NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on May 8, 2009 @ 08:01:07 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Matt Ryan | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
D. Orlando Ledbetter, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez made his debut with his new team during minicamp Friday, May 8. He was shaking off the rust and said he hadn't run anything since the Pro Bowl. "Besides, my head was spinning a little bit from learning all of the language of this offense," Gonzalez added. He has been catching passes from QB Matt Ryan since late April. Ryan acknowledged that he threw more passes to the tight end during Friday workouts. "Anytime that you get a new toy, you want to try it out," Ryan noted. "I threw a couple of balls his way, and he didn't disappoint."

QB | Joe Flacco | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
James Walker, of ESPN.com, reports Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco seems to be developing good chemistry with WR Marcus Smith. Smith made some big plays during minicamp Friday, May 8.

QB | Troy Smith | Baltimore Ravens | Depth Chart Tidbit
James Walker, of ESPN.com, reports Baltimore Ravens backup QB Troy Smith is working with the second-string offense during minicamp workouts while newcomer QB John Beck is running with the third string. They are competing for the No. 2 spot and Beck appears to be picking up the system quickly.

QB | Brett Favre | Retired | Fantasy
Continuing an ongoing storyline, ESPN.com reports retired QB Brett Favre's agent, Bus Cook, told ESPN's Rachel Nichols that he did not know of any X-rays being sent to the Minnesota Vikings. Cook did leave the door open for a Favre return, and he said if or when Favre does want to play Cook would expect to have a talk with the Vikings about how badly they wanted Favre and what kind of contract terms they were talking about. "So far, that hasn't happened yet," Cook said.

QB | Vince Young | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Terry McCormick, of The Nashville City Paper, reports Tennessee Titans QB Vince Young said he told head coach Jeff Fisher earlier this year that he does not want anything given to him while he tries to reclaim the starting quarterback job. "Whatever I'm given, I want it to be what I earn," Young said. He said he has been watching a lot more film, working on his mental game, studying defenses, and watching what other teams have tried to do against him. Young also said he is spending time just getting in shape. He attributes his new approach to just growing up.

QB | Mark Sanchez | New York Jets | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Rich Cimini, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Jets QB Kellen Clemens has to be significantly better than QB Mark Sanchez in camp to win the team's starting quarterback job. If it's even, or if it's close, Sanchez will get the starting nod. Head coach Rex Ryan has implied the team's plan is to make Sanchez the opening week starter.

QB | Graham Harrell | NFL Draft Prospect | Free Agency News
Mary Kay Cabot, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports the Cleveland Browns were impressed with undrafted free-agent QB Graham Harrell (Texas Tech) and might like to add him to the roster in the future, a source said. The offensive staff felt Harrell, who participated in the team's rookie camp on a tryout basis, picked up the system quickly and has great potential. However, the Browns let him leave town without a contract, in part because it currently has four quarterbacks on the roster: QB Brady Quinn, QB Derek Anderson, QB Brett Ratliff and QB Richard Bartel.

QB | Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Scott Brown, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reports Pittsbrgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said he would participate in the team's voluntary practices. He also said he would only throw at offseason practices to help preserve his arm.

QB | Matthew Stafford | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
When asked where Detroit Lions rookie QB Matthew Stafford will be on the team's depth chart when the team resumes workouts May 18, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz responded: "We don't have a depth chart." He wouldn't say what the pecking order will be amongst the quarterbacks other than saying they may change it up every single period. "We probably won't even really get into depth charts until we get near the first preseason game," Schwartz noted. "Part of our message has been nobody has earned a job yet."

QB | Kurt Warner | Arizona Cardinals | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Arizona Cardinals QB Kurt Warner (hip) said he is ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery to repair a hip injury that bothered him much of last season. Warner took part in the team's minicamp over the weekend, but on a limited basis. "I don't think anybody expected me to do as much as I did this weekend besides myself, so I guess from that standpoint I think we're all happy where we're at this stage in the offseason," Warner said.


