NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on May 4, 2006 @ 16:00:00 PDT



QB | Doug Flutie | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
The Associated Press reports New England Patriots QB Tom Brady wants QB Doug Flutie to return for one more year with the Patriots. "I don't know how that's going to work out," Brady said Thursday, May 4, when asked at a news conference about Flutie, who is considering retirement. Brady said he was concerned about the team's other veteran players who left as free agents. "We lost a lot. There's a lot of value in those guys," Brady said. "The people that we bring in are going to have to find ways to contribute."

QB | Vince Young | Tennessee Titans | Draft Information
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans rookie QB Vince Young ranks No. 2 in jersey sales after the NFL Draft. According to Eddie White, vice president of team properties for Reebok, the company had 15,000 orders for New Orleans Saints RB Reggie Bush jerseys and 14,500 for Young jerseys as of early this week.

QB | Carson Palmer | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer (knee) is making progress from reconstructive knee surgery in January. Palmer said, "Yeah, everything's going great. It's a long, slow process. I'm moving along as my leg gets stronger."

QB | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | Injury News, Fantasy
Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (shoulder) has been working out with San Diego Chargers CB Quentin Jammer. Brees said, "I've been throwing for almost four weeks." His target date to start throwing after shoulder surgery was the beginning of May, which Brees was told must mean he remains aged of schedule in his rehabilitation. Brees responded, "Only about a month."

QB | Steve McNair | Tennessee Titans | Free Agency News
Jamison Hensley, of the Baltimore Sun, reports the Baltimore Ravens might suspend trade talks with the Tennessee Titans for QB Steve McNair, due to the possibility that McNair could be a free agent soon. A hearing between the NFL players union and the Titans is set for May 16, when an arbitrator is expected to decide if the team was in breach of their contract with McNair by barring him from working out at the team's facility. The Ravens and Titans have not been in talks since Sunday, April 30.

QB | Billy Volek | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
The Nashville City Paper reports Tennessee Titans QB Billy Volek currently sits atop the team's depth chart at quarterback while the team decides what to do with QB Steve McNair. With the team drafting QB Vince Young with the No. 3 overall selection, Volek realized Young is the future of the franchise. Still, Volek does not mind helping Young learn the NFL ropes. He said, "Steve McNair has been a wonderful mentor to me, and anything I can impart to Vince and have him learn from me, I'll be glad to do." On McNair's status with the team, Volek added, "With everything that's gone on, I really don't think Steve will be back."

QB | Trent Dilfer | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Depth Chart Tidbit
Tony Grossi, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports Cleveland Browns QB Trent Dilfer (knee) may be unhappy about his situation in Cleveland. The teams had indicated in past interviews QB Charlie Frye will likely be the starter come training camp. Browns general manager Phil Savage said Dilfer has not asked for a trade or to be released from his contract, which has three years left. Asked if Dilfer was unhappy, Savage said, "I can't answer that." Dilfer has been rehabbing his knee at team headquarters and is expected to participate in organize team activities by June.

QB | Chad Pennington | New York Jets | Injury News, Fantasy
Dave Hutchinson, of the Star-Ledger, reports New York Jets QB Chad Pennington (shoulder) is expected to intensify his throwing during a voluntary passing camp that begins May 30, head coach Eric Mangini said Sunday, April 30. It's uncertain how much Pennington, who is coming off his second rotator cuff surgery in as many seasons, will throw. The Jets have a rookie/first-year minicamp beginning May 12 and Mangini said Pennington "may do some things" then.

Running Back

RB | William Green | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Steve Doerschuk, of the Canton Repository, reports Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage said Browns RB William Green will remain the team's primary backup at running back heading into minicamp. "I think William is the incumbent as the second-string tailback," Savage said on a WTAM-AM draft show. "Someone's going to have to beat him out. The drafting of RB Jerome Harrison probably doesn't effect William Green as much as it would Lee Suggs or Jason Wright. Suggs, Wright and Harrison are slated to be third-down backs." Head Coach Romeo Crennel seems intent on keeping RB Reuben Droughns fresher in 2006. Droughns carried a franchise-record 309 times in 2005.

RB | Priest Holmes | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury News, Fantasy
Elizabeth Merrill, of the Kansas City Star, reports Kansas City Chiefs RB Priest Holmes (neck) will not attend the team's minicamp May 12-14. Head coach Herman Edwards said Wednesday, May 3, that Holmes will not be in Kansas City when offseason practice starts in two weeks because he hasn't been medically cleared. Holmes has been seeing a spinal specialist, Robert Watkins, after getting the worst of a helmet-to-helmet collision during the 2005 season. Holmes hasn't been in town this spring for offseason conditioning, but that's not unusual. In most years, he's stayed in San Antonio for his private workouts.

