Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on August 9, 2010 @ 13:07:02 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Matt Hasselbeck | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck (hamstring) did some individual work Sunday, Aug. 8, but he sat out team drills because he tweaked a hamstring a few days ago, reports Eric Williams, of the Tacoma News Tribune. Head coach Pete Carroll indicated Hasselbeck is expected to be back at full speed Tuesday, Aug. 10.

QB | Bruce Gradkowski | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders QB Bruce Gradkowski (groin) said he "tweaked" his groin at the end of the team's practice Friday, Aug. 6, reports CBSSports.com. Gradkowski isn't sure when he will return. He added, "It came out of nowhere. What's aggravating about it is my body's been feeling great, then something like that happens. I'm not worried. I'll be fine."

QB | Brett Favre | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre (ankle) is still experiencing pain in his injured ankle, reports Steve Mariucci, of The NFL Network. Favre's arm feels great, and his conditioning is good, but his ankle is still causing pain when he runs.

QB | Sam Bradford | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams rookie QB Sam Bradford worked with the second-team offense during a controlled scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 7, and unofficially went 7-for-9 for 94 yards and a touchdown, reports The Associated Press. The two incompletions were dropped passes. Head coach Steve Spagnuolo said Bradford had a really good command in the huddle.

QB | A.J. Feeley | St. Louis Rams | Depth Chart Tidbit
St. Louis Rams QB A.J. Feeley worked with the first-string offense during a controlled scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 7, and hit all four of hiss passing attempts for 66 yards and a touchdown pass, reports The Associated Press.

QB | Colt Brennan | Oakland Raiders | Transaction, Free Agents
The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free-agent QB Colt Brennan (Redskins), according to Raiders.com. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.


Running Back

RB | Brian Leonard | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Cincinnati Bengals RB Brian Leonard (foot) suffered a mid-foot sprain in the team's preseason opener Sunday, Aug. 8, according to Jason La Canfora, of NFL.com.

RB | Laurence Maroney | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots RB Laurence Maroney is planning to run harder in 2010, reports Howard Ulman, of The Associated Press. Maroney said, "That's how I've got to be on the field. Rough. I can't go out there being all pretty because then you're all going to say I'm dancing."

RB | Mike Bell | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles RB Mike Bell (hamstring), WR Jeremy Maclin (knee) and C A.Q. Shipley (ankle) worked in the non-contact portion of practice Sunday, Aug. 8, but sat out most of the team's morning practice, reports Jonathan Tamari, of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

RB | Jahvid Best | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions rookie RB Jahvid Best has been as advertised so far in training camp, reports Tom Kowalski, of MLive.com. Best has the speed, cutting ability, vision, receiving ability and balance needed to be a complete back, but he still needs to show he can do it with an angry NFL defense after him.

RB | Leon Washington | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks RB Leon Washington (leg) practiced for the second consecutive day without restrictions Saturday, Aug. 7, reports Danny O'Neil, of The Seattle Times. He did not feel any pain. Washington said he feels like he is about 95 percent healthy, and while he said it feels good he wasn't ready to say he is back to normal yet.

RB | Kevin Smith | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith (knee) has been a surprise so far in training camp, according to Tom Kowalski, of MLive.com. Smith may be close to 100 percent healthy to start the season, which is shocking because he had major knee surgery in December. Smith is hungry and seems to have an entirely new level of intensity.

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (hamstring) continued to increase his participation in workouts Saturday, Aug. 7, reports The Associated Press. Peterson missed time in the last week due to tightness in his left hamstring. Peterson said he hit the corner and made an abrupt stop, which backfired on him. "I'm feeling good, and I'll be ready to roll Monday," Peterson added.

RB | Brandon Jacobs | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants RB Brandon Jacobs (knee) has not shown any lingering problems from knee surgery, reports Paul Schwartz, of The New York Post. Jacobs was a slower, hesitant version of himself a year ago, and the team believes a bad knee was the reason why. "He looks good to me," head coach Tom Coughlin said.

