Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on July 30, 2010 @ 12:46:11 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Erik Ainge | New York Jets | Injury, Transaction
New York Jets QB Erik Ainge (illness) was placed on the reserve non-football injury list, reports Eric Allen, of NewYorkJets.com.

QB | Tarvaris Jackson | Minnesota Vikings | Depth Chart Tidbit
Minnesota Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson is expected to see the majority of the work with the first-string offense during training camp while QB Brett Favre continues to mull over his future with the team, reports Judd Zulgad, of The Minneapolis Star Tribune. QBs Sage Rosenfels and rookie Joe Webb will also see extra snaps during camp.

QB | Trent Edwards | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills QB Trent Edwards opened the team's training camp as their starting quarterback, reports NationalFootballPost.com's Aaron Wilson. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick opened camp as the No. 2 quarterback and QB Brian Brohm was the No. 3 quarterback. Head coach Chan Gailey said the competition for the starting job is just getting started, but he did explain why Edwards got the first shot at the job. Gailey said, "Well he just made a lot more plays that we thought were positive plays during the course of the minicamps and OTAs. He did a good job of handling the team. He did a good job when he had the threes, as well as when he had the ones. And that was impressive to me, to be able to go out there and work with whoever he was throwing with."

QB | Tim Tebow | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Denver Broncos QB Tim Tebow's five-year deal is worth $11.25 million with $8.75 million guaranteed, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal has a maximum value of $33 million.

QB | Kevin Kolb | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles QB Kevin Kolb was given the morning workout off Thursday, July 29, reports The Philadelphia Daily News. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said the two most important things he wants to see out of Kolb this season are: 1) a high completion percentage; and 2) a low interception count.

QB | Jay Cutler | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler said offensive coordinator Mike Martz told him the offense will continue to install new things to keep everyone on their toes, reports Sean Jensen, of The Chicago Sun-Times. Cutler said he, and everyone else on the team, have something to prove. "I definitely do. I think this offense does, as a whole," Cutler said. He added that he thinks everyone has a chip on their shoulder this year, and believes a sense of urgency from the team is a good thing.

QB | Matthew Stafford | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford will take almost all of the snaps with the first-string offense during training camp, reports Tom Kowalski, of MLive.com. Last year, he split first-team work with QB Daunte Culpepper. The extra time with the starting lineup should allow him to build better chemistry with his wide receivers and become more comfortable in the offense. Stafford appears to be doing a better job of putting air under his passes this year instead of trying to fire rockets on every throw, and it looks like his accuracy - especially downfield - has improved.

QB | Sam Bradford | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams rookie QB Sam Bradford was not on the practice field as the team's rookies began training camp Thursday, July 29, reports Jim Thomas, of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. There were not any negotiations between the Rams and Bradford's agents Wednesday evening. Rams executive vice president of football operations Kevin Demoff indicated Wednesday that negotiations were progressing. There are not any indications of major hang-ups in the negotiations at this time.


Running Back

RB | Steve Slaton | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans RB Steve Slaton (neck) was not wearing the red no-contact jersey during morning practice Friday, July 30, according to HoustonTexans.com's Nick Scurfield.

RB | Arian Foster | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster worked with the first-team offense during practice Friday, July 30, reports Nick Scurfield, of HoustonTexans.com.

RB | Joe McKnight | New York Jets | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
New York Jets rookie RB Joe McKnight (undisclosed) was placed on the active non-football injury list, reports Eric Allen, of NewYorkJets.com. McKnight failed his conditioning test with the team.

RB | Laurence Maroney | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots RB Laurence Maroney isn't passing blame for his fumble problems last year, reports Monique Walker, of The Boston Globe. Maroney said it was simply him being lazy. He noted eliminating the fumbles means concentrating on ball control and avoiding lazy habits. He said he is not a fumbler typically, and losing the ball like he did last year has bothered him ever since.

