Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on October 19, 2011 @ 09:37:30 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Carson Palmer | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Al Saunders indicated that QB Carson Palmer will start in Week 7.

QB | Sam Bradford | St. Louis Rams | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams QB A.J. Feeley is expected to take the majority of snaps with the first-team offense Wednesday, Oct. 19. However, QB Sam Bradford (ankle) is expected to start in Week 7.

QB | John Beck | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan has informed his team that QB John Beck will start in Week 7, according to a team source.

QB | Tony Romo | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Part of the reason Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has not been a factor late in games this season is because he does not have the full trust of QB Tony Romo. Bryant also does not know the playbook as well as he should. Head coach Jason Garrett also said a few weeks ago that Bryant's conditioning wasn't great because he's been out with a deep thigh bruise that he suffered in Week 1.

QB | Andy Dalton | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown said the rapid rise and maturity of QB Andy Dalton was a major factor in the team's decision to pedal QB Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders. "Several factors made us believe that trading Carson to Oakland was the best move for the Bengals at this time," Brown said. "The principal development has been Andy Dalton, who has shown himself to be one of the best and most exciting young quarterbacks in the NFL."

QB | Christian Ponder | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier indicated that he doesn't want to flip flop his starting quarterbacks on a week-to-week basis, which means that QB Christian Ponder will likely be the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season. QB Donovan McNabb's career may be winding to an end.

QB | Tom Brady | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (wrist, arm), DL Albert Haynesworth (back), LB Dane Fletcher (thumb), OL Matt Light (leg) and CB Ras-I Dowling (hip) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Oct. 18. Brady had a wrap around his right wrist during the team's Week 6 game, and he might be dealing with a sore throwing arm.


Running Back

RB | Peyton Hillis | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns RB Peyton Hillis (hamstring) is not expected to practice Wednesday, Oct. 19, but will do some light jogging.

RB | Jahvid Best | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions RB Jahvid Best (concussion) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 19.

RB | Kevin Faulk | New England Patriots | Injury
New England Patriots RB Kevin Faulk (knee) returned to practice Tuesday, Oct. 18. Faulk spent the first six weeks of the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list. However, Faulk is not getting too excited about his chances of playing. "It's practice," Faulk said. "It's not a game. It's not like we can try to win a championship today. It's just trying to go out there and get better, one day."

RB | Ahmad Bradshaw | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week after running for three touchdowns in the Week 6 victory against the Buffalo Bills.

RB | Ronnie Brown | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions RB Ronnie Brown said Tuesday, Oct. 18, that he is excited about the chance to play following his trade from the Philadelphia Eagles. "I'm excited about it," Brown said. "Obviously, I think I have an opportunity to play, which is always good, and that's my goal, to be able to be a part of something and feel like you're a part of it and actually go in and contribute a little bit." Brown, five years removed from his only 1,000-yard season, is insurance for RB Jahvid Best (concussion).

RB | Brandon Jacobs | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants running backs coach Jerald Ingram said RB Brandon Jacobs (knee) will carry a bigger part of the load with RB Ahmad Bradshaw when he is completely healthy. Jacobs' workload was limited in the first four games because the team had too many short series and they fell behind early.

RB | Jerome Harrison | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles RB Jerome Harrison will serve as the backup to RB LeSean McCoy alongside RB Dion Lewis.

RB | Cedric Benson | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals RB Cedric Benson will be suspended for one game and fined $176,000 (one week's pay). RB Bernard Scott is expected to start against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 8 after the team's Week 7 bye.

RB | Bernard Scott | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals RB Cedric Benson will be suspended for one game and fined $176,000 (one week's pay). RB Bernard Scott is expected to start against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 8 after the team's Week 7 bye.

RB | Mewelde Moore | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert (shoulder), OG Chris Kemoeatu (knee), RB Mewelde Moore (ankle) and LB Jason Worilds (quadriceps) are all expected to return to action in Week 7.

