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Roddy White to have elbow surgery, should be ready Week 1

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 3:51pm

Vaughn McClure on Twitter - [Full Article]

Falcons HC Dan Quinn said WR Roddy White will have minor right elbow surgery but will be back for Week 1.

Fantasy Impact:

McClure added in a recent story the elbow injury White suffered last week was a cause for concern. The team didn't provide many details about the injury, which sidelined White from the second preseason game against the New York Jets. Although the initial word seemed to imply nothing significant, White experienced swelling. The team said White's elbow flared up last Thursday after a light practice without pads. If you're already a White owner or plan to take a look at him, it's something to monitor. If the elbow injury leads to White to miss the start of the season, the Falcons appear to have full confidence in newcomer Leonard Hankerson stepping into a complementary role alongside Julio Jones, McClure added.

RapSheet: 'Initial diagnosis' of a torn ACL for Packers WR Jordy Nelson

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 3:08pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

The initial diagnosis on Packers WR Jordy Nelson is a torn ACL, source said. Horrible news. Awaiting MRI results to confirm.

Fantasy Impact:

This is a bit surprising since he was reportedly moving well along the sideline. We would recommend waiting until the MRI confirmation before cutting Nelson loose as it's still pretty early in the process. This is a big blow to the Packers offense, but the team does have some depth at the position. If Davante Adams is available on the waiver wire, pick him up immediately, as he suddenly becomes a fantasy WR2. Jeff Janis and rookie Ty Montgomery will compete for snaps as the team's WR3.

RG3 already back at practice

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 2:42pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

It didn’t take long to go from Redskins coach Jay Gruden announcing that quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a concussion after getting crunched by the Lions on Thursday night to reports that Griffin was fine, which caused some media members covering the game to wonder if the diagnosis was a convenient way to keep Griffin from talking to the media after a rough night.

People holding that opinion probably won’t be swayed by what they saw on the field at Sunday’s practice. There hasn’t been much time for Griffin to get cleared through the league’s concussion protocol, but multiple reporters at the practice report that Griffin is running the starting offense during 11-on-11 drills against the Redskins defense.

Fantasy Impact:

The quick turnaround from a concussion to being cleared for a full practice will likely lead to questions for Gruden, Griffin and others in the organization about the evaluation and treatment processes. Either way, it appears Griffin is fine.

Source: Reggie Wayne to take physical with Patriots

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 2:21pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne is visiting with the New England Patriots and will take a physical Sunday with the reigning Super Bowl champions, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Wayne, who parted ways with the Colts earlier this year after spending 14 seasons with Indianapolis, arrived in New England on Saturday night, sources told Schefter.

The Patriots are currently dealing with injuries to several members of their receiving corps:

• Top receiver Julian Edelman has been out since Aug. 2 with what is believed to be a leg/ankle injury.

• No. 2 receiver Brandon LaFell, who was spotted in the offseason with a boot on his left foot, has been on the physically unable to perform list since camp opened.

Brian Tyms, a candidate for a spot as the fourth or fifth receiver, sustained a foot injury Wednesday that could threaten his season.

Aaron Dobson, a 2013 second-round pick, has reportedly been slowed by a hamstring injury.

Fantasy Impact:

It would be an interesting add to the Pats WR group which has been banged up most of camp as the story said. We haven't really got a good grasp of the injuries because the Pats are pretty hush, but this could be an indication they are worried about one or two of their current wideouts. Wayne seems like a WR who could end up having a good connection with Tom Brady, when he returns from suspension.

Packers WR Jordy Nelson limps off after non-contact leg injury

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 2:12pm

NFL Network, Twitter - [Full Article]

WR Jordy Nelson injured after first quarter catch, currently being examined in Packers locker room.

Fantasy Impact:

Click the link to see a clip of the play. Nelson stayed down for a moment then hopped up and jogged off the field. He was limping badly at first but as he made it to the sideline the limp was less noticeable. He was examined on the sideline and reportedly walked to the locker room under his own power.

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 12:58pm

MassLive.com - [Full Article]

Jimmy Garoppolo may start four games for the New England Patriots this season. He also might start zero.

