Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (ankle) is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks after tearing ligaments in his ankle during a practice at the University of Dayton's Welcome Stadium as part of the NFL's 100th-anniversary celebration. He isn't expected to be ready for the regular-season opener at the Seattle Seahawks.
He's reportedly seeking a second opinion but for today, 6-8 weeks seems to be the timeline. Green will fall out of the third round and maybe farther, a lot farther. Not only will this likely cost him games, but who knows how many games it will take to get to full speed, and the risk of re-injury. The sixth round sounds about right for where his ADP will level off.
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (ankle) will get a second opinion on his injured ankle. He's not currently expected to require surgery, but he and the Bengals will get additional information before making a proper plan for his treatment.
This is usually isn't a good thing. Surgery isn't on the table now, but Green might not have liked something about the diagnosis or felt it didn't match what he was experiencing. This situation could change, and not for the better.
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley will be on a 'veteran plan' during training camp, getting interspersed rest days, and will not play in the preseason as the Rams aim to have him in optimal shape for the regular season. 'There will be (days he doesn't practice),' Rams coach Sean McVay said. 'There will be some days that -- depending upon his workload and looking toward that (Week 1) Carolina game -- we might look at treating him like we have some of those veteran players. Todd really has become a veteran player.'
The Rams are spinning this positively, but Gurley is 24, turning 25 next week, and this is not business as usual for a player that age. It sounds like were are not going to get more information to help guide us in drafts and the current position fantasy players have taken on Gurley is what they will take into drafts.
New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell was forced to leave back-to-back practices recently to submit to league drug tests. 'Since he wasn't here in the spring, they have to do everything now,' Jets coach Adam Gase explained Saturday, July 27. 'You guys don't see it all the time. You know, in the season sometimes we can be out at practice where a guy gets pulled off. It happens a lot in OTAs, you know, guys will come out late because they've got to do that.'
Hill is still a risk to run afoul of the law and league policies, but he is fully participating and not missing any time this year. He has #1 fantasy receiver upside, but it can all fall apart at any moment. He'll be going in the late first/early second in drafts.
Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown (undisclosed) wound up spending two days on the Active/Non-Football Injury list before passing his physical and practicing Sunday, July 28. The Raiders, though, are still refusing to divulge the nature of Brown's injury.
That is a significant amount and means that this will stay at a stalemate unless Gordon decides to put off getting paid until next year or take less than he thinks he is worth or the Chargers decide to cave to his demands.
Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry (leg) was spotted with a walking boot on his left foot after being injured during the first day of training camp Friday, July 26, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. Head coach Mike Vrabel said Henry was listed as day-to-day and added that the injury was not serious Friday, but did not provide an update on his condition Saturday, July 27.
We'll need to see Henry on the practice field and hopefully in a preseason game before fully writing this off as a minor injury and non-factor in his fantasy projection this year. For now, it is reasonable to move him down in the stacked third-round RB2 with RB1 upside tier.
Washington Redskins OT Trent Williams has a 'totally fractured' relationship with the team, according to veteran CBS reporter Jason La Canfora., who added that Williams, currently on the on the Reserve/Did Not Report list, has lost trust in general manger Bruce Allen and medical team and doesn't intend to return to the team.
LeVeon Bell showed us last year the extent a player willing to go to so they can ensure that they never play for a relationship they don't trust again. Unless we hear something dramatically different in this situation, we should assume that Williams' days in Washington are over.
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr is getting some push from head coach Jon Gruden to scramble more often in 2019.'Derek is a lot more athletic than people think. Hopefully, we can get some more scramble, second-reaction offense,' Gruden said.
Carr is going to need to be more aggressive-minded as a passer and more willing to be a creative thinker if he is going to survive under Gruden, who is notoriously hard on his quarterbacks. This could help his fantasy bottom line if he takes to the advice, especially because the Raiders defense will be in the bottom half of the league and get them into higher scoring games.
This should put a damper on James Washington's value, although Moncrief's ADP shouldn't really pick up unless we see evidence that the role won't be split. Rookie Diontae Johnson offers different strengths than Moncrief and Washington and may figure into this picture.
The Cowboys have two rookies and Jackson behind Ezekiel Elliott, and Jackson has the most experience in the organization after the team drafted him in the sixth round in 2016, so this makes sense. He tested out very athletic even by NFL terms but hasn't been able to stick or get playing time in the NFL yet.
Indianapolis Colts rookie WR Parris Campbell impressed head coach Frank Reich Sunday, July 28, with his work in red-zone drills. 'What he did in the red zone weren't hybrid, gadget, slot receiver type plays. They were legit, NFL, I'm going to be a stud receiver plays.'
Baltimore Ravens WR Miles Boykin, a third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, drew strong praise from teammate WR Willie Snead Sunday, July 28. 'I tell him every day, 'you look like (New Orleans Saints WR) Michael Thomas, man.' He's going to be a huge part of our offense,' Snead said.
Houston Texans RB Josh Ferguson is still regarded as the leading candidate for the team's third running back role, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. Lamar Miller and D'Onta Foreman are locked in the No. 1 and No. 2 spots.
It sounds like Ferguson is in line to get some passing down work and Foreman will get early down work. Miller should get enough touches to justify his ADP, but if Foreman comes on as a runner it could muddy the waters.
Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence (shoulder), currently on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list and unable to practice while recovering from shoulder surgery, is still aiming to play in the team's Sept. 8 season opener against the New York Giants. 'I have a date in my mind when I'm going to be ready, and that's the season opener,' Lawrence said. 'I'm not saying I'm going to overload my workload for the season opener or what they want to do with me or have me off the PUP list by the season opener, but hopefully be ready by the season opener.'
This makes it sound like Lawrence could miss the season opener. IDP drafters should be cautious about spending a high pick on him until there are signs that he'll be ready to play in September. The team reportedly also expects him to be ready, so that's encouraging, but it would be more encouraging to see him on the field this summer.
Washington Redskins WR Trey Quinn has impressed the coaching staff this offseason, and coach Jay Gruden said Sunday, July 28, that Quinn has 'got the inside spot (the slot starting role) pretty much locked down.'
Quinn has a chance to lead the team in targets and receptions because the passing game may have to focus on the short game if Trent Williams doesn't play for them this year. He's a good late round PPR pick.
Free-agent WRs Malachi Dupre (Cardinals) and Jordan Smallwood (Lions) signed with the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, July 28. In corresponding moves, WRs Dylan Cantrell (undisclosed) and Fred Trevillion (undisclosed) were placed on the waived/injured list.
The team is keeping Frank Gore and LeSean McCoy fresh, so this isn't like Kalen Ballage having a chance to overtake Kenyan Drake in Miami, but it is a chance for Singletary to show his stuff and prove he can he flourish in the offense.
Warren was out of shape after injury rehab, and that was enough to cost him his spot on the roster. He was a preseason star last year but probably won't get signed until he gets back in football shape.
Wilson seems to be fully over the hip injury that ended his 2018 and kept him from practicing this spring. He'll be in line for a lot of targets and snaps in the slot if he can stay healthy, although Jakeem Grant will have something to say about that.
Kirkwood is getting valuable experience in place of Michael Thomas while Thomas is holding out for a new contract at the top of the wide receiver market. He appears to be equal if not ahead of Tre'Quan Smith in importance in the Saints wide receiver corps.