The Athletic's Jeff Howe reports that Patriots RB Rex Burkhead has a "slight tear" in his knee. "But it’s been deemed a minor injury and something he’ll be able to play through," Howe adds. This remains a murky situation (as usual with the Patriots), and no other media members have reported on Burkhead's injury as of Friday morning. We'll continue to look for updates, but Burkhead obviously comes with plenty of risk in drafts right now. It's completely unclear what's torn in his knee, how effective he'll be playing through it and how long it'll hold up. New England, of course, is still without rookie RB Sony Michel, who had fluid drained from his knee a couple of weeks ago.
Packers RB Jamaal Williams limped off the field during Thursday night's preseason game agains the Steelers with an ankle injury. We'll look for an update on the severity. Williams has been in the driver's seat for Green Bay's starting job for at least the first 2 weeks of the season with RB Aaron Jones suspended. If this ankle injury gets in the way, the Packers would be left with Ty Montgomery atop the depth chart.
Eagles QB Nick Foles injured his right (throwing) shoulder in Thursday night's preseason game against the Patriots. The team is calling it a "shoulder strain." Foles played poorly before exiting, completing just 3 of 9 passes for 44 yards. The injury is a major concern considering QB Carson Wentz isn't a lock to be ready for Week 1. Nate Sudfeld is Philly's #3 QB.
Redskins RB Samaje Perine injured his left ankle on his 1st carry of Thursday night's preseason game against the Jets. That came after RB Rob Kelley ran with QB Alex Smith and the 1st-team offense. So Perine remains behind Kelley on the depth chart and is now hurt. We'll see how long he's sidelined, but he can't afford to miss much time if he wants to pass Kelley by Week 1.
Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after undergoing surgery Wednesday morning to repair a broken finger, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Penny injured the finger in practice on Monday. Seattle's season kicks off in 3-and-a-half weeks, and Rapoport confirms that there's a chance Penny won't be ready for that one. The injury kills any chance he had to pass RB Chris Carson on the depth chart before Week 1.
Dolphins RB Kalen Ballage is in the concussion protocol, insider Armando Salguero reports. It's the 1st known concussion of the rookie's football career. We'll see how long Ballage is sidelined, but this obviously won't help his chances of earning an early-season role.
Dolphins WR DeVante Parker has fractured the middle finger on his right hand, according to The Miami Herald. HC Adam Gase says Parker is "week to week" but expressed optimism that the wideout will be ready for the regular-season opener. Parker has generated only negative buzz in training camp, including regular reports that CB Xavien Howard is consistently beating him in 1-on-1 matchups.
Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise missed Thursday night's preseason opener with what HC Pete Carroll called "a little hip injury." There's no such thing as a little injury for Prosise, who's missed 21 of 32 games over the past 2 years with a variety of ailments. Prosise had reportedly been operating as Seattle's primary 3rd-down back in training camp, but he needs to get and stay healthy if he wants to win that role.
The Colts have confirmed that rookie WR Deon Cain suffered a torn ACL in Thursday night's preseason opener against Seattle. He'll miss the rest of the season. Cain will turn 23 next August before heading into what will now be his 1st year of NFL action.
An MRI on Redskins RB Derrius Guice's injured left knee revealed a torn ACL, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Ugh. That'll end the rookie's season after a buzz-worthy spring and summer. It's worth noting that this is the same knee that Guice hyperextended at LSU last year, although it's unclear if that had anything to do with the ACL. The silver lining here is that Guice will have over 12 months to get ready for the start of the 2019 campaign. Washington is now back to Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine as early-down backs. Neither is an inspiring option. Kelley is averaging 3.9 yards per carry through 2 NFL seasons, while Perine mustered just 3.4 as a rookie last year. Kelley ran ahead of Perine in Washington's preseason opener on Thursday night, so consider him the favorite to lead the Redskins in carries for now. But the situation will be worth watching over the next month. Neither guy figures to reach beyond RB3 status, though. RB Chris Thompson will continue to dominate passing-down work in this backfield.
49ers TE George Kittle separated his shoulder in Thursday night's preseason game. The good news is that an MRI revealed no tears or structural damage," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "Not serious," Rapoport added. Kittle still figures to miss practice time, though, and we can't consider him a lock to be ready for the start of the season. We'll keep an eye on his rehab. It's worth noting that, despite missing just 1 game last year, Kittle appeared on the injury report with hamstring, calf, hip, chest, back, elbow and ankle issues.
The initial diagnosis on Redskins RB Derrius Guice's injured knee is a sprained MCL, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The rookie is undergoing an MRI today to get more details. The severity of the sprain will determine exactly how long he's sidelined. We'll pass along another update when we get one. Rob Kelley played ahead of Samaje Perine in Thursday night's preseason opener, making him the favorite to serve as Washington's early-down back if Guice misses regular-season time.
Steelers WR Antonio Brown's chiropractor revealed on Instagram Monday that Brown is dealing with a hip flexor issue. It was previously reported as a quad injury. Brown has been sidelined for about a week now and won't play in Pittsburgh's preseason opener -- but he did re-join the team on Tuesday after being in Pittsburgh to have that injury re-evaluated. We're still not worried about Brown at this point but would like to see him back on the field by next week.
Chiefs S Daniel Sorensen will need surgery on an unspecified knee injury and "will miss the first part of the season," according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Sorensen has been working as a starter so far in training camp. We'll see what happens when he returns. We'll also keep an eye out for further details on his injury.
Rams TE Gerald Everett is sidelined with a shoulder sprain, HC Sean McVay said. "You guys see him out here where he had a little splint. We’re going to be smart with him," McVay said. "So, he’ll probably be doing rehab and different things like that for at least the next week or so ... Fortunately, it’s not something right now that we felt like had to get fixed, but until you really go through that process you never know how it’s truly going to respond.” This doesn't sound like a serious issue, although McVay does make it seem like the team doesn't know exactly how long Everett will be out. We'll keep an eye on this one.
The Lions on Monday activated DE Ezekiel Ansah from the PUP list, where he had been since the start of training camp. The team officially has yet to disclose his injury, but we're assuming it's related to his spring knee surgery. Ansah is set to play 2018 under the franchise and then hit free agency in the spring.
The Bills on Sunday activated WR Zay Jones from the non-football injury list. The team website reports that he'll start out in a non-contact jersey as he practices for the 1st time since mid-May knee surgery. Jones also had surgery for a torn shoulder labrum after the season. He'll have much to prove after an ugly debut campaign following his 2nd-round selection in the draft.
Patriots RB Sony Michel suffered a knee injury in practice Wednesday that will require a "procedure," according to Jeff Howe of The Athletic. The operation is expected to keep Michel out for the entire preseason and might cost him the beginning of the regular season. We'll keep an eye out for further details on the injury and, of course, watch his recovery.
Update: According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, the procedure drained fluid from Michel's knee. He echoed Howe's report that the recovery isn't expected to reach far into the regular season -- if it does at all.
Texans WR Keke Coutee is expected to miss "a few weeks" with a hamstring injury, according to the Houston Chronicle. Coutee had a buzzy spring and looked like the favorite for Houston's #3 WR job. But this injury hurts his chances of making an early-season impact.
Titans S Johnathan Cyprien tore his left ACL in Wednesday's practice and will miss the coming season, the team announced Thursday. Cyprien is entering his 2nd season with Tennessee. He lost 6 games to a hamstring injury in 2016. The Titans look thin on experience at the position after letting S Da'Norris Searcy walk in the offseason and might look to add from a plentiful free-agent market at safety. Cyprien will turn 29 next July.
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