NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on December 26, 2006 @ 16:00:00 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Chris Simms | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, the St. Petersburg Times reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Chris Simms agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Buccaneers, which could be worth as much as $14.5 million, including incentives and escalator clauses. Simms said the deal would become official Tuesday, Dec. 26.

QB | Aaron Brooks | Oakland Raiders | Injury News, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders QB Aaron Brooks (neck) is questionable to face the New York Jets Week 17. Head coach Art Shell said Brooks would start the game if he is healthy.

QB | Matt Leinart | Arizona Cardinals | Injury News
Darren Urban, of the East Valley Tribune, reports Arizona Cardinals QB Matt Leinart (shoulder) will not play in the team's Week 17 game. Leinart is scheduled for an MRI Wednesday, Dec. 27.

QB | Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) is probable for the team's Week 17 game.

QB | Lang Campbell | Cleveland Browns | Free Agency News
Scott Petrak, of the Medina Gazette, reports the Cleveland Browns will sign free agent QB Lang Campbell (Browns) to serve as the team's backup quarterback in Week 17.

QB | Derek Anderson | Cleveland Browns | Injury News
Scott Petrak, of the Medina Gazette, reports Cleveland Browns QB Derek Anderson (shoulder) will not play Week 17. Anderson may require surgery on his injured shoulder suffered in Week 16.

QB | Charlie Frye | Cleveland Browns | Injury News
Scott Petrak, of the Medina Gazette, reports Cleveland Browns QB Charlie Frye (wrist) is progressing slowly from his wrist injury and is not expected to play Week 17.

QB | Joey Harrington | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Miami Dolphins QB Cleo Lemon replaced QB Joey Harrington at the start of the second half during the Week 16 game. Lemon was 11-for-16 for 104 yards and threw his first NFL touchdown pass. Harrington finished the game 7-of-15 for 42 yards.

QB | Cleo Lemon | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Miami Dolphins QB Cleo Lemon replaced QB Joey Harrington at the start of the second half during the Week 16 game. Lemon was 11-for-16 for 104 yards and threw his first NFL touchdown pass. Harrington finished the game 7-of-15 for 42 yards.

QB | Ken Dorsey | Cleveland Browns | Injury News
Tony Grossi, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports Cleveland Browns QB Ken Dorsey will start the team's Week 17 game after QB Derek Anderson (shoulder) suffered a separated right shoulder in Week 16.

QB | Jay Cutler | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Denver Broncos QB Jay Cutler became the first NFL quarterback to throw four multiple touchdowns in each of his first four games. Cutler was 12-of-23 for 179 yards with two touchdowns and one interception Week 16.

QB | Brian Griese | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Chicago Bears QB Brian Griese replaced QB Rex Grossman in the fourth quarter of the Week 16 game. Griese led the team to two field goals, helping the Bears defeat the Detroit Lions 26-21. Grossman said, "I thought I was going to play the whole game, but I guess they had plans that they were going to get me out mid-third quarter." Head coach Lovie Smith said before the game he would play to win by using his starters as long as necessary in hopes of staying sharp for the postseason. After the game, he insisted the change at quarterback was planned. "We wanted to get a win in the worst way and we wanted to look at a few other players," Smith said. Grossman was 20-of-36 for 197 yards with one touchdown while Griese finished 6-of-9 for 51 yards.

QB | Rex Grossman | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Chicago Bears QB Brian Griese replaced QB Rex Grossman in the fourth quarter of the Week 16 game. Griese led the team to two field goals, helping the Bears defeat the Detroit Lions 26-21. Grossman said, "I thought I was going to play the whole game, but I guess they had plans that they were going to get me out mid-third quarter." Head coach Lovie Smith said before the game he would play to win by using his starters as long as necessary in hopes of staying sharp for the postseason. After the game, he insisted the change at quarterback was planned. "We wanted to get a win in the worst way and we wanted to look at a few other players," Smith said. Grossman was 20-of-36 for 197 yards with one touchdown while Griese finished 6-of-9 for 51 yards.

