Player News

Review the latest player news for a specified group of players.
Cecil Shorts III Jac - WR
News: Shorts (hamstring) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports. (Sep 6)
Impact: With Shorts out Sunday, Marqise Lee looks like the upside play among Jags' wideouts in Week 1, with Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns also candidates to be factors in the passing offense in the team's season opener. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:51p ET)
Overall Rank: 85 Position Rank: 43
% Started: 4.4 % Owned: 34.6
Josh Gordon Cle - WR
News: Gordon said Friday he has no plans to sue the NFL over his one-year suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, reports. "The whole being in limbo thing, I'm over it," Gordon said. "I'm not waiting on the edge of my seat anymore." (Sep 6)
Impact: Had Gordon sued, he could have asked for a restraining order allowing him to play this season. A lawsuit would have been based on a discrepancy with test results for marijuana, which Gordon claims he inhaled secondhand. Gordon's "A" sample tested at 16 nanograms per milliliter, one ng/ml above the 15 ng/ml threshold, while his "B" sample tested at 13.63 ng/ml, lower than the threshold. Both samples should theoretically be the same because they come from the same specimen. Gordon was suspended two games in 2013 for testing positive for codeine, which he said was prescribed for strep throat. He was also arrested for DUI. Gordon said Friday that he checked himself into a rehab clinic but that he doesn't consider himself an addict. "To seek out some help on decision-making," Gordon said. "Not drug use or drug abuse, but decision-making. Life skills." He checked out early, though, to attend training camp. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:29p ET)
Overall Rank: 63 Position Rank: 24
% Started: 41.6 % Owned: 88.4
Andre Ellington Ari - RB
News: Ellington (foot), who was limited in Thursday's practice, underwent an MRI, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 AM reports. (Sep 5)
Impact: The Cardinals should have MRI results by Friday morning, but with the team not playing San Diego until Monday, the final injury report won't come until Saturday evening/afternoon. Though he played 15 games as a rookie, Ellington struggled to stay healthy in college, which largely explains why he fell to the sixth round in last year's draft. His top backup, Jonathan Dwyer, represents a major downgrade in terms of both running ability and receiving skills. Stepfan Taylor is third on the depth chart, followed by Robert Hughes. If Ellington doesn't play, it's possible that all of Dwyer, Taylor and Hughes could have roles, as Hughes seems to be held in high regard by the team for his receiving skills. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:35a ET)
Overall Rank: 399 Position Rank: 100
% Started: 21.7 % Owned: 65.6
C.J. Spiller Buf - RB
News: Spiller will be the Bills' main kickoff returner to start the season in an effort to get him the ball about 20 times a game, reports. When it comes to the risk of injury to such a valuable player, coach Doug Marrone said, "I look at it as how many guys have been injured returning the football compared to people injured with the ball being handed off to them. I don't view it as much of a risk as some people would. I could understand why people could see that because of the distance and the way people are running down the field. But again I don't look at it that way. As much as we can get our playmakers out there whether it be punt returns or kickoff returns we have to make sure we explore that." (Sep 4)
Impact: Well, if you say you're going to find a way to get Spiller the ball more and you still want to use Fred Jackson on offense, this is one way to do it. While Spiller hasn't returned kicks in a regular season NFL game since 2011, he was a master at it at Clemson, averaging 27.7 yards per return with seven touchdowns. While kick returns aren't as potent an area since the NFL moved the kickoff line up to the 35, this news still gives Spiller a slight bump in value. And if the Bills are serious about him getting 20 touches a game - an effort that has failed before - that can only mean god things for such an athletic player. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:15a ET)
Overall Rank: 998 Position Rank: 242
% Started: 20.5 % Owned: 33.6
Wes Welker Den - WR
News: Despite a report from the Denver Post on Tuesday stating that the Broncos are preparing as if Welker will play Week 1, the suspension for testing positive for amphetamines has been finalized and will take effect immediately, forcing him to miss the first four games of the season, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports. (Sep 2)
Impact: The report from the Post's Mike Klis stated that the Broncos do not expect to be without Welker for the Week 1 matchup against Indianapolis, but as expected, there doesn't seem to be any validity to this stance by the team, as other reporters were quick to cite their own reports that shot down any notion that Welker would play Sunday. This is probably for the best, as Welker was still recovering from a concussion and should be able to return closer to full health following his suspension. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:21p ET)
