NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on August 25, 2006 @ 16:00:00 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Daunte Culpepper | Miami Dolphins | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Miami Dolphins QB Daunte Culpepper (knee) performed well in the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 24. While the team could not get into the end zone with Culpepper, he did complete 14-of-19 passes for 130 yards. He also avoided at least two sacks and rushed twice for 11 yards.

QB | Jake Delhomme | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Carolina Panthers QB Jake Delhomme struggled in the team's third preseason game Thursday, Aug. 24. Delhomme finished 6-of-15 passing for 58 yards and failed to lead the team to a touchdown in nearly three quarters.

QB | Vince Young | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Tennessee Titans QB Vince Young (hand) returned to practice Thursday, Aug. 24. He said he will be able to play Saturday, Aug. 26.

QB | Mark Brunell | Washington Redskins | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Washington Redskins QB Mark Brunell (groin) missed most of practice Thursday, Aug. 24, with a sore groin. The injury is not expected to keep him from playing Saturday, Aug. 26.

QB | Carson Palmer | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
ESPNews reports Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer (knee) said he will start the team's preseason game Monday, Aug. 28, against the Green Bay Packers.

QB | Brad Johnson | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress said Wednesday morning, Aug. 23, that QB Brad Johnson will start Friday, Aug. 25, against Baltimore and, "play longer than he has played." But Childress said no decision has been made about playing time behind Johnson. "We haven't talked about the next two just yet," he said. That would seem to indicate that Childress plans to use only two of his three backup quarterbacks.

QB | Kellen Clemens | New York Jets | Fantasy
Tom Rock, of Newsday, reports New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini said he has no philosophical problem with rookie QB Kellen Clemens being the team's No. 2 quarterback, and he also said that QB Patrick Ramsey's extended contract signed before training camp will play no role in determining the quarterback pecking order.

QB | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
Larry Holder, of the Biloxi Sun-Herald, reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees struggled Monday, Aug. 21, as the Saints lost 30-7 to the Dallas Cowboys. Brees finished the game 7-of-12 passing for 67 yards.

QB | Drew Bledsoe | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Jaime Aron, of the Associated Press, reports Dallas Cowboys QB Drew Bledsoe went 12-of-16 for 156 yards, leading Dallas to scores on three of four drives, as the Cowboys defeated the New Orleans Saints 30-7 Monday evening, Aug. 21. Bledsoe lobbed two passes into the end zone and saw his receivers make terrific catches on both passes. Bledsoe missed the preseason opener so QB Tony Romo could get all the snaps, a move that's led to growing speculation of a potential quarterback controversy. Bledsoe did his part to solidify his spot with crisp passes and poise in the pocket. "I was standing out there with him visiting and he said, 'Jerry, I'm your man,'" Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said.

QB | Tarvaris Jackson | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings rookie QB Tarvaris Jackson appears to have taken over for QB Mike McMahon as the team's No. 2 quarterback. Jackson took the majority of snaps with the second team in seven-on-seven drills at practice Monday, Aug. 21.


Running Back

RB | Ciatrick Fason | Minnesota Vikings | Injury News
Marcus R. Fuller, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings RB Ciatrick Fason has a shot at being No. 2 on the depth chart with the injury-prone RB Mewelde Moore (knee) missing yet another preseason contest. If he can stand out in Moore's absence, Fason could lock up the No. 2 spot.

RB | Najeh Davenport | Green Bay Packers | Injury News, Fantasy
Jason Wilde, of the Wisconsin State Journal, reports Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy sent a not-so-subtle message to oft-injured No. 2 RB Najeh Davenport (hip) Thursday, Aug. 24. The gist: Start spending more time on the field and less in the training room, or you won't be here. Davenport had just missed his second straight day of practice after dropping out of Tuesday night's workout, Aug. 22, because of a strained hip flexor. When asked the rather innocuous question of whether Davenport will play in Monday night's exhibition game, Aug. 28, at Cincinnati, McCarthy replied, "Player injuries I really can't control. Obviously, you want to see him out there. He's competing for a roster spot. Am I concerned? I'm concerned about what's best for our football team. We like the things Najeh has done, but he needs to get out there and play and make our football team just like everybody else."

RB | DeAngelo Williams | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams likely secured the kickoff return job Thursday, Aug. 24, during the team's preseason game. Williams returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. In addition to the kickoff return, Williams carried the ball nine times for 41 yards.

