Injury News

Bears RB Jordan Howard is not expected to play in Saturday's preseason game after suffering a minor eye injury in the team's Friday walkthrough, NFL Network reports. This doesn't seem like an issue to worry about for fantasy football owners, though.

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins will miss the 2nd preseason game with a hand injury. It's the 1st we've heard of it, and we don't have any other details. HC Bill O'Brien has said Hopkins is fine and that they're just making sure he's good to go for the regular season, according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson. Hopkins hasn't missed a single game through 4 NFL seasons and has just an 11.6% chance of injury in 2017, according to our model.

Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) has been sidelined all week after returning to practice last Friday. HC Jim Caldwell claims it's not a setback, though. "He's just got a couple issues that he's dealing with," Caldwell said. "He's got a couple things and not quite ready yet, so hopefully he'll continue to heal and we'll get him back out there soon." Ebron has had trouble staying on the field as a pro, missing 8 games through 3 seasons. He's not off to a good start in 2017.

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette said he's been sidelined with a toe injury, rather than the previously reported foot. "Someone stepped on it in practice," he added. This doesn't seem like a big deal -- and we're glad it's not related to the ankle issue that hampered Fournette throughout his final season at LSU.

Chargers LB Denzel Perryman had surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ligament in his left ankle. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the team now expects him to miss 8-10 weeks, as opposed to the initial prognosis of 4-6 weeks. Korey Toomer and Nick Dzubnar are competing for MLB snaps with the starter out.

Jets RB Matt Forte (hamstring) didn't practice on Thursday and won't play in the team's 2nd preseason game, according to insider Manish Mehta. Forte missed a week with the hammy early in training camp, and it sounds like he's been on and off the field since. It's not a good look for a 31-year-old back who's missed 5 games over the past 2 seasons. We project Forte to miss 3.6 games this year.

Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls will miss the 2nd preseason game with what HC Pete Carroll labeled a "minor ankle issue." Remember that Rawls fractured his ankle back in 2015 -- although it's unclear if this is related, or even the same ankle. We'll keep an eye on him. Our model gives Rawls a 59.7% chance of injury this season.

Packers RB Ty Montgomery has missed the past 2 days of practice with a lower leg injury. When asked for details on Tuesday, Montgomery offered, "just soft-tissue stuff." He added, "It was just something on and off. Something I’m dealing with. Nothing in particular that happened. Nothing major. Nothing to worry about." We'll keep an eye on this one. Our model gives Montgomery a 36.8% chance of injury this season.

Cowboys TE Rico Gathers sustained a concussion in Tuesday's practice, according to NFL Network's James Palmer. Gathers has been building momentum with a couple of strong preseason outings, but he was still a long shot to make a significant impact this season. This concussion obviously won't help. We'll see how long it takes him to pass through the protocol.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said WR John Brown (quad) would be a full-go in Tuesday's practice. Brown didn't feel up to it. "I’m just going to come back when I’m ready,” he said. “My body is different than others. They expect me to come back fast, but I can’t. I’m all right, but I’m not where I want to be at.” This sure sounds like Brown's sickle-cell trait is again making him slow to recover from these leg issues. That wrecked his 2016 season and is certainly a risk factor in 2017.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Washington S Su'a Cravens is having surgery Tuesday on his right knee. Cravens suffered the injury in the team's preseason opener, though it was said to be a re-injury of a knee issue he originally suffered in college. The team reportedly expects him to be back in time for the regular-season opener. We'll see how he progresses.

According to multiple reports, doctors have cleared Eagles RB Ryan Mathews to return to practice. The veteran missed offseason workouts and has sat out training camp while working back from a neck injury. Many around the team expect the Eagles to now release Mathews.

Dolphins 2nd-year RB Kenyan Drake sustained a concussion in practice on Monday. Drake, who's experienced tough injury luck dating back to his Alabama days, must clear the concussion protocol before returning to action. We'll keep you posted.

Redskins TE Jordan Reed suggested that he fractured his foot at some point. "The cleats prior to this were more narrow and pressing on the bone that I had the fracture in," he said, discussing his new footwear. "These cleats are wider and the orthotics are softer so I don't feel it." It's possible that Reed misspoke or was misquoted, but it sure sounds like he let it slip that his foot was broken. Of course, we don't know when it happened or what the exact injury was. The Redskins have been saying Reed is dealing with a toe issue. (And he might have that, too.) The whole situation is murky. What we know is that Reed remains 1 of the biggest injury risks in football.

Colts HC Chuck Pagano revealed Monday that TE Erik Swoope recently had his knee scoped. Pagano labeled Swoope "week-to-week" but didn't provide any other details. There's at least a chance he's not ready for the start of the season. We'll keep an eye on his rehab.

The Lions have lost DE Kerry Hyder for the season to a torn left Achilles' tendon. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Hyder will have surgery this week to repair the injury, which occurred in Sunday's preseason opener against the Colts. The timing will, at least, give Hyder more than a year to get back before next season. The Lions reportedly expect Hyder to make it back. The 26-year-old will also hit unrestricted free agency in the spring.

Jaguars WR Marqise Lee suffered a high-ankle sprain in Sunday's practice, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "He'll push hard to be ready for Week 1, but caution could push it back," Rapoport adds. High-ankle sprains tend to cost players at least 4 weeks -- and sometimes 6 or more. We're a little less than 4 weeks away from the season opener, so we'd consider Lee on the doubtful side of questionable for that one.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is in the concussion protocol. HC Dan Quinn has already ruled him out of Sunday's preseason game vs. Pittsburgh. Our injury database turns up 1 past concussion for Freeman -- back in November of 2015.

The Bills announced Monday that WR Jordan Matthews is "week to week" with a chip fracture in his sternum. Matthews suffered the injury Sunday in his 1st practice since joining the team via trade. The week-to-week prognosis suggests that we should expect Matthews to miss at least the rest of this week's workouts. Anything beyond that, and he'll be running short on time to get acclimated before the regular season.

Chargers MLB Denzel Perryman injured his left ankle in the 1st quarter of Sunday night's preseason opener against the Seahawks. Perryman hobbled off the field, went to the locker room on a cart and later returned with crutches and a walking boot on his left foot, according to ESPN's Eric D. Williams. We'll see about the official diagnosis and Perryman's return timetable.