Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on August 23, 2012 @ 11:43:44 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Tom Brady | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has seen limited action this preseason. He has played just one quarter, completing 4-of-7 passes for 30 yards. Brady did not play in the second preseason game.

QB | Matt Leinart | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders QB Matt Leinart (finger) is considered a game-time decision for the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 25. Leinart participated in some drills in practice Wednesday, Aug. 22, with his right index finger taped up.


Running Back

RB | James Starks | Green Bay Packers | Injury
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (toe) could be released by the team. Starks has played just 16 games in his first two seasons, and he is currently battling a turf toe. At some point, his inability to stay on the field will cost him a roster spot.

RB | Rashard Mendenhall | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall (knee) does not know when he will be ready to return to action. Mendenhall acknowledges he must remain patient in his rehab. "To be real, I don't know when I'll be ready to play," Mendenhall said. "I'm just working with the training staff and doing what I can to get on the field."

RB | Darren Sproles | New Orleans Saints | Injury, Fantasy
New Orleans Saints RB Darren Sproles (knee) said his sore knee will not be a problem once the regular season starts. The team is simply being cautious with the running back. "If I had to play, I could," Sproles said. "But this is the thing. They don't want to rush me right now. They see it as preseason games so there's no use in risking it." Sproles added he'll feel even better about his health once he fully returns to practice. He said timing may be the only thing he'll need to catch up with on offense and special teams.

RB | Marshawn Lynch | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (back) did not practice again Wednesday, Aug. 22, which was his second consecutive day missed with a back injury. He probably won't play in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 24.

RB | Ryan Mathews | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (clavicle) caught and threw footballs Wednesday, Aug. 22, during rehabilitation work. Mathews has said his goal is to be ready for Week 1, but it is considered a long shot that he'd be able to return that quickly after just breaking his clavicle 13 days ago.

RB | Isaac Redman | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Isaac Redman (hip) acknowledged his nagging hip injury could be a season-long problem. "I'm a downhill runner and take a lot of pounding. I'm not really sure how the hip is going to hold up or if it's going to hurt at all, or if I'm going to be fine. I'm just going to go day to day and see how it feels," Redman said. He went on to note that it basically comes down to how much pain he can tolerate with it. "It might nag me throughout the year. I'm just going to have to fight through the pain," he said. Redman returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 21, and was happy to wake up without pain Wednesday. Redman hopes to play in the team's third preseason game. "Right now, I feel good. I feel a lot better than I did last week," Redman said.

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew said he expects things to work out with the Jaguars.

RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Gregg Knapp believes that the No. 1 running back, RB Darren McFadden, should get the goal line carries.

RB | Mossis Madu | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Mossis Madu is in a battle for a roster spot, and with the Bucs drafting RBs Doug Martin and Michael Smith, it will not be an easy battle. Madu is working hard on special teams, hoping that gets him noticed.

RB | Arian Foster | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster thinks the team can have one of the top offenses in the NFL, if they can stay healthy. "It's all up to us though," Foster said.

RB | Vick Ballard | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano praised RB Vick Ballard Wednesday, Aug. 22. "I think he's ahead of the learning curve," Pagano said. "He's doing a great job in the run game and the pass game. The protection stuff is coming around on first down. He's a dynamic runner; he's got make-miss ability. He's strong. He gets extra yards. I don't think you ever see him go backwards. Even after first contact, he's going to make people miss, and he's going to have a lot of yards after contact."

RB | Roy Helu | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said RB Roy Helu (Achilles') did not do much in practice Wednesday, Aug. 22. "He didn't do too much today. A little bit, but not a lot," Shanahan said. RB Tim Hightower (knee) practiced with the scout team and did more.

RB | Joe McKnight | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets RB Joe McKnight (hamstring) missed part of practice Wednesday, Aug. 22, to get his hamstring worked on by trainers.

RB | Trent Richardson | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns general manager Mike Holmgren reports that RB Trent Richardson (knee) could be back on the practice field doing something next week.

RB | Michael Turner | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons RB Michael Turner has been focusing more on catching passes out of the backfield in the preseason. "I'm comfortable with it," Turner said. "I've caught more passes than I have before last year. I'm just trying to get in the groove of things and getting accustomed to this offense." Head coach Mike Smith feels good about Turner's ability to catch passes out of the backfield.

RB | Mikel Leshoure | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure (hamstring) participated in his third straight practice Wednesday, Aug. 22, and is expected to play in the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 25.

RB | John Clay | Free Agent | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents
The Pittsburgh Steelers have reached an injury settlement with RB John Clay (undisclosed), making him a free agent.


Fullback

FB | Darrel Young | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said FB Darrel Young (hamstring) will not play in the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 25. Shanahan said Young's hamstring is 85 to 90 percent recovered and there is a chance he could play in the preseason finale.


Wide Receiver

WR | Julian Edelman | New England Patriots | Injury
New England Patriots WRs Julian Edelman and Jeremy Ebert would likely be bumped up the depth chart should WR Wes Welker (undisclosed) not play in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 24.

