NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on January 13, 2006 @ 16:00:00 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (thumb) practiced Friday, Jan. 13, and is probable for the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Indianapolis Colts.

QB | Billy Volek | Tennessee Titans | Injury News, Fantasy
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans backup QB Billy Volek (knee) recently had arthroscopic knee surgery, but is expected to recover in time for March drills.

QB | Carson Palmer | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Post reports Dr. Lonnie Paulos issued another statement about Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer's (knee) knee surgery via the team Thursday evening, Jan. 12. "I believe and regret that media reports, based on interviews with me, have misinterpreted my view of Carson Palmer's knee injury. Though the injury was serious, the essential facts remain that his ACL and MCL have been repaired. I would consider this a typical ACL/MCL football injury." He added that his use of "career-threatening" was about the type of surgery in general, not specifically Palmer's. "Comments attributed to me that the knee injury was "devastating and potentially career-ending" were meant to describe such injuries in general, not Carson Palmer's particular case. I was accurately quoted by the Associated Press that my bottom line is optimism regarding Carson's prognosis. With a successful rehabilitation program, he has an excellent chance of being medically cleared for play at the beginning of the 2006 NFL regular season."

QB | Daunte Culpepper | Minnesota Vikings | Injury News, Fantasy
The Star Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper (knee) weighed 266 pounds when he suffered his season-ending knee injury last season. Thursday, Jan. 12, Culpepper was at Winter Park and he weighed 252, an indication that he is going to play next year at least 20 pounds lighter. Dr. Dave Fischer and head trainer Chuck Barta checked out Culpepper's knee and the conclusion of the two was that Culpepper is right on schedule rehabilitating the knee and there is a good chance he will be ready to do some things, not everything, at training camp, and may be ready for the regular season opener.

QB | Brian Griese | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury News, Fantasy
Jim Flynn, of PewterReport.com, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Brian Griese will probably need to restructure his contract to remain with the team in 2006. His cap value is scheduled to escalate from $1.398 million to $7.083 million in 2006. The team will have to make a decision on what to do with Griese before Mar. 3, which is when he's scheduled to receive a $2.6 million roster bonus. General manager Bruce Allen said Griese's rehab from knee surgery is going well. "It looks like he'll be ready for the offseason program," Allen said of Griese. "Brian is very aggressive in his rehab, and he's doing most of the work he needs to do right now. We almost have to slow him down. He should be ready for the start of OTA days."

QB | Chris Simms | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Free Agency News, Fantasy
Jim Flynn, of PewterReport.com, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Bruce Allen has already had discussions with the agent for QB Chris Simms regarding a contract extension. Allen said Thursday, Jan. 12, that the Buccaneers want to take both Simms and QB Brian Griese into the 2006 regular season. Simms is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this offseason, which means Tampa Bay will consider tendering him a one-year contract that requires another team to offer the team compensation in the form of draft picks in order to acquire him.

QB | Eli Manning | New York Giants | Fantasy
The St. Petersburg Times, citing Newsday, reports the New York Giants will exercise a clause in QB Eli Manning's contract that would keep him with the team through at least the 2009 season.

QB | Drew Brees | San Diego Chargers | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports San Diego Chargers QB Drew Brees (shoulder) was discussing his shoulder injury Wednesday, Jan. 11, when he slipped and said the Chargers would like to sign him to a long-term deal. "They want to pursue me long-term," Brees said from Birmingham, Ala. "I know that's something that for the next few months everybody's going to be working on. As far as what's going on up to this point, it's not much, just the very beginning stages. I know they want me long-term and I want to be here long-term." Chargers general manager A.J. Smith at first refused to confirm that he or anyone else from the front office told Brees that. A few hours later, Smith called reporters back to confirm what Brees said. "We are going to try to long-term him," Smith said. "We originally wanted to do this in early February, but I guess Drew was just answering the question honestly."

QB | Tom Brady | New England Patriots | Injury News, Fantasy
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (shoulder) practiced Tuesday, Jan. 10. He is probable for the team's playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14.

QB | Kurt Warner | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Darren Urban, of the East Valley Tribune, reports Arizona Cardinals QB Kurt Warner will likely receive a contract extension before becoming a free agent and return to the team in 2006. "There is a mutual interest in continuing our relationship," Cardinals vice president of football operations Rod Graves said. "We'd like to have him back."

