TE Kellen Winslow and CB Aqib Talib during the lockout. It's unknown if the league will penalize the team.

CB | Mike Jenkins | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins (shoulder, knee) is dealing with a bruised shoulder and hyperextended knee. He will be limited in practice this week.

CB | Terence Newman | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys CB Terence Newman (groin) and TE Martellus Bennett (ankle) could return to practice Wednesday, Sept. 14. Newman has looked good while running laterally.

CB | Chris X. Johnson | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders CB Chris X. Johnson (undisclosed) returned to the game in the fourth quarter in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos.

CB | Bradley Fletcher | St. Louis Rams | Injury
St. Louis Rams CB Bradley Fletcher (toe) is nursing a sprained toe and he is considered day to day.


Strong Safety

SS | Eric Berry | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury
Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey said Monday, Sept. 12, that WR Stevie Johnson's cut block which led the Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry (knee) suffering a season-ending injury was a clean play. "It was a clean block," Gailey said. "We tell our guys, 'You go block those guys.' Because let me tell you, if you're up in the air they're not going to hesitate to get you and take a shot at you because they're trying to separate you from the ball. That's an opportunity for our receivers to go down the field and hit those guys. It's legal. It happened in front of me on the sideline in front of an official."

SS | Adrian Wilson | Arizona Cardinals | Injury
Arizona Cardinals SS Adrian Wilson (biceps) played without any restrictions in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers. He recorded a tackle for loss on his first stop of the season, but also took blame for a blown coverage on a 77-yard scoring play by WR Steve Smith.

SS | Chris Hope | Tennessee Titans | Injury
Tennessee Titans DE William Hayes (shoulder) and FS Chris Hope (shoulder) suffered shoulder injuries in Week 1 while WR Damian Williams (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury. All three will be re-evaluated but Williams is considered questionable for Week 2.

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