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. As always 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.
Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams
Gurley is participating in individual drills so far in training camp and the Rams are encouraged with his recovery from a torn ACL. However, Jeff Fisher admitted that Gurley still isn’t 100 percent healthy. “He’s not 100 percent. He’s not ready to play in a game right now,” Fisher said. Tre Mason is expected to get a majority of the carries early in the season while the Rams ease Gurley back into action.
Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
The hyperextended knee that forced Bell to miss last January’s playoff game against the Ravens is fully healed. Bell is a full participant at Steelers training camp. In more good news, Bell’s suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy was reduced from three games to two. He’s firmly in the discussion to be the top overall pick in fantasy drafts.
Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions
Bell was placed on the active/PUP list after having offseason Achilles/knee surgeries. He’s been recovering slowly and the Lions said they have no timetable for his return. Bell was seen running on the side of Lions’ practice Monday. It was the first sign of him doing any physical activity this summer, so that’s a positive. Bell remains out indefinitely but the Lions are hoping to have him back before the end of the preseason. In his absence, talented rookie Ameer Abdullah continues to shine.
Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Ellington tweaked his hamstring in Monday’s practice but the injury isn’t expected to be serious. However, given Ellington’s past injury history, any time he’s dinged up it raises a red flag with fantasy owners. Ellington currently has an ADP of Round 4.
Stevan Ridley. RB, New York Jets
Ridley was placed on the active/PUP list. He’s only 10 months removed from ACL surgery. The Jets have given no indication of when Ridley will be ready. He remains a prime candidate for reserve/PUP, which would cost him the first six games of the season.
Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys
McFadden has started his Cowboys’ career being the quintessential Darren McFadden: He’s injured. After missing most of OTAs with a right hamstring injury, McFadden missed the first week of training camp with a left hamstring injury. The sound you hear is Joseph Randle’s draft stock going through the roof.
Terrance West, RB, Cleveland Browns
West injured his calf in Saturday’s practice but it’s not supposed to keep him out long. West is competing with Isaiah Crowell for touches in the Browns’ backfield. He currently has a somewhat appealing thirteenth round ADP, while Crowell is going in Round 7.
Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns
Johnson hurt his hamstring over the weekend and Browns coach Mike Pettine said the injury will keep him out “a little while.” It’s a frustrating injury for a rookie trying to earn reps in a crowded backfield. Johnson is attempting to use his receiving skills to carve out a Gio Bernard-role in Cleveland’s offense.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants
Beckham tweaked his hamstring during OTAs so the Giants are being cautious with one of the NFL’s most explosive players. Beckham is taking some reps off during team drills but reports say he’s been the Giants’ best player early in training camp. There’s nothing to worry about with ODB.
Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants
Cruz has made a remarkable recovery from a patellar tear. He’s participating in training camp without limitations. Early reports suggest that Cruz looks pretty good but not as explosive. That’s to be expected. Cruz could always suffer a setback considering he’s only 10 months from a devastating injury but so far he’s on track to play in Week 1.
Breshad Perriman, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Perriman bruised his knee on the first day of training camp and while it’s not a long-term injury, it may keep the rookie receiver out longer than first anticipated. Perriman is still expected to be a starter but it’s a tough break. He struggled with drops in minicamp and in college, so Perriman really needs work in training camp. He currently has an ADP of round 9.
Brandon LaFell, WR New England Patriots
The Patriots placed LaFell on the active/PUP list. LaFell was wearing a protective boot during OTAs but shed it in July, so it’s unclear if this is the same injury or a new one. As usual, the Patriots aren’t rushing to tell everyone what’s wrong with their players.
Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears
White was placed on active/PUP and has been sidelined for over six weeks with a shin injury. The Bears haven’t given a timetable for his return. “I hope it’s sooner rather than later, but that’s just a hope,” coach John Fox said. It’s terrible news for a rookie receiver. White will be battling Alshon Jeffery, Matt Forte, Martellus Bennett and Eddie Royal for targets. Now he’s behind because of an injury. White’s re-draft value is plummeting by the hour.
DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins
Parker was placed on active/PUP after having foot surgery last month. Miami coach Joe Philbin and Parker’s agent both said they expect the rookie receiver to be ready for Miami’s Week 1 opener against Washington. Even if he plays in the opener, Parker isn’t expected to see much work, if any, during training camp.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Bryant underwent a minor procedure for an elbow infection. He’s expected to miss the Hall of Fame Game versus Minnesota. The Steelers get five preseason games and this injury isn’t serious, so it’s not a major concern. Bryant’s hype-train has been going full-stream this summer. This injury won’t derail it.