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Lions release Nate Burleson
Set to count more than $7.5 million against the cap
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 13 2014, 8:00 pm

Detroit Lions
The Lions released Nate Burleson and veteran safety Louis Delmas on Thursday in cost-saving moves that freed up $11.5 million in much-needed cap space. He was set to count more than $7.5 million against the cap because of previous contract restructures, and at 32 was coming off two injury-riddled seasons. (Detroit Free Press)

FFToday's Take: Burleson missed seven games last season with a broken arm but still finished second on the team in receptions by a wide receiver with 39. Dallas and Tampa Bay are rumored to be interested in Burleson's services.
InjuryFinley expected to be cleared
Free agent TE
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 13 2014, 8:00 am

Green Bay Packers
As free agency nears, Jermichael Finley and his agent remain hopeful the tight end will be cleared to play football again relatively soon. Joseph Maroon, the neurosurgeon who performed surgery on the Green Bay Packers tight end’s bruised spine, informed them that there’s a "99.9%" chance the fusion will fully heal. At that point, agent Blake Baratz said this week, Maroon would clear Finley for "full football activity." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

FFToday's Take: Dr. Maroon believes sometime in the next 4-8 weeks Finley's neck should fully heal. Finley will be one of the top tight ends available on the free agent market although some teams may shy away given the seriousness of his injury. The Packers aren't expected to re-sign him. free agency begins March 11th.
Boldin back in San Francisco?
49ers wide receiver is a free agent
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 13 2014, 7:52 am

San Francisco
As for other FAs, I’m told 49ers want WR Anquan Boldin back and the feeling is mutual. I’d expect something to get done to keep him. (Ian Rapaport via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Boldin is set to be a free agent come March 11th but staying in San Fransisco would make sense for both parties. Boldin is coming off his best season since 2009 finishing 2013 with 85 catches, 1179 yards and 7 TDs and ranked 15th among wide receivers with 161 FPts. He is 33 years old.
Weeden wants out of Cleveland
5-15 record with the Browns
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 12 2014, 7:00 am

Cleveland Browns
Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden reportedly wants out of Cleveland. NFL Network's Michael Silver reported on NFL Total Access Tuesday that two sources told him Weeden wants out "given the turmoil within the coaching staff and the lack of support from the most recent front office, he’s looking for a fresh start, a clean slate, a place where he can show that he has the talent to be a productive player in this league.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

FFToday's Take: Weedend has 5-15 record with the Browns and with all the shakeup in the front office it's no wonder he wants a new beginning. The Browns are moving forward with Brian Hoyer and will likely take a quarterback in this year's draft. Weeden is likely to get cut at some point during the off-season.
Cassel opts out of contract
Vikings QB becomes a free agent
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 8 2014, 9:00 am

Minnesota Vikings
Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel officially opted out of the final year of his two-year contract today, Pro Football Talk reported, citing a league source. By exploring the free agent market, Cassel stands to get a long term contract for more money. The Vikings could still re-sign him when free agency begins March. 8. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

FFToday's Take: Cassel signed a two-year deal prior to last season and not surprisingly, become the teams starter after Christian Ponder's inadequate play. The Vikings may re-sign Cassel as a veteran but they will likely add a young QB before the preseason begins. The Vikes have the No.8 pick in this year's draft.
InjuryAlexander has another knee surgery
Chargers wideout had 2nd ACL surgery
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 7 2014, 7:00 am

San Diego Chargers
Danario Alexander devoted months to knee rehab, working to return from an August injury as soon as possible. It won't happen as soon as first hoped. The Chargers wide receiver recently underwent additional surgery to repair the right knee injury that ended his 2013 season, sources said. (San Diego Union Tribune)

FFToday's Take: The follow up procedure done in January makes Alexander questionable for training camp. He's scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in March. Alexander has now had two operations on his right knee and five operations on his left. It's safe to say that his career in the NFL is on shaky ground.
Gonzalez ready to call it quits?
Might be open to a return for the stretch run
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 6 2014, 8:00 pm