RB | Kregg Lumpkin | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers RB Kregg Lumpkin received most of the carries with the No. 1 offense during OTAs last month when RBs Ryan Grant and Brandon Jackson received a breather, reports Packers.com's Mike Spofford. Lumpkin is looking to make the 53-man roster out of camp, and running backs coach Edgar Bennett praised Lumpkin's natural running instincts and soft hands as his best qualities. "This kid is talented, and this kid is committed," Bennett said. "We're talking about a guy, to be quite frank, who hasn't missed a day. In the offseason workout program, he hasn't missed a beat. You root for guys like that." Lumpkin needs to stay healthy if he wants to make the roster, but his work on the practice squad last year should give him a leg up over his competition.

RB | Larry Johnson | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins RB Larry Johnson showed enough during the offseason to likely earn a spot in the team's backfield this season, reports Jason Reid and Rick Maese, of The Washington Post.

RB | Clinton Portis | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins RB Clinton Portis is determined to show he is still capable of having a productive season, reports Jason Reid and Rick Maese, of The Washington Post. Portis has slimmed down to 217 pounds after being more than 230 pounds last season.

RB | Felix Jones | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys RB Felix Jones (knee) said he is filling into his body after putting on 10 pounds of muscle during the offseason, reports Rowan Kavner, of DallasCowboys.com. He said he worked hard during the offseason to put on additional muscle. Jones said he feels fine after experiencing some swelling in his knee Wednesday, July 28. Jones also noted he feels comfortable catching the ball out of the backfield, as he feels he can do a lot more things in space.

RB | Ben Tate | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate received a four-year deal, reports Adam Schefter, of ESPN.

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has grown every year that he's been in the league as a third-down back, according to head coach Brad Childress on SIRIUS NFL Radio. "I think you'll see him more on third downs this year," Childress said.

RB | Kevin Smith | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions FS Ko Simpson (knee), RB Kevin Smith (knee), TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee) and CB Jack Williams (knee) could be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, reports MLive.com's Tom Kowalski.

RB | C.J. Spiller | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
The Buffalo Bills should be able to progress in their talks with rookie RB C.J. Spiller, the team's first-round draft choice, now that the Oakland Raiders have reached a deal with LB Rolando McClain, reports Chris Brown, of BuffaloBills.com. McClain was selected one spot ahead of Spiller at No. 8 overall in the NFL Draft, so his contract will be a good baseline for where Spiller's deal should come in. Spiller, however, was the first running back taken, which could make things more complicated.

RB | Pierre Thomas | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said the team continues to talk with RB Pierre Thomas on a new deal, reports Jeff Duncan, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Thomas has reported for training camp and is expected to participate in practice.


Wide Receiver

WR | Andre Johnson | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson, who indicated displeasure with his contract during the offseason, reported to training camp on time and participated in practice Friday, July 30, reports Nick Scurfield, of HoustonTexans.com. Owner Bob McNair said the team is willing to sit down with Johnson to about his contract.

WR | David Tyree | Free Agent | Free Agents
Unrestricted free-agent WR Ike Hilliard (Buccaneers) and WR David Tyree (Giants) will sign one-day contracts with the team in order to retire as members of the team, according to Giants.com's Michael Eisen.

WR | Wes Welker | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Wes Welker (knee) showed quick, fluid movements while going through agility drills Thursday, July 29, reports Monique Walker, of The Boston Globe. Welker remains on the team's active PUP list.

WR | Devin Hester | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears WR Devin Hester said this year is going to be his breakout year, reports Sean Jensen, of The Chicago Sun-Times. Hester worked out with former NFL WR Isaac Bruce during the offseason and said it has added a swagger to his game. "I'm going to shock a lot of people," Hester said. He said he learned a lot of nuances during his workouts with Bruce, including how to run routes at different speeds.

WR | Malcolm Kelly | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins WR Malcolm Kelly (hamstring) was able to participate in the team's practice Thursday, July 29, reports Jason Reid, of The Washington Post.

WR | Chaz Schilens | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders WR Chaz Schilens (undisclosed) walked to the team's field house with a member of their training staff Thursday, July 29, but he was not limping, reports Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers.

WR | Devin Thomas | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins WR Devin Thomas is one of the most well-conditioned receivers in the league, reports Jason Reid and Rick Maese, of The Washington Post. He appears to be in a good position to step forward in the team's new system.

WR | Joey Galloway | Washington Redskins | Depth Chart Tidbit
Washington Redskins WR Joey Galloway worked with the first-string offense during 11-on-11 drills Thursday, July 29, reports Rick Maese, of The Washington Post.

