NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on June 15, 2006 @ 16:00:00 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Chad Pennington | New York Jets | Injury News, Fantasy
New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini said that QB Chad Pennington (shoulder) has done everything the team has asked him to do in regards to his rehabilitation. "He's getting some throws," said Mangini. "The throws aren't specifically designed to do one thing or the other. It's just part of the offensive system, and where he goes with the ball will be based on his read progression." Mangini said the team's medical staff and the coaching staff will monitor his throwing. "Each day we set up a program for him that we follow and our staff follows," Mangini said.

QB | Billy Volek | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher said Thursday, June 15, there is a comfort level between QB Billy Volek and WR Drew Bennett. "They understand each other, have a good sense, and remember Billy found (TE) Ben Troupe a number of times last year, too," Fisher said. "Billy is comfortable with the people we have around him."

QB | Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (head) issued the following statement about his motorcycle accident: "…I am sorry for any anxiety and concern my actions have caused others, specifically my family, the Steelers organization, my teammates and our fans. I recognize that I have a responsibility to safeguard my health in the off-season so I can continue to lead our team effectively. …I was confident in my ability to ride a motorcycle and simply believed such an accident would not happen to me. If I ever ride again, it certainly will be with a helmet. …I want to assure everyone I am committed to a complete and timely recovery. I look forward to being at training camp in Latrobe and to winning football games this season."

QB | Tom Brady | New England Patriots | Injury News
Patriots.com reports New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (knee) wore a large brace on his left knee during the last day of minicamp, which he had not worn throughout the first two days of practice.

QB | Carson Palmer | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com, reports Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer (knee) took part in 7-on-7 drills for the first time Thursday, June 15. Offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski thought he looked, "sharp," after his first extended efforts working against a defense. Trainer Paul Sparling said Thursday it's conceivable Palmer could start the regular-season opener Sept. 10.

QB | Kelly Holcomb | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Chris Brown, of BuffaloBills.com, reports Buffalo Bills head coach Dick Jauron has not decided on a starting quarterback for the Bills or even an initial depth order for the position. The Bills will head into training camp with QB Kelly Holcomb, QB J.P. Losman and QB Craig Nall all vying for the starting job. Jauron did admit to having an idea of what each could offer and who might be the starter but refused to share that information.

QB | Eli Manning | New York Giants | Fantasy
Associated Press reports New York Giants QB Eli Manning continues to say he has a good relationship with WR Plaxico Burress. Manning said he and Burress have spoken a few times in recent weeks, but Manning also noted "you don't have to be best friends with everybody." Burress was upset during the team's playoff loss last year, going without a catch in a 23-0 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Burress refused to meet with media Wednesday, June 14.

QB | Peyton Manning | Indianapolis Colts | Free Agency News
John Oehser, of Colts.com, reports Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning says the team has had outstanding participation in workouts during this offseason. Some of the emphasis of the offseason practices have been focused on getting new players, be it draft picks or free agents, acclimated to the new system and as comfortable as possible before training camp. Manning also said, he enjoys the extra time in the offseason afforded by head coach Tony Dungy to help in the community, "We're through around 12 o'clock or one o'clock. He encourages you to use that time, to get your work done here, or to get out in the community, or to have a chance to hang out with other teammates."

QB | David Carr | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Carmine Pirone, of HoustonTexans.com, reports Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak praised QB David Carr. "I think he's (Carr) the most improved player from this offseason. From the day we walked out here until today, I really thought he was the most improved. Yet he still has a long way to go. The key to David, like any other player, and I've already spent a ton of time with him, but David's got to come back and pick up right where he left off. We can't go back and work on things that we were trying to clean up. Nobody's worked harder. He's been out here every day, but he always has been, so I didn't expect any different," said Kubiak.

QB | Tommy Maddox | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports free agent QB Tommy Maddox's (Steelers) representatives called the Pittsburgh Steelers to see if they would have any interest in re-signing their former quarterback, after hearing of QB Ben Roethlisberger's motorcycle accident. Maddox wants to play, not at the expense of Roethlisberger, but he would like work.

