Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on October 9, 2012 @ 09:22:47 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Alex Smith | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said QB Alex Smith's (finger) injury is concerning. Smith is dealing with a sprained middle finger on his throwing hand, and he didn't attempt a pass since injuring it in Week 5. He currently leads the league with a 108.8 passer rating, and he's completed 68.6 percent of his passes (94-for-137) for 1,087 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception.

QB | Jake Locker | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (shoulder) will miss the team's Week 6 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, Oct. 11. QB Matt Hasselbeck will receive his second straight start.

QB | Matt Cassel | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel (concussion) has not been ruled out for Week 6 yet but it appears unlikely that he will be able to play.

QB | Robert Griffin III | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (concussion) needs to get through the week without any setbacks in order to play in Week 6, according to head coach Mike Shanahan.


Running Back

RB | Cedric Benson | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers RB Cedric Benson (foot) has a Lisfranc injury, and he will miss at least eight weeks. It is possible he might be shut down for the remainder of the season.

RB | Rashard Mendenhall | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall (knee) was limited in practice Monday, Oct. 8.

RB | Javon Ringer | Tennessee Titans | Injury
Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (shoulder), RB Javon Ringer (shoulder), OT Mike Otto (knee) and LB Colin McCarthy (ankle) did not participate in practice Monday, Oct. 8.

RB | LaRod Stephens-Howling | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
The Arizona Cardinals do not believe RB LaRod Stephens-Howling can be an every-down running back that can carry the ball the 15 times per game but will be giving him more carries because of the injuries to RBs Beanie Wells (toe) and RB Ryan Williams (shoulder). Stephens-Howling has missed the last two games with a hip flexor but there is a good chance that he will be able to play in Week 6.

RB | Antone Smith | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons RB Antone Smith (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury Week 5 and was not able to return.

RB | Bryce Brown | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles RB Bryce Brown (shoulder) and LB Mychal Kendricks (ankle) were injured Week 5, but head coach Andy Reid said he expects both players to practice Wednesday, Oct. 10.

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said RB Adrian Peterson's (ankle) workload in the team's Week 6 game is uncertain due to Peterson's ankle issue.

RB | Ryan Williams | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said RB Ryan Williams (shoulder) will need three months to recover from the surgery he will have on his shoulder. Whisenhunt did not go into detail about the specifics of the injury.

RB | Andre Brown | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin doesn't think RB Andre Brown (concussion) is 100 percent healthy after dealing with a concussion.

RB | Ben Tate | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (toe), who was limited in practice last week, is unlikely to play in the team's Week 5 game against the New York Jets Monday, Oct. 8.


Fullback

FB | John Conner | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets FB John Conner (hamstring), WR Stephen Hill (hamstring) and TE Dustin Keller (hamstring) will not play Week 5 because of injuries. All three were listed as doubtful for the game.

FB | Evan Rodriguez | Chicago Bears | Injury
Chicago Bears FB Evan Rodriguez (knee) is expected to be available for the team's Week 7 game, according to head coach Lovie Smith.


Wide Receiver

WR | Clyde Gates | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets WR Clyde Gates (shoulder) left the Week 5 game Monday, Oct. 8, against the Houston Texans due to a shoulder injury, and he will not return.

WR | Vincent Brown | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers DEs Corey Liuget (knee) and Vaughn Martin (stinger) were both injured in the team's Week 5 game, but head coach Norv Turner expects them both to play in Week 6. CB Shareece Wright (ankle) said he expects to return to practice this week. WR Vincent Brown (ankle) can return to practice this week, and he's eligible to return to game action Nov. 1.

WR | Alshon Jeffery | Chicago Bears | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous item, Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hand) is expected to be out four to six weeks with a fractured hand, according to a league source.

WR | Kenny Britt | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt (ankle) did not participate in practice Monday, Oct. 8.

WR | Darrius Heyward-Bey | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (concussion) has been cleared for contact. Heyward-Bey was very active during practice Monday, Oct. 8.

WR | Hakeem Nicks | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks (foot, knee) had an MRI on his injured knee. "It's a knee," head coach Tom Coughlin said when asked if it revealed structural damage.

WR | Ramses Barden | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants WR Ramses Barden (concussion) has been cleared to return to practice, according to head coach Tom Coughlin.

WR | Jerome Simpson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings WR Jerome Simpson (leg) is undergoing an MRI exam Monday, Oct. 8, for leg numbness and weakness that he experienced in Week 5.

