Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on August 1, 2012 @ 10:08:16 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Ryan Fitzpatrick | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has struggled with inconsistent play early on in training camp. Quarterbacks coach David Lee has really worked on Fitzpatrick's fundamentals to build consistency, but it remains a work in progress.

QB | Kevin Kolb | Arizona Cardinals | Injury
Arizona Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb (thigh) will start in the Hall of Fame game Sunday, Aug. 5, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt.

QB | Carson Palmer | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen has been impressed with QB Carson Palmer thus far in training camp. "He's doing exceptional. He's got full command of the offense and he's doing a nice job of running it," Allen said.

QB | Jake Locker | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker is reportedly the favorite in the Tennessee Titans' quarterback competition with QB Matt Hasselbeck. Early reports indicate that Locker has played well at training camp. He will need to carry that performance into preseason games to secure the starting nod.

QB | Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley said Tuesday, July 31, that QB Ben Roethlisberger will have free rein to run the no-huddle offense.

QB | Jarrett Lee | San Diego Chargers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers QB Jarrett Lee was operating as the second-team quarterback Tuesday, July 31, with QB Kevin O'Connell serving as the No. 3 QB in his first practice with the team since signing.

QB | Vince Young | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey said Tuesday, July 31, that neither QB Vince Young, nor QB Tyler Thigpen, is distancing himself in the race for the No. 2 quarterback job behind starter QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. "Neither one of them has done anything; they both (have done) some things good one day and some things that are bad one day," Gailey said. "We just have to keep letting them play."

QB | Andrew Luck | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck completed 27 of 38 passes during team drills Tuesday, July 31, throwing three touchdowns and one interception in his first full workout. "He's not a rookie quarterback, really," S Tom Zbikowski said. "He's smart. He's wise beyond his years." Coaches and players have been impressed with his knowledge of the offense and his ability to take control.

QB | Peyton Manning | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has consistently looked sharp during training camp. He is showing off his knowledge of the team's playbook, often getting people lined up properly and checking into a different play at times during team drills.

QB | Brock Osweiler | Denver Broncos | Depth Chart Tidbit
Denver Broncos rookie QB Brock Osweiler has been working as the team's No. 2 quarterback during training camp. Osweiler has demonstrated plenty of arm strength to go along with quality mobility and footwork.


Running Back

RB | Rashad Jennings | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey likes what he has seen from RB Rashad Jennings. Jennings has been atop the depth chart during the absence of RB Maurice Jones-Drew. "It looks like he is very comfortable with the offense," Mularkey said. "He understands what we're trying to do, he's playing fast, he's seeing things with the run game, and even in protections he's doing better. There's no thinking going on like there was earlier when he first got here."

RB | Shonn Greene | New York Jets | Fantasy
The New York Jets are looking for a monster season from RB Shonn Greene in 2012. "I'm asking for a monster season," running backs coach Anthony Lynn said of Greene. "I think he's one of the best power backs in the game. Why wouldn't you?" Lynn is also looking for 300-plus carries from Greene.

RB | Joe McKnight | New York Jets | Injury
Updating a previous item, New York Jets RB Joe McKnight (illness) is not taking part in practice Wednesday, Aug. 1, due to an illness.

RB | Mike Goodson | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders RB Mike Goodson (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury Tuesday, July 31, and is listed as day-to-day.

RB | Baron Batch | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Baron Batch is having a strong camp again this season. He is expected to make the final roster as long as he proves he can play on special teams.

RB | Alfred Morris | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris, a rookie from Florida Atlantic University, said Tuesday, July 31, that he is open to moving to fullback, but hasn't been asked by the coaches to take on that role.

RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden said Tuesday, July 31, that he is determined to play 16 games this season. Head coach Dennis Allen hired strength and conditioning coach Al Miller to help McFadden in that endeavor.

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey has not confirmed if RB Maurice Jones-Drew is being fined, but if so, the tab goes to $300,000 as of Wednesday, Aug. 1. He would be fined $90,000 for missing minicamp, and $210,000 and counting for missing training camp so far.

