NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on July 27, 2007 @ 16:00:00 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Brett Favre | Green Bay Packers | Injury News, Fantasy
Mike Spofford, of Packers.com, reports Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre (shoulder, ankle) has been working out with a personal trainer the past month. He has completely recovered from offseason ankle surgery. The only limitation he may be given is being restricted to one practice per day when the team holds two workouts, which is what the team did with him at times last year.

QB | Donovan McNabb | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News, Fantasy
John Clayton, of PhiladelphiaEagles.com, reports Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb (knee) has been cleared to practice in training camp. He will wear a protective brace on his right knee. He may shed the knee brace when training camp is over.

QB | Marc Bulger | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams QB Marc Bulger was nowhere to be found Thursday, July 26, during the Rams' kickoff of mandatory meetings. His agent, Tom Condon, is in town and negotiating with the team about an extension for Bulger. The Rams can fine him $14,000 for each day he misses of training camp. The Rams have offered to make Bulger the highest-paid player in franchise history but earlier in the week the two sides remained substantially apart in negotiations. Head coach Scott Linehan believes it will be taken care of quickly and Bulger will be back on the field soon - possibly as early as Friday, July 27.

QB | Tony Romo | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Calvin Watkins, of the Dallas Morning News, reports Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo is entering the final year of his contract with the team. The two sides would like to get a new deal done but it has not been determined when that will happen.

QB | Jon Kitna | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Tom Kowalski, of MLive.com, reports Detroit Lions QB Jon Kitna looked incredibly sharp and accurate during his first day of training camp Thursday, July 26.

QB | Eli Manning | New York Giants | Fantasy
Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said QB Eli Manning is looking forward to "getting better, playing better" and is excited about the start of training camp. Manning has a new quarterbacks coach in Chris Palmer this season. Coughlin noted they have worked with Manning on a lot of different things, including timing, his release point, shifting of his weight and body positioning.

QB | Michael Vick | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Lester Munson, of ESPN.com, reports Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick has pled not guilty to the charges he faces in the indictment. Federal authorities will seek a superseding indictment in which other charges will be filed against Vick.


Running Back

RB | Brandon Jackson | Green Bay Packers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Mike Spofford, of Packers.com, reports Green Bay Packers RB Brandon Jackson is in the running for the team's No. 1 running back position.

RB | Vernand Morency | Green Bay Packers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Mike Spofford, of Packers.com, reports Green Bay Packers RB Vernand Morency is in the running for the team's No. 1 running back position.

RB | Rudi Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals RB Rudi Johnson appears to have lost a few pounds heading into training camp.

RB | Tatum Bell | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions head coach Rod Marinelli said RB Tatum Bell really knows how to run with the football. "He's a downhill runner and he'll make those cuts and get downhill fast," Marinelli said. He went on to note how encouraged they are with him when the team spreads him out wide because of his field vision once he gets the football.

RB | Kevin Jones | Detroit Lions | Injury News, Fantasy
Detroit Lions head coach Rod Marinelli said RB Kevin Jones (foot) is working hard every day and the team's trainers are pleased. Jones, as reported, remains on the team's Physically Unable to Perform.

RB | Thomas Jones | New York Jets | Fantasy
Jeff Weinstein, of NewYorkJets.com, reports New York Jets RB Thomas Jones was impressive during training camp and has become very comfortable with his new team. However, he did fumble during workouts Friday, July 27, and was forced to take a lap as a result. Later, when RB Leon Washington fumbled, Jones jumped in to run the lap with his tailback teammate.

RB | Priest Holmes | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury News, Fantasy
According to the Kansas City Chiefs' training camp Web site, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards said RB Priest Holmes (head, neck) will be on a "probation period" with the team and will not practice with them. "He will be active and we'll be keeping him in shape. He has a history of overcoming odds and he has done that in the past," Edwards said. He went on to note Holmes has not played in a long time, which they have to keep in mind, and they are going to protect him. "He understands that and everyone's pulling for him, and hopefully he has an opportunity to go," Edwards said.

RB | Jerious Norwood | Atlanta Falcons | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
J. Michael Moore, of AtlantaFalcons.com, reports Atlanta Falcons RB Jerious Norwood has seen a lot more action during the first two days of training camp while RB Warrick Dunn (back) is out of action. Norwood is welcoming the chance for more touches but realizes the team needs more than one back to be successful. He's still relying on Dunn to help him with guidance. Head coach Bobby Petrino has been excited with Norwood, saying he's able to make some big plays for the team and is a very good receiver out of the backfield.

