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Volume 6, Issue 112 (Monday, August 8th)

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. PIT RB Staley To Miss A Month With Surgery
2. PHI RB Westbrook Ends Holdout
3. CIN WR Chad Johnson Ankle OK
4. DEN QB Plummer Bounces Back From Knee Injury
5. DEN TE Alexander, RB Anderson Number One On Depth Chart
6. OAK WR Corps Depleted By Injuries
7. KC RB Johnson Looking Very Impressive
8. MIA RB Brown Talks Stalled
9. BAL More Opportunities For TE Darnell Dinkins?
10. PHI WR Owens Sits Out Due To Re-injured Groin
11. CLE RB Suggs Inside Track To Starting?
12. SEA RB Alexander And Backup RB Morris Both Have Ailing Hamstrings
13. SDC TE Gates Still Holding Out, Opportunity For Peelle
14. TE Stevens Impressive In Camp - Again
15. BAL Rookie WR Clayton Attends First Practice
16. IDP: NYJ CB Law Signs With Jets
17. IDP: TEN DE Leboy Back At Practice, Looks Impressive
18. IDP: BUF DB Vincent Now A Safety

1. PIT RB Staley To Miss A Month With Surgery

Clipped from the Ed Bouchette article:

An arthroscopic surgical procedure has revealed a torn meniscus in the right knee of Steelers running back Duce Staley.

He is expected to be out a month while recovering from the procedure to correct the problem.

An MRI test yesterday was inconclusive.

Staley has missed practices since Wednesday, when fluid on his knee was drained. He tried to practice Saturday, but Coach Bill Cowher said Staley told him the knee was uncomfortable.

Jerome Bettis assumes the role of number one halfback, as he did when Staley missed most of the last half of the 2004 season with a hamstring injury.

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The only real addition to this story from what I sent earlier today is that the team is saying that Staley will miss one month after this surgery. "The prognosis right now is a month," Steelers coach Bill Cowher said. "We're hopeful we will have him by the beginning of the season." As we said earlier today in our Breaking News, this pushes Bettis up to the fore front. But it also opens the door for guys like Verron Haynes and Footballguys favorite, "Fast" Willie Parker. There are still a lot of things up in the air but for now, move Staley down in your cheatsheets, move Bettis and Haynes up, and keep a watchful eye on how much time Willie Parker gets to see in practice and preseason games.

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2. PHI RB Westbrook Ends Holdout

Clipped from: Les Bowen and Joe Berkery at philly.com

Brian Westbrook checked into Eagles training camp last night, a team source said, ending his 7-day holdout.

Given the twists and turns of the Westbrook drama, it stood to reason that last night's developments were confusing. After agent Fletcher Smith landed at Philadelphia International Airport about 8 p.m., he told the Daily News Westbrook would "probably not" report to camp by today, the deadline for Westbrook to report without forfeiting a year of service and his chance at unrestricted free agency next spring. As Smith was saying that, Westbrook apparently was getting settled at Lehigh and attending a running-backs meeting, which raises the question of how close the agent and client really are right now.

Originally, a source close to the situation said, Smith and Westbrook were to meet last night to discuss Westbrook's course of action. But Smith's original flight from Chicago was canceled and he ended up getting to Philadelphia much later than anticipated. He did not meet with Westbrook before Westbrook reported, though they could have spoken on the phone.

When the sides do sit down again, the Eagles are hoping the reported 5-year, $21.1 million deal Houston forged over the weekend with third-year running Domanick Davis, which includes a $5 million signing bonus, might push Westbrook toward taking what they have offered.

Eagles sources say the team has offered a $9 million signing bonus and more than $12 million over the first 3 years of a 5-year deal. Davis gained 1,188 yards rushing last season (to Westbrook's 812). His 68 receptions were second among NFL running backs only to Westbrook's 73.

Smith and Westbrook are said to be enamored of the contract former Jets backup LaMont Jordan signed in the offseason with the Raiders, which apparently includes more guaranteed money than the Eagles have offered Westbrook, with a slightly smaller signing bonus (around $7 million).

"Domanick, LaMont Jordan, Rudi Johnson, all the running backs who got deals recently. They're all going to be benchmarks for Brian's deal," Smith said last night.

