NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on January 5, 2006 @ 16:00:00 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Mark Brunell | Washington Redskins | Injury News, Fantasy
Ryan O'Halloran, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins QB Mark Brunell (knee) practiced Thursday, Jan. 5, and is not on the team's injury report for the NFC Wild Card game Saturday, Jan. 7, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

QB | Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (thumb) practiced Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is probable for the AFC Wild Card playoff game Sunday, Jan. 8, against the Cincinnati Bengals.

QB | Byron Leftwich | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Byron Leftwich (ankle) practiced Wednesday, Jan. 4, and took most of the snaps. Leftwich is expected to start the AFC Wild Card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 7.

QB | Tom Brady | New England Patriots | Injury News, Fantasy
Michael Parente, of the Woonsocket Call, reports New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (shoulder) practiced Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is probable for the AFC Wild Card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 7, against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

QB | Eli Manning | New York Giants | Injury News, Fantasy
New York Giants QB Eli Manning (knee) is not having any issues with his knee. He will practice this week and start Sunday, Jan. 8.


Running Back

RB | Tiki Barber | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants RB Tiki Barber was selected as the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for December/January.

RB | Shaun Alexander | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
ESPNews reports Seattle Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander has won The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award. Alexander received 19 votes, with Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning finished second with 13 votes.

RB | Edgerrin James | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News, Fantasy
John Oehser, of Colts.com, reports Indianapolis Colts RB Edgerrin James (back) participated in a short bye-week practice Wednesday, Jan. 4.

RB | Corey Dillon | New England Patriots | Injury News, Fantasy
Michael Parente, of the Woonsocket Call, reports New England Patriots RB Corey Dillon (calf) missed a portion of practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is probable for the AFC Wild Card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 7, against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

RB | DeShaun Foster | Carolina Panthers | Injury News, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers RB DeShaun Foster (toe) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is questionable for the NFC Wild Card playoff game Sunday, Jan. 8.

RB | Carnell Williams | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Carnell Williams has won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Williams received 47 votes out of 50 to win the award.


Fullback

FB | Nick Luchey | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals FB Nick Luchey (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is probable for the AFC Wild Card playoff game Sunday, Jan. 8, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

FB | Heath Evans | New England Patriots | Injury News
Michael Parente, of the Woonsocket Call, reports New England Patriots RB Heath Evans (shoulder) missed a portion of practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is probable for the AFC Wild Card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 7, against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

FB | Patrick Pass | New England Patriots | Injury News
Michael Parente, of the Woonsocket Call, reports New England Patriots FB Patrick Pass (hamstring) missed a portion of practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is probable for the AFC Wild Card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 7, against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

FB | Brad Hoover | Carolina Panthers | Injury News
Carolina Panthers FB Brad Hoover (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is questionable for the NFC Wild Card playoff game Sunday, Jan. 8.

FB | Bryan Johnson | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Chicago Bears FB Bryan Johnson (foot) may be questionable for the team's first playoff game with a stress fracture in his foot.


Wide Receiver

WR | Brandon Stokley | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News, Fantasy
John Oehser, of Colts.com, reports Indianapolis Colts WR Brandon Stokley (knee) missed a short bye-week practice Wednesday, Jan. 4.

WR | Chris Henry | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals WR Chris Henry (back) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is probable for the AFC Wild Card playoff game Sunday, Jan. 8, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

WR | Michael Clayton | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury News, Fantasy
Roy Cummings, of the Tampa Tribune, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton (toe) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is out for the NFC Wild Card game Saturday, Jan. 7, against the Washington Redskins.

WR | Tim Carter | New York Giants | Injury News
New York Giants WR Tim Carter (hip) practiced Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is questionable for the NFC Wild Card game Sunday, Jan. 8, against the Carolina Panthers.

WR | Bethel Johnson | New England Patriots | Injury News
Michael Parente, of the Woonsocket Call, reports New England Patriots WR Bethel Johnson (ankle) missed a portion of practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is probable for the AFC Wild Card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 7, against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

WR | Steve Smith | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith became the first player to win the NFL's receiving triple crown since Green Bay Packers WR Sterling Sharpe in 1992. Smith finished with 103 receptions, 1,563 yards and 12 touchdowns.

