Player News

Review the latest player news for a specified group of players.
Julio Jones Atl - WR
News: Jones (hip) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. (Dec 26)
Impact: A final call on Jones' status is unlikely to come until game day, but with the NFC South title on the line, and Jones practicing Friday, fantasy owners and Falcons fans should be optimistic about him suiting up in Week 17. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:30p ET)
Overall Rank: 21 Position Rank: 9
% Started: 2.8 % Owned: 99.1
Alex Smith KC - QB
News: Smith has a lacerated spleen and will not play in Sunday's game against the Chargers, ESPN's Adam Teicher reports. (Dec 26)
Impact: As a result, Chase Daniel is in line to start Sunday's game, and beyond -- should the Chiefs qualify for the postseason -- with team trainer Rick Burkholder indicating that the type of injury that Smith is dealing with typically takes about six week to recover from. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:19p ET)
Overall Rank: 206 Position Rank: 21
% Started: 0.8 % Owned: 45.0
Johnny Manziel Cle - QB
News: Manziel (hamstring) won't play Sunday against the Ravens, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. (Dec 22)
Impact: Ulrich relayed that coach Mike Pettine indicated Monday that Manziel's hamstring issue "was pretty significant" and viewed as "a several-week" injury. As a result, with fellow QB Brian Hoyer dealing with a sore shoulder, it's possible that Connor Shaw could draw the start at quarterback in the Browns' season finale. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:11p ET)
Overall Rank: 209 Position Rank: 24
% Started: 0.2 % Owned: 17.2
DeMarco Murray Dal - RB
News: Murray (hand) is listed as active Sunday against the Colts, Lindsey Jones of USA Today reports. (Dec 21)
Impact: Upholding the optimism displayed by the Jones family all week, Murray is suiting up, after breaking a bone in his left hand last Sunday. As expected, Murray's hand will be protected by a padded glove, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, but the protection may not be enough to salvage his normal pass-catching prowess. Moreover, the possibility exists for an aggravation of the injury, meaning Joseph Randle is a decent bet to make his presence felt in some capacity. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:07p ET)
Overall Rank: 5 Position Rank: 5
% Started: 3.2 % Owned: 99.8
Cam Newton Car - QB
News: Newton (back) is active and will start Sunday's game against the Browns, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. (Dec 21)
Impact: Newton has been given the green light by doctors and will be back under center, after missing just one game due to his back injury. He will wear a protective vest, but he still may be a bit tender just 12 days after the accident, so he may be more tentative than usual to escape the pocket and make plays happen with his feet. Plus, if the Browns defense is hemorrhaging rushing yards like it did last week, Newton may spend much of the day handing the ball off to Jonathan Stewart. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:27a ET)
Overall Rank: 203 Position Rank: 18
% Started: 1.3 % Owned: 78.6
Julian Edelman NE - WR
News: Edelman (concussion/thigh) is expected to sit out Sunday's game against the Jets, the Boston Herald reports. According to the Herald, Edelman did not travel with the team to New York. (Dec 20)
Impact: The Herald cites two sources who say Edelman likely won't play, and the paper's report that Edelman didn't travel makes it a near certainty, if true. If Edelman ends up sitting as the Herald expects, it would solidify the already significant fantasy value of Rob Gronkowski and Brandon LaFell. LaFell is technically questionable with a shoulder issue, but the Herald expects him to play. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:38p ET)
Overall Rank: 52 Position Rank: 22
% Started: 1.3 % Owned: 89.8
Cam Newton Car - QB
News: Newton (back) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Browns, the Charlotte Observer's Joe Person reports. (Dec 19)
Impact: This news makes it all but certain that Newton will be under center Sunday afternoon. Head coach Ron Rivera said Newton is "on track" to start and that "everything is positive" regarding the quarterback's injury. You'll want to confirm his status Sunday before using him (he still needs to be officially cleared by the doctors), but Newton looks like he will be safe to deploy, though he may not need to go to the air very frequently against the Browns if the running game is gashing Cleveland's D like the Bengals did last week. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:58p ET)
Overall Rank: 203 Position Rank: 18
% Started: 1.3 % Owned: 78.6
Julio Jones Atl - WR
News: After not practicing Friday, Jones (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints. (Dec 19)
Impact: Jones still has not practiced since suffering the injury Dec. 8, but the Falcons remain somewhat optimistic that he will be able to play. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jones will attempt to run and cut on Saturday, and his recovery from that workout will help the Falcons determine his availability for Sunday. In other words, he's a true game-time decision, and anyone planning to use Jones this week will need to check back Sunday to confirm his availability (or lack thereof). (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:38p ET)