WR | Earl Bennett | Chicago Bears | Injury
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said he expects WR Earl Bennett (hand) to be available for the team's Week 7 game.

WR | Reggie Wayne | Indianapolis Colts | Injury
Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne overcame severe cramps in scoring the game-winning touchdown with 35 seconds left in the team's Week 5 game.


Tight End

TE | E. Alex Smith | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur said Monday, Oct. 8, that TE E. Alex Smith (concussion) has not practiced or played since Sept. 16, but he has been spending time at the team's headquarters. Shurmur spoke "at length" with Smith Monday.

TE | Jeff Cumberland | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets TE Jeff Cumberland made the start in the Week 5 game Monday, Oct. 8, against the Houston Texans with TE Dustin Keller (hamstring) sidelined. Cumberland took advantage of his chance, posting two grabs for 51 yards and a touchdown.

TE | Richard Gordon | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said TE Richard Gordon (hamstring) and OT Khalif Barnes (groin) are considered week-to-week because of their injuries.

TE | Jermichael Finley | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said TE Jermichael Finley (shoulder) has a shoulder issue and there is a chance he will be ready for the team's Week 6 game against the Houston Texans.

TE | Martellus Bennett | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said TE Martellus Bennett (knee) is undergoing tests on the hyperextended knee he suffered Week 5.

TE | Michael Palmer | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said TE Michael Palmer (shoulder) will not play Week 6. The team is hoping Palmer can return after the team's Week 7 bye.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Jared Gaither | San Diego Chargers | Injury
San Diego Chargers OT Jared Gaither (groin) suffered a strained groin in Week 5. Head coach Norv Turner said there is a chance Gaither could play Week 6.

OT | Khalif Barnes | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said TE Richard Gordon (hamstring) and OT Khalif Barnes (groin) are considered week-to-week because of their injuries.

OT | Jammal Brown | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said OT Jammal Brown's (hip) doctors believe there is a chance Brown can return to play after the team's Week 10 bye.

OT | Jeremy Trueblood | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers OT Jeremy Trueblood (illness) did not participate in practice Monday, Oct. 8, because of a stomach virus. Trueblood is a candidate to start at right guard.

OT | Kraig Urbik | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills OG Kraig Urbik (ankle) and OT Cordy Glenn (ankle) are not expected to play Week 6 because they did not accompany the team for their two-week West Coast road trip.


Guard

OG | Chad Rinehart | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey said Monday, Oct. 8, that OG Chad Rinehart (calf) will not practice Wednesday, Oct. 10, but still has a chance to play in Week 6. OT Sam Young would get the nod if Rinehart cannot go.


Offensive Line

OL | Vladimir Ducasse | New York Jets | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
New York Jets C Nick Mangold (leg) left the Week 5 game Oct. 8, against the Houston Texans due to an undisclosed leg injury. Mangold walked very gingerly to the cart before being loaded and taken to the locker room for further evaluation. OG Matt Slauson moved to center, with OL Vladimir Ducasse coming on at left guard.

OL | Cordy Glenn | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills OG Kraig Urbik (ankle) and OT Cordy Glenn (ankle) are not expected to play Week 6 because they did not accompany the team for their two-week West Coast road trip.


Defensive Line

DL | Mark Anderson | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills DE Mark Anderson (knee) suffered a knee injury in Week 5 against the San Francisco 49ers, and he had an MRI Monday, Oct. 8, and is awaiting test results.

DL | Corey Liuget | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers DEs Corey Liuget (knee) and Vaughn Martin (stinger) were both injured in the team's Week 5 game, but head coach Norv Turner expects them both to play in Week 6. CB Shareece Wright (ankle) said he expects to return to practice this week. WR Vincent Brown (ankle) can return to practice this week, and he's eligible to return to game action Nov. 1.

DL | B.J. Raji | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers DL B.J. Raji (ankle) has a chance to play in Week 6, according to Packers head coach Mike McCarthy.

DL | Jay Ratliff | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
The Cowboys are looking forward to DT Jay Ratliff (ankle) returning to the lineup, hoping his return will boost their run defense and pass rush.

DL | Chris Canty | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants DT Chris Canty (knee) said he is feeling a lot better and he will be ready to go in Week 7.


Linebacker

LB | Brian Cushing | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the Houston Texans fear LB Brian Cushing (knee) tore his anterior cruciate ligament. He will have an MRI Tuesday, Oct. 9.

