NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on July 25, 2008 @ 14:06:58 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Chad Henne | Miami Dolphins | Transaction
Edgar Thompson, of The Palm Beach Post, reports Miami Dolphins QB Chad Henne has not yet signed with the team but his agent, Justin Schulman, said he expects Henne in training camp.

QB | Peyton Manning | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
The Associated Press reports the Indianapolis Colts opened their first training camp practice without QB Peyton Manning (knee) for the first time since 1998.

QB | Chad Pennington | New York Jets | Injury News
The Associated Press reports New York Jets QB Chad Pennington (ankle) worked with the first team during the morning practice Thursday, July 24. Pennington has worked on his mechanics while trying to increase his velocity. He said he is trying to become a "full-bodied thrower."

QB | Brett Favre | Retired | Fantasy
Jason Wilde, of the Wisconsin State Journal, reports two NFL sources said Wednesday, July 23, Green Bay Packers retired QB Brett Favre sent text messages back-and-forth with Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. This is in addition to alleged cell-phone records of calls between the parties. The Packers have accused the Vikings of tampering with Favre. A league source confirmed Favre was using a Packers-issued cell phone in alleged communication with Childress and Bevell. Text messages would also help the Packers prove their case.

QB | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports now that the New Orleans Saints have given WR Marques Colston a three-year contract extension, it means the club's corps of offensive weapons - QB Drew Brees, RB Reggie Bush, Colston and recently acquired TE Jeremy Shockey - are all under contract through 2011.


Running Back

RB | LaMont Jordan | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports the New England Patriots could be interested in signing free-agent RB LaMont Jordan (Raiders).

RB | Steven Jackson | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson is officially a holdout after not reporting for the start of training camp. The team was in negotiations with his agent, Eugene Parker, Thursday, July 24. They hope to have him in camp sooner rather than later.

RB | Rashard Mendenhall | Pittsburgh Steelers | Transaction
Updating previous reports, Jerry DiPaola, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reports the Pittsburgh Steelers signed RB Rashard Mendenhall to a five-year, $12.5 million contract Friday, July 25.

RB | Kenny Irons | Free Agent | Injury News, Transaction
The Cincinnati Bengals announced Friday, July 25, that they have waived RB Kenny Irons (knee). Irons failed the team physical earlier this week.

RB | Kevin Smith | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions head coach Rod Marinelli stated rookie RB Kevin Smith has some high goals for himself and needs to put it on tape. "My first impression is that he's in shape. He's a guy that's hard, he works out; it means everything to him. This guy just loves and is consumed with this game. He'll work, he studies and he stays on things," Marinelli said of his rookie runner.

RB | Tatum Bell | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions head coach Rod Marinelli stated RB Tatum Bell has a great opportunity with the Lions this year. "He's in tremendous shape. He's lean and he's fast. He's really got great speed. We just have to be smart with him and work. We're counting on him," Marinelli said. He added that he really respected how Bell handled the 2007 season and noted Bell is now in the running system he was in with the Denver Broncos. Bell, as reported, is competing for the No. 1 tailback duties.

RB | Kevin Jones | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Adam Rank, of NFL.com, reports Chicago Bears RB Kevin Jones (knee) is expected to compete with RB Matt Forte for carries.

RB | Matt Forte | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Adam Rank, of NFL.com, reports Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte is expected to compete with RB Kevin Jones (knee) for carries.

RB | Ryan Grant | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Jason Wilde, of the Wisconsin State Journal, reports the Green Bay Packers and RB Ryan Grant's agent, Alan Herman, continue to discuss a long-term deal. Conversations became serious late last week, according to Herman. If a deal isn't in place before the first training camp practice, Grant is committed to not reporting.

RB | Ronnie Brown | Miami Dolphins | Injury News, Fantasy
Omar Kelly, of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, reports Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano said on WQAM that the team will "sprinkle" RB Ronnie Brown (knee) into contact work during training camp.


Wide Receiver

WR | Terry Glenn | Free Agent | Injury News, Transaction
Rick Herrin, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, reports the Dallas Cowboys waived WR Terry Glenn (knee) Friday, July 25.

WR | Plaxico Burress | New York Giants | Injury News
Tom Rock, of New York Newsday, reports New York Giants WR Plaxico Burress (ankle) sat out the team's morning practice Friday, July 25. Head coach Tom Coughlin said Burress was having issues with his ankle.

WR | Devin Hester | Chicago Bears | Injury News, Fantasy
Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports Chicago Bears WR Devin Hester (hamstring) has been placed on the non-football injury list because he has a hamstring injury and failed his physical with the team. He is able to come off the list and return to practice when he passes a physical.

WR | Jerry Porter | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News
The Associated Press reports the Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to place WR Jerry Porter (hamstring) on the physically unable to perform list.

