Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on July 27, 2010 @ 13:07:14 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Sam Bradford | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams general manager Billy Devaney said there is a really good chance that the team can agree to a contract with first-round draft choice QB Sam Bradford before the start of training camp, reports Alex Marvez, of FOXSports.com.

QB | Brett Favre | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress said he believes Brett Favre would need two to three weeks of training camp in order to be ready for the start of the season, according to Chip Scoggins, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

QB | Matt Moore | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Carolina Panthers QB Matt Moore needs to become more assertive in the locker room this year, reports Darin Gantt, of The Charlotte Observer. His teammates will be looking for him to step up as a leader. With one year remaining on his contract, this will be an important one-year audition for the first-year starter.


Running Back

RB | Fred Jackson | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson appears to be the frontrunner for the starting running back job entering training camp, reports Allen Wilson, of The Buffalo News.

RB | Ronnie Brown | Miami Dolphins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown (foot) likely will be limited at times during training camp because he is still recovering from foot surgery last season, reports Armando Salguero, of The Miami Herald.

RB | Rashard Mendenhall | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said RB Rashard Mendenhall does well in goal line situations but wants Mendenhall to improve in short yardage situations, reports Mark Kaboly, of the McKeesport Daily News. "Some guys have to learn that they aren't running for a touchdown. We need a yard. Rashard did a good job on goal line, but not as good a job on short yardage. That will again be an emphasis in training camp," Arians said.

RB | Ahmad Bradshaw | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw (feet, ankle) could work out just once per day during training camp, reports Paul Schwartz, of The New York Post. Bradshaw underwent three surgeries during the offseason. He had screws inserted in both of his feet to stabilize them and had bone spurs removed from his right ankle.

RB | Montario Hardesty | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns rookie RB Montario Hardesty is expected to compete in training camp for the team's starting tailback duties, reports Nate Ulrich, of The Akron Beacon Journal.

RB | Justin Forsett | Seattle Seahawks | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks RBs Justin Forsett, Leon Washington (leg) and Julius Jones will compete for the starting tailback duties during training camp, reports KVOS.com.

RB | Laurence Maroney | New England Patriots | Fantasy
There is some thought New England Patriots RB Laurence Maroney won't make it out of training camp as part of the team, reports Tom E. Curran, of Comcast SportsNet. However, that seams unlikely because the Patriots don't have a lot of other options to turn to and the Patriots may have to turn toward him as their top back again. Maroney said he will be better in 2010, but only time will tell. Last year he had problems holding onto the football, and lost four fumbles against top-tier opponents at key times.

RB | Fred Taylor | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots RB Fred Taylor turns 34 this season, and chances of him becoming more durable at this stage of his career seem slim, reports Tom E. Curran, of Comcast SportsNet. Taylor averaged 4.3 yards per carry a year ago, but was only available to play in six games. He still has some tread on his tires, but he will need to stay healthy to show it.


Wide Receiver

WR | Terrell Owens | Free Agent | Free Agents
Updating a previous item, the New York Jets' interest in free-agent WR Terrell Owens (Bills) is "very minimal," according to a league source, reports Tim Graham, of ESPN.com.

WR | Wes Welker | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
The New England Patriots have placed WR Wes Welker (knee) on the Physically Unable to Perform list prior to the start of training camp, according to Sean Leahy, of USA Today. Welker was placed on the active/PUP list, which could still allow him to return soon.

WR | Eric Decker | Denver Broncos | Transaction
The Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with third-round draft pick WR Eric Decker, reports Fox 31's Josina Anderson. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

WR | Golden Tate | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
The Seattle Seahawks have questions at the starting receiver spot opposite WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, reports Danny O'Neil, of The Seattle Times. WRs Deion Branch (knee), Mike X. Williams and rookie Golden Tate are in the mix. Branch has had three knee surgeries in a little more than two seasons, while Williams is trying to resurrect his career after a strong offseason.

WR | Dez Bryant | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (ankle) appeared to injure his right ankle during the team's practice Monday, July 26, reports Todd Archer, of The Dallas Morning News. He took a few snaps off while he was examined, but he was able to return after having his ankle re-taped.

