NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on June 29, 2007 @ 16:00:00 PDT



QB | Chris Simms | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury News, Depth Chart Tidbit
Rick Stroud, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Chris Simms (spleen) may start training camps as the fourth quarterback behind QB Jeff Garcia, QB Bruce Gradkowski and possibly QB Luke McCown.

QB | Trent Green | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Craig Barnes, of the Sun-Sentinel, reports Miami Dolphins QB Trent Green said during a radio interview that he is the Dolphins' starting quarterback.

Running Back

RB | Jason Snelling | Atlanta Falcons | Transaction reports the Atlanta Falcons have signed seventh-round draft choice RB Jason Snelling to a four-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Wide Receiver

WR | Ryne Robinson | Carolina Panthers | Transaction
Len Pasquarelli, of, reports the Carolina Panthers have signed fourth-round draft choice WR Ryne Robinson to a four-year contract. The deal is worth $2.103 million and includes a signing bonus of $438,305. He will earn base salaries of $285,000 (2007), $370,000 (2008), $460,000 (2009) and $550,000 (2010). An escalator is included where Robinson can increase his 2010 salary if he reaches certain playing time and performance thresholds.

WR | Chad Jackson | New England Patriots | Injury News
Christopher L. Gasper, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots WR Chad Jackson's (knee) rehabilitation from a torn anterior cruciate ligament is doing well and he could be ready for the start of the season. Jackson, however, may not be ready for the start of the team's training camp July 27.

Defensive Line

DL | Tank Johnson | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Randy Galloway, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, reports the Dallas Cowboys have little interest in unrestricted free-agent DT Tank Johnson (Bears). "Any interest would be pretty minimal right now. There were a lot of issues coming out of college with this guy, and now it's been compounded by what went on with the Bears. I don't think we'd be interested at all," said Cowboys' director of scouting Jeff Ireland.

DL | Justin Harrell | Green Bay Packers | Injury News
Tom Pelissero, of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, reports Green Bay Packers DT Justin Harrell (biceps) might not be at full strength when training camp opens July 28. There is also a chance he will not be at full strength at any point during the 2007 season. The muscle recovery is gradual. "(It takes) a year to even a year-and-a-half before muscles will feel fully recovered, and (sustained strength) is one of the last things to come back. Even when someone is in the weight room and says, 'This feels 100 percent,' they'll notice it fatigues faster," said Dr. Randall Mohler, a surgeon who specializes in sports medicine at the California Orthopaedic Institute.


LB | Shelton Quarles | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Katherine Smith, of the Tampa Tribune, reports unrestricted free-agent LB Shelton Quarles (Buccaneers) said he has received some inquiries from other teams but he feels they are too far away from his home. Quarles will decide in a few weeks if he wants to retire.

LB | LaVar Arrington | Free Agent Players | Injury News, Free Agency News
David Elfin, of the Washington Times, reports unrestricted free-agent LB LaVar Arrington (arm, leg, wrist) is still in the hospital after his motorcycle accident. It has also been confirmed by Carl Poston, Arrington's agent, that Arrington also suffered a broken wrist in the accident. Some reports have indicated Arrington has an infection from cuts he suffered as well as a torn tendon and carpal tunnel-like symptoms in his wrist. Poston and Arrington's attorney, Rosalyn Pugh, deny the infection and the other wrist injuries.

LB | Orlando Huff | Atlanta Falcons | Free Agency News
Updating a previous item, Len Pasquarelli, of, reports the Atlanta Falcons signed free-agent LB Orlando Huff (Cardinals) to a one-year contract believed to be worth the league minimum.


CB | Shawntae Spencer | San Francisco 49ers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Matt Maiocco, of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers CB Shawntae Spencer will likely be the team's nickelback this season.

CB | Walt Harris | San Francisco 49ers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Matt Maiocco, of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers CB Walt Harris is likely to start at cornerback opposite CB Nate Clements.

CB | Nathan Vasher | Chicago Bears | Transaction
The Associated Press reports the Chicago Bears have signed CB Nathan Vasher to a five-year contract extension. Financial terms were not disclosed.

CB | Drayton Florence | San Diego Chargers | Free Agency News
C.J. Risak, of the Star-Banner, reports San Diego Chargers CB Drayton Florence will likely leave as a free agent following the 2007 season. "This is my last year (on my contract). This is the year," Florence said.

CB | Tye Hill | St. Louis Rams | Injury News
Bill Coats, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams CB Tye Hill (infection) said he is improving and will be ready to when training camp starts.

Strong Safety

SS | Donovin Darius | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Chris Brown, of, reports the Buffalo Bills hosted free-agent S Donovin Darius (Jaguars) Tuesday, June 26.

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