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December 28, 2016 05:05 PM
Redskins' Donte Whitner: Lands on IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitner (quad) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Whitner strained his quad in last week's game against Chicago and was evaluated during the week. The Redskins can likely secure a playoff spot with a win over the Giants on Sunday but they'll need to rely on Duke Ihenacho and David Bruton for safety help. Whitner will finish with 66 tackles and a forced fumble in 11 games played this year.

December 28, 2016 02:15 PM
Redskins' Donte Whitner: Quad strain
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitner is dealing with a quad strain and is not looking good for Sunday's tilt with the Giants according to head coach Jay Gruden, John Keim of reports.

Look for more updates to come throughout the week but the news doesn't bode well for the veteran safety. Should he be ruled out, Washington would rely heavily on Duke Ihenacho and David Bruton at strong safety Sunday.

December 13, 2016 10:55 PM
Redskins' Donte Whitner: Posts eight tackles in Sunday victory
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitner notched eight tackles in Sunday's 27-22 win over the Eagles.

Whitner was coming off a two-week stretch in which he recorded just six tackles, but aside from those games, he's posted at least eight stops in his other five games since Week 7. As a defensive back, he's a solid source of production, who more often than not has been consistent.

October 18, 2016 10:48 PM
Redskins' Donte Whitner: Expected to see increased action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitner is expected to see increased action in the nickel position alongside Duke Ihenacho at strong safety this season.

After David Burton (concussion) was placed on injured reserve, Washington brought in the veteran Whitner to shore up the secondary. In his second game with the team, the 31-year-old recorded four tackles on 40 defensive snaps. Head coach Jay Gruden said of the safety situation, "You start with Duke and Donte is going to play a lot. It might depend on the package. It might be more nickel for Donte, it might be more base for Duke, or what have you. That's something that we'll decide on a week-to-week basis and a game-to-game basis depending on who we're playing." Look for Whitner to see a similar snap count this weekend against the Lions.

October 5, 2016 03:44 PM
Redskins' Donte Whitner: Signs with Redskins
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitner signed a contract with the Redskins on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Whitner has visited with several teams over the past couple months and his signing with the Redskins comes shortly after the team placed both DeAngelo Hall and David Bruton on IR. With the Browns last year, Whitner had 81 tackles, 1.5 sacks, four passes defensed, and a forced fumble. He'll likely be the backup to Duke Ihenacho and Will Blackmon, but Whitner could still start to see snaps right away.

August 26, 2016 08:26 PM
Donte Whitner: Visiting with Panthers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitner will work out for the Panthers on Friday, reports.

Whitner totaled 187 tackles over his two-year stint with the Browns, but was released by the team in April. With the Panthers losing safety Roman Harper to the Saints this offseason, Tre Boston has been promoted to their starting position, so signing Whitner would restore a veteran presence to help the depth of Carolina's secondary.

April 11, 2016 10:37 AM
Donte Whitner: Visiting with Rams
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitner will visit with the Rams this week, reports.

Whitner was released by the Browns earlier this month, ending a two-year stint in Cleveland that included 187 total tackles. On the back of such production, Whitner has drawn interest from the Rams, who lost safety Rodney McLeon in free agency. With only three safeties on the Rams' current roster, Whitner could add valuable experience to Los Angeles' secondary, should a contract agreement surface from his visit.

April 2, 2016 08:43 PM
Browns' Donte Whitner: Released by Browns
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitner was released by the Browns on Saturday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Whitner had a solid season in Cleveland, during which he was the second leading tackler on the team with 81 combined tackles to go along with 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble. With as much productivity he had during his 2015-16 campaign, it's a bit of a surprise the Browns aren't keeping the 30-year-old around. Expect Whitner to sign on with another squad, but his IDP fantasy value may take a hit.

January 6, 2016 09:00 PM
Browns' Donte Whitner: Second leading tackler in Cleveland
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitner, who had just one tackle in Week 17, finished the year second on the team with 81 combined tackles (58 solo), 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

Whitner may have been able to flirt with last season's team-leading total, but he missed two games earlier in the year due to a concussion. He broke a streak of recording an interception in five straight seasons, but still managed a career-best sack total, as the Browns seemingly had to get more creative with their pass rush scheme. At 30 years old, he'll have several more seasons under contract to cement his legacy in the league, though his year's as a productive IDP option may be dwindling.

November 30, 2015 07:12 PM
Browns' Donte Whitner: Listed as active Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitner (concussion) is listed as active for Monday night's game against the Ravens.

