Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on August 12, 2011 @ 02:15:52 PDT


Running Back

RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (face) said the team has not given him a specific time he will return to action, other than telling him he would be sidelined a couple of weeks with a orbital bone fracture. He has been doing some running on the side and trying to stay in shape.

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson said he was surprised that general manager Mike Reinfeldt said the team is willing to make Johnson the highest paid running back because the team has not made any offers to him at this point.

RB | Ahman Green | Retired | Transaction
Former Green Bay Packers RB Ahman Green has formally announced his retirement from football.

RB | Tim Hightower | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins RB Tim Hightower has seen most of the work with the first-team offense while RB Ryan Torain (hand) has been out and is considered the early favorite to win the starting running back this season.

RB | Mark Ingram | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram has performed well during training camp and could see a lot of playing time early on if he can show he knows the playbook and is able to handle blitz pickup. He has seen a significant amount of time with the first-team offense during camp.

RB | Steve Slaton | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans RB Steve Slaton (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury during practice Thursday, Aug. 11, and LS Jonathan Weeks sprained his ankle during practice.

Wide Receiver

WR | Michael Crabtree | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
The San Francisco 49ers expect WR Michael Crabtree (foot) to be cleared to practice within the next two weeks after he was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list at the beginning of training camp with a left foot injury. Crabtree is not expected to play in any exhibition games, but the club anticipates he will be available for Week 1.

WR | Austin Collie | Indianapolis Colts | Injury
Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Caldwell hasn't determined how much, if any, playing time WR Austin Collie (concussion) will see in the team's preseason opener. Collie missed most of the 2010 season with concussion issues. He hasn't displayed any problems since the start of training camp.

WR | Chaz Schilens | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders WR Chaz Schilens (knee) suffered a knee injury in the second quarter of the team's preseason opener while running a reverse. Head coach Hue Jackson said Schilens appeared to be walking fine in the locker room after the game. He will be further examined by team doctors Friday, Aug. 12.

WR | Eddie Royal | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos WR Eddie Royal (hip) did not play in the team's first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 11. He missed time in practice this week so he could rest his surgically repaired hip.

WR | Kenny Britt | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt (hamstring) still has not been able to go full speed during training camp and it appears he will not play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 13. Head coach Mike Munchak isn't worried that Britt is missing valuable time on the field, noting Britt has been participating in walk-throughs and has been mentally preparing.

WR | DeSean Jackson | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson did not play in the team's first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 11, after just reporting to the team a few days before. Jackson held out 12 days of training camp in dispute of his contract.

WR | Lee Evans | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Buffalo Bills WR Lee Evans, a former first-round draft choice, could be traded within the next 48 hours.

WR | Mark Clayton | Free Agent | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent WR Mark Clayton (knee) visited with the St. Louis Rams Thursday, Aug. 11. His visit was to keep them up to speed on where he is in his recovery from a knee injury. He is expected to re-sign with the Rams, but it may not be for another week or longer.

WR | David Gettis | Carolina Panthers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
With the loss of WR David Gettis (ACL) for the season, the Carolina Panthers are expected to have WRs Brandon LaFell and Legedu Naanee compete for a starting job opposite WR Steve Smith. Gettis started 15 games for the Panthers in his rookie season, catching 37 passes and three touchdowns.

WR | Marques Colston | New Orleans Saints | Injury, Fantasy
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston (knee) has been ruled out of the first preseason game because of a knee injury.

WR | Plaxico Burress | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets WR Plaxico Burress (ankle) participated in individual drills during practice Thursday, Aug. 11, but did not participate in team drills during practice.

WR | Sidney Rice | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks WR Sidney Rice is not expected to play in the first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 11, against the San Diego Chargers.

WR | Brandon Marshall | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall's wife did not have charges pressed against her after she allegedly stabbed him on April 22 due to lack of evidence, according to the Broward State Attorney's office. However, the situation on that day now is shown to be much more serious than domestic dispute.

Nine officers, including a K-9 unit and Special Victims Unit, came to Marshall's house that day and encountered a large pool of blood in the front foyer and trails of blood leading into a bedroom and kitchen. Marshall had a few cuts on his wrists, in addition to an abdomen wound. His wife had a bruise on her left cheek and small cuts on her fingers and the bottom of her foot. A 13-inch bloody kitchen knife was laying next to a magazine clip of a firearm, and both objects were covered in blood.

WR | Dane Sanzenbacher | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears WR Dane Sanzenbacher could fit well in the slot receiver position in offensive coordinator Mike Martz's system.

WR | Devin Hester | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears WR Devin Hester has been exceptional in training camp this summer. He appears to be running routes with tons of confidence and is catching every ball thrown his way. He seems to be much more comfortable in offensive coordinator Mike Martz's system.

WR | Jerricho Cotchery | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Jerricho Cotchery, who agreed to a one-year deal Thursday, Aug. 11, will not be a starting receiver for the team this year. The team has WRs Mike Wallace, Hines Ward, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders on roster. Cotchery will report to the team's camp Sunday, Aug. 14.

