Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on November 2, 2011 @ 09:27:40 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Philip Rivers | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner said Tuesday, Nov. 1, that QB Philip Rivers is pressing. "I don't think it's confidence at all. He has great confidence in his abilities," Turner said. "I think he's pressing, I think there's some times he's trying to do more than he needs to do, and then there are some times when he tries to do more than he needs to do that he makes a great play and it gives us a chance to move down the field. There's just a fine line."

QB | Jon Kitna | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys QB Jon Kitna might be called upon to serve as a holder on field goal and extra point attempts if P Mat McBriar (foot) cannot go in Week 9. QB Tony Romo served in the role in the second half of the Week 8 game when McBriar left the game early. Kitna has never held in an NFL game.

QB | John Skelton | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals QB John Skelton might get the start in Week 9 against the St. Louis Rams if QB Kevin Kolb (toe) can't go. He was 2-2 as a starter in 2010, but completed fewer than 45 percent of his passes in both of the wins. "No one makes it to the NFL with the ambition of being a backup," Skelton said. "Whether you play because you are the starter or because someone gets hurt, it's an opportunity. I am just going to try and make the most of it, and if I play, I'm going to try and win a ballgame."

QB | Kevin Kolb | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb (toe) said Tuesday, Nov. 1, that he wished turf toe was called something else, as it sounds like a minor issue. "I wish (that) it was called something different than 'turf toe, it sounds like I'm a weenie," Kolb said. He isn't sure if he'll be able to practice Wednesday, Nov. 2, and is uncertain of his status for Week 9 against the St. Louis Rams. If he can't go, QB John Skelton would play.

QB | Carson Palmer | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Updating a previous item, Oakland Raiders WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh signed for one year and $910,000 Tuesday, Nov. 1. He had been working out with QB Carson Palmer in Southern California before Palmer was acquired last month.


Running Back

RB | Peyton Hillis | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur said RB Peyton Hillis (hamstring) will practice Wednesday, Nov. 2 but have limited participation.

RB | Tashard Choice | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins RB Tashard Choice (hamstring) said he will not be available for Week 9 but may be able to play in Week 10.

RB | Ahmad Bradshaw | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giant RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) will not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 2. Head coach Tom Coughlin said Bradshaw's foot is swollen and sore.

RB | Chris Ogbonnaya | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Cleveland Browns RB Chris Ogbonnaya could start in Week 9 if RB Peyton Hillis (hamstring) is not able to play in the game.

RB | Montario Hardesty | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty (calf) is expected to miss at least two weeks because of his calf injury.

RB | LeGarrette Blount | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount (knee) is participating in practice Wednesday, Nov. 2.

RB | Mike Tolbert | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers RB Mike Tolbert (hamstring) is expected to return in Week 9 against the Green Bay Packers, and he might have a big role if RBs Curtis Brinkley (concussion) and Ryan Mathews (groin) are unavailable.

RB | Curtis Brinkley | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
The status for San Diego Chargers RB Curtis Brinkley (concussion) for the Week 9 game against the Green Bay Packers won't be known until later in the week.

RB | Ryan Mathews | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (groin) might miss his first game of the season in Week 9 against the Green Bay Packers.

RB | Ryan Torain | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins RB Ryan Torain had a poor stat line in Week 8 against the Buffalo Bills, posting 14 yards on eight carries. The lack of production can mostly be attributed to poor run blocking by the offensive line, as three or more defenders were on the Redskins side of the line on six of his eight rushing attempts.

RB | Tim Hightower | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins RB Tim Hightower (knee) said Tuesday, Nov. 1, that he is confident he'll be back in 2012. Hightower is still doing charity work, even as he is on Injured Reserve, and said it is important to attend events and encourage students to live healthy lives. "A huge part of my rehab being a success is doing stuff like this to keep my spirits up. I know everything will work for the good," Hightower said. "So what, I'm hurt. You never know what a kid's going through, so I wanted to still do whatever I can to encourage them." He is confident he'll be able to return in 2012.

RB | Brandon Jacobs | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants RB Brandon Jacobs (knee) posted just 10 yards on four carries, and he fumbled and dropped a pass in Week 8. It was his first game back after missing two games due to a sprained medial collateral ligament. "He needs to play," head coach Tom Coughlin said Tuesday, Nov. 1. "He needs to play and get back to work."