QB | Jon Kitna | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer said he would like to see backup QB Jon Kitna to return next season. Kitna will be an unrestricted free agent. "Jon has some opportunities out there," Palmer said. "I know the organization wants him back. I want what's best for him. But selfishly, I want him back. If Kitna's here, it doesn't do anything to (hurt) the offense. He knows it better than I do."


Running Back

RB | Jerome Bettis | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis (hamstring) practiced Friday, Jan. 13, and is probable for the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Indianapolis Colts.

RB | DeShaun Foster | Carolina Panthers | Injury News, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers RB DeShaun Foster (toe) practiced Friday, Jan. 13, and is probable for the NFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Chicago Bears.

RB | Ahman Green | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Tom Silverstein, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers RB Ahman Green wants to return to the team in 2006, even if it meant he had to sign a one-year deal. Green will be an unrestricted free agent in March.

RB | Ricky Williams | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Bill Williamson, of the Denver Post, reports there is plenty of speculation the Miami Dolphins will trade RB Ricky Williams and the Denver Broncos are already being linked to that speculation. The Broncos are likely to add to their running arsenal in the offseason, but it most likely will be through the draft. Williams would fit Denver's running back mold, but the team probably wouldn't trade for a veteran.

RB | Travis Henry | Tennessee Titans | Injury News, Fantasy
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans RB Travis Henry (ankle) may undergo arthroscopic surgery on his troublesome right ankle in the near future.

RB | Mike Anderson | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Jeff Legwold, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports Denver Broncos RB Mike Anderson is expected to return to the starting lineup against the New England Patriots in their upcoming playoff battle.

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 Thursday, Jan. 12. He remains probable for their AFC Divisional Playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14, against the Denver Broncos.

RB | Rudi Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Cincinnati Bengals RB Rudi Johnson (knee) will have a "minor cleanup" after the Pro Bowl, according to Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis.

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 | 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."


Fullback

FB | Bryan Johnson | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Chicago Bears FB Bryan Johnson (foot) did not practice Friday, Jan. 13, and is questionable for the NFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Carolina Panthers. Johnson will not be able to play.

FB | Heath Evans | New England Patriots | Injury News, Fantasy
Michael Parente, of the Woonsocket Call, reports New England Patriots FB Heath Evans (shoulder) missed a portion of practice Thursday, Jan. 12. He remains probable for their AFC Divisional Playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14, against the Denver Broncos.

FB | Patrick Pass | New England Patriots | Injury News, Fantasy
Michael Parente, of the Woonsocket Call, reports New England Patriots FB Patrick Pass (hamstring) missed a portion of practice Thursday, Jan. 12. He remains probable for their AFC Divisional Playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14, against the Denver Broncos.

FB | Mike Alstott | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Jim Flynn, of PewterReport.com, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Bruce Allen said he will meet with RB Mike Alstott about his future with the team soon. Alstott has said he is undecided about retirement. "I've talked to Mike and we will talk again in the near future," said Allen. "We had a good discussion about many things, as we do, but not specifically him. Those discussions will continue. We just said we would get together later on and talk about (his future)." If he does decide to play, Alstott might be too expensive to keep around at his current rate of pay. He's under contract through 2008, but the final three years of Alstott's contract are voidable. Alstott's salary cap value is scheduled to go up from $2.393 million to $5.168 million in 2006. He's also scheduled to receive a $3 million roster bonus Mar. 3.


Wide Receiver

WR | Troy Walters | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Indianapolis Colts WR Troy Walters (groin) left practice Friday, Jan. 13, and is questionable for the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

WR | Brandon Stokley | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts WR Brandon Stokley (knee) practiced Friday, Jan. 13, and is probable for 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 (hand) practiced Friday, Jan. 13, and is probable for the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

WR | Ricky Proehl | Carolina Panthers | Injury News
Carolina Panthers WR Ricky Proehl (illness) practiced Friday, Jan. 13, and is probable for the NFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Chicago Bears.

WR | Darrell Jackson | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports, as noted previously, Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren said WR Darrell Jackson (knee) will start the team's playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14. He will then be part of a three- or even four-man receiving rotation that will also include WRs Bobby Engram, Joe Jurevicius and D.J. Hackett.

WR | Kelley Washington | Cincinnati Bengals | Free Agency News
Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com, reports Cincinnati Bengals WR Kelley Washington, a restricted free agent in March, has switched his agent from Drew Rosenhaus to Chad Speck.

WR | Quincy Morgan | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Joe Bendel, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reports Pittsburgh Steelers WR Nate Washington will act as the No. 4 wide receiver for the team's Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15. Washington will replace WR Quincy Morgan (fibula) who suffered a fractured fibula during the team's Wild Card game.

