Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on December 6, 2011 @ 11:36:51 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Joe Webb | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings QB Joe Webb will get reps with the first-team offense in practice Wednesday, Dec. 7, as QB Christian Ponder (hip) practices only a limited basis because of a hip pointer suffered in Week 13.

QB | Brett Favre | Retired | Free Agents
According to a high-ranking Chicago Bears source, the team has no interest in signing free-agent WR Brett Favre (Vikings).

QB | Matt Moore | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins QB Matt Moore has completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 1,063 yards, eight touchdowns and only one interception over his last five games.

QB | Andrew Luck | NCAA | Draft
Stanford QB Andrew Luck said late Monday, Dec. 5, that he intends to apply for entry into the 2012 NFL Draft. When asked about his plans for next year, Luck replied, "I think I'm going to hopefully play professional football if a team will have me." He then said he was "absolutely" prepared to go to the NFL after this season.

QB | Tom Brandstater | St. Louis Rams | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo indicated Monday, Dec. 5, that QB Tom Brandstater might be thrust into the starting lineup in Week 14 against the Seattle Seahawks with QB A.J. Feeley (thumb) dealing with a thumb fracture. Feeley replaced QB Sam Bradford (ankle), who was inactive in Week 13 with ongoing ankle issues.

QB | Philip Rivers | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers is over 3,500 passing yards for the fourth consecutive year after throwing for 294 yards in the Week 13 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

QB | Josh X. Johnson | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh X. Johnson (shoulder) suffered a separated shoulder in Week 13 but only missed one play in order to have the shoulder put back into place.

QB | Colt McCoy | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns QB Colt McCoy (knee) is dealing with a sprained knee, but he is not expected to miss any time. Head coach Pat Shurmur doesn't think McCoy will sit out against the Pittsburgh Steelers in their Week 14 game Thursday, Dec. 8.

QB | Michael Vick | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick (ribs) said he is still not 100 percent healthy, but he did not wear protective gear during practice Monday, Dec. 5. "I get better each and every day and (I am) still working hard and trying to get better, but I went out and had a great practice, and I feel good," Vick said.

QB | Tim Tebow | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
The Denver Broncos used more two-back traditional sets in their win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 13. They went with the I-formation for 29 total snaps, with most of them coming in the second half. It was the second time in QB Tim Tebow's seven starts in which the team didn't use a majority of three-receiver sets. Tebow had only four carries in Week 13.

QB | Jay Cutler | Chicago Bears | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith disputed reports that the team might be looking to lure QB Brett Favre out of retirement. "That's our group," Smith said of the three quarterbacks on the Bears' roster. "We're going to make improvements with our group. We're not looking on the outside. We won't have a quarterback tryout or anything like that." The team still hopes QB Jay Cutler (thumb) can return at the end of the season. Chicago is also rumored to be looking at free-agent QB Donovan McNabb (Vikings).


Running Back

RB | Kevin Smith | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
The Detroit Lions used RB Kevin Smith (ankle) in Week 13 despite expecting him to aggravate his ankle injury during the game, according to head coach Jim Schwartz. "We had a feeling that (Smith's injury) would come up," Schwartz said. "If we could get some plays out of him until that happened, we were prepared (to risk) that."

RB | Montario Hardesty | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty (calf) was listed as a full participant for practice Monday, Dec. 5.

RB | Peyton Hillis | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns RB Peyton Hillis (hip) was listed as a limited participant in practice Monday, Dec. 5. He is considered day to day.

RB | Joe McKnight | New York Jets | Injury
Updating a previous report, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said RB Joe McKnight (elbow) underwent an MRI on his injured elbow but did not know the result of the test. Ryan does not expect McKnight to practice Wednesday, Dec. 7, and his status will be determined later in the week.

RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson said he expects RB Darren McFadden (foot) to play again at some point this season but there is no timetable for his return.

RB | Taiwan Jones | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring) could be able to practice by the end of the week and play in Week 14. Jones did some agility drills Monday, Dec. 5, and said his hamstring is at 75 to 80 percent at this point.

RB | James Starks | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (ankle) has an ankle sprain and may have to sit out practice Wednesday, Dec. 7.

RB | LaDainian Tomlinson | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson (knee) is expected to play in Week 14 despite aggravating his medial collateral ligament injury.


Fullback

FB | Tony Fiammetta | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys FB Tony Fiammetta (illness) said he has been cleared to practice this week and expects to play in Week 14.


