Training camps are in full swing and preseason games are underway. While it’s great to see football finally back, unfortunately that also means injuries. As always the injury reports are busy during training camp. Here’s the status of players with the most interest to the fantasy community.
Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans
Foster was initially expected to miss 3-6 months with a groin injury. However, the most recent reports have him out just 4-6 weeks following sports hernia surgery. Foster’s injury is the biggest so far in fantasy circles and will be closely monitored. If Foster is only going to be out a few weeks and avoids the reserve/designated to return list, he’ll be worth drafting relatively early but injuries are always a concern with him.
Tevin Coleman/Devonta Freeman, RBs, Atlanta Falcons
Coleman has a hamstring injury and is expected to miss a minimum of two weeks. The rookie is battling Devonta Freeman for the starting job in Atlanta’s backfield. Freeman is also out with a strained hamstring and reports say he’ll miss the same amount of time as Coleman, so neither back will be able to grab a lead in the competition over the other.
Lance Dunbar, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Dunbar suffered a minor ankle sprain. The injury isn’t believed to be serious but Dunbar was expected to miss a week of practice. Joseph Randle is settling in as the Cowboys’ early-down back but Dunbar will see plenty of playing time on passing downs.
Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys
McFadden has yet to practice while nursing a hamstring injury. Coach Jason Garrett said McFadden won’t practice until after the Cowboys’ first preseason game, so he’ll be out at least one more week. Considering he won’t even see the field until mid-August at best, you have to think McFadden is squarely on the roster bubble.
Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams
Head coach Jeff Fisher said the Rams are taking a long-term approach with Gurley and that he’s unlikely to play in the preseason while recovering from ACL surgery. Gurley currently has an ADP of Round 4 but the Rams have made it quite clear they don’t plan to rush him back into full-time duty. Tre Mason will see plenty of touches early in the year.
Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions
Bell has been on the active/PUP list while recovering from offseason Achilles/knee surgeries but latest reports have him progressing quickly. Bell had begun running sprints, making cuts and doing cone drills. He’s expected to come off the PUP list soon and resume practicing.
Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills
Jackson suffered a hamstring injury and is expected to miss at least a couple of weeks. Jackson is a veteran, so training camp isn’t as important for him. However, with a new coaching staff coming in, there has been some talk about Jackson losing his roster spot. It’s hard to believe though that with Rex Ryan’s run-heavy offense he’ll part ways with a dependable back like Jackson.
Stevan Ridley, RB, New York Jets
Ridley has been on the active/PUP list while recovering from knee surgery. ESPN Boston reported that Ridley is close to coming off PUP and being cleared to practice. The Jets have yet to give a timetable for Ridley’s return. Chris Ivory has secured the Jets’ starting running back job with Ridley injured.
Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears
White is suffering from shin splints and reports are he could miss the entire preseason. However, White is also said to be running and doing much better, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he could see some action if his situation improves. With White sidelined, Eddie Royal has been impressing in training camp.
Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Floyd dislocated three fingers and will be out a reported 3-5 weeks. It was a bad injury, as the fingers punctured the skin through Floyd’s hand. Floyd should be considered doubtful for Week1 right now. If he can’t go, John Brown will start opposite Larry Fitzgerald.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins
Jackson sprained the AC joint in his shoulder and will miss 1-2 weeks. It was originally reported that Jackson ran into a tackling sled but he really just landed hard on his right shoulder. Jackson is hoping to be back by Washington’s third preseason game.
Terrelle Pryor, WR, Cleveland Browns
Pryor is dealing with a hamstring injury. He was scheduled to get an MRI. It’s frustrating for a player switching positions from quarterback to receiver not to be on the field. Coach Mike Pettine said, “Any time you’re competing to make a roster and you lose time, you have competitors stepping in and taking those reps.” The Browns have given no timetable for Pryor’s return.
Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Lee is out with a hamstring injury. After a disappointing rookie season, the last thing Lee needed was to get hurt in training camp. He’s expected to be out at least a couple of weeks. Allen Hurns will get a chance to distance himself as the starter opposite Allen Robinson with Lee injured.
Breshad Perriman, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Perriman has missed two weeks of practice with a bruised knee but has a chance to return before the Ravens’ first preseason game. Offensive coordinator Marc Trestman insists Perriman isn’t falling behind but it’s hard to imagine a receiver that has struggled with drops doesn’t need training camp. Perriman currently has an ADP of Round 9.
Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans
Walker cut his thumb and required 12 stiches. He’s expected back at practice this week. He could play in Tennessee’s first preseason game if everything goes well.
Josh Hill, TE, New Orleans Saints
Hill has been sidelined with an undisclosed injury for over a week. Hill has received a lot of fantasy hype this offseason with Jimmy Graham now in Seattle but missing the start of training camp won’t help his cause. Ben Watson has been getting the first-team reps with Hill out.
Shaun Suisham, PK, Pittsburgh Steelers
Suisham has a torn ACL and is done for the season. It’s a big loss for the Steelers. Suisham connected on 87-of-95 (91.5 percent) of his field goal attempts over the last three seasons. It presents a huge fantasy opportunity for someone else kicking in the high-powered Steelers’ offense.