QB | Daunte Culpepper | Miami Dolphins | Injury News, Fantasy
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports Miami Dolphins QB Daunte Culpepper (knee) carried himself remarkably well during the team's three-day minicamp this past weekend. "For the most part, physically, I feel great," Culpepper said. "I'm coming along, moving along. It's a day-by-day process, and it's a lot of work. But I'm just glad to be able to go out, go through the practice and not have any setbacks so far. I feel pretty good."

QB | Philip Rivers | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports San Diego Chargers head coach Marty Schottenheimer gave QB Philip Rivers a passing grade after the team's three-day minicamp that ended Sunday, June 11. "Its hard for me to give A's to anybody this early, Schottenheimer said. "But I would say a B-plus. I thought he did a terrific job. I was very pleased." The Chargers are banking on Rivers, the fourth pick of the 2004 draft, to pick up where QB Drew Brees left off.

QB | Alex D. Smith | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
Dennis Georgatos, of the San Jose Mercury News, reports San Francisco 49ers QB Alex D. Smith and WR Antonio Bryant haven't played together in a game yet but there are signs of growing rapport between the 49ers quarterback and his newly acquired No. 1 wide receiver. The upshot, says offensive coordinator Norv Turner, is that Smith is very quickly developing a sense that if he gets the ball anywhere close, Bryant is going to do whatever he can to make the catch. The two have been working to establish a rapport on an informal basis since April, by running routes on the side. Their work accelerated in the May minicamp and this month's organized team activities. "I really believe the guy that's helped Alex more than anyone is Antonio Bryant," said Turner. "Because he's a pro, he's been in the league, he's learned how to practice, he knows how to practice hard and he goes out and busts his butt on every route. So when you go out and practice with him, you get a sense of how things are going to be over and over again."

QB | Matt Leinart | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Kate Brandt, of AZCardinals.com, reports Arizona Cardinals rookie QB Matt Leinart, a first-round selection, is still busy learning the team's offensive system. He said he is pleased with his development from the team's first minicamp at the beginning of May. He feels the big playbook he had at USC is a benefit, as was the pro-style offense he ran there. However, he noted his biggest adjustment is how the plays are called.

QB | Brett Favre | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre said that he has struggled with getting up to workout every day, but said he would continue to work out. "I haven't hired anyone to help me," said Favre. "It's something that at one time in my career was easy to do. Just wake up and go do it. But it is more difficult. But I was able to do it for three weeks since the last mini-camp, or the mini-camp that I was here for. I'd started working out... a little different training than what I had done last year." Favre added that he has been doing more weight training than he has done in previous years, as well as running. He has not thrown any during organized team activities and said he expects to throw about two or three weeks before camp.


Running Back

RB | Curtis Martin | New York Jets | Injury News, Fantasy
New York Jets RB Curtis Martin (knee) participated in all of the drills during the team's minicamp practice Thursday, June 15, according to head coach Eric Mangini. "We're monitoring him, as well," Mangini said. "But he is taking part in all the drills and he is a guy that we are watching and making sure that it's within the framework of his rehab."

RB | Corey Dillon | New England Patriots | Injury News, Fantasy
Patriots Football Weekly reports New England Patriots RB Corey Dillon (calf) is feeling healthy after a 2005 season where he dealt with injuries the whole year. Dillon said, "To be honest with you this is the best that I've felt at this point in time in the last three years. I feel good about where I am, I'm still not close to where I want to be. I'm going to get there and hopefully by training camp I'm going to be ready to go."

RB | Rudi Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com, reports Cincinnati Bengals RB Rudi Johnson (knee) practiced for the first time in the offseason Thursday, June 15, after recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery to fix torn cartilage in his knee.

RB | Chris Perry | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals RB Chris Perry (knee) was not cleared to participate in minicamp.

RB | Priest Holmes | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury News, Fantasy
Rick Plumlee, of the Wichita Eagle, reports Kansas City Chiefs RB Priest Holmes (neck) is scheduled to visit with Los Angeles back specialist Robert Watkins this week. Holmes has stenosis, a narrowing of the spine, and has not been medically cleared to play.

RB | Ahman Green | Green Bay Packers | Injury News
Todd Rosiak, of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers RB Ahman Green (knee) attended practice Tuesday, June 13, but was unable to participate.

