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.
Browns WR Corey Coleman told reporters on Thursday that he's been cleared for the start of training camp. The 2016 first-rounder missed minicamp with a sore hamstring -- a problem that's becoming too common. Coleman was redshirted as a freshman at Baylor because of hamstring trouble, missed 3 games with a hamstring injury in 2014 and sat out the first 2 preseason games last year with a bum hammy. Our model gives him a 41.4% chance of missing time with injury this season.
Broncos HC Vance Joseph announced that RB Devontae Booker will undergo surgery to repair his fractured wrist on Friday. He's expected to miss 6 weeks, which would have Booker back a few days before Week 1. Joseph expects him to be ready for the start of the regular season.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) is a full-go for the start of training camp. "No limits that I'm aware of," HC Bill Belichick said. Gronk participated in spring workouts and has had a smooth recovery from December back surgery. He remains an elevated injury risk but is also still the clear top TE in fantasy football whenever he's on the field.
Broncos RB Devontae Booker has been diagnosed with a fractured wrist. The injury reportedly occurred during OTAs in June but wasn't discovered until Booker had it looked at when he reported to training camp on Wednesday. Insider Mike Klis hears the injury might cost Booker the "first game or 2 of the regular season." Pro Football Talk has a similar timeline, with Booker out "up to 6-8 weeks." He appeared in all 16 games as a rookie last year but missed 3 games and needed surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his final college season.
Bucs RB Jeremy McNichols has been cleared for the start of training camp after post-Combine surgery on a torn labrum in his shoulder. He has catching up to do after missing all of spring workouts. There's some opportunity in Tampa's backfield with Doug Martin suspended for the first 3 games, but McNichols is at least behind Jacquizz Rodgers and Charles Sims right now.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco is dealing with a disc issue in his back, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. His timetable for return is murky. Per Rapoport, Flacco will miss "at least a week or 2" but is "is preparing to miss 3-6" weeks. The longest end of that range would have him sidelined until a few days before Baltimore's regular-season opener in Cincinnati. Flacco has been relatively durable as a pro, missing just 6 games with a torn ACL and MCL in 2015 across 9 seasons.
Redskins TE Jordan Reed was placed on the PUP list to open training camp. The Washington Post's Master Tesfatsion reports that Reed is dealing with a toe injury but adds the PUP move is "precautionary." This sounds like a minor issue -- but we're talking about a guy who's missed 18 games through 4 NFL seasons. Reed is the most likely TE to miss time with injury this year, according to our algorithms.
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