NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on May 18, 2006 @ 16:00:00 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Vince Young | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans QB Vince Young impressed the team's veterans during their first practice together Wednesday, May 17. "I'd say he did pretty well his first day; he threw some great passes,'' Tennessee Titans CB Reynaldo Hill said. "I can see that he's got it. He has what it takes to be an NFL quarterback."

QB | Matt Leinart | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Dan Bickley, of the Arizona Republic, reports Arizona Cardinals QB Matt Leinart is angered by the criticism coming from the media. "I won 37 of 39 college games, and suddenly, I'm too Hollywood? That my arm strength is a negative? I mean, what's the deal? What happened here?" Leinart said. "I'm so tired of the drama. The whole thing has just brought me down."

QB | Carson Palmer | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer (knee) has been on the field and moving in a way few would have expected during the past two days of the team's Organized Team Activities. Palmer zigzagged through four pads to his left, zigzagged back through four pads to his right and started rifling the football on May 16. Head coach Marvin Lewis said he fully expects Palmer to be ready for the team's season-opener Sept. 10. The team scaled his workout back Wednesday, May 17, in an effort to not push him too hard.

QB | Philip Rivers | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
Casey Pearce, of Chargers.com, reports San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers continued to deliver the ball smoothly down the field and build a good rapport with his receivers during practice Tuesday, May 16. "I thought Philip in particular did a nice job again today," San Diego Chargers head coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "We threw a lot at him today and he responded well. He's getting better every day."

QB | Mark Brunell | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Gary Fitzgerald, of Redskins.com, reports Washington Redskins QB Mark Brunell is spending time learning the team's new offense being installed by offensive coordinator Al Saunders. Starting this week, in Organized Team Activities (OTAs), Brunell begins to apply what he's learned and adjust to the schemes and terminology employed by Saunders. "We're learning a lot of new concepts," Brunell said after Tuesday's OTA practice, May 16. "We've spent a lot of time in the meeting room watching (film) of this offense in St. Louis and Kansas City. Any time anything is brand new, it takes a lot of time to get comfortable with it." Saunders's play-calling philosophy is aggressive, but it includes a solid mix of run and pass. He is expected to include more shifts and motions by running backs, tight ends and wide receivers. After practice, Brunell mentioned several leaping catches by WR Brandon Lloyd as among the plays that stood out Tuesday. Later after some prodding from WR Antwaan Randle El, Brunell mentioned some catches Randle El made.

QB | Daunte Culpepper | Miami Dolphins | Injury News, Fantasy
According to John Czarnecki of FOXSports.com, Miami Dolphins QB Daunte Culpepper (knee) appears to be ahead on his rehabilitation and could be ready for the start of training camp. He may not be ready for a full workload, but he should be ready to participate in most drills. Word from Miami is that he looks "super."

QB | Vinny Testaverde | Retired | Free Agency News
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports free agent QB Vinny Testaverde (Jets) is expected to retire, but his decision is not final, at least not yet. One team has floated the idea of Testaverde being a player/coach, tutoring its young quarterback and having the veteran ready to step in if needed.

QB | Marcus Vick | Miami Dolphins | Transaction, Free Agency News
ESPNews reports the Miami Dolphins have signed undrafted rookie free agent QB Marcus Vick (Virginia Tech) to an undisclosed deal.

QB | Doug Flutie | Retired | Transaction, Free Agency News
ESPNews reports free agent QB Doug Flutie (Patriots) has decided to retire from the NFL.

QB | Donovan McNabb | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg had this to say Sunday, May 14, about QB Donovan McNabb and his performance at the team's minicamp: "He looks good to me. I've thought very little about his prior injury because through this whole offseason program he's looked pretty good. So, I thought very a little about it. I hadn't noticed it. And then, other than that you need to ask him. But, he looks pretty good to me physically."

QB | Byron Leftwich | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Vito Stellino, of the Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars QB Byron Leftwich will work on his scrambling during offseason drills. Leftwich and the other quarterbacks on the team have been instructed to scramble in case a passing play breaks down instead of just stopping to end the play. Head coach Jack Del Rio said, "We want to make it real. Rather than pull the ball down and chuck it to the ground or hand it back to the center, we want to be alive, slide, move and check it down or run it you can. We want to finish plays. It's an emphasis point."