WR | Terrell Owens | Cincinnati Bengals | Transaction, Free Agents
The Cincinnati Bengals announced they have officially signed free-agent WR Terrell Owens (Bills). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

WR | Antonio Bryant | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals WR Antonio Bryant (knee) will be limited to one practice when the team is scheduled to have two practices in a day, reports Joe Reedy, of The Cincinnati Enquirer.

WR | DeSean Jackson | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson passed his conditioning test Thursday, July 29, reports Jeff McLane, of The Philadelphia Inquirer. He had to run 12 100-yard dashes with a 45-second break in between. He had skipped out of the final week of OTAs, which is when teammates took the test. There was speculation that he was not happy with his contract, but sources close to him say that is not the case.

WR | Laveranues Coles | Free Agent | Free Agents, Depth Chart Tidbit
Provided free-agent WR Laveranues Coles (Bengals) is signed by the New York Jets, he would fill the void left by WR Santonio Holmes during the four games he is suspended, reports Manish Mehta, of The New York Daily News. After Holmes returns, it is uncertain what role Coles would play.

WR | Demaryius Thomas | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos rookie WR Demaryius Thomas, who remains unsigned, missed his second consecutive day of training camp workouts Thursday, July 29, reports Mike Chambers, of The Denver Post. Head coach Josh McDaniels said there were not any new developments in contract negotiations.

WR | Anthony Gonzalez | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts WR Anthony Gonzalez (knee) is a question mark entering training camp, reports Mike Chappell, of The Indianapolis Star. Gonzalez suffered an undisclosed injury during offseason workouts, which the team said was not related to his previous knee injury and was muscular in nature. Chappell said he would not be surprised if Gonzalez opened camp on the PUP.

WR | Robert Meachem | New Orleans Saints | Injury
New Orleans Saints WR Robert Meachem (toe) has been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, reports Jeff Duncan, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. General manager Mickey Loomis believes it will take a little time before Meachem passes a physical.

WR | Marques Colston | New Orleans Saints | Injury, Fantasy
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston (knee) has been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list after undergoing offseason knee surgery, reports Jeff Duncan, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. General manager Mickey Loomis said Colston is expected to pass a physical soon.

WR | Kelley Washington | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Philadelphia Eagles have worked out unrestricted free-agent WR Kelley Washington (Ravens) and WR Jared Perry (49ers) Thursday, July 29, reports PhiladelphiaEagles.com.


Tight End

TE | Owen Daniels | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans TE Owen Daniels (knee) did not participate in morning practice Friday, July 30, reports Nick Scurfield, of HoustonTexans.com. Head coach Gary Kubiak said the team hopes Daniels will be ready for Week 1.

TE | Brandon Pettigrew | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions FS Ko Simpson (knee), RB Kevin Smith (knee), TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee) and CB Jack Williams (knee) could be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, reports MLive.com's Tom Kowalski.

TE | Brad Cottam | Free Agent | Injury, Transaction
The Kansas City Chiefs have placed TE Brad Cottam (undisclosed) on the Physically Unable to Perform list, reports KCChiefs.com.

TE | Kellen Winslow | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Kellen Winslow (knee) will take part in practice when training camp begins, reports Rick Stroud, of the St. Petersburg Times. Winslow had a sixth knee surgery during the offseason. The Buccaneers plan to monitor him closely, and may limit his workouts, especially during two-a-days. Winslow has spent the last month working out with QB Josh Freeman.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Bryan Bulaga | Green Bay Packers | Transaction
The Green Bay Packers have signed first-round draft choice OT Bryan Bulaga to a five-year deal, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. Financial terms were not disclosed.

OT | Anthony Davis | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction
The San Francisco 49ers have signed first-round draft choice OT Anthony Davis, reports Adam Schefter, of ESPN. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

OT | Mike D. Williams | Washington Redskins | Transaction
Correcting previous reports, the Washington Redskins are not releasing G Mike D. Williams (blood clots) yet, reports Ryan O'Halloran, of CSNWashington.com. Instead, the team has placed him on the NFI list.