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As anticipated, so as not to lose out on all the money he would have been penalized, Brian Westbrook is in camp. The team and Westbrook seem pretty far apart on a long term deal, however, given the numbers discussed in this article. For your fantasy purposes, this is good news and you should feel comfortable drafting Westbrook as a second fantasy back.

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3. CIN WR Chad Johnson Ankle OK

Clipped from: Bengals.com

Wide receiver Chad Johnson, writhing in pain 10 hours ago when he twisted his ankle, high stepped through warmups for the Monday night practice and looked to be fit.

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From a morning scare to an afternoon of no care. Probably much ado about nothing, but when a team's star receiver, and a top-5 fantasy WR, goes down writhing in pain, we bring the news to you.

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4. DEN QB Plummer Bounces Back From Knee Injury

Clipped from ESPN.com

Jake Plummer was back on the field Monday, working throughout morning and afternoon drills two days after he hurt his left knee.

Plummer tweaked the knee in drills Saturday and left practice briefly. He said he didn't think there was anything major wrong with it.

On Monday, he wore a light wrap on the knee, but showed no ill effects from the injury.

"He did everything we had in our practice schedule, so that's a positive," Shanahan said.

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We have Plummer listed as a starting fantasy quarterback this year, and it is good to see him bouncing back quickly from this latest injury. Quarterbacks take a pounding in the NFL, and Plummer relies on the naked bootleg and rolling out as part of his game. That he was not limited in practice is a good sign for anyone drafting this week.

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5. DEN TE Alexander, RB Anderson Number One On Depth Chart

Clipped from: ESPN.com

The Broncos put out a fresh depth chart Monday. It lists Mike Anderson as the first-string tailback, Van Pelt as the second-string quarterback, Stephen Alexander as the first-string tight end over Jeb Putzier and Jerry Rice as a second-team receiver, along with Darius Watts.

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The Denver running back battle will be one of the most closely watched battles of the preseason. We still expect Tatum Bell to move into the starting role at some point but Mike Anderson is showing zero signs or giving up his hold on the #1 spot. Until we see some pre season games, it'll be tough to have a good idea if it'll be Anderson or Bell as the starter in week one. The tight end position is also a desirable receiving tight end position, and it is interesting that the team has gone, so far, with Stephen Alexander over Jeb Putzier, who had a good season in 2004 and who we have listed as a starting caliber fantasy tight end.

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6. OAK WR Corps Depleted By Injuries

Clipped from: ESPN.com

The Oakland Raiders will be without three of their top six receivers when they open the preseason Saturday in San Francisco.

Jerry Porter, the team's leading receiver in 2004, and Carlos Francis are both recovering from hamstring pulls while Ronald Curry is still mending a torn Achilles tendon he injured late last season.

Raiders coach Norv Turner said none of the three will play against San Francisco. Randy Moss, Oakland's prized offseason acquisition, may play through the first quarter but not beyond.

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We'll keep an eye on Jerry Porter's progress. He is an important player and we expect him to have a very good fantasy year playing without the double teams that will be reserved for Randy Moss. Porter remaining healthy, a task he has had difficulty doing, is integral to both Moss' and Collins' fantasy success in 2005.

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7. KC RB Johnson Looking Very Impressive

Clipped from: Bob Gretz at KCChiefs.com

Without question, the most impressive player in this camp so far has been a Johnson, and his name is not Derrick. The most impressive player has been a running back and his name is not Priest Holmes.

No, the star of this camp so far has been Larry Johnson.

Maybe it's the increased opportunities, since Holmes gets the morning practice off each day. Maybe it's the maturity of being in the league for year No. three.

What matters is that Johnson has been sensational in this camp. He has run with speed, but most impressively he's run with great toughness. In goal line and red zone situations, he's exploding after the handoff, like he's been shot off the deck of an aircraft carrier by some giant catapult.

He's catching the ball as well. The other night, he made a catch in space, grabbing the ball as it came in over his head without breaking stride. Johnson ended up in the end zone.

We saw all of these traits during the last six weeks of the 2004 season, when injuries to Holmes and Derrick Blaylock made Johnson the featured runner. What we are seeing here in River Falls is this: that performance was no mirage, no flash in the pan.

