NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on August 7, 2006 @ 16:00:00 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Chad Pennington | New York Jets | Injury News, Fantasy
Associated Press reports New York Jets QB Chad Pennington (shoulder) went 12-of-14 for 117 yards during the team's scrimmage Sunday, Aug. 6. He showed poise and accuracy during the scrimmage while working with the first-team offense. He continues to have the edge at winning the team's starting quarterback job.

QB | Michael Vick | Atlanta Falcons | Injury News, Fantasy
Associated Press reports Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick (hamstring) practiced again Sunday, Aug. 6.

QB | Trent Green | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Josh Looney, of KCChiefs.com, reports Kansas City Chiefs QB Trent Green was held out of team drills Saturday, Aug. 5.

QB | Carson Palmer | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer (knee) still is not a lock to start the team's Week 1 game. The odds are still in his favor but nobody knows yet if he will be available to. Palmer said he's not completely healthy yet and he's still working at getting his timing down. "I need to be more athletic in the pocket and get back to the technique I've always had and always relied on," Palmer said.

QB | Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News, Fantasy
Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger had a good week of training camp, but he has shown signs of fatigue. Head coach Bill Cowher said he's fine and was just starting to get a little tired towards the end of the week. He added if Roethlisberger needs a morning off they will try to work with him.

QB | Steve McNair | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Joseph White, of the Associated Press, reports Baltimore Ravens QB Steve McNair's second pass during the team's scrimmage with the Washington Redskins Saturday, Aug. 5, was intercepted. McNair, however, wasn't too upset about it. He said he felt comfortable during the 11 plays he took part in. He completed 5-of-6 passes for 30 yards.

QB | J.P. Losman | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Chris Brown, of BuffaloBills.com, reports Buffalo Bills QB J.P. Losman looked sharp during practice Saturday, Aug. 5, especially during the team's 7-on-7 drills. Losman completed nine straight passes during the drills, including a touchdown to TE Robert Royal.

QB | Charlie Frye | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Mary Kay Cabot, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports Cleveland Browns QB Charlie Frye said he will be playing in the Browns exhibition opener Thursday, Aug. 10, against the Philadelphia Eagles. Frye is expected to play despite questions regarding his health, which arose after he was taken out after one series during a scrimmage Friday, Aug. 4.

QB | Alex D. Smith | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
Matt Maiocco, of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers QB Alex D. Smith has been improving each day of training camp after playing poorly during the first few practices. According to Maiocco, Smith's best moment of training camp so far came when he threw a pass 60 yards and hit WR Antonio Bryant right on the mark during the morning practice Friday, Aug. 4.

QB | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees' (shoulder) throwing arm is feeling good enough for him to scrap some of his limitations he placed on himself when training camp opened. Brees said he would not think twice about throwing as many as 120 passes per day. "Now I'm at the stage where I can almost just walk out on the field and just start playing. I'm not saying every day I'm going to go out there and throw 125 balls. I don't think any healthy-armed guy would throw 125 to 150 balls. That'd be hard, but every other day is fine," said Brees.

QB | Jake Plummer | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Associated Press reports Denver Broncos QB Jake Plummer is looking to improve on his 2005 season in 2006. He doesn't, however, expect to throw just seven interceptions this season. While he'd like to keep that number low, he'd like to improve on his 18 touchdown passes from last year and improve on his third-down conversions.


Running Back

RB | Larry Johnson | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Josh Looney, of KCChiefs.com, reports Kansas City Chiefs RB Larry Johnson was held out of team drills Saturday, Aug. 5.

RB | Chester Taylor | Minnesota Vikings | Injury News
Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings RB Chester Taylor (groin) is dealing with a tender groin, according to head coach Brad Childress.

RB | Brandon Jacobs | New York Giants | Injury News
New York Giants RB Brandon Jacobs (heart) had an irregular heartbeat and missed practice Sunday, Aug. 6. He will undergo a stress test Monday, Aug. 7.

RB | Mike Anderson | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
Edward Lee, of the Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens RB Mike Anderson (concussion) is expected to return to practice Monday, Aug. 7.

RB | LaDainian Tomlinson | San Diego Chargers | Injury News, Fantasy
Casey Pearce, of Chargers.com, reports San Diego Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson (neck) returned to practice Saturday, Aug. 5, after missing time with a neck strain.