RB | Ron Dayne | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Pat Rooney, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports Denver Broncos RB Damien Nash is pushing for a roster spot and may claim a spot at the expense of RB Ron Dayne. Nash has been one of the surprises of training camp for the Broncos, "I've just been doing what I always do, and that is come in and push myself to compete at the highest level."

RB | Domanick Davis | Houston Texans | Injury News, Fantasy
Dale Robertson, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans RB Domanick Davis (knee) missed practice Wednesday, Aug. 23.

RB | Brian Westbrook | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News
Philadelphia Eagles RB Brian Westbrook (foot) will not play in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 25, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

RB | Ahman Green | Green Bay Packers | Injury News
Rob Demovsky, of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, reports Green Bay Packers RB Ahman Green (quadriceps) has been cleared to play Monday, Aug. 28, against the Cincinnati Bengals. Green will play with the No. 1 offense, but will not stay in the game as long as the rest of the starters.

RB | T.J. Duckett | Washington Redskins | Injury News, Fantasy
The Washington Post reports when the Washington Redskins' reserve running backs heard the news that the team had acquired RB T.J. Duckett from the Atlanta Falcons their reactions were largely the same. They wavered between shock, anger and frustration, but head coach Joe Gibbs said Wednesday, Aug. 23, that all will make the final roster and contribute this season. Duckett joins a crowded backfield with franchise RB Clinton Portis, who is recovering from a partially dislocated left shoulder and RBs Ladell Betts and Rock Cartwright. Gibbs said he had extensive meetings with the other tailbacks, believes all the runners can coexist and maintained that the trade was not completed solely as a precaution in case Portis' injury lingers.

RB | Stephen Davis | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports the interest in free agent RB Stephen Davis (Panthers) by the St. Louis Rams is believed to be more of an attempt to shore up the No. 2 spot rather than a reflection of concern about RB Steven Jackson's durability. Jackson received an injection in his foot earlier this week to calm down what head coach Scott Linehan described as a tendinitis problem in the heel.

RB | Willie Parker | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports Pittsburgh Steelers RB Willie Parker will remain in the game when the team is near the goal line, at least at the start of the season. Until RB Verron Haynes or RB Duce Staley proves they can fill the role former Steelers RB Jerome Bettis filled in 2005, Parker will stay. Head coach Bill Cowher said, "If somebody starts to surface and becomes that guy, as the season goes on I wouldn't rule it out. But I can't say right now there's been one person like there was with Jerome. And I don't think that's a bad thing. That's the way it was last year. This year's a different year."

RB | Kevin Jones | Detroit Lions | Injury News, Fantasy
During his press conference, Detroit Lions head coach Rod Marinelli said RB Kevin Jones (foot) returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 23, and would play in the team's preseason game this week.

RB | Thomas Jones | Chicago Bears | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Chicago Bears RB Thomas Jones will start Friday, Aug. 25, against the Arizona Cardinals after missing the first two preseason games with a pulled hamstring. "He feels good," Bears' head coach Lovie Smith said after Wednesday's practice, Aug. 23. "He doesn't think he'll be (limited). We don't think he'll be, but we know he's coming off an injury and will keep that under consideration. But we think he should be fine and ready to go."

RB | Willis McGahee | Buffalo Bills | Injury News
Leo Roth, of the Democrat and Chronicle, reports Buffalo Bills RB Willis McGahee (shoulder) suffered a shoulder injury in practice Tuesday, Aug. 22. McGahee finished practice, but had his shoulder heavily wrapped afterwards.

RB | Ronnie Brown | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Alex Marvez, of the Sun-Sentinel, reports although he continues to praise his running back corps, Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban said Tuesday, Aug. 22, the team is still looking at the possibility of bolstering the position. "I don't feel like that's a position where we're totally settled on making an evaluation or feeling that we have the kind of quality depth that we might need," said Saban, who has RBs Sammy Morris, Travis Minor and Kay-Jay Harris as his top options behind starting RB Ronnie Brown. "It might be something that we continue to work to develop as well as address."

RB | Reuben Droughns | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Steve King, of ClevelandBrowns.com, reports Cleveland Browns RB Reuben Droughns returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 22.

RB | Jamal Lewis | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
Katie Carrera, of the Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens RB Jamal Lewis (hip) missed practice Tuesday, Aug. 22.

