NFL Players in the News

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



QB | Carson Palmer | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer (knee) said he has begun throwing. He continues to participate in workouts with teammates three months after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery to repair two damaged ligaments. Palmer is wearing a sturdy brace on the knee, but he jogged through the locker room Thursday morning, April 13, on his way to the weight room for a workout.

QB | Chris Simms | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Rick Stroud, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Chris Simms was confident in his role as the team's No. 1 quarterback as he led the team into action at the first day of their Organized Team Activities Tuesday, April 11. "It's definitely a different circumstance for me," Simms said. "It's good coming in here and knowing my position and being able to just work hard and get better." Another bonus for Simms is the return of WR Michael Clayton, who missed all offseason workouts a year ago recovering from knee surgery.

QB | Jon Kitna | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Tom Kowalski, of, reports Detroit Lions head coach Rod Marinelli wanted to make it clear Tuesday, April 11, that QB Jon Kitna is not the No. 1 quarterback. "We don't have a starter right now. Somebody has to take the first snap,'' said Marinelli, who refused to even say that Kitna would have an edge because of his experience.

QB | Donovan McNabb | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News, Fantasy
Bob Grotz, of the Delaware County Times, reports Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb (hernia) was able to dunk and run during a celebrity basketball game. McNabb looked fit and rehabilitated from an injury plagued 2005 season. McNabb said, "I feel better. I mean, I'm still not 100 percent but yet I'm still able to do a lot of different things and I'm just taking full advantage of this opportunity of doing something different besides football." McNabb will continue to have his annual workout with teammates in Arizona.

QB | J.P. Losman | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Sal Maiorana, of the Democrat and Chronicle, reports speculation has been rampant the Buffalo Bills are done with QB J.P. Losman. Bills offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild attempted to clarify the team's quarterback situation. "Here's what I'm trying to do with the quarterback issue," Fairchild said recently. "We're going to start on even ground and try not to pre-judge anybody. We're going to open it up and see where it goes." The team's recent three-day minicamp at the team's practice facility didn't determine whether Losman, QB Craig Nall or QB Kelly Holcomb will be the starter at New England Sept.10, but it was the first step in a vitally important evaluation process. Fairchild was asked if he could get more out of Losman and he replied, "J.P. has some talent. Obviously, he was a first-round pick and he showed arm strength and all sorts of good things, but that's just a little piece of being a good quarterback. Putting it together and producing on the field, all the arm strength and athletic ability in the world doesn't guarantee that you'll produce as a quarterback. But there are a lot of tools that look good, a lot of positive things. Maybe a fresh start will be good for him."

QB | Daunte Culpepper | Miami Dolphins | Injury News, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins QB Daunte Culpepper (knee) has continued his rehab process and feels confident that he will be ready to play the season opener for his new team. The quarterback even hopes to be ready by the preseason in order to gain more chemistry with his new teammates. However, his main goal is to be 100 percent by the start of the season. "Me personally, that's my personal goal [to be ready by opening day]," Culpepper said. "But I still have a good picture of the whole thing and I'm real good with reality and I know that an injury like this, it's tough to come back from that quick. That's my goal right now and I am going to continue to work that way."

QB | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | Injury News, Fantasy
Jimmy Smith, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (shoulder) will return to Birmingham, Ala., to continue rehabilitating his surgically repaired throwing shoulder. When practice ended Sunday, April 9, Brees stayed behind with several other injured offensive players who had not taken part in drills. At the end of several plays, Brees lightly tossed the ball to RB Deuce McAllister and smiled when asked whether those soft tosses were the first he has attempted since the Jan. 5 surgery. "Well, I mean, it's nothing nobody doesn't know about," he said. "The physical therapy folks in Birmingham know exactly what I'm doing all the time. We're right on track."

QB | Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Tom Silverstein, writing for the Sporting News, reports Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is being trained to be the starter next season in head coach Mike McCarthy's offseason quarterback school. McCarthy wants Rodgers to be fully prepared to play next year regardless of whether he's the starter or QB Brett Favre is.

