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Robert Griffin III may have been "All In for Week 1" last year, but it's clear that he wasn't his usual self. Hi... [read more] [All News & Rumors]
A couple of hours following a report that wide receiv... [read more] [All News & Rumors]
Montee Ball's rookie season got off to a rough start with a nasty case of fumblitis that limited his playing time for the ... [read more] [All News & Rumors]
One visit was all Chris Johnson needed to find his next NFL team. Johnson reached an agreement Wednesday with the New York... [read more] [All News & Rumors]
Via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said Tuesday that he envisions his to... [read more] [All News & Rumors]
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04/11/14 QB specialist works out Griffin III; says old RG3 is back
Quarterback guru Terry Shea recently worked with Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, and came away saying that, "he reminded me of the old Robert Griffin that I knew coming out of Baylor for those eight-10 weeks we worked together in 2012". The six day stretch in March where the two worked together gave Shea a chance to assess Griffin III after his tenuous second season, much of w... [Read More]
04/10/14 49ers in contract discussions with WR Brandon Lloyd
According to NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal, wide receiver Brandon Lloyd could be back on the NFL field in 2014. Reports out of San Francisco have the veteran wideout in talks with the 49ers on a deal that would team him up with Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, and Vernon Davis in the team's passing attack. Lloyd did not play last season, and will be 33 years old when the 2014 season starts. He last... [Read More]
04/10/14 Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill: 'I have to make a big jump' this season
The Dolphins put a lot on Ryan Tannehill's shoulders in his second season. He threw the ball 588 times, seventh-most in the league. But he barely completed 60 percent of those throws and finished with 25 touchdowns and 22 turnovers. While last season was still an improvement on Tannehill's rookie campaign, he knows that much more is expected from him in year three. "It's huge. I have to make a bi... [Read More]
04/10/14 Panthers sign TE Ed Dickson to 1-year deal
The Panthers added tight end Ed Dickson to their roster on Thursday. The two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth the veteran minimum of $795,000. Dickson spent four largely forgettable seasons with the Ravens and was no longer need there with Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels in town. His best statistical season came in 2011 when Dickson caught 54 passes in 16 games for 528 yards and five touchdown... [Read More]
04/10/14 Giants QB Eli Manning to undergo ankle surgery Thursday
Giants quarterback Eli Manning is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic ankle surgery today in North Carolina. The procedure will clean out his left ankle, which Manning sprained in Week 17 last season. "I went through the recovery and rehab after suffering the sprain," Manning said via the Giants' official website. "I was still experiencing some discomfort as I began my normal offseason preparation,... [Read More]
04/10/14 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, other players being investigated by police
I know that's an incredibly vague headline, but there isn't much more to go on at this point. What was originally reported this morning by TMZ.com was that Kaepernick is a suspect in a sexual assault investigation. The alleged assault took place in Miami on April 1. 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton and Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette are also named as suspects. But what they are suspect... [Read More]
04/09/14 Lions WR Ryan Broyles is back again
A torn ACL in his left knee in 2011. A torn ACL in his right knee in 2012. A ruptured Achilles tendon in 2013. For any NFL player, much less a wide receiver, suffering those injuries consecutively probably means you should hang 'em up. But Ryan Broyles isn't ready to call it a career. The Lions' third-year wideout has been cleared to join his teammates for voluntary workouts this week. The clearan... [Read More]
04/09/14 Bengals QB Andy Dalton is 'on the cusp of something really good'
Can you name the five highest-scoring quarterbacks in standard fantasy leagues from 2013? Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are obvious. Cam Newton and Andrew Luck totally understandable. Would you believe that No. 5 is Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. He is. Only Brees and Manning threw more touchdowns than Dalton's 33 last season. However, no quarterback in the top 15 in fantasy points tallied more ... [Read More]
04/09/14 Texans RB Arian Foster says his back surgery 'wasn't as major as it sounded'
If you want to see Texans running back Arian Foster in a football setting, you will get a chance as soon as Friday. That's when the Kevin Costner-led vehicle "Draft Day" debuts in theaters nationwide. Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman said Foster "looks like a real damn actor" during his four-minute part. Foster's return to the actual NFL will take place this summer. He was medically cleared last mo... [Read More]
04/09/14 UPDATE: Two months after Super Bowl, Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas still bothered by shoulder injury
Update: Never mind? Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that Thomas is with his fellow receivers and Manning today, and that Thomas doesn't even have a separated shoulder. Rather, Thomas simply aggravated a bruised shoulder during the big game. Nothing to see here, I guess. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas separat... [Read More]
04/08/14 WR Wayne nearing return for Colts
"I feel good, I'm ahead of schedule". Words that are music to the ears of Colts fans, coming from wide receiver Reggie Wayne. As reported by ESPN.com's Mike Wells, Wayne expects to be cleared for football activities on April 25. "I'm at the point where I'm tired of doing the same rehab stuff, to be honest with you. I'm excited to get back to football activities. I feel good." Wayne missed ... [Read More]
04/08/14 Panthers add to their WR corps with Jason Avant
The Panthers continued the complete rebuild of their wide receiver stock by signing Jason Avant on Monday to a one-year deal. Avant turns 31 in a couple of weeks and has moved on after spending the first eight seasons of his career in Philadelphia. Avant caught 38 passes in 2012 and has never surpassed 53 receptions in any year.... [Read More]
04/08/14 Texans sign RB Andre Brown for cheap
Andre Brown is a backup running back. He's missed 14 games the past two seasons and averaged just 3.5 yards per carry last year. But at the price the Texans signed him Monday, it's tough to not see this addition as a bargain. The Texans inked Brown to a one-year contract worth $645,000. As Ben Tate is now in Cleveland, Brown will look to fill the role of second fiddle to Arian Foster in Houston's ... [Read More]
04/06/14 Cleveland acquires former Lions WR Burleson
The Cleveland Browns have added a veteran wide receiver to line up opposite franchise superstar, Josh Gordon in 2014. Former Detroit Lions wideout Nate Burleson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Browns, according to ESPN insider Adam Schefter. Burleson is an 11 year NFL veteran. He spent the last four seasons in Detroit. In nine games in 2013, he caught 39 passes for 461 yards and one tou... [Read More]
04/04/14 WR Mike Williams traded to Bills, reunites with college coach
Mike Williams is no longer the Buccaneers' problem. They traded him for a sixth-round pick on Friday to the Buffalo Bills, who are coached by Doug Marrone. The same Doug Marrone who was the head coach at Syracuse University in 2009 when Williams played there -- before he quit the team that November Williams put up good numbers in 2010 and 2012, but he has become more known for his missteps/bad lu... [Read More]
04/04/14 Titans finally release RB Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson has basically been considered an ex-Titan in the minds of almost every NFL insider since the end of the 2013 season. It just didn't become official until today. The Titans cut Johnson on Friday, a few days before Tennessee's organized team activities were scheduled to begin. Memories of Johnson's six years in as a Titan will always begin with his 2,000-yard season of 2009. But Johns... [Read More]
04/03/14 TE Owen Daniels joins Ravens
The Houston Chronicle's John McClain reported via Twitter today that former Texans tight end Owen Daniels has agreed to a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens. The deal will reunite Daniels with Gary Kubiak, Baltimore's new Offensive Coordinator. Kubiak was Houston's head coach from 2006-2013, which is the same time frame that Daniels was with the Texans. Daniels played in 5 games for the Te... [Read More]
04/02/14 Scout: Chargers WR Keenan Allen 'could be close to his ceiling already'
If you are one of those people such as myself who picked up Chargers rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen around Week 4 or 5 last season, you were rewarded handsomely. Allen caught 68 passes for more than 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns from Week 4 on. By season's end, he was a very solid WR2 in 12-team leagues. Of course, now we expect the 21-year-old player to improve upon those numbers as he gain... [Read More]
04/02/14 Steelers sign WR Darrius Heyward-Bey to 1-year deal
The Steelers have added wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey on a one-year contract. The 2009 first-round bust caught just 29 passes in 16 games with the Colts last season. His game is very simple: Blazing speed and stone-covered hands. Heyward-Bey dropped six passes in 2013.... [Read More]
04/02/14 WR DeSean Jackson agrees to 3-year contract with Redskins
This is gonna be fun. DeSean Jackson was out in Philadelphia, but he's staying in the NFC East. Jackson agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Washington Redskins on Tuesday night. The news was first reported by Dianna Marie Russini of NBC News 4 in Washington D.C., and then confirmed by the man of the hour. Jackson will officially sign his contract Wednesday morning. Jackson's career... [Read More]
04/01/14 Jets sign WR Jacoby Ford
The Jets signed former Raiders wideout and kick returner Jacoby Ford to a deal Tuesday. Terms of the deal weren't immediately disclosed. Ford, a speed merchant, has had a difficult time staying on the field the past three seasons. He missed all of 2012 due to a Lisfranc injury and has missed 26 of his past 48 games. He'll turn 27 years old in July.... [Read More]
03/31/14 WR Britt to the Rams on one year deal
According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the St. Louis Rams have added another wide receiver to the arsenal of quarterback Sam Bradford. Kenny Britt was signed Monday to a one year deal worth a reported $1.4 million, with $550,000 guaranteed. The 25 year-old, former first round draft pick has spent his first six seasons with the Tennessee Titans. He played in 12 games in 2013, catching only... [Read More]
03/29/14 RB Martin expects clearance next week for Bucs
NFL.com's Michael Wesseling has reported that Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin is expecting to gain medical clearance next week, and should be ready to resume football-related activities when the team starts mini-camp on April 22nd. "It's been too long since I've been in the game," Martin said, via Rick Brown of the Lakeland Ledger. "I can't wait to get back on the field." Expectations were h... [Read More]
03/28/14 Steelers add RB LeGarrette Blount
The Steelers lost Jonathan Dwyer to the Cardinals earlier this offseason, so they have signed another big back to backup Le'Veon Bell. They signed former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount on Friday to a two-year contract. Blount was dealt away by the Buccaneers for a seventh-round pick last April and became a valuable player for the Patriots late last season. Through the final two weeks of ... [Read More]
03/28/14 RB Maurice Jones-Drew joins Raiders on 3-year deal
Maurice Jones-Drew might be synonymous with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the UCLA product was born in Oakland. Now, it looks like his NFL career will come to an end back in his hometown. Jones-Drew signed a three-year contract with the Raiders on Friday. MJD, who turned 29 a few days ago, is coming off of back-to-back seasons that were disappointing for different reasons. His 2012 season ended e... [Read More]
03/28/14 Eagles release WR DeSean Jackson; gang connections reported as one reason for his release
DeSean Jackson is a 27-year-old wide receiver, one of the best in the NFL. And as of Friday morning, one without a job. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly informed Jackson via a phone call that he was being released by the team. His actual release this morning followed a report from NJ.com citing sources close to Jackson and within the Eagles' organization that the move was made because of Jackson's ba... [Read More]
03/27/14 Third degree aggravated assault indictment for RB Rice
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday of third degree aggravated assault. The indictment stemmed from an incident at an Atlantic City casino on February 15th, in which Rice allegedly struck his fiancee, Janay Palmer, knocking her unconscious. If convicted, Rice faces a potential of three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000. ... [Read More]
03/27/14 WR Wheaton to play bigger role in 2014?
In a Question and Answer session with fans, Scott Brown, who covers the Steelers for ESPN, stated that he gets the vibe that Pittsburgh is committed to young wide receiver, Markus Wheaton. During the session, Brown pointed out that the Steelers had not really done anything that would show they had concerns about the position. They've lost Emmanuel Sanders to the Denver Broncos and Jerricho Cotch... [Read More]
03/27/14 Dolphins sign RB Knowshon Moreno to 1-year deal
The Dolphins running attack, which frustrated many fantasy owners in 2013, has a new member. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter per a league source, the Dolphins signed former Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno to a one-year contract Thursday. Knowshon was met by a very quiet market after a career-best season in 2013. He set personal bests across the board, including 13 touchdowns and almost 1,7... [Read More]
03/27/14 Rams HC Jeff Fisher: Over time, RB Zac Stacy can be a 70-percent-of-carries player
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said Wednesday, via Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, that running back Zac Stacy will evolve into a workhorse. "I think over time, he'll probably be that 70-percent-of-the-carries guy," Fisher said of Stacy. Stacy, who carried the ball once through last season's first four games before taking on a much bigger role in St. Louis' offense, gained more than 1,10... [Read More]
03/27/14 Packers HC Mike McCarthy loves him some WR Jarrett Boykin
Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin didn't earn stable playing time in the offense last season until Week 7 but still gained 681 yards. Green Bay will need a full season of stepping up from Boykin this year after James Jones left through free agency, and he has head coach Mike McCarthy's full confidence. "I can't say enough about Boykin," McCarthy told reporters Wednesday. "The young man is a he... [Read More]
03/25/14 Vikings want to use RB Adrian Peterson in space more often
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer put forth a plan on Tuesday that could benefit running back Adrian Peterson, his team, and his fantasy owners. Zimmer told reporters that he would like to see Peterson get the ball in open spaces more often so as not to expose him to so many hits at the line of scrimmage as defenders crowd the box to stop him. "I'm watching a game the other day and the two safeties... [Read More]
03/25/14 Bengals RB Giovani Bernard gets compared to Ray Rice again
Giovani Bernard has been hearing the Ray Rice comparisons since his playing days at North Carolina. They are of similar height and build. They can both run between the tackles and catch very proficiently. Both split carries with a veteran during their rookie season in the NFL before bursting out in their second season. Well, that's what head coach Marvin Lewis hopes will happen for Bernard in 201... [Read More]
03/25/14 Adrian Peterson's new handcuff? RB Matt Asiata signs a one-year deal in Minnesota
With the departure of Toby Gerhart to the Jags earlier in the month, the Vikings need to solidify depth at the running back position. After making the most of his opportunities in 2013, Vikings third year backup RB Matt Asiata signed a one-year $570,000 contract in Minnesota and will be given the opportunity to earn the number two RB job in 2014. ... [Read More]
03/24/14 Report: TE Jermichael Finley failed physical with Seahawks earlier this month
We heard a couple of months ago that Packers tight end Jermichael Finley was "close" to being cleared for contact following spinal fusion surgery in November. However, that day still hasn't come, and recent reports have stated that Finley could possibly be several months away from being able to sign with a team. That could be pessimistic, but Finley definitely wasn't ready to sign with a team earl... [Read More]
03/24/14 Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor wants out, will likely get his wish
I don't know why, but a high percentage of electronic ink has been spent among NFL scribes on a couple of backup QBs today. First, the reports of a near-signing with Mark Sanchez. And now, the Raiders' Terrelle Pryor, who reportedly asked to be traded back in January. And it sounds like he'll be out of Oakland soon enough, one way or another. General manager Reggie McKenzie met with reporters tod... [Read More]
03/24/14 Reports: Eagles expected to land QB Mark Sanchez
As Michael Vick settles in with the Jets, it looks like the void he left as the backup quarterback in Philadelphia will be filled by a former Jet. ESPN's Chris Mortensen first reported Monday that Mark Sanchez is expected to sign with the Eagles. This was corroborated by the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta shortly thereafter, and Pro Football Talk added, via a source, that Philadelphia "wants t... [Read More]
03/24/14 Jaguars hope Toby Gerhart can be their bell-cow RB
On Monday, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said he's got a fever. And the only prescription is more bell cow. OK, he didn't say that, but he did express a wish that you hear out of many head coaches at this time of year, that their lead running back can truly be a lead running back. When Bradley was asked by NFL.com's Marc Sessler if he believes Toby Gerhart would be his bell-cow running back, Bra... [Read More]
03/22/14 Steelers sign WR Lance Moore to 2-year deal
With Jerricho Cotchery and Emmanuel Sanders moving on, the Steelers have signed a new slot receiver. It's former Saints wideout Lance Moore. The player and team agreed to a two-year contract Friday. Moore, 30, spent his first eight seasons in New Orleans and had a down year in 2013. He caught 37 passes in 13 games for 457 yards. He topped 1,000 yards in 2012.... [Read More]
03/22/14 Jets QB carousel: Michael Vick signs, Mark Sanchez gets released
The Jets have once again made a move that may not make their team much better, but it will get them plenty of attention in the world of sports talk. On Friday, the Jets released former first-round pick Mark Sanchez, and then they announced the signing of Michael Vick mere minutes later. Vick is being brought in on a one-year deal worth only $5 million. Vick is coming off a season in which he lost ... [Read More]
03/21/14 On heels of Fitzpatrick signing, Texans trade QB Schaub to Raiders
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter has reported that the Houston Texans have traded quarterback Matt Schaub to the Oakland Raiders for a late-round draft pick in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft. Schaub has spent the past 7 seasons in Houston, leading the Texans to AFC South titles and playoff berths in 2011 and 2012. The signal caller took a step back in 2013, struggling early in the season with turnove... [Read More]
03/20/14 Lions want to mimic how the Saints handle their RBs
Generally, the Saints' backfield has been a source of headaches for fantasy owners for the past couple of years. Yes, they've had their moments -- Darren Sproles was a stud in 2011 -- but the likes of Sproles, Pierre Thomas, and Mark Ingram have cannibalized each other's value during that time. Are you ready for a similar situation to take shape in Detroit? It sounds like it will if you listen to ... [Read More]
03/20/14 Chargers GM: Ryan Mathews is still our bell cow RB
Ryan Mathews carried the ball 285 times last season, fourth-most in the NFL. Allhough injuries have certainly been a problem for him, both he and Danny Woodhead had career years for the Chargers in 2013. So why would the team go out and give Donald Brown a three-year deal to be a third wheel? Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said Wednesday it was about giving the offense more options, and he i... [Read More]
03/20/14 QB Fitzpatrick agrees to deal with Texans
According to ESPN Insider Ed Werder, The Houston Texans and free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick have agreed on a two-year deal that will bring the quarterback to the Lone Star State. Werder reports that the deal appears to make quarterback Matt Schaub, "more expendable". Fitzpatrick played for the Titans in 2013, starting nine games for the injured Jake Locker. He threw for 2.454 yards and 14 touchdo... [Read More]
03/20/14 Return man Hester agrees to 3-year deal with Falcons
ESPN insider Adam Schefter has reported that return specialist Devin Hester has agreed to terms on a three year deal with the Atlanta Falcons. The former Chicago Bear has spent time as a defensive back and wide receiver in his career, but has primarily become a return specialist. He had career highs in kick returns (52) and kick return yards (1,442). Both numbers led the league in 2013. Hester... [Read More]
03/20/14 Panthers sign WR Cotchery
The Carolina Panthers finally added a target for Cam Newton to throw to Thursday, adding veteran wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery on Thursday. Prior to the signing, the top receivers on the Panthers roster were Marvin McNutt and Tavarres King, neither of whom has caught an NFL pass. They've lost Steve Smith, Ted Ginn Jr., Brandon LaFell, and Domenik Hixon since the end of the season. Cotchery sp... [Read More]
03/19/14 QB Campbell signs one year deal with Bengals
According to ESPN's NFL insider Adam Schefter, quarterback Jason Campbell has signed a one year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals for the 2014 season. The monetary terms of the deal have yet to be released. Campbell has familiarity with the offense that Cincinnati will be running in 2014. New Offensive Coordinator Hue Jackson was Campbell's OC in 2010 and his head coach in 2011, both seasons in... [Read More]
03/19/14 RB Jones-Drew plans to meet with Steelers
Free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew was scheduled to meet with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday. Other teams have also claimed to have interest in Jones-Drew, including the New York Jets. Jones Drew struggled in 2013, averaging under 4.0 yards per carry for the first time in his career. He ran for 802 yards and 5 touchdowns, while starting 15 games for Jacksonville. At 28 years ol... [Read More]
03/19/14 Unlike Louisville's Bridgewater, potential number one pick QB Bortles shines at pro-day
"It looked like it was supposed to look". That's how NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock described potential number one overall pick Blake Bortles' pro-day at the University of Central Florida on Wednesday. "He's potentially a franchise quarterback," Mayock added, saying that Bortles is somewhat "raw and needs some time to reach his full potential". Several NFL teams with top 10 picks and the... [Read More]
03/18/14 Panthers QB Cam Newton to undergo ankle surgery, will need 4 months to recover
If you've been paying attention, you know the Panthers basically have zero wide receivers they can depend on. Now, they won't have their star quarterback around for some time. The Panthers have confirmed Cam Newton will undergo ankle surgery on Wednesday, and the recovery will take up to four months. Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer has been told that the surgery will "tighten up the ligaments... [Read More]
03/18/14 Packers re-sign RB James Starks
Running back James Starks re-signed with the only team he's known during his four-year NFL career late Monday night. The Packers and Starks agreed to a two-year contract. Backing up Eddie Lacy in 2013, Starks averaged 5.5 yards per on 89 carries and scored a career-high four touchdowns. Financial terms of the deal are currently unknown. ... [Read More]
03/18/14 Bengals won't match Browns' offer for WR Andrew Hawkins
The Bengals had until midnight Tuesday to match the four-year, $13.6 million offer that the Browns gave wide receiver Andrew Hawkins last week. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Bengals aren't going to make Hawkins wait until the witching hour. Schefter reports that the Bengals won't match the offer. "He's a Brown," Schefter wrote.... [Read More]
03/18/14 WR Mario Manningham returns to Giants
Mario Manningham was drafted by the Giants and played for them from 2008-11. He was serviceable if not outstanding during his time in New York. His best numbers came in 2010, when he caught 60 passes for 944 yards and nine touchdowns. But the 2011 postseason -- and more specifically, one unbelievable catch down the sideline late in Super Bowl XLVI -- made Manningham some money. He signed a two-ye... [Read More]
03/17/14 Giants nab two former Broncos; CB Rodgers-Cromartie and KR Holliday
The New York Giants continued to work on their secondary Monday by adding cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who played for the Denver Broncos in 2013. They had already signed safety Quintin Demps and cornerback Walter Thurmond. The Rodgers-Cromartie deal is for a reported five years and $39 million, with $15 million of that being guaranteed. Rodgers-Cromartie had three interceptions for t... [Read More]
03/17/14 Does QB Teddy Bridgewater's 'average at best' Pro Day workout mean anything?
When most high-profile NFL prospects go through their Pro Day, perfection is a non-story. The player is throwing to receivers he is familiar with, in a setting he is familiar with, and it's not unusual for a quarterback to complete just about every one of his passes. That didn't happen today at Louisville's Pro Day for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater reportedly completed 57 of 65 throw... [Read More]
03/17/14 Seahawks re-sign Steven Hauschka, one of fantasy's top kickers, to 3-year contract
The Seahawks have signed kicker Steven Hauschka to a three-year deal worth $9.15 million, including $3.35 million guaranteed. Hauschka's conversion percentage has increased in each of the past two years, and he was outstanding in 2013. He connected on 33 of 35 field-goal attempts and was 14 for 15 on attempts of 40 yards or longer.... [Read More]
03/17/14 Cowboys sign QB Brandon Weeden
Before people warm up their vocal chords to take part in the inevitable and perennial hate fest of Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, they should understand there's a good chance the replacement for Romo this season is one of the biggest draft busts in recent memory. The Cowboys signed former Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden to a two-year contract on Monday. Weeden was a first-round selection in 201... [Read More]
03/17/14 WR James Jones ends up signing with Raiders
Wide receiver James Jones made it public over the weekend that he would like to sign with the Panthers. But hey, a job's a job, and Jones has decided that joining the Raiders is just fine, too. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Raiders and the former Packers wideout agreed to a three-year deal worth $11.3 million on Monday. It will be a homecoming of sorts for Jones, who attended high and col... [Read More]
03/16/14 WR James Jones says he 'would love' to play with Panthers
Can you play wide receiver? If so, you should go try out for the Carolina Panthers. Their top two wideouts right now are Tavarres King and Marvin McNutt. They have as many receptions in the NFL as I do. The six WRs on current roster have all of five career catches. Wide receiver has to be a major priority for the Panthers' brass, and James Jones is trying to make their job easier. The free-agent P... [Read More]
03/16/14 Ravens WR Steve Smith sees himself as a 'complementary dude'
Steve Smith will have no problem accepting his role with the Ravens. Torrey Smith is the lead dog in Baltimore's wide receiver group. The elder Smith is no longer considered a No. 1 option, and that's fine with him. He knows exactly where he lies in offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's system. "I don't see myself in Coach Kubiak's system like [Texans wide receiver] Andre Johnson," Smith told the R... [Read More]
03/16/14 Texans RB Arian Foster says he's been medically cleared following back surgery
Texans running back Arian Foster resurfaced on Twitter on Saturday after a short hiatus, and besides interactions about God, music, and Pokémon -- all which is a sliver why Foster is such an awesome follow -- he had some football news for everyone. "And for those wondering, I've been medically cleared by my doctor," Foster tweeted. In case you forgot, Foster's 2013 season ended in Novembe... [Read More]
03/16/14 Ravens RB Ray Rice is looking to be leaner in 2014
I don't think this qualifies as "Best Shape of His Life" territory, but Ravens running back Ray Rice will definitely be in better shape this season. His trainer, Kyle Jakobe, recently told the Carroll County Times that Rice has already lost 15 pounds in the two months since the season ended, is down to about 210 pounds and wants to drop a few more. "He was definitely too heavy last year," Jakobe ... [Read More]
03/16/14 Another option for Brady: Patriots add WR Brandon LaFell on 3-year deal
In the span of a few hours, the Patriots have re-signed one of their own wideouts and reached outside the organization for some useful depth. That depth comes in the form of former Panthers wide receiver Brandon LaFell, who has agreed to a three-year deal as first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter. His contract is worth $11 million. LaFell, a third-round bust for pretty much every one of his four ... [Read More]
03/15/14 WR Edelman comes back home; LaFell joins him in New England
According to ESPN.com, WR Julian Edelman has checked into the open market and decided that this Brady guy is pretty dang good. Edelman has agreed to return to New England and enjoy the pleasure of having a hall of fame quarterback throw him the ball some more. Edelman was by far New England's leading receiver in 2013, with 105 catches, 1,053 yards and six touchdowns. Former Carolina Panters WR ... [Read More]
03/15/14 Broncos getting replacement for Decker; expected to sign former Steelers WR Sanders
NFL.com has reported that the Broncos and free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders are close to a deal that will bring Sanders to Denver to replace Eric Decker who opted for the green (literally and figuratively) by signing with the New York Jets earlier in the week. Sanders is said to be looking for a deal in the same ballpark as what Golden Tate received from Detroit, which was five years, $3... [Read More]
03/15/14 Browns get former Texans RB Tate
Former Houston running back Ben Tate proclaimed earlier in the week that he was an elite NFL running back. According to ESPN Insider Adam Schefter, Tate will get his opportunity to prove it. He and the Cleveland Browns agreed on a deal Saturday. Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed, but a source reported to Schefter that it was for two years and $7 million. While only playing in 14 ... [Read More]
03/14/14 Colts sign WR Hakeem Nicks to a 1-year deal
Hakeem Nicks wasn't going to receive more than a one-year "prove it" contract after a couple of sub-par seasons with the Giants. He has gotten his chance to prove it in Indianapolis as the Colts have signed the 26-year-old. It's going to cost them only $3.5 million. Nicks caught just 56 passes in 15 games in 2013 and was held out of the end zone. However, when he did catch the ball, he made a ste... [Read More]
03/14/14 Ravens get their man, sign WR Steve Smith to 3-year contract
Ever since the Panthers released wide receiver Steve Smith on Wednesday, the Baltimore Ravens were seen as the heavy favorites to sign the 13-year vet. And they have, to a three-year contract according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal is reportedly worth about $11 million and containts a $3.5 million signing bonus. Smith caught 64 passes last season for 745 yards and four touchdowns. His 11.6 ya... [Read More]
03/14/14 Lions sign TE Brandon Pettigrew to 4-year deal worth $16 million
The Lions added a very exciting piece to their offense a couple of days ago in big-play wideout Golden Tate. On Friday morning, they re-signed one of the more boring components in their high-powered offense. The Lions and tight end Brandon Pettigrew have agreed to a four-year deal with $16 million. Pettigrew gets $8 million guaranteed. Pettigrew caught just 41 passes last season, about half the n... [Read More]
03/14/14 Vikings re-sign WR Jerome Simpson
The Vikings have handed wide receiver Jerome Simpson a one-year deal for the third consecutive year. Simpson registered a career-high 726 receiving yards last season -- one yard more than his total from 2011. He caught 48 passes and scored once.... [Read More]
03/14/14 With QB Charlie Whitehurst in tow, Titans release QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
The Titans signed Charlie Whitehurst on Thursday, which all but ended Ryan Fitzpatrick's time in Tennessee. Today, it officially ended as he was informed of his release. In 11 games last season replacing an injured Jake Locker, Fitzpatrick completed 62 percent of his passes and put together a 14:12 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He also ran for 225 yards and three more scores. Tennessee gave W... [Read More]
03/13/14 A handful of TE2 types were signed Thursday
At least five tight ends signed contracts on Thursday, and there is plenty of time for that list to grow before the day is over. What do they all have in common? None of them are exceedingly interesting in fantasy. They all fall into the TE2 category to varying degrees. The Packers re-signed Andrew Quarless to a two-year, $3 million contract. The Texans gave Garrett Graham some significant coin:... [Read More]
03/13/14 Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt thinks of Dexter McCluster 'more as a running back'
Dexter McCluster reached the 2014 Pro Bowl because he was an elite punt returner last season. But everyone understands he is really a jack of all trades. Other than his contributions on special teams, he can line up out of the slot as a receiver or in the backfield as a runner. Interestingly, that last part is what interests head coach Ken Whisenhunt most. According to The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt,... [Read More]
03/13/14 WR Ted Ginn Jr. joins Cardinals on a 3-year deal
It didn't take the Cardinals long to find their replacement for Andre Roberts. And he seems a better fit for Bruce Arians' vertical offense. The Cardinals signed former Panthers wideout Ted Ginn Jr. to a three-year contract. Ginn was a valuable No. 3 receiver for Carolina last year, as he gained 556 yards and scored a career-high five offensive touchdowns -- one fewer than he had scored in six pre... [Read More]
03/13/14 Mendenhall replacement? Cardinals sign RB Jonathan Dwyer
Rashard Mendenhall has announced his retirement, and apparently the Cardinals have replaced him in a sense with his former Steelers teammate, Jonathan Dwyer. Dwyer signed a one-year deal with Arizona on Wednesday. In 2013, Dwyer carried the ball only 49 times in 15 games for Pittsburgh. He averaged four yards per carry and did not score.... [Read More]
03/13/14 Browns cut QBs Brandon Weeden, Jason Campbell
The Browns are going to draft a quarterback with the No. 4 pick in May's draft. That player will most likely compete with Brian Hoyer for the starting job. And whomever the Browns' No. 3 QB is, it won't be Brandon Weeden or Jason Campbell. The Browns released both on Wednesday. Weeden was a first-round pick in 2012, and it took him a little more than a year to lose his starting job and fall compl... [Read More]
03/13/14 Panthers release WR Steve Smith
This was fully expected following the words of Steve Smith's agent on Wednesday, and it became official today. The Panthers have released their all-time leading receiver and one the best players in franchise history, if not the best. Smith has spent his entire 13-year career with the Panthers. He has 836 career receptions for more than 12,000 yards and 75 touchdowns. Smith caught 64 passes for 745... [Read More]
03/13/14 UPDATE: Eagles acquire RB Darren Sproles for 5th-round pick
Darren Sproles didn't want to be traded; he wanted to pick his next NFL destination. Well, he didn't get that chance, and I hope he enjoys Philadelphia. The Saints traded Sproles to the Eagles on Thursday for a fifth-round pick, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora. Sproles turns 31 in June and is entering the final year of his contract. -----------------------------------------------------... [Read More]
03/13/14 Ravens re-sign WR Jacoby Jones for 4 years, $14 million
While the Ravens look for outside help to bolster their receiving corps, they have signed one of their own. The Ravens and Jacoby Jones agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $14 million on Wednesday with $4.5 million guaranteed. In 2013, Jones caught 37 passes for 455 yards and two scores. But he also gained more than 1,100 yards returning kicks and punts.... [Read More]
03/13/14 Saints sign RB Pierre Thomas to 2-year extension; RB Darren Sproles wants to be cut
These two stories are not directly related, although my title makes it look like that a bit. First, the Saints have signed running back Pierre Thomas to a contract extension through the 2016 season. He averaged just 3.7 yards per carry in 2013, but did lead all running backs with 77 receptions. Second, Darren Sproles was to be released. He said so to ESPN's Josina Anderson. "I want to get relea... [Read More]
03/13/14 Buccaneers already tab newly signed QB Josh McCown as starter
Quarterback Josh McCown didn't receive just a $10 million contract from the Buccaneers on Wednesday; he also got a starting job. Head coach Lovie Smith put any notion of a competition between McCown and second-year QB Mike Glennon in the dirt with three little words during a press conference. When asked if McCown is his quarterback, Smith simply replied, "Yes, he is." ... [Read More]
03/13/14 Eric Decker becomes Jets' new No. 1 WR
ESPN's Adam Schefter, as has pretty much been the case for every big story over the past 36 hours, has the scoop: "Jets are giving former Broncos WR Eric Decker a 5-year, $36.25M deal, including $15M [guaranteed], per source," Schefter tweeted Wednesday night.... [Read More]
03/12/14 With Talib heading for the mountains, Pats sign all-pro DB Revis
It didn't take long for this scenario to open and close. New England Patriots stud DB Aqib Talib bolts for Denver. Tampa Bay cuts Darrelle Revis. Patriots replace Talib with Revis. That all took less than 24 hours. In a case of the rich getting richer, two of the league's top cover corners have landed on the two teams that represented the AFC in it's Championship game last season. Revis play... [Read More]
03/12/14 Lions get their Starscream; ink former Seahawks WR Tate to 5-year deal
Wide receiver Golden Tate is taking his Super Bowl ring and his talents to the Motor City. According to ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein, the outspoken leader of the Seahawks 2013 receiving corps has agreed to a deal with the Detroit Lions worth $31 million over the next 5 years. Tate led the Seahawks in receiving last season with 64 catches, 898 yards, and 5 touchdowns. He is the second wide recei... [Read More]
03/12/14 Broncos continue to improve defense; add former Cowboys DE/OLB Ware
The Denver Broncos made another move Wednesday to improve their defense heading into 2014, in hopes of returning to, and winning the Super Bowl. In addition to the signing of former New England CB Aqib Talib earlier in the day, the Broncos also signed former Dallas Cowboys DE/OLB DeMarcus Ware to a reported 3-year/$30 million contract, with $20 million being guaranteed. Ware was the first round ... [Read More]
03/12/14 Tampa Bay snaps up QB Josh McCown from Bears
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed QB Josh McCown to a two year, 10 million dollar deal. The team will likely give McCown a chance to compete for the starting job against Mike Glennon.... [Read More]
03/12/14 Broncos break bank on CB Aqib Talib: 6 years, $57 million, almost half of it guaranteed
Mothers, let your sons grow up to be defensive backs. The NFL showed the money to a number of DBs on the first day of free agency. A sampling: T.J. Ward: joined the Broncos on a four-year deal worth $25 million ($14 million guaranteed). Donte Whitner: got four years, $28 million from the Browns ($13 million guaranteed). Vontae Davis: re-signed with the Colts for four years, $39 million ($20 m... [Read More]
03/12/14 Jonathan Martin's Dolphin days are officially over: Miami trades him to 49ers for late draft pick
There isn't much direct fantasy value here, but a conclusion has been reached for one of the men at the center of the NFL's biggest off-the-field story of 2013. The Dolphins have traded offensive tackle Jonathan Martin to the 49ers for a conditional 2015 seventh-round pick. Martin abruptly left the Dolphins on his own accord in Week 9, which opened the door to endless coverage of how Martin's own... [Read More]
03/12/14 Chargers add another RB, sign Donald Brown for 3 years, $10.5 million
The Chargers put forth some significant money to reinforce their backfield Tuesday. With Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead already under contract, San Diego signed former Colts running back Donald Brown to a three-year deal worth $10.5 million, $4 million guaranteed. Brown had the best season of his career last season, emerging to become Indianapolis' starting running back in front of the strugglin... [Read More]
03/11/14 RB Toby Gerhart gets $10.5 million -- $4.5 million guaranteed -- from Jaguars
The Jaguars are in the market for a new starting running back since Maurice Jones-Drew isn't expected to be re-signed. One would figure that the new starter isn't Toby Gerhart, but the Jags did just give him some serious coin. FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports that the Jaguars signed the former Vikings runner to a three-year contract worth $10.5 million with $4.5 million guaranteed. Gerhart spent... [Read More]
03/11/14 What 'Free Agency Frenzy' is all about: Kickers getting money
The Cowboys cut Miles Austin and DeMarcus Ware? Who cares? The Giants possibly found their new starting running back? Pssh, overrated. The 49ers traded for one of the worst first-round picks in recent memory? That's just stupid. All of those stories pale in comparison to today's real news: kickers, kickers, kickers. They may think they are being devalued with the movement to push back the extra... [Read More]
03/11/14 Report: Saints won't release RB Darren Sproles, want to trade him instead
Last week, it looked like Darren Sproles and Lance Moore were going to share a plane ticket out of New Orleans. Yet, while Moore was indeed released, Sproles remains the Saints' property. And according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Saints don't want to release him. No, they want to trade Sproles "due to heavy interest," sources have told Schefter. Sproles has one year remaining with a $3.4 million... [Read More]
03/11/14 Titans sign WR Dexter McCluster to a 3-year, $12 million contract
The Titans have added some juice to their return game as well as their receiving game, perhaps their running game, and anything else Dexter McCluster can handle. The Titans signed the diminutive 2013 Pro Bowler to a three-year deal worth $12 million on Tuesday. McCluster spent his first four seasons with the Chiefs and increased his reception, yardage and yards per catch totals each season. He ca... [Read More]
03/11/14 UPDATE: Browns sign WR Andrew Hawkins to 4-year offer sheet; will Bengals match it?