RB | LeSean McCoy | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week after posting career highs with 30 carries and 185 yards with two touchdowns in Week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas entered the game ranked No. 1 in the NFL in rushing defense, but left in fourth place in the category thanks to the player nicknamed "Shady".

RB | Thomas Clayton | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Cleveland Browns signed free-agent RB Thomas Clayton (Seahawks) to an undisclosed deal Tuesday, Nov. 1, with RBs Montario Hardesty (calf) and Peyton Hillis (hamstring) sidelined. In a corresponding move, the team waived WR Brian Robiskie. Clayton will split time with RB Chris Ogbonnaya until Hillis returns.

RB | Jason Snelling | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons FB Mike Cox is expected to split repetitions with RB Jason Snelling as the fullback in Week 9.

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak said he has no plans to even out the carries between RBs Chris Johnson and Javon Ringer. "There's no rhyme or reason to it right now. If there was, I'd let you know," Munchak said. "We're just trying to get something fixed that hasn't been as productive as we'd like, and we're not doing anything different .... We don't feel any different about Chris Johnson. All of the above. Nothing's changing. Our philosophy hasn't changed." However, Munchak also said he will play whoever gives the team the best chance to win.


Fullback

FB | Reagan Mauia | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents
The Arizona Cardinals re-signed free-agent FB Reagan Mauia (Cardinals) Tuesday, Nov. 1, as the team might need him with FB Anthony Sherman (ankle) hurting. DL Ron Talley was cut, cleared waives, and was added to the practice squad.

FB | Mike Cox | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons FB Mike Cox is expected to split repetitions with RB Jason Snelling as the fullback in Week 9.


Wide Receiver

WR | Andre Johnson | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said WR Andre Johnson (hamstring) will not practice Wednesday, Nov. 2, but still has a chance to play in Week 9.

WR | Ramses Barden | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said WR Ramses Barden (ankle), who is still on the Physically Unable to Perform list, will see more work in practice this week with WR Hakeem Nicks (hamstring) banged up.

WR | Hakeem Nicks | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks (hamstring) will not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 2.

WR | T.J. Houshmandzadeh | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Oakland Raiders WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh is expected to make his team debut in Week 9 against the Denver Broncos. He is likely to see time on third downs in the slot.

WR | Bryan Walters | San Diego Chargers | Transaction, Free Agents
The San Diego Chargers re-signed free-agent WR Bryan Walters to the practice squad Tuesday, Nov. 1.

WR | Anthony Armstrong | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins WR Anthony Armstrong was targeted four times in Week 8 against the Buffalo Bills, but he had no receptions. The reason was due to the fact he wasn't getting enough separation. There is some worry he might not be 100 percent healthy.

WR | Brian Robiskie | Free Agent | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Cleveland Browns signed free-agent RB Thomas Clayton (Seahawks) to an undisclosed deal Tuesday, Nov. 1, with RBs Montario Hardesty (calf) and Peyton Hillis (hamstring) sidelined. In a corresponding move, the team waived WR Brian Robiskie. Clayton will split time with RB Chris Ogbonnaya until Hillis returns.

WR | Roddy White | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) received treatment from the training staff during the team's bye week and was able to return to practice on a limited basis Monday, Oct. 31. He could play in Week 9 against the Indianapolis Colts. Jones studied defenses during his down time, which he helps will provide a boost for him in his return.

The team is hoping that the passing attack will pick it up with the return of Jones. WR Roddy White (white) also pronounced himself completely healthy after dealing with a nagging knee injury.

WR | Julio Jones | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) received treatment from the training staff during the team's bye week and was able to return to practice on a limited basis Monday, Oct. 31. He could play in Week 9 against the Indianapolis Colts. Jones studied defenses during his down time, which he helps will provide a boost for him in his return.

The team is hoping that the passing attack will pick it up with the return of Jones. WR Roddy White (white) also pronounced himself completely healthy after dealing with a nagging knee injury.

WR | Taylor Price | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien said he would like to get WR Taylor Price more involved in the offensive gameplan moving forward. "He's practiced well. We need to get him in there more," O'Brien said. "He's done a good job in practice. He's a guy that we've got to give him more reps in the game."


