NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on July 31, 2006 @ 16:00:00 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Chad Pennington | New York Jets | Injury News, Fantasy
During his press conference, New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini said QB Chad Pennington (shoulder) has had a couple of good days in a row. Mangini added, "The leadership that Chad has shows up and the presence that Chad has shows up. He's put together a couple of good practices in a row. There are obviously some reads and some throws that he needs to work on like the rest of those guys."

QB | Tom Brady | New England Patriots | Fantasy
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots QB Tom Brady once again did not practie Monday morning, July 31. It is unknown if Brady's absence is due to an injury, or simply part of the team's pre-determined schedule for him.

QB | Vince Young | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Terry McCormick, of the Nashville City Paper, reports Tennessee Titans QB Vince Young was intercepted during the team's two-minute drills Sunday, July 30. He came back two plays later launching a bomb on the run for a 50-yard touchdown pass. "It's a learning process. It happens," Young said. "As long as you come back the next series and make a play and show the team that you don't get down if you throw an interception or fumble the ball. I'm just showing those guys that I've got a lot of heart and a lot of confidence in myself."

QB | Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Mike Prisuta, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reports Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is back in practice and easing into the training camp routine. He went 2-for-6 during 7-on-7 drills with one interception. He threw another interception during 11-on-11 drills going 3-for-6. "This is the first time I've thrown in months, so I have to ease my arm into it a little bit," Roethlisberger said. "But I didn't hold back or anything. I didn't feel any different than I normally do on a first practice."

QB | Carson Palmer | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Kevin Goheen, of the Cincinnati Post, reports Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer (knee) was able to get in lots of work during training camp this weekend. "I was a little rusty like I'm getting back into it; a typical first day of camp," said Palmer. "I'm not confident in my knee to hop over a fence or do anything too crazy. I'm confident running with it and planting and cutting, but as far as getting hit, having to run full-speed and stop in a small area, I'm not mentally ready for that and I don't think my knee's ready for that. There's no point in me testing it and seeing exactly what I can and can't do."

QB | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | Injury News, Fantasy
Mike Triplett, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports on his third day of training camp, Sunday, July 30, New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (shoulder) had his sharpest performance, throwing crisp, fluid passes with accuracy and velocity. Brees showed off the deep ball with a perfectly placed 40-yard pass to rookie WR Mike Hass in team drills. Hass got about one step behind the safeties, and Brees dropped the ball right into his outstretched arms.

QB | Mark Brunell | Washington Redskins | Injury News, Fantasy
Howard Bryant, of the Washington Post, reports Washington Redskins QB Mark Brunell (finger) is healthy enough to practice at the beginning of training camp. He suffered a broken finger a month ago. Brunell is the unquestioned starter at quarterback.

QB | Brett Favre | Green Bay Packers | Injury News, Fantasy
Cliff Christl, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre (ankle) returned to practice Sunday evening, July 30, after he had been held out of morning practice.

QB | Brad Johnson | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Minnesota Vikings QB Brad Johnson said it will be important to make sure that he doesn't put too much strain on his arm before the season starts. The coaches will monitor his reps in an effort to keep him fresh and ready to endure a rigorous 16-game schedule. "We kind of have a pitch count on Brad Johnson," head coach Brad Childress said. "We always did that to make sure we know how many throws are getting out a day to see where he is from that standpoint."

QB | Daunte Culpepper | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban gave an assessment of QB Daunte Culpepper Sunday, July 30: "He's doing a nice job. He's doing an outstanding job in terms of leadership and presence. I think he's throwing the ball very accurately and with effectiveness. I still think he's developing a comfort zone in the offense with the players that we have and the timing that we need to develop in the passing game. I think that's kind of what we expected. We're very pleased with his progress. Happy that he's here, and just want to continue to help him develop that knowledge, experience and confidence that he needs to be able to be a real positive force for us at that position."

QB | Alex D. Smith | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
Roger Phillips, of Inside Bay Area, reports San Francisco 49ers QB Alex D. Smith threw several interceptions during practice Saturday, July 29, after throwing roughly another five in practice Friday, July 28. Head coach Mike Nolan does not believe Smith is struggling with his timing and said, "I don't think it was off when he threw three touchdown passes. On some interceptions, I say to Alex, 'That was a bad choice.' On others, I say, 'Alex, you've got to stick it in there, you've got to learn.'"