Atlanta Falcons
In the interview, Tony Gonzalez also suggests at one point that he’d be open to a possible return next season, if the Falcons are 9-2 in November. (Pro Football Talk)

FFToday's Take: Gonzalez's retirement talk at the end of the 2012 season was laughable. This past season, we all took him more seriously but it appears he still isn't quite done with his work on the field. It's still a long shot that would suit up in 2014 but the fact that he's leaving the door cracked means he's not fully committed to retirement.
Seahawks likely to cut Sidney Rice
Teams needs resources to resign key defensive players
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 4 2014, 4:30 pm

Seattle Seahawks
How can Seahawks sign Golden Tate & Michael Bennett with Thomas & Sherman extensions? Likely to cut Sidney Rice, ask Zach Miller to cut pay. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Seahawks have a number of players to resign and releasing Rice and asking Miller to reduce his $7 million salary cap number would be a step in the right direction. The Seahawks would save roughly $7.3 against the cap but cutting Rice.
Fitzgerald restructures contract
Reduces cap hit in 2014
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 4 2014, 3:00 pm

Arizona Cardinals
Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that he had signed a restructured contract, and two NFL sources said the new deal lowers his 2014 salary cap number by nearly $10 million. Fitzgerald was scheduled to make $12.75 million in salary in 2014. Additional cap space was created by converting most of that to a guaranteed bonus, which will be prorated over the remaining five years of the contract. (AZ Central)

FFToday's Take: This move helps clear cap space for the Cardinals next season but the bigger story is Fitz's cap number for 2015 which grows to over $23 million.
Kirk Cousins open to trade
QB has told Redskins management he wants to start
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 2 2014, 9:00 am

Washington Redskins
With the Washington Redskins making it clear that Robert Griffin III is their starting quarterback, backup Kirk Cousins is open to being traded, league sources told ESPN. Cousins believes he is ready to start and already has had discussions with the Redskins' hierarchy, which declared Griffin as their starter last month. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: It's no surprise Cousins wants the opportunity to start but the Redskins should be happy with having Cousins in a backup role as insurance for RGIII. the Browns would be a logical landing spot for the QB given that former Redskins OC Kyle Shanahan has just landed in Cleveland.
Browns to hire Kyle Shanahan as OC
Former OC of Redskins headed to Cleveland
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 1 2014, 8:00 pm

Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns will hire Kyle Shanahan as their new offensive coordinator, sources confirmed to ESPN. Shanahan had been the offensive coordinator for the last four seasons under his father, Mike Shanahan, with the Washington Redskins. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The Shanahan offensive philosophy features a strong "X" receiver and tight end. Andre Johnson / Owen Daniels in Houston and Pierre Garcon / Jordan Reed were beneficiaries of the Shanahan offense. This is good news for the fantasy prospects of Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron. The big question in Cleveland will be what rookie QB competes with Brian Hoyer for the starting job in 2014.
NFL Draft Jaguars eyeing QB in 2014 draft
Owner not shy about draft intentions
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 31 2014, 1:30 pm

Jacksonville Jaguars
Jaguars owner Shad Khan told the Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran that the quarterback position could be addressed multiple times in May's draft, possibly with the third-overall pick. "Everybody knows we're going to draft a quarterback, maybe two," Khan said. (Florida Times Union)

FFToday's Take: The Jaguars have eight picks in the first five rounds of the draft so they are positioned to take multiple quarterbacks if they desire. Chad Henne is likely to be retained as a veteran backup with Blaine Gabbert being the odd man out and no better than the third QB.
Welker not retiring if DEN wins SB48
WR "still having fun"
By: Doug Orth | Jan 30 2014, 3:50 pm

