Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on August 7, 2013 @ 08:49:56 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Peyton Manning | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning wore gloves during the team's recent intrasquad scrimmage. He also did so during the Pro Bowl, and in cold weather. "It was slick out there," Manning said. "So it was hard to get a good grip on it. We really didn't get a chance to warm up. We just sort of stretched and they said, "let's go." So it happened really quick and I said, "Boy, the balls are slick," and I felt like I had a better grip on it with the glove."

QB | Brock Osweiler | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos QB Brock Osweiler was under pressure during the team's intrasquad scrimmage, and the No. 2 offensive line struggled to contain LB Von Miller. Still, Osweiler was able to make a few nice completions.

QB | Mark Sanchez | New York Jets | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Morningwheg praised Mark Sanchez and said he has earned the start in the team's first preseason game Friday, Aug. 9. "He's had an outstanding training camp," the coordinator said. "Mark...this is his game. He'll start and go with the ones. And then certainly we'd like to get Geno in just a little bit with the ones, and then he'll take the twos."

QB | Geno Smith | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez will start the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 9. QB Geno Smith will also get time with the first team offense in relief, according to head coach Rex Ryan. Ryan called it an even competition at this point, and said he picked Sanchez to start because he is an incumbent.


Running Back

RB | Alvester Alexander | Pittsburgh Steelers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed free-agent RB Alvester Alexander (Titans) and CB Devin Smith (Cowboys) to undisclosed deals. RB Curtis McNeal and DE Cordian Hagans were cut.

RB | Alex Green | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers RB Alex Green (knee) returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 7.

RB | Eddie Lacy | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy (undisclosed) is out of practice Wednesday, Aug. 7.

RB | Ben Tate | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (groin) returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 7, as expected.

RB | C.J. Spiller | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett confirmed RB C.J. Spiller will see the ball a lot this season. "It's real simple," Hackett said. "We're going to give him the ball until he throws up. So he's either got to tap out or throw up on the field. Let's just put it that way."

RB | Montario Hardesty | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty's (hamstring) roster spot is in jeopardy, but if he can get healthy, he has a decent shot to make the team.

RB | Mikel Leshoure | Detroit Lions | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure (Achilles', hamstring) said Tuesday, Aug. 6, that he didn't have burst, but it had nothing to do with his Achilles' injury from 2011. He suffered a hamstring injury toward the end of the Week 3 game last year, and it lingered with him all season. He is confident his legs are back, and he is out to prove why the team invested a second-round pick on him back in 2011. "I feel lighter and feel a little more of a burst," Leshoure said. "I don't know if that's from the weight (he's dropped five pounds and is currently at 229 points) or the fact it's a year under my belt and I have my legs back."

RB | Daryl Richardson | St. Louis Rams | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said Tuesday, Aug. 6, that he thinks RB Daryl Richardson "comes back as our starter." Richardson is battling RB Isaiah Pead for the starting tailback job, and RB Zac Stacy is also in the mix for the assignment.

RB | Willis McGahee | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent RB Willis McGahee (Broncos) has been keeping himself in great shape, and as injuries mount during the preseason he might get calls from teams. However, right now nothing sounds imminent.

RB | Chris Ivory | New York Jets | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Jets RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) has to take part in a full practice session, and he said Tuesday, Aug. 6, that he is unlikely to play in the preseason opener Friday, Aug. 9. However, he expects to be return to the practice field either "Monday or Tuesday," Ivory said. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said the lack of reps for some of the running backs are becoming somewhat of a concern, as is the fact RB Bilal Powell might be touching the ball a bit too much in camp.

RB | Bryce Brown | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles RB Bryce Brown unofficially dropped three passes in practice Tuesday, Aug. 6, and he tends to want to bounce outside of the tackles when running. Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network observed that RB Chris Polk, who has had a strong training camp, could be ahead of Brown for the primary backup job behind RB LeSean McCoy.