WR | James Thrash | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Ryan O'Halloran, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins WR James Thrash (thumb) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 11, and is questionable for the NFC Divisional Playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14, against the Seattle Seahawks.

WR | Keyshawn Johnson | Dallas Cowboys | Injury News, Fantasy
Todd Archer, of the Dallas Morning News, reports Dallas Cowboys WR Keyshawn Johnson (knee) underwent offseason surgery on his right knee for the second straight year. He is expected to be healthy for the beginning of the team's offseason conditioning program in March.

WR | Bethel Johnson | New England Patriots | Injury News
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots WR Bethel Johnson (knee) practiced Tuesday, Jan. 10. He is not listed on the team's injury report.

WR | Chris Henry | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Cincinnati Bengals rookie WR Chris Henry was on crutches Monday, Jan. 9, after receiving extensive medical treatment on his right knee. The type and severity of the injury is unknown, but Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said Henry will not need surgery. Lewis added that Henry will need six to eight weeks of rehab.

WR | Amani Toomer | New York Giants | Fantasy
Vinny DiTrani, of the Bergen Record, reports New York Giants WR Amani Toomer said he does not feel he will be back with the team in 2006. "I've just been around the business for a while and I know the reality of the situation," said Toomer. However, Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi said he expects and wants Toomer back next season. Toomer is scheduled to make $2.4 million in salary in 2006 and is signed through 2008.

WR | Reggie Williams | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
News4Jax.com reports Jacksonville Jaugars WR Reggie Williams was arrested Monday, Jan. 9, on a charge of possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana, which is a misdemeanor. Williams was not taken to jail, but was issued a notice to appear in court. He was stopped for failing to stop for a stop sign. A Jaguars team spokesman had no comment on Williams' arrest Tuesday, Jan. 10.

WR | Braylon Edwards | Cleveland Browns | Injury News
Tom Withers, of the Associated Press, reports Cleveland Browns WR Braylon Edwards (knee) should be able to play for the 2006 season, but will not be 100 percent until the 2007 season.

WR | Antonio Bryant | Cleveland Browns | Free Agency News
Tom Withers, of the Associated Press, reports Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage said Monday, Jan. 9, that the team would like to re-sign WR Antonio Bryant, who is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2005 season.

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.


Tight End

TE | Bryan Fletcher | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Indianapolis Colts TE Bryan Fletcher (groin) practiced Friday, Jan. 13, and is probable for the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

TE | Stephen Alexander | Denver Broncos | Injury News
Jeff Legwold, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports Denver Broncos TE Stephen Alexander (toe) practiced Thursday, Jan. 12, and is expected to play during the team's playoff game against the New England Patriots.

TE | Jeb Putzier | Denver Broncos | Injury News
Jeff Legwold, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports Denver Broncos TE Jeb Putzier (shoulder) practiced Thursday, Jan. 12, and is expected to play during the team's playoff game against the New England Patriots.

TE | Christian Fauria | New England Patriots | Injury News
Michael Parente, of the Woonsocket Call, reports New England Patriots TE Christian Fauria (foot) missed a portion of practice Thursday, Jan. 12. He remains probable for their AFC Divisional Playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14, against the Denver Broncos.

TE | Daniel Graham | New England Patriots | Injury News, Fantasy
Michael Parente, of the Woonsocket Call, reports New England Patriots TE Daniel Graham (shoulder) missed a portion of practice Thursday, Jan. 12. He remains probable for their AFC Divisional Playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14, against the Denver Broncos.

TE | Dan Campbell | Dallas Cowboys | Injury News, Fantasy
Todd Archer, of the Dallas Morning News, reports Dallas Cowboys TE Dan Campbell (hernia) underwent his fourth hernia surgery. Campbell is scheduled for free agency in March.

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.


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 | Travis Kirschke | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Pittsburgh Steelers DL Travis Kirschke (groin) practiced Friday, Jan. 13, and is probable for the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Indianapolis Colts.

DL | Kimo von Oelhoffen | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Pittsburgh Steelers DL Kimo von Oelhoffen (knee) practiced Friday, Jan. 13, and is probable for the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Indianapolis Colts.