Denver Broncos
Wes Welker has no plans of stopping any time soon. Even though he's 32 years old, Welker believes he still has some seasons left in his tank. While ending his career with a Super Bowl win would be ideal, he said he's enjoying the game too much to quit, regardless of what happens in Sunday's game. “Of course it would be a good way to end it, but I am still having fun,” Welker told reporters covering the Super Bowl. “I am still enjoying the game. I feel good, and as long as I am out there having fun, I will continue to play.” (National Football Post)

FFToday's Take: Ever since John Elway made it popular to ride off into the sunset about 15 years ago, there has been a strong push for 30-somethings that might be nearing the end to do the same. Put Welker in the same crowd as Peyton Manning, who said he would only retire this offseason if his annual physical revealed a degenerative condition in his neck following his multiple neck surgeries nearly two years ago.
InjuryBernard Pierce has shoulder surgery
4-5 month recovery time
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 30 2014, 9:30 am

Baltimore Ravens
Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce underwent successful right shoulder surgery today at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia to repair his rotator cuff, his agent told The Baltimore Sun. Pierce is expected to require four to five months of rehabilitation and is expected to make a full recovery. (Baltimore Sun)

FFToday's Take: Pierce was bothered by his shoulder injury through much of the season as the Ravens running game was non-existent, finishing 30th in the league. Pierce averaged 2.9 yards per carry. Given his timetable, he should be available for training camp in July.
Mike Williams dedication in question
Tampa wideout fined over 200K during 2013
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 30 2014, 9:00 am

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
One particular Buccaneer’s postings on Instagram really concerned the team during this past football season, and nearly cost him his roster spot. Fresh off signing a six-year, $40.25-million contract extension in the summer of 2013, wide receiver Mike Williams was placed on injured reserve in Week 9 with a torn hamstring. Since his injury, Williams has documented his partying and his new career as a rapper for all the public to see on his Instagram account. (Pewter Report)

FFToday's Take: Williams reportedly racked up 200K in fines for missing rehab assignments and team meetings in 2013. The Bucs tailored Williams' contract so he can be released this off-season if they believed his dedication to football wasn't adequate. Now that a new regime is in place, he may get the benefit of the doubt and chance to rededicate himself during off-season workouts.
Spiller "rarely looked like himself"
Former scout shares opinion on Spiller
By: Doug Orth | Jan 30 2014, 12:00 am

Buffalo Bills
ESPN NFL insider Matt Williamson regarding C.J. Spiller: "I think he's capable of being one of the best multi-purpose weapons in the league. But I think he's closer to Percy Harvin than he is to Adrian Peterson...He rarely looked like himself (in 2013), and I don't think he's all of the sudden forgotten how to be fast, explosive, and I think he's entering the prime of his career and just never looked super healthy to me. In spurts he did, but [not] for a couple of games in a row." (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Spiller ran into a brutal stretch of run defenses to open the season and was never the same after a Week 4 high-ankle sprain. The fourth-year player is one season removed from a 1,200-yard season and 6.0 YPC, so it is not as if Spiller isn't a running back. Still, Fred Jackson is the more trusted third-down and goal-line option, so Spiller's fantasy upside will be capped for as long as both backs are healthy.
Moreno may not be back with Broncos
Free agent RB set to be a free agent
By: Doug Orth | Jan 29 2014, 1:20 pm

Denver Broncos
Just said on @nflnetwork: Broncos don’t expect to be able to sign RB Knowshon Moreno back for 14. He’s a free agent. Should hit the market. (Ian Rapaport via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Moreno is in the process of finishing his best season as a pro and will be 27 this summer. The Denver RB has enjoyed playing in a historical offense and will likely cash in during the free agent period this off-season. If Moreno moves on, Montee Ball will quickly jump into low-end RB1 territory in 2014 redraft leagues.
Peterson happy with new OC
Norv Turner to help with Vikings passing game
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 29 2014, 9:30 am

