Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on January 6, 2012 @ 10:48:35 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Cam Newton | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he wants QB Cam Newton to take on more of a leadership role in his second season with the team. "I think the one thing is his leadership, just keep developing that," Rivera said. "We always talked about how respectful he was to the veteran guys. He didn't want to step on people's toes or get in people's way."

QB | Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (ankle) practiced in full Thursday, Jan. 5. "He's moving around OK," offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said, "not as good as he was, but OK."

QB | Rex Grossman | Washington Redskins | Free Agents
Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Rex Grossman could be the team's starter next season if he re-signs because of the weak free agent quarterback class as well as the possibility of a rookie not being ready to start.

QB | Colt McCoy | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren doesn't plan to tear the team completely apart and begin rebuilding heading into the 2012 season. "We know what we have to fix, but we're not going to blow it up and start it all over," Holmgren said. "We're going to stay the course and do it a certain way." The team continues to evaluate QB Colt McCoy as the club's franchise quarterback.

QB | Andy Dalton | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton (illness) was limited during practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

QB | Tom Brady | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (shoulder) was not on the practice field for the second straight day Thursday, Jan. 5, while nursing a sprained left shoulder.


Running Back

RB | James Starks | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (knee) was not participating in practice Thursday, Jan. 5, but was present and in uniform.

RB | Kevin Smith | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle, knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

RB | Mewelde Moore | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers DB Cortez Allen (shoulder), LB James Harrison (toe), DL Brett Keisel (groin), RB Mewelde Moore (knee), SS Troy Polamalu (calf) and C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

RB | Ahmad Bradshaw | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) did not practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

RB | Michael Turner | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons RB Michael Turner (groin) was limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

RB | Jason Snelling | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas (groin), WR Kerry Meier (groin), S William Moore (groin), TE Michael Palmer (knee) and RB Jason Snelling (knee) were limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

RB | Cedric Benson | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals RB Cedric Benson (foot) fully participated in practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

RB | BenJarvus Green-Ellis | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe) is not practicing Thursday, Jan. 5.

RB | Brandon Jackson | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns RB Brandon Jackson (toe) has passed his physical and will be able to work out during the offseason and play next season.


Fullback

FB | Mike Cox | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons DL John Abraham (rest), DL Jonathan Babineaux (hamstring), FB Mike Cox (finger), DL Peria Jerry (calf), TE Reggie Kelly (back), LB Curtis Lofton (ankle), C Todd McClure (rest), CB Christopher Owens (hand) and LB Sean Weatherspoon (head) practiced in full Thursday, Jan. 5.

FB | Spencer Larsen | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos SS Brian Dawkins (neck) and FB Spencer Larsen (knee) did not practice Thursday, Jan. 5.


Wide Receiver

WR | Lance Moore | New Orleans Saints | Injury, Fantasy
New Orleans Saints WR Lance Moore (hamstring) likely will not be able to play in the Wild Card playoff game because he missed the last two practices.

WR | Ted Ginn Jr. | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers WRs Ted Ginn Jr. (ankle) and Kyle Williams (concussion) were participating in practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

WR | Kyle Williams | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers WRs Ted Ginn Jr. (ankle) and Kyle Williams (concussion) were participating in practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

WR | Andre Johnson | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (hamstring) was limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

WR | Calvin Johnson | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (Achilles') was limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

WR | Roddy White | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (hip) practiced in full Thursday, Jan. 5.

WR | Julio Jones | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (thumb) practiced in full Thursday, Jan. 5.

WR | Harry Douglas | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas (groin), WR Kerry Meier (groin), S William Moore (groin), TE Michael Palmer (knee) and RB Jason Snelling (knee) were limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

WR | Eddie Royal | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos S David Bruton (Achilles') and WR Eddie Royal (toe) were limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

WR | Robert Meachem | New Orleans Saints | Injury
New Orleans Saints WR Robert Meachem (knee), FS Jonathon Amaya (shoulder) and FS Malcolm Jenkins (neck) fully participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

WR | Wes Welker | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Wes Welker (ribs) is not practicing Thursday, Jan. 5.


Tight End

TE | Delanie Walker | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers TE Delanie Walker (jaw) did not participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 5. Walker has started talking and eating solid food but his status for the Divisional Round playoff game is uncertain.

TE | Jake Ballard | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said TE Jake Ballard (knee) look good during practice Thursday, Jan. 5, and has a chance to play in the Wild Card playoff game. Coughlin said the team will have to see how Ballard is Friday, Jan. 6, to determine if he will be able to play in the game.

TE | John Carlson | Seattle Seahawks | Injury
Seattle Seahawks TE John Carlson (shoulder) said he is not completely recovered from the shoulder injury he had this season but has been able to run and do some weight lifting recently. He said he does around 90 percent of what he does normally.

TE | Owen Daniels | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans TE Owen Daniels (knee) were limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

TE | Joel Dreessen | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans TE Joel Dreessen (knee), WR Bryant Johnson (thigh) and WR Jeff Maehl (hamstring) were limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

TE | Tony Gonzalez | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez (rest) practiced in full Thursday, Jan. 5.

