NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on May 25, 2006 @ 16:00:00 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | Injury News, Fantasy
Jim Corbett, of USA Today, reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (shoulder) is supposed to be throwing 40 passes a day, but has doubled that to 80 passes a day four months after arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum. Brees is showing a lot of confidence while throwing pain-free and strong and added, "I feel good. Coming off this injury, it's proving not only to a lot of people but to myself this can be done."

QB | Daunte Culpepper | Miami Dolphins | Injury News, Fantasy
David J. Neal, of the Miami Herald, reports Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban discussed QB Daunte Culpepper's (knee) progress in his return from a knee injury. Saban said, "Daunte has done more than we ever thought he could at this time in terms of his physical ability. He's been cleared to do things at his position as the next part of his rehab. To start taking three-step, five-step, seven-step drops, hand the ball off on some of the zone plays, drop back and throw it and do what he does with his position. He's got stability, he's got the girth he needs, the strength he needs to be cleared to do that and he's actually done it for all of these practices. We're pleased with his progress." Saban declined to speculate on if Culpepper would be ready for the start of the team's regular season.

QB | Carson Palmer | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Bill Koch, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer (knee) feels the pressure from the fans and city to make a speedy recovery. "It puts a lot of pressure on me," he said. "I feel that pressure, but it's exciting to come here when the city was fired up about baseball and see the transformation of it, that it is a football town, that people love the Bengals, that they've stuck by the Bengals for so long, that they're so excited about the coming year and the chances that we have. It's really fun."

QB | Steve McNair | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Jamison Hensley, of the Baltimore Sun, reports the Baltimore Ravens could restart trade talks with the Tennessee Titans for QB Steve McNair because his grievance is being delayed until Thursday, June 1. The Ravens want to get McNair in their offense as soon as possible.

QB | Jay Cutler | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Lee Rasizer, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan is impressed with Denver Broncos rookie QB Jay Cutler. "There's a lot of guys who -haven't been in a throwing system where it takes them a while to get used to the drop-backs and reads," said Shanahan. "But he's a four-year starter. He's had a lot of reps through the years against good competition. So he's further ahead than most players would be at this point."

QB | Billy Volek | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Tennessee Titans QB Billy Volek is the best bet to be the team's starting quarterback when the Titans open the season Sept. 10 against the New York Jets and he said it's a moment he's been waiting for. "When you want something so bad and you finally have it, it's kind of overwhelming," Volek said. "But I'm just going to go out there and worry about things I can control, take care of myself, take care of my family." Volek, who learned coordinator Norm Chow's offense last season, looked crisp at practice Friday, May 19.

QB | Dan Orlovsky | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Tom Kowalski, writing for the Sporting News, reports Detroit Lions QB Dan Orlovsky is expected to put up a strong competition with QB Josh McCown for the backup job, assuming QB Jon Kitna wins the starting job as expected. Orlovsky has a strong arm, and offensive coordinator Mike Martz likes his gunslinger attitude. He's still very raw, but he's expected to progress quickly during the offseason workouts and training camp.

QB | Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Cliff Christl, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers took about 50 percent of the snaps with the first team offense at minicamp Friday, May 19, due to the absence of starting QB Brett Favre. Rodgers struggled with his deep throws throughout the morning practice session. The weather was cool, but not particularly windy.

QB | Peyton Manning | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Mike Chappell, of the Indianapolis Star, reports Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning intends to play eight more seasons in the NFL that would take him through the 2013 season and a 16-year career. "I've just always picked 16 years for myself,'' Manning said, "so I've just finished the halfway point. I still feel like I'm in a young body. Certainly I've been fortunate healthwise and I've had outstanding protection my entire career. I still feel very healthy.'' To keep Manning healthy Indianapolis Colts quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell didn't allow him to throw until Monday, May 1, and uses a counter in practice to make sure he doesn't throw too much.

QB | Joey Harrington | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Craig Barnes, of the Sun-Sentinel, reports Miami Dolphins QB Joey Harrington is happy to be out of Detroit. "It's a huge relief," said Harrington. "I'm learning everything new again. It is a complete fresh slate, and I love it. We're changing [drop, release and footwork] that they changed in Detroit, but we're changing them back to things that I was really comfortable with."


Running Back

RB | Reuben Droughns | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Cleveland Browns RB Reuben Droughns surrendered to police after being charged with domestic violence Wednesday, May 24. He is being held without bond until a court hearing Thursday, May 25.