Andrew Hawkins is close to taking his talents from Ohio to another place in Ohio. Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that the Browns have signed the restricted free agent to a four-year offer sheet. As a restricted free agent, the Bengals now have seven days to match the offer and retain Hawkins or let him go play for their AFC North rival. And because Hawkins was given an original-p... [Read More]
03/11/14 Cowboys cut WR Miles Austin
The Cowboys have opened more salary-cap space by letting go of another veteran. This time, it's wide receiver Miles Austin who was handed his walking papers. It's not quite as surprising as the release of DeMarcus Ware, but Austin is a popular player who had spent his entire eight-year career in Dallas. Austin burst onto the scene in 2009 as he recorded more than 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns. In... [Read More]
03/11/14 Buccaneers sign TE Brandon Myers to 2-year deal
After a forgettable season with the Giants, tight end Brandon Myers will look to return to his 2012 form as a member of the Buccaneers. Myers signed a two-year deal with the Bucs on Tuesday. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Myers' contract is worth about $4 million with incentives on top of that. Myers never seemed to fit with the Giants after signing a similarly cheap one-year deal with them la... [Read More]
03/11/14 A couple of wideouts re-up: Redskins' Santana Moss and Lions' Kevin Ogletree
So much news has happened and will continue to happen for the rest of the day, so it's time to consolidate some of the lesser-heralded signings. Here, we have a couple of reserve wideouts staying on with their respective teams for another season. Pro Football Talk was first to report that Santana Moss will remain with the Redskins, and that Kevin Ogletree has re-signed with the Lions. Moss, 34,... [Read More]
03/11/14 Colts, RB Ahmad Bradshaw agree to 1-year contract
Pro Football Talk reports that the Colts have decided to give it another year with running back Ahmad Bradshaw. He played in just three games as a Colt in 2013, and it wasn't a foot problem that did him in for once. It was his neck. Bradshaw didn't play after Week 3 and underwent season-ending surgery in Week 5. He finished with 186 yards and two scores over 41 carries.... [Read More]
03/11/14 49ers trade for QB Blaine Gabbert
Talk about going from the outhouse to the penthouse. 2011 draft bust Blaine Gabbert lost his starting job in Jacksonville last season, and no matter what city he called home in 2014, he was going to continue to be a backup. Today, Gabbert became a backup for the NFC Champions in two of the past three years. The Jags traded Gabbert to the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday for a sixth-round pick, sour... [Read More]
03/11/14 Raiders re-sign RB Darren McFadden to 1-year deal
Back in January, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie made it pretty clear that he would much rather re-sign Rashad Jennings than Darren McFadden if he had to choose between his running backs. Well, Jennings is on his way out of town, so it looks like McKenzie had to settle for McFadden. And McFadden had to settle for a "prove it" contract. According to Fallon Smith of CSN Bay Area via a sourc... [Read More]
03/11/14 RB Rashad Jennings tweets he is 'looking forward' to signing with Giants
Sorry, Peyton Hillis. Raiders running back Rashad Jennings has some news via his own Twitter account: "Flying to the Big Apple tonight! Looking forward to signing the dotted lines with Giants." The exact amount of years and money that the Giants are giving Jennings is currently unknown. Jennings, who turns 29 in a couple of weeks, became an attractive free-agent for a RB-needy team after puttin... [Read More]
03/11/14 Report: Cowboys release DE DeMarcus Ware
I don't dabble much with defensive-player fantasy leagues, but whether you are an IDP fan or just a fan of the NFL in general, you know this is big news. The Cowboys have released defensive end Demarcus Ware. The move was first reported by Clarence Hill of the Cowboys' official website and followed up by many other NFL reporters. In his nine years with the Cowboys, Ware was a seven-time Pro Bowle... [Read More]
03/11/14 Detroit Lions showing interest in WR Golden Tate
Ian Rapoport @Rapsheet tweeted today that he hears the Lions are showing interest in free agent wide receiver Golden Tate. The Seahawks may still retain Tate, but it seems the market it heating up for the Super Bowl Champion.... [Read More]
03/11/14 Broncos re-sign WR Andre Caldwell for 2 seasons
A small signing to report before we see some of the bigger ones become official very soon. The Broncos have re-signed wide receiver Andre Caldwell to a two-year contract worth a maximum value of $3.45 million, according to Pro Football Talk. Caldwell registered 16 catches for 200 yards and three touchdowns last season. Caldwell saw more playing time while Wes Welker was absent due to a concussion... [Read More]
03/11/14 Who wants 'em?: Patriots WR Julian Edelman will hit open market
We are less than 30 minutes away from the official start of 2014 NFL free agency, and the large pool of available wide receivers is getting a late addition. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Julian Edelman and the Patriots were "unable to reach a deal today and he will test the market." The Patriots have reportedly been deep in talks with Edelman and recently offered him a three-year deal. Edelm... [Read More]
03/11/14 Giants re-sign RB Peyton Hillis
Michael Cox, with 22 career carries, was atop Giants' running back depth chart entering Tuesday. With David Wilson hurt and Andre Brown a free agent, the Giants need all the help they can get at that position. Apparently, they think Peyton Hillis can still be helpful. The Giants have signed Hillis to a two-year deal worth $1.8 million. In seven games with New York last season, Hillis ran 73 times... [Read More]
03/11/14 Texans release TE Owen Daniels
Owen Daniels has been a solid player for the Houston Texans for many years. But he's 31 years old, coming off a season pretty much lost to a fractured leg and was set to count about $6 million against the salary cap for a team that doesn't have much cap space to begin with. So, Daniels has been cut. The move clears $4.5 million from the Texans' cap. Daniels said Monday that he feels healthy after... [Read More]
03/11/14 RB Joique Bell, Lions agree to 3-year extension
The Lions and running back Joique Bell have been working on a contract extension for a while now, but coming into today, they hadn't agreed on anything yet. So, to make sure the restricted free agent didn't slip through their fingers when free agency officially begins this afternoon, the Lions put a second-round tender on Bell. That tender put Bell under contract for 2014, allowed the two sides to... [Read More]
03/11/14 Report: Redskins sign WR Andre Roberts to 4-year, $16 million deal
This will be confirmed at or just after 4 p.m. Eastern today once players are allowed to sign deals with new teams, but it's pretty much a lock this morning. The Redskins have signed former Cardinals wideout Andre Roberts. The news was first broken by the Washington Post's Mike Jones. According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, the pact is four years long and half of its $16 million is guaranteed. ... [Read More]
03/11/14 Devin Hester: I'm the best all-around player in the NFL
Devin Hester won't be returning to the Chicago Bears after a memorable eight-year run. He knows that he must now market himself to other teams, and his strategy is an extremely confident one. During an interview with NBC 5 in West Palm Beach, Fla., Hester was asked who he thinks is the NFL best all-around player right now. His answer? "Me. ... I can go and play corner, I can go and play receiver... [Read More]
03/11/14 Patriots WR Aaron Dobson undergoes foot surgery, expected to miss 2-3 months
Last week, Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson was considering surgery to fix what ails his left foot. We know what he has decided, and it is done. According to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe, Dobson had surgery Monday to repair the stress fracture in the foot. Howe wrote that the early estimated recovery timetable for Dobson is 2-3 months. Playoffs included, Dobson missed five games last season ... [Read More]
03/11/14 Bears get rid of RB Michael Bush
The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs reported Monday that the Bears cut running back Michael Bush two seasons into his four-year, $14 million deal. Bush worked mostly as the team's goal-line back when Matt Forte was healthy. In 2012 and 2013 combined, Bush ran for 608 yards and averaged 3.4 yards per carry. He started just one game.... [Read More]
03/10/14 Tampa Bay looking to trade CB Darrelle Revis
Darrelle Revis is apparently too expensive for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While Revis had a great 2013, if he were on the roster after Tuesday at 4:00 pm, the Bucs would owe him a 1.5 million dollar roster bonus and a fourth round pick owed the Jets, would become a third round pick.... [Read More]
03/10/14 McFadden seems to be the favorite of the RB free agents
According to ESPN NFL Insider, Adam Schefter, free agent RB Darren McFadden is the running back garnering the most interest from potential suitors. The Raiders have said they'd like to keep him, at the right price. The Bengals were once rumored to have an interest in McFadden, but that has since subsided. So, for now, the teams that are "interested" shall remain anonymous. The hard part about ... [Read More]
03/10/14 Redskins seeking pass catcher; Britt, Sproles, Hawkins possibilities?
It looks like the Washington Redskins are willing to spend some money to add another weapon to the offensive arsenal for quarterback Robert Griffin III. Rumors have surfaced that report the Redskins having an interest in free agent wide receivers, Kenny Britt and Andrew Hawkins, as well as running back, Darren Sproles. Sproles was released by the Saints over the weekend, after being a very pro... [Read More]
03/10/14 Jets release WR Santonio Holmes after four years in New York
The New York Jets announced Monday that they will release Santonio Holmes saving the team more than eight million on the 2014 salary cap. The 30 year old receiver has played only one full season for the Jets and has seen his numbers steadily decline since joining the team. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ... [Read More]
03/09/14 Cowboys QB Romo on track for OTA's - takes in Duke, Carolina game
In an interview after Saturday night's ACC hoops showdown between Duke and North Carolina at Cameron, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo said he's feeling good, his post-back surgery rehab is going well, and he's on schedule for the Cowboys' Organized Team Activities when they start next month."It's going good," Romo told ESPN during Saturday night's interview. "We're getting close now to (returning). ... [Read More]
03/08/14 Cardinals RB Mendenhall retiring; Ellington's fantasy stock rising
Unrestricted free agent running back Rashard Mendenhall, who played last season with the Arizona Cardinals will retire, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported via his Twitter account Saturday night. Mendenhall was selected by Pittsburgh in the first round of the 2008 draft and played five seasons in Pittsburgh before coming to the desert to play for the Cardinals in 2013. While he did Arizona in rushing ... [Read More]
03/08/14 RB Tate promotes self ahead of free agency: 'I'm elite'
Considered by many to be the best running back option that will be available when free agency starts Tuesday afternoon, Ben Tate wanted to make it known that he sees himself as an elite NFL back and that whoever signs him will not be sorry. He also made it clear that he sees his time with the Texans as over. "I'm very grateful for the Texans selecting me and giving me an opportunity coming out o... [Read More]
03/08/14 WR Emmanuel Sanders a sidekick for Megatron?
Rumors are circulating that when Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders hits free agency on Tuesday afternoon, he may already have a suitor. And, if those rumors are true, Detroit WR Calvin Johnson could have a sidekick... Yeah, the Starscream label has already been assigned. Sanders was the Steelers number two wide receiver (behind Antonio Brown) in 2013, hauling in 67 catches for... [Read More]
03/08/14 Following AP's vote for Vick, Vikings re-sign QB Cassel
The likelihood of the VIkings granting star running back Adrian Peterson's wish and signing quarterback Michael Vick just lessened, as Minnesota re-signed QB Matt Cassel late Friday. The deal is for two years and is worth a reported $10 million. With that move, it's unlikely the Vikings would bring in a third QB to compete for their starting job. Cassel was the Vikings most effective quarterbac... [Read More]
03/08/14 RB Sproles will not be a Saint in 2014
Already between $2 million and $4 million under the salary cap after parting ways with wide receiver Lance Moore, the New Orleans Saints are going to try to free up some more space by trading spark plug running back, Darren Sproles. If they can't get what they'd like in a trade, the team has said they are prepared to release Sproles into free agency. Sproles has been a big part of the Saints off... [Read More]
03/07/14 Bucs among teams looking at QBs Josh McCown and Shaun Hill
Tampa Bay is looking at veteran QB's Josh McCown and Shaun Hill as potential competition for Mike Glennon. This may mean the Bucs intend on passing on a first round QB and looking at the position later in the draft.... [Read More]
03/06/14 Vick and Peterson in the Vikings backfield?
Apparently, the Vikings franchise player has made it known who he'd like to have handing him the ball in 2014. Running back Adrian Peterson tweeted on Thursday that he thinks QB Michael Vick could be the key to Minnesota getting back to the playoffs. Vick started six games for Philadelphia in 2013, injured his hamstring, then stood on the sideline the rest of the year, holding a clipboard, while... [Read More]
03/06/14 Saints looking to unload offensive weapons?
ESPN's Adam Schefter has cited his "sources" as reporting that the New Orleans Saints are shopping WR Lance Moore and RB Pierre Thomas, and could even be open to deals involving RB Darren Sproles. Sproles has been one of the focal points of the Saints offense since coming to New Orleans in 2011. Thomas emerged as another receiving threat out of the backfield for Brees this season, joining Sprole... [Read More]
03/05/14 Troubled WR Davone Bess cut by the Browns
Just one year after landing in Cleveland via a trade with the Dolphins, Devone Bess has been cut by the Browns. Bess still had two years left on his three year deal and will now enter the free agent pool.... [Read More]
03/05/14 Denver RB Montee Ball will get first crack at starting job
The Denver Post says the Broncos "want to give [Montee] Ball the first chance at becoming their No. 1 running back in 2014." It's very unlikely that free-agent Knowshon Moreno will return to the Broncos in 2014, making Ball the most likely lead ball carrier for the Broncos.... [Read More]
03/04/14 'There is no doubt Bengals RB Giovani Bernard will near 300 touches next year'
It's not a revelation by any means, but this is nice to hear from the editor of the Bengals' official website, Geoff Hobson: "(BenJarvus) Green-Ellis had 50 more carries last season, but (Giovani) Bernard had two more touches and, according to [Pro Football Focus], took 155 more snaps. After a spectacular NFL Rookie of the Year finalist season, Bernard is only going to get more work and no doubt ... [Read More]
03/04/14 Jaguars want to use Denard Robinson more at RB
Is Denard Robinson, at barely 6 feet tall and less than 200 pounds, really built to be a traditional running back in the NFL? Others have had success at that size -- Jamaal Charles immediately comes to mind -- but players who are that slight of build usually don't last long at that position. However, the Jaguars want to see if Robinson can handle the job and be more than a gimmick player. Robinso... [Read More]
03/04/14 It's the 'end of an era' for the Bears, WR Devin Hester
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweeted Tuesday that the Bears have made "no attempt" to re-sign soon-to-be free agent Devin Hester and added that this marks the "end of an era" for one of the NFL's best kick returners of all time. Rapoport also said he doesn't see a reunion between Hester and new Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith happening. Smith coached the Bears from 2004-12.... [Read More]
03/04/14 Report: Vikings will cut TE John Carlson
This day of mediocre fantasy commodities getting cut continues with the report from FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo that the Vikings will release tight end John Carlson soon. Garafolo has been told by a source that Carlson and the Vikings were open to a contract restructuring but couldn't come to an agreement. Carlson, 29, signed a five-year, $25 million deal two seasons ago. In that time, he caught 40... [Read More]
03/04/14 Falcons RB Jason Snelling is retiring
The Falcons announced Tuesday that fullback Jason Snelling has decided to retire. Snelling cited a desire to spend more time with his family as the main reason why he is calling it a career now. Snelling was taken by the Falcons in the seventh round of the 2007 draft and turned into one of the game's better blocking and pass-catching fullbacks. He is 30 years old and had one season remaining on hi... [Read More]
03/04/14 Raiders head coach is 'anxious' to see RB Latavius Murray play
Latavius Murray's rookie season ended in August as he was put on injured reserve due to an ankle injury. But the Raiders definitely want to see what they can get out of the 24-year-old, 230-pound back with 4.40 speed. "I think Latavius is one of those guys that we're anxious to see be healthy and get out there and play," Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said recently, via ESPN.com. "He's a big bac... [Read More]
03/04/14 Chargers cut RB Le'Ron McClain
Le'Ron McClain is a very good lead blocker. But lead blockers who play just 154 snaps and carry the ball 11 times aren't worth multiple millions of dollars. That's the judgment the Chargers made Tuesday as they released the seven-year vet. McClain was heading into the final season on his three-year deal. While he never handled the rock often in San Diego, he was on the field for only 12 percent o... [Read More]
03/04/14 Eagles release WR Jason Avant
The Eagles have moved a wide receiver off of its roster. No, it is not DeSean Jackson. The team confirmed Tuesday that it has released Jason Avant. This comes about two weeks before Avant was due a $1 million roster bonus. Avant, who has never surpassed 60 receptions, 700 yards or three touchdowns in any of his eight seasons, will turn 31 years old in April. Avant posted a 38-447-2 line for the... [Read More]
03/04/14 Eagles 'could be open' to trading WR DeSean Jackson
The Eagles have already re-signed wide receivers Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin. But could they really send their clear No. 1 away? According to Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com, the Eagles won't create a lot of effort to trade DeSean Jackson for the sake of leverage, but they also wouldn't dismiss the possibility out of hand if sent offers. "There's an opinion among some in the Eagles organization th... [Read More]
03/04/14 Patriots WR Aaron Dobson might need foot surgery
Aaron Dobson's left foot is still barking at him months after he first injured it. According to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe, Dobson has been told to rest his foot, which has impacted his offseason training regimen somewhat. The team's medical staff is keeping an eye on him, and it will decide in about two weeks whether the rest was sufficient to let the foot heal or if Dobson needs surgery. How... [Read More]
03/04/14 Giants WR Victor Cruz says he has recovered from knee surgery; compares self to Randall Cobb
Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz wasn't available for the final two games of his team's lost 2013 season as he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Dec. 19. Fast-forward a little more than two months later, and Cruz proclaims that he is back to 100 percent. Specifically, Cruz told the New York Daily News that he is back in the gym and doing a lot of weight training. He said he hopes to ... [Read More]
03/04/14 Saints' Jimmy Graham officially receives tight end franchise tag
As expected, Jimmy Graham was given the franchise tag of a tight end on Monday by the league's management council, just hours prior to the deadline to assign such tags. This means Graham will likely file a grievance against the league, stating he should be tagged as a wide receiver because he lined up off of the line 67 percent of the time this season. That wide receiver tag is worth about $5 mil... [Read More]
03/03/14 WR Anquan Boldin signs a two year extension with the 49ers
Jim Harbaugh said re-signing Boldin was a top priority this off season, and he meant it. The 49ers re-signed Boldin to a two year, 12 million dollar extension on Monday, with nine million guaranteed. Boldin wanted to be the first to break the news of his return, and did so via Twitter, "@49ers fans, I wanted to be the first to tell you I'm returning to San Francisco." ... [Read More]
03/03/14 QB Peyton Manning passes neck exam, will return to the Broncos in 2014
Broncos' QB Peyton Manning passed his contractually obligated, end of the season neck exam on Monday according to team executive Vice President John Elway. Manning had already passed his team physical right after the Super Bowl, but added into his 96 million dollar free agent contract was language that could have voided the deal had he failed the neck exam at season's end.... [Read More]
03/01/14 Ravens 'could end up' with WR Hakeem Nicks
Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith said earlier this week that he would like to see the team add a "move-the-chains guy" at receiver. Could Hakeem Nicks fit that bill? Well, for what it's worth, ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley wrote Saturday that Baltimore "could end up" with the soon-to-be free agent. Nicks caught 56 passes -- none of which went for scores -- for 896 yards this season.... [Read More]
03/01/14 WR Sidney Rice officially released by the Seahawks
In an effort to free up cap space, the Seattle Seahawks released WR Sidney Rice and DE Red Bryant. Rice would have cost the Seahawks 7.3 million against cap this coming year; Bryant 5.5 million. Both of the veterans were informed of their impending release on Feb. 21, a week before they were officially cut.... [Read More]
03/01/14 Could WR Danny Amendola be one-and-done with Patriots?
The Patriots signed Danny Amendola to a five-year contract last March, but there is at least a chance that the oft-injured wideout doesn't last long enough to see year two in New England. Bleacher Report's Dan Pompei wrote Friday that Amendola's name has been "floated" in trade talks by anonymous NFL teams. There is also talk by beat writers that Amendola could be cut. It would cost the Patriots ... [Read More]
02/28/14 Kicker news! Panthers K Graham Gano signs; Jets K Nick Folk gets tagged
We've got stories today on a fantasy commodity getting the franchise tag and other ones getting signed. And in the realm of the kicker, we've got one of each. Panthers kicker Graham Gano was rewarded for a career-best season Friday with a four-year contract worth $12.7 million. He made 24 of 27 field goals in 2013. Jets kicker Nick Folk is also coming off the best year of his career, but he was ... [Read More]
02/28/14 Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin gets what he wants, agrees to 1-year contract
As expected, the Eagles have re-signed wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, and it appears the player got what he wanted out of negotiations. The two sides agreed to a one-year deal on Friday worth up to $6 million. He will get $3.5 million guaranteed. Maclin missed all of the 2013 season due to a torn ACL. It was reported Thursday that the Eagles preferred Maclin sign a multi-year contract now, knowing ... [Read More]
02/28/14 Ravens TE Dennis Pitta gets paid: $32 million over 5 years
While one tight end is gonna have to make do with a one-year pact right now, another got some extended job security Friday. The Ravens and tight end Dennis Pitta agreed to terms on a five-year deal worth $32 million, league sources told The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson. "I could not be more excited to remain a Baltimore Raven," Pitta said in a statement. "There is no better organization or fan ba... [Read More]
02/28/14 Saints TE Jimmy Graham will be franchise-tagged
The deadline for teams to assign franchise tags is Monday, and between now and then, the Saints will place theirs on tight end Jimmy Graham, a league source has told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Graham, who has finished second, first, and first in fantasy points at his position starting in 2011, would earn about $7 million with the tight end tag next season. Graham has averaged 90 catches, 1,169 yards, ... [Read More]
02/27/14 Giants' offensive coordinator says pass protection is 'first and foremost' for RBs
If and when Giants running back David Wilson is able to return healthy from neck surgery, he'll have to get back to improving in his biggest area of weakness. Fumbling? No, his other big area of weakness. Following his blocks? No, his other big area of weakness. Pass protection? Yeah, that's the ticket. "First and foremost, the runner needs to be able to protect the quarterback," offensive coo... [Read More]
02/27/14 Report: Eagles, WR Riley Cooper agree to a 5-year, $25 million deal
Yesterday, it was reported that the Eagles and wide receiver Riley Cooper will make a four-year contract official on Thursday. That report apparently came up a year short. ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted this morning that Cooper's new contract is for five years and $25 million with $10 million guaranteed. Schefter adds via sources that wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and the team are also talking about ... [Read More]
02/27/14 Cowboys WR Dez Bryant won't be forgotten by new OC
The basic numbers show that Dez Bryant had a very good 2013 season. But it could have been even greater if the Cowboys simply fed him more. Bryant, who racked up more than 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns, finished four games this season with six or fewer targets. Owner Jerry Jones doesn't expect that kind of negligence to happen with new offensive coordinator and play-caller Scott Linehan. Why? Well... [Read More]
02/26/14 Chiefs intend to reduce RB Jamaal Charles' workload
Jamaal Charles had a marvelous season. He gained more than 2,000 yards from scrimmage, averaged five yards per carry and scored a league-high 19 touchdowns. He led the Chiefs in rushing yards, receiving yards and receptions. He finished second in the MVP voting and led many of you to fantasy championships. What's possibly even more amazing is how Charles' body was able to handle everything the Ch... [Read More]
02/26/14 Report: Eagles will sign WR Riley Cooper to 4-year contract on Thursday; WR Jeremy Maclin to follow?
