NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on January 9, 2006 @ 16:00:00 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Peyton Manning | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning was selected to The Associated Press 2005 All-Pro team.

QB | Carson Palmer | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer (knee) is not blaming Pittsburgh Steelers DT Kimo von Oelhoffen for the injury he suffered in the AFC Wild Card playoff game Sunday, Jan. 8. "I don't know Kimo personally," Palmer said. "From what I've heard, he's a classy guy. Football is football. I don't think it was malicious at all. He's a guy with a high motor that plays hard and was playing hard. It just happened. I don't think in any way he was trying to do anything. It's just part of the game."

QB | Daunte Culpepper | Minnesota Vikings | Injury News, Fantasy
Sid Hartman, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings injured QB Daunte Culpepper (knee) has agreed to fly to the Twin Cities from Orlando this week to spend some time visiting with new head coach Brad Childress. "I spoke to Daunte Saturday morning. I had a nice conversation with him," Childress said. "I will have a chance to sit down face-to-face with him here later in the week." Childress wants to tell Culpepper how valuable he is to the team. Apparently, Culpepper is making good progress after undergoing surgery to repair his knee.

QB | Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis possibly took a verbal shot at Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger. When asked about how the injury to QB Carson Palmer (knee) affected the Bengals Wild Card loss, Lewis said, "The guy got hurt. Let it go. There's nothing you can do. You can't get it back. To sit there and baby and cry like their quarterback did -- ridiculous." Lewis might have been referring to last month when Bengals LB Odell Thurman hit Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger during a game and the way he complained afterward.

QB | Jon Kitna | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer (knee) had his knee rolled into by Pittsburgh Steelers DL Kimo von Oelhoffen on the team's second offensive play of their Wild Card playoff game. QB Jon Kitna will take his place in the lineup. Palmer was carted off to the team's locker room to be evaluated.

QB | Byron Leftwich | Jacksonville Jaguars | Depth Chart Tidbit
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said that QB Byron Leftwich will remain the team's starter for 2006, but expressed concern about his ability to remain healthy, according to Vic Ketchman of Jaguars.com. "I want him to get rid of the ball sooner," Del Rio said. "He'll sit in there and take shots. He's not afraid at all. That's something we have to help him improve, because if you continue to take shots, you're going to spend time on the sideline. He's taking too many shots."


Running Back

RB | Tiki Barber | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants RB Tiki Barber was selected to The Associated Press 2005 All-Pro team.

RB | Shaun Alexander | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander was selected to The Associated Press 2005 All-Pro team.

RB | Clinton Portis | Washington Redskins | Injury News, Fantasy
Ryan O'Halloran, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins RB Clinton Portis (shoulder) might not practice early in the week, but he is expected to play in the NFC Divisional Playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14, against the Seattle Seahawks.

RB | DeShaun Foster | Carolina Panthers | Injury News, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers RB DeShaun Foster (toe) played through a toe injury during the team's Wild Card playoff game. He is expected to play against the Chicago Bears. He could, however, miss some practice time during the coming week.

RB | Ladell Betts | Washington Redskins | Injury News, Fantasy
Gary Fitzgerald, of Redskins.com, reports Washington Redskins RB Clinton Portis (shoulders) says he will be ready for the team's round two playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14. Portis missed a lot of time during the team's Wild Card win sharing time with RB Ladell Betts, but he understands why. "When we were up, there wasn't any use in continuing to take that pounding," Portis said. "Ladell and Rock Cartwright are capable backs. As long as we were in that position, it was going to be Ladell."

RB | Antowain Smith | New Orleans Saints | Free Agency News
Brian Allee-Walsh, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints RB Antowain Smith is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2005 season is over.

RB | Kevin Faulk | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots RB Kevin Faulk started the team's Wild Card game in place of RB Corey Dillon. Early in the first quarter, Faulk is seeing all the action.


Fullback

FB | Heath Evans | New England Patriots | Injury News
Michael Parente, of the Woonsocket Call, reports New England Patriots RB Heath Evans (shoulder) likely will not play in the AFC Divisional Playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14, against the Denver Broncos unless the other running backs have setbacks.

FB | Nick Goings | Carolina Panthers | Injury News
Carolina Panthers RB Nick Goings (unspecified) left the team's Wild Card game with an unspecified injury.


Wide Receiver

WR | Bethel Johnson | New England Patriots | Injury News
Michael Parente, of the Woonsocket Call, reports New England Patriots WR Bethel Johnson (ankle) continues to be bothered by an ankle injury and could be a game-time decision for the AFC Divisional Playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14, against the Denver Broncos.