QB | Michael Vick | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Steve Wyche, of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick is getting along with quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave and has been buying into his coaching. Vick said, "I've really enjoyed the past three months working with him. He's a guy who knows the offense, knows what it takes to have success in the offense and be efficient in it. With him working alongside [offensive coordinator] Greg Knapp, things will be a lot better than they were last year and the year before that, as far as my development and my growth and being an efficient quarterback."

QB | Joey Harrington | Miami Dolphins | Transaction
ESPNews reports the Detroit Lions have traded QB Joey Harrington to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a 2007 sixth-round draft pick. The pick can be elevated to a fifth-round pick, depending on how much Harrington plays.

QB | Chad Pennington | New York Jets | Injury News, Fantasy
Ken Berger, of Newsday, reports New York Jets QB Chad Pennington (shoulder) said Thursday, May 11, he's "full go" in his throwing regimen and "throwing every route we have in the playbook." Pennington plans to play at his current weight of 229 pounds, about 10 pounds heavier than before. He said his goal is to be "better than what the old Chad Pennington was" and "as strong as I ever was." Pennington clearly is making an effort in the weight room to build himself up so he doesn't break down again. He's optimistic that he'll be ready for live drills in time for passing camp at the end of the month and full-squad minicamp in mid-June. Pennington knows he has to compete for the starting quarterback job with QB Patrick Ramsey, but he sounds like he will be ready.


Running Back

RB | Ronnie Brown | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown said he has lost a little bit of weight, but has gained a little back due to lifting over the offseason. "I have been working hard in the offseason," said Brown. "I have that in the back of my mind that I will have to take on the duty of carrying the load a little bit more, but I am excited about it." Brown added that it's unfortunate that RB Ricky Williams is suspended for 2006, but he is excited about the opportunity to carry the workload as the likely starter. "I am a little more confident," Brown said. "I think it just comes with being a little bit more comfortable going in to my second year. I got the feel of how things work and everything is going pretty smooth and I don't have to worry about too much."

RB | Julius Jones | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Mac Engel, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, reports Dallas Cowboys RB Julius Jones has set his goals for the 2006 season. He believes he will rush for 1,000 yards. "I just want to make it through 16 games," Jones said. "If I can make it through 16 games, I'll be fine." He has had problems with injuries in his first two seasons.

RB | Laurence Maroney | New England Patriots | Fantasy
Michael Felger, of the Boston Herald, reports New England Patriots rookie RB Laurence Maroney is fitting in with his new team. "We all come from the same playing field because what we did in college doesn't matter any more," said Maroney at Patriots rookie minicamp. "That's irrelevant. We're all on the next level and we haven't done anything for the Patriots yet. I've got to work just as hard as they do."

RB | Domanick Davis | Houston Texans | Injury News, Fantasy
Megan Manfull, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans RB Domanick Davis (knee) worked with trainers on a separate practice field as the team went through its workouts Tuesday, May 16. He is expected to miss a couple of weeks with his ongoing knee problems.

RB | Ron Dayne | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Andrew Mason, of DenverBroncos.com, reports Denver Broncos RB Ron Dayne said he and fellow RB Tatum Bell split carries during the team's voluntary passing camp Tuesday, May 16.

RB | Reggie Bush | New Orleans Saints | Injury News
Jimmy Smith, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports an MRI of New Orleans Saints RB Reggie Bush's (hamstring) injured left hamstring revealed the problem to be nothing more than a mild strain, according to Bush's marketing agent Mike Ornstein. "He's feeling great," Ornstein said Tuesday afternoon, May 16. "Probably in another week, he'll be 100 percent."

RB | Clinton Portis | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Paul Woody, writing for the Sporting News, reports the adjustments made to the offense by Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Al Saunders should be a good fit for RB Clinton Portis. Portis is an edge runner, and despite the team's best efforts to run more stretch-type plays for him last year, Portis still spent a lot of time pounding for yards between the tackles. Saunders plans to attack more on the perimeter with Portis. The goal is to get Portis his normal 1,500 yards, but to do it with fewer carries and less wear and tear.

