August Injury Report
By Mark Wimer
August 7th, 2011

Now that the CBA is ratified and free agency has been underway for about a week (and teams have been cutting their rosters during the free agency process as well), there has been a lot of new information about NFL players who are rehabilitating injuries. Below is the latest information on those fantasy-relevant skill position players who have suffered new injuries during the 1st week of training camp, and those who are still rehabbing old injuries from last season. Information is current as of August 5, 2010.


Arizona QB Max Hall landed on IR Tuesday, December 7, 2010 due to a dislocated left shoulder. At the time he was injured (December 5th), Hall expected to be out two-to-three weeks, but as it was week 13 already the team moved him to IR. As of April 9th, the team is talking about stashing Hall on the practice squad for 2011 - he looks like a fantasy non-factor in the coming year unless something changes radically in training camp.

Ex-Carolina/now-Miami QB Matt Moore was placed on IR Monday, November 8, 2010, due to a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He underwent surgery to repair the injury, and was expected to take four-to-six months to rehabilitate the shoulder. He has reportedly (March 28th) been working out at a local Charlotte high school, but he hasn't been able to do much organized practice/throwing yet due to the ongoing labor strife in the NFL. Moore is supposed to be able to begin passing again soon (as of early April, five months after he was placed on IR). The selection of Cam Newton with the 1st overall pick of the draft signaled the end of Moore's time in Carolina - Moore has signed with Miami during free-agency and will compete with Chad Henne to start for the Dolphins.

Carolina QB Tony Pike was placed on IR Friday, December 3, 2010 due to a shoulder injury. He was 6/12 for 47 yards passing in limited action with the Panthers during 2010.

Chicago QB Jay Cutler tore the MCL in his left knee on January 23, 2011 during the NFC Conference Championship game. Cutler began working out with a handful of offensive teammates Tuesday, May 17th, according to a league source. Cutler planned the workout in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago with no defensive players present. Bears RB Kahlil Bell said on June 14th that he thinks QB Jay Cutler looks great as he comes back from his knee injury. "Jay looks fine, man," Bell said. "The last couple of times I went, we did throwing stuff and I couldn't even tell that he had an injury. A lot of people made a lot about what happened, but I think he's going to be all right. I know he's going to be all right. He looks fantastic." Former Bears' TE Greg Olsen said on June 27th that Cutler looked good during workouts this offseason. 'I am not a doctor [but] yeah, he looks fine,' Olsen said. 'He looks completely normal to all of us. I think he feels fine so I don't think there is any lingering effects from anything.'

Dallas QB Tony Romo is reportedly fully recovered from the collarbone injury that landed him on IR December 21, 2010. Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson said on Thursday, February 17, 2011 that Romo is back to normal. Romo said on July 14th that he is completely healed from the broken collarbone he suffered during the 2010 season.

Detroit QB Matthew Stafford said on Thursday, April 7th, that he is getting "real close" to 100 percent in his recovery from shoulder surgery, according to his official Twitter page. Lions' WR Bryant Johnson said on June 30th that Stafford has looked very good during player-organized workouts this offseason. 'Matt looks good,' Johnson said. 'He had the shoulder problem and he says the shoulder feels 100 percent. He was looking good during the team workout.' Stafford said on July 14th that he expects to be able to play in every game this season. He said his shoulder is fully healed and that he no longer thinks about the injury. On July 30th Stafford reportedly hit every one of his throws to open training camp - he appears fully recovered as of day one of training camp.

Detroit QB Drew Stanton's grade three shoulder separation (suffered during the 2010 season) did not require surgery and he feels no lasting effects from the injury, according to local reports filed on May 28, 2011. As of Monday, July 4th, Stanton was considering testing the free agent market, whenever that opens: "Given that opportunity, I'd be foolish not to see what's out there," said Stanton. However, he also said he would be 'comfortable' re-signing with the Lions. Stanton did re-sign with Detroit on July 27th. He should be the team's #3 QB this year.

Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning underwent neck surgery in Chicago on Monday, May 23rd for the 2nd time in the past 15 months. Manning said on May 24th that the procedure was "minimally invasive" and said at that time that he expected to make "a quick recovery." Manning stated on July 8th that he has been cautious with the physical activity he has does this offseason because he has not been able to work with the Colts' team therapist Erin Barill due to the lockout. He said he does not know when he will be able to participate in training camp until he meets with Barill. Manning did not throw passes at his passing camp in July - he continues to not throw the football in the wake of the 2nd neck surgery. Manning will not be ready to participate once training camp starts and it was not known how long he would have to sit out as of July 20, 2011. Team owner Jim Irsay indicated on July 21st that he believes Manning will be ready for the start of regular season. The Colts signed Manning to a $90 million, 5-year deal on July 30th, indicating that they aren't concerned over the neck problem. Manning has begun throwing the football in light work as of Friday, August 5th.

Jacksonville QB David Garrard left practice early Thursday, August 4th, because of back stiffness. Head coach Jack Del Rio did not think the injury was a big deal, though.

Jacksonville QB Luke McCown suffered an ACL injury to his right knee on Monday, September 20th, and was placed on IR Tuesday, September 21, 2010. He had a 2nd reconstructive surgery to the knee shortly after the injury, and was reportedly making good progress in rehabilitation as of February 17th. The team re-signed McCown to a one year deal on Monday, February 28th - he'll be with the team if his knee holds up during training camp.

Miami QB Chad Pennington suffered another season-ending shoulder injury on November 14, 2010 and was placed on IR the next day. Then, in late March 2011, Pennington tore the ACL in his knee during a pickup basketball game, and had reconstructive knee surgery on April 7, 2011. As of April 24th, Pennington had shed his crutches from his April 7th surgery. During late May, there were some rumbles that Pennington might land somewhere in the NFL as veteran depth provided that his knee is rehabilitated by the start of the season (but ACL injuries usually take about a year to fully heal). However, on June 19th Pennington said he is planning to sit out the 2011 season and do some work for Fox Sports. He said he has not had any noticeable setbacks in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. But he won't score any fantasy points in a broadcast booth - cross Pennington off your QB board, friends.

Ex-Minnesota QB Tarvaris Jackson was not tendered an offer in March, making him an unrestricted free agent. He was placed on IR December 16, 2010 due to a toe injury suffered on Monday, December 13, 2010. He did not require surgery on the injury. Jackson is now penciled in as the starting QB in Seattle.

New England QB Tom Brady underwent surgery January 20, 2011 to repair a stress fracture in his right foot. As of March 6, 2011 he was still wearing a walking boot, but by April 1, 2011 the boot was gone and he was working out throwing passes. Brady is expected to be ready for training camp when it commences. As of May 3, 2011, his surgically-repaired right foot is expected to be fully healed for the coming season. A source close to the situation said on May 3rd that a recent exam showed that the non-displaced fracture of his navicular bone is bridging - which is an indication that the necessary healing is occurring to permit a complete and healthy return to the field. Brady said on June 5th that his foot is feeling good and that he has been able to run around some during the player-organized workouts.

New York Giants' QB Jim Sorgi went on IR August 31, 2010, due to a torn capsule and a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder. He had surgery to repair the shoulder damage in early September 2010, and wasn't expected to begin throwing again for four to five months. Sorgi is a free agent, one of many in limbo during the current labor strife in the league.

Ex-New York Jets' QB Erik Ainge has spent the last year recovering from a lingering stress fracture in his right foot (reportedly a problem since high school) and also going through drug rehabilitation and therapy for bipolar disorder. He decided to retire from pro football on June 24, 2011.

New York Jets' QB Kevin O'Connell tore the labrum in his right (throwing) arm during August 2010. He was re-signed to the team on September 8th and placed on IR - the team hopes he can contribute during 2011, perhaps as the 3rd QB.

Oakland QB Charlie Frye went on IR Friday August 20th due to a wrist injury that required surgery. He reportedly needed at least four months to recover from the injury/surgery - he is now an unrestricted free agent looking for a new team.

Ex-Oakland/Now-Cincinnati QB Bruce Gradkowski suffered a 3rd degree separation to his right shoulder during Week 12 of the 2010 season, and was placed on IR December 2, 2010 as a result. He was not tendered an offer in March of 2011, so he is probably looking for a new team once the league starts business operations again. On March 9th, team owner Al Davis indicated that Gradkowski's injury history was a big concern for the Raiders, saying "He incurs injuries, and that worries the hell out of me. And I like continuity." Gradkowski has since joined the Cincinnati Bengals, and began taking snaps in Cincinnati on August 4th.

Pittsburgh QB Dennis Dixon suffered a torn meniscus cartilage in his knee and had surgery to correct the injury in late September. He was finally placed on IR on October 2, 2010 when it became clear that his recovery would take up half (or more) of regular season. He was tendered a restricted free agent offer on March 3, 2011 and is expected to stay with the team as a backup to Ben Roethlisberger. Dixon signed his one-year tender on August 1st and will play for the Steelers in 2011.

Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger will not require surgery on the foot he broke last season, but he might require a surgical procedure in the future - there have been conflicting reports on the foot injury during the last week in June. Roethlisberger has been working out extensively with the other Steelers during June - "We've worked out, linemen, running backs, tight ends, everybody. All of the offense. It's gone really well. We've had some good progress, just to kind of refresh people's memories on audible calls or no-huddle calls, little things like that." Roethlisberger said on June 21st, "We've probably worked out more than most teams. It's just that we choose to keep it quiet." Roethlisberger is taking 1st-team snaps for the Steelers as of the 1st week in August - the foot doesn't appear to be an issue.