RB | Priest Holmes | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury News
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports Kansas City Chiefs RB Priest Holmes (neck) will undergo more neurological tests in late June and early July to help determine if he can keep playing football. The Chiefs are considering placing Holmes on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which would delay any decision on his future until the fall.

RB | Ricky Williams | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Jeff Darlington, of the Palm Beach Post, reports the Toronto Argonauts would make Miami Dolphins RB Ricky Williams one of the highest-paid players in the CFL. He will probably make around $350,000 for the season.

RB | Domanick Davis | Houston Texans | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Houston Texans RB Domanick Davis is looking forward to the 2006 season. For the first time in his career, Davis well get to work with an offensive-minded coach in head coach Gary Kubiak. Davis said, "Coach Kubiak seems real smart. He won a lot of games and the offense he used to run in Denver, every back he had had over 1,000-plus. There's good things to look forward to." Davis is also looking forward to the team's new offensive line. He added, "They're moving pretty good, looking real good. I can't wait to get out there and run behind them."

RB | Samkon Gado | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Green Bay Packers RB Samkon Gado worked during the offseason at a local hospital. He wants to become a doctor and return to his homeland in Nigeria after his NFL career ends. "I think that the problem that is going on in Africa is really being overlooked," he said. "And I think it's kind of sad. ... But I think when you just look at the need, I feel like it's too hard to ignore."

RB | Fred Taylor | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Bart Hubbuch, of the Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars RB Fred Taylor isn't participating in voluntary passing camp. He had promised Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio he would return to Jacksonville for all on-field work, but he is currently working out on his own in South Florida.

RB | Carnell Williams | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Jim Brockman, of The Herald, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Carnell Williams looked just like the quick and deceptive 2005 Rookie of the Year during offseason workouts at One Buccaneer Place last week. He looks ready to roll into his second season with all the parts in place. He has lost the look of a rookie. Williams walks freely among and jokes with his teammates before and after practice. "My confidence is there," Williams said. "Not only me, but there's a team confidence here. We know what we can do as a team. I know what I can do as a player. I'm really looking forward to this year." Williams scoffed at the notion he might have reached a plateau in 2005. "I got plenty of room to improve," he said. "I'm far, far from being where I want to be. I got off to a good start, but there are going to be better things to come. Pass blocking, catch the ball more. I need to become an all-around player, not just carrying the ball."

RB | Joseph Addai | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
John Oehser, of Colts.com, reports his first days at the team's minicamp have made an impression on Indianapolis Colts rookie RB Joseph Addai. He said there were three things that stood out: 1) The NFL is faster. 2) Coaches expect more from you than in college. 3) You can't make the same mistake twice. Addai said he's still not trying to replace RB Edgerrin James. The team's offensive veterans said Addai appears to have the ability to be the Colts' feature back sometime in the future. They also said he needs to study. He needs to learn and mostly, he needs to get ready. Addai said this week he doesn't view RB Dominic Rhodes as competition. "I don't look at it like that," Addai said Friday, May 19. "Earlier today he was helping me on some stuff. Everybody wants to be that person (the starter), but at the same time, we're just helping the whole team out."

RB | Ahman Green | Green Bay Packers | Injury News, Fantasy
Cliff Christl, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers RB Ahman Green (knee) lined up in the backfield and took some handoffs in a teaching session early in practice Sunday morning, May 21. Green and the others jogged through the drill, but Green did some cutting at half-speed. Head coach Mike McCarthy said the timetable for Green's return remained sometime during training camp.

RB | Michael Bennett | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
Mike Triplett, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports the New Orleans Saints continue to talk with teams about trading veteran RB Michael Bennett. Reportedly, the Houston Texans are making the biggest push for Bennett. As previously reported, the Saints have already spoken with the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins as well. Bennett signed a two-year deal with a reported signing bonus near $1 million, but his salary is an affordable $700,000 this season and $1.2 million next season.

RB | Lee Suggs | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Mary Kay Cabot, of the Plain Dealer, reports the Cleveland Browns have no immediate takers on RB Lee Suggs, but if a team is interested, they'll be willing to trade him. Suggs' agent, Joel Segal, said: "When healthy, Lee is extremely talented. He's going to be a great back for someone."

RB | Najeh Davenport | Green Bay Packers | Injury News
Lori Nickel, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers RB Najeh Davenport (ankle) will not be ready until training camp.