WR | Chad Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals WR Chad Johnson was selected to The Associated Press 2005 All-Pro team.

WR | Steve Smith | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith was selected to The Associated Press 2005 All-Pro team.

WR | Michael Clayton | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury News, Fantasy
Jim Flynn, of PewterReport.com, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden expects WR Michael Clayton (toe) to be 100 percent healthy when the offseason training program begins in March. "We expect his toe, his shoulder and his whole body to be healed by March 20," said Gruden. "We think Michael Clayton can return to the Michael Clayton he was as a rookie."

WR | Terrell Owens | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Bob Brookover, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, reports the Philadelphia Eagles plan to give WR Terrell Owens' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, permission Tuesday, Jan. 10, to seek a trade, according to a league source.

WR | Brandon Stokley | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts WR Brandon Stokley (knee) practiced Monday, Jan. 9, and is expected to play in the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

WR | Marvin Harrison | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts WR Marvin Harrison (finger) practiced Monday, Jan. 9, and is expected to play in the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

WR | James Thrash | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Ryan O'Halloran, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins WR James Thrash (thumb) had surgery to repair a broken thumb and he is expected to play in the NFC Divisional Playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14, against the Seattle Seahawks.

WR | Quincy Morgan | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports Pittsburgh Steelers WR Quincy Morgan (ankle) suffered a high ankle sprain during the team's Wild Card game and should miss the Divisional Playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts.

WR | Az-Zahir Hakim | New Orleans Saints | Free Agency News
Brian Allee-Walsh, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints WR Az-Zahir Hakim is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2005 season is over.


Tight End

TE | Antonio Gates | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates was a unanimous selection to The Associated Press 2005 All-Pro team.

TE | Jeb Putzier | Denver Broncos | Injury News, Fantasy
Jeff Legwold, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports Denver Broncos TE Jeb Putzier (shoulder) practiced Monday, Jan. 9, and is expected to play in the AFC Divisional Playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14, against the New England Patriots.

TE | Jeremy Shockey | New York Giants | Injury News, Fantasy
ESPN reports New York Giants TE Jeremy Shockey (ankle) will start the team's Wild Card game Sunday, Jan. 8, but he will not be at 100 percent.

TE | Zach Hilton | New Orleans Saints | Free Agency News
Brian Allee-Walsh, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints TE Zach Hilton is eligible to become a restricted free agent after the 2005 season is over.


Place Kicker

PK | Neil Rackers | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals PK Neil Rackers was selected to The Associated Press 2005 All-Pro team.


Defensive Line

DL | Josh Thomas | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Indianapolis Colts DE Josh Thomas (shoulder) practiced Monday, Jan. 9, and is expected to play in the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

DL | Montae Reagor | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Indianapolis Colts DT Montae Reagor (knee) practiced Monday, Jan. 9, and is expected to play in the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

DL | Corey Simon | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Indianapolis Colts DT Corey Simon (foot) practiced Monday, Jan. 9, and is expected to play in the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

DL | Robert Mathis | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Indianapolis Colts DE Robert Mathis (foot) practiced Monday, Jan. 9, and is expected to play in the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

DL | Dwight Freeney | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Indianapolis Colts DE Dwight Freeney (foot) did not practice Monday, Jan. 9, but is expected to play in the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

DL | Demetric Evans | Washington Redskins | Depth Chart Tidbit
Ryan O'Halloran, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins DE Demetric Evans will start at left defensive end for the NFC Divisional Playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14, against the Seattle Seahawks.

DL | Renaldo Wynn | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Ryan O'Halloran, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins DE Renaldo Wynn (forearm) had surgery Sunday, Jan. 8, to insert two plates and was placed on Injured Reserve, which ends his 2005 season.

DL | Ian Scott | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Chicago Bears DT Ian Scott (hamstring) should be available to play in the NFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Carolina Panthers.

DL | Michael Strahan | New York Giants | Injury News
New York Giants DL Michael Strahan (unspecified) has returned to the team's Wild Card game after missing a few plays with an unspecified injury.

DL | John Engelberger | Denver Broncos | Free Agency News
The Denver Post reports Denver Broncos DE John Engelberger reached his playing time incentive and can void the final year of his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2005 season.

DL | Paul Spicer | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News
Bart Hubbuch, of the Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars DE Paul Spicer (hand) was spelled frequently during the team's Wild Card game Saturday, Jan. 7, because of a broken hand.

DL | Reggie Hayward | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News
Bart Hubbuch, of the Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars DE Reggie Hayward (hamstring) barely played during the team's Wild Card game Saturday, Jan. 7, because of a strained hamstring.