QB | Aaron Brooks | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
David White, of the San Francisco Chronicle, reports Oakland Raiders QB Aaron Brooks is off to a good start at the team's training camp. Brooks likes the idea he has been able to be himself again. During one play at practice, the pocket collapsed under the weight of DT Warren Sapp, so Brooks took off on a downfield scramble. During one third and short play, Brooks pump-faked short and threw deep, cut right and slashed left. Not because he had to, but because he could. "I'm not a joystick out there," Brooks said. "We're not being controlled. We're not told to do this, that and the third. You have freedom. You can make plays. I can be me." Brooks is just starting to figure out this new offense, and it has to be better than anything the Saints or Raiders ran last season. When the offense lined up wrong and Brooks called off the play, he let them know exactly what went wrong. That's what leaders do, and Brooks says he always feels like the leader. "I want to see him step forward," head coach Art Shell said. "I want him to be totally comfortable with the system that we have so that he can get in and out of the huddles with good tempo, know exactly where he's going with the ball so he can put us in a good spot. I think he's doing well."


Running Back

RB | Jamal Lewis | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Baltimore Ravens RB Jamal Lewis (hip) participated in the team's light workout Monday, July 31, and hopes to dress in full uniform Tuesday, Aug. 1.

RB | Reggie Bush | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
Updating a previous story, ESPNews reports New Orleans Saints rookie RB Reggie Bush's six-year deal is worth up to $62 million, which would make him the highest-paid back in the NFL.

RB | Correll Buckhalter | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News
Philadelphia Eagles RB Correll Buckhalter (knee) participated in the team's full-contact drills during the Monday, July 31, morning practice. "It felt great to be out there again," said Buckhalter. "I just thank God that he put me in this position. I've worked so hard to get back and I'm just enjoying being out on the field with my team."

RB | LenDale White | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans RB LenDale White has lost about 16 pounds since offseason minicamps. He now weighs 227 pounds compared to the 252 pounds he weighed at the Rose Bowl. "I actually weigh less than what I was supposed to weigh in at, so I feel real good about that," White said. "Right now I'm real skinny. I lost a lot of weight, but I'd rather be underweight than overweight. I feel real good at this weight.''

RB | Corey Dillon | New England Patriots | Fantasy
John Tomase, of the Boston Herald, reports New England Patriots RB Corey Dillon received an ovation from the crowd after practice Sunday, July 30. He took a pitch 20 yards for a touchdown and ran hard all day. Dillon was asked what kind of shape he's in, on a scale of one to 10. "I'm a nine all day," he said. "You can't tell. Are you kidding me? Old man looks good, for sure. I've got nothing to lose. I'm going to have fun, enjoy myself, enjoy my teammates, enjoy the coaching staff and go out there and put it on the line each Sunday. There's no reason to come in here upset. I'm going to take it for what it's worth, go out there, and try to earn my check."

RB | Kevin Jones | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
The Detroit Free Press reports Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz had praise for Lions' RB Kevin Jones after practice Sunday, July 30. "Kevin Jones really understands what we're trying to accomplish," Martz said. "He's doing a great job with his run routes. He's really starting to show what he really is. I think he's just going to have a terrific year. I really do."

RB | Michael Bennett | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
Bill Coats, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports the St. Louis Rams remain interested in New Orleans Saints RB Michael Bennett and he is interested in them. "I really haven't followed (the trade rumors) too much," Bennett told reporters Sunday, July 30, at the Saints' camp in Jackson, Miss. "I heard that St. Louis is right there, and that's a system I'm very familiar with, with (head coach) Scott Linehan. So that would be a great fit." Linehan was the offensive coordinator in Minnesota during three of Bennett's five seasons there.

RB | Willis McGahee | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Allen Wilson, writing for the Sporting News, reports Buffalo Bills RB Willis McGahee might line up in the slot in offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild's offense. Fairchild plans to use McGahee more as a receiver. However, his route-running skills need some polish.

RB | Thomas Jones | Chicago Bears | Injury News, Fantasy
Larry Mayer, of ChicagoBears.com, reports Chicago Bears RB Thomas Jones (hamstring) is making progress in his recovery from a strained hamstring, but the Bears have not set a timetable for his return to practice. "Hamstrings, you never know how long they'll take," head coach Lovie Smith said. "I just know that he's getting better each day. He's getting as much treatment as you could possibly get in a 24-hour period." Smith said once Jones is healed he will return to practice.

RB | Najeh Davenport | Green Bay Packers | Injury News, Fantasy
Cliff Christl, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers RB Najeh Davenport (ankle) returned to practice Sunday evening, July 30, after he had been held out of morning practice.