WR | Santana Moss | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
If the NFL feels the government case against Canadian doctor Anthony Galea provides enough evidence that Washington Redskins WR Santana Moss used HGH, the league could slap Moss with a four-game suspension, reports Jason Reid, of The Washington Post. Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan doesn't believe a suspension is coming after talking with Moss on the matter. Moss has acknowledged receiving treatment from Galea, but said he never knowingly received HGH. The league could have patience with this and the matter could extend into the regular season, as the NFL may wait for the federal case against Galea to progress.

WR | Brandon Marshall | Miami Dolphins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall (hip) is expected to fully participate in practice when training camp begins, reports Armando Salguero, of The Miami Herald.

WR | Randy Moss | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Randy Moss, entering the final year of his contract, said he does not expect to return to the Patriots after this season, reports Tom King, of The Nashua Telegraph.

WR | James Jones | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson and WR James Jones will compete for the No. 3 wide receiver job during training camp, reports Bob McGinn, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wide receivers coach Jimmy Robinson said there competition is too close to say that either is the favorite.

WR | Harry Douglas | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
The Atlanta Falcons are counting on WR Harry Douglas (knee) to make a successful return from last year's knee injury and become a threat out of the slot, reports D. Orlando Ledbetter, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

WR | Dwayne Jarrett | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
It is a make-or-break year for Carolina Panthers WR Dwayne Jarrett, reports Darin Gantt, of The Charlotte Observer. He has often teased for three years, looking good in practice but disappearing during games. Along the way, excuses have been made for him. With no veteran in his way of starting, the excuses are gone and this year it will be up to Jarrett to show if he is capable of being a player.


Tight End

TE | Martellus Bennett | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips said TE Martellus Bennett (ankle) and DE Lorenzo Washington (hamstring) could participate in practice Tuesday, July 26, reports ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins.

TE | Benjamin Watson | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns TE Benjamin Watson is the top option at tight end entering training camp, reports Nate Ulrich, of The Akron Beacon Journal.

TE | Alex Smith | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit
Cleveland Browns TE Alex Smith isn't a lock to make the roster, reports Nate Ulrich, of The Akron Beacon Journal.

TE | Evan Moore | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit
Cleveland Browns TE Evan Moore will look to leap past TE Robert Royal for the No. 2 tight end duties during training camp, reports Nate Ulrich, of The Akron Beacon Journal. He could also see some action in two tight end sets this year with starter Benjamin Watson.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Oniel Cousins | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens OT Oniel Cousins (throat), currently on the Physically Unable to Perform list, said he recently had a cyst removed from his throat and expects to return to practice next week, according to CBSSports.com.

OT | Charles Brown | New Orleans Saints | Transaction
The New Orleans Saints have signed second-round draft choice OT Charles Brown to a four-year deal, reports Jeff Duncan, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Guard

OG | Todd Herremans | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said LB Victor Abiamiri (knee), C Jamaal Jackson (knee) and OL Todd Herremans (foot) will start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, reports PhiladelphiaEagles.com.

OG | Chester Pitts | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Buffalo Bills met with unrestricted free-agent OG Chester Pitts (Texans) Monday, July 26, reports Chris Brown, of BuffaloBills.com.


Defensive Line

DL | Jason Hatcher | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys DL Jason Hatcher (elbow) has a minor elbow injury that is preventing him from full participation in practice Tuesday, July 27, according to CBSSports.com.

DL | Osi Umenyiora | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants DL Osi Umenyiora (hip) has been recommended to undergo hip surgery by a specialist in order to alleviate the constant pain Umenyiora has been suffering, according to Mike Garafolo, of The Star-Ledger. However, Umenyiora and the Giants' medical staff eventually agreed to pass on surgery for now and try to manage the injury because he won't make it worse by playing through it.

