This is a big blow to a Patriots offensive line that also lost Nate Solder in free agency. With Tom Brady entering his age 41 season, protecting him will be more important than ever. A slow start to 2018 is possible for New England's offense with so many moving pieces both up front and at the skill positions.
Jeff Howe reports that running back Rex Burkhead is dealing with a "slight tear" in his knee. The injury was described as minor and Howe stated Burkhead likely would have played in the team's second preseason game against the Eagles had it been a regular season game.
This is not a huge red flag right now, but serves as a reminder of Burkhead's knee issues from last season. With Sony Michel dealing with some knee issues of his own, we could see a higher early-season workload for James White. One of Mike Gillislee or Jeremy Hill could also be in the mix on early downs.
McKinnon suffered a calf injury last weekend, and while it is not considered to be serious, the 49ers are taking no chances with their free-agent acquisition at running back. McKinnon is likely fine, but will be setting career-highs in touches this season. This may not be the last time we see him pop up on the injury report.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UPDATE: Adam Schefter reported that Penny "should be ready" by Week 1
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.
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
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.
The condition has plagued Bryant for years, per Tafur.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
- Page 1