RB | Matt Forte | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
The Chicago Bears have not received any trade inquiries on RB Matt Forte before the trade deadline Tuesday, Oct. 18, and general manager Jerry Angelo said he "doesn't see us doing anything" in regards to a trade. "I'm glad teams are interested," Forte said. "For me to be out here working as hard as I do and not have a contract extension, you kind of get that feeling of being unappreciated. I just hope that when this year is over and I play as well as I've been playing, that if the Bears don't reward me with a contract, another team will." The Bears could place the franchise tag on Forte after this season if they cannot reach an extension with the star running back.


Wide Receiver

WR | Roberto Wallace | Miami Dolphins | Injury, Transaction
The Miami Dolphins placed WR Roberto Wallace (quadriceps) on the Injured Reserve Wednesday, Oct. 19.

WR | Eron Riley | New York Jets | Transaction
The New York Jets announced Wednesday, Oct. 19, they have signed WR Eron Riley to the active roster from the Denver Broncos' practice squad.

WR | Mike Wallace | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Mike Wallace (hamstring) is nursing a slight hamstring pull which might limit him this week in practice.

WR | Terrell Owens | Free Agent | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak said Tuesday, Oct. 18, that the team might take a look at free-agent WR Terrell Owens (Bengals) (knee) when he is healthy. Munchak indicated that it depends how the team is producing.

WR | Donnie Avery | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak said Tuesday, Oct. 18, that the team expects to start implementing WR Donnie Avery more in the near future.

WR | Brandon Lloyd | St. Louis Rams | Transaction
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak said Tuesday, Oct. 18, that the team "looked hard" at WR Brandon Lloyd, who was eventually traded from the Denver Broncos to the St. Louis Rams. "We've looked at every opportunity," Munchak said. "We're always looking to upgrade and we lost (WR Kenny Britt). We have young guys we know can step up - (WRs Damian Williams and Marc Mariani and Lavelle Hawkins)."

WR | Ramses Barden | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants WR Ramses Barden (ankle) said Tuesday, Oct. 18, that he is ready to return after missing nearly a year due to a broken ankle. He started the season on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) list. He was able to practice Tuesday. The team has three weeks to decide to add him to the active roster or place him on the season-ending Injured Reserve list.

WR | Roy Williams | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams has regained his starting spot at wide receiver after a slow start. He had three catches for 50 yards in the Week 6 win against the Minnesota Vikings, including two grabs for first downs.

WR | Andre Johnson | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (hamstring) said he's ahead of his rehab schedule after undergoing surgery on his hamstring two weeks ago. "They say it could take up to six weeks at the most," Johnson said. "But I don't think it will take me that long." Johnson is unable to run at full speed yet, which makes it unlikely he will return for Week 7.

WR | Mike Sims-Walker | Jacksonville Jaguars | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Jacksonville Jaguars will sign free-agent WR Mike Sims-Walker (Rams) Tuesday, Oct. 18.

WR | Eddie Royal | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos WR Eddie Royal (groin) is expected to return to practice this week and should play in the team's Week 7 game against the Miami Dolphins.


Tight End

TE | Kellen Winslow | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Kellen Winslow (knee) said he is still dealing with issues with his injured knee but is doing whatever he can to produce for the team. "I'm on one leg out there, but it's all about helping your team out there. You can hurt later," Winslow said.


Place Kicker

PK | Mason Crosby | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers PK Mason Crosby tied a franchise record in Week 6 against the St. Louis Rams by converting his 17th consecutive field goal. He matched the record of former PK Chris Jacke, who made 17 straight field goals in 1993.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Jeff Otah | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents
The Carolina Panthers have placed OT Jeff Otah (knee) on Injured Reserve, ending his 2011 season. In a corresponding move, the team re-signed free-agent OG Reggie Wells. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

OT | Sebastian Vollmer | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots S Sergio Brown (chest), S Josh Barrett (hamstring), WR Julian Edelman (ankle), OT Sebastian Vollmer (back) and LB Jerod Mayo (knee) were practicing in the team's scrimmage Tuesday, Oct. 18, before they head into their bye week. Barrett had a large cast on his wrist/hand.

OT | Matt Light | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (wrist, arm), DL Albert Haynesworth (back), LB Dane Fletcher (thumb), OL Matt Light (leg) and CB Ras-I Dowling (hip) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Oct. 18. Brady had a wrap around his right wrist during the team's Week 6 game, and he might be dealing with a sore throwing arm.

