Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on June 14, 2012 @ 09:57:58 PDT



QB | Robert Griffin III | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III has grasped the offensive scheme quicker than the team expected. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Griffin has been getting better every day this offseason and that he can make every throw that the team needs him to make. "I don't think you have to be a coach to see how talented the guy is. I think everyone knows that, so there wasn't that much surprise there," Shanahan said. "But he's picked it up faster than I expected."

QB | Sam Bradford | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford said Wednesday, June 13, that he isn't all the way there learning the team's new offense, but likes that this season he has more time because of a full offseason program to learn. Most of this week has been a refresher course and a chance for he and his teammates to brush up on the offseason again before departing for the next five or six weeks.

QB | Kellen Moore | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Detroit Lions QB Kellen Moore has shown a lack of arm strength, which has been noticeable this offseason. However, fellow QB Matthew Stafford came to his aid. "I've seen him throw comebacks," Stafford said. "I think he has plenty of arm. He's not going to be (Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers), ripping it 60, 75-yards downfield, but he's got plenty of arm to win. He knows what he does best and how he can win."

QB | Colin Kaepernick | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick struggled with his accuracy for the second straight day of workouts Wednesday, June 13. Kaepernick has reportedly shown a penchant for aiming his throws that require touch instead of using his natural throwing motion.

QB | Chase Daniel | New Orleans Saints | Injury
New Orleans Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt said QB Chase Daniel (thumb) has a hairline fracture in his throwing thumb. He will not be able to throw for two and a half weeks but should be ready for training camp.

Running Back

RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said he is convinced RB Darren McFadden (foot) is nothing short of 100 percent and ready to pick up where he left off last season before a foot injury ended his season after only seven games. "He looks extremely good to me," Allen said. "He looks fast. He looks explosive. He knows what to do. He knows how to do it. And as we all know the key is, can we keep this guy healthy? And if we can, I would expect him to have a good year."

RB | Jahvid Best | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions RB Jahvid Best (concussion) has looked strong throughout the team's offseason program, including minicamp. General manager Martin Mayhew said the rehab progress of Best gave him the confidence to address other needs during free agency. "I think Jahvid has been outstanding," Mayhew said. "His speed and quicnkess, he looks great. If the running backs are healthy - which is a really big if - it's an outstanding group of players. I want to see how (the team's health at the position) plays out before we go in a different direction."

RB | Steven Jackson | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson (personal) was excused from practice Wednesday, June 13, as he was in Las Vegas to deliver a commencement speech at his old high school.

RB | Jamaal Charles | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) all but guaranteed Wednesday, June 13, that he would be cleared to participate when training camp begins next month. "I'm ready to put my cleats back on and punish everybody in my way," Charles said. He said he felt so strong that he could play in a game today. Charles is scheduled to be examined by team doctors June 18, and he will either be cleared to participate or camp or not cleared.

RB | Mikel Leshoure | Detroit Lions | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the NFL has officially suspended Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He has also been fined two additional game checks.

Wide Receiver

WR | Mike Wallace | Pittsburgh Steelers | Free Agents
Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free-agent WR Mike Wallace did not show up for minicamp, which concluded Thursday, June 14. Teammates in touch with Wallace said his hope is to get a deal done by the start of training camp.

WR | Santonio Holmes | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets WR Santonio Holmes (hamstring) was working on the side during practice Thursday, June 14.

WR | Sidney Rice | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks WR Sidney Rice (shoulder) said that he's on pace to be ready for the opening of the regular season after undergoing two offseason shoulder surgeries. "A lot of slipping out and popping out of place," Rice said. "Right now, they're supposed to be brand new shoulders, and we'll take it from here. Right now I've got to regain my strength in my shoulders and get ready for the season." Rice has gained 11 pounds of muscle, upping his weight to 209 pounds. Rice said he'd like to arrive at training camp at 215 pounds in order to better handle the pounding of a 16-game season.

WR | Denarius Moore | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said WR Denarius Moore (hamstring) will be fine and ready to roll by the start of training camp.

WR | A.J. Green | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green was a clutch receiver last season, with 44 of his 65 catches (68 percent) coming when the score was within seven points. That ranked 10th among all wide receivers in 2011. "When the game is on the line, I want to be the go-to guy," Green said. "I feel like that separates the good from the great receivers."

WR | Leonard Hankerson | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday, June 13, that he expects WR Leonard Hankerson t(knee) to be ready for training camp. Shanahan said Hankerson could have practice during minicamp, and he did take part in individual drills, but he was held back for precautionary reasons.

WR | Santana Moss | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was raving about WR Santana Moss Wednesday, June 13. He called Moss one of the "premier" slot receivers in the league.

WR | Brandon Banks | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan informed WR Brandon Banks Wednesday, June 13, that he must contribute at the wide receiver position if he wants to make the roster. Banks is taking part in workouts 10 pounds heavier than last season. "I called him in early and I told him that he was going to have to help us at the wide receiver position as well if he wanted to make this football team," Shanahan said. "And he accepted the challenge and came in in excellent shape, and it's really positive what he's done." Banks was a standout return man last season.

WR | Danario Alexander | St. Louis Rams | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams WR Danario Alexander (hamstring) has had a good week of practice since returning from a hamstring ailment, and he made impressive plays Wednesday, June 13, in workouts.

WR | Ted Ginn Jr. | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Ted Ginn Jr. (undisclosed) remained sidelined in practice Wednesday, June 13, and is instead going through rehab work with a trainer during the beginning of practice.

WR | Eddie Royal | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner said WR Eddie Royal is the most impressive player he has coached in the last few years.

WR | Derek Moye | Free Agent | Transaction
The Miami Dolphins have waived WR Derek Moye.