RB | Samkon Gado | Green Bay Packers | Injury News, Fantasy reports Green Bay Packers RB Samkon Gado (knee) is likely to practice at minicamp this weekend.

RB | Ahman Green | Green Bay Packers | Injury News, Fantasy reports Green Bay Packers RB Ahman Green (quad) will not practice at minicamp this weekend. Green still is several months away from returning from his torn quadriceps tendon. It's unlikely he'll participate in any of the offseason practices, and it's not even a given he'll be ready for the start of training camp in late July.

RB | DeShaun Foster | Carolina Panthers | Injury News, Fantasy reports Carolina Panthers head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion commented on Panthers RB DeShaun Foster's (leg) recovery Wednesday, May 3. "He is now three months post surgery, and he is doing very well. He has begun his running program. He has begun his conditioning program with lifting. He's doing very well. His leg is responding extremely well to the surgery and he's not having any problems at all."

RB | Verron Haynes | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Mike Prisuta, of the Tribune-Review, reports Pittsburgh Steelers RB Verron Haynes could have a larger role in the team's offense for the 2006 season. Currently, RB Willie Parker is the starting running back and RB Duce Staley will replace retired RB Jerome Bettis, but the coaching staff is not forgetting about Haynes. Head coach Bill Cowher said, "Verron Haynes is a guy you can't overlook." Runnings backs coach Dick Hoak said Haynes is a good short-yardage runner and goal-line back. When asked if Haynes was capable of more, Cowher said, "We're going to let that thing unfold. I don't have any preconceived thoughts going in. I'd like to let it play out and see where it goes from there."

RB | T.J. Duckett | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Mike Prisuta, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reports Atlanta Falcons RB T.J. Duckett is currently off the market. The Falcons may reduce their asking price if third-round draft pick RB Jerious Norwood gives an indication during minicamp that he can complement RB Warrick Dunn. Duckett has one-year left on his contract and is due $663,000.

RB | Dominic Rhodes | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports the Indianapolis Colts could feature two running backs during the 2006 season, with RB Dominic Rhodes heading into camp as the No. 1 back and RB Joseph Addai being brought into the offense quickly. Team president Bill Polian said, "He and Dominic will probably share time. At least, that's the way we see it now. You wouldn't expect a rookie to step into a team like this ... a team that has been winning big. You'd expect him to play some but not have to carry the whole load. We've been spoiled here. We see this as a two-man position now."

RB | Artose Pinner | Detroit Lions | Transaction, Free Agency News
The Detroit Lions announced they have re-signed exclusive rights free agent RB Artose Pinner to a one-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

RB | Corey Dillon | New England Patriots | Fantasy
Ron Borges, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots RB Corey Dillon has been laboring in Thousand Oaks, Calif., working for the first time with a personal trainer he claims to be taking seriously. Four days a week Dillon has been running sand dune, doing hill work, working on drills to improve and quicken his footwork, and doing whatever else he's being told to do in an effort to bounce back from the worst season of his nine-year professional career. Dillon, who will turn 32 in October, looked at that precipitous slide in production and while believing much of it was the result of a high ankle sprain that plagued him most of the year, also accepted that his body now demanded to be treated differently if he was to return to the levels he consistently hit in the first seven years of his NFL career. The Patriots are aware Dillon has been working diligently in the offseason, and head coach Bill Belichick said Saturday, April 29, he expects Dillon to be a productive member of the offense.

RB | Deuce McAllister | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
Mike Triplett, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints RB Deuce McAllister didn't second-guess the Saints' decision to draft fellow RB Reggie Bush. "I mean, the kid's that good. You've got to take him, regardless of your situation," said McAllister, who signed an eight-year, $50 million deal last summer. "I know it will take a couple touches away from me. But in the long run, it will help my career. I was in a similar situation at Ole Miss, when I split time with Joe Gunn. I'll try to help him as much as I can to make the transition from college." Saints head coach Sean Payton said the Saints will use both of their tailbacks in a similar fashion. Bush and McAllister can keep defenses off balance, opening things up for each other and for the passing game.

RB | Chris Perry | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Cincinnati Bengals RB Chris Perry (knee) had arthroscopic surgery on his knee Friday, April 28. He is expected to be recovered in time for training camp.

RB | Ricky Williams | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban had dinner with Dolphins RB Ricky Williams Friday evening, April 28. "Ricky came over to the house last night, and we sat on the porch and ate pizza and all that kind of stuff," Saban said Saturday, April 29. Possibilities for Williams while he's suspended include teaching in California, where he has studied holistic medicine, and playing in the Canadian Football League.

Wide Receiver

WR | Robert Ferguson | Green Bay Packers | Injury News, Fantasy reports Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said WR Robert Ferguson (knee) might be able to practice at this weekend's minicamp, if he get clearance from team doctors during a physical exam Thursday, May 4.