RB | Ahmad Bradshaw | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw (feet, ankle) said it is easy for him to injure his feet because of his running style, reports Paul Schwartz, of The New York Post. Bradshaw is bow-legged and makes severe, violent cuts while running on the outside of his feet. "The fifth metatarsal is right under me. It was easy for me to injure it. I feel good now. I'm still running the same," Bradshaw said. He said he does feel some soreness when he comes off the field, but noted he is doing 100 percent better than a year ago.

RB | Knowshon Moreno | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) did not take part in practice Saturday, Aug. 7, reports Lindsay Jones, of The Denver Post.

RB | LaDainian Tomlinson | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said RB LaDainian Tomlinson is the "best third down back in the league," reports Manish Mehta, of The New York Daily News. Tomlinson caught two passes for 85 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown reception, during the team's scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 7. Tomlinson split out wide and beat a corner on a go route on the touchdown reception. "I still got a lot left in the tank. People are starting to see that I still got a lot left in the tank," Tomlinson said.

RB | LenDale White | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos RB LenDale White (undisclosed) did not take part in practice Saturday, Aug. 7, reports Lindsay Jones, of The Denver Post.

RB | Correll Buckhalter | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos RB Correll Buckhalter (back) did not practice Saturday, Aug. 7, reports Lindsay Jones, of The Denver Post.

RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) is not participating in evening practice Saturday, Aug. 7, according to CBSSports.com.

RB | Steven Jackson | St. Louis Rams | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson (back) will be held out of the team's scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 7, as a precaution, reports CBSSports.com.


Fullback

FB | Reagan Mauia | Arizona Cardinals | Transaction
The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed FB Reagan Mauia, the team announced Monday, Aug. 9. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

FB | Charles Ali | Free Agent | Injury, Transaction
The Arizona Cardinals have waived/injured FB Charles Ali (hamstring), the team announced Monday, Aug. 9.

FB | Jerome Felton | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions FB Jerome Felton (foot) returned for the team's practice Sunday, Aug. 8, reports Carlos Monarrez, of the Detroit Free Press.


Wide Receiver

WR | Steve E. Smith | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants WR Steve E. Smith (groin) did not practice during the morning session Monday, Aug. 9, according to Ohm Youngmisuk, of ESPNNewYork.com.

WR | Hakeem Nicks | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks (toe, knee) did not practice during the morning session Monday, Aug. 9, according to Ohm Youngmisuk, of ESPNNewYork.com.

WR | Terrell Owens | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
The Cincinnati Bengals made it a point to provide WR Terrell Owens with opportunities in the passing game as he was targeted four times in the first quarter of the team's preseason opener Sunday, Aug. 8, according to James Walker, of ESPN.com.

WR | Mardy Gilyard | St. Louis Rams | Injury
St. Louis Rams WR Mardy Gilyard (forearm) underwent X-rays for a forearm injury suffered Saturday, Aug. 7, but the results came back negative, reports Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Gilyard remains sore and may miss practice Monday, Aug. 9.

WR | Isaiah Stanback | Free Agent | Injury, Free Agents
Free-agent WR Isaiah Stanback (Seahawks) suffered a torn Achilles tendon injury Saturday, Aug. 7, reports Eric Williams, of the Tacoma News Tribune.

WR | Devin Hester | Chicago Bears | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith WR Devin Hester (groin, legs) has a groin issue, but that the injury is not serious, reports Sean Jensen, of the Chicago Sun-Times.

WR | Michael Jenkins | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons WR Michael Jenkins (shoulder) will miss four to six weeks with a shoulder injury, reports ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas. Jenkins might not be healthy for the start of the regular season.

WR | Jeremy Maclin | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles RB Mike Bell (hamstring), WR Jeremy Maclin (knee) and C A.Q. Shipley (ankle) worked in the non-contact portion of practice Sunday, Aug. 8, but sat out most of the team's morning practice, reports Jonathan Tamari, of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

WR | Eric Decker | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos rookie WR Eric Decker (undisclosed) left practice early Saturday, Aug. 7, with an injury to his left foot or ankle, reports Lindsay Jones, of The Denver Post.