San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick started working out with his teammates the last week of May and threw some passes Friday, May 27, 2011. Kaepernick worked out fully on June 29th for the 1st time since undergoing the minor surgical procedure on his lower left leg. According to local reports on July 11th, Kaepernick has wasted no time in impressing teammates at players only workouts. He's wowed his new squad with his rocket arm. "He's got a gun," one close observer said of Kaepernick. "He's got a much stronger arm than Alex Smith. As a sophomore pitcher in high school, he was throwing a baseball 93 mph."

Ex-Tennessee/now-Philadelphia QB Vince Young had surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his throwing-hand thumb on November 26, 2010 after being placed on IR November 23, 2010. He indicated on March 8, 2011 that his thumb is healing and that he should be ready for the 2011 season. The Titans' selection of Jake Locker with the 8th pick of the draft sealed the departure of Young to Philadelphia - he started practicing with his new team on August 4th.

Washington QB John Beck has been inconsistent during training camp so far and had a sore arm during practice on Tuesday, 8/2/11.

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Arizona FB Nehemiah Broughton was placed on IR August 31, 2010 due to a torn ACL in a knee. He was expected to start and be the lead blocker for Chris Wells last year, but that didn't happen due to the injury - we'll see if he is back to 100% healthy when/if training camp begins.

Ex-Atlanta/Now-St. Louis RB Jerious Norwood was on IR from week two of the 2010 regular season due to another in a series of knee injuries (he tore his ACL). The Falcons drafted Jacquizz Rodgers during the NFL draft, and he is seen as a complementary back to Turner in the same sort of mold as Norwood. Norwood's agent asserted on July 8th that Norwood is 'completely recovered' from the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered last season. The St. Louis Rams agreed and signed Norwood to a one year deal on August 2nd.

ATL RB Michael Turner opened training camp on July 28th fully recovered from offseason groin surgery. Turner said that the surgery was a success. "It went good," Turner said 7/28. "I was out there running and stuff. It went pretty good. It feels good to be back playing football." Head coach Mike Smith said on 7/30: "We feel very confident with the procedure that was done and with his rehab. He's been back to full speed for a number of weeks. It was not a very complicated procedure."

Baltimore RB Matt Lawrence suffered a season-ending knee injury (torn ACL) in November of 2009. He started 2010 on the PUP/Reserve list due to the ongoing rehabilitation of his knee, and was left on PUP on November 29, 2010 - he was never activated to the 53-man roster during 2010.

Carolina RB DeAngelo Williams was placed on IR November 17, 2010 due to a nagging foot injury that didn't heal during the regular season. On March 2, 2011 the team placed a RFA tender on Williams (it would take a 1st- and 3rd-round draft pick to sign him), which should insure that Williams remains with the Panthers during 2011. Coach Ron Rivera expects that 1st pick's Cam Newton's presence will open up running lanes for Williams (comments on April 29, 2011). Reports on May 22nd indicated that Carolina believes Williams is their team's best running back and hope he re-signs with the team once free agency begins. After a $43 million offer from the Panthers, Williams did re-sign with Carolina and remains a Panther as of August 4th, when he started practicing for the team once again.

Chicago RB Harvey Unga suffered a severe hamstring injury during early August 2010, and was placed on IR August 12th. As of March 7, 2011 Chicago RB coach Tim Spencer commented that Unga will only make the team by impressing in special teams duty - Unga's future with the club is cloudy (at best).

Chicago FB Wil Ta'ufo'ou sprained his right MCL during a late August preseason game and landed on IR August 31, 2010.

Cincinnati FB Brian Leonard went on IR December 28, 2010 due to an ankle injury that cost him several games at the end of the regular season. He was tendered a 2nd round offer on March 3, 2011 - it is expected he may test the free agent market this year (if there is a CBA in place which would allow free agency to begin).

CIN RB Bernard Scott is nursing a sore hamstring during the opening week of training camp.

Cleveland RB Montario Hardesty suffered a torn ACL in his left knee on September 2, 2010. He was placed on IR September 3rd. Hardesty asserted on February 25, 2011 that "I'll be cleared to play football in a couple of months, so by May, I'll be ready to practice." As of April 24th, reports out of Cleveland indicate that the Browns' new coaching staff is envisioning a dual-threat backfield tandem between Hardesty and Peyton Hillis. Browns head coach Pat Shurmur commented on June 20th about the health status of Hardesty. "To the best of my knowledge, he's progressing well and will be ready to participate (fully) once training camp starts. That's my understanding. We'll see when we finally get to training camp." Hardesty said Thursday, July 14th, that he will be ready for training camp. Hardesty suffered a bone bruise in his right knee during a non-contract drill before training camp began last summer. He was unable to practice, and then when he finally got the chance to play, in the final preseason game, he blew out his left knee on his 7th carry. 'I can't wait to get out there and contribute to our team,' Hardesty said. 'It's been a long time, but I'm feeling good. I'm continuing my rehab. When training camp starts, I'll be ready to go.'

Dallas RB Tashard Choice hurt his calf on 7/31/11, sidelining him 2-4 weeks.

Dallas RB DeMarco Murray reported to camp with a hamstring injury that could cost him two weeks worth of training camp practices. This is not good news for a rookie who has already gone without OTAs and minicamps this year.

Denver RB Knowshon Moreno struggled with injured ribs to close the 2010 season (he appeared in 13 games last year) - so far during his career, Moreno hasn't proven to be a durable starter for the Broncos. Persistent rumors throughout June indicate that the Broncos are expected to be players in free agency seeking an upgrade at running back, which would likely move Moreno to a 3rd-down/change-of-pace role on the team. The team did sign Willis McGahee when free agency opened, and it remains to be seen how the two will split up the work.

Denver RB LenDale White had surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon on Tuesday, September 7, 2010. He missed the entire 2010 season, but there is some speculation that White is still in the Broncos' plans for 2011. Fantasy owners will want to wait and see how well White has recovered from this injury before investing a pick in him. As of May 14, 2011 White was back to running eight months after his surgery. After a workout (on or about May 14th) he commented on how he felt great, but is not doing explosive drills yet. White (back injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, August 3.

Detroit RB Jahvid Best suffered a turf toe injury to his right big toe during week three of regular season, and struggled to play through the injury for the rest of the year. "Whatever we need him to do, he can do it," head coach Jim Schwartz said on March 27, 2011 about the Best's potential workload for the coming year. "If you do some research on turf toes, you look around the league, there's a lot of players that missed a month with a turf toe," he noted. Reports out of Detroit on April 25th indicated that Best is now "completely healthy" and is expected to touch the ball 20-25 times per game during the coming season. However, the team added RB Mikel LeShoure during the draft which indicates they may be heading towards a running back by committee this coming season. Best was reportedly 100% healthy as of late May after his two turf toes have healed completely. Best looked good catching the ball during one-on-one drills against the linebackers Saturday, July 30.

Ex-Detroit RB Kevin Smith was placed on IR November 23, 2010 due to a thumb injury. He underwent surgery to repair shoulder damage on December 10, 2010, and was also dealing with problems in his surgically repaired knee as of late 2010. He became a free agent on March 3, 2011, when the team did not tender him an offer.

Green Bay RB Ryan Grant suffered a severe right ankle injury on September 12, 2010 and was placed on IR Tuesday, September 14th due to the injury. He underwent surgery on September 23, 2010 to help torn ligaments heal properly (reportedly, at least one screw was placed in his ankle). As of April 5, 2011, Grant was reportedly feeling ready to play football again, and he asserted that he would be ready for training camp (whenever that occurs). Local reports on May 15th indicated that Grant is expected to be back with Green Bay during 2011, and that he'd share time in the back field with James Starks. Grant returned to the field Saturday, July 30th, and said his body feels the best it has in a long time. He said his ankle has fully healed and he is able to move at full speed.

Ex-Green Bay FB Korey Hall suffered a knee injury during December 2010, and was unable to finish playing out the season as a result. He was not tendered an offer this spring. He is an unrestricted free agent as of early April. Hall is now a New Orleans' Saint, and sits atop the FB depth chart.

Houston RB Arian Foster had arthroscopic knee surgery (right knee) to repair cartilage damage on February 23, 2011. He reportedly sustained the injury during the preseason, and yet was able to play well throughout the year despite the injury. He is expected to fully recover well in advance of training camp. A June 12th report indicated that Foster has not considered holding out for a new contract this summer despite leading the league in rushing during 2010. Foster said on July 17th that he played the 2010 season with a torn meniscus in his knee but it has since been 'fixed' so it should help increase his speed and ability to make better cuts. Foster said he did not tell anyone because he did not want to lose his job. Foster signed a one-year tender on Friday, July 31st. Foster pulled up lame and grabbed his leg after a 40-yard run to the end zone on the 1st play of 11-on-11 scrimmage on Friday, August 5th, the 1st day he could practice with the team. Speaking after practice, head coach Kubiak admitted he didn't yet know how bad the injury was. "I don't know, but he didn't feel good so I just said 'Get out,'" Kubiak said. "He went 35, 40 minutes (in practice) and looked great, so I'm hoping he'll be right back out here. We'll see."