Wide Receiver

WR | Chaz Schilens | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders WR Chaz Schilens (foot) is listed as day-to-day, according to head coach Hue Jackson.

WR | Malcom Floyd | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd went over 100 yards for the second straight game for the first time in his seven-year NFL career in Week 13 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Floyd actually missed the past four games due to injury, but he had 107 yards in his last game in Week 8 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

WR | Anquan Boldin | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens WR Anquan Boldin registered his 700th career reception in the third quarter of the Week 13 game against the Cleveland browns. He reached the mark in 123 games, making the third-fastest player in NFL history to reach the mark.

WR | Mike Sims-Walker | Free Agent | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Jacksonville Jaguars released WR Mike Sims-Walker (knee) from Injured Reserve with an injury settlement Monday, Dec. 5.

WR | Akwasi Owusu-Ansah | Jacksonville Jaguars | Transaction, Free Agents
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed free-agent WR Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (Cowboys) to the practice squad Monday, Dec. 5.

WR | Plaxico Burress | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets WR Plaxico Burress has converted 85.3 percent of his catches into first downs this season, which ranks third in the NFL in the category.

WR | Santonio Holmes | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez has completed only 37 of his 72 passes thrown to WR Santonio Holmes in the 26 games played together. Both have said they are working on trying to improve their chemistry.

WR | Nate Washington | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak said WR Nate Washington (ankle) is considered day-to-day but is expected to play in Week 14. Washington underwent an MRI on the ankle but the results are not known at this point.

WR | Miles Austin | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys WR Miles Austin (hamstring) is expected to practice Wednesday, Dec. 7, and is expected to play in Week 14 if he does have any setbacks.

WR | Andre Johnson | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said WR Andre Johnson (knee) is considered day-to-day because of a mild hamstring injury. Kubiak said Johnson is expected to return soon but the team will know more at practice Wednesday, Dec. 7.

WR | Taylor Price | Jacksonville Jaguars | Transaction, Free Agents
The Jacksonville Jaguars have claimed free-agent WR Taylor Price (Patriots) off waivers.

WR | Denarius Moore | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders WR Denarius Moore (foot) said he is not sure if he will be able to practice this week because of his injury.

WR | Jacoby Ford | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders WR Jacoby Ford (foot) said he is undergoing treatment on his injured foot and is not sure if he will be cleared to practice this week.


Tight End

TE | Kevin Boss | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders TE Kevin Boss (hip) is listed as day-to-day, according to head coach Hue Jackson.

TE | Todd Heap | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals TE Todd Heap (hamstring) was inactive in Week 13, but head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday, Dec. 5, that he feels the veteran tight end has "turned the corner" with his injury.

TE | Marcedes Lewis | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis (ankle) left the Week 13 game in the second half against the San Diego Chargers due to an ankle injury.

TE | Scott Chandler | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills TE Scott Chandler (ankle), CB Aaron Williams (knee) and S George Wilson (neck) are not expected to play in Week 14 against the San Diego Chargers. Head coach Chan Gailey said there is an "outside chance" that Chandler plays.

TE | Andrew Quarless | Green Bay Packers | Injury
Green Bay Packers TE Andrew Quarless (knee) will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury he suffered in Week 13.

TE | Visanthe Shiancoe | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe (hand) underwent X-rays on his hand but they did not show any fractures. His hand was swollen after the team's Week 13.


Place Kicker

PK | Billy Cundiff | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens PK Billy Cundiff missed a pair of field goals in the Week 13 win against the Cleveland Browns, but sloppy field conditions are mostly to blame. "It's pretty bad, it's raining all day," Cundiff said. "If you look at the way (PK Matt Stover) kicked early in his career, he morphed into the type of kicker he became in Baqltimore because of the conditions he had to deal with in Cleveland." He has made 26 of 34 field goal attempts this season.

PK | Neil Rackers | Houston Texans | Free Agents, Fantasy
Houston Texans PK Neil Rackers will handle the kickoffs in the immediate future with P Brett Hartmann (knee) out for the year. The team will consider signing free-agent P Matt Turk (Jaguars) to replace Hartmann.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Tony Pashos | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns FS Mike C. Adams (shoulder) and OT Tony Pashos (ankle) were listed as limited participants in practice Monday, Dec. 5.

OT | Marcus McNeill | San Diego Chargers | Injury
San Diego Chargers OG Kris Dielman (concussion) and OT Marcus McNeill (neck) are considering retirement because they are worried about their health after football. Dielman is believed to be more serious about a possible retirement. McNeill's agent said he would be shocked if McNeill did not play again.