Running Back

RB | Gary Russell | Oakland Raiders | Transaction, Free Agency News
Jerry McDonald, of InsideBayArea.com, reports the Oakland Raiders have signed free-agent RB Gary Russell (Bengals). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

RB | Frank Gore | San Francisco 49ers | Injury News, Fantasy
On his Twitter page, agent Drew Rosenhaus tweeted San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore (ankle) is completely recovered from a late-season ankle injury. He is working hard during the offseason, according to Rosenhaus.

RB | Earnest Graham | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury News, Fantasy
On his Twitter page, agent Drew Rosenhaus tweeted Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Earnest Graham (ankle) has been working out at full speed.

RB | Marion Barber III | Dallas Cowboys | Injury News, Fantasy
On his Twitter page, agent Drew Rosenhaus tweeted Dallas Cowboys RB Marion Barber III (toe) toe injury is behind him and he is completely healed. He is ready to resume full activity healthwise.

RB | Darius Walker | Denver Broncos | Transaction, Free Agency News
Mike Klis, of The Denver Post, reports the Denver Broncos have signed unrestricted free-agent RB Darius Walker (Texans). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

RB | Edgerrin James | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Brian Allee-Walsh, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said the team will not be signing unrestricted free-agent RB Edgerrin James any time soon.

RB | Brian Leonard | Cincinnati Bengals | Transaction
Joe Reedy, of The Cincinnati Enquirer, reports the Cincinnati Bengals have acquired RB Brian Leonard from the St. Louis Rams for DT Orien Harris.

RB | LenDale White | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Terry McCormick, of The Nashville City Paper, reports Tennessee Titans RB LenDale White weighed in at 238 pounds when he reported to the Titans' offseason program. That is the lightest White has been since joining the Titans. He said he weighed in at 261 pounds last October. "I feel amazing," White said. "I don't really care if I have an ab or not," White said. He is using a fumble in the playoffs as motivation. "I'm beyond motivated," White said.

RB | Fred Taylor | New England Patriots | Injury News, Fantasy
Drew Rosenhaus, agent for New England Patriots RB Fred Taylor (wrist), reports on his Twitter page that Taylor's wrist will be fine and there will be nothing to worry about.

RB | Willis McGahee | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens RB Willis McGahee (knee) could be limited during the team's upcoming minicamp. McGahee recently underwent a procedure to clean out his knee.

RB | Michael Pittman | Free Agent | Free Agency News
David White, of the San Francisco Chronicle, reports the Oakland Raiders are showing interest in unrestricted free-agent RB Michael Pittman (Broncos), according to a league source.

RB | Kevin Smith | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said he would like RB Kevin Smith to pick up where he left off last year. "We have similar plays to what they ran a year ago, we've got some other type schemes," Linehan said. Linehan said the biggest things for Smith are taking the entire new offense in, secure the ball when he runs and become a productive every down back.

RB | Clinton Portis | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Jason La Canfora, of The Washington Post, reports among the players not present at the Washington Redskins' organized team activity Monday, May 4, were RB Clinton Portis, SS LaRon Landry, FB Mike Sellers, LB London Fletcher, WR James Thrash (neck) and WR Santana Moss (shin).

RB | LaDainian Tomlinson | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
The Associated Press reports San Diego Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson (groin) participated in all three days of the team's minicamp after a groin injury kept him from the team's final playoff game last season. "L.T. looks great," head coach Norv Turner said. "He has been out here running for a month, so he didn't show anything different." Tomlinson added, "No, I wasn't restricted and I did everything. Of course you are always concerned because it is the first time back on the field and especially after being injured. But I wasn't restricted at all and it was great."

RB | DeAngelo Williams | Carolina Panthers | Injury News, Fantasy
Steve Reed, of CarolinaGrowl.com, reports Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hamstring) remained out of workouts Saturday, May 2.