RB | Laurence Maroney | New England Patriots | Fantasy
Michael Felger, of the Boston Herald, reports New England Patriots RB Laurence Maroney has shown the ability to read and pickup the blitz during preseason game, which coaches acknowledge will be a big factor in Maroney's playing time this season.

RB | Curtis Martin | New York Jets | Injury News
During his press conference, New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini was asked about the possibility of RB Curtis Martin (knee) returning to play. Mangini said, "Curtis is working as hard as he can to get back as quickly as he can. Curtis' approach has always been outstanding in everything he does. There is no change in his status. He is taking the same approach and we are taking the same approach. We are trying to get him out there as quickly as we can."

RB | Kevan Barlow | New York Jets | Fantasy
Tom Rock, of Newsday, reports New York Jets RB Kevan Barlow is not practicing with the team Tuesday, Aug. 22. He is getting some rest from the last couple of hectic days he has had. Head coach Eric Mangini said Barlow's day off does not preclude him from Friday's game, Aug. 25, against the New York Giants, but the coach said he will be cautious in using the running back.

RB | Vernand Morency | Houston Texans | Injury News
John McClain, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans RB Vernand Morency (leg) did not practice Monday, Aug. 21.

RB | Correll Buckhalter | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News
Bob Brookover, of The Philadelphia Inquirer, reports Philadelphia Eagles RB Correll Buckhalter (knee) said his knee felt fine after the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 17. "I really didn't get sore at all. My shoulder and neck were more sore than anything. My legs didn't get sore, especially after the game."

RB | Chris Perry | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com, reports Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis gave RB Chris Perry (ankle) the benefit of the doubt Monday, Aug. 21, a day after he said the team mishandled knee and ankle problems this past offseason that threaten to keep him out of the first six games. "He's frustrated. Maybe he said a little more than he should say," Lewis said. "He's working his butt off to get himself back. Hopefully one day here soon, he'll be back healthy."

RB | Warrick Dunn | Atlanta Falcons | Injury News
George Henry, of the Associated Press, reports Atlanta Falcons RB Warrick Dunn (groin) is expected to return to practice Tuesday, Aug. 22.

RB | Cedric Benson | Chicago Bears | Injury News, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson reports Chicago Bears RB Thomas Jones (hamstring) took some repetitions with the first-team offense Monday, Aug. 21, and head coach Lovie Smith said the Bears hope he'll play Friday night, Aug. 25, against Arizona. That means RB Cedric Benson, who had taken all the first-team repetitions before his injury, would at least temporarily fall behind Jones on the depth chart. Jones said he believes he was the starter on the first day of training camp in Bourbonnais, shortly after he injured himself while running sprints as part of his physical. He hasn't wavered from that position. "Reclaiming my job is something a lot of people are talking about," Jones said. "I'm just excited about playing football again."

RB | Priest Holmes | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury News, Fantasy
KCChiefs.com reports Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards said Monday, Aug. 21, that he believes RB Priest Holmes (neck) will start the regular season on the PUP list.

RB | Fred Taylor | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Updating ongoing stories, Jaguars.com's Vic Ketchman reports Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said Monday, Aug. 21, that RB Fred Taylor remains the team's starting running back. "Fred's our starting running back. I don't know why there's a Fred watch," Del Rio said. Earlier reports said RB Greg Jones was still in competition with Taylor for the starting job.

RB | Samkon Gado | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Mike Vandermause, of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, reports Green Bay Packers RB Samkon Gado took some snaps at fullback during practice Monday, Aug. 21.

RB | Michael Bennett | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury News
During his press conference Monday, Aug. 21, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards said RB Michael Bennett (hamstring) will play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 26.

RB | Frank Gore | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
Andrea Adelson, of the Associated Press, reports the trade of RB Kevan Barlow to the New York Jets means San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore will take over as the team's starting running back. Gore was well on his way to winning the job outright during the preseason and in training camp.


Fullback

FB | Bryan Johnson | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Updating previous reports, Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports Chicago Bears FB Bryan Johnson (hamstring) could be back sooner than the team originally thought. It was previously thought that they would have to place Johnson on the Injured Reserve, but after having surgery on his hamstring Tuesday, Aug. 22, he could be back in about a month.