QB | Vince Young | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports the Tennessee Titans won their sixth consecutive game Week 16 with their 30-29 victory over the Buffalo Bills. QB Vince Young is now 8-4 as a starter in his rookie season and is helping keep the team's postseason hopes alive. Young was 13-of-20 for 183 yards with two touchdowns during the game. He also ran eight times for 61 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown run at the end of the first half. With six consecutive wins, Young is tied for third with former Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mike Kruczek for the longest winning streak by a rookie quarterback.


Running Back

RB | Michael Turner | San Diego Chargers | Injury News, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers RB Michael Turner (hip) is fine for the Week 17 game.

RB | LaMont Jordan | Oakland Raiders | Injury News, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders RB LaMont Jordan (knee) will not play Week 17 against the New York Jets.

RB | Ronnie Brown | Miami Dolphins | Injury News, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown (hand) appeared fine after the Week 16 game. He underwent an X-ray Monday, Dec. 25, and showed no sign of aggravating his hand injury.

RB | Michael Bennett | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury News
Kansas City Chiefs RB Michael Bennett's (ankle) status for the Week 17 game is uncertain.

RB | Chad Morton | New York Giants | Injury News
New York Giants RB Chad Morton (knee) was placed on Injured Reserve Tuesday, Dec. 26, after tearing his ACL in Week 16 while covering a punt. Morton was replaced by WR Sinorice Moss on kickoff returns and by CB R.W. McQuarters on punt returns.

RB | Aaron Stecker | New Orleans Saints | Injury News
New Orleans Saints RB Aaron Stecker (hamstring) will be re-evaluated Wednesday, Dec. 27.

RB | Cedric Houston | New York Jets | Injury News
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports New York Jets RB Cedric Houston (calf) is inactive for Week 16.

RB | Edgerrin James | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Arizona Cardinals RB Edgerrin James carried the ball 29 times for 105 yards Week 16. He became the team's first 1,000-yard rusher in eight years, when former Cardinals RB Adrian Murrell did it in 1998.

RB | Joseph Addai | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Indianapolis Colts RB Joseph Addai carried the ball 15 times for 100 yards during the Week 16 game. He now has 1,017 yards rushing on the season, making him the fourth Indianapolis rookie to reach the 1,000-yard mark.

RB | Ron Dayne | Houston Texans | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Houston Texans RB Ron Dayne (ankle) suffered an ankle injury during the Week 16 game, but he only missed one series of action. Dayne was injured on the first play of the second quarter and needed to have his ankle taped. "It was real sore. I just kept going out there and every time I'd run and somebody might fall on it, I would come out. Then I would just go back out there even without them telling me to. I just wasn't going to be denied today," Dayne said.

RB | Reggie Bush | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports New Orleans Saints RB Reggie Bush ran for a career-high 126 yards during the Saints' 30-7 win over the New York Giants Week 16. Bush carried the ball 20 times and also caught two passes for another 23 yards.

RB | Steven Jackson | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson ran for 150 yards on 33 carries and had 102 receiving yards on six catches during the Week 16 game. Jackson's 252-yard day allowed him to become the team's first 2,000-yard player since RB Marshall Faulk in 2001. Jackson became the team's only player to get 100 yards rushing and receiving in a game. With 88 catches on the season, Jackson broke Faulk's franchise record set in 1999.

RB | Ladell Betts | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Washington Redskins RB Ladell Betts ran for 129 yards on 29 carries with two touchdowns during the Week 16 game. Betts tied a franchise record with his fifth straight 100-yard rushing game. He also topped 1,000 yards rushing for the first time in his career.


Fullback

FB | Zack Crockett | Oakland Raiders | Injury News
Oakland Raiders FB Zack Crockett (heel) should face the New York Jets Week 17.


Wide Receiver

WR | Donald Driver | Green Bay Packers | Injury News, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers WR Donald Driver (shoulder) did not take part in the team's walk-through Tuesday, Dec. 26, but he should be ready for the Week 17 game.

WR | Eric Parker | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
San Diego Chargers WR Eric Parker (neck) could miss practice time this week for the Week 17 game.