Houston FB Justin Griffith was placed on IR August 4, 2010 due to a spinal cord concussion - his status for the 2011 season is unknown as of mid-April 2011.

Ex-Houston/Now-Baltimore FB Vonta Leach had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee February 8, 2011. Leach said he began running Monday, February 28, with only minimal swelling and no pain. "I had to get my knee scoped," Leach said. "It bothered me all year. I had to get my knee drained and take shots six times during the season so I could play. Before most of the games it would be swollen like a softball." Leach reported that he hurt his knee during the 2nd game of the 2010 season. His rehabilitation is ongoing as of mid-April. Leach signed a three-year deal to block for Ray Rice once free agency opened, so he's presumably healthy once again having passed the Baltimore team physical.

Houston RB Ben Tate suffered a fractured right fibula and torn right ankle ligaments in August of 2010, and was placed on IR August 16th. Surgery to repair his ankle followed - as of February 22, 2011 he was fully medically cleared to resume football activities. Tate is widely expected to surpass Derrick Ward as Arian Foster's backup once training camp begins, though reports in mid-July have Ward ahead of Tate on the initial depth chart.

Indianapolis RB Joseph Addai struggled with a neck injury for much of 2010, but was effective as a runner during the Colts' playoff run.

Indianapolis RB Mike Hart struggled with an ankle injury for the final two months of 2011, and was inactive for the season finale as a result of his ongoing ankle woes.

Indianapolis RB Devin Moore suffered a brachial plexus injury during week four of the 2010 season, and was placed on IR on October 5, 2010 as a result of the injury. The brachial plexus is a set of nerves in the upper body (neck/armpit/arm) - the status of Moore's recovery from the injury is unclear as of mid-April 2011. Moore asserted on June 12th that he is fully recovered from the surgery he underwent to repair the nerve damage in his neck and shoulder. Moore was fully cleared for football activities on July 29, 2011.

Jacksonville RB Maurice Jones-Drew had surgery in January to repair meniscus damage in his left knee. As of April 5, 2011 Jones-Drew was reportedly well ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation of the knee - "You're not supposed to tell people when you're hurting," he said on February 16, 2011. "...Obviously, my knee kind of gave out at the end of the season." On April 12th, Jones-Drew reasserted that he was well ahead of schedule in his rehab: "I owe everyone for the season I had last year," said Jones-Drew. "I take it personally because I'm a fantasy guy too, and it hurts that I wasn't able to be there for my team ... for my (fantasy) owners and my teammates when they needed in the playoffs." Jaguars' general manager Gene Smith said on May 4th that Jones-Drew (left knee surgery) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp but the team would limit him during practices. Jones-Drew said on July 3, 2011 that he has resumed running and that his knee will be completely healed in three to four weeks. 'I can still carry the load regardless of what surgery I had or whatnot,' Jones-Drew said on July 7th. 'They're going to be kind of anxious to throw Rashad (Jennings) in, and they're already kind of scared of my knee ... I want to be able to be out the gates playing because it's a production-based business. They're already skeptical maybe it's his knee, maybe we're working him too hard, we should give him a break.' Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said Tuesday, July 12th, that the team has not had any internal discussions on limiting the workload of Jones-Drew during the regular season. However, Jones-Drew was limited on the 1st day of training camp and we may not see much of him during preseason. Reports on 8/2/11 noted that he continues to do limited work as the team approaches his integration in the offense cautiously due to the sore knee.

Jacksonville RB Deji Karim had successful hand surgery on January 10, 2011, to repair damage suffered early in the season. He is expected to fully recover.

Ex-Miami FB Deon Anderson was placed on IR October 30, 2010 due to a torn triceps. He was waived on March 3, 2011, and is currently one of many UFAs in limbo due to the ongoing NFL labor strife. He has not been signed as of August 5, 2011.

Miami RB Kory Sheets tore his Achilles tendon on August 4, 2010 and was placed on IR due to the injury. His status for 2011 is unknown as of mid-May 2011, although he did speak out on Sunday, May 22nd saying he intended to be in the mix as a starter for Miami this year: "With Ronnie and Ricky (Williams) possibly not coming back I don't plan on doing too much kick returning. I plan on being the main guy, picking up where Ronnie and Ricky left off." It remains to be seen how well his injured Achilles tendon has been rehabilitated as of May 22nd, though, thanks to the ongoing NFL labor stoppage. Sheets said on June 10th that he is completely recovered from the Achilles' tendon injury that made him miss the 2010 season. He was working on building his speed back up at that time.

Ex-Minnesota RB Albert Young was not tendered a contract offer during March of 2011 - he ended 2010 on IR due to a knee sprain (placed on IR December 7, 2010). He remains unsigned as of August 5th.

New England RB Kevin Faulk was placed on IR September 22, 2010 after tearing the ACL in his right knee. As of March 9, 2011, he estimated that the knee was 70-75% healed (he had reconstructive surgery on October 21st). As of mid-April, he was rehabbing the knee, working out on LSU's campus at times, just in case he decided to play football again in 2011. Faulk participated in the player-organized workout Wednesday, June 1st, and indications are that the knee rehabilitation is going well. Faulk said on June 13th he has been able to 'do everything' in his rehab from the knee injury he suffered during last season. Faulk re-signed with the Patriots on July 31st.

New Orleans RB Ladell Betts was placed on IR Wednesday, December 8, 2010 due to a neck injury.

Ex-New Orleans RB P.J. Hill was placed on IR after clearing waivers during August of 2010 due to a triceps injury. He was waived by the team on Friday, February 11, 2011. He remains unsigned as of August 5, 2011.

Ex-New Orleans RB Lynell Hamilton tore his right ACL on August 11, 2010. As of February 11, 2011 Hamilton was expected to be with the team to start training camp, but his future with the team is unknown as he attempts to recover from his knee injury. Reports on April 10th indicated that Hamilton hasn't been forgotten by the team, but their draft selection of Mark Ingram in the 1st round makes for a very crowded backfield down in the Big Easy. Hamilton was knocked off the roster on Thursday, August 4th when the Saints released him.

New Orleans RB Chris Ivory (foot injury) has been walking around without a protective boot on his foot and believes his foot is improving weekly, according to local reports on March 28th. A very crowded backfield in New Orleans may mean Ivory is the odd man out now that training camp has started, though - there are a lot of RBs on that roster as of the opening of camp, with Darren Sproles coming in to fill Reggie Bush's (to Miami) role on the team. Ivory is physically unable to participate as of the opening of training camp due to his ongoing struggle with a Lis Franc injury in his foot.

Ex-New Orleans FB Marcus Mailei was waived on Friday, February 11th after being on the IR list during 2010 (leg injury).

New Orleans RB Pierre Thomas reported on March 11th that he has received clearance to walk on his surgically repaired ankle and will begin rehab soon. Thomas got a 4-year, $12 million extension from the team earlier in March - he is expected to be ready to play football whenever training camp begins, according to Saints' GM Mickey Loomis (comments on March 14th). As of April 13th, Thomas was out of his walking boot and starting work on his rehabilitation program. Thomas reportedly might not be back at full strength when training camp starts, although he shed his walking boot in mid-April and is making progress in his recovery from major offseason ankle surgery as of May 18, 2011. There were rumors in mid-June that the Saints were seeking to trade Thomas, but those were quashed: 'He's here,' said one coach on June 21st when asked about some reports that Thomas might now be expendable. 'We've seen 1sthand that you can't have enough (backs).' On July 29th Thomas revealed that he is only about 85% healed from his ankle surgery as of the start of training camp.

NYG RB Ahmad Bradshaw reported on April 5th that he is ready to "fly" after having rehabbed his ankle from a February surgery. There are rumors that Miami may pursue Bradshaw one free agency opens - as of June 24th's Cecil Lammey stated that Da'Rel Scott would likely step into Bradshaw's role if he were to leave the Giants via free agency. Bradshaw said on July 19th that he feels 100 percent healthy. He has been training/rehabbing his ankle in Miami during the offseason. Bradshaw re-signed with the team on August 1, 2011.

NYG FB Madison Hedgecock was hampered by a hamstring injury during the latter part of the 2010 regular season. He was placed on IR November 24, 2010 due to the injury. He has since been released and hasn't signed with another team as of August 5, 2011.

NYG rookie RB Da'Rel Scott enters the NFL coming off a wrist injury - he is projected as a depth player during 2011, though that could change depending on how free agency plays out during July (or perhaps August, pending the new CBA).

NYG RB Charles Scott (undisclosed) was involved in a car accident in Louisiana during the 2nd week of May but did not suffer any career threatening injuries and should be fine. Scott did spend some time in a hospital's ICU but has been taken out of the unit. Scott's agent said Scott suffered cuts and bruises.

Oakland RB Taiwan Jones said on May 25th that he is taking his time to let his surgically repaired foot heal and is trying to get back into game shape. Jones has been getting into huddles during player workouts in order to learn the offense faster.

Oakland RB Darren McFadden will miss around two weeks of practice due to fracturing his orbital bone (eye socket) on Thursday August 4th.