OT | Marcus Gilbert | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert (shoulder), OG Chris Kemoeatu (knee), RB Mewelde Moore (ankle) and LB Jason Worilds (quadriceps) are all expected to return to action in Week 7.


Guard

OG | Reggie Wells | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents
The Carolina Panthers have placed OT Jeff Otah (knee) on Injured Reserve, ending his 2011 season. In a corresponding move, the team re-signed free-agent OG Reggie Wells. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

OG | Chris Snee | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants OG Chris Snee (concussion) passed his baseline concussion tests Tuesday, Oct. 18, and can return to practice.

OG | Chris Kemoeatu | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers OG Chris Kemoeatu (knee) might return in Week 7 against the Arizona Cardinals after missing the past two games, especially since C Doug Legursky (toe) is out.

OG | Daniel Loper | Dallas Cowboys | Transaction, Free Agents
The Dallas Cowboys signed free-agent OG Daniel Loper (Raiders) to their practice squad Tuesday, Oct. 18, and waived WR Dwayne Harris.

OG | Montrae Holland | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Transaction
The Dallas Cowboys placed C Bill Nagy (ankle) on the Injured Reserve Tuesday, Oct. 18, and re-signed OG Montrae Holland in a corresponding move. Holland has dropped some weight since being cut for being overweight earlier this year.


Defensive Line

DL | Aaron Smith | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers DLs Casey Hampton (shoulder) and Aaron Smith (foot) are likely to miss a third consecutive game in Week 7 against the Arizona Cardinals.

DL | Jason Hatcher | Dallas Cowboys | Injury,
Dallas Cowboys DL Jason Hatcher (calf) doesn't expect to play in the Week 7 game against the St. Louis Rams, but he is targeting a return in Week 8. If he is inactive again, DL Marcus Spears is likely to start again in his absence. Hatcher has been sidelined for the past two games.

DL | Austen Lane | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury
The Jacksonville Jaguars will place DL Austen Lane (shoulder) on the Injured Reserve list, according to sources. He will discover if he needs surgery Wednesday, Oct. 19.

DL | Osi Umenyiora | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants DL Justin Tuck (neck, groin), DL Osi Umenyiora (knee), S Kenny Phillips (rib), OG Chris Snee (concussion), RB Brandon Jacobs (knee), OT Adam Koets (knee), CB Prince Amukamara (foot), FB Henry Hynoski (shoulder) and WR Ramses Barden (ankle) did not practice Tuesday, Oct. 18, as the team heads into their bye week. Tuck expects to return in Week 8.

DL | Albert Haynesworth | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (wrist, arm), DL Albert Haynesworth (back), LB Dane Fletcher (thumb), OL Matt Light (leg) and CB Ras-I Dowling (hip) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Oct. 18. Brady had a wrap around his right wrist during the team's Week 6 game, and he might be dealing with a sore throwing arm.

DL | Ron Brace | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots RB Kevin Faulk (knee), DL Ron Brace (elbow) and DL Brandon Deaderick (shoulder) are all expected to practice Tuesday, Oct. 18, which means they will be coming off the Physically Unable to Perform list.

DL | Chris Hoke | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers DL Chris Hoke (shoulder) still has weakness in his shoulder after suffering a stinger in Week 6. His status this week is in question.


Linebacker

LB | Scott Fujita | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns LB Scott Fujita (concussion) was sent home from practice Wednesday, Oct. 19, because of his concussion.

LB | Frank Zombo | Green Bay Packers | Injury
Green Bay Packers LB Frank Zombo (shoulder, knee) returned from a broken shoulder blade in Week 6 against the St. Louis Rams, but he suffered a hyperextended knee during the win. His status for Week 7 against the Minnesota Vikings is uncertain.

LB | Lawrence Timmons | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons is expected to start again in Week 7 against the Arizona Cardinals in place of the injured LB James Harrison (eye).

LB | Jason Worilds | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jason Worilds (quadriceps) might return from a quadriceps injury in Week 7, but he is not expected to start.

