NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on August 20, 2008 @ 15:09:25 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Tarvaris Jackson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury News, Fantasy
Chip Scoggins, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said QB Tarvaris Jackson (knee) did some individual work during practice Wednesday, Aug. 20. The team will decide later in the week if Jackson will play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23.

QB | Jeff Garcia | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury News, Fantasy
Jim Flynn, of PewterReport.com, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jeff Garcia (calf) participated in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20. He may play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23.

QB | Peyton Manning | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News, Fantasy
Michael Marot, of The Associated Press, reports Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning (knee) said he hopes to be ready to play Week 1. "As to when I'll be back on the practice field, that's still to be determined. Obviously, the sooner, the better for me. My goal is to be back for the first game," Head coach Tony Dungy said Manning could start practicing next week.

QB | Trent Edwards | Buffalo Bills | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Buffalo Bills QB Trent Edwards (quadriceps) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20. He is not sure if he will be able to play in the team's preseason game Sunday, Aug. 24.

QB | Matt Hasselbeck | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck (back) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20.

QB | Troy Smith | Baltimore Ravens | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Baltimore Ravens QB Troy Smith will start the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23.

QB | Tom Brady | New England Patriots | Injury News, Fantasy
Mike Reiss, of The Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (foot) was present during the media-access portion of practice Wednesday, Aug. 20. He did not appear to be limited in any of his movements.

QB | J.T. O'Sullivan | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
Mike Sando, of ESPN.com, reports San Francisco 49ers QB J.T. O'Sullivan is scheduled to start the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 21.

QB | Kyle Boller | Baltimore Ravens | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Jamison Hensley, of the Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said the team may not know who their starting quarterback is until the week leading up to their regular-season opener. QBs Kyle Boller and Troy Smith have not done anything to separate themselves in the battle while the team has ruled out starting rookie QB Joe Flacco.

QB | Joe Flacco | Baltimore Ravens | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Jamison Hensley, of the Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said the team may not know who their starting quarterback is until the week leading up to their regular-season opener. QBs Kyle Boller and Troy Smith have not done anything to separate themselves in the battle while the team has ruled out starting rookie QB Joe Flacco.

QB | Derek Anderson | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Fantasy
Mary Kay Cabot, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports Cleveland Browns QB Derek Anderson (concussion) has a mild-to-slight concussion. The Browns will likely err on the side of caution and have him sit out of the team's final two preseason games.

QB | Brady Quinn | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Mary Kay Cabot, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports Cleveland Browns QB Brady Quinn is expected to start the team's next preseason game.

QB | J.P. Losman | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Associated Press reports Buffalo Bills backup QB J.P. Losman would take over the No. 1 quarterback duties if QB Trent Edwards (quadriceps) misses any time.


Running Back

RB | Rudi Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Mark Curnutte, of The Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals RB Rudi Johnson (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20.

RB | Ronnie Brown | Miami Dolphins | Injury News, Fantasy
Andy Kent, of MiamiDolphins.com, reports Miami Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown (thumb) missed the team's practice Wednesday, Aug. 20.

RB | Marshawn Lynch | Buffalo Bills | Injury News, Fantasy
Chris Brown, of BuffaloBills.com, reports Buffalo Bills RB Marshawn Lynch (knee) took part in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20. He had just minor swelling in his knee from a collision with QB Trent Edwards (thigh) Tuesday, Aug. 19.

RB | Steven Jackson | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
ESPNews reports St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson will end his holdout and join the team Thursday, Aug. 21.

RB | Jacob Hester | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports the San Diego Chargers have been impressed with the work of RB Jacob Hester in camp. "He's got a knack for running the football," Chargers coach Norv Turner said. "He's a good football player and he brings that energy that you want to the football team." Hester has led the Chargers in both their preseason games with a combined 108 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.

RB | Jamaal Charles | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury News
Adam Teicher, of the Kansas City Star, reports Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (shoulder) did not practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.

RB | Willis McGahee | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News, Fantasy
Jamison Hensley, of the Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens RB Willis McGahee (knee) said he will be ready for the start of the regular season but he doesn't know about playing in any of the remaining preseason games.

RB | Ahman Green | Houston Texans | Injury News, Fantasy
Megan Manfull, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans RB Ahman Green (groin) won't be healthy enough to return to action until the regular season.