Geoff Mosher of CSN Philadelphia reports via a league source that wide receiver Riley Cooper will sign a four-year deal on Thursday to remain with the Eagles. Cooper, 26, is coming off the best season of his career. He caught 47 passes for 835 yards and eight touchdowns, all career highs as he filled the No. 2 WR role in place of the injured Jeremy Maclin. Speaking of Maclin, Jeff McLane of the P... [Read More]
02/25/14 Terrell Owens, Plaxico Burress say they can still play in the NFL
We know it's tough for an athlete, a competitor to call it quits. From the age of perhaps a toddler, they have been groomed, focused to reach the top of their craft. They have been praised as one of the best at what they do and lavished with many enticing things. And then, in their mid-to-late 30s, still in the prime of their actual life, they are told it's over. Well, for Terrell Owens and Plaxi... [Read More]
02/25/14 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore is close to 100 percent healthy
49ers running back Marcus Lattimore suffered a horrendous knee injury in 2012 while playing of the University of South Carolina -- torn right ACL, MCL and PCL along with a kneecap dislocation. As a rookie in 2013, he was in no shape to play. But 2014 should be a different story. Lattimore told the Associated Press that his knee feels close to 100 percent and he is eagerly awaiting April 21, the ... [Read More]
02/25/14 Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall hints at retiring. Kind of. Maybe. Perhaps
It's a slow news day, so let's take an trip inside the mind of Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall. Mendenhall wrote a blog entry for The Huffington Post on Tuesday in which he describes a vision he had the day after he tore his right ACL during the Steelers' regular-season finale of 2012. Mendenhall writes that his vision consisted on swimming in dark, cold, dangerous waters late at nigh... [Read More]
02/24/14 Peter King: Ravens RB Ray Rice will likely be disciplined if he hit fiancée
You've seen the security-camera video of Ray Rice dragging his clearly unconscious fiancée out of a hotel elevator. What we haven't seen -- but what police reportedly have -- is video proof that Rice knocked her unconscious. If it is proven, MMQB.com's Peter King says Rice will likely have to pay a price. "And regardless of the circumstances, if Rice did lay a hand on (Janay) Palmer, he'll... [Read More]
02/24/14 Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon will 'absolutely' have to compete for starting job
Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon performed well for a rookie after being thrust into the starting job less than a month into the 2013 season. He threw 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 13 games, and while fantasy totals don't give you a great picture on how well a quarterback actually played, Glennon had a stretch in the middle of the season where he topped 15 fantasy points in six of sev... [Read More]
02/24/14 Colts WR Reggie Wayne expected to be ready for training camp
Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne is 35 years old. Players of that age don't exactly recover quickly from major knee injuries, but general manager Ryan Grigson said last week that he expects Wayne to be good to go when the team opens training camp. Head coach Chuck Pagano said Wayne "is working hard to get back." The 13-year vet tore his right ACL on Nov. 3 versus the Texans.... [Read More]
02/23/14 Sunday: Top QB's, RB's, and WR's at the combine
The NFL combine is in full swing and we're going to post some results of some notable players today. Until the entirety of a position runs the 40, the times will be unofficial. Keep checking back as news and results are updated. Since we're fantasy focused, we'll be primarily looking at potential starters for 2014. And Jordan Lynch, which is in no way related to the fact that I graduated from NIU... [Read More]
02/23/14 Ravens WR Deonte Thompson arrested, charged with marijuana possession
It's been a tough PR week for the Baltimore Ravens. A week that's already seen the evolution of Ray Rice's domestic trouble now ends with the news that second-year wide receiver Deonte Thompson has been arrested and charged with suspicion of possession marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The arrest occurred Friday night as the car Thompson was riding in was pulled over for not having its headlight... [Read More]
02/22/14 Giants expecting young WRs to step up next season
With Hakeem Nicks' chances of returning to the Giants next season "close to zero," in-house youngsters such as Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan are expected to pick up the slack. One person with such expectations is Giants general manager Jerry Reese. Via NFL.com's Chris Wesseling, Reese said Saturday that he is confident Randle will make a "significant jump" in 2014, and that Jernigan "finally ... [Read More]
02/21/14 Does size matter? The top 3 quarterback prospects, by the numbers
Height and weight and...hand size?? OH MY!! The NFL Combine kicked off Friday in Indianapolis, and one of the most anticipated pieces of information that NFL talent scouts were waiting for was revealed early in the morning. The top three quarterbacks in this year's draft were measured for height, weight, and the size of their hands. Blake Bortles measured in at 6'5", 232 pounds, and had hands tha... [Read More]
02/20/14 Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch to plead guilty to reckless driving; lawyer thinks he'll avoid suspension
A DUI case that has been hanging over Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch since the summer of 2012 has reached a conclusion. Lynch has agreed to plead guilty to lesser a charge of reckless driving. The admission of guilt comes as part of a plea deal that will see Lynch receive two years probation and a to-be-determined fine. He will also need to attend six classes on driving safety. "We are reso... [Read More]
02/20/14 Report: Giants RB David Wilson expected to be ready for training camp
A source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Thursday that Giants running back David Wilson is ahead of schedule in his rehab following spinal fusion surgery and is expected to be ready for training camp. The majority of Wilson's 2013 season was washed away due to a neck injury he suffered in Week 5. He didn't play after that, and underwent a spinal fusion to repair a herniated disc on Jan. 16.... [Read More]
02/20/14 Norv Turner's first task as Vikings' OC: Draw up plays for WR Cordarrelle Patterson
Everyone knew the Vikings needed to get explosive wideout Cordarrelle Patterson more involved as this season transpired. Everyone could see it. The kid was a big-play machine over the final month of the season, scoring six touchdowns in a variety of ways over the final five games. Still, Patterson had just one game all year in which he touched the ball more than six times. New Vikings offensive co... [Read More]
02/20/14 Report: Colts RB Trent Richardson underwent shoulder surgery after season
I can't wait to post something positive about Trent Richardson. I remain one of his few believers, and don't be surprised to see me tout him as a 2014 bounce-back candidate. I'm willing to go down with that ship. But as has been the case for basically the past four months, there's nothing to report about Richardson that falls into the "positive," column. A shoulder surgery certainly isn't a posit... [Read More]
02/20/14 Cardinals say they will use RB Andre Ellington more next season
Cardinals general manager Steve Keim spoke at the NFL Combine on Thursday and indicated that running back Andre Ellington will see more touches next season. Ellington averaged 5.5 yards per carry over 118 rushes this season and also caught 39 passes for another 371 yards. But don't start thinking the Cardinals are going to absolutely unleash the diminutive threat. Keim also said Ellington won't b... [Read More]
02/20/14 Redskins willing to part with QB Kirk Cousins for a second round pick
According to the Washington Post, the Redskins would be willing to deal Cousins for a second round pick in this year's draft. Washington's first round pick belongs to St. Louis this season, so another second rounder for a non-starter would be a good deal for the 'Skins. Cousins has already indicated his willingness to go to a team willing to make him a starter.... [Read More]
02/19/14 Report: Chargers WR Danario Alexander dealing with knee complications, 2014 season in doubt
For about the millionth time, Danario Alexander's knees are getting in the way of his football career. The latest setback comes in the form of an infection in his right knee, which has required multiple surgeries, a source told FOX Sports' Alex Marvez. Alexander missed the entire 2013 season after tearing his right ACL during training camp. It all went downhill from there. "Having undergone his i... [Read More]
02/19/14 Ravens RB Ray Rice's domestic dispute gets uglier
We already knew Ray Rice and his fiancee, Janay Palmer, were arrested this past weekend in New Jersey after they "struck each other with their hands," but new video obtained by TMZ.com shows what looks to be the ugly end of the dispute. The video allegedly shows Rice lifting and dragging a clearly unconscious Palmer out of a hotel elevator. Rice struggles to move Palmer's body, specifically her l... [Read More]
02/19/14 UPDATE: NFL suspends Redskins TE Fred Davis indefinitely
Fred Davis is about as far off the radar as a pending free agent can possibly be. Following a season in which he hardly played and didn't play well when he got his chance, the Redskins announced Wednesday that Davis has been suspended indefinitely by the league. The suspension is for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. The tight end was suspended four games in 2011 for a violation of th... [Read More]
02/18/14 Rams HC Fisher committed to Bradford at QB
In an interview with ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike Tuesday, St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher gave a vote of confidence to Sam Bradford as the team's starting quarterback. "Sam's doing great with the rehab," Fisher said. "He's really excited. He took on a leadership role last year and he's maintained that and he's our quarterback, and we've said that." Bradford missed the last 10 weeks of the 201... [Read More]
02/18/14 Redskins TE Jordan Reed is healthy after concussion symptoms marred his 2013
A concussion is temporary, but it's symptoms can linger for years. Fortunately, that's not the case for Redskins tight end Jordan Reed. After missing the final six games of the 2013 season due to reoccurrences of those symptoms, Reed has fully recovered, according to the Washington Post's Mike Jones, and is training for his second NFL season. In just nine games, Reed caught 45 passes for 499 yard... [Read More]
02/18/14 Saints TE Jimmy Graham wants to be franchise-tagged as a WR, will reportedly file grievance if not
Jimmy Graham, a restricted free agent, may not be a formal wide receiver, but he does line up in the slot and out wide quite often for a tight end (67 percent of his snaps last season). He would like to receive the extra money that comes with a WR franchise tag if the Saints do decide to tag him. And if he doesn't get what he wants? Well, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, you can expect a f... [Read More]
02/18/14 Broncos WR Decker looking to 'do what's best for my family' in free agency
Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker, who is projected to be one of the most coveted targets on the market when all the crazy cash starts getting slung at free agents, said that money isn't the only factor in his decision. He did, however, make it clear that money IS a big part of the equation. "If we can get on the same page, I will welcome a call from the Broncos, but I need to do what is be... [Read More]
02/18/14 Falcons WR Roddy White arrested Tuesday
Falcons wide receiver Roddy White was arrested early Tuesday morning on a failure to appear warrant. He spent just 90 minutes in the Gwinnett County Jail before being released on $168 bond. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, White allegedly failed to appear in court on a traffic charge of having "non-transparent material on windows." The warrant was issued more than a year ago, and Wh... [Read More]
02/18/14 You can forget about TE Tony Gonzalez making a comeback
Although Tony Gonzalez previously said he is retired, he left the door open a smidgen by saying that he could possibly return late in the 2014 season if the Falcons were a championship-contending team. That door was shut and locked today. Gonzalez has signed on to be part of CBS' "The NFL Today" Sunday morning pregame show. He and Boomer Esiason will replace Shannon Sharpe and Dan Marino. As such... [Read More]
02/17/14 Ravens RB Rice arrested for casino altercation with fiancee
According to espn.com's Jamison Hensley, Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice and his fiancee were both arrested and charged with simple assault following a physical altercation over the weekend in an Atlantic City, N.J. casino. The police report stated that the two, "struck each other with their hands", but that no injuries were reported. Both were released, but ordered to appear in court at a later date... [Read More]
02/15/14 WR Jeremy Maclin wants to remain with Eagles
Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin said Saturday that he would like to keep playing for the Eagles. Whether that happens will be left up to the team, which has Maclin and Riley Cooper scheduled to become free agents, and the Eagles probably can't keep both. Maclin's rehab from a torn ACL will factor into that decision, but for what it's worth, Maclin continues to say that he is on track for the s... [Read More]
02/15/14 Ravens want to get RB Ray Rice back on track, but they won't forget about RB Bernard Pierce either
Ray Rice really struggled in 2013. Perhaps he never fully recovered from a hip injury suffered in Week 2. Perhaps he simply wore down after a four-year average of 347 touches per season. You could definitely put some blame on his offensive line. Whatever the reason(s), offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak was very clear on what Rice still means to the Ravens' offense: "I think as he goes, we'll go," ... [Read More]
02/13/14 Clemson WR Sammy Watkins gets compared to Julio Jones, A.J Green
Barring some sort of Darrius Heyward-Bey stunner, there is no doubt that Clemson's Sammy Watkins will be the first wide receiver selected in May's draft. But how good could he be? Well, pretty darn good if you appreciate the opinions of NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell. Cosell said during a Thursday radio interview that "there's no debate" about Watkins' standing as this year's best incoming... [Read More]
02/13/14 Lions cut FFToolbox friend WR Nate Burleson
The Lions released wide receiver Nate Burleson on Thursday. The move understandably saddened Burleson, but didn't shock him. He said in a radio interview that he will "miss playing in Honolulu Blue" but admitted that the team's decision was "realistic." "[Lions executives] probably were sitting up there in meetings last week saying, 'If Nate plays a whole year, he can be one of the more productiv... [Read More]
02/13/14 Browns QB Brian Hoyer says he is ahead of schedule in ACL rehab
You may have forgotten, but the Browns actually had pretty good play at quarterback last season. It lasted for about two weeks and came from 28-year-old journeyman Brian Hoyer. He compiled five touchdowns and close to 600 yards against the Vikings and Bengals. Then in his third start, he tore his right ACL against the Bills in Week 6, and he's been working hard to get back ever since. Hoyer said ... [Read More]
02/13/14 Lions TE Joseph Fauria wants to put up Jimmy Graham-type numbers
To put the 2013 numbers of Joseph Fauria and Jimmy Graham side by side is unfair to the rookie. Graham more than quadrupled Fauria's number of catches and receiving yards in the same amount of games. However, the two do share a couple of similarities: Both are 6-foot-7 and have a background in basketball. Add the fact that new Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said his scheme will have thin... [Read More]
02/13/14 Broncos RB Montee Ball: I want every carry next season
The Broncos haven't said "so long" to Knowshon Moreno just yet. But if they let him walk in free agency, Montee Ball wants everyone to know that he is ready to run with the starting job next season. "Of course, obviously I have no idea what's going to happen with [Moreno] and this organization, but I do want to be a starter, and yeah, I want the football every time," Ball told Benjamin Hochman of... [Read More]
02/12/14 Packers QB Aaron Rodgers' collarbone is pain-free
At the bottom of an article about Aaron Rodgers and new Packers quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt comes this little tidbit that we pretty much assumed but is still nice to hear: Aaron Rodgers is healthy. Rodgers said recently that the collarbone he fractured in November "feels good. I don't have any issues. Rodgers missed seven games due to the injury, but returned for a division-clinching win ove... [Read More]
02/11/14 Browns' general manager and CEO to step down
Stop me if you've heard this before: A member of the Browns' brain trust is out of a job after just one full season of employment. Actually, two members. The team announced Tuesday that general manager Mike Lombardi and CEO Joe Banner won't be with the team next season. Lombardi was replaced immediately by assistant GM Ray Farmer, while Banner will step down by May. His position won't be refilled ... [Read More]
02/10/14 Re-signing TE Brandon Pettigrew is now the Lions top priority
The Detroit Lions intend to retain TE Brandon Pettigrew even after putting up his lowest totals since his rookie season. Although he failed to put up big fantasy numbers for owners, Pettigrew is seen as an excellent blocker and a three down player.... [Read More]
02/08/14 What should you expect from Colts RB Trent Richardson in 2014?
Recent reports out of Indianapolis have Donald Brown not being resigned this offseason by the Colts. His salary would likely be used to fix offensive line, wide receiver and defensive line issues. That move would make Trent Richardson the undisputed starter in Indianapolis, despite averaging over 2 yards per carry less than Brown in 2013. Normal 0 false false false... [Read More]
02/01/14 Report: Kyle Shanahan is Browns' new offensive coordinator
According to FOX Sports' Alex Marvez, the Browns have hired Kyle Shanahan to be their offensive coordinator. Shanahan was fired in December after spending four seasons as the Redskins' OC. Prior to that, he filled the same position for the Texans in 2008 and 2009.... [Read More]
02/01/14 NFL Honors: Broncos QB Peyton Manning named MVP in near unanimous decision
Peyton Manning might win his second Super Bowl on Sunday. He won his fifth MVP Award on Saturday. Manning garnered 49 of 50 votes for MVP -- one vote went to Tom Brady. Manning was also named Offensive Player of the Year. Setting all-time league highs in passing yards and touchdowns will do that for you. Other winners on the night include: Packers running back Eddie Lacy for Offensive Rookie of t... [Read More]
01/31/14 QB Chad Henne is only unrestricted free agent Jaguars plan to talk with before March 11
The 2014 NFL league year will begin at 4 p.m. Eastern on March 11. At that time, all players scheduled to become free agents will officially become free agents. The Jaguars don't have a lot of big names preparing to hit the open market, but one is the face of the franchise: running back Maurice Jones-Drew. However, the team will let other teams vie for his services. Jaguars general manager Dave Ca... [Read More]
01/31/14 Packers TE Jermichael Finley should be cleared for contact soon
Packers tight end Jermichael Finley underwent spinal fusion surgery in November. It ended his season and some thought it would end his career. But Finley was not one of that mind. He's been working out and preparing to come back for the 2014 season, and he's close to reaching a critically important benchmark. Finley told Pro Football Talk on Friday that his doctor expects to clear him for contact... [Read More]
01/31/14 Lions RB Reggie Bush wants to play at least through 2018 season
Reggie Bush is coming off the most productive season of his eight-year career. He will enter his age-29 season in 2014, so he should keep posting high totals as he is still in his physical prime and with an explosive offense. But what will Bush look like on the field five years from now? If it's up to Bush, we'll find out. Bush said in a Friday interview with Pro Football Talk that he "would love... [Read More]
01/31/14 Bills QB E.J. Manuel underwent knee surgery after season
Knee problems tell much of the story of E.J. Manuel's rookie season. He underwent surgery in August to clean up his left meniscus. He missed four games during the middle part of the season and then the closing two games with injuries to each knee. His first offseason in the pros has begun with knee news as well. Manuel said during a Thursday radio interview that he underwent a "minor" knee proced... [Read More]
01/31/14 Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald says he is willing to restructure his deal
Citing an 18 million dollar cap number for the 2014 season and a 21.5 million the year after that, NBC Sports reports that Larry Fitzgerald is willing to restructure his deal to lessen his cap burden on the team. Typically a restructured deal helps the team by freeing money to spend on talent surrounding the high priced player. It's important to note, Fitzgerald didn't say he would take a ... [Read More]
01/31/14 Eagles QB Michael Vick 'very badly' wants to start next season
Michael Vick's 2013 season was forgettable. More likely, it's already forgotten. Seriously, do you remember how Vick played in six starts this season? The incredible and sudden emergence of Nick Foles turned Vick into faint memory in Philadelphia. Vick, a free agent to-be, talked to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News on Thursday and said he will have to move on to a new city in 2014. But no... [Read More]
01/31/14 Broncos WR Wes Welker isn't thinking about retirement
There's a chance Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will be forced to think about retiring after the Super Bowl. His top slot receiver is having no such thoughts of his own. Despite suffering a couple of concussions this season and the fact that he will turn 33 in a few months, Wes Welker said Wednesday that he will be back for 2014 even if the Broncos win Sunday. The reason: He's having too much ... [Read More]
01/31/14 WR Julian Edelman isn't sure if he'll be back with Patriots
Thanks to injuries and a handful of green wideouts, Julian Edelman was thrust into a leading role in the Patriots' offense this season. He responded with a 105-1,056-6 line, and did it just in time before he hit the open market. Edelman hinted in a Boston radio interview Thursday that he would like to return to New England, but knows that might not happen "Playing for New England is a dream, but... [Read More]
01/30/14 Gregg Williams takes over as Rams defensive coordinator
When Jeff Fisher landed the Rams job he hired Gregg Williams as his defensive coordinator, but an indefinite "Bountygate" suspension put those plans on hold. Williams eventually returned to football in February as a defensive consultant for the Titans. Now, two years later, Jeff Fisher has signed the man he originally wanted for the job after firing coordinator Tim Walton earlier in the we... [Read More]
01/30/14 Ravens RB Bernard Pierce undergoes shoulder surgery, out 4-5 months
That surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff Ravens running back Bernard Pierce was considering a few weeks ago? It was completed Wednesday. As expected, Pierce is expected to need 4-5 months of rehab. That means he'll miss OTAs, but he should be ready in time for training camp.... [Read More]
01/29/14 Cowboys tab Scott Linehan to be play-caller, demote defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin
Last week, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was asked if he was going to replace any coaches, and he evaded that line of questioning by saying, "No movement there, everybody is under contract." This week, there's a lot of movement to report. Scott Linehan has been hired as Dallas' passing-game coordinator. But more importantly, he replaces Bill Callahan as the offense's play-caller although Callahan wil... [Read More]
01/29/14 Michael Vick says Eagles' Zach Ertz will be one of the league's best tight ends
Don't know why this is making the rounds now since Vick said this back in October, but whatever. Zach Ertz put up a modest stat line in his rookie season -- 36 catches, 469, four touchdowns. But Vick said he expects much greater things from the Stanford product in the future. "There are three players that I told that they would be great players in this league: I always told Alge Crumpler that he... [Read More]
01/29/14 Report: Broncos don't expect to have RB Knowshon Moreno back next season
Knowshon Moreno is scheduled to become a free agent this spring, and it's great timing for him to cash in as the 26-year old is experiencing the best season of his career. And according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Broncos "don't expect" to have Moreno back for the 2014 season. He set career-highs in rushing yards, receiving yards, catches, and touchdowns this season. ... [Read More]
01/25/14 Vikings' Kyle Rudolph could be latest TE to benefit from Norv Turner's coaching
"Norv Turner should help [tight end's name here] be even more productive this season." That's kind of how it goes with Norval. He was in San Diego as Antonio Gates became one of the best at the position. Last year, he was in Cleveland for Jordan Cameron's breakout campaign. Now, as the new offensive coordinator for the Vikings, these kinds of statements, via ESPN.com's Ben Goessling, seem inevitab... [Read More]
01/24/14 Cowboys give a $22.5 million contract extension to kicker Dan Bailey
The Cowboys and kicker Dan Bailey agreed on a six-year contract extension Thursday. The deal will keep Bailey in Dallas through the 2020 season -- it starts in the 2015 season -- and pay him $22.5 million in total salary. He got a $4 million signing bonus, and $7.5 million in the deal is guaranteed. Since 2011, Bailey owns the league's second-best field-goal-conversion percentage and was 28 for 3... [Read More]
01/24/14 Browns finally hire Mike Pettine as head coach
After interviewing a double-digit number of candidates, the Browns have finally made a decision: Mike Pettine is their head coach. A five-year deal between the two sides was made official Thursday. Pettine, who was the Bills' defensive coordinator in 2013, has been a DC in the league since 2009. However, this is his first venture into head coaching since his days running high school teams in the l... [Read More]
01/23/14 Dallas keeping offensive and defensive coordinators
Offensive coordinator and play caller Bill Callahan will return to the Dallas Cowboys next season as will defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. While at Senior Bowl practices owner/GM Jerry Jones replied to questions about potentially replacing the coaches, "No movement there, everybody is under contract, so nothing there. Just nothing there at all, everybody has a contract and I plan on the... [Read More]
01/22/14 Report: Browns will interview Bills DC Mike Pettine for a third time tomorrow
We don't normally write about coaching interviews, but this is getting ridiculous. The Browns want to spend even more time Mike Pettine. According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Pettine, the Bills' defensive coordinator, will fly to Cleveland on Thursday to have his third interview for the team's head-coaching position. Pettine and the Browns met for a second time on Tuesday, and there was a report t... [Read More]
01/22/14 UPDATE: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will have groin surgery
Update: Anderson adds Peterson will actually undergo surgery today and is expected to need 4-6 weeks to recover. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A few days ago, we were waiting to hear if Vikings running back Adrian Peterson needed to undergo surgery on his groin. The meeting with his doctor has apparently gone down, and Peterson has been tol... [Read More]
01/22/14 Seahawks WR Percy Harvin practices Wednesday
We are 11 days from the Super Bowl, and practice reports at this point are largely meaningless. Case in point, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch didn't practice today due to a knee injury. But he is at zero risk of missing the biggest game. What is notable, however, is that wide receiver Percy Harvin was active at Seahawks practice Wednesday. It was his first practice action since suffering a ... [Read More]
01/22/14 Seahawks DB Sherman draws praise from Broncos
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox and tight end Julius Thomas both had praise for Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman a few days after the 26 second sound bite heard 'round the world. "I know he's a terrific player, a great cover guy," said Fox, "I know the Seahawks are statistically very good on defense, and in particular pass defense. I'm sure their secondary has a lot to do with that." Thomas ... [Read More]
01/22/14 OC Ben McAdoo wants Giants to be an up-tempo offense
The Giants' offense needs a jump start after floundering this season. It ranked 28th in points and yards and blew away the rest of the field by committing 44 turnovers. New offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo wants to jolt this squad back to life by installing "an up-tempo, attacking-style offense," he said. That's what wide receiver Victor Cruz likes to hear. "I'm for all [going] up-tempo, getting ... [Read More]
01/22/14 Some coach says Jets QB Mark Sanchez would start for his team right now
If it's the Browns, well, then yeah. But they don't have any coaches. One anonymous coach has told Brian Costello of the New York Post that Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez would "be the starter as soon as he walked in the door for us." Sanchez, 27, missed the entire 2013 season due to a torn labrum in his right (throwing) shoulder. He turned the ball over 52 times in two seasons prior. He carries ... [Read More]
01/22/14 Report: Bills DC Mike Pettine 'is going to get' Browns' head-coaching job
We might have to wait until morning for confirmation, but Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News is ready to call a winner in the Browns' search for a head coach. Gaughan says it will be Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Gaughan tweeted Tuesday night that Pettine "is going to get the Browns job. A deal is close." Pettine interviewed for the position for a second time on Tuesday. Pettine has bee... [Read More]
01/21/14 49ers RB Frank Gore needs finger surgery; RB Marcus Lattimore should be ready for full offseason
49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday that lead running back Frank Gore broke his right ring finger during Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area adds that Gore needs "minor finger surgery," according to a source. Gore should be 100 percent in plenty of time for next season. Another Niners running back who should be ready for offseason work is Marcus Lattimore, who sat o... [Read More]
01/21/14 Saints QB Brees and Rams DE Robert Quinn to anchor Rice's Pro Bowl squad
In a new twist for the NFL Pro Bowl game, geared towards trying to garner more fan interest, Jerry Rice selected New Orleans Saints quarterback and St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn with his first two selections in the Pro Bowl Draft. His adversary, Deion Sanders, selected Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamal Charles and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. The draft will be held over... [Read More]
01/20/14 Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin has an injured hip
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Monday that wide receiver Doug Baldwin "is a little banged up" because he has a hip pointer. However, Baldwin is expected to be fine for the Super Bowl against the Broncos in 13 days.... [Read More]
01/20/14 NFL looking into abolishing extra points
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on NFL Network on Monday that the league's Competition Committee is mulling over proposals to erase and replace the extra-point play. "The extra point is almost automatic," Goodell said. "I believe we had five missed extra points this year out of 1,200 some odd (attempts). So, it's a very small fraction of the play, and you want to add excitement with every pla... [Read More]
01/20/14 Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says team underutilized TE Gavin Escobar
The Cowboys didn't get much out of second-round rookie tight end Gavin Escobar in 2013. He played in more games than he had targets. Owner Jerry Jones stated the obvious Monday, saying that the team didn't use Escobar enough. He finished his first year with nine catches, 134 yards, and two touchdowns.... [Read More]
01/20/14 Lions new head coach Jim Caldwell to 'work on Stafford's footwork'
Jim Caldwell, the Detroit Lions new head coach, has made it known that he expects better from his franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford, and he's going to do his part to help him improve. After watching every throw that Stafford made during the 2013 season, Caldwell said, "The great majority of poor throws—people look at the arm, and that's important obviously, but I think footwork is the k... [Read More]
01/20/14 Seahawks WR Percy Harvin 'should be fine' for Super Bowl XLVIII
According to John Boyle of the Everett Herald, Pete Carroll said wide receiver Percy Harvin (concussion) "should be fine" for the Seahawks matchup with the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. Harvin had spent the majoirty of this season coming back from a hip injury prior to the team's divisional round game against New Orleans, and was in the lineup. However, after logging three catches for 21 ya... [Read More]
01/20/14 Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno (chest) should be ready for Super Bowl
After leaving the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots with a chest injury, it appears the Broncos and their starting running back, Knowshon Moreno have dodged a bullet. It appears that the injury that forced him to miss the last few plays of the game is likely just a bruise and he should be good to go in two weeks when Denver's number one offense faces Seattle's number one defe... [Read More]
01/19/14 Patriots WR Aaron Dobson active, WR Kenbrell Thompkins inactive for AFC Championship
The Patriots will have wide receiver Aaron Dobson on the field for the first time since Week 17 today versus the Broncos. He's officially active despite a foot injury. But another Patriots outside receiver, Kenbrell Thompkins, is inactive. He suffered a concussion last week against the Colts and has been dealing with a hip injury since the start of December.... [Read More]
01/18/14 Vikings RB Adrian Peterson might undergo groin surgery
A sprained foot got more press when Adrian Peterson missed two of the Vikings' final three games this season. But the 2012 MVP was also hampered by a groin injury, and that issue might land him on an operating table soon. An anonymous source with knowledge of the situation has told USA Today's Tom Pelissero that Peterson will meet with a doctor next week who will examine his groin injury and decid... [Read More]
01/18/14 Norv Turner is Vikings' offensive coordinator
The Cleveland Browns have reportedly lost both of their coordinators on the same day. Following a morning report that Ray Horton has joined the Titans, the Vikings have agreed to terms with offensive coordinator Norv Turner. This will be sixth different franchise for which Turner will be OC. He served in the same capacity for the Browns in 2013 during Josh Gordon's breakout season.... [Read More]
01/18/14 Joe Montana not sold on Colin Kaepernick's play
Whenever the 49ers are on the brink of a Super Bowl, as they have been the last three years, someone will ask Joe Montana what he thinks. Why not, Montana is arguably the best quarterback ever to play in the NFL and certainly the winningest in 49ers history. This year Montana had some advice for third year quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the state of quarterback play in the NFL. Norm... [Read More]
01/18/14 Some teams don't view QB Teddy Bridgewater as a first round pick
NFL.com reports that some teams view Teddy Bridgewater as something other than a first round pick. Bridgewater's early season performances propelled him into the spotlight with many analysts projecting him to be the first over pick this May. While many experts still anticipate a top five selection, his slender frame (6 foot 3 inches, 196Lbs.) and the rising stock of Johnny Manziel, Blake B... [Read More]
01/17/14 Titans hire Chargers TE coach Jason Michael to be offensive coordinator
The youth movement at offensive coordinator continued Friday when the Titans hired 35-year-old Jason Michael to be their new OC. Michael spent the past three seasons coaching the tight ends in San Diego where he coached alongside former Chargers offensive coordinator and current Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt. "Jason really impresses me with his knowledge of the run and pass game, and he was a ... [Read More]
01/17/14 Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas added to injury report Friday with calf issue, listed as probable
Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas popped up on the team's injury report Friday with a calf injury. Of the eight names on the report, he was the only one who didn't go through a full practice during the day -- he was merely limited -- but he's designated as probable and fully expected to play Sunday versus the Patriots in the AFC Championship.... [Read More]
01/17/14 Patriots WRs Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson questionable for AFC Championship
The Patriots have released their final injury report of the week, and wide receivers Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson can find their names in the "questionable" column. Thompkins was officially limited during practice, but he suffered a concussion last week against the Colts, and it's unclear if he has been cleared to play yet. Meanwhile, Dobson returned to practice this week after resting his... [Read More]
01/17/14 UPDATE: Seahawks WR Percy Harvin ruled out for Sunday
Update: Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll announced Friday afternoon that Harvin won't play against the 49ers, saying he just won't gain clearance in time for the game. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We are closing in on the 48-hour mark until the Seahawks vie for a trip to the Super Bowl, and as of now, they won't have wide receiver Percy Ha... [Read More]
01/17/14 Rams QB Sam Bradford (ACL surgery) insinuates he'll be ready by start of training camp
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch checked in with Rams quarterback Sam Bradford on Thursday, nearly three months since the former No. 1 overall pick suffered a torn left ACL in Carolina. Bradford said he doesn't feel any pain in his surgically repaired knee, and "there's no reason why" he can't be ready to go once training camp opens in late July. Bradford is rehabbing and working out at ... [Read More]
01/17/14 Next season will be a 'big year' for Chiefs TE Travis Kelce
I guess it's never too early to fire up the hype train on some players for 2014. Chiefs general manager John Dorsey told the Kansas City Star recently that next season will be a 'big year' for young time end Travis Kelce. "It will be good for [Kelce] to move forward, and it will be good for us just to show everybody why we drafted him in the third round," Dorsey said. The Chiefs drafted Kelce i... [Read More]
01/17/14 UPDATE: Browns WR Davone Bess arrested for assaulting a police officer/firefighter
Browns wide receiver Davone Bess was arrested Friday morning at an airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and charged with simple assault on an officer/firefighter/EMT, disorderly conduct, and resisting an officer without violence. According to the arrest report, Bess was acting "irrationally" in one of the airport concourses and was stopped by law enforcement. Bess proceeded to pick up a cup of coffee... [Read More]
01/16/14 Rams GM is content with team's current group of receivers
The Rams tried to surround quarterback Sam Bradford with an abundance of quality receivers heading into the 2013 season, signing tight end Jared Cook to big money as a free agent and drafting wide receiver Tavon Austin eighth overall in April's draft. The result? No Rams receiver gained more than 700 yards. Cook set the high mark at 671. The leading wideout, Chris Givens, had 577 yards. It certain... [Read More]
01/16/14 Chargers WR Malcom Floyd's career might be over
Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd didn't play for the rest of the year after suffering a scary neck injury in Week 2, and there's a chance he will never play football again. Floyd told Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego that he "definitely" wants to keep playing, has been told that players have returned from this type of injury before, and is making progress in his rehab. However, Floyd has also ... [Read More]
01/16/14 Raiders hope to re-sign RB Rashad Jennings, will let RB Darren McFadden test market
The Raiders' top two running backs will be free agents this spring, but it's clear which one general manager Reggie McKenzie wants to remain in silver and black. McKenzie said Thursday that he wants to re-sign Rashad Jennings and added that he expects Darren McFadden to test the open market.... [Read More]
01/16/14 'Titans plan to use RB Shonn Greene more, not less, moving forward'
Those are the words of Titans beat reporter Jim Wyatt as he runs through the reasons why running back Chris Johnson won't be donning a Titans uniform in 2014. One of those reasons is that the team signed Shonn Greene to a three-year, $10 million contract prior to this season, and he would have received more carries if he hadn't missed five games due to injury. Wyatt expects that uptick to come nex... [Read More]
01/16/14 Seahawks WR Percy Harvin still not cleared to practice
There's really no update today on Percy Harvin's status, and that's bad news for the Seahawks. Head coach Pete Carroll said Harvin is continuing to go through the league's concussion protocol and has yet been cleared to practice. Harvin suffered a concussion in last Saturday's game versus the Saints.... [Read More]