Wide Receiver

WR | Terrell Owens | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Todd Archer, of the Dallas Morning News, reports Dallas Cowboys WR Terrell Owens is in town this week getting accustomed to a new offense, according to multiple sources. The Cowboys will hold their only full-squad minicamp June 2-4. Head coach Bill Parcells said during the rookie minicamp that Owens would report to Valley Ranch before the veteran camp to sit down with passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach Todd Haley to learn the Cowboys' scheme. Owens has not been a regular participant in the off-season conditioning program, but Parcells has said he is not concerned with Owens' conditioning because it has not been a problem in the past.

WR | David Boston | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Transaction, Free Agency News, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed free agent WR David Boston (Dolphins) to an undisclosed contract.

WR | Reche Caldwell | New England Patriots | Fantasy
Michael Feiger, of the Boston Herald, reports New England Patriots WR Reche Caldwell is competing for the number two receiver role. He has been working out with New England Patriots rookie WR Chad Jackson, who is his main competition for the spot. "I don't find it odd that we're competing for the same spot - everyone has to deal with that across the roster," Caldwell said. "I'm going against the defense, trying to get open and catch balls. I'm not going against Chad. We're both in the learning stage, anyway."

WR | Az-Zahir Hakim | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Tom Kowalski, of mlive.com, reports the Detroit Lions appear to have cooled on the idea of signing free agent WR Az-Zahir Hakim (Saints). Team president Matt Millen said the team, for the time being, will roll with what they have on the roster.

WR | Marvin Harrison | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News, Fantasy
Mike Chappell, of the Indianapolis Star, reports Indianapolis Colts WR Marvin Harrison (elbow) will be sidelined about a month after his elbow surgery Monday, May 22. "It was planned," said Colts' head coach Tony Dungy, who was uncertain which elbow required surgery. "From what I understand it should be a very clean procedure." Harrison's rehabilitation is expected to take about a month. Harrison should be ready for the start of training camp in late July. Harrison has missed only six games because of injury during his 10-year career. "Marvin plays through a lot of things," Dungy said. "(The elbow injury) didn't affect his performance, but it was something the doctors wanted to get taken care of before we get to camp."

WR | Rod Gardner | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Green Bay Packers WR Rod Gardner said he chose to sign a short-term deal with the Packers because he wasn't willing to sign other team's longer-term offers that were based on his most recent production. "Not based off last year, at all," Gardner said. "So hopefully things work out early in the season and we commit to something long-term." Gardner hopes to prove himself to the Packers early this season, and then get to work on a deal that keeps him with the team. He considers himself a good complement to No. 1 WR Donald Driver. "I love going deep," Gardner said. "Give me the ball. You can leave the little quick stuff, slants and all that across the middle; you can leave that to (Driver). He loves being inside like that. But me, leave me on that sideline. I'm good." Head coach Mike McCarthy said Gardner looked ready to go Saturday, May 20, after missing Friday's practices, May 19.

WR | Braylon Edwards | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Fantasy
Mary Kay Cabot, of the Plain Dealer, reports Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage said WR Braylon Edwards (knee) is on track in his rehab from a torn ACL, but that he's not as far along as TE Kellen Winslow Jr. because he had surgery in January. He said Edwards is doing some running, but no cutting. He's expected back in October or November.

WR | Reggie Wayne | Indianapolis Colts | Free Agency News
John Oehser, of Colts.com, reports Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne said he is happy he re-signed with the Colts and did not become a free agent. Earlier Saturday, May 20, he discussed his contract extension publicly for the first time, saying his reasoning for not testing the free agent market was simple. "This is where I started out, this is where I want to end," Wayne said on the second day of the team's three-day minicamp at the Union Federal Football Center. "I've been here six years. I've kind of got adjusted and settled in Indianapolis, and also with the Colts."

WR | Brandon Jones | Tennessee Titans | Injury News, Fantasy
The Tennessean reports Tennessee Titans WR Brandon Jones (knee) may be able to return to the team in time for training camp following knee surgery.

WR | Hines Ward | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Jim Wexell, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Democrat, reports Pittsburgh Steelers WR Hines Ward (ankle) limped off the field Thursday, May 18, after colliding with FS Ryan Clark during practice. Ward favored his right ankle while walking along the sideline, but the injury is not believed to be serious.

WR | Dante' Hall | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury News
KCChiefs.com reports Kansas City Chiefs WR Dante' Hall (thumb) will probably miss the team's minicamp this weekend with a sprained thumb, according to head coach Herman Edwards.

