Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on August 11, 2011 @ 05:01:51 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Cam Newton | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Carolina Panthers WR Armanti Edwards might see more time as the quarterback this season. Edwards, who played QB at Appalachian State, is not competing for a starting job, but offensive coordinator Rod Chudzinski plans to use him occasionally in the Wildcat formats with QB Cam Newton split out. The team devoted more than 30 minutes of practice Tuesday, Aug. 9, to allow Edwards to take snaps out of the shotgun.

QB | Tony Romo | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo has been on fire in the last five days of camp. Romo said he has been throwing the ball as well as he ever has in his career.

QB | Matt Hasselbeck | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer said QB Matt Hasselbeck is having problems picking up the offense at this point but is improving each day.

QB | Kevin Kolb | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said QB Kevin Kolb likely will play more than a usual starting quarterback would in a first preseason game. Kolb has been working on learning the offense and is looking to minimize his mistakes.


Running Back

RB | Baron Batch | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Baron Batch (knee) has a torn anterior cruciate ligament, likely meaning his rookie season is over. Batch cut on the turf minutes before practice ended Wednesday, Aug. 10, crumpled and rode off in a cart.

RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (eye) will not play in the preseason opener Friday, Aug. 12, against the Arizona Cardinals.

RB | Montario Hardesty | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty (knee) again worked on the side with trainers Wednesday, Aug. 10, as he continues to mend after knee surgery. Hardesty has yet to practice with the team at training camp.

RB | Lonyae Miller | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys RB Lonyae Miller, who is in competition for the No. 3 running back spot, has impressed TE Jason Witten by his blocking abilities. Witten said Miller has yet to miss a blitz pickup during camp.

RB | Ryan Williams | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals RB Ryan Williams has been impressive in camp so far, but RB Beanie Wells still projects as the starter. Williams appears to be a better pure runner than Wells. Williams cuts effortlessly at high speeds, while Wells is more of a downhill runner.

RB | Reggie Bush | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins RB Reggie Bush is listed as the starting running back on the depth chart for the first preseason game.

RB | Ryan Mathews | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (leg) may receive some playing time in the first preseason game even though he has been dealing with a slight muscle strain in his leg.


Wide Receiver

WR | Greg Little | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
After a rough start to training camp, Cleveland Browns WR Greg Little is finally hanging onto the football more frequently and making plays. If he proves reliable in that area, he'll almost assuredly be the team's No. 1 wide receiver.

WR | Steve E. Smith | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles WR Steve E. Smith (knee) is expected to contribute early on and not start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

WR | Jerricho Cotchery | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Baltimore Ravens will not offer a contract to free-agent WR Jerricho Cotchery (Jets). One reason is because the team is pleased with rookie WR Torrey Smith, who has exceeded expectations during camp.

WR | Torrey Smith | Baltimore Ravens | Free Agents
The Baltimore Ravens will not offer a contract to free-agent WR Jerricho Cotchery (Jets). One reason is because the team is pleased with rookie WR Torrey Smith, who has exceeded expectations during camp.

WR | Derek Hagan | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Oakland Raiders WR Derek Hagan and Chad Jackson, signed last week, are making the wide receiver competition interesting with their play in practice, although the favorites to be the top six wideouts remains WRs Jacoby Ford (arm), Darrius Heyward-Bey, Nick Miller (undisclosed), Denarius Moore, Louis Murphy (undisclosed) and Chaz Schilens.

WR | Marques Colston | New Orleans Saints | Injury, Fantasy
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston (knee) missed his fifth practice in six days Wednesday, Aug. 10. Colston, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee after the 2010 season, developed some irritation and swelling the knee. "It's getting better," he said. "We're just trying to be patient, knowing that this is week one of the preseason and we've got a long season ahead." Colston hasn't been officially ruled out for the preseason opener Friday, Aug. 12, against the San Francisco 49ers, and he said he would prefer to play.

WR | Keary Colbert | Kansas City Chiefs | Transaction, Free Agents
The Kansas City Chiefs signed free-agent WR Keary Colbert (UFL) Wednesday, Aug. 10.

