Posted: 11/25/2013 1:09am et
San Diego Chargers OT D.J. Fluker (undisclosed) was helped off the field late in the fourth quarter of the Week 12 game against the Kansas City Chiefs due to an apparent undisclosed lower-body injury.
Huddle Up: This could be a big issue for the Chargers offense. Hopefully the injury isn't too bad.
Posted: 11/22/2013 12:24pm et
Minnesota Vikings C John Sullivan (concussion) has not been cleared to practice at this point. Head coach Leslie Frazier said Sullivan likely will be ruled out for Week 12 if he is not able to practice Friday, Nov. 22.
Huddle Up: At this point you've likely bailed on all Vikings other than Adrian Peterson. This week All Day might not only be battling a groin injury but also without the signal-caller on his offensive line, making him that much less likely to hit the 275 yards per game he needs to live up to his preseason projection of 2,500.
Posted: 11/21/2013 11:58am et
Oakland Raiders OT Jared Veldheer (triceps) is expected to make his regular season debut in Week 13 against the Dallas Cowboys Thursday, Nov. 28, head coach Dennis Allen said Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: Good news for the Raiders on getting their top tackle back on the field. Veldheer's return not only helps Rashad Jennings and/or Darren McFadden in the ground game but is also a boon to Oakland's pass protection and passing game as well.
Posted: 11/16/2013 6:11pm et
The Seattle Seahawks activated OT Russell Okung (toe) from Injured Reserve and waived QB B.J. Daniels.
Huddle Up: The Seahawks could have Okung, C Max Unger and RT Breno Giacomini all back for Sunday's game against Minnesota. It's good news for Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch owners that Seattle's offensive line is finally getting healthy.
Posted: 11/12/2013 6:50pm et
Atlanta Falcons WR Darius Johnson caught his first career touchdown in Week 10 against the Seattle Seahawks after playing 24 snaps in the game. He was elevated from the practice squad when WR Roddy White (ankle, hamstring) initially went down with injuries.
Huddle Up: Johnson, a rookie free-agent, has logged all 8 of his receptions (for 86 yards) over the past 4 games and should see continued work with the struggling Falcons searching for answers. Still, he's probably worth a fantasy look only in deeper leagues.
Posted: 11/6/2013 12:08pm et
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel (knee) is expected to start in Week 10.
Huddle Up: After suffering through Tuel Time and enduring Thad Lewis, the Bills will welcome Manual back to the lineup. However, he may not have Robert Woods or Marques Goodwin at his disposal, as both are battling injuries.
Posted: 11/4/2013 10:52am et
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel (knee) has been cleared to play in Week 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Huddle Up: The Bills will be happy to get off the backup quarterback carousel and use their first-round rookie, who could also walk right back into fantasy lineups with a date against a Steelers defense that was just obliterated by Tom Brady and the Patriots.
Posted: 11/4/2013 10:49am et
Miami Dolphins OG Richie Incognito allegedly sent OT Jonathan Martin text messages and left him voicemails that were both threatening and racially charged in nature. The case could turn from harassment to a hate crime.
Huddle Up: The Dolphins have suspended Incognito indefinitely as the league sorts through the situation, which sounds worse and worse with each bit of additional information that's uncovered.
Posted: 11/4/2013 10:49am et
Minnesota Vikings OT Phil Loadholt (concussion) suffered a concussion before halftime in Week 9 against the Dallas Cowboys. Head coach Leslie Frazier said Sunday, Nov. 3, that Loadholt might have a difficult time returning for the Week 10 game against the Washington Redskins Thursday, Nov. 7.
Huddle Up: J'Marcus Webb is the only backup tackle currently on the Vikings' roster; you may have noticed him whiffing on a block that resulted in Christian Ponder being sacked, leading to a fumble and a Dallas touchdown. If Loadholt is out on Thursday, the Vikings will be forced to roll with Webb.
Posted: 10/29/2013 10:12am et
Updating previous reports, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said OG Brian Waters (triceps, rib, knee) will likely miss the rest of the season.
Huddle Up: The former Chiefs Pro Bowler has come out of retirement twice, previously with the Patriots and this year with the Cowboys. The trifecta of injuries likely means he won't be coming out of retirement again next year.
Posted: 10/28/2013 2:55pm et
New England Patriots OT Sebastian Vollmer (leg) is scheduled to undergo surgery Monday, Oct. 28, to repair a broken bone in his right leg.
Huddle Up: His primal screams of pain were brutal to hear when the injury happened. We wish him a speedy recovery. In the meantime, this could be a big blow to that offense if Marcus Cannon can't hold down the fort.
Posted: 10/21/2013 2:55pm et
The Miami Dolphins have acquired OT Bryant McKinnie from the Baltimore Ravens. It is not known what the Ravens will receive in the trade.
Huddle Up: McKinnie wasn't exactly good with the Ravens, so it remains to be seen what kind of upgrade this provides for Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins. Any small help he could get would be a huge relief.
Posted: 10/2/2013 1:17pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars OT Luke Joeckel will move from right tackle to left tackle after the trade of OT Eugene Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: This was the plan all along, and with the Jags going nowhere fast they might as well get Joeckel some on the job training on the left side.
