Shortly after the Chargers announced that rookie WR Mike Williams will miss all of training camp, HC Anthony Lynn conceded that the back injury "could be" a season-ender. That followed Lynn telling the Los Angeles Times that he's "hopeful" Williams won't miss the season and that the rookie is doing well in rehab. The uncertainty surrounding Williams gives him much more risk than reward in 2017 fantasy football rankings.
RB Theo Riddick (wrists) sported a red non-contact jersey and was limited to individual drills as the Lions opened training camp on Sunday. He missed all of spring workouts after undergoing surgery on both wrists early in the offseason. It looks like he's on track to be ready by Week 1, but we'll keep an eye on his progress. Riddick actually enters 2017 as a low injury risk.
Lions TE Eric Ebron suffered a hamstring injury during the team's 1st training-camp practice on Sunday. "He got a little bit of a tweak but we’ll see, see how bad it is," HC Jim Caldwell said afterward. We'll see how long this keeps Ebron sidelined, but it's obviously not a good start for a guy who's had trouble staying healthy. He's missed 8 games through 3 NFL seasons with ankle, knee and hamstring injuries. Our model gives him a 78.4% chance of missing time this year -- 2nd highest among TEs.
Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett (leg) was placed on the active PUP list to open training camp. HC Pete Carroll doesn't expect him to be there for long. Lockett's recovery from last December's broken leg has seemingly gone smoothly, and he was able to put in some limited work this spring. We're expecting him to be available for the start of the regular season, but he might not begin any higher than 3rd on the WR depth chart. Our models have Lockett with a 34.7% chance of missing time this year.
The Chargers announced that WR Mike Williams (back) will not practice in training camp. The team is still hoping that he can avoid surgery on his herniated disc. He's rehabbing now, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and has resumed running. "They just don't want any setbacks," Rapoport adds. "No rush." Williams is falling further and further behind, though, and certainly seems like a candidate for the reserve PUP list -- which would cost him the first 6 weeks of the regular season.
Ravens TE Crockett Gillmore is set to undergo surgery on his meniscus on Monday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. As we saw with RB Kenneth Dixon, Gillmore's timetable for return will depend on whether the meniscus is trimmed or fully repaired. He could be out anywhere from 4 weeks to the entire season. Stay tuned for updates.
Redskins RB Keith Marshall tore the patella tendon in his right knee on Saturday, according to ESPN's John Keim. That's a brutal injury that could threaten Marshall's career. He already had a lengthy injury history, including a torn ACL in 2013 and an elbow injury that cost him his entire rookie campaign.
Rams WR Tavon Austin has been a full participant in training camp, according to insider Alden Gonzalez. Austin missed OTAs after undergoing wrist surgery, but it should be a non-issue going forward. Austin has missed 5 games through 4 NFL seasons and has a 52.4% chance of injury in 2017, according to our model.
The 49ers placed S Jimmie Ward on the PUP list this week after he suffered a minor hamstring injury during the team's conditioning test, according to CSN Bay Area. HC Kyle Shanahan said the Niners want to be "smart" with Ward's injury and not push him to return to quickly. Hamstring injuries can often linger or recur if not allowed to heal properly. As long as he doesn't miss too much time or suffer further setbacks, Ward should remain a key starter in the Niners' secondary.
Colts QB Andrew Luck spoke to the media on Saturday about his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery. He said he's working on regaining strength in the shoulder and putting weight back on. "I know we're doing this right," he said of the rehab. "We're not gonna skip any steps. The end game is for me to be better than I was before I was injured." Luck added that he an see the "light at the end of the tunnel" but wouldn't put a date on his return. We've still heard nothing to suggest that he's in danger of missing the start of the regular season, but it also doesn't sound like he's particularly close to receiving full clearance. We'll continue to keep a close eye on his progress. Our model shows Luck with a 35.4% chance of missing time this season -- 11th highest among QBs.
First-round LB Reuben Foster took the field with his teammates for the 1st practice of training camp Friday, according to CSN Bay Area. That came 2 days after doctors cleared him to return to action following shoulder surgery that kept Foster out of all offseason workouts. A healthy Foster should compete quickly for playing time and could take over NaVorro Bowman's MLB spot as soon as 2018.
Broncos OLB Shane Ray will have surgery Saturday morning to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist, The Denver Post reports. Ray is expected to miss 6-8 weeks following the procedure, which would likely keep him out into the regular season. Free-agent addition Kasim Edebali projects as his most likely replacement, with backup Shaq Barrett already out because of a hip injury.
Cardinals WR John Brown has been sidelined by a quad injury. HC Bruce Arians said he'll be out "a few days, maybe a week." It's unclear if this is at all related to the sickle-cell issue that hampered Brown throughout last season, but it's obviously not a good look for him. We'll see if this lingers beyond Arians' timeline. We currently have Brown with a 44.6% chance of missing time this year.
Titans QB Marcus Mariota (leg) has been cleared for the start of training camp, HC Mike Mularkey said. Mularkey added that the team will "monitor him early on." No surprises here. Mariota has had a smooth recovery from last December's broken leg, but Tennessee will be careful with its franchise passer until we get closer to the regular season. Mariota is clearly on track to be a full-go come Week 1, though. He's a Medium injury risk in 2017.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel is dealing with a hamstring strain, according to Bill Voth of the team's official site. Samuel reportedly felt "tightness" in the hammy on Thursday and has been sent back to Charlotte to be evaluated. There's no timetable for his return to the field. Samuel didn't miss a single game at Ohio State over the past 2 years, but hamstrings have a tendency to linger.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco told reporters on Friday that he's only dealing with back "stiffness," not a disc issue. He added that he's been assured it won't be an issue throughout the season and hopes to be back on the practice field in a week. Players tend to be over-optimistic about their injuries, but all indications over the past couple of days are that this is a relatively minor issue. We'll continue to keep an eye on Flacco, but it seems like he'll be fine for Week 1.
Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) has been fully cleared for the start of camp. It's a major step after he missed all offseason practices. Despite the return, we'll need to closely monitor 1 of the biggest TE injury risks league-wide.
Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) has avoided the PUP list and will participate in the team's 1st training camp practice on Thursday night. It's been a smooth rehab from January foot surgery, although he remains the biggest injury risk at his position.
Redskins HC Jay Gruden said Thursday that the "hope" is for TE Jordan Reed to get back on the field in "about a week." He's dealing with both toe and ankle injuries. “I don’t think it’s a significant injury where anybody should worry,” Gruden said. Considering Reed's injury history, we're not just sweeping this one under the rug. He's already the most likely TE to get hurt this season.
Bears WR Cameron Meredith (thumb) has avoided the PUP list and was on the field for the team's 1st training camp practice on Thursday. He injured a thumb ligament on June 1 but is evidently good to go now. We have him with just a 6.6% chance of missing time with injury this season.
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