RB | Ryan Mathews | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (elbow) said Tuesday, July 31, that he banged up his elbow "a little bit" in his car accident. He isn't sure when he'll be able to return to the practice field. "We're just taking it day by day," Mathews said.

RB | Curtis Brinkley | San Diego Chargers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers RB Curtis Brinkley had a strong practice Tuesday, July 31, and outshined RB Jackie Battle. Brinkley has reportedly looked better during training camp, as he tries to hold off Battle for a roster spot.

RB | Chris X. Douglas | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills RB Chris X. Douglas (leg) left practice Tuesday, July 31, due to an apparent leg injury.

RB | Isaac Redman | Pittsburgh Steelers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Isaac Redman enters the season as the team's No. 1 running back on the depth chart. "It's just crazy how time changes," Redman said, remembering back to his rookie year when he almost failed his conditioning test with the team. "I'm here coming in as No. 1 on the depth chart. I feel like a totally different player, I feel like a professional. I'm taking on a leadership role in the running back room, guys are looking up to me," Redman said.

RB | Roy Helu | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu has stood out early in training camp. He has a better burst than the team's other backs competing for the starting running back duties.

RB | Evan Royster | Washington Redskins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Washington Redskins RB Evan Royster is trying to take over the team's No. 1 running back duties. To win the starting job, he has to outperform RBs Roy Helu and Tim Hightower. "We're all trying to do that. So it's going to be tough," Royster said. "You can't tackle him," head coach Mike Shanahan said about Royster. "He makes people miss. He knows how to cut and he knows when to cut." Royster said he feels comfortable in the offense. He did note that the one thing he wants to improve on is his conditioning, as he felt he wasn't as prepared physically as he needed to be last season.

RB | Ronnie Hillman | Denver Broncos | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Denver Broncos rookie RB Ronnie Hillman has seen action in training camp on passing-downs. He has shown the necessary speed during practice to quickly get to the corner. Hillman's snaps have come in rotation with RBs Lance Ball and Jeremiah Johnson, which follows starting RB Willis McGahee in drills. Hillman projects to be the team's change-of-pace back behind McGahee.

RB | Knowshon Moreno | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos RBs Knowshon Moreno (knee), Lance Ball, Jeremiah Johnson, Xavier Omon and Mario Fannin could be fighting for one final roster spot amongst running backs if rookie RB Ronnie Hillman lands the No. 2 running back role behind RB Willis McGahee.

RB | Jahvid Best | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he's "a little bit surprised" and "a little bit disappointed" that RB Jahvid Best (concussion) has not been cleared for contact nine months following his last concussion. Best is symptom-free and has been working out since December. The team isn't in a rush to make a move to fortify the running back corps in case Best can't play. RBs Kevin Smith and Stefan Logan have taken most of the repetitions in training camp so far with RB Mikel Leshoure (hamstring) dealing with a hamstring injury.


Fullback

FB | Darrel Young | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins FB Darrel Young (hamstring) will be held out of action for up to two weeks, likely keeping him out of the preseason opener Aug. 9 against the Buffalo Bills.


Wide Receiver

WR | Chaz Schilens | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets WR Chaz Schilens (groin) is not practicing Wednesday, Aug. 1.

WR | Jerricho Cotchery | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Jerricho Cotchery is expected to play a bigger role than might be anticipated after an injury-plagued season last year.

WR | Justin Blackmon | Jacksonville Jaguars | Draft, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon has to decide whether he is going to accept the offset language in his contract. It's uncertain if a decision is looming, or if his holdout will drag on. He is the last first-round player to sign from the 2012 NFL Draft.

WR | Roscoe Parrish | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WR Roscoe Parrish (undisclosed) returned to practice Tuesday, July 31, after missing time due to an undisclosed injury.

WR | Eddie Royal | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WR Eddie Royal (undisclosed) missed practice Tuesday, July 31, due to an undisclosed reason.

WR | Robert Meachem | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WR Robert Meachem (general soreness), who missed practice Sunday, July 29 due to general soreness, was back on the practice field Tuesday, July 31.