RB | Jonathan Stewart | Carolina Panthers | Injury News, Fantasy
Steve Reed, of CarolinaGrowl.com, reports Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) remained out of workouts Saturday, May 2.

RB | Rashard Mendenhall | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News, Fantasy
ESPN's James Walker reports Pittsburgh Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall (shoulder) is back to normal after missing most of his rookie year. His previous shoulder injury limited his workouts, so he lost upper body muscle mass. He has since been able to rebuild his strength and looks back to normal.


Fullback

FB | Lorenzo Neal | Oakland Raiders | Transaction, Free Agency News
Jerry McDonald, of InsideBayArea.com, reports the Oakland Raiders have signed free-agent FB Lorenzo Neal (Ravens). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Wide Receiver

WR | Hakeem Nicks | New York Giants | Fantasy
Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports New York Giants rookie WRs Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden could crack the Giants' lineup if they are able to continue demonstrating they are able to catch the football. With the team's top two starters - Amani Toomer and Plaxico Burress - gone from the team, both rookie wideouts will have an opportunity to contribute this season. The two receivers demonstrated good concentration, a knack for being in the right spot and strong hands during their first minicamp workout.

WR | D.J. Hackett | Free Agent | Free Agency News
James Walker, of ESPN.com, reports free-agent WR D.J. Hackett (Panthers) was not present at the Baltimore Ravens minicamp Friday, May 8. He was expected to tryout for the team but decided against it.

WR | Jerry Porter | Free Agent | Free Agency News
James Walker, of ESPN.com, reports free-agent WRs Kelley Washington (Patriots), Tab Perry (Bengals) and Jerry Porter (Jaguars) all worked out for the Baltimore Ravens at minicamp Friday, May 8. Washington appeared to stand out the most during workouts.

WR | Javon Walker | Oakland Raiders | Injury News, Fantasy
Jerry McDonald, of InsideBayArea.com, reports Oakland Raiders WR Javon Walker (undisclosed) did not take part in minicamp workouts Friday, May 8.

WR | Devin Thomas | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
On his Twitter page, agent Drew Rosenhaus tweeted Washington Redskins WR Devin Thomas (eyes) had laser eye surgery and it has helped him significantly. "The Redskins have been very pleased with his recent work," Rosenhaus tweeted.

WR | Anquan Boldin | Arizona Cardinals | Transaction
Drew Rosenhaus, agent for Arizona Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin, reports on his Twitter page that he believes Boldin will be traded before the start of training camp.

WR | Marvin Harrison | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Steve Wyche, of NFL.com, reports Tom Condon, agent for unrestricted free-agent WR Marvin Harrison (Colts), said Harrison's knee is not an issue, and Harrison plans to play for a team this season.

WR | Plaxico Burress | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Bob Glauber, of Newsday, reports New York Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery said he would welcome unrestricted free-agent WR Plaxico Burress (Giants) to the team if they decided to sign him. "I would welcome him," Cotchery said. "I know a lot of guys would welcome him because they know what kind of player he is. He's a good guy. I enjoy watching him play."

WR | Nate Washington | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Jim Wyatt and Gary Estwick, of The Tennessean, report Tennessee Titans WR Nate Washington ran into the bottom of a video lift after catching a pass along the sideline Wednesday, May 6. Luckily, the crane had padding on the bottom and he wasn't injured. "I am all right," Washington said. "No nicks or bruises or anything."

WR | Mark Clayton | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens WR Mark Clayton (undisclosed) could be limited during the team's upcoming minicamp.

WR | Derrick Mason | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News, Fantasy
Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens WR Derrick Mason (shoulder) will not participate in the team's upcoming minicamp for precautionary reasons.