Overall Rank: 21 Position Rank: 9
% Started: 2.8 % Owned: 99.1
Rashad Jennings NYG - RB
News: Jennings (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday and appears unlikely to play this week, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. (Dec 18)
Impact: Barring a turnaround later in the week, expect Andre Williams to start in his place. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:41a ET)
Overall Rank: 115 Position Rank: 28
% Started: 0.9 % Owned: 86.1
Jay Cutler Chi - QB
News: Cutler will be benched in favor of Jimmy Clausen for the Bears' Week 16 matchup against the Lions, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. (Dec 17)
Impact: Cutler turned in another dreadful performance Monday night against the Saints, and this will apparently represent the final straw for head coach Marc Trestman. The franchise will now have some serious decisions to make regarding the future of the quarterback that signed a seven-year, $126 million contract just under a year ago. The Bears will presumably use the last two weeks of the season to take a longer look at Clausen, who has attempted just nine NFL passes since the 2010 season. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:39p ET)
Overall Rank: 49 Position Rank: 12
% Started: 1.1 % Owned: 77.9
Keenan Allen SD - WR
News: Allen suffered a broken collarbone along with an ankle injury in Sunday's loss to the Broncos. (Dec 16)
Impact: The injury figures to jeopardize Allen's availability for the remainder of the season, but the Chargers are only saying for now that the second-year wideout is not expected to play Sunday against San Francisco. It's been a rather disappointing year for Allen's owners -- in standard leagues at least -- but he currently leads the Chargers in receptions (77) and yards (783). He's also been huge for Philip Rivers on third down, catching 19 passes for 219 yards. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:33p ET)
Overall Rank: 263 Position Rank: 101
% Started: 0.9 % Owned: 71.2
C.J. Spiller Buf - RB
News: Spiller, currently on IR/designated to return after suffering a collarbone injury during Week 7, will be added back to the active roster this week. The running back is eligible to play this week against the Raiders, though Doug Marrone will first see how Spiller practices this week. (Dec 15)
Impact: The Bills haven't gotten anything great from the running back position since Spiller and Fred Jackson both got hurt in the same game, as Jackson seems to be doing the best he can but has lost some explosiveness. And the other two options - Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown - have had their ups and downs. You'd really need to be hurting to expect Spiller to come in Week 16 and get a full load of carries, but he may be worth a dart for a deep bench if you know you're going to be working through the usual Week 17 guesswork. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:11p ET)
Overall Rank: 998 Position Rank: 242
% Started: 0.4 % Owned: 34.1
DeMarco Murray Dal - RB
News: Cowboys VP Stephen Jones says that Murray will undergo surgery on Monday for a broken bone in his hand, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports. (Dec 15)
Impact: As of yet the Cowboys haven't ruled Murray out for Week 16, but this is still an alarming development after X-rays taken Sunday night supposedly came back negative. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:39p ET)
Overall Rank: 5 Position Rank: 5
% Started: 3.2 % Owned: 99.8
Jake Locker Ten - QB
News: Locker was forced from Sunday's game against the Jets with a left shoulder injury, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports. (Dec 14)
Impact: With Zach Mettenberger out, Locker's latest injury results in Charlie Whitehurst taking over at QB for the Titans on Sunday. Locker was 6-of-11 for 57 passing yards and rushed for seven yards on two carries, prior to his injury. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:26p ET)
Overall Rank: 255 Position Rank: 32
% Started: 0.1 % Owned: 2.7
DeSean Jackson Was - WR
News: Jackson (shin) is active for Sunday's game against the Giants in New York. (Dec 14)
Impact: Jackson has brushed off a 50-50 chance to play in Week 15, but those odds imply the wide receiver isn't close to full health. Nonetheless, he'll seek to exploit a Giants defense that has allowed 13.3 YPC and five receiving touchdowns to wideouts in the last four contests. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:28a ET)
Overall Rank: 33 Position Rank: 21
% Started: 1.7 % Owned: 92.9
Andre Johnson Hou - WR
News: Johnson (concussion) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Colts, according to Stacey Dales of NFL Network. (Dec 14)
Impact: Johnson suffered the head injury during last Sunday's game against the Jaguars, and he had not cleared the NFL's concussion protocol as of Thursday, allowing DeVier Posey to be active for the first time this season, according to the Houston Chronicle. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:28a ET)
Overall Rank: 96 Position Rank: 54
% Started: 1.3 % Owned: 82.4
Julio Jones Atl - WR
News: Jones (hip) is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Steelers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. (Dec 14)