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Larry Johnson may be the single most important backup running back in all of football right now - he is the most important fantasy handcuff you can get if you have Priest Holmes. If you don't have Holmes, he might be worth snagging away from the Holmes owner and stashing on your bench. The reports of a great training camp are excellent news if you believe that the Chiefs' running game doesn't take a significant loss of production without Priest Holmes. No one can "be" Priest, but it is nice to know that there is someone who might be able to duplicate his stats in the KC running game. Johnson is almost a must-have for the Priest Holmes owner in your league, given the fact that it been simply years since Priest has been able to single handedly win a league - not playing in the fantasy playoffs will do that.

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8. MIA RB Brown Talks Stalled

Clipped from: Alex Marvez Sun-Sentinel

The contract impasse between the Dolphins and tailback Ronnie Brown is in its second week with no end in sight.

A source said the Dolphins are balking at guaranteeing Brown at least $20 million of his salary, which is a sum in the range of what the No. 2 overall pick in the draft might expect.

Quarterback Alex Smith, the first pick in April's draft, was granted $24.5 million in guaranteed money by San Francisco as part of a six-year, $49.5 million contract.

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Brown needs to be in camp if he wants to win the starting running back job - the team is deep at RB with players who are in camp and have more NFL experience. Lamar Gordon, Ricky Williams, Sammy Morris, and Travis Minor will all start ahead of Brown on the Dolphins' depth chart, though it is Williams and Gordon who are Brown's real competition to start for the team once the season draws near.

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9. BAL More Opportunities For TE Darnell Dinkins?

Clipped from: Jamison Hensley, Baltimore Sun

Dinkins, 28, is filling in as the starting tight end in Todd Heap's absence, evidence that persistence pays off. Even when Heap has recovered from offseason shoulder and ankle surgeries, which could be as early as next week, Dinkins is expected to play a major role in the Ravens' two tight-end alignments this season.

"When I'm done with coaching and look back on all the players who worked hard, he'll be among the ones at the top of that list," said Fassel, who is now the Ravens' offensive coordinator.

If not for Fassel, Dinkins' hard work might have gone unnoticed.

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Do not overlook Darnell Dinkins. Todd Heap has had difficulty staying healthy and a tight end who has played quarterback and safety probably has a good idea how to slip into open spaces for the ball. Also, new offensive coordinator Jim Fassel is a guy who is loyal to the players who are loyal to him and he seems impressed by Dinkins work ethic.

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10. PHI WR Owens Sits Out Due To Re-injured Groin

Clipped from: Associated Press through the Washington Times

All-Pro receiver Terrell Owens was sidelined after re-injuring his left groin Sunday, an injury initially sustained last Thursday.

Owens missed his third practice in four days after he suffered inflammation in his left groin. His status is unknown for Tuesday.

"It felt good yesterday," Reid said. "Toward the end it started to get a little tight on him in the second practice. It's the same as it was the day before. We got to go back to the drawing board here, see how he does today, and then within the next couple days we will see how he's feeling."

Beginning the second year of a seven-year deal worth just under $49 million, the disgruntled Owens is still hoping the Eagles will renegotiate his contract. Last season, Owens had 77 receptions for 1,200 yards and a franchise-record 14 touchdowns before severely injuring his ankle late in the season. He missed the final two regular-season games and the first two playoff games before returning for the Super Bowl, in which he had nine receptions for 122 yards.

Philadelphia also placed receiver Todd Pinkston on injured reserve with a torn Achilles' tendon. Pinkston was hurt Friday while running a route. He caught 36 passes for 676 yards and one touchdown last season as the team's third option behind Terrell Owens and Westbrook.

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The Philadelphia Eagles' receiving woes continue. While we are not anticipating Owens' injury keeping him out for any part out of the season, and now is the best time to rest him, one has to wonder how this will affect Owens' timing with QB Donovan McNabb once the season begins. There will be a lot of pressure on Owens to perform at a high level. He is the only real receiving threat with both Freddie Mitchell and Todd Pinkston gone for the 2005 season. He also must perform if he is to justify his demands for more money.

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11. CLE RB Suggs Inside Track To Starting?

Clipped from: Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer Reporter

Browns running back Reuben Droughns calls them the "three-headed monster." They're the Browns talented tailback triumvirate, and they're all still vying for the No. 1 job.

"It's still an open competition," coach Romeo Crennel said after Family Fun Night at Cleveland Browns Stadium. "I don't think anyone is head and shoulders above the others."

Lee Suggs, who ran in untouched on the right side for a 1-yard touchdown in red-zone drills Saturday night, appears to have the inside track, but Crennel hasn't ruled out newcomer Droughns or former No. 1 pick William Green just yet.