WR | Randy Moss | Oakland Raiders | Injury News, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders WR Randy Moss (ankle) is unlikely to play Week 17 against the New York Jets.

WR | Jerry Porter | Oakland Raiders | Injury News
Oakland Raiders WR Jerry Porter (hip) will not play Week 17 against the New York Jets.

WR | Roddy White | Atlanta Falcons | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White will step into the starting lineup during Week 17, replacing injured WR Ashley Lelie (shoulder).

WR | Marty Booker | Miami Dolphins | Injury News
Miami Dolphins WR Marty Booker (ankle) will likely be questionable for the Week 17 game.

WR | Ashley Lelie | Atlanta Falcons | Injury News
Atlanta Falcons WR Ashley Lelie (shoulder) is out for Week 17 with a separated shoulder.

WR | Sinorice Moss | New York Giants | Injury News
New York Giants RB Chad Morton (knee) was placed on Injured Reserve Tuesday, Dec. 26, after tearing his ACL in Week 16 while covering a punt. Morton was replaced by WR Sinorice Moss on kickoff returns and by CB R.W. McQuarters on punt returns.

WR | Joe Horn | New Orleans Saints | Injury News
New Orleans Saints WR Joe Horn (groin) will be re-evaluated Wednesday, Dec. 27.

WR | Joe Jurevicius | Cleveland Browns | Injury News
Scott Petrak, of the Medina Gazette, reports Cleveland Browns WR Joe Jurevicius (head) is expected to play in the team's Week 17 game.

WR | Dennis Northcutt | Cleveland Browns | Injury News
Scott Petrak, of the Medina Gazette, reports Cleveland Browns WR Dennis Northcutt (shoulder) will play in the team's Week 17 game.

WR | Terrell Owens | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Dallas Cowboys WR Terrell Owens complained about not being involved in the team's offense after the Cowboys' 23-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles Week 16. At least three times in his news conference, Owens said, "I need to be more involved in the offense." He did not blame QB Tony Romo, but hinted that the play calling was to blame. Owens caught two passes for 23 yards with one touchdown during the game.

WR | Chad Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Cincinnati Bengals WR Chad Johnson fumbled for the first time in his career during the Week 16 game. Johnson caught three passes for 32 yards during the game.

WR | Andre Johnson | Houston Texans | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson had four receptions for 48 yards during the Week 16 game. Johnson now has 101 catches on the season and is the 35th player to reach the milestone.

WR | Isaac Bruce | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports St. Louis Rams WR Isaac Bruce caught nine passes for 148 yards during the Week 16 game. Bruce now has eight seasons with 1,000 yards receiving and moved into seventh on the career list for receiving yards. Bruce passed former NFL WR Andre Reed and now has 14,130 yards receiving.

WR | Andre Reed | Retired | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports St. Louis Rams WR Isaac Bruce caught nine passes for 148 yards during the Week 16 game. Bruce now has eight seasons with 1,000 yards receiving and moved into seventh on the career list for receiving yards. Bruce passed former NFL WR Andre Reed and now has 14,130 yards receiving.


Tight End

TE | Bo Scaife | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans TE Bo Scaife (ankle) will be questionable for the Week 17 game.

TE | David Martin | Green Bay Packers | Injury News
Green Bay Packers TE David Martin (ribs) took part in the team's walk-through Tuesday, Dec. 26, and has a shot to play Week 17. He is listed as questionable on the team's injury report.

TE | Dallas Clark | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
The Indianapolis Colts are hoping TE Dallas Clark (knee) will be able to return to the field in Week 17. Clark's status for the game is not yet known.

TE | Kellen Winslow Jr. | Cleveland Browns | Injury News
Scott Petrak, of the Medina Gazette, reports Cleveland Browns TE Kellen Winslow Jr. (knee) will play in the team's Week 17 game.

TE | L.J. Smith | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Philadelphia Eagles TE L.J. Smith (foot) left the Week 16 game in the first quarter with a foot injury. He was able to return to the game and finished with two receptions for 77 yards.


