Player News

Review the latest player news for a specified group of players.
Tyrod Taylor Buf - QB
News: Taylor has signed a contract extension with the Bills, the team announced Friday. (Aug 12)
Impact: Taylor joined the Bills just last year, but won the team's starting quarterback job during the preseason and went on to impress in his 14 games played. The 27-year-old finished with 3,035 passing yards, 20 passing touchdowns and just six interceptions, and racked up a further 568 yards and four scores on the ground. Despite that being his lone season as a starter, the Bills have now invested in Taylor going forward, eliminating a potential distraction for him this season. According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Taylor's extension is for a whopping six years, with cap flexibility for the Bills after the first couple seasons of the deal. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:42p ET)
Overall Rank: 112 Position Rank: 19
% Started: 0.9 % Owned: 65.0
Victor Cruz NYG - WR
News: Cruz (groin) will not play in Friday's preseason opener against the Dolphins. (Aug 12)
Impact: Cruz is dealing with tightness in his groin and missed some practice time this week, so his inactive status for Friday's first exhibition tilt isn't unexpected. Still, for someone that hasn't played in so long, Cruz could certainly use some live game action ahead of the regular season. So while Cruz will miss Friday's opener due to another injury, his progress in the coming week will be worthwhile to track in hopes he can play next Saturday against the Bills. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:50a ET)
Overall Rank: 213 Position Rank: 84
% Started: 0.2 % Owned: 15.6
Ladarius Green Pit - TE
News: Green (ankle) is currently in the concussion protocol, Ed Bouchette and Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. (Aug 11)
Impact: Until Thursday, Green's continued absence from practice was attributed to his recovery from ankle surgery in January, but recurring headaches emerged as the true culprit. His agent confirmed as much about Green's ankle, telling Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL.com it's "fine." Thus, Green landed on the PUP list at the outset of training camp as he works his way through the concussion protocol, from which he'll need to receive clearance in order to practice. When (or if) that occurs, he'll be able to begin his quest to replace retired tight end Heath Miller. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:49p ET)
Overall Rank: 132 Position Rank: 12
% Started: 0.5 % Owned: 35.2
Stevie Johnson SD - WR
News: Johnson (knee) will not play this season after undergoing surgery to repair his meniscus. (Aug 10)
Impact: Johnson suffered the injury in Sunday's practice, and underwent surgery on his knee Tuesday. The procedure was said to have gone well, but unfortunately the veteran learned Wednesday that he will be sidelined for the year. Johnson played 10 games with the Chargers last season tallying up 497 yards and three touchdowns in the process. Dontrelle Inman and Tyrell Williams figure to compete for more time with the first team offense. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:39p ET)
Overall Rank: 986 Position Rank: 359
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 0.1
Julian Edelman NE - WR
News: Tests to evaluate Edelman's possible foot injury suggest that he'll be fine and that his departure from practice Tuesday merely represents a "scare," NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports. (Aug 9)
Impact: With optimistic reports now trickling in, it appears as though the wideout avoided any notable setback Tuesday, but we'll nonetheless continue to view Edelman as day-to-day in advance of Thursday's preseason opener against the Saints. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:16p ET)
Overall Rank: 20 Position Rank: 10
% Started: 3.7 % Owned: 96.0
Alshon Jeffery Chi - WR
News: Jeffery (hamstring) returned to practice Monday, ESPN reports. (Aug 8)
Impact: Jeffery missed the Bears' past few practices due to a mild hamstring strain, but was back with his teammates on the field to start this week. After nagging injuries hampered him last season, and with a long-term contract still to earn, Jeffery will be eager to put his hamstring issue behind him and gain consistent training camp reps. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:26p ET)
Overall Rank: 59 Position Rank: 31
% Started: 2.3 % Owned: 80.3
Jordan Matthews Phi - WR
News: Matthews will miss a couple weeks due to knee soreness, NFL.com reports. (Aug 8)
Impact: Matthews tweaked his knee during practice last week and was initially expected to be day-to-day, but will now be sidelined for the next couple weeks. Fortunately for Matthews, he did not suffer any structural damage, which will hopefully allow him to return in time for some preseason game action. While he's sidelined, the Eagles' underwhelming receiving corps will be without its top target, but players like Josh Huff, Chris Givens and T.J. Graham should see more reps in new coach Doug Pederson's offense in the meantime. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:40a ET)
Overall Rank: 52 Position Rank: 26
% Started: 1.1 % Owned: 78.4
Le'Veon Bell Pit - RB
News: Bell (knee) opened training camp with back-to-back full practices Friday and Saturday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. (Jul 31)