WR | Ashley Lelie | Denver Broncos | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Andrew Mason, of, reports Denver Broncos WR Ashley Lelie is not winning any points with his teammates by threatening to sit out. "As far as him being our No. 1 until he overtakes Rod Smith, that's just not going to happen," Broncos QB Jake Plummer said. "That's just plain writing on the wall. I really hope Ashley comes in and works hard to be, whether or not he's No. 1, but be the best person he can be. That will help him in the long run."

WR | Ronald Curry | Oakland Raiders | Injury News
The Contra Costa Times reports Oakland Raiders WR Ronald Curry (Achilles) is making strong progress in his rehabilitation program. This is the second offseason in a row Curry has had to rehab his Achilles' tendon. "He's further (along) now than when he hurt the thing before," head coach Art Shell said. "He's doing much better. So the report that I've gotten from Rod Martin, the trainer, is that all of our guys are coming along very well. By the time we get to training camp, we expect everybody to be at full speed."

WR | David Boston | Free Agent Players | Injury News, Free Agency News
Alex Marvez, of the Sun-Sentinel, reports free agent WR David Boston (knee) is unlikely to re-sign with the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins added two wide receivers during the draft and appear set at the position. Boston's agent claims he will be ready to begin working out for teams by the end of the month.

WR | Braylon Edwards | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns head coach Romeo Crennel said WR Braylon Edwards (knee) is making good progress in his rehabilitation and hopes he can return at the beginning of the regular season.

WR | Derek Hagan | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Steven Wine, of the Associated Press, reports Miami Dolphins rookie WR Derek Hagan is currently expected to be the team's No. 3 wide receiver behind WRs Chris Chambers and Marty Booker.

WR | Donald Driver | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Updating ongoing stories, the Associated Press reports Green Bay Packers WR Donald Driver said Saturday, April 29, he will not be a holdout and he will report to the team's minicamp next weekend. Driver added he intended to fully honor his contract. He denied reports he was unhappy with his contract situation. "I want to be a Green Bay Packer," Driver said. "I never said anything. I'm showing up for practice. Whoever said that story, they don't know anything because they never talked to me." Driver also said he has had discussions with the Packers about a contract extension. He has two years remaining on his contract, which pays him a base salary of $1.36 million next season and $1.84 million in 2007. Driver said he intended to play at least the next two seasons in Green Bay.

Tight End

TE | Bubba Franks | Green Bay Packers | Injury News reports Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said TE Bubba Franks (neck) might be able to practice at this weekend's minicamp, if he get clearance from team doctors during a physical exam Thursday, May 4.

TE | Antonio Gates | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
Casey Pearce, of, reports San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates is spending extensive time with secondary coach Brian Stewart in hopes of better understanding defenses. Stewart is taking Gates through an in-depth study of defensive coverages and is trying to teach him how to recognize how opponents are trying to cover him. "I want to be able to think like a defensive player When we're in a game, defensive guys are calling out a lot of things that they recognize. I want to get a better understanding of what they're looking at and what they're taught to do. It would make my job easier," said Gates.

TE | Anthony Fasano | Dallas Cowboys | Depth Chart Tidbit
Nick Eatman, of, reports Dallas Cowboys TE Anthony Fasano will see extensive playing time out of a two tight end ace formation. The Cowboys don't plan to use the fullback position much in 2006. They also feel Fasano can help them as an H-back because he is an excellent pass-catcher.

TE | Kellen Winslow Jr. | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns head coach Romeo Crennel said that TE Kellen Winslow Jr. (knee) is making good progress in his rehabilitation and is targeted to return by the team's June minicamp.

TE | Brandon Manumaleuna | San Diego Chargers | Transaction reports the St. Louis Rams have traded TE Brandon Manumaleuna to the San Diego Chargers for a fourth-round draft pick, No. 113 overall.

Place Kicker

PK | Nate Kaeding | San Diego Chargers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports San Diego Chargers K Nate Kaeding is unhappy with the team selecting K Kurt Smith in the sixth-round of the 2006 draft. Kaeding has never been particularly adept at kickoffs, which happen to be Smith's specialty. Its possible the Chargers will carry both kickers next season.

PK | Stephen Gostkowski | New England Patriots | Depth Chart Tidbit
John Tomase, of the Boston Herald, reports New England Patriots fourth-round pick PK Stephen Gostkowski must be considered the favorite to win the Patriots kicking job over recently signed veteran PK Martin Gramatica. Whoever wins the job will have to fill the big shoes of PK Adam Vinatieri, who signed with the Indianapolis Colts during the offseason.