WR | Reggie Williams | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Jacksonville Jaguars WR Reggie Williams (knee) sprained his right knee and will miss at least the first few days of training camp.

WR | Donnie Avery | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
Continuing an ongoing storyline, Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams rookie WR Donnie Avery, a second-round draft choice, remains unsigned. The team worked into the early hours Friday, July 25, on a deal for him. It appears his deal will be in place soon.

WR | Lee Evans | Buffalo Bills | Free Agency News
The Associated Press reports Buffalo Bills WR Lee Evans is hopeful that he will receive a long-term deal. Evans said the process is moving in the right direction. Unless he receives a new deal, Evans is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract, which would make him a free agent at the end of the season. The Bills could place the franchise tag on Evans but that is considered a last resort.

WR | Marvin Harrison | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Indianapolis Colts WR Marvin Harrison (knee) practiced with the team Friday, July 25.

WR | Javon Walker | Oakland Raiders | Injury News
Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers, reports Oakland Raiders WR Javon Walker (knee) would not go into details about his incident in Las Vegas, but appeared none the worse for wear. Walker's face was unmarked, indicating police reports which included a broken orbital bone and a fractured jaw were incorrect. "Everybody just go into speculations of what they heard and what they think they know. ...when I get ready to come out and tell what really happened, I'll clear it up then," Walker said.

WR | Chad Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals WR Chad Johnson (ankle) will be limited early in training camp.

WR | Devin Thomas | Washington Redskins | Injury News, Fantasy
Updating ongoing reports, Cindy Boren, of the Washington Post, reports Washington Redskins rookie WR Devin Thomas (hamstring) will miss 10-14 days due to a hamstring injury suffered Thursday, July 24.

WR | James Hardy | Buffalo Bills | Transaction, Fantasy
Mark Gaughan, of the Buffalo News, reports the Buffalo Bills have reached a contract agreement with rookie WR James Hardy, a second-round draft pick. While financial terms were not disclosed, it is expected the deal will average a bit more than $1 million a year over four years.

WR | Chris Henry | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports free-agent WR Chris Henry (Bengals) met with National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell and is looking to have his suspension overturned.

WR | Ronald Curry | Oakland Raiders | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Oakland Raiders WR Ronald Curry (foot) will be limited to one practice a day during training camp because of a foot injury.

WR | Brandon Marshall | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Mike Klis, of The Denver Post, reports Denver Broncos WR Brandon Marshall met with league commissioner Roger Goodell about his off-field troubles. In the next week, Goodell is expected to make a decision on whether he will suspend Marshall, and if so, for how long. Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan said recently he does not think Marshall should be suspended.

WR | Marques Colston | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports now that the New Orleans Saints have given WR Marques Colston a three-year contract extension, it means the club's corps of offensive weapons - QB Drew Brees, RB Reggie Bush, Colston and recently acquired TE Jeremy Shockey - are all under contract through 2011.


Tight End

TE | Antonio Gates | San Diego Chargers | Injury News, Fantasy
The San Diego Chargers have placed TE Antonio Gates (toe) on their active physically unable to perform list. He is eligible to return once he is able to pass a physical.

TE | Chris Baker | New York Jets | Injury News
The Associated Press reports New York Jets TE Chris Baker (back) said the Jets and his agent are in discussions about a contract. Baker, who asked for a trade in the offseason, said he wants to play for the Jets. He had career highs with 41 catches and 409 yards last season.

TE | Martellus Bennett | Dallas Cowboys | Transaction
Todd Archer, of The Dallas Morning News, reports the Dallas Cowboys agreed to terms with TE Martellus Bennett on a four-year deal Thursday, July 24. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

TE | Jeremy Shockey | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports now that the New Orleans Saints have given WR Marques Colston a three-year contract extension, it means the club's corps of offensive weapons - QB Drew Brees, RB Reggie Bush, Colston and recently acquired TE Jeremy Shockey - are all under contract through 2011.


Defensive Line

DL | Quentin Groves | Jacksonville Jaguars | Transaction
The Associated Press reports the Jacksonville Jaguars signed DL Quentin Groves to a four-year, $3.3 million deal Friday, July 25. Groves received a $1.355 million signing bonus. He is expected to be at the team's first training camp practice.

DL | Phillip Merling | Miami Dolphins | Transaction
Edgar Thompson, of The Palm Beach Post, reports the Miami Dolphins signed DL Phillip Merling to a four-year deal Friday, July 25. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

DL | Dwight Freeney | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Indianapolis Colts DL Dwight Freeney (foot) was missing from the opening training camp practice because of a foot injury.

DL | Pat Williams | Minnesota Vikings | Injury News
Chip Scoggins, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings DL Pat Williams (elbow) participated in individual drills but did not participate in team drills Friday, July 25. Williams is recovering from offseason elbow surgery and said the team wants to ease him back into action. He was wearing a large brace on his arm but did not appear to have problems during drills.