Minnesota Vikings
Norv Turner has a reputation for being a pass-first offensive coordinator, but that doesn't bother the star running back he's now going to be coaching with the Minnesota Vikings. "I'll tell you, our pass offense has really struggled in the past couple years," Adrian Peterson told USA TODAY Sports in a phone interview Monday. "I think (Turner) is going to be the perfect guy to come in and get us on the right path." (USA Today)

FFToday's Take: To say that the Vikings passing game has struggled in recent years is an understatement. Moving on from Christian Ponder would be a step in the right direction. The Browns finished 11th in passing yards per game (253) under Turner in 2013.
InjurySaints missed Joe Morgan's speed
Recovering from partial ACL tear
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 29 2014, 9:00 am

New Orleans
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan looked like he had a clear shot at the No. 3 spot when the team entered training camp last summer. However, he didn't get that chance. Morgan would be diagnosed with a partial ACL and meniscus tear in August that immediately landed him on injured reserve, the second time in his three-year career that he'd miss a season due to a knee injury. (New Orleans Times Picayune)

FFToday's Take: Kenny Stills took over the deep threat role in the Saints passing game and finished with 20 yards per catch - the highest average in the league. Morgan, a restricted free agent, is five months into his rehab and should be a participant in training camp come July.
Cowboys have a new playcaller
Former Detroit OC Scott Linehan expected to join staff
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 28 2014, 11:20 am

Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys will have their third offensive playcaller in as many years with Scott Linehan joining the coaching staff as passing game coordinator, a source told ESPN Senior NFL Insider Chris Mortensen. The former Lions offensive coordinator took part in Monday's team meetings, sources said, but the team has not made an official announcement. (Dallas Morning News)

FFToday's Take: This will be Tony Romo's third offensive playcaller in three seasons. Current OC Bill Callahan is expected to retain his job meaning there may be too many chefs in the Cowboys' offensive kitchen in 2014. DeMarco Murray became more involved towards the end of the season but Linehan's pass-happy approach may derail Murray's fantasy momentum in 2014.
Chris Johnson to undergo knee surgery
Torn meniscus; expected to recover in a month
By: Doug Orth | Jan 27 2014, 5:25 pm

Tennessee Titans
Titans RB Chris Johnson is scheduled to have surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. Johnson called the procedure “minor” and the recovery time is expected to be roughly a month. “It’s nothing major,” Johnson said. “People don’t know I been playing with it since Week 3 of the season.” Johnson rushed for 1,077 yards and six touchdowns in 2013. (The Tennessean)

FFToday's Take: Johnson's durability has been underrated for some time because his performance has become so inconsistent in recent years. With a scheduled base salary of $8 million in 2014, there's a strong chance he has played his last snap with the Titans after telling The Tennessean last month he has no plans to take a pay cut. That would leave Shonn Greene and a likely draft pick/free agent to serve as the team's main ballcarriers in 2014.
Prater returns to practice Monday
Dealt with flu for most of last week
By: Doug Orth | Jan 27 2014, 5:20 pm

Denver Broncos
Matt Prater is coming around. Prater, who battled a virus last week and was kept away from the team, was at practice Monday. Last week, the Broncos didn't practice Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Prater was too ill to practice with the team Thursday, Friday and Saturday. "I got some kind of flu or something," Prater said. "It started to come on Tuesday night. When I woke up Wednesday morning, I felt like I got run over by a truck." (Denver Post)

FFToday's Take: Prater should be cleared well in advance of the Super Bowl. Including the playoffs, Prater has made 30 of his 32 field-goal attempts (93.8 percent) this season and produced 93 touchbacks on 124 kickoffs (75 percent).
Ravens hire Kubiak as new OC
Team also brings along ex-Texan OC to be QB coach
By: Doug Orth | Jan 27 2014, 5:00 pm

Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens HC John Harbaugh announced Gary Kubiak as his new offensive coordinator Monday. Kubiak is bringing Rick Dennison with him to be the quarterbacks coach. Dennison served as Kubiak’s OC for the past four years in Houston. The Ravens still have an offensive vacancy at running backs coach. The hiring of Kubiak is a late shift from what media reports suggested. Over the weekend, reports indicated that Harbaugh was deciding between Ravens WR Coach Jim Hostler and former Houston Texans and Washington Redskins OC Kyle Shanahan. (

FFToday's Take: The Ravens have utilized their fair share of zone-blocking runs over the last three seasons, so the transition should be smooth. It's hard not to like this hire since Kubiak guided a number of top-10 offenses in Houston before the bottom fell out for the Texans in 2013. He will replace Jim Caldwell, who became the new coach in Detroit. Dennison made his name as an OL coach and has never coached quarterbacks before, making his hire a bit more puzzling.
InjuryPrater sent home with illness
Broncos kicker expected to be fine for Super Bowl
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 25 2014, 3:00 pm

Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox said he saw Matt Prater at the team's facility Saturday morning, but elected to send the ailing kicker home for a third consecutive day. Prater did not participate in the Broncos' practice Saturday because of a virus and did not practice with the team this week. Fox said Prater was sent home, in part, for him to recover and in part to prevent any other players from getting sick. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The Broncos are likely being overly cautious with this situation in an effort to keep the rest of the team healthy. Expect Prater to be back with the team next week and kick in the Super Bowl.
InjuryHarvin cleared to play
Seattle receiver has passed concussion tests
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 24 2014, 2:00 pm

Seattle Seahawks
For the third time this season, receiver Percy Harvin is ready to play after missing time because of injuries. Harvin cleared concussion protocol this week and has been cleared to play in the Super Bowl. (Seattle Times)

FFToday's Take: Harvin has battled hip and concussion injuries this season resulting in only two games played for the star receiver. Harvin has all but admitted his hip is still not 100% buy he is healthy enough to play in the 2013 Super Bowl.
Browns hire Pettine to be next HC
Replaces Rob Chudzinski
By: Doug Orth | Jan 23 2014, 4:30 pm

Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns on Thursday afternoon reached a deal and named fiery former Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine their seventh full-time head coach in the new era. Casting a wide net, the Browns interviewed 10 candidates over the past 25 days. The Browns flew Pettine to Cleveland on Thursday afternoon for a third meeting and finalized the deal shortly thereafter. (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

FFToday's Take: Pettine replaces Rob Chudzinski, who was fired Dec. 29 after going 4-12 in his inaugural season, causing many Browns to question the team's direction and helping to make a less attractive job for any number of reasons. Regardless of how messy the search was, Cleveland found a quality candidate. Pettine, who runs a 3-4 defense, is a solid defensive mind and will have two first-round picks, plenty of cap space to sign free agents and six Pro Bowlers to work with right away.
InjuryPeterson undergoes groin surgery
Expected to make full recovery in six weeks
By: Doug Orth | Jan 23 2014, 4:20 pm

Minnesota Vikings
Adrian Peterson had surgery (Thursday) with Dr. William Meyers at the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia, Pa. Dr. Meyers was able to successfully repair Adrian’s adductor muscle while also doing a compartmental release. Adrian is expected to make a full recovery in approximately six weeks. (

FFToday's Take: Peterson underwent reconstructive knee surgery in the 2012 offseason, a sports hernia operation in 2013 and now this surgery. It is hardly ideal, but Peterson's healing powers have become legendary, so it is unlikely this most recent surgery will be an issue come training camp. The 28-year-old will be working in Norv Turner's offense next season, meaning he could post some prolific numbers in 2014.
InjuryHarvin returns to practice Wednesday
Expected to play in Super Bowl
By: Doug Orth | Jan 23 2014, 7:00 am

Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin was a full participant in practice Wednesday. He is expected to play in the Super Bowl, which will be only his third game of the season. Harvin suffered a concussion in the divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints on Jan. 11, and didn't make it through the mandatory concussion protocol in time to play in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Barring a setback, Harvin is expected to play in the Super Bowl next Sunday. It's been a lost season for the Seattle wideout who signed a six-year, $67 million deal last off-season. He'll be a high fantasy rebound candidate in 2014.
InjuryAP expected to have groin surgery
Surgery should happen soon
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 22 2014, 8:20 pm

Minnesota Vikings
Update: I've also learned that Vikings RB Adrian Peterson needs & has opted for surgery on his groin in the very near future. (Josina Anderson via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: There's no definitive date but with Peterson not playing in the Pro Bowl, surgery could come at anytime. An "off" season for Peterson still landed him 6th among fantasy running backs and AP was one of only five qualifying running backs to average 15+ fantasy points per game. Peterson will be a top five fantasy pick in 2014.
InjuryBroken right ring finger for Gore
Won't affect his status for 2014
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 21 2014, 3:45 pm

San Francisco
Frank Gore suffered a broken right ring finger. Harbaugh said he isn't sure when the injury occurred and that he didn't know it had happened until after the game. (San Jose Mercury News)

FFToday's Take: Gore should be fine for the 2014 off-season as this injury is considered minor. Gore finished 13th among fantasy running backs with 1128 yards and 9 TDs.
Lions hire Joe Lombardi as OC
Former QB coach of the Saints
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 21 2014, 1:00 pm

Detroit Lions
A week after hiring a head coach in Jim Caldwell who worked closely with Peyton Manning for 10 seasons, the Lions tabbed Joe Lombardi, the quarterbacks coach for Drew Brees the last five years, to be their next offensive coordinator. Lombardi, the grandson of Hall of Fame former Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi, worked closely with Brees in his most prolific seasons with the New Orleans Saints. (Detroit Free Press)

FFToday's Take: The Lions now have a new head head coach and OC for the 2014 season and are making a huge push to give Matthew Stafford all the help he needs to succeed. Stafford has been a top ten fantasy quarterback the last three seasons and ranked 4th at his position this year with 4647 yards and 31 total TDs.
Vikings hire Norv Turner as OC
Replaces Bill Musgrave
By: Doug Orth | Jan 20 2014, 5:30 pm

Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings have struck a deal with Norv Turner to become the offensive coordinator under head coach Mike Zimmer. The offense should be in expert hands under Turner, who has 38 years of coaching experience. Turner spent last season as the Browns offensive coordinator after six years serving as the Chargers head coach. Cleveland also dealt with issues at quarterback last season but still finished 11th in pass offense. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

FFToday's Take: It's hard to put in words how much of an upgrade Minnesota made by replacing Musgrave with Turner. For example, it took Musgrave most of the season to give rookie Cordarrelle Patterson enough snaps for him to make an impact somewhere else besides special teams. However, Turner's arrival means great things for Adrian Peterson and Kyle Rudolph. Turner's hiring is a definite boon to the fantasy fortunes of every Viking.
Texans hire Crennel as DC
Returns after one-year absence
By: Doug Orth | Jan 20 2014, 5:20 pm

Houston Texans
The Texans have hired Romeo Crennel to serve as the team’s defensive coordinator, according to Jason La Canfora of Crennel, 66, didn’t coach this season after he was fired as coach of the Chiefs in 2012. He went 4-15 in Kansas City after taking over for Todd Haley, and he was 24-40 in four seasons as head coach of the Browns. (

FFToday's Take: Crennel takes over a Texans defense that was tied for 24th in the league with 26.8 points allowed per game, but seventh in yards allowed. Crennel hasn't done well in his two opportunities as a head coach, but has fared pretty well as a DC when that was his only job. He represents one of the better options to replace Wade Phillips and will stick with his 3-4 defense. In related news, new HC Bill O'Brien will call the plays in 2014.
InjuryHarvin expected to play in Super Bowl
Should be cleared from concussion issues
By: Doug Orth | Jan 20 2014, 4:55 pm