RB | Ryan Grant | Green Bay Packers | Injury News, Fantasy
Greg A. Bedard, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers RB Ryan Grant (hamstring) did not practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.

RB | LaMont Jordan | New England Patriots | Injury News
Karen Guregian, of the Boston Herald, reports New England Patriots RB LaMont Jordan (undisclosed) was present during the media access portion of practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.

RB | Ladell Betts | Washington Redskins | Injury News, Fantasy
Jason Reid and Jason La Canfora, both of the Washington Post, report Washington Redskins RB Ladell Betts (knee) took part in practice Monday, Aug. 18, though he did not participate in any team drills.

RB | Ricky Williams | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
ESPNews reports the Miami Dolphins have promoted RB Ricky Williams to the No. 1 spot on the depth chart.


Wide Receiver

WR | Bernard Berrian | Minnesota Vikings | Injury News, Fantasy
Don Seeholzer, of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings WR Bernard Berrian (toe) was limited during practice Wednesday, Aug. 20.

WR | T.J. Houshmandzadeh | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Mark Curnutte, of The Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20.

WR | Chad Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Mark Curnutte, of The Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals WR Chad Johnson (shoulder) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20.

WR | Sidney Rice | Minnesota Vikings | Injury News, Fantasy
Chip Scoggins, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings WR Sidney Rice (illness) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20, because of a stomach virus.

WR | James Hardy | Buffalo Bills | Injury News
Chris Brown, of BuffaloBills.com, reports Buffalo Bills WR James Hardy (hamstring) missed the team's practice Wednesday, Aug. 20.

WR | Roscoe Parrish | Buffalo Bills | Injury News
Chris Brown, of BuffaloBills.com, reports Buffalo Bills WR Roscoe Parrish (knee) missed the team's practice Wednesday, Aug. 20.

WR | Malcolm Kelly | Washington Redskins | Injury News, Fantasy
Gary Fitzgerald, of Redskins.com, reports Washington Redskins WR Malcolm Kelly (knee) participated in individual drills Wednesday, Aug. 20, as well as running routes with the second-team offense. Kelly will be a game-time decision Saturday, Aug. 23.

WR | Plaxico Burress | New York Giants | Injury News, Fantasy
Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports New York Giants WR Plaxico Burress (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Aug. 20.

WR | Mario Manningham | New York Giants | Injury News
Updating a previous report, Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports New York Giants WR Mario Manningham (quadriceps) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20. He is expected to play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23.

WR | Steven Smith | New York Giants | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports New York Giants WR Steven Smith (groin, hamstring) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20. He is expected to play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23.

WR | Amani Toomer | New York Giants | Injury News, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports New York Giants WR Amani Toomer (knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20. He is expected to play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23.

WR | Joey Galloway | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury News, Fantasy
Jim Flynn, of PewterReport.com, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Joey Galloway (groin) participated in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20. He may play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23.

WR | Reggie Brown | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said WR Reggie Brown (hamstring) is improving but will not play in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 22. Reid expects Brown to be ready for the start of the season.

WR | Kevin Curtis | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said he does not expect WR Kevin Curtis (hernia) to be ready for the start of the season. Reid did say Curtis will definitely be back this season.

WR | Greg Lewis | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said WR Greg Lewis will see some time as a starter while WR Kevin Curtis (hernia) is out of the lineup.

WR | Hank Baskett | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said WR Hank Baskett will see some time as a starter while WR Kevin Curtis (hernia) is out of the lineup.

WR | Santonio Holmes | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
John Harris, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reports Pittsburgh Steelers WR Santonio Holmes said he is a bit excited and nervous to be returning punts in the team's next preseason game. He has not done it since his rookie season in 2006. Because he has developed so well as a wide receiver, head coach Mike Tomlin feels comfortable letting him return punts.

WR | Donald Driver | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Green Bay Packers WR Donald Driver has dropped two passes in the team's preseason games so far. He is adjusting to new starting QB Aaron Rodgers after spending 10 years playing catch with QB Brett Favre. Driver said the team's receivers need to make plays for Rodgers, who will be under scrutiny all year. Receivers coach Jimmy Robinson isn't concerned based off Driver's history. "With a guy like Donald who catches the ball so consistently, has such good hands, it's not a concern," Robinson said.