RB | Jeremiah Johnson | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos RB Jeremiah Johnson (knee, toe) missed practice time last week due to a knee injury, but he returned for the team's intrasquad scrimmage over the weekend. However, he was missing again Tuesday, Aug. 6, due to a toe ailment.

RB | Montee Ball | Denver Broncos | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball reportedly had the best scrimmage over the weekend between RBs Ronnie Hillman and Knowshon Moreno. Ball and Hillman each worked with the No. 1 offense, but Hillman had little room to run. Moreno ran with the second unit.

RB | Charles Clay | Miami Dolphins | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins FBs Jorvorskie Lane and Evan Rodriguez might not be kept, as FB Charles Clay has the versatility to play both fullback and tight end.

RB | Jonas Gray | Miami Dolphins | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins RB Jonas Gray (knee) spent last season on the team's Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list while recovering from a serious knee injury in college. The team kept him around, and now he is getting his chance to shine. He had seven carries for 41 yards in the team's first preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys.

RB | Trent Richardson | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson (shin) did not participate in team drills Tuesday, Aug. 6, at practice, and he is unlikely to play in the team's preseason opener Thursday, Aug. 8, against the St. Louis Rams. His absence would be precautionary, however, as his shin injury isn't believed to be serious.

RB | Felix Jones | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles RB Felix Jones (hamstring) left practice Tuesday, Aug. 6, due to a hamstring injury. The severity is not yet known.

RB | Joe McKnight | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) is unlikely to play in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 9, thanks to a tweaked hamstring. RBs Mike Goodson and Joe McKnight (head) haven't been available in drills, either, so RB Bilal Powell has received a lot of the repetitions in training camp.

RB | Matt Forte | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte did not participate in practice Tuesday, Aug. 6, after getting a planned day off.

RB | Lamar Miller | Miami Dolphins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (undisclosed) is OK after limping off the practice field Tuesday, Aug. 6.

RB | David Wilson | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Giants RBs Andre Brown and David Wilson are battling for the No. 1 tailback job in training camp and the preseason. It is expected that whichever of these guys shows the most as a pass-blocked will get a bulk of the carries. "You really can't play unless you can protect the quarterback," head coach Tom Coughlin said Tuesday, Aug. 6. "Fortunately, those two young men as well as our other running backs have had the opportunity to look at (former RB Ahmad Bradshaw's) film and get a better understanding of the complexities of our protection packages."


Fullback

FB | Mike Tolbert | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers RB Mike Tolbert (hamstring) is out of practice Wednesday, Aug. 7.


Wide Receiver

WR | Andy Tanner | New Orleans Saints | Injury, Fantasy
New Orleans Saints LB Jonathan Vilma (undisclosed), LB Eric Martin (undisclosed) and WR Andy Tanner (shoulder) are back at practice Wednesday, Aug. 7.

WR | Earl Bennett | Chicago Bears | Injury
Chicago Bears LB D.J. Williams (calf), WR Earl Bennett (head), OT Jonathan Scott (knee) and CB Kelvin Hayden (hamstring) are out of practice Wednesday, Aug. 7.

WR | Cecil Shorts | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (calf) and SS Jonathan Cyprien (hamstring) are still out Wednesday, Aug. 7.

WR | Justin Blackmon | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon (groin) is out of practice Wednesday, Aug. 7.

WR | Vidal Hazelton | Free Agent | Injury, Transaction
New York Jets WR Vidal Hazelton (leg) was waived-injured, and WR Marcus Davis (undisclosed) was placed on Injured Reserve.

WR | Randall Cobb | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb (biceps) is back at practice Wednesday, Aug. 7.

WR | Randy Moss | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent WR Randy Moss (49ers) has not generated much interest from NFL teams at this point of training camp.

WR | Terrance Williams | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams (concussion) said Tuesday, Aug. 6, that he is recovering from a concussion. He will not play in the preseason game Friday, Aug. 9, against the Oakland Raiders.

WR | Laurent Robinson | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent WR Laurent Robinson (Jaguars) will work out for the Indianapolis Colts this week, a source confirmed Tuesday, Aug. 6.