RB | Carnell Williams | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden said one of the reasons RB Carnell Williams struggled last season was because the team did not throw the football well. "I think the better we throw the ball the better we're going to run it," Gruden said. Gruden went on to add that all of the great backs in the league are used in the passing game, which is something the team wants to work Williams into. "I think he made a great stride last year in improving that. He caught 30 passes or so and we're hoping to get him a little bit more than that this year," Gruden noted.

RB | Laurence Maroney | New England Patriots | Injury News
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots RB Laurence Maroney (shoulder) practiced with a red, non-contact jersey Friday, July 27.

RB | Brandon Jacobs | New York Giants | Fantasy
Paul Schwartz, of the New York Post, reports New York Giants RB Brandon Jacobs will see a heavy workload during training camp. In past years, the team limited the work RB Tiki Barber would receive because they didn't want to wear him out. However, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride noted Jacobs will see more work because he needs to.

RB | Warrick Dunn | Atlanta Falcons | Injury News, Fantasy
Steve Wyche, of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports Atlanta Falcons RB Warrick Dunn (back) said he is feeling pretty good following surgery on a herniated disc in his back. "I'm moving around, stretching, lifting weights. I'll be ready," Dunn said. Dunn said he is not going to miss any time.

RB | Marshawn Lynch | Buffalo Bills | Transaction
The Associated Press reports the Buffalo Bills have agreed to terms on a five-year contract with RB Marshawn Lynch. The deal is worth nearly $19 million, according to his agent Doug Hendrickson. Lynch will earn $10.285 million in guaranteed money including bonuses, and the entire contract is worth $18.935 million. He is expected to be at practice Friday, July 27.

RB | Adrian L. Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports negotiations between the Minnesota Vikings and rookie RB Adrian L. Peterson were ongoing Thursday, July 26, but not to the point of completion. He will likely not be at the team's start of training camp as a result.

RB | Reuben Droughns | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports New York Giants RB Reuben Droughns is expected to split the running load now that RB Tiki Barber has retired.

RB | Larry Johnson | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Updating an ongoing storyline, Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports Kansas City Chiefs RB Larry Johnson will not report to training camp for the Chiefs when it opens Friday, July 27. He will not participate until he receives a new contract.

RB | Brian Leonard | St. Louis Rams | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams rookie RB Brian Leonard is expected to be the team's top backup behind RB Steven Jackson. He is expected to be a core player on special teams, spell Jackson and be involved in third-down packages. He may also do some blocking at fullback.


Wide Receiver

WR | Terrell Owens | Dallas Cowboys | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Nick Eatman, of DallasCowboys.com, reports Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips said WR Terrell Owens will be used at flanker, split end and slot receiver positions during the season.

WR | Sidney Rice | Minnesota Vikings | Transaction
Sean Jensen, of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms with second-round draft choice WR Sidney Rice on a four-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed. Rice said he will be on the practice field Saturday, July 28.

WR | Calvin Johnson | Detroit Lions | Transaction
Jason Cole, of Yahoo! Sports, reports the contract that Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson wants may be mathematically impossible. Johnson wants $30 million in guaranteed money, but according to an NFLPA source, he is only eligible for $27.1 million in guaranteed money because the team has already signed its other draft picks.

WR | Ted Ginn Jr. | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Jeff Darlington, of the Miami Herald, reports Miami Dolphins head coach Cam Cameron seemed optimistic rookie WR Ted Ginn Jr. wouldn't be too far behind despite missing three days of rookie training camp. Cameron has said Ginn will be groomed as the team's kick returner while later being developed as a wide receiver.

WR | Randy Moss | New England Patriots | Fantasy
Howard Ulman, of the Associated Press, reports New England Patriots WR Randy Moss took part in the first day of training camp with the Patriots. "I'm glad to be here," Moss said. "I'm happy to get a start at something that I'm hoping will pay off at the end of the year."

WR | Keenan McCardell | Houston Texans | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
HoustonTexans.com reports Houston Texans WR Keenan McCardell may eventually crack the starting lineup as the team's No. 2 receiver. McCardell was present for the team's first day of practice but has not had time to absorb the playbook.

WR | Plaxico Burress | New York Giants | Injury News, Fantasy
Paul Schwartz, of the New York Post, reports New York Giants WR Plaxico Burress (ankle) may be limited to working out just once a day.

WR | Darrell Jackson | San Francisco 49ers | Injury News, Fantasy
Dennis Georgatos, of the San Jose Mercury News, reports the San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan said WR Darrell Jackson (toe) is expected to be ready to participate in the start of training camp.

