The second week of training camp opened with a heavy dose of injury news. The worst, though hardly unexpected, was the announcement that Giants RB David Wilson’s career is over due to complications from a neck injury. Wilson seemed to be taking the curtain falling on his NFL career quite well; those who were all over Wilson as a dynasty league phenom a couple years back, on the other hand, might be headed for a heaving shower cry later tonight.
Browns guard Jason Pinkston also has medical reasons to call it a career, due to blood clots in his lungs. While Pinkston has been limited to nine games over the past two seasons because of the condition, and his retirement has a less direct fantasy impact than Wilson’s, it does leave the Browns with a gap in their projected starting offensive line—the one those drafting Ben Tate or Terrance West are banking on to open holes.
The Bears will lose WR3 Marquess Wilson indefinitely due to a broken collarbone suffered in Monday’s practice. While Wilson wasn’t about to supplant Alshon Jeffery or Brandon Marshall, he was an intriguing fantasy option taking over the Earl Bennett role in an offense poised to put up points. With Wilson sidelined, expect tight end Martellus Bennett to pick up the slack in Jay Cutler’s passing attack.
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And the hits just keep on coming: Denver announced that Montee Ball will undergo an emergency appendectomy, though right now they are expecting him to be available for the start of the regular season. With CJ Anderson and Ronnie Hillman still battling to be Ball’s backup, there’s no clear-cut handcuff for those who have already spent a first-round pick on the back expected to fill Knowshon Moreno’s role—and numbers.
Also in Denver, Emmanuel Sanders left practice with what the team called a slight strain in his right thigh. Doesn’t appear to be a major issue right now, but it’s certainly a situation to keep an eye on. At least the Broncos got a little bit of good news Mondays, as Julius Thomas returned to practice after missing Saturday’s scrimmage.
More injury news: Hakeem Nicks didn’t practice for the Colts, and now there are whispers that he may be on the roster bubble. Like last year, Nicks is playing for a contract after inking a one-year deal with Indy. If he puts up another TD goose-egg like he did a year ago, he isn’t going to find the long-term deal he’s hoping for.
No new injury to report, but Rob Gronkowski was held out of the Patriots’ joint practices with Washington. The good news is that Gronk went through his own workouts back at training camp; the bad news is that fantasy owners will likely have to invest a high draft pick in Gronk without seeing much (if any) of him in the preseason—a smart precautionary move by the Patriots.
More from New England: while both Tom Brady and Robert Griffin III performed well in the joint Patriots/Redskins scrimmage, there was also effusive praise for Patriots backup Ryan Mallett. With rookie Jimmy Garpapolo on the roster, Mallett may be feeling the need to reassert himself as Brady’s heir apparent… or maybe the Patriots are hoping to showcase him and get a Matt Cassel-like return on their midround investment.
Finally, the Bengals opted not to let their quarterback’s contract situation play out a la Joe Flacco as they inked Andy Dalton to a six-year contract extension. Financially it can be broken down multiple ways, but it’s a team-friendly deal that will pay Dalton $25 million over the next two seasons before essentially becoming a year-to-year $96 million deal for the final six, with additional money available for postseason production. Considering Dalton is 0-3 in the playoffs, it’s a shrewd move for the Bengals’ front office.