WR | Anquan Boldin | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, The Associated Press reports Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said he and WR Anquan Boldin have been communicating. It was reported previously that Boldin is not talking with his head coach. "We've been communicating," Whisenhunt said. "If communicating is talking, that's what we have been doing at practice. As we go forward, I don't know. I don't foresee anything changing. If it does, it's in his court."

WR | Joe Horn | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Tim MacMahon, of The Dallas Morning News, reports Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said the team is not interested in free-agent WR Joe Horn (Falcons).

WR | Miles Austin | Dallas Cowboys | Injury News
Tim MacMahon, of The Dallas Morning News, reports Dallas Cowboys WR Miles Austin (knee) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.

WR | David Clowney | New York Jets | Injury News
Ohm Youngmisuk, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini said WR David Clowney (shoulder) will miss some time because of a shoulder injury.

WR | Laveranues Coles | New York Jets | Injury News, Fantasy
Erik Boland, of Newsday, reports New York Jets WR Laveranues Coles (leg) was limited during practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.

WR | Greg Jennings | Green Bay Packers | Injury News, Fantasy
Mike Spofford, of Packers.com, reports Green Bay Packers WR Greg Jennings (knee) has not been bothered by his knee after taking part in two full-pads practices this week. Jennings said he is looking forward to playing Friday, Aug. 22.

WR | Deion Branch | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News, Fantasy
Frank Hughes, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports Seattle Seahawks WR Deion Branch (knee) did not participate in morning practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.

WR | Vincent Jackson | San Diego Chargers | Injury News, Fantasy
Casey Pearce, of Chargers.com, reports San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Jackson (hamstring) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 18.

WR | Reggie Williams | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News
Michael C. Wright, of the Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars WR Reggie Williams (knee) ran at close to full speed on the sidelines during practice Monday, Aug. 18. Williams also worked on cutting and spinning, and said he is close to a return.

WR | Chris Henry | Cincinnati Bengals | Free Agency News
Mark Curnutte, of The Cincinnati Enquirer, reports the Cincinnati Bengals have signed free-agent WR Chris Henry (Bengals) to a one-year contract.

WR | Andre Johnson | Houston Texans | Injury News, Fantasy
Brooke Bentley, of HoustonTexans.com, reports Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (groin) was going through a full practice Monday, Aug. 18, until rain forced the team to move inside. He could take the field for the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 22.


Tight End

TE | Antonio Gates | San Diego Chargers | Injury News, Fantasy
Mike Sullivan, of the North County Times, reports San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (toe) is unsure if he will practice Wednesday, Aug. 20, because he wants to see how his left foot responds before making a decision.

TE | Fred Davis | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Jason La Canfora, of the Washington Post, reports Washington Redskins rookie TE Fred Davis has spent extra time working with tight ends coach Rennie Simmons. Head coach Jim Zorn said the team isn't going to let Davis just be mediocre so they are working extra with him to teach him.

TE | Desmond Clark | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports Chicago Bears TE Desmond Clark (knee) will not play in the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 21, because of a knee injury.

TE | Jeremy Shockey | New Orleans Saints | Injury News
Larry Holder, of the Biloxi Sun-Herald, reports New Orleans Saints TE Jeremy Shockey (knee) is expected to play in the team's next preseason game, according to head coach Sean Payton. Shockey saw his most significant time in practice Monday, Aug. 18, since he has been with the team. Shockey spent much of the practice with the first team, but Payton wouldn't say Shockey was 100 percent healthy.


Place Kicker

PK | Sebastian Janikowski | Oakland Raiders | Injury News, Fantasy
Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers, reports Oakland Raiders PK Sebastian Janikowski (hamstring) will not play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23.

PK | Jason Hanson | Detroit Lions | Injury News, Fantasy
Detroit Lions head coach Rod Marinelli said PK Jason Hanson (thigh) should be able to play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23.

PK | Lawrence Tynes | New York Giants | Injury News, Fantasy
Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports New York Giants PK Lawrence Tynes (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20.

PK | Nick Novak | Kansas City Chiefs | Depth Chart Tidbit
Adam Teicher, of the Kansas City Star, reports Kansas City Chiefs PKs Nick Novak and Connor Barth could both be on their way out after the team's next preseason game. The team does not appear sold on either of them.


