Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin had a "sore knee" when he arrived at training camp and will be sidelined "a couple weeks," HC Pete Carroll said Tuesday. "It's a little bit of a problem," Carroll added. We'll look for more details on Baldwin's injury, but it doesn't sound like he's in jeopardy of missing the start of the season, which is still 5-and-a-half weeks away.
Jets RB Elijah McGuire will undergo surgery on his broken foot and is expected to miss 3-6 weeks, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The short end of that timetable would have him back in late August; the long end would keep him out through the season opener. Foot injuries are notoriously tricky to return from, so we're considering McGuire questionable at best for Week 1.
Seahawks DE Frank Clark had wrist surgery in June, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. Clark has participated on a limited basis in training-camp practices so far, but it's not yet clear when he'll be a full go. Clark said on Twitter that he played through broken bones in both hands last season, eschewing the in-season surgery option because he didn't want to face the 8-10 week recovery timeline.
The Browns placed S Jabrill Peppers on the PUP list to begin training camp, as the 2nd-year player deals with a groin strain. We'll see how long the issue keeps him out. Peppers faces potential competition from Derrick Kindred for his starting job after a lackluster rookie season.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has decided to practice with no brace on his surgically repaired left knee. He told the Pioneer Press that he chose to test the knee without a brace before camp and got a thumbs up from the training staff to go ahead. Cook tore the ACL in that knee in Week 4 last season but appears to be back to full strength heading into the 2018 season.
Texans RB D'Onta Foreman will open training camp on the active/PUP list as he continues rehabbing last November's torn Achilles. Foreman has been setback-free so far, and GM Brian Gaine said earlier this offseason that he expects Foreman to be ready for Week 1. Still, the 2nd-year back will need to get on the field quickly if he wants to push RB Lamar Miller for early-season touches.
Redskins RB Chris Thompson is ready for the start of training camp after going down with a broken leg last November. "I'm feeling pretty good right now, I will start practicing w/ the guys from day one but just taking it slowly," he said Monday. "The focus is to really be ready by that first regular season game." That broken leg shouldn't be a factor this year, but Thompson's lengthy injury history remains a concern.
Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell underwent surgery on his knee on Monday, according to the Providence Journal's Mark Daniels. It's presumably the same right knee that he injured late in 2016 and caused him to miss the entire 2017 season. Now Mitchell's 2018 campaign "looks to be in jeopardy," Daniels writes.
Update: The procedure on Mitchell's knee was "aimed at hoping to accelerate healing," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (knee) is ready for the start of training camp, HC Andy Reid said. Ware missed the entire 2017 campaign with a torn PCL and LCL in his right knee. He was set to open last season in a committee with Kareem Hunt but obviously returns as a pure backup.
Seahawks S Kam Chancellor announced in a lengthy Twitter post Sunday that it's "time for the next chapter." Although he's reportedly not officially retiring just yet, it's clear that Chancellor's neck injury will at least not allow him to return this season. And his career is likely over. Bradley McDougald will continue starting in Chancellor's vacated strong safety spot, as he did for the 2nd half of 2017.
49ers WR Trent Taylor underwent what HC Kyle Shanahan called a "minor" back surgery earlier this offseason. Taylor has been sidelined since but is expected to be ready "at or near the beginning of training camp," per Shanny. Taylor hauled in 43 of 60 targets (71.7%) for 430 yards and 2 TDs as a rookie last year. He faces stiff competition for playing time this season, though, with 2nd-round rookie Dante Pettis joining veterans Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin. We'll see how soon Taylor is able to get back on the field, but he's not worth a pick in fantasy drafts right now.
Seahawks S Kam Chancellor's 2018 -- and career -- could be in jeopardy because of the neck injury that ended his 2017. GM John Schneider said this spring that Chancellor will have another "scan" on the injured area in either late June or early July to determine whether he can return to the field. If Chancellor can't play in 2018, then Bradley McDougald would continue to start in his place.
Seahawks WR Brandon Marshall revealed on Wednesday that he had toe surgery last year to address an issue that's bothered him since the 2015 season. That was in addition to the surgery he had on the injured left ankle that ended his 2017 campaign. “Knew I needed surgery but it was one of those things where I was going to wait until I retire because a surgery like that it takes five, six, seven months to get back right," Marshall explained. "I didn’t want to lose my offseason so I was going to wait until I retire. When I snapped my ankle I said ‘well, I’ve got half of the season and then I’ve got the offseason so I might as well do it now.’ That’s the thing that took the longest." Marshall said he's now running pain-free but also admitted he's not yet in football shape.
Bills HC Sean McDermott announced today that WR Zay Jones underwent knee surgery last week. That'll cost him the entire offseason program, although McDermott said Jones isn't a candidate to miss the regular season "at this point." The 2017 second-round pick missed 1 game with a knee issue as a rookie and also underwent shoulder surgery in January.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry suffered a torn ACL in Tuesday's OTA session, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. "Did it during a drill, running downfield, untouched," Schefter tweeted. Freed from Antonio Gates' shadow, Henry was a prime breakout candidate entering his 3rd NFL season. He'll now miss the entire 2018 campaign.
Rams WR Josh Reynolds revealed Monday that he had surgery after the season to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. The injury occurred on a punt return in the 4th quarter of L.A.'s playoff loss to the Saints. He's spent most of the offseason rehabbing but is able to participate in this week's OTAs. "I can’t really press block with all the special teams stuff. Other than that, it’s healed," Reynolds said. "I’ll be about 100 percent (by training camp.)"
Eagles DE Brandon Graham is still dealing with a high right ankle sprain that he suffered in Week 16 of last season. ESPN's Tim McManus reports that Graham had surgery recently to promote faster healing in the joint. The sprain didn't keep Graham from competing in the playoffs, where he delivered a Super Bowl-sealing strip-sack. He's likely to sit out spring workouts. We'll see if the ankle inhibits him into summer.
Texans HC Bill O'Brien said Monday that QB Deshaun Watson (knee) is "on schedule" to participate in training camp. Reports on Watson's recovery from last November's torn ACL have been glowing all offseason. He'll be about 10 months removed from the injury when the 2018 campaign kicks off. We'll see whether his mobility is compromised, but it's worth noting that Watson has experience returning from this injury after tearing his ACL at Clemson back in 2014.
Giants RB Paul Perkins had surgery in late April to repair a torn pectoral muscle. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports that the team waived/injured the player this week, with the non-football injury designation. If no other team claims Perkins, he'll revert to IR with the Giants. Of course, he faces a longer trip back to relevance.
Eagles QB Carson Wentz said Monday that his "goal is to be ready Week 1" as he recovers from last December's torn ACL and LCL in his left knee."Rehab has been great," he added. "It's quite the process. So far everything is going well." Even without setbacks, Wentz is right up against it with the 2018 campaign kicking off just about 9 months after his injury. He won't do much in training camp, is unlikely to get any preseason reps and shouldn't be considered a lock to be out there for the opener.
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