WR | Mike Furrey | Cleveland Browns | Transaction, Free Agency News
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Cleveland Browns have signed unrestricted free-agent WR Mike Furrey (Lions). Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

WR | Calvin Johnson | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said he believes WR Calvin Johnson is a player that has to be a threat every single play. "The sky is going to be the limit for this guy," Linehan noted after praising his work ethic, focus and concentration. Linehan said Johnson's two years of experience are going to pay off because everything makes sense to him now.

WR | Percy Harvin | Minnesota Vikings | Injury News
Steve Wyche, of NFL.com, reports Minnesota Vikings WR Percy Harvin (dehydration) is fully healthy and is working out after he was hospitalized for extreme dehydration, according to his agent. He is expected to attend the team's upcoming organized team activities.

WR | Demetrius Byrd | San Diego Chargers | Draft Information
Casey Pearce, of Chargers.com, reports San Diego Chargers WR Demetrius Byrd, chosen in the seventh round of the NFL Draft, continues to recover from the automobile accident that landed him in the hospital two weeks ago and is motivated to eventually contribute to the team. "Now that I have survived an accident and was drafted by the Chargers, I have so much motivation to play with this team," Byrd recently said through his agent David Dunn. "I appreciate the Chargers for recognizing my hard work and helping me live out this dream. I promise you that I will work hard every day on and off the field."

WR | Santana Moss | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Jason La Canfora, of The Washington Post, reports among the players not present at the Washington Redskins' organized team activity Monday, May 4, were RB Clinton Portis, SS LaRon Landry, FB Mike Sellers, LB London Fletcher, WR James Thrash (neck) and WR Santana Moss (shin).

WR | Kevin Curtis | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said WR Kevin Curtis (groin), OL Todd Herremans (knee), OG Max Jean-Gilles (ankle), DT Dan Klecko (calf), TE Matt Schobel (hamstring) and CB Jack Ikegwuonu (hamstring) all remained out of workouts Sunday, May 3.

WR | DeSean Jackson | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said WR DeSean Jackson is playing faster entering his second-year in the league. "He knows what he's doing," Reid said when comparing Jackson to last year at this time.

WR | Louis Murphy | Oakland Raiders | Draft Information
Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers, reports Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable is leaning toward not adding a veteran wide receiver, particularly with the additions of WR Darrius Heyward-Bey and WR Louis Murphy in the NFL Draft. "Had Murphy not been there (in the fourth round), that was definitely an option," Cable said.

WR | Jeremy Maclin | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News
Bob Brookover, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, reports Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson will likely be the team's punt returner in 2009. If Jackson is a starter, WR Jeremy Maclin could handle punt returns.

WR | Limas Sweed | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
ESPN's James Walker reports Pittsburgh Steelers WR Limas Sweed, a second-year player, has made great strides entering this summer. He is making a lot of plays and turning heads during workouts.

WR | Deion Branch | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News
Eric Williams, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports Seattle Seahawks DE Brandon Miller (wrist), WR Michael Bumpus (undisclosed), CB Kelly Jennings (shoulder), LB D.D. Lewis (knee), OT Walter Jones (knee), OG Mike Wahle (shoulder), FB Justin Griffith (knee), WR Deion Branch (knee) and DT Cory Redding (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Friday, May 1.

WR | Hines Ward | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News, Fantasy
Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports Pittsburgh Steelers WR Hines Ward (shoulder) will not participate during the team's minicamp because of offseason shoulder surgery.

WR | Malcolm Kelly | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Jason La Canfora, of The Washington Post, reports Washington Redskins WR Malcolm Kelly (knee) said he plans to be fully cleared to participate in June's organized team activities. Kelly underwent microfracture surgery in February and was releived that the procedure was not as extensive as first thought. Kelly said, "They thought they were going to have to microfracture the whole thing. But when they went in they found it had healed up a lot more than they thought, so they just had to microfracture a little part. And I actually had a little bone that they shaved down a little bit, and that really helped out a lot of the stuff. When they went and did that and finally fixed it instead of just trying to clean it up, like the first time, it helped out a whole lot."


