The Saints lost LB Kwon Alexander for the season when he tore his right Achilles' tendon in the Week 16 win over the Vikings. Alexander will need surgery and faces a long rehab to make it back for any portion of the 2021 season. Big salaries over the final 2 years of his contract make him an offseason cut candidate.
Colts FS Malik Hooker suffered an Achilles' tendon tear in Sunday's win over the Vikings. That will knock him out for the remainder of the season. Hooker previously landed on IR as a 2017 rookie after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee mid-season. Rookie Julian Blackmon takes over for Hooker, who will hit unrestricted free agency in March.
Steelers WR Diontae Johnson told reporters on Wednesday that he's back to 100% after offseason sports-hernia surgery. Johnson suffered the groin injury in Week 2 last year but was able to battle through it. It makes his 59-680-5 receiving line as a rookie even more impressive. Johnson has real breakout potential in 2020 if QB Ben Roethlisberger can stay on the field.
Seahawks RB Chris Carson (hip) avoided the PUP list to open training camp. The team has been optimistic all offseason about his recovery from last December's fractured hip, but avoiding the PUP list is the 1st tangible sign of progress we've seen. Barring a setback, Carson should open the season as Seattle's clear lead back. He averaged 19.3 carries and 3.3 targets in his 14 full games last year.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger told reporters on Tuesday that his arm feels "really good." He added that he'll be on a "pitch count" in training camp. Big Ben's return from last September's surgery on his throwing elbow is 1 of the bigger fantasy storylines of the summer. Unfortunately, we won't get to see him in preseason action -- and even his on-field camp time will be limited. It obviously adds risk to both Roethlisberger and his pass-catchers.
The Seahawks placed RB Rashaad Penny (knee) on the active/PUP list. No surprise here. Penny is still rehabbing from last December's torn ACL and is a candidate for the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him the first 6 games of the season. He's only worth considering in fantasy drafts over 20 rounds. Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde figure to open the season as Seattle's top 2 RBs.
Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny will miss the rest of the season after tearing his left ACL against the Rams on Sunday night. HC Pete Carroll announced the extent of the injury Monday. The timing could challenge Penny's ability to make it back for the start of the 2020 season. We'll track his status through the summer.
The Browns will miss S Morgan Burnett for the rest of the season after he tore his left Achilles' tendon in the Week 11 win over the Steelers. Burnett now faces surgery and will turn 31 in January. We'll see if he remains a Brown through the final year on his contract and whether he's ready for the start of the 2020 season.
Dolphins rookie WR Preston Williams tore the ACL in his right knee in Sunday's win over the Jets. Williams left the field on a cart in the 4th quarter, and a Monday MRI confirmed the injury, according to ESPN. Williams will miss the rest of the season. We'll track his offseason progress to see if he's ready to start the 2020 campaign on time.
Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in Sunday night's win over the Chargers, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Tuitt will have surgery and should be ready for the 2020 season.
The Giants placed WR Sterling Shepard in the concussion protocol Monday morning for the 2nd time this season. Shepard didn't leave Sunday's loss to the Vikings but exhibited symptoms at team headquarters Monday morning. Shepard previously missed the Week 2 loss to Buffalo with a concussion.
Giants RB Saquon Barkley suffered a high right ankle sprain in Sunday's win over the Buccaneers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The injury is expected to cost Barkley at least the "next several weeks." Wayne Gallman looks like the lead back while Barkley is out.
Steelers FS Sean Davis landed on IR this week after tearing the labrum in his right shoulder. It's not yet clear whether he'll need surgery, but the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Davis isn't expected to miss the rest of the season. Davis previously had surgery for a torn shoulder labrum following the 2016 season, though we haven't seen which shoulder was affected in that case.
Jaguars MLB Myles Jack left Thursday night's game early with a concussion. He'll now need to pass through the league concussion protocol before returning. It appears to be the 1st known concussion of Jacks' NFL career.
Colts LB Darius Leonard is in the league protocol following Sunday's game against the Titans. HC Frank Reich told reporters Monday that Leonard developed symptoms after the game. We'll see if he can make it through the league protocol in time for Sunday's home date with the Falcons.
The Browns have ruled S Damarious Randall out for Monday night's game against the Jets after he arrived at team facilities Saturday with a concussion, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. It's at least the 2nd concussion of his career. Randall suffered 1 in the 2017 preseason while with the Packers.
Buccaneers DE/OLB Jason Pierre-Paul has been out since a spring car accident caused a neck fracture. ESPN's Jenna Laine reports that doctors have cleared him to begin rehab. She adds, however, that there remains no timetable for his return to the field and that the Bucs "absolutely will not rush this."
ESPN's Jenna Laine reports that Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones returned to the practice field Friday. Jones had been out since hyperextending his left knee in the 2nd preseason game. But he missed less than a week. The injury doesn't seem like something we need to worry about. Jones' slow development, on the other hand, looks like a significant issue.
Giants WR Golden Tate missed practice Sunday, and the team announced that he's in the concussion protocol. Expect the Giants to be conservative with the veteran, but this appears to be his 1st known concussion as a pro. Tate, of course, is suspended for the 1st 4 weeks of the regular season under the league's PED policy.
Chargers S Derwin James will have surgery on his right foot after suffering a stress fracture to the 5th metatarsal, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Foot specialist Robert Anderson will perform the surgery, and James is then expected to miss about 3 months. That does, at least, keep him a candidate to come off IR late in the year.
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