DL | Josh Thomas | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Indianapolis Colts DL Josh Thomas (shoulder) practiced Friday, Jan. 13, and is probable for the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

DL | Corey Simon | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Indianapolis Colts DL Corey Simon (foot) practiced Friday, Jan. 13, and is probable for the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

DL | Montae Reagor | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Indianapolis Colts DL Montae Reagor (knee) practiced Friday, Jan. 13, and is probable for the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

DL | Robert Mathis | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Indianapolis Colts DL Robert Mathis (foot) practiced Friday, Jan. 13, and is probable for the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

DL | Dwight Freeney | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Indianapolis Colts DL Dwight Freeney (ankle/foot/hamstring) practiced Friday, Jan. 13, and is probable for the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

DL | Kindal Moorehead | Carolina Panthers | Injury News
Carolina Panthers DL Kindal Moorehead (illness) practiced Friday, Jan. 13, and is probable for the NFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Chicago Bears.

DL | Travis LaBoy | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans DE Travis LaBoy (shoulder) recently had arthroscopic shoulder surgery, but is expected to recover in time for March drills.

DL | Marcus White | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans DT Marcus White (knee) recently had arthroscopic knee surgery, but is expected to recover in time for March drills.

DL | Rien Long | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans DT Rien Long (knee) recently had arthroscopic knee surgery, but is expected to recover in time for March drills.

DL | Albert Haynesworth | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans DT Albert Haynesworth (knee) recently had arthroscopic knee surgery, but is expected to recover in time for March drills.

DL | Joe Tafoya | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News
Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports Seattle Seahawks DE Joe Tafoya (hamstring) practiced Thursday, Jan. 12, and should play in the NFC Divisional Playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14, against the Washington Redskins.

DL | Jarvis Green | New England Patriots | Injury News
Michael Parente, of the Woonsocket Call, reports New England Patriots DL Jarvis Green (shoulder) missed a portion of practice Thursday, Jan. 12. He remains probable for their AFC Divisional Playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14, against the Denver Broncos.

DL | Courtney Brown | Denver Broncos | Injury News
Denver Broncos DE Courtney Brown (knee/shoulder) practiced Wednesday, Jan. 11, and is probable for the AFC Divisional Playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14, against the New England Patriots.

DL | Cornelius Griffin | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Ryan O'Halloran, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins DT Cornelius Griffin (shoulder) practiced Wednesday, Jan. 11, and is probable for the NFC Divisional Playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14, against the Seattle Seahawks.

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.


Linebacker

LB | James Harrison | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Pittsburgh Steelers LB James Harrison (ankle) did not practice Friday, Jan. 13, and is doubtful for the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Indianapolis Colts. Harrison will not play.

LB | Clark Haggans | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Clark Haggans (toe) practiced Friday, Jan. 13, and is probable for the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Indianapolis Colts.

LB | Joey Porter | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Joey Porter (hand) practiced Friday, Jan. 13, and is probable for the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Indianapolis Colts.

LB | Cato June | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Indianapolis Colts LB Cato June (groin/knee/ankle) practiced Friday, Jan. 13, and is probable for the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

LB | Brandon Short | Carolina Panthers | Injury News
Carolina Panthers LB Brandon Short (knee) practiced Friday, Jan. 13, and is probable for the NFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Chicago Bears.

LB | Brad Kassell | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans LB Brad Kassell (shoulder) recently had arthroscopic shoulder surgery, but is expected to recover in time for March drills.

LB | Robert Reynolds | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans LB Robert Reynolds (knee) recently had arthroscopic knee surgery, but is expected to recover in time for March drills.

LB | Zach Thomas | Miami Dolphins | Injury News
Barry Jackson, of the Miami Herald, reports Miami Dolphins LB Zach Thomas (shoulder) underwent shoulder surgery recently but will be ready for minicamps in May, a source close to the team said Thursday, Jan. 12. He is likely to not play in the Pro Bowl.

LB | Will Witherspoon | Carolina Panthers | Free Agency News
The Associated Press reports Carolina Panthers LB Will Witherspoon wants to be with the team in 2006, despite the fact the team hasn't yet signed him to a long-term contract extension. Witherspoon becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and talks on a new deal have been slow. Witherspoon is believed to be interested in money equivalent to the contract signed by his teammate, LB Dan Morgan.

LB | Al Wilson | Denver Broncos | Injury News
Jeff Legwold, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports Denver Broncos LB Al Wilson (thumb) practiced Thursday, Jan. 12, and is expected to play during the team's playoff game against the New England Patriots.

LB | D.D. Lewis | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News
Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports Seattle Seahawks LB D.D. Lewis (foot) practiced again Thursday, Jan. 12, and should play in the NFC Divisional Playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14, against the Washington Redskins.