WR | Stevie Johnson | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills WR Stevie Johnson (groin) has spent every special teams period of practice riding a stationary bike on the sideline to keep his groin loose. Johnson hasn't missed any drills; however, he did admit to feeling soreness in his surgically repaired groin and suspected he'd be following a similar routine all season. "I'll probably be on that like maybe throughout the season because I don't want any 'what if's' while I'm sitting down not doing anything and then I get out there and do something - pop, and there you go with another groin injury," Johnson said. "So I just try to stay active a little bit, walking around and stretching."

WR | Eddie Royal | San Diego Chargers | Injury
San Diego Chargers WR Eddie Royal (groin) returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 22.

WR | Sidney Rice | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks WR Sidney Rice (shoulders) was knocked on his rear during a passing drill in practice Tuesday, Aug. 21, by FS Earl Little. "It was great," head coach Pete Carroll said. "He needed to feel that and know that could happen." Rice got up right away following the hit from Little, who eased up before colliding with him. Rice is coming back from surgery on both of his shoulders; he has been practicing at full speed.

WR | Kassim Osgood | Detroit Lions | Transaction, Free Agents
The Detroit Lions have signed free-agent WR Kassim Osgood (Jaguars). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

WR | David Gettis | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers WR David Gettis (hamstring) said he is getting closer to practice and hopes to get some playing time during the preseason.

WR | Patrick Turner | New York Jets | Injury
Updating a previous report, New York Jets WR Patrick Turner (ankle) left practice Wednesday, Aug. 22, after injuring his ankle. He said he will be fine.

WR | Braylon Edwards | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks WR Braylon Edwards is sitting out preseason games and training camp. Edwards made a leaping 39-yard touchdown catch and has looked really good in practices.

WR | Steve Smith | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith (foot) is seeing a doctor for a foot infection he is dealing with. The issue has kept him out of practice all week, but it is not believed to be serious. Smith was seen walking on crutches Wednesday, Aug. 22.

WR | Santonio Holmes | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets WR Santonio Holmes (back, ribs) took part in two snaps in 11-on-11 drills in a red non-contact jersey Wednesday, Aug. 22.

WR | Andre Holmes | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys WR Andre Holmes (back) may miss the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 25, because of his back injury.

WR | Hakeem Nicks | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said he had WR Hakeem Nicks (foot) go through practice harder Wednesday, Aug. 22, and that Nicks looked good during practice.


Tight End

TE | Jason Witten | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten (spleen) is more likely to be ready to return in Week 2, even though his goal is still to be ready for the Cowboys' opening game of the season against the New York Giants.

TE | Luke Stocker | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Eric Wright (undisclosed) and TE Luke Stocker (undisclosed) both returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 22.

TE | Jeff Cumberland | New York Jets | Injury
Updating a previous report, New York Jets TE Jeff Cumberland (concussion) missed practice Wednesday, Aug. 22, with a concussion.


Place Kicker

PK | Garrett Hartley | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
New Orleans Saints special teams coach Greg McMahon is not close to a decision on whether PK Garrett Hartley and PK John Kasay will be the team's kicker.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Michael X. Harris | San Diego Chargers | Injury
San Diego Chargers OT Michael X. Harris is expected to start for OT Jared Gaither (back) in the team's third preseason game Friday, Aug. 24.

OT | Erik Pears | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills OT Erik Pears (groin), TE Mike Caussin (undisclosed) and DE Mark Anderson (undisclosed) all missed practice Wednesday, Aug. 22.


Guard

OG | Alex Parsons | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders OG Alex Parsons will likely start in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 25, in place of C Stefen Wisniewski (calf).

OG | Tyronne Green | San Diego Chargers | Injury
The San Diego Chargers are hopeful OG Tyronne Green (foot) can play in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 24.

OG | Scott Mruczkowski | Free Agent | Transaction
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said OG Scott Mruczkowski has decided to retire from professional football.

OG | Eric Steinbach | Retired | Transaction
Miami Dolphins OG Eric Steinbach has announced his retirement from professional football.


Defensive Line

DL | Richard Seymour | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders DT Richard Seymour (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Aug. 22.

DL | Casey Hampton | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers NT Casey Hampton (knee, elbow) recently had minor surgery on his left elbow. He is also recovering from surgery on his knee, but that isn't viewed as a problem. Hampton said he isn't worried about his knee at all and just has to wait for his elbow to heal before returning to action. His goal is to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season.

DL | Kyle Love | New England Patriots | Transaction
New England Patriots have signed DT Kyle Love to a one-year extension that will run through the 2013 season. The extension will be worth as much as $3.09 million and included a $500,000 signing bonus.

DL | Vernon Gholston | St. Louis Rams | Transaction, Free Agents
The St. Louis Rams have signed free-agent DE Vernon Gholston (Bears). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

DL | Michael Cosgrove | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Detroit Lions released DT Michael Cosgrove from the injury list Wednesday, Aug. 22.

