Good news from the doctors in Kansas City, where the injury to Travis Kelce is just a run-of-the-mill ankle sprain and not the nefarious high ankle sprain. Further, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said that if the regular season started this weekend, Kelce would suit up and play. Those are all positive developments for a tight end projected to be a top-five fantasy performer at his position.
Developments weren’t so positive for New York tight end Jace Amaro, who was put on injured reserve by the Jets. Amaro has been sidelined throughout the preseason with a shoulder injury, and he’ll take advantage of the extended time off by having surgery on the problematic joint. Jeff Chamberlain and Kellen Davis are in line for more snaps, though the Jets could also scour the waiver wire for tight end help or just spread the field with multiple wide receiver sets, as Chan Gailey has been wont to do.
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On the heels of the season ending injury to Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb threw a scare into the Packers with a shoulder injury of his own. All appears good, however, as Cobb told FOX Sports that despite a limited practice schedule he will be ready to go for Green Bay’s regular season opener. Cobb’s absence in practice and the final exhibition game should allow the Packers to get extended looks at the likes of Ty Montgomery and Jeff Janis, who are competing for snaps in the Green Bay receiver rotation.
Carolina’s receiver carousel keeps spinning. The Panthers officially placed Kelvin Benjamin on injured reserve to reach the 75-man roster limit. They also kicked Jarrett Boykin and DeAndre Presley to the curb, further thinning their wide receiver corps. Carolina did add Kevin Norwood via trade from the Seattle Seahawks, so at least they’ll have warm bodies at the position.
Not that anyone was holding their breath, but the Ravens put Dennis Pitta on the PUP list so he’ll miss at least the first half of the season. Pitta is still trying to recover from the dislocated and fractured hip he suffered last year, but since he’s already guaranteed $4 million the Ravens may as well see if he can make it all the way back. Fellow tight end Allen Reisner hit injured reserve, leaving second-year player Crocket Gillmore as Baltimore’s most experienced tight end—and possibly opening the door for Maxx Williams to have the rare impactful rookie season at the position.
To the surprise of no one, Trent Richardson is back on the streets. The Raiders kicked the former first-round pick to the curb after it took him 18 preseason carries to gain just 42 yards. There’s still a chance Richardson could catch on elsewhere, but his 3.3 yards per carry average underwhelmed in Cleveland, Indianapolis and Oakland so he’s running out of options.
Finally, Deflategate refuses to go away. Though the latest word is that Tom Brady would have been willing to accept a one-game suspension as part of a settlement, Judge Richard M. Berman decided the sides are too far apart for a settlement so he plans to issue a ruling by Friday. In other words, this is your last buy-low opportunity on Brady if you’re hoping for some or all of that four-game suspension to be wiped out. And then finally, mercifully, we’ll be through with Deflategate. Please.