Player News

Review the latest player news for a specified group of players.
Jordy Nelson GB - WR
News: Nelson relayed Tuesday that he recently experienced a "hiccup" with his left knee, which isn't the side that endured a torn ACL last preseason, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. (Jul 26)
Impact: When the Packers made the call to place Nelson on the active/PUP list Monday, it was widely assumed that the medical staff was exercising caution with the last stages of the wideout's recovery. However, he told Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the ACL in his right knee is "totally fine." There's no specific timetable for Nelson to make an appearance at practice, but in his mind, his status for Week 1 isn't "in jeopardy." (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:55p ET)
Overall Rank: 13 Position Rank: 6
% Started: 95.8 % Owned: 99.6
Josh Gordon Cle - WR
News: Gordon -- who had been suspended by the NFL indefinitely since February of 2015 -- has been conditionally reinstated by the league, with the wideout set to serve a four-game suspension to start the upcoming season. (Jul 25)
Impact: Moreover, the report notes that Gordon will be able to take part in the Browns' upcoming training camp. Given that the reinstatement is described as conditional, Gordon must avoid any off-field issues in the meantime, but based on the four-game length of his pending sanction, he would be eligible to return to the team as of Monday, Oct. 3. The Browns take on the Patriots at home in Week 5, the very game that is slated to mark the return to action of New England QB Tom Brady. It remains to be seen what the Browns have in store for Gordon, both in the short-term and come Week 5, but the 25-year-old receiver -- who last played in an NFL game back in December of 2014 -- has the talent to reemerge as a fantasy factor in 2016, while giving the Browns a dangerous pass-catching option at wideout opposite highly-touted rookie Corey Coleman. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:34p ET)
Overall Rank: 75 Position Rank: 33
% Started: 0.2 % Owned: 31.8
Le'Veon Bell Pit - RB
News: Bell (knee) could be given a four-game suspension by the NFL for missing a recent drug test, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN. (Jul 22)
Impact: The report clarifies that Bell did not fail a test, but simply did not show up for one recently, and the reason a suspension hasn't been announced is because he is appealing the punishment. Bell was suspended for the first three games of last season, which was then reduced to two, for a violation of the league's drug policy, and if he is forced to sit out again, DeAngelo Williams will likely start in his place. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:26a ET)
Overall Rank: 18 Position Rank: 8
% Started: 83.8 % Owned: 99.4
Karlos Williams Buf - RB
News: Williams has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's substance abuse policy, NFL.com reports. (Jul 15)
Impact: Williams' suspension comes just one day after fellow Bills running back Jonathan Williams was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. Additionally, Williams' poor conditioning was called out by coach Rex Ryan last month, so his suspension only compounds an unimpressive first NFL offseason. After posting 5.6 yards per carry and scoring nine touchdowns in 11 games as a rookie, Williams now won't be eligible to play until Week 5 against the Rams. Until then, Mike Gillislee and, pending discipline, the aforementioned Williams will have added opportunities to earn valuable touches behind starter LeSean McCoy (ankle). (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:27p ET)
Overall Rank: 169 Position Rank: 60
% Started: 4.9 % Owned: 71.1
Tom Brady NE - QB
News: Brady announced Friday he is no longer proceeding with the legal process regarding his involvement in "Deflategate," ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. (Jul 15)
Impact: Brady's request for a second hearing was denied by the Second U.S. District Court of Appeals on Wednesday, leaving the star quarterback with little optimism that his four-game suspension would ever be overturned. Without appealing to the Supreme Court, Brady will be sidelined while Jimmy Garoppolo leads the Patriots' offense for the beginning of the season. Expect Brady to be back on the field when New England takes on the Browns in a Week 5 matchup. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:03p ET)
Overall Rank: 95 Position Rank: 12
% Started: 26.3 % Owned: 98.6
Tom Brady NE - QB
News: The Second U.S. District Court of Appeals denied Brady's request for a second hearing on Wednesday, Daniel Kaplan of the SportsBusiness Journal reports. (Jul 13)
Impact: Brady will now be forced to serve the four-game suspension he was handed following the Deflategate scandal at the beginning of the 2016 season, unless he decides to appeal to the Supreme Court. Without Brady at the helm, it's expected that backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will start the first four games of the season. Brady will be able to return Week 5 against the Browns. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:51a ET)
