NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on June 8, 2006 @ 16:00:00 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Billy Volek | Tennessee Titans | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Larry Stone, of Titans Radio Network, reports Tennessee Titans QB Billy Volek has been named the starting quarterback heading into the 2006 season, according to head coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Floyd Reese. "Billy has been wanting to start," said Fisher. "It's a golden opportunity for Billy and I'm excited to see it."

QB | David Carr | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith feels that QB David Carr has all of the athletic ability and intangibles to be a solid NFL quarterback. Smith added that he thinks Carr will be able to see his potential under the tutelage of head coach Gary Kubiak. He also feels the sacks Carr has taken are a combination of issues, but thinks the team has made improvements on the offensive line and other areas to reduce the number of sacks.

QB | Steve McNair | Baltimore Ravens | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, ESPNews reports the Baltimore Ravens have signed QB Steve McNair to a five-year deal.

QB | Carson Palmer | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Chick Ludwig, of the Dayton Daily News, reports Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said Wednesday, June 7, what Bengals fans have been waiting for. Asked if he believes QB Carson Palmer (knee) will be ready for the Sept. 10 season opener at Kansas City, Lewis said, "I do." Lewis said Palmer won't see any "team action" during a full-squad minicamp June 15 to 17, but he'll be involved as he continues his rehabilitation.

QB | Donovan McNabb | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
PhiladelphiaEagles.com reports Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb is looking good in the team's OTAs according to DB Sheldon Brown, "He's completing a lot of throws and is making the right reads and getting the ball in there."

QB | Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News, Fantasy
Associated Press reports Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (thumb) has had a tremendous offseason according to quarterbacks coach Mark Whipple. Whipple believes Roethlisberger has stepped up his ability as a leader and is also controlling the offense better. With his previous thumb injury behind him, Roethlisberger is also able to show off a stronger throwing arm. "My whole body feels good," he said. "I feel healthy."

QB | Daunte Culpepper | Miami Dolphins | Injury News
Jeff Darlington, of the Palm Beach Post, reports the fans will get their first look at Miami Dolphins QB Daunte Culpepper (knee) at this weekend's minicamp. For the first time since Culpepper's arrival this spring, the Dolphins will let the public watch the team work out. The Dolphins will start a three-day veterans' minicamp Friday, June 9. The team will practice twice Friday and Saturday, June 10, and once Sunday, June 11.

QB | Brett Favre | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Chris Jenkins, of the Associated Press, reports Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was upset Tuesday, June 6, with all the talk about QB Brett Favre missing practice Monday, June 5. "I never said he would practice all four days. Him practicing all four days was never the intention, ever," McCarthy said. McCarthy seemed slightly agitated by persistent questions about players who haven't taken part in voluntary workouts. "Brett has hit every target that we've asked," McCarthy said. "The plan for him has been laid out for months and frankly, I'm not going to get into going through this every day. He worked out here (Monday), he did what's asked of him. I've said it over and over; we're just being smart with Brett. So he did what was on his schedule to do (Monday)."

QB | Kyle Boller | Baltimore Ravens | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Associated Press reports Baltimore Ravens QB Kyle Boller considers himself the starting quarterback for the team. While the team has been pursuing other options, Boller has remained in the starting lineup during workouts. "I'm going about my business right now like I'm the starter," Boller said. Head coach Brian Billick also added Boller is their starting quarterback "right now."

QB | Ken Dorsey | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Mary Kay Cabot, of the Plain Dealer, reports Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage said it's still too early to tell whether QB Ken Dorsey has what it takes to be QB Charlie Frye's backup at quarterback, now that the team has completed two weeks of organized team activities. "He's excellent in the classroom, he's a quick learner, he's a team player, and the coaches like him," Savage said. "I think it's just a matter of physical ability, but (Browns quarterbacks coach) Rip Scherer thinks he can make some mechanical adjustments that will help Ken." Savage said the decision on whether or not to find another experienced backup "will become a lot clearer in about three weeks," after the mandatory minicamp June 16-18. Savage said the chemistry between Frye and Dorsey has been good, but Dorsey isn't content to sit back and accept the backup role.

