NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on June 19, 2009 @ 17:36:16 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Carson Palmer | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
Joe Reedy, of The Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer (elbow) did not throw any passes during afternoon practice Friday, June 19.

QB | Brett Favre | Retired | Injury News, Fantasy
Judd Zulgad, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress said during a radio interview that his understanding is that retired QB Brett Favre (shoulder) is currently pain-free but does not know if he as the stamina. "My understanding is that he is pain-free right now," Childress said. "Does he have the endurance and the stamina in that arm yet? He doesn't know that yet. It's no different than grabbing a golf club for the first time during the year when you rip around 18 holes around and you wake up the next day and your side hurts. You say, 'Geez, I haven't felt that muscle in a while.' So he's got to build some endurance in that and see if he thinks he can get it back to where he wants to get it to."

QB | Matt Ryan | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Atlanta Falcons players are raving about the improvement by second-year QB Matt Ryan. "It's actually scary how much he's improved and it's only his second year," FB Ovie Mughelli said. Ryan has improved in the weight room, how he reads plays and his arm strength. "He's gotten better in every aspect," Mughelli continued. Head coach Mike Smith said the team has focused on the passing game during their latest organized workouts. "Matt is making good decisions and being accurate with the football," Smith noted. "I don't think those two traits can be overlooked." According to Ryan, his No. 1 goal was making better decisions with the football and he has been watching a ton of film.

QB | Matt Schaub | Houston Texans | Injury News, Fantasy
Paul Kuharsky, of ESPN.com, reports Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub said he will play all 16 regular season games this season after missing five games last season because of a knee injury. "But I am going to be out there 16 weeks this year. I feel good. Offseason work, weight room, conditioning, I feel like it's going to happen this year, I'm going to make sure it does," Schaub said.

QB | Shaun Hill | San Francisco 49ers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports San Francisco 49ers QBs Shaun Hill and Alex D. Smith apparently did not alter head coach Mike Singletary's perception on things over the past three months of offseason training. Singletary said neither quarterback was ahead in the competition, but he also repeated his belief that Smith will need to win the job from Hill.

QB | Alex D. Smith | San Francisco 49ers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports San Francisco 49ers QBs Shaun Hill and Alex D. Smith apparently did not alter head coach Mike Singletary's perception on things over the past three months of offseason training. Singletary said neither quarterback was ahead in the competition, but he also repeated his belief that Smith will need to win the job from Hill.

QB | Tony Romo | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Todd Archer, of The Dallas Morning News, reports Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo has pushed himself more in the weight room this offseason in an effort to improve his conditioning. "I think that was one of the two or three things actually I kind of set forth this off-season," Romo said. "One was to be the same in September as you are in December as an individual and as a team." Romo has also tweaked his footwork, which he believes will speed up his delivery.

QB | Matt Cassel | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
KCChiefs.com reports Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley said QB Matt Cassel has made a steady increase in what he's been asked to do and how he's performed. He acknowledged Cassel has not been perfect on the field, but he's happy with the progress. "I'm very pleased with the progress he's made to this point," Haley said of his quarterback.

QB | Jeff Garcia | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers, reports Oakland Raiders QB Jeff Garcia returned to the practice field Tuesday, June 16, after missing two OTA sessions following the birth of his son.

QB | Matthew Stafford | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Carlos Monarrez, of The Detroit Free Press, reports Detroit Lions rookie TE Brandon Pettigrew was a favorite target of rookie QB Matthew Stafford during a recent workout. The two seem to be working well together. "I'm glad we're kind of getting a feel for each other and a good connection going into this thing and having a good relationship. That'll be good," Pettigrew said of their building rapport.

QB | Vince Young | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Gary Estwick, of The Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans QB Vince Young said he considered quitting football during 2008. Young was booed at LP Field during the season opener. "I was to the point where man, I didn't really want to play no more because of the fact that I was that hurt," Young told ESPN's E:60. "I was that hurt from the boos and all the different things that were going on. It was just so much for me -- I didn't want to play no more." Young also denied being suicidal in the hours that followed the opener.

QB | Philip Rivers | San Diego Chargers | Free Agency News, Fantasy
Nick Canepa, of The San Diego Union-Tribune, reports San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2009 season. Re-signing him has become a priority for the Chargers.