WR | Anthony Gonzalez | Indianapolis Colts | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Indianapolis Colts rookie WR Anthony Gonzalez is expected to serve as the team's No. 3 receiver this season.

WR | Rod Smith | Denver Broncos | Injury News
Lee Rasizer, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports Denver Broncos WR Rod Smith (hip) will likely be placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

WR | Brandon Marshall | Denver Broncos | Depth Chart Tidbit
Mike Klis, of the Denver Post, reports Denver Broncos WR Brandon Marshall is a candidate for the starting wide receiver job opposite WR Javon Walker.


Tight End

TE | Kellen Winslow Jr. | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Fantasy
Zac Jackson, of ClevelandBrowns.com, reports Cleveland Browns TE Kellen Winslow Jr. (knee) passed a physical Friday, July 27, and was cleared to practice. Head coach Romeo Crennel said Winslow has made good progress and "looks pretty decent." He noted the team will pay close attention to how his knee is coming along though and keep in mind that he has been recovering from an injury.

TE | L.J. Smith | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News, Fantasy
John Clayton, of PhiladelphiaEagles.com, reports Philadelphia Eagles TE L.J. Smith (hernia) will be held out of contact drills when training camp begins. He is a little bit ahead of schedule in his recovery but the team isn't sure when he will return to contact drills.

TE | Zach Miller | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Steve Corkran, of the San Jose Mercury News, reports Oakland Raiders rookie TE Zach Miller remains unsigned. Negotiations remain ongoing.

TE | Owen Daniels | Houston Texans | Injury News, Fantasy
Houston Texans TE Owen Daniels said his previous shoulder injury is a thing of the past. "I'm healthy now and ready to go," Daniels said Thursday, July 26.


Place Kicker

PK | Justin Medlock | Kansas City Chiefs | Transaction
The Kansas City Chiefs have announced they have agreed to terms with fifth-round draft choice PK Justin Medlock on a three-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

PK | Lawrence Tynes | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit
Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports New York Giants PK Lawrence Tynes is competing for the team's kicking duties during training camp.

PK | Josh Huston | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit
Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports New York Giants rookie PK Josh Huston is competing for the team's kicking duties during training camp.

PK | Nick Folk | Dallas Cowboys | Transaction
The Dallas Cowboys have announced they have signed sixth-round draft pick PK Nick Folk. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

PK | Mason Crosby | Green Bay Packers | Transaction
The Green Bay Packers have announced they have signed sixth-round draft choice PK Mason Crosby. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.


Defensive Line

DL | Justin Harrell | Green Bay Packers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Mike Spofford, of Packers.com, reports Green Bay Packers rookie DT Justin Harrell will enter training camp, provided he has signed his initial contract, as a starter at defensive tackle.

DL | John McCargo | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit
Chris Brown, of BuffaloBills.com, reports Buffalo Bills DT John McCargo worked with the first-team defense during portions of afternoon practice Friday, July 27.

DL | Simeon Rice | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Detroit Lions head coach Rod Marinelli said the team isn't ruling out pursuing unrestricted free-agent DE Simeon Rice (Buccaneers) but noted he is not a high priority for the team.

DL | Shaun Rogers | Detroit Lions | Injury News
Detroit Lions DT Shaun Rogers (shoulder, knee) remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list and did not practice Friday, July 27.

DL | Michael Strahan | New York Giants | Injury News, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Paul Schwartz, of the New York Post, reports there are rumblings New York Giants DE Michael Strahan (foot) is considering a holdout. He is looking for more than the $4 million salary he is slated for this year but the team is not interested in giving him more money.

DL | Osi Umenyiora | New York Giants | Injury News, Fantasy
Paul Schwartz, of the New York Post, reports New York Giants DE Osi Umenyiora (hip) may be limited to working out just once a day.

DL | Erasmus James | Minnesota Vikings | Injury News, Transaction
Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings DE Erasmus James (knee) has been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

DL | Justin Tuck | New York Giants | Injury News
Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports New York Giants DE Justin Tuck (foot) will be restricted to working out just one practice a day during training camp.

DL | Jamaal Anderson | Atlanta Falcons | Transaction
Updating a previous report, the Atlanta Falcons have announced they have officially signed first-round draft choice DE Jamaal Anderson to a four-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

DL | Alan Branch | Arizona Cardinals | Transaction
Updating a previous item, the Arizona Cardinals have announced that they have agreed to terms with DT Alan Branch on a four-year contract. Financials terms of the deal were not disclosed.