WR | Charly Martin | Free Agent | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco 49ers waived WR Charly Martin Tuesday, Aug. 6.

WR | Marvin McNutt | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins WR Marvin McNutt started training camp strong, but he has reportedly dropped several balls in the past 10 days of practice, including one in the team's first preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys.

WR | Chad Bumphis | Miami Dolphins | Transaction, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins WR Chad Bumphis is making his case to win a roster spot, and receivers coach Ken O'Keefe has told Bumphis all about how former WR Davone Bess (Browns) came to the team in a similar situation back in 2008. "He said, 'Davone came in undrafted and was able to contribute'," Bumphis said. "I said, 'That could be me.'" Bumphis had five grabs for 85 yards in the team's first preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys, and an error on a route resulted in an interception return for touchdown, too.

WR | Darrius Heyward-Bey | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (knee) was able to return to practice Tuesday, Aug. 6.

WR | David Ball | Free Agent | Transaction
The Philadelphia Eagles released WR David Ball Tuesday, Aug. 6.

WR | Damaris Johnson | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles WR Damaris Johnson (hamstring) left practice Tuesday, Aug. 6, due to a hamstring injury.

WR | Arrelious Benn | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles WR Arrelious Benn (knee) suffered a torn left anterior cruciate ligament in practice Tuesday, Aug. 6.

WR | Danario Alexander | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers WR Danario Alexander (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in practice Tuesday, Aug. 6.

WR | LaRon Byrd | Free Agent | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents
The Arizona Cardinals signed free-agent DT Jonathan Mathis (Texas A&M) and C Kyle Quinn (Eagles) to undisclosed deals Tuesday, Aug. 6, and released WR Tyler Shaw and waived-injured WR LaRon Byrd (concussion) and DE Everrette Thompson (arm).

WR | Vincent Brown | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Brown (hamstring) is in full pads and participating in practice Tuesday, Aug. 6.

WR | Hakeem Nicks | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks (groin) is practicing in full pads Tuesday, Aug. 6.

WR | Russell Shepard | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit
Philadelphia Eagles WR Russell Shepard is getting work with the first-team offense in practice Tuesday, Aug. 6.

WR | Jordy Nelson | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) underwent surgery on his knee Monday, Aug. 5, that is expected to keep him out for four to six weeks, but doctors still expect him to be ready for Week 1. Doctors tried to fix a nerve issue in his knee that has bothered him since college.

WR | Devery Henderson | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said WR Devery Henderson (personal) was excused from practice Monday, Aug. 5, due to a death in his immediate family.

WR | James Jones | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) has undergone surgery on his knee and will miss the rest of training camp, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. The club is hoping he'll be ready for the season opener, though.

WR | Riley Cooper | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Embattled Philadelphia Eagles WR Riley Cooper is listed as a starter on the initial preseason depth chart released by head coach Chip Kelly Monday, Aug. 5, ahead of the team's first preseason game.

WR | Brian Hartline | Miami Dolphins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline (calf) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 6.

WR | Mike Wallace | Miami Dolphins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (groin) is out of practice Tuesday, Aug. 6.


Tight End

TE | Jacob Tamme | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos TE Jacob Tamme (quadriceps) was able to return to the practice field Monday, Aug. 5, but he was limited in his participation.

TE | Michael Egnew | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins TEs Michael Egnew and Kyle Miller are each likely battling for one roster spot. The team likes Miller for his ability to find seams in the middle of the field, but he is considered an underdog against an improving Egnew.

TE | Michael Palmer | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Seattle Seahawks signed free-agent DT Martin Parker (Giants) to an undisclosed deal Tuesday, Aug. 6, and released TE Michael Palmer in a corresponding move.

