Fantasy football player news

by KFFL Staff on May 29, 2009 @ 00:01:01 PDT



QB | Tom Brady | New England Patriots | Injury News
Karen Guregian, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (knee) said during a radio interview that he likely will be a little apprehensive during games early in the season when players will be falling around his legs. "I'm sure there's some aspect of that. I couldn't imagine there wouldn't be. Obviously, in this camp here, I haven't noticed that at all. How much, and to what degree remains to be seen. I'm anticipating going out there and feeling great and trying to do my best to lead those guys without any apprehension. If you do doubt, it will have an effect, sometimes noticeable, sometimes not noticeable. I'd love to get to the point where I completely forget about it. I'm inching toward that every time I take the field either in practice or off-field conditioning. That's when you really want to move past it," Brady said.

QB | Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
The Green Bay Press Gazette reports Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is working hard to improve his game and hopes it leads to more wins in 2009. He realizes that despite his eye-popping statistics as a first-year starter, it all comes down to wins and losses. Rodgers places a high priority on teamwork, so he spent time this offseason hanging out with teammates. He also plans to invite players over for catered dinners, which is a practice he started a year ago. During the first two OTA practices, Rodgers has looked sharp. He is throwing the deep ball very well and hooked up with WR Greg Jennings on some impressive completions Thursday, May 28.

QB | Luke McCown | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Depth Chart Tidbit reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski said the team's quarterback competition is primarily between QBs Luke McCown and Byron Leftwich. "Their (Leftwich and McCown) recall is really good. [Quarterbacks coach Greg Olson] is doing a fantastic job with both those quarterbacks and I expect a great competition. That is good. Having good competition brings out the best. They are both making plays out here and they both running the offense efficiently. I'm real pleased about that," Jagodzinski said.

QB | Kurt Warner | Arizona Cardinals | Injury News, Fantasy
Bob Young, of The Arizona Republic, reports Arizona Cardinals QB Kurt Warner (hip) said his surgically repaired hip is getting better and the pain is lessening. "It's getting better, the pain is lessening - small increments, but it's lessening. As far as functionally though, I feel great. I feel strong.... It's just a matter of pain," Warner said.

Running Back

RB | Shonn Greene | New York Jets | Injury News
Ohm Youngmisuk, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Jets RB Shonn Greene (hamstring) participated in practice Thursday, May 28.

RB | Marshawn Lynch | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Mark Gaughan, of The Buffalo News, reports Buffalo Bills RB Marshawn Lynch appears stronger than ever during spring practices. He has bulked up to 230 pounds. "I put some mass on," Lynch said. "I'll see how that's going to work." Lynch is up a good 10 pounds from last year's listed weight of 215 pounds, but he said he still feels good about his speed and hasn't lost a step. Lynch feels the extra weight will allow him to maintain a good playing weight during the season.

RB | Ryan Moats | Houston Texans | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Brooke Bentley, of, reports Houston Texans RB Ryan Moats has been getting the job done working as the No. 2 back during practice and rotating with RB Chris Brown in the spot. Head coach Gary Kubiak has called Moats and Brown his "2a and 2b" backup running backs. Moats has been getting the edge in the competition because he has shown tremendous speed during OTAs and played last season. Moats, at 5-8 and 210 pounds, doesn't have great size and doesn't fit the big-back prototype the Texans have wanted in short-yardage situations. Moats, however, believes he can accomplish the job through his running style.

RB | J.J. Arrington | Free Agent | Injury News, Free Agency News
Frank Schwab, of the Colorado Springs Gazette, reports Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels said the team would be open to re-signing unrestricted free-agent RB J.J. Arrington (knee) at some point.

RB | Ronnie Brown | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Harvey Fialkov, of the South Florida SunSentinel, reports Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano said he has been impressed with RB Ronnie Brown's conditioning this offseason and believes he will play well this season because he is 18 months removed from reconstructive knee surgery.

Wide Receiver

WR | Miles Austin | Dallas Cowboys | Injury News, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Mac Engel, of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, reports Dallas Cowboys WR Miles Austin (6-3, 218 pounds) has the size to become a clone of Terrell Owens (6-3, 224) in the Cowboys' offense. Austin said he is trying to work hard and improve every day. The team's No. 2 receiver role is technically held by WR Patrick Crayton, but there is an unofficial opening for it. Austin could have a chance to be the team's speed threat. "The guy can play," WRs coach Ray Sherman said. "Physically the guy is a beast. I've liked him since he came out of Monmouth when I was with the Titans." Sherman noted Austin is bigger, stronger and his route running has improved. Plus, he is 100 percent recovered from last year's knee injury. "I think he's ready to break out," Sherman said. Crayton, who may be better suited for the slot, has proven to be an NFL-caliber receiver, but does not possess speed to make a cornerback backpedal.

WR | Brandon Marshall | Denver Broncos | Injury News, Fantasy
The Denver Post's Mike Klis reports Denver Broncos WR Brandon Marshall (hip) is an unofficial holdout. He has moved his rehabilitation away from the Broncos' headquarters with hopes the Broncos will be forced to restructure his contract. The Broncos were given Marshall's request for a raise last week, but they are not willing to accommodate due to his off-the-field legal issues and injury issues. Marshall has been involved in 13 police-related incidents since Oct. 31, 2004. "Brandon is not a holdout," his attorney Harvey Steinberg said. "He went back to Orlando so he could continue rehabbing from his surgery." Technically the current passing camp is voluntary, but the team's other injured players are showing up daily to rehab. Marshall is in the final year of a four-year deal. Through incentives, he pushed his $535,000 base salary to $2.2 million for 2009.

WR | Donald Driver | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Jason Wilde, of The Wisconsin State Journal, reports Green Bay Packers WR Donald Driver is absent from the team's OTAs because he is looking to have his contract reworked. Driver has two years remaining on his contract, which calls for a $3.9 million base salary this year and a $4 million base salary next year. According to a team source, this is the fourth consecutive year Driver has gone to the team about reworking his contract.

WR | James Jones | Green Bay Packers | Injury News
Tom Pelissero, of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, reports Green Bay Packers WR James Jones (knee) said he did not have surgery on his knee. He said he took a month off, and the knee feels 100 percent.

WR | Plaxico Burress | Free Agent | Free Agency News reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris said the team will wait to see what happens between the league and unrestricted free-agent WR Plaxico Burress (Giants) about his legal situation before they consider any moves regarding Burress.

WR | Greg Camarillo | Miami Dolphins | Injury News
Omar Kelly, of the South Florida SunSentinel, reports Miami Dolphins WR Greg Camarillo (knee) participated in some team drills during practice Thursday, May 28.

WR | Anquan Boldin | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Bob Young, of The Arizona Republic, reports Arizona Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin was not present for the team's organized team activity Wednesday, May 27. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt said he does not know if anything has changed regarding Boldin's desire to be traded or wanting a new contract.

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