RB | Brian Westbrook | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Bob Brookover, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, reports Philadelphia Eagles RB Brian Westbrook is eager to have more carries in 2006. Head coach Andy Reid said he wants to see more balance between the running and passing games in 2006. "We've talked briefly about it," Westbrook said. "I think he wants to use me a little bit more than he did last year. With the departure of T.O., hopefully, we'll run the ball. All the running backs have their fingers crossed about us running the ball a little more. I want to be a more important part of the offense this year." This should be a fascinating year for the 26-year-old Westbrook because it will be the first time in his career that he will truly be QB Donovan McNabb's featured weapon. He has carried the ball 20 times or more in a game just twice in his career. He has exceeded 15 carries just eight times. Listed at a generous 5-foot-10 and, he says, "210 pounds," he has always heard questions about how much pounding he can take. Staying healthy for an entire season will be even more important for Westbrook and the Eagles. He has yet to play all 16 games of a regular season.

RB | Cedric Houston | New York Jets | Injury News
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports New York Jets backup RB Cedric Houston (wrist) broke his right wrist in a car accident last month and is wearing a hard plastic protector around the injury. But it's not a season-ending; Houston chipped only a bone and expects to be able to participate in the veteran minicamp in June.

RB | Curtis Martin | New York Jets | Injury News
Rich Cimini, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Jets RB Curtis Martin (knee) is still rehabilitating from knee surgery in December of 2005, according to head coach Eric Mangini. Mangini added, "We have a program in place for him. He's making as much progress as he can. As soon as he's ready to go, we'll let you know." Martin should be ready in time for training camp.

RB | Willie Parker | Pittsburgh Steelers | Draft Information, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Pittsburgh Steelers RB Willie Parker expects to share time in 2006 with RB Duce Staley. With RB Jerome Bettis and Staley hurt during training camp last summer, Parker took advantage by rushing for 272 yards in his first two regular season games. He went on to have five 100-yard games and will go into this training game as the starter. Whether Staley's role will expand once the season goes on, Parker has no idea. He said he doesn't intend to lobby for more playing time or more carries than the 255 he got last season, just as he hadn't intended to say anything if the Steelers drafted a running back in the first round of the NFL Draft last month. "That's not my call," Parker said when asked whether he was worried that the Steelers might take a back. "Whatever the coach decides, that's what we're going to do."

RB | Priest Holmes | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury News, Fantasy
Adam Teicher, of the Kansas City Star, reports Kansas City Chiefs RB Priest Holmes (neck) is not expected to participate in the team's full-squad minicamp that starts Friday, May 19.

RB | Fred Taylor | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Vic Ketchman, of Jaguars.com, reports Jacksonville Jaguars RB Fred Taylor looked impressive during the team's practice. His hands looked soft during passing drills and he looked light, tight and quick on his feet. Head coach Jack Del Rio said, "What I saw from my first look at mini-camp, he looked good. Here we are at mini-camp and he's healthy. That's great." RB Maurice Drew looked just as quick and along with Taylor, was a standout among the team's running backs during practice.


Wide Receiver

WR | Santonio Holmes | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Joe Bendel, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reports Pittsburgh Steelers rookie WR Santonio Holmes can keep wearing number 10. Incoming wide receivers are permitted to wear 10 through 19 and 80 through 89, according to a memo sent to NFL teams before the draft. It used to be 11 thorough 19 only if 80 through 89 were taken. Players currently in the league are not permitted to change from an 80s number.

WR | Michael Clayton | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury News, Fantasy
Jim Flynn, of PewterReport.com, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton (knee) is participating in the team's organized team activities. Last year at this time, he was sidelined recovering from knee surgery. Clayton missed all of Tampa Bay's OTAs last year, and he entered training camp weighing 225 pounds, which was nearly 15 pounds overweight. Clayton is better prepared for the 2006 season. Not only did Clayton feel he owed it to himself to rebound from his performance last year, he also re-committed himself to head coach Jon Gruden, who challenged the receiver to do the things that were necessary for him to return to his rookie form. Clayton has made great strides since having two surgeries in January. His hard work has paid off, and that's allowed him get on the field with his teammates for the first set of OTAs. "I'm 100 percent," said Clayton. "You have your good days and bad ways in terms of how your body feels, but that's just normal. I'm back to healthy, shoulder, toe, everything." When asked about his new, slimmer physique, Clayton smiled and said he weighs about 212 pounds.