TE | Julius Thomas | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous item, Denver Broncos TEs Julius Thomas and Virgil Green are getting increased repetitions with the first-team offense in training camp this week with TEs Joel Dreessen (knee) and Jacob Tamme (quadriceps) injured. Thomas was drafted in the fourth round in 2011, compared to the seventh round for Green. Thomas has been playing as a receiving tight end while Green has been playing more at the line of scrimmage. Thomas' blocking has improved since he was drafted, and he started with the No. 1 offense last weekend.

TE | Ed Dickson | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said the hamstring injury to TE Ed Dickson (hamstring) is not a major injury.

TE | Jordan Reed | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (foot) was unable to practice Monday, Aug. 5, due to a bruise on the top of his foot, according to head coach Mike Shanahan.

TE | Brent Celek | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles TEs James Casey and Brent Celek are each listed as starting tight ends on the team's initial preseason depth chart released Monday, Aug. 5.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Jason Peters | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles OT Allen Barbre worked with the first team offense in practice Tuesday, Aug. 6, seeing time as the left tackle. OT Jason Peters (hamstring) was sidelined again, and OT Dennis Kelly (back) is also out, so Barbre got a look. Barbre's flexibility might earn him a spot on the 53-man roster, as he can play the right or left side.

OT | Orlando Franklin | Denver Broncos | Injury
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos OT Orlando Franklin (hip) is dealing with a left hip injury. He was helped up off the practice field Monday, Aug. 5, but limped off under his own power.

OT | David Stewart | Tennessee Titans | Injury
Tennessee Titans OT David Stewart (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Tuesday, Aug. 6.

OT | James Carpenter | Seattle Seahawks | Injury
Seattle Seahawks OT James Carpenter (foot) is not participating in practice Tuesday, Aug. 6. It is believed Carpenter has a foot injury, and not a knee issue.

OT | James Brewer | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants OL James Brewer (head) was "dinged" in practice Tuesday, Aug. 6, and is being evaluated for a concussion.

OT | Lane Johnson | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit
Philadelphia Eagles OT Lane Johnson was drafted the play right tackle, but he has been working on the left side in practice just in case he is needed. "I think it's a good sign," Johnson said. "There's not very many people who can play both. The more practice I get playing left and right is going to help me if something happens to (OT Jason Peters)."

OT | Justin Pugh | New York Giants | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
New York Giants OT Justin Pugh (concussion) remains sidelined with a concussion. When he has been on the practice field, the team has worked him at tackle and guard, and believe he is going to be a valuable long-term piece at some position along the offensive line. However, right now he is clearly behind OT David Diehl at right tackle.


Guard

OG | Justin Boren | Free Agent | Injury, Transaction
The Denver Broncos waived-injured OG Justin Boren (toe).

OG | Brandon Moore | Retired | Transaction
Freshly signed Dallas Cowboys OG Brandon Moore has decided to retire.

OG | Brian Waters | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Dallas Cowboys are expected to reach an agreement with free-agent OG Brandon Moore (Jets) Tuesday, Aug. 6. He is expected to be a good fit in the system offensive coordinator Bill Callahan is implementing. The team was also said to be interested in free-agent OG Brian Waters (Patriots).

OG | Shawn Lauvao | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns OG Shawn Lauvao (ankle) is not participating in practice Tuesday, Aug. 6.

OG | Adam Gettis | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins OG Adam Gettis (hamstring) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 5, after missing time due to a hamstring ailment.

OG | Todd Herremans | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit
Philadelphia Eagles OG Todd Herremans might be shifted to right tackle if OT Jason Peters (hamstring) is forced to miss time, with OG Danny Watkins then filling in at right guard.


Offensive Line

OL | Mike P. Johnson | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons OT Mike P. Johnson (ankle, leg) suffered a dislocated left ankle and fibula fracture during practice Tuesday, Aug. 6, according to head coach Mike Smith. Johnson is scheduled to have surgery next week.


Defensive Line

DL | Julius Peppers | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears DE Julius Peppers was excused from practice for personal reasons Wednesday, Aug. 7.

DL | Mike Neal | Green Bay Packers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Green Bay Packers DE Mike Neal is lining up at left outside linebacker Wednesday, Aug. 7.