01/16/14 Colts GM hints that RB Trent Richardson lacked confidence, but team still confident in him
There's no use in beating a dead Colt; we all know Trent Richardson had a woeful first season in Indianapolis. He didn't top 70 rushing yards in any game. He got benched. He fumbled his first carry of the playoffs. Richardson probably couldn't wait for 2013 to end. And obviously, the team isn't going to give up on Richardson less than four months after trading a first-round pick to acquire him. C... [Read More]
01/16/14 Buccaneers OC Jeff Tedford favors a running-back committee
Before being named the Buccaneers' offensive coordinator a couple of weeks ago -- his first NFL coaching job -- Jeff Tedford spent 11 years as the head coach at the University of California. During his time, his offenses were most effective when he had more than one running back getting significant work. Marshawn Lynch, Jahvid Best, Shane Vereen, they were all involved in a committee at Cal. And i... [Read More]
01/16/14 Jets give HC Rex Ryan multi-year contract extension
The Jets announced Thursday that they and head coach Rex Ryan have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract extension. Ryan had one season remaining on his current deal, and his new one is reportedly heavy in incentives for playoffs wins. He has a 52-48 record in five seasons with the Jets, including two trips to the AFC Championship game. The 2013 Jets finished at 8-8.... [Read More]
01/16/14 Patriots QB Tom Brady returns to practice Thursday
A cold and some shoulder pain aren't going to keep Tom Brady off the field Sunday. It didn't keep him off the practice field Thursday. The Patriots' quarterback returned to practice after resting on Wednesday. He'll be fine for the AFC Championship versus the Broncos.... [Read More]
01/15/14 Lions WR Calvin Johnson recovering from multiple surgeries
Wide receiver Calvin Johnson was walking wounded as the Lions' 2013 season fell into a tailspin. He didn't play in Week 17 due to a knee injury that nagged him for the majority of the season, and he also had a finger injury. However, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said Wednesday that Johnson underwent surgeries to fix both boo-boos in the past couple of weeks and is recovering well from each.... [Read More]
01/15/14 Elsewhere at Patriots practice, WR Kenbrell Thompkins concussed; WR Aaron Dobson participates
Tom Brady was absent, but there are other stories from the Patriots' practice Wednesday. Wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins was limited due to a concussion as well as a hip injury. Also, wide receiver Aaron Dobson was on the field for the first time since the regular-season finale when he aggravated a foot injury.... [Read More]
01/15/14 Seahawks WR Percy Harvin visits doctors, doesn't practice Wednesday
As expected, Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin didn't practice Wednesday. He is just three days removed from suffering a concussion against the Saints and spent some of his day meeting with doctors in effort to get cleared prior to Sunday's game versus the 49ers.... [Read More]
01/15/14 Dolphins hire Eagles QBs coach Bill Lazor to be OC
ESPN's Ed Werder said on television Tuesday that Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor is going to be the Lions' new offensive coordinator. Today, Lazor did become an offensive coordinator, but not for the Lions. Instead, he accepted the same position with the Dolphins. Lazor, 41, spent last year coaching up Nick Foles. He was the Virginia Cavaliers' offensive coordinator for 2010-12.... [Read More]
01/15/14 UPDATE: Patriots QB Tom Brady missed practice Wednesday due to illness, shoulder injury
This probably won't matter by tomorrow, but it's worth noting that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady didn't practice on Wednesday. Of course, head coach Bill Belichick refused to give a reason for Brady's absence, but a source tells NFL.com's Ian Rapoport that Brady is "just sick." Update: Rapoport adds that Brady is also listed on the injury report with a right shoulder injury. There should be zero... [Read More]
01/15/14 Vikings tab Mike Zimmer as head coach
After spending the last 14 seasons as a defensive coordinator for three franchises, Mike Zimmer is finally getting a promotion. The Vikings have hired him to be their next head coach. According to FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, the Vikings decided Zimmer was their guy on Tuesday night following a second interview. The job was officially offered and accepted Wednesday. Zimmer had been the Bengals' defens... [Read More]
01/15/14 New Orleans QB Drew Brees willing to restructure contract to re-sign TE Graham
The New Orleans Saints figure to be 12 million dollars over the salary cap going into the offseason, luckily Drew Brees is willing to restructure his deal to free up some money for the team. Brees is two years into a five year 100 million dollar contract and stands to make 18.4 million this year. It's important to note Brees never said anything about a pay cut, he's talking about an extension; mak... [Read More]
01/14/14 Giants, Redskins hire young offensive coordinators
If the Redskins and Giants want to compete for a NFC East title, one thing they both must do is fix rather dysfunctional offenses. Each team believes it took a step forward in doing that Tuesday with the hiring of new offensive coordinators. The Giants have chosen Ben McAdoo to replace retired offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. McAdoo, 36, was the Packers' quarterbacks coach for the past two s... [Read More]
01/14/14 Bills RB Fred Jackson wants to play 3 or 4 more seasons
Fred Jackson, 32, was the oldest running back to play in at least one game this season, a couple months older than the Texans' Greg Jones. But considering calling it a career isn't occupying a sliver of Jackson's mind. In a Tuesday radio interview, Jackson said he wants to play through the 2016 season, at the very least. "I want to get three or four more years in," Jackson said. "I confidently be... [Read More]
01/14/14 Detroit Lions hire Jim Caldwell as next head coach
The Detroit Lions became the latest team to fill their head coaching vacancy on Tuesday by hiring Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell. This will be Caldwell's second stint as an NFL head coach. Caldwell coached from 2009-2011 and went 26-22 after taking over for Tony Dungy in Indianapolis,. The Browns and Vikings are the only two teams yet to fill their head coaching job. ... [Read More]
01/14/14 LSU RB Jeremy Hill declares for draft
LSU star running back Jeremy Hill will forgo his junior and senior seasons for the Tigers and enter the 2014 NFL Draft, according to ESPN's David Ching. Hill just finished his sophomore season for LSU, compiling an impressive 1,401 yards and 16 touchdowns. He capped his season off with a 216 yard/2 touchdown effort in LSU's Outback Bowl win against Iowa. Hill has not been without controversy whil... [Read More]
01/13/14 Titans hire Ken Whisenhunt to be their head coach
That was fast. Ken Whisenhunt, the Chargers' offensive coordinator, has agreed to become the head coach of the Tennessee Titans. The news was broken by ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. The Lions and Browns were also very interested in Whisenhunt, who was the Cardinals' head coach from 2007-12 before joining the Chargers. According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Chargers are likely to pro... [Read More]
01/13/14 Colts notes: Injury updates on WR Reggie Wayne, RB Vick Ballard, TE Dwayne Allen
The Colts' season is over, so looking toward how to improve in 2014 begins now. The return of integral injured players is one way the team can accomplish that goal. Three injured, notable offensive players who remain under contract -- wide receiver Reggie Wayne, running back Vick Ballard, and tight end Dwayne Allen -- each spoke about their health Monday. Wayne, who suffered a torn ACL on Oct. 20... [Read More]
01/13/14 Falcons owner says WR Julio Jones is 'doing well'
There's been nothing to report on Julio Jones' health since he was placed on injured reserve Oct. 10 due to a fractured foot. Falcons owner Arthur Blank didn't add much on Jones' status during a Monday press conference, but not much is more than nothing. When asked about Jones, Blank said his star wideout is "rehabbing and doing well." Jones caught 41 passes for 580 yards and two touchdowns in fi... [Read More]
01/13/14 Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount played just 26 snaps Saturday
LeGarrette Blount tied a Patriots franchise postseason record with 166 rushing yards Saturday against the Colts. He scored four times, including on a 73-yard dash that was the highlight of the game. And Blount pretty much knew he was going to get the ball when he was on the field. Blount carried the ball 24 times despite playing just 26 of the Patriots' 73 offensive snaps. Running back Shane Vere... [Read More]
01/12/14 Broncos QB Peyton Manning's NFL future could hinge on neck exam after season
There is a chance that we could be watching the end of Peyton Manning's career. That is the absolute worst-case scenario and the odds seem beyond long, but according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen via sources, Manning "will be forced to decide whether to retire" pending the results of a contractually mandated exam of his surgically repaired neck this March. If the exam doesn't show an "increased risk ... [Read More]
01/12/14 Report: Chargers expect RB Ryan Mathews to play versus Broncos
Despite sitting out of practice all week, the Chargers think their leading rusher will be up against the Broncos this afternoon. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that the team expects Ryan Mathews to play even though a sprained ankle that he aggravated last week kept him sidelined during the practice week.... [Read More]
01/12/14 Panthers WR Steve Smith officially active; RB Jonathan Stewart scratched
There was never really a question of if Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith would play today against the 49ers, but rather how agile and effective he can be. We will get a look. Smith is officially active for the divisional-round playoff game. He didn't get in much practice time due to a sprained PCL. On the other hand, running back Jonathan Stewart is a surprising inactive. He went through full p... [Read More]
01/12/14 Patriots WR Kenbrell Thompkins leaves due to head injury, does not return
The Patriots are moving on to the AFC Championship, but their week ahead will contain anxiety regarding their wide receivers. The reasons for worry were added to on Saturday night when Kenbrell Thompkins exited the game against the Colts in the third quarter with a head injury and did not return. It is not known if Thompkins has been officially diagnosed with a concussion.... [Read More]
01/11/14 Seahawks WR Percy Harvin done for the day with a concussion
Percy Harvin left after a helmet to helmet hit with a possible concussion in the first quarter, but returned to the game fairly quickly. Seattle fans relief was short lived as Harvin suffered a second blow to the head trying to come down with a pass in the end zone at the end of the first half. Harvin was diagnosed with a concussion and will not return, he finishes with three receptions fo... [Read More]
01/11/14 High winds and heavy rain expected in Seattle and Foxborough for Divisional games
According to ESPN's Ed Werder Seattle is expecting heavy rain with 30MPH winds. Given that no one in the playoffs pass as much as the Saints or runs as much as the Seahawks, the home field advantage at CenturyLink just got bigger. Heavy rain and up to 45MPH gusts are expected for the Patriots/Colts game, which should disrupt the kicking game and medium to long passing game.... [Read More]
01/10/14 Hype building for UCF QB Blake Bortles as No. 1 overall pick
ESPN's Adam Caplan tweeted a couple of days ago that NFL teams' opinions on Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles were "all over the place." That has certainly been true in the media this week as draftniks and scouts have gone on record to offer variant opinions on the junior QB. But Friday skewed positive for the Bortles hype. Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch quoted an anonymous NFL... [Read More]
01/10/14 Saints RB Pierre Thomas officially questionable for Saturday; Seahawks WR Percy Harvin probable
Saints running back Pierre Thomas went through limited practice for the second day in a row on Friday. However, it's still no sure thing that he will play this Saturday in Seattle due to a chest injury. He is listed as questionable. In the same game, Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin is listed as probable with his hip injury.... [Read More]
01/10/14 Report: Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin going pro
The man who scored the last touchdown in this college football season is looking forward to getting into some NFL end zones this fall. Florida State redshirt sophomore Kelvin Benjamin will enter this year's draft, a source close to the player has told Tom D'Angelo of the Palm Beach Post. The 23-year-old scored 15 touchdowns on just 54 receptions this year, including the national championship-winn... [Read More]
01/10/14 Cardinals RB Andre Ellington already prepping for 2014 season
Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official website has a piece up about running back Andre Ellington already preparing for next season. That includes visits to the training room to heal some late-season nicks and visits to the workout room to add weight onto his 200-pound frame. It also talks about how much of a neophyte the rookie Ellington was when it came to lining up as a receiver and running rou... [Read More]
01/10/14 Patriots WR Aaron Dobson ruled out, WR Kenbrell Thompkins questionable versus Colts
As expected, Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson won't play Saturday against the Colts. The team confirmed it Friday. Dobson hasn't practiced since re-aggravating his sprained foot in Week 17. Dobson will be replaced as a starter on the outside by Kenbrell Thompkins, but only if Thompkins is actually healthy enough to play. He is listed as questionable due to a hip injury, the same injury that fo... [Read More]
01/10/14 Panthers WR Steve Smith, RB Jonathan Stewart listed as questionable, expected to play
Steve Smith's 57 percent health might just be good enough to get him on the field Sunday. Both he and running back Jonathan Stewart are listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers. While Stewart practiced all week, Smith dealt with a setback in his injured left knee. Head coach Ron Rivera wouldn't say if the more-valuable Smith will definitely play, but that "My gut is that [Smith] ... [Read More]
01/10/14 Bengals OC Hue Jackson wants to run the ball more
Most offensive coaches and coordinators often talk about the importance of the running game. Most also get away from it at the first sign of trouble and just fall in line with today's pass-first NFL. But with a good-but-not-great quarterback at the helm and Giovani Bernard in the backfield, Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said during his Friday press conference that he indeed wants to ba... [Read More]
01/10/14 UPDATE: Chargers RB Ryan Mathews doesn't practice Friday, listed as questionable
Update: Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com writes that Mathews was wearing a brace over his injured left ankle while watching Friday's practice and "gingerly made his way to the locker room" once it was over. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hmmm, this is interesting. Chargers running back Ryan Mathews didn't practice on Wednesday or Thursday after aggravatin... [Read More]
01/09/14 Saints RB Pierre Thomas puts in limited practice for first time this week
After nearly 10 days of no practice and ostensibly no chance of playing this Saturday versus the Seahawks, Saints running back Pierre Thomas now has a glimmer of hope. That's because he went through limited practice on Thursday. Thomas had been held back from all activities by a chest injury since Week 17. He didn't play against the Eagles last week.... [Read More]
01/09/14 Redskins HC Jay Gruden loves zone-read option, says Robert Griffin III is undisputed starting QB
Just a couple of small pieces of business following in the wake of today's announcement that Jay Gruden is the 25th different head coach in the history of the Washington Redskins. Gruden put any question about a possible quarterback competition to rest, saying Robert Griffin III "is the starter. There will be no competition. And when asked for his thoughts on the zone-read option, Gruden said, "... [Read More]
01/09/14 Jets TE Kellen Winslow facing drug possession charges
Um, I'm not sure if this helps a football player's open-market value. Jets tight end Kellen Winslow appeared in a New Jersey courtroom Wednesday for a pre-trial hearing on charges of possession of synthetic marijuana. The actual charge -- possession of a controlled dangerous substance -- is a third-degree offense and could lead to Winslow spending up to five years in prison if convicted. Accordi... [Read More]
01/09/14 Seahawks WR Percy Harvin finishes week with another full practice
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Thursday that he "absolutely" expects wide receiver Percy Harvin to be active Saturday versus the New Orleans Saints. Harvin wrapped up three consecutive days of unlimited practice participation on Thursday and appears ready to play in just his second game this season.... [Read More]
01/09/14 Auburn RB, Heisman finalist Tre Mason declares for NFL Draft
Running back Tre Mason is selling his stock high. The Auburn junior announced Thursday that he will enter the 2014 NFL Draft. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Mason became a household name outside of SEC country after he gashed three top-10 teams -- Alabama, Missouri, Florida State -- in milestone games to cap off the Tigers' miracle season. He ran for 164 yards against Nick Saban's defense in the Iron B... [Read More]
01/09/14 Giants RB David Wilson will undergo neck surgery on January 16
The Giants don't know when running back David Wilson will play football again. General manager Jerry Reese said during a radio interview today, "I don't think we can go into next season saying 'David will be ready to go. He'll be our No. 1 back.'" That's because Wilson has a herniated disc in his neck and has been diagnosed with career-threatening spinal stenosis. Wilson himself may not know when ... [Read More]
01/09/14 Per usual, Chargers RB Ryan Mathews sits out Thursday's practice
Chargers running back Ryan Mathews hasn't practiced on Wednesday or Thursday in either of the past two weeks to rest a nagging sprained ankle. And nothing has changed this week as Mathews has once again missed all practice sessions up through Thursday. However, he is still expected to play Sunday in Denver.... [Read More]
01/09/14 Bengals promote Hue Jackson to offensive coordinator
Now-former Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is heading to Washington to clean up the Redskins' mess. So, he has been replaced in-house back in Cincinnati by running backs coach Hue Jackson. Jackson is most known for his one season (2011) as Raiders' head coach, in which he went 8-8 and was then fired. However, he got good results as the offensive coordinator one year prior to being named ... [Read More]
01/09/14 Broncos WR Wes Welker will be just fine for Sunday's game
It's been a while since we've heard anything on the Wes Welker front, and for good reason: There isn't much to report. He hasn't played since Week 14 due to a concussion, but last week, he finally received medical clearance to play. If you're wondering if he has suffered some sort of post-concussion setback since then ... no, he has not. Welker practiced without limitations on Wednesday and will b... [Read More]
01/09/14 UPDATE: Panthers WR Steve Smith actually comes out of Thursday's practice worse for wear
Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith did practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but things didn't go smoothly. Smith said today that he has suffered a setback with his injured left knee. Whereas he said he felt 71 percent healthy Wednesday, Smith dropped that number to 57 percent on Thursday. He sprained his left PCL in Week 16.... [Read More]
01/09/14 Bengals OC Jay Gruden finalizing deal to be Redskins new head coach
After spending the last three seasons as offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals, Jay Gruden will be taking over the head coaching position for the Washington Redskins. GM Bruce Allen has known Jay Gruden for many years and he was widely considered the front runner for the HC position since Mike Shanahan was fired. The Bengals have made the postseason each of the last three years... [Read More]
01/09/14 Panthers WR Steve Smith and RB Jonathan Stewart back at practice
Steve Smith, Jonathan Stewart and the rest of the Carolina Panthers were practicing Wednesday and Thursday this week. It looks like the Panthers will have a full complement of players for this weekend's Divisional playoff game against the 49ers. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ... [Read More]
01/09/14 Saints RB Pierre Thomas continues to be absent from practice
Saints running back Pierre Thomas may reprise his role from Wild Card Weekend this Saturday in Seattle: inactive. Thomas didn't practice Wednesday and hasn't practiced since suffering an unspecified chest injury in late December.... [Read More]
01/09/14 Bears WR Brandon Marshall says 2013 was a 'down year' for him
An NFL receiver caught 100 passes in 16 games this season with 1,295 yards, 12 touchdowns and was named to the Pro Bowl. What a waste. Welcome to the mind of Bears wideout Brandon Marshall. "I really believe I had a down year," Marshall said during a podcast Tuesday. "I didn't have a chance to really work. I had a surgery, so that put me back, and I didn't really like the way my game was last y... [Read More]
01/09/14 RB Chris Johnson feels he is being underutilized by Titans
Chris Johnson's 279 carries this year marked his third-most in a season. However, that usage was not to his liking. He basically said Tuesday that either the Titans should give him more work or let him go to a team that will. Here are the candid exerts: "I feel like if [the Titans] are not going to use me the way I am supposed to be used and let me be the horse, then I would rather them let me mo... [Read More]
01/09/14 Dennis Allen will remain Raiders' head coach for 2014
Despite 4-12 records in his first two seasons, Dennis Allen is staying on as the Raiders' head coach. Team owner Mark Davis said in a phone interview with ESPN.com on Tuesday night that he and Allen "talked about a lot of things, from personnel issues to the coaches to a review of the past season to the draft and our needs for next season," but Allen's job security was not an issue. Allen, 41, ha... [Read More]
01/08/14 Ravens RB Bernard Pierce expected to undergo shoulder surgery, miss 4-5 months
The Ravens' desire to sign running backs this offseason just got a little more heightened. Running back Bernard Pierce is expected to undergo surgery to repair a torn right rotator cuff and will need 4-5 months to recover, according to the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson via a league source. Pierce has reportedly not decided whether to go under the knife, but the operation will take place this month... [Read More]
01/08/14 Chiefs looking to sign QB Alex Smith to an extension
The Kansas City Chiefs are looking to extend Alex Smith before the start of next season, the final of his current contract. He is owed 7.5 million in base salary for 2014, but if the Chiefs and Smith reach an agreement, that number should go up. Smith and head coach Andy Reid led a huge turnaround in Kansas City this year, they finished 11-5 with a playoff appearance after a 2-12 finish in 2012.... [Read More]
01/08/14 Seahawks Harvin full practice participant Wednesday, eyes Saturday return
Per ESPN.com's Terry Blount, Seattle Seahawks turf-burning wide receiver Percy Harvin was listed as a full participant in the team's Wednesday practice and looks to be preparing for game action in this weekend's divisional playoff game at home against the New Orleans Saints. Harvin has only played in one game this season, hauling in one reception for 17 yards in the Seahawks 11/17 home win again... [Read More]
01/08/14 QB Johnny Manziel declares for the NFL draft
It's official, Johnny Manziel will enter the 2014 NFL draft. This isn't really a surprise given Manziel's performance in his two years as a starter at Texas A&M. Despite an offseason controversy involving the selling of autographs (an NCAA violation) and questions about his maturity, Manziel settled in to have an excellent sophomore campaign. Manziel threw for 4117 yards and 37 touchdowns this... [Read More]
01/08/14 NFL seriously considering adding two teams to playoffs in 2015
According to Commissioner Roger Goodell, the plan to add a wildcard team to each conference is under "serious consideration" by the NFL and owners. Goodell has continued to push for expanding the playoff format, and while it's not a foregone conclusion, with recent comments by owners such as Jerry Jones in favor of such a measure, it seems likely expanded playoffs will be adopted by the NF... [Read More]
01/08/14 WR Hakeem Nicks would like to remain with Giants
For what it's worth, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks wants to remain a New York Giant. He said as much while speaking at a charity event on Tuesday. However, he added, "I understand the business side," and that he "doesn't really know what to expect" regarding his pro future. He will become a free agent in March. Nicks caught 56 passes for 896 yards this season but didn't find the end zone.... [Read More]
01/07/14 Chiefs RB Knile Davis has broken leg, sprained knee
Of the myriad Chiefs felled during Saturday's painful loss to the Colts, it appears running back Knile Davis has come away with the worst injuries. While wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has what is considered a mild foot sprain, and Jamaal Charles, Brandon Flowers, and Donnie Avery are all recovering from concussions, Davis has been diagnosed with a fractured leg and sprained knee. It is unknown if he w... [Read More]
01/07/14 Dolphins and GM Jeff Ireland agree to 'mutually agree to part ways'
Just a day after it was reported that Dolphins intended to keep head coach Joe Philbin and fire offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, the axe fell on embattled General Manager Jeff Ireland in Miami. While it's being reported as a "mutual parting of ways", this has been speculated on since the botched handling of the Jonathan Martin/Ritchie Incognito story made headlines earlier this year. Th... [Read More]
01/07/14 Patriots WR Aaron Dobson still not practicing, questionable for this weekend
Rookie Wide Receiver Aaron Dobson was held of of practice again Tuesday after re-injuring his foot in a week 17 matchup with Buffalo. He is questionable for this week's playoff matchup with the Colts.... [Read More]
01/07/14 Seahawks WR Percy Harvin remains on track to play this weekend
As expected, Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin took part in Tuesday's practice. This follows last week's surprise announcement that the team expects Harvin to play in the divisional round of the playoffs, and his full participation in practice last Friday.... [Read More]
01/07/14 Report: Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski to undergo ACL, MCL surgery Thursday
Come Thursday, start the clock on Rob Gronkowski's latest recovery timetable. A source has told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport that Gronkowski will undergo surgery this Thursday to repair the torn ACL and MCL in his right knee. The surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews. It will be the eighth known surgery of Gronkowski's career, and his sixth since November 2012.... [Read More]
01/07/14 Ravens will target running backs during offseason
Be it due to injuries, poor offensive line play or plain strategy that left him on the sidelines, Ravens running back Ray Rice turned in awfully low numbers this season. His yards-per-carry average dropped from 4.4 to 3.1. He was held to less than 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 15 games after four consecutive seasons with at least 1,600 yards from scrimmage. His backup, Bernard Pierce, cut into h... [Read More]
01/07/14 Packers WR Randall Cobb fueled for a big 2014 season
A broken leg is the story of Randall Cobb's 2013 season, but prior to that injury in Week 6, he was building upon his breakout 2012 season with a strong start. He opened the year with back-to-back games with more than 100 yards. In four full games, he had caught 25 passes, gained 403 yards from scrimmage and scored twice. Then he took a low hit with bad consequences. Cobb returned in Week 17, sco... [Read More]
01/07/14 Panthers WR Steve Smith hints at not playing, then says he will play Sunday
Panthers fans who were following Twitter updates from the Charlotte Observer's Joseph Person during wide receiver Steve Smith's press conference Monday may have felt their heart skip a beat when Smith said he was only 60 percent sure that he would play in Sunday's playoff game versus the 49ers. But mere minutes later, Smith upped his chances to 100 percent. "It's not about can I go?," Smith said.... [Read More]
01/06/14 Colts sign former Patriot WR Deion Branch in advance of Saturday's game
The Colts have come to terms with Deion Branch less than a week away from a matchup with his former team. The former Super Bowl MVP last played in 2012, while in his third stint with the Pats. Darrius Heyward-Bey has been ruled out of Saturday's game with a hamstring injury, leaving the team thin at the WR position.... [Read More]
01/06/14 Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin safe, Mike Sherman out as OC
A club source told Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald that HC Joe Philbin's job was "definitely safe" after an 8-8 season and just missing the playoffs. Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, however, was fired by Philbin on Monday. Following a year of controversy and underperforming free-agent signings, GM Jeff Ireland's status has "yet to be cemented." Normal 0 fals... [Read More]
01/06/14 Eagles WR DeSean Jackson believes he is due a raise
After signing a five year, 48 million dollar deal in March 2012, DeSean Jackson believes he deserves to re-negotiate his contract. "I definitely feel it's something deserving," Jackson told Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com on locker cleanout day. "We'll see how that plays out, and hopefully we can work things out smoothly and not have to worry about anything out of the ordinary. "But I d... [Read More]
01/06/14 Chargers RB Ryan Mathews wearing a walking boot after Sunday's game
Ryan Mathews nagging ankle injury limited him to 13 carries in the Wildcard win in Cincinnati Sunday, and was seen after the game wearing a walking boot. The Chargers, however, didn't stop running the ball without Mathews, they totaled 40 carries for 196 yards with the help of Ronnie Brown and Danny Woodhead.... [Read More]
01/05/14 QB Blake Bortles will enter 2014 draft; Hundley to stay at UCLA
UCF QB Blake Bortles will parlay his excellent 2013 season into a likely first round pick in the NFL draft this spring. Bortles had 25 touchdowns and threw for 3581 yards leading the Knights to a 12-1 season and a Fiesta Bowl victory. Meanwhile, 3000 miles away, UCLA QB Brett Hundley has reportedly decided to return to UCLA for his Junior season, refining what some are calling a unique, but raw t... [Read More]
01/05/14 Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles one of many injuries for KC in Wildcard loss
As reported earlier, Jamaal Charles was knocked out of the game Saturday in Indianapolis with a concussion during the first drive of the game. Chiefs receiver Donnie Avery and cornerback Brandon Flowers were also sidelined with concussions. Back-up running back Knile Davis, was taken off the field in the fourth quarter with a knee injury as the Chiefs watched a 28 point third quarter lead evapot... [Read More]
01/04/14 UPDATE: Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles to locker room with possible concussion
Jamaal Charles just headed to the locker room with a possible concussion, after hitting the ground hard early in the first quarter in Indy. Knile Davis will be the primary ball carrier for the time being. UPDATE: Jamaal Charles is out for the remainder of the game with a concussion symptoms. ... [Read More]
01/04/14 Titans fire head coach Mike Munchak
The expectation on Friday was that the Titans would retain three-year head coach Mike Munchak. On Saturday, he was fired. ESPN's Chris Mortensen was the first to report the news. The Titans compiled a 22-26 record with Munchak at the helm and haven't made the playoffs since 2008.... [Read More]
01/04/14 Panthers WR Steve Smith, RB Jonathan Stewart expected to return to practice next week
The Panthers' first-round bye has allowed a couple of important offensive cogs to get healthy before the divisional round of the playoffs. Wide receiver Steve Smith and running back Jonathan Stewart are expected to practice next week, according to head coach Ron Rivera. Both players missed game action at the end of the regular season due to injuries. Smith is recovering from a sprained PCL, and St... [Read More]
01/04/14 Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin says he's ahead of schedule in ACL rehab
Many people, including some of us here at FFToolbox, were very eager to see how the Eagles' top wideouts would fit into new head coach Chip Kelly's offensive system in 2013. Only half of the picture developed, because as DeSean Jackson ended up as a WR1 in fantasy, Jeremy Maclin was sidelined all year after tearing the ACL in his right knee during the early stages of training camp. Now, Maclin i... [Read More]
01/03/14 Saints RB Pierre Thomas ruled out for wildcard game with Eagles
Updating a previous story, it appears Saints running back Pierre Thomas's chest injury, which he suffered in the team's week 17 game against Tampa Bay, isn't healing as well as the team would like. According to ESPN.com's Mike Triplett, Thomas has officially been ruled out for New Orleans' wildcard game with the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday night. Thomas led the team in rushing yards with 549 a... [Read More]
01/02/14 Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater going pro
Teddy Bridgewater announced Wednesday that he is taking his game and heading to the NFL. ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy reports that the Louisville quarterback will forgo his senior season and start what could very well be a long, successful career in the league. At the age of 21, Bridgewater has a strong shot at being the number one overall pick in this year's draft, as the Houston Texans hold that se... [Read More]
01/02/14 Saints RB Pierre Thomas misses second straight practice Thursday
ESPN.com's Mike Triplett reports that running back Pierre Thomas of the New Orleans Saints missed his second straight practice on Thursday while trying to recover from a chest injury suffered in the team's 42-17 win against Tampa Bay Sunday. His status for Saturday night's wildcard showdown with the Eagles is currently up in the air. The bad news is that Thomas has been the most productive back i... [Read More]
01/02/14 Chicago QB Jay Cutler re-signs with Bears through 2020
Ending the speculation that followed Jay Cutler through this season, GM Phil Emory announced Thursday that the Bears have come to an agreement with QB Jay Cutler, keeping the QB in Chicago through the 2020 season. Foxsports.com's Alex Marvez reports the first three years of Cutler's deal average $18 million per season.... [Read More]
01/02/14 Panthers WR Steve Smith not practicing this week
HC Ron Rivera said Steve Smith (knee) will not participate in practice this week in hopes of getting him ready for next week's game. Having a first round bye will give Smith's sprained knee much needed rest and give him a chance to join the team in the divisional round.... [Read More]
01/01/14 Houston Texans agree to terms with HC Bill O'Brien
The Houston Texans became the first team to fill thier head coaching vacancy, when they reached an agreement with Penn State HC Bill O'Brien. This isn't surprising considering they were the first to fire thier head coach, Gary Kubiak, in week 13 after a 2-11 start, in hopes of getting a jump on other teams trying to fill the position.... [Read More]
12/31/13 Jaguars want RB Maurice Jones-Drew to test free agency
After eight years in Jacksonville, Maurice Jones-Drew is set to test the free agent market. After finishing the fifth and final year of his deal, Jones-Drew is hoping for a new four year deal in Jacksonville. It has been reported that Jacksonville GM Dave Caldwell wants Jones-Drew to sign an incentive laden two year deal instead. Jacksonville has the right to match any other teams offer and retain... [Read More]
12/31/13 Falcons WR Roddy White doesn't want to be an 'ironman' like Tony Gonzalez
Roddy White is currently working on a contract extension in Atlanta, but has made it clear he doesn't want to play 17 seasons like his now former teammate Tony Gonzalez.. White still has one more year on his deal, but could provide useful cap relief if he is extended this offseason. White told ESPN.com , "How many more years? I think three or four,'' he said. "I don't want to be an ironman like ... [Read More]
12/31/13 Ravens HC John Harbaugh 'Ray Rice fought through some things, issues with his legs.'
This admission comes as no surprise to anyone familiar with the Ravens this year. Ray Rice suffered through his worst season since his rookie campaign and many speculated that a hip flexor and quadriceps injury were at least partially to blame. While Rice appeared in 15 games, he averaged only 3.1 YPC with 4 touchdowns in 2013.... [Read More]
12/31/13 Report: Giants OC Kevin Gilbride likely to be fired; HC Tom Coughlin staying
Five NFL head coaches were shown the door between Sunday night and Monday night. A sixth pink slip wasn't handed out during that time at Giants headquarters as Tom Coughlin said he would like to continue to coach and was given the blessing of the team's brass. However, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride will probably need to update his résumé. A source tells Jordan Ranaan of the N... [Read More]
12/31/13 Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe (concussion) will practice Tuesday
The Chiefs rested just about all of their starters in Sunday's game versus the Chargers. This includes wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who probably wouldn't have played in Week 17 even if Kansas City had been in a must-win situation. He was ruled out prior to the weekend due to a concussion, but according to head coach Andy Reid, Bowe is "making progress" in his rehab and will practice Tuesday.... [Read More]
12/31/13 Texans RB Ben Tate says goodbye to Houston
Ben Tate understands that the NFL is a business. The Texans have their lead running back, Arian Foster, under contract through 2016, and Tate is about to become a highly sought-after free agent. He knows his time in Houston is up, and he said as much on both Facebook and Twitter on Monday. "Cleaned out my locker going to miss the guys on this team," Tate wrote. "we have a lot of good ppl on this ... [Read More]
12/31/13 Seahawks WR Percy Harvin will practice this week, hints at playing in divisional round
It seems like only a couple of days that Percy Harvin's season was all but over as he and his surgically repaired hip were destined to land on injured reserve. That's because it was a couple of days ago. But Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll made a surprise announcement Monday: Harvin will practice this week "with the intention of playing in this next game." That game will take place Jan. 11 again... [Read More]
12/31/13 Broncos WR Wes Welker cleared for game action
The Denver Broncos, owners of the No. 1 seed in the AFC Playoffs, don't have a game for about two weeks. But one of their best offensive weapons will be ready to re-take the field with them when they kick off in the divisional round. Wide receiver Wes Welker was finally cleared to play on Monday. He hasn't played since Dec. 8 because of a concussion -- his second in a four-week span -- although h... [Read More]
12/30/13 Jim Schwartz latest casualty as Lions fire head coach
This Black Monday has gotten busy. After the Sunday night firing by the Cleveland Browns of head coach Rob Chudzinski, the flood gates have opened. Per ESPN NFL Insider, Adam Schefter, the Detroit Lions have terminated head coach Jim Schwartz, making him the sixth head coach to be fired already. Schwartz compiled a 29-51 record in his five seasons at the helm for the Lions. During his tenure, Det... [Read More]
12/30/13 Tampa Bay HC Greg Schiano fired; GM Dominik also out
After a 4-12 season and a last place finish in the NFC South, Bucs Head Coach Greg Schiano and General Manager Mark Dominik have both been fired Monday morning.... [Read More]
12/30/13 As expected, Shanahan out as Redskins head coach
Shanahan outlasted his doubters. The man who was expected to be the first head coach removed at the end of the season (potentially as early as Sunday night) beat the odds and lasted until 10:00 Monday morning. Shanahan joins fellow firees Gary Kubiak-Houston, Rob Chudzinski-Cleveland, and Leslie Frazier-Minnesota. While there are sure to be more, Shanahan has been the most publicized, due to a co... [Read More]
12/30/13 'Black Monday' underway; Vikings fire HC Frazier
While the first head coaches fired were Houston's Gary Kubiak on December 6th and Cleveland's Rob Chudzinski on Sunday night, the first firing on the day that has come to be known as "Black Monday" is Leslie Frazier of the Minnesota Vikings. ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news on Twitter at approximately 9:00 AM ET. Denver Broncos Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase and Defensive Coordinator Jack Del... [Read More]
12/29/13 Lions WR Calvin Johnson will undergo knee surgery
It was reported Sunday morning that Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson would undergo knee surgery to remove some "loose bodies." We had to wait until after Detroit's Week 17 loss in Minnesota for the team to admit the truth. "He's going to need some surgery," head coach Jim Schwartz said of Johnson after the game. "Nothing major. Not microfracture surgery or anything like that." Schwartz went on... [Read More]
12/29/13 Report: Browns fire coach Rob Chudzinski after one season. Seriously.