Whitner, who has missed two straight games, is thus set to resume his strong safety duties in tandem with free safety Tashaun Gipson, a bit of good news for the Browns' secondary, with cornerback Joe Haden ruled out Monday. To date, Whitner has racked up 55 tackles and a forced fumbles in eight games.

November 18, 2015 05:17 PM
Browns' Donte Whitner: Returns to practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitner (concussion) returned to the practice field on Wednesday, Nate Ulrich of reports.

Whitner has missed the last two games due to a concussion he suffered in a Week 8 loss to the Cardinals. His status for Sunday is still unknown, but returning to practice is a good sign for Browns' fans. An official decision on his status for Sunday should be made on Friday.

November 13, 2015 03:33 PM
Browns' Donte Whitner: Will not play Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitner (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game.

The Browns have lost multiple starters due to concussions this season, particularly in the secondary. Whitner, one such causality due to the head injury, will now miss his second consecutive game, but with the the Browns on bye next week the 30-year-old will have an additional week to rest and recover before Week 12's contest against the Ravens.

November 11, 2015 04:15 PM
Browns' Donte Whitner: Did not participate in practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitner (concussion) did not participate in practice on Wednesday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Whitner missed last Thursday's game against the Bengals due to the concussion. He has yet to practice this week and a decision about his availability for Sunday will most likely be made later in the week.

November 10, 2015 12:03 PM
Browns' Donte Whitner: Will not practice Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitner (concussion) will not practice Tuesday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Whitner missed last Thursday's game with a concussion, so his status at practice Tuesday isn't all that surprising. The 30-year-old will likely need to participate in at least one of the Browns' next couple of practices in order to have a shot to play in Week 10, so fantasy owners should check back in closer to the end of the week to confirm his status.

November 4, 2015 03:53 PM
Browns' Donte Whitner: Out against Bengals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitner (concussion) has been ruled out for Thursday's contest, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

As expected, Whitner and teammate Joe Haden were both ruled out with concussions heading into their contest against the Bengals. With Tashaun Gipson also listed as questionable due to an ankle injury, Cleveland could be down three of their starters in the secondary -- giving Cincinnati's star receiver A.J. Green a potentially juicy matchup Thursday.

November 2, 2015 01:35 PM
Browns' Donte Whitner: Expected to miss Week 9
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitner (concussion) is expected to miss Thursday's game against the Bengals, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Whitner was forced to exit Sunday's loss to the Cardinals due to a concussion, which will prevent him from being cleared ahead of Thursday's upcoming game against the Bengals, according to teammate Tashaun Gipson. With top cornerback Joe Haden (concussion) also out, the Browns' secondary appears rather thin going into a divisional matchup versus an undefeated opponent.

November 1, 2015 04:23 PM
Browns' Donte Whitner: Out for remainder of game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitner (concussion) is out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Cardinals with a concussion, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Whitner suffered a concussion during Sunday's game, but the degree of the head injury is still unknown. The Browns have a quick turnaround this week with a Thursday night game against the Bengals coming up, which may not offer enough time for Whitner to pass concussion protocol tests. Look for Ibraheim Campbell to play in Whitner's place.

October 12, 2015 01:09 PM
Browns' Donte Whitner: Nine tackles in victory
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitner posted nine tackles (five solo) and one pass defensed in Sunday's victory over the Ravens.

Whitner remains a highly productive IDP option in leagues that require starting defensive backs, as the 30-year-old has collected five or more tackles in each game this season. He remains in search of his first turnover, however.

October 5, 2015 01:21 PM
Whitner collected a team-high seven solo tackles in Sunday's loss to the Chargers.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Browns safety Donte Whitner collected a team-high seven solo tackles in the loss Sunday to the Chargers.

Whitner is running neck-and-neck with linebacker Karlos Dansby for the team lead in tackles. Due to the high tackle totals from the defensive back position, Whitner is a valuable commodity in Individual Defensive Player leagues that require a roster spot in the secondary.

June 2, 2015 04:51 AM
Pettine optimistic about several injured or ailing Browns
by Marty Gitlin |

Mike Pettine has expressed good news on the injury and illness front for the Browns.

He said that linebacker Karlos Dansby (knee), who has missed the last three games, is on the verge of returning, and that safety Donte Whitner (illness) has returned to practice. Pettine added that tight end Gary Barnidge (ribs) is getting closer to a comeback and he's optimistic that free safety Tashaun Gipson (knee) will be back to game action at some point this season.


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