Roddy White/Julio Jones. These two receivers have drawn a lot of hype in fantasy recently. It’s hard to tell who the star is, but with one going down, it could present a huge opportunity for the other to shine. Right now, Jones is battling a hammie, but seems poised to be able to play. White has a sprained ankle and will miss the rest of the preseason, in order to get some rest.
Torrey Smith returned to action after an unspecified injury while Dennis Pitta will have to sit the season out with a gimp hip. Ed Dickson is listed as Pitta’s backup, but I could see Vishanthe Shiancoe getting some PT in his absence.
Stevie Johnson is being rehabbed for a tight hamstring, but continues to get work on the sidelines. This is a smart move, since the Bills literally have no other receivers. He should be okay for the season though. Rookie QB EJ Manuel is set to have a minor procedure on his knee, which briefly creates a window for Kevin Kolb to start, but with great running skills, many think Manuel could have a breakout season once he gets healthy. TE Scott Chandler is being eased back into play after ACL surgery and could be a nice sleeper pick for league’s lacking in the TE department.
A.J. Green is still listed as probable, although he says he is completely healed from his recent knee bruise. He looks okay to go, and the team is just being cautious with their prized receiver.
Wes Welker is going through an ankle sprain right now, and though no timetable has been given, it doesn’t look to be severe. Ankle sprains can take 1-2 weeks to heal normally, so look for some added production out of Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker in his absence.
Calvin Johnson is returning to practice after suffering a knee contusion and should be able to go in week 1.
Green Bay Packers:
Arian Foster continues to worry fantasy owners with his injuries this preseason. His back and legs keep giving him the fits, and he is quickly dropping in ADP. WR DeAndre Hopkins is also out with a concussion and will soon undergo tests.
Ahmad Bradshaw sat out yesterday’s game with a foot injury, and although it doesn’t sound too serious, with him missing so much time in the recent years for similar injuries, it is cause for concern. He is taking reps in practice, though, which shows they might just be taking it easy on him till the season starts.
MJD looked healthy for the Jags, though Cecil Shorts is still sitting out with a calf injury. Shorts not being available could wreck the already diminished Jags offense in the early going with Blackmon suspended for the first 4 games.
Kansas City Chiefs:
Jamaal Charles is back to practice after a foot injury. Good news for owners who were counting on him to return to form this year. The team will likely let him take his time returning to action.
TE Dustin Keller tore basically every ligament in his knee while simultaneously dislocating it, which means he’s done for the season. A tough blow to any of his owners, although there are still mediocre TE’s to still grab off the wire.
New England Patriots:
Tom Brady returned to action after a brief injury scare in practice, what most are calling a shin bruise. The Gronk continues to have Gronk-itis, while backup Zach Sudfeld stepped into the starting TE spot to rack up some nice catches and a TD.
New York Giants:
Victor Cruz came up gimp with what the team is calling a heel bruise. Doesn’t sound too serious, and x-rays were negative, but this could definitely affect his salsa dancing.
New York Jets:
Geno Smith appears to be healthy and is poised to get some more PT in the preseason. Many see him surpassing Sanchez for the starting role this year, but given Rex Ryan’s love for The Dirty Sanchez, who honestly knows?
Darren McFadden was held out of practice with a shoulder injury. This small injuries have often lead to big absences for him in the past, so be sure to keep an eye on his situation if you own him.
Bryce Brown returned to practice, and he should be okay to open up the season in an offense that many feel will cater to his play.
Heath Miller is expected to miss the first month of the season due to knee surgery, but keep an eye on him for the second half, since he proved his worth last year in the Steelers offense.
San Diego Chargers:
Horrible news for the Chargers, as just about every offensive weapon they have is injured. Danario Alexander is out for the season, Malcolm Floyd has a serious knee injury, Eddie Royal has a concussion, and Danny Woodhead has an unspecified injury. All this means they’ll be leaning more and more on Ryan Mathews to produce at RB, a feat he has never really accomplished, thanks to…you guessed it, injuries.
San Francisco 49ers:
With Michael Crabtree out till about November with a torn Achilles, many were looking to Mario Manningham to step up. However, he too will need time to recover from knee surgery.
There’s still no timeline on Percy Harvin’s return to the team after hip surgery. The guy has tremendous upside, but keeps getting hurt. He may be back for the second half of the season, but right now, no one knows for sure. The doctor who did the surgery said it went great, but why would he say anything else?
RGIII took snaps in 11-on-11 drills and has made it known that he is mentally ready to return to the team, although the coaches continue to take their time with him.
- EJ Manuel out for rest of preseason after surgery (cbssports.com)
- Le’Veon Bell’s return to practice shows anticipation for his debut is high (behindthesteelcurtain.com)