FB | William Henderson | Green Bay Packers | Injury News
Cliff Christl, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers FB William Henderson (knee) missed practice Thursday, Aug. 24.

FB | James Mungro | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News, Transaction
John Oehser, of Colts.com, reports the Indianapolis Colts have placed RB James Mungro (knee) on the Injured Reserve list, ending his 2006 season.

FB | Justin Griffith | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Charles Odum, of the Associated Press, reports Atlanta Falcons FB Justin Griffith will be the primary starter in one-back sets, according to head coach Jim Mora. "That will be his role," Mora said. "That will take a little bit off Warrick (RB Dunn) and will take a little bit off Jerious (RB Norwood)."

FB | Greg Jones | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Updating ongoing stories, Jaguars.com's Vic Ketchman reports Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said Monday, Aug. 21, that RB Fred Taylor remains the team's starting running back. "Fred's our starting running back. I don't know why there's a Fred watch," Del Rio said. Earlier reports said RB Greg Jones was still in competition with Taylor for the starting job.


Wide Receiver

WR | Torry Holt | St. Louis Rams | Injury News, Fantasy
Bill Coats, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams WR Torry Holt (sternum) missed practice Thursday, Aug. 24.

WR | Darrell Jackson | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News, Fantasy
Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports Seattle Seahawks WR Darrell Jackson (knee) is on schedule to play in the team's regular-season opener Sept. 10.

WR | Marc Boerigter | Indianapolis Colts | Transaction
Colts.com reports the Indianapolis Colts have officially signed WR Marc Boerigter.

WR | Chris Chambers | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Miami Dolphins WR Chris Chambers caught seven passes for 67 yards and one touchdown Thursday, Aug. 24. Chambers was able to haul in a 6-yard reception from QB Joey Harrington in the third quarter.

WR | Brandon Marshall | Denver Broncos | Injury News
Andrew Mason, of DenverBroncos.com, reports Denver Broncos WR Brandon Marshall (knee) did some running and catching of passes before practice Thursday, Aug. 24. Marshall is hoping to return to action against the Arizona Cardinals Thurday, Aug. 31.

WR | Braylon Edwards | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Fantasy
Jeff Walcoff, of ClevelandBrowns.com, reports Cleveland Browns WR Braylon Edwards (knee) is a game-time decision Saturday, Aug. 26, according to head coach Romeo Crennel.

WR | Peerless Price | Buffalo Bills | Injury News
Chris Brown, of BuffaloBills.com, reports Buffalo Bills WR Peerless Price (triceps) returned to practice from a triceps injury Thursday, Aug. 24.

WR | Mark Bradley | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Mike Mulligan, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports Chicago Bears WR Mark Bradley (knee) has the most upside on the team's receiving corps, but is coming off a serious knee injury. Bradley said, "After a severe injury like that, I'm not where I want to be, but that's just something I have to work through. It's not a knockout blow. I am just disappointed by it."

WR | David Givens | Tennessee Titans | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Tennessee Titans WR David Givens (hamstring) will not play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 26. He, along with head coach Jeff Fisher, thinks he might be able to play in the preseason finale Sept. 1.

WR | Patrick Crayton | Dallas Cowboys | Injury News
Nick Eatman, of DallasCowboys.com, reports Dallas Cowboys WR Patrick Crayton (ankle) missed practice Thursday, Aug. 24.

WR | Terrell Owens | Dallas Cowboys | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Dallas Cowboys WR Terrell Owens (hamstring) missed practice Thursday, Aug. 24.

WR | Tyrone Calico | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
The Tennessean reports Tennessee Titans WR Tyrone Calico (hamstring) missed practice Wednesday, Aug. 23.

WR | Chad Jackson | New England Patriots | Injury News
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots WR Chad Jackson (hamstring) missed practice Thursday, Aug. 24.

WR | Todd Pinkston | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News
During his press conference, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid discussed WR Todd Pinkston's (Achilles') role for the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 25. Reid said, "I'll limit his plays and we'll see how he does with that. He'll run with the [second unit] and rotate in with the [first unit]."

WR | David Patten | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Ryan O'Halloran, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins WR David Patten (thigh) returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 23.

WR | Sinorice Moss | New York Giants | Injury News
Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports New York Giants WR Sinorice Moss (quadriceps) missed practice Wednesday, Aug. 23. However, he appears to be close to returning.

