Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on September 5, 2012 @ 11:01:08 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Eli Manning | New York Giants | Fantasy
In 15 career regular season games against the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants QB Eli Manning has thrown 31 touchdowns, his most against any opponent.

QB | Cam Newton | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday, Sept. 4, that there will be no restrictions on QB Cam Newton in the running game. Newton is especially expected to be a threat to run in the red zone.

QB | Luke McCown | Atlanta Falcons | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons QB Luke McCown was listed as the primary backup to starting QB Matt Ryan on the team's Week 1 depth chart released Tuesday, Sept. 4. QB Dominique Davis is listed as the No. 3 quarterback.

QB | David Garrard | Free Agent | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the Miami Dolphins released QB David Garrard Tuesday, Sept. 4.

QB | Mike Kafka | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New England Patriots worked out free-agent QB Mike Kafka (Eagles) Tuesday, Sept. 4.


Running Back

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said he has told the defensive players there will be no restrictions on hitting RB Adrian Peterson (knee) during practice Wednesday, Sept. 5. Frazier initially told the players not to hit Peterson at all then had the defenders avoid hitting him below the waist. The team will monitor Peterson's work the next few days and hope to make a decision on his Week 1 status Friday, Sept. 7, or Saturday, Sept. 8.

RB | Bernard Scott | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Cincinnati Bengals RB Bernard Scott (hand) will not play Week 1 because he is still trying to get into football shape.

RB | DeMarco Murray | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
The Dallas Cowboys are 5-0 when RB DeMarco Murray gets at least 20 carries in a game.

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson said he is feeling like himself again. He believes his work during the offseason, training camp and preseason has him back on track, ready to return to the form that established him as one of the league's elite running backs. Johnson said he simply was not in football shape last season. "If you go back to years prior, you can see I am in the game and I am really never coming out," Johnson said. "Last year, I can say throughout the whole season, after two or three plays I needed to come out and take a break or whatever. I can't really say for sure when I got into tip-top shape, but it was toward the end of the year."

RB | Joe McKnight | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets RB Joe McKnight's (hamstring) status for Week 1 remains uncertain at this point due to a hamstring pull.

RB | Bilal Powell | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets RB Bilal Powell will serve as the team's third-down back. Powell beat out RB Joe McKnight (hamstring) for the job. McKnight, however, figures to have a meaningful role in the offense.

RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden could have an even bigger workload in Week 1 with so many injuries to the team's receiving corps. WRs Jacoby Ford (foot) and Denarius Moore (hamstring) are both questionable for the game.

RB | Chris Rainey | Pittsburgh Steelers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin indicated Tuesday, Sept. 4, that RB Chris Rainey will get an opportunity on both punt and kickoff returns.

RB | Isaac Redman | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Isaac Redman (ankle) must get over his ankle injury if he is to be considered for the starting job in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos. Head coach Mike Tomlin indicated RB Jonathan Dwyer might be a candidate to start if Redman is not 100 percent.

RB | Jonathan Dwyer | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Isaac Redman (ankle) must get over his ankle injury if he is to be considered for the starting job in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos. Head coach Mike Tomlin indicated RB Jonathan Dwyer might be a candidate to start if Redman is not 100 percent.

RB | Jonathan Stewart | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday, Sept. 4, that he is optimistic RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) will be ready to play in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "It's coming along very well," Rivera said. "He moved around an awful lot yesterday, so he was a little bit sore today - a little bit more than we anticipated. He's moving around nicely. We are very encouraged," Rivera said.

RB | Cedric Benson | Green Bay Packers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers RB Cedric Benson sits atop the team's initial regular season depth chart heading into Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers.

RB | Michael Smith | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Michael Smith is listed as the team's top kickoff returner on their initial regular season depth chart.

RB | Damien Berry | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
The Baltimore Ravens are expected to keep RB Damien Berry (neck, shoulder) on Injured Reserve, and they will not work out an injury settlement at this time, according to a league source.

RB | Rashard Mendenhall | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall (knee) took regular snaps with the starting offense Monday, Sept. 3, and he looked "incredible," according to DL Brett Keisel. Head coach Mike Tomlin is thinking of possibly starting Mendenhall over RB Isaac Redman in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos. However, Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette doesn't expect Mendenhall to play and thinks Tomlin is trying to get the Broncos "thinking a little bit."

RB | Lex Hilliard | New England Patriots | Transaction
The New England Patriots signed free-agent RB Lex Hilliard (Vikings) Tuesday, Sept. 4.

RB | Marshawn Lynch | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (back) is suffering from back spasms and the team is uncertain if he will be able to play in Week 1, against the Arizona Cardinals.

RB | Brandon Jacobs | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers RB Brandon Jacobs (knee) was seen shadow boxing in the locker room Tuesday, Sept. 4. His knee is improving, but it is unknown whether he will be ready for Week 1.

