NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on September 2, 2008 @ 16:35:39 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Matt Hasselbeck | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News, Fantasy
Clare Farnsworth, of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, reports Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck (back) participated in practice Monday, Sept. 1. He said he is ready to play Week 1.

QB | Tarvaris Jackson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury News, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson (knee) said he will be able to play Week 1.

QB | Matt Flynn | Green Bay Packers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Greg A. Bedard and Tom Silverstein, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, report Green Bay Packers QB Matt Flynn will be the No. 2 quarterback to start the season.

QB | Kyle Boller | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
Jamison Hensley, of the Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens QB Kyle Boller (shoulder) hasn't thrown for two weeks, but his status should be clarified by Friday, Sept. 5.

QB | Troy Smith | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
Jamison Hensley, of the Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens QB Troy Smith (tonsillitis) missed the team's practice Monday, Sept. 1. He is not expected to play Week 1.

QB | Tom Brady | New England Patriots | Injury News, Fantasy
Shalise Manza Young, of the Providence Journal, reports New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (foot) is expected to play in the team's Week 1 game.

QB | Joe Flacco | Baltimore Ravens | Depth Chart Tidbit, Breaking News, Fantasy
ESPNews reports the Baltimore Ravens have named QB Joe Flacco the team's starting quarterback for Week 1.

QB | Matt Leinart | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Darren Urban, of AZCardinals.com, reports Arizona Cardinals QB Matt Leinart said he is disappointed he did not win the starting quarterback job but is supportive of QB Kurt Warner. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Leinart still has a future as the team's starting quarterback.

QB | Derek Anderson | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Cleveland Browns QB Derek Anderson (concussion) returned to practice Monday, Sept. 1. Anderson is expected to play Sunday, Sept. 7, provided he does not have any setbacks during practice.

QB | Kurt Warner | Arizona Cardinals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
ESPNews reports the Arizona Cardinals have named QB Kurt Warner as their starting quarterback for the 2008 season.

QB | Vince Young | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher would not comment on the severity of QB Vince Young's (hand) hand injury Friday, Aug. 29. Young was seen leaving the team's facility with his right hand taped. When asked if the team planned to X-ray or run other tests on Young's right hand, Fisher said only that the quarterback was doing well. "We'll have a full injury report for you (next) Friday," Fisher said. "He'll be designated as whether he practiced or did not practice. At this point, I would expect he would practice."

QB | Shaun Hill | San Francisco 49ers | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Associated Press reports San Francisco 49ers backup QB Alex D. Smith tossed a pair of terrible interceptions Friday, Aug. 29. Smith was 12 of 17 for 146 yards with one score and the two picks. He gave himself passing marks for his showing against the San Diego Chargers, but it was against the Chargers' third-stringers. He played three quarters worth of action during the team's final preseason game. Smith had a 37.5 quarterback rating during the first half of the game. If it wasn't for QB Shaun Hill also struggling in the second half, Smith may not even have looked like a sure bet for the team's No. 2 quarterback duty.


Running Back

RB | Rudi Johnson | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Tom Kowalski, of MLive.com, reports Detroit Lions RB Rudi Johnson said he expects to play Week 1.

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 participate in practice Tuesday, Sept. 2, though he was on the field watching.

RB | Tatum Bell | Free Agent | Transaction
Josina Anderson, of FOX 31 News in Colorado, reports Detroit Lions RB Tatum Bell has been released from the team.

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle) rested Monday, Sept. 1, but he will likely be set to go by Wednesday, Sept. 3.

RB | Willis McGahee | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News, Fantasy
Jamison Hensley, of the Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens RB Willis McGahee (knee) practiced Monday, Sept. 1, and he is expected to start Week 1. Head coach John Harbaugh said McGahee's knee is still not at 100 percent

RB | Brian Leonard | St. Louis Rams | Injury News, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams RB Brian Leonard (shoulder) worked in some team drills Monday, Sept. 1, though his status is uncertain for Week 1.

RB | Jamal Lewis | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Fantasy
Scott Petrak, of the Medina Gazette, reports Cleveland Browns RB Jamal Lewis (hamstring) may return to practice Wednesday, Sept. 3. and should be OK for this week's game. If he does not return Wednesday, Lewis would be considered questionable for the team's game Sunday, Sept. 7.

RB | Fred Taylor | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Ely Portillo, of the Miami Herald, reports Jacksonville Jaguars RB Fred Taylor was arrested for disorderly conduct outside a Miami Beach nightclub early Saturday morning. Taylor was not taken into custody but was instead released on his own personal recognizance with the promise to appear in court. The exact circumstances as to why he was arrested are unknown.