RB | Laurence Maroney | New England Patriots | Fantasy
Jerome Solomon, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots rookie RB Laurence Maroney is picking up tips and pointers from New England Patriots RB Corey Dillon. "He's a great person to work with," Maroney said. "He's helping me out, teaching me the small things. He keeps reminding me about what to look for on certain plays. It's taking me a while to learn the offense, and take everything in, but I'm working hard to get it down. Everything's been fast. It's taking a little while to get used to how they call things up here. But I'll get there."

RB | LenDale White | Tennessee Titans | Injury News, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Stephen Sanders, of Titans Radio Network, reports Tennessee Titans rookie RB LenDale White (hamstring) did some individual work Tuesday, June 13. He did not take part in team workouts, as he is still working his way back from a hamstring injury.

RB | Marshall Faulk | St. Louis Rams | Injury News
John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports St. Louis Rams RB Marshall Faulk (knee) is still pondering retirement. One of Faulk's knees has been slow to recover, while the other has been fine. Faulk will take more time to rest and make a decision.

RB | Frank Gore | San Francisco 49ers | Injury News, Fantasy
SF49ers.com reports San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore (shoulders) saw more work at practice Monday, June 12. He has been recovering from surgery on both shoulders. Gore will miss the rest of the week so he can return to Florida due to an illness in the family.

RB | Edgerrin James | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Kate Brandt, of azcardinals.com, reports Arizona Cardinals RB Edgerrin James returned to the team Monday, June 12, for the final four days of organized team activities. James has been absent from team workouts the past two weeks. "I was telling the guys I earned it; I've been playing well in the last couple years," said James. "That's part of it; you can come out and prove to everyone that if you take a week or two off it's not going to hurt your performance and everyone knew that. As far as other players, I can't speak for them. They have to get up to speed and get on the same page." James spent extra time with Cardinals running backs coach Kirby Wilson after the workout, running extra plays and several 100-yard dashes.

RB | Stephen Davis | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Jason Cole, writing for NBCSports.com, reports agent David Canter said this week that free agent RB Stephen Davis (Panthers) wants to play despite talking about possibly retiring. The catch is that Davis doesn't want to play for the minimum if he comes back.

RB | Ronnie Brown | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Carl Kotala, of Florida Today, reports Miami Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown is two pounds lighter than his playing weight a year ago, but at 235 pounds he looks more solid. By taking part in the team's offseason program, Brown was able to pump iron a bit more, resulting in a thicker looking chest and bigger biceps. Brown appears ready to carry the load for the Dolphins' running game in 2006.

RB | Kevan Barlow | San Francisco 49ers | Injury News, Fantasy
Dennis Georgatos, of the San Jose Mercury News, reports San Francisco 49ers RB Kevan Barlow (knee) has joined the team's non-contact practices in his first organized work with the 49ers since undergoing surgery in January to remove loose cartilage in his left knee. "I feel good, and hopefully, I'll be able to show it,'' Barlow said Friday, June 9. He has struggled to recapture his 2003 form, when he ran for 1,024 yards and averaged 5.1 yards per rush. Barlow said he knows he played better than his statistics indicated last season, and not just because he was hampered by a bad knee. On several occasions, he had long gains that were negated by penalties. Barlow also praised his competitors, RBs Frank Gore and Maurice Hicks as "awesome players. They keep me on my toes.'' But he also said he's looking forward to re-establishing himself as the team's top running back in training camp.

RB | Cedric Benson | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Larry Mayer, of ChicagoBears.com, Chicago Bears RB Cedric Benson has been working with the first team in minicamp and OTA practices and is eager to become a regular contributor in his second season. "It's a big opportunity just for me to make a name for myself in the National Football League," said Benson, the fourth overall pick in last year's NFL Draft. Working with Benson the past two months, head coach Lovie Smith has noticed a difference. Determined to eliminate any uncertainty, Benson has spent the offseason studying the Bears playbook from cover to cover.


Wide Receiver

WR | David Givens | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans WR David Givens has been catching on and getting a "very good feel for the offense," according to head coach Jeff Fisher. "(Wide receivers coach Ray) Sherman says he has no problems and has really done a nice job outside of the X's and O's as far as the offense is concerned," said Fisher.

