The Broncos on Monday ensured that OLB Shane Ray will miss at least half the season while recovering from surgery for a torn wrist ligament. They placed him on IR to make room for QB Brock Osweiler. The team could still designate Ray for return, which seems likely given that his original return timeline would have put him back on the field before midseason.
The Broncos have placed WR Carlos Henderson (thumb) on IR. He had surgery in mid-August to repair a torn ligament in his thumb. He wasn't ready to contribute this year.
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the Niners will place rookie RB Joe Williams on IR with an ankle injury. Williams did leave Thursday night's preseason finale with the injury, but we hadn't heard about it being serious. This move might be motivated at least in part by Williams' lack of readiness to contribute this season. We'll see about the official diagnosis on the ankle.
Titans WR Tajae Sharpe will be placed on IR and miss the 2017 season, according to The Tennessean. Sharpe reportedly suffered a re-injury Thursday night to the foot he had surgically repaired in the offseason. The team will determine whether he'll need a 2nd operation. Placing him on IR before finalizing the 53-man roster makes Sharpe ineligible to be designated for return this season.
The Lions activated DE Ezekiel Ansah off the PUP list Friday. Ansah missed all of training camp and the preseason with an injury that the team has refused to specify. Ansah spent nearly all of last season dealing with the fallout from a high ankle sprain, and he has had recurring shoulder issues during his career. We'll keep an eye on his status next week, but Ansah appears on track to play in the opener.
Bengals WR John Ross is expected to be out a "couple of weeks" with the left knee injury suffered in Thursday's preseason finale, according to Geoff Hobson of the team's official site. "Not serious," Hobson adds. It's relatively good news, but durability remains a major concern for Ross. This left knee is the same one in which he tore his ACL and meniscus back in 2015.
The Bills expect QB Tyrod Taylor to return from his concussion in time to play the season opener against the Jets, GM Brandon Beane said during a radio interview Friday. Rookie Nathan Peterman would step in if Taylor has a setback.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel injured his ankle in Thursday's preseason finale. No word yet on the severity. Samuel was already behind after missing about 2 weeks in early August with a hamstring problem.
Bengals WR John Ross was knocked out of Thursday's preseason finale with a left knee injury. He went to the locker room before eventually returning to the sidelines. That might suggest a minor injury, but we'll look for an update. It's worth noting that Ross tore his left ACL and meniscus back in 2015. That's part of a lengthy injury history that he brought with him to the NFL.
Chiefs RB Spencer Ware has been diagnosed with a torn PCL and LCL, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He'll undergo surgery and is done for the season. Multi-ligament injuries are extremely tough and lengthy rehabs. We'll track Ware's progress, but don't consider him a lock to be ready for the start of the 2018 campaign.
Bears WR Cameron Meredith has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and a "minor tear" of his MCL, according to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs. It's relatively good news.He's done for the 2017 season but is looking at an 8-month rehab timeline -- rather than 12+ months if he had suffered more damage to his left knee. Barring setbacks, Meredith should be ready at least for the start of next year's training camp.
Broncos QB Paxton Lynch will miss "at least a few weeks" with a sprained shoulder suffered in Saturday's preseason game, according to insider Mike Klis. Lynch doesn't need surgery. When healthy, he'll back up QB Trevor Siemian.
Bengals TE Tyler Eifert was held out of Sunday's preseason game with knee tendinitis, HC Marvin Lewis said. Lewis downplayed the situation, but we don't consider anything minor when it comes to Eifert. He's missed 27 games through 4 NFL seasons with a variety of injuries. None have been to his knee, which we guess is a good thing. We'll see when Eifert is able to get back on the field and whether the issue lingers.
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill exited Sunday's preseason game with an ankle injury. We didn't notice the injury, and Hill told the media afterward that he's fine, according to insider Jim Owczarski. We'll keep an eye on him going forward. Hill has missed just 1 game through 3 NFL seasons. Our model gives him a 23.8% chance of injury in 2017.
Jets QB Bryce Petty suffered a Grade 1 MCL sprain in Saturday's preseason game against the Giants, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It's a minor injury -- and Petty is hoping to play in Thursday's preseason finale, per Schefter.
Broncos QB Paxton Lynch suffered a right shoulder bruise in Saturday night's game against the Packers. HC Vance Joseph said afterward that he's "not too concerned." Lynch, of course, had already lost the starting job to Trevor Siemian.
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas suffered a groin injury in Saturday night's game against the Packers. Denver has ruled him out for the rest of the game. We'll see what the team says as far as an official diagnosis and timetable for return.
Bills QB Tyrod Taylor went down with a concussion in Saturday's preseason game vs. Baltimore. Fortunately, our database shows that it's his first concussion. He'll have about 2 weeks to clear the NFL's concussion protocol before a Week 1 date with the Jets.
ESPN's Mike Reiss notes that Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell has been "slowed" by a knee injury. Mitchell injured his right knee 2 separate times in college, including a torn ACL in 2013. "His availability at this time remains an unknown," Reiss adds. We'll keep an eye on him.
NFL Network's Albert Breer reports that an MRI on Patriots WR Julian Edelman's right knee confirmed a "complete ACL tear." He's done for the season and is tasked with a lengthy rehab. If all goes smoothly, he'll be ready for the start of training camp next year. But Edelman will be 32 years old at that point. Our model figures to peg him as a high injury risk in 2018.
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