QB | Chad Pennington | New York Jets | Injury News, Fantasy
Rich Cimini, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Jets QB Chad Pennington (shoulder), who participated in drills last week for the first time since reinjuring his rotator cuff last September, sounded more guarded than usual in his latest progress report. Four days of throwing apparently served as a reality check. Pennington claimed he's making daily improvement, but he didn't disagree when it was suggested that he seemed less optimistic than he was before the start of workouts. "I'm just trying not to look too far ahead," said Pennington, a guest instructor at Jets' head coach Eric Mangini's annual youth football camp. No one outside the organization will see him throw until June 15, the start of a three-day minicamp at Hofstra. For now, the club is sticking with the company line: He's participating in practice under the supervision of the medical staff. Asked if Pennington will be ready for the start of training camp in late July, Mangini said, "We're going to monitor it."

QB | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (shoulder) is not taking part in team drills during the Saints' minicamp weekend. Brees said, "I'm not doing any of the team drills right now because that's when you stop thinking about everything else physical, and you just go and play and react and I'm afraid that I'd get out there and try to hose one in there when I'm not supposed to. Not like it would hurt me, but probably not the smartest thing." He threw during the morning practice Saturday, June 3, but did not throw during the afternoon practice. He is scheduled to throw in the only practice Sunday, June 4. Brees has been able to throw short and intermediate passes, but said he can not throw over 30 yards yet.

QB | Mark Brunell | Washington Redskins | Injury News, Fantasy
Ryan O'Halloran, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins QB Mark Brunell (finger) injured his hand when he hit the helmet of a defensive player while delivering a pass. Brunell said he will be ready for the start of training camp and that he's not concerned at all about the injury. The injury will not require surgery and is the first such injury in his football career. QBs Jason Campbell and Todd Collins will take the majority of snaps during the final two weeks of OTAs and three-day minicamp.

QB | Jon Kitna | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz discussed the team's quarterback situation after practice Thursday, June 1. QB Jon Kitna has the most experience and the edge over QB Josh McCown and 2005 fifth-round draft pick QB Dan Orlovsky. But Martz called that "a starting point." "Josh has made terrific strides in the last, I'd say, two weeks, and I'm excited about where he is," Martz said. "I'm very pleased with all three of them."


Running Back

RB | Chris Perry | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com, reports Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said the only player not able to practice at the team's mandatory minicamp June 15-17 will be RB Chris Perry (knee).

RB | Jamal Lewis | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports Baltimore Ravens RB Jamal Lewis said he's on the "right track" now that he's free and clear from previous issues that troubled the former 2,000-yard back. Lewis, as reported, reported to the Ravens Tuesday, June 6.

RB | Domanick Davis | Houston Texans | Injury News, Fantasy
Carmine Pirone, of HoustonTexans.com, reports Houston Texans RB Domanick Davis (knee) spent some time on the stationary bike and observing the offense from the sidelines during practice Wednesday, June 7. "He worked a little the other day at walk through and I think he's going to be fine and I don't want to do anything to set him back," said Texans head coach Gary Kubiak. "As long as I see him back there paying attention and is ready to go July 27, that's what's important." Kubiak did not know if Davis would be able to return before the end of minicamp or even be available for next week's minicamp session.

RB | Rudi Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com, reports Cincinnati Bengals RB Rudi Johnson (knee) will be participating in the team's mandatory minicamp June 15-17, according to head coach Marvin Lewis. It will be Johnson's first action since having a knee scope performed following the end of the 2005 season.

RB | Priest Holmes | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury News
Adam Teicher, of the Kansas City Star, reports the Kansas City Chiefs are unsure if RB Priest Holmes (neck) will be with the team for the 2006 season. Head coach Herman Edwards said the team will not wait for Holmes indefinitely and added, "You're always looking to upgrade, and that's what's good about the time between now and opening day. There will be some guys on certain teams that people are willing to let go. We'll evaluate the guys we have here and our scouts will evaluate guys on other teams, especially if Priest doesn't come back." Edwards would like to run the ball 35 times a game and doesn't plan to have RB Larry Johnson carry all of that load. Of the current running backs on the team, Johnson is the biggest at 230 pounds. The rest are lighter, finesse runners with Holmes at 213 pounds, RB Dee Brown at 210 pounds and RB Quentin Griffin at 195 pounds. Edwards said, "We'll go to a change of pace. We'll do a little something different with those guys than we'll do with LJ. We're going to run the ball 500 times. We can't expect him to run it 500 times."