RB | Domanick Davis | Houston Texans | Injury News, Fantasy
Ana Chavez, of HoustonTexans.com, reports Houston Texans RB Domanick Davis (knee) sat out the afternoon practice Sunday, July 30, after spending the morning practice watching from the exercise bike. Head coach Gary Kubiak said, "It may be a process where he goes two days and then takes a day off and come back with two more. We're going to do what's best for him and this football team. But the key thing is that we have to make sure that everything is fine with the knee. It looks like it is, so we have to sit down and chart out the course."

RB | Mewelde Moore | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Sid Hartman, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress said RB Mewelde Moore will have to prove to him that he can stay healthy before he can count on the running back. "Moore is versatile, the question is whether he is durable," Childress said. "It's not about ability, as Bud Grant (former Vikings head coach) told me, it's not about ability, it's about durability. If you are going to show up for Game 1, not Game 2, Game 3, not Game 4."

RB | Chris Perry | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com, reports Cincinnati Bengals RB Chris Perry (ankle) is likely going to be ready for the season opener.

RB | Ryan Moats | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News
Shane Evans, of PhiladelphiaEagles.com, reports Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Moats (knee) was seen jogging with head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder during the afternoon session Sunday, July 30.

RB | Mike Bell | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan said Sunday, July 30, he is impressed with Broncos' rookie RB Mike Bell. "Mike's having a heck of a camp. He really has stepped up and has been very impressive. A lot of players see him making plays that they haven't seen for awhile. He's right in the mix."

RB | Priest Holmes | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury News, Fantasy
Adam Teicher, of the Kansas City Star, reports Kansas City Chiefs RB Priest Holmes (neck) was unable to practice Saturday, July 29. He remains on the team's PUP list.

RB | Curtis Martin | New York Jets | Injury News, Fantasy
Rich Cimini, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Jets RB Curtis Martin (knee) made it clear he still wants to play football. Whether he will play is a growing issue. Given a chance to squash the speculation, Martin dodged. Asked if there's any doubt in his mind about playing this season, he replied: "I'm not going to comment on that at all." Realizing his non-answer could be turned into big headlines, Martin quickly added, "Please don't go and insinuate." Head coach Eric Mangini hasn't provided any details, saying only that Martin will be removed from the physically-unable-to-perform list when he's healthy enough to practice. Friends say Martin did a lot of soul-searching before the start of camp, which suggests something was - is? - weighing on his mind. Martin didn't seem to agree with the club's decision to place him on the physically-unable-to-perform list. Martin underwent arthroscopic surgery seven months ago. Currently with Martin sidelined, RBs Cedric Houston and Derrick Blaylock are sharing time, but neither is considered a No. 1 back.

RB | Deuce McAllister | New Orleans Saints | Injury News, Fantasy
Mike Triplett, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints RB Deuce McAllister (knee) has been feeling good about his recovery ever since he tore his anterior cruciate ligament last October. But these first few training camp practices take their toll every year, no matter how healthy you are. "The first three or four days are the toughest ones, then once your body adjusts to it you're pretty much normal," said McAllister, who was limited to one practice Saturday, stretching and riding the stationary bike during the afternoon session, which will be the plan for at least a week or so. "It's sore, but that's a part of it. You've just got to fight through it and continue to take it one day at a time, see how it feels this afternoon and go from there. It's just fighting through it and trying to be smart with it." Both McAllister and head coach Sean Payton said they aren't sure if he will play in the first preseason game in two weeks at Tennessee. Payton said he'll evaluate things during the week leading up to the game. The Saints wore pads at practice Saturday morning July 29 and it was the first time McAllister had worn full pads since Week 5 of last season. McAllister said he came into camp around 236 or 237 pounds, and he'd like to get down to 230 or less, mostly to take some pressure off the knee.

RB | Steven Jackson | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson will not have RB Marshall Faulk (knee) shadowing him for the first time in his career in 2006. Jackson said, "That makes it easier from a controversy standpoint. Now, we'll see where I've come in three years of being a pro. I've prepared myself the last two years. Now it's time to take the test." Jackson realizes now that there are no more excuses. With Faulk no longer behind him and a new regimen, the Rams are counting on Jackson to be a workhorse.

RB | Samkon Gado | Green Bay Packers | Injury News, Fantasy
Lori Nickel, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers RB Samkon Gado and RB Noah Herron are both listed as the No. 2 running backs on the depth chart behind RB Ahman Green (quadriceps).

RB | Cedric Benson | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
John Mullin, of the Chicago Tribune, reports Chicago Bears RB Cedric Benson was used in pass protection during practice Saturday, July 29. He was also used as the lone back on some third-down situations and was also flanked out wide beyond a slot receiver, a placement the team might use to create mismatches.