WR | Kevin Walter | Houston Texans | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Houston Texans WRs Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones are battling for the team's No. 2 receiver duties, reports Nick Scurfield, of HoustonTexans.com. Walter is the incumbent starter, but Jones is nipping at his heels. "We're putting them right down the middle. It's very competitive," head coach Gary Kubiak said of the battle.

WR | Dexter McCluster | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs rookie WR Dexter McCluster will see most of his work in the slot, but he will also see some action on the outside and could also see some action in the Wildcat offense, reports Sam Mellinger, of The Kansas City Star. McCluster is also expected to see time on special teams.

WR | Percy Harvin | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress said he expects WR Percy Harvin to return to the team in the next few days, according to 1500ESPN.com's Tom Peliserro. Harvin has been away from the team because of his grandmother's death.

WR | Kenny Britt | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt (hip) participated in practice Saturday, Aug. 7, after missing practice Friday, Aug. 6, because of a hip flexor, reports CBSSports.com.

WR | Sidney Rice | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings WR Sidney Rice (hip), CB Cedric Griffin (knee), RB Darius Reynaud (ankle), FB Naufahu Tahi (calf), LB Jeremy Leman (toe) and C John Sullivan (calf) did not participate in morning practice Saturday, Aug. 7, according to Jedd Zulgad, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

WR | Brandon Jones | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers WR Brandon Jones (hamstring) suffered a pulled hamstring during practice Saturday, Aug. 7, reports Matt Barrows, of the Sacramento Bee. It is not known if Jones will miss any practice time.

WR | Malcolm Kelly | Washington Redskins | Injury
Head coach Mike Shanahan said WR Malcolm Kelly (hamstring) will not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 9, according to CSNWashington.com's Ryan O'Halloran.

WR | Early Doucet | Arizona Cardinals | Injury
Arizona Cardinals WR Early Doucet (abdomen) was held out of practice Saturday, Aug. 7, as a precaution because of an abdominal strain, according to CBSSports.com.

WR | Derrick Mason | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens WR Derrick Mason (knee) said he suffered a bruised knee during practice Saturday, Aug 7, but it is not serious, reports Aaron Wilson, of NationalFootbllPost.com.


Tight End

TE | Visanthe Shiancoe | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe (undisclosed) is not taking part in practice Monday, Aug. 9, according to CBSSports.com.

TE | Zach Miller | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders TE Zach Miller (undisclosed) did not practice Sunday, Aug. 8, according to Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers.

TE | John Phillips | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys TE John Phillips (knee) likely suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the team's preseason opener Sunday, Aug. 8, according to Todd Archer, of The Dallas Morning News. He will have an MRI Monday, Aug. 9.

TE | Martin Rucker | Free Agent | Transaction
The Philadelphia Eagles have released TE Martin Rucker, the team announced Monday, Aug. 9.

TE | John Carlson | Seattle Seahawks | Injury
Seattle Seahawks TE John Carlson (oblique) sat out the team's practice Sunday, Aug. 8, because of an injured oblique, reports Eric Williams, of the Tacoma News Tribune.

TE | Martellus Bennett | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys TE Martellus Bennett (ankle), LB Sean Lee (quadriceps) and CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (shoulder) are unlikely to play in the team's preseason game Sunday, Aug. 8, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, citing head coach Wade Phillips.

TE | Marcedes Lewis | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis slimmed down a bit during the offseason, reports Tania Ganguli, of The Florida Times-Union. So far, he has been dominant during training camp. Head coach Jack Del Rio, as reported, praised him for his blocking, catching and leadership. "I've taken leaps and bounds from where I was last year," Lewis said.

TE | Owen Daniels | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans TE Owen Daniels (knee) has upped his rehab on his sore knee, but remains on the team's PUP, reports Nick Scurfield, of HoustonTexans.com. The team believes they will have a better understanding of where he stands in the next two weeks.

TE | Jermichael Finley | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley caught four passes, as well as a touchdown, during the team's scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 7, reports Pete Dougherty, of The Green Bay Press-Gazette. He may become the team's go-to target on third downs this season.

TE | Kevin Boss | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants TE Kevin Boss (ankle) is not participating in evening practice Saturday, Aug. 7, reports ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk.

