Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on October 13, 2010 @ 10:56:32 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Michael Vick | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick (rib) has begun lifting weights but has not begun to throw, reports Les Bowen, of the Philadelphia Daily News. The swelling Vick has experienced has gone down but is still feeling pain.

QB | Colt McCoy | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini said he is leaning toward starting QB Colt McCoy in Week 6 if QBs Jake Delhomme (ankle) and Seneca Wallace (ankle) are not able to play, reports Nate Ulrich, of the Akron Beacon Journal.

QB | Colt Brennan | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Houston Texans worked out free-agent WRs Demetrius Williams (Ravens), Reggie Brown (Buccaneers), Derek Hagan (Giants) and Dexter M. Jackson (Panthers) and QBs Colt Brennan (Raiders) and Jarrett Brown (49ers), a source told Aaron Wilson, of NationalFootballPost.com.

QB | Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
The Green Bay Packers are optimistic that QB Aaron Rodgers (concussion) will be able to play in their Week 6 game, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.

QB | Jay Cutler | Chicago Bears | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (concussion) has been cleared to return to practice Wednesday, Oct. 13, and barring any setbacks, he is expected to start against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6, according to ESPNChicago.com.

QB | Tom Brady | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady said he expects there to be a learning curve for WR Deion Branch, who the team recently acquired in a trade from the Seattle Seahawks, according to ESPN.com. "I'm not sure how much Deion has retained over the years," Brady said. "Deion is a very smart player. He's going to have his work cut out for him. There's a lot to catch up on. I wouldn't say things are exactly the way they were when he left. We've evolved quite a bit from that offense that we were running. Some of the things I'm sure are very familiar to him, but some of the things are very different as well. I'm sure there will be a pretty steep learning curve for him. Hopefully he gets up to speed as quickly as possible because we'll need him this week."


Running Back

RB | Ray Rice | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh would not say if the team will give Ray Rice more carries in the red zone after scoring two one-yard touchdowns in Week 5, reports Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun. Harbaugh said he believes all three of the team's running backs can produce in the red zone, but Willis McGahee has been receiving those carries because the success he has had there.

RB | Justin Fargas | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New York Giants worked out free-agent RB Justin Fargas (Broncos), FB Deon Anderson (Cowboys), OG Donald Thomas (Dolphins) and CB Ross Weaver (Seahawks) Tuesday, Oct. 12, a source told Aaron Wilson, of NationalFootballPost.com.

RB | Aaron Stecker | Retired | Free Agents
The Green Bay Packers worked out free-agent LBs Dominic Douglas (Rams), Cardia Jackson (Rams), Steve Octavien (Cowboys), Mike Rivera (Titans) and Lee Robinson (Buccaneers), RB Aaron Stecker (Falcons) and FS Michael Greco (Giants) Tuesday, Oct. 12, a source told Brad Biggs, of NationalFootballPost.com.

RB | DeShawn Wynn | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The New Orleans Saints released PK John Carney, RB DeShawn Wynn and LB Harry Coleman Tuesday, Oct. 12, according to The Daily Advertiser.

RB | Julius Jones | New Orleans Saints | Transaction, Fantasy
The New Orleans Saints signed free-agent RB Julius Jones (Seahawks) to an undisclosed deal Tuesday, Oct. 12, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

RB | Marshawn Lynch | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll expects RB Marshawn Lynch to have a large role in the team's Week 6 game against the Chicago Bears, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Greg Johns. Carroll hasn't officially named Lynch the starter over RB Justin Forsett, but it seems likely that Lynch will become the starter soon.

RB | Justin Forsett | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll expects RB Marshawn Lynch to have a large role in the team's Week 6 game against the Chicago Bears, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Greg Johns. Carroll hasn't officially named Lynch the starter over RB Justin Forsett, but it seems likely that Lynch will become the starter soon.


Fullback

FB | Peyton Hillis | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns RB Peyton Hillis (thigh) said during a radio interview that he likely will be able to play in the team's Week 6 game, reports Mary Kay Cabot, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.


Wide Receiver

WR | Devin Hester | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears WR Devin Hester only played 19 of the 64 offensive snaps in Week 5 because the team focused more on running during the game, reports Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Tribune. Hester had played 90 percent of the snaps in the first four games of the season, but he said he expects a slight decrease in offensive snaps going forward.

WR | Eddie Royal | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
The Denver Broncos may use WR Eddie Royal as their primary kick and punt returner in Week 6, according to The Denver Post's Mike Klis. The Broncos took him out of the returner because they wanted him to be fresher in the offense.

WR | Greg Jennings | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin said the team needs to make a better effort to get the ball to WR Greg Jennings, reports Mike Vandermause, of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. He ranks fourth on the team with 14 receptions and has six receptions 65 yards in the last three games combined. He has targeted only four times in Week 5, which ranked sixth among the team's receiving options in the game.

WR | Steve Breaston | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals WRs Steve Breaston (knee) and Early Doucet (groin) could be able to return for the team's Week 7 game, according to Kent Somers, of The Arizona Republic. The team is on a bye Week 6.