WR | Kenny Britt | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak said Tuesday, July 31, that he expects WR Kenny Britt to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell soon regarding his July 20 arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence. However, Munchak said no official date has been set for the meeting.

WR | Kendall Wright | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright looked so impressive during offseason workouts, that the coaching staff does not feel his holdout from the early portion of training camp will hurt much. He agreed to terms on a four-year contract Tuesday, July 31. "He's too smart a kid, he caught on so quickly in our OTAs (organized team activities), so I think it'll end up working out fine," head coach Mike Munchak said.

WR | Tori Gurley | Green Bay Packers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers WR Tori Gurley is making plays in the red zone during training camp. He is part of a deep receiver corps for the Packers, but he is trying to force his way into the mix for a job. He is still raw, and getting separation might be a problem for Gurley. However, no other receiver in camp boasts his combination of height (6-foot-4), weight and long arms. Gurley added 14 pounds to his frame during the offseason, and he used a regimen of boxing, basketball and weightlifting to improve.

WR | Julio Jones | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) certainly doesn't have to worry about winning a roster spot in training camp, but he has been performing like a hungry young player battling for a job. Jones is going through a full offseason this time around, and he is not battling a foot injury like he was at this time last season. Jones is looking to show improvement from a good first year to his second season in the NFL. "I'm out here and stronger than ever," Jones said. "It's so much easier when you're not tired. You can come out here and really focus. Everything has just been so much easier this time around."

WR | David Nelson | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills WR David Nelson (knee), RB Joshua Nesbitt (undisclosed), CB Justin Rogers (hamstring) and RB Johnny White (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Tuesday, July 31.

WR | David Clowney | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills WR David Clowney showed tremendous speed in practice Tuesday, July 31, especially on the deep routes. However, he is still considered a longshot to make the final roster.

WR | Derek Hagan | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills WR Derek Hagan had a strong performance in practice Tuesday, July 31. He is one of several players vying for the No. 2 wide receiver job opposite WR Stevie Johnson.

WR | Emmanuel Sanders | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders (undisclosed) was held out of practice as a precautionary measure Sunday, July 29. The Steelers had the day off Monday, July 30.

WR | Andrew Brewer | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents
The Philadelphia Eagles signed free-agent WR Andrew Brewer (UFL) Tuesday, July 31, and waived WR Ronald Johnson (ankle) in a corresponding move.

WR | Santonio Holmes | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets WR Santonio Holmes said he was the "scapegoat" for the team's frustrating season last year. "It was the end, it was playoffs on the line, and your best receiver doesn't get but two passes thrown his way in 60 minutes of football," Holmes said in an interview on ESPN New York 98.7 FM.

WR | Donald Jones | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills WR Donald Jones has the leeway to run his own routes this year. Bills head coach Chan Gailey wants receivers to beat players to get to the spot rather than worry about fooling the quarterback.


Tight End

TE | Brent Celek | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said Wednesday, Aug. 1, that TE Brent Celek (knee) is getting closer to a return and the team will continue to monitor his progress daily. "The thing he can't do right now that he's got to be able to do is cut. He's doing okay," Reid said. "You saw him running the hoops over there and he is getting better but it is not quite ready to go today. We'll see here in the next couple of days here how he improves. He's taken big steps every day."

TE | Dennis Pitta | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hand) is expected to miss four to six weeks after having surgery to repair a broken bone in his right hand and team officials are optimistic he'll be back for Week 1.

TE | Billy Bajema | Baltimore Ravens | Transaction, Free Agents
The Baltimore Ravens have signed free-agent TE Billy Bajema (Rams). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

TE | Richard Gordon | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders TE Richard Gordon (hip) suffered a hip injury in practice Tuesday, July 31, and is listed as day-to-day.

TE | John Carlson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings TE John Carlson (knee) is expected to miss at least two weeks, and perhaps as long as a month, after spraining a medial collateral ligament in his knee. Head coach Leslie Frazier said Carlson will not require surgery.