LB | D'Qwell Jackson | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns LB D'Qwell Jackson (concussion) attended team meetings at the team's practice facility Monday, Oct. 8, less than 24 hours after suffering a concussion in the Week 5 game against the New York Giants.

LB | James Harrison | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers LBs James Harrison (knee) and Stevenson Sylvester (knee) were limited in practice Monday, Oct. 8.

LB | LaMarr Woodley | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers SS Troy Polamalu (calf) and LB LaMarr Woodley (hamstring) did not practice Monday, Oct. 8.

LB | Barrett Ruud | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The New Orleans Saints re-signed CB Elbert Mack Monday, Oct. 8, and released LB Barrett Ruud in a corresponding move.

LB | Jon Beason | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said C Geoff Hangartner (knee), LB Jon Beason (knee) and CB Chris Gamble (shoulder) should be able to return after the team's Week 6 bye.

LB | Luke Kuechly | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said he will have to talk with head coach Ron Rivera about keeping LB Luke Kuechly at middle linebacker or moving him when LB Jon Beason (knee) returns. Beason has said he would like to come back to the middle linebacker spot when he returns. Kuechly said he does not have a preference as to which position he plays.

LB | Colin McCarthy | Tennessee Titans | Injury
Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (shoulder), RB Javon Ringer (shoulder), OT Mike Otto (knee) and LB Colin McCarthy (ankle) did not participate in practice Monday, Oct. 8.

LB | Stephen Nicholas | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said the team hopes LB Stephen Nicholas' (ankle) ankle injury will improve over the next few days. Nicholas tried to re-enter the game Week 5 after suffering the injury but had to leave the game for a second time.

LB | Mychal Kendricks | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles RB Bryce Brown (shoulder) and LB Mychal Kendricks (ankle) were injured Week 5, but head coach Andy Reid said he expects both players to practice Wednesday, Oct. 10.


Cornerback

CB | Aaron Williams | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills CB Aaron Williams (hand) is expected to be fine after suffering a hand injury in Week 5 against the San Francisco 49ers, according to head coach Chan Gailey. Williams is likely to play in Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals.

CB | Chris Gamble | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said C Geoff Hangartner (knee), LB Jon Beason (knee) and CB Chris Gamble (shoulder) should be able to return after the team's Week 6 bye.

CB | Alterraun Verner | Tennessee Titans | Injury
Tennessee Titans DE Scott Solomon (hamstring), LB Patrick Bailey (hand), CB Alterraun Verner (thigh), CB Ryan Mouton (knee) and SS Jordan Babineaux (knee) were limited during practice Monday, Oct. 8.

CB | Shawntae Spencer | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders CB Shawntae Spencer (foot) is still wearing a protective boot and is considered week-to-week. Spencer has not been able to play since Week 2.

CB | Eric Wright | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Eric Wright (head) participated in practice Monday, Oct. 8. Head coach Greg Schiano said Wright looked fine during practice.


Strong Safety

SS | Troy Polamalu | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers SS Troy Polamalu (calf) and LB LaMarr Woodley (hamstring) did not practice Monday, Oct. 8.

SS | Jordan Babineaux | Tennessee Titans | Injury
Tennessee Titans DE Scott Solomon (hamstring), LB Patrick Bailey (hand), CB Alterraun Verner (thigh), CB Ryan Mouton (knee) and SS Jordan Babineaux (knee) were limited during practice Monday, Oct. 8.


Free Safety

FS | Jairus Byrd | Buffalo Bills | Injury
The Buffalo Bills will practice at Arizona State University Wednesday, Oct. 10, as they have two west coast games in back-to-back weeks, so they'll stay out west. FS Jairus Byrd (calf), who suffered a calf injury in San Francisco in Week 5, will not practice Wednesday. However, he has a chance to play in Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals.

FS | Michael Huff | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders OT Khalif Barnes (groin), CB Shawntae Spencer (foot), TE Richard Gordon (hamstring), LB Aaron Curry (knees) and CB Ron Bartell (shoulder) are not practicing Monday, Oct. 8. OT Willie Smith will likely make another start at right tackle with Barnes and Spencer injured. CB Michael Huff will start at left cornerback.

FS | Brandon Meriweather | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said FS Brandon Meriweather (knee) likely will need about four more weeks to recover from his knee injury.

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