RB | Joseph Addai | Indianapolis Colts | Transaction
Mike Chappell, of the Indianapolis Star, reports the Indianapolis Colts have agreed to a five-year contract with first-round draft pick RB Joseph Addai. "It was important to get the right contract completed before training camp,'' agent Ian Greengross said. "Every day of camp is important. But also, you only have one shot at being a first-round draft pick. You have to make sure the contract is right for Joseph. It has to work both ways.'' Addai agreed to a five-year, $11.2 million contract that includes $4.76 million in guaranteed bonuses.


Wide Receiver

WR | Steve Smith | Carolina Panthers | Injury News, Fantasy
Panthers.com reports Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox said WR Steve Smith (hamstring) is still day-to-day, but is improving daily. Smith is getting treatment and ice for his hamstring.

WR | Joey Galloway | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Roy Cummings, of The Tampa Tribune, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Joey Galloway sat out practice Monday, July 31, as part of his normal workout schedule.

WR | Brian Finneran | Atlanta Falcons | Injury News
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports the Atlanta Falcons have placed WR Brian Finneran (knee) on the Injured Reserve list.

WR | Sinorice Moss | New York Giants | Injury News
New York Giants rookie Sinorice Moss (strain) was held out of practice with a strained muscle Monday, July 31, but the injury is not considered serious, according to Giants head coach Tom Coughlin.

WR | Rashaun Woods | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports San Diego Chargers WR Rashaun Woods (hamstring) missed his second consecutive practice Sunday, July 30.

WR | Muhsin Muhammad | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Larry Mayer, of ChicagoBears.com, reports Chicago Bears WR Muhsin Muhammad has quietly thrived in practice, catching virtually every ball thrown in his direction. Muhammad could post solid numbers in 2006 with a legitimate threat on the other side of the field. "When you've got two good receivers on the field, the defense can't really pay attention to one guy," Muhammad said. "You may go a stretch of two or three games where you are having big games and then the other guy has two or three big games. You never know. It may happen in the same game where both guys have breakout games. It definitely helps to complement each other." Several promising young pass-catchers have impressed in training camp with WRs Bernard Berrian and Mark Bradley primed to emerge while competing at the No. 2 spot.

WR | Santonio Holmes | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Mike Prisuta, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reports Pittsburgh Steelers WR Santonio Holmes will compete for the punt returner vacancy. The goal is to find someone who can catch ball consistently.

WR | Reggie Brown | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News, Fantasy
Bob Grotz, of the Delaware County Times, reports Philadelphia Eagles WR Reggie Brown (hamstring) expects to play in the team's preseason opener Aug. 6, despite his hamstring injury.

WR | Drew Carter | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
The Winston-Salem Journal reports Carolina Panthers wide receivers coach Richard Willamson continues to be impressed with WR Drew Carter's development. He's going to continue to see more reps during practice due to WR Steve Smith (hamstring) missing time.

WR | Drew Bennett | Tennessee Titans | Injury News, Fantasy
Paul Kuharsky, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans WR Drew Bennett (knee) did not practice Sunday evening, July 30.

WR | David Givens | Tennessee Titans | Injury News, Fantasy
Paul Kuharsky, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans WR David Givens (cramps) was seen dealing with a cramping issue after practice Sunday evening, July 30.

WR | Tyrone Calico | Tennessee Titans | Injury News, Fantasy
Paul Kuharsky, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans WR Tyrone Calico (cramps) left practice early Sunday evening, July 30, with cramps. He had an IV and was able to return later in the practice session.

WR | Jerome Pathon | Atlanta Falcons | Injury News, Fantasy
Steve Wyche, of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports Atlanta Falcons WR Jerome Pathon will currently move up to be the team's No. 3 wide receiver because of the injury to WR Brian Finneran (knee).

WR | Braylon Edwards | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Fantasy
Jeff Walcoff, of ClevelandBrowns.com, reports Cleveland Browns WR Braylon Edwards (knee) participated in individual drills and run-throughs Sunday, July 30. Head coach Romeo Crennel said, "He looks okay, but he has just been running routes against the air. But he's a big, nice looking athlete and he's making catches and making cuts and the knee seems to be holding up to this point. But one of the things about an injury is, you have to be able to take the hit and once we get to the point where he can take some hits and still run good routes and look good, we'll feel better about that."

WR | Rod Gardner | Green Bay Packers | Injury News
Mike Vandermause, of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, reports Green Bay Packers WR Rod Gardner (hamstring) participated in the morning practice Sunday, July 30.