Guard

OG | Jeremy Zuttah | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy (ankle) and C Jeff Faine (biceps) are both expected to play in Week 9 against the New Orleans Saints. LB Mason Foster (ankle) is also expected back. S Tanard Jackson (hamstring) and C Jeremy Zuttah (knee) will be evaluated later in the week.


Offensive Line

OL | Michael Toudouze | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Indianapolis Colts waived OL Michael Toudouze and LB Cody Glenn Tuesday, Nov. 1.


Defensive Line

DL | Gerald McCoy | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DL Gerald McCoy (ankle) returned to practice Tuesday, Nov. 1. He is expected to return in Week 9 against the New Orleans Saints.

DL | Ogemdi Nwagbuo | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The San Diego Chargers signed free-agent DL Everette Brown (Panthers) to an undisclosed deal Tuesday, Nov. 1. He will be transitioned to an outside linebacker in the team's 4-3 defensive scheme. In a corresponding move, DL Ogemdi Nwagbuo will be released.


Linebacker

LB | Jason Worilds | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jason Worilds (quadriceps) is expected to practice this week and could play in Week 9. If he does play in the game, he could start at outside linebacker because of injuries to LBs James Harrison (eye) and LaMarr Woodley (hamstring).

LB | Sean Lee | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (wrist) said Tuesday, Nov. 1, he hopes to play in Week 9 against the Seattle Seahawks despite suffering a dislocated left wrist in Week 8. He'll wear a protective cast if he is able to go.

LB | Everette Brown | San Diego Chargers | Transaction, Free Agents
The San Diego Chargers signed free-agent DL Everette Brown (Panthers) to an undisclosed deal Tuesday, Nov. 1. He will be transitioned to an outside linebacker in the team's 4-3 defensive scheme. In a corresponding move, DL Ogemdi Nwagbuo will be released.

LB | James Harrison | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers LB James Harrison (eye) has been cleared to practice, but he is not expected to play in Week 9. "He has been cleared to practice and that is where we are," head coach Mike Tomlin said. "We will re-evaluate the situation at some point later in the week and let that be our guide in terms of potential participation. But right now I just want to be clear that he has been cleared to practice."

LB | LaMarr Woodley | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley (hamstring) is not ruling himself out for the team's Week 9 game versus the Baltimore Ravens. "Everybody counting me out ... don't count me out yet. Big game on Sunday," Woodley said. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Woodley's availability this week will depend on his practice status.

LB | Mason Foster | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy (ankle) and C Jeff Faine (biceps) are both expected to play in Week 9 against the New Orleans Saints. LB Mason Foster (ankle) is also expected back. S Tanard Jackson (hamstring) and C Jeremy Zuttah (knee) will be evaluated later in the week.


Cornerback

CB | Adam Jones | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Cincinnati Bengals CB Adam Jones (hamstring) said his hamstring is at 60 percent at this point and does not believe he will be able to play in Week 9 unless his hamstring gets to 70 to 80 percent. Jones said he hopes his hamstring will improve enough to play.

CB | Morgan Trent | Free Agent | Transaction
The Cincinnati Bengals have waived CB Morgan Trent.

CB | Jonathan Wade | Miami Dolphins | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents
The Miami Dolphins signed free-agent CB Jonathan Wade (Bengals) Tuesday, Nov. 1. In corresponding moves, the team released S Gerald Alexander and placed WR Marlon Moore (undisclosed) on the Injured Reserve.


Strong Safety

SS | David Sims | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Transaction
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed free-agent SS David Sims (Giants) to an undisclosed deal Tuesday, Nov. 1.


Free Safety

FS | Gerald Alexander | Free Agent | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents
The Miami Dolphins signed free-agent CB Jonathan Wade (Bengals) Tuesday, Nov. 1. In corresponding moves, the team released S Gerald Alexander and placed WR Marlon Moore (undisclosed) on the Injured Reserve.

FS | Tanard Jackson | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy (ankle) and C Jeff Faine (biceps) are both expected to play in Week 9 against the New Orleans Saints. LB Mason Foster (ankle) is also expected back. S Tanard Jackson (hamstring) and C Jeremy Zuttah (knee) will be evaluated later in the week.

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