The Pats potentially won't have an answer until Sept. 4, when Judge Richard Berman is supposed to make a ruling on Tom Brady's case. Until then, Garoppolo must prepare to be the starter, and the Pats must prepare for a quarter of the season without Brady.

They've got to feel much better about the situation after Saturday's win over the Saints.

Fantasy Impact:

Garoppolo went 28-of-33 for 269 yards, one touchdown and one interception as he led the Pats to victory. Yes, he did it against the New Orleans backups, but he looked in command of the offense virtually the entire game, the story said.

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 12:56pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Johnny Manziel’s push for continued improvement and, eventually, a shot to start for the Browns has been derailed again by a sore arm.

Manziel was held out of the remainder of Sunday’s practice after he came off the field holding his right arm after delivering a deep pass to rookie wide receiver Josh Lenz. After practice, Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters he does not think Manziel is dealing with a serious issue but would likely hold him out of Monday’s practice.

The Browns don’t practice Tuesday, so giving Manziel Monday off would give him almost 72 hours rest before he practices again. Pettine called it “elbow soreness” when Manziel was limited for two days in the week before the team’s first preseason game.

The third and generally most important preseason game is Aug. 29 at Tampa Bay. Manziel has not played with the starters in the first two preseason games.

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 12:54pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

When asked about his second-quarter interception on Saturday night, backup quarterback Shaun Hill chose diplomacy. When approached about the same play, wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson chose silence. But Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer offered a hint on Saturday night about what happened on the miscommunication between Hill and Patterson.

Asked what happened on the play, Zimmer said, "Yeah, there was miscommunication." Then asked if Patterson ran the wrong route, Zimmer replied with a smirk, "Probably -- if you were a betting man."

Fantasy Impact:

Those 11 words were all Zimmer said about the play, but in his second year as the Vikings' head coach, Zimmer has already become a master of saying everything while saying little. And his response suggested Patterson, who played 21 snaps on Saturday night, still has some work to do if he wants to earn the Vikings' trust as a receiver, the story said. Fantasy owners likely already knew this, however.

Zimmer: Charles Johnson 'continues to make plays'

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 9:41am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Charles Johnson isn't one of the three Vikings-drafted receivers on the roster, nor is he the prized offseason acquisition.

But since Johnson was plucked off the Cleveland Browns' practice squad nearly a year ago, he's been one of Teddy Bridgewater's favorite targets in a receiver room that has been recently bolstered with developing young talent, like fifth-round pick Stefon Diggs, and a new face in Mike Wallace.

Johnson led the team with 40 receiving yards on four catches, including a 10-yard touchdown in the second quarter of the Vikings' 20-12 preseason win over the Oakland Raiders on Saturday night.

"Charles continues to make plays," coach Mike Zimmer said. "Catches the ball, runs good routes. The touchdown he caught, I thought the guy was grabbing the heck out of him the whole way."

Fantasy Impact:

After the Vikings jettisoned Jerome Simpson last fall, Johnson joined the Vikings after spending the 2013 season rehabbing a torn ACL under then-Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Less than two months later, Johnson became the Vikings' starting split end over 29th-overall pick Cordarrelle Patterson and turned 25 catches into 415 yards as Bridgewater's go-to target in the rookie quarterback's best stretch of play in December, the story added. We see potential for Johnson and think he could at least put up low-end WR3 numbers, like he did from Week 11 on last year when he finished as WR31 in that span. We rank him 39th on our WR list, and he's getting some mid-round draft attention.

Dallas RB1 job could be on the line Sunday night

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 9:36am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Cowboys play their second preseason game Sunday night against the San Francisco 49ers.

Tony Romo is expected to get his first action, albeit briefly, but this game will mean more for the running backs: Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar. None played last week against the San Diego Chargers and all three will be available Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

Nobody will run away with the job, but they can at least ease the fears some have about the position group with a positive showing, the story said. But, fantasy owners will hopefully be able to get a look into the future in terms of which one has the most value for their team. The odds-on favorite is Joseph Randle, of course, but all three are expected to have some role in the offense.

Chris Johnson (hamstring) out 1-2 weeks

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 9:27am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Chris Johnson wasn’t able to stay healthy for long in Arizona.