WR | Michael Jenkins | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
AtlantaFalcons.com reports Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick made several nice passes during the morning practice Sunday, July 30. On one occasion, Vick took the snap in shotgun and was forced to scramble. He found WR Michael Jenkins after going through his progression and hit him in stride while throwing across his body.

WR | Todd Pinkston | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News
Shane Evans, of PhiladelphiaEagles.com, reports Philadelphia Eagles WR Todd Pinkston (Achilles') was seen jogging with head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder during the afternoon session Sunday, July 30.

WR | Chad Jackson | New England Patriots | Injury News, Fantasy
John Tomase, of the Boston Herald, reports New England Patriots rookie WR Chad Jackson (hamstring) was not wearing pads at practice when he hit the field Saturday evening, July 29. He was merely doing some conditioning runs. He's on the physically unable to perform list, which means he's not allowed to partake in practice. He's still coming back from a sore hamstring.

WR | Jerry Porter | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Nancy Gay, of the San Francisco Chronicle, reports Oakland Raiders WR Jerry Porter, who's back on the field now that his calf injury has healed, worked primarily with the second team and caught a few balls from QB Andrew Walter, one of which he had to stoop to grab.

WR | Chris Chambers | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Jeff Darlington, of the Palm Beach Post, reports Miami Dolphins QB Daunte Culpepper and WR Chris Chambers appear to be growing more comfortable with each other, connecting on two of the nicest passes that have been thrown in South Florida in some time during practice Saturday, July 29. Culpepper dropped a 35-yard pass over the shoulder of Chambers in the corner of the endzone that had the perfect arch and velocity. Later, he tossed another 40-yard pass toward the sideline, where Chambers made an acrobatic maneuver to pull down the completion.

WR | Charles Rogers | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Tom Kowalski, of MLive.com, reports Detroit Lions WR Charles Rogers and WR Mike Williams took turns working with the No. 1 offense during the morning practice Saturday, July 29.

WR | Terrell Owens | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Matt Mosley, of the Dallas Morning News, reports Dallas Cowboys WR Terrell Owens looked great in the team's second practice, Saturday, July 29, especially in drills where he had to catch balls in different routes.

WR | Robert Ferguson | Green Bay Packers | Injury News
Tom Silverstein, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers WR Robert Ferguson (quad) was activated off the physically unable to perform list and practiced Saturday, July 29.


Tight End

TE | Kellen Winslow Jr. | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Cleveland Browns TE Kellen Winslow Jr. said that his medical setbacks from a 2005 motorcycle crash were much more severe than were ever disclosed. Winslow said in addition to having a staph infection, he fractured his femur, tore two ligaments securing his knee cap, as well as other injuries. "My knee was all banged up, the size of a basketball when I was in the hospital" Winslow said Monday, July 31. "It was huge. I was crying and all that, but never was there any doubt in my mind that I would be back."

TE | Jeremy Shockey | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said he's looking for New York Giants TE Jeremy Shockey "to have an even better year" in 2006. "He's an outstanding player who has outstanding ability and I am looking for him to continue to play well in this system and to have a better year than he had last year," said Coughlin.

TE | Casey FitzSimmons | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Tom Kowalski, of Mlive.com, reports Detroit Lions TE Casey FitzSimmons worked with the No. 1 offense for the third straight day at practice Monday morning, July 31.

TE | L.J. Smith | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News, Fantasy
Shane Evans, of PhiladelphiaEagles.com, reports Philadelphia Eagles TE L.J. Smith (shoulder) returned to practice Monday, July 31.

TE | Marcedes Lewis | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Vito Stellino, of the Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars rookie TE Marcedes Lewis is impressing QB Byron Leftwich with his pass-catching ability. "He made one of the top five catches I've seen since I've been a pro," Leftwich said. "I've never seen anybody catch the back of the ball. For somebody that big, he's got special hands. He was tripping coming out of the break and he wasn't even looking at the ball and he caught the back of the ball. That's so hard to do. I looked at coach [Ken] Anderson and [said], 'Did you see that?' That's what he brings to the table. He brings those types of plays. He makes you look good."

TE | Randy McMichael | Miami Dolphins | Injury News, Fantasy
Greg A. Bedard, of the Palm Beach Post, reports Miami Dolphins TE Randy McMichael (cramps) experienced cramps during the team's practice Sunday, July 30. "That's not an uncommon circumstance," Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban said. "I don't care what kind of condition you're in or where you practiced this summer. You didn't practice in pads. You didn't have the headgear on. You weren't lugging around gear. So there is an acclimation that everybody has to go through."

