NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on July 23, 2008 @ 14:38:46 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Donovan McNabb | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News
Sal Paolantonio, of ESPN.com, reports Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb (shoulder) has missed 15 starts in the last three seasons because of numerous injuries. Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder put McNabb on an intense workout program that includes stretching and rest. Head coach Andy Reid will have McNabb on a throw count throughout summer. McNabb is 17-16 in 33 regular-season starts since Super Bowl XXXIX.

QB | John David Booty | Minnesota Vikings | Transaction
The Sports Network reports the Minnesota Vikings signed QB John David Booty Wednesday, July 23. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

QB | Todd Collins | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Clark Judge, of CBSSports.com, reports Washington Redskins QB Todd Collins is the team's backup quarterback and has virtually no chance of taking the starting duties away from QB Jason Campbell. Head coach Jim Zorn said that Collins will remain the backup even if he outplays Campbell during training camp and the preseason.

QB | Kurt Warner | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Mike Tulumello, of the East Valley Tribune, reports Arizona Cardinals QB Kurt Warner is unlikely to receive a contract extension before the start of training camp, according to Warner's agent.

QB | Chris Simms | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Rick Stroud, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers asked QB Chris Simms how he thinks retired QB Brett Favre would handle the team's offense. "He asked me questions about Brett Favre," Simms said. "He asked if I felt Brett would be able to come back and be good here if he didn't have a lot of reps in training camp. I said I thought he would but there would have to be some compromise with coach (Jon) Gruden."

QB | Peyton Manning | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy is positive QB Peyton Manning (knee) will be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. He also believes Manning may play during the preseason. Manning had surgery a week ago to repair an infected bursa sack and it was believed he would need four to six weeks to recover.

QB | Jeff Garcia | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Jim Flynn, of PewterReport.com, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jeff Garcia has been excused from the first two days of training camp. General manager Bruce Allen said, "He's going to be at his father's 35th-year anniversary reunion for his junior college championship, so he'll miss the first two days."

QB | Jon Kitna | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Mike O'Hara, of The Detroit News, reports Detroit Lions QB Jon Kitna is entrenched as the team's starting quarterback entering 2008.

QB | Kyle Boller | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens QB Kyle Boller went 4-for-4 passing during the team's red-zone drills Tuesday, July 22. All four of Boller's completions were short passes.

QB | Troy Smith | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens QB Troy Smith was 1-for-5 passing with three interceptions during the team's red-zone drills Tuesday, July 22. Smith also fumbled one of the snaps.

QB | Jason Campbell | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Gary Fitzgerald, of Redskins.com, reports Washington Redskins head coach Jim Zorn praised QB Jason Campbell for his openness to learn from a new head coach. Zorn said, "He wants to be good, he has real talent, and he is very smart in picking up concepts. Where he wants to improve is playing in a fluid manner and taking command of the line of scrimmage. He really grinds himself when he makes a mistake. I need him to push beyond the mistakes and finish drives in practice and in the games."

QB | Philip Rivers | San Diego Chargers | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (knee) said he is fully recovered from the torn anterior cruciate ligament that required surgery. Rivers said, "I've been going full-go now for over a month. There's nothing I can't do. There are times throughout the day I can't tell which knee I hurt."


Running Back

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Transaction
The Associated Press reports Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson is the only draft pick that has not yet signed with the Titans.

RB | Clinton Portis | Washington Redskins | Injury News
ESPN.com reports Washington Redskins RB Clinton Portis (ankle) is unlikely to participate in the team's preseason opener.

RB | Willie Parker | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News, Fantasy
Scott Brown, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reports Pittsburgh Steelers RB Willie Parker (leg) is expected to be at full speed for the start of the team's training camp, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

RB | Felix Jones | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Calvin Watkins, of the Dallas Morning News, reports the Dallas Cowboys and rookie RB Felix Jones are in the preliminary stages of contract negotiations.

RB | Cadillac Williams | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury News, Fantasy
Jim Flynn, of PewterReport.com, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Cadillac Williams (knee) will undergo a physical Friday, July 25. He will likely be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

RB | Kevin Smith | Detroit Lions | Transaction, Fantasy
Mike O'Hara, of The Detroit News, reports the Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with rookie RB Kevin Smith on a three-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

RB | Kevin Jones | Chicago Bears | Injury News, Fantasy
ESPN's John Clayton reports Chicago Bears RB Kevin Jones (knee) is expected to start training camp on the team's active physically unable to perform list. Jones feels he is ready to participate but the team is going to be careful with him coming off of a knee injury.