LB | Justin Durant | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions LB Justin Durant (concussion) posted on his official Twitter account Tuesday, Oct. 18, that he passed his final concussion test, and he "may be back on the field this week."

LB | Marcus Benard | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns DL Marcus Benard (hand) has pleaded not guilty to driving under a suspended license and reckless operation. Benard's attorney faxed the pleas to court Tuesday, Oct. 18. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Nov. 21.

LB | Rey Maualuga | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Updating a previous item, Cincinnati Bengals LB Rey Maualuga (ankle) expects to miss at least one more game with a third degree left ankle sprain. He will wear a cast for another couple of days. Tests showed that Maualuga had no fracture in the ankle.

LB | Jerod Mayo | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots S Sergio Brown (chest), S Josh Barrett (hamstring), WR Julian Edelman (ankle), OT Sebastian Vollmer (back) and LB Jerod Mayo (knee) were practicing in the team's scrimmage Tuesday, Oct. 18, before they head into their bye week. Barrett had a large cast on his wrist/hand.


Cornerback

CB | Antoine Winfield | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
If Minnesota Vikings CB Antoine Winfield (neck) is unable to play in Week 7 against the Green Bay Packers, CBs Asher Allen, Chris Cook, Cedric Griffin and Marcus Sherels are the likely corners to be used in the dime.

CB | Lito Sheppard | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Oakland Raiders worked out free-agent CB Lito Sheppard (Raiders) Tuesday, Oct. 18, according to a league source. It's uncertain if they'll re-sign him.

CB | Terence Newman | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant will likely go back to sharing punt return duties with WR Kevin Ogletree and CB Terence Newman after the team released WR Dwayne Harris.

CB | Prince Amukamara | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants CB Prince Amukamara (foot) is expecting to participate in individual drills after the team's bye week. He is also "80 percent confident" that he will do some team drills.


Strong Safety

SS | Chris X. Clemons | Miami Dolphins | Injury
Miami Dolphins SS Chris X. Clemons (hamstring) aggravated his hamstring injury during practice last week and could be sidelined for a while. Clemons has been dealing with hamstring issues since the preseason.

SS | Troy Polamalu | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he does not expect SS Troy Polamalu (concussion) to be fined for using a cell phone during the game Week 6. Polamalu was speaking with wife to tell her he was doing well because he has had a history of concussions.

SS | Tyrell Johnson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings SS Tyrell Johnson might get the start in Week 7 against the Green Bay Packers if SS Jamarca Sanford (concussion) cannot pass baseline tests.

SS | Kenny Phillips | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants DL Justin Tuck (neck, groin), DL Osi Umenyiora (knee), S Kenny Phillips (rib), OG Chris Snee (concussion), RB Brandon Jacobs (knee), OT Adam Koets (knee), CB Prince Amukamara (foot), FB Henry Hynoski (shoulder) and WR Ramses Barden (ankle) did not practice Tuesday, Oct. 18, as the team heads into their bye week. Tuck expects to return in Week 8.


Free Safety

FS | Gerald Alexander | Miami Dolphins | Transaction, Free Agents
The Miami Dolphins have re-signed free-agent FS Gerald Alexander to a one-year deal, according to a league source. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

FS | Chris Crocker | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Cincinnati Bengals FS Chris Crocker (knee) rested his knee rather than take part in the bye-week practice Tuesday, Oct. 18.

FS | Josh Barrett | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots S Sergio Brown (chest), S Josh Barrett (hamstring), WR Julian Edelman (ankle), OT Sebastian Vollmer (back) and LB Jerod Mayo (knee) were practicing in the team's scrimmage Tuesday, Oct. 18, before they head into their bye week. Barrett had a large cast on his wrist/hand.


Offensive Coordinator

OC | Mike Martz | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
There is speculation that Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz might be in his final season with the team after his contract expires at the end of the year. Martz has had his struggles with Chicago's offense, and offensive line coach Mike Tice might be ready to take over the role. However, Martz has made adjustments to a slow start to the season that has led to QB Jay Cutler winding up on his back often; on both of Cutler's touchdown passes in Week 6, the team had seven players in to block.

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