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.
Bengals WR John Ross (shoulder) is still expected to be sidelined a "couple of weeks," according to the team's official website. The rookie continues to rehab from surgery to repair a torn labrum. Missing all of spring workouts and the start of training camp makes him a long shot to make an early-season impact.
Broncos RB Jamaal Charles (knee) has been cleared for the start of training camp, HC Vance Joseph announced. He missed all but 3 games last season and underwent surgeries on both knees in November. That followed torn ACLs in both 2011 and 2015. Now 30, Charles is 1 of the biggest injury risks at his position.
Falcons HC Dan Quinn said Wednesday that WR Julio Jones (foot) will be limited to begin training camp. That he'll be out there at all this early on is a good sign. Jones is returning from surgery to remove a bunion from his left foot on March 6. There's been nothing to suggest that it'll be an issue when Week 1 rolls around. Jones surprisingly has only a 44.3% chance of missing time this season -- just 18th most among WRs.
Steelers WR Sammie Coates had his knee scoped last week and will miss the start of training camp, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Coates "could" return in mid-August, per Fowler, but is also a candidate for the regular-season PUP list (which would cost him the first 6 games). He played through fractures and tendon damage in his left ring and index fingers last season and then underwent groin surgery in February. Coates needs to get and stay healthy if he wants to make Pittsburgh's roster.
Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon will miss the entire 2017 season after undergoing surgery today to repair his torn meniscus, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The meniscus needed to be completely repaired, rather than the trimming procedure that would have sidelined him 6-8 weeks. Dixon's rehab is now expected to take 4-5 months. He should be a full-go for the start of the 2018 campaign, but he's now had 3 knee injuries in just a little more than a year in the NFL.
Ravens TE Maxx Williams (knee) has avoided the PUP list and is ready for the start of training camp. He underwent a reportedly rare knee surgery this offseason, but it looks like that'll be a non-issue going forward. Williams has also dealt with hamstring, ankle and concussion issues as a pro, though, so durability is a concern.
Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon will undergo knee surgery today, according to the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec. The team believes Dixon has a torn meniscus but will know more after the operation. Zrebiec notes that meniscus tears usually sideline guys for 6-8 weeks -- but that can vary based on the severity. Dixon, of course, is suspended for the first 4 games of the season, so it's possible that this injury doesn't cost him any additional time. But he'll likely miss all of training camp and the preseason, costing him valuable reps to earn playing time. It's also worth noting that Dixon suffered a pair of knee injuries last summer, so durability is certainly becoming a concern. We already had him as an elevated injury risk this year.
Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower will begin training camp on the PUP list. It's not yet clear what issue is limiting him, but Hightower has endured recurring knee trouble and dealt with a shoulder injury in the postseason. New England re-signed him in free agency, however, so expect Hightower to be ready for the regular season.
ESPN reports that Colts S Clayton Geathers will open 2017 on the PUP list because of the neck injury that ended his 2016 campaign. Geathers tried other treatments but eventually required March surgery. He has yet to return to action and now looks like a question mark for 2017 at all. The situation has knocked him from potential sleeper to non-factor in 2017 IDP rankings. Indy enters camp with rookie S Malik Hooker and converted CB Darius Butler the leading candidates to start at safety.
Chiefs TE Travis Kelce avoided the PUP list to open training camp after undergoing shoulder surgery early in the offseason. We never got any details about his injury or the procedure, but it never seemed like something that would impact his 2017 campaign. Kelce hasn't missed a game in the last 3 seasons and has just a 12% chance of missing time this year.
Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) has been placed on the active PUP list to start training camp. It's not a major surprise. And remember that he can be activated at any time and play Week 1. GM Chris Ballard did reveal on Monday that Luck has resumed throwing, hasn't experienced any setbacks and is on track to be ready for the start of the season. Ballard added that Luck is now working on "rebuilding strength" in his throwing shoulder. Neither the team nor Luck has expressed much concern about the situation this offseason, but there remains added risk here until we see him on the field. We have him with a 35.4% chance of missing time this year -- 11th highest among QBs.
Eagles WR Jordan Matthews will be limited at the start of training camp as he continues to deal with knee tendinitis, HC Doug Pederson said Monday. Matthews dealt with the issue throughout the offseason program. Pederson doesn't expect the problem to stretch into the regular season, but it bears monitoring over the next few weeks. Matthews has missed just 2 games through 3 NFL seasons and has just a 14% chance to miss time in 2017, according to our algorithms.
Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) has been placed on the active PUP list to begin training camp. He's still rehabbing from March 22 ankle surgery. Murray is eligible to be activated at any time but needs to get on the field in a hurry after missing all of offseason workouts. He's an elevated injury risk in 2017.
Bengals insider Jim Owczarski expects RB Gio Bernard (knee) to be cleared for the start of training camp later this week after tearing his ACL last November. Bernard will almost certainly be eased in, but it's good news after a June report that had Bernard iffy for Week 1. It now looks like he's on track for the opener, barring a setback over the next 6 weeks. Bernard is less of an injury risk than you might think. He missed just 3 total games over his first 3 NFL seasons.
Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) will likely be ready for the start of training camp later this week, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Jim Owczarski. Eifert himself said back in April that he expected to be on the field for camp after undergoing back surgery in December. He'll likely be eased in -- and we'll see whether the Bengals put him on the field for any preseason action. Our algorithms have Eifert as the 4th biggest injury risk among TEs.
It's "unclear" if Seahawks RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) will be at 100% when training camp opens on July 30, according to the Seattle Times' Bob Condotta. Lacy underwent surgery way back in October for what he described as an injury to the deltoid ligament in his ankle. "So I had to get two screws, two wires and a plate to fix it," Lacy said. We haven't heard any concern that he won't be ready come Week 1, but his status will be worth keeping a close eye on the rest of the summer.
Allen got a verbal endorsement from his starting QB Philip Rivers. He "looks like himself," Rivers said of the star WR who tore his ACL in the 2016 season opener. "He looks just as good as before he got hurt." Allen will be a calendar year removed from his blown ACL when the 2017 regular season kicks off. He'll again be the Chargers go-to WR with rookie Mike Williams looking unlikely to make an early-season impact.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that "there is concern" that Chargers WR Mike Williams will need season-ending back surgery. The rookie suffered what was deemed a "mild disc herniation in his lower back" in mid-May and has been sidelined since. According to Schefter, the Chargers are hoping that a 2nd epidural Williams recently received will allow him to avoid surgery and return to the field at some point during training camp. "This may be a lot more serious than people thought," a source told Schefter. Another source, though, was optimistic that Williams will not need surgery. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, meanwhile, hears from 2 sources that surgery is "NOT on the table now." Williams fractured a vertebrae in his back in the 1st game of the 2015 season, although it's still unclear if this is related. Regardless, this latest issue is certainly a concern both short- and long-term.
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