Guard

OG | Kris Dielman | San Diego Chargers | Injury
San Diego Chargers OG Kris Dielman (concussion) and OT Marcus McNeill (neck) are considering retirement because they are worried about their health after football. Dielman is believed to be more serious about a possible retirement. McNeill's agent said he would be shocked if McNeill did not play again.

OG | Adam Goldberg | St. Louis Rams | Injury
St. Louis Rams OT Adam Goldberg (ribs) and Mark LeVoir (pectoral), DE Eugene Sims (ankle), DT Gary Gibson (illness), FS Craig Dahl (knee) and P Donnie Jones (ankle) are expected to be limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 7.

OG | Jacob Bell | St. Louis Rams | Injury
St. Louis Rams OG Jacob Bell (knee) suffered a Grade 2 medial collateral ligament sprain in Week 13 and could miss as many as four weeks, which would finish his season.

OG | Stacy Andrews | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants OT Stacy Andrews (lung) will miss the rest of the season because of blood clots in his lungs.


Defensive Line

DL | Chris Hoke | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers DL Chris Hoke (neck) will have neck surgery, ending his season and perhaps his NFL career. Hoke left the team's Oct. 16 game with what was described as a "stinger" in his neck. He has not played since.

DL | Chris Long | St. Louis Rams | Injury
St. Louis Rams DL Chris Long (ankle) was sore after the Week 13 game, but head coach Steve Spagnuolo said Monday, Dec. 5, that Long got through the game "OK."

DL | John Chick | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury
Updating a previous report, Jacksonville Jaguars DL John Chick (knee) was carted off to the locker room due to a right knee injury. He is out for the game, and he might have sustained a serious injury.

DL | Jayme Mitchell | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns LB Chris Gocong (undisclosed) and DL Jayme Mitchell (ankle) were each listed as full participants in practice Monday, Dec. 5.

DL | Dave Tollefson | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants DL Dave Tollefson (knee) is dealing with a bruised right knee.

DL | Osi Umenyiora | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants DL Osi Umenyiora (ankle) is being listed as day-to-day, but he isn't expected to return in Week 14.

DL | Mike DeVito | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets DE Mike DeVito (knee) was able to jog Monday, Dec. 5, but his status for Week 14 is uncertain at this point.

DL | Gary Gibson | St. Louis Rams | Injury
St. Louis Rams OT Adam Goldberg (ribs) and Mark LeVoir (pectoral), DE Eugene Sims (ankle), DT Gary Gibson (illness), FS Craig Dahl (knee) and P Donnie Jones (ankle) are expected to be limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 7.

DL | Eugene Sims | St. Louis Rams | Injury
St. Louis Rams OT Adam Goldberg (ribs) and Mark LeVoir (pectoral), DE Eugene Sims (ankle), DT Gary Gibson (illness), FS Craig Dahl (knee) and P Donnie Jones (ankle) are expected to be limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 7.

DL | Brian Robison | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings DE Brian Robison (concussion) suffered a concussion in Week 13 and will be evaluated on the daily basis.


Linebacker

LB | Patrick Willis | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis (hamstring) is expected to miss practice time, and he will "probably" miss the Week 14 game against the Arizona Cardinals, a source said Monday, Dec. 5. The 49ers clinched the NFC West Division title Sunday, Dec. 4, so they will likely let him rest his right hamstring injury. Head coach Jim Harbaugh said he has not yet reviewed the MRI results.

LB | Donald Butler | San Diego Chargers | Injury
San Diego Chargers LB Donald Butler (foot) left in the first half of the Week 13 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Monday, Dec. 5, due to a foot injury. LB Bront Bird replaced him. Butler is being examined in the locker room, and is questionable to return.

LB | Larry Foote | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Monday, Dec. 5, that he is hopeful LB Larry Foote (hamstring) will be able to return in Week 14 against the Cleveland Browns Thursday, Dec. 8. Foote was inactive in Week 13.

LB | Chris Gocong | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns LB Chris Gocong (undisclosed) and DL Jayme Mitchell (ankle) were each listed as full participants in practice Monday, Dec. 5.

LB | Zac Diles | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents
The Indianapolis Colts have claimed free-agent LB Zac Diles (Buccaneers) off waivers. The team has also waived TE Mike McNeill and placed CBs Jerraud Powers (elbow) and Terrence Johnson (undisclosed) on Injured Reserve, ending their 2011 seasons.

