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Michael Crabtree has a torn Achilles
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 1:58pm
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree suffered a torn Achilles tendon during organized team activities Tuesday and will soon undergo what could be season-ending surgery, a person informed of the injury told USA TODAY Sports.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the 49ers haven't commented on the injury, which used to be an automatic season-ender but has since become one that can sometimes be rehabbed in a matter of months -- as Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers did last year.
Both players tore the tendon in the spring and returned to the field after starting the year on the physically unable to perform list.
Crabtree will miss a minimum of six months which means 2013 will be something of a lost season for him. It's a huge blow to the 49ers passing game and especially Colin Kaepernick. Anquan Boldin, Mario Manningham, A.J. Jenkins and Kyle Williams figure to split up his snaps and targets. Rookie Quinton Patton may be in the mix as well. The 49ers could also rely on Vernon Davis more heavily, though that's no sure thing given his history of erratic targets.
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 11:58am
About the Ravens' WR2 job:
"[Deonte Thompson] could sneak in there, he looks different, is fast and catches everything," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. "But the other guys like [Tandon Doss] and [David Reed] have done well and worked hard during the offseason. As I've always said, the best player will play."
It's interesting that he didn't mention Jacoby Jones, who most assume will get the chance to start. Earlier this month, Assistant GM Eric DeCosta said the team was "very excited" about Jones as a receiver this year.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 10:27am
DeMarco Murray missed one day of OTA because of a hamstring tweak.
Murray is a talented player, but this early injury underlines his relative fragility.
DeAndre Hopkins running with the starters
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 10:21am
Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins has practiced with the first-team offense, which meant he and Andre Johnson were the starting receivers. The veteran and team-captain also believes Hopkins is well on his way to contributing.
“He’s picking up everything pretty well,” Johnson said after Monday’s practice. “He went and made some plays today and that’s a good thing. I think day-by-day, he’ll continue to get better and better.”
We currently have Hopkins ranked #56 among WRs, but his stock could rise if he continues to have a good offseason.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 10:18am
Nicks is a bounceback candidate, but understandably fantasy owners are hesitant to invest a top draft pick in a player who seems to have chronic knee problems. He's currently going in the middle of the 4th round.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 10:15am
The good news for CB Darrelle Revis and the Bucs (and the bad news for everyone they play) is that Revis now has clearance to cut and change directions.
“I feel very confident,” Revis tells Andrea Kremer of NFL Network in the latest installment of Health of the Game: Project Revis. “If Todd tells me to cut, I am cutting. I am not trying to think about [it].”
Revis remains confident that he’ll return to the form that made him the best cornerback in the league.
If healthy, Revis should provide a big boost to a Buccaneers pass defense that was pretty dreadful in 2012.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 10:13am
Charles Woodson is returning to the Raiders. He's agreed to a one-year deal.
Stevie Johnson (back) returns to practice
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 10:12am
"It definitely feels good to just be out there on the field, even through the little pains I have," Johnson said.
"It's getting better every week. They gave me a six- to eight-week thing to even get on the field, and it's only been about three, so I feel good."
While it's certainly good news that Johnson's back issue appears to be clearing up, he still has a very unsettled QB situation. Buyer beware.
Calvin Johnson had broken fingers in 2012
Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 10:21am
We're not sure how one "straightens out" broken fingers, but this makes Johnson's 2012 campaign all that much more impressive. He caught 122 passes for 1,964 yards and five TDs. The news doesn't impact his position as the #1 WR in our rankings.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 10:16am
Klis: RB Willis McGahee not expected to attend OTA today. OTAs are voluntary.
Jones: RB Knowshon Moreno (knee) not cleared for team drills yet. But in uniform for individual drills.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 10:14am
The game comes outrageously easy for Josh Gordon, as he glides down the field. If Gordon keeps his concentration and work ethic at NFL caliber, he could have a breakout season in the new "throw it downfield" offense.
We currently have Gordon ranked #34 among receivers. His upside largely depends on the QB play in Cleveland.
Tony Romo has minor back surgery
Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 10:10am
Cowboys QB Tony Romo will be held out of organized team activities the next three weeks as he recovers from a minor procedure to remove a cyst from his back, but the quarterback is optimistic he will be cleared to take part in the Cowboys mini-camp next month.
There is absolutely no question about his health for the start of training camp in July.
This doesn't sound like it's anything to worry about. Fantasy owners should still be able to get Romo as the 11th or 12th QB off the board in the 7th-9th rounds in August.
Rob Gronkowski's infection has cleared up
Monday, May 20, 2013, 7:12pm
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that the star tight end had new plates put into his troublesome left forearm, and doctors have determined the infection in the arm is gone, according to a source. No further surgery is planned at this time.
The team now can turn its primary focus to Gronkowski's other issue -- chronic back pain. Gronkowski recently underwent an MRI to determine the severity of the injury and will see spine specialist Robert Watkins in three to four weeks in California for a consultation, NFL.com's Albert Breer reported.
The Patriots hope Gronkowski's back issue can be treated without surgery and the rehab process can be concurrent with the forearm. Gronk isn't in the clear by any stretch, but Monday was a positive development in the Patriots' hope that they have their star on the field by Week 1.
This is obviously great news for Gronk and his owners. The plan now is to see a spine specialist. If he has to have back surgery, it is estimated to take 10 weeks to recover which would put his return somewhere around mid-August. He could still be a great value in 2013, but he does come with considerable risk. We'd be more comfortable with Jimmy Graham in the 2nd/3rd rounds.
Monday, May 20, 2013, 10:21am
Lions WR Ryan Broyles is currently recovering from his second ACL injury in two seasons. Detroit did not draft a receiver early this offseason, which means the Lions must be comfortable with Broyles' progress. He had six receptions for 126 yards against the Houston Texans before sustaining his latest injury. If that is the type of production Broyles can provide consistently when healthy, he can be a solid contributor.
Monday, May 20, 2013, 10:15am