WR | Tyrone Calico | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
The Nashville City Paper reports despite a rough day at practice Monday, May 15, with some dropped passes, Tennessee Titans WR Tyrone Calico is eager to re-establish himself among the Titans' wide receivers. He said he understands some of the talk that this is a make-or-break season for him after two years of being hampered by knee injuries.

WR | Troy Brown | New England Patriots | Fantasy
John Tomase, of the Boston Herald, reports New England Patriots WR Troy Brown knows his days on the football field coming towards the end. "I've always said I don't want to be on the field if somebody is going to get hurt because my game isn't up to par, or I'm going to get hurt because I can't perform," Brown said. "I'm at a point in my life where I have to learn from other guys' mistakes and recognize that everything comes to an end. At the same time, I started playing this game in second grade when I was seven years old. When there's a passion burning inside you, it will never be completely easy to walk away."

WR | Reggie Williams | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Vito Stellino, the Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio was pleased with the work of WR Reggie Williams, "I thought he had a great weekend. He's running crisp routes." Del Rio said Williams was rushing his routes last season.


Tight End

TE | Matt Schobel | Philadelphia Eagles | Free Agency News
Bob Kent, of PhiladelphiaEagles.com, reports Philadelphia Eagles TE Matt Schobel, signed as a free agent in the off-season, has made it a priority to get into a rhythm with QB Donovan McNabb. "I told him the first day I got here, let's get on the same page," Schobel said. "You tell me when you see something. Just come straight to me and tell me what to expect. Hopefully, Donovan will feel more and more comfortable with me."

TE | Jerramy Stevens | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News
Gail Wood, of The Olympian, reports Seattle Seahawks TE Jerramy Stevens (knee) is still on crutches after having arthroscopic knee surgery over the offseason. Stevens said, "My knee is fine. I'm taking it day by day."

TE | Anthony Fasano | Dallas Cowboys | Draft Information
Jean-Jacques Taylor, writing for the Sporting News, reports Dallas Cowboys rookie TE Anthony Fasano is going to have a significant role in the Cowboys' offense, in part, because head coach Bill Parcells said the second-round draft choice reminds him of former NFL TE Mark Bavaro. Fasano is a good receiver who does a nifty job of finding soft spots in zones, and Parcells really likes the fact that his hands measured 10 inches at the NFL Combine. Fasano will also be the Cowboys' move tight end, which means they'll use him in motion and as a lead blocker. The team also feels he will also pose a problem in the passing game because he's bigger than most safeties and faster than most linebackers.


Place Kicker

PK | Paul Edinger | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports free agent PK Paul Edinger (Vikings) will wait until training camp to sign with an NFL team. He will wait for a franchise to grow unhappy with its kickers before choosing to sign a more reliable option. Edinger's name is expected to be at or near the top of most team's lists when kickers begin struggling during the summer and teams look for a replacement.

PK | Lawrence Tynes | Kansas City Chiefs | Transaction, Free Agency News, Fantasy
The Kansas City Chiefs have re-signed exclusive-rights free agent PK Lawrence Tynes (Chiefs) to his one-year, $425,000 tender offer.


Defensive Line

DL | Keith Traylor | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Harvey Fialkov, of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, reports Miami Dolphins DL Keith Traylor has been in camp and working every day. He is facing legal issues after being arrested for driving under the influence.

DL | Junior Ioane | New York Giants | Transaction
The New York Giants have officially announced the signing of DL Junior Ioane. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

DL | Dan Wilkinson | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Barry Jackson, of the Miami Herald, reports the Miami Dolphins have free agent DT Dan Wilkinson (Lions) on their radar. Wilkinson is 3 1/2 years younger than Dolphins' DT Keith Traylor, who was arrested for DUI last week and whose durability is a concern.

DL | Kamerion Wimbley | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Mary Kay Cabot, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports Cleveland Browns rookie LB Kamerion Wimbley's agent Joe Linta opened contract negotiations Tuesday, May 23. He met with Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage and salary-cap coordinator Trip MacCracken. "I don't think there will be any holdout," said Wimbley. "I'm looking forward to getting into camp as soon as possible. I don't see any reason why I would be holding out." He would be the first Browns first round pick to not holdout since 2000.

DL | Albert Haynesworth | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Paul Kuharsky, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans DT Albert Haynesworth will appear in Putnam County for a preliminary hearing Wednesday, June 14. He faces reckless endangerment charges. The case will be dismissed, settled or bound over to a grand jury at the hearing.

