Hot off the Wire - News, Rumors, Injuries and more!

Hot off the Wire Feeds


Have a hot news tip?


Buccaneers | Taking it easy wiith Alterraun Verner

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:55:52 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaneer CB Alterraun Verner (hamstring) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 19, but head coach Lovie Smith said he may not play in the team's preseason game Sunday, Aug. 24.

Chiefs | Two return to practice

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:50:07 -0700

Kansas City Chiefs DT Mike DeVito (hand) and DE Mike Catapano (illness) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 19. Catapano worked with the first-team during pass-rushing drills.

Packers | Colt Lyerla still in team's plans

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:41:01 -0700

Green Bay Packers TE Colt Lyerla (knee) will likely be placed on Injured Reserve after he clears waivers, according to Lyerla's agent, Vinnie Porter. "So to put him on IR and give him a redshirt season is probably the best option for the whole situation," Porter said. "They've already put a decent amount of work into him. But it's a business and you never know what could happen."

Panthers | Corey Brown could return punts

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:33:33 -0700

Carolina Panthers WR Corey Brown will have a chance to become the team's top punt returner following the trade of RB Kenjon Barner to the Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Vikings | Jerome Simpson talks about appeal hearing

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:25:46 -0700

Minnesota Vikings WR Jerome Simpson said Tuesday, Aug. 19, that he told the truth when he met with NFL hearings officer Harold Henderson to appeal a three-game suspension stemming from an arrest for DWI last season.

FANTASY TIP: Even if he wins his appeal, Simpson is likely to have minimal fantasy value this year. He is currently behind Cordarrelle Patterson and Greg Jennings on the depth chart, and being the third receiver on a team that struggles to throw the ball isn't exactly a recipe for success.

Phillies | A.J. Burnett might not play in 2015

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:17:30 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP A.J. Burnett was asked Tuesday, Aug. 19, whether he intended to pitch next year and he replied, "Probably not." However, he had a player option which jumped to $11.75 million with his 27th start Tuesday.

Braves | Andrelton Simmons leaves early

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:16:36 -0700

Atlanta Braves SS Andrelton Simmons (hip) left the game Tuesday, Aug. 19, against the Pittsburgh Pirates due to a sore left hip. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he is hopeful Simmons can play Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Packers | Davante Adams working to gain trust

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:15:11 -0700

Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams said he is working to gain the trust of QB Aaron Rodgers. "Just making sure that it becomes second nature," Adams said about what he needs to work on most. "Everything out there is just flowing and I don't have to worry about thinking too much and I can just play."

FANTASY TIP: Green Bay's offense is certainly capable of supporting three fantasy-worthy options at receiver, but Adams isn't a lock to overtake Jarrett Boykin for the team's No. 3 receiver job by Week 1. For now, Adams isn't worth drafting, but he is worth keeping an eye on to see how his role progresses during the year.

Saints | Mark Ingram's role evolving

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:50:09 -0700

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram has never had a touchdown reception during the regular season, but he took a screen pass for a 23-yard touchdown in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 15.

FANTASY TIP: Ingram has looked like a more decisive runner during the preseason, and the fact that he is being used a little in the passing game is encouraging. The Saints rotate their picks too frequently and throw the ball too much to make Ingram more than a RB4 on draft day, but when you do decide to roll the dice on one of New Orleans' running backs, Ingram looks like he has the most upside at this point.

Seahawks | Malcolm Smith returns to practice

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:31:34 -0700

Seattle Seahawks LB Malcolm Smith (ankle) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 19, and returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown.

Panthers | Fozzy Whittaker in good shape

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:22:12 -0700

Carolina Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker appears to be in good shape for winning a spot on the 53-man roster after the team traded RB Kenjon Barner to the Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday, Aug. 19.

FANTASY TIP: Whittaker has had a strong preseason, particularly in the second game against Kansas City. However, unless DeAngelo Williams or Jonathan Stewart go down with a long-term injury, Whittaker's fantasy value is rather limited.

NFL | Nick Collins announces retirement

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:21:34 -0700

Free-agent S Nick Collins (Packers) officially announced his retirement from the NFL Tuesday, Aug. 19, on his official Twitter account.

Bengals | Several miss practice

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:14:15 -0700

Cincinnati Bengals RB Rex Burkhead (knee), CB Darqueze Dennard (hip), TE Tyler Eifert (shoulder), DE Wallace Gilberry (undisclosed), DE Dontay Moch (undisclosed), OL Mike Pollak (knee), WR Dane Sanzenbacher (undisclosed), LB J.K. Schaffer (head), QB Tyler Wilson (head) and WR James Wright (shoulder) each were held out of practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.

49ers | Brandon Lloyd fitting in

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:13:44 -0700

San Francisco 49ers WR Brandon Lloyd has developed a bond with WR Anquan Boldin and is in good position to make the final 53-man roster.

FANTASY TIP: Even if Lloyd does make the roster, he isn't worth drafting in fantasy leagues. At best, he would be the fifth option behind Michael Crabtree, Boldin, Vernon Davis and Stevie Johnson.

Eagles | Chip Kelly talks Kenjon Barner trade

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:13:09 -0700

Philadelphia Eagles RB Kenjon Barner was acquired by the team as a way to add depth in the backfield and in the return game, according to head coach Chip Kelly.

Bengals | Jason Campbell practices

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:09:24 -0700

Cincinnati Bengals QB Jason Campbell (elbow) was on the practice field Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Bengals | Three back at practice

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:08:54 -0700

Cincinnati CB Dre Kirkpatrick (hip), LB Sean Porter (knee) and OT Andre Smith (concussion) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Bengals | Jeremy Hill practices

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:08:08 -0700

Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (shoulder) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Eagles | Acquire Kenjon Barner in trade

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:07:21 -0700

The Philadelphia Eagles acquired RB Kenjon Barner from the Carolina Panthers Tuesday, Aug. 19, for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015.

FANTASY TIP: The Eagles already have LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles in the backfield so Barner would need some injuries to occur before he would have any real fantasy value.

Raiders | Decision coming soon on D.J. Hayden

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:57:42 -0700

Oakland Raiders CB D.J. Hayden (foot) will be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list next week if the team doesn't believe he will healthy enough to start the season on the active roster, head coach Dennis Allen said Tuesday, Aug. 19.