Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on August 20, 2012 @ 10:43:40 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Ryan Tannehill | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
If Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill is not named the starting quarterback for Week 1, he will likely start at some point early in the season.

QB | Blaine Gabbert | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert has enjoyed a strong preseason to date, completing 18 of 26 passes for 174 yards and three touchdowns.

QB | Jake Locker | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
The Tennessee Titans' plan is to have QB Jake Locker play roughly three quarters with the starters in the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 23.

QB | John Beck | Houston Texans | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Houston Texans QBs John Beck and Case Keenum continue to fight for the No. 3 quarterback job. Keenum served as the third QB Saturday, Aug. 18, and he threw just three passes.

QB | Matt Hasselbeck | Tennessee Titans | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak said Sunday, Aug. 19, that he will decide a starting quarterback Monday, Aug. 20, for the team's fourth preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals Thursday, Aug. 23. QB Matt Hasselbeck is expected to have the edge in the race over QB Jake Locker.


Running Back

RB | LeGarrette Blount | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount (groin) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 20.

RB | Trent Richardson | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress said RB Trent Richardson (knee) will have ground to make up both physically and in terms of his familiarity with the playbook upon his return. "It's probably going to be more of a challenge for him with the time missed, because it's never easy and it's particularly not easy when it's a rookie," Childress said. "There's still a process that he's got to go through, and he's got time, but you know coaches; you want everybody to take every turn."

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
The Minnesota Vikings will determine by Wednesday, Aug. 22, if RB Adrian Peterson (knee) will play in the team's upcoming preseason game after increasing his workload in practice this week.

RB | Taiwan Jones | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring) stands a decent chance of making his preseason debut Saturday, Aug. 25.

RB | Vick Ballard | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard received some work with the first-team offense in the team's preseason game Sunday, Aug. 19. Ballard could potentially be in line to receive the bulk of the carries this season.

RB | Brandon Jacobs | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers RB Brandon Jacobs (knee) suffered no major damage to his left knee, according to a source with knowledge of his condition.

RB | Chris Rainey | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Chris Rainey (head) left the preseason game Sunday, Aug. 19, against the Indianapolis Colts due to a head injury. He was evaluated for a concussion, passed the tests, and was able to return to the game.

RB | Mike Goodson | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Oakland Raiders RB Mike Goodson fumbled twice in the preseason game Friday, Aug. 17. Head coach Dennis Allen said he needs to hang onto the ball if he is to see meaningful playing time going forward. He coughed it up seven times in 125 touches during his time with the Carolina Panthers.

RB | Mikel Leshoure | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure (hamstring) is participating in practice Sunday, Aug. 19.

RB | James Starks | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said RB James Starks (toe) is a few weeks away for returning because he is still dealing with turf toe.

RB | Ahmad Bradshaw | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said RB Ahmad Bradshaw (hand) suffered a right hand contusion in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 19.

RB | Beanie Wells | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said RB Beanie Wells (knee) is expected to play in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 23. He said Wells looked good during pregame warm ups before the preseason game Friday, Aug. 17.


Wide Receiver

WR | Greg Little | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Cleveland Browns WR Greg Little will enter the regular season as the team's featured wide receiver.

WR | Chaz Schilens | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said Monday, Aug. 20, he is not optimistic WR Chaz Schilens (ankle) will play in the team's preseason game this week.

WR | Jeremy Kerley | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets WR Jeremy Kerley (hamstring) could play in the team's preseason game this week, according to head coach Rex Ryan.

WR | Santonio Holmes | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said Monday, Aug. 20, he is hopeful WR Santonio Holmes (back, ribs) can play in the team's preseason game this week.

WR | Vincent Brown | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
The San Diego Chargers have said WR Vincent Brown (ankle) will miss roughly five games with a broken ankle.

WR | Greg Jennings | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers WR Greg Jennings (concussion) is expected to play in the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 23. "If I'm practicing, I'm playing," Jennings said. "That's just the mindset I have to take."

WR | Lestar Jean | Houston Texans | Draft, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Houston Texans WR DeVier Posey, the team's third-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, has not logged a reception in his first two preseason games. Fellow rookie WRs Lestar Jean and Keshawn Martin have played so well that Posey has received fewer opportunities. "The way it kind of worked out last night, the guys that are working with the third group did not get many reps last night," head coach Gary Kubiak said.

WR | Torrey Smith | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith (ankle) was held out of the team's second preseason game as a precaution. He is expected to return to action for the third preseason contest Thursday, Aug. 23, against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

WR | Eddie Royal | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WR Eddie Royal (groin) might be able to return by mid-week. He has been out since the first day of training camp due to a groin injury.

WR | Denarius Moore | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said Sunday, Aug. 19, that WR Denarius Moore (hamstring) is nearing a return to the practice field.

WR | Jacoby Ford | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders WR Jacoby Ford (foot) does not have any structural damage and no swelling, according to head coach Dennis Allen.

WR | Kenny Britt | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt said Sunday, Aug. 19, that he has yet to hear from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell concerning possible discipline for off-field incidents.