Tight End

TE | Tony Gonzalez | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
D. Orlando Ledbetter, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez made his debut with his new team during minicamp Friday, May 8. He was shaking off the rust and said he hadn't run anything since the Pro Bowl. "Besides, my head was spinning a little bit from learning all of the language of this offense," Gonzalez added. He has been catching passes from QB Matt Ryan since late April. Ryan acknowledged that he threw more passes to the tight end during Friday workouts. "Anytime that you get a new toy, you want to try it out," Ryan noted. "I threw a couple of balls his way, and he didn't disappoint."

TE | Zach Miller | Oakland Raiders | Injury News, Fantasy
Jerry McDonald, of InsideBayArea.com, reports Oakland Raiders TE Zach Miller (hernia) had sports hernia surgery. He probably will not take the field for another month.

TE | Randy McMichael | St. Louis Rams | Injury News, Fantasy
On his Twitter page, agent Drew Rosenhaus tweeted St. Louis Rams TE Randy McMichael (ankle) is now 100 percent healthy. He has returned to full workouts.

TE | Todd Heap | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens TE Todd Heap (back) could be limited during the team's upcoming minicamp.

TE | Brandon Pettigrew | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said rookie TE Brandon Pettigrew will be a big factor in the Lions' offense whether they are throwing the football or running it. He said Pettigrew is a unique fit because he is a blocker and able to catch the ball as a receiver. However, he made it clear that Pettigrew will also have to block.

TE | Antonio Gates | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
The Associated Press reports San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (toe) did not practice Sunday, May 3.


Place Kicker

PK | Jason Elam | Atlanta Falcons | Injury News, Fantasy
D. Orlando Ledbetter, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports Atlanta Falcons PK Jason Elam (undisclosed) was held out of the team's minicamp workouts Friday, May 8.

PK | Nick Folk | Dallas Cowboys | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Dallas Cowboys PK Nick Folk (hip) underwent hip surgery Tuesday, May 5. He should resume light kicking work in about eight weeks, and the Cowboys hope he can handle full kicking work in 12 weeks.


Defensive Line

DL | Terrell Suggs | Baltimore Ravens | Free Agency News
James Walker, of ESPN.com, reports Baltimore Ravens LB/DE Terrell Suggs, who has yet to sign his franchise tender, was not present at minicamp Friday, May 8.

DL | Kelly Gregg | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
James Walker, of ESPN.com, reports Baltimore Ravens DT Kelly Gregg (knee) didn't show any ill effects from offseason microfracture surgery during minicamp workouts Friday, May 8. He said he feels good about how his knee is recovering.

DL | Derrick Burgess | Oakland Raiders | Injury News
Jerry McDonald, of InsideBayArea.com, reports Oakland Raiders DE Derrick Burgess (undisclosed), FB Oren O'Neal (undisclosed), WR Arman Shields (undisclosed) and C Samson Satele (undisclosed) did not take part in minicamp workouts Friday, May 8.

DL | John Abraham | Atlanta Falcons | Injury News
D. Orlando Ledbetter, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports Atlanta Falcons DE John Abraham (undisclosed) was held out of minicamp Friday, May 8. Head coach Mike Smith wouldn't say what exactly was wrong with him, but said Abraham had a number of ailments from last season. He would not confirm if Abraham had any offseason surgeries. Abraham played with a shoulder injury last year.

DL | Jason Taylor | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Shalise Manza Young, of The Providence Journal, reports free-agent DL Jason Taylor (Redskins) is expected to make a decision on his future by the end of May and signs point to him signing with the New England Patriots. The Patriots drafted only one linebacker in the 2009 NFL Draft and there are some that believe Taylor and New England already have a handshake agreement in place. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has also allowed veterans to stay at home until training camp begins at the end of July in the past, giving them a playbook and telling them to stay in shape until camp begins. Patriots owner Robert Kraft has already said this offseason that Taylor can become a Patriot if that's what he wants.