In the midst of a stunning Week 17 Sunday came a stunning report by ESPN's Chris Mortensen: The Browns will fire head coach Rob Chudzinski after only one season. By 9:30 p.m. ET, "will" turned to did following a Sunday night meeting, per Fox Sports' Jay Glazer. Cleveland cratered over the second half of the season, losing its final seven games and finishing 4-12. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted... [Read More]
12/29/13 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 17
Hey, what are you still doing here? Shouldn't you be celebrating that fantasy championship you won last week? What? You're still playing?! Well, OK, I'll help you out this morning, but make sure your league ends in Week 16 next year so you don't have to worry about teams resting their starters (Chiefs). I'll be here until the early kickoffs to let you know which injured fantasy stars will and wo... [Read More]
12/29/13 Patriots RB Shane Vereen not expected to play in Week 17
ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss projects that the Patriots will hold running back Shane Vereen out of Sunday's game versus the Bills. "[Vereen] was held out of last Sunday's win after leaving with a groin injury, and if this was the playoffs, he'd be ready to go," Reiss wrote Saturday. "But the possibility of the team holding him back as a precaution makes some sense from this viewpoint." Vereen is off... [Read More]
12/29/13 Vikings RB Adrian Peterson officially ruled out
While the Lions have refused to say wide receivier Calvin Johnson won't play in Sunday's meaningless game against the Vikings -- even though he hasn't practiced all week -- the Vikings themselves aren't playing any games with the injury report. They have officially ruled out injured star running back Adrian Peterson. He was originally listed as doubtful on Friday's injury report before Saturday's ... [Read More]
12/29/13 Packers activate WR Randall Cobb from short-term injured reserve
In news that has less fantasy value than real-life value, the Packers have activated wide receiver Randall Cobb from injured reserve after he missed 10 weeks due to a broken leg. It means Cobb is expected to play in Sunday's de facto NFC North title game against the Bears. In five games before the injury, Cobb caught 29 passes for 378 yards and two touchdowns. He also had four rushes for 78 yards.... [Read More]
12/28/13 Chargers list RB Ryan Mathews as probable for week 17
Ryan Mathews didn't participate in practice on Wednesday or Thursday due to an anke injury, but returned on a limited basis on Friday and is considered probable for the division matchup with the Chiefs this weekend.... [Read More]
12/28/13 Lions RB Joique Bell probable for finale against Vikings
The Detroit Lions will likely have the services of "backup" RB Joique Bell (knee) on Sunday, despite being limited in practice on Friday. Bell looks to contiue proving his worth to the Lions heading into restricted free agency. Bell took the majority of snaps ahead of RB Reggie Bush week 16 after a first half Bush fumble.... [Read More]
12/27/13 Browns TE Jordan Cameron cleared to practice Friday
Jordan Cameron (concussion) has cleared the first hurdle in returning to game action, by being allowed to practice on Friday. He has yet to be cleared for the game against the Steelers this Sunday, so continue to check his status heading into the weekend.... [Read More]
12/27/13 Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe diagnosed with concussion, unlikely to play
Dwayne Bowe left practice early Thursday and was later listed on the injury report with a concussion. HC Andy Reid has intimated that his starters will rest, considering that the Chiefs are locked into the 5th seed. Given his injury and circumstance, expect Bowe to watch Sunday's finale from the sidelines.... [Read More]
12/27/13 No more stalling: Cowboys QB Tony Romo undergoes back surgery
Reports surfaced on Monday that Cowboys QB Tony Romo would miss the remainder of the 2013 season, including the playoffs, due to a back injury. Since then the organization did their best to counter such gloomy talk, suggesting there was a still a chance Romo could play in Sunday's must win game versus the Eagles. Such hopes/stalling tactics officially ended on Friday as the veteran underwent back ... [Read More]
12/26/13 Panthers WR Steve Smith and RB Jonathan Stewart miss Thursday practice
Carolina faces Atlanta this week with a chance to win the NFC South for the first time since 2008. While Atlanta has struggled this year, they would like nothing more than to spoil Carolina's party. Steve Smith and Jonathan Stewart are doubtful for Sunday's finale.... [Read More]
12/26/13 Texans TE Garrett Graham won't play week 17
Graham (hamstring) will be sidelined for a second straight week, making way for 6th round rookie Ryan Griffin to get another start. Graham has filled in adequately in Owen Daniels absence, but perhaps not well enough to garner a new deal in Houston during free agency.... [Read More]
12/26/13 Update: Packers QB Rodgers to start week 17
Updating the positive signs from Packers practice earlier in the day, ESPN's Adam Schefter has reported that quarterback Aaron Rodgers will indeed start Sunday. The announcement was made during an afternoon press conference held by Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy. McCarthy announced that Rodgers has been cleared and they will start him in their winner-take-all game agains divisional rival Chica... [Read More]
12/26/13 Packers WR Randall Cobb practices, takes first team reps
In addition to the news of quarterback Aaron Rodgers taking first team reps during practice on Thursday, the Packers got more good news, as they also had wide receiver Randall Cobb back on the practice field again, taking snaps with Rodgers, and fellow wideouts, James Jones and Jordy Nelson. Cobb has been out since fracturing his fibula in the Packers week six game at Baltimore. After having a br... [Read More]
12/26/13 Packers QB Aaron Rodgers takes first team reps in practice
ESPNWisconsin's Jason Wilde is reporting that Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers took first team reps during all QB drills on Thursday, including ball security drills and fundamentals drills, throwing to wide receivers vs. defensive backs. Wilde reports that Rodgers "looked sharp". Typically, the expected starter would take these snaps during practice. While no official announcement has been mad... [Read More]
12/26/13 Bills WR Stevie Johnson not back at practice, could miss another week
Whie the Bills did not actually practice on Christmas day, Johnson was still listed as out following the death of his mother. Considering her funeral is on Saturday, he may not be available to play week 17 in Foxborough.... [Read More]
12/26/13 Vikings RB Adrian Peterson still unable to practice
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson admitted Tuesday that he's "not as healthy as I would like" but will push to play in this Sunday's game, the final one for the Vikings in the Metrodome. Yet, if practice reports mean anything, Peterson's best efforts could all be for naught. Although the Vikings didn't practice on Christmas, NFL rules require each team to release a practice report with an indi... [Read More]
12/25/13 Giants RB Andre Brown cleared following Week 16 concussion
Running back Andre Brown will likely be available for Week 17 if the Giants wish to work him. Brown suffered a concussion late in last Sunday's win over the Lions, but he cleared the league's concussion protocol on Wednesday and is on track to play against the Redskins as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks. Backup running back Peyton Hillis, who didn't play against Detroit due to his own concu... [Read More]
12/25/13 Cowboys QB Tony Romo is 'trying to do everything he can' to play Sunday
While reports have stated that Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will not play again this season due to a herniated disc in his back, the Cowboys themselves aren't ready to admit that. All head coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday was that his quarterback didn't look "overly comfortable" and is "fighting through" the pain. Romo didn't take part in the day's practice. "He's certainly in a situation wher... [Read More]
12/25/13 Lions place TE Brandon Pettigrew on injured reserve
The Lions season effectively ended when they lost in overtime Sunday to the Giants. But they still have to play one more game. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew, however, has played his final down in 2013 and possibly with the Lions. He was placed on injured reserve Wednesday due to a sprained ankle. Pettigrew finishes with 59 catches, 567 yards and three touchdowns, all of which are his lowest marks si... [Read More]
12/25/13 Broncos WR Wes Welker returns to practice after 2 weeks away
Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker took part in limited practice Wednesday, his first practice activity since Dec 6. Welker had been out of action since suffering a concussion in Week 14. Arnie Stapleton of the Associated Press writes that Welker still isn't expected to take part in Sunday's game versus the Raiders, but he should be good to go for the playoffs, barring a setback.... [Read More]
12/25/13 Chargers RB Ryan Mathews expected to play in regular-season finale
Despite leaving his home stadium Sunday with his left foot in a walking boot, Chargers running back Ryan Mathews is expected to play this weekend versus Kansas City. That's pretty much what his head coach, Mike McCoy, told the media Tuesday. Mathews suffered a left ankle injury during last week's win over the Raiders.... [Read More]
12/25/13 We will know by Thursday if Packers QB Aaron Rodgers will play in Week 17
Here we go yet again. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said during a Tuesday radio interview that his playing status for Week 17 versus the Bears "will be definitive one way or another" by Thursday. Rodgers has missed the last seven games due to a fractured left collarbone.... [Read More]
12/25/13 Cowboys sign 41-year-old QB Jon Kitna
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said Monday that the team would have to sign a third quarterback in wake of Tony Romo's back injury. But no one expected Jon Kitna to be the signee. Yet, Kitna did sign a contract with the Cowboys on Tuesday. Kitna, 41, played for the Cowboys from 2009-11 and then retired early in 2012. But he's back. Kitna will likely be the direct backup to Kyle Orton this weeken... [Read More]
12/24/13 San Francisco WR Michael Crabtree re-emerges week 16; TE Davis shut out
Michael Crabtree recorded 5 catches for 102 yards in a Monday Night Football win against the Falcons. Conversely, Vernon Davis was held without a catch on only 3 targets. Davis propelled many owners to a championship match with his 12 touchdown season; this was the first time this season Davis has been blanked.... [Read More]
12/24/13 Update: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones won't rule out QB Romo for week 17
ESPN.com's Calvin Watkins is reporting that Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, stated Tuesday morning that quarterback Tony Romo still might play in the team's do-or-die regular season finale Sunday night against divisional foe Philadelphia. A league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Monday that Romo is out for the season with a back injury. Romo has a herniated disk in the lumbar region and needs t... [Read More]
12/24/13 Browns RB Edwin Baker poised to carry the load week 17
Edwin Baker managed 64 yards on 17 carries in the week 16 loss to the Jets. RB Chris Ogbonnaya was limited to 2 carries and neither Fozzy Whitaker nor Willis McGahee touched the ball at all. Baker's 64 yards on the ground are the second most by a Browns running back this year.... [Read More]
12/24/13 Raiders HC Dennis Allen wants QB Terrelle Pryor to fail, Pryor's agent says
Here's a fun one. Raiders head coach Dennis Allen announced Monday that he is turning back to Terrelle Pryor at starting quarterback for Sunday's game versus the Broncos. Some might have thought the Raiders were making the move to get one more look at the 24-year-old athlete in game action before the offseason. But Pryor's agent, Jerome Stanley, believes the real reason is much more malicious. "I... [Read More]
12/24/13 Knee injury might force Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders to miss Week 17
Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders didn't play in the second half of Sunday's victory over the Packers, and he might be missed this weekend against the Browns. Sanders has been diagnosed with a meniscus injury in his right knee, according to head coach Mike Tomlin, who deemed Sanders questionable for Sunday's regular-season closer. If Sanders can't go, Markus Wheaton would replace him in the ... [Read More]
12/23/13 Giants RB Andre Brown suffers a concussion late in Sunday's game
Andre Brown left Sunday's game in overtime with a concussion. Brown said he was "all right" and making jokes on Twitter, but he will need to go through the league mandated concussion protocal before returning to practice or playing in the season finale.... [Read More]
12/23/13 Texans might be down to starting their 5th-string RB on Sunday
Arian Foster, out. Ben Tate, out. We already knew that. But then the Texans' starting running back in Week 16, Dennis Johnson, suffered a hip injury, and his backup Deji Karim sustained a broken collarbone versus the Broncos. Interim head coach Wade Phillips said Monday that Karim is definitely out and Johnson is questionable for the regular-season finale at the Titans. There's also tough news on... [Read More]
12/23/13 Patriots RB Shane Vereen suffers groin injury in week 16 win
Shane Vereen left the field late in the first quarter with a groin injury and never returned to action in the Patriots' rout of the Ravens. Vereen was seen riding a stationary bike during the second quarter but was ruled out of the game. Stevan Ridley and LaGarrette Blount were the primary running backs after Vereen's injury.... [Read More]
12/23/13 Terrelle Pryor is Raiders' starting QB once again
The Raiders are turning back to quarterback Terrelle Pryor to close the 2013 season. Head coach Dennis Allen announced Monday that Pryor will start the finale Sunday versus the Broncos. Pryor replaces Matt McGloin, who has thrown eight interceptions and five touchdowns in his last five starts. Pryor has a 5:11 touchdown-to-interception ratio in 10 games, but he has also run for more than 500 yards... [Read More]
12/23/13 Report: Cowboys QB Tony Romo done for the season
Stunner: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will miss the remainder of the season due to a back injury, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Monday afternoon. Not specified, but we can assume this means Week 17 and the postseason should Dallas advance. Romo played through the injury to lead Dallas to a late 24-23 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday, throwing the game-winning score to DeMarco Murray ... [Read More]
12/23/13 Browns TE Jordan Cameron still going through concussion testing
Browns tight end Jordan Cameron didn't play on Sunday due to a concussion, and he hasn't made a lot of progress toward playing in Week 17. Head coach Rob Chudzinski said Monday that Cameron is still going through the league's concussion protocol. He should be considered very questionable for this weekend's game versus the Steelers, a game which is meaningless from Cleveland's perspective. Gary Bar... [Read More]
12/23/13 Green Bay RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) will not practice until at least Thursday
Eddie Lacy suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's loss to the Steelers. HC Mike McCarthy downplayed the injury saying, "Eddie's sore, he has been pretty much the whole season." It seems likely that Lacy will be re-evaluated on Thursday, but don't expect him to practice until Friday. Given the matchup and the importance of the game, expect Lacy to play, but if he is held out, James Starks will be in ... [Read More]
12/23/13 Chargers RB Ryan Mathews ends Sunday in walking boot
Chargers running back Ryan Mathews overcame the Raiders' defense and a fourth-quarter ankle injury to gain more than 100 yards and a touchdown during a Sunday victory. However, Mathews left the locker room after the game wearing a protective boot over his left foot. As he headed away from the stadium, Mathews said the boot was "more precautionary than anything" and that he expects to play in Week ... [Read More]
12/23/13 Panthers WR Steve Smith has sprained PCL, won't play Sunday
The Panthers got some good news after what looked to be an ugly scene when wide receiver Steve Smith suffered a non-contact injury to his left knee Sunday. An MRI on Monday revealed that Smith has a sprained PCL. Head coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Smith won't play Sunday versus the Falcons, but he hopes to have his star wideout back for the start of the playoffs. Ted Ginn Jr. will start in Smi... [Read More]
12/23/13 Broncos LB Von Miller has torn ACL
While the Broncos' record-setting offense grabs the headlines, the team has lost its best player on defense for a significant period of time. A Monday MRI confirmed that linebacker Von Miller tore the ACL in his right knee during Sunday's win over the Texans. According to the Denver Post's Mike Klis, it's believed that Miller's knee suffered no damage past the ACL, and "there is hope" that he will... [Read More]
12/23/13 Banged-up Lions WR Calvin Johnson may sit out regular-season finale
Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson gave it a go Sunday versus the Giants after some morning reports that he might not play due to a knee injury. But he was clearly limited as he gained only 43 yards and didn't have a catch in the second half. Head coach Jim Schwartz said after the Lions' fifth loss in six games that Johnson is "beat up" and has been really hampered by an ankle injury as well as th... [Read More]
12/23/13 Chiefs HC Andy Reid hints at resting starters in Week 17
Some fantasy football leagues will decide its champion in Week 17. If you are in one of those leagues, sorry, but the Kansas City Chiefs don't care. The 11-4 Chiefs are locked into the No. 5 spot in the AFC playoffs and have absolutely nothing to play for this Sunday in San Diego. Head coach Andy Reid didn't say Monday that he will indeed sit his starters for the game, but did say he's had some su... [Read More]
12/23/13 Patriots WR Danny Amendola involved in less than half of offensive plays
After being limited in practice this week with a groin injury, Danny Amendola played only 32 of 69 snaps in Sunday's win. The Patriots looked to hold the lead running the ball in double TE sets, which forced Amendola to the sidelines. Amendola was coming off of his second 10-catch game of the season heading into week 16.... [Read More]
12/22/13 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 16
This is it. Do or die. All or nothing. Put up or shut up. For whatever's waiting for you -- bragging rights or something more tangible -- at the end, this is day you simply win. Nothing else matters. Of course, it's just fantasy football, so maybe I'm overplaying it a little. Regardless of whether you are a die-hard looking for your first title or a casual player who is just happy to still be pla... [Read More]
12/21/13 Colts WR T.Y. Hilton listed as questionable heading into week 16
While Colts fans hope that Hilton (shoulder) will suit up against the resurgent Kansas City defense, it is far from a sure thing. Hilton was a limited participant in practice Friday and admitted to reporters that he was playing with "quite a bit" of pain since injuring his shoulder during the Colts matchup with Arizona last month.... [Read More]
12/21/13 What should we expect from Oakland RB Darren McFadden?
RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) practiced in full on Friday and expects to return to the Raiders line-up week 16. HC Dennis Allen stated this week that RB Rashad Jennings, who has filled in exceptionally, will start in San Diego and be spelled by McFadden and RB Marcel Reece. McFadden will be an unrestricted free agent next year and would like nothing more than to show that he is healthy and worthy... [Read More]
12/20/13 Cardinals QB Palmer (ankle) to be game-time decision Sunday
Arizona Cardinals head coach, Bruce Arians, said Friday that quarterback Carson Palmer will be a "game-time decision" for their divisional game against the Seattle Seahawks. ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss reported that Palmer was still recovering from a low-grade, left high ankle sprain. Arians gave indications that he believes his QB is good enough to go, but still didn't 100% commit. "Like you think... [Read More]
12/20/13 Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew returns to practice, is a game-time decision
Adrian Peterson and Maurice Jones-Drew have a lot in common. Besides the obvious, both are looking to play in Week 16 after taking a game off to rest an injured body part. Neither player practiced on Wednesday or Thursday but did put in some work Friday, and both players are listed as questionable for Sunday. The key difference may be the outside opinion on each player's chances. While Peterson is... [Read More]
12/20/13 Vikings RB Adrian Peterson listed as questionable, expected to play
Oh, Matt Asiata. We hardly knew ye. While the out-of-nowhere star in Week 15 may not play this Sunday due to an ankle injury, running back Adrian Peterson is expected to return versus the Bengals following an absence due to a sprained foot. He went through limited practice Friday and is officially listed as questionable.... [Read More]
12/20/13 Packers officially rule out QB Aaron Rodgers for Week 16
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy announced Friday that quarterback Aaron Rodgers will not play Sunday versus the Steelers. McCarthy said Rodgers still hasn't been medically cleared to play after fracturing his left collarbone on Nov. 4. Matt Flynn will make his fourth consecutive start. McCarthy didn't speculate on whether Rodgers will be able to play in Week 17.... [Read More]
12/20/13 Tampa Bay WR Vincent Jackson practices in full
WR Vincent Jackson (hamstring) practiced fully on Thursday, ahead of where he was last week at this time. He has been upgraded to probable and, barring any setbacks, should be ready to go against the Rams on Sunday. For the second time this year, Jackson has posted touchdowns in consecutive games.... [Read More]
12/20/13 Update: Aaron Rodgers not expected to play Sunday
Updating previous reports, Aaron Rodgers is expected to be held out of Sunday's game against the Steelers. HC Mike McCarthy said that Rodgers "Looked ready to play" in a press conference yesterday, but as of now Rodgers has yet to be cleared by team doctors. Matt Flynn has once again taken most of the first team reps this week, with Scott Tolzien serving as backup.... [Read More]
12/20/13 Vikings' TE John Carlson discusses future after concussion setback
Earlier this week TE John Carlson was cleared to play, despite suffering his third documented NFL concussion. Now it appears his season and career may be in jeopardy. Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune talked to Carlson about his future. "We have two kids and a third on the way", Carlson said, "I'm taking steps to mitigate the risks, (but) there are risks playing football." Carlson i... [Read More]
12/20/13 Chargers RB Ryan Mathews will continue to see large workload
Fifty-eight carries in a five-day span is a massive burden for any NFL running back. But that running back in this scenario is the Chargers' Ryan Mathews, who couldn't even make it through one preseason series before suffering a serious shoulder injury last year and has been bitten by the injury bug numerous times during his four-year career. But after Weeks 14 and 15, is head coach Mike McCoy wor... [Read More]
12/20/13 Redskins TE Jordan Reed is officially out for the season
We thought this was true last week, but it's for reals this time: Redskins tight end Jordan Reed is done for the year. The team placed him on injured reserve Thursday. Reed hasn't played since Week 11 due to a concussion, and head coach Mike Shanahan said a specialist examined Reed recently and recommended that he not practice for at least three more weeks. Reed's rookie season ends with 45 catche... [Read More]
12/20/13 Packers QB Aaron Rodgers knows if he will be cleared to play; decision to be made public Friday
It sounds like Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers already knows whether or not he will play Sunday versus the Steelers. We commoners have to wait until the Packers officially announce whom their starter will be on Friday. Rodgers was asked Thursday if he knows if he will be cleared to play in this game and Rodgers responded, "I have a pretty good sense of what's going to happen, yes." Rodgers prac... [Read More]
12/19/13 Giants WR Victor Cruz has surgery, likely done for year
New York Giants wide receiver, Victor Cruz is likely done for the season following a procedure to remove damaged cartilage from his left knee. ESPN.com's Matt Ehalt reports that the surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensecola, Florida on Thursday. Cruz's knee was injured in Sunday's game against the Seahawks on a play where he also suffered a concussion. He was cleared from the concus... [Read More]
12/19/13 Report: Broncos WR Wes Welker won't play Sunday
You could have probably expected this news by Friday or Saturday considering Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker still hasn't been cleared to practice, but FOX Sports' Jay Glazer is giving everyone the scoop a day early: Welker will not play Sunday versus the Texans. He has done little to no football activity or exercise since suffering his concussion in Week 14. Andre Caldwell will pick up more snap... [Read More]
12/19/13 Washington WR Pierre Garcon inches toward Redskins record
With 96 receptions, Pierre Garcon is just 10 shy of the team record held by Art Monk for nearly 30 years. QB Kirk Cousins and Garcon matchup against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday afternoon in Washington.... [Read More]
12/19/13 Eagles RB LeSean McCoy expects big game week 16
ESPN.com's Phil Sheridan has reported that Philadelphia Eagles running back, LeSean McCoy wants the ball in week 16. "I feel like this game, I've got to put the offense on my back," McCoy said Wednesday. "I want to roll. I feel like myself and the big guys up front -- we've got to put this game on our back and take care of business and get a win." McCoy reiterated his desire to shoulder the load,... [Read More]
12/19/13 Jacksonville RB Maurice Jones-Drew could miss second straight week
Maurice Jones-Drew was held out of practice Wednesday with the hamstring injury that sidelined him for last Sunday's game. If Jones-Drew cannot play, Jordan Todman will get the start against Tennessee.... [Read More]
12/18/13 Torn ligament in thumb will sideline Houston QB Case Keenum
Less than a month after being named the starting quarterback for the remainder of the year, Houston QB Case Keenum will be out with a torn ligament in his thumb. According to team reporter Deepi Sidhu, veteran QB Matt Schaub took first team reps and will return to the starting line-up against Denver on Sunday.... [Read More]
12/18/13 Texans' RB Ben Tate done for the year, may be done in Houston
Houston RB Ben Tate's season ended Wednesday when broken ribs forced the 25 year old running back to go on injured reserve. This is the final year of Tate's contract and he will likely seek a feature-back role after backing up Arian Foster for the last several years. Dennis Johnson will start in his place on Sunday.... [Read More]
12/18/13 Broncos WR Wes Welker yet to be cleared for practice
ESPN.com's Jeff Legwold has reported that Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (concussion) has yet to practice this week and has not been cleared to play in the team's week 16 game vs. the Houston Texans. Welker suffered the head injury in the team's week 14 win vs. the Tennessee Titans and missed their week 15 game against the San Diego Chargers, a 27-20 loss. The concussion is Welker's se... [Read More]
12/18/13 Buffalo QB EJ Manuel and WR Stevie Johnson out for week 16
According to ESPN.com's Mike Rodak, the Bills will be without quarterback E.J. Manuel, and wide receiver Stevie Johnson in their week 16 game against divisional foe, the Miami Dolphins. Manuel was limited in practice Wednesday due to swelling in his sprained left knee. "We were not able to get that swelling to respond to the treatments the way we wanted," head coach Doug Marrone said. "He was abl... [Read More]
12/18/13 Packers QB Aaron Rodgers still not cleared for week 16
ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky is reporting that quarterback Aaron Rodgers has yet to be cleared for the Packers week 16 game vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team followed the same formula as last week, having Rodgers and QB Matt Flynn split first team reps in Wednesday's practice. Team doctors examined Rodgers prior to the practice, but did not clear him for game action this weekend. Head Coach, Mike M... [Read More]
12/18/13 Browns TE Jordan Cameron now in concussion protocol
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron reported concussion symptoms on Monday and is now in the NFL's concussion protocol. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cameron sat out Wednesday's practice and his playing status this Sunday is in doubt.... [Read More]
12/18/13 Seahawks WR Percy Harvin will be shut down until the playoffs
Seattle Seahwks WR Percy Harvin (hip) will not take the field again until the playoffs begin. HC Pete Carroll had stated that they would evaluate Harvin when the Seahawks hit the practice field on Wednesday. But Matt Verderame at SB Nation reports that the decision has been made, and Harvin will not return this regular season.... [Read More]
12/17/13 Aaron Rodgers watch: Packers QB still hoping to be cleared to play
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is entering his seventh week of rehab on his once-fractured collarbone. He still hasn't been cleared to play, and he didn't offer many clues as to when he will play with his words during a Tuesday radio interview. "Obviously there's strong opinions on what should happen, but the organization is going to do what's best by me, and I'm going to try to make (playing)... [Read More]
12/17/13 Bills WR Stevie Johnson may not play Sunday following mother's death
While his team prepares for the Dolphins, Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson will be in California for most of the week mourning with family over the death of his mother, who passed away suddenly on Saturday. Head coach Doug Marrone said Monday that he "wouldn't hesitate" to tell Johnson not to play this weekend if he felt emotionally torn between grieving with family and missing a game, because f... [Read More]
12/17/13 Browns RB Willis McGahee thinks he will play Sunday
Take this with a huge grain of salt: Browns running back Willis McGahee expects to play in Week 16 versus the Jets. McGahee was inactive last Sunday due to a concussion and said he felt "pretty good" on Monday. However, Scott Petrak of the Chronicle-Telegram adds that McGahee hasn't even been cleared to practice yet.... [Read More]
12/17/13 Cardinals HC Bruce Arians expects WR Larry Fitzgerald to play in Week 16
Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald won't practice Wednesday, but head coach Bruce Arians said today he expects the nine-year wideout to be ready for Sunday's game in Seattle. Fitzgerald, who suffered a concussion during the late stages of Arizona's Week 15 win, said during a Monday radio interview that he feels good and passed a has baseline test conducted by an independent neurologist.... [Read More]
12/17/13 Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts headed to the IR
Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com has reported that Jacksonville's number one WR, Cecil Shorts, was placed on Injured Reserve on Tuesday. Shorts had been playing through a nagging groin injury for several weeks and was leading the team with 66 receptions and 777 yards. He had been skipping practices on Wednesdays and Thursdays during normal weeks, to give the injury extra time to heal. That plan came to... [Read More]
12/17/13 No MRI needed for Ravens QB Joe Flacco
League sources have reported to ESPN's Ed Werder that QB Joe Flacco will not undergo an MRI on his knee, despite taking a nasty hit from Detroit linebacker, DeAndre Levy, in the 4th quarter of the Lions-Ravens Monday night tilt. Flacco was noticeably uncomfortable after the hit that twisted his left knee, but didn't miss any plays and led the Ravens final drive to set up kicker Justin Tucker's go-... [Read More]
12/17/13 Saints release K Garrett Hartley, sign Shayne Graham
ESPN.com's Mike Triplett has reported that the New Orleans Saints have cut ties with former playoff hero, kicker Garrett Hartley. Hartley had struggled this season, making only 22 of his 30 FG attempts, ending his tenure for the Saints by missing two in a 27-16 loss to the St. Louis Rams in week 15. Hartley made arguably the four biggest FG's in franchise history during their Super Bowl XLIV champ... [Read More]
12/17/13 Report: Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski told he should be ready by start of next season
If you faced Jamaal Charles (or Justin Tucker) in your semifinals, you might already be looking forward to what could be in 2014. On that note, NFL Network's Albert Breer visited the Patriots today and tweeted out a couple of updates regarding injured tight end Rob Gronkowski. Breer said that Gronkowski will undergo surgery to repair the torn ACL and MCL in his right knee in about two weeks, by wh... [Read More]
12/16/13 Colts RB Donald Brown is day-to-day with stinger
Donald Brown hasn't done much since taking over as the Colts' starting running back in Week 13. He gained 131 total yards in three games. However, it should be noted that Brown was looking sharp in that third game before his afternoon was cut way short. Brown missed most of the first half and the entire second half versus the Texans on Sunday due to a stinger. Before exiting, he had rushed for 38 ... [Read More]
12/16/13 Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts probably done for the season due to groin injury
Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts couldn't play in Week 15 because of a groin injury, and there's a good chance he won't play in Weeks 16 or 17 either. According to Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Unon, the Jaguars' brass are "seriously considering" shutting Shorts down for the remainder of the 2013 season. Shorts had been playing through the injury since midseason and aggravated it in Week ... [Read More]
12/16/13 Giants WR Victor Cruz might be shut down for rest of the year
The Giants were eliminated from playoff contention two weeks ago and are one day removed from an embarrassing 23-0 home loss to the Seahawks. With this season down the drain, the team might play it safe and sideline injured wide receiver Victor Cruz for the rest of the season. Cruz left Sunday's loss during the third quarter because of a concussion and a sprained knee. He finished the day with two... [Read More]
12/16/13 Injury updates on Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald, QB Carson Palmer, RB Andre Ellington
Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald suffered a concussion while attempting to recover an onside kick late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win against the Titans. His father, Larry Sr., tweeted Monday that his son "passed concussion tests and feels good." However, head coach Bruce Arians said later in the day that Fitzgerald still has a number of tests to pass before he can be cleared for Su... [Read More]
12/16/13 Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles puts up a fantasy performance for the ages
You better have won your fantasy playoff matchup Sunday if you own Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. Just how great was his 215-yard, five-score afternoon in Oakland? According to ESPN, Charles became the fifth player in the last 50 seasons to score five touchdowns and gain least 200 yards from scrimmage. The list is quite prestigious: Gale Sayers, Jerry Rice, Shaun Alexander, and Clinton Porti... [Read More]
12/16/13 Vikings expect RB Adrian Peterson to play in Week 16
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said before Sunday's game versus the Eagles that he was "ready to roll." But it didn't matter what he thought; the final decision on his playing status rested with head coach Leslie Frazier, who made the tough decision to sit the reigning Most Valuable Player so he could rest his sprained foot. What is encouraging is Frazier said after the game he expected Pete... [Read More]
12/15/13 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 15
Now the pressure really ratchets up as most of you reading this are one win away from playing for your league's championship. To help you get that victory, I'll be here to let you know which dinged-up fantasy stars will and won't be playing in the early games. The big story this morning is that the Vikings are expected to be without Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart today. Past them, Maurice Jones-... [Read More]
12/14/13 Report: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson won't play Sunday; RB Toby Gerhart unlikely as well
Fantasy owners are now faced with the prospect of having to vie for a spot in their league's championship without the help of the NFL's reigning MVP. According to Vikings reporter Sean Jensen, Vikings players were told Saturday night that running back Adrian Peterson will not play against the Eagles. To make matters worse, Jensen reports that running back Toby Gerhart is also unlikely to play due ... [Read More]
12/14/13 UPDATE: Patriots WRs Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson ruled out for Week 15
Update: The Patriots have ruled both Dobson and Thompkins out for tomorrow's game. This just means more targets for the likes of Julian Edelman and Shane Vereen. -------------------------------------------------- We're so used to the Patriots playing games with the injury report and their liberal use of the "questionable" tag. But it appears that two notable offensive players who are listed ... [Read More]
12/14/13 Report: Texans expect to be without TE Garrett Graham on Sunday
Although the Texans wanted to leave the door cracked for tight end Garrett Graham in Week 15, he is most likely not going to play Sunday after missing every practice this week. Here's NFL.com's Ian Rapoport with the word via Twitter: "Texans expect to be without TE Garrett Graham (hamstring) for tomorrow's game vs. Colts," he wrote Saturday. "Helps Indy a bit, given issues at TE for Houston."... [Read More]
12/14/13 Lions RB Reggie Bush makes it through limited practice again, listed as questionable
Lions running back Reggie Bush made it through his second consecutive day of limited practice on Saturday. It's well known that Bush missed last week's game after aggravating his calf strain during pre-game warmups. He is listed as questionable for Monday night versus the Ravens.... [Read More]
12/14/13 Falcons WR Roddy White listed as questionable with knee injury
Roddy White's fantasy owners have already dealt with the frustration of owning him through his season-long ankle injury. That was compounded before the Falcons' bye when White added a hamstring injury. Now, after staying off the injury report for a couple of weeks, his body has a new problem: a knee injury. It limited White throughout the practice week, and he is listed as questionable to play aga... [Read More]
12/14/13 Titans WR Kendall Wright not on injury report despite ankle, shoulder pain
Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright had his worst statistical game in three months last week, catching just two passes for 17 yards. Head coach Mike Munchak offered up something of an explanation Monday when he said Wright is being bothered by shoulder and ankle injuries. But those injuries must not be too restricting. Wright isn't even listed on the team's Week 15 injury report. The Titans will h... [Read More]
12/14/13 Chiefs WR Dexter McCluster out due to ankle infection