DL | Johnny Jolly | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers DE Johnny Jolly (cramps), DE Mike Neal (abdomen) and DE Datone Jones (illness) are back at practice Wednesday, Aug. 7.

DL | Brandon Graham | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Philadelphia Eagles LB Connor Barwin (illness) did not practice Tuesday, Aug. 6, due to illness, so LB Brandon Graham worked with the first-team defense in Barwin's absence.

DL | Brandon McKinney | Free Agent | Injury, Transaction
The Indianapolis Colts released DT Brandon McKinney (knee) from Injured Reserve with an injury settlement Tuesday, Aug. 6. He never made a full recovery after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament in preseason last year.

DL | Derek Wolfe | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos DEs Quanterus Smith (undisclosed) and Derek Wolfe (illness) were each able to return to the practice field Monday, Aug. 5.

DL | Kheeston Randall | Miami Dolphins | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit
Miami Dolphins DL Kheeston Randall and DE Derrick Shelby have stood out in training camp and the preseason, and appear to be headed for roster spots. Randall tipped an interception in practice, and Shelby had two sacks in the team's first preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys. "I love him because he gives effort, he's in the sports where he's supposed to be," head coach Joe Philbin said.

DL | Cliff Avril | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Seattle Seahawks DL Cliff Avril (hamstring) could return as early as next week, according to head coach Pete Carroll. De Chris Clemons could be ready by Week 1.

DL | Terrence Cody | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens LB Daryl Smith (groin) and DT Terrence Cody (hip) both returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 6.

DL | Jason Pierre-Paul | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back) was running on the side at practice Tuesday, Aug. 5. Pierre-Paul did not look fluid when running.

DL | Trent Cole | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Philadelphia Eagles revealed their first depth chart of the preseason Monday, Aug. 5, and it showed LBs Connor Barwin and Trent Cole as the starting outside linebackers, with LBs Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans on the inside.

DL | Isaac Sopoaga | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Philadelphia Eagles released their initial depth chart of the preseason Monday, Aug. 5, and NT Isaac Sopoaga is listed as the starting nose tackle with DEs Fletcher Cox and Cedric Thornton as the starting defensive ends.

DL | Cullen Jenkins | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit
New York Giants DE Cullen Jenkins has been working at defensive end as well as defensive tackle during training camp. His experience playing different positions in 3-4 and 4-3 defensive alignments might help the team as they plan to be varied and have multiple looks on defense.

DL | Justin Tuck | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants DE Justin Tuck is in the final year of his contract, and he said he has been rejuvenated and healthier than he's been in any training camp since 2010.

DL | Aaron Morgan | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Aaron Morgan (neck) has missed a few practices due to a minor neck strain.


Defensive End

DE | Mathias Kiwanuka | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The New York Giants usually use a strict 4-3 defensive alignment, but they have used some 3-4 formations or hybrid looks that ask their defensive ends to stand up and either play outside linebacker or at least look as though they might. The idea is to confuse the opposing offense and possibly to be in better position to react to run-heavy, read-option offenses like the Washington Redskins have, and perhaps the Philadelphia Eagles will use. DE Mathias Kiwanuka played linebacker last season before moving back to defensive end, and he is someone who can fit into this hybrid system nicely.


Linebacker

LB | Nate Irving | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos LB Nate Irving (personal) was not on the field for practice while he deals with a personal issue.

LB | Jason Trusnik | Miami Dolphins | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit
The Miami Dolphins have plenty of competition for the backup linebacker jobs in training camp and the preseason. LB Jason Trusnik is considered the top backup behind the three starters, and LB Jelani Jenkins is a fourth-round pick likely to win a roster spot. That leaves LB Lee Robinson, Austin Spitler, Josh Kaddu and Jonathan Freeny likely battling for one or two jobs.

LB | Demario Davis | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets LB Demario Davis received praise from head coach Rex Ryan. Davis has good coverage skills and will back up LB Bart Scott, who battled through turf toe last season.