RB | Trent Richardson | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson's (knee) Week 1 status will be determined over the Browns' next two practices Wednesday, Sept. 5, and Thursday, Sept. 6. If he gets through both practices without issue, he will likely play in Week 1, even if it is on a limited basis.


Fullback

FB | Lawrence Vickers | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
The Dallas Cowboys will likely spend the bulk of their Week 1 game in a traditional two-receiver, two-running back formation and let RB DeMarco Murray and FB Lawrence Vickers be the focal point of the offense in the expected absence of TE Jason Witten (spleen). Murray had more than 20 carries in five of the eight games he was the primary running back, and delivered three games with more than 130 yards.

FB | Eric Kettani | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The New England Patriots released FB Eric Kettani Tuesday, Sept. 4.


Wide Receiver

WR | Hakeem Nicks | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
The New York Giants expect WR Hakeem Nicks (foot) to play in Week 1; however, there is concern as to how effective he will be in the game.

WR | Andre Roberts | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals WR Andre Roberts remains listed as a starting wide receiver prior to the team's Week 1 game.

WR | Greg Jennings | Green Bay Packers | Free Agents
Green Bay Packers WR Greg Jennings, who is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2012 season, said he will be disappointed if the team places the franchise tag on him. "I would be disappointed," Jennings said. "It's not something I think any player would care to play under, simply because I think every player wants that long-term contract where they're kind of solidified. The franchise tag to me is a little scapegoat to hold onto a player where you're unsure about ... If it has to come down to it, obviously I can't control that and that would have to take place. But I would do everything in my power to kind of allow that to not be the case."

WR | Stevie Johnson | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills WR Stevie Johnson (groin) said Tuesday, Sept. 4, his groin injury that required surgery in the offseason remains at only 90 percent. Johnson, however, insists he is ready for Week 1.

WR | Miles Austin | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said WRs Dez Bryant (knee) and Miles Austin (hamstring) are both 100 percent entering Week 1.

WR | Juron Criner | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders WR Juron Criner (ankle) returned to practice Tuesday, Sept. 4.

WR | Jacoby Ford | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders WR Jacoby Ford (foot) said Tuesday, Sept. 4, his status for Week 1 is uncertain. "Just kind of up in the air at this point," Ford said. "I just have to see what the coaches and the training staff think." Ford did some jogging during the team's practice session.

WR | Rod Streater | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders WR Rod Streater could see increased snaps as the team's slot receiver in Week 1 if WR Jacoby Ford (foot) is unable to play.

WR | Denarius Moore | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden could have an even bigger workload in Week 1 with so many injuries to the team's receiving corps. WRs Jacoby Ford (foot) and Denarius Moore (hamstring) are both questionable for the game.

WR | Mike Wallace | Pittsburgh Steelers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin declined to say Tuesday, Sept. 4, whether or not WR Mike Wallace would start in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos.

WR | Derek Hagan | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Jets worked out free-agent WR Derek Hagan (Raiders) Tuesday, Sept. 4, according to a source.

WR | Harry Douglas | Atlanta Falcons | Depth Chart Tidbit
Atlanta Falcons WR Tim Toone is listed as the backup punt returner behind WR Harry Douglas on the team's initial regular season depth chart released Tuesday, Sept. 4.

WR | Plaxico Burress | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Miami Dolphins reportedly have no interest in bringing in free-agent WR Plaxico Burress (Jets).

WR | Deion Branch | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Miami Dolphins have decided to pass on working out free-agent WR Deion Branch (Patriots).

WR | Legedu Naanee | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins WR Legedu Naanee has made the 53-man roster, and he is expected to serve as either the No. 3 or No. 4 wide receiver for head coach Joe Philbin.

WR | Vincent Brown | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The San Diego Chargers placed WR Vincent Brown (ankle) on Injured Reserve Tuesday, Sept. 4, and designated him to return later this season.

WR | Ruvell Martin | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Transaction
The Buffalo Bills placed CB Ron Brooks on Injured Reserve and signed WR Ruvell Martin Tuesday, Sept. 4.

WR | Jordy Nelson | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers had praise for WR Jordy Nelson. "Jordy is an incredible receiver," Rodgers said. "He makes us look good a lot."

WR | Michael Crabtree | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
The San Francisco 49ers listed WR Michael Crabtree at the top of the depth chart followed by Randy Moss, Mario Manningham, and Ted Ginn Jr. Tuesday, Sept. 4.


Tight End

TE | Ed Dickson | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens TEs Dennis Pitta (hand) and Ed Dickson (shoulder) each said they are not sure if they will be able to play Week 1 because of their injuries.

TE | Visanthe Shiancoe | New England Patriots | Injury
The New England Patriots could place TE Visanthe Shiancoe (undisclosed) on Injured Reserve, according to sources. Shiancoe could possibly be placed on the new short-term Injured Reserve, making him eligible to return later in the season.