WR | Darrell Jackson | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News
Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports Seattle Seahawks WR Darrell Jackson (knee) will not do much in practice during the Bye week, but he should be available to play in the NFC Divisional Playoff game.

WR | T.J. Houshmandzadeh | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh had three receptions for 29 yards in Week 17, which left him 44 yards shy of his goal of 1,000 receiving yards. Houshmandzadeh ended the regular season with 78 receptions - five more than 2004 - but short of his receiving yards total of 978 from last season.

WR | Chad Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals WR Chad Johnson said he was told by a "higher authority" not to talk to the media. "Thanks to a higher authority (Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis), I can not open my mouth. All week," Johnson said. Lewis' message to Johnson was "just play."

WR | Drew Carter | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Carolina Panthers WR Drew Carter has been seeing increased playing time as a replacement for WR Keary Colbert in some two-receiver sets.


Tight End

TE | Bryan Fletcher | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
John Oehser, of Colts.com, reports Indianapolis Colts TE Bryan Fletcher (groin) missed a short bye-week practice Wednesday, Jan. 4.

TE | Jeremy Shockey | New York Giants | Injury News, Fantasy
Updating an earlier report, New York Giants TE Jeremy Shockey (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, but he said he hopes to increase his workload Thursday, Jan. 5. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said he is proceeding as if Shockey will play in the NFC Wild Card playoff game Sunday, Jan. 8, against the Carolina Panthers.

TE | Jeb Putzier | Denver Broncos | Injury News, Fantasy
Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan said Monday, Jan. 2, TE Jeb Putzier (head) is fine after taking a hard hit during the team's Week 17 game. He said other than being sore, there is nothing wrong with Putzier.

TE | Visante Shiancoe | New York Giants | Injury News, Fantasy
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is hoping TE Jeremy Shockey (ankle) can return to practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, or Thursday, Jan. 5. Shockey remains day-to-day with his ankle injury. TE Visante Shiancoe would replace him in the lineup again, if Shockey can't play.


Defensive Line

DL | Renaldo Wynn | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Ryan O'Halloran, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins DE Renaldo Wynn (foot) practiced Thursday, Jan. 5, and is probable for the NFC Wild Card game Saturday, Jan. 7, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

DL | Dwight Freeney | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
John Oehser, of Colts.com, reports Indianapolis Colts DL Dwight Freeney (ankle) missed a short bye-week practice Wednesday, Jan. 4.

DL | Corey Simon | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
John Oehser, of Colts.com, reports Indianapolis Colts DL Corey Simon (foot) missed a short bye-week practice Wednesday, Jan. 4.

DL | Robert Mathis | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
John Oehser, of Colts.com, reports Indianapolis Colts DL Robert Mathis (foot) participated in a short bye-week practice Wednesday, Jan. 4.

DL | Shaun Smith | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals DT Shaun Smith (knee) practiced Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is probable for the AFC Wild Card playoff game Sunday, Jan. 8, against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Smith probably will share time at left defensive tackle with DT Bryan Robinson.

DL | Bryan Robinson | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals DT Bryan Robinson (foot) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is probable for the AFC Wild Card playoff game Sunday, Jan. 8, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

DL | Travis Kirschke | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Pittsburgh Steelers DE Travis Kirschke (back) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is questionable for the AFC Wild Card playoff game Sunday, Jan. 8, against the Cincinnati Bengals.

DL | Simeon Rice | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury News
Roy Cummings, of the Tampa Tribune, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Simeon Rice (illness) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, due to being sick. Rice should return to practice Thursday, Jan. 5, and is listed as probable for the NFC Wild Card game Saturday, Jan. 7, against the Washington Redskins.

DL | William Joseph | New York Giants | Injury News
New York Giants DT William Joseph (ankle) practiced Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is probable for the NFC Wild Card game Sunday, Jan. 8, against the Carolina Panthers.

DL | Fred Robbins | New York Giants | Injury News
New York Giants DT Fred Robbins (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is doubtful for the NFC Wild Card game Sunday, Jan. 8, against the Carolina Panthers.

DL | Eric Moore | New York Giants | Injury News
New York Giants DE Eric Moore (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is doubtful for the NFC Wild Card game Sunday, Jan. 8, against the Carolina Panthers.