QB | Derek Anderson | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, The Associated Press reports the protective sleeve Cleveland Browns QB Derek Anderson (leg) is wearing on his injured leg appeared thicker Saturday, June 13. Head coach Eric Mangini is not clarifying the injury, but he did say Anderson will be fine for training camp.

QB | Brady Quinn | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, The Associated Press reports Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini said QBs Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson will enter training camp dead even in the battle for the starting quarterback job. Previously, Mangini said Quinn held a slight lead in the battle.

QB | Michael Vick | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Clarence E. Hill Jr., of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, reports the Dallas Cowboys are not interested in signing unrestricted free-agent QB Michael Vick (Falcons).

QB | Kyle Orton | Denver Broncos | Depth Chart Tidbit, Breaking News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels has named QB Kyle Orton as the team's starting quarterback.


Running Back

RB | Jamal Lewis | Cleveland Browns | Injury News
Mike McLain, of TribToday.com, reports Cleveland Browns RB Jamal Lewis (ankle) played much of the 2008 season with an injured ankle but was able to play the entire season and had surgery during the offseason. When asked if his ankle hurt last season, Lewis said: "A whole lot. But at the same time I worked through it. The trainers were able to keep me rolling. I knew I had to get something done at the end of the season. It wasn't something that would take me out for the whole season."

RB | Cedric Peerman | Baltimore Ravens | Transaction
Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun, reports the Baltimore Ravens have signed sixth-round draft choice RB Cedric Peerman to a three-year deal worth $1.2 million. The deal included a $78,000 signing bonus.

RB | Frank Gore | San Francisco 49ers | Free Agency News, Fantasy
Gwen Knapp, of The San Francisco Chronicle, reports San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore tossed then free-agent FB Moran Norris' name on the table to head coach Mike Singletary during last season's exit interviews. "I put a buzz in his ear," Gore said. Gore and Norris, who the 49ers re-signed earlier this year, are best friends on and off the field. The rapport they have built, they say, allows them to read each other on the field and know instinctively how each other will react to a given situation.

RB | Willie Parker | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Scott Brown, of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reports Pittsburgh Steelers RB Willie Parker said he is getting his speed back to the level it was two or three years ago. "I'm faster than I've been," Parker said. Parker spends extra time after each workout running sprints and, at times, straps a sled with weights on it to his shoulders. Parker said his mindset is to get back to the things he used to do that made him a better player.

RB | Rashard Mendenhall | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Scott Brown, of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reports Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is noncommittal about how the team will use second-year RB Rashard Mendenhall this year. "I'm just simply asking him to have the savvy and awareness of a second-year player. How he plays will determine his role," Tomlin said.

RB | Felix Jones | Dallas Cowboys | Injury News, Fantasy
Tim MacMahon, of The Dallas News, reports Dallas Cowboys RB Felix Jones (calf) wasn't present during workouts Tuesday, June 16. He wasn't with the rest of the injured players working out on the side.

RB | Cadillac Williams | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury News
Updating a previous report, PewterReport.com reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Cadillac Williams (knee) said he hopes to be ready to participate at the start of training camp. "That's the primary goal. Just from doing rehab and a lot of little things here and there during the process it's looking really promising," Williams said.

RB | Jonathan Stewart | Carolina Panthers | Injury News
Steve Reed, of CarolinaGrowl.com, reports Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (Achilles) said a sore left Achilles is what caused him to miss all of the team's OTAs. Stewart, however, should be ready to practice when training camp opens in early August. The injury was apparently related to Stewart overcompensating for a toe injury that slowed him down last offseason. "It just kind of flared up," Stewart said. "I'm pretty much staying off of it to just kind of let it heal."

RB | Shonn Greene | New York Jets | Transaction
The New York Jets have announced they have signed third-round draft choice RB Shonn Greene. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

RB | LaDainian Tomlinson | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
Nick Canepa, of The San Diego Union-Tribune, reports San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith said he and RB LaDainian Tomlinson are fine with each other. "I presented three plans to Dean (Spanos)," Smith said. "Plan A we looked at six or seven times and it couldn't work. It included (Tomlinson's) contract as it currently existed. It never would work. I took a lot of crap over the LT thing, but LT and I are fine."

