Training camps are in full swing and preseason games are right around the corner. While it’s great to see football finally back, unfortunately that also means injuries. The injury reports were busy during the first week of training camp. Here’s the status of players with the most interest to the fantasy community.
Active/PUP: A player who, as a result of football-related injuries, is unable to take part in training camp practices may be assigned to the preseason PUP list. Players can be moved off the PUP list to the active roster at any time, even after one practice. (Wikipedia)
Jay Ajayi, RB Miami Dolphins – Ajayi missed Monday’s practice with a bone bruise in his left knee. The injury isn’t serious and Ajayi is only expected to miss a few days. Ajayi is battling with Arian Foster to be the Dolphins starting running back and while the missed time isn’t ideal, it also won’t be the deciding factor in who wins the job.
Jamaal Charles, RB Kansas City Chiefs – Charles was placed on the active/PUP list to start training camp. Charles is nine months removed from tearing his ACL and still hasn’t been cleared for football activities. The Chiefs will take things slow with Charles, so don’t expect to see much of him this preseason. Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West will carry the load in Charles’ absence.
Kenneth Dixon, RB Baltimore Ravens – Dixon was diagnosed with a Grade 1 MCL sprain in training camp. The injury is considered minor. Dixon isn’t expected to be sidelined for an extended length of time. Still, it’s a blow to the rookie who is battling with Justin Forsett and Buck Allen for touches in the Ravens backfield.
Matt Forte, RB New York Jets – Forte sat out the first week of training camp with a minor hamstring injury. Forte pulled his hamstring before training camp even started. The Jets are calling Forte day-to-day. The injury doesn’t sound like anything for fantasy owners to worry about right now. Forte should be back on the field soon.
Arian Foster, RB Miami Dolphins – Foster was activated from the active/PUP list on July 31. According to Dolphins weight and conditioning coach Dave Polucka, Foster “annihilated” his conditioning test. It appears Foster’s torn Achilles is 100 percent healthy. He has the inside track to be Miami’s starting running back when the Dolphins play the Seahawks in Week 1.
Darren McFadden, RB Dallas Cowboys – McFadden was placed on the active/NFI list to start training camp. McFadden broke his elbow in an accident at home this summer. The Cowboys are expecting McFadden to return at some point during camp and be ready for Week 1.
Ryan Mathews, RB Philadelphia Eagles – Mathews opened camp on the active/NFI list. Mathews is dealing with an ankle injury he suffered while training before the start of camp. The injury isn’t serious. Mathews is expected back at training camp sometime this week.
C.J. Prosise, RB Seattle Seahawks – Prosise suffered a hamstring strain on Monday that’s expected to keep him out of practice for 7-10 days. Prosise is trying to earn a role as Seattle’s third-down back, previously held by Fred Jackson. Christine Michael and Alex Collins will see more reps with Prosise sidelined.
Thomas Rawls, RB Seattle Seahawks – Rawls started training camp on the active/PUP list. Rawls is still recovering from ankle surgery he had in December, so it’s not surprising he ended up on PUP to open camp. Rawls is expected to be back for the start of the regular season. Michael, Collins and Prosise will see plenty of work this preseason while Rawls gets healthy.
John Brown, WR Arizona Cardinals – Brown is in the league’s concussion protocol. Brown hit his head on the ground Sunday and will now go through the protocol before he can be cleared to practice again. The Cardinals preseason opener is Aug. 12 versus the Raiders.
Josh Doctson, WR Washington Redskins – Doctson opened camp on active/PUP because of an Achilles injury. He has been doing some running off to the side during practice. Doctson said he felt good after his first day of physical activity. Doctson still isn’t expected back in camp for a few weeks. Once he’s healthy the rookie will battle Jamison Crowder to be the Redskins No. 3 receiver.
Julian Edelman, WR New England Patriots – Edelman opened camp on active/PUP while he recovers from offseason foot surgery. He’s been running routes off to the side of practice and was seen running hills as well. Edelman looks like he’s close to being activated off the PUP list but either way he appears on track to play Week 1.
Stevie Johnson, WR San Diego Chargers – Johnson tore his meniscus in practice Sunday and will undergo surgery. The severity of Johnson’s tear isn’t known yet but he could return early in the regular season if everything goes well. Dontrelle Inman will see more reps with Johnson out but Travis Benjamin is the guy who gets the biggest fantasy bump.
Jordy Nelson, WR Green Bay Packers – Nelson somewhat surprisingly opened camp on the active/PUP list. Ed Werner reported that Nelson is dealing with tendinitis in his knee as a result of overcompensating during rehab and the issue isn’t currently considered serious. Nelson’s status will obviously be one of the most monitored situations by fantasy owners throughout training camp.
Sammy Watkins, WR Buffalo Bills – Watkins opened camp on active/PUP but he won’t be there for long. Watkins had foot surgery in April. He passed his conditioning test on Sunday and stated he’s close to 100 percent. Barring a setback, Watkins is expected to start practicing this week.
Gary Barnidge, TE Cleveland Browns – Barnidge has been limited for the start of training camp while he recovers from sports hernia surgery. Barnidge wasn’t placed on the active/PUP list, which means he should be back to a full workload early on in camp.
Tyler Eifert, TE Cincinnati Bengals – Eifert said he’ll have the walking boot removed from his foot this week. Eifert is on active/PUP while recovering from ankle surgery. There’s no timetable for Eifert’s return but he’s doubtful to be back for the start of the regular season.
Jimmy Graham, TE Seattle Seahawks – Graham opened training camp on active/PUP. Graham is still recovering from a patellar tendon tear he suffered last November. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Graham hasn’t had any setbacks in his recovery and that he expects the tight end to be ready for Week 1.
Ladarius Green, TE Pittsburgh Steelers – Green opened camp on the active/PUP list. Green had surgery in January where two plates were inserted in his ankle. Green is still having issues cutting on the ankle but said he sees no reason why he won’t be ready for Week 1. Green currently has an ADP in the eighth round.
Zach Miller, TE Chicago Bears – Miller was held out of Monday’s practice and has entered the league’s concussion protocol. Miller is listed as day-to-day. He’ll need to pass all the concussion tests before he can return to football activities.