Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on August 10, 2012 @ 09:22:27 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Michael Vick | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said QB Michael Vick (thumb) should be fine after suffering a thumb contusion in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 9.

QB | Matt Hasselbeck | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck will be the starter for the first preseason game Saturday, Aug. 11. Hasselbeck will take part in 10 to 15 plays then QB Jake Locker will play the rest of the first half.


Running Back

RB | Shane Vereen | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen had a nice showing Thursday, Aug. 9, against the New Orleans Saints. He rushed 11 times for 64 yards during the second half of the game, picking up 73 total yards on the team's 97-yard touchdown drive. Vereen also caught two passes for 17 yards and served as the team's third-down back later in the game when rookie Brandon Bolden was worked in on first and second down. "You are only given so many opportunities. To be able to go out there and be able to play well as an offense - we still have a ton, a ton to work on and get better with - but for that little drive I felt like the offense, we did pretty well," Vereen said.

RB | David Wilson | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Giants rookie RB David Wilson has impressed the team during training camp and the coaching staff has liked a lot about him. Now he's tasked with doing the same during preseason games. "Practice is one thing, (a) game is another," running backs coach Jerald Ingram said. The Giants are looking for Wilson to add a boost to their running game, which averaged just 89.2 yards per game last season. Even though Wilson has been running fifth on the depth chart during training camp, he figures to be the team's No. 2 running back behind starting tailback Ahmad Bradshaw. Ingram said the team needs Wilson to be able to protect the quarterback and learn to get up the field as fast as he can to take advantage of his speed.

RB | Ryan Mathews | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (clavicle) suffered a broken clavicle in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 9, and will miss four to six weeks. Mathews is scheduled to have surgery Friday, Aug. 10.

RB | Steven Jackson | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson received a day off of practice Thursday, Aug. 9. He is expected to receive some playing time in the first preseason game.

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been in constant contact with RB Maurice Jones-Drew but are not close to a new contract with him. The talks between the two sides are considered cordial, but Jones-Drew's holdout is expected to continue until at least the end of August and could go into September.

RB | Mikel Leshoure | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure (hamstring) said he hopes to return to practice at some point next week. "I'm starting to run now. You never know how these days go, but I hope to get back on the field next week," Leshoure said.

RB | Jahvid Best | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions RBs Jahvid Best (concussion) and Mikel Leshoure (hamstring), WR Ryan Broyles (knee), DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (knee) and FS Don Carey (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 9, and are not expected to play in the first preseason game Friday, Aug. 10.


Fullback

FB | Bradie Ewing | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons FB Bradie Ewing (knee) was carted off the field after suffering a severe knee injury during the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 9.

FB | David Johnson | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers FB David Johnson (knee) suffered right knee injury in the first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 9, and will not return.


Wide Receiver

WR | Stevie Johnson | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills WR Stevie Johnson (groin), who had offseason surgery on his groin, said he felt good during the team's first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 9. "The groin was good. It felt good. I didn't feel anything as far as a setback when I was running," Johnson said. Johnson was a full go during the game after being held out of some of the team's training camp workouts as a precaution.

WR | Ted Ginn Jr. | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said WRs Michael Crabtree and Ted Ginn Jr. will be the starting wide receivers for the preseason game Friday, Aug. 10.

WR | Michael Crabtree | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said WRs Michael Crabtree and Ted Ginn Jr. will be the starting wide receivers for the preseason game Friday, Aug. 10.

WR | Jeremy Maclin | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin (hamstring) is not playing in the first preseason game because he injured his hamstring during warmups.

WR | Plaxico Burress | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the Dallas Cowboys are not considering signing free-agent WR Plaxico Burress (Jets).

WR | Ryan Broyles | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions RBs Jahvid Best (concussion) and Mikel Leshoure (hamstring), WR Ryan Broyles (knee), DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (knee) and FS Don Carey (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 9, and are not expected to play in the first preseason game Friday, Aug. 10.

WR | Miles Austin | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys WR Miles Austin (hamstring) is not worried about his latest hamstring injury. Instead, Austin is focusing on a return to the field. Austin will not play in the team's preseason opener. "It's up to whoever to be concerned," Austin said. "Anybody who wants to be concerned can be concerned. I can't focus on who's concerned or who's not concerned. I need to focus on getting back."

WR | Hakeem Nicks | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants CB Terrell Thomas (knee), RB Da'Rel Scott (quadriceps), LB Jake Muasau (hamstring), LB Jacquian Williams (hip), LB Michael Boley (hamstring), OT William Beatty (back), DE Justin Trattou (ankle), DT Rocky Bernard (knee), TE Travis Beckum (knee), LB Clint Sintim (knee), WR Hakeem Nicks (foot) and DT Chris Canty (knee) are not expected to play in the team's preseason opener.