Seattle Seahawks
In his usual appearance on 710 ESPN this morning, Pete Carroll said Percy Harvin “should be fine” this week. (Tacoma News Tribune)

FFToday's Take: Harvin's likely return makes it even more confusing why the Seahawks opened Monday as Super Bowl underdogs. Harvin should return kicks and provide an immediate boost to an offense that has been inconsistent when it can't rely on Marshawn Lynch moving the chains. The ex-Viking makes an intriguing play for playoff fantasy owners against a Broncos defense that lost slot CB Chris Harris two weeks ago and gave up 10 catches to Julian Edelman on Sunday.
InjuryBowman likely has ACL, MCL injuries
MRI has yet to be conducted
By: Doug Orth | Jan 20 2014, 4:50 pm

San Francisco
Per a league source, San Francisco fears both an ACL and MCL injury for linebacker Navorro Bowman. An MRI, which has not yet been conducted, will reveal the full extent of the damage. With Bowman’s injury happening on January 19, time will be of the essence as the 49ers prepare for the 2014 season. (Pro Football Talk)

FFToday's Take: While mild to moderate MCL injuries can heal without surgery, an MCL injury could delay Bowman’s timetable for surgery. Rob Gronkowski waited one month and one day to have ACL surgery because of an MCL injury that needed to heal. Either way, the loss of the potential Defensive Player of the Year is obviously a significant blow. Bowman's recovery will be one of the top offseason stories for fantasy owners to follow.
InjuryMoreno suffers rib injury
Expected to play in Super Bowl
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 20 2014, 4:40 pm

Denver Broncos
Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno left the game with a rib injury near his chest after he made a 1-yard run midway through the fourth quarter. The expectation is Moreno, who finished with a game-high 59 yards rushing and added another 22 yards receiving, will be able to play in the Super Bowl. (Denver Post)

FFToday's Take: While this is something to keep an eye on for owners in playoff fantasy leagues, it seems highly likely Moreno will be fine in two weeks. Rookie Montee Ball is next in line and would obviously benefit from a fantasy perspective if Moreno was limited in any way.
InjuryHarvin ruled out
Seattle receiver won't play due to concussion
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 17 2014, 3:00 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin will not play in Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers because of lingering effects from a concussion he suffered in the playoff game against New Orleans last weekend. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Harvin was unable to pass the NFL concussion protocol. It's been a lost season for Harvin who missed the first 10 games due to a hip injury. The Seahawks expect Harvin to practice next week. Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin are expected to start at receiver against the 49ers.
Davone Bess arrested at airport
Charged with simple assault on an officer
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 17 2014, 9:00 am

Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Davone Bess has been arrested in Florida on charges of assaulting a law enforcement officer at an airport. Bess was charged with simple assault on an officer, resisting arrest without violence and disorderly conduct. He was released on $100 bail at 10:35 a.m. ET. It's uncertain if Bess has a lawyer. The Browns said they are "aware of the situation and currently working to gather more information." (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Bess isn't endearing himself to the Browns front office given his recent antics and it won't be a shock if he is out of a job this off-season. Bess missed the final two games of the season for personal reasons.
InjuryHarvin yet to be cleared
Seahawks receiver questionable with concussion
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 16 2014, 2:00 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin is still going through concussion testing and has not been cleared for Sunday's NFC Championship Game. (AP)

FFToday's Take: Harvin did not practice on Thursday and must be cleared by doctors in order to play on Sunday. Harvin's status won't likely be official until Saturday at the earliest.
InjuryDobson, Thompkins limted Thursday
Patriots receivers battling injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 16 2014, 1:00 pm

New England Patriots
Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins were still limited today. Only notable submissions on the injury report (Ben Violin via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Thompkins suffered a concussion in last week's game and while he was limited in practice, his status for Sunday's game remains a question mark. Dobson (foot) returned to practice yesterday after a two-week absence. Both receivers won't be recommended fantasy plays in playoff or daily leagues.