RB | Reggie Bush | New Orleans Saints | Injury News, Fantasy
Larry Holder, of the Sun-Herald, reports New Orleans Saints rookie RB Reggie Bush represents a sign of hope to the long-suffering Saints' fans. He heard the fans all weekend at the team's minicamp. "I hear them," Bush said. "I try to focus on practice. This is work time. This is where we work, this is our office. I try not to let it distract me too much." A 100 percent healthy Bush zigged and zagged up and down the field with no hints of a gimpy hamstring. But he continues to receive treatment after each practice. "Just stretching, nothing special, nothing serious. I pretty much have (the injury) out of my mind," Bush said. "On the field, off the field, just make sure I'm doing everything necessary to get myself back on the field as soon as possible." Bush will have nine more practices with the Saints during the next two weeks before his contract needs to be signed. When asked about his contract, head coach Sean Payton said Bush would be signed right before training camp.

RB | Samkon Gado | Green Bay Packers | Injury News, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Todd Rosiak, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers RB Samkon Gado has been running with the No. 1 offense during offseason workouts while other backs sit out due to injury. While he's received good reviews, reading the team's new zone blocking scheme has been challenging. While he played in a similar system in college, he hasn't been pleased with his progress so far. Gado could have a leg up on the competition once he figures out the scheme. In regards to his previous knee injury, it healed shortly after the 2005 season ended.

RB | Ahman Green | Green Bay Packers | Injury News, Fantasy
Dylan B. Tomlinson, of PackersNews.com, reports Green Bay Packers RB Ahman Green (quad) was at practice Monday, June 5, but he still can't participate.

RB | Cedric Benson | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Gene Chamberlain, of the Beacon News, reports Chicago Bears RB Cedric Benson said his individual goal is to rush for 1,700 yards even though he was a backup last year.

RB | Tatum Bell | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Andrew Mason, of DenverBroncos.com, reports Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan is hoping RB Tatum Bell can become more consistent at the end of games. Shanahan said, "I like Tatum Bell. Any time you get a guy that averages over five yards a carry, it's pretty impressive. I'm hoping that he steps up, stays healthy and does the things that he's capable of doing. He's been very good early in the game and not as consistent at the end of the game and we're hoping he can get over that hump. But I'd sure like to give him the ball more considering how productive he was, and if a guy can average over five yards a carry and get almost 1,000 yards, that means he's pretty good, and hopefully he can get to the next level."

RB | LaMont Jordan | Oakland Raiders | Injury News, Fantasy
Steve Corkran, writing for the Sporting News, reports Oakland Raiders RB LaMont Jordan (turf toe) is back at full strength after last season's turf toe injury. He is primed for an even better season than 2005, when he rushed for 1,025 yards and caught 70 passes. New head coach Art Shell has retooled an offensive line that struggled with its consistency last season, and he is a firm believer in featuring a lead back in his game plan. Shell has also made it a point of fingering a play or plays that Jordan feels most comfortable with as something that will be a staple of the game plan each week.

RB | Deuce McAllister | New Orleans Saints | Injury News, Fantasy
Glenn Guilbeau, of the Shreveport Times, reports New Orleans Saints RB Deuce McAllister (knee) has been progressing well in his rehabilitation from knee surgery. Head coach Sean Payton said, "I've been impressed with it (his rehabilitation). He got some snaps and got going a little bit, probably surprised me a little bit. I just want to make sure that on his legs he's not going too fast. His weight's coming down to where it needs to be. So it's been encouraging."

RB | Edgerrin James | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Darren Urban, of the East Valley Tribune, reports Arizona Cardinals RB Edgerrin James will see familiar plays in the Cardinals' offensive playbook. "There is a giant correlation," Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Keith Rowen said. "A lot of runs Edge did well in Indy are in our offense."

