Injuries cloud Buffalo's QB situation; the Jets continue to have QB problems of their own

by KFFL Staff on August 26, 2013 @ 08:19:41 PDT



QB | Terrelle Pryor | Oakland Raiders | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor will start the preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 29, against the Seattle Seahawks, rather than QB Matt Flynn.

Pryor appears to be in the driver's seat for the starting quarterback job after looking impressive in the first three exhibition games, while Flynn has been subpar. An impressive showing by Pryor against Seattle might sew up the starting job for Week 1, but both he and Flynn are only worth a look as third-string fantasy options.

QB | JaMarcus Russell | Free Agent | Injury, Free Agents
Free-agent QB JaMarcus Russell (Raiders) (knee) was working on his mechanics with former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia, and he was trying to shed 50 pounds to get down to 265. However, his attempt to resurrect his career has hit a couple of bumps, according to multiple sources. Russell continues to struggle with his weight, and he has had issue with one of his knee, experiencing swelling in the joint.

QB | Mark Sanchez | New York Jets | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez (shoulder) has been diagnosed with a bruised right shoulder joint, according to a league source Sunday, Aug. 25. He left the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 24, against the New York Giants. Sanchez has been ruled out for the preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 29, against the Philadelphia Eagles.

There is no word on how much time Sanchez will miss, but the QB race in New York is as murky as ever, especially since Sanchez won't get a last chance in the preseason finale.

QB | Colt McCoy | San Francisco 49ers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers QB Colt McCoy has been named the backup quarterback by head coach Jim Harbaugh over QBs B.J. Daniels and Scott Tolzien. "I feel real good that Colt is the backup (to QB Colin Kaepernick)," Harbaugh said Sunday, Aug. 25. McCoy restructured his contract Saturday, Aug. 24, and one day later he completed 11 of his 15 pass attempts for 109 yards and one interception.

QB | EJ Manuel | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel (knee) has not been ruled out for the regular season opener Sept. 8 against the New England Patriots by head coach Doug Marrone, although such a return would require a dramatic recovery following surgery. "That's what I'm hoping for," Marrone said Sunday, Aug. 25. "He had a procedure done. He was with us on the field the other day - just watching and observing. I think you just have to wait for that period where the doctor looks at him and says here's where we are. People recover so differently from minor stuff."

QB | Jeff Tuel | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The prospect of Buffalo Bills QB Jeff Tuel starting the regular season opener against the New England Patriots Sept. 8 looms as a distinct possibility with QB EJ Manuel (knee) recovering from surgery, and QB Kevin Kolb (concussion) facing a lengthy absence following another concussion.

If he did get the starting nod, Tuel would not be someone to depend upon for fantasy purposes unless you're absolutely desperate for a quarterback in a format which requires starting two signal callers.

QB | Matt Leinart | Buffalo Bills | Transaction, Free Agents
The Buffalo Bills signed free-agent QB Matt Leinart (Raiders) to an undisclosed deal.

QB | John Beck | Free Agent | Free Agents
Updating a previous report, the New York Jets are not scheduled to work out free-agent QB John Beck (Texans) at this point.

Running Back

RB | Ryan Williams | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
The Arizona Cardinals are shopping RB Ryan Williams.

This is an indication he's not in their plans and will be cut if they can't deal him.

RB | Joe McKnight | Free Agent | Transaction
The New York Jets released RB Joe McKnight.

RB | LaMichael James | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James (elbow) left the preseason game Sunday, Aug. 25, against the Minnesota Vikings due to an elbow injury.

RB | Rashard Mendenhall | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall (knee) had an MRI Sunday, Aug. 25, and the tests revealed just a minor knee sprain. He is expected to be ready for the regular season opener against the St. Louis Rams Sept. 8.

Mendenhall is unlikely to play in the preseason finale Thursday, so fantasy owners will just have to hope he can return to practice in the next couple of weeks and make progress. He is a question mark for Week 1, but it doesn't sound too terribly serious.

RB | Foswhitt Whittaker | San Diego Chargers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers RB Foswhitt Whittaker has turned heads in training camp and the preseason. He had six carries for 25 yards and a touchdown in the third preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals Saturday, Aug. 24, and he added two receptions for 29 yards. "He's been very patient and the offensive line has done a very good job with him. He takes what the defense gives him. When I say that I mean he takes one cut or sets up blocks a certain way. He has done a nice job making the most out of his opportunities," head coach Mike McCoy said Sunday, Aug. 25.

Whittaker has Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown ahead of him on the depth chart, so even if he finds his way onto the 53-man roster, Whittaker has a long way to go before he has fantasy appeal.

RB | Ryan Mathews | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews did have a fumble in the team's third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 24, but he was consistent otherwise. He finished with 14 carries, 57 yards and a touchdown. "It was another consistent day for him," head coach Mike McCoy said Sunday, Aug. 25.

Mathews has slipped on draft day, and has been available as late as the fifth or sixth round. He could be a tremendous value if he can finally manage to stay healthy for any length of time.

Wide Receiver

WR | Donte' Stallworth | Free Agent | Transaction
The Washington Redskins released WR Donte' Stallworth.

WR | Lavelle Hawkins | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Lavelle Hawkins had a 105-yard kickoff return for touchdown, and he made a nice catch in the preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Aug. 25. That's the good part. The bad part is that he head-butted an opponent, picked up a penalty, and was immediately pulled from the game by head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Hawkins is on the bubble for a roster spot, and with cut day looming, it wasn't his best choice.

WR | Robert Meachem | San Diego Chargers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WR Robert Meachem is getting limited reps right now, and head coach Mike McCoy explained Sunday, Aug. 25, that it is by design. "We're going what (we) think is right for the football team. We have a rotation and a certain way we are playing guys," McCoy said. "The coaching staff sits down (and) decides how we're going to play guys. We think we are doing it for a reason and what we think is best. This is the plan we've talked about all week long. (Meachem) worked extremely hard and last night he made the most of his opportunities."

The only real reason Meachem is likely to make the 53-man roster is because he is owed money. He likely needs a few more injuries to open up a more prominent role. Until then, he has next to zero fantasy value.

WR | Brad Smith | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills WR Brad Smith could shift back to the quarterback position, if needed, according to head coach Doug Marrone. The head coach also mentioned RB Fred Jackson as an emergency quarterback possibility, with QBs EJ Manuel (knee) and Kevin Kolb (concussion) dealing with injuries.

The chances of Jackson or Smith under center is lessened a little with the signing of Matt Leinart, and acquisition of Thaddeus Lewis. However, it wouldn't be surprising to see either see snaps in the preseason finale just in case.

WR | Joshua Cribbs | Free Agent | Transaction
The Oakland Raiders released WR Joshua Cribbs.

Tight End

TE | Rob Housler | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals TE Rob Housler (ankle) suffered an ankle injury during the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 24, and is scheduled to undergo an MRI.

Place Kicker

PK | Mason Crosby | Green Bay Packers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers K's Mason Crosby, Giorgio Tavecchio and Zach Ramirez all attempted kicks Sunday, Aug. 25 during practice. Crosby went 10 for 11, missing wide left from 53 yards. Tavecchio went 9 for 11, missing wide right from 45 and wide left from 63. Ramirez went 10 for 11, with his miss coming from 45 yards. The situation of who will kick for the Packers remains fluid. "There's a job available and someone needs to jump through the door and take it. That hasn't happened yet," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.

PK | Dan Carpenter | Free Agent | Transaction
The Arizona Cardinals released PK Dan Carpenter.

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