DL | Ryan Sims | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Rick Dean, of the Topeka Capital-Journal, reports Kansas City Chiefs DT Ryan Sims practiced with the Chiefs' second defensive unit in the final session at full-team mini-camp Sunday, May 21. He reported to camp a bit overweight. "I'm not worried about that right now," said Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards. "But they need to know that if they're a little overweight now, they've got to get it down by training camp. It would be tough on any guy (to be overweight in camp) because of the speed (with which) we're going to run our practices. They're all starting to realize that now."

DL | Kyle Vanden Bosch | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (shoulder) is working hard on his rehab from surgery on his right shoulder. Vanden Bosch is doing everything he can these days to take his mind off something that's eating him up inside. His teammates have been practicing, and he hasn't been able to be on the field with them. Vanden Bosch is hopeful he'll be able to return to the field in June, but even that's no certainty. At the least he'll be back for training camp. "I am glad I got it fixed because if I am going to do what I am looking to do next year, I need to be 100 percent.'' Aside from his work on the field, Vanden Bosch said he also plans to make himself heard more this fall. "I've always led by example and working hard, and I am still doing that,'' he said. "But if something needs to be said, I feel like now I am the guy that needs to do it.''

DL | Travis LaBoy | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
The Tennessean reports Tennessee Titans DE Travis LaBoy (shoulder) has missed the team's May workouts, but he is expected back in June.

DL | John Browning | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury News
Elizabeth Merrill, of the Kansas City Star, reports Kansas City Chiefs DL John Browning (back) apparently will be back this fall. Browning has battled nagging back problems, but his presence at practice Friday, May 19, said everything, head coach Herman Edwards said. "He's here, he's been around, he's practicing," Edwards said. "I haven't heard anything different."

DL | Eric Hicks | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury News
Elizabeth Merrill, of the Kansas City Star, reports Kansas City Chiefs DE Eric Hicks (shoulder) is sitting out the team's weekend minicamp as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery. Rookie DE Tamba Hali ran with the first-team defense in his place. Hicks said he will be back in time for training camp. Chiefs' vice president for player personnel Bill Kuharich was impressed by Hali's play Friday, May 19.


Defensive End

DE | Jason Babin | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Megan Manfull, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans DE Jason Babin is excited to move back to defensive end from linebacker this season. "It almost feels like I'm a rookie again," Babin said. "Everything feels new and fresh. Obviously, I'm a little rusty playing end. As far as the feel of it and how much I enjoy it, I mean, I love it. It's what I played in college. It's not nearly as much learning and thinking. It's straight-ahead attacking. It's not like playing outside linebacker."


Linebacker

LB | Joey Porter | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Joe Bendel, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reports Pittsburgh Steelers LB Joey Porter (knee) refused to discuss his contract situation Wednesday, May 24, fresh off arthroscopic knee surgery. When asked if he would set the record straight over speculation he was unhappy with his contract, Porter said, "I'm not going to get in a war of words. None of it is right."

LB | Jorge Cordova | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News, Fantasy
Bart Hubbuch, of the Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars LB Jorge Cordova is battling for the team's opening at weakside linebacker. He has been held back by knee injuries in his first two NFL seasons. "He's been a fierce competitor up to this point," Jacksonville Jaguars linebackers coach Mark Duffner said of Cordova. "He has a legitimate shot of winning the job. He's caught a lot of people's attention with his actions. He's showing a lot of the skills we need at that position. It's like he was never injured. He shows no residue of any injury."

LB | James Allen | New Orleans Saints | Injury News
Chris Pika, of NewOrleansSaints.com, reports New Orleans Saints LB James Allen (knee) will be out for the 2006 season after rupturing the patella tendon in his right knee during non-contact drills. Necessary surgery has been performed to begin the rehabilitation process.

LB | Sam Cowart | Houston Texans | Injury News
Megan Manfull, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans LB Sam Cowart (calf, Achilles' tendon) was injured the first day of practice last week and is still sidelined with a sore calf and sore Achilles. He could return as early as next week but is definitely targeting the start of minicamp June 7. Cowart is slated to be the Texans' starting middle linebacker since LB Kailee Wong (knee) remains sidelined because of knee surgery. LB Wali Rainer has been practicing with the first team in Cowart's place.

