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Packers RB Jamaal Williams injures ankle

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 9:43pm

Michael Cohen - [Full Article]

Packers running back Jamaal Williams left Green Bay's second preseason game with an ankle injury.

Fantasy Impact:

The severity of the injury is unknown, but with Aaron Jones already suspended for the first two games of the season, the Packers could find themselves thin at running back to open the year if this is serious. Ty Montgomery figures to handle most of the workload if both Williams and Jones are out.

Redskins RB Samaje Perine sprains ankle

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 9:35pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Redskins running back Samaje Perine sprained his ankle in Washington's second preseason game.

Fantasy Impact:

With Derrius Guice out for the season, Perine was in line to pick up a bigger load carrying the football. That may already be out the window depending on the severity of this injury. Rob Kelley will likely be the Redskins' early-down running back until further notice.

Jets beat expects QB Sam Darnold to start Week 1

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 3:43pm

NY Daily News - [Full Article]

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News expects Sam Darnold to be the Week 1 starter at quarterback. He stated it would "be an upset" for him to not start.

Fantasy Impact:

Josh McCown has been great for fantasy purposes, so this may not necessarily be a good thing for Jets skill players from that perspective. Still, it is likely the best long-term move for the Jets, who need to spark their franchise. No Jets quarterback is draftable right now in single-quarterback formats, but hopefully no matter who the starter is, they can continue to get the most out of wide receiver Robby Anderson.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger cleared after head injury

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 3:39pm

Gerry Dulac - [Full Article]

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is out of the concussion protocol and is "fine".

Fantasy Impact:

There was some holding of breathe after Roethlisberger took a shot to the head in practice this week, but it appears that all is well with the veteran passer. You may continue to draft Steeler receivers as normal.

Titans TE Delanie Walker being evaluated for injury

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 3:36pm

John Glennon - [Full Article]

Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said tight end Delanie Walker is being evaluated after suffering an injury in practice.

Fantasy Impact:

Vrabel said he will likely not update the media regarding the extent of the injury, so we will have to do some waiting to find out exactly what is going on. Walker paced the Titans with 111 targets in 2017. It would be a big blow to the offense if he were out for any length of time. Second-year player Jonnu Smith would stand to benefit most from his absence.

Broncos WR Carlos Henderson suspended one game

Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 5:32pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

Broncos wide receiver Carlos Henderson has been suspended without pay for the first game of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Fantasy Impact:

Henderson was a third-round pick of the Broncos last season, but may already be looking like a cut candidate as we approach September. Denver drafted both Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton in the 2018 NFL Draft, and each rookie wideout has impressed. Henderson is likely no higher than fifth on the depth chart.

49ers RB Jeremy McNichols running with the ones

Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 3:24pm

Matt Barrows - [Full Article]

The Athletic's Matt Barrows reports that "Jeremy McNichols has been the first 49ers running back on the field for every drill today".

Fantasy Impact:

This is particularly notable with the recent injuries to Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida. It is also notable that McNichols appears to be ahead of 2017 table-banger Joe Williams. The 49ers' recent signing of Alfred Morris leaves some cloudiness in this backfield going forward, but the former Boise State star is someone worth keeping on watch lists for the time being.

Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny having surgery

Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 6:22am

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

Seahawks rookie running back Rashaad Penny is having surgery Wednesday morning to repair a broken finger. The expected recovery time is three to four weeks.

UPDATE: Adam Schefter reported that Penny "should be ready" by Week 1

Fantasy Impact:

This makes Penny questionable for the start of the season. If the rookie is unable to play in Week 1, the lead running back duties will likely fall upon Chris Carson, though someone like C.J. Prosise or J.D. McKissic could have a role on third down. Ultimately, this news could just make Penny a value in fantasy drafts.

Musgrave: Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman 'could be weapon for us'

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 8:02pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Despite missing nine training camp practices with a nagging knee injury, Denver listed Jeff Heuerman as the No. 1 option. It appeared either a serious vote of confidence for a fourth-year pro with only 18 career receptions, or, an indictment of the remaining inexperience within the position group.