WR | Charles Rogers | Detroit Lions | Injury News
Detroit Lions WR Charles Rogers (knee) missed practice Wednesday, Aug. 23.

WR | Ronald Curry | Oakland Raiders | Injury News, Fantasy
The NFL Network reports Oakland Raiders WR Ronald Curry (Achilles') practiced Wednesday, Aug. 23.

WR | Hines Ward | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury News, Fantasy
Steelers.com reports Pittsburgh Steelers WR Hines Ward (hamstring) will not play in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 25.

WR | Brandon Jones | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
Jim Wyatt, David Boclair and Paul Kuharsky, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans WR Brandon Jones (knee) could play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 26.

WR | Tim Dwight | New York Jets | Injury News
Dave Hutchinson, of the Star-Ledger, reports New York Jets WR Tim Dwight (banged up) did not practice Tuesday, Aug. 22.

WR | Deion Branch | New England Patriots | Fantasy
The Providence Journal reports New England Patriots WR Deion Branch gave an interview to CBS-4 in Boston Tuesday evening, Aug. 22, telling the channel's Steve Burton, "I'm pretty sure everything's gonna work out. Everything's gonna work out." Asked if he missed playing, Branch said, "I'm human. I have my days and ups and downs. I realize it's business and what they're doing is business." Asked if he considered the $14,000 per day he's being fined, Branch joked, "I haven't really thought about it." Branch said he'd watched the team's first two preseason games and that he believed the offense was running well. It will run better, he added, "When and if I get back."

WR | Ashley Lelie | Atlanta Falcons | Transaction, Draft Information
Correcting a previous report, the Denver Broncos could swap first-round picks with the Washington Redskins as part of the three-team deal involving former Broncos WR Ashley Lelie. If the Broncos finish with a better record than the Redskins, Denver would receive the Redskins' third-round pick and they would flip-flop first-round picks. If the Redskins finish with a better record than the Broncos, Denver would receive the Redskins' third- and fourth-round picks in the 2007 NFL Draft.

WR | Chris Henry | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com, reports Cincinnati Bengals WR Chris Henry (hamstring) believes the soreness in his hamstring is related to the torn posterior cruciate ligament he suffered against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs last season, "It just gets fatigued. I've got to get my strength up in my quads. I can do everything, but I get tired quick." Henry practiced Tuesday, Aug. 22, but is still questionable for the game against the Green Bay Packers Monday, Aug. 28.

WR | Brandon Stokley | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News, Fantasy
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports Indianapolis Colts WR Brandon Stokley (ankle) is expected to return for the Colts' Sunday night regular-season opener, Sept. 10, against the New York Giants.

WR | Koren Robinson | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings WR Koren Robinson is still excused from the team. He did not practice Tuesday, Aug. 22.

WR | Eric Parker | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
The Associated Press reports San Diego Chargers WR Eric Parker (thumb) was able to practice Monday, Aug. 21, but wore a no-contact yellow jersey.

WR | Vincent Jackson | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
The Associated Press reports San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Jackson (chest) was able to practice Monday, Aug. 21, but wore a no-contact yellow jersey.

WR | Brandon Lloyd | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Gary Fitzgerald, of Redskins.com, reports Washington Redskins WR Brandon Lloyd (hamstring) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 21. He said he will play Saturday, Aug. 26, against the New England Patriots.

WR | Javon Walker | Denver Broncos | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Denver Broncos WR Javon Walker (knee) saw no passes come his way during the team's preseason game Saturday evening, Aug. 19. He's hoping that changes Sunday, Aug. 27, against Houston. "I'm real happy for the feel I got," Walker said. "There are plenty of games left (to get a catch). This is just preseason."

WR | Greg Jennings | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Mike Vandermause and Pete Dougherty, of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, report Green Bay Packers rookie WR Greg Jennings continues to look impressive. He made a nice juggling catch between two defenders near the sidelines and stayed inbounds at practice Monday, Aug. 21.

WR | Matt Jones | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News
Vic Ketchman, of Jaguars.com, reports Jacksonville Jaguars WR Matt Jones (undisclosed) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 21.

WR | Antonio Chatman | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals WR Antonio Chatman (groin) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 21. He could play Monday night, Aug. 28, against his former team, the Green Bay Packers, in the team's third preseason game.