Johnson, the running back signed by the Cardinals last week, did not play in last night’s preseason game against the Chargers even though the Cardinals had initially planned to get him at least a few carries. Afterward, coach Bruce Arians explained that Johnson pulled a hamstring in Thursday’s practice and will be out for a week or two.

Johnson has been very healthy in his NFL career: The only game he’s ever missed was a meaningless Week 17 game. The Cardinals will try to get him healthy in time for Week One, when they hope he looks like the Chris Johnson of old.

Fantasy Impact:

If he’s out two weeks, that means he won’t play at all for the Cardinals, and his first live action in their offense wouldn’t come until the regular season. HC Bruce Arians said about rookie David Johnson that he wouldn't play in the season without the proper time in camp, so it remains to be seen how the team treats CJ2K. The Cards RBs have been banged up all camp and the hope was CJ2K would add some stability.

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 9:21am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Bill Belichick saw New Orleans Saints receiver Brandin Cooks all week in joint practices and during Saturday night’s game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

And he saw enough.

“I’m glad we don’t have to play him twice a year,” the New England Patriots coach said after Cooks caught four passes for 117 yards – including a 45-yard touchdown – while the Saints jumped to a 21-0 lead Saturday. “He’s a really good player.”

Cooks also caught a 36-yard pass from backup quarterback Luke McCown. And he ran for seven yards on an end around before calling it a night before halftime.

Fantasy Impact:

Sure, it was only a preseason game. But the way Cooks has delivered so far this summer for the Saints, with touchdowns in each of their two games so far, is critical. They're counting on the 21-year-old second-year pro to emerge as their top playmaker this season after trading away Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills. Cooks is clearly part of the Saints transition to youth at the WR position.

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 9:19am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Minnesota Vikings made their trust in kicker Blair Walsh clear at the beginning of training camp, by giving him a four-year contract extension that included $5.25 million in guaranteed money. So there's no real reason to think Walsh's struggles in the team's first three preseason games will put his job in jeopardy any time soon.

But there's also no escaping the fact that since last December, Walsh hasn't been the same kind of dependable kicker the Vikings had when he went to the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2012, or even when he drilled 26 of 30 field goals in 2013. Since Week 14 last season, Walsh is 7-for-16 in games, and 2-for-6 in the preseason.

Fantasy Impact:

He missed three field goals and an extra point on Saturday night against the Oakland Raiders, and while swirling winds played with the trajectory of Walsh's kicks on Saturday, neither the kicker nor coach Mike Zimmer was about to accept that as an excuse. Raiders kicker Giorgio Tavecchio made both of his field goals.

Rams Beat: Brian Quick will be team's most productive pass catcher

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 9:12am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Rams WR Brian Quick hasn't really been limited except for the yellow beanie he wears, which reminds his teammates to avoid contact with him.

Other than that, to my eye, he's clearly been the team's best and most consistent receiver. He looks healthy, he sounds determined and he has a greater appreciation of the game after having it taken from him last year because of a devastating shoulder injury.

Does that mean Quick will become the No. 1 type of dominant wideout many hope he can? I don't know if I'd go that far. But barring a setback, I expect him to be the team's most productive pass catcher in 2015.

Fantasy Impact:

You've probably read a few stories on 4for4 about the Rams WRs, mostly how they don't have one standout but they expect to excel as a group. That's not always a good sign for fantasy owners, and while we have Quick rated the highest of the Rams WR, he's only 52nd on our list. The Ram WRs are more of late-round adds to fantasy teams for depth with the hope one stands out. Quick may at least give you the best odds.

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 8:33pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Eagles finally got a look at the quarterback they’re counting on saving them. No, not Tim Tebow, the other one.

But what they saw out of Sam Bradford in his first game back from his twin torn ACLs still had them holding their breath.

Bradford took several hard shots from the Ravens on his opening drive, with linebacker Terrell Suggs drawing a penalty after diving at his legs, and then defensive lineman Brandon Williams pounding him into the ground.

Fantasy Impact:

But Bradford led a crisp touchdown drive also, an 11-play, 84-yard march capped by a Ryan Mathews touchdown run. He completed 3-of-5 passes, but taking so many shots so early in his comeback will create a worry. That’s probably why Mark Sanchez took the field for the second possession, making it a short night for Bradford, the story said.

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