RB | Willie Parker | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Bob Labriola, of Steelers.com, reports Pittsburgh Steelers RB Willie Parker saw action with the team's goal-line offensive package Saturday, Aug. 5.

RB | Verron Haynes | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Bob Labriola, of Steelers.com, reports Pittsburgh Steelers RB Verron Haynes saw action with the team's goal-line offensive package Saturday, Aug. 5.

RB | Domanick Davis | Houston Texans | Injury News, Fantasy
Joseph Duarte, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans RB Domanick Davis (knee) is expected to return to practice Monday, Aug. 7.

RB | Dominic Rhodes | Indianapolis Colts | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Mike Chappell, of the Indianapolis Star, reports Indianapolis Colts RB Dominic Rhodes has run with authority and a burst, while also showing good hands as a receiver out of the backfield. He continues to work as the team's No. 1 running back.

RB | Joseph Addai | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Mike Chappell, of the Indianapolis Star, reports Indianapolis Colts rookie RB Joseph Addai has impressed with his poise and grasp of the team's offense. He's also run with authority and a burst, while showing good hands out of the backfield.

RB | LenDale White | Tennessee Titans | Injury News, Fantasy
Jim Wyatt and David Boclair, of the Tennessean, report Tennessee Titans RB LenDale White (toe, flu) did not practice Saturday, Aug. 5. He had an MRI on his toe and the results were negative. Head coach Jeff Fisher said White has spurs that were aggravated and irritated, but they are settling down.

RB | Jamal Lewis | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News, Fantasy
Mike Duffy, of BaltimoreRavens.com, reports Baltimore Ravens RB Jamal Lewis (hip) started the team's scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 5.

RB | Rudi Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com, reports Cincinnati Bengals RB Rudi Johnson (knee) is 218 pounds, but it's now muscled into his shoulders. His knee is healthy and he's breaking out of tackles.

RB | Reggie Bush | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
Chris Pika, of NewOrleansSaints.com, reports New Orleans Saints RB Reggie Bush carried the ball eight times for 30 yards Saturday, Aug. 5. He also had four receptions for 19 yards during the scrimmage.

RB | Adrian Peterson | Chicago Bears | Injury News, Fantasy
K.C. Johnson, of the Chicago Tribune, reports Chicago Bears RB Adrian Peterson is the team's starting running back with RB Thomas Jones (hamstring) and RB Cedric Benson (shoulder) sidelined.

RB | Kevin Jones | Detroit Lions | Injury News, Fantasy
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Jones (quad) was held out of goal-line drills, Friday, Aug. 4, because of a quad contusion, according to DetroitLions.com.

RB | Tatum Bell | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan said RB Tatum Bell has gotten better this year. He noted Bell is running a little bit stronger than he has in the past, yet he still has his great speed and explosive ability. "Hopefully he can keep on getting better," Shanahan said.


Wide Receiver

WR | Braylon Edwards | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Zac Jackson, of ClevelandBrowns.com, reports Cleveland Browns WR Braylon Edwards (knee) did not appear to be limited or worried about his surgically repaired knee Sunday, Aug. 6, during his first practice. Edwards said he was able to go full-speed on the plays.

WR | Roddy White | Atlanta Falcons | Injury News, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (hamstring) left the practice field midway through workouts Sunday, Aug. 6, and did not return due to a sore hamstring.

WR | Rod Smith | Denver Broncos | Injury News, Fantasy
Andrew Mason, of DenverBroncos.com, reports Denver Broncos WR Rod Smith (hamstring) did not practice Saturday, Aug. 5.

WR | Sinorice Moss | New York Giants | Injury News
New York Giants WR Sinorice Moss (quadriceps) missed the afternoon practice Sunday, Aug. 6.

WR | Doug Gabriel | Oakland Raiders | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Oakland Raiders WR Doug Gabriel opened with the starting lineup Sunday, Aug. 6, against the Philadelphia Eagles.

WR | Eric Parker | San Diego Chargers | Injury News, Fantasy
Casey Pearce, of Chargers.com, reports San Diego Chargers WR Eric Parker (ankle) went through individual drills but not team workouts Saturday, Aug. 5.