QB | Brad Johnson | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Dave Campbell, of the Associated Press, reports Minnesota Vikings QB Brad Johnson still feels confident that he can play for a long time. Johnson said, "Whatever takes place off the field and with management, that will take place. But to me, I feel like I've proved myself every day in practice and look forward to it and feel like I can play a long time." Johnson said he will try not to worry about the team potentially trading for or drafting a replacement quarterback for him.

Running Back

RB | Fred Taylor | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Bart Hubbuch, of the Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars RB Fred Taylor expects to be back with the team in 2006, but he's ready to move on if necessary. "There are 31 other teams in this league, and I'm good enough to play for somebody," Taylor said this week. "I'm going to do what I need to do to take care of myself, and they're going to do what they have to do to take care of the organization. It's a business. If somebody were to fall into free agency that was better than me, they would snatch him up in a heartbeat, and I would be on the street. I would love to end my career here, but I know how it goes. Emmitt (Smith) wanted to end his career in Dallas, but it doesn't always work out. What someone says can be a lot of hot air, so I'm going to take care of Fred first." Taylor was referring to comments by Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver and head coach Jack Del Rio since the end of last season that indicated Taylor would be welcomed back. As previously reported, Taylor has decided to workout on his own and that move was greeted coolly by Del Rio.

RB | Ron Dayne | Denver Broncos | Draft Information
Lee Rasizer, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports the Denver Broncos will have three, maybe four candidates to be the starting running back in 2006. The current candidates are RBs Ron Dayne, Tatum Bell and Cedric Cobbs. The team also may add another running back via the NFL Draft. Bell still is awaiting his opportunity for full-time duty despite a productive 921-yard season in 2005 that demonstrated his big-play ability, while Cobbs simply is eager for an opportunity. Former Broncos RB Mike Anderson added that, despite head coach Mike Shanahan's public proclamation in January that "everybody would like that franchise back, that you could give the ball 30 times a game," the Broncos might continue with a two-pronged attack because it worked so well last season.

RB | Warrick Dunn | Atlanta Falcons | Transaction
Steve Wyche and D. Orlando Ledbetter, of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, reports Atlanta Falcons RB Warrick Dunn re-worked his contract to give the team more salary cap space. Dunn signed a one-year contract extension that turned future earnings into a $2.5 million signing bonus. He trimmed nearly $3 million off his salary cap charge by re-working his contract. He'll earn $2.7 million for the 2006 season and is on schedule to make $12.45 million over the next three years.

RB | Ricky Williams | Miami Dolphins | Draft Information, Fantasy
Harvey Fialkov, of the Sun-Sentinel, reports the Miami Dolphins would like to know the status of RB Ricky Williams as soon as possible in order to plan for the upcoming NFL Draft. The NFL has said there is no timetable as to when the league will rule on Williams' appeal of a fourth failed drug test.

RB | Willie Parker | Pittsburgh Steelers | Free Agency News
Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, reports agent Elbert Avery met with Pittsburgh Steelers negotiator Omar Khan Tuesday afternoon, April 11, at their offices on the South Side, trying to get a new deal for exclusive-rights free agent RB Willie Parker (Steelers). If he does not come to terms on a long-term deal, Parker must play for his one-year tender offer. He would then become a restricted free agent in 2007.

RB | Michael Bennett | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
Jimmy Smith, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints RB Michael Bennett is content with his role as the team's No. 2 running back. "Obviously, you don't want to accept that," Bennett said during the Saints' weekend minicamp. "But the thing is, I'm a team player. Deuce (McAllister) is the running back here. I just want to be that relief pitcher, so when he gets tired, I can go in there and knock 'em dead. When Deuce wears the defense down and they're good and tired, they can put me in there for a running play. And when they're tired and worn out from Deuce, they really don't want to see me." In the Saints' first five minicamp practices, with McAllister sitting out as he continues to rehabilitate his surgically repaired knee, Bennett has gotten the bulk of the repetitions as the team goes through its offensive paces. Bennett has displayed the elusiveness and speed that earned him that Pro Bowl spot before injuries limited him to playing 16 games in his final three seasons in Minnesota.

