NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on August 29, 2008 @ 16:10:15 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Jay Cutler | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Adam Zinser, of DenverBroncos.com, reports Denver Broncos QB Jay Cutler is not playing in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 29.

QB | Peyton Manning | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, John Oehser, of Colts.com, reports Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning (knee) said he plans on playing Week 1 and would be surprised if he was not on the field during the game. "I really hope to take the majority of the reps next week in practice and have as normal practice week as we can have. I would be surprised if I'm not out there playing Sunday night," Manning said.

QB | Kyle Boller | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, ESPN.com reports Baltimore Ravens QB Kyle Boller (shoulder) has a partially torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, a source told ESPN's Chris Mortensen. It was not clear whether it is an old or new injury. The source said Boller plans to hold off on surgery for now and will receive treatments for a week or more in hopes that the shoulder will improve; if it does not, he will then undergo surgery.

QB | Josh McCown | Carolina Panthers | Transaction
Alex Marvez, of FOXSports.com, reports the Carolina Panthers have acquired QB Josh McCown from the Miami Dolphins, according to sources. There is no word on what the Dolphins will be receiving in turn.

QB | Tarvaris Jackson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury News, Fantasy
Judd Zulgad, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson (knee) said there is a chance he will wear the brace that protects his injured knee during the team's Week 1 game.

QB | Daunte Culpepper | Free Agent | Free Agency News
The Associated Press reports free-agent QB Daunte Culpepper (Raiders) said Thursday, Aug. 28, he would be interested in joining the Green Bay Packers as a backup to QB Aaron Rodgers. "I have not heard from the Packers since before the draft," Culpepper said in an e-mail response. "My ears are definitely opened to listen if they need a proven backup for Aaron." Culpepper remains committed to joining a team this season but has not received the response he is looking for. "I am talking," Culpepper said. "I am just not convinced that the teams are listening."

QB | Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw one pass during the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28, which he completed for a 68-yard touchdown to WR Greg Jennings.

QB | Vince Young | Tennessee Titans | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Tennessee Titans QB Vince Young (thumb) was 13-for-27 for 134 yards during the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28. He also had three carries for 57 rushing yards in the game. Young suffered a bruised thumb during the game, but head coach Jeff Fisher doesn't expect Young to be limited in practice next week.

QB | Jeff Garcia | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jeff Garcia missed the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28, but he believes he'll be ready for the start of the regular season. Garcia said, "I think my main (repetitions) have to come in practice, mentally getting sharp and physically doing what I need to do. I don't feel like I needed to play anymore in the preseason than what I played."

QB | Kyle Orton | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Chicago Bears QB Kyle Orton was 4-for-7 for 51 yards with an interception during the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.

QB | Jason Campbell | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Washington Redskins QB Jason Campbell was 1-for-4 for three yards with an interception during the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28.

QB | David Garrard | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Jacksonville Jaguars QB David Garrard was 5-for-8 for 58 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception during the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28.

QB | John Beck | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Barry Jackson, of The Miami Herald, reports Miami Dolphins QB John Beck is on the bubble for making the team's final roster.

QB | Joe Flacco | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens WR Derrick Mason has already developed a good rapport with rookie QB Joe Flacco. Mason could become Flacco's go-to receiver if Flacco is able to emerge as the team's starting quarterback.

QB | Brett Favre | New York Jets | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Rich Cimini, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Jets QB Brett Favre, barring a last minute change of plans by head coach Eric Mangini, will not be participating in the team's final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.

QB | Matt Ryan | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Pat Yasinskas, of ESPN.com, reports Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan, backup QB D.J. Shockley and WR Brian Finneran were involved in a car accident Wednesday, Aug. 27. A team spokesman said none of the three players were injured.

QB | Matt Hasselbeck | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck (back) did not practice Wednesday, Aug. 27, and will not play in the team's preseason finale.


Running Back

RB | Selvin Young | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Adam Zinser, of DenverBroncos.com, reports Denver Broncos RB Selvin Young is not playing in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 29.

RB | Ryan Grant | Green Bay Packers | Injury News, Fantasy
Todd Korth, of Scout.com, reports Green Bay Packers RB Ryan Grant (hamstring) came into the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28, for one play. The team is being cautious with Grant and he has not had contact in any preseason games. Grant said this week that he is looking forward to getting hit in a preseason game, but the team has not let him. "I feel good. I'm healthy," Grant said. "I've probably got the freshest legs out of everybody in this locker room. So, you've got to look at the positives. My body's feeling great. I've just got to focus on the little things. I need to be very detailed this workweek. I'm sure I'm going to tell the defensive guys, 'Don't be afraid to bump me a little bit.'"