TE | Tony Moeaki | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury
Kansas City Chiefs TE Tony Moeaki (undisclosed) suffered an undisclosed injury during practice Saturday, Aug. 7, and the trainers appeared to be looking at his ankle, according to The Kansas City Star's Kent Babb.


Place Kicker

PK | Jason Hanson | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions CB Aaron Berry (hamstring), CB Amari Spievey (oblique), DE Jared DeVries (leg), PK Jason Hanson (knee), LB DeAndre Levy (back), WR Mike Moore (shoulder), S Louis Delmas (groin), S Ko Simpson (knee), TE Will Heller (undisclosed) and CB Jack Williams (knee) sat out both of the team's practices Sunday, Aug. 8.

PK | Kris Brown | Houston Texans | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Houston Texans PK Kris Brown was 4-of-6 on field goal attempts during practice Saturday, Aug. 7, missing from 42 and 52 yards, while PK Neil Rackers was 6-of-6, reports Nick Scurfield, of HoustonTexans.com.

PK | Shayne Graham | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said there is no separation between PK Billy A. Cundiff and PK Shayne Graham for the team's kicking job, reports Edward Lee, of The Baltimore Sun. Harbaugh said kickoffs will be a factor when the team decides on the kicker.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Jason Smith | St. Louis Rams | Injury
St. Louis Rams OT Jason Smith (toe) took part in the team's scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 7, reports Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Smith worked with the second unit.

OT | Alex Barron | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys OT Alex Barron (ankle) left the team's preseason game Sunday, Aug. 8, with a right ankle sprain, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

OT | Jared Gaither | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens OT Jared Gaither (back), CB K.J. Gerard (hamstring), CB Prince Miller (leg), S Marcus Paschal (quadriceps), OT Tony Moll (concussion), OT Stefan Rodgers (knee, ankle) and C David Hale (undisclosed) missed the team's practice Sunday, Aug. 8, reports Aaron Wilson, of NationalFootballPost.com.

OT | Cornell Green | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills OT Cornell Green (knee) left practice early Saturday, Aug. 7, after tweaking his knee, reports CBSSports.com. Head coach Chan Gailey said the injury is not serious and hopes Green can return soon.

OT | Brandyn Dombrowski | San Diego Chargers | Injury
San Diego Chargers OT Brandyn Dombrowski (groin) did not participate in practice Saturday, Aug. 7, because of a tight groin, reports Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union-Tribune. He said he will be able to practice Monday, Aug. 9.


Guard

OG | Jacob Bell | St. Louis Rams | Injury
St. Louis Rams OG Jacob Bell (stomach) sat out the team's practice Saturday, Aug. 7, with a stomach muscle injury, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jim Thomas. OG Roger Allen replaced Bell with the starters at left guard.

OG | Chester Pitts | Seattle Seahawks | Injury
Seattle Seahawks LB Lofa Tatupu (hamstring), LB Aaron Curry (concussion), DE Lawrence Jackson (hamstring), DT Kevin Vickerson (undisclosed), CB Josh Pinkard (undisclosed), FB Ryan Powdrell (calf) and G Chester Pitts (undisclosed) did not take part in practice Saturday, Aug. 7, reports Danny O'Neil, of The Seattle Times. T Ray Willis (knee) returned for the afternoon workout after sitting out in the morning.

OG | Robert Gallery | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders OG Robert Gallery (ankle), QB Charlie Frye (wrist) and QB Bruce Gradkowski (knee) not participating in evening practice Saturday, Aug. 7, according to CBSSports.com.

OG | Rich Seubert | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said OG Rich Seubert (hand) does not need surgery at this point on his broken hand, but if the broken bone moves, he will need to have surgery on the hand, reports Ohm Youngmisuk, of ESPNNewYork.com.


Offensive Line

OL | Darnell Stapleton | Free Agent | Injury, Free Agents
Unrestricted free-agent OG Darnell Stapleton's (Steelers) agent, Ed Wasielewski, said Stapleton is complete recovered from the knee injury that cost him his season in 2009, reports Aaron Wilson, of NationalFootballPost.com. Stapleton is intent on playing in the NFL this season.