WR | Marcus Easley | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey said he plans on playing WR Marcus Easley (knee) in the first preseason game after Easley was able to practice the last two days.

WR | Johnny Knox | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears WR Johnny Knox said he is not looking for a trade and wants to stay with the team for his entire career. He said he was unhappy about losing his starting job but is determined to win it back. Wide receivers coach Darryl Drake said Knox would still be an important part of the offense if he does not start.

WR | Jacoby Jones | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans WR Jacoby Jones (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 11, because of a sprained ankle.

WR | Calvin Johnson | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) said he will play in the first preseason game even though he sat out practice Thursday, Aug. 11. Johnson was held out of practice because he ankle swelled up during practice Wednesday, Aug. 10.

Tight End

TE | Todd Heap | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals TE Todd Heap (thumb) underwent X-rays on his injured thumb and the results were negative. It is not known how much time, if any, that he will be sidelined.

TE | Dustin Keller | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets TE Dustin Keller had increased his weight to 255 pounds to try to become a better blocker while still keeping his speed to run past linebackers and safeties. Head coach Rex Ryan said he would like to see Keller become a more aggressive blocker.

TE | Dallas Clark | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts TE Dallas Clark (wrist) is fully healthy and has been practicing without restraint. "It feels great. I have not felt it, which I'm trying not to jinx myself or think about it too much," said Clark. "I'm just seriously trying to take it day-by-day and just kind of cross whatever bridge that comes however it feels, whatever attention it needs, more therapy, more post-workout treatments and things like that. It feels great, so I'm really excited."

TE | Kellen Davis | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears TE Kellen Davis is listed at the top of the depth chart at his position in training camp. The team apparently trusts him enough as a blocker, but he has just 11 catches in his career.

TE | Reggie Kelly | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Pittsburgh Steelers offered free-agent TE Reggie Kelly (Bengals) a contract worth the veteran minimum but he decided not to accept the offer.

Offensive Tackle

OT | Russell Okung | Seattle Seahawks | Injury
Seattle Seahawks OT Russell Okung (ankle) likely suffered a high ankle sprain in the team's preseason opener. "Russ has got an ankle sprain," head coach Pete Carroll said. "It was non-contact, you know. Just felt something kind of pop in there. X-rays were negative and all that so we'll see what happens. He's real disappointed."

OT | King Dunlap | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles OTs King Dunlap (knee) and Fenuki Tupou (knee) suffered knee injuries in the first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 11.


OG | Brandon Moore | New York Jets | Injury
The New York Jets have moved OG Brandon Moore (hip) from the Physically Unable to Perform list to the active roster.

Defensive Line

DL | B.J. Raji | Green Bay Packers | Injury
Green Bay Packers RB Alex Green (quadriceps), DT B.J. Raji (ankle) and CB Sam Shields (hip) suffered injuries during practice Thursday, Aug. 11.

DL | Muhammad Wilkerson | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets DT Muhammad Wilkerson (hip) participated in practice Thursday, Aug. 11.

DL | Ron Edwards | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Transaction
The Carolina Panthers have placed DT Ron Edwards (biceps) on season-ending Injured Reserve.

DL | Osi Umenyiora | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants DL Osi Umenyiora (knee) has been cleared by doctors to return to practice, according to his agent, Tony Agnone. It was also determined that Umenyiora will not need a surgical procedure on his left knee; he is dealing with a meniscus issue that can be managed. He will likely return to practice next week.

DL | Da'Quan Bowers | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Da'Quan Bowers (knee) has been showing off his athleticism during training camp after falling in the draft because of a knee injury. The team likely will gain more confidence in Bowers if he is able to play in preseason games without any problems.


LB | David Vobora | Free Agent | Transaction
The St. Louis Rams have released LB David Vobora.

LB | D.J. Williams | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos LB D.J. Williams (hip) did not play in the team's first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 11, and he has been dealing with a hip injury.

LB | Lofa Tatupu | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Oakland Raiders are still talking with free-agent LB Lofa Tatupu (Seahawks).

LB | Jon Beason | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers LB Jon Beason (Achilles') is expected to return to practice next week after sitting out several practices because of an Achilles' tendon injury.

LB | Brian Cushing | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (knee) participated in practice Thursday, Aug. 11, and was able to do more than he did Wednesday, Aug. 10. Head coach Gary Kubiak said Cushing is looking better each day.


CB | Asante Samuel | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit
Philadelphia Eagles new CBs Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie made their debut with the Eagles Thursday, Aug. 11, in a preseason win over the Baltimore Ravens. The two were in the starting lineup, joined by CB Asante Samuel, who lined up at safety to begin the game. Asomugha only played two series in the game.

CB | Cedric Griffin | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring) and CB Cedric Griffin (knee) will not play in the first preseason game because of injuries.

Free Safety

FS | Hiram Eugene | Free Agent | Injury
Oakland Raiders FS Hiram Eugene (hip) suffered a dislocated hip in the team's preseason opener.

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