Ex-Philadelphia FB Leonard Weaver has had a tendon transfer surgery on his injured left foot, a rare procedure - he is the 1st NFL player to test the surgery. He also had multiple knee surgeries to correct a torn ACL, torn PCL, and nerve damage - it remains to be seen if he can recover from the procedures to play again during 2011. The team is reportedly preparing to play without Weaver this year, with Owen Schmitt penciled in as the new starter at FB. Weaver has been released and as of August 5th hasn't signed with another team.

Ex-St. Louis RB Kenneth Darby struggled with a rib injury late in the season last year, and was not tendered a contract in March making him an unrestricted free agent. He has yet to find a new team.

St. Louis FB Brit Miller went on IR December 22, 2010 due to a torn right ACL. He had just been elevated to starting full back two games prior to the untimely ACL injury - his status for 2011 is very much up in the air as of April 2011. He began training camp July 30th - on the PUP list.

San Diego RB Ryan Mathews had a wrist surgery in January, according to local reports. Also, the ankle injury that hampered him during his rookie season is now reported to be 100% healed. However, he was reportedly 'sore' after taking his speed test in training camp and has yet to practice as of 8/1/11. Mathews (toe) missed his 2nd straight practice Monday, August 1, due to a toe injury, not soreness as previously reported.

San Diego RB Darren Sproles struggled with a concussion during December of 2010, and was not tendered an offer this past March. He is expected to find a new team during free agency once that occurs. The team drafted a replacement for Sproles - Jordan Todman of Connecticut was selected in the 6th round. Sproles signed with New Orleans at the start of free agency and will fill the 3rd-down/change of pace role for the Saints this year.

San Diego RB Mike Tolbert has completely recovered from the neck injury he suffered near the end of the regular season, according to reports on June 26th. He has worked out with teammates this offseason.

San Francisco RB Frank Gore was placed on IR November 30, 2010 due to a fractured hip. He didn't require surgery to repair the break, and he is expected to be the team's featured back again during 2011. He was reported to be completely healed from the injury as of February 17, 2011. "I will be better," Gore said on February 17th. "I will take it one day at a time. I'm just happy to say that my injury healed perfectly. And right now I'm trying to get some strength, and in another week start running." The team has been upfront with their expectations for Gore in Jim Harbaugh's new offense - Gore is expected to be the "bell-cow" featured runner during 2011 and beyond. However, Gore did not participate in the player workouts for the 49ers held the week of June 6th - 11th at San Jose State University because he was still rehabbing his broken hip (despite claims from his agent Drew Rosenhaus that Gore was 100% rehabbed prior to the player workouts that week). Gore ended a short holdout and Gore took part in his 1st training camp practice of the year Tuesday, August 2nd. It appears that his hip is not a worry as of the start of training camp. Gore started practicing with the team on August 2nd.

Tampa Bay RB Earnest Graham suffered a season-ending neck injury in week 16 last year, but it didn't require surgical repair. "I wasn't going to be able to play the next game, so you might as well open up the roster spot [by placing him on injured reserve]," Graham said on June 4, 2011. "We had a lot of young guys. I definitely wasn't going to be ready the next game. A neck is a thing you don't play around with. I'm getting in shape as normal now (as of early June). I could be anything from a 215 pound halfback to 230 pound fullback. When we get back, I'll probably have an idea where I fit in. There is definitely value in being flexible, which I have been for most of my career." As of August 4th, Graham is competing to be the team's 3rd-down back.

Tampa Bay RB Kareem Huggins suffered a torn right ACL, other ligament damage, and a torn meniscus during October of 2010, and was placed on IR due to his injuries on October 19th. He was reported to be noticeably limping in early March (four months after his reconstructive knee surgery) - his status for 2011 is very much up in the air as of early April 2011. He was not tendered an offer in March - local reports on April 15th indicated that he tore up all the ligaments in his knee as well has tearing his meniscus - the team fears that he will never regain his top form due to the extensive damage.

Ex-Tennessee RB Stafon Johnson suffered a broken right fibula and a dislocated right ankle during August 2010 and had surgery to repair the injuries on August 15th. He was placed on IR August 18th after clearing waivers. As of April 9, 2011 he is reportedly well ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation - "I feel awesome, and I feel great about the opportunity ahead of me," Johnson said Thursday, April 7, 2011. Johnson reportedly had a strong advocate in ex-coach Jeff Fisher, but he'll have to land a roster spot without Fisher during 2011.

Ex-Washington RB Clinton Portis was placed on IR November 24, 2010 due to an abdominal/groin injury that was surgically repaired shortly after he went on IR. Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said on January 10, 2011 that he did not know if RB Clinton Portis will still be a full-time running back in the aftermath of his surgery. Portis was released by the Redskins on February 28, 2011 and is now a free agent.

Washington RB Chad Simpson was placed on IR Monday, November 22, 2010 due to a foot injury (broken metacarpal bone). On March 10, 2011, Simpson was mentioned as one of four young running backs on the team who will compete for touches during 2011.

Washington RB Ryan Torain (hand) will need to undergo X-rays on his hand after injuring it during practice Wednesday, August 3. Torain (hand) is out two weeks with the hand injury suffered in practice Wednesday, August 3, according to updates on 8/4/11. He had screws placed in his fractured hand to stabilize his broken bone.

Wide Receivers

Ex- Arizona/now-K.C. WR Steve Breaston played through a knee problem during 2011, but said on July 20th: 'I enjoy playing in Arizona, I enjoy it a lot,' Breaston said in a radio interview. 'I enjoy my teammates and I like living out there. I want to be there. There were a lot of issues about my knee, but I know I will be ready for the season.' Breaston was signed by Kansas City on July 27th. He is expected to work out of the slot for the team during 2011.

Arizona WR Early Doucet was placed on IR December 22, 2010 due to a hip injury. As of May 5, 2011 Doucet was still dealing with offseason sports hernia surgery/rehabilitation and was not attending teammate Larry Fitzgerald's workouts. Doucet was reported to be making progress in his rehabilitation and did not want to try to do too much, too soon.

Arizona WR Stephen Williams fought through a "small fracture" in his back during the 2nd half of 2010 - he did have two catches for 26 yards in the season finale on January 2, 2011. But back injuries are notoriously hard to rehabilitate - keep an eye on Williams' status once training camp begins.

Arizona rookie WR Demarco Sampson missed the 2006 and 2007 football seasons due to a serious foot injury (he had other injury woes and was granted a 6th year of college eligibility due to his string of injuries), and he's 25 years old as he enters the NFL. Sampson's most recent injury was a knee problem, but he did grab 67/1200/8 during the 2010 season at San Diego State.

Atlanta WR Harry Douglas is fully recovered from the knee injury he suffered last year, according to a local report on June 24th. Douglas looked explosive and ran well during recent players-only workouts.

Atlanta WR Julio Jones was cleared to run Tuesday, May 17. He has already met with QB Matt Ryan and the wide receivers. Jones posted on his Twitter account that he had a checkup and everything went well. He had surgery on his foot (to correct a stress fracture) after the scouting combine, and is expected to be ready for training camp whenever that happens. Jones has been a regular at player-organized workouts during early June after being cleared to work out by a foot specialist. Everything looks positive as of mid-June as far as his foot is concerned. According to local reports on June 20th, Jones is establishing a good connection with veteran QB Matt Ryan. Sources say Jones has looked way ahead of the game and is getting plenty of coaching from Ryan after plays during the player workouts.

Atlanta WR Kerry Meier was reported (on March 25th) to be ahead of schedule in his rehab from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. "Kerry has done an outstanding job with his rehabilitation," head coach Mike Smith said. "When we had our end-of-year physicals, Kerry was way ahead of schedule." Meier has been cleared to return to practice as of the start of training camp. He missed last season after suffering right knee injury in an exhibition game and landing on IR.

Baltimore WR David Reed said on February 10, 2011 that he would have the cast taken off his left wrist in two weeks and then it would be determined if he will need surgery on the wrist, or if his wrist had healed enough naturally. Reed remains on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list as of 8/3/11, but he expects to return as soon as next week. He is making his way back from offseason surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist. 'It's strong, it's real strong,' Reed said. 'I'll be back soon, probably like a week.'

Buffalo WR Marcus Easley had surgery to repair a left knee injury incurred during August 2010 - he was placed on IR August 23rd and didn't participate in regular season as a result. On May 21st, Easley was praised by teammate Steve Johnson, who said: "This dude Marcus Easley looks like a beast. He's big and he's fast and he still has all his speed. When he 1st came in (last year) he looked like a kid right out of college. Now he's comfortable with his routes. He's big and fluid in his routes. I want to see what he's about in preseason because he's looking real good." Easley indicated on June 29th that the knee injury he suffered during training camp last season has been fully healed since December. Easley suffered a hyperextended left knee during practice Saturday, July 30, and was not able to take part in practice Sunday, July 31. The Bills do not have a timetable for his return. Easley, a 2nd-year receiver, missed his entire rookie season after having surgery on his left knee. He also missed practice on Monday, August 1st due to his sore knee.

Buffalo WR Lee Evans was placed on IR December 14, 2010 due to an ankle injury. Evans said on January 3, 2011 that he suffered a "normal" injury to the ankle (as opposed to a high ankle sprain as had been reported - MW). "I'm actually feeling all right. I'm getting around pretty good; don't need crutches or a boot or anything." Head coach Chan Gailey hopes that Evans will become a more all-around receiving threat during 2011 (comments made March 22nd) - he appears to be in the team's plans as of late March 2011.' Evans commented on May 24th: 'But you won't get it until you actually do it and do it consistently. I've done it at times, but you've got to be able to do it consistently. Try to be as complete as you can. That's my focus when I come out here to work out and to train, not just to be one-dimensional but to try to be able to do many different things because as far as the season you've got to have more than one way to win.'