Overall Rank: 95 Position Rank: 12
% Started: 26.3 % Owned: 98.6
Andrew Luck Ind - QB
News: Luck has signed a deal with the Colts to remain with the team through the 2021 season. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the pact is worth $140 million, with $87 million guaranteed. (Jun 29)
Impact: Luck's new deal thus solidifies the Colts' QB situation for the foreseeable future. After throwing an NFL-leading 40 TD passes in 2014, Luck missed nine games last season with various injuries, but now that he's healthy again, he's a prime bounce-back candidate this year. With the team's nucleus of pass-catchers (WRs T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett, along with TE Dwayne Allen) all 26 years old, or younger, Luck and the Indy offense as a whole should benefit from the upside and continuity the aforementioned quartet brings to the table. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:38p ET)
Overall Rank: 48 Position Rank: 5
% Started: 60.1 % Owned: 99.6
Tyler Eifert Cin - TE
News: Eifert, who will undergo ankle surgery Wednesday, could potentially miss the first couple games of the upcoming NFL season, ESPN.com reports. (May 25)
Impact: Such a scenario remains speculative at this stage, given initial estimates relayed by the Cincinnati Enquirer that "a three-month recovery is anticipated, which puts Eifert's return to the field sometime in August." On the plus side, Eifert's upcoming surgery has been referred to as a "minimal procedure," so it's a little too early to count out the tight end for the Bengals' regular season opener on Sept. 11 against the Jets. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:01p ET)
Overall Rank: 64 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 71.9 % Owned: 97.6
Tyler Eifert Cin - TE
News: Eifert will soon have a minor procedure on his ankle, with a three-month recovery anticipated, the Cincinnati Inquirer reports. (May 24)
Impact: Although the surgery isn't considered overly serious, Eifert will presumably miss most or all of training camp, with his Week 1 status now in serious question. He suffered the injury at the Pro Bowl on Jan. 31, but the Bengals initially believed it would heal with rest. Tyler Kroft is the leading candidate to take Eifert's first-team snaps during camp, with Ryan Hewitt and C.J. Uzomah possibly also in the mix. Coming off a 2015 receiving line of 52-615-13 in 13 games, Eifert may still be able to improve on last season's total of 72 targets, as the Bengals lost both Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones during the offseason. If Eifert isn't ready by Week 1, the Cincinnati receiving corps will look quite thin behind A.J. Green, which could be good news for Brandon LaFell and/or rookie Tyler Boyd. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:16p ET)
Overall Rank: 64 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 71.9 % Owned: 97.6
Sammy Watkins Buf - WR
News: Though Watkins suffered a "broken small bone in his foot" and had a screw inserted to address the issue, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the wideout should be ready for training camp. (May 16)
Impact: While Monday's report does not detail when the injury occurred, the initial timetable presented here is encouraging with regard to Watkins' chances of being fully recovered in advance of the coming season. Still, given the often tricky nature of foot issues, the wideout's status is now worth monitoring closely as the the Bills' spring/summer activities approach. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:51p ET)
Overall Rank: 34 Position Rank: 17
% Started: 76.1 % Owned: 98.6
Delanie Walker Ten - TE
News: Walker signed a two-year, $14.7 million contract extension with the Titans on Friday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. (May 6)
Impact: Walker led the Titans and all NFL tight ends in receptions last season, turning 94 catches into 1,088 receiving yards and six touchdowns, a performance that earned him a trip to the 2015 Pro Bowl. Tennessee appears to be embracing a ground-and-pound philosophy, adding Derrick Henry to a backfield that already included DeMarco Murray, but Walker will likely remain the team's top aerial threat in 2016-17. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:54p ET)
Overall Rank: 77 Position Rank: 6
% Started: 55.5 % Owned: 98.6
Tom Brady NE - QB
News: Brady's four-game suspension -- which stemmed from the quarterback's alleged role in "Deflategate" -- was reinstated Monday by an appeals court ruling, ESPN.com reports. (Apr 25)
Impact: With Monday's ruling, Brady is now in line to miss contests against the Cardinals, Dolphins, Texans and Bills out of the gate. He would thus be eligible to make his regular season debut against the Browns in Week 5. It remains to be seen precisely what recourse the QB has with regard to the decision, but the stage is currently set for Jimmy Garoppolo to serve as the Patriots' starting signal-caller for the first quarter of the 2016 campaign. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:57a ET)
Overall Rank: 95 Position Rank: 12
% Started: 26.3 % Owned: 98.6