Newsbreakers Recap

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May 8, 2005 1:04 PM ET
Browns: Winslow facing lengthy recovery period
The News
Browns' tight end Kellen Winslow is still hospitalized following his motorcycle accident last Saturday. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the second-year player's internal injuries include a collapsed lunch, a lacerated kidney, and a lacerated liver. The injury that concerns team officials most is a knee injury, which doctors may not be able to operate on until his fractured femur heals two or three months from now.
Our View
Although nothing is official, fantasy owners should not count on using Winslow during the 2005 season. It's possible that he could recover from his other injuries and make a comeback at some point during the year, but that's only if his knee injury isn't as serious as team officials fear. We will continue to keep you posted on Winslow's condition as the team releases more information.

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May 8, 2005 12:39 PM ET
*****: Battle winning the fight for a starting job
The News
Third-year wide receiver Arnaz Battle is leading what promises to be a lengthy fight to win one of the two starting jobs at his position. Battle is the early favorite to play the Z-position that was formerly held by Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens. "I was a little surprised, but I'm just going to keep my head down and keep working," Battle told the Mercury News on Saturday. Battle logged eight receptions for 143 yards last season while playing a backup role.
Our View
If the season started today, Battle would likely join Brandon Lloyd as the Niners' starting wide receivers. Of course, we don't expect Arnaz to match the production that his predecessors Rice and Owens produced throughout their illustrious runs in San Francisco, but he could be a deep fantasy sleeper if he holds onto the starting job.

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May 8, 2005 12:37 PM ET
Saints: Brown likely to start as a rookie
The News
Saints' head coach Jim Haslett said Saturday that he expects to start first-round pick Jammal Brown as the starting right tackle this season. "I think he's going to be our right tackle unless he proves otherwise," Haslett told The Advocate. "For three years (in college) he's played that position pretty darn good. Obviously, he's a very mature kid. He's very physical and a good athlete." The Saints selected the former Sooner with the No. 13 pick in last month's draft.
Our View
This news should come as no surprise to anyone, as the Saints gave up their third-round pick in next year's draft to move up three spots to acquire Brown on draft day. Brown and recent free agent signing Jermaine Mayberry should beef up an offensive line that struggled to open holes for running back Deuce McAllister last season.

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May 8, 2005 12:13 PM ET
*****: Nolan has no interest in Mitchell
The News
*****' head coach Mike Nolan laughed on Saturday when a reporter proposed the idea of signing free agent wide receiver Freddie Mitchell. "Give me some names, some good names," Nolan fired back with a laugh, according to the Mercury News. "I don't want to chase the pretty girls that are out there, the ones that everybody says, 'Oh, this one is good.' And then you get them on your squad and they just don't fit. There's a reason somebody else doesn't want them." The Eagles released Mitchell on Friday.
Our View
So much for the FredEx to San Francisco rumors. Meanwhile, it appears that Nolan has also given up on the idea of signing troubled wideout David Boston, whom he met with in March. As things stand today, the Niners have eight receivers on the roster and only one, Brandon Lloyd, has started at the pro level.

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May 8, 2005 11:53 AM ET
Dolphins: Poole suffers knee injury
The News
Dolphins' cornerback Will Poole suffered the first serious injury of the year last week while working out with the team. Team officials fear that the second-year player suffered a torn ACL, according to an ESPN website report. If an MRI exam confirms those fears, Poole would miss the entire 2005 season. The former fourth-round draft pick logged 31 tackles and one sack during his rookie year.
Our View
This is a big blow to the Aquatic Mammals, as Poole was the favorite to win the starting left cornerback job that became available when the team traded Patrick Surtain to the Chiefs last month. If Poole is sidelined, veterans Reggie Howard and Mario Edwards will compete for the starting job. We'll continue to update Poole's condition as more information is released.