DL | Lawrence Jackson | Seattle Seahawks | Transaction
Eric Williams, of The News Tribune, reports the Seattle Seahawks signed DL Lawrence Jackson to a five-year, $11.25 million deal with a $6.1 million signing bonus, according to The Associated Press.

DL | Adam Carriker | St. Louis Rams | Injury News
Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams DL Adam Carriker (shoulder) has been cleared for full contact at the outset of training camp.

DL | Tommy Kelly | Oakland Raiders | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Oakland Raiders DL Tommy Kelly (knee) will be limited to one practice a day during training camp because of a knee injury.

DL | Kentwan Balmer | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction
The Associated Press reports the San Francisco 49ers signed first-round draft pick DL Kentwan Balmer to a five-year deal Thursday, July 24. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

DL | Osi Umenyiora | New York Giants | Injury News
The Associated Press reports New York Giants DL Osi Umenyiora (hip) will be limited to one practice a day at training camp because of a hip injury.

DL | Chris Ellis | Buffalo Bills | Transaction
The Associated Press reports the Buffalo Bills signed third-round draft pick DL Chris Ellis Thursday, July 24. Ellis is expected to compete for a backup spot. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Linebacker

LB | Vernon Gholston | New York Jets | Transaction
New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum announced Friday, July 25, that the team signed LB Vernon Gholston. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

LB | Keith Rivers | Cincinnati Bengals | Transaction
Mark Curnutte, of The Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals LB Keith Rivers has not signed with the team yet.

LB | Jordon Dizon | Detroit Lions | Transaction
The Detroit Lions announced Friday, July 25, that the team signed second-round draft pick LB Jordon Dizon to a four-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

LB | Tyjuan Hagler | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Indianapolis Colts LB Tyjuan Hagler (pectoral) was missing from the opening training camp practice because of a pectoral injury.

LB | Ernie Sims | Detroit Lions | Injury News
Detroit Lions head coach Rod Marinelli stated LB Ernie Sims (shoulder) is feeling "really good." The team is going to test him out and work him into the mix during training camp. Marinelli noted the team is being smart about Sims' injury.

LB | Mathias Kiwanuka | New York Giants | Injury News
The Associated Press reports New York Giants LB Mathias Kiwanuka (ankle) will be limited to one practice a day at training camp because of an ankle injury.

LB | Bo Ruud | New England Patriots | Injury News
Glen Farley, of The Patriot Ledger, reports the New England Patriots placed LB Bo Ruud (undisclosed) on the physically unable to perform list Thursday, July 24.

LB | Mike Vrabel | New England Patriots | Injury News
Jimmy Golen, of The Associated Press, reports the New England Patriots placed LB Mike Vrabel (undisclosed) on the physically unable to perform list Thursday, July 24.

LB | Jerod Mayo | New England Patriots | Transaction
Jimmy Golen, of The Associated Press, reports the New England Patriots signed LB Jerod Mayo Thursday, July 24. Mayo is expected to be with the team for their evening practice. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Cornerback

CB | Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie | Arizona Cardinals | Depth Chart Tidbit
Darren Urban, of AZCardinals.com, reports the Arizona Cardinals rookie CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is not expected to take over as a starting cornerback during his rookie season. The two starting jobs are owned by CBs Roderick Hood and Eric Green. Green, however, is in the final year of his contract. If Green departs following 2008, it could open the door for Rodgers-Cromartie to step into a starting role.

CB | Leigh Bodden | Detroit Lions | Transaction
The Detroit Lions announced Friday, July 25, that the team signed CB Leigh Bodden to a contract extension with club options that could extend the contract to 2013. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

CB | Nnamdi Asomugha | Oakland Raiders | Transaction
The Associated Press reports Oakland Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha signed his $9.765 million franchise player tender offer Thursday, July 24, and joined the team for their first training camp practice. Head coach Lane Kiffin said Asomugha looked great.

CB | Sam Madison | New York Giants | Injury News
The Associated Press reports New York Giants CB Sam Madison (hernia) will be limited to one practice a day at training camp because of a hernia.

CB | Leodis McKelvin | Buffalo Bills | Transaction
The Associated Press reports Buffalo Bills first-round pick CB Leodis McKelvin has not signed with the team.


Strong Safety

SS | Rodney Harrison | New England Patriots | Injury News
Shalise Manza Young, of The Providence Journal, reports New England Patriots SS Rodney Harrison (undisclosed) was placed on the physically unable to perform list.


Free Safety

FS | Bob Sanders | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Indianapolis Colts FS Bob Sanders (shoulder) was missing from the opening training camp practice because of a shoulder injury.

FS | Daniel Bullocks | Detroit Lions | Injury News, Transaction
The Detroit Lions have placed S Daniel Bullocks (knee) on the active physically unable to perform list.

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