Injury News

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.

Seahawks WR Paul Richardson suffered a sprain to the A/C joint in his right shoulder in Sunday night's preseason opener against the Chargers. The Seattle Times reports that HC Pete Carroll wouldn't put a timetable on the injury after the game but said, "It's going to be a bit." Richardson has been working as a starter ahead of Jermaine Kearse. The team also has Tyler Lockett working back from the broken fibula that ended his 2016 season in December.

Bears WR Markus Wheaton fractured his left pinkie during Sunday's practice, HC John Fox said. He fractured the same finger back in 2013, had surgery and missed 4 games. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined this time -- or if he'll simply play through it. Wheaton was limited in spring workouts coming off shoulder surgery and missed the first couple of weeks of training camp after undergoing an appendectomy. Our model gives him a 20% chance of injury this season.

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi is out of the concussion protocol, HC Adam Gase announced on Sunday. The concussion -- the 1st of his career -- is worth filing away in case he sustains another, but it's a non-factor for his 2017 fantasy football value now.

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette was held out of Sunday's training-camp practice with a foot injury. “It’s been something that has been growing,” HC Doug Marrone said. “It’s just one of those nagging things. The other day, it was sore so we said, ‘Hey, let’s not take any chances. Let’s take cautionary measures so it can’t be something worse.’” Marrone also insinuated that Fournette will likely be held out of this coming Thursday's preseason game. We'll keep a close eye on the rookie going forward. He was bothered by an ankle injury all last season and has a 31.1% chance of injury this year, according to our model.

Ravens WR Breshad Perriman has been sidelined since August 1 with a hamstring injury. There's no timetable for his return. It's the latest issue in what's been an injury-ravaged start to Perriman's NFL career. He tore his PCL in 2015 and his ACL last year.

Broncos WR Carlos Henderson will undergo thumb surgery on Sunday, reports the Denver Post's Nicki Jhabvala. We don't have a timetable for the rookie's return yet, but he'll be hard-pressed to be ready by Week 1. Henderson was battling for the #3 WR job behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (concussion) was back participating in individual drills on Sunday, according to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero. Ajayi remains in the concussion protocol, Salguero notes, but he's moving in the right direction again after possibly suffering a setback. There's still no reason to believe that Ajayi won't be fully cleared ahead of Week 1, but we'll continue to track the situation.

Broncos DE Derek Wolfe left Saturday's practice on a cart with what turned out to be a "really bad sprain," ESPN's Josina Anderson reported. Wolfe also said he suffered a ligament tear but reportedly hopes to be back to full strength by Week 1. Denver could use a relatively quick recovery after losing OLB Shane Ray to wrist surgery and DE Billy Winn to an ACL tear.

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (concussion) did not practice on Saturday after taking part in individual drills earlier this week. "That likely means he suffered a setback in stage 3 of the concussion protocol program," the Sun-Sentinel's Omar Kelly tweeted. It's more of an educated guess than a report from Kelly, but it's certainly concerning that Ajayi still hasn't been cleared nearly 2 weeks after sustaining the concussion.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster suffered a concussion in Friday night's exhibition opener against the Giants. HC Mike Tomlin announced after the game that the rookie wideout had entered the league's concussion protocol after Smith-Schuster left the game for evaluation. We'll see how long he takes to recover.

Dolphins rookie LB Raekwon McMillan tore the ACL in his right knee in Thursday night's preseason opener against Atlanta. He had been working as the team's starter in the middle but will now obviously miss the 2017 season. The Miami Herald reports that Mike Hull will get the 1st shot to replace McMillan this year.