Overall Rank: 110 Position Rank: 68
% Started: 19.9 % Owned: 59.3
Wes Welker Den - WR
News: Welker (concussion) has been suspended four games for the use of amphetamines, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. (Sep 2)
Impact: Welker participated in individual drills in Monday's practice and was working his way back from a preseason concussion. He'll now get another month to fully recover from the concussion. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:59p ET)
Overall Rank: 110 Position Rank: 68
% Started: 19.9 % Owned: 59.3
Derek Carr Oak - QB
News: Carr will start Sunday against the Jets, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports. (Sep 1)
Impact: The team reconvened Monday to begin its Week 1 preparations, and coach Dennis Allen informed his players that the club will indeed make the switch from Matt Schaub (elbow) to Carr. With Schaub held out of the Raiders' final preseason game due to elbow inflammation, Carr stepped in and completed 11-of-13 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns against Seattle, sparking a sense of excitement among the fanbase. Oakland had been dead set on starting Schaub after acquiring him via trade in the offseason, but just like with Matt Flynn last season, injury and ineffectiveness necessitated a chance and it's no guarantee Schaub will earn the job back at any point. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:25p ET)
Overall Rank: 223 Position Rank: 25
% Started: 1.3 % Owned: 5.2
Rob Gronkowski NE - TE
News: Gronkowski (knee) indicated that he has the green light to play in the Patriots' regular-season opener against the Dolphins on Sunday, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. (Sep 1)
Impact: Gronkowski noted Monday that he feels "mentally and physically ready, for sure." We'll continue to monitor the tight end's status in the coming days, but assuming no setbacks, it looks like he'll be a go in Week 1. Assuming that's the case, it remains to be seen how extensively the Patriots are inclined to use him out of the gate, but for his part, Gronkowski acknowledged that he is, "definitely not [playing] every single snap, while adding that the plan is to "just get out there, get my feet wet, whatever we game-plan this week, will be good." (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:16p ET)
Overall Rank: 9 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 86.2 % Owned: 99.8
Ryan Mallett Hou - QB
News: The Patriots have traded Mallett to the Texans, reports. According to the Houston Chronicle, the Patriots will receive conditional seventh-round pick in exchange for the QB. (Aug 31)
Impact: The move secures Jimmy Garoppolo's position as the Patriots' No. 2 signal-caller behind unquestioned starter Tom Brady, while placing Mallett in the midst of a less stable quarterback situation with Houston. As it stands, Ryan Fitzpatrick is on track to open the season as the Texans' starter, with Case Keenum and rookie Tom Savage also currently in the mix. That said, there is presumably an opportunity for Mallett to potentially make his way up the team's depth chart once he is up to speed with the Texans' offense. The acquisition of Mallett probably foreshadows another move at the position by the team, with Keenum a candidate to be the odd man out. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:01p ET)
Overall Rank: 462 Position Rank: 48
% Started: 0.1 % Owned: 0.9
Sammy Watkins Buf - WR
News: Watkins is questionable to return Thursday night due to a rib injury, the Bills' official site reports. (Aug 28)
Impact: Watkins took a hit to the chest while coming across the middle Thursday night, and as expected, it sounds like he's re-injured the previous ailment in his rib area. This clouds his status a bit for Week 1, but the team should provide further information following the game. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:42p ET)
Overall Rank: 72 Position Rank: 33
% Started: 31.4 % Owned: 85.3
Josh Gordon Cle - WR
News: Gordon has been suspended for one year by the NFL for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Network's Albert Breer report. (Aug 27)
Impact: Per Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, with the league's ruling on the matter having now been upheld on appeal, Gordon will be eligible to apply for reinstatement with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell one year from now. Gordon's 2014 fantasy utility is obviously gone with the news, unless he were able to sue the NFL for an injunction, staying the suspension. If Gordon declines to file suit, or the court rejects it, you can safely drop him, but otherwise wait a couple days until his legal options have been ruled out. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:56p ET)
Overall Rank: 63 Position Rank: 24
% Started: 41.6 % Owned: 88.4
Sam Bradford StL - QB
News: Head coach Jeff Fisher confirmed Sunday that Bradford will miss the entire 2014 season with a torn left ACL. (Aug 24)
Impact: An MRI taken Sunday revealed the tear in Bradford's knee, and Fisher left no doubt that Bradford's season is over. Shaun Hill is next in line to take over as the Rams' starting quarterback. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:40p ET)