RB | Kevin Jones | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Mike O'Hara, of the Detroit News, reports a 2005 season of discontent has turned into an offseason of optimism for Detroit Lions RB Kevin Jones. In 2005, Jones was injured, missed three games and rushed for only 664 yards. Jones did not have a 100-yard game. He had more than 20 carries in only three games, and his average per carry plummeted from 4.7 yards in 2004 to 3.6. It ought to be better in 2006 for Jones. Rod Marinelli, the new head coach, puts a premium on what he sees on tape and likes what he saw from Jones in his first two years. He has the power to run through tackles and the speed to get around the corner. "He's a beast," Marinelli said at the recent NFL meetings in Florida. Two days after Super Bowl XL Jones went to a workout camp in Scottsdale, Ariz. He dropped 10 pounds, from 239 to 229, and intends to start the season at 225. That's about five pounds lighter than his playing weight last year.

RB | Najeh Davenport | Green Bay Packers | Injury News, Fantasy
Tom Silverstein, writing for the Sporting News, reports Green Bay Packers RB Najeh Davenport (ankle) is on pace to be ready for the start of training camp following surgery to insert two pins in his broken ankle. Davenport chose to re-sign with the team because he saw an opportunity to share time with RB Ahman Green and possibly start if Green's thigh injury doesn't heal in time. If Davenport can stay healthy, however, he'll get a shot to be a part of the running game because he can pound on a defense.

RB | Priest Holmes | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
During an interview with, Kansas City Chiefs QB Trent Green said RB Priest Holmes is still up in the air on returning to the team. Green said, "I've talked to him very little. He's still up in the air. It all comes down to the medical part of it. Until he feels comfortable with the diagnosis and the testing and doctors say he's going to be fine and say you don't have to be worried about any further risk, then he's going to hold out on his decision. And it seems because he respects his contract and he gave some leeway to the organization that the organization is going to be patient as well"


FB | Jeremi Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Transaction
Updating previous reports, the Cincinnati Bengals have announced officially re-signing FB Jeremi Johnson to a one-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Wide Receiver

WR | Az-Zahir Hakim | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Kent Somers, of the Arizona Republic, reports the Arizona Cardinals may wait until after the NFL Draft to sign free agent WR Az-Zahir Hakim (Saints), if they sign him. Agent Chuck Price acknowledged that the team's level of enthusiasm for the deal doesn't match his and Hakim's. "I don't know that we're seeing eye to eye on value," Price said. But he is optimistic a deal can be reached. "I think we're close," he said.

WR | Rashaun Woods | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy's John Clayton reports the San Diego Chargers are hoping newly acquired WR Rashaun Woods can emulate WR Keenan McCardell. The Chargers plan to put Woods behind McCardell and let him learn. McCardell could teach him enough efficient route-running to make this a good trade for the Chargers down the road.

WR | Michael Clayton | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury News, Fantasy
Rick Stroud, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton (knee) was able to participate as the team began their organized team activities Tuesday, April 11.

WR | Charles Rogers | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Larry Lage, of the Associated Press, reports Detroit Lions WR Charles Rogers has played at about 220 pounds in the NFL but said he wants to enter next season about 20 pounds lighter, with the sleeker body type he had at Michigan State. He said he also wants to shed the image that doubters have of him as a lackluster player in practice. "I just have to keep working hard to prove them wrong," Rogers said.

WR | Mike Williams | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Larry Lage, of the Associated Press, reports Detroit Lions WR Mike Williams said new Lions' head coach Rod Marinelli only looked at him as he delivered part of his stern message at the start of minicamp Tuesday, April 11. "'I don't want you to be late, and I don't want you to be overweight,' and he looked right at me," Williams recalled. Marinelli "just wants me to be the player I was before I came here," Williams said. Williams played at 239 pounds last year. He said he's 230 now and hopes to look more like the 212-pound WR Roy E. Williams. "I'm trying to catch Roy. I've got best going because everybody thinks I'll be 225," Mike Williams said. Williams said he was late to one meeting last season but said reports indicated he missed 15 or 20.