RB | Kevin Jones | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Detroit Lions RB Kevin Jones has improved his ball-catching ability and pass protection. "He's really a well-rounded back," offensive coordinator Mike Martz said. "He has to do it all, and he's accepted that very well."


Wide Receiver

WR | Mike Williams | Detroit Lions | Injury News
Tom Kowalski, of MLive.com, reports Detroit Lions WR Mike Williams (hamstring) was sent home early from last week's minicamp because he missed a treatment for his sore hamstring and was then late for a meeting. Team president Matt Millen was responsible for sending Williams home Thursday, June 1.

WR | Troy Williamson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury News, Fantasy
Mark Craig, of the Star-Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings WR Troy Williamson (hip) sat out practice Wednesday, June 7. Williamson is recovering from surgery to remove an abscess from his hip. The team is hopeful he can return for minicamp.

WR | Todd Pinkston | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News, Fantasy
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports the Philadelphia Eagles could use a full recovery from WR Todd Pinkston (Achilles). He has been only a limited participant in the team's offseason drills, but Eagles officials believe Pinkston will be back full time once training camp begins. The Eagles need Pinkston because their current starting wide receivers are WRs Greg Lewis and Reggie Brown.

WR | Matt Jones | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports the Jacksonville Jaguars are looking for a go-to wide receiver due to WR Jimmy Smith's retirement and WR Matt Jones may be that guy. Even though the team has not been practicing in pads, Jones has been one of the stars of Jacksonville's offseason. He has lined up in Smith's spot, performed the way the organization would like, and made the Jaguars believe Jones is going to come through like the first-round pick he was. Jones already struck up a rapport with Jacksonville QB Byron Leftwich last season.

WR | Marvin Harrison | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News, Fantasy
Mike Chappell, of the Indianapolis Star, reports Indianapolis Colts WR Marvin Harrison (hand/elbow) should be ready for the start of training camp July 30.

WR | Eric Moulds | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Megan Manfull, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans WR Eric Moulds is trying to teach WR Andre Johnson some of the things he's learned through his 10 NFL seasons. WR Jerry Rice used to show up at Mississippi State when Moulds was playing there and Moulds watched and listened to everything he did and said. Moulds said, "I learned a long time ago from Jerry Rice that the harder you work in the offseason, the easier it'll be in the season. That's what I'm trying to teach Andre. The harder you work now, it'll be a cakewalk when the season starts. If you keep yourself in shape, you can play as long as you want." Johnson has embraced Moulds' plan and has been following him around throughout the offseason's practices, learning whatever he can from the veteran receiver.

WR | Muhsin Muhammad | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
K.C. Johnson, of the Chicago Tribune, reports Chicago Bears WR Muhsin Muhammad is looking to raise the bar in 2006. is looking to raise the bar in 2006. Muhammad, the team's leading wide receiver in 2005, might have caught more criticism than passes last season and agrees there is room for improvement, albeit with a caveat. "Anytime your leading receiver only has 700-some yards, whatever it was. I don't know what it was, you stand for room for improvement," Muhammad said. "I think that would make the team more versatile. But within the scheme of what we're doing, we weren't asked to do a lot last year." The emergence of a consistent No. 2 receiver will be a dominant story line come July training camp and that emergence is sure to help Muhammad.

WR | Ashley Lelie | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports the Denver Broncos could be getting closer to trading disgruntled WR Ashley Lelie. A trade could be wrapped up within the next week that would be a three-team deal and land Denver a tight end. A number of teams have shown renewed interest this week, according to one person close to the talks, and Lelie is desperate to get out of Denver, where he feels he cannot be the No. 1 wide receiver. The team that trades for Lelie is going to want to try to sign him to an extension, as his contract is scheduled to expire after this season.

WR | Darrell Jackson | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News
Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports Seattle Seahawks WR Darrell Jackson (knee) made an appearance Tuesday, June 6, at the team's minicamp practice. Jackson has some concerns about his current contract situation, but appeared to be in a positive mood around the team. Jackson likely will not return to the field until sometime during training camp, as he wants to rest his surgically repaired knee as much as possible.