TE | Erron Kinney | Tennessee Titans | Injury News, Fantasy
Paul Kuharsky, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans TE Erron Kinney (knee) did not practice Sunday evening, July 30.

TE | Alge Crumpler | Atlanta Falcons | Injury News, Fantasy
D. Orlando Ledbetter, of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports the Atlanta Falcons attempted to keep TE Alge Crumpler (knee, shoulder) out of practice Sunday, July 30. Head coach Jim Mora said, "Crump actually was a little bit tender this morning, but he said 'I'm going.' We couldn't keep him off the field."

TE | Itula Mili | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports Seattle Seahawks TE Itula Mili appears to be in good shape at training camp. Mili appears ready to show he can bounce back from a poor 2005 season.

TE | Ernie Conwell | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
Chris Pika, of NewOrleansSaints.com, reports New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said training camp will be important for TE Ernie Conwell. Payton said, "Well the camp is important to Ernie, and the tight end position is important to our offense. The camp is important to him because he hasn't been involved as much in our offseason due to his injuries."


Place Kicker

PK | Carlos Martinez | Atlanta Falcons | Transaction, Free Agency News
ESPN.com reports the Atlanta Falcons have signed free agent PK Carlos Martinez (Buccaneers). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

PK | Stephen Gostkowski | New England Patriots | Fantasy
John Tomase, of the Boston Herald, reports New England Patriots K Stephen Gostkowski and K Martin Gramatica will battle through training camp to earn the team's kicking job. Gostkowski converted 14-of-17 field goals compared to Gramatica drilling 16-of-17 Sunday, July 30. New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick knows it is too early to draw conclusions. "Fifty practices. Four games. Some situational stuff inside the stadium," Belichick said. "That's a lot of plays, at any position, and we'll know a lot more then than we do now. To try to make a judgment on one practice, one kick, two days, you just run a much higher percentage that you're going to be wrong."

PK | John Kasay | Carolina Panthers | Injury News, Fantasy
The Winston-Salem Journal reports Carolina Panthers PK John Kasay (leg) probably won't be sidelined for long, according to head coach John Fox.

PK | Zac Derr | Free Agent Players | Injury News, Transaction
D. Orlando Ledbetter, of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports Atlanta Falcons PK Zac Derr (groin) suffered a groin injury and was waived from the team. "I have a small tear in my groin," Derr said before he was waived. "(It's the) tendon that connects the groin to the bone." Derr had missed the past four practices.

PK | Lawrence Tynes | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
The Kansas City Chiefs official training camp site reports Kansas City Chiefs PK Lawrence Tynes was a perfect seven for seven on field goals at practice Sunday morning, July 30. He converted from distances of 24, 28, 31, 34, 38, 40 and 44-yards.

PK | David Akers | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News, Fantasy
Shane Evans, of PhiladelphiaEagles.com, reports Philadelphia Eagles PK David Akers (hamstring) appears fully recovered from hamstring problems that limited him during 2005. Akers was able to hit a 63-yard field goal Sunday, July 30, during practice.


Defensive Line

DL | Kris Jenkins | Carolina Panthers | Injury News, Fantasy
Panthers.com reports Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox discussed DL Kris Jenkins' (knee) status. "Jenkins, we worked him back in today, and he is coming along nicely," said Fox.

DL | Jamal Williams | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
Michael Klitzing, of the North County Times, reports San Diego Chargers DT Jamal Williams (knee) did not work out Sunday, July 30.

DL | Igor Olshansky | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports San Diego Chargers DL Igor Olshansky (back) did not practice Sunday, July 30.

DL | Shaun Cody | Detroit Lions | Injury News
Tom Kowalski, of Mlive.com, reports Detroit Lions DE Shaun Cody (knee) did not practice Monday morning, July 31.

DL | Shaun Rogers | Detroit Lions | Injury News
Tom Kowalski, of Mlive.com, reports Detroit Lions DT Shaun Rogers (shoulder) left practice early Monday morning, July 31. First reports are that the team doesn't believe it's serious.

DL | Albert Haynesworth | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Paul Kuharsky, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans DT Albert Haynesworth has a different attitude this season. "One play, one game at a time, that's all it is," he said. "I used to look at what about next week, there is going to be this and that and then the week after that. Now I'm just going to look forward to one practice, one play." Tennessee Titans defensive line coach Jim Washburn hopes he can use Haynesworth 75-80 percent of the time, which would be 48-52 snaps each game.

DL | Jimmy Kennedy | St. Louis Rams | Injury News
Steve Korte, of the News-Democrat, reports St. Louis Rams DT Jimmy Kennedy (cramps), who had to leave practice Friday, July 28, because of leg cramps, was back at work Saturday, July 29.