RB | Chris Perry | Cincinnati Bengals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
ESPNews reports Cincinnati Bengals RB Chris Perry takes over as the team's starting running back after the release of RB Rudi Johnson.

RB | Chris Brown | Houston Texans | Injury News, Transaction, Fantasy
Nick Schenck, of HoustonTexans.com, reports the Houston Texans have placed RB Chris Brown (back) on Injured Reserve, ending his 2008 season.

RB | Kevin Faulk | New England Patriots | Transaction
Mike Reiss, of The Boston Globe, reports the NFL has suspended New England Patriots RB Kevin Faulk for one game and fined him an extra game check for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

RB | T.J. Duckett | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Seattle Seahawks RB T.J. Duckett tried to show the team he may be more than just the short-yardage runner the team has pegged him as. He rushed for 71 yards and two touchdowns Friday, Aug. 29, against the Oakland Raiders.

RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Oakland Raiders rookie RB Darren McFadden finished the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 29, against the Seattle Seahawks with 50 yards rushing on four carries. He is going to begin the season as the team's No. 2 running back.

RB | Justin Fargas | Oakland Raiders | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Oakland Raiders RB Justin Fargas will enter the season as the team's No. 1 running back.


Wide Receiver

WR | Chad Jackson | New England Patriots | Free Agency News
Jim Wyatt, of the Nashville Tennessean, reports the Tennessee Titans have contacted the agent for free-agent WR Chad Jackson (Patriots).

WR | Antwaan Randle El | Washington Redskins | Injury News, Fantasy
Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports Washington Redskins WR Antwaan Randle El (hand) fully participated in practice Tuesday, Sept. 2.

WR | Malcolm Kelly | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports Washington Redskins WR Malcolm Kelly (knee) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Sept. 2.

WR | James Jones | Green Bay Packers | Injury News, Fantasy
Greg A. Bedard, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers WR James Jones (knee) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Sept. 2, though he was on the field watching.

WR | Deion Branch | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News, Fantasy
Clare Farnsworth, of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, reports Seattle Seahawks WR Deion Branch (knee) did not participate in practice Monday, Sept. 1.

WR | D.J. Hackett | Carolina Panthers | Injury News, Fantasy
Steve Reed, of CarolinaGrowl.com, reports Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Hackett (toe) will return to practice Wednesday, Sept. 3. Hackett has not practiced since Wednesday, Aug. 6.

WR | Limas Sweed | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said wide receivers Dallas Baker and Limas Sweed will compete for the fourth receiver spot in Week 1.

WR | Bernard Berrian | Minnesota Vikings | Injury News, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings WR Bernard Berrian (toe) is expected to play Week 1. He did not play in the last three preseason games because of a toe injury.

WR | Jerry Porter | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Jerry Porter (hamstring) started working out Monday, Sept. 1, but he is out for Week 1.

WR | Darrell Jackson | Denver Broncos | Injury News, Fantasy
Denver Broncos WR Darrell Jackson (ankle) is practicing through some discomfort. He said he will be ready for Week 1 and will probably start.

WR | Jabar Gaffney | New England Patriots | Injury News
Shalise Manza Young, of the Providence Journal, reports New England Patriots WR Jabar Gaffney (undisclosed) is likely to play in the team's Week 1 game.

WR | Wes Welker | New England Patriots | Injury News, Fantasy
Shalise Manza Young, of the Providence Journal, reports New England Patriots WR Wes Welker (ribs) is expected to play in the team's Week 1 game.

WR | Ike Hilliard | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Roy Cummings, of the Tampa Tribune, reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will go with WR Michael Clayton, WR Maurice Stovall and WR Ike Hilliard if WR Antonio Bryant (knee) can't go in Week 1.

WR | Drew Bennett | St. Louis Rams | Injury News, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams WR Drew Bennett (groin) worked some in team drills Monday, Sept. 1, and is expected to play in Week 1.

WR | Donnie Avery | St. Louis Rams | Injury News, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams WR Donnie Avery (knee) did not practice Monday, Sept. 1, though he did some running on the side. Avery suffered a sprained knee in the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.

WR | Miles Austin | Dallas Cowboys | Injury News, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys WR Miles Austin (knee) will miss the team's Week 1 game and could also miss their Week 2 game.

