Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on January 10, 2012 @ 09:43:15 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Peyton Manning | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Fantasy
Archie Manning, the father of Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning (neck), said he is unsure if his son would be able to play in 2012 after missing the entire 2011 season while recovering from his third neck procedure in less than two years. "I don't know," Manning said. "I think he's working real hard - Peyton wants to play. He's got a good attitude about it. He's getting his health back, getting a little better. We'll just have to see what happens."

QB | Robert Griffin III | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Baylor QB Robert Griffin III met again Monday, Jan. 9, with his head coach, Art Briles, as he decides whether he will declare for the NFL Draft. The deadline for underclassmen to declare is Sunday, Jan. 15. "It's a situation where he's really contemplating what he feels like is the thing that's going to give him peace," Briles said.

QB | Caleb Hanie | Chicago Bears | Free Agents
The Chicago Bears are not expected to re-sign impending free-agent QB Caleb Hanie this offseason.

QB | Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (ankle) will not need surgery on his high ankle sprain this offseason.


Running Back

RB | Matt Forte | Chicago Bears | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (knee) said Monday, Jan. 9, that he's "95 percent" recovered from his knee injury and he should be ready for his first Pro Bowl Jan. 29. "I actually just got done running, so I'm doing pretty well right now," Forte said. "I would say I'm about 95 percent. I'll probably have a physical next week heading into the Pro Bowl, so I'll be out there and I should be good to go."

RB | Trent Richardson | NCAA | Draft
NFL teams are in love with Alabama RB Trent Richardson, and he is expected to be a top-10 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

RB | James Starks | Green Bay Packers | Injury
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (ankle) may not practice Wednesday, Jan. 11.

RB | Mikel Leshoure | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said RB Mikel Leshoure (Achilles') is doing well in his recovery and is expected to be ready for when offseason workouts begin.

RB | Jahvid Best | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB Jahvid Best (concussion) has been working out on a regular basis and will go through a normal offseason routine in California. "I'm doing everything I would be doing if I was playing," Best said. "Lifting, running, all that kind of stuff - just, obviously, no contact. So that's the only big difference now."

RB | Danny Ware | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said RB Danny Ware (concussion) and CB Aaron Ross (concussion) are feeling better but are being evaluated for their concussions.


Wide Receiver

WR | Eric Decker | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos vice president of football operations John Elway said the medial collateral ligament injury to WR Eric Decker (knee) at the hands of Pittsburgh Steelers LB James Harrison was due to Harrison receiving multiple fines from the NFL for head shots. As a result, Harrison lowered his target when making hits. "The target is now lower," Elway said. "Harrison yesterday, because of the fact that he's been fined so often, really had no other option ... I don't think he intended to hurt Eric. But obviously because of the situations he's been in, he had to go low and stay away from the head. And it ended up costing an MCL sprain for Eric."

WR | Justin Blackmon | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The St. Louis Rams could be interested in Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon with the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft. The Rams, however, must first find a new general manager and head coach.

WR | Stevie Johnson | Buffalo Bills | Free Agents
Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix said he would like to bring back impending free-agent WR Stevie Johnson. Nix added Johnson's antics will not affect whether the team re-signs him. "He fits in, we do want him back, and I know that you think about the antics, penalties and obviously we're not happy about that," Nix said. "I don't think he would intentionally do something to hurt our team, I really don't. He's not a criminal. He made a mistake. It cost us. And he paid the price. That's behind us. He may do it again and if he does we'll deal with it. That doesn't affect what we're trying to get done with him."

WR | Hines Ward | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Hines Ward said he wants to continue his playing career and try to win another championship.

WR | Andre Johnson | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said WR Andre Johnson (hamstring) was fine after playing in the Wild Card playoff game. Johnson's play count was in the mid-40 during the game.

WR | Derrick Mason | Retired | Free Agents
Free-agent WR Derrick Mason (Texans) said he is retiring from professional football.


Tight End

TE | Craig Stevens | Tennessee Titans | Free Agents
The Tennessee Titans consider re-signing impending free-agent TE Craig Stevens a top priority this offseason and hope to sign him before the start of free agency.

TE | Owen Daniels | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said TE Owen Daniels (hand) has a hand issue but it should not affect his ability to practice or play.