TE | Kellen Winslow | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks TE Kellen Winslow (knee) was given the day off from practice Tuesday, July 31, a measure the team is use to manage a chronic knee injury he has dealt with for most of his career. "The key is to get to Sundays," Winslow said. "My job is to make plays. And I won't let the city down, I won't let the Seahawks down, I won't let my players down."


Place Kicker

PK | John Potter | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills PK John Potter could very well make the 53-man roster as a kickoff specialist. Even though he successfully converted a 59-yard field goal in practice Tuesday, July 31, PK Rian Lindell is considered safe.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Jammal Brown | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins OT Jammal Brown's (hip) hip injury is not as bad as originally feared and he will not require surgery, according to league sources. Brown will miss a few weeks and does not have a precisely known return date, but he will not miss the season as a result of the injury.

OT | Erik Pears | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Buffalo Bills OT Erik Pears (groin) was able to return to practice Tuesday, July 31, but he took part only in individual drills.

OT | Chris Hairston | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Buffalo Bills are rotating players at the left tackle position. OT Chris Hairston lined up with the first unit at left tackle Tuesday, July 31, while OT Cordy Glenn worked with the second-team offense. "Too early," head coach Chan Gailey said of the battle. "I do not know how that one is going to end."

OT | Ray Willis | Kansas City Chiefs | Transaction, Free Agents
The Kansas City Chiefs signed free-agent OT Ray Willis (Jets) Tuesday, July 31, and waived FB Taylor Gentry in a corresponding move.


Guard

OG | Richard Ohrnberger | Arizona Cardinals | Transaction, Free Agents
The Arizona Cardinals announced Wednesday, Aug. 1, that they have signed free-agent OG Richard Ohrnberger (Patriots). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

OG | Will Rackley | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury
Jacksonville Jaguars OG Will Rackley (ankle) suffered an ankle injury in practice Tuesday, July 31, and was on crutches in the locker room after practice, moving very gingerly. Head coach Mike Mularkey said Rackley would undergo tests to determine the extent of the injury.

OG | Brandyn Dombrowski | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
San Diego Chargers OT Brandyn Dombrowski (foot) remained sidelined in practice Tuesday, July 31, due to a foot ailment.

OG | Tyronne Green | San Diego Chargers | Depth Chart Tidbit
San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner declared Tuesday, July 31, that OG Tyronne Green is the team's starting left guard.

OG | Ben Ijalana | Indianapolis Colts | Injury
Indianapolis Colts OLs Ben Ijalana (knee) and A.J. Edds (knee) both have suffered torn anterior cruciate ligaments and will miss the entire season.


Offensive Line

OL | Vladimir Ducasse | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets OG Vladimir Ducasse (knee) suffered an apparent left knee injury in practice Wednesday, Aug. 1.

OL | Cordy Glenn | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Buffalo Bills are rotating players at the left tackle position. OT Chris Hairston lined up with the first unit at left tackle Tuesday, July 31, while OT Cordy Glenn worked with the second-team offense. "Too early," head coach Chan Gailey said of the battle. "I do not know how that one is going to end."


Defensive Line

DL | Chris Canty | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants DL Chris Canty (knee) is still working to get back on the practice field. Canty said he is not sure if he'll be ready for Week 1 at this point.

DL | Sione Pouha | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets DL Sione Pouha (undisclosed) has not been taking part in team drills during practice Wednesday, Aug. 1.

DL | Cliff Avril | Detroit Lions | Free Agents
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew insists he's not the least bit worried franchise free-agent DL Cliff Avril has still not arrived for training camp. "I would love to have Cliff here, looking forward to seeing him," Mayhew said. "Eventually I know he will be here, and he'll be in great condition when he gets here. I know he's a hard worker. He's getting ready to play football, and he's excited about this season."

DL | Jurrell Casey | Tennessee Titans | Depth Chart Tidbit
Tennessee Titans pass-rushing specialist coach Keith Millard has been impressive with the pass-rushing ability of DL Jurrell Casey early in training camp. Millard, who coached former NFL DL Warren Sapp with the Oakland Raiders in 2006, said Casey compares favorably with the former All-Pro defensive tackle.

DL | Chris Kelsay | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit
Buffalo Bills DL Chris Kelsay worked with the starters at right defensive end Tuesday, July 31.