Overall Rank: 1010 Position Rank: 125
% Started: 0.1 % Owned: 0.8
Matt Prater Det - K
News: Prater will be suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, the Denver Post reports. (Aug 24)
Impact: The suspension was alcohol-related, the Post reports. Prater has been in the league's alcohol program since he was charged with a DUI in 2011. With Prater suspended, it's not clear if Denver will stick with backup kicker Mitch Ewald or sign a veteran for the first four games. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:48a ET)
Overall Rank: 343 Position Rank: 13
% Started: 36.9 % Owned: 48.0
Wes Welker Den - WR
News: Welker (head) has been diagnosed with a concussion, Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports. (Aug 24)
Impact: While never to be taken lightly, concussions are a particularly serious issue for Welker, who suffered two toward the end of last season. With the diagnosis confirmed after Saturday's game, the veteran slot man now looks shaky for Week 1. If Welker can't go, Andre Caldwell and/or Cody Latimer could see more playing time in three and four-wide sets, with Emmanuel Sanders quite possibly taking on some of Welker's targets. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:11a ET)
Overall Rank: 110 Position Rank: 68
% Started: 19.9 % Owned: 59.3
Sam Bradford StL - QB
News: Bradford, who will undergo further testing Sunday, "dodged a bullet" when an initial evaluation Saturday showed no damage to the ACL in his left knee, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. (Aug 23)
Impact: Removed from Saturday's preseason tilt in Cleveland after taking a hit, Bradford displayed an evident limp before heading to the locker room. He seemingly avoided the worst of the worst, but there has been no timetable given for his eventual return to action. In the meantime, Shaun Hill will be behind center in St. Louis. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:49p ET)
Overall Rank: 1010 Position Rank: 125
% Started: 0.1 % Owned: 0.8
Geno Smith NYJ - QB
News: Smith will start the Jets' Week 1 game against the Raiders, NFL Network's Albert Breer reports. (Aug 23)
Impact: Not that anything else was expected, but the Jets made an announcement following Friday's preseason game, during which Smith completed 9-of-14 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown. Both Smith and Mike Vick have played reasonably well this preseason, a scenario that always figured to end with the youngster starting. Smith may have a hard time carrying his success into the games that count, but his early-season schedule looks favorable from a fantasy perspective, and his supporting cast has been upgraded from last year. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:40a ET)
Overall Rank: 254 Position Rank: 31
% Started: 0.6 % Owned: 2.1
Chad Henne Jac - QB
News: Speaking after Friday's preseason game against the Lions, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley reiterated that Henne will be the team's Week 1 starter, reports. (Aug 23)
Impact: Henne completed 9-of-14 passes for 70 yards, turning in a sup-par and uninteresting performance. Bortles provided far more entertainment by going 10-for-16 with 158 yards and a touchdown, but his night would have been much different had the Lions defenders made more of their multiple interception opportunities. Still, Bortles has been the better of the two this preseason, yet the Jags are sticking to their word. The team previously indicated that it wants Bortles to be a spectator for most of his rookie season, and while that may still be true, Henne will likely test their patience. It would be one thing to sit through an entire season of Henne's struggles if Bortles had looked awful this preseason, but it will be hard to justify after the rookie played with surprising poise. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:28a ET)
Overall Rank: 510 Position Rank: 52
% Started: 0.3 % Owned: 1.0
LeSean McCoy Phi - RB
News: Updating a previous report, X-rays on McCoy's right thumb came back negative, and he has been diagnosed with a sprained right thumb, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. (Aug 21)
Impact: McCoy won't return to Thursday night's game as a precaution, but he looks to have avoided any serious injuries. It wouldn't be surprising to see him sit the final preseason game as well, but his Week 1 availability currently doesn't appear to be in question. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:49p ET)
Overall Rank: 12 Position Rank: 8
% Started: 86.9 % Owned: 99.9
Le'Veon Bell Pit - RB
News: Bell and teammate LeGarrette Blount will be charged with marijuana possession, with Bell also charged with DUI, following a traffic stop Wednesday, reports. (Aug 20)
Impact: According to the report, Bell and Blount were caught with 20 grams of marijuana, and a woman in the vehicle was also charged with possession. With Bell behind the wheel, he was taken to a hospital to have blood drawn for a possible DUI. If charged, both players will be subject to the league's substance abuse policy. Bell has a clean record but Blount may be on shaky ground, perhaps opening the door for Dri Archer to see reps with the first-team. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:49p ET)