WR | Mike Wallace | Pittsburgh Steelers | Free Agents
Former NFL RB Jerome Bettis said Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free-agent WR Mike Wallace should report to the team as that is the only way he will ever receive a long-term deal. Bettis added that Wallace doesn't understand how the organization operates. "I think when you go through the history of the Steelers, they do things a bit differently," Bettis said. "And when you look at in relationship to their stars, they still stay one way. They're firm in their resolve and the way they do things ... the problem is, you know, Mike (Wallace) doesn't really understand the concept of how the Steelers work, and so he's got to kind of figure that out. Once he figures that out and comes in, I think they'll work a deal out."


Tight End

TE | Ed Dickson | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens TE Ed Dickson (arm) left the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 9, and was favoring his right arm while walking to the locker room.

TE | Owen Daniels | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans TE Owen Daniels (knee) and DT Shaun Cody (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 9, so they could rest their knees.

TE | Zach X. Miller | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Zach X. Miller (pectoral) is dealing with a pectoral injury. Head coach Mike Mularkey said the team hopes Miller will be ready for the start of the regular season.

TE | Aaron Hernandez | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez has seen some time at running back in training camp. Hernandez has also been used as a punt returner.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Mike X. Adams | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers OT Mike X. Adams (knee) suffered a knee injury in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 9, and will not return.

OT | Marcus McNeill | Free Agent | Injury, Free Agents
Free-agent OT Marcus McNeill (Chargers) will announce his retirement from professional football. His agent said a neck injury prevents him from playing again.

OT | William Beatty | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants CB Terrell Thomas (knee), RB Da'Rel Scott (quadriceps), LB Jake Muasau (hamstring), LB Jacquian Williams (hip), LB Michael Boley (hamstring), OT William Beatty (back), DE Justin Trattou (ankle), DT Rocky Bernard (knee), TE Travis Beckum (knee), LB Clint Sintim (knee), WR Hakeem Nicks (foot) and DT Chris Canty (knee) are not expected to play in the team's preseason opener.


Defensive Line

DL | Jayme Mitchell | Free Agent | Transaction
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released DE Jayme Mitchell.

DL | Cullen Jenkins | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles DT Cullen Jenkins (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 9.

DL | Kyle Vanden Bosch | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions RBs Jahvid Best (concussion) and Mikel Leshoure (hamstring), WR Ryan Broyles (knee), DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (knee) and FS Don Carey (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 9, and are not expected to play in the first preseason game Friday, Aug. 10.

DL | Shaun Cody | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans TE Owen Daniels (knee) and DT Shaun Cody (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 9, so they could rest their knees.


Linebacker

LB | Dont'a Hightower | New England Patriots | Depth Chart Tidbit
New England Patriots rookie LB Dont'a Hightower started the team's first preseason game and had a nice showing in his debut. He finished the game vs. the New Orleans Saints with four tackles and was disruptive at times.

LB | Akeem Dent | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons LB Akeem Dent (concussion) suffered a concussion in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 9.

LB | Dane Fletcher | New England Patriots | Injury
New England Patriots LB Dane Fletcher (knee) suffered what is believed to be a torn anterior cruciate ligament during the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 9.

LB | Desmond Bishop | Green Bay Packers | Injury
Green Bay Packers LB Desmond Bishop (knee) suffered a right knee injury in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 9, and will miss the rest of the game.

LB | Omar Gaither | Houston Texans | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents
The Houston Texans have signed free-agent LB Omar Gaither (Panthers). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. In a corresponding move, the team placed LB Keyaron Fox (knee) on Injured Reserve.

LB | Brian Cushing | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (illness) has been released from the hospital Thursday, Aug. 9, and is expected to rejoin the team. Cushing has not been ruled out for the first preseason game Saturday, Aug. 11.

LB | Jon Beason | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers LB Jon Beason (hamstring) will not play in the first preseason game Saturday, Aug. 11, because of a strained hamstring. The team hopes he will be able to practice next week.

LB | Michael Boley | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants CB Terrell Thomas (knee), RB Da'Rel Scott (quadriceps), LB Jake Muasau (hamstring), LB Jacquian Williams (hip), LB Michael Boley (hamstring), OT William Beatty (back), DE Justin Trattou (ankle), DT Rocky Bernard (knee), TE Travis Beckum (knee), LB Clint Sintim (knee), WR Hakeem Nicks (foot) and DT Chris Canty (knee) are not expected to play in the team's preseason opener.


Cornerback

CB | Morris Claiborne | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne (knee) is taking part in practice Thursday, Aug. 9.

CB | Terrell Thomas | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants CB Terrell Thomas (knee), RB Da'Rel Scott (quadriceps), LB Jake Muasau (hamstring), LB Jacquian Williams (hip), LB Michael Boley (hamstring), OT William Beatty (back), DE Justin Trattou (ankle), DT Rocky Bernard (knee), TE Travis Beckum (knee), LB Clint Sintim (knee), WR Hakeem Nicks (foot) and DT Chris Canty (knee) are not expected to play in the team's preseason opener.


Strong Safety

SS | Major Wright | Chicago Bears | Injury
Chicago Bears SS Major Wright (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury during the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 9, and will not return.


Free Safety

FS | Louis Delmas | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions FS Louis Delmas (knee) likely will not play in any preseason games but is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.

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