WR | Hank Baskett | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Mark Eckel, writing for the Sporting News, reports Philadelphia Eagles WR Hank Baskett appears to be the opening day starter at split end opposite WR Reggie Brown.

WR | Roy E. Williams | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Tom Kowalski, writing for the Sporting News, reports Detroit Lions WR Roy E. Williams has already been told he won't leave the field, even when he's running a series of deep routes. Williams is in the best shape of his life and is ready to accept the challenge offensive coordinator Mike Martz has laid upon him. Williams was good in the West Coast offense, which featured shorter routes, but he should shine under Martz who will utilize him much more downfield.


Tight End

TE | Alge Crumpler | Atlanta Falcons | Injury News, Fantasy
John Manasso, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports Atlanta Falcons TE Alge Crumpler (shoulder, knee) will play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 26. Head coach Jim Mora said he would play the entire first half unless something happens during the game.

TE | Antonio Gates | San Diego Chargers | Injury News, Fantasy
Jay Posner and Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) left practice early Wednesday, Aug. 23, with hamstring tightness.

TE | Erron Kinney | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
The Tennessean reports Tennessee Titans TE Erron Kinney (knee) missed practice Wednesday, Aug. 23.

TE | Marcedes Lewis | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News
Vito Stellino, of the Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis (ankle) will not play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 26.

TE | Bubba Franks | Green Bay Packers | Injury News, Fantasy
Cliff Christl, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers TE Bubba Franks (foot) did not practice Tuesday evening, Aug. 22.

TE | Jermaine Wiggins | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Dave Campbell, of the Associated Press, reports it has not taken Minnesota Vikings TE Jermaine Wiggins to re-establish himself with the team's new coaching staff. "I have a greater appreciation for him right now than when I took this job," head coach Brad Childress said. "He has a way of wiggling open," Childress said. "He understands defense. He understands working zones and obviously has very good hands." With WR Koren Robinson's future in doubt, the Vikings are without player they paid to be their leading receiver. Wiggins, though, is really the top target for QB Brad Johnson. Tight ends have traditionally been an integral part of West Coast-style offences, which the Vikings now use under Childress. Wiggins has never been short on confidence and never shy about lobbying for the ball. Even with the new staff, he hasn't had to change his approach.

TE | Ben Troupe | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
During his press conference Sunday, Aug. 20, Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher said TE Ben Troupe (thumb) suffered a sprained thumb in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 19, however Troupe is not expected to miss an extended period of time.

TE | Jeremy Shockey | New York Giants | Injury News, Fantasy
New York Giants TE Jeremy Shockey (bruised leg) did not practice Sunday evening, Aug. 20.

TE | Jerramy Stevens | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News, Fantasy
Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports Seattle Seahawks TE Jerramy Stevens (knee) is not playing in the team's preseason game Sunday, Aug. 20.


Place Kicker

PK | Stephen Gostkowski | New England Patriots | Fantasy
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots rookie PK Stephen Gostkowski has won the team's place kicking job with today's release of PK Martin Gramatica.

PK | Mike Vanderjagt | Dallas Cowboys | Injury News, Fantasy
Mickey Spagnola, of DallasCowboys.com, reports Dallas Cowboys PK Mike Vanderjagt (groin) is bothered by his strained groin and is unsure if he will kick Saturday night, Aug. 26, in the team's next preseason game. Head coach Bill Parcells said he is troubled by Vanderjagt's injury situation.

PK | Dave Rayner | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Cliff Christl, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers PK Dave Rayner was 8 of 8 in a field goal session at practice Tuesday evening, Aug. 22. He converted from 34, 39, 42, 46, 48, 25, 49 and 53 yards out. The 53-yard kick sailed well above the crossbar.

PK | Adam Vinatieri | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News, Fantasy
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports Indianapolis Colts PK Adam Vinatieri (ankle) is listed as day-to-day. However, it's going to be about a month's worth of days before Vinatieri kicks again for the Colts. Vinatieri is expected to miss Indianapolis' final two preseason games to rest the ankle he sprained while running during practice last week. He is expected to return for the Colts' Sunday night regular-season opener, Sept. 10, against the New York Giants.


Defensive Line

DL | Bertrand Berry | Arizona Cardinals | Injury News
Darren Urban, of the East Valley Tribune, reports Arizona Cardinals DE Bertrand Berry (knee) will sit out the final two preseason games and there is a chance he could miss the regular-season opener.