Overall Rank: 1 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 87.4 % Owned: 99.9
Johnny Manziel Cle - QB
News: Brian Hoyer was named the Browns' starting quarterback Wednesday morning over Manziel by coach Mike Pettine, ESPN reports. (Aug 20)
Impact: The team sounds like it will give Hoyer a bit of a leash as Pettine said he doesn't want the veteran constantly looking over his shoulder, but we have to imagine Hoyer - and maybe the Browns as well - has to be mildly successful to keep the team from firing up the Manziel era. That said, given the rebuilding nature of the team and Manziel's exciting skill set, he has to be one of the better backup fantasy values on the QB board. However, his opening season value just took a hit Wednesday morning. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:17a ET)
Overall Rank: 209 Position Rank: 24
% Started: 5.7 % Owned: 17.7
Brian Hoyer Cle - QB
News: Hoyer was named the Browns' starting quarterback Wednesday morning by coach Mike Pettine, ESPN reports. (Aug 20)
Impact: The team sounds like it will give Hoyer a bit of a leash as Pettine said he doesn't want the veteran constantly looking over his shoulder, but we have to imagine Hoyer - and maybe the Browns as well - has to be mildly successful to keep the team from firing up the Johnny Manziel era. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:14a ET)
Overall Rank: 280 Position Rank: 34
% Started: 1.7 % Owned: 11.5
Dwayne Bowe KC - WR
News: Bowe (finger) has been suspended for one game and will miss the Chiefs' season opener against the Titans, reports. The report notes that the suspension stems from a Nov. 10, 2013 incident in which the wideout was pulled over in Riverside, Mo., for speeding and possession of marijuana. (Aug 15)
Impact: Bowe, who has been hampered in training camp by a finger issue, will thus be eligible to return to action in Week 2 against the Broncos, at which time, he should resume his starting wideout duties for the Chiefs. In the team's opener, suggests that Junior Hemingway is a candidate to start opposite Donnie Avery in Bowe's place. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:32p ET)
Overall Rank: 103 Position Rank: 61
% Started: 9.0 % Owned: 41.4
Marvin Jones Cin - WR
News: The Bengals hope that Jones (foot) will be ready to play following their Week 4 bye, NFL Network's Albert Breer reports. (Aug 11)
Impact: Jones was diagnosed with a broken foot Monday afternoon, which is expected to keep him out for several weeks. There was a previous risk of him beginning the 2014 season on the PUP list, but this report suggests that the Bengals don't plan on going that route. This is actually good news for owners who drafted Jones, as a PUP tag would mean a mandatory absence for the team's first six games. He'll now target a return on Oct. 5 against New England, but that will depend largely on the recovery of his surgically-repaired foot. Mohamed Sanu should see additional reps in the absence of Jones, while tight ends Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert may also see extra balls thrown their way when top wideout A.J. Green is buried in coverage. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:22p ET)
Overall Rank: 375 Position Rank: 126
% Started: 0.1 % Owned: 4.2
Johnny Manziel Cle - QB
News: The Browns coaching staff will meet Sunday to discuss when Manziel will get reps with the starters, the Akron Beacon-Journal reports. (Aug 2)
Impact: Manziel has worked with the second-team offense thus far, but it makes sense for Cleveland to give him at least a portion of the first-team reps. The rookie reportedly outplayed Brian Hoyer on Saturday, but a single practice isn't all that meaningful in the grand scheme of things. Far more significant are the comments made by head coach Mike Pettine after Saturday's practice. According to Pettine, "When camp began, Brian was [with] the ones because we had to put somebody out there with the ones. But they were truly competing against each other, and at some point we will mix the units. I think that it's all part of our evaluation process." (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:39p ET)
Overall Rank: 209 Position Rank: 24
% Started: 5.7 % Owned: 17.7
Steven Jackson Atl - RB
News: Jackson was excused from Tuesday's practice due to a left hamstring injury, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Coach Mike Smith is optimistic that he will be available for Week 1 of the regular season. (Jul 29)
Impact: It was an injury to the right hamstring that cost Jackson four games last season, with the historically-durable back finishing with the lowest rushing total and average yards per carry of his career. Despite his coach's encouraging outlook, it's difficult to bank on Jackson reemerging as a 1,000-yard rusher as he enters his age-31 season. In addition to the injury concern that will likely result in an abbreviated training camp along with last season's decline in productivity, Jackson may lose carries during the upcoming season to backup Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman, both of whom have significantly less tread on their tires. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:29p ET)
Overall Rank: 58 Position Rank: 21
% Started: 45.1 % Owned: 88.8
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