TE | Delanie Walker | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said TE Delanie Walker (jaw) will not be placed on Injured Reserve and has not ruled Walker out for the Divisional Round playoff game.


Place Kicker

PK | Jason Hanson | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions impending free-agent PK Jason Hanson said he wants to return to the team in 2012. "I feel like I can still do it," Hanson said. "If they want me, I'll be ready." He's unsure if he will have to compete with another kicker in training camp if he is re-signed.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Jeff Backus | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz confirmed OT Jeff Backus (biceps) had surgery to repair a torn biceps muscle sustained in the team's playoff loss. "He's going to miss a significant portion of time," Schwartz said.

OT | Max Starks | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers OT Max Starks (knee) and DT Casey Hampton (knee) suffered anterior cruciate ligament injuries in the Wild Card playoff game and are scheduled to be examined Monday, Jan. 9, to see if they need surgery.


Guard

OG | Mike Brisiel | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said OG Mike Brisiel (leg) came out of the Wild Card playoff game fine after playing three quarters.

OG | Doug Legursky | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers OG Doug Legursky (shoulder) suffered a left shoulder injury in the team's loss to the Denver Broncos in the Wild Card round Sunday, Jan. 8.


Defensive Line

DL | Cliff Avril | Detroit Lions | Free Agents
The Detroit Lions will likely place the franchise tag on impending free-agent DL Cliff Avril, which will bump his salary up to around $10 million. However, Avril would prefer a long-term deal.

DL | Nick Fairley | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz confirmed that he expects DL Nick Fairley (foot) to be available for offseason workouts.

DL | Brett Keisel | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers DE Brett Keisel (groin) suffered a significant groin injury in the Wild Card playoff game and will be evaluated to see if he needs surgery.

DL | Casey Hampton | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers OT Max Starks (knee) and DT Casey Hampton (knee) suffered anterior cruciate ligament injuries in the Wild Card playoff game and are scheduled to be examined Monday, Jan. 9, to see if they need surgery.

DL | Ray McDonald | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers DE Ray McDonald (hamstring) is expected to play in the Divisional Round playoff game.


Linebacker

LB | James Harrison | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Denver Broncos vice president of football operations John Elway said the medial collateral ligament injury to WR Eric Decker (knee) at the hands of Pittsburgh Steelers LB James Harrison was due to Harrison receiving multiple fines from the NFL for head shots. As a result, Harrison lowered his target when making hits. "The target is now lower," Elway said. "Harrison yesterday, because of the fact that he's been fined so often, really had no other option ... I don't think he intended to hurt Eric. But obviously because of the situations he's been in, he had to go low and stay away from the head. And it ended up costing an MCL sprain for Eric."

LB | Ray Lewis | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said LB Ray Lewis is completely healed from the toe injury that cost him several regular season games.

LB | London Fletcher | Washington Redskins | Injury
Chicago Bears LB Brian Urlacher (knee) will not play in the Pro Bowl this year. He will be replaced on the NFC roster by Washington Redskins LB London Fletcher.

LB | Chad Greenway | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Chicago Bears LB Lance Briggs (undisclosed) will not play in the 2012 Pro Bowl because of an injury. Minnesota Vikings LB Chad Greenway has replaced Briggs on the NFC roster.


Cornerback

CB | Jimmy Smith | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said LB Dannell Ellerbe (concussion), CB Jimmy Smith (concussion) and FS Tom Zbikowski (concussion) have not been cleared to practice yet but is expected to be cleared Tuesday, Jan. 10.

CB | Leon Hall | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said CB Leon Hall (Achilles') is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

CB | Aaron Ross | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said RB Danny Ware (concussion) and CB Aaron Ross (concussion) are feeling better but are being evaluated for their concussions.


Strong Safety

SS | Troy Nolan | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said SS Troy Nolan (ankle) has a very good chance of playing in the Divisional Round playoff game.


Free Safety

FS | Tom Zbikowski | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said LB Dannell Ellerbe (concussion), CB Jimmy Smith (concussion) and FS Tom Zbikowski (concussion) have not been cleared to practice yet but is expected to be cleared Tuesday, Jan. 10.

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