NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on June 1, 2007 @ 16:00:00 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Donovan McNabb | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News
Reuben Frank, of PhillyBurbs.com, reports Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb (knee) will not participate during the team's upcoming minicamp because he is recovering from knee surgery.

QB | Brett Favre | Green Bay Packers | Injury News
Tom Pelissero, of the Green Bay Press Gazette, reports Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre (ankle) participated in 11-on-11 drills during practice Thursday, May 31.

QB | Michael Vick | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports two sources close to the investigation involving the former house of Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick believe there is enough evidence to indict Vick in connection with the allegedly illegal dog fighting operation taking place at the house.

QB | Daunte Culpepper | Miami Dolphins | Injury News
Barry Jackson and Jeff Darlington, of the Miami Herald, report Miami Dolphins QB Daunte Culpepper (knee) says he plans to compete for the team's starting quarterback job, even if Kansas City Chiefs QB Trent Green lands with the team at some point. "For a guy, for anybody who thinks that whatever their situation is where they're at and they're coming here, and it's going to be peaches and cream, that's not the case," Culpepper said. "It's not bothering me one way or the other because I know I'll be healthy," Culpepper added. "As long as I'm healthy, I'll be fine. I feel I'm going to be a great player in this league…Nothing has changed in my mind until somebody tells me different. I'm the quarterback of this team." Culpepper continues to participate in some drills and expects to be more involved during the team's next minicamp.

QB | Marc Bulger | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
Bill Coats, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports the St. Louis Rams are working on a contract extension for QB Marc Bulger. President of football operations Jay Zygmunt said he was still working on an extension for Bulger, but did not give a timetable for an agreement.


Running Back

RB | Rudi Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals RB Rudi Johnson (illness) did not take part in the team's minicamp practice Friday, June 1.

RB | Chris Brown | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt has recently spoken with free-agent RB Chris Brown (Titans) about possibly returning to the team.

RB | Larry Johnson | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Jason King, of the Kansas City Star, reports Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards wants RB Larry Johnson to become more of a receiving threat this season. Edwards believes Johnson should have at least 60 receptions during the season. "If he catches 60 passes … to me it's like an extended run. It's almost like a toss play," Edwards said.

RB | Mike Bell | Denver Broncos | Depth Chart Tidbit
Lee Rasizer, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports Denver Broncos RB Mike Bell is competing with FB Cecil Sapp for the primary running back backup job behind RB Travis Henry.

RB | Jamal Lewis | Cleveland Browns | Injury News
Steve Doerschuk, of the Canton Repository, reports Cleveland Browns RB Jamal Lewis (ankle) believes he will be completely healthy when training camp starts, after recovering from ankle surgery. "By training camp, I'll be 100 percent. Right now, I'm probably around 85 to 90 percent, but I feel well," Lewis said.

RB | LenDale White | Tennessee Titans | Transaction
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans RB LenDale White was not in attendance during organized team activities Tuesday, May 29, because he stayed in Denver to be with his grandmother, who was recently released from intensive care after suffering from heart and kidney failure. "Organized team activities are voluntary, they are not mandatory. However, we have had perfect attendance with very few exceptions," head coach Jeff Fisher said. "When there is someone who is not in attendance, they typically have been excused. In order to excuse a player there has to be some kind of communication involved, and in this particular case there was a misunderstanding in communication...He had family matters to take care of which I have since been informed about."


Wide Receiver

WR | Derrick Mason | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
Jamison Hensley, of the Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens WR Derrick Mason (finger) did not practice Thursday, May 31.

WR | Chad Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals WR Chad Johnson (hamstring) appeared to be favoring a hamstring during the team's minicamp practice Friday, June 1. Johnson pulled up short on a deep pass during the practice.

WR | Amani Toomer | New York Giants | Injury News
Mike Garafolo, of the Star-Ledger, reports New York Giants WR Amani Toomer (knee) did some light work but did not participate in any of the team drills during practice Wednesday, May 30.

WR | Mike Williams | Oakland Raiders | Injury News
Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers, reports Oakland Raiders WR Mike Williams (hamstring) missed practice Wednesday, May 30, because of a pulled hamstring he suffered during the team's mandatory minicamp.