DL | Derek Wolfe | Denver Broncos | Depth Chart Tidbit
Denver Broncos rookie DT Derek Wolfe has made his mark during training camp. Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio plans for Wolfe to have a significant role at both defensive end and defensive tackle in the team's 4-3 defensive look.


Linebacker

LB | Larry English | San Diego Chargers | Injury
San Diego Chargers LB Larry English (groin) was not practicing Tuesday, July 31. He missed time during offseason workouts due to a groin injury, but it's uncertain if that has cropped up or if he is dealing with a new ailment.

LB | Erik Walden | Green Bay Packers | Transaction
Green Bay Packers LB Erik Walden was suspended for the regular-season opener Tuesday, July 31, for violating the league's personal conduct policy. He reached an agreement to resolve a disorderly-domestic abuse charge without pleading guilty.

LB | Michael Boley | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants LB Michael Boley's (hamstring) hamstring injury isn't thought to be serious, but he was sent to the Hospital for Special Surgery to have his hamstring looked at.


Cornerback

CB | Ron Bartell | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders CB Ron Bartell (hamstring) will sit out practice Wednesday, Aug. 1.

CB | Crezdon Butler | Arizona Cardinals | Injury
Arizona Cardinals CB Crezdon Butler (hip) is listed as day-to-day with a hip flexor.

CB | DeMarcus Van Dyke | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders CB DeMarcus Van Dyke has looked good in training camp. Van Dyke has been seeing time with the first team in place of CB Ron Bartell (hamstring).

CB | Mike Jenkins | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins (shoulder) is scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews Monday, Aug. 6, in Birmingham, Ala., to have his surgically repaired shoulder checked out. Jenkins said he can do everything with his shoulder and said his range of motion is fine.

CB | Shareece Wright | San Diego Chargers | Injury
San Diego Chargers CB Shareece Wright was working as the team's top nickelback in practice Tuesday, July 31, with CB Marcus Gilchrist (undisclosed) sidelined.

CB | Terrence McGee | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Buffalo Bills CB Terrence McGee (knee) was limited in practice Tuesday, July 31, due to a pesky knee injury.

CB | Keenan Lewis | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers CB Keenan Lewis (shoulder) suffered a shoulder injury and will be evaluated further.

CB | Jayron Hosley | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants CB Jayron Hosley (knee) needed stitches to fix a laceration on his knee.

CB | Champ Bailey | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos veteran CB Champ Bailey has looked sharp all through training camp.


Safety

S | Tracy Wilson | Free Agent | Transaction
The New York Jets have waived S Tracy Wilson.


Strong Safety

SS | Kelcie McCray | Miami Dolphins | Injury
Miami Dolphins SS Kelcie McCray (foot) will have surgery Wednesday, Aug. 1, for a broken foot.

SS | Atari Bigby | San Diego Chargers | Injury
San Diego Chargers SS Atari Bigby (undisclosed), CB Marcus Gilchrist (undisclosed), OT Phillip Trautwein (undisclosed), OG Johnnie Troutman (pectoral) and QB Charlie Whitehurst (knee) worked out on the rehab field Tuesday, July 31, at training camp.

SS | Tyler Sash | New York Giants | Transaction
New York Giants SS Tyler Sash was suspended four games by the league Tuesday, July 31, for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. He can return after the Week 4 game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sept. 30, but can participate in all preseason games and practices. "I took a prescription drug (Adderall) legally under a doctor's care for an anxiety condition during the offseason in March of this year," Sash said in a statement posted on his Twitter page. "The purpose was to help me with public speaking appearances. I had no idea that this prescription drug was banned by NFL policy."


Offensive Coordinator

OC | Todd Haley | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Steelers have been spending time in training camp working on the no-huddle offense. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley said the no-huddle will be a big part of the offense. "(Roethlisberger) has shown a propensity to do that at a high level," Haley said of the no-huddle. '"Ideally, if you have a quarterback like Ben and what he's done, when he's in full control, that's a good situation to be in because he's right in the middle of it and seeing what's going on."

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