Posted: 8/22/2013 9:40am et
Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said OT Jonathan Martin has quietly improved throughout camp after struggling early. "I think the timing on his punch is getting better, his footwork is getting better," Philbin said. "Again his continual work, he's working hard at it he's very detailed with his preparation."
Huddle Up: Martin led the NFL in quarterback hurries allowed playing primarily on the right side last season; now he's protecting Ryan Tannehill's blind side, so how he handles elite pass rushers will be key to how effective the Dolphins and their fantasy weapons--Tannehill, Mike Wallace, Lamar Miller--can be.
Posted: 8/16/2013 10:07am et
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns OG Jason Pinkston suffered a high ankle sprain Thursday, Aug. 15, and X-rays were negative. He'll have an MRI as well.
Huddle Up: Pinkston provides valuable depth for the Browns' offensive line, stepping in while Shaun Lauvao has been sidelined. Now Cleveland will have to dig a big further on the depth chart.
Posted: 7/26/2013 6:13pm et
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy indicated OT Derek Sherrod could be cleared to practice in the near future. "Actually, I had a chance to watch his post-practice workout, and he's definitely much further along than he was when he was able to go through some of the drill work in the OTAs," McCarthy said. "So unfortunately with the procedures in place as far as pass or no pass on the physicals, you can't really get him out there to do drill work with the other offensive linemen. He looks much better. I'm interested to get feedback from the trainers and really see how he feels tomorrow." Sherrod started training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. The Packers are not surprised by the recovery time for Sherrod because they expected he would need at least 18 months to recover from the broken leg he suffered in 2011.
Huddle Up: The Packers would love for the athletic Sherrod to get healthy and provide at minimum depth along their offensive line.
Posted: 7/10/2013 10:49pm et
The Miami Dolphins are confident in OT Jonathan Martin's ability to play left tackle. He is bigger and stronger than a year ago, he wants to play on the left side, and he's smart and makes adjustments so that he's not beaten by the same move twice.
Huddle Up: Martin also led the league in QB hurries allowed last season, playing most of it on the right side. He certainly has the tools to play left tackle, but we'd prefer less discussion about it and more proving it on the playing field.
Posted: 2/20/2013 9:24am et
California WR Keenan Allen is nursing a sprained posterior cruciate ligament that will prevent him from working out at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Huddle Up: It's a competitive wide receiver class this season, and Allen is expected to be among the top picks at his position. Missing out at the Combine could ding his draft stock if some of the other elite wideouts show well in Indy.
Posted: 2/18/2013 11:53am et
Southern California QB Matt Barkley will not throw at the NFL Scouting Combine. He might run, but will not throw until his Pro Day March 27. Doctors who have examined and worked with Barkley are convinced he has made outstanding progress from a separated shoulder. He already has been cleared to throw at his Pro Day. Barkley's shoulder is said to be 85 to 90 percent recovered. NFL teams will receive medical information from Dr. James Andrews to back up Barkley's decision not to throw at the Combine. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, it's indeed a medical decision as to why Barkley is not throwing.
Huddle Up: Barkley can use the shoulder injury as a reason for not throwing at the Combine, but the fact of the matter is most top-end quarterbacks prefer to throw at their Pro Day--to their own receivers, following their own script of throws.
Posted: 2/2/2013 12:03am et
Southern California QB Matt Barkley said he is not sure if he will be throwing at the NFL Scouting Combine. "It seems to be the trend not to (throw at the combine), and I don't feel that I have to," Barkley said. "We'll see when that time gets closer. It will be more of a game-day decision as to whether I'm going to. I want to do as much as I can. ... I don't feel I have to necessarily prove anything," Barkley said. He is expected to throw at a pro day after the combine.
Huddle Up: More and more college QBs are opting to skip the throwing portion of the combine, choosing instead to throw to receivers they are familiar with and using a script of throws they develop themselves; Barkley seems to be following that same plan. He's also coming back from a shoulder injury and may want to take as much time as possible to heal before auditioning for an NFL job.
Posted: 1/25/2013 3:14pm et
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the team is searching for a running back in this year's draft. "We need that shifty back that can come in and be that change-of-pace guy who can catch passes out of the backfield, a guy that can run routes and get one-on-one with a linebacker," Mayhew said. "That's what Jahvid [Best] gave us, a guy with some juice, some elusiveness." Oregon RB Kenjon Barner, Stanford RB Stepfan Taylor and Florida RB Mike Gillislee were the most impressive at the Senior Bowl this week, and Taylor is the most complete back of the three.
Huddle Up: The Lions cobbled together a backfield last season but it was primarily plodders; if they're looking to replace Best's speed and shiftiness, Barner would be an obvious candidate.
Posted: 1/25/2013 3:14pm et
Pat Dye, agent for South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore, said Lattimore is scheduled to begin jogging next week. Lattimore recently met with Dr. James Andrews and was told that his torn lateral collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament have healed. Dye also said Lattimore is on a rehab from his torn anterior cruciate ligament that will allow him to be ready for the 2013 season.
Huddle Up: Lattimore has tons of potential, and after what Adrian Peterson accomplished in his first year following knee surgery teams may be more willing to take a chance on a player coming off such an injury. It's still aggressive to expect much from him as a rookie, but it's at least worth tracking where he lands and how his rehab goes heading into the season.