TE | Fred Davis | Washington Redskins | Free Agents, Fantasy
Washington Redskins impending free-agent TE Fred Davis may have to settle for a one-year deal this offseason because of his four-game suspension. Davis likely will have to show that he has changed and will not be in danger of another suspension.


Place Kicker

PK | Graham Gano | Washington Redskins | Free Agents
The Washington Redskins may re-sign impending free-agent PK Graham Gano this offseason but could also add another kicker to compete with Gano during offseason workouts and training camp.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Eric Winston | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans CB Jason Allen (thumb), DL Shaun Cody (knee), DL Earl Mitchell (knee), C Chris Myers (knee), SS Glover Quin (undisclosed), OT Eric Winston (calf) and QB T.J. Yates (shoulder) practiced in full Thursday, Jan. 5.

OT | Jonathan Scott | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers OT Jonathan Scott (back) was limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

OT | Tony Ugoh | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants LB Mark Herzlich (ankle) and OL Tony Ugoh (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Jan. 5.


Guard

OG | Doug Legursky | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) will not play in the team's Wild Card playoff game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Jan. 8. OG Doug Legursky will likely slide over to center.

OG | Mike Brisiel | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans OG Mike Brisiel (ankle), CB Johnathan Joseph (undisclosed), CB Sherrick McManis (ankle) and SS Troy Nolan (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

OG | Chris Kemoeatu | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers OG Doug Legursky could start at center in the team's Wild Card game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Jan. 8, if C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) cannot play. In that scenario, OT Chris Kemoeatu would start at left guard.

OG | Antoine Caldwell | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said OG Mike Brisiel (leg) will start at guard in the Wild Card playoff game but OG Antoine Caldwell will also see time at the position.

OG | Eric Steinbach | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns OG Eric Steinbach (back) is close to being fully recovered from the back injury that caused him to be placed on Injured Reserve.


Defensive Line

DL | Jason Jones | Tennessee Titans | Free Agents
Tennessee Titans impending free-agent DL Jason Jones said his interest in re-signing with the team this offseason may depend on which position they want him to play next season. Jones played well when he was a defensive tackle in 2010 but saw his numbers decrease when he moved to defensive end this season. Jones said he will look for which defensive fits him the best when he signs with a team.

DL | Brett Keisel | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers DE Brett Keisel (groin), LB James Harrison (toe) and SS Troy Polamalu (calf) are expected to play in the Wild Card playoff game even though they have missed the first two practices of the week.

DL | Shaun Cody | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans CB Jason Allen (thumb), DL Shaun Cody (knee), DL Earl Mitchell (knee), C Chris Myers (knee), SS Glover Quin (undisclosed), OT Eric Winston (calf) and QB T.J. Yates (shoulder) practiced in full Thursday, Jan. 5.

DL | Corey Williams | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions DLs Cliff Avril (back), Corey Williams (hip) and Willie Young (ankle) practiced in full Thursday, Jan. 5.

DL | Cliff Avril | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions DLs Cliff Avril (back), Corey Williams (hip) and Willie Young (ankle) practiced in full Thursday, Jan. 5.

DL | Nick Fairley | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions CB Aaron Berry (shoulder), FS Louis Delmas (knee), DL Nick Fairley (foot), CB Chris Houston (hand, knee) and CB Alphonso Smith (foot) were limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

DL | John Abraham | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons DL John Abraham (rest), DL Jonathan Babineaux (hamstring), FB Mike Cox (finger), DL Peria Jerry (calf), TE Reggie Kelly (back), LB Curtis Lofton (ankle), C Todd McClure (rest), CB Christopher Owens (hand) and LB Sean Weatherspoon (head) practiced in full Thursday, Jan. 5.

DL | Jonathan Babineaux | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons DL John Abraham (rest), DL Jonathan Babineaux (hamstring), FB Mike Cox (finger), DL Peria Jerry (calf), TE Reggie Kelly (back), LB Curtis Lofton (ankle), C Todd McClure (rest), CB Christopher Owens (hand) and LB Sean Weatherspoon (head) practiced in full Thursday, Jan. 5.

DL | Peria Jerry | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons DL John Abraham (rest), DL Jonathan Babineaux (hamstring), FB Mike Cox (finger), DL Peria Jerry (calf), TE Reggie Kelly (back), LB Curtis Lofton (ankle), C Todd McClure (rest), CB Christopher Owens (hand) and LB Sean Weatherspoon (head) practiced in full Thursday, Jan. 5.

DL | Mike DeVito | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets OG Matt Slauson (shoulder), DE Mike DeVito (shoulder) and DL Marcus Dixon (shoulder) will be undergoing procedures on their shoulders in the near future.