WR | T.J. Houshmandzadeh | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Mark Curnutte, of The Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (hamstring) is fully participating in practice Monday, Sept. 1.

WR | Chad Ocho Cinco | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Mark Curnutte, of The Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals WR Chad Ocho Cinco (shoulder) is fully participating in practice Monday, Sept. 1.

WR | Braylon Edwards | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Cleveland Browns WR Braylon Edwards (foot) returned to practice Monday, Sept. 1, after missing more than three weeks with a severely cut foot.

WR | Josh Cribbs | Cleveland Browns | Injury News
Mary Kay Cabot, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports Cleveland Browns WR Josh Cribbs (ankle) is questionable for the team's Week 1 game. WR Syndric Steptoe would replace Cribbs if he is unable to play in the game.

WR | Ben Obomanu | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News, Transaction
Frank Hughes, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports the Seattle Seahawks have placed WR Ben Obomanu (shoulder) on Injured Reserve, ending his 2008 season.

WR | Roydell Williams | Free Agent | Transaction
The Tennessee Titans have announced they have waived WR Roydell Williams.


Tight End

TE | Jason Witten | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Nick Eatman, of DallasCowboys.com, reports Dallas Cowboys TE Martellus Bennett could be used alongside TE Jason Witten in Week 1. The team is trying to figure out a way to work around injuries at the wide receiver position.

TE | Martellus Bennett | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Nick Eatman, of DallasCowboys.com, reports Dallas Cowboys TE Martellus Bennett could be used alongside TE Jason Witten in Week 1. The team is trying to figure out a way to work around injuries at the wide receiver position.

TE | Antonio Gates | San Diego Chargers | Injury News, Fantasy
Mike Sullivan, of the North County Times, reports San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (toe) participated in practice Monday, Sept. 1, and is expected to play Week 1.

TE | Benjamin Watson | New England Patriots | Injury News, Fantasy
Shalise Manza Young, of the Providence Journal, reports New England Patriots TE Benjamin Watson (undisclosed) is unlikely to play in the team's Week 1 game if he is unable to practice Wednesday, Sept. 3.

TE | Desmond Clark | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports Chicago Bears TE Desmond Clark (knee) participated in practice Monday, Sept. 1. He was wearing a brace on his knee. He has a good chance to play Week 1.


Place Kicker

PK | Olindo Mare | Seattle Seahawks | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Seattle Seahawks PK Olindo Mare will be the team's kicker Week 1. One of the main reasons that Mare will play is his experience playing in Buffalo.

PK | Lawrence Tynes | New York Giants | Injury News, Fantasy
Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports PK Lawrence Tynes (knee) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Sept. 2. He will not play Week 1 and probably will miss at least another week or two.

PK | John Carney | New York Giants | Transaction, Free Agency News
Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports the New York Giants have signed free-agent PK John Carney (Chiefs). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Defensive Line

DL | Jason Taylor | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports Washington Redskins DE Jason Taylor (knee) was limited during practice Tuesday, Sept. 2.

DL | Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila | Green Bay Packers | Injury News
Greg A. Bedard, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers DL Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (knee) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Sept. 2, though he was on the field watching.

DL | Elvis Dumervil | Denver Broncos | Injury News
Denver Broncos DE Elvis Dumervil (finger) should be able to play Week 1, but he will have a cast over his broken pinkie finger.

DL | Kelly Gregg | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
Jamison Hensley, of the Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens DT Kelly Gregg (knee) missed the team's practice Monday, Sept. 1, but the team is confident he will start Week 1.


Linebacker

LB | A.J. Hawk | Green Bay Packers | Injury News
Greg A. Bedard, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers LB A.J. Hawk (chest) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Sept. 2, though he was on the field watching.

LB | Joey Porter | Miami Dolphins | Injury News
David J. Neal, of the Miami Herald, reports Miami Dolphins LB Joey Porter (back) said he is feeling good and is ready to play Week 1.

LB | Lofa Tatupu | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News
Clare Farnsworth, of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, reports Seattle Seahawks LB Lofa Tatupu (knee) did not participate in practice Monday, Sept. 1.

LB | Larry Foote | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said linebackers Lawrence Timmons and Larry Foote (knee) will split time at inside linebacker in Week 1, provided Foote is healthy.

LB | Lawrence Timmons | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said linebackers Lawrence Timmons and Larry Foote (knee) will split time at inside linebacker in Week 1, provided Foote is healthy.