WR | Todd Pinkston | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said WR Todd Pinkston (Achilles') is expected to arrive early for the team's training camp.

WR | Chris Henry | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals WR Chris Henry (knee) was not cleared to participate in minicamp.

WR | Braylon Edwards | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Fantasy
James Walker, of the Columbus Dispatch, reports Cleveland Browns WR Braylon Edwards (knee) continues to rehabilitate from knee surgery, according to general manager Phil Savage. Savage did not give a timetable for his return, but believes Edwards could be ready Oct. 1.

WR | Troy Brown | New England Patriots | Fantasy
Tom Casale, of Patriots Football Weekly, reports New England Patriots WR Troy Brown has looked impressive physically during minicamp. Brown also has been helping the younger receivers on the roster during drills and running crisper routes.

WR | Tyrone Calico | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Stephen Sanders, of Titans Radio Network, reports Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher said he thinks WR Tyrone Calico (legs) should start to separate himself from some of the other receivers as time goes along. He noted Calico has his legs back under him.

WR | Keyshawn Johnson | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Carolina Panthers WR Keyshawn Johnson was excused from practice Tuesday, June 13, due to personal reasons, according to head coach John Fox.

WR | Steve Smith | Carolina Panthers | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith (hamstring) did not practice Tuesday, June 13, due to tightness in his hamstring.

WR | Corey Bradford | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Chrissie Zavicar, of DetroitLions.com, reports Detroit Lions wide receivers coach Kippy Brown has described WR Corey Bradford as a player who "has speed and he's got explosion and talent that makes him a playmaker." Now with Detroit, the former Green Bay Packers receiver is being looked at as a player who could make an impact, but Bradford isn't looking at himself that way. "There's no such thing as me coming in and being the veteran and leading the guys, we all help each other on certain stuff," said Bradford. "Basically my job is to come here and play and really work hard, and by me working hard, the other guys can see it and follow it."

WR | Deion Branch | New England Patriots | Fantasy
Jerome Solomon, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots QB Tom Brady isn't concerned New England Patriots WR Deion Branch is missing practice at this point. "I think it's important to be here, but at the same time, he's working out and ready to go," Brady said. "If there's one guy who can just step on the field and play, it's him. He's probably our best player on offense."

WR | Patrick Crayton | Dallas Cowboys | Injury News
Will Parchman, of DallasCowboys.com, reports Dallas Cowboys WR Patrick Crayton (ankle) is finally getting his confidence back after injuring his ankle in 2005. While Crayton returned from an ankle injury he suffered in Week 6 last year in time to play the final month of the season, the third-year receiver admits it was his performance, not his ankle, which held him back in those final five games. Crayton has worked hard continuing to rehab the ankle, and after the team's only veteran minicamp of the off-season, he finally feels his confidence returning. "As far as what we've been doing so far in minicamp and practice, it's been going really well," said Crayton, who will be trying to participate in all 16 games this year for the first time in his short career. Crayton is also looking forward to seeing the two-tight end sets because of the independence it is likely to give the wide receivers. Crayton's role on the team will be tested this summer by some young guns.

WR | Antonio Chatman | Cincinnati Bengals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com, reports Cincinnati Bengals WR Antonio Chatman is one of the leading candidates to take over as the team's No. 3 receiver depending on what happens with WR Chris Henry due to his off-the-field issues. If Chatman is also able to return punts, his roster spot will be safe with the Bengals.

WR | Joe Horn | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
Mike Triplett, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, recently interviewed New Orleans Saints WR Joe Horn and Horn told him he's on-board with the changes the team is going through. Triplett asked Horn if it felt good to put last year's hamstring injury behind him and he replied: "Yeah, without a doubt man. You get so many people saying, 'Joe's getting older now. He's losing a step or two because of his hamstrings.' Guys 19, 20 years old pull their hamstrings. So it hampered me, it hampered my season. I've never had a hamstring pull, and when it happened I used to cry in the locker room before the games because I couldn't play. Last year was probably the first time I missed a game, or missed two or three games since I've been here. So it was unreal, man, having to go through all we went through and trying to nurse a hamstring injury. But I'm cool now. I haven't missed a practice, still running, still catching balls. It's refreshing."