WR | Troy Walters | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
John Oehser, of, reports Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian said free agent WR Troy Walters' (Colts) status with the team is uncertain. His return "is an open question as we go forward," Polian said.

WR | Marvin Harrison | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News, Fantasy
John Oehser, of, reports Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian said WR Marvin Harrison (wrist) is recovering from offseason surgery and should be ready to return to action at training camp, if not as soon as late June.

WR | Troy Williamson | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Mike Wobschall, of, reports Minnesota Vikings WR Troy Williamson looked great in the team's recent minicamp April 7-9. The second-year receiver showed great hands and tremendous speed in the open field.

WR | Eric Moulds | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Kristie Rieken, of the Associated Press, reports Houston Texans WR Eric Moulds believes he is one of the team's missing pieces to help revive one of the NFL's worst offenses from the 2005 season. With WR Andre Johnson and QB Davis Carr, Moulds believes he can help put the team over the top. Moulds said, "I think now defenses have to play more honest. They're going to have to account for Andre on the other side. They're going to have to account for me on one side if they double Andre. So our game is going to help each other out and I think it is going to help to make David Carr a more successful quarterback."

WR | Peerless Price | Buffalo Bills | Transaction
Updating previous reports, reports Buffalo Bills WR Peerless Price signed a four-year deal with the team worth over $10 million. There are also additional incentives in the contract for Price if he becomes the team's No. 1 receiver.

WR | Koren Robinson | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings WR Koren Robinson settled confidently into his new role as No. 1 wide receiver at the team's weekend minicamp. "I've been ready to do that since I came into the league," Robinson said. "I had my issues, but I feel like I'm now back to where I want to be in my life and just focusing on football." Coming off a season in which he made the Pro Bowl as a kickoff returner but caught just 22 passes, Robinson is looking forward to playing a feature role as lead receiver in the Vikings' new West Coast offense. "I'm loving it," he said. "It's the same offense I played in when I was in Seattle. I had a big year (in 2002) with 1,240 yards and 78 catches, so I'm looking forward to it. I'm the No. 1 guy right now, and I'm looking forward to a big year."

WR | Andre' Davis | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Allen Wilson, of the Buffalo News, reports Buffalo Bills WR Andre' Davis has a chance to win a starting job with the team. "I guess timing is everything," Davis said Saturday, April 8, after the second day of the Bills' minicamp. "I landed in a great situation here, and I'm looking forward to going out and showing that I can help this team." Davis will likely have to beat out WR Josh Reed to earn a starting role, though players such as WRs Sam Aiken and Roscoe Parrish are also in the mix. Davis and Reed are rotating at the "Z" or flanker position in minicamp. Evans was moved to the "X" receiver or split end, where WR Eric Moulds used to play. Davis said he'll leave the roster decisions to the coaches, but he knows his on-field performance will have some influence. If Davis' injury problems are finally behind him, he could be one of the steals of free agency.

WR | Kevin Curtis | St. Louis Rams | Free Agency News
Shawn Harrison, of the Herald Journal, reports restricted free agent WR Kevin Curtis (Rams) said his agent had some conversations with the Seattle Seahawks, but he expects to remain with the St. Louis Rams.

WR | Dennis Northcutt | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Fantasy
Patrick McManamon, of the Akron Beacon Journal, reports Cleveland Browns WR Dennis Northcutt will start opposite WR Joe Jurevicius until WR Braylon Edwards (knee) is able to return from knee surgery. Northcutt struggled in that role last season. Head coach Romeo Crennel said, "Because I think he was a little frustrated from the year before and previous years about his production. But, you got a new quarterback, new system. I think you have to take some of that into consideration."

WR | David Patten | Washington Redskins | Injury News, Fantasy
Paul Woody, writing for the Sporting News, reports Washington Redskins WR David Patten (knee) is recovering well from his 2005 knee injury. However, Patten now looks like he will be the team's No. 4 wide receiver upon his return.