Baltimore Ravens WR James Hardy (hamstring) was missing at practice Tuesday, August 2, due to tightness in his hamstring. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said that Hardy has some 'hamstring tightness, maybe some hamstring weakness.'

Buffalo WR Donald Jones was held out of the season finale due to a concussion. He is expected to be fine when training camp rolls around, but fantasy owners should be aware that once a player suffers a concussion they are more susceptible to a repeat injury.

Buffalo WR Roscoe Parrish was placed on IR November 10, 2010, due to a wrist injury that required surgically inserted pins to repair. He had the pins removed in January 2011, and was working on rebuilding strength in the wrist as of February 7, 2011. He should be ready to play ball when training camp in training camp.

Carolina WR David Gettis didn't practice on Thursday, August 4th due to a hamstring injury.

Carolina WR Brandon LaFell didn't practice on Thursday, August 4th due to an undisclosed health problem.

Carolina rookie WR Kealoha Pilares suffered a partially torn PCL in the Hawaii Bowl game, but no surgery was required. He put up 88/1306/15 receiving during 2010 despite missing two games during the season. Pilares should be ready to play ball in training camp.

Carolina WR Wallace Wright was placed on IR August 31, 2010 due to a shoulder injury that required surgery.

Cincinnati WR Terrell Owens had knee surgery on December 20, 2010 to repair torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee - he was placed on IR December 21, 2010. Owens is not expected to be with the Bengals during 2011 as that team shifts into rebuilding mode on offense. The current NFL labor stoppage has kept Owens from signing with another team as of early June. Owens also has undergone surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees following a previously undisclosed injury this offseason. Owens had the surgery performed by renowned Dr. James Andrews (sometime during June 2011). One source said he suffered the injury during a personal workout, while another could not confirm when the injury happened. While his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, vows that Owens will be ready for the start of regular season, a more realistic time-frame would have Owens back on the field sometime during November 2011. Owens probably won't sign with a team until late in the preseason, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said Monday, July 25th. Owens tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the spring, but he is on schedule with his rehab, according to Rosenhaus. Rosenhaus previously said Owens could be ready physically by the start of training camp, although that time-frame seems very aggressively optimistic.

CLE WR Mohamed Massaquoi started training camp on Saturday, 7/30/11, in a walking boot. "[Massaquoi has] a little foot deal that he came in with and we're going to evaluate that as we go and make sure he's right when we get him on the field," said coach Pat Shurmur. Massaquoi is beginning camp on the non-football injury list but can begin practicing at any time.

Dallas WR Dez Bryant was jogging and doing some motion drills under the supervision of a trainer as of March 2nd (before the NFL lockout began). He was not expected to be able to run at full speed for another three to five weeks - as of early April, he will likely begin testing his rehabbed fractured fibula/ankle injury by running, though team trainers are not available to assess his condition. Head coach Jason Garrett said on February 25th regarding Bryant that 'He's going through his rehab, and it's been a positive experience for him. We have great people with the Cowboys who take him through that stuff. It's getting better.' Bryant said on June 27th 'I'm running routes every day to get ready. It was 104 degrees yesterday and I was running gassers. I feel good and I'm ready to play.' Bryant played in a charity basketball game on June 25th and was on the court for a majority of the 40 minute game - his ankle held up fine during the contest. Bryant said on July 15th that he still has not been medically cleared yet to practice but expects to be cleared once the team sends him to the doctor (which can only happen after the lockout is over and a new CBA is in place). As of July 29th it was reported that Bryant is fully healthy as of the beginning of training camp.

Dallas WR Kevin Ogletree went on IR Wednesday, December 15th due to a toe injury (dislocated right big toe) and a corrective toe surgery that was performed the next day. As of July 30th, Ogletree is competing for the 4th spot on the Cowboys' WR depth chart.

Denver WR Eddie Royal participated in the player-organized conditioning session Monday, May 23rd. Royal underwent hip surgery back in February and was expected to be back in action by mid May. Royal participated in the player-organized conditioning session Monday, May 23rd. Mid-June reports indicated that Royal would be more involved in the Denver attack this year due to the ongoing rehabilitation of fellow WR Demaryius Thomas' torn Achilles (see below). Royal said he is 'ready to go' for the upcoming season after running routes Thursday, July 21st. 'I will not miss a day of practice,' Royal said.

Denver WR Demaryius Thomas had surgery on Monday, February 14, 2011 to repair a torn Achilles' tendon. He is expected to be in rehabilitation for six-to-eight months before beginning football activities - Thomas may miss the 2011 season, depending on how well (or poorly) his rehabilitation goes during the spring and summer. As of April 7, 2011 the Broncos hope to have Thomas back at the midpoint of next season. Mid-October, eight months removed from surgery would be a possible return date, if his rehabilitation goes very well. Denver Broncos' general manager Brian Xanders said on May 3, 2011 that Thomas is expected to begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list and be unavailable until at least midseason.

Denver WR Matt Willis was placed on IR October 19, 2010 due to a broken foot.

Detroit WR Nate Burleson said on June 8th that he will be undergoing minor surgery to have fluid drained and a bursa sac removed from his elbow. Burleson fully participated in practices on the 1st day of training camp (7/30/11) and appears to be fully recovered from the surgical procedure.

Detroit WR Calvin Johnson missed grabbing any footballs during the 2010 season finale due to an ankle injury. He should be ready for the 2011 training camp whenever that occurs, though, after many months of rest for his sore joint. Johnson said on May 25th that he expects WR Titus Young to help keep his legs fresh because Young will take some of Johnson's reps during practice - allowing Johnson to rest.

Detroit WR Derrick Williams was placed on IR December 10, 2010 due to an ankle injury. He caught just three passes for 30 yards during 2010, and is in jeopardy of not making the team during 2011. He said on May 31st: "Hopefully, when I get my opportunities, I can capitalize on them. I just hope I get those opportunities to show what I can do."

Green Bay WR Jordy Nelson reported on June 10, 2011 that the ruptured bursa sac in his knee that he suffered during Super Bowl XLV has fully healed and he has been able to work out after taking two months off. "It's been fine," said Nelson on June 14th. "It was just a matter of time for the body to absorb all the swelling. I ruptured my bursa sac. I pretty much just popped a bubble full of fluid and it swelled up really bad. It's not preventing me from doing anything." Nelson will not be limited during training camp practices according to local reports on July 31, 2011.

Ex-Houston WR Andre' Davis was placed on IR September 3, 2010 due to a tailbone/hip injury. He had surgery to repair the injury in mid-September. Davis was released February 18, 2011 as his 2011 salary of $4.7 million was far too high for player with just 19 receptions over the past three NFL seasons.

Houston WR Trindon Holliday was placed on IR August 30, 2010 due to ligament damage in his thumb. He has yet to play a down in the regular season, and was considered a raw WR prospect (at best) before his injury.

Houston WR Andre Johnson, who played through an ankle injury for most of 2010 after suffering the injury in week two, missed the final games of 2010 and had arthroscopic surgery on the joint in the 1st week of January 2011, in order to repair the damage. He is expected to be 100% healthy by the time training camp rolls around. On April 25, 2011 he received full medical clearance to begin football activities - "I started (training) a little later this year because of a little ankle surgery that I had. That's pretty much it, but (the lockout) hasn't changed anything as far as me training. I just got cleared by the doctor, but that's the only thing that has held me back a little bit." Johnson dislocated his left index finger during a Tuesday 8/2/11 morning practice, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Johnson was reportedly running a slant route in an individual drill and leaped to catch a pass, with rookie cornerback Rashad Carmichael defending. Johnson couldn't make the catch and came down shaking his left hand. He took off his glove, his finger was bleeding and he walked to the sideline, where a trainer examined him. The team isn't sure of the extent of the injury: "We're getting it looked at," head coach Gary Kubiak said. "I've got a big lump in my throat like everybody else, but hopefully, he'll be fine." The team expects Johnson to miss just a few days as this turned out to be a minor injury. However, Johnson was reportedly suffering from a stomach flu bug that has spread throughout the Texans' training camp as of August 5th.

Indianapolis WR Austin Collie appeared in nine games during 2010 - his season was disrupted by a series of three serious concussions suffered during 2010. Once a player suffers one concussion, that player is more prone to repeat injuries of this sort - fantasy owners should be wary about over-valuing Collie heading into the 2011 season. On April 28, 2011 he was reported to be feeling "phenomenal" after receiving medical clearance from the Colts to resume playing. Collie repeatedly insists that he's been unlucky, rather than injury-prone, and hopes to resume playing at the level he was at prior to the series of brain traumas. Collie said during a Memorial Day weekend phone interview that he feels good after the two concussions last season. He dismissed any speculation that he thought about walking away from the NFL due to concussion problems. 'I don't think for me there really was a decision,' Collie said. 'I didn't even entertain the thought of not coming back. I think the media made their own stories as far as what I was going to do.' Collie commented further on July 7th: 'You don't want things like that popping up in your mind. I try to ignore any thought I do have of it. I don't want to watch it. People want to show me and ask how I felt during that time and whatnot. I just kind of brush it aside because it is one of those things that it is in the past and it's unfortunate. I was unlucky, but I'm just looking forward to this next season and getting on with it,' Collie said. On July 29th Collie was cleared to resume football activities by the Colts' training staff.

