June Injury Report
By Mark Wimer
June 13th, 2011

Although we have yet to see any official team activities or minicamps during 2011 due to the NFL labor stoppage, there have been a number of player-organized workouts during May and June, and a good deal of new information about players who are currently rehabilitating from, 2010 injuries or due to surgeries performed during the 2011 offseason. Find below the most recent injury news regarding fantasy-relevant players at the offensive skill positions as of June 12th, 2011.

Quarterbacks

Arizona QB Max Hall landed on IR Tuesday, December 7th, 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.

Carolina QB Matt Moore was placed on IR Monday, November 8th, 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 likely signals the end of Moore's time in Carolina.

Carolina QB Tony Pike was placed on IR Friday, December 3rd, 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 23rd, 2011 during the NFC Conference Championship game. As of April 8th, he hasn't tested the knee in practice conditions, but Cutler indicated in early April that it has felt "fine" for several weeks. Players on other teams "can think what they want [about Cutler's toughness - MW]," said Cutler on April 8th, "as long as the guys in my locker room have my back." 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.

Dallas QB Tony Romo is reportedly fully recovered from the collarbone injury that landed him on IR December 21st, 2010. Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson said on Thursday, February 17th, 2011 that Romo is back to normal. "He's throwing great," Wilson said Thursday, February 17. "His delivery and velocity and revolutions and all that stuff is really, really good. As far as his throwing motion, it's back to normal." As of April 12th, 2011 Romo was planning on leading his teammates in unofficial offseason workouts. He is reportedly looking fully recovered as of late May, during informal workouts with his teammates.

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. Stafford met with Dr. James Andrews Wednesday, April 6th, and the doctor is reported to be more than happy where Stafford is at in his rehab. Head coach Jim Schwartz said on Friday, February 11th that Stafford's shoulder injury during, 2010 (mid-November; Stafford was placed on IR December 24th, 2010) was more of a collarbone injury, rather than a shoulder separation of the AC joint. "The AC is sort of a misnomer," Schwartz said. "It's really more of a collarbone issue than a shoulder separation. It's a clavicle joint." Schwartz added that the injury shouldn't affect Stafford's throwing motion heading into 2011. As of April 25th, 2011, Lions' GM Martin Mayhew said he has been getting good reports on Matthew Stafford's right (throwing) shoulder. Stafford looked sharp and healthy during the team's informal workout Monday, May 16, according to local reports. He said he is feeling better and is confident with his throwing motion after offseason surgery. 'I've felt pretty good for a while now, and it just keeps getting better,' Stafford said. 'It's always a little bit scary getting surgery. It healed up really well.'

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 28th, 2011.

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 he expects to make "a quick recovery." Manning had surgery at the same Chicago hospital in March 2010 to alleviate the problems a pinched nerve had caused during a four-year period prior to, 2010. Peter King, from SI.com, reported on May 31st that Colts' GM Bill Polian told King the team is not worried about the two neck procedures QB Peyton Manning has had in the last 16 months. "We've got little or no worry," said Polian. "This was just a minor procedure to relieve a little pressure on the nerve [in Manning's neck]. I told them [Colts officials] to call me if there were any further problems, and no one's called." Archie Manning said on June 6th that his son's recovery from neck surgery is not going as quickly as 1st hoped but that Peyton Manning is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.

Jacksonville QB Luke McCown suffered an ACL injury to his right knee on Monday, September 20th, and was placed on IR Tuesday, September 21st, 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 14th, 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 7th, 2011. He is considered unlikely to play football again at this point - his shoulder has been operated on numerous times and the knee injury should keep him off the field for the entire 2011 season. 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).

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

New England QB Tom Brady underwent surgery January 20th, 2011 to repair a stress fracture in his right foot. As of March 6th, 2011 he was still wearing a walking boot, but by April 1st, 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 3rd, 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 31st, 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.

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 is reportedly uncertain if he is interested in playing football again (as of April 7th, 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.

Oakland 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 2nd, 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."

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 2nd, 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 3rd, 2011 and is expected to stay with the team as a backup to Ben Roethlisberger.

San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick started working out with his teammates the last week of May and threw some passes Friday, May 27th, 2011. Kaepernick had not needed to use crutches for about a week and a half as of the 27th after undergoing minor leg surgery shortly after the 2011 NFL Draft. He also participated in a workout on May 31st, but was throwing sparingly - Alex Smith and David Carr took most of the snaps according to local reports. Kaepernick reportedly threw some warm-up passes during the player-organized workout Tuesday, June 7th, but did not participate in the practice session.

Tennessee QB Vince Young had surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his throwing-hand thumb on November 26th, 2010 after being placed on IR November 23rd, 2010. He indicated on March 8th, 2011 that his thumb is healing and that he should be ready for the 2011 season. Young is expected to be traded or released from the Titans, though that hasn't happened as of mid-April due to the ongoing labor strife in the league. On April 21st, 2011 head coach Mike Munchak indicated that "That was a decision made months ago and nothing that is going to happen personnel-wise, or how the draft goes, is going to change that [Tennessee parting ways with Young]," Munchak said. "It wasn't just a Jeff Fisher decision." The Titans' selection of Jake Locker with the 8th pick of the draft seems to have sealed the departure of Young from Tennessee.