WR | Brandon Jones | Tennessee Titans | Injury News, Fantasy
Jim Wyatt, writing for the Sporting News, reports Tennessee Titans WR Brandon Jones (knee) is coming off December ACL surgery. Jones has made great strides in his recovery but still has a long ways to go to be ready for the season. The Titans won't rush Jones back too soon, which means his chances of being ready for the opener aren't good.

WR | Lee Evans | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Chris Brown, of, reports Buffalo Bills WR Lee Evans is now the No. 1 wide receiver for the team. Evans said, "(I've been preparing for this) since I first stepped in the door. You work every day to get better and get more opportunities." Bills wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert believes Evans is ready to handle a leading role in the offense.

WR | Donte' Stallworth | New Orleans Saints | Injury News
The Associated Press reports New Orleans Saints WR Donte' Stallworth (shoulder) did not participate in the team's minicamp Friday, April 7. He was sidelined by minor shoulder surgery.

Place Kicker

PK | Ryan Longwell | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Mike Wobschall, of, reports Minnesota Vikings PK Ryan Longwell looked sharp during the team's three-day minicamp April 7-9. He displayed good accuracy and leg strength.

PK | Martin Gramatica | New England Patriots | Injury News
Andy Hart, of Patriots Weekly, reports New England Patriots K Martin Gramatica (abdominal) is fully recovered from an abdominal injury that contributed to a poor 2003 season, his last in the NFL. "I feel 100 percent now. I'm very confident right now. I just feel great," Gramatica said. He also feels that the cold and unpredictable weather of Foxboro Stadium will not be a problem having played college ball at Kansas State as well as having braved the icy November conditions against division rivals Green Bay and Chicago during his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

PK | Josh Brown | Seattle Seahawks | Transaction, Free Agency News reports the Seattle Seahawks have re-signed restricted free agent PK Josh Brown (Seahawks) to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Defensive Line

DL | Richard Seymour | New England Patriots | Transaction
Paul Perillo, of Patriots Football Weekly, reports New England Patriots LB Richard Seymour signed a contract extension believed to keep him with the team for four more years through 2010. Seymour received a raise in salary after a brief holdout last summer, which means he cannot receive another raise for a full calendar year according to a section of the collective bargaining agreement. The big money portion of his extension will likely start with the 2007 season.

DL | Tim Anderson | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit
Chris Brown, of, reports Buffalo Bills DT Tim Anderson is likely to be made the team's starting nose tackle for the 2006 season. "Actually I kind of like nose," said Anderson. "I like the challenge of being down there. You get doubled a lot more and I think it's a bigger challenge. I enjoy being in close quarters and just inches from the guy you're about to hit as opposed to having a gap in between you. I've always been a little bit more comfortable at the nose so I'm looking forward to it."

DL | Kyle Vanden Bosch | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans DL Kyle Vanden Bosch (shoulder) recently underwent shoulder surgery and will miss significant time in the team's offseason program. He's expected to miss organized workouts in April and May, but might be able to participate in some June workouts. He should be ready for training camp at the end of July. With Vanden Bosch injured, DL Antwan Odom and DL Bo Schobel are expected to receive additional time at left defensive end during organized workouts.

DL | Will Smith | New Orleans Saints | Injury News
Les East, of the Advocate, reports New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith (shoulder) attended practice Saturday, April 8, and had his left shoulder wrapped in a harness.

DL | Brentson Buckner | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Stan Olson, of the Charlotte Observer, reports free agent DT Brentson Buckner (Panthers) is still drawing interest from several teams, including the New York Giants. "I know there has also been contact with New York and some other teams," he said. "My agent is handling all that right now."

DL | Renaldo Wynn | Washington Redskins | Injury News
David Elfin, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins DL Renaldo Wynn (arm) is still mending from the broken right forearm in suffered in the 2005 NFL playoffs. He can't do any weight room work on his upper body, which he typically spun as a positive "because it allows me to work more on my legs, and that's where your power comes from. My main goal is to be 100 percent for training camp." Redskins' director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer said Wynn's forearm is healing well and he could be on the field for minicamp in June. When Wynn returns to the field, he will probably find himself as a backup player now that the team has signed DE Andre Carter.