WR | Donald Jones | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills WR Donald Jones has been seeing a lot of time as a slot receiver during offseason workouts even though he is considered the frontrunner for the No. 2 wide receiver job.

WR | Brian Quick | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson said WR Brian Quick will have stay in shape and learn the offense over the next six weeks prior to training camp because the offense will be leaning on him heavily this season.

WR | Golden Tate | Seattle Seahawks | Injury
Seattle Seahawks WR Golden Tate (hand) has been running routes during team drills at minicamp this week but is not catching any passes because of his broken hand. He believes he will be ready when training camp starts.

WR | Greg Childs | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings WR Greg Childs (calf) said he thinks he will be healthy enough to participate in minicamp next week. He has been limited during organized team activities because of a calf injury.

Tight End

TE | Chris Cooley | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins TE Chris Cooley (groin, hamstring, knee) was sidelined from the final practice of minicamp due to a "slight hamstring" injury, according to head coach Mike Shanahan. Cooley also dealt with a slight groin issue during organized training activities (OTAs). The good news is that Cooley's knee showed no signs of swelling, nor did he have any fluid drained.

TE | Lance Kendricks | St. Louis Rams | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams TE Lance Kendricks (ankle) tweaked his ankle in practice earlier this week, but he said Wednesday, June 13, that the injury is nothing to worry about. He'll be good to go for training camp. Kendricks has bulked up to 250 pounds, up from his playing weight of 245 last season.

TE | Delanie Walker | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers LB Joe Holland (undisclosed) and TE Delanie Walker (undisclosed) each missed practice Wednesday, June 13, due to undisclosed injuries.

TE | Tony Moeaki | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs TE Tony Moeaki (knee) is scheduled to be examined by team doctors June 18 to determine if he will be cleared to participate in camp.

TE | Jake O'Connell | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs TE Jake O'Connell (thumb) is sidelined from workouts with a strained ligament in his thumb.

TE | Jake Ballard | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is not happy that the team lost TE Jake Ballard on waivers to the New England Patriots. "Discouraged is a minor description," Coughlin said. "Very disappointing. I am not going to have a lot to say about that one, just the fact that we are disappointed. We are very disappointed." New York was high on Ballard despite the fact that he would miss this season with a knee injury.

TE | Martin Rucker | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury
Kansas City Chiefs TE Martin Rucker (knee) will undergo surgery on his knee injury and will be placed on Injured Reserve.

Offensive Tackle

OT | Rodger Saffold | St. Louis Rams | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
St. Louis Rams OTs Rodger Saffold (pectoral) and Jason Smith (concussion) are limited in team drills, so OTs Quinn Ojinnaka and Barry Richardson have seen more reps.

OT | Jason Fox | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said he expects OT Jason Fox (knee) to sit out during minicamp because of a knee injury.

Offensive Line

OL | Mansfield Wrotto | Free Agent | Transaction
The Chicago Bears have released OG Mansfield Wrotto.

OL | Bryan Mattison | St. Louis Rams | Depth Chart Tidbit
St. Louis Rams OG Bryan Mattison is embroiled in a competition for the left guard job with rookie OT Rokevious Watkins and others.

Defensive Line

DL | Casey Hampton | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers DT Casey Hampton (knee) said he is confident that he will be ready for the start of the regular season and will not have to go on the Physically Unable to Perform list. General manager Kevin Colbert said Hampton has dealt with the injury before and knows when he will be ready.

DL | Greg Romeus | New Orleans Saints | Injury
New Orleans Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt said DE Greg Romeus (knee) recently tore his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament. It was not the same ACL he tore during his final college season.


LB | Aaron Curry | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders LB Aaron Curry (knees) was held out of practice Wednesday, June 13.

LB | Whitney Mercilus | Houston Texans | Transaction
The Houston Texans agreed to terms with first-round draft pick LB Whitney Mercilus Wednesday, June 13. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

LB | Rocky McIntosh | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent LB Rocky McIntosh (Redskins) is at the St. Louis Rams facility Wednesday, June 13, on a tryout basis. He worked out for head coach Jeff Fisher in the morning, and did individual drills at practice.

LB | Jasper Brinkley | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings LB Jasper Brinkley (groin) is not participating in organized team activities this week because of a minor groin injury. He is expected to be ready for minicamp next week.


CB | Mike Jenkins | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins (shoulder) plans to return home to South Florida after Thursday, June 14, to continue his rehab there instead of remaining in the Dallas area, according to a source. Executive vice president Stephen Jones said that Jenkins will more than likely open training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

CB | Bradley Fletcher | St. Louis Rams | Injury
St. Louis Rams CB Bradley Fletcher (knee) has participated in all of the team's workouts with little to no restrictions, and he is considered ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Strong Safety

SS | Eric Berry | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury
Kansas City Chiefs CB Eric Berry (knee) will be examined by team doctors June 18 to determine if he is ready to be cleared for participation in camp.

Free Safety

FS | LaRon Landry | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets FS LaRon Landry (Achilles') said he is stunned by how quickly he is healing from Achilles' and heel injuries that have sidelined him for large portions of the past two seasons. Landry has missed most of organized team activities while working out and rehabbing the injuries on his own in Arizona. "I shocked myself," Landry said of his rehab. "Unfortunately, I'm not there yet, but I'm not taking any steps back. Everything is progressing right now and I feel great about it." There is no formal timetable for Landry to take part in drills and was noncommittal when asked about training camp.

FS | Markelle Martin | Tennessee Titans | Injury
Tennessee Titans FS Markelle Martin (hamstring) is dealing with another setback, this time because of a hamstring injury. He tweaked his hamstring during organized team activities (OTAs) last week and has been held back in recent workouts. He might be able to return at some point before the end of offseason workouts next week.

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