OT | Flozell Adams | Pittsburgh Steelers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to terms with unrestricted free-agent OT Flozell Adams (Cowboys) on a multi-year deal, reports Jason La Canfora, of NFL Network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

OT | Andre Smith | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Transaction
The Cincinnati Bengals have placed LB Rashad Jeanty (leg), CB Leon Hall (back), OG Evan Mathis (calf), SS Tom Nelson (knee) and OT Andre Smith (foot) on the Physically Unable to Perform list, reports Joe Reedy, of The Cincinnati Enquirer.

OT | Zane Beadles | Denver Broncos | Depth Chart Tidbit
Denver Broncos rookie OT Zane Beadles is competing with OL Seth Olsen and OL Russ Hochstein for the starting job at left guard, reports Mike Klis, of The Denver Post.


Guard

OG | Evan Mathis | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Transaction
The Cincinnati Bengals have placed LB Rashad Jeanty (leg), CB Leon Hall (back), OG Evan Mathis (calf), SS Tom Nelson (knee) and OT Andre Smith (foot) on the Physically Unable to Perform list, reports Joe Reedy, of The Cincinnati Enquirer.

OG | Chester Pitts | Seattle Seahawks | Transaction, Free Agents
The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to terms with unrestricted free-agent OG Chester Pitts (Texans), reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

OG | Russ Hochstein | Denver Broncos | Depth Chart Tidbit
Denver Broncos rookie C J.D. Walton will compete with OL Russ Hochstein for the starting job at center, reports Mike Klis, of The Denver Post. Walton continued to see first-string work Wednesday, July 28.


Offensive Line

OL | Trent Williams | Washington Redskins | Transaction
The Washington Redskins have signed first-round draft choice OT Trent Williams to a six-year deal worth $60 million, according to The Associated Press. The deal includes $36.75 million in guaranteed money.


Defensive Line

DL | Ron Brace | New England Patriots | Injury, Transaction
New England Patriots DL Ron Brace (undisclosed), WR Darnell Jenkins (undisclosed) and WR Sam Aiken (undisclosed) were placed on the non-football injury list, reports Monique Walker, of The Boston Globe.

DL | Brandon Graham | Philadelphia Eagles | Transaction
The Philadelphia Eagles announced Thursday, July 29, that they have agreed to terms on a five-year contract with first-round draft pick DE Brandon Graham. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

DL | Charles Johnson | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Updating a previous item, Carolina Panthers LB Jamar Williams (hamstring) and DE Charles Johnson (hamstring) are each day-to-day with hamstring injuries, reports the Charlotte Observer's Darin Gantt.

DL | Pat Williams | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings DT Pat Williams (elbow) said he lost 18 pounds during the offseason and currently weighs 324 pounds, reports Tom Pelissero, of 1500ESPN.com. Williams said his elbow is feeling great.

DL | Jared Odrick | Miami Dolphins | Transaction
The Miami Dolphins have signed first-round draft choice DL Jared Odrick to a five-year deal, reports Omar Kelly, of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Financial terms were not disclosed.

DL | Tommie Harris | Chicago Bears | Injury
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said DT Tommie Harris (knee) will not be limited during training camp, according to Jeff Dickerson, of ESPNChicago.com.

DL | Osi Umenyiora | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said DE Osi Umenyiora (hip) and LB Keith Bulluck (knee) will be limited to one practice when the team has two practice in a day, reports Mike Garafolo, of The Star-Ledger. Bulluck's work will be increased as the preseason goes on.

DL | Kris Jenkins | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets NT Kris Jenkins (biceps) shed 20 pounds during the offseason using Dr. Sanford Siegal's Cookie Diet, reports The New York Daily News. He had seen his weight balloon to 390 pounds after he couldn't exercise due to a torn biceps. He hopes to be down to 350 pounds when training camp opens in a few days.


Linebacker

LB | Navorro Bowman | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction
The San Francisco 49ers have signed second-round draft choice SS Taylor Mays and third-round draft choice LB Navorro Bowman, reports Adam Schefter, of ESPN. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

LB | Jason Williams | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys LB Jason Williams is seeing extra work with the nickel and dime defensive packages due to LB Sean Lee (quad) missing time, reports Clarence E. Hill Jr., of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The coaching staff has been impressed with his speed.