The Chiefs will be without wide receiver Dexter McCluster on Sunday in Oakland. McCluster hasn't practiced since Wednesday because of an infected cut on his ankle. The team says McCluster doesn't have MRSA, but he won't travel with the team to the West Coast. McCluster has caught 46 passes for 438 yards and a touchdown, but his biggest contributions have come as a punt returner. He has scored twic... [Read More]
12/14/13 Dolphins RB Lamar Miller looks set to play following Week 14 concussion
Dolphins running back Lamar Miller was cleared to practice on Wednesday, three days after suffering a concussion, and following a full week of practice with no setbacks, Miller seems ready to play this weekend versus the Patriots. He is officially listed as probable.... [Read More]
12/14/13 Cardinals WR Michael Floyd expected to play through ankle injury
Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd didn't do much during the practice week in order to rest his injured ankle, but according to Kent Somers of AZCentral Sports, he is still expected to play Sunday against the Titans. Floyd was officially limited during Thursday's and Friday's practice and is listed as questionable.... [Read More]
12/14/13 Texans TE Garrett Graham 'could' play despite missing every practice this week
Texans tight end Garrett Graham hasn't been able to practice all week because of a hamstring injury. But interim head coach Wade Phillips wasn't ready to rule Graham out Friday; he's still holding on to some hope. According to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle, Phillips "believes Graham could play against the Colts, though, as long as he's physically cleared." With Owen Daniels still recove... [Read More]
12/13/13 Seahawks WR Percy Harvin remains out due to hip aggravation
Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin has played in one game this season. When number two will come is anyone's guess. Harvin was officially ruled out for Week 15 on Friday. Since playing in Week 11, Harvin has experienced pain in his surgically repaired hip that has keep him inactive since. He hasn't practiced since Nov. 27. The Seahawks visit the Giants on Sunday.... [Read More]
12/13/13 Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew listed as doubtful; WR Cecil Shorts questionable
The Jaguars' offense could be seriously short-handed this weekend versus the Bills. The top story is that running back Maurice Jones-Drew is listed as doubtful after missing every practice this week due to a strained hamstring. Head coach Gus Bradley said Friday that it "doesn't look good" for Jones-Drew to play. Cecil Shorts' prospects are a little brighter, but he is questionable to place becau... [Read More]
12/13/13 Lions RB Reggie Bush returns to practice Friday
Here's some good news for fantasy owners who are dreading that they won't know if Reggie Bush will play in Week 15 until it's too late: Bush practiced Friday. Specifically, he went through limited practice after sitting out Thursday. Bush is looking to return to the field after a pre-game aggravation of his calf injury kept him sidelined in Week 14 versus the Eagles. Bush and the Lions will face t... [Read More]
12/13/13 Browns RB Willis McGahee ruled out for Bears game
Browns running back Willis McGahee won't play Sunday against the Bears, and he never really had a chance. McGahee suffered a concussion in Week 14 and hasn't even been cleared to practice yet. Chris Ogbonnaya will get the start against Chicago's last-ranked run defense. Running back Fozzy Whittaker should also chip in.... [Read More]
12/13/13 Vikings RBs Adrian Peterson, Toby Gerhart both questionable for Sunday
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is technically considered 50-50 for Sunday's game versus the Eagles, but that's actually an encouraging sign. Earlier this week, the team didn't seem optimistic on Peterson's chances of playing after suffering a sprained right foot in the previous game. Now, head coach Leslie Frazier's tune has changed for the better. He said that Peterson was able to plant and... [Read More]
12/13/13 Packers RB Eddie Lacy feeling better, listed as probable
With Aaron Rodgers out and Matt Flynn in for yet another week, the offensive game plan for the Packers should be simple: Pound away at the Cowboys' run defense. And they should have their workhorse rookie running back, Eddie Lacy, available to do just that. Lacy, who has been nursing an ankle injury since Week 14, is listed as probable on the injury report. He practiced only once during the week, ... [Read More]
12/13/13 Packers QB Aaron Rodgers officially OUT week 15
ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that Packers All-Pro quarterback, Aaron Rodgers (broken collarbone) has officially been ruled Out for Sunday's tilt vs. the Dallas Cowboys. Rodgers is recovering and had been taking some first team reps this week. He had been listed as Questionable until Friday. Matt Flynn will get the start in his place.... [Read More]
12/13/13 Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew, WR Cecil Shorts looking like game-time decisions
Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew isn't the only Jags star who might not play Sunday versus the Bills. Wide receiver Cecil Shorts is struggling with a groin injury, and head coach Gus Bradley said Thursday that "decisions on each could go up until game time." Jones-Drew is being held back by a hamstring injury, and neither player has practiced this week.... [Read More]
12/13/13 Raiders news: RB Rashad Jennings looking good; WR Denarius Moore working his way back
Raiders running back Rashad Jennings couldn't get cleared to play in time for Week 14, but he reportedly passed his concussion test on Monday and is expected to be full-go this Sunday against the Chiefs, barring a setback. He's been unlimited in practice this week. Meanwhile, running back Darren McFadden didn't practice Thursday due to an ankle injury and appears likely to miss his second consecut... [Read More]
12/13/13 RB Reggie Bush opens Lions' practice week with a DNP
Reggie Bush, the man with fantasy football's most famous (and for some, infamous) calf injury, did not practice on Thursday. Bush has dealt this injury for a couple of weeks, and he aggravated it shortly before the kickoff of Detroit's game last week versus the Eagles. He did not play a single snap.... [Read More]
12/12/13 UPDATE: Redskins TE Jordan Reed won't play again this season
We've had a government shutdown and a quarterback shutdown in Washington this year. How about one for the road in 2013? Multiple sources close to Redskins tight end Jordan Reed have told FOXSports.com that the rookie will be shut down for the rest of the season. Reed would finish his season with 45 catches, 499 yards and three touchdowns in nine games. He has not played since suffering a concussi... [Read More]
12/12/13 Redskins TE Jordan Reed misses practice again, checked by multiple doctors
According to Washington Redskins beat writer, Mike Jones, TE Jordan Reed missed practice again Thursday and is still being checked/tested by multiple doctors. Jones reports that, in addition to ongoing headaches, Reed has yet to pass any of the required concussion tests.... [Read More]
12/12/13 Bears QB Cutler to start Sunday
ESPN's Michael C. Wright has reported that Bears coach, Marc Trestman has named Jay Cutler the starting quarterback for their game vs. the Cleveland Browns in Week 15. "We plan on him playing, and we plan on him playing well", Trestman stated. "I expect Jay to play efficiently and play well on Sunday. That's why he's gonna be up." In five starts since Cutler's injury, backup quarterback, Josh McC... [Read More]
12/12/13 Packers RB Eddie Lacy won't practice until Friday at the earliest
Much like Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart, you won't be seeing Packers running back Eddie Lacy on the practice field until at least Friday. That's what head coach Mike McCarthy insinuated during his Wednesday press conference. He said, "The projection is [Lacy] may practice Friday." Lacy is currently rehabbing an ankle injury that limited him during last week's win over the Falcons.... [Read More]
12/12/13 Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew 'doesn't sound overly confident' that he will play Sunday
Eschewing the machismo-laced, definitive tone that an injured Adrian Peterson presented on his Week 15 status earlier this week, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew presented a more measured and possibly realistic take on his own health Wednesday. He said that his goal is still to play this weekend against the Bills, but Hays Carlyon, a Jaguars beat writer for the Florida Times-Union, added th... [Read More]
12/12/13 Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (concussion) practices fully Wednesday
Considering the recent cases of Jordan Reed and Rashad Jennings, you know not take too much away from a Wednesday practice report regarding a concussed player. But it is worth noting that Dolphins running back Lamar Miller, who suffered a concussion in Week 14, was healthy enough to put in a full practice Wednesday.... [Read More]
12/12/13 Saints RB Darren Sproles has played less than 20 snaps in 2 consecutive games
With one look at his season statistics, you might say that Saints running back Darren Sproles has been a forgotten player this year. But he's been forgotten more than usual lately. In two games since returning from a sprained ankle, Sproles has played less than 20 snaps each week. He played 19 snaps in Week 13 versus the Seahawks and then 15 snaps on Sunday night against the Panthers. In those two... [Read More]
12/12/13 Report: Packers 'pessimistic' QB Aaron Rodgers will return this week
The Packers' win last Sunday over the Falcons kept their playoff hopes alive and, as a result, kept the hopes of fantasy owners that quarterback Aaron Rodgers will play before the end of the regular season equally alive. But wait -- a source is telling ESPN's Ed Werder not-so-good things. "Packers pessimistic about Aaron Rodgers being cleared for Dallas," Werder tweeted Wednesday. "Scheduled for ... [Read More]
12/12/13 Browns RB Willis McGahee 'very doubtful' for Week 15
ESPN's Pat McManamon opined Wednesday that Browns running back Willis McGahee is "very doubtful" to suit up this weekend against the Bears. That's because the 32-year-old McGahee suffered a concussion in his most recent game. McGahee was sent home from Browns headquarters earlier in the day and is still in the first stages of the league's concussion protocol.... [Read More]
12/12/13 Vikings RBs Adrian Peterson, Toby Gerhart are both nursing injuries
You are probably well aware of Adrian Peterson's latest injury concern, a foot sprain he picked up in Week 14. But Peterson's backup and popular fantasy pick-up for Week 15, Toby Gerhart, is also hurt and will miss some practice time. Gerhart suffered a hamstring injury during his 41-yard, tackle-breaking touchdown rumble against the Vikings on Sunday. Head coach Leslie Frazier said Wednesday tha... [Read More]
12/11/13 Broncos WR Wes Welker won't play Thursday
On Wednesday, the Broncos made official what everyone had already assumed: Wide receiver Wes Welker won't play Thursday night versus the Chargers after he suffered a concussion last week. Welker did not participate in any of the Broncos' practices during the abbreviated week. His week 14 concussion was his second of the season.... [Read More]
12/11/13 Redskins QB Griffin III benched, Cousins to start
ESPN's John Keim reports the Redskins will start QB Kirk Cousins in their Week 15 game vs. Atlanta. Coach Mike Shanahan raised the possibility Monday of benching Griffin for the last three regular-season games, citing 24 sacks in the past five games and the desire to keep him healthy for the offseason. Griffin's offseason work this year was compromised by the major knee injury he suffereed in the ... [Read More]
12/09/13 Broncos WR Wes Welker concussed, might not play Thursday
The Broncos kick off Week 15 on Thursday when they host the Chargers. They may very well be without wide receiver Wes Welker for that game. On Sunday, Welker collided with Titans safety Bernard Pollard late in the first half as he was attempting to catch a low pass. Welker went to the sidelines after spending a short time lying on the field and was diagnosed with a concussion. This is Welker's sec... [Read More]
12/09/13 Vikings RB Adrian Peterson leaves early due to foot sprain
The injury bug bit many big-name players on Sunday, including the best running back in the game. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson suffered what his team is calling a sprained foot during the second quarter of its loss to the Ravens. Peterson said after the game that he is experiencing pain in the middle area of his right foot and will undergo an MRI on Monday to find out the extent of the dama... [Read More]
12/09/13 Report: Patriots think TE Rob Gronkowski has torn ACL
One of the most dominant players in the NFL today is most likely out for the rest of this season, and his health may be in question entering the 2014 season. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski left Sunday's game versus the Browns in the third quarter with a right leg injury. But the worst part is that, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter via a source, the team believes Gronkowski suffered a torn ACL.... [Read More]
12/08/13 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 14
Now it's really time to put up or shut up as we have reached Jim Mora's favorite part of the season: The playoffs. Well, the fantasy playoffs. Per usual, I'll be here all morning to provide updates on the active and inactive players in today's early games. I'll be tracking the statuses of Rashad Jennings, Jordan Reed, Reggie Bush, Vincent Jackson, Tony Gonzalez, Adrian Peterson and others, so it's... [Read More]
12/08/13 Cardinals QB Carson Palmer expected to start versus Rams
Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer has admitted that the pain in his right (throwing) elbow affected him during last week's loss to the Eagles, and that pain kept him from doing much throughout practice this week. He was limited to throwing only soft tosses on Thursday. However, head coach Bruce Arians expressed confidence Friday when asked if Palmer would play against the Rams, and Palmer handle... [Read More]
12/08/13 Ravens TE Dennis Pitta set to make season debut
Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta fractured and dislocated his right hip on the third day of training camp. About four and a half months and one surgery later, he is finally ready to play. Pitta, who has been practicing for the past three weeks, was officially added to the Ravens' active roster Saturday.... [Read More]
12/08/13 Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew says he will play in Week 15 despite hamstring injury
Looking one week ahead, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew said during a Friday radio interview that he "definitely" expects to play next week versus the Packers. He then backed up just a tad. "I mean, I just want to make sure everything is on track," Jones-Drew said. "And then we'll see how it goes next week but I expect to be out there playing with my teammates. "It's what we, I think, wh... [Read More]
12/07/13 Patriots RB Stevan Ridley expected to play Sunday
It appears Stevan Ridley's benching for back-to-back-to-back games with fumbles will last just one week. After being a healthy scratch in Week 13 versus the Texans, Ridley is expected to be active Sunday against the Browns, a source has told Nick Underhill of MassLive.com. Ridley has rushed for 576 yards and seven touchdowns in 10 games this season but has also lost four fumbles.... [Read More]
12/06/13 Texans head coach Gary Kubiak has been fired
FOX Sports Jay Glazer tweeted this Friday morning: "Texans assistants have been informed by Coach (Gary) Kubiak that he has been fired. Coach told them he loves them but has been let go." Kubiak has been Houston's head coach since 2006 and, prior to today, had been presiding over a team that had lost 11 consecutive games. The Texans' 2-11 record is the worst in the NFL. Defensive coordinator Wad... [Read More]
12/05/13 Cardinals RB Andre Ellington misses first practice of the week after sitting out Week 13
I usually don't pay much mind to most players who miss Wednesday practices. After getting beat up almost every week for close to three months, all of these players could use a little extra time off, especially those on teams that are eyeing a playoff run. But I do get concerned when I see players whom have already taken a lot of time off, including the previous week's game, not return to the pract... [Read More]
12/05/13 Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell goes through full practice Wednesday
There was a pretty remarkable sight on the Steelers' practice field Wednesday: Running back Le'Veon Bell going through full practice six days after taking a hit against the Ravens that left him unconscious and with a concussion and some memory loss.... [Read More]
12/04/13 Raiders RB Rashad Jennings practices, but RB Darren McFadden is hurt again
Running back Rashad Jennings was cleared for limited practice Wednesday, just six days after taking a knee to the back of the head and suffering a concussion against the Cowboys. And Jennings' quick recovery is extremely important for the Raiders, who probably don't know which running back would replace him if he suffers a setback. Darren McFadden picked up an ankle injury during that Thanksgiving... [Read More]
12/04/13 Packers QB Aaron Rodgers not yet cleared to play, not yet ruled out for Week 14
It appears Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn't receive the worst news possible from a series of scans on his injured left collarbone Tuesday, but it must not have been all roses. Head coach Mike McCarthy said later in the day that Rodgers has not been ruled out of playing Sunday versus the Falcons, but he hasn't been cleared to play either. Rodgers has been cleared to practice, which he will ... [Read More]
12/04/13 Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell still going through concussion tests but 'looks good'
Redskins tight end Jordan Reed showed us last week why you should never feel fully comfortable starting players coming back from a concussion until the ball is kicked off and he is on the field. Right now, fantasy owners of Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell should exercise a similar level of caution. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Bell still has some tests to pass following his Week 13 ... [Read More]
12/03/13 Dolphins OC says he has 'never discussed' what RB Lamar Miller could do with more carries
The Dolphins went with Lamar Miller to supply most of their ground attack Sunday. He gained 72 yards on a season-high 22 carries, but that actually tied for the most rushing yards the Jets had allowed to any back all season. With Daniel Thomas sidelined, the young and explosive Miller will most likely continue to get a large number of carries. And that's a scenario that apparently never entered th... [Read More]
12/03/13 49ers WR Michael Crabtree was not very limited in his season debut Sunday
49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree caught two passes for 68 yards in his 2013 debut on Sunday versus the Rams. But his day was more impressive than those numbers suggest. While some guessed that he would see only 20 snaps in his first game back -- similar to what the Seahawks did with Percy Harvin a couple of weeks ago -- Crabtree actually got the start and was on the field for 42 of San Francis... [Read More]
12/02/13 Bills RB C.J. Spiller says he's 'fine' after tweaking ankle
The definition of C.J. Spiller's season and most of his career played out during Sunday's game against the Falcons. He carried the ball only 15 times. Thirteen of those carries went for a total of 36 yards. The other two? A 77-yard run up the middle and a 36-yard burst to the outside for a touchdown. And Spiller added multiple hobbled trips to the sideline for good measure. Spiller said after the ... [Read More]
12/02/13 Jets QB Geno Smith has been told he will start in Week 14
Attention to those of you looking at the Raiders as a possible defense to stream in Week 14: Jets quarterback Geno Smith said Monday that he was informed by quarterbacks coach David Lee that he will start Sunday against Oakland. Smith was pulled at halftime in favor of Matt Simms during Sunday's loss to the Dolphins. Up to that point, Smith had completed 4 of 10 passes for 29 yards and an intercep... [Read More]
12/02/13 Seahawks WR Percy Harvin may not play again in regular season
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that wide receiver Percy Harvin not playing until the postseason is a "real option" for the Seahawks. After undergoing hip surgery in August, Harvin made his debut in Week 12. But then he experienced a setback with his hip and didn't play tonight versus the Saints. He has received multiple cortisone injections in his hip, and now the team is waiting to see ho... [Read More]
12/01/13 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 13
In a perfect world, all of your teams would be 12-0 with nothing to think about other than how much you will dominate in your playoffs. But the truth is many of you who are reading this have your season on the line today, staring at a "win or go home" situation. Good luck to you all. To help you out, I'll be here all morning to give you the latest on the injured stars heading into today's mornin... [Read More]
12/01/13 Colts will start RB Donald Brown ahead of RB Trent Richardson today
The Colts traded a first-round pick for running back Trent Richardson back in September. Today, Richardson will be second string against the Titans. NFL Network's Michael Silver was first to report that running back Donald Brown will get the start instead. Since Richardson became a Colt back in Week 3, he has averaged just 2.8 yards per carry, rushing for 287 yards in nine games. Brown has average... [Read More]
11/30/13 49ers RB Frank Gore, WR Michael Crabtree set to play Sunday
The 49ers' offense will look as complete as it has looked all year against the Rams on Sunday. That's because wide receiver Michael Crabtree will make his 2013 debut, the team has confirmed. It will come a little more than six months after Crabtree tore his Achilles tendon. He will be joined by a man who has played in every game this year, running back Frank Gore. Gore has been battling an ankle a... [Read More]
11/30/13 Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar out for season due to knee damage
Lance Dunbar's season got started late due to a preseason foot injury, got put on hold in the middle due to a hamstring strain and will end early due to ligament damage in his left knee. Dunbar confirmed the injury on Friday and said he is out for the season. Dunbar suffered the injury during the Cowboys' win over the Raiders on Thursday. "It's a tough pill to swallow. I'm hurting right now," Dun... [Read More]
11/30/13 Saints RB Darren Sproles puts in full week of practice, will play Monday
Saints running back Darren Sproles, who couldn't play last Thursday due to ankle and knee injuries, has healed for Week 13. Sproles participated in full practice all week and is listed as probable for Monday night's showdown against the Seahawks.... [Read More]
11/30/13 Giants WR Hakeem Nicks says he feels 'real good' physically
Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks didn't play in Week 12 because, according to head coach Tom Coughlin, a groin injury kept him from practicing enough. Nicks says he could have played against the Cowboys, but that's in the past. And that extra week off has Nicks feeling "real good" physically heading into Sunday night's game versus the Redskins. "I think I showed them enough this week in practice... [Read More]
11/30/13 Patriots WR Aaron Dobson has a sprained foot
Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson has already been ruled out for Week 13 because of his foot injury, and the type of ailment will probably keep him off the field for more than just one game. A source has told Nick Underhill of MassLive.com that Dobson has sprained foot, which limited him to just two snaps during the second half of last week's win over the Broncos. It's unknown if Dobson will pla... [Read More]
11/30/13 Chargers TE Antonio Gates isn't sure if he will play Sunday
After sitting on Wednesday and Thursday, Chargers tight end Antonio Gates was able to practice Friday despite a hamstring injury. But can he play Sunday against the Bengals? Gates left room for doubt when he spoke to the media after the last practice of the week. "It's tricky," Gates said. "It's different. It's one of those injuries where you can't fully grasp whether or not you can do something ... [Read More]
11/30/13 Seahawks WR Percy Harvin suffers setback with surgically repaired hip, doubtful to play
Fantasy owners have been waiting all season to start Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin with confidence, and there was hope that this week's game versus the Saints would finally present that time. Well, hold everything. Harvin didn't practice on Thursday or Friday, and NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that's because his surgically repaired hip "flared up." Rapoport added on Twitter, "[Harvin is] se... [Read More]
11/28/13 Raiders RB Rashad Jennings has a concussion
Raiders running back Rashad Jennings suffered a concussion late in Thursday's loss to the Cowboys. Jennings was concussed when the knee of a Dallas defensive player colided with the back of Jennings' helmet. He was motionless for a few moments before wobbling off the field and into the locker room. Jennings finished the day with 43 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns.... [Read More]
11/28/13 Packers QB Aaron Rodgers thinks he will return in Week 14
After running through Seneca Wallace, Scott Tolzien, and Matt Flynn as starting quarterbacks in place of the injured Aaron Rodgers and zero wins to show for it, the Packers are in a freefall and just waiting for Rodgers to return from his fractured left collarbone. If Rodgers' own timetable is correct, they won't have to wait another game. Rodgers told ESPN's Bob Holtzman on Thursday that he "thin... [Read More]
11/28/13 Cardinals RB Andre Ellington added to injury report on Thursday
We have a dreaded mid-week addition to an injury report. Cardinals running back Andre Ellington popped up on the report Thursday with a knee injury. He was listed as limited during the day's practice. There are no specifics on the injury or exactly when Ellington suffered it. Head coach Bruce Arians might shed some light Friday.... [Read More]
11/28/13 Rams RB Zac Stacy goes through non-contact practice Thursday
Rams running back Zac Stacy still hasn't been cleared for contact following his Week 12 concussion, but he took a step forward as he practiced Thursday one day after not practicing at all. Benny Cunningham is waiting in the wings if Stacy is unable to play this weekend versus the 49ers.... [Read More]
11/28/13 Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno practices Thursday
There was an encouraging sight for all Broncos fans at Thursday's practice: The presence of running back Knowshon Moreno. He went through limited practice. Moreno's status for Week 13 is up in the air after he sustained a deep bone bruise in his right ankle during Sunday's loss to the Patriots, but today's activity bodes well for his chances of playing Sunday versus the Chiefs.... [Read More]
11/28/13 Chargers RB Ryan Mathews practices Thursday; TE Antonio Gates rests again
It may be hard to believe, but it sounds like Chargers running back Ryan Mathews will make a quick recovery after suffering a soft-tissue injury on Sunday. Although he aggravated a hamstring strain during the Chargers' win over the Chiefs, Mathews returned to practice on Thursday, putting in a limited session. Tight end Antonio Gates missed his second straight day of practice due his own hamstrin... [Read More]
11/28/13 Bears RB Matt Forte returns to practice Thursday, on track to play Sunday
Bears running back Matt Forte was able to go through limited practice Thursday after resting his hyperextended knee yesterday. Head coach Marc Trestman said Wednesday that he was "optimistic" about Forte playing this Sunday against the Vikings. It seems like he has good reason to be optimistic.... [Read More]
11/28/13 Who's in and who's out of the Thanksgiving Day games
First off, here's to everyone who reads this enjoying a terrific Thanksgiving. You know the drill: Football, food, more football, more food. And if there's any spare time, you can talk to your family every once in a while. This will be a modified version of my usual Sunday morning injury report, dedicated to the three games that await us today. This post will be updated throughout the day as t... [Read More]
11/27/13 Giants WR Hakeem Nicks returns to practice
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said Sunday that wide receiver Hakeem Nicks didn't play in Week 12 because his abdomen injury forced him to miss too much practice time. If that's true, Nicks is making sure Coughlin can't use that reason this week. Nicks went through limited practice on Wednesday, and Coughlin said he is hopeful that Nicks will be active Sunday night versus the Redskins.... [Read More]
11/27/13 Rams RB Zac Stacy not practicing yet following Week 12 concussion
Rams running back Zac Stacy was limited to minimal work during the walk-through portion of Wednesday's practice. Officially, he did not practice and is still working his way through the league's concussion protocol. He left Sunday's game against the Bears in the third quarter due to the traumatic brain injury.... [Read More]
11/27/13 Broncos TE Julius Thomas practices Wednesday, but not RB Knowshon Moreno
The Broncos' explosive offense is preparing for a massive AFC West showdown in Kansas City against a Chiefs defense that has a couple of major injury concerns. That's something both teams have in common. Running back Knowshon Moreno didn't practice Wednesday because of bone bruise in his right leg. The good news is tight end Julius Thomas, who missed Sunday's loss to the Patriots because a straine... [Read More]
11/27/13 Raiders RB Darren McFadden on track to play; WR Denarius Moore out again
The Raiders will probably have their full complement of running backs available against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, but they will remain short-handed at wide receiver. Darren McFadden is officially listed as questionable, but is tentatively expected to be active for the first time since suffering another hamstring injury on Nov. 3. However, Rashad Jennings will remain Oakland's lead runner after ... [Read More]
11/27/13 Packers QB Aaron Rodgers officially ruled out for Week 13
As expected, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been ruled out of the Thanksgiving game against the Lions, and Matt Flynn will start in his place. Head coach Mike McCarthy finally made the move official on Wednesday. Rodgers has been going through some light practice but he hasn't been cleared to play as he continues to recover from a fractured left collarbone.... [Read More]
11/27/13 Browns call upon QB Brandon Weeden to start
The Cleveland Browns will need quarterback Brandon Weeden to start in Week 13 with Jason Campbell out for at least one game due to a concussion. Weeden is 0-4 as a starter in 2013. The 30-year-old completed just 13-of-30 last week (43.3-percent) in what turned into a loss against the Steelers. The Browns host Jacksonville in what should be a beneficial matchup for Weeden.... [Read More]
11/27/13 Patriots WR Aaron Dobson misses Wednesday practice
New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson did not participate in Wednesday's practice for undisclosed reasons. The rookie did not register a single catch against Denver last week and only played two snaps in the second half. There have been no reports about any specific injuries to the former Marshall receiver. Next up on the depth chart if Dobson misses any time is fellow rookie Kenbrell T... [Read More]
11/27/13 Redskins TE Jordan Reed limited Wednesday
Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed was limited during Wednesday's practice as he continues to recover from a concussion. The rookie was unable to go this past Monday night against the 49ers after sustaining his concussion back in Week 11. He is expected to make his return in Week 13 against the New York Giants, despite being listed as questionable at this time.... [Read More]
11/27/13 Packers QB Aaron Rodgers not yet cleared; QB Matt Flynn taking first-team practice reps
Packers quarterback Matt Flynn started in place of Aaron Rodgers for one game in 2010 and 2011 each. Now, after about two years and nearly $15 million made in five games, it looks like Flynn will have to start in place of Rodgers once again. Flynn took the first-team snaps during Tuesday's practice while Scott Tolzien backed him up. Rodgers is on track to miss his fourth consecutive game due to a ... [Read More]
11/27/13 Redskins sticking with QB Robert Griffin III
No matter what some rabid, disgruntled Redskins fans might want and what 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks says, Robert Griffin III will remain the Redskins' starting quarterback. Head coach Mike Shanahan confirmed it on Tuesday. Griffin's job security became a hot topic following Monday's 27-6 loss to San Francisco in which he threw for a season-low 127 yards and was held out of the end zone.... [Read More]
11/26/13 Raiders may use RB Darren McFadden as No. 2 back
With Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings playing so well, the team is considering the use of RB Darren McFadden as a change-of-pace runner if he's available Thursday to play. The Raiders travel to Dallas on Thanksgiving. McFadden is currently practicing this week and it looks as though he should return. Jennings has 413 rushing yards and two TDs in his last four games, in addition to 15 ... [Read More]
11/26/13 Eagles name QB Nick Foles starter for remainder of 2013
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly officially confirmed to the media Nick Foles will be the team's starter for the remainder of the 2013 season. The second-year QB has been dominant up to this point, passing for 16 TDs and no INTs with most of those numbers coming in just six games as the starter. He supplants Michael Vick at the No. 1 spot after the former Virginia Tech QB continued to st... [Read More]
11/26/13 49ers WR Michael Crabtree will play Week 13
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter tweeted the San Francisco 49ers will play Michael Crabtree in Week 13 against the St. Louis Rams. It will be his first game since injuring his Achilles' tendon back in late May. He had immediate surgery at that time and was expected to miss six months. It's nearly been exactly six months, but this timeline was recommended as an absolute minimum.... [Read More]
11/25/13 Browns QB Jason Campbell concussed
The Cleveland Browns will likely be without quarterback Jason Campbell next week since he was diagnosed with a concussion following Week 12's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Campbell received a blow from a blitzing cornerback William Gay and appeared to lose consciousness. Campbell isn't expected to pass the follow-up concussion protocols, but those will come throughout the week. QB Brandon Weede... [Read More]
11/25/13 Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas out for year with torn ligaments in left ankle
Miami Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas was seen sporting a walking boot on his left leg. He reportedly toreligaments in his ankle which will cause him to miss the rest of the 2013 season. The former Kansas State runner will finish the season with four games with fewer than 10 rushing yards. He continued to see significant playing time due to his excellent pass protection and short-yardage work... [Read More]
11/25/13 Chargers RB Ryan Mathews re-aggravates existing hamstring injury
San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews re-aggravated an already existing hamstring injury during his Week 12 win against the Kansas City Chiefs. Mathews first injured his right hamstring back in Week 10 during a loss to the Denver Broncos. After a healthy two quarters on Sunday, the former Fresno State back left in the game in the third quarter and was unable to return.... [Read More]
11/25/13 Patriots RB Stevan Ridley disgusted with fumbles
Patriots running back Stevan Ridley was benched beyond the first quarter of New England's huge Monday night overtime win after a costly fumble. The former LSU runner has four fumbles lost in 2013, the most of any RB in the NFL. He shared harsh criticism of his carrying problems after the game. "For me, it's almost disgusting. Consecutive weeks, and personally as a player, my team deserves better. ... [Read More]
11/25/13 Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno seen on crutches and in walking boot
After the Denver Broncos heartbreaking loss on Monday night, running back Knowshon Moreno was seen on crutches and wearing a walking boot on his right leg. The former University of Georgia runner carried the ball 37 times for 224 yards and a touchdown. ... [Read More]
11/24/13 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 12
It's late November, and with the fantasy playoffs closing in, getting a win has never been more important -- until next week when it will be even more important. To help you out, we'll be posting the official statuses of this morning's injured stars as soon as they are made available, which is usually about 11:30 a.m. Eastern. There aren't a lot of names to watch this morning outside of one BIG na... [Read More]
11/24/13 Report: 'It's not looking good' for Broncos TE Julius Thomas to play tonight
Broncos tight end Julius Thomas is battling a knee strain and is a true game-time decision for tonight's game against the Patriots. But for those looking for clues regarding his status this morning, here's one from NFL.com's Ian Rapoport: "Broncos expect a decision on TE Julius Thomas (knee) this morning. Still up in the air. Heard last night 'it's not looking good,'" Rapoport tweeted.... [Read More]
11/23/13 Redskins TE Jordan Reed officially ruled out due to concussion
Redskins tight end Jordan Reed hasn't even been cleared to practice yet following his Week 11 concussion, so it's no shock that he was officially ruled out for Week 12 on Saturday. ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to break the news. The Redskins will use tight ends Logan Paulsen and Fred Davis to pick up the slack against the 49ers on Monday night.... [Read More]
11/23/13 Browns TE Jordan Cameron puts blame on himself for recent struggles
Jordan Cameron has taken quite a tumble since being considered among the elite fantasy tight ends, and it's come in coordination with quarterback Jason Campbell being inserted as a starter. Cameron hasn't scored since Week 7, and his longest catch in the past two games was 8 yards. In three games with Campbell as the starter, Cameron has averaged just 38 yards per game on 11 total catches. Althoug... [Read More]
11/23/13 No timetable for Packers QB Aaron Rodgers' return
Unfortunately for Packers fans, the odds of quarterback Aaron Rodgers playing on Thanksgiving versus the Lions are diminishing. When head coach Mike McCarthy was asked Friday for an update on Rodgers and a possible return date, McCarthy said, "I don't have a timetable for you." Rodgers fractured his left collarbone on Nov. 4, and quarterback Scott Tolzien will get his second career start Sunday ag... [Read More]
11/23/13 Lions RB Joique Bell, WR Nate Burleson on track for Week 12
The Buccaneers' defense will surely be focused on trying to limit Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush as much as possible Sunday. But they also need to keep whatever attention they have left on a couple of Detroit's secondary offensive weapons. Running back Joique Bell and Nate Burleson are expected to be active this weekend. Bell is listed as questionable because of a foot injury he sustained last we... [Read More]
11/23/13 Giants WR Hakeem Nicks expected to play versus Cowboys
When Hakeem Nicks isn't playing football, his second favorite hobby seems to be missing practice time due to injury. Nicks didn't practice on Wednesday with an abdomen injury, but he returned to the field on Thursday and Friday, and he is expected to play Sunday against the Cowboys. He is officially listed as questionable on the team's injury report.... [Read More]
11/23/13 Redskins TE Jordan Reed looking unlikely to play Monday