Place Kicker

PK | Rian Lindell | Buffalo Bills | Transaction
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports Buffalo Bills PK Rian Lindell has signed a five-year contract extension with the team. The deal runs through the 2011 season and it is believed to be worth in the $10 million range.


Defensive Line

DL | Victor Adeyanju | St. Louis Rams | Injury News
St. Louis Rams DE Victor Adeyanju (forearm) took part in about 15 defensive plays during the Week 16 game. The team is fitting him for a different and more comfortable case for the Week 17 game.

DL | Robaire Smith | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans DT Robaire Smith (toe) will be questionable for the Week 17 game. He is not expected to take part in practice this week.

DL | Travis LaBoy | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans DE Travis LaBoy (knee) will be questionable for the Week 17 game.

DL | Luis Castillo | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
San Diego Chargers DE Luis Castillo (ankle) could miss the Week 17 game with an ankle injury.

DL | Igor Olshansky | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
San Diego Chargers DE Igor Olshansky (ankle) is fine for the Week 17 game.

DL | Keith Traylor | Miami Dolphins | Injury News
Miami Dolphins DL Keith Traylor's (knee) status for the Week 17 game is unknown.

DL | Michael Strahan | New York Giants | Injury News
New York Giants DL Michael Strahan (foot) aggravated his foot injury in Week 16 during the third quarter, which led to him being placed on the Injured Reserve. DL Mathias Kiwanuka will replace him in the lineup.

DL | Mathias Kiwanuka | New York Giants | Injury News
New York Giants DL Michael Strahan (foot) aggravated his foot injury in Week 16 during the third quarter, which led to him being placed on the Injured Reserve. DL Mathias Kiwanuka will replace him in the lineup.

DL | Alvin McKinley | Cleveland Browns | Injury News
Scott Petrak, of the Medina Gazette, reports Cleveland Browns DE Alvin McKinley (shoulder) could play in the team's Week 17 game.

DL | Jason Taylor | Miami Dolphins | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Miami Dolphins DE Jason Taylor (eye) suffered an eye injury during the Week 16 game.


Linebacker

LB | Marcus Washington | Washington Redskins | Injury News, Transaction
Ryan O'Halloran, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins LB Marcus Washington (knee) has been placed on Injured Reserve, ending his 2006 season. He has a sprained PCL and faces a four-week recovery time. The injury does not require surgery.

LB | Randall Godfrey | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
San Diego Chargers LB Randall Godfrey (hamstring) could practice Wednesday, Dec. 27.

LB | Shaun Phillips | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
San Diego Chargers LB Shaun Phillips (elbow) is fine for the Week 17 game.

LB | Michael Boley | Atlanta Falcons | Injury News
Atlanta Falcons LB Michael Boley (hamstring) is day-to-day this week.

LB | Antonio Pierce | New York Giants | Injury News
New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce (hand) sprained his hand in the fourth quarter of the team's Week 16 game but continued to play. Pierce is questionable for Week 17.

LB | DeMarcus Ware | Dallas Cowboys | Injury News
Dallas Cowboys LB DeMarcus Ware (shin) took a knee to the shin in the team's Week 16 game but returned after missing just one play. Ware said following the game that he is fine.

LB | Monty Beisel | Arizona Cardinals | Injury News
Darren Urban, of the East Valley Tribune, reports Arizona Cardinals LB Gerald Hayes (ribs) is expected to be questionable for Week 17, according to head coach Dennis Green. LB Monty Beisel would once again see action in place of Hayes.

LB | Gerald Hayes | Arizona Cardinals | Injury News
Darren Urban, of the East Valley Tribune, reports Arizona Cardinals LB Gerald Hayes (ribs) is expected to be questionable for Week 17, according to head coach Dennis Green. LB Monty Beisel would once again see action in place of Hayes.

LB | Clark Haggans | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Clark Haggans (knee) is doubtful for the team's Week 17 game.

LB | Andra Davis | Cleveland Browns | Injury News
Scott Petrak, of the Medina Gazette, reports Cleveland Browns LB Andra Davis (concussion) did not play Week 16 and is not yet ready for a return to action.