WR | Mike Williams | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions head coach Rod Marinelli was asked about his impression of Lions WRs Mike Williams and Charles Rogers and he replied: "Good - even just their day-to-day work. They're here sprinting down the field and trying to get to the spot they're supposed to get to. The biggest thing here is, again, its how much information you can give these men; how many tools can you give them so when they get to camp they have some tools in their toolbox to go to work. And that's what you're constantly giving them: information, the details of your position and the tempo we want to play at each and every day. And then start building habits of consistency and hope we can be able to take that into camp with us."

WR | Jerome Mathis | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Megan Manfull, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans WR Jerome Mathis (hands) was held out of practice at the team's organized team activities because of injuries suffered in his recent motorcycle accident. He could be back as early as next week.

WR | Javon Walker | Denver Broncos | Injury News, Fantasy
Andrew Mason, of DenverBroncos.com, reports Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan said as soon as WR Javon Walker (knee) is ready to return from knee surgery, he can jump right in to practice. Walker was in practice clothes Tuesday, May 16, but will only be getting "mental reps," said Shanahan.

WR | Ashley Lelie | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan said Tuesday, May 16, he has not spoken to Broncos' WR Ashley Lelie since right after the Pro Bowl. He said he does talk to Lelie's agent Peter Schaffer. He said it would be hard for Lelie to be the team's No. 1 wide receiver, as Lelie has said he wants, when he's not around to compete. Lelie was absent for the start of the team's passing camp earlier today, as expected.

WR | Chris Henry | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com, reports Cincinnati Bengals WR Chris Henry (knee) did not suit up for Tuesday morning's first voluntary workout of the spring, May 16.

WR | David Givens | Tennessee Titans | Injury News, Fantasy
Paul Kuharsky, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans WR David Givens (ankle) will miss some of the team's workouts with a slight ankle strain. He could be back in action before the end of the week.

WR | Todd Pinkston | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News, Fantasy
The Courier-Post reports Philadelphia Eagles WR Todd Pinkston (Achilles') may be ready to return to the field in two weeks when the team holds a voluntary minicamp.

WR | Matt Jones | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News
Vic Ketchman, of Jaguars.com, reports Jacksonville Jaguars WR Matt Jones (back) was held out of practice Sunday, May 14, due to tightness in his back. He was running with the first unit the first two days of minicamp.

WR | Brandon Jones | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans WR Brandon Jones (knee) is shooting to be ready for training camp as he recovers from ACL surgery.

WR | Drew Bennett | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans WR Drew Bennett (knee) is rehabilitating from surgery and could be back in June.

WR | Donald Driver | Green Bay Packers | Transaction, Fantasy
ESPNews reports Green Bay Packers WR Donald Driver has signed a four-year contract extension with the team. No financial terms of the deal were disclosed.


Tight End

TE | Chris Cooley | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Gary Fitzgerald, of Redskins.com, reports Washington Redskins TE Chris Cooley will play in a more traditional tight end role, instead of the H-back position he played last year. "I think a big misconception last year was that everyone thought I wasn't a tight end, but that's basically what I was last year," he said. "The 'H' is just what it was termed."

TE | Jason Witten | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Mac Engel, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, reports the Dallas Cowboys would like to sign TE Jason Witten to a contract extension before the start of training camp. He could become a free agent after the 2006 season.

TE | Matt Schobel | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Philadelphia Eagles TE Matt Schobel could end up in two tight-end sets with Philadelphia Eagles TE L.J. Smith. "They remind me of a couple of situations, (former Packer Mark) Chmura and Keith Jackson in Green Bay and Brent Jones and Greg Clark in San Francisco," Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. "L.J. and Matt kind of remind me of that type of situation, where you can put some heat of the defense, putting them on the same side, splitting them out wide, or one tight and one in the slot. So, we can do a lot of things."


