Monday Injury Rounds: Running Back Update
Our Dr. Jene Bramel dives into the injury situations you need to know. How concerned should you be about Todd Gurley? Examining the recovery of Derrius Guice and Bryce Love. Plus a full review of running back injuries around the league.
Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins LB Reuben Foster (knee) is believed to have suffered a torn left anterior cruciate ligament during the team's first organized team activity Monday, May 20.
Reports indicate Foster was sobbing as he was carted off the practice field. Washington claimed Foster off waivers after the 49ers got rid of him after six games in the 2018 season. The 2017 first-round pick spent the remainder of 2018 on the Commissioner's Exempt List. He has been arrested twice on domestic violence charges and was trying to get his career back on track with a fresh start in Washington. Now, if this is a torn ACL, Foster will likely miss the 2019 season.
Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (back) is reportedly progressing well from his back injury and will not be limited for on-field drills during organized team activities beginning Tuesday, May 21. While the team will be cautious with him, he is expected to be involved in the majority of all work, according to sources.
Good news for the Eagles here. Wentz is in line for a new contract, although the team does control his rights through the 2020 season due to the fifth-year option for the 2016 first-round pick. He needs to stay healthy and that's about it for Wentz. He's a proven player who looks like a fine starter when healthy, but injuries have shortened each of the last two seasons.
Washington Redskins RB Derrius Guice (knee) has reportedly 'made good progress' and is expected to take part fully in training camp, according to comments made by head coach Jay Gruden on Monday, May 20.'Derrius is coming along very well. We're just trying to make sure that leg - his quad and everything - is full strength before we let him go. That will probably be another thing we'll wait for training camp as well,' Gruden said.
Guice missed all of his rookie season in 2018 due to this knee injury and he's had a rocky road during his recovery. If he can regain his speed, Guice has the potential to be a quality starter in the NFL. Guice is behind Adrian Peterson on the depth chart but could be groomed as the RB of the future in Washington.
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) will not participate during organized team activities, but there is a chance he will take part in minicamp, according to ESPN's Katherine Terrell, who adds Green 'definitely' will be ready for training camp.
This move was not unexpected. McCoy was due a whopping $13 million by the Buccaneers and all of that now comes off the books with his release. The Bucs first-round pick in the 2010 NFL draft, McCoy is not quite the player he used to be. That being said, we think McCoy finds a home rather quickly -- and it could be with a team in a Super Bowl window. Stay tuned.
The Cowboys have some big-money deals coming up with guys like Cooper, QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott. There is buzz that Cooper wants to best the top WR salary (annually) that Odell Beckham Jr. currently makes at $18MM per year. Cooper made an instant impact for the Cowboys last year after they traded the Raiders for him and they'll get some deal done...no matter how painful that price tag might be.
There are reports that the Vikings have not asked Rudolph to take a pay cut. Last week, Rudolph exclaimed that he wouldn't take a pay cut because he's 'too young' to do so. With a cap number of $7.6 million in 2018, the final year of his deal, we expect the Vikings to re-work that number in any way possible -- whether that be through extension or release.
Campbell is a player Colts fans should be excited about. He's a dangerous weapon after the catch and can make defenders look silly in the open field. Campbell has been described as a 'gadget slot' at Ohio State but if he develops more as a route runner then he could be a full-fledged weapon for the Colts passing attack. Scoop him up in dynasty formats.
Free-agent TE John Phillips (Cardinals) signed an undisclosed contract with the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday, May 20, according to a source. DB Dontae Johnson was released to make room for him on the roster.
Phillips is a seasoned veteran who has been around the block. A sixth-round pick out of Virginia in the 2009 NFL draft, this will be the sixth team Phillips has been a part of. He's a big-bodied blocker with a single season career high of 15 catches back in 2011 when he was with the Cowboys. Phillips will block for the Chiefs and is not a fantasy factor whatsoever.
Interim general manager Adam Gase is not wasting any time when it comes to getting rid of players. Leggett, a fifth-round pick out of Clemson in the 2017 NFL draft, failed to impress in 2018 after missing most of his rookie season due to a knee injury. Some team may take a chance on him for a reserve role.
Shelton appeared in 13 games for the Patriots last year. He hit the open market this offseason but didn't have much interest. Shelton should work into the mix as a rotational run stuffer for the Patriots.
This is yet another positive piece about Perriman. It doesn't mean he's made it or turned things around, but it is a clue as to how things are progressing for him. Injuries derailed his pro career to this point but Perriman seems to be impressing early on with his fresh start in Tampa.
Allen's journey to the NFL has been a wild one to say the least. From an ACL tear in high school, to four colleges in five years, to battling a season-ending ankle injury, to being homeless and sleeping in his car - Allen has never given up on his dream to play in the NFL. He's a Houston native and gets to stay close to home with the opportunity to impress the Texans. At 5'10" 199 pounds, Allen has good athleticism and run-after-the-catch ability. We love his story, will monitor him in crazy deep dynasty formats but know that he's a long-shot to make the team.
New York Giants QB Kyle Lauletta (knee) underwent a 'knee cleanup' earlier this offseason. He did 'very little' at practice Monday, May 20, but should be back at full strength soon, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan.
Lauletta was a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft but did little to impress last year in practice, training camp or the preseason. The Giants selected QB Daniel Jones from Duke with the No.6 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft and he's clearly the quarterback of the future. With Eli Manning the starter (for now), it's going to be difficult for Lauletta to make the team.
Kelly's career has been a wild one in the NFL. He was 'Mr. Irrelevant' as the final pick in the 2017 NFL draft, then he worked his way up to be the primary backup to Case Keenum with the Broncos, then he was booted off the team after an off field incident after a Halloween party. Kelly was out of football for about half of the year as he dealt with his court case. Now, he'll try to make an impression with the Colts...likely as a third-string quarterback behind Andrew Luck and Jacoby Brissett.