WR | Deion Branch | Seattle Seahawks | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Mike Kahn, of Seahawks.com, reports Seattle Seahawks WR Deion Branch will line up at the flanker position this season, after playing the split end position last year.

WR | Chris Chambers | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Jeff Darlington, of the Miami Herald, reports Miami Dolphins WR Chris Chambers is moving from the Z position to X receiver, which should allow him more space to exploit mismatches. Head coach Cam Cameron says Chambers has embraced the change through the initial stages of workouts. Chambers said several factors led to his disappointing 2006 season, but said lack of continuity in the offense and trust was chief reasons. Chambers said trust has been resolved. He also takes comfort knowing Cameron's offense with the San Diego Chargers was just as prolific with QB Philip Rivers in 2006 as it was with QB Drew Brees in 2005. Brees left for the New Orleans Saints after the 2005 season. Chambers describes his new role in the offense as "freedom," and his goals for the 2007 season are to finish with close to 80 catches and 10 touchdowns.

WR | Ted Ginn Jr. | Miami Dolphins | Injury News
Matt Baker and Harvey Fialkov, of the Sun-Sentinel, report Miami Dolphins WR Ted Ginn Jr. (foot) is expected to rejoin the team in time for their next minicamp.

WR | Torry Holt | St. Louis Rams | Injury News, Fantasy
Bill Coats, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams WR Torry Holt (knee) jogged through a few routes Thursday, May 24. He took part in sprints with his teammates, but was only able to run at half-speed. Holt said his knee was "feeling pretty good ... it's coming along."


Tight End

TE | L.J. Smith | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News
Bob Brookover, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, reports Philadelphia Eagles TE L.J. Smith (hernia) should to be ready for the start of training camp, according to a league source.

TE | Bubba Franks | Green Bay Packers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Tom Pelissero, of the Green Bay Press Gazette, reports Green Bay Packers TE Bubba Franks was working with the second-team offense during practice Thursday, May 31.


Defensive Line

DL | Mike Rucker | Carolina Panthers | Injury News
Brett Borden, of Panthers.com, reports Carolina Panthers DE Mike Rucker (knee), who has been rehabbing his surgically repaired knee this offseason, said he would like to be ready to practice at the start of training camp. "I've just been feeling how the knee responds. It's doing well, so that's what we're looking to. That's our goal," Rucker said.

DL | Kenechi Udeze | Minnesota Vikings | Depth Chart Tidbit
Judd Zulgad, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier wants to play DE Kenechi Udeze at left defensive end this season.

DL | Osi Umenyiora | New York Giants | Injury News
Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Giants DL Osi Umenyiora (undisclosed) missed practice Wednesday, May 30, but he was in attendance.


Linebacker

LB | Akin Ayodele | Dallas Cowboys | Injury News
DallasCowboys.com reports Dallas Cowboys LB Akin Ayodele (shoulder) is rehabbing from minor shoulder surgery he underwent last week. He is expected to be ready for the start of the team's training camp.

LB | Chad Brown | New England Patriots | Free Agency News
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports the New England Patriots met with unrestricted free-agent LB Chad Brown (Steelers) Wednesday, May 30.


Cornerback

CB | Kelly Herndon | Seattle Seahawks | Transaction
Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports the Seattle Seahawks have released CB Kelly Herndon.

CB | Sam Madison | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit
Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Giants CB Sam Madison was practicing with the first-team defense during the Giants' organized team activities Wednesday, May 30.

CB | R.W. McQuarters | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit
Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Giants CB R.W. McQuarters was practicing with the first-team defense during the Giants' organized team activities Wednesday, May 30.


Free Safety

FS | Madieu Williams | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals FS Madieu Williams (quad) did not take part in the team's minicamp practice Friday, June 1.

FS | Bob Sanders | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports the Indianapolis Colts will lighten the workload of FS Bob Sanders (shoulder) during training camp as a precautionary measure. "It could be that way in camp, where we only use him for one practice a day, to make sure he's ready to go when it counts," head coach Tony Dungy said. "The more important thing for all of us is that he's ready when the season begins."

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