Indianapolis WR Anthony Gonzalez suffered a PCL injury in his knee during week eight of the regular season (after sitting out most of the year due to a high ankle sprain suffered earlier in the year) - he was finally placed on IR due to the knee injury on Saturday, November 6, 2010. All told, he has played in three games over the past two years due to injury issues, and has recorded five catches during that span of time (for 67 yards).

Jacksonville WR Jarett Dillard was placed on IR in September of 2010 due to a stress fracture in his foot. He didn't need a surgery, but Dillard missed the entire 2010 season due to the injury. He has six receptions for 106 yards in his two-year NFL career to date.

Jacksonville WR Nate Hughes suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder during August of 2010 and was placed on IR after the injury. His status for 2011 is unknown - Hughes has five receptions for 70 yards and one TD over his two-year pro career. Hughes has been released by Jacksonville and hasn't signed with a new team as of 8/5/11.

Kansas City WR/RB Dexter McCluster suffered a high ankle sprain that caused McCluster to miss five games in the middle of the season, and he reportedly didn't have the same quickness and speed after returning to action. "The injury really brought me down," he said on May 19, 2011. "But I kept working at it. I've been injured before, so I went back out there and I wasn't timid. I was running and cutting and doing it the same way I'd been doing it. I won't say I was actually back to what I was but I wasn't scared to try to play." McCluster has been participating in practices since training camp opened.

Kansas City WR Jerheme Urban landed on IR September 4, 2010 due to a torn flexor tendon in his right ring finger. The recovery timetable at the time of his injury was 10-12 weeks. He participated in offseason player workouts with Matt Cassel and is in the mix for a reserve role on the K.C. WR depth chart.

Miami WR Brandon Marshall was reported to be recovered from abdominal surgery as of May 15, 2011 after being stabbed by his wife during the offseason. He was expected to begin running by the end of May, and was reported to be fully recovered from the stab wound as of May 25th. He was reported to have resumed his training regimen by local sources as of June 18th, a good sign that his abdomen has healed. Marshall was reported to be consistently running a sub-4.5 40-yard dash, according to comments from Marshall's personal trainer on June 28th. Marshall dedicated this summer to re-gaining his 4.4 speed, returning to the training program he used coming into the 2006 NFL Draft. 'I know I didn't have it (his top speed - MW) last year and that was part of my frustration,' Marshall said on July 15th. 'I couldn't physically do what I'm use to doing, but this is about getting back.' He has been on a strict workout schedule and weighs around 225 pounds at this time because of a strict diet he is following. On July 30th Marshall disclosed that he was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, which explains his relationship troubles and impulse control issues. He said that he has been undergoing treatment and therapy for the mental problem. Miami QB Chad Henne said on Thursday, August 4th that Marshall has been having a great training camp. He noted Marshall is working really hard on the field and being a good team player.

Miami WR Brian Hartline was placed on IR December 11, 2010 due to surgery to repair a finger injury suffered during week 13 of the 2010 regular season. On or about March 29th, head coach Tony Sparano said that Hartline should be the team's deep threat receiver during 2011 - he is apparently still in the team's plans as of April 2011. Hartline said on June 2nd, while discussing the NFL lockout's impact on his team: 'We'll probably need a little extra time. We can function on the level where the fan, and the average eye, might not understand. But the comfort in the huddle, and kind of being on the exact same page, is going to take a little longer time.'

Minnesota WR Percy Harvin reports that he is finally migraine-free: 'This is the best I've felt, probably, since I've been in kindergarten,' Harvin said on June 17th. He said he's found long-term relief from a health issue that has dogged him since childhood, but didn't elaborate. Harvin is the favorite to be the team's #1 WR this year due to the departure of Sidney Rice to Seattle during free agency in the last week of July.

Ex-Minnesota/Now-Seattle WR Sidney Rice's agent tweeted Monday, June 6th, that his client is in the best shape of his life. 'Any doubt regarding his hip injury is erased. He is in the best shape healthwise ever,' agent Drew Rosenhaus posted. We'll see how accurate Rosenhaus' report is once the pads go on and contact begins in training camp. Rice got a five-year deal with Seattle worth up to $44 million, including $18.5 million in guarantees on July 27, 2011.

New Orleans' WR Marques Colston underwent microfracture surgery on his knee after the season was over, but was reportedly training at full speed as of May 12, 2011. We'll see how the knee holds up once full contact practices begin. 'I'm doing everything now. It's just about getting my conditioning back,' Colston said on May 13th. Colston was reported to be fully recovered by local sources on July 22nd. Note, however, that Colston has had five knee surgeries and there are legitimate concerns about him being able to play a full slate of 16 games this season. Colston said on August 3rd he is moving around pretty well and his body feels good. He said the biggest thing he needs to do now is regain his timing with QB Drew Brees, which he noted will come with the reps of training camp. 'I'm feeling really good about where I'm at right now,' Colston said.

New Orleans WR Robert Meachem underwent ankle surgery after the season but was reportedly training at full speed as of May 12, 2011. He is in a contract season during 2011. Meachem was reported to be fully recovered from his ankle surgery by local sources on July 22nd.

New Orleans WR Courtney Roby was placed on IR December 30, 2010 due to a concussion. He was reportedly medically cleared to resume football activities, but then landed on IR anyway.

New York Giants' WR Ramses Barden is reported to be ready for training camp as of April 6th - he was placed on IR November 16, 2010 due to an ankle injury. Barden sat out most of the player-organized workouts during the 2nd week of June 2011, because he is still rehabbing from knee surgery he had in March of this year. Barden is reported to be in no hurry to rush back from the ankle surgery. He was present at players-only workouts during the week of June 6th - 10th, but did not participate in any of the drills as he continues through the rehab process. "If I had to be out here running routes, I could. But because there's not that sense of urgency, (the approach) is, 'Let's build a great foundation, let's have you perfect when they do call.' I like having that extra time; I just wish it didn't come with those circumstances." Barden said on June 14th.

New York Giants' WR Victor Cruz is reported to be ready for training camp as of April 6th - Cruz was placed on IR October 16, 2010 due to a torn hamstring.

New York Giants' WR Hakeem Nicks said on May 5th, 2911 that he is completely healed from the leg, ankle and toe injuries he dealt with the past season. Giants QB Eli Manning worked out with WRs Hakeem Nicks and Jerrel Jernigan during the 3rd week in June, according to local reports.

New York Giants' WR Domenik Hixon is reported to be ready for training camp as of April 6th - he tore his right ACL during June of 2010. Hixon was re-signed to a one year deal on March 3, 2011, and commented on March 5th: "I feel real comfortable, I feel strong. I'm back doing everything full speed." Hixon said on June 10th that the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered last offseason has completely healed and he expected to be cleared to practice once training camp began.

New York Giants' WR Darius Reynaud was inactive for much of the final weeks of 2010 due to a hamstring injury - however, he signed a contract extension Thursday, March 3, 2011 and appears set to compete for a roster spot with the Giants this season.

New York Giants' WR Steve Smith underwent left knee surgery on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 to repair articular cartilage damage. The procedure was a type of microfracture surgery and may keep Smith off the playing field until well into June (assuming that there are any football training camps in June). The Giants put a 2nd-round tender on Smith March 1, 2011, to protect him on their roster. On Friday, April 1st Smith said he would like to try to run but knows he has to take things slow in his rehab - he also indicated that he may have to change his "style of play" to compensate for the knee injury. It will be some time before fantasy owners know if Smith has recovered fully from the injury/microfracture surgery. 'I just got out of a really tough workout in the pool right now,' Smith said on May 27th. 'I am running in the pool, doing a lot of strength work and I am doing pretty good. Things are looking good for me. I'm really excited and I can't wait to get this lockout done.' Reports on July 25th indicated that Smith could start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list because he is coming back from knee surgery. He'd miss at least the 1st six weeks of the season in the PUP list scenario. Reports at the opening of training camp suggest he's out for at least another four weeks - he'll miss training camp, most likely.

New York Jets WR Plaxico Burress 'tweaked' an ankle working out on his own, according to head coach Rex Ryan on August 4th - he'll be out of practice for a day or two. As of 8/4/11 the injury is considered 'minor', though any loss of reps is problematic for Burress after two years away from the game.

New York Jets' WR Jerricho Cotchery underwent back surgery February 3, 2011. Cotchery played with a painful herniated disk throughout the 2010 season. Cotchery said the condition worsened in October, causing shooting pain down his leg and into his foot. "It wasn't a good feeling," Cotchery said on March 24th. "It was pretty painful. I wouldn't want any football player to have to go through that." Cotchery expects to be ready to play football when training camp opens. As of April 29th, Cotchery had resumed jogging and said he was "pleased with the pace of his rehab". Cotchery was reportedly making progress from the back surgery as of June 1, 2011, but noted that he misses the comfort level of rehabbing at the team's facility. Cotchery was released by the team on August 4, 2011.

Oakland WR Jacoby Ford suffered a broken hand over the last weekend in July and he'll be out at least two weeks due to the injury.