WR | Javon Walker | Denver Broncos | Injury News
Jeff Legwold, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports Denver Broncos WR Javon Walker (knee) will almost certainly be held out for the team's minicamp, which starts July 6.

WR | Marvin Harrison | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News, Fantasy
Mike Chappell, of the Indianapolis Star, reports Indianapolis Colts WR Marvin Harrison's (elbow) surgery on his elbow apparently went off without a hitch. Head coach Tony Dungy has heard nothing to the contrary and said, "He told me if there was anything wrong, he'd let me know."

WR | Darrell Jackson | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News, Fantasy
Mike Kahn, of Seahawks.com, reports Seattle Seahawks WR Darrell Jackson (knee) is still recovering from knee surgery. While he's not ready to run, he's moving well and his knee is healing quickly.


Tight End

TE | L.J. Smith | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Bob Brookover, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, reports Philadelphia Eagles TE L.J. Smith is ready to step up his game to help the team compensate for the loss of WR Terrell Owens. Smith said everybody will step up to make up for the loss of Owens. The Eagles won a lot of games before T.O. arrived, and QB Donovan McNabb did not exactly have a who's who of NFL targets. There's little doubt that the Eagles' passing attack will be more spread out with the departure of Owens. There's also a strong feeling that for the Eagles' offense to be successful, Smith will have to play a prominent role. "That's nothing but a compliment," Smith said. "Every tight end isn't mentioned in every offense. There are only about 10 tight ends in the league who you might say are a big part of a team's offense." Smith tied RB Brian Westbrook for the team lead in receptions during the 2005 season with 61. Smith averaged nearly five catches per game through the first 10 games of the season but caught just 12 passes in the Eagles' final six games. It's possible that Smith could see the ball less in 2006 because the Eagles feel as though they added a viable second option at tight end in TE Matt Schobel.

TE | Jeremy Shockey | New York Giants | Injury News, Fantasy
New York Giants TE Jeremy Shockey (eye) made his first offseason appearance at minicamp practice Wednesday, June 14. Shockey said he has been working out with a personal trainer in Miami, Fla. Shockey appeared to have a black left eye, but said he had an encounter with a free weight while exercising.

TE | Kellen Winslow Jr. | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Fantasy
Zac Jackson, of ClevelandBrowns.com, reports Cleveland Browns TE Kellen Winslow Jr. (knee) has been participating in nearly every drill and aspect of the team's practices and workouts, according to general manager Phil Savage. Savage said, "He's been out there as an active participant. I think he feels good about where he is...he's made some outstanding catches out there."

TE | Jeb Putzier | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Megan Manfull, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans TE Jeb Putzier has been busy giving teammates pointers on the field. He played under Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak in Denver for four seasons. "The tight ends, the fullbacks, the receivers they all come to me," Putzier said. "They usually understand what they're doing, but sometimes they don't understand why. So I help them out and let them know what they're helping when they're doing it and why they have to get into certain spaces when they're on the field, and what they're going to open up for everybody else."

TE | Jerramy Stevens | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News, Fantasy
Gregg Bell, of the Associated Press, reports Seattle Seahawks TE Jerramy Stevens (knee) was on the sidelines Monday, June 12, without crutches for the first time since his April 25 surgery to repair the torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee, an injury he attributed to "wear and tear." He is not yet jogging, but is encouraged by his recent advance to walking without pain. Trainers have told him he is on schedule to return to practice in the third week of August. That would put his availability for the Sept. 10 season opener at Detroit in question. "I have a long ways to go," Stevens said. "But the progress has been great. I've had no setbacks."

TE | Christian Fauria | Washington Redskins | Injury News
David Elfin, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins TE Christian Fauria (knee) is back at the team's offseason workouts showing the team what he can do. He missed the first two weeks of May's organized team activities after undergoing surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee, a long-standing condition that worsened when he began offseason workouts at Redskin Park on March 27. The team is counting on Fauria to be their top blocking tight end. With starting TE Chris Cooley already a top target and FB Mike Sellers having been a touchdown machine last year, it's unlikely Fauria will match his average of 29 catches from 1998 to 2003 with Seattle and New England. That's fine with him as long as the Redskins win the way the New England Patriots did during his tenure.