"It's great to hear coach say that it's still open because it doesn't discourage guys like me or William or [rookie] Sultan McCullough," Droughns said. "It lets us know that we're not fighting for the No. 2 spot, that we're still battling it out for No. 1."

The backs have all looked explosive in camp, but Droughns has missed the last three days of practice with a pulled hamstring and might not return until midweek.

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The race for the starting running back spot is definitely too close to call, but Suggs looked like the best Browns' running back last year and he is continuing to hold a slim lead on the #1 spot. Whoever is the starting running back probably has limited fantasy value. Also., it is likely that an ineffective start will find a quick hook for the starting Browns' RB as Romeo Crennel is rebuilding this offense from the ground up.

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12. SEA RB Alexander And Backup RB Morris Both Have Ailing Hamstrings

Clipped from: Danny O'Neil article on Seattlepi.com

Alexander's hamstring kept him out of practice again, but it's still too soon to call it a sore spot for the team.

Holmgren was asked about the level of concern, and he characterized it as a short-term precaution as opposed to a long-term concern.

"He has a little bit of a nagging hamstring," Holmgren said. "He'll be fine."

Alexander planned to try to play in Saturday's scrimmage, but told the trainer he felt a little twitch in the muscle.

Holmgren said Alexander is questionable for Friday's preseason opener at New Orleans. Same for Morris. Jesse Lumsden, the running back from Canada, is out for two weeks with an injured left hip.

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Not a great concern, but pulled hamstrings for running backs, with only a month to go before the season starts, is definitely something to keep an eye on - especially with Alexander going as the #2 overall pick in many drafts.

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13. SDC TE Gates Still Holding Out, Opportunity For Peelle

Clipped from: Jay Paris article on the North County Times

With Gates in a contract hassles and expected to miss his 17th practice today, Peelle prepares for the additional workload.

"Of course I like the extra reps. Why wouldn't I?'' Peelle said. "It's fun right now, but obviously he's a player that we need to win and get done what we want to accomplish."

Peelle knows he's not in the same class as Gates, a Pro Bowl selection last year. But few are, as Gates proved last season when he set an NFL single-season record for touchdown receptions (13) at his position.

Peelle will continue being a target until Gates and the Chargers zero in on a contract. In case the stalemate continues, Peelle is out to prove he won't drag down the offense.

"The coaches know what I'm capable of doing," Peelle said. "I'll try to make some plays in the preseason. We're still going to run our offense."

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The news here, obviously, is not whether Peelle should be on your fantasy radar, but that the contract holdup still lingers for Gates, who is expected to have a top fantasy year from the tight end position

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14. TE Stevens Impressive In Camp - Again

Clipped from: Scott M. Johnson Herald.net

Jerramy Stevens goes to training camp. Jerramy Stevens makes a few nice plays. Jerramy Stevens opens some eyes and makes a serious push for the starting job.

The annual routine has been an encouraging one, except for one slight problem. Stevens never holds on to the starting job for long.

So this year, as Stevens has another impressive camp, the big question is whether he can carry it over into the regular season.

Soon to begin his fourth NFL season, the former first-round draft pick is still looking for a breakout year. His first three seasons have included just 63 receptions, including a career-high 31 last fall. He still hasn't been able to unseat starter Itula Mili, who has caught 112 passes since 2002.

Yet Stevens has been far more productive in the preseason, with 20 receptions to Mili's nine.

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It is really now or never for Jerramy Stevens after several years of off field problems. We have Stevens listed as a TE sleeper. With the loss of drinking buddy Koren Robinson, the Seahawks need some sure handed receivers behind Darrel Jackson and Steven can be that guy., Assuming, of course, he manages to beat out Mili for the starting spot. Mili is a nice steady player, but Stevens could be a really nice fantasy surprise if he earns Matt Hasselbeck's and Mike Holmgren's confidence.

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15. BAL Rookie WR Clayton Attends First Practice

Clipped from: Associated Press from ESPN.com

Top draft pick Mark Clayton practiced with the Baltimore Ravens for the first time Monday after ending a five-day holdout over the weekend.

Clayton, the target of public criticism by head coach Brian Billick last week, said he "didn't hear much of it."

"I was out in the backyard catching balls," Clayton said.