LB | Hunter Hillenmeyer | Chicago Bears | Injury News
The Chicago Tribune reports Chicago Bears LB Hunter Hillenmeyer (thumb) said hopes he will not have to wear a cast on his thumb for the NFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Carolina Panthers.

LB | Nick Greisen | New York Giants | Free Agency News
The Star-Ledger reports the New York Giants have mixed feelings on bringing back LB Nick Greisen, who will be a free agent in March, according to a league official.

LB | Nathaniel Adibi | Seattle Seahawks | Transaction
Seahawks.com reports the Seattle Seahawks have placed practice squad DE Nathaniel Adibi on Injured Reserve ending his 2005 season.

LB | Tedy Bruschi | New England Patriots | Injury News
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots LB Tedy Bruschi (calf) is not listed on the team's weekly injury report for Week 19.

LB | Cody Spencer | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans LB Cody Spencer (sports hernia) underwent surgery last week to repair a sports hernia, but is expected to be back in time for off-season workouts. This is the second consecutive year that Spencer has had surgery to repair a sports hernia.

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 | Jason Kyle | Carolina Panthers | Injury News
Carolina Panthers LS Jason Kyle (foot) suffered a foot injury during Week 18, but the injury is not believed to be serious. He will be re-evaluated Wednesday, Jan. 11.


Cornerback

CB | Darrent Williams | Denver Broncos | Injury News
Updating ongoing reports, ESPN's John Clayton reports Denver Broncos CB Darrent Williams (groin) said he is at about 67 percent health. Williams, as reported, is expected to play as the team's nickel back against the New England Patriots.

CB | Kelvin Hayden | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Indianapolis Colts CB Kelvin Hayden (ankle) is questionable for the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

CB | Jerry Azumah | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Chicago Bears CB Jerry Azumah (hip) was held out of practice Friday, Jan. 13, but is likely to play in the NFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Carolina Panthers.

CB | Marcus Trufant | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News
Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports Seattle Seahawks CB Marcus Trufant (back) practiced Thursday, Jan. 12, and is expected to start in the NFC Divisional Playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14, against the Washington Redskins.

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 Thursday, Jan. 12. He remains probable for their AFC Divisional Playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14, against the Denver Broncos.

CB | Jason David | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Indianapolis Colts DB Jason David (groin) practiced Thursday, Jan. 12, 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 Thursday, Jan. 12, and is expected to play in the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

CB | Rashied Davis | Chicago Bears | Injury News
The Chicago Tribune reports while the Chicago Bears' coaching staff has not made it official, players have said Bears CB Rashied Davis will return kickoffs in the NFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Carolina Panthers. Davis will replace CB Jerry Azumah (hip), who has battled hip soreness all season.

CB | Fred Smoot | Minnesota Vikings | Injury News
The Pioneer Press reports Minnesota Vikings CB Fred Smoot (shoulder) was scheduled to visit with a doctor Wednesday, Jan. 11, to have his shoulder checked. Smoot plans on taking two weeks off before starting his offseason program.

CB | Shawn Springs | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Ryan O'Halloran, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins CB Shawn Springs (groin) practiced Wednesday, Jan. 11, and is probable for the NFC Divisional Playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14, against the Seattle Seahawks.

CB | Will Allen | New York Giants | Free Agency News
Ernie Palladino, of the Journal News, reports New York Giants CB Will Allen said Monday, Jan. 9, he would like to return to the team in 2006. "I just want to play football," said Allen, who will become an unrestricted free agent March 3. "Of course I'd like to come back here. I'll see when it happens. Where I play doesn't matter."

CB | Asante Samuel | New England Patriots | Injury News
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots CB Asante Samuel (head) practiced Tuesday, Jan. 10. He is probable for the team's playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14.

CB | Andre Dyson | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News
Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports Seattle Seahawks CB Andre Dyson (ankle) is not on the team's injury report for their upcoming playoff game against the Washington Redskins. He was able to practice Tuesday, Jan. 10, with the first-string defense and should be ready to play against the Redskins.

CB | Deltha O'Neal | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Cincinnati Bengals CB Deltha O'Neal (knee) will have a "minor cleanup" after the Pro Bowl, according to Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis.


Strong Safety

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 Friday, Jan. 13, and is probable for the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

FS | Marlon McCree | Carolina Panthers | Transaction
The Charlotte Observer reports Carolina Panthers S Marlon McCree was fined $5,000 by the NFL for excessive celebration after one of his two interceptions in during the NFC Wild Card game Sunday, Jan. 8, against the New York Giants.

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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