Running Backs

Arizona FB Nehemiah Broughton was placed on IR August 31st, 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.

Atlanta 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). His status for the 2011 season isn't currently known (as of 4/6/11) and he may be let go as Jason Snelling has proved to be a very effective complementary running back to starter Michael Turner while Norwood has been injured. Also, the team 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.

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 29th, 2010 - he was never activated to the 53-man roster during, 2010.

Carolina RB DeAngelo Williams was placed on IR November 17th, 2010 due to a nagging foot injury that didn't heal during the regular season. On March 2nd 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 29th, 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.

Chicago RB Harvey Unga suffered a severe hamstring injury during early August, 2010, and was placed on IR August 12th. As of March 7th, 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) as of early April.

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

Cincinnati FB Brian Leonard went on IR December 28th, 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 3rd, 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).

Cleveland RB Montario Hardesty suffered a torn ACL in his left knee on September 2nd, 2010. He was placed on IR September 3rd. Hardesty asserted on February 25th, 2011 that "I'll be cleared to play football in a couple of months, so by May, I'll be ready to practice." - it remains to be seen if Hardesty will get back to 100% healthy in time for the start of regular season. 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.

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.

Denver RB LenDale White had surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon on Tuesday, September 7th, 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 14th, 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.

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 27th, 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.

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

Green Bay RB Ryan Grant suffered a severe right ankle injury on September 12th, 2010 and was placed on IR Tuesday, September 14th due to the injury. He underwent surgery on September 23rd, 2010 to help torn ligaments heal properly (reportedly, at least one screw was placed in his ankle). As of April 5th, 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.

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.

Houston RB Arian Foster had arthroscopic knee surgery (right knee) to repair cartilage damage on February 23rd, 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.

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

Houston FB Vonta Leach had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee February 8th, 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.

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 22nd, 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.

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 5th, 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.

Jacksonville RB Maurice Jones-Drew had surgery in January to repair meniscus damage in his left knee. As of April 5th, 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 16th, 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.

Jacksonville RB Deji Karim had successful hand surgery on January 10th, 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 30th, 2010 due to a torn triceps. He was waived on March 3rd, 2011, and is currently one of many UFAs in limbo due to the ongoing NFL labor strife.

Miami RB Kory Sheets tore his Achilles tendon on August 4th, 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 7th, 2010).

New England RB Kevin Faulk was placed on IR September 22nd, 2010 after tearing the ACL in his right knee. As of March 9th, 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 indication that the knee rehabilitation is going well.

New Orleans RB Ladell Betts was placed on IR Wednesday, December 8th, 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 11th, 2011.

New Orleans RB Lynell Hamilton tore his right ACL on August 11th, 2010. As of February 11th, 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. It'll be hard for Hamilton to stick if he isn't 100% healthy when training camp opens.

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 once training camp starts, though - there are a lot of RBs on that roster as of June.

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 18th, 2011.

NYG RB Ahmad Bradshaw reported on April 5th that he is ready to "fly" after having rehabbed his ankle from a February surgery.

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 24th, 2010 due to the injury.

NYG rookie RB Da'Rel Scott enters the NFL coming off a wrist injury - he is projected as a depth player during 2011.

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.

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.

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 (if and when free agency actually occurs).

St. Louis FB Brit Miller went on IR December 22nd, 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.

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.

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.

San Francisco RB Frank Gore was placed on IR November 30th, 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 17th, 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 up front 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).

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 4th, 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."

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.

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 9th, 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 7th, 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 24th, 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 10th, 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 28th, 2011 and is now a free agent.

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

Wide Receivers

Arizona WR Early Doucet was placed on IR December 22nd, 2010 due to a hip injury. As of May 5th, 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 2nd, 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 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 (as long as there aren't any setbacks). 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.

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."

Baltimore WR David Reed said on February 10th, 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 hoped to avoid surgery to repair the torn ligament that is at issue in his wrist.

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."

Buffalo WR Lee Evans was placed on IR December 14th, 2010 due to an ankle injury. Evans said on January 3rd, 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.' Evans is expected to be ready for action when training camp opens as of early June.

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 10th, 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 7th, 2011. He should be ready to play ball when training camp opens.

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 once training camp rolls around.

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

Cincinnati WR Terrell Owens had knee surgery on December 20th, 2010 to repair torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee - he was placed on IR December 21st, 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.

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 right now 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.' Numerous off-field issues are cropping up around Bryant this year - he has legal troubles related to his fondness for custom jewelry in addition to the ongoing injury rehabilitation. During the short time that players interacted with their teams since the lockout began (the two-day window before the appeals court issued a stay of the injunction forcing the NFL to resume business), Bryant had a talk with team owner Jerry Jones.

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.

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.

Denver WR Demaryius Thomas had surgery on Monday, February 14th, 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 7th, 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 3rd, 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 19th, 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.

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 10th, 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.

Green Bay WR Jordy Nelson reported on June 10th, 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.

