With training camp and preseason games in full swing, the injuries are piling up. Unfortunately, we’ve already seen a couple of serious ones in the last couple of week. As we approach the third and most important week of preseason games, here’s the status of players with the most interest to the fantasy community:
Joseph Randle, RB, Dallas Cowboys – Randle is dealing with an oblique strain. He missed the Cowboys’ second preseason game. Randle has been practicing but has yet to play in the preseason. The Cowboys say it’s not a long-term injury but it’s a bit of a concern for a running back that has only 105 career carries and an ADP of Round 3.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills – McCoy injured his hamstring last week in practice and is out for the remainder of the preseason. Bills coach Rex Ryan said that he’s “cautiously optimistic” McCoy will be ready for Week 1. McCoy’s ADP has dropped to the mid-second round since the injury.
Karlos Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills – Williams had an undisclosed operation last week. He’s dealing with an illness that will keep him out the rest of the preseason. However, Ryan believes Williams will be ready for the Bills’ opener against the Colts. Williams is vying for touches with Fred Jackson behind McCoy.
Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams – Gurley has been cleared to participate in team drills at practice. He still won’t take part in any contact drills but it’s a positive sign for the first-round draft pick as he makes his way back from ACL surgery. Gurley won’t play in the preseason and the Rams have been adamant that they’ll ease him into the offense early in the year.
T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars – Yeldon was held out of Jacksonville’s second preseason game with a sprained finger. Yeldon has been practicing on a limited basis but has yet to play in a preseason game. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley did announce though that Yeldon will work with the first-team offense in Jacksonville’s third preseason game.
Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers – Gordon is dealing with a minor ankle injury. He was held out of the Chargers’ second preseason game but resumed practicing. It’s nothing serious and Gordon would have played if it were a regular season game.
Roy Helu, RB, Oakland Raiders – Helu missed the Raiders’ second preseason game with a hamstring injury. The injury isn’t a major concern. Helu is expected to be back at practice this week. Helu will open the season as Latavius Murray’s backup.
Chris Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals – Less than a week after signing with the Cardinals, Johnson is already hurt. Johnson could miss the rest of the preseason. With Andre Ellington and rookie David Johnson both healthy and playing well, this doesn’t bode well for the veteran’s chances of carving out a role with the team.
Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions – Bell remains sidelined while recovering from offseason Achilles and knee surgeries. Bell will almost certainly miss the rest of the preseason and should be considered doubtful for Week 1. It’s looking like rookie Ameer Abdullah will get the start against the Chargers.
Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Baltimore Ravens – Taliaferro sprained his MCL and is expected to miss a few weeks. He’ll likely miss the Ravens’ opener against the Broncos. Taliaferro was in line to be Justin Forsett’s backup and see some goal line touches. If Taliaferro misses time, that role will now go to rookie Buck Allen.
Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers – First Kelvin Benjamin, now Nelson. Nelson tore his ACL and is out for the season. Aaron Rodgers loses 98 receptions, 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns. Davante Adams will pick up the majority of Nelson’s 151 targets.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos – Sanders has been sidelined for the last two weeks with a hamstring injury. He’s expected to be ready for the Broncos opener but hamstring injuries are always concerning because they can linger. No timetable has been given for Sanders’ return.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins – Jackson returned to practice on Sunday after missing more than two weeks with a sprained shoulder. Jackson only participated in individual drills but coach Jay Gruden said if he doesn’t suffer any setbacks he’ll be joining team drills soon. Jackson is on schedule to play in Washington’s third preseason game.
Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants – Randle has been out of practice with tendinitis in his knee. Coach Tom Coughlin said he’s confused as to why Randle is missing practice because he’s been able to play through the issue before, so it could be more serious this time around. Randle is still expected to play in Week 1 versus Dallas but this is a situation to monitor.
Percy Harvin, WR, Buffalo Bills – Harvin got a pain-killing injection in his hip but Ryan said he expects him to be ready for Week 1. Harvin missed almost all of 2013 with a hip injury, so it’s a concern that he’s having issues again. He currently has an ADP of Round 13.
Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers –Funchess is dealing with a hamstring injury and missed the Panthers’ second preseason game. The injury isn’t serious but Funchess needs to get all the reps he can right now with Benjamin out for the season. Funchess should return for Carolina’s third preseason game. His ADP is now up to Round 10.
Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons – White underwent surgery on his right elbow. The Falcons called the surgery “minor” and said White is expected back for their Week 1 game against the Eagles. White will turn 34 in November and has battled injuries in each of the last two seasons. Leonard Hankerson will draw the start if White isn’t ready to go for the opener.
DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins – Parker was activated from the active/PUP list last week. He had foot surgery two months ago and while Parker hasn’t begun practicing yet, he’s doing some team drills. The Dolphins are hoping Parker will be ready for the opener and signs are pointing in that direction.