WR | Hines Ward | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News, Fantasy
Bob Labriola, of Steelers.com, reports Pittsburgh Steelers WR Hines Ward (hamstring) tweaked his hamstring and head coach Bill Cowher said they will revisit his status next week. From there, he'll be considered day-to-day. Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports Ward did not practice Saturday, Aug. 5.

WR | Brandon Jones | Tennessee Titans | Injury News, Fantasy
Jim Wyatt and David Boclair, of the Tennessean, report Tennessee Titans WR Brandon Jones (knee) is ready to be removed from the team's PUP list. He's been limited to rehab work so far in training camp due to a torn ACL he suffered last November. Head coach Jeff Fisher said the team would like to get him on the practice field at least once per day.

WR | Tyrone Calico | Tennessee Titans | Injury News, Fantasy
Jim Wyatt and David Boclair, of the Tennessean, report Tennessee Titans WR Tyrone Calico (foot) did not practice Saturday, Aug. 5.

WR | Lee Evans | Buffalo Bills | Injury News, Fantasy
Chris Brown, of BuffaloBills.com, reports Buffalo Bills WR Lee Evans (shoulder) did not practice Saturday, Aug. 5.

WR | Marty Booker | Miami Dolphins | Injury News, Fantasy
MiamiDolphins.com reports Miami Dolphins WR Marty Booker (leg) returned to practice Friday, Aug. 4. He practiced again Saturday, Aug. 5, but was wearing a red, no-contact jersey.

WR | Chris Chambers | Miami Dolphins | Injury News, Fantasy
MiamiDolphins.com reports Miami Dolphins WR Chris Chambers (hamstring) Saturday, Aug. 5. He was wearing a red, no-contact jersey.

WR | Mark Clayton | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News, Fantasy
Joseph White, of the Associated Press, reports Baltimore Ravens WR Mark Clayton (hamstring) did not play in the team's scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 5.

WR | Donte' Stallworth | New Orleans Saints | Injury News
Chris Pika, of NewOrleansSaints.com, reports New Orleans Saints WR Donte' Stallworth (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Saturday, Aug. 5.

WR | Charles Rogers | Detroit Lions | Injury News
Tom Kowalski, of MLive.com, reports Detroit Lions WR Charles Rogers (undisclosed) got a little banged up during the team's scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 5, but should be fine.

WR | Terrell Owens | Dallas Cowboys | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports an MRI taken Saturday, Aug. 5, on Dallas Cowboys WR Terrell Owens' (hamstring) left hamstring showed no damage. However, Owens is still not ready to return to the field after missing his third consecutive day of practice Saturday. Owens said, "I'm not worried at all. I know it'll get well. I know my body responds very quickly to treatment."

WR | Peerless Price | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Chris Brown, of BuffaloBills.com, reports Buffalo Bills WR Peerless Price was the top wide receiver Saturday, Aug. 5, catching eight passes and one touchdown. Making it even more impressive was the fact that the Bills offense was missing WR Lee Evans (shoulder), so the defense was keying on Price as the No. 1 receiver.

WR | Joe Horn | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
Chris Pika, of NewOrleansSaints.com, reports New Orleans Saints WR Joe Horn left training camp and should return Sunday, Aug. 6. Head coach Sean Payton said Horn's absence has been excused so he can attend a funeral.

WR | Dennis Northcutt | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Mary Kay Cabot, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports Cleveland Browns WR Dennis Northcutt has developed good chemistry with starting QB Charlie Frye this offseason and is looking for a bigger role in the offense this year. Northcutt has been catching deep balls from Frye everyday in practice, "We worked everyday. I think it's why I've been hitting him so good this camp, especially on deep balls."

WR | Matt Jones | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News
Vic Ketchman, of Jaguars.com, reports Jacksonville Jaguars WR Matt Jones (ankle) did not participate in the team's scrimmage session Friday, Aug. 4. WR Ernest Wilford and WR Reggie Williams started with the first unit.

WR | Deion Branch | New England Patriots | Fantasy
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots WR Deion Branch has accumulated $126,000 in fines for missing training camp practices up to this point. The fine may be forgiven if Branch and the Patriots reach a contract extension agreement but the two sides remain far apart in negotiations.