Defensive Line

DL | Justin Tuck | New York Giants | Injury News
Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports New York Giants DE Justin Tuck (foot) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20.

DL | Luis A. Castillo | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
Updating a previous report, Mike Sullivan, of the North County Times, reports San Diego Chargers DL Luis A. Castillo (back) participated in individual drills Tuesday, Aug. 19, morning. It was the most extensive work Castillo has done in two weeks.

DL | Sedrick Ellis | New Orleans Saints | Injury News
Jimmy Smith, of The Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints DL Sedrick Ellis (ankle) was held out of practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.

DL | Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila | Green Bay Packers | Injury News
Greg A. Bedard, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (knee) did not practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.

DL | Dwight Freeney | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports Indianapolis Colts DE Dwight Freeney (foot) participated in practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.

DL | Shaun Ellis | New York Jets | Injury News
Erik Boland, of Newsday, reports New York Jets DE Shaun Ellis (hand) participated in practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.

DL | Kelly Gregg | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
Edward Lee and Jamison Hensley, of the Baltimore Sun, report Baltimore Ravens DL Kelly Gregg (knee) could miss the team's final two preseason games. However, Gregg is expected to return for the season opener Sunday, Sept. 7, according to head coach John Harbaugh. Gregg is recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

DL | John Abraham | Atlanta Falcons | Injury News
D. Orlando Ledbetter, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports Atlanta Falcons DE John Abraham (ankle) participated in practice Monday, Aug. 18. The Falcons would like to see Abraham play in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 22.


Linebacker

LB | Joey Porter | Miami Dolphins | Injury News
Andy Kent, of MiamiDolphins.com, reports Miami Dolphins LB Joey Porter (back, knee) returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 20.

LB | Shawne Merriman | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
Mike Sullivan, of the North County Times, reports San Diego Chargers LB Shawne Merriman (knee) is not expected back until Thursday, Aug. 21, as he is visiting Dr. James Andrews for a "follow-up exam" on his left knee. Andrews performed surgery to repair cartilage in Merriman's knee five months ago.

LB | Donnie Edwards | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury News
Adam Teicher, of the Kansas City Star, reports Kansas City Chiefs LB Donnie Edwards (hamstring) did not practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.


Cornerback

CB | DeAngelo Hall | Oakland Raiders | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Oakland Raiders CB DeAngelo Hall (hand) suffered ligament damage in his right hand. He may need to wear a protective cast for the remainder of the team's preseason games. "We'll see how it goes," Hall said after noting his doctor told him he tore some ligaments. An MRI and X-rays previously did not show any break in his hand, but he underwent a second opinion. Due to the pain persisting, Hall sought out his own doctor. The team feels by the time the season starts the injury will be a non-issue.

CB | Antonio Cromartie | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
Chris Jenkins, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports San Diego Chargers CB Antonio Cromartie (ankle) has returned to practice, but he is wearing a small cover over his right hand to protect stitches received from the removal of a cist on his wrist. Head coach Norv Turner, however, said Cromartie will be able to play in the team's next preseason game.


Strong Safety

SS | Troy Polamalu | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, John Harris, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reports Pittsburgh Steelers SS Troy Polamalu (hamstring) did not work with the first-string defense during practice Tuesday, Aug. 19. He did some work in 7-on-7 drills and some in 11-on-11 drills, too. He said he felt good, but he does not want to rush it. "That wouldn't be smart," he noted.

SS | Roy Williams | Dallas Cowboys | Injury News
Tim MacMahon, of The Dallas Morning News, reports Dallas Cowboys SS Roy Williams (knee) was limited during practice Tuesday, Aug. 19, because of knee tendonitis.


Free Safety

FS | Brandon Meriweather | New England Patriots | Injury News
Mike Reiss, of The Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots FS Brandon Meriweather (leg) was not present during the media-access portion of practice Wednesday, Aug. 20.

FS | Bob Sanders | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports Indianapolis Colts FS Bob Sanders (shoulder) participated in practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.

FS | Ed Reed | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said there is a chance FS Ed Reed (shoulder) could miss Week 1 because of a shoulder injury. "I think it's a little more slow progress than we all thought it was going to be," Harbaugh said. "Maybe Ed had a sense of that at one time because he's the guy that feels it. We're still optimistic that he'll be there the first week but I don't think you can say 'definitely' right now."

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