DL | Reggie Hayward | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News
Jacksonville Jaguars DE Reggie Hayward (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is questionable for the AFC Wild Card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 7. Hayward said he will play.

DL | Paul Spicer | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News
Jacksonville Jaguars DE Paul Spicer (hand) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is questionable for the AFC Wild Card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 7.

DL | Mike Wright | New England Patriots | Injury News
Michael Parente, of the Woonsocket Call, reports New England Patriots DL Mike Wright (ankle) missed a portion of practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is questionable for the AFC Wild Card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 7, against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

DL | Rob Meier | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News
Jacksonville Jaguars DEs Rob Meier, Marcellus Wiley and Bobby McCray will rotate at defensive end if DEs Paul Spicer (hand) and Reggie Hayward (hamstring) can't play in the team's opening round playoff game Saturday, Jan. 7.

DL | Omari Hand | Jacksonville Jaguars | Transaction
The Jacksonville Jaguars have added DE Omari Hand to their practice squad.

DL | Martin Chase | Free Agent Players | Transaction
The Jacksonville Jaguars have released DE Martin Chase.

DL | Jarvis Green | New England Patriots | Injury News
Michael Parente, of the Woonsocket Call, reports New England Patriots DE Jarvis Green (shoulder) missed a portion of practice Tuesday, Jan. 3, and is probable for the AFC Wild Card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 7, against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

DL | Kenderick Allen | New York Giants | Injury News
New York Giants DT Fred Robbins (hamstring) may not be able to practice this week, due to a hamstring injury. If he can't play, DT Kenderick Allen is likely to take his place in the lineup.

DL | Michael Strahan | New York Giants | Injury News
New York Giants DE Michael Strahan (eye) had the swelling subside in his left eye. He eye is opened and he can see clearly. He will not miss any practice time this week, but he will wear a protective visor for the first time in his career Sunday, Jan. 8.


Linebacker

LB | Mike Peterson | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars LB Mike Peterson was selected as AFC Defensive Player of the Month for December/January.

LB | Lemar Marshall | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Ryan O'Halloran, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins LB Lemar Marshall (shoulder) practiced Thursday, Jan. 5, and is not on the team's injury report for the NFC Wild Card game Saturday, Jan. 7, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

LB | James Harrison | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Pittsburgh Steelers LB James Harrison (heel) practiced Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is probable for the AFC Wild Card playoff game Sunday, Jan. 8, against the Cincinnati Bengals.

LB | Andre Frazier | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Andre Frazier (hamstring) practiced Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is questionable for the AFC Wild Card playoff game Sunday, Jan. 8, against the Cincinnati Bengals.

LB | Reggie Torbor | New York Giants | Injury News
Updating an earlier report, New York Giants LB Reggie Torbor (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is questionable for the NFC Wild Card playoff game Sunday, Jan. 8, against the Carolina Panthers. Torbor likely will not play.

LB | Antonio Pierce | New York Giants | Injury News
New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is out for the NFC Wild Card game Sunday, Jan. 8, against the Carolina Panthers.

LB | Tedy Bruschi | New England Patriots | Injury News
Michael Parente, of the Woonsocket Call, reports New England Patriots LB Tedy Bruschi (calf) missed a portion of practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is questionable for the AFC Wild Card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 7, against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

LB | Tony Gilbert | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News
Either Jacksonville Jaguars LB Tony Gilbert or LB Daryl Smith would start at middle linebacker Saturday, Jan. 7, if LB Mike Peterson (wrist) can't play in the game. If Smith is forced to start at middle linebacker, LB Greg Favors might get the start at outside linebacker.

LB | D.D. Lewis | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News
Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports Seattle Seahawks LB D.D. Lewis (foot) is not expected to do much in practice during the Bye week. Lewis could be questionable for the NFC Divisional Playoff game, but the team thinks he will be able to play.


Cornerback

CB | Carlos Rogers | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Ryan O'Halloran, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins CB Carlos Rogers (biceps) practiced Thursday, Jan. 5, and is not on the team's injury report for the NFC Wild Card game Saturday, Jan. 7, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

CB | Shawn Springs | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Ryan O'Halloran, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins CB Shawn Springs (groin) did not practice Thursday, Jan. 5, and remains questionable for the NFC Wild Card game Saturday, Jan. 7, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

CB | Brandon McGowan | Chicago Bears | Injury News, Free Agency News
K.C. Johnson, of the Chicago Tribune, reports Chicago Bears S Brandon McGowan (knee) suffered a torn knee ligament in the season finale against Minnesota. He could be placed on Injured Reserve, but teams are allowed only four free agent signings during the playoffs.

