NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on May 15, 2009 @ 18:08:14 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Daunte Culpepper | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit
Tom Kowalski, of Mlive.com, reports Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said he expects the workload at quarterback will be distributed evenly between QBs Daunte Culpepper, Matthew Stafford and Drew Stanton for the most part.

QB | Matthew Stafford | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit
Tom Kowalski, of Mlive.com, reports Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said he expects the workload at quarterback will be distributed evenly between QBs Daunte Culpepper, Matthew Stafford and Drew Stanton for the most part.

QB | Brett Favre | Retired | Injury News, Fantasy
ESPNews reports retired QB Brett Favre (Jets) has consulted with Dr. James Andrews about options for the torn bicep tendon in his throwing arm.

QB | Derek Anderson | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Tony Grossi, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports although there will be an open competition between Cleveland Browns QB Brady Quinn and QB Derek Anderson for the team's starting quarterback job, Quinn is expected to prevail and be the starter in Week 1, according to a league source.

QB | Brady Quinn | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Tony Grossi, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports although there will be an open competition between Cleveland Browns QB Brady Quinn and QB Derek Anderson for the team's starting quarterback job, Quinn is expected to prevail and be the starter in Week 1, according to a league source.

QB | Matt Hasselbeck | Seattle Seahawks | Draft Information
John Boyle, of the Everett Herald, reports the Seattle Seahawks showed a lot of confidence in QB Matt Hasselbeck by not selecting New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez with the No. 4 overall pick in this year's NFL Draft. Hasselbeck, meanwhile, said he did not concern himself with the notion of the team adding a potential quarterback for the future. "Focusing on stuff like that is not going to help you at all, what you've got to focus on is the stuff that happens in between the white lines out there, so that's where 90 percent of my focus is," Hasselbeck said. "Either way, I think each guy has to realize that whatever they do in the draft or free agency, you've just got to best player that you can be and that will help us all get better."

QB | JaMarcus Russell | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers, reports Oakland Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell continued to be hit-and-miss with his passing Saturday, May 9. He attempted a lot of short throws to running backs and tight ends while testing downfield occasionally.

QB | Matt Ryan | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
J. Michael Moore, of AtlantaFalcons.com, reports Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan hopes to improve his decision making process in his second year. He is also looking to learn more from the coaching staff. Head coach Mike Smith said he thinks Ryan has been a lot more relaxed at minicamp and has a real good understanding of what the team wants to do as a team.


Running Back

RB | Shaun Alexander | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Danny O'Neil, of The Seattle Times, reports unrestricted free-agent RB Shaun Alexander (Redskins) has been working out and hopes to play this season.

RB | Marshawn Lynch | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Buffalo Bills RB Marshawn Lynch has filed an appeal of his three-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy. It is not known when Lynch's appeal will be heard.

RB | Fred Jackson | Buffalo Bills | Draft Information
NFL.com reports Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson said he is excited about the signing of WR Terrell Owens because he will stretch the field and not allow defenses to have eight defenders in the box. "Nobody is happier than I am about T.O. being here," Jackson said. "It's going to take a lot of pressure off of the running game. Safeties aren't going to be able to stand in the box like they were. To combine him with [WR Lee Evans] is just going to do some tremendous things for our offense. I know, and I talked to [RB Marshawn Lynch], he's just as excited as I am, we're happy about and we're looking forward to playing with him."

RB | Edgerrin James | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Drew Rosenhaus, agent for unrestricted free-agent RB Edgerrin James (Cardinals), reports on his Twitter page that several teams have shown interest in James, but James will take his time to make sure he signs with the right team.

RB | Dominic Rhodes | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Buffalo Bills RBs Fred Jackson and Dominic Rhodes will compete with each other to start in place of RB Marshawn Lynch at the beginning of the season. Lynch, as reported, is suspended for the first three games of 2009.

RB | Earnest Graham | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury News, Fantasy
Anwar Richardson, of The Tampa Tribune, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Earnest Graham (ankle) said he is fully healthy and would be able to play if the season started now.

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Jim Wyatt, of The Tennessean, reports the Tennessee Titans want to put RB Chris Johnson to work even more this season. That could mean more carries and more catches, but also more creative ways to get them. "There's places we can move him, routes we can run with him, looks we can do with him that we held back last year because I thought I was stretching him too much," offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger said. "But C.J. needs to show he can do those things and he'll work at it. And the more he shows the more we can give him. If C.J. wants to learn it and work at it then we have a chance to move him all around the place."

RB | Cadillac Williams | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury News
Steve Wyche, of NFL.com, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Cadillac Williams (knee) has not been medically cleared to resume football-related activities.