LB | E.J. Henderson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings LB E.J. Henderson (leg) said he does not expect to start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, reports Judd Zulgad, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

LB | Chris Kelsay | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills LB Chris Kelsay (shoulder) left practice early Thursday, July 29, and had an icepack on his shoulder on the sidelines, reports Chris Brown, of BuffaloBills.com.

LB | Koa Misi | Miami Dolphins | Transaction
The Miami Dolphins have agreed to terms with second-round draft choice LB Koa Misi, a source told Jeff Darlington, of the Miami Herald. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

LB | Pat Angerer | Indianapolis Colts | Transaction
The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to terms with second-round draft choice LB Pat Angerer on a four-year deal worth $3.14 million, a source told Aaron Wilson, of NationalFootballPost.com. The deal includes $1.35 million guaranteed money.

LB | Sean Weatherspoon | Atlanta Falcons | Transaction
The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with first-round draft choice LB Sean Weatherspoon on a five-year deal, sources told Jay Glazer, of FOXSports.com. Financial terms were not disclosed.

LB | Keith Bulluck | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said DE Osi Umenyiora (hip) and LB Keith Bulluck (knee) will be limited to one practice when the team has two practice in a day, reports Mike Garafolo, of The Star-Ledger. Bulluck's work will be increased as the preseason goes on.

LB | Scott Fujita | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit
Cleveland Browns LB Scott Fujita is a virtual lock to start at linebacker this year after signing a three-year, $14 million deal in the offseason, reports Nate Ulrich, of The Akron Beacon Journal. He could be joined by LBs D'Qwell Jackson, David Bowens and Matt Roth in the starting lineup, as they are all early favorites.

LB | Shawn Crable | Free Agent | Injury
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said OLB Shawn Crable (undisclosed) failed a team physical and the team did not feel he would be able to compete right now, reports Jerry Spar, of WEEI.com. Belichick implied the team may eventually re-sign Crable.

LB | Clint Ingram | New Orleans Saints | Injury
New Orleans Saints FS Darren Sharper (knee) and LB Clint Ingram (knee) has been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, reports Jeff Duncan, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.


Cornerback

CB | Domonique Foxworth | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens CB Domonique Foxworth (knee) will miss the entire 2010 season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament, reports Aaron Wilson, of NationalFootballPost.com.

CB | Patrick Robinson | New Orleans Saints | Transaction
The New Orleans Saints announced Thursday, July 29, that they have agreed to terms on a five-year deal with first-round draft pick CB Patrick Robinson. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

CB | Chris Cook | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings CB Chris Cook (hamstring) says the hamstring that kept him out of the team's minicamp is a non-issue, reports 1500ESPN.com's Tom Pelissero.

CB | Leon Hall | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Transaction
The Cincinnati Bengals have placed LB Rashad Jeanty (leg), CB Leon Hall (back), OG Evan Mathis (calf), SS Tom Nelson (knee) and OT Andre Smith (foot) on the Physically Unable to Perform list, reports Joe Reedy, of The Cincinnati Enquirer.

CB | Walt Harris | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens CB Walt Harris (Achilles') said a sore Achilles' tendon is the reason he has not been able to pass a conditioning test, reports Aaron Wilson, of NationalFootballPost.com.

CB | Leigh Bodden | New England Patriots | Depth Chart Tidbit
New England Patriots S Brandon Meriweather, S Patrick Chung, CB Leigh Bodden and CB Darius Butler worked with the first-string defensive backfield Thursday, July 29, reports Christopher Price, of WEEI.com. Ss Brandon McGowan and James Sanders worked with the second-string unit.


Free Safety

FS | Taylor Mays | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction
The San Francisco 49ers have signed second-round draft choice SS Taylor Mays and third-round draft choice LB Navorro Bowman, reports Adam Schefter, of ESPN. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

FS | Kenny Phillips | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants SS Kenny Phillips (knee) likely will sit out the first week of the practice during training camp because he likely will not be cleared to practice, reports Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News.

FS | Darren Sharper | New Orleans Saints | Injury
New Orleans Saints FS Darren Sharper (knee) and LB Clint Ingram (knee) has been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, reports Jeff Duncan, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

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