LB | Nathan Williams | Free Agent | Injury, Transaction
The Minnesota Vikings waived-injured LB Nathan Williams Tuesday, Aug. 6.

LB | Adrian Moten | Detroit Lions | Transaction
The Detroit Lions claimed LB Adrian Moten off waivers from the Cleveland Browns Tuesday, Aug. 6.

LB | Daryl Smith | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens LB Daryl Smith (groin) and DT Terrence Cody (hip) both returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 6.

LB | Sean Weatherspoon | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon (finger) is expected to miss a couple weeks with a severely dislocated finger, according to head coach Mike Smith.

LB | Spencer Paysinger | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Giants LB Spencer Paysinger is pushing for a starting spot at weakside linebacker, with LB Keith Rivers expected to start on the strong side and LB Mark Herzlich manning the middle spot.


Cornerback

CB | Antonio Cromartie | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said the team will not be using CB Antonio Cromartie to return kicks other than in an emergency.

CB | Dee Milliner | New York Jets | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Jets CB Dee Milliner won the starting CB job opposite CB Antonio Cromartie, according to head coach Rex Ryan. "I feel very comfortable with Dee being out there in regular personnel situations," Ryan said.

CB | Terrell Thomas | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants CB Terrell Thomas (knee) is participating in practice Tuesday, Aug. 6.

CB | Brandon Carr | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys CB Brandon Carr (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Tuesday, Aug. 6.

CB | DeAngelo Hall | Washington Redskins | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall (ankle) and FS Brandon Meriweather (knee) were back on the practice field Monday, Aug. 5. Hall said he still isn't 100 percent, but he is good enough to play. Meriweather went through positional drills and the first half of practice, but was held out of 11-on-11 action as a precaution.

CB | Cary Williams | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Philadelphia Eagles have CBs Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams listed as starters on the team's initial depth chart of the preseason released Monday, Aug. 5, while FS Nate Allen and SS Patrick Chung are the starting safeties for now.

CB | Prince Amukamara | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit
New York Giants CB Prince Amukamara is healthy and hoping to build on his solid second season. Amukamara said Tuesday, Aug. 6, that his goal is to play well enough that he's able to stay on one side with CB Corey Webster on the other side for the whole game, rather than having Webster assigned to the other team's No. 1 receiver regardless of where he lines up. The coaches say that is their goal as well.


Strong Safety

SS | Deon Grant | Retired | Transaction
The New York Giants signed SS Deon Grant to allow him to retire with the team.

SS | Quinton Carter | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos SS Quinton Carter (knee) remained limited with a knee injury Monday, Aug. 5.

SS | Kelcie McCray | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit
Miami Dolphins SS Kelcie McCray has reportedly had a good training camp, and he appears to have a strong grasp on the No. 4 safety job.

SS | Cooper Taylor | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants S Cooper Taylor (hamstring) suffered a hamstring issue in practice Tuesday, Aug. 6.


Free Safety

FS | Mark LeGree | Buffalo Bills | Transaction, Free Agents
The Buffalo Bills signed free-agent FS Mark LeGree (Falcons) to an undisclosed deal.

FS | LaRon Landry | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Indianapolis Colts FS LaRon Landry (leg) suffered a lower left leg injury in practice Monday, Aug. 5, and he was not practicing Tuesday, Aug. 6. The severity and exact area of the injury is not yet known.

FS | Matt Johnson | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys FS Matt Johnson (ankle) will rest at least a week with a stress reaction in his ankle, which is the beginning stages of a stress fracture. Johnson is hoping the rest will avoid the fracture.

FS | Stevie Brown | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit
The New York Giants want FS Stevie Brown to be more versatile now that he is a full-time starter. Having a full training camp to work as a starter will help Brown become the interchangeable safety the club wants him to be. "We already know he's a ballhawk and can go and he can go get the ball and do something with it once he gets it," FS Antrel Rolle said Tuesday, Aug. 6. "Now he's showing us that he can play in the box and definitely be a versatile safety."

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