DL | Leonard Little | St. Louis Rams | Injury News
Bill Coats, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams DL Leonard Little (thigh) took part in all drills Thursday, Aug. 24.

DL | Albert Haynesworth | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
TitansOnline.com reports Tennessee Titans DL Albert Haynesworth (back) may play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 26, according to head coach Jeff Fisher.

DL | Carlos Hall | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury News
KCChiefs.com reports Kansas City Chiefs DL Carlos Hall (knee) is probably not going to play against the St. Louis Rams Saturday, Aug. 26, despite practicing off and on, according head coach Herm Edwards.

DL | Jerome McDougle | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News
Philadelphia Eagles DL Jerome McDougle (ribs) will not play in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 25, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

DL | Marcus Stroud | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News
Vito Stellino, of the Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars DL Marcus Stroud (heel) will not play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 26.

DL | Cornelius Griffin | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Ryan O'Halloran, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins DL Cornelius Griffin (knee) missed practice Wednesday, Aug. 23.

DL | Shaun Rogers | Detroit Lions | Injury News
Detroit Lions DL Shaun Rogers (shoulder) missed practice Wednesday, Aug. 23.

DL | Marcus Tubbs | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News
Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports Seattle Seahawks DL Marcus Tubbs (Achilles') will not be on the field before next week, according to head coach Mike Holmgren.

DL | Corey Simon | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Indianapolis Colts DT Corey Simon (knee) is likely to miss a couple of more weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his injured left knee. He was hopeful he could return for the regular-season opener. Simon hasn't practiced since banging his knee Aug. 4. "It was just that, after the second opinion, we thought it was best to go that way," he said. "So we took care of it." Simon plans to sit out Saturday, Aug. 26, against New Orleans and if he misses the preseason finale Sept. 1 against Cincinnati, it would mark the second straight year he's missed the entire preseason.


Linebacker

LB | Na'il Diggs | Carolina Panthers | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Carolina Panthers LB Na'il Diggs (knee) was on crutches and wearing a knee brace after the team's preseason game and he said he would undergo an MRI on Friday, Aug. 25. "I got tripped up and caught up with some other players and it just got twisted up," said Diggs, who missed seven games last season with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee. "It feels different this time. Hopefully it's not as bad."

LB | Tommy Polley | New Orleans Saints | Injury News
The Associated Press reports New Orleans Saints LB Tommy Polley (shoulder) missed practice Thursday, Aug. 24.

LB | Dan Morgan | Carolina Panthers | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Carolina Panthers LB Dan Morgan (head) did not participate in the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 24.

LB | Morlon Greenwood | Houston Texans | Fantasy
HoustonTexans.com reports Houston Texans LB Morlon Greenwood has elevated himself above others at the linebacker position and will start against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Aug. 27, according to head coach Gary Kubiak.

LB | Willie McGinest | Cleveland Browns | Injury News
Jeff Walcoff, of ClevelandBrowns.com, reports Cleveland Browns LB Willie McGinest (elbow) is a game-time decision Saturday, Aug. 26, according to head coach Romeo Crennel.

LB | Boss Bailey | Detroit Lions | Injury News
Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Detroit Lions LB Boss Bailey (ankle) will not start the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 25. Defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson said Bailey would play "second quarter-ish." He added, "We'll just see how he feels and let him go as long as he can. If he can go the whole second half, it would be great, and if he can't, we understand that, too."

LB | Chad Brown | New England Patriots | Injury News
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots LB Chad Brown (hand) missed practice Thursday, Aug. 24.

LB | Tedy Bruschi | New England Patriots | Injury News
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots LB Tedy Bruschi (wrist) missed practice Thursday, Aug. 24.

LB | Karlos Dansby | Arizona Cardinals | Injury News
Nick Piecoro, of The Arizona Republic, reports Arizona Cardinals LB Karlos Dansby (ankle) will not play Friday, Aug. 25.

LB | Chad Greenway | Minnesota Vikings | Injury News
Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings LB Chad Greenway (knee) will have surgery on his knee from Dr. James Andrews.

LB | Keith Brooking | Atlanta Falcons | Injury News
D. Orlando Ledbetter, of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports Atlanta Falcons LB Keith Brooking (ankle) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 22. Brooking said, "I've never had a high ankle sprain. From the looks of it, it's very deceiving because it doesn't look that bad. When you go to play, cut on it or get up on your toes, it's kind of tough to do." He is expected to play Saturday, Aug. 26.

