News: The Panthers have released defensive tackle Ron Edwards.
Analysis: The big fella suffered a dislocated elbow late last season and ended up on injured reserve. He finished with 14 tackles and a sack. Try to contain yourself from adding him to your Fantasy team.
News: Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday will be out 4-6 weeks with a dislocated elbow. He will be placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Analysis: Edwards finishes the season with 14 tackles and one sack. He was a starter for Carolina, but he was far more important to his real team than Fantasy owners.
News: The Panthers made it official Thursday, placing DT Ron Edwards (torn triceps) on IR as expected. They added DT DelJuan Robinson. Edwards tore the muscle on Friday at practice.
Analysis: Edwards had a tough break in his first camp with his new team, but the three-year commitment from Carolina figures to be solid for the veteran. He will have to wait a year to make his debut with the team, so Fantasy owners should not consider him to be an option on Draft Day in IDP formats. Edwards was a marginal option when healthy, anyway.
News: Panthers coach Ron Rivera announced Monday that DL Ron Edwards will undergo surgery for his torn triceps. The Panthers are still uncertain if Edwards will return in 2011. "Honestly, I really don't know," Rivera said. "I've heard of situations where guys come back in 8-10 weeks and I've heard, also, where those surgeries are for the whole season. We'll see. That's why we're taking the wait-and-see approach."
Analysis: Losing Edwards is a big blow for the Panthers. He was expected to start at right defensive tackle. However, his loss is far more important to Carolina than Fantasy owners. Edwards wasn't expected to be a big-time Fantasy option, so continue to ignore him. Don't worry about his replacement in Carolina either.
News: Panthers newly-acquired DT Ron Edwards may not be able to play his first game as a member of the team until 2012. The Charlotte Observer reported Friday that he has a torn triceps muscle, and it may threaten his season. Edwards inked an $8.25 million contract over three seasons just last week after five productive seasons with the Chiefs, in which he didn't miss a single regular-season game.
Analysis: Edwards had a tough break in his first camp with his new team, but the commitment from Carolina figures to be solid for the veteran. He will likely not be able to play in 2011, so Fantasy owners should not have him on the radar on Draft Day. Edwards will be the man to occupy the middle for years to come with the Panthers, but they will seek other options this season.
News: Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he expects newly-acquired DT Ron Edwards to start right away. "Hes a big, stout, physical guy," Rivera said. "I think his influence and impact in that room will be very solid for our young guys. The one thing I said when I got here is we need to be more stout at the point of attack so our linebackers can run and play more downhill and make plays."
Analysis: Edwards was signed on Wednesday on three-year contract to occupy the middle for the Panthers. He should be able to help out the run defense as they transition under Sean McDermott's attacking scheme, though it may not be enough in the stat department to warrant Fantasy value on Draft Day. Leave Edwards on waivers.
News: The Panthers have agreed to terms on three-year contract with wide-bodied DT Ron Edwards, according to the Kansas City Star. Edwards gives the Panthers some much-needed veteran depth at defensive tackle.
Analysis: The move should help the Panthers' run defense but has no impact for Fantasy owners whatsoever because Edwards doesn't put up much in the way of stats. Keep him off rosters.
News: Chiefs DT Ron Edwards recorded his second sack of the season in Week 6 against the Texans. Edwards finished with two tackles, one solo in the 35-31 loss.
Analysis: Edwards is part of the Chiefs' defensive line rotation and plays mostly tackle in their hybrid 3-4 defense. He doesn't see enough snaps to produce decent stats on a regular basis and can be ignored in Fantasy at this point.
News: Notable Chiefs defensive players from Week 5 vs. Jacksonville include: CB Ty Law (eight solo tackles), LB Donnie Edwards (nine total tackles), LB Napoleon Harris (eight total tackles, sack), DB Bernard Pollard (six total tackles, sack), LB Derrick Johnson and DB Jarrad Page (four solo tackles each), DL Ron Edwards (three solo tackles, sack) and DE Jared Allen (four total tackles, 1.5 sacks).
Analysis: Of these players, Edwards and Allen are Fantasy must-starts, while Law, Johnson, Page and Harris are low-end options and guys useful in deeper leagues. The Chiefs play vs. Cincinnati in Week 6.
News: The Kansas City Star reports that the Chiefs and DT Ron Edwards have agreed to a four-year deal between $7 and $8 million. Edwards will be a part of the rotation for the Chiefs and likely start as he started every game last year.
Analysis: The signing doesn't improve the already solid status of the Chiefs DST (they're considered a low-end No. 1 unit now), nor does it impact Fantasy owners in IDP leagues as Edwards doesn't put up a lot of personal statistics.
News: DL Jared Allen, DL Tamba Hali, DL Ron Edwards and LB Kendrell Bell all sacked Cardinals rookie QB Matt Leinart in Week 5 as the Chiefs won 23-20.
Analysis: If you have already missed the boat on Hali, we are sorry. He is turning into a dynamic pass rusher and has to be considered at least a No. 3 Fantasy DL at this time. Allen is also a decent backup Fantasy DL. Edwards and Bell are not viable Fantasy options at this time.
News: The Chiefs agreed to a deal with ex-Bills DT Ron Edwards, reports the Kansas City Star. Edwards missed 12 games in Buffalo last season with a shoulder injury.
Analysis: Edwards is there to provide depth to the Chiefs' D-line. He is not a reliable DL Fantasy option in IDP leagues.
News: Defensive tackle Ron Edwards had tests Monday on his right shoulder injury, leaving his status uncertain for Buffalo's home game against Miami this weekend. Coach Mike Mularkey wouldn't discuss the injury except to say he was still awaiting word on the tests. It's the same shoulder Edwards had surgically repaired in 2003, an injury that forced him to miss the final 11 games of the season.
Analysis: The Bills' defense has already suffered the loss of Takeo Spikes. Consider it a risky unit in any Fantasy league at this point.