TE | Eric Johnson | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
Dennis Georgatos, of the San Jose Mercury News, reports San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan dismissed Internet speculation about a three-team trade involving 49ers TE Eric Johnson. "His name has not come up," Nolan said. "There's absolutely nothing now in the works."

TE | Bubba Franks | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Todd Rosiak, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers TE Bubba Franks is looking to bounce back in 2006. Franks struggled through a injury-plagued 2005 season. His one-day delay in arriving for Green Bay's current 14-day session of voluntary practices aside, Franks has been slowly trying to integrate himself into head coach Mike McCarthy's version of the West Coast offense. Although it's difficult to get a read so far on what his role might be, it appears Franks won't find himself campaigning for more opportunities, as he did at times last year. "I have no complaints as of this point," he said. "They're actually going to put the tight end in every different position, even the backfield, and that means we're going to be involved more. We're even going to be split out more. It will be every single position that you can put a tight end in and still run the play." Franks is eager to try and return to Pro Bowl form in 2006.


Place Kicker

PK | David Akers | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News
Marc Narducci, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, reports Philadelphia Eagles PK David Akers (hamstring) is not quite 100 percent yet, but his recovery is coming along well. Akers opened some eyes, including his own, by kicking a 60-yard field goal to end the special teams session during the Eagles workout at the NovaCare Complex Thursday, June 8. "I'm not 100 percent now," Akers said after the workout. "It takes a while to fully get back, because there were things I overcompensated for while I was injured." Veterans won't report to training camp until July 23. Akers said he still doesn't expect to be 100 percent by then. "What I know as 100 percent and what people see may not be the same thing," he explained. "When you have an injury and are coming back, your body adjusts and you have to go through that time period. I was told it could take over a year."


Defensive Line

DL | Robert Mathis | Indianapolis Colts | Transaction
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports Indianapolis Colts DE Robert Mathis has agreed to terms on a long-term contract extension with the Colts. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Because of the particulars of the contract, and how it relates to the recent extension to the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, the deal likely will not be signed until sometime next week. However, according to sources Thursday, June 15, while there are some details of the deal that have yet to be completed, the agreement is a solid one.

DL | Jerome McDougle | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said DL Jerome McDougle (calf) took a shot in his calf Wednesday, June 14, but was able to participate in practice Thursday, June 15. He missed a couple plays Wednesday, but was back at full speed.

DL | John Henderson | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News
Bart Hubbuch, of the Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars DL John Henderson (infection) missed practice Wednesday, June 14, due to a minor infection. He is expected back Thursday, June 15, according to head coach Jack Del Rio.

DL | Melvin Oliver | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports the San Francisco 49ers have signed rookie DE Melvin Oliver, one of the team's two sixth-round picks, to a four-year deal worth $1.695 million. Oliver's deal includes a $85,280 signing bonus and minimum base salaries for the four years. The deal also includes a possible "escalator," which could increase his base salary for 2009.

DL | Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila | Green Bay Packers | Injury News
Dylan B. Tomlinson, of PackersNews.com, reports Green Bay Packers DL Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (shoulder) was held out of practice Tuesday, June 13, due to a shoulder injury. He said it was not serious and just a precautionary thing. He expects to return to practice Thursday, June 15.

DL | Johnathan Sullivan | New England Patriots | Fantasy
Michael Felger, of the Boston Herald, reports New England Patriots DL Johnathan Sullivan reported to team workouts looking close to 350 pounds. He will need to lose some weight and work on his conditioning.

DL | Kyle Vanden Bosch | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
Updating previous reports, Titans Radio Network reports Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher said DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (shoulder) did not take part in team portions of workouts Tuesday, June 13. Fisher said Vanden Bosch is working his way back following a shoulder injury.

DL | Mario Williams | Houston Texans | Injury News
Carmine Pirone, of HoustonTexans.com, reports Houston Texans DE Mario Williams (foot) was held out of practice for the third straight day Friday, June 9. Williams could return to the field Monday, June 12.