LB | Barrett Ruud | Tennessee Titans | Injury
Tennessee Titans LB Barrett Ruud (groin) is still dealing with his groin injury and may not play in Week 14. If Ruud is not able to play, BL Colin McCarthy likely would start in his place.

LB | Brian Cushing | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (knee) is expected to play in Week 14 despite hurting his knee in Week 13.

LB | Ray Lewis | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
The Baltimore Ravens are hoping to have RB Ray Lewis (toe) back for their Week 15 game against the San Diego Chargers. He is using an insert in his shoe to help him deal with turf toe. Lewis could probably return in Week 14, but the team would like to give him an extra week to rest.

LB | Chad Greenway | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings LB Chad Greenway (elbow) suffered a hyperextended elbow in Week 13 but was able to return to play in the game.


Cornerback

CB | Brent Grimes | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons CB Brent Grimes (knee) has been ruled out for Week 14. Grimes had a procedure done on his injured knee last week.

CB | Aaron Williams | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills CB Aaron Williams (knee) is expected to miss the team's Week 14 game with a right knee injury. However, the injury was initially believed to be worse, possibly season-ending. "Not as bad as it could've been," head coach Chan Gailey said. "I don't know if he'll play this week, but I think he's got a real shot for the next game."

CB | Jerraud Powers | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents
The Indianapolis Colts have claimed free-agent LB Zac Diles (Buccaneers) off waivers. The team has also waived TE Mike McNeill and placed CBs Jerraud Powers (elbow) and Terrence Johnson (undisclosed) on Injured Reserve, ending their 2011 seasons.

CB | Jason McCourty | Tennessee Titans | Injury
Tennessee Titans CB Jason McCourty's (head) status for Week 14 is uncertain because he is dealing with concussion-like symptoms. Head coach head coach Mike Munchak said McCourty will be evaluated daily to determine his condition.

CB | Chris X. Johnson | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders CB Chris X. Johnson said he is looking to regain his starting job after missing seven games because of a hamstring injury. He said he has recovered from the hamstring injury and is ready to receive more playing time.

CB | Charles Woodson | Green Bay Packers | Injury
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said CB Charles Woodson (concussion) will have to pass concussion tests this week in order to play Week 14 but likely would play if cleared.

CB | Prince Amukamara | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants CB Prince Amukamara (ankle, foot) rolled his left ankle during Week 13 but expects to practice Wednesday, Dec. 7. Amukamara said his surgically-repaired foot was sore after the game.


Strong Safety

SS | Dwight Lowery | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury
Jacksonville Jaguars SS Dwight Lowery (shoulder) suffered a shoulder injury in the Week 13 game against the San Diego Chargers.

SS | George Wilson | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills TE Scott Chandler (ankle), CB Aaron Williams (knee) and S George Wilson (neck) are not expected to play in Week 14 against the San Diego Chargers. Head coach Chan Gailey said there is an "outside chance" that Chandler plays.

SS | Kenny Phillips | New York Giants | Injury
Updating a previous report, New York Giants SS Kenny Phillips (knee) is expected to miss one to two weeks because of a sprained medial collateral ligament.


Free Safety

FS | Darian Stewart | St. Louis Rams | Injury
St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo said Monday, Dec. 5, that FS Darian Stewart (concussion) is considered day to day, as he continues to recover from a concussion. Stewart was inactive in Week 13.

FS | Mike C. Adams | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns FS Mike C. Adams (shoulder) and OT Tony Pashos (ankle) were listed as limited participants in practice Monday, Dec. 5.

FS | T.J. Ward | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns LB Quinton Spears (hamstring) and FS T.J. Ward (foot) did not practice Monday, Dec. 5. Ward has already been ruled out for the Week 14 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, Dec. 8.

FS | LaRon Landry | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said he is not sure if FS LaRon Landry (groin) will be able to play in Week 14.

FS | Craig Dahl | St. Louis Rams | Injury
St. Louis Rams OT Adam Goldberg (ribs) and Mark LeVoir (pectoral), DE Eugene Sims (ankle), DT Gary Gibson (illness), FS Craig Dahl (knee) and P Donnie Jones (ankle) are expected to be limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 7.

FS | Tom Nelson | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents
The Philadelphia Eagles have signed free-agent FS Tom Nelson (Bengals) to a two-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed. In a corresponding move, the team placed FS Colt Anderson (knee) on Injured Reserve, ending his 2011 season.

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