DL | Jevon Kearse | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News, Fantasy
Marc Narducci, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, reports Philadelphia Eagles DL Jevon Kearse (knee) returned to practice Sunday, July 30.

DL | Richard Seymour | New England Patriots | Injury News
Alan Greenberg, of the Hartford Courant, reports New England Patriots DE Richard Seymour (undisclosed) is rehabbing a minor injury, which why he's on the physically unable to perform list. He did not fail the team's conditioning run.


Linebacker

LB | Takeo Spikes | Buffalo Bills | Injury News
Updating a previous report, the Associated Press reports Buffalo Bills LB Takeo Spikes (Achilles') did not participate in full-team drills, but did take part in pass-coverage and individual sessions Monday, July 31. Spikes did not appear to show any signs of a limp or strain. "It's really good and it's really good for him, too," Bills head coach Dick Jauron said. "It's another step in his confidence level in his rehab."

LB | Donnie Edwards | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports San Diego Chargers LB Donnie Edwards (back) did not practice Sunday, July 30.

LB | Teddy Lehman | Detroit Lions | Injury News
Tom Kowalski, of Mlive.com, reports Detroit Lions president Matt Millen said he was encouraged by the rapid progress of LB Teddy Lehman (foot) but there's still no timetable for his return from the PUP list.

LB | Boss Bailey | Detroit Lions | Injury News, Transaction
DetroitLions.com reports the Detroit Lions have activated LB Boss Bailey (knee) off their PUP list.

LB | Cato June | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Tom James, of the Terre Haute (Ind.) Tribune-Star, reports Indianapolis Colts LB Cato June (sports hernia) is expected to be limited to one practice per day at training camp.

LB | Rocky McIntosh | Washington Redskins | Transaction
Gary Fitzgerald, of Redskins.com, reports the Washington Redskins have signed second-round draft pick LB Rocky McIntosh to an undisclosed contract. It is expected that McIntosh will compete with LBs Warrick Holdman and Chris Clemons for playing time at weakside linebacker.

LB | Ernie Sims | Detroit Lions | Free Agency News
Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Detroit Lions rookie LB Ernie Sims made an impact on his first day of practice with the team Sunday, July 30. On his first real play in his first real practice, he hit rookie RB Brian Calhoun. "Oh, yeah," Sims said, smiling. "That felt real good. It always feels good to get a little lick in. I really couldn't explode on him like I really wanted to, but to get a little forearm in there, that felt real good." Sims had fresh legs, having missed the first two days of training camp. "I love putting on pads," Sims said. Without pads in the offseason, "you really can't express yourself the way you want to express yourself." The Lions could have signed Sims, the ninth pick of this year's draft, to as much as a six-year deal. Lions' chief operating officer Tom Lewand said Sims' agent "certainly wanted" a five-year deal, so Sims can become a free agent earlier, but the length of the contract wasn't the holdup. Head coach Rod Marinelli said he loved Sims' attitude and some of that attitude, that confident competitiveness, that love of hitting, came out when Sims was asked if he had gotten a welcome from the veterans. "Not yet," Sims said, smiling. "I'm going to give them a welcome in the next couple days, though."

LB | Anthony Simmons | New Orleans Saints | Transaction
Sheldon Mickles, of the Advocate, reports the New Orleans Saints have placed LB Anthony Simmons, who was expected to open camp as a starter, on the reserve-did not report list. Head coach Sean Payton said the team has been in contact with Simmons, who is dealing with a personal issue.

LB | Ray Lewis | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Baltimore Ravens LB Ray Lewis' goal this season is to get to Miami, site of the next Super Bowl. He didn't spend the past nine months rehabilitating his ailing hamstring just to earn an eighth trip to the Pro Bowl. Lewis missed the final 10 games of the 2005 season with a torn hamstring that required surgery. "Individually, people can go to Pro Bowls. That's cute. But why are we out here, why are we willing to go through this sacrifice? You can easily collect your check and do something else. The only passion I have is to win. Bottom line." Lewis has looked like his old self during the first two days of training camp, talking nonstop on the sideline and running to all parts of the field to meet the ball carrier. His enthusiasm has been infectious. There was some offseason trade talk surrounding Lewis. However, the Ravens had no intention of trading him, and now that Lewis is healthy again, defensive coordinator Rex Ryan couldn't be happier. He wouldn't say so, but Lewis also wants to prove that he's the same guy that not long ago was the most feared defensive player in the game. Lewis may have lost a step since his rookie season, but his drive remains the same.