WR | Early Doucet | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals WRs Steve Breaston (knee) and Early Doucet (groin) could be able to return for the team's Week 7 game, according to Kent Somers, of The Arizona Republic. The team is on a bye Week 6.

WR | Reggie Brown | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Houston Texans worked out free-agent WRs Demetrius Williams (Ravens), Reggie Brown (Buccaneers), Derek Hagan (Giants) and Dexter M. Jackson (Panthers) and QBs Colt Brennan (Raiders) and Jarrett Brown (49ers), a source told Aaron Wilson, of NationalFootballPost.com.

WR | Demetrius Williams | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Houston Texans worked out free-agent WRs Demetrius Williams (Ravens), Reggie Brown (Buccaneers), Derek Hagan (Giants) and Dexter M. Jackson (Panthers) and QBs Colt Brennan (Raiders) and Jarrett Brown (49ers), a source told Aaron Wilson, of NationalFootballPost.com.

WR | Derek Hagan | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Houston Texans worked out free-agent WRs Demetrius Williams (Ravens), Reggie Brown (Buccaneers), Derek Hagan (Giants) and Dexter M. Jackson (Panthers) and QBs Colt Brennan (Raiders) and Jarrett Brown (49ers), a source told Aaron Wilson, of NationalFootballPost.com.

WR | Dexter M. Jackson | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Houston Texans worked out free-agent WRs Demetrius Williams (Ravens), Reggie Brown (Buccaneers), Derek Hagan (Giants) and Dexter M. Jackson (Panthers) and QBs Colt Brennan (Raiders) and Jarrett Brown (49ers), a source told Aaron Wilson, of NationalFootballPost.com.

WR | Mark Clayton | St. Louis Rams | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The St. Louis Rams placed WR Mark Clayton (knee) on the Injured Reserve list Tuesday, Oct. 12, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jim Thomas.

WR | Danario Alexander | St. Louis Rams | Transaction
St. Louis Rams WR Danario Alexander and FB Brit Miller were promoted from the practice squad to the active roster Tuesday, Oct. 12, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jim Thomas.

WR | Sam Aiken | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Cleveland Browns cut WR Sam Aiken Tuesday, Oct. 12, according to ClevelandBrowns.com.

WR | Dwayne Bowe | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley defended WR Dwayne Bowe after he dropped QB Matt Cassel's potential touchdown pass in the end zone in Week 5, according to The Associated Press. Cassel heads into Week 6 ranked 27th among NFL quarterbacks in total passing yards. "Our quarterback played a smart football game, led the team in the fashion he will have to lead it," Haley said. "No. 1, we're 3-1 in the first quarter of the season, which is exactly what we want, or what we will go into the next quarter feeling good about. Dwayne Bowe did so many good things in that game, so many good things," Haley said. "He played smart, he understood the game plan, what he was supposed to do throughout that game plan and he did it at a high level. It just so happens he had an opportunity to make a big play, which is part of his job description, as he did two weeks before. He didn't make it. But Dwayne's arrow is going up. There is no doubt in my mind."

WR | Sidney Rice | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings WR Sidney Rice (hip) is no longer using crutches after undergoing hip surgery in August, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Judd Zulgad. Rice had a follow-up exam Monday, Oct. 11.

WR | Brandon Stokley | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks WRs Deon Butler and Golden Tate figure to see a boost in playing time after the team traded WR Deion Branch to the New England Patriots, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Greg Johns. WR Brandon Stokley also figures to be heavily involved in the passing game.

WR | Deon Butler | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks WRs Deon Butler and Golden Tate figure to see a boost in playing time after the team traded WR Deion Branch to the New England Patriots, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Greg Johns. WR Brandon Stokley also figures to be heavily involved in the passing game.

WR | Golden Tate | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks WRs Deon Butler and Golden Tate figure to see a boost in playing time after the team traded WR Deion Branch to the New England Patriots, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Greg Johns. WR Brandon Stokley also figures to be heavily involved in the passing game.

WR | Vincent Jackson | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
The St. Louis Rams are not pursuing a trade for San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Jackson despite losing WR Mark Clayton (knee) for the rest of the season, according to NFL.com's Steve Wyche. Jackson has yet to sign his tender and could sit out the entire 2010 season.

WR | Deion Branch | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady said he expects there to be a learning curve for WR Deion Branch, who the team recently acquired in a trade from the Seattle Seahawks, according to ESPN.com. "I'm not sure how much Deion has retained over the years," Brady said. "Deion is a very smart player. He's going to have his work cut out for him. There's a lot to catch up on. I wouldn't say things are exactly the way they were when he left. We've evolved quite a bit from that offense that we were running. Some of the things I'm sure are very familiar to him, but some of the things are very different as well. I'm sure there will be a pretty steep learning curve for him. Hopefully he gets up to speed as quickly as possible because we'll need him this week."

WR | Richard Goodman | San Diego Chargers | Transaction
The San Diego Chargers signed WR Richard Goodman from the practice squad to the active roster Tuesday, Oct. 12.