Place Kicker

PK | Paul Edinger | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports free agent PK Paul Edinger (Vikings) is still hoping to sign with an NFL team and his agent is confident he will. Agent Ken Harris said Edinger is training three times a week at his home in Florida, confident he'll sign somewhere sooner or later. "He's kicking so well on his own right now, I'm not really that concerned at this point if someone calls before camp starts in July or after camp starts," Harris said Wednesday, May 17. "Either way, the bottom line is to be in the right place." Harris said he has talked to five or six teams that could be in the market for a kicker this summer. Until an offer comes, agent and player are willing to bide their time.

PK | David Akers | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News
Bob Brookover, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, reports Philadelphia Eagles PK David Akers (hamstring) is being limited in camp by the team. Akers is still recovering from a hamstring injury.


Defensive Line

DL | Greg Ellis | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Mac Engel, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, reports Dallas Cowboys DE Greg Ellis is worried about his role on the team, believing he doesn't fit in with the team's 3-4 defensive scheme. "He's a vital part of my expectations for our success," Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "Greg has stated the pure 3-4 concept doesn't fit him. The facts are we don't play a pure 3-4 concept that fits him. I haven't seen a player of his caliber that got comprised by scheme."

DL | N.D. Kalu | Houston Texans | Injury News
Nick Schenck, of HoustonTexans.com, reports Houston Texans DE N.D. Kalu (unknown) "got nicked" in practice Tuesday, May 16, according to Texans head coach Gary Kubiak. The injury is not considered serious.

DL | Mario Williams | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Kristie Rieken, of the Associated Press, reports Houston Texans rookie DE Mario Williams had a successful first practice Tuesday, May 16. "It's a new experience and I've got a lot to learn," Williams said. "It's a little quicker, but it's not like it's overwhelming or anything like that."

DL | Kyle Vanden Bosch | Tennessee Titans | Injury News, Fantasy
Paul Kuharsky, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (shoulder) is not participating in drills. He is lining up on the sideline monitoring snaps and taking off on a sprint of at least 40 yards as the center lifts the ball off the ground.

DL | Renaldo Wynn | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Gary Fitzgerald, of Redskins.com, reports Washington Redskins DL Renaldo Wynn (forearm) will likely be limited for the team's first Organized Team Activities which start Tuesday, May 16.

DL | Marcus Stroud | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News
Vito Stellino, of the Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars DL Marcus Stroud (hamstring) missed the morning practice Saturday, May 13, with a tight hamstring. He was able to work out in the afternoon session.

DL | Reggie Hayward | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News
Vito Stellino, of the Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars DL Reggie Hayward (ankle) sprained his ankle during the team's afternoon drill.

DL | John Henderson | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News
Vic Ketchman, of Jaguars.com, reports Jacksonville Jaguars DL John Henderson (ankle) sustained a left ankle injury during the first play from scrimmage in team drills Friday, May 12. He had ice on his ankle for the rest of practice and head coach Jack Del Rio does not expect the injury to be serious.

DL | Warren Sapp | Oakland Raiders | Injury News
Phil Barber, of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports Oakland Raiders DT Warren Sapp (shoulder) was in uniform for the team's three-day minicamp and was allowed to participate in walk-throughs and work against pads. Sapp was held out against offensive lineman. "If we had to go line up right now, I'd go line up, no doubt about it," said Sapp. "But it's one of those deals where we're in May. It's not pressing right now. When we come back for the last minicamp (in June), I will be ready to go 100 percent and put myself in the position where I can get my steps back down and get into the flow of the game."


Linebacker

LB | David Pollack | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports Cincinnati Bengals LB David Pollack (ankle) suffered a sprained ankle during a non-football activity. One team official said his injury is "minor," and that he would play if there was a game tomorrow. There is a chance he did some damage to some of the cartilage in his ankle, but the damage is considered minimal, at worst.

LB | Boss Bailey | Detroit Lions | Injury News
Detroit Lions head coach Rod Marinelli said LB Boss Bailey (knee) is present at the team's organized team activities, but that he is on the sideline riding the bike. When asked if Bailey would be the middle linebacker Marinelli replied: "We'd like to look at him still at the middle and the 'will,' looking at both spots. You just don't want to lock guys in yet. Let's see how they work and do some of those things but, I mean, he could be a guy we could look at as the 'mike' backer position."