Wes Welker has passed his tests following a Week 11 concussion and looks set to play. But things are not looking up for Redskins tight end Jordan Reed, coming off his own concussion from last week, even with an extra day to recover. Reed has yet to be cleared to even practice and looks unlikely to suit up against the 49ers on Monday night after missing three days of practice. His status will be up... [Read More]
11/23/13 Colts RB Trent Richardson will be a game-time decision due to calf injury
And then there's this from the "Does It Really Matter?" files. Colts running back Trent Richardson has a calf injury that limited him during Thursday's and Friday's practices and has him listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.... [Read More]
11/22/13 Raiders rule out WR Denarius Moore, RB Darren McFadden
The Raiders will try to win Sunday's game with Matt McGloin, Rashad Jennings, and Rod Streater as their offensive leaders. Just as they drew it up in the preseason, right? Oakland will be without running back Darren McFadden for the third consecutive game due to his pulled hamstring. He will be joined on the sidelines by wide receiver Denarius Moore, who suffered a shoulder injury in Week 11. The... [Read More]
11/22/13 Vikings RB Adrian Peterson finally practices, plans to play Sunday
After a week with very little practice and a lot conversation over his groin injury, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said Friday that "nothing has changed" -- he plans to play per usual in Week 12 against the Packers. Peterson went through limited practice Friday after missing the week's earlier sessions and is listed as questionable.... [Read More]
11/22/13 Broncos WR Wes Welker cleared to play, TE Julius Thomas questionable for Week 12
After Friday's practice, it can be pretty much assumed that Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker will be active this Sunday night against the Patriots. The status of tight end Julius Thomas is much more in question. Welker, who suffered a concussion in Week 11, has been cleared to play after passing his final post-concussion tests. He was a full participant during the day's practice. However, Thomas ... [Read More]
11/21/13 Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez to play Thursday
Barring a serious setback to his injured toe, Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is expected to play during Thursday Night Football against the New Orleans Saints. Gonzo has only missed one game in the past decade. He is listed as questionable for the game and was able to play through the injury last week. He caught seven passes for 63 yards in that game.... [Read More]
11/21/13 Packers WR Randall Cobb unsure he will return in 2013
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb is currently on the short-term injured reserve; however, he recently said he is unsure if he'll be able to play this season. His statement was more about a refusal to speculate, rather than expressing doubt about coming back. "I can't make that call right now. Right now, today, I cannot play," Cobb said. "This is something that needs time. It's getting... [Read More]
11/21/13 Vikings cautiously optimistic RB Adrian Peterson will play
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is not a lock to play in Week 12. Head coach Leslie Frazier told reporters he is "cautiously optimistic" he will play at Green Bay. Peterson battled a groin injury last week during the practice week and missed a couple practices then as well. He did not practice Wednesday. If he does not play, RB Toby Gerhart will start.... [Read More]
11/20/13 Vikings QB Christian Ponder to start Week 12
Minnesota has lost five of their last six games. Some might feel something has to change in orderfor the Vikings to turn it around. Contrary to that opinion, Minnesota has opted to announce quarterback Christian Ponder will remain the starter going into Week 12. The former Florida State QB has four TDs in his previous three games. Matt Cassel was brought in last week against Seattle, yet the job ... [Read More]
11/19/13 Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is throwing, running without pain
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is recovering well from the fractured left collarbone he suffered on Nov. 4. Rodgers said Tuesday that he is now able to throw and run like normal without pain. However, he won't play in Week 12 because the risk of re-injury involved is still just too high. "I think the biggest issue is not the pain at this point," Rodgers said. "It is the risk of taking a shot l... [Read More]
11/19/13 Bills WR Stevie Johnson says he will 'definitely' play after bye week
The Bills deactivated wide receiver Stevie Johnson for their game last Sunday, choosing to give him a full two weeks to rest and heal from his groin injury. Johnson believes that time off will certainly be enough for him to return to play. "I'll definitely be suited up," Johnson said via the team's official website. "I think I'll be much better than what I was this past week. I'm optimistic about... [Read More]
11/19/13 Chargers WR Keenan Allen will play Sunday
Chargers head coach Mike McCoy gave a positive update on wide receiver Keenan Allen, who left last Sunday's game with a knee injury. "He's fine," McCoy said of Allen. "He'll be playing, which is great." Allen and the Chargers visit the Chiefs in Week 12.... [Read More]
11/19/13 Broncos TE Julius Thomas is day to day with knee strain; WR Wes Welker 'expected to be OK'
The Broncos' offense has some major injury concerns heading into its Sunday night showdown versus the Patriots. And refreshingly, none of the iffy players are Peyton Manning. Tight end Julius Thomas is day to day with a knee strain, and wide receiver Wes Welker has a concussion. However, sources have told ESPN's Chris Mortensen that Welker is "expected to be OK."... [Read More]
11/19/13 Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders expected to play despite foot injury
Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders missed the second half of Sunday's win against the Lions with a foot injury, but he won't miss much more time than that. He has apparently avoided a long-term issue, and head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Sanders is expected to play in Week 12 against the Browns. Tomlin added that Sanders will be limited in practice.... [Read More]
11/19/13 Jets may bench WR Stephen Hill
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said Monday the team may opt to bench wide receiver Stephen Hill, the second-year receiver out of Georgia Tech."We've been expecting bigger things for Stephen. Quite honestly, it hasn't happened," Ryan said. Hill has zero catches in his last two games and his development appears to have stalled greatly. The speedy receiver's draft stock blew up at the NFL Combine... [Read More]
11/19/13 Seahawks will give WR Percy Harvin more snaps after Week 12 bye
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told reporters wide receiver Percy Harvin will have his snap count limit removed after their Week 12 bye. Harvin caught one pass (just one target) for 17 yards in his return last week.The former Minnesota Vikings' receiver said he felt sore after last week's game in which he played 19-of-52 offensive snaps. He is also scheduled to be the team's primary kic... [Read More]
11/19/13 Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says Miles Austin is ready
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and wide receiver Miles Austin anticipate he will play in Week 12. After sitting in Week 11 during Dallas' bye, Austin has not played since October. Rookie receiver Terrance Williams has displayed plenty of talent, but also a lot of inexperience. Jones added Austin could have played in Week 10, but the team opted to play it safe and give him extra time for his ham... [Read More]
11/19/13 Bears QB Jay Cutler's ankle has ligament issues
Mark down December 1 on your calendars. That is the date Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler hopes to return to the field. In the mean time, there are concerns about "worrisome ligament issues" in his ankle according to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune. "The ankle is the problem. The groin is going to be fine," Cutler said. Backup QB Josh McCown will play as the Bears continue to evaluate Cu... [Read More]
11/18/13 Patriots RB Shane Vereen will play against Carolina
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the New England Patriots will ease running back Shane Vereen onto the field against the Carolina Panthers during Monday Night Football. It has now been two full months since Vereen last played back in Week 1 when he touched the ball 21 times for 159 total yards. There are actually conflicting reports circulating about Vereen's potential playing time. Another rep... [Read More]
11/18/13 Lions RB Reggie Bush not benched for fumbling in Week 11
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz told reporters running back Reggie Bush was not benched, or had his snaps reduced, for a fumble. Instead, his reasoning was, "Reggie in horse racing wouldn't be called a mudder. He's an explosively quick guy. He's better on a fast track." While Bush sat on the sidelines, the Lions worked in RBs Joique Bell and Theo Riddick. Bush finished the game with 14 touc... [Read More]
11/18/13 Broncos WR Wes Welker concussed
During the Denver Broncos' win over Kansas City on Sunday, wide receiver Wes Welker suffered a concussion on a sizable pass play. After the hit, Welker went down on one knee to collect himself. He ended up making one more reception before being forced out of the game. His day ended with eight receptions for 72 yards.... [Read More]
11/18/13 Chargers WR Keenan Allen hyperextended knee
The early report from the San Diego Union-Tribune suggests San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen's injury is a hyperextended knee. In the second half Sunday, Allen was forced out of action and did not return. The 21-year-old finished the game with just three receptions for 45 yards.The injury is not believed to be connected to any previous injury. There is not believed to be any ligament ... [Read More]
11/18/13 Broncos TE Julius Thomas requires more testing on knee
When his knee was injured during the Denver Broncos' eventual win over Kansas City, tight end Julius Thomas looked like he might be out for a significant amount of time. The third-year breakout star will have more tests done on his knee Monday and possibly through the week. There isn't very much speculation about the injury at this time and results should be available by Monday night.... [Read More]
11/18/13 Vikings RB Adrian Peterson struggled with groin injury
During the Minnesota Vikings' loss to Seattle Sunday, running back Adrian Peterson said he was bothered by a painful groin injury. The former Oklahoma back did not practice Thursday or Friday. He finished the game with one of his worst performances in 2013. He rushed for just 65 yards on 21 carries, good for a 3.1 ypc average. "There were a couple plays in the first half, oh man, I knew if I was ... [Read More]
11/17/13 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 11
This week's rundown of the early game injuries pretty much focuses on one team, the Atlanta Falcons. That's because tight end Tony Gonzalez and wide receiver Harry Douglas are listed as questionable. Past that, we'll keep an eye on Michael Floyd and Martellus Bennett, but there's not a whole lot else to track this morning, which I guess is a good thing. If we see any updates on Vernon Davis, Shane... [Read More]
11/16/13 Patriots RB Shane Vereen expected to play Monday, but nothing official yet
People in the know, such as ESPN Boston writers Mike Reiss and Field Yates, expect the Patriots to activate running back Shane Vereen from short-term injured reserve and have him active for Monday night's game versus the Panthers. The Patriots even have an open roster spot, which seemingly makes the move inevitable. But it hasn't happened yet. Vereen has been out since suffering a wrist injury, ... [Read More]
11/16/13 Colts won't change how they use RBs Trent Richardson, Donald Brown
On Thursday night, Colts running back Donald Brown gained 80 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, outclassing running mate Trent Richardson. But it doesn't seem like that performance earned Brown any extra carries going forward. Head coach Chuck Pagano said Friday he likes "the way we're doing things right now." Pagano didn't dismiss possibly riding the "hot hand" in his backfield, but Richard... [Read More]
11/16/13 Falcons RB Jason Snelling won't play Sunday following marijuana arrest
Falcons running back Jason Snelling missed practice on Wednesday due to a knee injury. He missed practice again on Friday for something completely different, and it will keep him out of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. Snelling was arrested early Friday morning and charged with possession of marijuana – less than one ounce, possession of drug related materials, expired or no driver's l... [Read More]
11/16/13 49ers TE Vernon Davis expected to play Sunday
There hasn't been a substantial update on Vernon Davis' status for Week 11 today. The most we've got to go on comes in a blog post from beat writer Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. Barrows wrote Saturday that Davis "is expected to play following a concussion suffered last week. The 49ers, however, likely will wait until the last possible moment to announce that Davis has been cleared for the ga... [Read More]
11/16/13 Buccaneers want WR Vincent Jackson to get more touches
A football team wants its best offensive player to touch the ball as much as possible. Sounds simple enough, but the Buccaneers have had a tough time accomplishing that feat wit wide receiver Vincent Jackson recently. Jackson racked up a combined five catches for 39 yards in his last two games. That just can't continue, according to head coach Greg Schiano. "We need to make sure [Jackson] gets hi... [Read More]
11/16/13 Dolphins WR Mike Wallace expected to play despite hamstring injury
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace is expected to play Sunday "barring an unexpected setback" with his strained hamstring. Wallace apparently injured his hamstring during the practice week as he didn't appear on the injury report until Thursday. He was limited in practice for the rest of the week and is officially considered questionable to face the ... [Read More]
11/16/13 Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor officially ruled out
Terrelle Pryor's sprained knee was strong enough for him to practice a couple of times this week, but it's not strong enough for the Raiders to risk him Sunday against the Texans. Oakland officially ruled out Pryor on Saturday. Undrafted rookie Matt McGloin will get his first career start against a Houston defense that ranks No. 1 in total defense and pass defense. McGloin took all of the snaps wi... [Read More]
11/16/13 49ers TE Vernon Davis still in non-contact practice, listed as questionable
49ers tight end Vernon Davis said Tuesday that he was "feeling great" two days after suffering a concussion. But at the end of the practice week, Davis' fantasy owners probably don't know what to feel about him for Sunday's game against the Saints. For the second consecutive day, Davis went through practice while sporting non-contact jersey, a sign that he hasn't yet been cleared to play. But he c... [Read More]
11/16/13 Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez, WR Harry Douglas officially questionable for Sunday
Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez and wide receiver Harry Douglas both returned to practice Friday after missing Thursday's session. Staying with the similarities, both players were limited in the practice and are listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. Gonzalez has been battling a toe injury all week while Douglas suffered some sort of knee injury recently.... [Read More]
11/16/13 Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor questionable; QB Matt McGloin takes all the first-team snaps Friday
The Raiders haven't turned the lights out on quarterback Terrelle Pryor's chances of playing Sunday against the Texans, but a finger is on the switch. Pryor was very limited during Friday's practice, and more telling was that backup quarterback Matt McGloin handled all of the snaps with the first-team offense. Head coach Dennis Allen said Pryor "wasn't feeling as good today as he was (Thursday)," ... [Read More]
11/16/13 Vikings hold RB Adrian Peterson out of practice, say he'll be ready for Sunday
Consider this another story of a veteran getting some extra rest late in the season even though it looks suspicious on the surface. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson didn't practice on Thursday or Friday and is listed as having a groin injury. However, he appears as "probable" on the injury report, and head coach Leslie Frazier said Friday that the multiple absences were a safety measure. "We ... [Read More]
11/16/13 WR Stevie Johnson adds to Bills' depleted receiving corps, ruled out for Week 11
Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson missed all practices, and his head coach said Thursday that he didn't feel good about Johnson's chances of playing this week, so to no one's surprise, Johnson won't play against the Jets. He will be held out because of his groin injury. Since Robert Woods has already been ruled out for this game, wide receivers T.J. Graham and Marquise Goodwin are expected to see... [Read More]
11/15/13 Seahawks WR Percy Harvin 'has a chance to play'
Although Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin is listed as probable for Week 11 on the injury report, head coach Pete Carroll's words left some hesitation as to whether Harvin will be on the field Sunday against the Vikings. Carroll would only say Friday that Harvin "has a chance to play" after practicing all week.... [Read More]
11/15/13 Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor returns to practice; RB Darren McFadden, not so much
Terrelle Pryor was back at Raiders practice on Thursday after taking Wednesday to rest his sprained MCL. He split the first-team reps with backup quarterback Matt McGloin. Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area said the two will split the reps again during Friday's practice. Why? "Try as they might to determine explosiveness and durability, the Raiders won't really know how Pryor will respond until game time... [Read More]
11/15/13 Dolphins WR Mike Wallace pops up with hamstring injury
Given how Mike Wallace's season has gone, perhaps this is a blessing in disguise? The Dolphins' big-money wide receiver was added to the injury report on Thursday with a hamstring injury. It is not known when Wallace suffered the injury or how severe it is. His status will be updated Friday. The Dolphins match up against the Chargers' 28th-ranked pass defense Sunday.... [Read More]
11/14/13 Seahawks WR Percy Harvin puts in full practice on Thursday
Here's something encouraging for those who have been waiting for Percy Harvin to play this season and are considering him as a WR3 this weekend: Harvin went through a full practice on Thursday. He is well on his way to making his season debut Sunday versus his former team, the Vikings. He has been out for the entire season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn hip labrum during training camp.... [Read More]
11/14/13 Broncos QB Peyton Manning returns to practice Thursday
As expected, Peyton Manning's absence from the practice field was a short one. Manning returned to limited practice on Thursday after taking a day off to rest his recently aggravated high-ankle sprain. He will start against the Chiefs on Sunday night.... [Read More]
11/14/13 Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez, WR Harry Douglas looking questionable for Sunday
The Falcons' offense is already missing Julio Jones. Roddy White is still working his way back to full health after a season filled with injuries. And the hits just keep on coming in Atlanta. Tight end Tony Gonzalez and wide receiver Harry Douglas didn't practice Thursday. Gonzalez suffered a toe injury that sidelined him briefly in Week 10 and left him limping after the game. He also didn't prac... [Read More]
11/14/13 Lions stay patient with WR Nate Burleson and WR Calvin Johnson takes day off
The Detroit Lions will give wide receiver Nate Burleson at least one more week to rest his arm. He practiced a bit last week, but are willing to play it safe with his still healing fractured forearm. WR Calvin Johnson did not practice Thursday, but there is no information out that would suggest he will not play or anything about a possible injury.... [Read More]
11/14/13 Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor's Week 11 status unclear
The Oakland Raiders have been mum about the playing status of their quarterback Terrelle Pryor. The former Ohio State QB has been having knee issues since being forced out of action in Week 9 against Philadelphia. Oakland has said he is day-to-day, Pryor has stated he has a sprained MCL and now he's out of practice. He described his knee as very sore after his Week 10 loss against the Giants.... [Read More]
11/14/13 Packers TE Jermichael Finley will have spinal fusion surgery
Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley will go under the knife for a spinal fusion surgery. From a statement released by his agent: "We have collectively determined that while surgery may not be 100% necessary, it is a proactive measure that should alleviate future risks with regards to a similar episode or re-injury. Jermichael has elected to undergo a spinal fusion with Dr. Joseph Maroon.... [Read More]
11/14/13 Bills WR Stevie Johnson unable to practice, WR Robert Woods ruled out
The Buffalo Bills will already be without the services of rookie wide receiver Robert Woods and WR Stevie Johnson sstill has not returned to practice as he is dealing with a groin injury. Johnson leads the team across the board statistically whether it is targets, receptions, receiving yards and TDs. Buffalo ranks 29th in passing offense so losing Woods and Johnson for a week could be a really bi... [Read More]
11/13/13 Eagles QB Michael Vick aware team is moving on
People close to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick understand that the team will stick with QB Nick Foles even after Vick's injury has passed. Vick is 33 years old. After being asked if he still saw himself as the starter, Vick stated, "I don't know. That's not something that I'm thinking about at this point. The last thing I want to be is a distraction to the team. I'm just working hard... [Read More]
11/13/13 Broncos QB Peyton Manning skips practice Wednesday
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning did not practice Wednesday in order to rest his ankles. The elder Manning was hit low last week and managed to stay in the game. This injury has been lingering for a few weeks now; however, there's no reason to assume Manning will miss even one play against the Kansas City Chiefs.... [Read More]
11/13/13 Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe will avoid immediate discipline for arrest
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will start in Week 11 versus the Denver Broncos. The former LSU receiver will avoid discipline for his arrest since the NFL will not take action until after the court has come to a final decision on the matter. Bowe was suspended in 2009 for a performance-enhancing drug issue and has no previous substance abuse issues so he isn't a repeat offender. It i... [Read More]
11/13/13 Cowboys WR Miles Austin practicing during bye week
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin was able to return to practice Wednesday as he continues to rehab his lingering hamstring injury. The 29-year-old receiver has not played since Oct. 20, a Week 7 win over Philadelphia. In that time, teammate Terrance Williams has struggled to put together consistent work. Williams has just five receptions in his last three games and could fall back on the... [Read More]
11/13/13 Bills WRs Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods miss practice Wednesday
According to the Buffalo Bills' official injury report, wide receiver Stevie Johnson is questionable with groin and hip injuries and WR Robert Woods is doubtful with an ankle injury. Neither player was able to practice Wednesday. Buffalo has their bye week in Week 12 so a week off now would give them two full weeks to rest. If both players are unable to go, look for T.J. Graham and Marquise Goodw... [Read More]
11/13/13 49ers TE Vernon Davis says he's 'feeling great' following Week 10 concussion
49ers tight end Vernon Davis doesn't know if the concussion he suffered in Week 10 will keep him out of Sunday's game at New Orleans, but so far, Davis is feeling pretty good, physically. "I'm doing fine, feeling great and just taking it one day at a time," Davis said Tuesday. "I have to wait for doctors to let me know what I can do next. ... I didn't really have too many symptoms. My memory was ... [Read More]
11/12/13 Texans RB Arian Foster officially placed on injured reserve
This has been expected for a couple of days, and the Texans officially sent running back Arian Foster to season-ending injured reserve Tuesday. He will undergo back surgery on Thursday, marking the end of a year in which he also battled hamstring, calf, and separate back injuries. Foster, who will turn 28 next August, is tentatively expected to be back for summer OTAs, but it all depends on how he... [Read More]
11/12/13 Eagles QB Michael Vick still out indefinitely
Anyone still wondering what the Eagles will do when Michael Vick is healthy can stop wasting time. Vick admitted Tuesday that he is still trying to "gain confidence" in his strained hamstring and remains unable to push off it and run at full speed. Vick said there is no timetable for him to return to the field. He has played in one game since Week 5 due to hamstring injuries.... [Read More]
11/12/13 Packers QB Seneca Wallace expected to be placed on injured reserve
According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, the Packers are expected to place quarterback Seneca Wallace on injured reserve soon. Wallace saw his Week 10 start end before one full quarter due to a groin injury. He was replaced by Scott Tolzien, who has already been named the Packers' starter for this Sunday's game at the Giants.... [Read More]
11/12/13 Buccaneers plan to go with RB timeshare moving forward
With Doug Martin already ruled out for the season, and Mike James perhaps also landing on injured reserve very soon, the Buccaneers are down to their third- and fourth-string running backs, Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey. Leonard was the clear leader against the Dolphins, out-touching Rainey 22-9. But head coach Greg Schiano said after his team's first win Monday that the two runners will likely s... [Read More]
11/12/13 Cardinals head coach reaffirms RB Rashard Mendenhall's starter status
Once again, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians continues to tell the media running back Rashard Mendenhall is the team's No. 1 back and RB Andre Ellington is not. In describing Ellington's 13 touches, Arians said "I think it's right where it needs to be. He had plenty again today." When asked about Mendenhall's lead role, Arians said, "Oh yeah. There's no doubt."... [Read More]
11/12/13 Jerry Jones wants to Dez Bryant to get the ball more
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he wants to get wide receiver Dez Bryant the ball more often. What does a team's owner have to do with putting the ball in Bryant's hands? That's yet to be determined although Jones obviously has a point. Bryant hardly saw the ball at all in Week 10 caught just one of his two targets in a blowout loss to the Saints.... [Read More]
11/12/13 Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe arrested for speeding and marijuana possession
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was arrested for speeding and possession of marijuana on Sunday and police confirmed the report Tuesday. To summarize the police department's news release, Bowe was pulled over for driving 48 mph in a 35 mph zone. The officer detected an odor of marijuana and asked the driver and two passengers to exit the vehicle. The car contained small amounts mariju... [Read More]
11/12/13 Patriots RB Shane Vereen can be activated this week
New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen is finally eligible to return from short term injured reserve. The former Cal back required wrist surgery after a dominating Week 1 performance and hasn't played since then. He has been practicing for two weeks and is expected to return immediately into his "joker" position. He should dive right into New England's RB rotation.... [Read More]
11/12/13 Bucs RB Mike James fractured left ankle
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Mike James fractured his left ankle during Monday night's win over the Miami Dolphins and will be out indefinitely. The rookie had already rushed for 41 yards on only five carries before the injury. Last week, he touched the ball 30 times for 166 total yards. Moving forward, RBs Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey will be the primary ball-carriers for Tampa Bay.... [Read More]
11/11/13 Saints writer skeptical of RB Mark Ingram's emerging role after breakout
New Orleans Saints beat writer Mark Triplett in his ESPN blog feels running back Mark Ingram will remain third in the pecking order behind RBs Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas despite the former Alabama runner's breakout game. Ingram rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. He also added two receptions for 15 yards. This 100-yard game was Ingram's first as a professional.... [Read More]
11/11/13 Saints TE Jimmy Graham limited to 33 snaps
Due to lingering foot and elbow injuries, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham only played 33 snaps Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, roughly 40-percent of the team's total offensive snaps. This was the former Miami Hurricanes star's second-lowest snap total of the season. Graham finished with five targets and five receptions for 59 yards.... [Read More]
11/11/13 Panthers' trio of running backs split snaps and touches
Panthers running back Mike Tolbert led Carolina RBs with 35 snaps, Jonathan Stewart played 22 and DeAngelo Williams played 20. Tolbert only had four touches though as Stewart led the way with 13 touches in Carolina's win over San Francisco. ... [Read More]
11/11/13 Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham was running full speed before game
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham was able to run routes at full speed before Sunday's eventual loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The team decided to play it safe and keep Gresham on the sidelines. This decision allowed rookie TE Tyler Eifert to see a lot more playing time and a lot more targets. The 23-year-old saw 10 targets, but "only" caught three passes for 55 yards. Gresham looks li... [Read More]
11/11/13 Falcons WR Roddy White played almost every snap
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White played 56-of-58 snaps against Seattle. He was targeted four times and caught one pass for 20 yards. The Seahawks did well to shut him down as he appeared to be 100-percent after some weeks off to rest his ankle sprain. White is firmly back as the Falcons' No. 1 receiver.... [Read More]
11/11/13 Scott Tolzien is your newest Packers starting QB
Seneca Wallace's first start since December 2011 didn't even last a full quarter. Wallace injured his groin on the first series of Sunday's game against the Eagles and was replaced by Scott Tolzien for the rest of the afternoon. Tolzien went on to complete 24 of 39 passes for 280 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. After the game, head coach Mike McCarthy said Tolzien would start in Week 1... [Read More]
11/11/13 Report: Titans expect QB Jake Locker to miss rest of season
It wasn't bad enough that the Titans lost at home Sunday to the formerly winless Jaguars, a team that had lost each of its previous eight games by double digits. No, the loss in the standings was compounded by a major loss for the offense. Quarterback Jake Locker suffered a right foot injury during the second quarter and didn't return. Sources tell The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt that the team believes... [Read More]
11/11/13 Broncos QB Peyton Manning to undergo MRI on Monday
Everything was going smoothly for Peyton Manning late into Sunday's game against the Chargers. Then defensive end Corey Liuget hit him low. Liuget took Manning to the ground in the fourth quarter, corralling both of his ankles. Manning got up limping, then sat back down for a little bit. However, he didn't miss a play and finished the game. He was even on the field for a couple of kneel-downs at t... [Read More]
11/10/13 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 10
Today began with the news that Texans running back Arian Foster's season is over. And the injury concerns, at least for today, don't stop there. Trent Richardson, Giovani Bernard, and Roddy White are the top names to watch when the early game inactives come out, starting at around 11:30 a.m. Eastern. This post will be updated throughout the morning to give you the latest on all of the injured star... [Read More]
11/10/13 Report: Texans RB Arian Foster will have season-ending back surgery
Texans running back Arian Foster will miss a lot more football than just today's game against the Cardinals. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Foster will undergo back surgery, likely on Wednesday or Thursday, and be placed on season-ending injured reserve. Foster is apparently dealing with a disc issue in the lumbar region of his back.... [Read More]
11/08/13 Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts practices Friday, should play in Week 10
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts was able to return to practice Friday after a limited practice Wednesday and no practice Thursday. There are no serious indicators regarding his groin injury which suggest Shorts will not play in Week 10 against the Tennessee Titans. With Justin Blackmon suspended for the rest of the year, Shorts is the Jags' de facto No. 1 receiver.... [Read More]
11/08/13 Giants WR Victor Cruz practices Friday
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz did not practice Wednesday, was limited on Thursday and practiced in full Friday. He is back on track to play against the Oakland Raiders in Week 10. The Giants have not yet announced whether he will be probable or questionable. Cruz has not found the endzone since September.... [Read More]
11/08/13 Vikings QB Christian Ponder dislocated left shoulder
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder was forced out of action late in the third quarter of Thursday's eventual win over the Redskins. The former Florida State QB dove for the pylon in an attempt to score, but ended up with a dislocated left shoulder. The play led to an Adrian Peterson punch-in TD from one yard out and Minnesota held on to the lead through the fourth quarter. Matt Cassel... [Read More]
11/08/13 Cowboys WR Dez Bryant may have bulging or herniated disc, still on track to play
A report from FoxSportsSouthwest.com stated Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant could have a herniated or bulging disc injury according to a source close to the team. Bryant was able to practice Thursday and Friday so for the time being, there's nothing to suggest Bryant won't suit up in Week 10. ... [Read More]
11/08/13 Colts RB Trent Richardson back at practice
Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson returned to practice Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday. It is possible the second-year back injured his ankle in Week 9, but there were no reports or indicators in that game he was hurt. After a couple days off, Richardson is expected to play in Week 10 against the St. Louis Rams.... [Read More]
11/07/13 Bears announce QB Jay Cutler as Week 10 starter
Jay Cutler is back. Knocked out in Week 7 with a groin injury that also kept him on the bench following the bye week, the Bears QB will start against the Lions in Week 10. "If he couldn't do everything, he wouldn't be out there. We would never put him out there if he was not cleared," Bears coach Marc Trestman announced on Thursday, according to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Briggs.... [Read More]
11/06/13 Bills hint at more carries for RB C.J. Spiller
Bills running back C.J. Spiller probably won't be receiving a vomit-inducing number of carries this Sunday against the Steelers. But he should see more than he's been getting the past two months. Spiller is not on the team's injury report for the first time since Week 3, and head coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday that he's "excited" to give Spiller more touches. Spiller has been bothered by an ank... [Read More]
11/06/13 Saints RB Darren Sproles goes through full practice Wednesday
Concussions can put a player's career on hold for weeks, months or, in the case of those who suffer many of them, forever. For Saints running back Darren Sproles, it appears the concussion he sustained on Sunday held him back for only a day or two. Sproles said Wednesday that he has passed his concussion tests and is "fine." He was well enough to put in a full practice. He is definitely on track t... [Read More]
11/06/13 Broncos TE Julius Thomas practices Wednesday
Although he had the Broncos' Week 9 bye to get over his sprained ankle, tight end Julius Thomas may have worried his fantasy owners when he didn't take part in the team's first practice coming out of the bye on Monday. However, it looks like that was just another day of rest for the breakout player, because Thomas practiced Wednesday. It is not yet known if he went through full or limited practice... [Read More]
11/06/13 When 49ers WR Michael Crabtree will play depends on how he practices
On Tuesday, 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree was cleared to practice for the first time this season. He has been on the Physically Unable to Perform list after tearing his Achilles tendon in May. He is still on that list, but now that he is eligible to practice, the team has a three-week window during which they can add Crabtree to the active roster at any point. So, he will be eligible to pla... [Read More]
11/06/13 Barring setbacks, Bills QB E.J. Manuel expected to start Sunday
E.J. Manuel isn't anything close to an elite quarterback right now. But the rookie is certainly better than Jeff Tuel or Thad Lewis, so this is some good news for the Bills. Team president and CEO Russ Brandon said Wednesday that "unless [Manuel] has a setback, he should be ready to go on Sunday." Manuel has been out since spraining the LCL in his right knee Oct. 3. The Bills visit the Steelers th... [Read More]
11/06/13 Latest report has Packers QB Aaron Rodgers missing 4-6 weeks
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is going to miss some length of time due to his fractured left collarbone. How much time is tough to pin down. It could be three weeks. It could be less than that after the team received some "optimistic" news on Tuesday. The latest educated guess comes from FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo via a source who says that Rodgers will miss "roughly" four-to-six weeks.... [Read More]
11/05/13 Steelers WR Antonio Brown benched near end of game
According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was benched at the end of last week's game due to a missed assignment that led to an interception. With less than four minutes to play, QB Ben Roethlisberger threw a deep pass to Brown which led to an interception by New England's Duron Harmon. There was no Steeler receiver anywhere near the ball and it w... [Read More]
11/05/13 Eagles WR Riley Cooper sent home due to illness
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Copoper was sent home from Tuesday's practice due to a possible stomach bug or food poisoning. Cooper is coming off a career-best game in which he caught five passes for 139 yards and three TDs. In that game, quarterback Nick Foles connected on seven TD passes, tying an NFL-record. Cooper is not expected to miss Week 10 and is considered day-today.... [Read More]
11/05/13 Giants RB David Wilson's injury 'significantly' improved, but..