WR | Chad Ochocinco | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots DL Albert Haynesworth, who was scheduled to make $5.4 million this year, restructured his contract to $1.5 million. He will not receive any bonuses, either. Haynesworth is due a base salary of $6.7 million next year. WR Chad Ochocinco trimmed his salary for this year from $6 million down to $1 million. He also has a $1.5 million roster bonus.

WR | Brandon Lloyd | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox said the team will be cautious with WR Brandon Lloyd (knee) after he left practice Tuesday, Aug. 9, because of swelling in his knee.

WR | Roy Williams | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams is listed as one of the starting wide receivers on the depth chart for the first preseason game.


Tight End

TE | Brandon Pettigrew | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris (hand), DT Nick Fairley (foot), OT Jeff Backus (pectoral), TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle), CB Aaron Berry (groin), WR Titus Young (hamstring), CB Alphonso Smith (foot), DT Andre Fluellen (hand), OT Tony Ugoh (personal), S Randy Phillips (shoulder) and OT Jason Fox (foot) are not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 11.

TE | Jermichael Finley | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said TE Jermichael Finley (glute) had a glute contusion, which is why he did not practice Wednesday, Aug. 10.

TE | Travis Beckum | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants TE Travis Beckum (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 10, because of a hamstring injury.

TE | Ed Dickson | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens TE Ed Dickson (hamstring), C Matt Birk (knee), DT Brandon McKinney (knee), LB Tavares Gooden (neck) and LS Morgan Cox (knee) are not expected to play in the first preseason game.


Place Kicker

PK | Josh Scobee | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars PK Josh Scobee (leg) is expected to play in the first preseason game even though he has had some tightness in his leg. He has not been kick during practice this week so he can rest his leg.

PK | Mason Crosby | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers PK Mason Crosby (ankle) has missed the last few days of practice because of a sprain ankle and the team may have to sign another kicker before their first preseason game.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Jared Gaither | Kansas City Chiefs | Transaction, Free Agents
The Kansas City Chiefs have signed free-agent OT Jared Gaither (Ravens). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

OT | Gosder Cherilus | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions OT Gosder Cherilus (knee) took first-team reps for the fourth consecutive practice Thursday, Aug. 11, a good indication he'll start in the preseason opener.

OT | Kirk Chambers | Detroit Lions | Transaction, Free Agents
The Detroit Lions have signed free-agent OT Kirk Chambers (Bengals). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

OT | Marcus McNeill | San Diego Chargers | Injury
San Diego Chargers OT Marcus McNeill (knee) underwent surgery to remove a bone spur from his left knee. He is expected to be out for two weeks.


Guard

OG | Brandon Moore | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said OG Brandon Moore's (hip) rehab is going well and expects Moore to return to practice in the near future.

OG | Logan Mankins | New England Patriots | Transaction
The New England Patriots have signed OG Logan Mankins to a six-year contract extension. Financial terms were not disclosed.

OG | Chris Kemoeatu | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers OG Chris Kemoeatu (knee) said he hopes to come off the Physically Unable to Perform list and participate in practice as soon as Sunday, Aug. 13. He has been running since last week but said he will take things slow when he returns to practice.


Defensive Line

DL | Osi Umenyiora | New York Giants | Injury
According to a source close to him, New York Giants DL Osi Umenyiora (knee) said he is willing to give up his demand for the Giants to redo his contract or trade him. Umenyiora is expected to be in Atlanta Thursday, Aug. 11, where he will see a specialist for a second opinion on his injured left knee. If all goes well, Umenyiora will be cleared to practice and will return to the field Monday, Aug. 15.

DL | Jason Pierre-Paul | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants DL Jason Pierre-Paul said Wednesday, Aug. 10, that he wants to improve in his play against the run, noting anyone can rush the quarterback. He wants to bulk up in an attempt to not only be useful sacking the QB, but stopping the run, too. "You've got to give it all you got," Pierre-Paul said. "You don't allow yourself to be pushed. You push them. That's it."