WR | Arnaz Battle | San Francisco 49ers | Injury News
Roger Phillips, of the Oakland Tribune, reports San Francisco 49ers WR Arnaz Battle (knee) started experiencing swelling in his knee two weeks ago. He had fluid drained from his knee last week. The swelling was expected to happen as part of the healing process, according to Battle.

WR | Mark Bradley | Chicago Bears | Injury News, Fantasy
Larry Mayer, of ChicagoBears.com, reports Chicago Bears WR Mark Bradley (knee) made it through the team's three-day weekend minicamp without any hint of his knee injury. "Hard work always pays off," Bradley said. "Rehab was tough. I attacked it like I attack practicing and game day. I don't take it lightly. It's a serious matter to get back on the field with my brothers. I feel good about the situation and the knee is doing fine." Bradley ran well and cut effectively on his surgically-repaired knee. He has yet to recover completely from the injury but still has seven weeks before the Bears report to training camp to make additional strides. Bradley will have to earn the team's No. 2 wide receiver role in training camp.

WR | Charles Rogers | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Greg Johnson, of mlive.com, reports Detroit Lions WR Charles Rogers said all the right things after the team's minicamp. "I'm here man, and it's time for football," he said. "I'm here, and one thing about it, I'm excited. You know, I think I'm going to get a fair opportunity, and that's all I need. I'm going to do the rest." Of the many questions surrounding this franchise with a new coaching staff and yet another new direction, the status of Rogers is among the most compelling. "My day's gonna come," Rogers said. "It's gonna come, and when it comes, it's gonna be beautiful." Rogers career, to this point, has not come close to matching the high expectations the team had for him. Rogers wants to forge ahead. He's thinking clean slate. He isn't dwelling on what happened to QB Joey Harrington, or what has happened to his career. "Charles has made a big, big jump here in the last four or five days," offensive coordinator Mike Martz said after the second day of mini-camp work this week. "I'm very pleased with his effort. It's hard for him because this is different. He's going to make some mistakes mentally and he doesn't know how to deal with that. But he'll learn. I think Charles will be fine." Rogers is currently working mostly with second and often third groups of receivers, and has made just a few spot appearances with what appears to be the first unit. For now, he isn't planning to walk into team president Matt Millen's office like Harrington and ask for a change of address.

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 not participating in drills, "but he's been doing some running and he's been pretty impressive." Previous reports say Edwards is expected back at the beginning of October.

WR | Javon Walker | Denver Broncos | Injury News, Fantasy
Andrew Mason, of DenverBroncos.com, reports Denver Broncos WR Javon Walker (knee) will return July 28, the first day of training camp. Head coach Mike Shanahan said, "We sat down and talked about it in the beginning and said, 'Hey, we think this gives you the best chance to be ready for the season. He's smart enough to know that we're not going to win any games in July and June. He's listening to Greek (Head Athletic Trainer Steve Antonopulos) and doing everything the medical staff is asking him to do, so hopefully he's ready to go."

WR | Terrell Owens | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Jamie Aron, of the Associated Press, reports Dallas Cowboys WR Terrell Owens completed his first full-squad workout with the team and his first since being banished by the Philadelphia Eagles nearly seven months ago. Owens caught every pass thrown his way except for one during the two-hour practice.

WR | Brandon Stokley | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
John Oehser, of Colts.com, reports Indianapolis Colts WR Brandon Stokley is happy with the current situation he faces with regards to catching passes for the Colts. Stokley's statistics went drastically down last season after the career numbers he put up in 2004, but that did not get him down, "Whatever the coaches think I can do to enable us to win games, and be the best offense on Sunday, let's go with it." Head coach Tony Dungy praised Stokley for his rare ability to enter a game "cold" without losing effectiveness.


Tight End

TE | Desmond Clark | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Larry Mayer, of ChicagoBears.com, reports Chicago Bears TE Desmond Clark has lost 10 pounds during offseason conditioning, but said he has not changed his workout. Clark said he has been able to workout during the whole offseason, as opposed to last year, when he missed most of the offseason and training camp after injuring his ankle while working out on his own in Florida.