LB | E.J. Henderson | Minnesota Vikings | Depth Chart Tidbit
Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings LB E.J. Henderson continued to work at outside linebacker Sunday, May 14. There have been indications that Henderson would eventually assume the middle linebacker job.

LB | Andre Frazier | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Bob Labriola, of Steelers.com, reports Pittsburgh Steelers LB Andre Frazier (ankle) is limited in participating in the team's workouts.

LB | Courtney Watson | Miami Dolphins | Transaction
The Associated Press reports the Miami Dolphins trade with the New Orleans Saints in which they traded LB Eddie Moore to the Saints for LB Courtney Watson was nullified when Moore failed his physical with the Saints. Moore apparently had not recovered from a knee injury that has plagued him for more than a year. The Saints and Dolphins were discussing whether to amend or cancel the deal.


Cornerback

CB | Antrel Rolle | Arizona Cardinals | Injury News
Darren Urban, of the East Valley Tribune, reports Arizona Cardinals CB Antrel Rolle (knee) had arthroscopic surgery to clean out scar tissue on his left knee. He will be reevaluated when he returns to Arizona.

CB | Willie Middlebrooks | Denver Broncos | Transaction, Free Agency News
The Denver Broncos have announced the team has signed free agent CB Willie Middlebrooks (49ers) to a one-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

CB | Nick Harper | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Mike Chappell, of the Indianapolis Star, reports Indianapolis Colts CB Nick Harper is still upset with his contract situation, but will attend the team's mandatory three-day minicamp that starts Friday, May 19. Last month he said he would boycott the minicamp. "Even though things are not right between me and people in the front office, I didn't want to be the person labeled as a (troublemaker),'' Harper said.

CB | Antonio Cromartie | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
Casey Pearce, of Chargers.com, reports San Diego Chargers rookie CB Antonio Cromartie intercepted San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers during team drills Tuesday, May 16.

CB | Ty Law | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News, Fantasy
Jerome Solomon, of the Boston Globe, reports free agent CB Ty Law's (Jets) agent Carl Poston said the Seattle Seahawks remain in the running to sign Law. The Seahawks have remained in contact with Law even after drafting a cornerback in the first round of the draft. No formal offer has been made by any team and a decision isn't likely to be made soon.

CB | Fred Smoot | Minnesota Vikings | Injury News
Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings CB Fred Smoot (knee) left drills briefly during the first workout after twisting his left knee. He was able to return and take part in the afternoon session.

CB | Chidi Iwuoma | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Bob Labriola, of Steelers.com, reports Pittsburgh Steelers CB Chidi Iwuoma (shoulder) is limited in participating in the team's workouts.

CB | Kevin Mathis | Atlanta Falcons | Injury News
D. Orlando Ledbetter, of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports Atlanta Falcons CB Kevin Mathis (knee) moved well when he took part in drills Saturday, May 13. He is hoping to move at full speed by training camp.


Strong Safety

SS | Bhawoh Jue | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
Jay Paris, of the North County Times, reports San Diego Chargers S Bhawoh Jue (knee) is hopeful of returning in time for training camp after undergoing an offseason knee surgery that included a microfracture procedure. "There is no need to rush anything,'' Jue said about not working Monday, May 15.

SS | Donovin Darius | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News
Vito Stellino, of the Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars SS Donovin Darius (knee) is not practicing during the team's minicamp.


Free Safety

FS | Roy Williams | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Mac Engel, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, reports the Dallas Cowboys would like to sign S Roy Williams to a contract extension before the start of training camp. He could become a free agent after the 2006 season.

FS | Brian Dawkins | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Bob Brookover, of the Philadelphia Daily News, reports Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Jim Johnson had this to say about Philadelphia Eagles S Brian Dawkins and possibly losing a step: "He looks like a 25-year-old player to me," Johnson said. "I see no difference in the way he plays. I really don't. I know guys slow down, but the way he plays and competes... he just doesn't seem like he slowed down. I don't think about his age. I don't know how old he is now. When I think about it, he looks like a 20-year-old now."

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