Cornerback

CB | Lito Sheppard | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News
Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said CB Lito Sheppard (ankle) appears to be fine in his recovery from a broken ankle. "It seems like he's running well. He made a mistake (Sunday, July 30), so we have to correct that," said Johnson. "But, I think overall he's running well, he's being very physical. Nothing has slowed him down at all."

CB | Eric Warfield | New England Patriots | Fantasy
Tom E. Curran, of the Providence Journal, reports New England Patriots CB Eric Warfield was surprised to learn the defense in New England is different than any other he has played under. "What they expect of personnel, your position on the field, your position on a certain route, the way you leverage receivers," Warfield explained. "I thought coming in, the only thing that would change was the terminology. But some things are different here with, like I said, positioning. (Safety) Tebucky Jones has helped me out a lot and helped me with adjustments. And the young guys, I watch how they play it. I'm not ashamed to say I'll sit back and watch a young guy. Anyone considered to be better than me, I'm going to watch."

CB | Artrell Hawkins | New England Patriots | Depth Chart Tidbit
Michael Felger, of the Boston Herald, reports New England Patriots FS Artrell Hawkins has been working with the first-team defense during training camp. Once thought to be a stop-gap for the secondary, Hawkins could now play a key role into the makeup of the Patriots' secondary.

CB | Daylon McCutcheon | Cleveland Browns | Injury News
Steve King, of ClevelandBrowns.com, reports Cleveland Browns CB Daylon McCutcheon (knee) is sidelined with a knee issue. He has what head coach Romeo Crennel described as inflammation. The Browns will monitor it to see if ice and rest take care of it. If not, then he will be re-evaluated. CB Leigh Bodden will look to take advantage of McCutcheon's absence to claim a starting cornerback job.

CB | Mike McKenzie | New Orleans Saints | Injury News
The Associated Press reports New Orleans Saints CB Mike McKenzie (heel) returned to practice Sunday, July 30.

CB | Dunta Robinson | Houston Texans | Injury News
HoustonTexans.com reports Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said CB Dunta Robinson (ankle) tried to return Sunday, July 30, but his ankle bothered him again. The team made him have x-rays taken on his ankle as a precaution. Kubiak added, "He's fine, and we need to look at some of these other guys anyways. We'll get him healthy, even if it takes two or three or four days so we'll do what we have to do to and he will be ready to play."

CB | Champ Bailey | Denver Broncos | Injury News
Denver Broncos CB Champ Bailey (shoulder) said he is still wearing a shoulder harness for precautionary reasons. I don't think I need it but just trying to be careful." Bailey said he would like to contribute on offense this season, but as always, that is up to head coach Mike Shanahan.

CB | Travis Fisher | St. Louis Rams | Injury News
The Associated Press reports St. Louis Rams CB Travis Fisher (groin) is working back from a groin injury that forced him to miss the final eight games of the 2005 season. Head coach Scott Linehan said Fisher had been working hard at training camp and added he like what he saw from the nickel back so far in camp. Linehan said, "Fish has been great. Obviously, he's a very good corner and improving at that spot. But he has really accepted the role playing in that nickel position. That's a specialty role in this league because a lot of team play three wideouts."


Strong Safety

SS | Mark Roman | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction
Updating previous reports, the Associated Press reports the San Francisco 49ers have signed S Mark Roman to an undisclosed contract. In San Francisco, Roman will compete with S Chad Williams, S Keith Lewis and S Mike Adams in a wide-open race to become the 49ers' starting free safety. Roman also could see time in S Tony Parrish's spot at strong safety.


Free Safety

FS | Will Demps | New York Giants | Injury News
Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports New York Giants FS Quentin Harris worked with the No. 1 defense Monday, July 31, in place of FS Will Demps (knee).

FS | Chris Hope | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Paul Kuharsky, Jim Wyatt and David Boclair, of the Tennessean, report Tennessee Titans FS Chris Hope (death in the family) returned to practice during the afternoon Sunday, July 30. "I feel like a rookie all over again, and dealing with the loss of my grandmother has been kind of tough," Hope said. "But she had a race to run and now I have a race to run, too, with the Tennessee Titans. I have to put it behind me and try and use it as my motivation and try to get better."

FS | Bob Sanders | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Mike Chappell, writing for the Sporting News, reports Indianapolis Colts FS Bob Sanders (shoulder) will likely start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

FS | Eugene Wilson | New England Patriots | Depth Chart Tidbit
Michael Felger, of the Boston Herald, reports the New England Patriots are serious about using FS Eugene Wilson at cornerback or they would not be wasting their time with him there in training camp.

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