An irate Billick told reporters on Friday that Clayton's holdout was hurting the team. Clayton missed the first week of training camp before signing a five-year, $8.2 million contract on Saturday.

Meanwhile, running back Jamal Lewis reported to the team hotel around lunchtime Monday, took a team physical and was scheduled for sideline work Monday afternoon and Tuesday.

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Good news that both WR Mark Clayton and RB Jamal Lewis are with the team. Clayton is not expected to have a very big fantasy year, but he is a polished receiver, maybe the most "NFL-ready" of the rookie receivers. With FA acquisition Derrick Mason expected to have the most impact on the receiving numbers, Clayton's 2005 fantasy value will be limited by, first, having to earn a starting role and, second, having to deal with a very conservative Ravens' passing attack. That said, his fantasy value in dynasty leagues is significantly higher. He should be a staple of the Ravens passing game for years and will probably emerge as that big-play receiver the team has coveted forever.

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16. IDP: NYJ CB Law Signs With Jets

Clipped from: Karen Crouse, New York Times

Cornerback Ty Law agreed to a multiyear deal with the Jets late last night, according to his publicist, Elita Lee.

Law, 31, said his surgically repaired foot was healed. He is expected to fill the starting void created last month by the retirement of Donnie Abraham.

Law had 36 interceptions and 121 passes in 141 games with the Patriots.

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The big cornerback news so far of the season is that Ty Law has finally signed. He goes to a good situation with the Jets since he is already familiar with the teams in the AFC East. While it looked like he was close to signing with the Lions, the Jets came on strong the last couple of weeks. For a ball hawking cornerback, Law is one of a handful of top notch fantasy cornerbacks. He makes a decent number of tackles each year and he has a penchant for picking off the ball.

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17. IDP: TEN DE LeBoy Back At Practice, Looks Impressive

Clipped from: Associated Press through ESPN.com

The Tennessee Titans finally got all their defensive ends on the field Monday for the first time this training camp with Travis LaBoy returning to practice.

LaBoy, the Titans' top draft pick in 2004 and the 42nd pick overall, had missed minicamps and the first eight days of training camp recovering from surgery to repair a sports hernia. He looked impressive Monday as he broke through the line and batted down a pass by rookie quarterback Gino Guduigli.

"It's just good to have him back," defensive line coach Jim Washburn said. "He's a good player. That's why we took him with the 42nd pick. That's why we pay him. He could help us."

The end from Hawaii is very fast and was timed at 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. But Washburn said LaBoy needs to be more physical to enhance his speed around the corner with his biggest challenge staying healthy.

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Defensive ends who are speed rushers from the corner are desirable fantasy players. The Titans once vaunted defense has taken a lot of hits. With the secondary decimated by free agency, the best IDP fantasy players on the Titans may be up front. Although, if the front line can't get to guys like Manning, Leftwich and Carr, the inexperienced corners may ultimately produce the best numbers for you. Either way, keep an eye on LaBoy's progress - if he stays healthy and continues to look impressive, he will be a key cog in the Titans' defensive line rotation, especially on passing downs.

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18. IDP: BUF DB Vincent Now A Safety

Clipped from: Associated Press from ESPN.com

After 13 seasons and five Pro Bowls as a cornerback, Vincent is still trying to get comfortable with the switch to free safety, a transition that began at the end of last season.

"I've had my struggles, believe me," Vincent said, following a recent training camp practice. "I go through withdrawal."

Vincent accepts the change as one that's best for him and the team, and remains committed to learning his new role. Still, sometimes it feels as if there's something missing.

Rather than the Adrenalin-charged challenge of going step-for-step against an opponent's top receiver, Vincent's new responsibilities are a little more tedious. His job is to provide support, acting like a center fielder in baseball, making sure nothing gets past him.

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The Bills had a top ranked defense in 2004 and they will probably have one again in 2005. The Bills' cornerbacks and safeties had little fantasy value due to the success of that defense in stopping both the run and the pass. Vincent's fantasy value has taken a steady drop the last few season, and it is probably down even more with the move to free safety. He has the mentality of a cornerback, so making a lot of tackles from the free safety position will only come if the Bills' cornerbacks need his help, and the strong safety is the one who normally helps out with the running backs and rushing the quarterback.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Have a great day and we'll see you tomorrow with the update. Remember to check out our writing opportunities if you're up for it.

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