DL | Mark Anderson | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills OT Erik Pears (groin), TE Mike Caussin (undisclosed) and DE Mark Anderson (undisclosed) all missed practice Wednesday, Aug. 22.

DL | Jonathan Fanene | Free Agent | Injury, Free Agents
Free-agent DL Jonathan Fanene (knee) is scheduled undergo arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday, Aug. 23. He could join a team after four to eight weeks of recovery.

DL | Shaun Cody | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans DT Shaun Cody (back) received another shot in his back, but head coach Gary Kubiak said Cody is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.

DL | Ra'shon Harris | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans DT Ra'shon Harris (triceps) will miss the rest of the season because of a triceps injury.

DL | Frostee Rucker | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns DE Frostee Rucker (knee) expects to play in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 24.

DL | Kyle Vanden Bosch | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (knee) and DTs Sammie Hill (back), Andre Fluellen (undisclosed) and Corey Williams (undisclosed) participated in practice Wednesday, Aug. 22.

DL | Dexter Davis | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Transaction
Seattle Seahawks DE Dexter Davis (undisclosed) cleared waivers and has been placed on Injured Reserve.

DL | Mike Patterson | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles DT Mike Patterson (head) will not be ready for the start of the regular season and is expected to start the season on the Non-Football Injury list. Patterson said he is a few weeks away from having the wound area in his skull reevaluated.

DL | Jason Pierre-Paul | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back) will not play in the third preseason game because of back spasms. The team is holding him out of the game as a precaution.


Linebacker

LB | Brian Urlacher | Chicago Bears | Injury
The Chicago Bears are reportedly pessimistic that LB Brian Urlacher (knee) will be ready for Week 1. Urlacher wants to play in Week 1, and the team has done nothing to dissuade him. They are allowing him to plan as if he'll be ready; however, internally, they are preparing as if he won't.

LB | Jamar Chaney | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles LB Jamar Chaney (hamstring) said he will play in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 24.

LB | Jon Beason | Carolina Panthers | Injury
The Carolina Panthers have been taking things slow with LB Jon Beason (hamstring) because they do not want him to aggravate the injury.

LB | Thomas Davis | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis (calf) received reps on special teams and with the first-team defense during practice Wednesday, Aug. 22. He is expected to play in the third preseason game Sunday, Aug. 26.

LB | Andre Carter | Free Agent | Injury, Free Agents
Free-agent DE Andre Carter (quadriceps) has worked out for the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders and has had negotiations with the New England Patriots but has not signed with anyone because he still lacks burst and explosion. It is believed he is not close to play in a game.

LB | Brian Cushing | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (ribs) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 22, because of injured ribs. Head coach Gary Kubiak said expects Cushing to play in the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 25.

LB | Keith Brooking | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos LB Keith Brooking (hamstring) and SS Jim Leonhard (knee) are not expected to play in the final two preseason games so the team will have to decide whether they make the final roster without seeing them play in a preseason game.

LB | Ramon Humber | New Orleans Saints | Injury
New Orleans Saints LB Ramon Humber (hamstring) is expected to miss around 10 days after pulling a hamstring during practice Wednesday, Aug. 22.

LB | Larry Lumpkin | Free Agent | Transaction
The Indianapolis Colts have released LB Larry Lumpkin with a failure to disclose physical condition designation.


Cornerback

CB | Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (shoulder) should be available for the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 24.

CB | Rashean Mathis | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury
Jacksonville Jaguars CB Rashean Mathis (knee) is expected to play in the third preseason game Thursday, Aug. 23. He was held out of the first two preseason games because he is coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament surgery.

CB | Derek Cox | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury
Jacksonville Jaguars OG Will Rackley (ankle), OT Eugene Monroe (concussion), LB Daryl Smith (groin) and CB Derek Cox (hamstring) will not play in the third preseason game Thursday, Aug. 23, because of injuries.

CB | Jayron Hosley | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants CB Jayron Hosley (toe) said he hopes to return to practice at some point next week. He said he has been trying to work the soreness and stiffness out of his turf toe.

CB | Roy Lewis | Seattle Seahawks | Injury
Seattle Seahawks CB Roy Lewis (knee) will undergo knee surgery Wednesday, Aug. 22. There is no timetable on his return.


Strong Safety

SS | Oshiomogho Atogwe | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles SS Oshiomogho Atogwe (ankle) is expected to play in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 24.

SS | Jim Leonhard | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos LB Keith Brooking (hamstring) and SS Jim Leonhard (knee) are not expected to play in the final two preseason games so the team will have to decide whether they make the final roster without seeing them play in a preseason game.


Free Safety

FS | Tanard Jackson | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins FS Tanard Jackson will be given a chance to earn more playing time or win one of the starting safety jobs in the last two preseason games because he will be filling in for injured FS Brandon Meriweather (knee).

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