LB | Shawne Merriman | San Diego Chargers | Injury News, Fantasy
Mike Sullivan, of the North County Times, reports San Diego Chargers LB Shawne Merriman (knee) received half of the first-team practice repetitions Monday, Sept. 1, and is expected to play Week 1.

LB | Parys Haralson | San Francisco 49ers | Injury News
Matt Maiocco, of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers LB Parys Haralson (shoulder) will not practice Monday, Sept. 1, but he should be ready to go Wednesday, Sept. 3.

LB | Demorrio Williams | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury News
Adam Teicher, of the Kansas City Star, reports Kansas City Chiefs LB Demorrio Williams (hand) likely will play in Week 1.

LB | Anthony Spencer | Dallas Cowboys | Injury News
Dallas Cowboys LB Anthony Spencer (knee) will miss the team's season opener Sunday, Sept. 7, and could also be out in Week 2.

LB | Antwan Peek | Cleveland Browns | Injury News
Mary Kay Cabot, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports Cleveland Browns LB Antwan Peek (knee) is expected to play in the team's Week 1 game.

LB | Willie McGinest | Cleveland Browns | Injury News
Mary Kay Cabot, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports Cleveland Browns LB Willie McGinest (groin) is expected to play in the team's Week 1 game.

LB | Ahmad Brooks | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction
Bengals.com reports the Cincinnati Bengals have waived LB Ahmad Brooks.


Cornerback

CB | Shawn Springs | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports Washington Redskins CB Shawn Springs (shin) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Sept. 2.

CB | Charles Woodson | Green Bay Packers | Injury News
Greg A. Bedard, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers CB Charles Woodson (knee) practiced Tuesday, Sept. 2.

CB | Chris McAlister | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
Jamison Hensley, of the Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens CB Chris McAlister (knee) practiced Monday, Sept. 1, and he is expected to start Week 1.

CB | Ty Law | Free Agent | Free Agency News
ESPNews reports the New England Patriots are interested in free agent CB Ty Law (Chiefs).

CB | Deltha O'Neal | New England Patriots | Transaction, Free Agency News
Tim Graham, of ESPN.com, reports the New England Patriots have signed free-agent CB Deltha O'Neal (Bengals). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

CB | Nnamdi Asomugha | Oakland Raiders | Injury News
Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers, reports Oakland Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha (ankle) will be ready for the team's season opener. Asomugha has been bothered by a bad ankle recently. "It's not going to be a problem," Asomugha said. "We still have Monday and Tuesday before we actually practice, once Wednesday comes I'll be fine."


Strong Safety

SS | LaRon Landry | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports Washington Redskins SS LaRon Landry (hamstring) fully participated in practice Tuesday, Sept. 2.

SS | Atari Bigby | Green Bay Packers | Injury News
Greg A. Bedard, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers S Atari Bigby (ankle) practiced Tuesday, Sept. 2.

SS | Chris Harris | Carolina Panthers | Injury News
Steve Reed, of CarolinaGrowl.com, reports Carolina Panthers SS Chris Harris (groin) practiced last week and should be ready to go in Week 1.

SS | Troy Polamalu | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Pittsburgh Steelers SS Troy Polamalu (hamstring) will play in Week 1, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

SS | Dexter Jackson | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
Mark Curnutte, of The Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals SS Dexter Jackson (ankle) is fully participating in practice Monday, Sept. 1.


Free Safety

FS | Kenny Phillips | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit
Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Giants FS Kenny Phillips apparently will not be in the starting lineup Week 1. He said he will play with the first nickel defense.

FS | Ed Reed | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News, Fantasy
Jamison Hensley, of the Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens FS Ed Reed (neck, shoulder) seemed pessimistic about playing Week 1. He is day-to-day, but he seems out for Week 1. Reed would be replaced by FS Jim Leonhard.

FS | Brandon Meriweather | New England Patriots | Injury News
Shalise Manza Young, of the Providence Journal, reports New England Patriots S Brandon Meriweather (leg) is unlikely to play in the team's Week 1 game if he is unable to practice Wednesday, Sept. 3.

FS | Oshiomogho Atogwe | St. Louis Rams | Injury News
St. Louis Rams FS Oshiomogho Atogwe (hamstring) worked with the first team during team periods Monday, Sept. 1, after practicing last week. Atogwe did not participate in any preseason games because of a hamstring pull suffered early in camp.

FS | Nedu Ndukwe | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
Mark Curnutte, of The Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals FS Nedu Ndukwe (leg) is not participating in practice Monday, Sept. 1.

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