Ex-Houston WR Andre' Davis was placed on IR September 3rd, 2010 due to a tailbone/hip injury. He had surgery to repair the injury in mid-September. Davis was released February 18th, 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 30th, 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 25th, 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."

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 28th, 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 was going to do.'

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 6th, 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.

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 19th, 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." Hopefully McCluster's ankle will be 100% whenever training camp commences this year.

Kansas City WR Jerheme Urban landed on IR September 4th, 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 should be ready to play football whenever training camp opens.

Miami WR Brandon Marshall was reported to be recovered from abdominal surgery as of May 15th, 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.

Miami WR Brian Hartline was placed on IR December 11th, 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.

Minnesota 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.

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 12th, 2011. We'll see how the knee holds up once full contact practices begin.

New Orleans WR Robert Meachem underwent ankle surgery after the season but was reportedly training at full speed as of May 12th, 2011.

New Orleans WR Courtney Roby was placed on IR December 30th, 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 16th, 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.

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

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 3rd, 2011, and commented on March 5th: "I feel real comfortable, I feel strong. I'm back doing everything full speed."

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 3rd 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 21st, 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 1st, 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.

New York Jets' WR Jerricho Cotchery underwent back surgery February 3rd, 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 1st, 2011, but noted that he misses the comfort level of rehabbing at the team's facility.

Pittsburgh WR Limas Sweed was placed on IR May 11th, 2010 due to Achilles tendon surgery. He was expected to be out up to six months after the surgery. On February 23rd, 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.

Pittsburgh WR Hines Ward said on Monday, April 11th 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. '"his 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. He is also scheduled for a thumb surgery (his thumb is dislocated), but is putting off that procedure until after he has finished appearing on Dancing with the Stars. Ward said on May 25th that the dancing and the training during the course of winning the "Dancing with the Stars" competition helped him get into great shape. He believes he is physically ready for the start of training camp. However, Ward was scheduled to undergo thumb surgery on May 31st to repair ligament damage.

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.

St. Louis WR Donnie Avery suffered a torn ACL in his right knee on Friday, August 27th and was placed on IR. He is reportedly progressing well in his rehabilitation: "Donnie Avery looks great," head coach Steve Spagnuolo said on March 27th, 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 26th, 2011 that he is 'a good 92-93 percent' recovered from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee - the injury cost him the entire, 2010 season. Avery has been rehabbing and training in his hometown of Houston, working with a strength coach and a track coach. 'Just trying to get back up to speed,' Avery said. 'Because you know with injuries like this, a lot of guys, they lose their quick-twitch muscles.' Avery added he recently ran the 40-yard dash in 4.34 2nds. A local report on May 31st stated that Avery appears to have his speed back after the rehab for his torn ACL.

St. Louis WR Mark Clayton suffered a season-ending torn right patella tendon in his knee on Sunday, October 10th, 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.

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

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

San Diego WR Craig Davis was placed on IR November 2nd, 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.

San Diego 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 14th, 2011.

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.

Seattle WR Deon Butler suffered a broken leg (a double fracture in his right leg) that required surgery on December 12th, 2010 - WR Ruvell 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. Fantasy owners should wait-and-see if Butler is healthy enough to participate in training camp.

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.

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 21st, 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 25th, 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).

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 31st, 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. 2011 is the final year on his deal with the team.

Ex-Washington WR Mike Furrey went on IR Thursday, August 19th, 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 6th, 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 14th, 2010. His status for 2011 is unclear as of mid-April.

Cleveland TE Evan Moore was placed on IR December 22nd, 2010, due to a hip/groin injury (a sports hernia). He had surgery to repair the injury in January, and said on April 5th, 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 30th, 2010 and had reconstructive surgery on his knee shortly thereafter. Phillips' rehabilitation continues as of early April 2011.

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

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 3rd, 2011 - Daniels was presumably healthy before the team signed him to a four-year deal.

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 26th, 2010 due to a wrist injury that required corrective surgery. Clark was reportedly happy with his rehabilitation work on the wrist as of March 15th, 2011 - the injury has healed and he was working on regaining range of motion as of mid-March.

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.

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.

New York Giants' TE Kevin Boss (hip) said on May 4th, 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.

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 17th, 2010 due to a bulging disk in his lower back. Onobun was reportedly "100 %" recovered from the back problem as of April 19th, 2011.

St. Louis TE Darcy Johnson was placed on IR October 12th, 2010 due to a concussion. He's buried deep on the depth chart in St. Louis.

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 30th, 2010. Gates was not medically cleared to play in the Pro Bowl as of January 22nd, 2011. He is not expected to need surgery for the injury. Gates is reportedly doing very well as of May 24th, 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."

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 27th, 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.'

Place Kickers

Cincinnati PK Mike Nugent went on IR November 15th, 2010 due to a torn right ACL, a sprained right MCL, and meniscus cartilage damage in his kicking leg. As of March 4th, 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 23rd, 2010 due to a groin injury.

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 whenever training camp opens for the 2011 season.

Indianapolis PK Brett Swenson was placed on IR due to an undisclosed injury suffered during training camp.

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 18th, 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.

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