TE | Stephen Alexander | Denver Broncos | Injury News
Andrew Mason, of DenverBroncos.com, reports Denver Broncos TE Stephen Alexander is nicked up and has not been practicing with the first team during the Broncos OTAs, said TE Nate Jackson. Jackson did not elaborate on the injury to Alexander.

TE | Jerramy Stevens | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Seattle Seahawks TE Jerramy Stevens (knee) could not practice Monday, June 5. He's not expected back until training camp.

TE | Jason Witten | Dallas Cowboys | Free Agency News
Mac Engel, of the Star-Telegram, reports the Dallas Cowboys have held preliminary discussions about a contract extension with TE Jason Witten, according to Witten. He is entering the last year of his contract and the Cowboys would like to keep him off the free agent market. He would like to have negotiations completed before the start of the season. If not, then he'd like to wait until the season is over.

TE | Kellen Winslow Jr. | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Fantasy
Mary Kay Cabot, of the Plain Dealer, reports Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage is impressed by TE Kellen Winslow Jr.'s (knee) recovery from ACL surgery. Savage said Winslow has not missed a session in the team's organized team activities.

TE | Tony Gonzalez | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Rick Dean, writing for Morris News Service, reports Kansas City Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez has made it clear he wants to end his career in Kansas City, but he refused to discuss contract negotiations with the Chiefs. The team also wants to sign him to a long-term deal that will allow him to finish his career as a Chief. As is the case with all business deals, the financial terms must add up properly for both parties. Gonzalez's contract runs through the 2006 season. It is hardly a secret that Gonzalez spends little of his offseason in Kansas City. It's even less of a secret that the Chiefs wish he'd spend more here in offseason conditioning with his teammates. Gonzalez believes new offensive coordinator Mike Solari, the former offensive line coach, is a kindred spirit who will look for a tight end in scoring zone situations. "As soon as he got the job, I flew back here to meet with (Solari) and coach (Jon) Embree, my new position coach. He asked me straight-up what routes I thought worked best, and he said he'd get them called. We'll see what happens, but I have (no) doubt that he'll get me the ball."


Place Kicker

PK | Phil Dawson | Cleveland Browns | Injury News
Jeff Walcoff, of ClevelandBrowns.com, reports Cleveland Browns PK Phil Dawson (hernia) is close to 100 percent and has been kicking. Dawson had surgery after the 2005 season ended and went through several months of rehab. "It's really starting to feel well," Dawson said. "In terms of the mental standpoint, I feel a lot more confident now that I did every week last season. I knew I had a problem last season and, when you're swinging your leg up to your head, who knows what's going to happen."

PK | Billy Cundiff | Green Bay Packers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Cliff Christl, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports the Green Bay Packers had a field goal kicking contest between PKs Billy Cundiff and Dave Rayner Tuesday, June 6. The two kicked from 24-, 29-, 34-, 39-, 44-, 52- and 43-yard lines, including also attempting an extra point. Cundiff was 7-of-8 while Rayner was 6-of-8. Both players missed from 52-yards out, while Rayner also missed a 44-yarder. The team also used four different holders during the competition; including QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Ruvell Martin, P B.J. Sander and P Jon Ryan.


Defensive Line

DL | Mario Williams | Houston Texans | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Houston Texans rookie DE Mario Williams (foot) will be sidelined for the rest of the week due to having the toenails on both of his big toes removed. Williams had the toenails removed Monday, June 5, after struggling with infections because of problems. "They were bothering him throughout the camp," said Texans head coach Gary Kubiak. "So instead of trying to fight it, they removed them. We're giving him a few days off to make sure it heals properly." Kubiak added that Williams would likely return to practice Friday, June 7.

DL | Jason Fisk | St. Louis Rams | Transaction
Bill Coats, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams DT Jason Fisk said he decided to sign with the Rams so he could work with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. Fisk also said he is more comfortable in a 4-3 defense, which the Rams are expected to run.

