Packers WR Equanimeous St. Brown suffered a high-ankle sprain in last night’s preseason game in Canada, source said. X-Rays were negative and the MRI indicated a high-ankle sprain that’ll likely knock him out 4-6 weeks.
Equanimeous St. Brown's absence should help boost Jake Kumerow's playing time up as the likely No. 4 receiver in Green Bay to start the season. Kumerow has looked good in camp and in preseason games and will be right on the edge of seeing useful fantasy volume if any receiver ahead of him misses playing time or if he can beat out Geronimo Allison for slot work.
Joe Fann of NBC Sports Northwest believes Jaron Brown will open the season as the No. 2 wide receiver until DK Metcalf returns.
David Moore is also out with a shoulder injury, creating the opportunity for Brown, at least in Week 1 against the Bengals. Brown had flashed during offseason workouts and now will get a chance at the starting lineup. Metcalf is expected to resume training next week, so while Metcalf may miss the opener, he may be back in Week 2 against Pittsburgh.
The Colts are sitting majority of their starters and with the uncertainty of Andrew Luck, Brissett is currently the starter behind center. It still remains to be seen if Luck will be available for Week 1, but the Colts aren’t taking any chances with Brissett. Perhaps the injury scare to Cam Newton factored in to the decision but the Colts also really like what they have in Brissett and can’t afford him getting hurt. All signs are starting to point toward Brissett starting the opener against the Chargers.
Jaguars WR Terrelle Pryor is dealing with a hamstring injury and is considered day to day, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Rapoport notes the injury isn’t as bad as the injury he had two weeks ago. Pryor is on the roster bubble for the Jaguars and missing some time certainly won’t help his cause, as he is already well buried on the depth chart.
Redskins TE Jordan Reed is in the NFL’s concussion protocol after suffering the injury during Thursday’s preseason game against the Falcons, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Per Rapoport, this is at least the fourth concussion Reed has suffered during the NFL career. Others have noted at least six known concussions for the tight end. A once promising career has been derailed by the numerous concussions. At the very least, Reed is likely questionable, if not doubtful, for Week 1 against the Eagles. It’s possible we see a mix of Vernon Davis and Jeremy Sprinkle in Reed’s absence.
Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney spoke Friday about the foot injury suffered by quarterback Cam Newton, saying "Cam Newton has a mid-foot sprain in his left foot, and we are cautiously optimistic he will be ready for week one.", per Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic.
Newton exited Thursday’s game against the Patriots after three series. He was tackled by Patriots DT Danny Shelton which caused the injury. He later was spotted wearing a walking boot, but that was likely just for precautionary reasons. Former NFL team doctor David Chao shares some insight into the injury saying “Cam Newton in a walking boot. No crutches. By video, I did not see a major left foot injury. Often boot is precautionary for swelling overnight, especially when there is a flight home. No reason to panic with 2.5 weeks to opening game.” Newton should be considered questionable at best for Week 1 against the Rams but fortunately the injury does not seem serious.
Beat writer Aaron Wilson didn't give us much information other than Keke Coutee is still out, but we're getting to a point where we won't see him in the preseason and his availability for Week 1 is coming into doubt. When healthy, Coutee is a useful fantasy player and likely startable in most PPR leagues, so hopefully, he gets back to practice sooner than later.
KeeSean Johnson may have had the best training camp of anyone on the Cardinals' roster, veteran or rookie alike. He's displayed a sharp route tree and great hands, both of which have made him an early favorite with the coaching staff."
The Arizona Cardinals just signed Michael Crabtree for some veteran receiver depth, but KeeSean Johnson doesn't appear to be a reason Arizona was seeking out receivers. Johnson looks to be firmly in the mix for work starting Week 1, especially in an offense that will use four-receiver formations often.
Running backs coach Stump Mitchell praised Nick Chubb, who was arguably the MVP of training camp.
“I think he’s going to be special like he was last year," said Mitchell. “He’ll be used a little more in the passing game than he was last year. Nick just continues to improve on the skillset that he has, and I think he has a fantastic skillset."
More passing game work for Nick Chubb would be a huge boost to his fantasy potential. Chubb only had 31 receptions in four years at Georgia and then 20 last season with Cleveland. He did barely play early on with Hue Jackson at the helm, and when he did take over as the lead back, he averaged two receptions per game, which would have given him 32 in a full starting role. If he can build on that now that Duke Johnson is gone, we could hope for 40-50 receptions, but Kareem Hunt will also become a factor after his suspension is up.
At this point, Chargers RB Melvin Gordon’s holdout is expected to continue into the season, sources say. Contract talks have not progressed as he hoped, and he’ll continue to train in Florida for the foreseeable future.
Melvin Gordon still needs to show up at some point this season to get his year of service in, but he still has leeway to miss multiple games. Without knowing the exact amount of games missed, we must assume the worst when going into our fantasy football drafts. And now that it is probable he misses time, he should drop precipitously in your draft rankings.