DL | Da'Quan Bowers | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are pleased with the progress of DL Da'Quan Bowers (knee) in his return from a knee injury. "He's coming along really well. He's a giant, 280-pound end. You could see his power rush was his game (at Clemson), you saw his speed and quickness," head coach Raheem Morris said Wednesday, Aug. 10. He is listed on the depth chart as the second-string left end on the team's first unofficial depth chart. Morris said he'll likely play 12 to 15 snaps in his preseason debut Friday, Aug. 12, against the Kansas City Chiefs.

DL | Torell Troup | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills DL Torell Troup (hand) had his right hand wrapped in a cast Wednesday, Aug. 10, and he did not practice. However, head coach Chan Gailey said that he expects Troup to practice with the cast after swelling goes down. In addition, Troup is considered questionable for the preseason opener Saturday, Aug. 13, against the Chicago Bears.

DL | Albert Haynesworth | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots DL Albert Haynesworth, who was scheduled to make $5.4 million this year, restructured his contract to $1.5 million. He will not receive any bonuses, either. Haynesworth is due a base salary of $6.7 million next year. WR Chad Ochocinco trimmed his salary for this year from $6 million down to $1 million. He also has a $1.5 million roster bonus.

DL | Jay Ratliff | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys C Andre Gurode (knee), DT Jay Ratliff (hip), LB Keith Brooking (hamstring) and CBs Mike Jenkins (stinger) and Terence Newman (groin) will not play in the first preseason game.


Linebacker

LB | Matt Roth | Jacksonville Jaguars | Free Agents
Free-agent LB Matt Roth (Browns) has agreed to a one-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars worth $3 million.

LB | Clint Sintim | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants CB Joe Burnett (hamstring), OL Jim Cordle (knee), WR Sam Giguere (groin), CB Brian Jackson (back) and LB Clint Sintim (knee) were unable to practice Wednesday, Aug. 10.

LB | Jon Beason | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers LB Jon Beason (Achilles') was missing from practice Wednesday, Aug. 10, due to an Achilles' injury.

LB | Thomas Davis | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis (foot) was feeling pain in his foot Tuesday, Aug. 9, but he might simply have improper shoes. "They went in and took a look at it and they're going to check his shoes and give him some new (inserts) and hopefully that will take the pressure off his foot," head coach Ron Rivera said.

LB | Ryan Kerrigan | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan (knee) will play in the first preseason game but will be limited because he does not know all of the defensive packages. Kerrigan has also been limited during practice because of a knee injury.

LB | Chris Gocong | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty (knee) and LB Chris Gocong (neck) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 10.

LB | James Laurinaitis | St. Louis Rams | Injury
St. Louis Rams LB James Laurinaitis (pectoral) has sat out some drills during practices because he has aggravated a pectoral injury. He is scheduled to undergo X-rays on his pectoral injury.

LB | Keith Brooking | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys C Andre Gurode (knee), DT Jay Ratliff (hip), LB Keith Brooking (hamstring) and CBs Mike Jenkins (stinger) and Terence Newman (groin) will not play in the first preseason game.


Cornerback

CB | Chris Gamble | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers CB Chris Gamble (illness) returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 10, for the first time since coming down with a stomach illness. He had an interception on rookie QB Cam Newton.

CB | Terence Newman | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys C Andre Gurode (knee), DT Jay Ratliff (hip), LB Keith Brooking (hamstring) and CBs Mike Jenkins (stinger) and Terence Newman (groin) will not play in the first preseason game.

CB | Domonique Foxworth | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens CB Domonique Foxworth (knee) may not play in the first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 11, because of soreness in his surgically repaired knee. Foxworth has not been able to practice for the past few days.

CB | Jimmy Smith | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens CB Jimmy Smith (groin) will not play in the first preseason game because he has missed a majority of practices with a groin injury.


Strong Safety

SS | Michael Johnson | Detroit Lions | Transaction, Free Agents
The Detroit Lions signed free-agent SS Michael Johnson (Giants) to an undisclosed deal Wednesday, Aug. 10, and released LB Quentin Davie.

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