DL | Anthony Weaver | Houston Texans | Draft Information
The Associated Press reports Houston Texans DL Anthony Weaver has been moved from defensive end to tackle. Having never played tackle exclusively, he knows the transition will take time. He said making the switch is not as difficult as dealing with the Texas' heat. "It's a little bit of a shock to my system," Weaver said of the 90 degree heat combined with Houston's trademark stifling humidity. "Hopefully I'll get acclimated to it, but for now I'm still trying to do that." The Texans decision to pick DE Mario Williams first in the NFL Draft pushed Weaver to tackle. Texans head coach Gary Kubiak likes the way Weaver has already become comfortable on his new team. At practice, Weaver is often seen giving high-fives and shouting words of encouragement. Though he's made the move to tackle, he still feels a responsibility to help make Williams' transition to the NFL smooth.

DL | Rocky Bernard | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News
Mike Kahn, of Seahawks.com, reports Seattle Seahawks DL Rocky Bernard (knee) is not expected back until training camp. He is recovering from surgery.


Linebacker

LB | Gary Brackett | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Mike Chappell, of the Indianapolis Star, reports Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy is optimistic LB Gary Brackett (groin) will be ready for the start of training camp.

LB | Rocky McIntosh | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Paul Woody, of The Richmond Times-Dispatch, reports Washington Redskins LB Rocky McIntosh (knee) will attend the team's minicamp that starts Friday, June 16. He will not be able to participate after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Wednesday, June 14, on his knee.

LB | Ray Lewis | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News, Fantasy
Jamison Hensley, of the Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens LB Ray Lewis (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, June 14.

LB | Tedy Bruschi | New England Patriots | Fantasy
Associated Press reports New England Patriots ILB Tedy Bruschi has been working out regularly during the offseason and participated in the team's first two days of minicamp. Bruschi said the offseason workouts have been great for him thus far and he's looking forward to training camp. Bruschi missed the first six regular-season games in 2005 while he was recovering from a mild stroke.

LB | Sam Cowart | Houston Texans | Injury News
Carmine Pirone, of HoustonTexans.com, reports Houston Texans LB Sam Cowart (calf, Achilles') should be ready for the start of the team's training camp, according to head coach Gary Kubiak.

LB | Abdul Hodge | Green Bay Packers | Injury News
Pete Dougherty, of PackersNews.com, reports Green Bay Packers LB Abdul Hodge worked with the No. 1 defense at middle linebacker Monday, June 12, due to LB Nick Barnett's (knee) absence from the team's OTA practice.

LB | Joey Porter | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
FOXSports.com reports Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher said he expects all of his players to be healthy and ready to participate fully in training camp when they report July 28. That includes LB Joey Porter (knee), who had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee May 24.

LB | Dexter Coakley | St. Louis Rams | Injury News
Nick Wagoner, of StLouisRams.com, reports St. Louis Rams LB Dexter Coakley (leg) appears fully healed from his leg injury as he returned to the practice field Friday, June 9, running around with seemingly no discomfort.

LB | Trev Faulk | St. Louis Rams | Injury News
R.B. Fallstrom, of the Associated Press, reports St. Louis Rams LB Trev Faulk (back) is sitting out the minicamp after undergoing back surgery, but Rams' head coach Scott Linehan expects him to be ready for training camp. "It was one of those things where it was just nagging and it wasn't getting any better and you could see a lot of weakness in his ability to run."

LB | Zach Thomas | Miami Dolphins | Injury News
Miami Dolphins LB Zach Thomas (shoulder) wore a red-shirt during practice, according to head coach Nick Saban during his press conference June 9. Saban added, "He really does everything. We just don't put him in the direct runs. His rehab is going well. I don't think we see any significant problems. This is more of a precautionary type of thing than it is anything else. Basically, all he missed is the 9-on-7 stuff, sometimes a little bit of team. But he's able to do everything."

LB | Takeo Spikes | Buffalo Bills | Injury News
Mark Gaughan, of the Buffalo News, reports Buffalo Bills LB Takeo Spikes (Achilles') took part in extensive agility drills and short sprints on the side of the field Thursday, June 8.