CB | Darrent Williams | Denver Broncos | Injury News
Bill Williamson, of the Denver Post, reports Denver Broncos CB Darrent Williams (groin) participated in the Broncos' 60-minute workout Wednesday, Jan. 4. He is expected to practice on a daily basis next week and will be a part of the defensive back rotation for the team's Divisional Playoff game.

CB | Deltha O'Neal | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals CB Deltha O'Neal (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is probable for the AFC Wild Card playoff game Sunday, Jan. 8, against the Pittsburgh Steelers. O'Neal is expected to play.

CB | Chidi Iwuoma | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Pittsburgh Steelers CB Chidi Iwuoma (shoulder) practiced Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is probable for the AFC Wild Card playoff game Sunday, Jan. 8, against the Cincinnati Bengals.

CB | Deshea Townsend | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Pittsburgh Steelers CB Deshea Townsend (knee) practiced Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is probable for the AFC Wild Card playoff game Sunday, Jan. 8, against the Cincinnati Bengals.

CB | Asante Samuel | New England Patriots | Injury News
Michael Parente, of the Woonsocket Call, reports New England Patriots CB Asante Samuel (head) missed a portion of practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is probable for the AFC Wild Card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 7, against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

CB | Artrell Hawkins | New England Patriots | Injury News
Michael Parente, of the Woonsocket Call, reports New England Patriots S Artrell Hawkins (thigh) missed a portion of practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is probable for the AFC Wild Card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 7, against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

CB | Rashean Mathis | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News
Bart Hubbuch, of the Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars CB Rashean Mathis (finger) no longer has to play with a cast on the broken finger in his right hand. "I'll probably have a little splint on it against the Patriots, but nothing like that will limit me like before,'' Mathis said. "It's a relief, because I'm able to catch balls and jam receivers without any pain.''

CB | Marcus Trufant | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News
Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports Seattle Seahawks CB Marcus Trufant (back) will not do much in practice during the Bye week, but he should be available to play in the NFC Divisional Playoff game.

CB | Andre Dyson | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News
Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports Seattle Seahawks CB Andre Dyson (ankle) will not do much in practice during the Bye week, but he should be available to play in the NFC Divisional Playoff game.

CB | Kelly Herndon | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News
Mike Kahn, of Seahawks Insider, reports Seattle Seahawks CB Kelly Herndon (knee) will be healthy for the team's Divisional Playoff game.

CB | Ade Jimoh | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Ryan O'Halloran, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins CB Ade Jimoh (irregular heartbeat) has been medically cleared to play after a hospital visit Sunday evening, Jan. 1. It was the second time since Jimoh came to the Redskins that he experienced an irregular heartbeat.

CB | Keiwan Ratliff | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals CB Keiwan Ratliff (head) is probable for the AFC Wild Card playoff game Sunday, Jan. 8, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

CB | Charles Tillman | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Chicago Bears CB Charles Tillman (shoulder) appears to be fine for the playoffs.

CB | Jerry Azumah | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Chicago Bears CB Jerry Azumah (hip) will have three weeks of rest when he returns for the team's first playoff game in Week 19.


Strong Safety

SS | Jermaine Phillips | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury News
Roy Cummings, of the Tampa Tribune, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers SS Jermaine Phillips (knee) practiced Wednesday, Jan. 4, and is questionable for the NFC Wild Card game Saturday, Jan. 7, against the Washington Redskins.

SS | Jermaine Hardy | Carolina Panthers | Injury News, Transaction
Carolina Panthers SS Jermaine Hardy (hamstring) was placed on Injured Reserve, which ends his 2005 season.

SS | Mike Brown | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Chicago Bears SS Mike Brown (calf) will return to start in the playoffs Week 19 after resting five weeks with a calf injury.


Free Safety

FS | Bob Sanders | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
John Oehser, of Colts.com, reports Indianapolis Colts FS Bob Sanders (back) participated in a short bye-week practice Wednesday, Jan. 4.

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