NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on February 8, 2008 @ 07:15:04 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Kurt Warner | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Mike Tulumello, of the East Valley Tribune, reports Arizona Cardinals QB Kurt Warner's agent would like the Cardinals to award a $500,000 bonus that Warner just missed statistically in the 2007 season. Warner's contract called for him to get a series of $500,000 bonuses, up to $1.5 million. He had four categories to reach, and he was successful on two of them, for $1 million. Warner came just short of the other two categories: finishing in the NFL's top 10 in passing yards and finishing with a passer rating of 90.0. He finished with a passer rating of 89.9. Cardinals general manager Rod Graves said he does not want to set a precedent by awarding Warner the $500,000.

QB | Jake Delhomme | Carolina Panthers | Injury News, Fantasy
Pat Yasinskas, of ESPN.com, reports Carolina Panthers QB Jake Delhomme (elbow) threw a football for the first time Monday, Feb. 4, since his Tommy John elbow surgery. Delhomme also threw Tuesday, Feb. 5, and Thursday, Feb. 7. So far, he has been limited to 20 passes with a Nerf ball each day at a distance of 10 yards. "It feels great, no pain at all," Delhomme said. "I'd like to do more than 20, but they're not going to let me win that battle. We'll keep doing this and, hopefully, go to a big ball out on the field in about a month or so." The team and Delhomme have not set a date for his full return to activity, but he hopes to be ready for training camp.

QB | Matt Leinart | Arizona Cardinals | Injury News, Fantasy
Kent Somers, of the Arizona Republic, reports Arizona Cardinals QB Matt Leinart (knee) is having no problem with either of his knees, according to a handful of sources. There was a report last week that Leinart was going to visit an orthopedist about a knee problem.


Running Back

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Mike McAllister, of ESPN.com, reports Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson predicts he will rush for 2,000 yards in the upcoming 2008 season. "Oh, yeah, I set my bar high," he said this week, one of just four rookies (Patrick Willis, Joe Thomas and Nick Folk are the others) appearing in the Pro Bowl. "That's definitely where I'd like to start."

RB | Warrick Dunn | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Steve Wyche, of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports Atlanta Falcons RB Warrick Dunn's future with the team could be unsettled.


Wide Receiver

WR | Larry Fitzgerald | Arizona Cardinals | Transaction, Fantasy
Darren Urban, of AZCardinals.com, reports the Arizona Cardinals offered a contract extension to WR Larry Fitzgerald Friday, Feb. 8, in an effort to lower Fitzgerald's big salary cap figure in 2008. Fitzgerald's salary is scheduled to be $14.6 million this season, with a cap number around $16 million. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

WR | Chad Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Transaction
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh believes his teammate WR Chad Johnson will return to the team next season despite Johnson's recent demands to be traded. "I think he will be back," Houshmandzadeh said. "It's a tough situation. I know how he feels. You know how he feels. I know him even more."

WR | T.J. Houshmandzadeh | Cincinnati Bengals | Transaction
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh believes his teammate WR Chad Johnson will return to the team next season despite Johnson's recent demands to be traded. "I think he will be back," Houshmandzadeh said. "It's a tough situation. I know how he feels. You know how he feels. I know him even more."

WR | Randy Moss | New England Patriots | Free Agency News, Fantasy
Shalise Manza Young, of the Providence Journal, reports New England Patriots WR Randy Moss could be a free agent this offseason. The Patriots could franchise tag him at a guaranteed $7.848 million.


Tight End

TE | Kellen Winslow | Cleveland Browns | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Cleveland Browns TE Kellen Winslow (knee) said Friday, Feb. 8, that he will seek a second opinion on his right knee. Winslow's right knee may require surgery for the fourth time.

TE | L.J. Smith | Philadelphia Eagles | Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Eagles placed the franchise tag on TE L.J. Smith Thursday, Feb. 7. Smith was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on Feb. 29. If Smith were to receive a contract offer from another team, the Eagles would have seven days to match that offer. If the Eagles choose not to match the offer, then they would receive two first-round draft choices as compensation. If Smith re-signs with the Eagles, he would receive a one-year contract equivalent to the average of the top five highest paid players at his position in the league.


Defensive Line

DL | Rien Long | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Paul Kuharsky, of the Tennessean, reports free agent DT Rien Long (Titans) was released from the hospital Monday, Feb. 4, according to a hospital official. Long was in critical condition after a one-car accident Jan. 21. Spokesman Don Aaron said Long was interviewed by police this week. "The crash report will cite reckless driving, with speed as a component, as the contributing factor to the accident. Long said he had not been drinking and there was no evidence detected of alcohol involvement. He was checking the performance of his vehicle and it got away from him," Aaron said. No ticket will be issued because it was a one-car accident and no parties outside the vehicle were injured.

DL | Osi Umenyiora | New York Giants | Injury News
Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Giants DL Osi Umenyiora (illness) may miss the 2008 Pro Bowl because of a bad flu. Umenyiora missed the NFC team meeting Thursday, Feb.7, and might be sent home. If he is unable to play, New York Giants DL Michael Strahan would be his replacement.

DL | Chris Kelsay | Buffalo Bills | Injury News
Chris Brown, of BuffaloBills.com, reports Buffalo Bills DL Chris Kelsay (ankle) is recovering from surgery on his ankle. Kelsay had surgery four days following the 2007 season to repair torn tendons in his ankle. He has spent the last two weeks in an immobilizer boot and insists he is pain free and already has some limited range of motion.


Linebacker

LB | Calvin Pace | Arizona Cardinals | Free Agency News
Darren Urban, of AZCardinals.com, reports Arizona Cardinals LB Calvin Pace is likely to become a free-agent. The team expected Pace to test the free-agent market at the end of the 2007 season.

LB | Brian Urlacher | Chicago Bears | Injury News
David Haugh, of the Chicago Tribune, reports Chicago Bears LB Brian Urlacher (neck) underwent neck surgery to fix a problem detected during Urlacher's postseason physical. A person familiar with the surgery said the problem is believed to be affecting the cervical curve of his spine. However, the injury is not considered to be serious and Urlacher is expected to be fully healed before training camp.

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