The Training Room: Preseason Week 2 Injury Updates

The Training Room: Preseason Week 2 Injury Updates

By Russell Manalastas (Injury Expert), last updated Aug 12, 2014

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Russ is a Board Certified Sports Physical Therapist and Clinical Director at Lattimore Physical Therapy in Rochester, NY. He has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University at Buffalo as well as his Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science. His board certification credentials in sports is what is required for PT's that work at the NFL level. Russ provides a unique perspective on NFL injuries as they relate to fantasy football.

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Ahhh preseason football is back! There’s nothing quite like watching the first 10 plays of a game to either make you feel good or uneasy about certain players you’re targeting in your drafts. All jokes aside, preseason football does give you some good insight into how players look, what concerns you might have about position battles, and potential sleepers to keep an eye out for. Doing your homework is one thing, but having to worry about what a player’s status is before the season starts because of injury is another. Let’s look at some injuries that have happened heading into Preseason Week 1 to get an idea if you should be concerned or confident in drafting them. 

Side Note: A lot of players have gone down with hamstring strains since the start of training camp, and although they are important to monitor for re-aggravations, setbacks, etc., most of the players who sustained them should recover before the start of the season.


Knowshon Moreno

Knee Scope: Pain in the knee with no real diagnosis can lead to the knee being arthroscopically looked at to see what the source of pain is. No details were revealed as to what tissue was removed or debrided to help alleviate the discomfort.

Bottom Line: Moreno was already behind Lamar Miller when OTA’s started due to his conditioning, with the knee seeming to play a role in that looking back at the situation now. Moreno is finally off the PUP list and is back at practice with the Dolphins, but still needs to work his legs back into game shape. I don’t think the knee surgery will be a lingering issue moving forward, as it seems the doctor may have just cleaned up some cartilage that was causing the discomfort since no definitive procedure was revealed. With his ADP currently in the 12th round in 10 team leagues, he could provide a boost if he he’s healthy and if he can show he was more than a product of a Peyton Manning led offense.


Toby Gerhart

Hip Flexor Tightness: The hip flexors are a group of muscles in the front part of the hip/thigh that allows your knee to be lifted up properly with walking/running.

Bottom Line: I wouldn’t be too concerned with this unless Gerhart continues to be held out of multiples practices or preseason games due to the injury. Ray Rice’s hip flexor strain last year sapped his ability to accelerate and make the necessary cuts as a running back, so although it’s nothing to be concerned about at first, continue to monitor practices to make sure he’s back in practice without restrictions.


Montee Ball


Bottom Line: There shouldn’t be anything to worry about here as long as he recovers well without complications. The only setback he could potentially face is if he develops an infection from the surgery, which although possible, is highly unlikely. Conditioning will be the biggest limitation early on after an appendectomy so his workload could be reduced to start off the season. I would continue to draft Ball where his current ADP is as most NFL player’s recover within 2-3 weeks from the surgery.


Marquees Wilson

Fractured Clavicle: Your clavicle (also known as your collarbone) is the main bone that connects your shoulder girdle to your sternum. The main job of your collarbone is to help with shoulder and upper arm movement as well as being a main site for many muscular attachments.

Bottom Line: Wilson had surgery this last week to repair the fracture in his clavicle. There has been no news if the Bears plan to put him on the IR/designated for return list. Normal recovery time is around 6-8 weeks, which can vary depending on the location of the fracture. Keep an eye on his progress during the season, as he could be a potential waiver pick up as he was in line to be the Bears WR3 heading into this season before the injury.


Aaron Dobson

Screw fixation into 5th metatarsal due to stress fracture: see my past Training Room article on Dobson here for a description.

Bottom Line: It’s never a good sign when we have to update a situation on a player we just wrote about a few weeks ago. Dobson has yet to start practicing as he’s still on the PUP, and we probably won’t know when he’ll be back on the field considering he’s on the tight lipped Patriots. There was initial concern after news revealed Dobson had a screw inserted into his foot to allow the bone to heal properly, but now that it’s been almost 5 months since his surgery, there’s a good possibility that Dobson could start the regular season on the PUP if he doesn’t ramp up his activity. Dobson still projects to be a good breakout candidate, but his stock will continue to fall fast if he can’t show that he’s healthy.

UPDATE 8/11: Dobson returned to practice in limited fashion. Definitely good news for Dobson as he's struggled mightily to try to get healthy since his foot surgery. Keep an eye on upcoming Patriots preseason games to make sure he looks healthy before taking a chance on him. I am sure his ADP will rise once he can prove he's healthy, but he's still a risky proposition at this point due to lack of reps and game speed conditions. 


Jordan Cameron

AC Joint Sprain: Direct trauma to the acromioclavicular (AC) joint cause disruption of the ligaments around the area that help support it. 

Bottom Line: Reports were that if it were the regular season, Cameron would be playing so that should comfort people who have been targeting him in drafts. Continue as you normally would.


Riley Cooper

Sprained foot: There are 33 joints in the foot, with many muscles, ligaments, and tendons attaching to each joint. A sprain can occur when overloading the joint by putting excessive pressure by running, twisting, or pushing off of that area.

Bottom Line: Cooper was back at practice this past weekend after being in a boot for a few days to allow the foot pain to settle. Foot pain can have a tendency to linger if not managed properly, so keep an eye on his progress to make sure he’s seeing some reps during pre-season to feel safe drafting him. I wouldn’t be too concerned though as he wasn’t in the boot for an extended amount of time and he should be practicing in full moving forward. 

Filed Under: Preseason, 2014

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