RB | Matt Forte | Chicago Bears | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
ESPN's John Clayton reports the starting tailback position for the Chicago Bears is rookie RB Matt Forte's to lose entering training camp.

RB | Steve Slaton | Houston Texans | Transaction
The Houston Texans announced Tuesday, July 22, that the team signed RB Steve Slaton.

RB | Jonathan Stewart | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Steve Reed, of the Gaston Gazette, reports Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said the team's goal is to have rookie RB Jonathan Stewart signed for the start of training camp. He said they have had good discussions with his agent but wasn't ready to say if the team is optimistic or pessimistic about his chances of being in camp on time.

RB | Tatum Bell | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Mike O'Hara, of The Detroit News, reports Detroit Lions RBs Tatum Bell and rookie Kevin Smith will battle in training camp for the top job at tailback. Both have experience in zone-blocking schemes, which should help.

RB | Ray Rice | Baltimore Ravens | Transaction
The Associated Press reports the Baltimore Ravens agreed to terms with RB Ray Rice on a four-year deal Monday, July 21. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

RB | Brian Westbrook | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Reuben Frank, of PhillyBurbs.com, reports Philadelphia Eagles RB Brian Westbrook could be fined up to $14,000 per day if he decides to hold out during the team's training camp. The team could also go after some of his signing bonus, based on the way his contract is written.

RB | Deuce McAllister | New Orleans Saints | Injury News
Stephen K. Lee, of the Shreveport Times, reports New Orleans Saints RB Deuce McAllister (knee) is doing remarkably well in his recovery and expects big things this season. "The thing I want to return to is 2002 and 2003," McAlister said. "That's what I'm shooting for. That's the form I want to be in." McAllister said he doesn't believe in putting a percentage on his recovery, saying instead that he's mentally and physically fine and that he's is able to make cuts on the field during workouts.


Wide Receiver

WR | Donte' Stallworth | Cleveland Browns | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Cleveland Browns WR Donte' Stallworth (hamstring) was held out of the team's first workout Wednesday, July 23, with a hamstring injury.

WR | Devin Hester | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports Chicago Bears WR/KR Devin Hester was a no-show for the start of training camp Wednesday, July 23. Hester is seeking a new contract.

WR | Eric Parker | Free Agent | Transaction
Casey Pearce, of Chargers.com, reports the San Diego Chargers released WR Eric Parker Wednesday, July 23.

WR | Mark Bradley | Chicago Bears | Injury News, Fantasy
Larry Mayer, of ChicagoBears.com, reports Chicago Bears WR Mark Bradley (knee) is expected to be on the field for the team's training camp Wednesday, July 23.

WR | Terry Glenn | Dallas Cowboys | Injury News, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, ESPN.com reports the standoff between the Dallas Cowboys and WR Terry Glenn (knee) reportedly will be resolved before the start of the team's training camp Thursday, July 24, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The team could still release Glenn as well.

WR | Chris Henry | Free Agent | Free Agency News
The Associated Press reports Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is not interested in having free-agent WR Chris Henry (Bengals) rejoin the team. "I don't think it would be productive for our football team" for Henry to play for Cincinnati again, according to Lewis.

WR | Braylon Edwards | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Patrick McManamon, of the Beacon Journal, reports Cleveland Browns WR Braylon Edwards has two years remaining on his contract.

WR | Marvin Harrison | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Mike Chappell, of The Indianapolis Star, reports Indianapolis Colts WR Marvin Harrison (knee) has been cleared to practice, according to head coach Tony Dungy. Harrison has been running and feels good. Dungy stated that the Colts will take a conservative approach with how much work Harrison gets.

WR | Shaun McDonald | Detroit Lions | Injury News, Fantasy
Tom Kowalski, of Mlive.com, reports the Detroit Lions could place WR Shaun McDonald (knee) on their active physically unable to perform list entering training camp.

WR | Mario Urrutia | Cincinnati Bengals | Transaction
The Cincinnati Bengals announced Tuesday, July 22, that the team signed WR Mario Urrutia to a four-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

WR | Justin Harper | Baltimore Ravens | Transaction
The Associated Press reports the Baltimore Ravens agreed to terms with WR Justin Harper on a three-year deal Monday, July 21. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

WR | Plaxico Burress | New York Giants | Fantasy
Mike Garafolo, of The Star-Ledger, reports the New York Giants fined WR Plaxico Burress $43,000 for missing five meetings during the team's minicamp last month, according to a person familiar with the fine. The players union is appealing Burress' fine but it is unclear when the appeal will be heard.