DL | Kenechi Udeze | Minnesota Vikings | Injury News
Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings DE Kenechi Udeze (knee) is practicing at the team's current minicamp. He says he is fully recovered from knee surgery. Udeze has resumed his role as the starting left end six months after doctors used a "microfracture" procedure to repair damaged cartilage in his left knee.

DL | Tyoka Jackson | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports the St. Louis Rams have informed free agent DT Tyoka Jackson (Rams) he probably didn't fit into their plans for 2006. Jackson was told that his contract situation might be revisited after the draft, but that if he got an offer elsewhere he should take it.


LB | James Harrison | Free Agent Players | Transaction, Free Agency News's John Clayton reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have reached a four-year, $5.5 million deal with LB James Harrison. Included in the deal is a $1.375 million signing bonus. Harrison was an unsigned exclusive-rights player who wouldn't have been a free agent until 2008.

LB | Teddy Lehman | Detroit Lions | Injury News
Mike O'Hara, of the Detroit News, reports Detroit Lions LB Teddy Lehman (foot) is still recovering from surgery on his right arch and cannot take part in drills. Lehman had the operation in late November.

LB | Hunter Hillenmeyer | Chicago Bears | Free Agency News
Brad Biggs and Mike Mulligan, of the Chicago Sun-Times, report the New Orleans Saints are interested in restricted free agent LB Hunter Hillenmeyer (Bears), but the Chicago Bears likely would match any offer sheet.

LB | Keith Brooking | Atlanta Falcons | Transaction
Steve Wyche and D. Orlando Ledbetter, of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, reports Atlanta Falcons LB Keith Brooking re-worked his contract to give the team more salary cap space. He turned $2.7 million of his 2006 base salary into a signing bonus, reducing his salary cap number by nearly $2 million. He'll earn $1.6 million in base salary for the 2006 salary and is on schedule to earn $19.6 million over the rest of his contract.

LB | LaVar Arrington | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Tom Silverstein, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports the Green Bay Packers face a few obstacles if they try to sign free agent LB LaVar Arrington (Redskins). Arrington wants to play for a winner; the Packers were 4-12 last season. Arrington wants to know whether QB Brett Favre is going to retire; the Packers still don't know the quarterback's plans. Arrington wants a big contract; the Packers have plenty of salary cap room but don't think they should have to pay considerably more than what the market bears. At this point a deal with Arrington is not imminent. The interest on both sides does appear legitimate. "There has to be interest from both sides if there's a visit," Arrington's agent, Kevin Poston, said Tuesday, April 11. "There were a number of other teams who were interested in him and he chose not to visit. He's realistic. To him, he's not a guy who believes in wasting his time." During his visit, Arrington asked the Packers if he could talk to Favre, Poston said. Poston said Arrington had not spoken to Favre as of Tuesday afternoon but was still interested in touching base with him.

LB | Cato June | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
John Oehser, of, reports Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian said LB Cato June (knee, sports hernia) is recovering from offseason surgery and should be ready to return to action at training camp.

LB | Kailee Wong | Houston Texans | Injury News
Megan Manfull, writing for the Sporting News, reports Houston Texans MLB Kailee Wong (knee) has been putting in long hours in rehabilitation and in the weight room, determined to be healthy by the start of the season, but by all accounts, that won't happen. Wong likely will miss 5-8 weeks of the season. If newly signed LB Sam Cowart plays well while Wong is sidelined, Wong may move to outside linebacker.

LB | Takeo Spikes | Buffalo Bills | Injury News
Allen Wilson, writing for the Sporting News, reports Buffalo Bills LB Takeo Spikes (Achilles') is making steady progress in his recovery from a torn Achilles' tendon injury suffered during the 2005 season. Spikes appears to be on schedule for full-scale practices by training camp. The team will take a conservative approach and bring him along slowly. The goal is for him to be 100 percent by the start of the regular season.