“If we can get (Heuerman’s) knee right,” OC Bill Musgrave said, “he could really be a weapon for us.”

Related players: Jake Butt

Fantasy Impact:

Heuerman practiced exclusively with the starters in team periods and seven-on-seven drills, the story went on to say. He run blocked off tackle against Von Miller. He cleared a path for tailback Devontae Booker on a sweep. He lined up in the backfield, on the edge, out wide at receiver and caught several passes from quarterback Case Keenum. The story added that Butt is more of a pass-catcher and route runner while Heuerman is more of an in-line blocker. But as the story said, Musgrave feels Heuerman can be a big weapon.

Raiders WR Martavis Bryant (migraines) misses practice

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 7:52pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Raiders receiver Martavis Bryant missed a second day of practice with “really bad migraines,” Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

The condition has plagued Bryant for years, per Tafur.

Related players: Amari Cooper, Jordy Nelson

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say coach Jon Gruden confirmed Monday that Bryant missed that day’s practice with “a headache.” Bryant made one catch for 18 yards on four targets in the Raiders’ preseason opener. He is on the second team behind Cooper and Nelson.

Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett's injury 'just a little scare'

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 6:16pm

Boston Herald - [Full Article]

Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett suffered a leg injury during an 11-on-11 drill and spent about a minute on the ground before he walked to the blue medical tent alongside two trainers.

Dorsett isn't expected to miss time, according to a source.

"Just a little scare," one source said.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say Dorsett emerged from the tent and watched the remainder of practice. He played catch, from a stationary position, with a staffer afterward. Dorsett walked off the field with his teammates, and came back out to retrieve his pads. Dorsett indicated that he was “all right” as he exited.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger being evaluated for concussion

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 6:11pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Quarterbacks are supposed to be off-limits in training camp, but Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took a hit today that left him being evaluated for a concussion.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said after Tuesday’s practice that Roethlisberger was currently under evaluation.

Ben Roethlisberger sustained a hit today in practice. He is being evaluated by team doctors as part of the concussion protocol,” Tomlin said.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said Big Ben has at least three documented concussions. In a previously posted story from the Tribune Review, it said Ben wasn't scheduled to play in the team's second preseason game.

Eagles QB Carson Wentz to get back to 11-on-11s next week

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 5:08pm

NBC Sports Philly - [Full Article]

The coaching staff had backed off from Carson Wentz in full-team drills because they were happy with what they saw from him during those early 11-on-11s and wanted to minimize any extra risk that having him out there in those situations would create as he recovers from ACL and LCL surgery.

According to the plan — as secretive as the Eagles have kept it — Wentz expects to be back in 11-on-11s next week, an obvious good sign as he continues to keep his goal of being ready to play in Week 1.

Fantasy Impact:

HC Doug Pederson said that he would ideally get to see Wentz in 11-on-11s for a week before he plays in a game. This new revelation would give Wentz three weeks in full-team drills before the opener on Sept. 6. Wentz said today "it's going to be close" as far as him being ready to play in the opener.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger injured Tuesday

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 5:06pm

Tribune-Review - [Full Article]

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger left practice early Tuesday afternoon after falling on his final pass of the opening team drill.

Roethlisberger left practice at Latrobe Memorial Stadium and was followed toward the team buses by members of the training staff.

Fantasy Impact:

Roethlisberger’s injury and the extent of it were not immediately known and he's not scheduled to play in the team's second preseason game.

Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett gets injured at practice

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 5:03pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Patriots’ final training camp practice didn’t end without a scare as Phillip Dorsett needed medical attention. Dorsett slipped on a crossing route in 11-on-11 drills, according to multiple reports.

He walked off the field on his own and returned from the medical tent to catch passes on the side from a staffer.

Fantasy Impact:

The Patriots, of course, were sharing no information on Dorsett’s condition, the story said.