RB | Michael Turner | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
D. Orlando Ledbetter, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports Atlanta Falcons RB Michael Turner is happy with the addition of TE Tony Gonzalez. He said defenses will have to play the Falcons honest this year, as they are not a one-dimensional team any longer. Turner led the league with 376 carries last season and was second in the league with 1,699 yards rushing. With a more diversified passing attack, his rushing attempts could go down. He said he will prepare as if he is going to get the same amount of work but said it would be great for him if he doesn't have to carry the ball as much.

RB | Willis McGahee | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens RB Willis McGahee (leg) said he will be fully recovered from offseason surgery by the start of training camp.

RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Bill Williamson, of ESPN.com, reports Oakland Raiders second-year RB Darren McFadden looks great so far in minicamp. He has a quick burst and could have a big year if he is able to stay healthy. The Raiders were splitting him out as a wide receiver at times Friday, May 8.


Fullback

FB | Le'Ron McClain | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens FB Le'Ron McClain is saying all of the right things regarding his shift back to a more traditional fullback role. However, Hensley is hearing that McClain is unhappy with the potential reduced carries.


Wide Receiver

WR | Malcom Floyd | San Diego Chargers | Transaction, Free Agency News
Casey Pearce, of Chargers.com, reports restricted free-agent WR Malcom Floyd (Chargers) has signed his one-year tender offer from the San Diego Chargers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

WR | Sidney Rice | Minnesota Vikings | Injury News
Chip Scoggins, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings WR Sidney Rice (knee) said his knee is getting better but is not at 100 percent yet. He said he should be ready for the start of training camp.

WR | Plaxico Burress | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Drew Rosenhaus, agent for unrestricted free-agent WR Plaxico Burress (Giants), reports on his Twitter page that at least two teams are very serious about signing Burress.

WR | Anquan Boldin | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Kent Somers, of The Arizona Republic, reports Arizona Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has made a contract proposal to the Cardinals regarding Boldin. Rosenhaus would not say what the proposal included financially. "I'm not going to negotiate Anquan's contract through the media," Rosenhaus said. An NFL source familiar with the proposal said the deal averages out to be worth just under $10 million per year. The Cardinals have not responded with a counteroffer. "I think we can be reasonable as long as Anquan is among the top-paid receivers," Rosenhaus said.

WR | Terrell Owens | Buffalo Bills | Draft Information
NFL.com reports Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson said he is excited about the signing of WR Terrell Owens because he will stretch the field and not allow defenses to have eight defenders in the box. "Nobody is happier than I am about T.O. being here," Jackson said. "It's going to take a lot of pressure off of the running game. Safeties aren't going to be able to stand in the box like they were. To combine him with [WR Lee Evans] is just going to do some tremendous things for our offense. I know, and I talked to [RB Marshawn Lynch], he's just as excited as I am, we're happy about and we're looking forward to playing with him."

WR | Mike Furrey | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit
Steve Doerschuk, of The Canton Repository, reports Cleveland Browns WR Mike Furrey is part of a big mystery at the wide receiver position in Cleveland. He could be fighting for a starting job as much as he could be competing just for a roster spot.

WR | Steven Smith | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit
Tom Rock, of Newsday, reports New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said, as of now, the team's starting wide receivers are WR Domenik Hixon and WR Steven Smith.

WR | Domenik Hixon | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit
Tom Rock, of Newsday, reports New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said, as of now, the team's starting wide receivers are WR Domenik Hixon and WR Steven Smith.

WR | Drew Bennett | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Jim Wyatt, of The Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher said Tuesday, May 12, he was "pleased" with the results of free-agent WR Drew Bennett's (Rams) physical but the team hadn't decided whether to sign him.

WR | Derrick Mason | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
Mike Duffy, of BaltimoreRavens.com, reports it would not be a surprise if Baltimore Ravens WR Derrick Mason (shoulder) misses training camp following offseason surgery that repaired the labrum and scapula on his left shoulder. .

WR | Mark Clayton | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens WR Demetrius Williams (ankle) and WR Mark Clayton (undisclosed) were limited throughout the team's minicamp.

WR | Roddy White | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
D. Orlando Ledbetter, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports the Atlanta Falcons are in discussions with WR Roddy White for a contract extension. White is entering the final year of a five-year contract. White said he would prefer to enter the season with his contract situations resolved.

WR | Javon Walker | Oakland Raiders | Injury News
Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers reports Oakland Raiders TE Zach Miller (hernia), DT Gerard Warren (pectoral), DE Derrick Burgess (illness), FB Oren O'Neal (knee), WR Javon Walker (knee), WR Arman Shields (knee), OG Robert Gallery (calf) and OG Paul McQuistan (knee) all sat out the team's practice Sunday, May 10.