TE | Jason Witten | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten (spleen) made the trip with the team for their Week 1 game against the New York Giants. Witten is listed as a game-time decision; however, he is doubtful for the game. Witten has even offered to sign a medical waiver, but the Cowboys will not accept it.

TE | DeAngelo Peterson | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Washington Redskins released TE DeAngelo Peterson from the practice squad Tuesday, Sept. 4, to make room for the addition of TE Michael Hoomanawanui.

TE | Kellen Winslow | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New England Patriots are bringing in TE Kellen Winslow (Seahawks) for a workout Tuesday, Sept. 4.

TE | Michael Hoomanawanui | New England Patriots | Transaction
Free-agent TE Michael Hoomanawanui (Rams) is expected to sign with the Washington Redskins, joining their practice squad Tuesday, Sept. 4.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Chris Degeare | Tennessee Titans | Transaction
The Tennessee Titans signed free-agent G Chris DeGeare (Vikings) to the practice squad Tuesday, Sept. 4.

OT | Bryant McKinnie | Baltimore Ravens | Transaction
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens OT Bryant McKinnie has agreed to a restructured contract that will see him get paid $2.2 million this year, but incentives could get him back to the $3.2 million he was scheduled to make.


Guard

OG | Jake Scott | Free Agent | Injury, Free Agents
The Miami Dolphins reached out to free-agent OG Jake Scott (Titans) Tuesday, Sept. 4, inquiring about his weight. He is at his usual playing weight of 295 to 300. The team did not make an offer, but Scott is under consideration after the club lost OL Artis Hicks (neck) for the season.

OG | Chris Snee | New York Giants | Transaction
The New York Giants restructured the contract of OG Chris Snee, freeing up $3 million in salary cap space Tuesday, Sept. 4.


Defensive Line

DL | Jason Pierre-Paul | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants LB Mathias Kiwanuka believes DE Jason Pierre-Paul is capable of posting a 30-sack season because he has yet to reach his vast potential. "He could be. Absolutely," Kiwanuka said. "He definitely has the potential to be one of the best ever. There's so much that goes into it that's out of his control so you don't want to jinx him or anything like that, but if the kid keeps working and God's on his side and he stays healthy, we expect to see great things out of him."

DL | Anthony Hargrove | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent DL Anthony Hargrove (Packers) has been hit hard by his looming suspension for his part in the alleged bounty scandal during his time with the New Orleans Saints. "Following my release from the Packers on August 24, 2012, my agent informed me that the NFL teams that he spoke with indicated that they would not consider signing me until my suspension is completed," Hargrove said. The NFLPA filed a motion in U.S. District Court in New Orleans Tuesday, Sept. 4, seeking a temporary restraining order to stop the suspensions.

DL | Kyle Vanden Bosch | Detroit Lions | Transaction
The Detroit Lions restructured DE Kyle Vanden Bosch's contract Tuesday, Sept. 4, saving $3 million against the salary cap.


Linebacker

LB | Courtney Upshaw | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens LB Courtney Upshaw (shoulder) said his shoulder feels good and expects to play Week 1.

LB | Brian Urlacher | Chicago Bears | Injury
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said he fully expects Chicago Bears LB Brian Urlacher (knee) to be available for Week 1.

LB | James Harrison | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Pittsburgh Steelers LB James Harrison (knee) is still dealing with a left knee injury, and the linebacker said Monday, Sept. 3, that if his knee acted up, he likely won't be able to play in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos. LB Chris Carter would likely draw a start if Harrison cannot play.


Cornerback

CB | Chris Houston | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions CB Chris Houston (ankle) and FS Louis Delmas (knee) were not present during the media-access portion of practice Wednesday, Sept. 5.

CB | Dunta Robinson | Atlanta Falcons | Depth Chart Tidbit
Atlanta Falcons CBs Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson are each listed as starting cornerbacks on the team's initial regular season depth chart released Tuesday, Sept. 4. CB Asante Samuel is listed as a No. 2 CB behind Robinson. All three are expected to see extensive action in Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

CB | Ron Brooks | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Transaction
Updating a previous report, the Buffalo Bills placed CB Ron Brooks (foot) as their IR recall candidate Tuesday, Sept. 4.


Strong Safety

SS | Sean Considine | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens SS Sean Considine (concussion) said he is feeling good and expects to play Week 1. Considine has not had a baseline test at this point to see if he will cleared to play Week 1.


Free Safety

FS | Louis Delmas | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions CB Chris Houston (ankle) and FS Louis Delmas (knee) were not present during the media-access portion of practice Wednesday, Sept. 5.

FS | Ryan Clark | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Pittsburgh Steelers FS Ryan Clark (illness) won't play in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos due to his sickle cell trait. He did not play there in January during the team's Wild Card Game playoff loss. FS Ryan Mundy is expected to take Clark's place.

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