Cornerback

CB | Lito Sheppard | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid is confident CB Lito Sheppard (ankle) will be ready to participate fully in training camp. Reid said, "Yeah, you know what he looked pretty good today and I think that's important. I thought it was important that these last couple days, that he got a little work in. He did a little bit yesterday, and did some more today. He felt pretty good today actually and probably could have taken every period. I backed off on him, but just getting that speed back. He will be one of the veteran players that comes in early with the rookies, so he will catch a couple extra days there of work and he should be ok." Sheppard is expected to arrive early for training camp.

CB | Marcus Trufant | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News
Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports Seattle Seahawks CB Marcus Trufant expects to enter training camp this year armed with a full offseason of preparations. In past seasons, Trufant missed minicamps while rehabilitating from injuries, which forced him to play catch-up during training camp. Trufant said, "It's different in college. You can be hurt a little and still be pretty good. In this league everyone is so good, so fast, that you want to be at 100 percent. I do have a greater appreciation for health after two surgeries and playing hurt last year and the year before. This year I'm ready."

CB | Ellis Hobbs | New England Patriots | Fantasy
John Tomase, of the Boston Herald, reports New England Patriots CB Ellis Hobbs is becoming a leader on defense. "Obviously, that's my nature and the way I play," he said. "If I have a larger role or responsibility, whatever it is, I have to make sure I do the job and that goes for everybody out there."

CB | Tye Hill | St. Louis Rams | Free Agency News
R.B. Fallstrom, of the Associated Press, reports St. Louis Rams rookie CB Tye Hill is working like he has to earn a roster spot as opposed to someone who has a guaranteed spot. The rookie cornerback was on the field after the final minicamp ended on Sunday, June 11, working on his ball skills. "I'm the first-round pick, so my expectation level is going to be higher than say a seventh-rounder or undrafted free agent," Hill said. "They tell me to keep working, and work when nobody's even watching. That's the reason I'm still out there catching balls." The biggest difference for Hill in the third minicamp was his conditioning. After two earlier minicamps plus OTAs, or organized team activities, he's in great shape. Hill is in a battle for a starting job with CBs Travis Fisher, Jerametrius Butler and Fakhir Brown. Hill said it was important to avoid a holdout and hit the ground running with the rest of the team in training camp.

CB | Will Peterson | Free Agent Players | Injury News, Free Agency News
ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports free agent CB Will Peterson (Giants) will miss the entire 2006 season because of a recurring back problem. Peterson is expected to draw interest from NFL teams in 2007, assuming he can return.

CB | Dunta Robinson | Houston Texans | Injury News
Carmine Pirone, of HoustonTexans.com, reports Houston Texans DB Dunta Robinson (heat) left the practice field Thursday, June 8, and received medical attention from the training staff. Robinson had to take a break due to the intense heat the Texans faced in their second day of minicamp.

CB | Ty Law | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Tennessee Titans general manager Floyd Reese said the team might be able to afford free agent CB Ty Law (Jets), but there are other issues the team will have to consider before bringing him aboard.


Strong Safety

SS | Rodney Harrison | New England Patriots | Injury News
Andy Hart, of Patriots Football Weekly, reports New England Patriots SS Rodney Harrison (knee) missed the team's morning workout Wednesday, June 14.

SS | Tony Parrish | San Francisco 49ers | Injury News
SF49ers.com reports San Francisco 49ers S Tony Parrish (leg) took some reps at the team's organized team activities Monday, June 12. "Tony was able to take some reps today," said head coach Mike Nolan. "He took the first series with the first group and he did practice some. I didn't really study it but I saw him a few times and he looked alright."

SS | Bernard Pollard | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Adam Teicher, writing for the Sporting News, reports Kansas City Chiefs SS Bernard Pollard has a reasonable chance of unseating SS Sammy Knight as the team's starting strong safety this season.


Free Safety

FS | Mike Adams | San Francisco 49ers | Injury News
SF49ers.com reports San Francisco 49ers S Mike Adams (neck) was back at practice Monday, June 12, after missing practice Friday, June 9. He is expected to be the team's starting free safety.

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