WR | Javon Walker | Denver Broncos | Injury News, Fantasy
Greg Miller, of CBS4Denver.com, reports Denver Broncos WR Javon Walker (knee) returned to practice Friday, Aug. 4.


Tight End

TE | Jeremy Shockey | New York Giants | Injury News, Fantasy
During his press conference, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said the team gave TE Jeremy Shockey (concussion) some plays in seven-on-seven drills and a couple plays in team drills during the morning practice Sunday, Aug. 6. Shockey added during his press conference that he's not longer dealing with any lingering effects from his concussion.

TE | Alex Smith | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury News
Katherine Smith and Roy Cummings, of the Tampa Tribune, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Alex Smith (hamstring) missed practice Friday, Aug. 4, for the second consecutive day. The team is holding him out as a precaution.

TE | Antonio Gates | San Diego Chargers | Injury News, Fantasy
Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports the San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) did not participate in team workouts Thursday, Aug. 3, due to a hamstring injury. He did take part in individual drills.


Place Kicker

PK | Nate Kaeding | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
Casey Pearce, of Chargers.com, reports San Diego Chargers PK Nate Kaeding was eight-for-eight during field goal drills Saturday, Aug. 5. He nailed a 60-yard attempt, which drew a roar from the crowd.

PK | Mike Nugent | New York Jets | Fantasy
Tom Rock, of Newsday, reports New York Jets PK Mike Nugent has been solid so far in training camp. During the morning practice Thursday, Aug. 3, Nugent hit a 58-yard field goal through condensed uprights with only two seconds left on an imaginary clock. Later that day, during the night practice, Nugent nailed a 50-yarder, going into the wind, to win a "situational, non-contact scrimmage" in overtime.

PK | Stephen Gostkowski | New England Patriots | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Associated Press reports New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick wants to see PKs Stephen Gostkowski and Martin Gramatica kick a lot more before he chooses which one will take over as the team's kicker in the 2006 season.


Defensive Line

DL | Grant Wistrom | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News
Associated Press reports Seattle Seahawks DE Grant Wistrom (shoulder) may return to action possibly within two weeks. He is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

DL | Kevin Williams | Minnesota Vikings | Injury News
Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings DL Kevin Williams (knee) is day-to-day with swelling in his right knee, according to head coach Brad Childress.

DL | Jason Taylor | Miami Dolphins | Injury News, Fantasy
Patrick Dorsey, of the Sun-Sentinel, reports Miami Dolphins DE Jason Taylor (undisclosed) did not practice for the fifth day in a row Saturday, Aug. 5. Head coach Nick Saban has kept quiet on his status, but said earlier in the week he missed time due to cramps.

DL | Bryant Young | San Francisco 49ers | Injury News
Chrissy Mauck, of SF49ers.com, reports San Francisco 49ers DL Bryant Young (groin) was held out of practice Saturday, Aug. 5.

DL | Shaun Rogers | Detroit Lions | Injury News
Detroit Lions DL Shaun Rogers (tonsils) was held out of both practices Saturday, Aug. 5.

DL | Courtney Brown | Denver Broncos | Injury News
During his press conference, Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan said DL Courtney Brown (knee) is day-to-day after dealing with knee inflammation. Brown missed practice Saturday, Aug. 5, but could play Friday, Aug. 11, depending on how his week goes.

DL | Gerard Warren | Denver Broncos | Injury News
During his press conference, Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan said DL Gerard Warren (toe) dislocated his toe in practice Saturday, Aug. 5, and will mass anywhere from two-to-four weeks.

DL | Mario Williams | Houston Texans | Injury News
Fran Blinebury, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans DE Mario Williams (toe) returned to practice Friday, August 4.


Linebacker

LB | Chaun Thompson | Cleveland Browns | Injury News
Zac Jackson, of ClevelandBrowns.com, reports Cleveland Browns LB Chaun Thompson (calf) did not practice Sunday, Aug. 6, due to a strained left calf. He may miss the team's preseason opener due to the injury.

LB | LaVar Arrington | New York Giants | Injury News
New York Giants LB LaVar Arrington (undisclosed) missed the afternoon practice Sunday, Aug. 6.