RB | Darren Sproles | San Diego Chargers | Free Agency News, Fantasy
Nick Canepa, of The San Diego Union-Tribune, reports San Diego Chargers RB Darren Sproles is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2009 season. The team would like to sign him to a long-term deal. However, if the NFL is not able to complete a new CBA, he would become a restricted free-agent in an uncapped year.

RB | Ronnie Brown | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Dave Hyde, of The Sun-Sentinel, reports Miami Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown thought his surgically repaired knee was healthy all of last season. However, after the year, he watched tape of himself and said he could see he wasn't 100 percent healthy. "I feel right now I'm more explosive right now in the things I'm doing. I watched (last year's plays) and thought there's more I could've done," Brown said. Brown is entering the final year of his contract and the Dolphins have invested a lot into their offensive line, so this could be the season he finally is ready to stand out. Head coach Tony Sparano has challenged Brown to break more long runs this year, and Brown said that is one of his goals.


Wide Receiver

WR | Plaxico Burress | Free Agent | Free Agency News
ESPNews reports New York Jets owner Woody Johnson said during an interview on Boomer Esiason's radio show that the Jets are waiting to see what happens with unrestricted free-agent WR Plaxico Burress' (Giants) legal situation before deciding on whether to pursue him.

WR | Demetrius Williams | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
Ken Murray, of The Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said the team is hoping WR Demetrius Williams (ankle) can return this season fully healthy, but the team has a plan in case he is unable to return.

WR | Kevin Curtis | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury News, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Daily News reports Philadelphia Eagles WR Kevin Curtis (hernia) told ABC4 in Provo, Utah, he is 100 percent healthy. Curtis added, "I'm feeling good. I should be ready to roll."

WR | Donte' Stallworth | Cleveland Browns | Transaction
ESPNews reports the NFL has suspended Cleveland Browns WR Donte' Stallworth indefinitely without pay.

WR | Lance Moore | New Orleans Saints | Injury News
Bradley Handwerger, of WWLTV.com, reports New Orleans Saints WR Robert Meachem (hamstring), WR Adrian Arrington (hamstring), DE Paul Spicer (groin), C Nick Leckey (ankle), LB Stanley Arnoux (Achilles') and WR Lance Moore (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, June 18.

WR | Robert Meachem | New Orleans Saints | Injury News
Bradley Handwerger, of WWLTV.com, reports New Orleans Saints WR Robert Meachem (hamstring), WR Adrian Arrington (hamstring), DE Paul Spicer (groin), C Nick Leckey (ankle), LB Stanley Arnoux (Achilles') and WR Lance Moore (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, June 18.

WR | Adrian Arrington | New Orleans Saints | Injury News
Bradley Handwerger, of WWLTV.com, reports New Orleans Saints WR Robert Meachem (hamstring), WR Adrian Arrington (hamstring), DE Paul Spicer (groin), C Nick Leckey (ankle), LB Stanley Arnoux (Achilles') and WR Lance Moore (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, June 18.

WR | Javon Walker | Oakland Raiders | Injury News
Paul Gutierrez, of the Sacramento Bee, reports Oakland Raiders DE Jay Richardson (knee), FB Oren O'Neal (knee), TE John Paul Foschi (chest), WR Javon Walker (knee), WR Arman Shields (knee), WR Chaz Schilens (hamstring) and WR Will Franklin (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, June 17.

WR | Justin Gage | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
Jim Wyatt, of The Nashville Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans C Kevin Mawae (elbow), DE Jevon Kearse (knee) and WR Justin Gage (leg) did not participate in practice Wednesday, June 17.

WR | Darrius Heyward-Bey | Oakland Raiders | Injury News
Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers, reports Oakland Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring) left practice early Wednesday, June 17, and left the field clutching his right hamstring.

WR | Brandon Marshall | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Mike Klis, of The Denver Post, reports while there have been strong words from Denver Broncos WR Brandon Marshall and his agent, there has not been any indication from the Broncos that they will seek to deal Marshall. "We are going to continue our dialogue with Brandon and his representative," head coach Josh McDaniels said. "We look forward to having Brandon at training camp."