LB | Chaun Thompson | Cleveland Browns | Injury News
Scott Petrak, of the Medina Gazette, reports Cleveland Browns LB Chaun Thompson (thumb) is expected to play in the team's Week 17 game.


Cornerback

CB | David Barrett | New York Jets | Injury News
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports New York Jets CB Andre Dyson (knee) suffered an apparent right knee injury during the team's Week 16 game. CB David Barrett replaced Dyson in the game and could return to the starting lineup Week 17 if Dyson is unable to play.

CB | Andre Dyson | New York Jets | Injury News
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports New York Jets CB Andre Dyson (knee) suffered an apparent right knee injury during the team's Week 16 game. CB David Barrett replaced Dyson in the game and could return to the starting lineup Week 17 if Dyson is unable to play.

CB | Shawn Springs | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Ryan O'Halloran, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins CB Shawn Springs (shoulder) is expected to be placed on Injured Reserve Wednesday, Dec. 27. Springs suffered a fractured shoulder during the Week 16 game. CB Kenny Wright will start in Springs' place.

CB | Fabian Washington | Oakland Raiders | Injury News
Oakland Raiders CB Fabian Washington (shoulder) should face the New York Jets Week 17.

CB | Eddie Jackson | Miami Dolphins | Injury News
Miami Dolphins CB Eddie Jackson (knee) might have suffered a "major knee injury" during the Week 16 game. He will likely end the season on Injured Reserve.

CB | Charles Tillman | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Chicago Bears CB Charles Tillman (back) will be re-evaluated this week and his status for Week 17 will be determined later in the week. He should be fine for the postseason.

CB | R.W. McQuarters | New York Giants | Injury News
New York Giants RB Chad Morton (knee) was placed on Injured Reserve Tuesday, Dec. 26, after tearing his ACL in Week 16 while covering a punt. Morton was replaced by WR Sinorice Moss on kickoff returns and by CB R.W. McQuarters on punt returns.

CB | Fernando Bryant | Detroit Lions | Injury News
Detroit Lions CB Fernando Bryant (concussion) did not play in the team's Week 16 game. CB Stanley Wilson started in place of Bryant.

CB | Deshea Townsend | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Pittsburgh Steelers CB Deshea Townsend (hand) is probable for the team's Week 17 game.

CB | Leigh Bodden | Cleveland Browns | Injury News
Scott Petrak, of the Medina Gazette, reports Cleveland Browns CB Leigh Bodden (ankle) did not play Week 16 and his status for Week 17 is uncertain.

CB | Domonique Foxworth | Denver Broncos | Injury News
Bill Williamson, of the Denver Post, reports Denver Broncos CB Domonique Foxworth (illness) is expected to practice Wednesday, Dec. 27.

CB | Marcus Trufant | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Seattle Seahawks CB Marcus Trufant (ankle) left the Week 16 game with a sprained right ankle. He said he will undergo further tests Monday, Dec. 25, but he fears he has a high ankle sprain.


Strong Safety

SS | Jerome Carter | St. Louis Rams | Injury News
St. Louis Rams S Jerome Carter (ankle) is expected to play in the Week 17 game.

SS | Troy Polamalu | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Pittsburgh Steelers SS Troy Polamalu (knee) is probable for the team's Week 17 game.

SS | Mark Roman | San Francisco 49ers | Injury News
Matt Maiocco, of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers S Mark Roman (ankle) suffered a left ankle sprain Week 16. He is expected to return to the starting lineup Week 17.


Free Safety

FS | Bob Sanders | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
The Indianapolis Colts are hoping FS Bob Sanders (knee) will be able to return to the field in Week 17. Sanders' status for the game is not yet known.

FS | Omar Stoutmire | New Orleans Saints | Injury News
New Orleans Saints FS Omar Stoutmire (knee) will be re-evaluated Wednesday, Dec. 27.

FS | Ryan Clark | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Pittsburgh Steelers FS Ryan Clark (groin) will not play in Week 17.

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