WR | Darrius Heyward-Bey | Oakland Raiders | Injury News
Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers, reports Oakland Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring), FS Michael Mitchell (hamstring) and WR Louis Murphy (hamstring) all missed the team's practice Sunday, May 10, to rest sore hamstrings.

WR | Nate Burleson | Seattle Seahawks | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Seattle Seahawks WR Nate Burleson (knee) is running pass patterns again without any problem. Burleson, eight months removed from reconstructive knee surgery, is catching everything thrown his way, too. He has also been working as a cornerback on the scout-team. He was wearing a black brace over his knee and said he is not 100 percent yet. "The last couple of days, I've got to be honest, there was some doubt in my mind, but right now I don't feel my knee hurting. This week has proved to me the rehab is working," Burleson said. Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery, recently told Burleson he is amazed with how well Burleson has come in his recovery.

WR | Marvin Harrison | Free Agent | Free Agency News
John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports there is no chance the Indianapolis Colts will attempt to re-sign free-agent WR Marvin Harrison (Colts).

WR | Torry Holt | Jacksonville Jaguars | Free Agency News
Vaughn McClure, of the Chicago Tribune, reports Chicago Bears OT Orlando Pace said he tried until the last minute to get Jacksonville Jaguars WR Torry Holt to sign with the team while he was a free agent. "We were working on that for a while," Pace said of Holt. "But I think it's a good fit for him in Jacksonville. He wanted to be in warm weather."

WR | Joe Horn | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Kevin Lynch, of the San Francisco Chronicle, reports the San Francisco 49ers have some interest in free-agent WR Joe Horn (Falcons). According to the NFL Network, the team has a "low level" of interest in Horn.


Tight End

TE | Benjamin Watson | New England Patriots | Depth Chart Tidbit
Karen Guregian, of The Boston Herald, reports the New England Patriots are crowded at the tight end position with TEs Benjamin Watson, Alex Smith, Chris Baker, David Thomas, Tyson DeVree and Brad Listorti on roster.

TE | Bubba Franks | New York Jets | Injury News
Rich Cimini, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Jets TE Bubba Franks (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, May 14. He will be ready for the start of training camp.

TE | L.J. Smith | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens OT Jared Gaither (migraines), TE L.J. Smith (groin) and CB Lardarius Webb (hamstring) did not participate in practice Sunday, May 10.

TE | Zach Miller | Oakland Raiders | Injury News
Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers reports Oakland Raiders TE Zach Miller (hernia), DT Gerard Warren (pectoral), DE Derrick Burgess (illness), FB Oren O'Neal (knee), WR Javon Walker (knee), WR Arman Shields (knee), OG Robert Gallery (calf) and OG Paul McQuistan (knee) all sat out the team's practice Sunday, May 10.

TE | Tony Gonzalez | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
J. Michael Moore, of AtlantaFalcons.com, reports Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez was given the morning minicamp workout off Saturday, May 9. The team is allowing players 30 years and older to work out just once a day.


Defensive Line

DL | Leonard Little | St. Louis Rams | Injury News
Nick Wagoner, of StLouisRams.com, reports St. Louis Rams DE Leonard Little (hamstring) said the hamstring injury that he played with last season is getting better and hopes to be at full speed by training camp. Little was able to participate in a majority of the team's minicamps without any pain.

DL | Jason Taylor | Miami Dolphins | Transaction, Free Agency News
ESPNews reports free-agent DL Jason Taylor (Redskins) has agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Miami Dolphins.

DL | Travis LaBoy | Free Agent | Injury News, Free Agency News
Kent Somers, of The Arizona Republic, reports free-agent OLB/DE Travis LaBoy (ankle, Cardinals) is scheduled to undergo surgery on an ankle later this month, casting doubt on his ability to play in 2009. LaBoy's agents confirmed the plan for surgery, and the ankle injury appears to be the major reason the Cardinals released LaBoy.

DL | Vince Wilfork | New England Patriots | Draft Information
Mike Reiss, of The Boston Globe, reports the New England Patriots have yet to reopen contract talks with DL Vince Wilfork. However, Wilfork, who enters the final year of his contract, is one of the team's top priorities, now that the free agency period and the NFL Draft are over.

DL | Derrick Burgess | Oakland Raiders | Injury News
Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers reports Oakland Raiders TE Zach Miller (hernia), DT Gerard Warren (pectoral), DE Derrick Burgess (illness), FB Oren O'Neal (knee), WR Javon Walker (knee), WR Arman Shields (knee), OG Robert Gallery (calf) and OG Paul McQuistan (knee) all sat out the team's practice Sunday, May 10.