LB | Donnie Edwards | San Diego Chargers | Injury News, Fantasy
Casey Pearce, of Chargers.com, reports San Diego Chargers LB Donnie Edwards (back) is close to returning from a back injury, according to head coach Marty Schottenheimer.

LB | David Pollack | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News, Fantasy
Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com, reports Cincinnati Bengals LB David Pollack (hamstring) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 22.

LB | LaVar Arrington | New York Giants | Injury News
Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports New York Giants LB LaVar Arrington (knee) practiced in full Tuesday, Aug. 22.

LB | Niko Koutouvides | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News
Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports Seattle MLB Niko Koutouvides (quad) suffered a quadriceps contusion during the team's preseason game Sunday evening, Aug. 20.


Cornerback

CB | Shawntae Spencer | San Francisco 49ers | Injury News
Matt Maiocco, of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers CB Shawntae Spencer (hamstring) will not play against the Dallas Cowboys Saturday, Aug. 26.

CB | Shawn Springs | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Howard Bryant, of the Washington Post, reports Washington Redskins CB Shawn Springs (abdominal) is expected to miss three to six weeks after undergoing surgery Aug. 15. His availability for the regular-season opener Sept. 11 is in "serious doubt."

CB | Daylon McCutcheon | Cleveland Browns | Injury News
Zac Jackson, of ClevelandBrowns.com, reports Cleveland Browns CB Daylon McCutcheon (knee) missed practice Wednesday, Aug. 23.

CB | Gary Baxter | Cleveland Browns | Injury News
Zac Jackson, of ClevelandBrowns.com, reports Cleveland Browns CB Gary Baxter (shoulder) missed practice Wednesday, Aug. 23.

CB | Ade Jimoh | Washington Redskins | Injury News
Gary Fitzgerald, of Redskins.com, reports Washington Redskins CB Ade Jimoh (sternum) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 21.

CB | DeAngelo Hall | Atlanta Falcons | Injury News
George Henry, of the Associated Press, reports Atlanta Falcons CB DeAngelo Hall (ankle, knee) is expected to return to practice Tuesday, Aug. 22.


Strong Safety

SS | Mike Doss | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
John Oehser, of Colts.com, reports Indianapolis Colts SS Mike Doss (calf) will miss the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 26.

SS | Shaun Williams | Carolina Panthers | Injury News
Carolina Panthers SS Shaun Williams (leg) needed help from trainers to get off the field during the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 24, after sustaining an apparent leg injury.

SS | Rodney Harrison | New England Patriots | Injury News
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots SS Rodney Harrison (knee) practice Thursday, Aug. 24, for the third consecutive day.

SS | Derrick Gibson | Oakland Raiders | Injury News
The Associated Press reports Oakland Raiders rookie S Michael Huff (ankle) will be doubtful for the Oakland Raiders' preseason game Friday night, Aug. 25, because of a sprained left ankle. "Huff is a little sore," head coach Art Shell said Monday. "He's doubtful for the game. Hopefully he'll be ready by next week, if not, then by the opener. You want to be careful with that." Huff has already moved past S Derrick Gibson as Oakland's starting safety. Gibson is expected to start in Huff's place Friday against the Detroit Lions.


Free Safety

FS | Bob Sanders | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News
Mike Chappell, of the Indianapolis Star, reports Indianapolis Colts FS Bob Sanders (shoulder) is looking forward to playing Saturday, Aug. 26, against the New Orleans Saints. "I'll definitely be playing. Got to. I've got to test this shoulder out and see what it's like. Everything feels great, but I really haven't made any tackles or had any hits out here (in practice)," said Sanders.

FS | Brian Dawkins | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News
Bob Brookover, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, reports Philadelphia Eagles FS Brian Dawkins (toe) missed practice Tuesday, Aug. 22, but is expected to return Wednesday, Aug. 23.

FS | Bhawoh Jue | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
Jay Posner, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports San Diego Chargers FS Bhawoh Jue (knee) left practice early Monday, Aug. 21, with soreness in his knee.

FS | Will Demps | New York Giants | Injury News
Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports New York Giants S Will Demps (knee) did not practice Sunday morning, Aug. 20. He remains on a once-a-day practice schedule and he will practice in the team's second session.

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