RB | Darius Walker | Free Agent | Transaction
HoustonTexans.com reports the Houston Texans have released RB Darius Walker.

RB | Marcel Shipp | Free Agent | Transaction
HoustonTexans.com reports the Houston Texans have released RB Marcel Shipp.

RB | Felix Jones | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Tim MacMahon, of The Dallas Morning News, reports Dallas Cowboys RB Felix Jones could be used as the slot receiver during the team's Week 1 game because of the injuries to the Cowboys wide receivers.

RB | LenDale White | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Tennessee Titans RB LenDale White had 16 carries for 55 yards during the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28.

RB | Ronnie Brown | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Miami Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown had 12 carries for 47 yards with a touchdown during the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28. He also caught two passes for 10 receiving yards.

RB | Rashard Mendenhall | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Pittsburgh Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall had 21 carries for 79 yards during the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28. He also fumbled during the game, his third time in two games.

RB | Chris Perry | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Cincinnati Bengals RB Chris Perry had nine carries for 20 yards with a touchdown in the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.

RB | Rudi Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Cincinnati Bengals RB Rudi Johnson did not get a carry in the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.

RB | Ricky Williams | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Barry Jackson, of The Miami Herald, reports Miami Dolphins RB Ricky Williams will start, according to head coach Tony Sparano, unless Sparano sees more of RB Ronnie Brown (knee, thumb).

RB | Willis McGahee | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens RB Willis McGahee (knee) is expected to be available to play during Week 1, but his surgically repaired knee may not be 100 percent healthy for the first few games of the season.

RB | Edgerrin James | Arizona Cardinals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals rookie RB Tim Hightower is expected to serve as the primary backup to starter Edgerrin James during the upcoming season.

RB | Tim Hightower | Arizona Cardinals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals rookie RB Tim Hightower is expected to serve as the primary backup to starter Edgerrin James during the upcoming season.

RB | Ahman Green | Houston Texans | Fantasy
John McClain, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans RB Ahman Green agreed to restructure his contract Wednesday, Aug. 27. Green reduced his base salary in 2008 from $3.8 million to $1.8 million, freeing up $2 million in salary cap money. He will be able to make up $3 million in per-game bonuses, receiving $200,000 for every game he is active after the team's season opener.

RB | Marion Barber III | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Dallas Cowboys RB Marion Barber III won't play much, if any, during the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28. The Cowboys are looking for Barber to continue his strong running style now that he is taking over as the team's starting tailback. Barber made the Pro Bowl last year despite not starting a regular-season game. The team wants him to still be the same bruising back as a starter that he was in a change-of-pace role. "If he didn't run that way he wouldn't be the kind of back he is," coach Wade Phillips said. "He's been able to run that way and not be banged up, and I think he will continue that."


Wide Receiver

WR | Brandon Marshall | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Adam Zinser, of DenverBroncos.com, reports Denver Broncos WR Brandon Marshall is not playing in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 29.

WR | Greg Jennings | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw one pass during the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28, which he completed for a 68-yard touchdown to WR Greg Jennings.

WR | Plaxico Burress | New York Giants | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports agent Drew Rosenhaus attended the New York Giants' preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28, and had no news on talks to get WR Plaxico Burress a new contract.

WR | Davone Bess | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Barry Jackson, of The Miami Herald, reports Miami Dolphins WR Davone Bess is a favorite to land a roster spot. One Dolphins official said the staff sees potential in Bess similar to New England Patriots WR Wes Welker.

WR | Derrick Mason | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens WR Derrick Mason has already developed a good rapport with rookie QB Joe Flacco. Mason could become Flacco's go-to receiver if Flacco is able to emerge as the team's starting quarterback.

WR | Steve Breaston | Arizona Cardinals | Depth Chart Tidbit
Arizona Cardinals WRs Jerheme Urban and Steve Breaston are expected to split duties as the Cardinals' No. 3 receiver during the upcoming season. It will likely come down to the play calls and how each player fits into certain situations.

WR | Bobby Engram | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Seattle Seahawks WR Bobby Engram (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday, Aug. 27, and will not play in the team's preseason finale.

WR | T.J. Houshmandzadeh | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Cincinnati Bengals WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (hamstring) said he is assuming he will play very little in the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.


Tight End

TE | Jason Witten | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Tim MacMahon, of The Dallas Morning News, reports Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips said TE Jason Witten may line up as the slot receiver during the team's Week 1 game because of the injuries to the Cowboys wide receivers. "Witten can be a third receiver. Obviously, he's a force as a pass receiver. ... There's no reason you can't give it a [Indianapolis Colts] look where you've got Witten put in the slot like they did with [TE Dallas Clark]," Phillips said.