DL | Jevon Kearse | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
Jim Wyatt and Gary Estwick, of The Tennessean, report Tennessee Titans DE Jevon Kearse (knee) had arthroscopic knee surgery and did not take part in the team's workouts Wednesday, May 6. He has been limited the last few weeks due to the procedure. Head coach Jeff Fisher said it was minor and Kearse has been doing rehab work with the team. Kearse is expected to be ready for minicamps later this month.

DL | Simeon Rice | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said the team likely will not pursue unrestricted free-agent DE Simeon Rice (Colts).

DL | Charles Johnson | Carolina Panthers | Injury News
Steve Reed, of CarolinaGrowl.com, reports Carolina Panthers RB Mike Goodson (illness) returned to practice Saturday, May 2, after missing the previous day with an illness. DE Charles Johnson was excused from workouts for a personal reason.

DL | Cory Redding | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News
Eric Williams, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports Seattle Seahawks DE Brandon Miller (wrist), WR Michael Bumpus (undisclosed), CB Kelly Jennings (shoulder), LB D.D. Lewis (knee), OT Walter Jones (knee), OG Mike Wahle (shoulder), FB Justin Griffith (knee), WR Deion Branch (knee) and DT Cory Redding (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Friday, May 1.


Linebacker

LB | Tavares Gooden | Baltimore Ravens | Depth Chart Tidbit
James Walker, of ESPN.com, reports Baltimore Ravens LB Tavares Gooden worked with the first-string defense at inside linebacker during minicamp Friday, May 8, and it appears he will be given the first shot at replacing LB Bart Scott in the starting lineup.

LB | Pisa Tinoisamoa | Free Agent | Transaction
The St. Louis Rams have announced they have released LB Pisa Tinoisamoa.

LB | Shawne Merriman | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
Bernie Wilson, of The Associated Press, reports San Diego Chargers LB Shawne Merriman (knee) is continuing to rehab his knee injury but expects to be ready for the start of regular season.

LB | Keith Bulluck | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
Jim Wyatt and Gary Estwick, of The Tennessean, report Tennessee Titans C Kevin Mawae (elbow), DE Jacob Ford (soreness), DE Ulrich Winkler (knee) did not practice Wednesday, May 6. DT Tony Brown and LB Keith Bulluck were excused from workouts. CB Nick Harper (groin, abdomen), DL Dave Ball (back) and LB Stanford Keglar (shoulder) were limited during workouts.

LB | Jon Beason | Carolina Panthers | Injury News
Drew Rosenhaus, agent for Carolina Panthers LB Jon Beason (shoulder), reports on his Twitter page that Beason's shoulder, which he had surgery on earlier in the offseason, looks great and is close to 100 percent.

LB | Lawrence Timmons | Pittsburgh Steelers | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit
James Walker, of ESPN.com, reports Pittsburgh Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons will start at inside linebacker this season after the team released LB Larry Foote.

LB | London Fletcher | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Jason La Canfora, of The Washington Post, reports among the players not present at the Washington Redskins' organized team activity Monday, May 4, were RB Clinton Portis, SS LaRon Landry, FB Mike Sellers, LB London Fletcher, WR James Thrash (neck) and WR Santana Moss (shin).

LB | Dan Connor | Carolina Panthers | Injury News
Steve Reed, of CarolinaGrowl.com, reports Carolina Panthers MLB Dan Connor (knee) is back on the practice field after suffering a torn ACL last year. While he said he isn't at 100 percent yet, he said he is getting close.

LB | Derrick Brooks | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Roy Cummings, of The Tampa Tribune, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris indicated that the team likely will not re-sign unrestricted free-agent LB Derrick Brooks. "You never want to say no to anything," Morris said. "You never want to be that way, period. But we've made plans, we've moved on."