Oakland WR Darrius Heyward-Bey has missed the 1st five practice sessions due to an undisclosed injury. Head coach Hue Jackson said Monday, August 1, that he thinks things are fine, but Heyward-Bey is missing out on the precious few practice reps available during 2011. Heyward-Bey (undisclosed) was able to practice Wednesday, August 3, for the 1st time since training camp opened. He missed the 1st five sessions due to an undisclosed ailment.

Philadelphia WR Jeremy Maclin is out of training camp due to an unspecified illness. There is no word whether the illness is related to an offseason battle with mononucleosis that caused Maclin to lose 15 pounds. Maclin is currently not able to practice because of an undisclosed illness. He still is undergoing tests and will not practice until he is medically cleared. He is visibly thinner than he was earlier this offseason as of August 3, 2011.

Pittsburgh WR Emmanuel Sanders, coming off offseason surgery on both of his feet, has resumed running as of June 21st in his workouts with a private trainer. He'll reportedly be running at full speed in two weeks and should be more than ready by the time training camp starts. "Honestly, I think I can run full speed right now. They just want to make sure it's 100 percent." Sanders said. However, Sanders said on 8/2/11 that he will miss three weeks with a foot injury. His foot is in a walking boot.

Pittsburgh WR Limas Sweed was placed on IR May 11, 2010 due to Achilles tendon surgery. He was expected to be out up to six months after the surgery. On February 23, 2011, head coach Mike Tomlin said Sweed is still a part of the team's plans but will have to compete for a roster spot during 2011. As of early June, the team was expecting to keep Sweed on the roster for the beginning of training camp to see if he was able to compete for a 53-man roster spot. Sweed is very much on the bubble as of July 5, 2011.

Pittsburgh WR Hines Ward said on Monday, April 11, 2011 that his time on Dancing with the Stars was helping him rehabilitate his surgically repaired knee: "I'm getting in shape, staying in shape," said Ward. "This is great rehab. I'm not sliding on the floor or anything or jumping up and down. I'm not going to do any crazy stuff like that. This is actually helping my footwork." Ward had the arthroscopic surgery in mid-February. Ward was scheduled to undergo a separate thumb surgery on May 31st to repair ligament damage. "My health is good. Feel good and I'm ready to start the season. I feel like a doctor on call, and I'm ready to go. I'm ready to go out there and compete and hopefully make another run at the Super Bowl." Ward said on June 16th. However, Ward was placed on the PUP list to begin training camp on July 28th due to his still-rehabbing thumb.

St. Louis Rams WR Danario Alexander said on May 24th that his knee is doing very well since undergoing surgery during the season and is working out this offseason. 'I've been working out and training throughout this whole offseason to be a hundred percent for the season,' Alexander said. 'It's a lot better than it was during the season. Everything's coming back like it's supposed to.' QB Sam Bradford said Alexander has looked quicker and more explosive during offseason workouts than he did during the season. However, Alexander seemed to be having trouble with his left leg during player workouts on May 31st, according to local reports. The left knee has been surgically repaired five times and may be a concern for Alexander again during 2011. The early indications on his status for 2011 are a mixture of good and bad news, as you can see. Alexander reportedly attended a workout with Philadelphia Eagles QB Mike Kafka and WR Jeremy Maclin Thursday, June 2nd - he continues to work at beginning the season healthy.

St. Louis WR Donnie Avery suffered a torn ACL in his right knee on Friday, August 27, 2010, and was placed on IR. He is reportedly progressing well in his rehabilitation: "Donnie Avery looks great," head coach Steve Spagnuolo said on March 27, 2011. Spagnuolo added that Avery has really taken a step forward to get his body ready to play. However, local reports on May 1st indicated that Avery may not be in the team's plans under new OC Josh McDaniels. Avery said on May 26, 2011 that he is 'a good 92-93 percent' recovered from surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. A local report on May 31st stated that Avery appears to have his speed back after the rehab for his torn ACL. Avery posted on his official Twitter page that he finished the week Friday, June 17, with a track workout. He said he clocked a 22 in the 200-meter, and a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash. On July 15th, Avery reported via Twitter that he ran 40's timed in at 4.25, 4.29, and 4.31.

St. Louis WR Mark Clayton suffered a season-ending torn right patella tendon in his knee on Sunday, October 10, 2010. As of March 26th, Clayton was reportedly not fully healed from the injury, but he is expected to be ready to play by the start of regular season - the team is expected to re-sign him if possible. Clayton said on June 29th that his knee feels wonderful at this point and noted that he had recently worked out with QB Sam Bradford. However, head coach Steve Spagnuolo said on 7/31/11 that the knee is not ready after a 2010 patellar tendon tear. Clayton remains unsigned.

St. Louis WR Dominique Curry suffered a season-ending torn right ACL on September 27, 2010. He was mainly a special teams player last season - his status for 2011 is unknown as of late June 2011.

St. Louis practice squad WR Brandon McRae suffered a broken fibula during practice on November 4, 2010.

San Diego WR Patrick Crayton missed all the games following week 11 of the 2010 season due to a wrist injury that didn't heal well enough to permit him to play football. He was never placed on IR, but was inactive for all the games during December.

Ex-San Diego WR Craig Davis was placed on IR November 2, 2010 due to a rib injury. He has appeared in just 12 games for the Chargers over the past three NFL seasons due to a string of injury woes. He was signed by Buffalo once free agency opened - maybe he'll have better luck in Buffalo.

Ex-San Diego/Now-Carolina WR Legedu Naanee struggled with a nagging hamstring injury during the final month of 2010, and he was not tendered an offer from the team in March. He is also dealing with legal troubles extending from a public intoxication/resisting arrest incident in Indianapolis on February 14, 2011. Naanee was signed by Carolina on August 4, 2011.

San Francisco WR Michael Crabtree stayed on the sidelines during late-June player workouts due to a sore left foot. According to a teammate, this is the same foot which required surgery to correct a stress fracture prior to the 2009 NFL Draft. He was observed on the sidelines June 29th following scripted plays from a playbook, but he didn't take any reps. Crabtree did not participate in the workouts as a precaution, according to local reports as of July 18th. We learned on July 28th that Crabtree's foot injury is more serious than originally portrayed - it could cost him all of preseason: Crabtree reportedly has a foot injury that will cost him four-to-six weeks, which means that he could miss all of preseason for the 3rd straight year.

San Francisco WR Kyle Williams did not participate in the player-organized workout Wednesday, June 29th, because he aggravated a left hamstring injury Tuesday, June 28th.

San Francisco WR Dominique Zeigler went on the Injured Reserve list Tuesday, Nov. 30, with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Usually, it takes a year or so for this type of injury to heal completely - Zeigler's status for 2011 isn't clear as of mid-April. He started running on June 6, 2011.

Seattle WR Deon Butler suffered a broken leg (a double fracture in his right leg) that required surgery on December 12, 2010 - WR Ruvel Martin, who was the 1st to Butler following the injury on the field, said he could see something sticking out of Butler's leg at the time of the injury. On March 22nd, head coach Pete Carroll said that Butler was "way ahead of schedule" in his rehabilitation, but the injury is severe and it is one that could end his career. Butler was reported (on June 29th) to be healed from the broken leg he suffered in December and has been able to run some routes recently. Butler indicated on June 29th that he is probably not at the speed he was before the injury. Butler has been able to run and cut as of July 26th, while he makes his recovery from a significant leg injury last season. Butler's status entering training camp is a question. He said he is able to run shorter routes at game speed, but said he hasn't been able to do the same for longer routes so far. He feels it may be another month before he is at game speed.

Seattle WR Brandon Stokley (a 12-year NFL veteran) suffered a concussion/suffered from concussion after-effects during the final weeks of 2010 and missed the season finale due to the injury. He was active during the Seahawks' two-game playoff run, though. He has played one full 16-game season over the last six NFL seasons. Washington signed Stokley at the start of the free agency period.

Tampa Bay WR Arrelious Benn (knee/torn ACL week 16 of 2010 regular season) said on February 9th that the rehab from his knee injury is going well. Benn is hoping to be ready for the start of training camp, but that is a very aggressive time-table - usually ACL's require about 12 months to be back at 100% once they have been torn. He was reported to be ahead of the usual schedule for rehabbing a torn ACL on March 1st, but he has yet to test the knee in practice conditions. As of April 21, 2011 Benn was reportedly "almost" ready to resume football activities - his quick rehabilitation continues to surprise. Benn was running and catching passes in group workouts as of May 25, 2011. 'I'm way ahead of schedule,' Benn said after the workout. He said he was cleared to run at full speed three weeks ago (early May). Benn (knee) said on June 29th that he is ahead of schedule in his rehab from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and expected to be at full speed at the start of training camp. 'I'm past where I should be. I'm where I want to be. I can't be any better than where I am now. I definitely envision me being full strength and full tilt for training camp. I'm able to cut a little bit and get out there and run a little bit. I want to take it easy. It's still early. I feel good, but things in my knee still need to heal,' Benn said. He attended the player-organized workout Tuesday, June 29, but did not participate in the drills. Benn said on Wednesday, August 3rd, that he does not expected to play much, if at all, during the preseason. The team is being very cautious with Benn, as he makes his way back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Tennessee WR Kenny Britt is missing practices to open training camp due to a sore hamstring (as of 8/1/11).