WR | Greg Camarillo | New Orleans Saints | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The New Orleans Saints signed free-agent WR Greg Camarillo (Vikings) Sunday, Aug. 19.

WR | Roscoe Parrish | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WRs Richard Goodman and Roscoe Parrish are the leading candidates for the sixth wide receiver job.

WR | Richard Goodman | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WRs Richard Goodman and Roscoe Parrish are the leading candidates for the sixth wide receiver job.

WR | Micheal Spurlock | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WR Micheal Spurlock is expected to make the 53-man roster as the team's fourth or fifth receiver.

WR | Ryan Broyles | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions WR Ryan Broyles (knee) is participating in practice Sunday, Aug. 19. Broyles played around 10 snaps in the preseason game Friday, Aug. 17.

WR | Michael Calvin | Free Agent | Injury, Transaction
The Atlanta Falcons have released WR Michael Calvin (undisclosed) after the two sides reached an injury settlement.


Tight End

TE | Luke Stocker | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Luke Stocker (head) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 20.

TE | Jermaine Gresham | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (knee) has been diagnosed with a sprained right knee. He suffered the injury in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 16.

TE | Kyle Rudolph | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (head) is being held out of practice Sunday, Aug. 19, because of a hit he took in the preseason game Friday, Aug. 17. He was being evaluated for concussion symptoms stemming from the game.

TE | Benjamin Watson | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns TE Benjamin Watson (undisclosed) and LB D'Qwell Jackson (shoulder) are participating in practice Sunday, Aug. 19.

TE | Daniel Fells | New England Patriots | Injury
New England Patriots TE Daniel Fells (knee) and OT Sebastian Vollmer (ankle, back) are expected to activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list in the near future.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Donald Penn | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers OT Donald Penn (calf) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 20.

OT | Levi J. Brown | Arizona Cardinals | Injury
Arizona Cardinals OT Levi J. Brown (triceps) has played at least 98.7 percent of the team's offensive snaps for each of the past four seasons.

OT | Rashad Butler | Houston Texans | Depth Chart Tidbit
Houston Texans OT Derek Newton made the start at right tackle in the second preseason game, and head coach Gary Kubiak said his performance was "pretty good." Newton and OT Rashad Butler are battling for the starting right tackle job.

OT | Jared Gaither | San Diego Chargers | Injury
San Diego Chargers OT Jared Gaither (back) has been sidelined since the third day of training camp due to back spasms, and he has traveled to see three different doctors to figure out a solution. He might be able to return to practice soon.

OT | Sebastian Vollmer | New England Patriots | Injury
New England Patriots OT Sebastian Vollmer (ankle, back) likely will start working with the first-team offense at right tackle once he comes off the Physically Unable to Perform list.


Guard

OG | Nate Livings | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys OG Nate Livings (hamstring) is expected to return to practice this week.


Offensive Line

OL | Derek Newton | Houston Texans | Depth Chart Tidbit
Houston Texans OT Derek Newton made the start at right tackle in the second preseason game, and head coach Gary Kubiak said his performance was "pretty good." Newton and OT Rashad Butler are battling for the starting right tackle job.


Defensive Line

DL | Chris Kelsay | Buffalo Bills | Free Agents
In addition to numerous injuries, free-agent DE Shawne Merriman (Bills) was just too far down the Buffalo Bills' depth chart to make much of an impact. The team spent more than $100 million in free agency on DEs Mario Williams and Mark Anderson. They also had a former starter in DE Chris Kelsay as the first player off the bench.

DL | Cory Redding | Indianapolis Colts | Injury
Indianapolis Colts DE Cory Redding (knee) left the team's preseason game Sunday, Aug. 19, with a right knee strain.

DL | Robert Mathis | Indianapolis Colts | Injury
Indianapolis Colts LB Robert Mathis (shoulder) suffered a strained shoulder in the preseason game Sunday, Aug. 19, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

DL | J.J. Watt | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans DL J.J. Watt (elbow) is expected to return to practice after the team's third preseason game Thursday, Aug. 23, against the New Orleans Saints. Watt has been sidelined two weeks with a dislocated left elbow.

DL | Richard Seymour | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders DL Richard Seymour (knee) was held out of practice Sunday, Aug. 19. He has been bothered by a sore knee at times during training camp.

DL | Shaun Cody | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said DT Shaun Cody (back) is expected to start running Monday, Aug. 20. Cody is considered day-to-day in terms of returning to practice.


Linebacker

LB | Shawne Merriman | Free Agent | Free Agents
In addition to numerous injuries, free-agent DE Shawne Merriman (Bills) was just too far down the Buffalo Bills' depth chart to make much of an impact. The team spent more than $100 million in free agency on DEs Mario Williams and Mark Anderson. They also had a former starter in DE Chris Kelsay as the first player off the bench.

LB | Tamba Hali | Kansas City Chiefs | Transaction
The Kansas City Chiefs announced Monday, Aug. 20, that LB Tamba Hali has been suspended without pay for the team's Week 1 game, in addition to being fined one additional game check, for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Hali is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.