DL | Frostee Rucker | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Cincinnati Bengals DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder) and DT Geno Atkins (Achilles') were limited during practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

DL | Geno Atkins | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Cincinnati Bengals DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder) and DT Geno Atkins (Achilles') were limited during practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

DL | Jonathan Fanene | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Cincinnati Bengals DL Jonathan Fanene (undisclosed), LB Dontay Moch (illness) and SS Taylor Mays (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 5.


Linebacker

LB | James Harrison | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers DE Brett Keisel (groin), LB James Harrison (toe) and SS Troy Polamalu (calf) are expected to play in the Wild Card playoff game even though they have missed the first two practices of the week.

LB | LaMarr Woodley | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers OG Doug Legursky (shoulder) and LB LaMarr Woodley (hamstring) practiced in full Thursday, Jan. 5.

LB | Curtis Lofton | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons DL John Abraham (rest), DL Jonathan Babineaux (hamstring), FB Mike Cox (finger), DL Peria Jerry (calf), TE Reggie Kelly (back), LB Curtis Lofton (ankle), C Todd McClure (rest), CB Christopher Owens (hand) and LB Sean Weatherspoon (head) practiced in full Thursday, Jan. 5.

LB | Sean Weatherspoon | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons DL John Abraham (rest), DL Jonathan Babineaux (hamstring), FB Mike Cox (finger), DL Peria Jerry (calf), TE Reggie Kelly (back), LB Curtis Lofton (ankle), C Todd McClure (rest), CB Christopher Owens (hand) and LB Sean Weatherspoon (head) practiced in full Thursday, Jan. 5.

LB | Stephen Nicholas | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons CB Brent Grimes (knee) and LB Stephen Nicholas (toe) did not practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

LB | Von Miller | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos LB Von Miller (thumb) practiced in full Thursday, Jan. 5.

LB | Jonathan Vilma | New Orleans Saints | Injury
New Orleans Saints LB Jonathan Vilma (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

LB | Jonathan Casillas | New Orleans Saints | Injury, Fantasy
New Orleans Saints TE John Gilmore (toe) and LB Jonathan Casillas (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 5.


Cornerback

CB | Brent Grimes | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons CB Brent Grimes (knee) said he expects to play in the Wild Card playoff game even though he sat out practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

CB | Jason Allen | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans CB Jason Allen (thumb), DL Shaun Cody (knee), DL Earl Mitchell (knee), C Chris Myers (knee), SS Glover Quin (undisclosed), OT Eric Winston (calf) and QB T.J. Yates (shoulder) practiced in full Thursday, Jan. 5.

CB | Glover Quin | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans CB Jason Allen (thumb), DL Shaun Cody (knee), DL Earl Mitchell (knee), C Chris Myers (knee), SS Glover Quin (undisclosed), OT Eric Winston (calf) and QB T.J. Yates (shoulder) practiced in full Thursday, Jan. 5.

CB | Johnathan Joseph | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans OG Mike Brisiel (ankle), CB Johnathan Joseph (undisclosed), CB Sherrick McManis (ankle) and SS Troy Nolan (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

CB | Chris Houston | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions CB Aaron Berry (shoulder), FS Louis Delmas (knee), DL Nick Fairley (foot), CB Chris Houston (hand, knee) and CB Alphonso Smith (foot) were limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

CB | Alphonso Smith | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions CB Aaron Berry (shoulder), FS Louis Delmas (knee), DL Nick Fairley (foot), CB Chris Houston (hand, knee) and CB Alphonso Smith (foot) were limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

CB | Corey Webster | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants TE Jake Ballard (knee), RB Da'Rel Scott (knee), DL Osi Umenyiora (ankle, knee) and CB Corey Webster (hamstring) were limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 5.


Strong Safety

SS | Troy Polamalu | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers DE Brett Keisel (groin), LB James Harrison (toe) and SS Troy Polamalu (calf) are expected to play in the Wild Card playoff game even though they have missed the first two practices of the week.

SS | Troy Nolan | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans OG Mike Brisiel (ankle), CB Johnathan Joseph (undisclosed), CB Sherrick McManis (ankle) and SS Troy Nolan (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

SS | Chris Harris | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions S Chris Harris (back) did not practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

SS | William Moore | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas (groin), WR Kerry Meier (groin), S William Moore (groin), TE Michael Palmer (knee) and RB Jason Snelling (knee) were limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

SS | Brian Dawkins | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos SS Brian Dawkins (neck) and FB Spencer Larsen (knee) did not practice Thursday, Jan. 5.


Free Safety

FS | Louis Delmas | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions CB Aaron Berry (shoulder) and FS Louis Delmas (knee) are expected to play in the Wild Card playoff game. Berry has missed the last three games while Delmas has missed the last five games because of their injuries.

FS | Malcolm Jenkins | New Orleans Saints | Injury
New Orleans Saints WR Robert Meachem (knee), FS Jonathon Amaya (shoulder) and FS Malcolm Jenkins (neck) fully participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

FS | Chris Crocker | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Cincinnati Bengals C Kyle Cook (foot) and FS Chris Crocker (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Jan. 5.

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