OL | Nick Kaczur | New England Patriots | Injury
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots OG Nick Kaczur (back) has told teammates that his back injury could cost him the entire 2010 season, a source told Mike Reiss, of ESPNBoston.com.


Defensive Line

DL | Mario Williams | Houston Texans | Injury
Updating a previous item, Houston Texans DL Mario Williams (hip) received "great news" when he sought a second opinion on his injured hip with a specialist Monday, Aug. 9, according to head coach Gary Kubiak, reports Nick Scurfield, of HoustonTexans.com. "All the reports are good. We expect him to get back here and get back on the field here shortly," Kubiak said.

DL | Kevin Vickerson | Seattle Seahawks | Injury
Seattle Seahawks DT Kevin Vickerson (undisclosed) and DT E.J. Wilson (undisclosed) returned for the team's practice Sunday, Aug. 8, reports Eric Williams, of the Tacoma News Tribune.

DL | Lawrence Jackson | Seattle Seahawks | Injury
Seattle Seahawks LB Lofa Tatupu (hamstring), DE Lawrence Jackson (hamstring), LB Aaron Curry (headaches), RB Louis Rankin (undisclosed), WR Marcus Maxwell (leg) and LB Joe Pawelek (undisclosed) missed the team's practice Sunday, Aug. 8, reports Eric Williams, of the Tacoma News Tribune.

DL | Mark Anderson | Chicago Bears | Injury
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said DL Mark Anderson (groin) has a groin issue, reports Sean Jensen, of the Chicago Sun-Times.

DL | Aaron Schobel | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New England Patriots have shown a strong interest in free-agent DE Aaron Schobel (Bills), reports Christopher Price, of WEEI.com.

DL | Albert Haynesworth | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins DL Albert Haynesworth (knee) may have passed the team's conditioning run Saturday, Aug. 7, but he was in no shape to practice, reports The Associated Press. Passing the test took a toll on him, but he was able to do some defensive drills before leaving to put a heavy wrap on his ailing knee. The team expects him to go through a full practice Monday, Aug. 9.

DL | John Henderson | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders WR Jonathan Holland (ankle), S Hiram Eugene (personal), DE Jay Richardson (undisclosed) and DT John Henderson (undisclosed) did not take part in the team's afternoon practice Saturday, Aug. 7, reports Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers. Holland, who is dealing with an ankle injury, underwent an MRI. Eugene was excused from workouts so he could go to a dentist.

DL | Richard Seymour | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders DL Richard Seymour (back) participated in evening practice Saturday, Aug. 7, according to CBSSports.com.

DL | Brian Price | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Brian Price (hamstring) is considered day-to-day with a strained hamstring, reports CBSSports.com. Head coach Raheem Morris said the injury is not serious but the team is being careful with Price.


Linebacker

LB | Paul Posluszny | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills LB Paul Posluszny (groin) is participating in his first training camp practice Monday, Aug. 9, according to CBSSports.com. He missed the start of camp after undergoing groin surgery.

LB | Lofa Tatupu | Seattle Seahawks | Injury
Seattle Seahawks LB Lofa Tatupu (hamstring), DE Lawrence Jackson (hamstring), LB Aaron Curry (headaches), RB Louis Rankin (undisclosed), WR Marcus Maxwell (leg) and LB Joe Pawelek (undisclosed) missed the team's practice Sunday, Aug. 8, reports Eric Williams, of the Tacoma News Tribune.

LB | Omar Gaither | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles LB Omar Gaither (ankle) sat out the team's morning practice Sunday, Aug. 8, with ankle inflammation, reports Jonathan Tamari, of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

LB | Elvis Dumervil | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos LB Elvis Dumervil (pectoral) will undergo surgery Tuesday, Aug. 10, to repair a chest injury that could keep him out for most, or possibly all, of the 2010 season if doctors find the damage that is expected, reports The Denver Post's Jeff Legwold. Head team physician Ted Schlegel is scheduled to perform the surgery. The damage to the pectoral muscle will be examined in the surgery.

