Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on January 4, 2012 @ 14:23:57 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Mark Sanchez | New York Jets | Fantasy
Former NFL QB Boomer Esiason said convincingly that he doesn't believe New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez is the team's franchise quarterback. "If you watched Mark Sanchez the last month of the season, he was like a chihuahua standing on Madison Avenue and 36th Street entering the Midtown Tunnel, eyes bigger than you-know-what, and just so shaky," said Esiason. Esiason thinks the Jets would explore the possibility of adding Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning if he becomes available in the offseason.

QB | Tom Brady | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (shoulder) is sitting out of practice Wednesday, Jan. 4.

QB | Dennis Dixon | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Dennis Dixon has been simulating the style of play of Denver Broncos QB Tim Tebow during the team's practices this week as they prepare for their Wildcard playoff matchup Sunday, Jan. 8. Dixon, who played an option-like offense in college, has been giving the team valuable looks at that style of offense, which the Broncos employ.

QB | Tim Tebow | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Dennis Dixon has been simulating the style of play of Denver Broncos QB Tim Tebow during the team's practices this week as they prepare for their Wildcard playoff matchup Sunday, Jan. 8. Dixon, who played an option-like offense in college, has been giving the team valuable looks at that style of offense, which the Broncos employ.

QB | Andy Dalton | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton (illness) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, because of an illness. The team said the illness is not serious and that Dalton is considered day-to-day.

QB | Ryan Fitzpatrick | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey said he believes QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will cut down on his interceptions next season because he will get some of the team's injured wide receivers back and the team should not be facing big deficits that would require them to throw more than they want. Fitzpatrick threw 10 of his 14 second half interceptions when the team was losing by at least 10 points in a game.

QB | Christian Ponder | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wild spoke about QB Christian Ponder Tuesday, Jan. 3. "He's a committed young man who's dedicated to making sure he learns everything he can, he's in here all the time," Wilf said. The team feels he can be a leader, and he will be given every opportunity to win the starting job in 2012.

QB | Brady Quinn | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos president John Elway said he doesn't envision QB Brady Quinn spelling QB Tim Tebow if he continues to struggle. "I don't think so, but you never know. I think the coaches are looking at it right now," Elway said. "We're in the playoffs, and the coaching staff is going to do anything they can to help us win this football game."

QB | Tarvaris Jackson | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
The Seattle Seahawks won't rule out surgery for QB Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral) this offseason after he struggled with a pectoral injury through most of the season. "They're still going to wait and see in the next couple weeks," head coach Pete Carroll said of Jackson. "But they are encouraged. His arm strength came back, and if that's not full velocity, it was pretty darn close to it ... He's encouraged that he doesn't have to have surgery."

QB | Colt McCoy | Cleveland Browns | Free Agents, Fantasy
Updating a previous item, Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur said QB Colt McCoy will not be guaranteed the starting quarterback position next season. The team plans to hire an offensive coordinator "quickly but not hastily". Former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress is a candidate for the job.


Running Back

RB | Isaac Redman | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said RB Isaac Redman will be the team's third down back in addition to being the featured back during the Wild Card playoff game.

RB | Kevin Smith | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said RB Kevin Smith and TE Tony Scheffler were fine after their collision and were able to finish practice Wednesday, Jan. 4.

RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson said RB Darren McFadden (foot) would have participated in practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, if the team had made the playoffs.

RB | Matt Forte | Chicago Bears | Free Agents
Chicago Bears impending free-agent RB Matt Forte said he is optimistic that he can agree to a new contract with the team but would not say if that was because the team fired general manager Jerry Angelo. "I'm pretty optimistic even if nothing did happen," Forte said. "It's a long offseason, and I was hopeful that we'd get a long-term deal done in the offseason. I think with the offseason being here we can get something done."

RB | James Starks | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (knee) was not participating during the media-access portion of practice Wednesday, Jan. 4.

RB | Ahmad Bradshaw | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) is expected to sit out practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, so he can rest his injured foot.

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) underwent surgery Friday, Dec. 30, and has begun to rehab, according to head coach Leslie Frazier. "He's back in town now, as you can imagine, going 100 mph with the rehab, doing a good job, and so far, so good," Frazier said of Peterson. "There are some benchmarks that he'll have to hit along the way, but at this point, everything is moving in the right direction."

RB | Mark Ingram | New Orleans Saints | Injury, Fantasy
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) will have season-ending surgery to repair his turf toe ailment this week and his rehab should easily have him ready to play next season.

RB | Darren Sproles | New Orleans Saints | Free Agents
San Diego Chargers owner and president Dean Spanos admitted general manager A.J. Smith's decision to let New Orleans Saints RB Darren Sproles leave as a free agent last offseason was a mistake. "That is a decision that I put on A.J.," Spanos said. "I was supportive of it at the time. Obviously, you can go back to five or six decisions that we made were wrong."

RB | Toby Gerhart | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings RB Toby Gerhart (knee) said Tuesday, Jan. 3, that he doesn't think he will need surgery for his torn medial collateral ligament in his knee. "Swelling should go down with rest as my range of motion returns," Gerhart said.

RB | Albert Young | Pittsburgh Steelers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed free-agent RB Albert Young (Vikings) to the practice squad Tuesday, Jan. 3.

RB | Ray Rice | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice led the NFL with 2,068 total yards from scrimmage, just edging out Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (1,980) and Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (1,841).


Wide Receiver

WR | Laurent Robinson | Dallas Cowboys | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Dallas Cowboys may not be able to re-sign impending free-agent WR Laurent Robinson if he receives a big offer from another team. The team has to wait until the start of the league year if they are interested in re-signing him.

WR | Wes Welker | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Wes Welker (ribs) is sitting out of practice Wednesday, Jan. 4.