LB | Ray Lewis | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
Mike Preston, writing for the Sporting News, reports Baltimore Ravens MLB Ray Lewis (hamstring) has been working out and is expected to be at full strength when the team opens training camp in late July or early August. Lewis recently worked out at the team's training facility, and Ravens officials were pleased with his progress.


CB | Sammy Davis | San Francisco 49ers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan believes recently acquired 49ers CB Sammy Davis should compete immediately for a starting position. "This was an opportunity for us to strengthen ourselves at a position of need with a proven NFL starter," said Nolan on the trade. "Davis will be able to step in from day one and challenge for a starting role."

CB | Ty Law | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Nick Cafardo, of the Boston Globe, reports agent Carl Poston said he was expecting an offer for free agent CB Ty Law (Jets) from the Seattle Seahawks Wednesday evening, April 12.

CB | Ricky Manning Jr. | Carolina Panthers | Draft Information, Free Agency News
Darin Gantt, of the Rock Hill Herald, reports if the Chicago Bears sign restricted free agent CB Ricky Manning Jr. (Panthers) to an offer sheet and the Carolina Panthers do not match the offer, the Panthers would receive the Bears third-round pick (88th overall) in this year's NFL Draft.

CB | Randall Gay | New England Patriots | Transaction
New England Patriots CB Randall Gay signed a one-year contract with a $425,000 base salary to remain with the team.

CB | Marlin Jackson | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
John Oehser, of, reports Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian said CB Marlin Jackson (shoulder) is recovering from offseason surgery and should be ready to return to action at training camp.

CB | Nate Clements | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Updating previous reports, Chris Brown, of, reports Buffalo Bills franchise CB Nate Clements remained absent from the team's minicamp workouts Sunday, April 9.

CB | Will Poole | Miami Dolphins | Injury News
Greg A. Bedard, of the Palm Beach Post, reports Miami Dolphins CB Will Poole (knee), who missed all of last season after ACL surgery, said he's "95 percent."

CB | Ike Taylor | Pittsburgh Steelers | Free Agency News
Joe Bendel, of the Tribune-Review, reports Scott Smith, the agent for restricted free agent CB Ike Taylor (Steelers), continues to seek a long-term contract for Taylor, who is the only starter on the Pittsburgh Steelers defense not signed through at least 2007.

Strong Safety

SS | Keith Davis | Dallas Cowboys | Free Agency News
Clarence E. Hill Jr., of the Star-Telegram, reports several sources are saying the Dallas Cowboys are leaning toward matching the two-year, restricted free-agent offer sheet S Keith Davis signed with the New Orleans Saints. The Cowboys have until Monday, April 17, to make a decision. The Cowboys have made no secret about wanting an upgrade from Davis' play at free safety last season. Look for the Cowboys to continue to target the position in free agency and possibly select a safety in the draft.

SS | Mike Doss | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
John Oehser, of, reports Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian said S Mike Doss (shoulder) is recovering from offseason surgery and should be ready to return to action at training camp.

SS | Donovin Darius | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News
Bart Hubbuch, writing for the Sporting News, reports Jacksonville Jaguars S Donovin Darius (knee) has shown no negative effects from last season's knee injury and already is up to speed and expects to be a full participant in the club's offseason program.

SS | Mike Brown | Chicago Bears | Draft Information
Gary Fitzgerald, of, reports Howard DL Mike Brown worked out or was in attendance for the Washington Redskins' local workout for draft-eligible players Friday, April 7.

SS | Keion Carpenter | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports free agent S Keion Carpenter (Falcons) visited with the Seattle Seahawks this week.

Free Safety

FS | Terrence Holt | Detroit Lions | Transaction
The Detroit Lions have announced officially re-signing FS Terrence Holt to a one-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

FS | Bob Sanders | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
John Oehser, of, reports Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian said S Bob Sanders (biceps) is recovering from offseason surgery and should be ready to return to action at training camp.

FS | Troy Vincent | Buffalo Bills | Injury News
Allen Wilson, of the Buffalo News, reports Buffalo Bills FS Troy Vincent (shoulder) is not participating in workouts during this weekend's minicamp. He was bothered by a shoulder problem late in the 2005 season.

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