DL | Grant Wistrom | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Seattle Seahawks DE Grant Wistrom (shoulder surgery) could not practice Monday, June 5. He's not expected back until training camp.

DL | Jerome McDougle | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said Monday, June 5, that DE Jerome McDougle (abdomen) is unavailable for one-on-one drills or live action. "Time will tell down the road on that," Reid said about McDougle. "But, he's doing everything full speed and he looks great out there, very quick and explosive. We feel very good about him."

DL | Johnathan Sullivan | New England Patriots | Transaction
Jay Glazer, of FOXSports.com, reports the New Orleans Saints have traded DL Johnathan Sullivan to the New England Patriots for WR Bethel Johnson.

DL | Tank Johnson | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Reed Schreck, of the Rockford Register Star, reports Chicago Bears DL Tank Johnson (quad) said his quadriceps injury is healing just fine, shooting for a return to practice for training camp in late July. "My leg feels great," he said, adding that the injury occurred when "I went out too fast, trying to do too much. It's kind of unfortunate. It's one of those muscles that's tricky, but once it's set, it's set." Johnson said he has been jogging and doing mobility work in the weight room.

DL | Will Smith | New Orleans Saints | Injury News
Larry Holder, of the Sun Herald, reports New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith (shoulder) was held out of the team's first minicamp in April, and again saw limited action at practice Friday, June 2. Smith continues to progress from surgery on his left shoulder. "I felt fine, but it is a slow process," Smith said. "You don't want to rush these things. But I'll be ready for when camp."

DL | Kris Jenkins | Carolina Panthers | Injury News
Darin Gantt, of the Rock Hill Herald, reports Carolina Panthers DT Kris Jenkins (knee) is feeling good about his recovery from his knee injury. He also understands that the Panthers have made plans in case he can't come back. Jenkins has missed most of the last two seasons because of injuries, and the Panthers run defense slogged at times without him. "You know, one of the things about here in Carolina that I respect is that they do what's best for the team, and they're doing what's best," Jenkins said Friday, June 2. "I think we have two great additions to the defensive line. And hopefully we're going to talk about this because I'm pretty confident I'll be playing this year, but even if I wasn't, we have people who are all starter-capable here. So regardless of whichever way things go, we'll have some depth, some great depth at the defensive tackle position. I'm just glad to be here." Jenkins has increased the intensity of his own rehabilitation. He said he would have worked at last month's minicamp if the training staff allowed it, but that he felt like he was getting closer to game shape.

DL | Dwight Freeney | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Mike Chappell, of the Indianapolis Star, reports the Indianapolis Colts want to sign DE Dwight Freeney to a long-term contract. The Colts have had preliminary discussions to work on a new deal with his agent Gary Wichard. Freeney might become the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. If a deal is not reached the Colts can designate him their franchise player at the end of the season.

DL | Robert Mathis | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Mike Chappell, of the Indianapolis Star, reports Indianapolis Colts DL Robert Mathis' agent Hadley Engelhard is having contract talks with the Colts. The team has made it clear that locking Mathis into a long-term deal is a high priority.


Linebacker

LB | Cato June | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Mike Chappell, of the Indianapolis Star, reports Indianapolis Colts LB Cato June (knee/sports hernia) should be ready for the start of training camp July 30.

LB | Ray Lewis | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
Jamison Hensley and Edward Lee, of the Baltimore Sun, report Baltimore Ravens LB Ray Lewis (hamstring), who is not scheduled to practice during minicamps over the next two weeks, said his surgically-repaired right hamstring is improving and hinted that he might be ready to play when training camp opens Aug. 1. "Where I am now, six weeks out, yeah, it's a pretty good chance," he said. "But like I said, I can't speak for Bill (Tessendorf, the team's vice president of medical services) either. Bill is probably one of the greatest doctors in this game right now, and if he tells me I don't think you need to try it, I'm not going to try it no matter how good I feel. But we're working extremely hard, and every day, I'm over here. We're just getting a lot of things done and right now, where I am, if I had to say something, I would say yes."