DL | Richard Seymour | New England Patriots | Injury News, Transaction, Fantasy
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots DL Richard Seymour (knee) has been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

DL | Brodrick Bunkley | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit
John Nalbone, of the Trenton Times, reports Philadelphia Eagles DT Brodrick Bunkley is expected to start at defensive tackle next to DT Mike Patterson to begin the season.


Linebacker

LB | Paul Posluszny | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit
Chris Brown, of BuffaloBills.com, reports Buffalo Bills LB Paul Posluszny worked with the first-team defense during portions of afternoon practice Friday, July 27.

LB | Lawrence Timmons | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Scott Brown, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reports Pittsburgh Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons (groin) did not participate in afternoon practice Thursday, July 26.

LB | Shantee Orr | Houston Texans | Depth Chart Tidbit
HoustonTexans.com reports Houston Texans LB Shantee Orr is currently working as the starter at strongside linebacker.

LB | Charlie Anderson | Houston Texans | Depth Chart Tidbit
HoustonTexans.com reports Houston Texans LB Charlie Anderson is in the running for the strongside linebacker position.

LB | Danny Clark | Houston Texans | Depth Chart Tidbit
HoustonTexans.com reports Houston Texans LB Danny Clark is in the running for the strongside linebacker position.

LB | Shawn Barber | Houston Texans | Depth Chart Tidbit
HoustonTexans.com reports Houston Texans LB Shawn Barber is in the running for the strongside linebacker position.

LB | Mathias Kiwanuka | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit
Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports New York Giants LB Mathias Kiwanuka may move back to defensive end if DE Michael Strahan retires.

LB | Gerris Wilkinson | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit
Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports New York Giants LB Gerris Wilkinson may split time with LB Kawika Mitchell at weakside linebacker this season.

LB | Kawika Mitchell | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit
Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports New York Giants LB Kawika Mitchell may split time with LB Gerris Wilkinson at weakside linebacker this season.


Cornerback

CB | Gary Baxter | Cleveland Browns | Injury News
Zac Jackson, of ClevelandBrowns.com, reports Cleveland Browns CB Gary Baxter (knees) probably could have passed a physical Friday, July 27. However, the team will leave him on the PUP for a few more days and then he could be activated to begin practicing.

CB | Aaron Ross | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit
Arthur Staple, of the New York Newsday, reports New York Giants CB Aaron Ross, who was drafted by the team in the first round, is not looking to become a starter immediately. He said his goal is to learn behind CBs R.W. McQuarters and Sam Madison.

CB | Chad Scott | New England Patriots | Injury News
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots CB Chad Scott (knee) landed awkwardly in a passing drill Friday, July 27, and was forced to leave practice. He did not return to practice.

CB | Johnathan Joseph | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com, reports Cincinnati Bengals CB Johnathan Joseph (foot) will likely miss a week or two of practices because of a foot injury.

CB | DeMario Minter | Cleveland Browns | Injury News
Zac Jackson, of ClevelandBrowns.com, reports Cleveland Browns CB DeMario Minter (foot) did not participate in practice Friday, July 27, because of a foot injury.

CB | Eric Wright | Cleveland Browns | Transaction
Zac Jackson, of ClevelandBrowns.com, reports the Cleveland Browns have agreed to terms with CB Eric Wright. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. He expected to be signed and present when full-squad training camp opens Friday, July 27.

CB | David Barrett | New York Jets | Depth Chart Tidbit
Tom Rock, of Newsday, reports New York Jets CB David Barrett is a candidate to start at right cornerback.

CB | Justin Miller | New York Jets | Depth Chart Tidbit
Tom Rock, of Newsday, reports New York Jets CB Justin Miller is a candidate to start at right cornerback.

CB | Darrelle Revis | New York Jets | Depth Chart Tidbit
Tom Rock, of Newsday, reports New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis is a candidate to start at right cornerback.


Strong Safety

SS | Sabby Piscitelli | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Joanne Korth, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers SS Sabby Piscitelli is a candidate to start at one of the safety positions.

SS | Tanard Jackson | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Joanne Korth, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers SS Tanard Jackson is a candidate to start at one of the safety positions.

SS | Jermaine Phillips | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Joanne Korth, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers SS Jermaine Phillips is a candidate to start at one of the safety positions.

SS | Troy Polamalu | Pittsburgh Steelers | Transaction
The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced they have signed SS Troy Polamalu to a four-year contract extension. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Free Safety

FS | Brandon Meriweather | New England Patriots | Transaction
ESPNews reports the New England Patriots have signed first-round draft choice FS Brandon Meriweather to a five-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

FS | Will Allen | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Joanne Korth, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers FS Will Allen is a candidate to start at one of the safety positions.

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