With training camp and preseason games in full swing, the injuries are starting to pile up. After the first full weekend of the preseason, we’ve already lost a couple of players for the year. Here’s the status of players with the most interest to the fantasy community.
Sam Bradford, QB, Philadelphia Eagles – Bradford missed the Eagles’ first preseason game. The team says Bradford is fine and that it was their call to keep him out of the game. Some media reports out of Philadelphia though are suggesting Bradford’s knee might not be 100 percent. We’ll know more if Bradford sits out the Eagles’ second preseason game this week.
Devonta Freeman/Tevin Coleman, RBs, Atlanta Falcons – Freeman and Coleman must be on the same schedule. Both backs were dealing with hamstring injuries at the same time and both returned to practice on Monday. The two will compete for touches in Atlanta’s backfield this season.
Joseph Randle, RB, Dallas Cowboys – Randle is dealing with an oblique injury. He’s been practicing but missed the Cowboys’ first preseason game. The injury doesn’t appear to be serious but Dallas will obviously be cautious with Randle given its lack of depth at the running back position.
Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys – McFadden was finally activated off the active/PUP list after missing the first three weeks of training camp with a hamstring injury. McFadden has begun doing individual drills in practice and could play in Dallas’ second preseason game.
C.J. Spiller, RB, New Orleans Saints – Spiller underwent arthroscopic knee surgery last Friday and will miss the entire preseason. The Saints are confident Spiller will be back for their Week 1 opener against Arizona. Even if he’s available, Spiller could be a dicey play for the opening week after missing so much time.
David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals – Johnson has been out with a hamstring injury and according to reports he’ll be out at least another week. Once considered a threat to Andre Ellington’s touches, Johnson has now fallen behind because of his injury. The Cardinals also signed Chris Johnson on Monday, so the number of touches in Arizona’s backfield has decreased.
Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams – Gurley is recovering from ACL surgery. The NFL Network reported that the Rams anticipate Gurley missing the first couple of games of the season. The team has made it clear they plan to be extremely cautious with their first-round draft pick. Gurley is currently being over-drafted in the fourth round.
Karlos Williams, RB Buffalo Bills – Williams was hospitalized on Monday for an unspecified illness. Head coach Rex Ryan said Williams woke up with an illness that caused him a lot of pain. No timetable was given for Williams’ return. The rookie is competing to be the Bills’ No. 2 running back.
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys – Bryant has been absent from practice with a hamstring injury. He missed the Cowboys’ first preseason game and won’t play this week either. The injury isn’t believed to be serious enough to keep Bryant from missing the opener against the Giants. Dallas obviously has no reason to rush back its top offensive weapon right now until he’s completely healthy.
Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants – Cruz had all his practice restrictions lifted on Monday. “I feel good. The knee is 100 percent,” Cruz told WFAN.” Just 10 months removed from surgery to repair a ruptured patellar tendon, Cruz is close to playing in a preseason game. He currently has an ADP of Round 6.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, Cleveland Browns – Bowe missed the Browns’ preseason opener and hasn’t practiced since August 5 while dealing with a hamstring injury. Bowe is learning a new offense and playing with a new quarterback, so missing so much practice time could set him back.
Kenny Stills, WR, New Orleans Saints – Stills has been out of action since early August with a calf injury but returned to practice on Monday. Stills is coming over from New Orleans and fighting for targets in a crowded group of receivers. The missed time isn’t helping his fantasy value.
Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots – Edelman hasn’t participated in practice since August 2. The Patriots haven’t given a reason for Edelman’s absence or a timeline for his return.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears – Jeffery is dealing with a calf injury and was expected to miss at least a week. The injury isn’t believed to be long-term. Jeffery is on track to play in the Bears’ opener against Green Bay.
Breshad Perriman, WR, Baltimore Ravens – Perriman has been out since the first practice of training camp with a strained tendon in his knee. Head coach John Harbaugh is hoping Perriman will play in the preseason but that’s not a guarantee at this point. Perriman’s ADP has dropped to the tenth round.
Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts – Moncrief strained his groin in practice and missed the Colts’ preseason opener versus Philadelphia. Moncrief is battling impressive rookie Phillip Dorsett to be the Colts’ primary third receiver this season, so he can’t afford to be out long. The team has given no timetable for his return.
Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles – Ertz had a procedure to repair a groin tear. It sounds bad but Ertz is only expected to miss a couple of weeks. The Eagles are hoping Ertz will be ready when they play Atlanta in their opener but it still remains to be seen how big a role he’ll have in the offense. Ertz was only on the field for 50.3 percent of the Eagles’ offensive snaps last season.
Julius Thomas, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars – Thomas suffered a stable fracture to his hand in Jacksonville’s preseason opener. He’s out for the remainder of the preseason but the Jaguars said Thomas “should be back” for the opener against Carolina. While that’s not a ringing endorsement, at least Thomas’ injury doesn’t appear to be severe. It does hurt his chances of building chemistry with second-year quarterback Blake Bortles though, which could hurt Thomas’ fantasy production early in the year.
Niles Paul, TE, Washington Redskins – Paul was placed on injured reserve after fracturing his ankle in Washington’s preseason opener. Paul had just been named the starting tight end over Jordan Reed before being lost for the season.
Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins – Reed has been nursing a sore hamstring but he’s reportedly close to returning to practice and could play in the Redskins’ second preseason game. Washington needs Reed to get healthy with both Paul and Logan Paulson out for the season.
Jace Amaro, TE, New York Jets – Amaro suffered a shoulder sprain in the Jets’ preseason opener against Detroit. He’s currently listed as week-to-week. Amaro was expected to take on a bigger role in the Jets’ offense this season, so the missed time with new quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick certainly hurts his fantasy value.