The New York Giants released a formal statement in regards to running back David Wilson's neck injury. For now, doctors don't believe he needs surgery, although that could still change. The second-year back has a herniated disc in his neck. "The determination was made that while there has been significant improvement with the herniation, Wilson is still not clear to resume football activities," t... [Read More]
11/05/13 Bears QB Jay Cutler wants to practice and play in Week 10
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler doesn't plan on getting too comfortable on the bench. The former Vanderbilt QB wants to return to practice this week in preparation of a Week 10 return. With two weeks rest, Cutler wants to be ready for Detroit. Cutler sustained a groin injury in Week 7 against Washington. After their Week 8 bye, the Bears pulled out a big win against the Packers on Monday nig... [Read More]
11/05/13 Jaguars RB Denard Robinson now No. 2 on depth chart
With the losses piling up, the Jacksonville Jaguars appear interested in further testing the talents of rookie running back Denard Robinson. He has moved ahead of Justin Forsett and Jordan Todman. The former Michigan Wolverine carried the ball four times for 15 yards last week, although he only has 11 carries on the season. "We bumped him up to number two and we're intrigued by him at the tailbac... [Read More]
11/05/13 Report: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers out three weeks
Knocked out early in Green Bay's Monday night home loss to Chicago, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers could miss another three weeks with a collarbone injury. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that initial tests showed a small fracture in Rodgers' collarbone. The Packers have not made any announcements and more tests will take place on Tuesday.... [Read More]
11/04/13 Browns QB Jason Campbell injures ribs
Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell was forced out of action briefly in Week 9 against the Baltimore Ravens, yet promptly returned just a handful of plays later. It turns out that Campbell suffered a ribs injury which will undergo further testing Monday. The Browns eventually won, led by Campbell's 262 passing yards and three TDs. The win ended a three-game losing streak and Cleveland is ... [Read More]
11/04/13 Bills QB E.J. Manuel cleared to practice
The Buffalo Bills could have quarterback E.J. Manuel back on the field as soon as Week 10 now that he has been cleared to resume practicing. He did appear as a limited practice participant last week. Manuel started the first five games of the year, but has not played since Week 5 when he sustained a sprained right LCL in a loss to Cleveland. The Bills are 1-3 since turning to backups Thad Lewis a... [Read More]
11/04/13 Jets WR Jeremy Kerley may have serious elbow injury
There are reports floating around the New York Jets' local media about wide receiver Jeremy Kerley possibly having an elbow subluxation/dislocation. The soon-to-be 25-year-old was forced out of action during the second quarter in Week 9 with this aforementioned elbow injury. He was not able to return to the game.... [Read More]
11/04/13 Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon entering rehab
Sources told ESPN that Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon is headed to rehab. The league has not identified the nature of his substance abuse issues or of what variety. It's actually illegal for them to divulge that information. In any case, this is yet another problem in a long line of serious transgressions for the troubled wideout.... [Read More]
11/04/13 Giants RB David Wilson has important MRI scheduled, RB Andre Brown preparing for Week 10
The New York Giants have been without running back David Wilson since Oct. 6th when he injured his neck against the Philadelphia Eagles. Since that Week 5 contest, Wilson's short-term future has been unclear. An upcoming MRI will resolve whether or not he can play again this season. This second MRI will be compared to the first taken a few weeks ago to determine how much healing has occurred. One... [Read More]
11/04/13 Vikings will continue starting QB Christian Ponder
The Minnesota Vikings have already stood behind quarterback Christian Ponder by announcing he will be the team's starter against the Washington Redskins in Week 10. The former Florida State signal-caller completed 25-of-37 for 236 yards, one TD, one INT and one rushing TD. The Vikings are on a short week and face Washington during Thursday Night Football.... [Read More]
11/03/13 Texans RB Arian Foster plays 1 series, leaves with back injury
Although Texans running back Arian Foster was limited in practice during the week with a hamstring injury and was a true game-time decision, the Texans activated him for Sunday night's game against the Colts. Foster was on the field for the first couple of plays. And that was the end of his night. Foster left the game due to what was called a back injury. He didn't touch the ball and was targeted... [Read More]
11/03/13 Peyton's got company: Eagles QB Nick Foles throws 7 touchdowns
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles threw seven touchdowns on Sunday. Just let that sentence wash over you. Foles completed scoring passes of 2, 5, 15, 17, 25, 46, and 63 yards against a Raiders' secondary that couldn't stop falling over itself and left receivers open for days. Three of those touchdowns went to wide receiver Riley Cooper. In the end, Foles completed 22 of 28 throws for 406. Yes, he had... [Read More]
11/03/13 Raiders RB Darren McFadden, QB Terrelle Pryor leave Sunday's blowout due to injury
It was just an ugly afternoon for the Raiders. Sure, most of the blame can be put on their non-existent defense, but that was compounded by injuries to two critical offensive players. Running back Darren McFadden left the game in the second quarter due to a hamstring strain. McFadden missed a game earlier this season with a right hamstring injury, and he said Sunday that this latest injury deals ... [Read More]
11/03/13 Saints RB Darren Sproles leaves early with concussion
Those looking for Darren Sproles to rebound on Sunday after his Week 8 goose egg saw their hopes dashed after only three plays. Sproles was hit by Jets defenders David Harris and Antonio Allen after catching a 2-yard pass and came up with a concussion. He was obviously ruled out for the rest of the game after that lone touch.... [Read More]
11/02/13 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 9
It's another week with just six early games, so there isn't a bushel of injury concerns this morning, but there are a few big names to track. Once the inactives are released around 11:30 a.m. Eastern, we'll be here to give you the latest on some notable injured fantasy stars such as Marques Colston, Jimmy Graham, Roddy White, C.J. Spiller, Zac Stacy and others. Keep refreshing this post until 1 p.... [Read More]
11/02/13 Patriots CB Aqib Talib not expected to play Sunday
If this projection by ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss is correct, it'll be good for all of you Antonio Brown owners out there. Reiss wrote Saturday that he doesn't think cornerback Aqib Talib will play against the Steelers. "While [Talib] appears to be moving better in practice, perhaps the Patriots would lean toward keeping him out one more week heading into the bye with the big-picture in mind," Reiss... [Read More]
11/02/13 Packers WR James Jones practices Saturday; RB Eddie Lacy may see fewer carries
Packers wide receiver James Jones might make his return to the lineup Monday night after a two-game absence. Jones followed up a limited practice on Friday with another limited practice on Saturday. According to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jones was "doing everything" during the media-allowed portion of practice. He is officially questionable for Week 9. Elsewhere in Packers ne... [Read More]
11/01/13 Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon suspended indefinitely, done for 2013
Justin Blackmon missed the opening four games due to a violation of the NFL's substances of abuse policy. For the same the reason, the playmaking wide receiver will miss the final eight games as well. The Jaguars announced Blackmon's indefinite suspension on Friday: "All of us who are a part of the Jaguars family care very deeply about Justin and his well-being," GM David Caldwell said in a stat... [Read More]
11/01/13 Rams on track to start in Week 9
The St. Louis Rams should have running back Zac Stacy ready to roll in Week 9 against the Tennessee Titans. Stacy sprained his ankle last week and early reports were not positive he would play in the short-term. It turns out the ankle is not as sprained as it was initially diagnosed. Stacy was able to practice in full Thursday and should be ready to play Sunday barring a setback.... [Read More]
11/01/13 Bengals RB Gio Bernard leaves Thursday night game early with rib injury
A rib injury sustained in the fourth quarter knocked Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard out of the game prematurely. After going to the locker room with trainers, he emerged later to watch his Bengals give away the win on a safety in overtime. Bernard had a huge day, gaining 104 total yards on 13 touches and scoring two TDs. The Bengals continue to use BenJarvus Green-Ellis as their ... [Read More]
11/01/13 Vikings will start QB Christian Ponder
Minnesota has finally announced their intent to start quarterback Christian Ponder in Week 9 against the Dallas Cowboys. The Vikings had delayed a possible decision in hopes that Josh Freeman would be healthy enough to play. Ponder didn't do a whole lot against Green Bay last week. He only passed for 145 yards and no TDs.... [Read More]
11/01/13 Bills QB Thaddeus Lewis doubtful in Week 9
The Buffalo Bills will likely be without quarterback Thaddeus Lewis in Week 9 after giving him the doubtful tag for Week 9's contest against the Kansas City Chiefs. First-team reps have gone to both QBs Jeff Tuel and Matt Flynn. The Bills are holding out hope Lewis might be able to play, so no official announcement has been made about who will start until Lewis is officially out.... [Read More]
11/01/13 Carolina will activate RB Jonathan Stewart from PUP list Saturday
It's looking more and more likely Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart will play in Week 9 after the team let it be known he will be activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list Saturday. It will be his first action of the season if he does play against Atlanta. The 26-year-old has been recovering from ankle surgeries for months now.... [Read More]
10/31/13 Bills 'feel good' about RB C.J. Spiller playing Sunday
The Bills played it smart with C.J. Spiller last week, allowing his injured ankle to rest instead of putting it through more punishment. He may still be limited this Sunday against the Chiefs, but he is on track to play, and head coach Doug Marrone said Thursday, "I feel good" about Spiller playing. He went through limited practice on Wednesday and Thursday.... [Read More]
10/31/13 LB Aldon Smith is back on the 49ers' active roster
The 49ers announced Thursday that linebacker Aldon Smith has been activated from the reserve/non-football injury list. Smith hasn't played since Week 3 and has spent much of the past six weeks in a rehab facility to treat his alcohol and drug abuse. NFL.com's Michael Silver reports that it's "no guarantee" Smith plays once the 49ers come out of their Week 9 bye, and that he will have to "earn his ... [Read More]
10/31/13 Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray practices in full Thursday
Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was close to playing in Week 8. It looks like there will be no "close" this week; he's going to play against the Vikings. Murray went through his second consecutive day of full practice on Thursday.... [Read More]
10/31/13 Seahawks will be without WR Percy Harvin in Week 9
The Seattle Seahawks will need to wait another week before the return of wide receiver Percy Harvin. Initial reports suggested the former Florida standout could be back for Week 8, but a small setback has pushed him back yet another week. Don't expect the Seahawks to rush Harvin into action. ... [Read More]
10/31/13 Packers WR James Jones limited in Thursday's practice
Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones was a limited practice participant on Thursday according to Green Bay's official injury report. Jones had been resting a knee injury and has not played since Oct. 13 against the Baltimore Ravens back in Week 6. In his place, WR Jarrett Boykin has excelled and likely taken some pressure off the team to rush Jones back into the fold.... [Read More]
10/31/13 Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch misses Wednesday practice
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch did not practice Wednesday due to knee injury. There were no previous reports about a knee injury, so this may just be a glorified day off. He did only receive nine touches for 27 yards during an uneventful win over the Rams. There should be plenty of carries available to Lynch against the winless Bucs.... [Read More]
10/31/13 Panthers expecting RB Jonathan Stewart to return Week 9
After 11 months of rest, recovery and rehab, the Carolina Panthers will likely have running back Jonathan Stewart back in action in Week 9. Stewart had surgery on both of his ankles. He practiced fully on Wednesday and currently does not appear on the team's injury report. RB DeAngelo Williams missed practice Wednesday with a quad injury and looks questionable to play. ... [Read More]
10/31/13 Falcons WR Roddy White questionable for Week 9
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White did not practice Wednesday and head coach Mike Smith told reporters it is still too early to decide whether the nine-year vet will be ready to play in Week 9 against Carolina. White has not played since Week 5 due to a high ankle sprain. Atlanta will continue to use WRs Harry Douglas and Drew Davis during White's absence.... [Read More]
10/31/13 Titans want near-split of the carries between RBs Chris Johnson, Shonn Greene
Titans running back Shonn Greene played in his first game on Sunday since Week 1 and was given all of one carry. Head coach Mike Munchak wants to see a lot more out of him in future weeks. According to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, Munchak said Wednesday that should get about 15 carries per game "if all goes well. Munchak added that he would like to see Chris Johnson get 20 carries per game.... [Read More]
10/30/13 Rams RB Zac Stacy misses Wednesday practice
The St. Louis Rams will likely be without the services of running back Zac Stacy this week as he recovers from an ankle sprain. The rookie back was unable to practice Wednesday. Stacy injured the ankle during the Rams' loss to the Seattle Seahawks during Monday Night Football. Stacy has 344 yards on 75 carries (4.6 ypc) since taking over in Week 5.... [Read More]
10/30/13 Eagles name QB Nick Foles starter in Week 9
The Philadelphia Eagles made it official Wednesday by naming quarterback Nick Foles as their Week 9 starter against the Oakland Raiders. QB Michael Vick was already ruled out after re-aggravating his hamstring and reports of the team leaning towards Foles were circulating as early as Sunday night. After clearing the post-concussion protocol, the second-year QB will look to improve upon his perfor... [Read More]
10/30/13 Texans RBs Arian Foster & Ben Tate game-time decisions
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters running backs Arian Foster and Ben Rate would be game-time decisions in Week 9 as both players recover from lingering injuries. Foster is having hamstring problems and Tate is attempting to play through fractured ribs. Behind them on the depth chart would be RBs Ray Graham, Dennis Johnson and Deji Karim. There is no official word on the health ... [Read More]
10/30/13 Patriots RB Shane Vereen back at practice
New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen practiced Wednesday for the first time since his wrist injury. He is eligible to return in Week 11. The Pats are on a bye in Week 10. Vereen should immediately reassume his previous role before injury in which he could play at least 50-percent of snaps in a split backfield with Stevan Ridley.... [Read More]
10/29/13 Buccaneers HC Greg Schiano says RB Doug Martin will 'hopefully ... play soon'
Since the Buccaneers have refused to rule running back Doug Martin out for the season while also not presenting a concrete timetable for his return, head coach Greg Schiano said the only thing he could say about Martin's future. "Doug Martin will hopefully mend up and be able to play soon, but right now, he can't," Schiano said according to Scott Smith of the team's official website.... [Read More]
10/29/13 Report: Seahawks WR Sidney Rice has torn ACL
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday that wide receiver Sidney Rice is suffering from concussion-like symptoms. But that's nowhere near the end of Rice's injury concerns. Pro Football Talk reports that Rice has been diagnosed with a torn ACL. Rice suffered the injury during Monday night's win over the Rams.... [Read More]
10/29/13 Rams RB Zac Stacy has low-ankle sprain
Running back Zac Stacy was the Rams' offensive star during Monday night's tight loss to the Seahawks. However, as the Rams drove for a possible game-winning touchdown, Stacy could be found only on the sidelines, limping, wearing a ball of tape over his left ankle and sporting a heavy grimace. Stacy sprained his ankle, but FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports that Stacy has avoided the dreaded high-an... [Read More]
10/29/13 NFL trade deadline recap: Emphasis on 'dead'
Rumors flew on Larry Fitzgerald, Tony Gonzalez, Maurice Jones-Drew, Josh Gordon, Hakeem Nicks, Kenny Britt, Jared Allen and others. And in the end, the NFL trade deadline did what it usually does: nothing. Well, not quite nothing. The Patriots acquired Eagles defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga and a 2014 sixth-round pick for a fifth-round pick. Otherwise, everyone stayed put today.... [Read More]
10/29/13 Packers TE Jermichael Finley to visit more specialists
Before the Green Bay Packers designate tight end Jermichael Finley on injured reserve, he will visit more doctors and undergo more tests. Finley and most doctors believe he can play football again, not necessarily this season, but in due time. It appears the Pack wants to do their due diligence before coming to a final decision.... [Read More]
10/29/13 Steelers WR Markus Wheaton could return Week 9
Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton is on track to return Week 9 from a broken finger injury. The former Oregon State pass-catcher has not played since Week 4. In that game, he played 46-percent of snaps, which at the time was a huge jump in playing time. At this time, Wheaton is the Steelers' No. 3 receiver but that depends on the role of veteran WR Jerricho Cotchery.... [Read More]
10/29/13 Giants RB David Wilson to be re-evaluated, RB Andre Brown back Week 10
The New York Giants are on a bye in Week 9, but will be looking to get their backfield back in order for Week 10. Their running back coach Jerald Ingram told reporters that RB David Wilson will have his neck injury re-evaluated by doctors in the coming days. Ingram also said No. 2 back Andre Brown is expected to return in Week 10 against the Oakland Raiders. The Giants currently rank 29th in rush... [Read More]
10/29/13 Eagles QB Michael Vick out, QB Nick Foles practicing and will start
The Philadelphia Eagles will be without quarterback Michael Vick in Week 9 after he re-aggravated his hamstring injury. QBs Nick Foles and Matt Barkley will split practice snaps this week and Foles is expected to be the starter barring a setback. He has already passed concussion tests and cleared for practice. Barkely was more miss than hit last week after turning the ball over twice.... [Read More]
10/29/13 Seahawks WR Percy Harvin suffers small setback
The Seattle Seahawks may have to wait a little bit longer for the return of wide receiver Percy Harvin. During practice last Thursday, Harvin had a "flare up" in his still-recovering hip. There was no further information since this news came from an insider source of FOX's Mike Garafolo. It appears Seattle will give him at least another week before his return and while there is no official timeta... [Read More]
10/29/13 Giants unlikely to trade WR Hakeem Nicks
The New York Giants are not likely to trade wide receiver Hakeem Nicks before Tuesday's trade deadling (4 pm eastern). The fifth-year wideout is still on track to have a decent season (68 receptions for 1,042 yards) but his zero touchdowns through eight games have hurt the perception of his talent. He is still seeing a strong majority of snaps and never played fewer than 84-percent of them.... [Read More]
10/28/13 Bengals WR Marvin Jones played 19 snaps in Week 8
Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones terrorized the Jets' defense on Sunday, catching all eight of his targets for 122 yards and four touchdowns. His day was even more remarkable when you consider that he was on the field for only 19 of the Bengals' offensive plays.... [Read More]
10/28/13 Vikings head coach postpones naming QB starter for Week 9
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier refused to publicly announce a starting QB for Week 9's game against the Dallas Cowboys. Josh Freeman had to sit last week because of a concussion. Christian Ponder, who's already been benched once, didn't accomplish much in his start versus Green Bay on Sunday. The former Florida State QB completed 14-of-21 passes for 145 yards with no TDs and no INTs.... [Read More]
10/28/13 Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson done for the year
The Miami Dolphins will be without the services of their No. 3 wide receiver Brandon Gibson for the rest of the season. He has a torn patellar tendon and will go under the knife Monday. Gibson scored on a four-yard TD reception and just minutes later ended up carted off in the first quarter. WR Rishard Matthews will see more playing time with Gibson out indefinitely.... [Read More]
10/28/13 Texans QB Case Keenum will start, despite QB Matt Schaub being healthy
The Houston Texans will keep quarterback Case Keenum as their starter in Week 9 despite QB Matt Schaub being healthy and ready to play. Keenum played reasonably well in a loss against Kansas City two weeks ago. He passed for 271 yards and one TD with no INTs. An earlier report suggested Schaub had "torn ligaments" in his ankle; however, head coach Gary Kubiak recently said that Schaub is fine.... [Read More]
10/28/13 Texans RBs Arian Foster & Ben Tate sit Monday due to injuries
Between Houston Texans running backs Arian Foster and Ben Tate, neither player was able to practice Monday. A hamstring injury sidelined Foster and Tate is dealing with multiple broken ribs. Foster was an early exit in Week 7, only rushing four times for 11 yards and unable to play beyond the Texans' first possession. QB Case Keenum will start in Week 9. Both backs are currently considered questi... [Read More]
10/28/13 Browns will roll with QB Jason Campbell in Week 9
There's no quarterback controversy in Cleveland. The Browns will stick with QB Jason Campbell in Week 9 against the Baltimore Ravens. Campbell's veteran presence provided 293 passing yards and two TDs against what has been a brutal Kansas City defense. The Ravens have been above average against the pass since being torched by Peyton Manning in Week 1.... [Read More]
10/28/13 Pats WR Kenbrell Thompkins barely plays, WR Aaron Dobson leads group in snaps
Now that New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola is back, for now anyway, it appears to have negatively impacted WR Kenbrell Thompkins. The rookie only played in 14-of-65 snaps (21.3-percent) while fellow teammate WR Aaron Dobson led the way for receivers by playing 50 snaps.... [Read More]
10/28/13 Lions WR Nate Burleson aiming for Week 10
Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson's recovery from a broken arm will likely have him ready for a Week 10 return. The Lions are on a bye in Week 9. Burleson has been out since Week 4 after breaking his arm in a car accident. ... [Read More]
10/28/13 Bucs place WR Mike Williams on injured reserve
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams was placed on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury. He is done for the year. Williams has been dealing with this injury for at least a couple weeks. He will take a backseat to Tiquan Underwood and Chris Owusu.... [Read More]
10/27/13 Broncos QB Peyton Manning has 2 sprained ankles
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, both of Peyton Manning's ankles are sprained, and one is a high-ankle sprain. Manning missed a day of practice this week because of his ankles and will take a painkiller today, but he is all set to play this afternoon against the Redskins.... [Read More]
10/27/13 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 8
Coming off an awful week with one injury after another to fantasy stars, it can't get any worse, can it? We can only hope not. Speaking of injuries, we'll be here all morning to give you the news on those who are wounded heading into the early games of Week 8. We'll give you the official word on Jimmy Graham, DeMarco Murray, C.J. Spiller and many others as each team releases its inactives report. ... [Read More]
10/27/13 Cowboys writer says RB DeMarco Murray is 'very doubtful' to play today
After taking part in limited practice all week, the feeling is that Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray will play today versus the Lions. Several media outlets have reported that he is expected to go, but Bryan Broaddus of DallasCowboys.com has a different look on things. He said on Twitter this morning that he considers Murray "very doubtful" to play. If Murray is inactive, Joseph Randle and Lanc... [Read More]
10/27/13 Saints TE Jimmy Graham has partially torn plantar fascia
We know that Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is unlikely to play today against the Bills because of his foot injury, and he will probably be in pain for the rest of the season. Graham told FOX Sports' Jay Glazer that he has a partially torn plantar fascia in his foot.... [Read More]
10/26/13 Report: Patriots WR Danny Amendola will play; CB Aqib Talib likely won't
On Sunday, the Patriots' passing game will be as close to full strength as it's been this season. Tight end Rob Gronkowski debuted last week, and he will be joined on the field versus the Dolphins by wide receiver Danny Amendola, who missed Week 7 due to a concussion. NFL Network's Albert Breer has been told by a source that Amendola has passed all of his concussion tests, is cleared and will play... [Read More]
10/26/13 Patriots QB Tom Brady practices Saturday with fingers on throwing hand wrapped together
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is listed as probable on the injury report. But it wasn't his throwing shoulder that was taped up during Saturday's practice. The middle finger and the ring finger on Brady's right hand were wrapped together during the practice. Nobody with the Patriots has made any mention of Brady having a finger injury.... [Read More]
10/26/13 Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe expected to play despite mid-week groin injury
Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe popped up on the injury report Thursday due to a groin injury and then didn't practice Friday. However, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, Bowe will play Sunday against the Browns. He is officially listed as questionable.... [Read More]
10/26/13 Seahawks WR Percy Harvin won't play this week
With Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin returning to practice this week, fantasy owners are excited to put him back into their lineups. Those owners will have to wait. Head coach Pete Carroll said Saturday that Harvin won't play Monday night against the Rams. Harvin is a little less than three months removed from hip surgery, and the 6-1 Seahawks plan to play it safe with him. ... [Read More]
10/26/13 Saints WR Lance Moore to return Week 8
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore was a full practice participant Friday and listed as probable for Week 8's game against the Buffalo Bills. He had not played for the team's last three games and has not played since a Week 3 win over Arizona. In that time, rookie WRs Kenny Stills and Nick Toon have seen their roles dramatically increase.... [Read More]
10/26/13 Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall doubtful for Week 8
The Arizona Cardinals will likely be without starting running back Rashard Mendenhall Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. He did not practice Friday due to a toe injury and has been hit with the doubtful designation. The Cards are expected to use RBs Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor in a split backfield. ... [Read More]
10/26/13 Tampa Bay WR Mike Williams says he has torn hamstring
Tampa Bay Bucs wide receiver Mike Williams told the Tampa Tribune he has a torn hamstring. This type of injury would end his season and end up placing him on injured reserve. If out, the Bucs would fall back onto the services of Chris Owusu, Tiquan Underwood and Russell Shepard. Williams was a late activation Thursday night against the Panthers, but did not appear to be playing at 100-percent. ... [Read More]
10/26/13 Saints TE Jimmy Graham is a game-time decision
New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was a limited participant in Friday's practice. He will be a game-time decision against the Bills. Graham last played in Week 6 and was shut out by New England's defense. In that game, he injured his foot and has been prepping for a possible Week 8 return.... [Read More]
10/25/13 Falcons WR Roddy White misses another practice, out for Week 8
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White did not practice Friday and will be out for Week 8 according to head coach Mike Smith. White has not played since Week 5 as he continues to rest his sprained ankle. WR Harry Douglas will be Atlanta's No. 1 receiver since WR Julio Jones is also out and on injured reserve for the remainder of the season. TE Tony Gonzalez also figures to play a large role in ... [Read More]
10/25/13 Bills RB C.J. Spiller misses Friday practice, doubtful for Week 8
The Buffalo Bills were without running back C.J. Spiller at practice Friday. The early reports suggest Spiller will not play against the Saints after being listed doubtful. Fred Jackson remains the back to own out of the bunch and Tashard Choice would assume backup duties if Spiller is sidelined. Spiller has been ineffective while practicing and playing through this ankle injury.... [Read More]
10/25/13 Texans RB Ben Tate won't be 100-percent rest of season
Houston Chronicle writer John McClain (Die Hard?) wrote a piece suggesting his skepticism that running back Ben Tate would be 100-percent at any point during the remainder of this season. The former Auburn back has multiple broken ribs and doesn't plan on sitting any time soon. Since he's content to play through the pain, it's unlikely Tate will be able to fully recover until next season.... [Read More]
10/25/13 Lions RB Reggie Bush skips practice Friday
Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush was unable to practice Friday. He was a new addition to the team's injury report with a leg injury. Bush's right leg was in a bandage and this was not the same leg as his previous knee issues earlier in the season. The Lions' beat writers are not concerned about his playing status, not yet anyway.... [Read More]
10/25/13 Bucs RB Doug Martin out two to eight weeks
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin will be out anywhere from two weeks to two months with a torn labrum. The team remains very mum on pertinent details except neither the player nor the coaching staff believe he will be out for the season. It appears the Bucs will monitor his status over the next two weeks and decide then whether to shut him down or determine a timetable for his return... [Read More]
10/24/13 Packers WR James Jones unable to practice Thursday
It's looking less likely Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones will be ready to play in Week 8. He did not practice Thursday and has told reporters it's unlikely he'll be ready in time. Second-year WR Jarrett Boykin played in his absence last week and posted good numbers. Jones shouldn't be expected to play until Week 9.... [Read More]
10/24/13 Undisclosed hamstring injury slowed Vikings RB Adrian Peterson
According to Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, he injured his hamstring about five weeks ago and the "gradual tightness ... made him tentative" while running the football. Peterson did not initially disclose the injury to the coaching staff until recently. This could explain why Peterson only had 13 carries Monday night against the New York Giants. Peterson only told the coaching sta... [Read More]
10/24/13 Giants RB Brandon Jacobs does not practice Thursday
The New York Giants could be without the services of running back Brandon Jacobs due to a slow-healing hamstring pull. Jacobs did not practice Thursday and his absence would lead to another split backfield shared by Michael Cox and Peyton Hillis. The latter receiving more playing time last week and the more likely choice to earn more carries.... [Read More]
10/24/13 Cowboys WR Miles Austin misses practice, RB DeMarco Murray could play
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin did not practice Thursday as he continues to rest his hamstring injury. Running back DeMarco Murray did practice and reports are floating around that suggest he will be ready to play in Week 8 against Detroit. Murray is trying to overcome a sprained MCL.... [Read More]
10/24/13 Rams extend offer to Brett Favre, world rejoices when he declines
The St. Louis Rams expressed interest or at least contacted representatives for retired quarterback Brett Favre after Sam Bradford's season abruptly ended with a torn ACL. Favre later told the press, "It's flattering, but there's no way I'm gonna do that."... [Read More]
10/23/13 Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray on his way back
Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray could play this weekend against the Lions, and he got off to a good start in making that happen by going through limited practice Wednesday. Murray was in pads and took the first-team snaps during the media-allowed portion of practice, according to ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer. Murray suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee back in Week 6. Rookie Joseph Randl... [Read More]
10/23/13 Falcons WR Roddy White still not practicing
Falcons wide receiver Roddy White had time to heal his hamstring and knee injuries over the team's Week 6 bye. It wasn't enough as he was held out of Week 7's win over the Buccaneers. And perhaps that second week off wasn't enough either. White, who hasn't practiced since Oct. 4, didn't practice Wednesday.... [Read More]
10/23/13 Broncos QB Peyton Manning doesn't practice due to ankle injury
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is injured! And not practicing! Somebody warm up Brock Osweiler! OK, not quite. As the Denver Post's Mike Klis tells it, Manning didn't practice Wednesday so as to rest an ankle injury. He picked up the injury during Denver's Week 6 win over Jacksonville. Manning is fully expected to return to practice Thursday.... [Read More]
10/23/13 Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald puts in full practice Wednesday
Looks like an extra few days of rest did Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald some good. Although head coach Bruce Arians hinted earlier in the week that Fitzgerald would sit out Wednesday's practice, that wasn't the case. In fact, it was quite the opposite. Fitzgerald was listed as putting in a full practice Wednesday. Fitzgerald has been battling hamstring injuries for the majority of the se... [Read More]
10/23/13 Patriots WR Danny Amendola practices, RB Shane Vereen close to return
New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola practiced Wednesday after recovering from a brutal concussion suffered back in Week 6. A clear week of practice will get him back on the field this week. Another player nearing a return although not yet back at practice is running back Shane Vereen. Head coach Bill Belichick described Vereen's status as day-to-day although he cannot play a snap un... [Read More]
10/23/13 Jaguars stick with QB Chad Henne over QB Blaine Gabbert
The doctors have cleared quarterback Blaine Gabbert to play, but the Jaguars aren't interested. Jacksonville will stick with QB Chad Henne for another week in Sunday's game against San Francisco. The former Michigan Wolverine has yet to lead Jacksonville to a win, has more than double the INTs to TDs (5:2), yet that's still apparently more promising than Gabbert.... [Read More]
10/23/13 Browns finally give QB Jason Campbell a chance
The Cleveland Browns will start quarterback Jason Campbell in Week 8 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Campbell takes over for the ever-aging and winless Brandon Weeden. Campbell's previous start came against the 49ers in a one-sided loss while he was with the Bears last season. ... [Read More]
10/23/13 Vikings QB Josh Freeman concussed, QB Christian Ponder to start
The Minnesota Vikings won't be able to give quarterback Josh Freeman a second chance since he has been diagnosed with a concussion. Former starting QB Christian Ponder has overtaken Matt Cassel and will find himself back under center against the Packers. Freeman has not yet been cleared and is not expected to be ready until Week 9 against Dallas. Freeman was awful in his debut last week, completi... [Read More]
10/23/13 Rams sign two QBs to compete for Sam Bradford's job
With quarterback Sam Bradford out for the year with a torn ACL, the St. Louis Rams made two acquisitions to fill the void. They signed QBs Brady Quinn and Austin Davis to go along with Kellen Clemens. This is now Quinn's fifth team since hitting the NFL in 2007. Davis is a former walk-on at Southern Miss who went undrafted and signed by the Rams after the 2012 NFL Draft. Head coach Jeff Fisher ha... [Read More]
10/23/13 Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts thinks he'll play
After admitting he had been playing through pain, Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts told reporters he will "definitely" play Sunday against the 49ers. The 25-year-old receiver is dealing with a clavicle injury (previously described as an SC joint sprain).... [Read More]
10/22/13 Bills head coach actively limiting RB C.J. Spiller's playing time
Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller is being limited on the field according to head coach Doug Marrone. Spiller only played 14 out of 68 offensive snaps Sunday against Miami. The fourth-year back only has 22 carries over his last three games and his yardage has been on the decline over the last month. Marrone cited Spiller's injured ankle as the primary suspect. "The injury has everything to ... [Read More]
10/22/13 Teams still throwing trade offers at Cleveland for WR Josh Gordon
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that multiple teams have trade offers on the table for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon. The trade deadline is a week away, October 29, so expect to hear Gordon's name among many others. The interested parties have offered "high" picks and players, although it's unclear if anyone's offered both picks and players.... [Read More]
10/22/13 Packers TE Jermichael Finley out indefinitely with bruised spinal cord
Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley suffered a bruised spinal cord during Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. There is no timetable for his return and he is likely out for the remainder of the season. Some players who sustained similar injuries never played football again. Finley will require more tests and more doctor visits before more is known. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy... [Read More]
10/22/13 Browns coach waffling on Week 8 quarterback
Rob Chudzinski, head coach of the Cleveland Browns, is weighing his options between quarterbacks in Week 8. His choices, Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden, leave much to be desired. Weeden most recently completed just 17-of-42 of his passes (40.5-percent) for 149 yards, one TD and one INT in a 31-13 loss to Green Bay. Campbell hasn't started a game in Cleveland yet.... [Read More]
10/22/13 Eagles QB Michael Vick to start Week 8
The Philadelphia Eagles will start quarterback Michael Vick in Week 8 against the New York Giants. QB Nick Foles was diagnosed with a concussion and will be unable to play. Vick is still nursing an injured hamstring so there's an outside chance he could suffer a setback during the week; however, multiple reports have confirmed Vick's starting status for Sunday.... [Read More]
10/21/13 Bucs RB Doug Martin in a sling with shoulder problem, could be out Week 8 and beyond
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin is in a sling with a still-unknown shoulder injury. The team hopes it is just a bruise and not a more serious separation. Martin requires an MRI to confirm a diagnosis. Tampa's next game is on Thursday, which is a very quick turnaround for what coud be a bad injury. UPDATE: A very recent report by NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport suggested Martin coul... [Read More]
10/21/13 Texans RB Arian Foster pulls hamstring, RB Ben Tate battling rib injury
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster re-aggravated a hamstring pull Sunday. There aren't any indictions it is serious, and Foster believes he could be ready after the Texans' Week 8 bye. The 27-year-old back was limited to just four carries for 11 yards against the Chiefs. Backup Ben Tate didn't offer much either, rushing for 50 yards on 15 carries as he continues to battle a rib injury.... [Read More]
10/21/13 Rams QB Sam Bradford tears ACL, season over
The St. Louis Rams will be without quarterback Sam Bradford for the remainder of the 2013 season after he tore his left ACL. He is expected to be placed on injured reserve sometime this week. Bradford was legally pushed out of bound by Carolina safety Michael Mitchell. The former Sooners QB landed awkwardly on his knee while falling to the ground. ... [Read More]
10/21/13 Saints TE Jimmy Graham may miss Week 8
ESPN's NFL insider Adam Schefter reported New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham could miss Week 8 as his struggles continue with a foot injury. The full extent of his injury is not clear; however, most reports claim it to be a minor injury. He'll have a full week of practices to get ready for action. Graham did not catch a single pass in Week 6 against New England.... [Read More]
10/21/13 Colts WR Reggie Wayne done with torn ACL
The Indianapolis Colts will be without the services of wide receiver Reggie Wayne for the rest of the 2013 season. The former Miami Hurricanes receiver is done after tearing his ACL during the Colts' dramatic win over the Denver Broncos. The 34-year-old tried to make a play on a pass just out of his reach. T.Y. Hilton and Darrius Heyward-Bey will have to step up in his absence.... [Read More]
10/21/13 Packers TE Jermichael Finley in ICU
Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley had to be immbolized on the field and carted off the field after suffering a big hit to the head/neck. He remains in the ICU with doctors keeping an eye on his health. The NFL Network reported Finley will be "fine." He was concussed Week 3 so another concussion would be a big problem.... [Read More]
10/20/13 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 7
Hopefully the midway point of the fantasy football season finds you and your team in the thick of the playoff hunt, not already thinking about 2014. To help you get a win today, we'll be here all morning to give you the latest on the injured stars of today's early games. Some of the names we're tracking include Rob Gronkowski, Cecil Shorts, Justin Blackmon, DeMarco Murray and many more. Keep refre... [Read More]
10/20/13 Report: Patriots still undecided on TE Rob Gronkowski's status for Sunday
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has now been cleared by his independent doctors to play. We thought he had already been cleared by his team. Apparently not just yet. A league source has told Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio that the Patriots haven't decided if Gronkowski will actually play versus the Jets. They will make that decision Sunday morning.... [Read More]
10/20/13 Lions RB Joique Bell writes he's in 'a lot!!' of pain
Lions running back Joique Bell conveyed his answers to the media through pen and paper on Friday. When asked how he feels with his bruised ribs, Bell wrote "Good." And when someone asked how much pain he was in, Bell wrote, "A lot!!" The emphasis was his own. Bell was limited throughout the practice week and is a game-time decision for Sunday's showdown versus the Bengals.... [Read More]
10/20/13 Report: Titans QB Jake Locker will start Sunday
Consider this an update to today's earlier note about Jake Locker being expected to start against the 49ers on Sunday. The Associated Press reported Saturday night, via a source familiar with the situation, that Locker will indeed get the start. "Titans coaches and trainers met Saturday and decided Locker should start rather than backup Ryan Fitzpatrick the person told The Associated Press on con... [Read More]
10/19/13 Texans WR Andre Johnson, RB Arian Foster ready for Week 7
The Texans will have their best offensive weapons available Sunday against the Chiefs. And they're going to need them. Running back Arian Foster and wide receiver Andre Johnson are both listed as probable. Both were limited during the practice week -- Foster sat out Thursday's session -- but they will be full-go in Week 7.... [Read More]
10/19/13 Giants RB Brandon Jacobs suffers setback, misses practice, questionable Week 7
Due to a lingering hamstring injury, New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs is questionable for Monday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Jacobs was unable to practice Saturday after two limited practices Thursday and Friday. It was also reported that Jacobs suffered a setback and if he can't play, the Giants will have to fall back on the recently signed Peyton Hillis and/or Michael... [Read More]
10/19/13 Vikings RB Adrian Peterson limited Saturday, probable Week 7
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was only a limited practice participant Saturday and the injury report lists him as probable with a hamstring injury. Minnesota travels to MetLife Stadium to face the winless New York Giants. Peterson missed practice Friday, but should absolutely be ready to play Monday night.... [Read More]
10/19/13 Titans QB Jake Locker could make surprise start
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker is expected to start in Week 7. HIs return was not anticipated until perhaps after the Titans' Week 8 bye. Locker was carted off the field in Week 4 with a serious hip injury. The team has not yet confirmed or denied Locker's starting status.... [Read More]
10/19/13 Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray & LB DeMarcus Ware doubtful
Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray and linebacker/defensive end DeMarcus Ware are both listed as doubtful for Week 7's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Neither player was able to practice at all this week. Backups Joseph randle and Phillip Tanner will likely split carries in place of Murray. Second-year DE Kyle Wilber is next in line behind Ware.... [Read More]
10/18/13 Report: Falcons without Roddy White, S-Jax in Week 7
The already shorthanded Falcons will be without Steven Jackson (hamstring) and Roddy White (ankle, hamstring) in Week 7 against Tampa Bay. Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reports the pair will be inactive on Sunday. Jackson hasn't played since Week 2 while White, who has been limited throughout the season, will miss the first game of his career.... [Read More]
10/18/13 Bears TE Martellus Bennett questionable for Week 7
Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett is officially listed as questionable for Week 7's game against the Washington Redskins. The Skins have allowed a TE to score a touchdown in four of their five games. Bennett is on pace for another career-year with the Bears. His 31 receptions rank fifth-most among tight ends. If he's unable to play, TEs Steve Maneri and Dante Rosario are next in line on th... [Read More]
10/18/13 Jets WR Santonio Holmes officially ruled out
The New York Jets officially ruled out wide receiver Santonio Holmes for their Week 7 game against the New England Patriots. Holmes has only played four games this year and none in October. Before these hamstring and foot injuries, Holmes had been a bit underwhelming as New York's No. 1 receiver. WRs Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley will be the two primary WR starters.... [Read More]
10/18/13 Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart may be ready by Week 9
The Carolina Panthers want to provide running back Jonathan Stewart ample time to recover from his placement on the physically unable to perform list. Ideally, they want Stew to practice for a full week and re-insert him onto the field in Week 9. The former Oregon Ducks back is still not a part of the 53-man roster.... [Read More]
10/18/13 Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon does not practice, insists he will play
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon did not practice Friday, although he did practice Thursday. He is listed as questionable while recovering from hamstring /groin injuries. There have been no official reports suggesting Blackmon suffered a setback or is at risk of not playing this weekend. Blackmon has been red-hot since his return from suspension. In just two games, he already has... [Read More]
10/18/13 Packers WR James Jones misses practice Friday
Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones did not practice Friday. This makes three straight days where the seven-year vet was unable to participate due to a lingering knee injury. This sprained PCL injury will likely force him to miss Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens.... [Read More]
10/18/13 Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski cleared to play in Week 7, says agent
Since the fantasy community has waited long enough for this specific update, let's get straight into it. "Rob Gronkowski has now been cleared by all his doctors to play Sunday in the Jets game," agent Drew Rosenhaus said in a text to multiple media outlets, according to ESPN Boston. Patriots coach Bill Belicheck did not update the tight end's status during his Friday press conference. New England ... [Read More]
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