WR | Titus Young | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions WR Titus Young (shoulder) returned to practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, after sitting out Tuesday, Jan. 3.

WR | Calvin Johnson | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (Achilles') is expected to play in the team's playoff game against the New Orleans Saints Saturday, Jan. 7, despite missing practice again Wednesday, Jan. 4. Johnson worked on the side with trainers during practice Wednesday.

WR | Santonio Holmes | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez completed only 50.5 percent of his passes to WR Santonio Holmes this season, which was the worst percentage in the NFL between a tandem where the quarterback targeted the wide receiver at least 100 times.

WR | Greg Jennings | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers WR Greg Jennings (knee) was participating during the media-access portion of practice Wednesday, Jan. 4.

WR | Larry Fitzgerald | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald had just one drop on 153 passes thrown his way this season.

WR | Robert Meachem | New Orleans Saints | Injury, Fantasy
New Orleans Saints WR Robert Meachem (knee) suffered a bruised knee in the Week 17 game against the Carolina Panthers, but said Tuesday, Jan. 3, that he intends to play in the Wild Card game Saturday, Jan. 7.

WR | Lance Moore | New Orleans Saints | Injury, Fantasy
New Orleans Saints WR Lance Moore (hamstring) is a question mark for the Wild Card game Saturday, Jan. 7, against the Detroit Lions due to his hamstring injury. At this point, he isn't expected to be available any time soon.

WR | Sidney Rice | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks WR Sidney Rice (shoulder) underwent shoulder surgery Tuesday, Jan. 3, and his rehab is expected to take three to four months. Rice said he will be ready for organized training activities during the offseason.

WR | DeSean Jackson | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie said Tuesday, Jan. 3, that he would welcome WR DeSean Jackson back to the team next season "if the right terms develop." Everything will depend on if Philadelphia is willing to discuss a long-term extension with Jackson or if they want to settle for a one-year franchise tag.


Tight End

TE | Tony Scheffler | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said RB Kevin Smith and TE Tony Scheffler were fine after their collision and were able to finish practice Wednesday, Jan. 4.

TE | Brent Celek | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles TE Brent Celek (hernia, hip) underwent successful surgery to fix a sports hernia Tuesday, Jan. 3, and he also had a procedure to repair a torn labrum in his left hip.

TE | Scott Chandler | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey said TE Scott Chandler (knee) will not need surgery on the knee injury he suffered in Week 17. Chandler is expected to be fully healed in a few weeks.

TE | Jake Ballard | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants TE Jake Ballard (knee) will participate in individual drills during practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, and will practice as much as his injury will allow.


Place Kicker

PK | Shayne Graham | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Baltimore Ravens released PK Shayne Graham Tuesday, Jan. 3, and signed OG Justin Boren to the active roster in a corresponding move. The team also signed free-agent WR Phillip Livas (Dolphins) to their practice squad.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Jammal Brown | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins OT Jammal Brown's (hip) future with the team will depend on if he can completely recover from his hip injury and if he has a strong offseason. Brown is scheduled to count $4.6 million against the salary cap next season.


Guard

OG | Kyle Kosier | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys OG Kyle Kosier (knee) will not need to undergo surgery on the torn medial collateral ligament he suffered in Week 17. Kosier will allow the tear to heal by resting the injury.

OG | Derrick Dockery | Dallas Cowboys | Free Agents
The Dallas Cowboys could be interested in re-signing impending free-agent OGs Derrick Dockery and Montrae Holland to short-term deals to help their offensive line depth.

OG | Montrae Holland | Dallas Cowboys | Free Agents
The Dallas Cowboys could be interested in re-signing impending free-agent OGs Derrick Dockery and Montrae Holland to short-term deals to help their offensive line depth.


Linebacker

LB | Chris Carter | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Transaction
The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed LB Chris Carter (hamstring) on Injured Reserve, ending his 2011 season. In a corresponding move, the team signed practice squad RB Chad Spann to their active roster.

LB | Will Herring | New Orleans Saints | Injury
Updating a previous report, New Orleans LB Will Herring (knee) has a sprained medial collateral ligament, and he will miss the playoffs. Herring was placed on the season-ending Injured Reserve list.

LB | Jonathan Casillas | New Orleans Saints | Injury
New Orleans Saints LB Jonathan Casillas (knee) suffered a knee injury in Week 17 against the Carolina Panthers. He missed three games before that game due to a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

LB | Brian Urlacher | Chicago Bears | Injury
Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears LB Brian Urlacher (knee) said he will not be undergoing surgery after injuring his medial collateral and posterior collateral ligaments in his left knee in Week 17. He will not attempt to play in the Pro Bowl Jan. 29. Urlacher does not think he'll need the full 10 weeks usually required for rehab for an injury such as his.


Cornerback

CB | Mike Jenkins | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins (shoulder) may need to undergo surgery on the separated shoulder he suffered during the season. Jenkins had hoped to avoid surgery on his shoulder.

CB | Trevard Lindley | Philadelphia Eagles | Transaction, Free Agents
The Philadelphia Eagles re-signed free-agent CB Trevard Lindley (Eagles) Tuesday, Jan. 3.

CB | Richard Sherman | Seattle Seahawks | Injury
Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman (knee) will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his knee this offseason, according to head coach Pete Carroll.


Strong Safety

SS | Brian Dawkins | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos SS Brian Dawkins (neck) sat out of practice Wednesday, Jan. 4, and the team is listing him as day-to-day.


Free Safety

FS | Alan Ball | Dallas Cowboys | Free Agents
The Dallas Cowboys may not re-sign impending free-agent CB Alan Ball this offseason because the team is expected to look to add cornerbacks in free agency and in the draft.

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