LB | Al Wilson | Denver Broncos | Injury News
Andrew Mason, of DenverBroncos.com, reports Denver Broncos LB Al Wilson (shoulder) did not take part in much work during practice Saturday, Aug. 5. Wilson is considered to be day-to-day.

LB | Donnie Edwards | San Diego Chargers | Injury News, Fantasy
Casey Pearce, of Chargers.com, reports San Diego Chargers LB Donnie Edwards (back) did not practice Saturday, Aug. 5.

LB | Shawne Merriman | San Diego Chargers | Injury News, Fantasy
Casey Pearce, of Chargers.com, reports San Diego Chargers OLB Shawne Merriman (hamstring) went through individual drills but not team workouts Saturday, Aug. 5.

LB | Joey Porter | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Bob Labriola, of Steelers.com, reports Pittsburgh Steelers LB Joey Porter (knee) will have his status reassessed next week. He is coming along according to head coach Bill Cowher.

LB | Derek M. Smith | San Francisco 49ers | Injury News
Chrissy Mauck, of SF49ers.com, reports San Francisco 49ers LB Derek M. Smith (thigh) was held out of the team's scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 5. He was able to participate in the rest of the team's practice.

LB | David Pollack | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals LB David Pollack (hamstring) is day-to-day, according to Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. Pollack did not participate in the Bengals mock game Saturday, Aug. 5.

LB | Tommy Polley | New Orleans Saints | Depth Chart Tidbit
Mike Triplett, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints LB Tommy Polley has replaced LB Anthony Simmons as the team's starter at weakside linebacker.


Cornerback

CB | Dunta Robinson | Houston Texans | Injury News
Joseph Duarte, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans CB Dunta Robinson (ankle) is expected to return to practice Monday, Aug. 7.

CB | Jason David | Indianapolis Colts | Depth Chart Tidbit
Mike Chappell, of the Indianapolis Star, reports Indianapolis Colts RCB Jason David remains in a competition with CB Marlin Jackson for the right cornerback position. Thus far, David is doing everything he can to make Jackson earn the job.

CB | Al Harris | Green Bay Packers | Injury News
Rob Demovsky, of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, reports Green Bay Packers CB Al Harris (elbow) returned to practice Friday, Aug. 4.

CB | Antonio Cromartie | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports the San Diego Chargers rookie CB Antonio Cromartie (ankle) returned to practice Thursday, Aug. 3.


Strong Safety

SS | Donte Whitner | Buffalo Bills | Transaction
Chris Brown, of BuffaloBills.com, reports Buffalo Bills rookie S Donte Whitner officially signed his contract with the team Saturday, Aug. 5. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

SS | Gibril Wilson | New York Giants | Injury News
Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports New York Giants S Gibril Wilson (hip flexor) returned to practice Friday, Aug. 4.


Free Safety

FS | Sam Brandon | Denver Broncos | Injury News
Andrew Mason, of DenverBroncos.com, reports Denver Broncos S Sam Brandon (hamstring) did not practice Saturday, Aug. 5.

FS | Will Allen | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury News
Buccaneers.com reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers FS Will Allen (thumb) was able to participate in the afternoon practice Sunday, Aug. 6. The team practiced in a ballroom on carpet at the Coronado Springs Resort. The soft carpet and the walk-through speed allowed player with mild injuries to participate.

FS | Brian Dawkins | Philadelphia Eagles | Transaction
The Philadelphia Eagles have announced they have reached a two-year contract extension with FS Brian Dawkins. He is now under contract through the 2008 season. Financial terms were not disclosed.

FS | Bob Sanders | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Mike Chappell, of the Indianapolis Star, reports Indianapolis Colts S Bob Sanders (shoulder) should be able to return to action Aug. 15.

FS | Mel Mitchell | New England Patriots | Injury News
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots FS Mel Mitchell (biceps) is likely done for the season after suffering a biceps injury Thursday, Aug. 3. Mitchell is expected to undergo surgery early next week.

FS | Marlon McCree | San Diego Chargers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports San Diego Chargers S Marlon McCree is running as the team's starter at free safety. However, he could move to strong safety before the start of the season. He feels he can be the leader of the secondary from either position.

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