Cornerback

CB | Ty Law | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Rich Cimini, of the New York Daily News, reports the Cleveland Browns are talking with unrestricted free-agent CB Ty Law (Jets) about possibly playing for them this season, according to New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis.

CB | Nick Harper | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
Jim Wyatt and Gary Estwick, of The Tennessean, report Tennessee Titans C Kevin Mawae (elbow), DE Jacob Ford (soreness), DE Ulrich Winkler (knee) did not practice Wednesday, May 6. DT Tony Brown and LB Keith Bulluck were excused from workouts. CB Nick Harper (groin, abdomen), DL Dave Ball (back) and LB Stanford Keglar (shoulder) were limited during workouts.

CB | Mike McKenzie | Free Agent | Injury News, Free Agency News
Mike Triplett, of The New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports agent Drew Rosenhaus, through his Twitter page, said his client, free-agent CB Mike McKenzie (kneecap), has been cleared medically. Rosenhaus added the New Orleans Saints have expressed some interest in re-signing McKenzie. The Saints have not had any recent discussions with him and have become very deep in the secondary so a reunion may only happen if the Saints suffer an injury amongst the defensive backs.

CB | Jairus Byrd | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit
Chris Brown, of BuffaloBills.com, reports there is a good chance Buffalo Bills CB Jairus Byrd will start at free safety this season.

CB | Samari Rolle | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens CB Fabian Washington (shoulder), CB Samari Rolle (groin), CB Chris Carr (shoulder), CB Frank Walker (shoulder) and CB Derrick Martin (shoulder) will be limited during the team's upcoming minicamp.

CB | Carlos Rogers | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Zach Berman, of The Washington Post, reports Washington Redskins CB Carlos Rogers (knee) attended the team's workout Monday, May 4, but did not participate. Head coach Jim Zorn said, "His knee's just a little swollen. He's just sore. I just appreciated him coming out and not just blowing us off and saying, 'See you later.' That was nice."


Strong Safety

SS | Roy L. Williams | Cincinnati Bengals | Transaction, Free Agency News
The Cincinnati Bengals have announced the official signing of free-agent S Roy L. Williams (Cowboys). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

SS | Chris Horton | Washington Redskins | Injury News, Depth Chart Tidbit
Jason La Canfora, of The Washington Post, reports Washington Redskins SS Chris Horton is working hard to improve on his technique in his second year. He will compete with SS Reed Doughty (back), who has recovered from back surgery.

SS | Rodney Harrison | Free Agent | Free Agency News
John Tomase, of the Boston Herald, reports unrestricted free-agent SS Rodney Harrison (Patriots) is considering playing this season.

SS | LaRon Landry | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Jason La Canfora, of The Washington Post, reports among the players not present at the Washington Redskins' organized team activity Monday, May 4, were RB Clinton Portis, SS LaRon Landry, FB Mike Sellers, LB London Fletcher, WR James Thrash (neck) and WR Santana Moss (shin).


Free Safety

FS | Brandon McGowan | New England Patriots | Free Agency News
John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports the New England Patriots have agreed to terms with free-agent FS Brandon McGowan (Bears) on a two-year contract, according to a source. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

FS | Michael Huff | Oakland Raiders | Transaction
Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers, reports Oakland Raiders FS Michael Huff could potentially be released, particularly if LB Jerome Boyd makes a good impression during the offseason.

FS | Kevin Payne | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said both of the team's starting safety spot are unsettled and open for competition. SS Kevin Payne (shoulder), the projected starter at strong safety, is coming off shoulder surgery and should be ready for organized team activities beginning May 20, but he's not locked in. "I see a couple of positions open," Smith said. "Our safety position is a position that I can see could possibly be a cause for concern. Going in, very few teams can say they have a seasoned guy that has played at every position. We have possibilities that we feel comfortable with."

FS | Ryan Clark | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News
Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports Pittsburgh Steelers FS Ryan Clark (shoulder) will not participate during the team's minicamp because of offseason shoulder surgery.

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