Tight End

TE | Jermichael Finley | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley's (knee) surgeons originally thought they would remove his meniscus, which would mean a quicker recovery time, but discovered they could repair the meniscus, reports Lori Nickel, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, according to Greg A. Bedard. Finley will be out longer because of the repaired meniscus but will have a better prognosis in the long run.


Place Kicker

PK | Garrett Hartley | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
New Orleans Saints PK Garrett Hartley has regained his starting job after the team released PK John Carney Tuesday, Oct. 12, according to CBSSports.com.


Offensive Tackle

OT | King Dunlap | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles OT King Dunlap will start at left tackle in Week 6 in place of injured OT Jason Peters (knee), reports Les Bowen, of the Philadelphia Daily News.

OT | Jason Peters | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles OT Jason Peters (knee) will undergo surgery to repair a meniscus tear and will not play in Week 6, reports Les Bowen, of the Philadelphia Daily News.

OT | Trai Essex | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers OG Trai Essex's (ankle) status for Week 6 is uncertain because of a high ankle sprain, reports Scott Brown, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Essex was able to do some individual work during practice Monday, Oct. 11.


Offensive Line

OL | Nick Kaczur | New England Patriots | Injury, Transaction
The New England Patriots placed OT Nick Kaczur (back) on the Injured Reserve list Tuesday, Oct. 12, according to NFL.com.


Defensive Line

DL | Brodrick Bunkley | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said DT Brodrick Bunkley (elbow) may be able to play with his elbow injury after receiving a second opinion on his elbow, reports CSNPhilly.com's Reuben Frank. Reid initially said Bunkley would need surgery on his elbow.

DL | Brian Robison | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings DE Brian Robison (ankle) suffered a sprained ankle in the team's Week 5 game, according to Judd Zulgad, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

DL | Bobby McCray | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Tennessee Titans worked out free-agent DE Bobby McCray (Saints), LB David Veikune (Browns), CB Macho Harris (Eagles) and SS Quintin Demps (Eagles) Tuesday, Oct. 12, a source told Aaron Wilson, of NationalFootballPost.com.


Linebacker

LB | Shawne Merriman | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Transaction
The San Diego Chargers have announced they have placed LB Shawne Merriman (calf) on Injured Reserve. Merriman received a minor-injury designation, which means the Chargers will have to release Merriman when he is healthy.

LB | Gerald Hayes | Arizona Cardinals | Injury
Arizona Cardinals LB Gerald Hayes (back) may be able to return for the team's Week 7 game, according to Kent Somers, of The Arizona Republic. He is currently on the Physically Unable to Perform list but is eligible to begin practicing Monday, Oct. 18. The team may use Hayes as a rotational player initially so they can bring him along slowly.

LB | Antwan Barnes | San Diego Chargers | Transaction, Free Agents
The San Diego Chargers have signed free-agent DE Antwan Barnes (Eagles), a source told Aaron Wilson, of NationalFootballPost.com. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.


Cornerback

CB | Frank Walker | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Minnesota Vikings are expected to sign free-agent CB Frank Walker (Ravens), a source told FOXSports.com's Adam Caplan.

CB | Cedric Griffin | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Updating a previous item, Minnesota Vikings CB Cedric Griffin (knee) is out for the year after tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Week 5, according to the Pioneer Press' Jeremy Fowler.

CB | Darrelle Revis | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said the team will not rest CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring) in Week 6 against the Denver Broncos if he is healthy enough to play, according to The Associated Press. "If he's healthy, we want to play Darrelle," Ryan said. "It's not vacation time. It's time to beat somebody. This is an AFC opponent and we need to win games so we can get into the postseason. That would be my thought. Is he going to be better three weeks from now if we don't play him or all that? I think that still has to be determined."

CB | Al Harris | Green Bay Packers | Injury
Green Bay Packers CB Al Harris (knee) and SS Atari Bigby (ankle) could return to practice next week, according to The Associated Press. However, it is not known if either player will be able to return right away.


Strong Safety

SS | Atari Bigby | Green Bay Packers | Injury
Green Bay Packers CB Al Harris (knee) and SS Atari Bigby (ankle) could return to practice next week, according to The Associated Press. However, it is not known if either player will be able to return right away.


Free Safety

FS | Derrick Martin | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Transaction
The Green Bay Packers have announced they have placed FS Derrick Martin (knee) on Injured Reserve, ending his 2010 season.

FS | Bob Sanders | Indianapolis Colts | Injury
Indianapolis Colts LB Kavell Conner (foot) and FS Bob Sanders (biceps) have been ruled out for Week 6.

FS | Matt Giordano | New Orleans Saints | Transaction
The New Orleans Saints signed free-agent FS Matt Giordano (Falcons) to an undisclosed deal Tuesday, Oct. 12, according to The Daily Advertiser. The team also re-signed CB Reggie Jones to the practice squad.

FS | Michael Hamlin | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Dallas Cowboys cut FS Michael Hamlin Tuesday, Oct. 12, according to The Dallas Morning News' Todd Archer.

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