WR | Chad Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Cincinnati Bengals WR Chad Johnson (ankle) said he will report to the team's training camp next weekend on time. However, his injured ankle will most likely keep him from fully participating. Johnson hopes to fix his relationship with the Bengals and the fans after his failed attempt to work a trade.


Tight End

TE | Martin Rucker | Cleveland Browns | Transaction
The Associated Press reports the Cleveland Browns signed fourth-round draft pick TE Martin Rucker to a four-year deal Tuesday, July 22. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

TE | Todd Heap | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens TE Todd Heap reported to the team's training camp Tuesday, July 22, but did not practice.

TE | Dan Campbell | Detroit Lions | Injury News
Tom Kowalski, of Mlive.com, reports the Detroit Lions could place TE Dan Campbell (elbow) on their active physically unable to perform list entering training camp.

TE | Kevin Boss | New York Giants | Fantasy
Paul Schwartz, of the New York Post, reports New York Giants TE Kevin Boss has great size at 6-foot-6 but is a step back in blocking at the tight end position in comparison to former Giants TE Jeremy Shockey. Boss, who has soft hands and runs precise routes, probably will not add the same explosive nature to the Giants' offense that Shockey possessed.

TE | Vernon Davis | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
Daniel Brown, of the San Jose Mercury News, reports San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis looked excellent during offseason minicamps. He ran more inventive routes than he did in previous offenses with the team. Offensive coordinator Mike Martz said he doesn't know anyone else in the league capable of running like Davis does at tight end. However, tight ends traditionally do not have big statistical seasons under Martz.

TE | Jeremy Shockey | New Orleans Saints | Injury News, Fantasy
Mike Triplett, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints TE Jeremy Shockey (leg, ankle) will join the team Tuesday, July 22, and must pass a physical before the trade with the New York Giants becomes official. Shockey, who is recovering from leg and ankle injuries, is expected to be fully recovered by the start of the season.

TE | Eric Johnson | New Orleans Saints | Injury News, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Mike Triplett, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints TE Eric Johnson (ankle) will battle for a roster spot during training camp. The addition of TE Jeremy Shockey has made the Saints tight end position crowded. Johnson has been fighting through a lingering ankle injury during the summer and said he welcomes the competition.

TE | Mark Campbell | New Orleans Saints | Depth Chart Tidbit
Mike Triplett, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints TE Mark Campbell will battle for a roster spot during training camp. The addition of TE Jeremy Shockey has made the Saints tight end position crowded.

TE | Billy Miller | New Orleans Saints | Depth Chart Tidbit
Mike Triplett, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints TE Billy Miller will battle for a roster spot during training camp. The addition of TE Jeremy Shockey has made the Saints tight end position crowded.

TE | Chris Baker | New York Jets | Injury News
Updating a previous report, The Associated Press reports the New York Jets decision to place TE Chris Baker (back) on the Physically Unable to Perform list was not related to his contract dispute, according to a team spokesman. Baker cannot practice with the team, but he can still attend meetings.

TE | Antonio Gates | San Diego Chargers | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (toe) is not sure if he will be able to play in the regular season opener Sept. 7. Gates tested his toe for the third time Monday, July 21, and saw progress compared to his previous two workouts.


Defensive Line

DL | Phillip Daniels | Washington Redskins | Injury News
The Associated Press reports the Washington Redskins placed DL Phillip Daniels (knee) on Injured Reserve Tuesday, July 22.

DL | Trevor Laws | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News
The Philadelphia Eagles announced Tuesday, July 22, that the team placed DL Trevor Laws (foot) on the physically unable to perform list. Head coach Andy Reid said he expects Laws to return in a few days.

DL | Dewayne White | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit
Mike O'Hara, of The Detroit News, reports Detroit Lions DE Dewayne White will remain at right defensive end in 2008.

DL | Adam Carriker | St. Louis Rams | Injury News
Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams DL Adam Carriker (shoulder) will be examined by team doctors Thursday, July 24. Head coach Scott Linehan said, "Carriker, we really believe he's probably going to be cleared (for contact work)."


Linebacker

LB | Caleb Campbell | Detroit Lions | Transaction
The Associated Press reports Detroit Lions LB Caleb Campbell will not be able to participate with the Lions this season because of a change in military policy. U.S. Army Lieutenant Jonathan P. Liba wrote to Lions president Matt Millen saying that Campbell has been ordered to give up professional football for full-time traditional military duties. Campbell may ask to be released from his active duty obligations in May 2010.