Tennessee has waived injured WR Orentha Murdock (undisclosed) 8/4/11.

Washington WR Brandon Banks said on May 24th that he is around 90 percent recovered from the abdominal and lung injuries he suffered when he was stabbed in February.

Washington WR Malcolm Kelly went on IR August 31, 2010 due to a severe hamstring injury. His future with the team is up in the air as of early April 2011 - Kelly has 28/365/0 receiving over two seasons of action with the team during 2008 and 2009. The upcoming season is the final year on his deal with the team.

Ex-Washington WR Mike Furrey went on IR Thursday, August 19, 2010 due to a serious concussion. He has a history of concussion issues and his future in the league is unclear as of early April 2011.

Tight Ends

Buffalo TE Shawn Nelson was placed on IR December 14th due to repeated migraine headaches that rendered him unable to play football for most of 2010 (he only appeared in five games last season. He was consulting with specialists as of January 6, 2011, in an attempt to discover the cause of, and treatment for, the bout of migraines. Nelson reportedly has dealt with the migraines for most of his adult life but was unsure what triggered the outbreak of problems during 2010.

Cleveland TE Greg Estandia was placed on IR due to an undisclosed condition on July 14, 2010. His status for 2011 is unclear. As of August 5, 2011 he is unsigned by any NFL team.

Cleveland TE Evan Moore was placed on IR December 22, 2010, due to a hip/groin injury (a sports hernia). He had surgery to repair the injury in January, and said on April 5, 2011 that he was fully recovered from the procedure. Moore received a 2nd-round tender in March of 2011 - he should be with the team again in 2011.

Dallas TE John Phillips suffered a torn ACL in the Hall of Fame preseason game last August. He was placed on IR August 30, 2010 and had reconstructive surgery on his knee shortly thereafter. Phillips' rehabilitation continues as of early April 2011. He may challenge Martellus Bennett for the #2 spot on the TE depth chart behind Jason Witten.

Denver TE Dan Gronkowski suffered a serious ankle injury early in December and was placed on IR December 6, 2010.

Green Bay TE Jermichael Finley was placed on IR Monday, October 18th due to a knee injury that required surgery. He had a 2nd surgery on the knee on Wednesday, November 3rd due to a serious infection that led to a 105 F fever and other complications. As of November 3rd, he was expected to stay on crutches into the middle of December before beginning any rehabilitation on the knee. On March 1st, head coach Mike McCarthy commented on Finley, saying "I love that kid, man. He's so competitive, and he loves to play football. He makes us a better football team. Not just because of his ability and his uniqueness, but also his competitive spirit." As of early April, Finley appears to be on course to play football as usual during 2011. He ran routes and caught passes on April 22nd, which is a good sign for his return to the field during 2011. Finley tweeted Thursday, May 12th, that his injured knee is back to 100 percent. 'It's May and this knee feels brand new already,' Finley tweeted. Finley said on June 6th that he continues to rehab his injured knee and the knee feels great. Finley said Sunday, July 17th, on his official Twitter account that his knee is "fine".

Houston TE Owen Daniels struggled with a nagging knee injury during December 2010, but he was signed to a four-year, $22 million contract on March 3, 2011 - Daniels was presumably healthy before the team signed him to a four-year deal. Daniels was dismissed from practice on August 5th due to suffering from a flu bug spreading through the Texans' training camp.

Houston TE Garrett Graham missed the Texans' games in December 2010 due to a nagging hamstring injury. He is expected to be fine in time for the 2011 training camp. He appeared in just six games during his rookie campaign.

Indianapolis TE Dallas Clark was placed on IR October 26, 2010 due to a wrist injury that required corrective surgery. Clark was reportedly happy with his rehabilitation work on the wrist as of March 15, 2011 - the injury has healed and he was working on regaining range of motion as of mid-March. Reports out of Indianapolis on July 29th indicated that Clark will wear a protective splint on his wrist during training camp.

Jacksonville TE Zach Miller struggled with a foot injury early during the 2010 season, and ended 2010 inactive during week 17 due to a concussion. He is buried behind Marcedes Lewis on the TE depth chart in Jacksonville heading into the 2011 season. Lewis' contract extension signed August 5th, is for five years and $35 million with nearly $17 million guaranteed.

Minnesota rookie TE Kyle Rudolph played in just six games his junior season at Notre Dame and had surgery in October 2010, to repair a serious hamstring injury. He was selected in the 2nd round of the NFL draft by the Vikings.

Ex-New York Giants'/Now-Oakland TE Kevin Boss (hip) said on May 4, 2011 that his rehab from offseason hip surgery is going well and that he expects to be medically cleared to resume football activities in a few weeks. The Raiders signed Boss to a four-year deal worth $16 million on August 4th, so presumably his hip injury is a non-issue entering 2011.

Pittsburgh TE Heath Miller struggled with a concussion at the end of the 2010 regular season, missing two games during December - he did return for the team's Super Bowl run, though, and caught passes in all of the playoff games. Fantasy owners should keep in mind that once a player suffers a serious concussion, future injuries are more likely to occur.

St. Louis TE Michael Hoomanawanui managed to play in eight games during his rookie season - he suffered a high ankle sprain during the 2nd half of the season and though he returned to action in the season finale, he didn't make a catch in week 17.

St. Louis TE Fendi Onobun was placed on IR November 17, 2010 due to a bulging disk in his lower back. Onobun was reportedly "100%" recovered from the back problem as of April 19, 2011.

Ex-St. Louis TE Darcy Johnson was placed on IR October 12, 2010 due to a concussion. He hasn't signed with a NFL team as of August 5, 2011.

San Diego TE Antonio Gates fought through nagging foot (plantar fascia injury) and toe injuries to play for part of 2010 - he missed six of the last eight games - but once the team was out of the playoff picture, he was placed on IR December 30, 2010. Gates was not medically cleared to play in the Pro Bowl as of January 22, 2011. He is not expected to need surgery for the injury. Gates is reportedly doing very well as of May 24, 2011: head coach Norv Turner reported that the All-Pro is doing well. "I did get to see him during the two-day period that the lockout was lifted and he's excited that his rehab is going well." Gates said on July 8th that the lockout has allowed him more time to recover from foot and leg injuries and also allowed him to receive more treatment for the injuries. Gates has taken part in some of the player-organized workouts that QB Philip Rivers has organized during the lockout.

IMPORTANT UPDATE ON GATES 7/29/11 The Chargers placed TE Antonio Gates on active/PUP 7/29/11. Gates may only be day to day -- the Chargers have been clear that they intend to ease him into camp -- but he's not fully recovered from his plantar fasciitis after a full offseason of time for healing. Gates promises that he'll gut out the foot problems again this season, but the Chargers may put him on a snap count as a result of the foot problems. Gates is 31 years old with injuries to both feet. Regarding "active/PUP," he can be removed at any time in camp.

Ex-Seattle TE Jameson Konz is reportedly fully recovered from the hip injury that cost him his entire rookie season. "I feel like I've recovered 100 percent. I still feel fast. I feel back to normal. I know I have the passion and the potential to do whatever they want me to do." Konz said on June 30th. He has yet to find a new NFL team.

Seattle TE Anthony McCoy was inactive for most of regular season (active for two games, with zero catches). Part of his problem was a knee injury that led to his placement on IR November 27, 2010.

Tampa Bay rookie TE Daniel Hardy broke his left forearm during 2010 and missed the final five games of the season - then he injured his right hamstring during Texans vs. the Nation all-star game and therefore didn't run or jump at the 2011 scouting combine as a result of that injury.

Tampa Bay TE Kellen Winslow has been working out with his teammates and said on May 24th that his knee is feeling good. 'The knee is feeling really good. I just love the game so much. This is all I've ever wanted to do. I was born and bred for this. It's all I want to do. I just want to get back to playing football.'

Washington TE Chris Cooley did not practice on Friday, August 5th due to a sore left knee.

Place Kickers

Cincinnati PK Mike Nugent went on IR November 15, 2010 due to a torn right ACL, a sprained right MCL, and meniscus cartilage damage in his kicking leg. As of March 4, 2011, Nugent claimed to be ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation from reconstructive knee surgery - he hopes to start kicking again in May 2011.

Denver PK Matt Prater was placed on IR December 23, 2010 due to a groin injury. He has since re-signed with the team.

Detroit PK Jason Hanson managed to play in just eight games last season due to a series of three lower-leg injuries during 2010. He and Dave Rayner will battle for the PK duties during training camp.

Ex-Indianapolis PK Brett Swenson was placed on IR due to an undisclosed injury suffered during training camp. He has been released by the team and hasn't re-signed in the NFL as of August 5th.

NE PK Stephen Gostkowski tore the quad muscle off the bone in his kicking leg last November - he had surgery to repair the damage. As of March 22nd, head coach Bill Belichick appeared confident that Gostkowski would recover in time for the 2011 season.

San Francisco PK Joe Nedney was placed on IR December 18, 2010 due to a non-kicking knee injury. He has ended the last two seasons on IR due to injury (14 games played 2009, nine games played 2010) - fantasy owners should note that he seems to be breaking down after playing 63 out of 64 possible games during his 1st four years with the 49ers. Nedney was released by the 49ers on Thursday, July 28th. David Akers is now the team's kicker.

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