DL | Peria Jerry | Atlanta Falcons | Injury News
Updating previous reports, D. Orlando Ledbetter, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports Atlanta Falcons rookie DL Peria Jerry (knee) has a mild right knee sprain.


Linebacker

LB | Derrick Brooks | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Jason Cole, of Yahoo! Sports, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris said unrestricted free-agent LB Derrick Brooks (Buccaneers) is not coming back to the team.

LB | Barrett Ruud | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Stephen F. Holder and Rick Stroud, of the St. Petersburg Times, report Tampa Bay Buccaneers MLB Barrett Ruud, who is entering the final year of his contract, did not give an explanation for his absence from voluntary offseason workouts Wednesday, May 13. He did say that everything was fine. Contract talks regarding an extension for him are in their infancy. His agent, Ethan Lock, termed the situation a "nonissue" and said he didn't want to talk about it.

LB | Shawne Merriman | San Diego Chargers | Injury News
Casey Pearce, of Chargers.com, reports the San Diego Chargers will hold out LB Shawne Merriman (knee) of the team's 14 offseason coaching sessions during the offseason because they are being cautious with him.

LB | Karlos Dansby | Arizona Cardinals | Free Agency News
Darren Urban, of AZCardinals.com, reports extending the contract of Arizona Cardinals LB Karlos Dansby will be all but impossible for the team. Dansby will receive almost $10 million this season as is and if he avoids injury, he thinks he can hit the jackpot as a free agent next offseason.

LB | Chad Greenway | Minnesota Vikings | Free Agency News
Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings LB Chad Greenway is critical of free-agent QB Brett Favre's (Jets) intentions and commitment to football. Greenway feels the team should move on from pursruing Favre. "He's retired a couple of times, so you wonder where his loyalties lie," Greenway said. "For us, we're moving forward with what we've got here. We have a team that can obviously win at a high level, and we have a team that, moving forward, we think can really compete for an NFC North title again and get to the championship game and hopefully further. …As good as something may sound, we have a great team to play with right now, and there is no sense in looking outside of what we have."

LB | Pisa Tinoisamoa | Free Agent | Free Agency News, Fantasy
ESPN.com's Tim Graham reports the Buffalo Bills will have free-agent LB Pisa Tinoisamoa (Rams) in town for an interview Wednesday, May 13.

LB | Stephen Tulloch | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
Drew Rosenhaus, agent for Tennessee Titans LB Stephen Tulloch, reports on his Twitter page that Tulloch is completely healthy after playing with a shoulder injury last season.


Cornerback

CB | Richard Marshall | Carolina Panthers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Steve Reed, of CarolinaGrowl.com, reports Carolina Panthers CB Richard Marshall says he has to take advantage of his opportunity to start in 2009 and not let it slip away. He has spent three seasons as a nickel back, but the release of CB Ken Lucas has opened the door to a starting role. Marshall is also entering the final year of his contract.

CB | Sam Madison | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports agent Drew Rosenhaus wrote on Twitter that free-agent CB Sam Madison (Giants) has not retired from the league. Rosenhaus said, "Sam Madison is working very hard to rehab his injured ankle and will be healthy in time for training camp.

CB | Aqib Talib | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury News
Joe Smith, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, May 13, because rolled his ankle a few days ago. He said he will resume running Thursday, May 14.

CB | Chris McAlister | Free Agent | Free Agency News
The Dallas Morning News reports the Dallas Cowboys will unlikely pursue free-agent CB Chris McAlister (Ravens), unless the team's secondary is hit with injuries. McAlister's addition could be viewed as impeding the progress of CB Mike Jenkins and CB Orlando Scandrick.

CB | Mike Jenkins | Dallas Cowboys | Free Agency News
The Dallas Morning News reports the Dallas Cowboys will unlikely pursue free-agent CB Chris McAlister (Ravens), unless the team's secondary is hit with injuries. McAlister's addition could be viewed as impeding the progress of CB Mike Jenkins and CB Orlando Scandrick.

CB | Orlando Scandrick | Dallas Cowboys | Free Agency News
The Dallas Morning News reports the Dallas Cowboys will unlikely pursue free-agent CB Chris McAlister (Ravens), unless the team's secondary is hit with injuries. McAlister's addition could be viewed as impeding the progress of CB Mike Jenkins and CB Orlando Scandrick.

CB | Adam Jones | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Rich Cimini, of the New York Daily News, reports the New York Jets are not interested in free-agent CB Adam Jones (Cowboys), according to a person with knowledge of the team's thinking.

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