LB | James Harrison | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he is optimistic LB James Harrison (knee) will be ready for the start of the season. "I'm always optimistic. That doesn't necessarily mean he's going to be ready," Tomlin said. "We're just taking it day to day and we're going to let his recuperation dictate how we proceed. He's always been a fast healer and we'll keep that attitude."

LB | Brian Cushing | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said Sunday, Aug. 19, that LB Brian Cushing (ribs) is considered day to day due to bruised ribs.

LB | Jason Worilds | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
It remains unclear when Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jason Worilds (knee) will be able to make it back after offseason wrist surgery. He still cannot hinge his wrist to take on blockers, and will probably have to wear a brace when he is able to return.

LB | Sean Spence | Pittsburgh Steelers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Sean Spence is expected to see an increase in playing time, at least during the preseason, with LB Stevenson Sylvester (knee) sidelined at least three weeks. LB Brandon Johnson will also move inside from the outside.

LB | Larry English | San Diego Chargers | Injury
San Diego Chargers LB Larry English (hamstring) appears to be fully recovered from a hamstring injury which sidelined him for two weeks early in training camp. He has made a difference in the first two preseason games.

LB | Miles Burris | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Oakland Raiders LB Miles Burris has been starting at weak-side linebacker while LB Aaron Curry (knees) has been sidelined. Burris might start in Week 1 if Curry is not ready.

LB | Brian Orakpo | Washington Redskins | Injury
Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins LB Brian Orakpo (shoulder) underwent an MRI on his shoulder Sunday, Aug. 19, and it did not show any serious damage around his shoulder. He is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.

LB | D'Qwell Jackson | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns TE Benjamin Watson (undisclosed) and LB D'Qwell Jackson (shoulder) are participating in practice Sunday, Aug. 19.

LB | Keith Brooking | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos LBs Keith Brooking (hamstring) and Danny Trevathan (ankle), CB Tracy Porter (hamstring) and SS Quinton Carter (hamstring, knee) did not play in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 18, because of injuries.


Cornerback

CB | Cary Williams | Baltimore Ravens | Free Agents
Baltimore Ravens CB Cary Williams turned down a three-year contract extension worth $15 million. Williams will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

CB | Brandon McDonald | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Monday, Aug. 20, they have signed free-agent CB Brandon McDonald (Lions). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

CB | De'Quan Menzie | Kansas City Chiefs | Depth Chart Tidbit
Kansas City Chiefs S De'Quan Menzie has been moved to cornerback due to a lack of depth at the position due to injuries.

CB | Travis Daniels | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury
Kansas City Chiefs CB Travis Daniels (groin) is not expected to practice fully Monday, Aug. 20, due to his nagging groin injury.

CB | Brandon Flowers | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Kansas City Chiefs CB Brandon Flowers (heel) has not practiced since July 31 due to bruised heel. CB Jalil Brown has been getting reps with Flowers out, but he was not particularly good in the preseason game with the St. Louis Rams.

CB | Jalil Brown | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Kansas City Chiefs CB Brandon Flowers (heel) has not practiced since July 31 due to bruised heel. CB Jalil Brown has been getting reps with Flowers out, but he was not particularly good in the preseason game with the St. Louis Rams.

CB | Dre Kirkpatrick | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Cincinnati Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick (knee) has been cleared to practice and is participating in practice Sunday, Aug. 19.

CB | Mike Jenkins | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins (shoulder) said his injured shoulder is feeling better every day and the range of motion in the shoulder is fine. He is dealing with some scar tissue issues that have hampered the strength in the shoulder. He believes he has a chance to be ready to for Week 1 but has another appointment to meet with Dr. James Andrews for a checkup.

CB | Jayron Hosley | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said Jayron Hosley (toe) suffered turf toe in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 18.

CB | Tracy Porter | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos LBs Keith Brooking (hamstring) and Danny Trevathan (ankle), CB Tracy Porter (hamstring) and SS Quinton Carter (hamstring, knee) did not play in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 18, because of injuries.


Strong Safety

SS | Jordan Babineaux | Tennessee Titans | Injury
Tennessee Titans SS Jordan Babineaux (shoulder) did not practice Sunday, Aug. 19, and he said he might not play Thursday, Aug. 23, in the team's next preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. He said his right shoulder is still sore, but it will not prevent him from playing in the regular season.


Free Safety

FS | Brandon Hardin | Chicago Bears | Injury
Chicago Bears FS Brandon Hardin (neck) was released from the hospital Sunday, Aug. 19, and all major tests came back clear after he was carted off the field during the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 18, with a neck injury.

FS | Brandon Meriweather | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins LB Brandon Meriweather (knee) had an MRI Sunday, Aug. 19, which revealed no structural damage to his left knee, according to a person with knowledge of the test result.

FS | Darrell Stuckey | San Diego Chargers | Depth Chart Tidbit
The San Diego Chargers are expected to keep an extra receiver on the 53-man roster, so FS Darrell Stuckey's (stinger) roster spot might be in jeopardy. He has not been able to help himself, either, as he has been sidelined by a stinger.

FS | Abram Elam | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Kansas City Chiefs FS Abram Elam might be called upon to start if FS Kendrick Lewis (shoulder) missed an extended period.

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