LB | Courtney Watson | Buffalo Bills | Transaction
NewOrleansSaints.com reports the New Orleans Saints have acquired TE Tim Euhus in a trade from the Buffalo Bills. In exchange, the Bills receive LB Courtney Watson.

LB | Takeo Spikes | Buffalo Bills | Injury News
Allen Wilson, of the Buffalo News, reports Buffalo Bills LB Takeo Spikes (Achilles') was in town last week to continue his rehabilitation. He remains on schedule and should be ready for training camp.


Cornerback

CB | Ty Law | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Adam Teicher, of the Kansas City Star, reports Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards said Wednesday, June 7, that he hasn't talked to free agent CB Ty Law (Jets) and that he still believes the Pro Bowl cornerback won't sign with a team until right before training camp. If a Law deal is imminent, it probably won't involve the Chiefs.

CB | Deltha O'Neal | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com, reports Cincinnati Bengals CB Deltha O'Neal (knee) is going to get a second look at his knee before he is cleared to practice. O'Neal had a knee scope done following the end of the 2005 season.

CB | Samari Rolle | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
Jamison Hensley, of the Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens CB Samari Rolle (elbow) could be limited in drills this week. Rolle injured himself while playing basketball against New York Giants WR Plaxico Burress.

CB | Lito Sheppard | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News
Philadelphia Eagles CB Lito Sheppard (ankle) did not participate in the team's minicamp practice Monday, June 5, according to head coach Andy Reid.

CB | Antrel Rolle | Arizona Cardinals | Injury News
Kent Somers, writing for the Sporting News, reports Arizona Cardinals CB Antrel Rolle (knee) is expected to be ready to go at the beginning of training camp.

CB | Phillip Buchanon | Houston Texans | Injury News, Fantasy
Megan Manfull, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans CB Phillip Buchanon might return kicks until KR/WR Jerome Mathis (foot) is able to return to action.


Strong Safety

SS | Colin Branch | Carolina Panthers | Injury News
Pat Yasinskas, of the Charlotte Observer, reports Carolina Panthers SS Colin Branch (knee) will compete with SS Shaun Williams for a starting job when training camp starts. Regarding Branch, defensive coordinator Mike Trgovac said, "He's still testing it and getting his legs back underneath him. The test will really come in training camp ... But so far he looks fine."

SS | Bhawoh Jue | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports San Diego Chargers SS Bhawoh Jue (knee) will not participate in this weekend's workouts. He is not expected to return until training camp.

SS | Mike Doss | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Mike Chappell, of the Indianapolis Star, reports Indianapolis Colts S Mike Doss (shoulder) should be ready for the start of training camp July 30.

SS | Tony Parrish | San Francisco 49ers | Injury News
SF49ers.com reports San Francisco 49ers S Tony Parrish (leg) could return to practice as early as next week after breaking his leg last season. "He looked good running up and down the sideline," said head coach Mike Nolan. "It's a possibility. We'll certainly be talking about it next week."

SS | Michael Boulware | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Seattle Seahawks SS Michael Boulware (knee) could not practice Monday, June 5. He's not expected back until training camp.

SS | Mike Brown | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Larry Mayer, of ChicagoBears.com, reports Chicago Bears S Mike Brown (calf) was able to practice at minicamp Friday, June 2. Brown showed no ill effects from the injury he sustained last season.


Free Safety

FS | Bob Sanders | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Mike Chappell, of the Indianapolis Star, reports Indianapolis Colts S Bob Sanders (arm) should be ready for the start of training camp July 30.

FS | Ken Hamlin | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Seattle Seahawks S Ken Hamlin (head) is practicing daily. He said he is measuring his progress incrementally. Head coach Mike Holmgren said the former starter "seems to be doing just fine. But the ultimate test will be when he puts on a helmet and we start hitting." That won't be until training camp begins in ate July.

FS | Troy Vincent | Buffalo Bills | Injury News
Allen Wilson, writing for the Sporting News, reports Buffalo Bills S Troy Vincent (shoulder), who had minor offseason shoulder surgery, has resumed full-scale workouts. Vincent was limited during the early portion of the team's offseason program, but was on the field during the organized team activity (OTA) last week.

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