DL | Orpheus Roye | Cleveland Browns | Free Agency News
Tony Grossi, of the Plain Dealer, reports the Cleveland Browns are still working to re-sign DE Orpheus Roye before he becomes an unrestricted free agent. A new deal is reachable before the free agent signing period begins March 3, a source said. The two sides have closed the gap which used to be $6 million for a three-year contract.

DL | Jason Taylor | Miami Dolphins | Injury News
Jeff Darlington, of the Palm Beach Post, reports Miami Dolphins DE Jason Taylor (foot) may miss the Pro Bowl game due to a foot injury.


Linebacker

LB | Tedy Bruschi | New England Patriots | Injury News
Michael Parente, of the Woonsocket Call, reports New England Patriots LB Tedy Bruschi (calf) did not play in the AFC Wild Card game Saturday, Jan. 7, against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bruschi will probably play in the AFC Divisional Playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14, against the Denver Broncos.

LB | Al Wilson | Denver Broncos | Injury News
Jeff Legwold, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports Denver Broncos LB Al Wilson (thumb) will practice this week and play in the AFC Divisional Playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14, against the New England Patriots.

LB | Cato June | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Indianapolis Colts LB Cato June (hernia/knee/ankle) practiced Monday, Jan. 9, and is expected to play in the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

LB | Hunter Hillenmeyer | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Chicago Bears LB Hunter Hillenmeyer (thumb) will return to start in the NFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Carolina Panthers.

LB | Dan Morgan | Carolina Panthers | Injury News, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers LB Dan Morgan (shoulder) is expected to play during the team's upcoming playoff game against the Chicago Bears. However, he could miss some time during practice during the coming week.

LB | James Harrison | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports Pittsburgh Steelers LB James Harrison (ankle) suffered a high ankle sprain during the team's Wild Card game and should miss the Divisional Playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts.

LB | Mike Peterson | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said that LB Mike Peterson (wrist) will likely undergo surgery on his injured right wrist this week, according to Vic Ketchman of Jaguars.com.

LB | Nick Greisen | New York Giants | Injury News
New York Giants LB Nick Greisen (burner) has returned to the team's Wild Card game after suffering a burner in the first quarter.

LB | T.J. Slaughter | New Orleans Saints | Free Agency News
Brian Allee-Walsh, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints LB T.J. Slaughter is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2005 season is over.

LB | Ronald McKinnon | New Orleans Saints | Free Agency News
Brian Allee-Walsh, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints LB Ronald McKinnon is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2005 season is over.

LB | Sedrick Hodge | New Orleans Saints | Free Agency News
Brian Allee-Walsh, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints LB Sedrick Hodge is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2005 season is over.


Cornerback

CB | Darrent Williams | Denver Broncos | Injury News
Jeff Legwold, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports the Denver Broncos are optimistic that CB Darrent Williams (groin) will be able to play in the AFC Divisional Playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14, against the New England Patriots. Williams will likely be used at the nickel cornerback position.

CB | Jason David | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Indianapolis Colts DB Jason David (groin) practiced Monday, Jan. 9, and is expected to play in the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

CB | Gerome Sapp | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Indianapolis Colts DB Gerome Sapp (back) practiced Monday, Jan. 9, and is expected to play in the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

CB | Shawn Springs | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Ryan O'Halloran, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins CB Shawn Springs (groin) did not play in the NFC Wild Card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 7. Springs expects to play in the NFC Divisional Playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14, against the Seattle Seahawks.

CB | Brandon McGowan | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Chicago Bears S Brandon McGowan (knee) has yet to be placed on Injured Reserve, but he is out for the season.

CB | Jerry Azumah | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Chicago Bears CB Jerry Azumah (hip) should be ready to play in the NFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Carolina Panthers after having three weeks of rest.


Strong Safety

SS | Dexter Reid | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Indianapolis Colts DB Dexter Reid (ankle) practiced Monday, Jan. 9, and is expected to play in the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

SS | Mike Brown | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Chicago Bears SS Mike Brown (calf) will return to start in the NFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Carolina Panthers. Brown said he will not be rusty because he has practiced over the past few weeks.


Free Safety

FS | Bob Sanders | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Indianapolis Colts FS Bob Sanders (back) practiced Monday, Jan. 9, and is expected to play in the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

FS | Sean Taylor | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Jay Glazer, of FOXSports.com, reports Washington Redskins S Sean Taylor was fined $17,000 for spitting in the face of Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Michael Pittman during the team's Wild Card game.

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