LB | Kawika Mitchell | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Rick Dean, of the Topeka Capital-Journal, reports Kansas City Chiefs LB Kawika Mitchell announced at the team's open minicamp workout that the team's defense has the best linebackers, lineman and backs in the league. "I feel comfortable enough to say I feel that way, and I never talk about something unless I believe it 100 percent," said Mitchell. "The only way to change people's mind is for us to believe it too. We really need a different attitude. We have to believe we're not step-brothers on this team. That can happen sometimes when you have a great offense."

LB | Reggie Torbor | New York Giants | Injury News
Ralph Vacchiano, writing for the Sporting News, reports New York Giants LB Reggie Torbor (hamstring) is falling down the team's depth chart. He was pushed down by the signings of LB LaVar Arrington, who will start at strongside linebacker, and LB Brandon Short, who will be the backup weakside linebacker but can play both sides. Some coaches believe rookie LB Gerris Wilkinson will give Torbor a strong push. Wilkinson can play both sides but will start out at weakside linebacker. Torbor is still recovering from a hamstring injury and head coach Tom Coughlin's low tolerance for players who are always hurt does not help Torbor's cause.

LB | David Pollack | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com, reports Cincinnati LB David Pollack (foot) is expected back well in advance of training camp, according to head coach Marvin Lewis. Lewis calls the injury "minor." There is a chance he can possibly get back to work in some of the voluntary camps, and the June 15-17 mandatory minicamp. The club won't say how he hurt the foot, but fair to say he won't be playing basketball or football for a few more weeks. A boot on his left foot surfaced in early April and he had it on when he showed up at Monday's rookie camp, May 15, when he wouldn't discuss it.


Cornerback

CB | Darrent Williams | Denver Broncos | Injury News
Joseph Sanchez, of the Denver Post, reports Denver Broncos CB Darrent Williams (groin) actually had a torn groin muscle that cost him the end of the 2005 season, not a pulled groin muscle as had been reported last season. Williams said he was told to downplay the injury but "I actually tore my groin." As a result, he said he was at about 60 percent when he returned to action for the playoffs, and it wasn't until late March that he was fully recovered. So far in passing camp, Williams and CB Domonique Foxworth are battling for a starting cornerback spot. Williams also said he expects to resume his role as the team's No. 1 punt returner.

CB | Tim Jennings | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Tom James, of the Terre Haute (Ind.) Tribune-Star, reports Indianapolis Colts rookie CB Tim Jennings (ankle) recently underwent surgery to repair and clean up cartilage damage on his right ankle. According to Jennings, he initially injured the ankle last fall prior to Georgia's game with Auburn. After undergoing medical tests at the Colts' rookie camp two weeks ago, it was decided to go ahead and have the problem taken care of. Jennings expects to be ready when the Colts report to training camp in late July.

CB | Antrel Rolle | Arizona Cardinals | Injury News
Darren Urban, of the East Valley Tribune, reports Arizona Cardinals head coach Dennis Green believes the team is optimistic CB Antrel Rolle (knee) will recover well from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Green added, "You want to get to the root of the issue, that's what the scar tissue was. I think it'll be fine. I think his knee will be in good shape."

CB | Ty Law | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
John Tomase, of the Boston Herald, reports free agent CB Ty Law (Jets) has still not received a contract offer to his liking. Law is reportedly asking for at least a $10 million signing bonus. The Kansas City Chiefs have been linked to Law as the most logical choice, but have refused to entertain that much money for the 32-year-old defensive back. The Chiefs have not invited Law for a visit or talked with the free agent, but Law remains in contact with Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards on a personal basis. The Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots are also said to be interested in Law, but the Titans are facing salary cap issues and the Patriots typically do not pay for high priced free agents.


Strong Safety

SS | Donovin Darius | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News, Fantasy
Bart Hubbuch, of the Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars SS Donovin Darius (knee) is excited to be back on the practice field. "I feel great," Darius said. "I don't feel like I've missed a beat, but I do understand it's a process. Am I where I'll need to be in July? No. But I'm happy where I am." He is on track to be ready for training camp and the regular season.

SS | Mike Doss | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
John Oehser, of Colts.com, reports Indianapolis Colts S Mike Doss (shoulder) was not able to practice Saturday, May 20. He is out for the team's entire minicamp.


Free Safety

FS | Bob Sanders | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
John Oehser, of Colts.com, reports Indianapolis Colts S Bob Sanders (biceps) was not able to practice Saturday, May 20. He is out for the team's entire minicamp.

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