DL | Terrence Cody | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens DL Terrence Cody, CB Walt Harris, LB Brendon Ayanbadejo (quadriceps), CB Lardarius Webb (knee), FS Ed Reed (hip), CB Fabian Washington (knee) and OT Oniel Cousins (throat) will likely be heading to the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to head coach John Harbaugh, reports Mike Duffy, of BaltimoreRavens.com.

DL | Lamarr Houston | Oakland Raiders | Transaction
The Oakland Raiders have signed second-round draft pick DL Lamarr Houston, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

DL | Mike Neal | Green Bay Packers | Transaction
Green Bay Packers second-round draft choice DT Mike Neal announced on his Twitter page that he has signed with the team, according to Kareem Copeland, of The Green Bay Press-Gazette. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

DL | Victor Abiamiri | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said LB Victor Abiamiri (knee), C Jamaal Jackson (knee) and OL Todd Herremans (foot) will start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, reports PhiladelphiaEagles.com.


Linebacker

LB | Brendon Ayanbadejo | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens LB Brendon Ayanbadejo (quadriceps) is on the Physically Unable to Perform list because he is recovering from offseason surgery to repair the quadriceps he tore last season, causing him to be placed on Injured Reserve, according to CBSSports.com.

LB | Sean Lee | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (quadriceps) is not practicing Tuesday, July 27, because of a strained quadriceps, according to CBSSports.com.

LB | Brandon Spikes | New England Patriots | Transaction
The New England Patriots have agreed to terms with second-round draft choice LB Brandon Spikes on a four-year deal worth just over $3.2 million, a source told WEEI.com's Christopher Price. The deal includes a signing bonus of $950,000.

LB | Jarret Johnson | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens LB Jarret Johnson (shoulder) said his surgically-repaired shoulder is 100 percent and is ready to participate in practice during training camp, according to The Baltimore Sun's Edward Lee. Johnson said he does not expect to start camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

LB | Keith Bulluck | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants LB Keith Bulluck (knee) said his knee is about 90 percent recovered from the reconstructive knee surgery he had last year, reports ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk.


Cornerback

CB | Akwasi Owusu-Ansah | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (shoulder) said he expects to have his first practice with the team by Saturday, July 31, according to CBSSports.com. "I feel like I'm ready to go but they don't want to rush it," Owusu-Ansah said. "I have to trust the trainers but I think we're getting pretty close."

CB | Fabian Washington | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens DL Terrence Cody, CB Walt Harris, LB Brendon Ayanbadejo (quadriceps), CB Lardarius Webb (knee), FS Ed Reed (hip), CB Fabian Washington (knee) and OT Oniel Cousins (throat) will likely be heading to the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to head coach John Harbaugh, reports Mike Duffy, of BaltimoreRavens.com.

CB | Ellis Hobbs | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles CB Ellis Hobbs (neck) will report for the team's training camp Thursday, July 29, and he will be cleared to practice from the start, reports Jeff McLane, of the Philadelphia Inquirer.


Strong Safety

SS | Reed Doughty | Washington Redskins | Depth Chart Tidbit
Washington Redskins S Reed Doughty has typically been steady while adjusting to a 3-4 defensive scheme, reports Jason Reid, of The Washington Post. He will likely team with S LaRon Landry in the defensive backfield. S Kareem Moore will likely push for more playing time, and could pass S Chris Horton on the depth chart.


Free Safety

FS | Ed Reed | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens DL Terrence Cody, CB Walt Harris, LB Brendon Ayanbadejo (quadriceps), CB Lardarius Webb (knee), FS Ed Reed (hip), CB Fabian Washington (knee) and OT Oniel Cousins (throat) will likely be heading to the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to head coach John Harbaugh, reports Mike Duffy, of BaltimoreRavens.com.

FS | Kenny Phillips | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants S Kenny Phillips (knee), who had microfracture surgery on his left knee, said he is ready to go full speed in training camp, reports Paul Schwartz, of The New York Post. He will likely only take part in workouts once a day.

FS | T.J. Ward | Cleveland Browns | Transaction
The Cleveland Browns have agreed to terms with second-round draft choice FS T.J. Ward on a four-year deal, a source told Aaron Wilson, of NationalFootballPost.com. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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