WR | Kenny Britt | Tennessee Titans | Injury News, Fantasy
Jim Wyatt, of The Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans rookie WR Kenny Britt (hamstring) took part in the team's minicamp Tuesday, June 16. He was limited during the team's May minicamps. Receivers coach Fred Graves said he is not putting a lot of pressure on Britt because he is a first-round draft choice. "He just has to come in and play football and show some energy," Graves said.

WR | Miles Austin | Dallas Cowboys | Injury News, Fantasy
Tim MacMahon, of The Dallas News, reports Dallas Cowboys WR Miles Austin (hamstring) worked on the side during workouts Tuesday, June 16. He is dealing with a hamstring injury.

WR | Sam Hurd | Dallas Cowboys | Injury News
Tim MacMahon, of The Dallas News, reports Dallas Cowboys WR Sam Hurd (quad) was working on the side during workouts Tuesday, June 16. He was joined by LB Justin Rogers (knee), TE Rodney Hannah (hand), OL Kyle Kosier (foot) and WR Isaiah Stanback (knee). LB Stephen Hodge (calf) also did not practice again.

WR | D.J. Hackett | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Charlie Campbell and Jim Flynn, of PewterReport.com, report unrestricted free-agent WR D.J. Hackett (Panthers) said his work out with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went well but does not know if he will be signed.

WR | Brandon Lloyd | Denver Broncos | Transaction, Free Agency News
The Denver Broncos have announced they have signed unrestricted free-agent WR Brandon Lloyd (Bears). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

WR | Josh Morgan | San Francisco 49ers | Injury News
Matt Maiocco, of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers WRs Isaac Bruce, Arnaz Battle (foot), Michael Crabtree (foot), Jason Hill (hamstring) and Josh Morgan (illness) did not participate in practice Monday, June 15.

WR | Michael Crabtree | San Francisco 49ers | Injury News
Matt Maiocco, of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers WRs Isaac Bruce, Arnaz Battle (foot), Michael Crabtree (foot), Jason Hill (hamstring) and Josh Morgan (illness) did not participate in practice Monday, June 15.

WR | Marvin Harrison | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Pat Yasinskas, of ESPN.com, reports a free-agent name associated with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is WR Marvin Harrison (Colts). Although no deal is imminent, there's been some contact between the Buccaneers and Harrison's representation.

WR | Vincent Jackson | San Diego Chargers | Free Agency News, Fantasy
Nick Canepa, of The San Diego Union-Tribune, reports San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Jackson is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2009 season. However, if the NFL is not able to complete a new CBA, he would become a restricted free-agent in an uncapped year.

WR | Jerricho Cotchery | New York Jets | Fantasy
The Associated Press reports New York Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery said all of the doubts about the Jets' receivers is extra juice for the team's receivers to pick up their game. Cotchery, who has 260 career receptions, is the team's only proven receiver on roster. "I want everybody to understand that I'm really not blowing smoke, but we have a lot of talented guys at wide receiver," Cotchery said.

WR | Matt Jones | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Clarence E. Hill Jr., of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, reports Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has ruled out the possibility of signing unrestricted free-agent WR Matt Jones (Jaguars).

WR | Braylon Edwards | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Fantasy
James Walker, of ESPN.com, reports Cleveland Browns WR Braylon Edwards (undisclosed) participated in practice Saturday, June 13. He did not look 100 percent during practice, but the injury does not appear to be serious.


Tight End

TE | Owen Daniels | Houston Texans | Transaction
John McClain, of The Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans TE Owen Daniels has signed his one-year, $2.79 million tender. Daniels' agents, Alan Herman and David Butz, will continue negotiations on a multi-year contract they hope will make him one of the league's highest-paid tight ends. Those familiar with the negotiations said the team made a new offer last week that would rank Daniels second among the NFL's highest paid tight ends.


Place Kicker

PK | Kris Brown | Houston Texans | Transaction
John McClain, of the Houston Chronicle, reports the Houston Texans have signed PK Kris Brown to a four-year extension worth $10 million.

PK | Nick Folk | Dallas Cowboys | Injury News
Tim MacMahon, of The Dallas Morning News, reports Dallas Cowboys PK Nick Folk (hip), WR Travis Wilson (knee), TE Rodney Hannah (hand) LB Justin Rogers (undisclosed), LB Stephen Hodge (calf), OG Kyle Kosier (foot), WR Isaiah Stanback (knee), DT Tim Anderson (knee) and DE Igor Olshansky (back) did not participate in morning practice Monday, June 15.