TE | Antonio Gates | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
Bill Williamson, of ESPN.com, reports San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (toe) said he is confident he can contribute this season. However, he admits he does not know how his injured toe will treat him. "It could be a hindrance this season," Gates said. "I'm going to play and it is going to be OK. But it could bother me. I've practiced and it's been OK. But let's face it, nothing compares to game day. Game day will be the key for me."

TE | Jeremy Shockey | New Orleans Saints | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports New Orleans Saints TE Jeremy Shockey (leg) was a late scratch from the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.


Place Kicker

PK | Nick Novak | Kansas City Chiefs | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Adam Teicher, of The Kansas City Star, reports Kansas City Chiefs PK Nick Novak will be the team's opening day kicker.

PK | Lawrence Tynes | New York Giants | Injury News, Fantasy
Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said PK Lawrence Tynes (knee) has not been cleared to resume practicing yet.

PK | Nick Folk | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Dallas Cowboys PK Nick Folk kicked field goals of 23, 52 and 52 yards during the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.

PK | Robbie Gould | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Chicago Bears PK Robbie Gould kicked field goals of 48, 29 and 46 yards during the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28.

PK | Jeff Reed | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Pittsburgh Steelers PK Jeff Reed kicked field goals of 41, 49, 41 and 43 yards during the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.


Defensive Line

DL | Elvis Dumervil | Denver Broncos | Injury News
Adam Zinser, of DenverBroncos.com, reports Denver Broncos DL Elvis Dumervil (finger) is not playing in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 29.

DL | Glenn Dorsey | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury News
Bill Williamson, of ESPN.com, reports Kansas City Chiefs DL Glenn Dorsey (knee) says he is 100 percent and will be ready for the season opener. "Let's roll," Dorsey said following the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28. "I'm completely healthy and I will be 100 percent for that game…Tonight, I felt much better than last week so I know I'm on my way. I'm ready to roll."

DL | Antwon Burton | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Cincinnati Bengals DT Antwon Burton (head) left the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28, with a head injury. Head coach Marvin Lewis said he was OK.

DL | Derrick Harvey | Jacksonville Jaguars | Transaction
The Associated Press reports the Jacksonville Jaguars have activated rookie DE Derrick Harvey.


Linebacker

LB | Rosevelt Colvin | Free Agent | Transaction
HoustonTexans.com reports the Houston Texans have released LB Rosevelt Colvin.

LB | Antonio Pierce | New York Giants | Injury News
New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce (back) said his back is 100 percent healthy, and he will participate in practice Sunday, Aug. 31.

LB | Joey Porter | Miami Dolphins | Injury News
Ben Volin, of the Palm Beach Post, reports Miami Dolphins LB Joey Porter (back, knee, ankle) did not play in the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.

LB | Pago Togafau | Free Agent | Transaction
The Philadelphia Eagles announced Friday, Aug. 29, that they have released LB Pago Togafau.

LB | John DiGiorgio | Buffalo Bills | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Buffalo Bills LB John DiGiorgio (ribs) left the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28, with sore ribs.

LB | Jordon Dizon | Detroit Lions | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Detroit Lions LB Jordon Dizon (thigh) left the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28, complaining of cramps.

LB | Shawne Merriman | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports San Diego Chargers LB Shawne Merriman (knee) will wear a brace on his knee in order to provide some stability. However, according to Dr. Neal ElAttrache, Merriman will still feel instability in games, especially dropping back into coverage.

LB | Lofa Tatupu | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News
Updating previous reports, The Associated Press reports Seattle Seahawks LB Lofa Tatupu (knee) has a bone bruise in his knee but will be ready to play during Week 1. He did not practice Wednesday, Aug. 27.


Cornerback

CB | Adam Jones | Dallas Cowboys | Transaction
ESPNews reports Dallas Cowboys CB Adam Jones has been reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.


Strong Safety

SS | LaRon Landry | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Matt Mosley, of ESPN.com, reports Washington Redskins head coach Jim Zorn said SS LaRon Landry (hamstring) will return to full practices this week and is hopeful Landry will be ready for Week 1.


Free Safety

FS | Ed Reed | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
Updating previous reports, Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens FS Ed Reed (neck, shoulder) revealed he has a nerve impingement in his neck and shoulder. He said he hopes he can play Week 1 but is more concerned about his long-term health. "Hopefully, I can get back, but health is more important right now," Reed said. "It's a long season and I feel like the team is going to need me more down the line than earlier and having to get hurt and can't play again." He has not taken any serious contact this offseason and did not play in any of the team's preseason games. He said he does not need surgery at this time. However, when he does need the surgery, it would end his career.

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