Impact: The development isn't a surprise due to Jones' failure to practice all week. In his stead, Roddy White (ankle) and Harry Douglas (foot) will be the preferred options for Matt Ryan and a Falcons passing attack that has averaged 42 pass attempts per game over the past four weeks. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:26a ET)
Overall Rank: 21 Position Rank: 9
% Started: 2.8 % Owned: 99.1
Adrian Peterson Min - RB
News: Peterson's appeal for his season-long suspension from the NFL for violating the league's personal-conduct policy has been denied by arbitrator Herald Henderson, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. (Dec 12)
Impact: Peterson's season has officially ended as a result. He will be ineligible for reinstatement until April 15, 2015. Peterson and the player's union could perhaps take legal action against the league, but that would likely take a long time resolve the matter. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:17p ET)
Overall Rank: 996 Position Rank: 240
% Started: 0.2 % Owned: 34.3
Denard Robinson Jac - WR
News: Robinson is out for the season with a right foot sprain. (Dec 10)
Impact: With Robinson done for the season, coach Gus Bradley indicated that Toby Gerhart, Jordan Todman and Storm Johnson will share reps in the Jaguars' backfield down the stretch. Though some form of time-share is a plausible outcome, we suspect that of the three, Gerhart is the most likely to head the team's rushing attack Sunday against the Ravens. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:30p ET)
Overall Rank: 262 Position Rank: 100
% Started: 0.5 % Owned: 47.1
Cam Newton Car - QB
News: Newton (back) will not play in Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. (Dec 10)
Impact: Newton is just a day removed from breaking two bones in his back in a car accident, so he will not be available this week. Head coach Ron Rivera announced Wednesday that Derek Anderson will start at quarterback for the Panthers in Week 15. Newton's status beyond this Sunday is uncertain. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:07p ET)
Overall Rank: 203 Position Rank: 18
% Started: 1.3 % Owned: 78.6
Derek Anderson Car - QB
News: Head coach Ron Rivera announced Wednesday that Anderson will start Sunday's game against the Buccaneers in place of the injured Cam Newton (back), Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports. (Dec 10)
Impact: Newton will not be ready to play this week after breaking two bones in his back Tuesday, so Anderson will start against the Buccaneers for the second time this season. Anderson, who threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns against Tampa Bay in Week 1, will square off against a Buccaneers team that ranks 24th in the league in passing yards allowed per game. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:02p ET)
Overall Rank: 618 Position Rank: 72
% Started: 0.1 % Owned: 2.3
Eddie Lacy GB - RB
News: Head coach Mike McCarthy is not overly concerned about Lacy's hip injury, Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. (Dec 9)
Impact: McCarthy's comments were vague, but it would appear that Lacy is not dealing with a setback that would result in a long-term absence. It remains to be seen how much he will practice this week, and whether or not he is in any danger of missing the Packers' next game against the Bills. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:52p ET)
Overall Rank: 11 Position Rank: 7
% Started: 3.9 % Owned: 99.8
Julio Jones Atl - WR
News: Jones is feeling soreness in the hip he injured Monday night, but head coach Mike Smith hopes Jones will be able to play Sunday against the Steelers. (Dec 9)
Impact: It's not entirely clear where Jones stands health-wise, but it is a good sign that he is not dealing with an injury that would have ruled him out already. Jones' participation, or lack thereof, in practice this week will help determine his status for Week 15. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:09p ET)
Overall Rank: 21 Position Rank: 9
% Started: 2.8 % Owned: 99.1
Cam Newton Car - QB
News: Further testing done on Newton revealed that he suffered two transverse process fractures in his lower back and no further internal injuries in a car accident Tuesday. (Dec 9)
Impact: This report differs from others that indicated Newton avoided any injuries in Tuesday's accident, and it leaves some doubt about his status moving forward. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo sat out a game with a similar injury earlier this season, so it's possible Newton could miss some action as a result of his injuries, particularly with Carolina's next game just five days away. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:53p ET)
Overall Rank: 203 Position Rank: 18
% Started: 1.3 % Owned: 78.6
Johnny Manziel Cle - QB
News: Manziel will start Sunday's game against the Bengals, FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports. (Dec 9)
Impact: Head coach Mike Pettine informed both Manziel and fellow quarterback Brian Hoyer on Tuesday morning that Manziel will start for the Browns in Week 15. He will have favorable conditions in his first pro start, playing at home and taking on a Bengals defense that ranks 28th in the league in yards allowed per game. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:52p ET)
Overall Rank: 209 Position Rank: 24
% Started: 0.2 % Owned: 17.2
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