Defensive Line

DL | Warren Sapp | Oakland Raiders | Injury News
The Contra Costa Times reports Oakland Raiders DT Warren Sapp (shoulder) is primed for a strong return from a torn rotator cuff. "He did well with (the shoulder), so he's coming along well," coach Art Shell said. "He didn't work but he's coming along well. We're going to take our time with these guys."

DL | Jason Taylor | Miami Dolphins | Injury News
Alex Marvez, of the Sun-Sentinel, reports Miami Dolphins DE Jason Taylor (arm) was stabbed Sunday night, April 30, in a road-rage incident near his Davie home, a source said. "My wife and I were the victims of an unfortunate incident last night but we are both fine," Taylor said in a statement released by his charity foundation. "I truly appreciate everyone's concern." The injury sustained to his arm was minor and he's playing in a gold tournament Monday, May 1.

DL | Hollis Thomas | New Orleans Saints | Transaction reports the Philadelphia Eagles have traded DT Hollis Thomas and a fourth-round draft pick, No. 108 overall, to the New Orleans Saints for a fourth-round draft pick, No. 99 overall.


LB | Rocky McIntosh | Washington Redskins | Depth Chart Tidbit
Gary Fitzgerald, of, reports Washington Redskins second-round draft pick LB Rocky McIntosh is unlikely to enter the season as the starter. McIntosh currently sits behind LBs Warrick Holdman and Chris Clemons on the depth chart. In addition, assistant head coach Gregg Williams doesn't usually like to start rookie defensive players right off the bat. It is likely McIntosh will sit the bench until the staff feels he is ready.

LB | Gerald Hayes | Arizona Cardinals | Injury News
Darren Urban, of the East Valley Tribune, reports Arizona Cardinals LB Gerald Hayes (knee) faces a long road back from knee surgery. When Hayes underwent surgery last year to repair what was thought to be a meniscus tear of his left knee, the operation wasn't so simple. Hayes said doctors also found a partial tear of his anterior cruciate ligament. He still doesn't know if the ACL tear was already there or if he suffered it at the same time as the meniscus injury, against Dallas in the preseason. Hayes said he may take the entire offseason to rehab.

LB | Robert Thomas | Free Agent Players | Transaction
The Green Bay Packers announced LB Robert Thomas has been released by the team.

LB | Nick Greisen | Jacksonville Jaguars | Draft Information, Free Agency News
Bart Hubbuch, of the Florida Times-Union, reports the Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to terms with free agent LB Nick Greisen (Giants) on an undisclosed contract. Greisen said he was told he will be the leading candidate to replace LB Akin Ayodele at weakside linebacker unless the Jaguars use the 28th overall pick in the NFL Draft on a player at that position.


CB | Ty Law | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Elizabeth Merrill, of the Kansas City Star, reports Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards said he is still maintaining contact with free agent CB Ty Law (Jets) and that he planned to call him Wednesday afternoon, May 3. "We'll chitchat," Edwards said. "I'm just going to call him and see what's going on." The Chiefs need a starting cornerback to replace CB Eric Warfield, who was cut in March.

CB | Charles Woodson | Green Bay Packers | Transaction
Updating previous reports, the Associated Press reports the Green Bay Packers have signed CB Charles Woodson to a seven-year deal worth $52.7 million, including $10.5 million in the first year.

CB | Michael Waddell | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans CB Michael Waddell (patella) expected to be sidelined four to six months after rupturing his right patella tendon during what he called a freak accident at home. He is rehabbing from surgery and is likely to miss the start of the regular season. "It was just a freak accident,'' Waddell said Monday, May 1. "We were just running around (he and his two-year old son) and I slipped. I don't know how it happened, but it happened."

CB | Antrel Rolle | Arizona Cardinals | Injury News
Kent Somers, of the Arizona Republic, reports Arizona Cardinals CB Antrel Rolle's (knee) left knee is still causing him pain. He did some drills on the side Monday, May 1, but appeared to be walking with a slight limp at times. There is some kind of irritation in the knee, Rolle said, and he is going to see whether it improves during the week. He could undergo arthroscopic surgery to discover what's causing the problem. Rolle did call the problem minor.

Strong Safety

SS | Chad Williams | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction
Updating previous reports, reports the San Francisco 49ers have officially signed S Chad Williams (Ravens). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

SS | Joseph Jefferson | Free Agent Players | Injury News
Mike Chappell, of the Indianapolis Star, reports the Indianapolis Colts have no interest in re-signing DB Joseph Jefferson (knee). Jefferson is currently recovering from offseason knee surgery. According to his agent, Jefferson has already garnered interest from several teams.

Free Safety

FS | Ko Simpson | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit
Allen Wilson, of the Buffalo News, reports the Buffalo Bills feel fourth-round draft pick S Ko Simpson may eventually be able to replace veteran FS Troy Vincent as the team's starting free safety.

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