Impact: Bell's life off the field produced a four-game suspension, barring his appeal in the next few weeks, but he's a dynamo on the field when 100 percent, or even less so. Nine months after tearing the MCL and PCL in his right knee, he participated in 11-on-11 drills, marking his first such practice since the injury. He followed that up with instances of jumping and cutting on a wet field Saturday. Bell's ability to emerge from those sessions without issue implies that he's more or less completed his rehab. After the Steelers don pads for the first time in camp Sunday, we should have a better indication of his health, but the impending (potential) ban hanging over his head puts DeAngelo Williams firmly in the crosshairs of owners this draft season. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:22p ET)
Overall Rank: 4 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 2.4 % Owned: 99.7
DeAndre Hopkins Hou - WR
News: Hopkins will end his holdout from training camp after one day Sunday, Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com reports. (Jul 31)
Impact: In a statement, Hopkins detailed his desires: "I have expressed my sincere position regarding my contract status and with sound mind have expressed my stands to the Texans organization. My focus is also on the 2016 season and to help my team reach our ultimate goal." He can endear himself to Houston brass by avoid the topic altogether moving forward, but ultimately his play will ensure that his pay reaches a level commensurate with his talent. After back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, the fourth-year wideout will seek to develop a rapport with offseason signee Brock Osweiler, who has never lacked in receiving talent at the professional level. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:57p ET)
Overall Rank: 23 Position Rank: 13
% Started: 3.4 % Owned: 96.6
DeAndre Hopkins Hou - WR
News: Hopkins left training camp on Saturday with the intentions of holding out after Houston declined to negotiate his contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. (Jul 30)
Impact: Hopkins improved his production each of the last two seasons with the Texans, and he finished 2015 with a remarkable 1,521 receiving yards, 111 receptions, and 11 touchdowns. His current contract does not correlate with this type of production as he is set to earn just $1 million this season followed by a jump to $7.9 million in 2017. Hopkins made references to the media over the summer about his displeasure with the current state of his contract, but this is the first time he has acted on it. He is now subject to a $40,000 fine each day he holds out. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:27a ET)
Overall Rank: 23 Position Rank: 13
% Started: 3.4 % Owned: 96.6
Victor Cruz NYG - WR
News: Cruz (calf) was a full participant in Friday's opening day of training camp, NorthJersey.com reports. (Jul 29)
Impact: Cruz had not practiced in full since last September, so even though Friday marked the opening day of camp, the fact that he was able to do everything is certainly a positive sign. Due to a knee and calf injury, Cruz hasn't played since Week 6 of the 2014 campaign, but was running routes with his teammates and catching passes Friday. Afterward, Cruz stated he's nearing full speed, and although coach Ben McAdoo acknowledged the wideout's progress will be monitored, particularly as more team drills approach, he expects Cruz to practice without limitations going forward. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:18p ET)
Overall Rank: 213 Position Rank: 84
% Started: 0.2 % Owned: 15.6
Ryan Mathews Phi - RB
News: The Eagles have placed Mathews (ankle) on their Active/Non-Football Injury List. (Jul 27)
Impact: The report notes that the running back suffered an ankle injury while training last week, without providing a timetable for Mathews' return to action. On a more positive note, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer noted Wednesday that Mathews "was seen walking into (the Eagles') facility and his injury isn't considered serious." We'll let you know if that assessment changes. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:53p ET)
Overall Rank: 94 Position Rank: 27
% Started: 1.1 % Owned: 85.4
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: 10 Position Rank: 5
% Started: 4.8 % Owned: 99.8
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: 1005 Position Rank: 364
% Started: 0.1 % Owned: 11.2
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: 4 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 2.4 % Owned: 99.7
Karlos Williams Pit - 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: 624 Position Rank: 152
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 0.9
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: 41 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 3.5 % Owned: 99.0
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: 41 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 3.5 % Owned: 99.0
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: 91 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 1.1 % Owned: 82.4
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: 91 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 1.1 % Owned: 82.4
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: 92 Position Rank: 5
% Started: 3.7 % Owned: 97.7
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