Defensive Line

DL | Jimmy Wilkerson | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Anwar S. Richardson, of The Tampa Tribune, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Jimmy Wilkerson will start at left defensive end this season. He slimmed down from 290 pounds to 265 pounds, but he has added muscle and strength while improving his quickness.

DL | John Henderson | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury News
Vic Ketchman, of Jaguars.com, reports Jacksonville Jaguars DT John Henderson (shoulder) did not participate in practice Thursday, June 18. Head coach Jack Del Rio said Henderson will be ready for the start of training camp.

DL | Robert Geathers | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
Joe Reedy, of The Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals DE Robert Geathers (knee), SS Marvin White (undisclosed) and CB Morgan Trent (undisclosed) did not participate in morning practice Thursday, June 18.

DL | Jevon Kearse | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
Gary Estwick, of The Nashville Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans DE Jevon Kearse (knee) said he expects to return to the field as early as next week.

DL | Kevin Carter | Free Agent | Free Agency News
Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Harold Lewis, agent for unrestricted free-agent DE Kevin Carter (Buccaneers), said Carter does not have a timetable on when he will sign with a team.

DL | Gaines Adams | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury News
PewterReport.com reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Gaines Adams (foot) suffered a minor foot injury during practice Tuesday, June 16, and was taken out as a precaution. He expects to participate in the rest of minicamp.

DL | Kyle Vanden Bosch | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
Gary Estwick, of The Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans DE Kyle Vanden Bosch is now healthy and has participated in offseason conditioning and minicamps. "I've got, in my opinion, the best years of football ahead of me," Vanden Bosch said.

DL | Kelly Gregg | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
Mike Preston, of The Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens DT Kelly Gregg (knee) said his knee feels good after participating in offseason workouts and will be ready to participate at the start of training camp.


Linebacker

LB | Keith Rivers | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury News
James Walker, of ESPN.com, reports Cincinnati Bengals LB Keith Rivers (ankle, jaw) underwent offseason ankle surgery but said he is 100 percent healthy.

LB | Barrett Ruud | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Roy Cummings, of The Tampa Tribune, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Barrett Ruud said he hoped to spark contract negotiations by holding out of voluntary offseason workouts. The move, however, did not accomplish his goal. "I'd like to think everything will take care of itself, but that remains to be seen," said Rudd, the team's leading tackler the past two years. As reported, he may still opt to hold out of training camp if talks do not progress by then.

LB | Rey Maualuga | Cincinnati Bengals | Depth Chart Tidbit
Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com, reports Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer said the SAM linebacker position is a good spot for rookie LB Rey Maualuga to start. However, eventually Maualuga is going to be a Mike linebacker for the team, according to Zimmer. "We're just looking at it to see if we can get him on the field," Zimmer said. "That's why we've got him at Mike in some nickel packages (and in goal line) and SAM in the base. At least he's getting some exposure."

LB | Shawne Merriman | San Diego Chargers | Injury News, Free Agency News, Fantasy
Continuing a previous storyline, Nick Canepa, of The San Diego Union-Tribune, reports San Diego Chargers OLB Shawne Merriman (knee) is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2009 season. However, if the NFL is not able to complete a new CBA, he would become a restricted free-agent in an uncapped year.


Cornerback

CB | Charles Tillman | Chicago Bears | Injury News
Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports Chicago Bears CB Charles Tillman (shoulder) said he hopes to be fully ready to participate at the start of training camp.

CB | Mike Jenkins | Dallas Cowboys | Depth Chart Tidbit
Tom Orsborn, of the San Antonio Express-News, reports Dallas Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins and CB Orlando Scandrick likely will split reps with the first-team defense at the start of training camp as the two battle for the starting spot opposite CB Terence Newman. Jenkins said he would be upset with himself if he did not win the job.

CB | Orlando Scandrick | Dallas Cowboys | Depth Chart Tidbit
Tom Orsborn, of the San Antonio Express-News, reports Dallas Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins and CB Orlando Scandrick likely will split reps with the first-team defense at the start of training camp as the two battle for the starting spot opposite CB Terence Newman. Jenkins said he would be upset with himself if he did not win the job.

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