Player News

Review the latest player news for a specified group of players.
Jordan Cameron Cle - TE
News: Cameron (shoulder) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Saints, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reports. (Sep 14)
Impact: With Cameron out, Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray are next up for the team's TE snaps, though neither are high-percentage fantasy options in Week 2. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:36a ET)
Overall Rank: 164 Position Rank: 7
% Started: 1.1 % Owned: 51.1
Carson Palmer Ari - QB
News: Palmer (shoulder) is inactive Sunday versus the Giants at New York, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports. (Sep 14)
Impact: After testing out his right shoulder in pregame warmups, Palmer was unable to fill his typical role effectively, thereby yielding snaps under center to Drew Stanton. Stanton will make his fifth career start, but first since Dec. 19, 2010 with the Lions. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:35a ET)
Overall Rank: 813 Position Rank: 102
% Started: 0.1 % Owned: 8.4
Jordan Cameron Cle - TE
News: Cameron (shoulder) is not expected to play against the Saints on Sunday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. (Sep 14)
Impact: We'll confirm that information, one way or the other, as Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff approaches, but in the event that Cameron is indeed out, Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray are next up for the Browns' TE snaps. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:21a ET)
Overall Rank: 164 Position Rank: 7
% Started: 1.1 % Owned: 51.1
Eddie Lacy GB - RB
News: Lacy (concussion) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Jets, Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. (Sep 12)
Impact: Despite suffering a concussion in the Packers' season-opening loss last Thursday, Lacy will not be forced to miss any starts. He should see his regular (heavy) workload in Sunday's game after practicing fully the last two days. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:49p ET)
Overall Rank: 11 Position Rank: 7
% Started: 3.9 % Owned: 99.8
Josh Gordon Cle - WR
News: Gordon's suspension is expected to be reduced to eight games when the new NFL drug policy is approved, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. (Sep 12)
Impact: An agreement between the NFL and NFLPA could come as soon as Friday afternoon, so further clarification on Gordon's suspension should come shortly. An official decision on Gordon's status has not been made, but it is growing increasingly likely that will be eligible to play at some point this season. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:26a ET)
Overall Rank: 63 Position Rank: 24
% Started: 1.1 % Owned: 87.5
Eddie Lacy GB - RB
News: Lacy (concussion) practiced in full Thursday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. Afterward, coach Mike McCarthy said that the running back "practiced full. He looked ready...Eddie Lacy is cleared. He had a normal practice today." (Sep 11)
Impact: Lacy, who fit in both individual and team drills, has thus cleared the league's concussion protocol in less than a week, signifying the minor nature of the ailment. While owners will have to consider the possibility of another head injury in the future, he'll head the Packers' running-back corps in Week 2, with James Starks and DuJuan Harris providing support. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:20p ET)
Overall Rank: 11 Position Rank: 7
% Started: 3.9 % Owned: 99.8
Eddie Lacy GB - RB
News: Coach Mike McCarthy told Paul Imig of FOX Sports Wisconsin after Wednesday's practice that Lacy is nearing "the end [of the concussion protocol]. He's progressed very quickly." (Sep 10)
Impact: Lacy's very presence on the sideline at practice forecasts an imminent return, perhaps as early as Thursday. However, the final hurdle in the protocol remains in his path, and until he clears it, James Starks and DuJuan Harris will hold down the fort at running back. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:20p ET)
Overall Rank: 11 Position Rank: 7
% Started: 3.9 % Owned: 99.8
Ben Tate Pit - RB
News: Coach Mike Pettine confirmed Wednesday that Tate will miss some time with a knee sprain, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. (Sep 10)
Impact: At the very least, Tate will miss Sunday's game against the Saints, with Pettine adding that Terrance West will start Week 2's contest in place of Tate, with Isaiah Crowell in line to work in a complementary role. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:06p ET)
Overall Rank: 159 Position Rank: 65
% Started: 0.4 % Owned: 53.9
Tyler Eifert Cin - TE
News: Eifert (elbow) has been placed on the Bengals' injured reserve/designated to return list, ESPN reports. (Sep 10)
Impact: Eifert suffered a gruesome-looking dislocated elbow during the first half of the Bengals' season opener and now won't be eligible to return until Cincinnati's Week 11 game in New Orleans. As a result, fellow tight end Jermaine Gresham should experience a welcomed boost in his fantasy stock, as he could rival running back Gio Bernard to be the second option in the Bengals' passing game behind star wideout A.J. Green. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:01a ET)
Overall Rank: 265 Position Rank: 47
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 1.3
Andre Ellington Ari - RB
News: Ellington (foot) is active for Monday's game against the Chargers, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports. (Sep 8)
Impact: Ellington's status was in question until the release of the Cardinals' Week 1 inactive list, but even though he's available, it's unknown how many reps he'll be able to manage on the muscle injury in his left foot. The trio of Ellington, Jonathan Dwyer, and Stepfan Taylor will handle the running back workload, with Dwyer the leading candidate to earn the bulk of the carries if Ellington suffers a setback or is limited at all on Monday. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:53p ET)
Overall Rank: 399 Position Rank: 100
% Started: 0.6 % Owned: 64.7
Ray Rice Bal - RB
News: The Ravens have terminated Rice's contract, the team's official site reports. (Sep 8)
Impact: The move was made by the team Monday after a new video emerged showing Rice punching his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City hotel elevator in February. The team will now move on with a backfield comprised of Bernard Pierce, Justin Forsett, and Lorenzo Taliaferro. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:34p ET)
Overall Rank: 1003 Position Rank: 243
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 17.4
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: 0.3 % 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, ESPN.com 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: 1.1 % Owned: 87.5
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: 0.6 % Owned: 64.7
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, BuffaloBills.com 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: 0.4 % Owned: 34.1
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: 0.8 % Owned: 59.5
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: 0.8 % Owned: 59.5
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: 0.2 % 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: 3.0 % Owned: 99.7
Ryan Mallett Hou - QB
News: The Patriots have traded Mallett to the Texans, NFL.com 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: 0.0 % 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: 1.4 % Owned: 85.3
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: 0.0 % 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: 1.4 % 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: 0.8 % Owned: 59.5
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: 0.0 % Owned: 0.8
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