LB | Takeo Spikes | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports the Detroit Lions hope to sign free-agent LB Takeo Spikes (Eagles) before the start of training camp Thursday, July 24. Spikes visited the team recently. Head coach Rod Marinelli said Spikes could compete on the strong side and in nickel situations.

LB | Brian Urlacher | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Larry Mayer, of ChicagoBears.com, reports Chicago Bears LB Brian Urlacher (neck) said he feels fine after undergoing offseason neck surgery. He has not felt any negative effects from the surgery and has been cleared to practice in the team's training camp.

LB | Tyjuan Hagler | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Indianapolis Colts LB Tyjuan Hagler (pectoral) is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.

LB | Ernie Sims | Detroit Lions | Injury News
Tom Kowalski, of Mlive.com, reports the Detroit Lions could place LB Ernie Sims (shoulder) on their active physically unable to perform list entering training camp.

LB | Paris Lenon | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit
Mike O'Hara, of The Detroit News, reports Detroit Lions MLB Paris Lenon may be able to move to strong-side linebacker if rookie LB Jordon Dizon is able to handle the job at middle linebacker.

LB | Jordon Dizon | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit
Mike O'Hara, of The Detroit News, reports Detroit Lions MLB Paris Lenon may be able to move to strong-side linebacker if rookie LB Jordon Dizon is able to handle the job at middle linebacker.


Cornerback

CB | Orlando Scandrick | Dallas Cowboys | Transaction
The Associated Press reports the Dallas Cowboys signed fifth-round draft pick CB Orlando Scandrick to a four-year deal Wednesday, July 23, worth around $1.85 million with a signing bonus of $185,000. The Cowboys have five draft picks to sign.

CB | Terrence Wheatley | New England Patriots | Transaction
The Associated Press reports the New England Patriots signed second-round draft pick CB Terrence Wheatley Tuesday, July 22. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

CB | Antwaun Molden | Houston Texans | Transaction
The Houston Texans announced Tuesday, July 22, that the team signed CB Antwaun Molden.

CB | Brian Kelly | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit
Mike O'Hara, of The Detroit News, reports the Detroit Lions will have three new projected starters in the secondary this year, as Leigh Bodden and Brian Kelly take over as the starting cornerbacks while Dwight Smith jumps into one of the safety spots.

CB | Leigh Bodden | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit
Mike O'Hara, of The Detroit News, reports the Detroit Lions will have three new projected starters in the secondary this year, as Leigh Bodden and Brian Kelly take over as the starting cornerbacks while Dwight Smith jumps into one of the safety spots.

CB | Fred Smoot | Washington Redskins | Injury News
David Elfin and Corey Masisak, of The Washington Times, report Washington Redskins CB Fred Smoot (ankle) returned to action Monday, July 21, from a left ankle injury he suffered the day before. His ankle was taped, but it did not appear to bother him.


Strong Safety

SS | Troy Polamalu | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Scott Brown, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reports Pittsburgh Steelers LB Troy Polamalu (knee) is expected to 100 percent healthy for the start of the team's training camp, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

SS | Tyrell Johnson | Minnesota Vikings | Transaction
Judd Zulgad, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings signed SS Tyrell Johnson to a four-year deal for the minimum rookie salary Wednesday, July 23. Johnson will receive a one-time incentive bonus of $600,000 if he is on the field for 35 percent of the defensive snaps this season or 45 percent of the defensive snaps in 2009.


Free Safety

FS | Kenny Phillips | New York Giants | Transaction
The Bergen Record reports the New York Giants have reached an agreement with rookie S Kenny Phillips. The deal is reportedly for five years, but no further details on the contract are available.

FS | Daniel Bullocks | Detroit Lions | Injury News
Tom Kowalski, of Mlive.com, reports the Detroit Lions could place S Daniel Bullocks (knee) on their active physically unable to perform list entering training camp.

FS | Greg Wesley | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Bill Williamson, of ESPN.com, reports the Oakland Raiders agreed to terms with free-agent FS Greg Wesley (Chiefs) Tuesday, July 22, on a one-year deal worth $370,000.

FS | Charles Godfrey | Carolina Panthers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Steve Reed, of the Gaston Gazette, reports Carolina Panthers rookie FS Charles Godfrey has been working with the first-string offense at free safety since the team's rookie minicamp in May. He has impressed with his ability to pick up the defensive scheme.

FS | Dwight Smith | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit
Mike O'Hara, of The Detroit News, reports the Detroit Lions will have three new projected starters in the secondary this year, as Leigh Bodden and Brian Kelly take over as the starting cornerbacks while Dwight Smith jumps into one of the safety spots.

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