LB | Tavares Gooden | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens LB Tavares Gooden (undisclosed) sat out the team's practice Sunday, Aug. 8, for precautionary reasons, reports Aaron Wilson, of NationalFootballPost.com. Head coach John Harbaugh would not disclose what was bothering him, but he expects Gooden to return Monday, Aug. 9.

LB | Sean Weatherspoon | Atlanta Falcons | Depth Chart Tidbit
Atlanta Falcons rookie LB Sean Weatherspoon is competing for a starting job at outside linebacker, reports D. Orlando Ledbetter, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is battling with LBs Stephen Nicholas and Mike Peterson. Head coach Mike Smith said the three are competing for two starting jobs. If Nicholas doesn't land a starting job, he will remain a key cog on special teams.

LB | Ahmad Brooks | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers LB Ahmad Brooks (kidney) will miss at least the next two weeks after being diagnosed with a lacerated kidney, reports The Sports Network. His status will be re-visited in two weeks.

LB | D.J. Williams | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos DE Justin Bannan and FB Spencer Larsen were excused from practice Saturday, Aug. 7, for personal reasons, reports Lindsay Jones, of The Denver Post. LB D.J. Williams (undisclosed), C Dustin Fry (undisclosed), G Chris Kuper (ankle), NT Chris Baker (undisclosed), LB Elvis Dumervil (pectoral muscle) and LB Jarvis Moss (hand) also were held out of practice.

LB | Xavier Adibi | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans LB Xavier Adibi (groin) is expected to miss a few weeks with a strained groin, reports Nick Scurfield, of HoustonTexans.com.

LB | Brendon Ayanbadejo | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens LB Brendon Ayanbadejo (quadriceps) underwent a procedure a few days ago to receive a plasma injection in his injured quadriceps, according to Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun. He said he is not sure when he will be able to return to practice.


Cornerback

CB | Fabian Washington | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens CB Fabian Washington (knee) returned for the team's practice Sunday, Aug. 8, reports Aaron Wilson, of NationalFootballPost.com.

CB | Chris Carr | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh indicated CB Chris Carr's (hamstring) injury isn't a long-term issue, reports Aaron Wilson, of NationalFootballPost.com.

CB | Asante Samuel | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles CB Asante Samuel (hamstring) practiced in pads Sunday, Aug. 8, reports Bo Wulf, of PhiladelphiaEagles.com.

CB | Cedric Griffin | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings WR Sidney Rice (hip), CB Cedric Griffin (knee), RB Darius Reynaud (ankle), FB Naufahu Tahi (calf), LB Jeremy Leman (toe) and C John Sullivan (calf) did not participate in morning practice Saturday, Aug. 7, according to Jedd Zulgad, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

CB | Cortland Finnegan | Tennessee Titans | Injury
Tennessee Titans CB Cortland Finnegan (undisclosed) was limited during practice Saturday, Aug. 7, because of general tightness, reports The Tennessean's John Glennon.


Strong Safety

SS | Jarrad Page | Kansas City Chiefs | Free Agents
Kansas City Chiefs restricted free-agent SS Jarrad Page's agent said in an email that the team mishandled Page last season, which resulted in Page going on Injured Reserve with a calf injury, and that the Chiefs have not looked into trading Page even though there is interest from other teams, reports Kent Babb, of The Kansas City Star.


Free Safety

FS | Kenny Phillips | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants FS Kenny Phillips (knee) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 9, according to Ohm Youngmisuk, of ESPNNewYork.com. Phillips has largely seen about two plays at a time with second-team defense.

FS | Louis Delmas | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions FS Louis Delmas (groin) has been removed from the Physically Unable to Perform list and returned to practice Monday, Aug. 9, according to Tom Kowalski, of Mlive.com.

FS | Chris Crocker | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Cincinnati Bengals FS Chris Crocker (ankle) will be further evaluated this week after suffering a right ankle injury in the preseason opener Sunday, Aug. 8, according to James Walker, of ESPN.com.

FS | Major Wright | Chicago Bears | Injury
Chicago Bears S Major Wright (groin) participated in the team's morning practice Sunday, Aug. 8, reports Michael C. Wright, of ESPNChicago.com.

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