Lions RB Ameer Abdullah had shoulder surgery in January to repair a torn labrum, according to the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett. Abdullah reportedly suffered the injury in Week 15 but carried 18 times and caught 5 balls over the final 2 games. His rehab is "ahead of schedule," per Birkett, but Abdullah might be sidelined until training camp. It's not ideal for a guy coming off a somewhat disappointing rookie campaign, but it also shouldn't impact Abdullah's 2016 season, barring setbacks.
RB Arian Foster admits he's still not at 100% after tearing his Achilles last October. "I probably need another month to get where I am, the person everyone is use to seeing," he said. "I can definitely play but I need another month to be where I want to be and be at that pro-bowl lever I can be at." The Dolphins are the only team to show interest in Foster, as far as we know. The Redskins, Patriots and Seahawks have been mentioned as potential landing spots by the media. Foster figures to get a shot this summer, but we're not convinced he'll make an impact. He's coming off a serious injury, averaged 2.6 yards per carry last year and turns 30 in August.
Jets WR Eric Decker is skipping OTAs this week because he's upset the team has yet to re-sign QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, according to insider Brian Costello. New York's QB depth chart currently includes Geno Smith, Bryce Petty and rookie Christian Hackenberg. We ultimately expect Fitzpatrick to return, but the contract negotiations are costing the offense valuable offseason reps.
New Steelers TE Ladarius Green will miss OTAs as he continues to work back from postseason ankle surgery, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. The surgery occurred back in January, and Pittsburgh felt comfortable paying Green when free agency opened in March. So the team clearly isn't too worried about the situation. The Steelers have also revealed no timetable for Green's return, just as has been the case with RB Le'Veon Bell's recovery. We'll have to see when and how Green (and Bell) return come training camp. For now, though, we're comfy selecting Green in starter range in early drafts.
Packers RB Eddie Lacy admits that his disappointing 2015 season was a "wakeup call." He's had a productive offseason by all accounts, reportedly losing 15-18 pounds. Although he might not be at his target weight just yet -- “he’ll hit the target that we’re all looking for when the lights come on," HC Mike McCarthy said -- Lacy still has more than 3 months until the start of the season. He's primed for a bounce-back season and is being drafted nearly 2 rounds later this year than last.
ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that Bengals TE Tyler Eifert "could miss the first couple of games of the season" after undergoing ankle surgery today. That conflicts with the original report from the Cincinnati Enquirer that had Eifert's rehab timetable at 3 months. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, meanwhile, says the "hope" is for Eifert to be ready for the start of the season, although the "worst-case scenario" has him missing "the first few games." This is obviously a fluid situation for now. The ankle issue will certainly impact where Eifert lands in our initial 2016 TE Rankings. He'll move up or down in August when we have a better idea of his return date.
Giants RB Andre Williams told NJ.com this week that he has shed about 10 pounds since the end of last season. "I like how I feel right now," he said. "I feel faster, stronger, more flexible and more explosive than I've ever been." That came after OC-turned-HC Ben McAdoo projected a "bounce-back year" for Williams at February's Scouting Combine. We're not buying it after Williams averaged 3.3 yards per rush as a rookie and then 2.9 last season. And now the Giants have added RB Paul Perkins (plus Bobby Rainey) to a backfield that already sported Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Williams and Orleans Darkwa. That doesn't seem like a vote of confidence for Williams. We'll see what this summer says.
Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey had successful surgery Tuesday morning on the torn meniscus in his right knee, according to the Florida Times-Union. Doctors said Jacksonville's top pick might be ready for the start of training camp. “That’s great news; that’s outstanding,” HC Gus Bradley said. “That’s what we had hoped for. We knew all of the scenarios. I’m excited for him.” Ramsey did have microfracture surgery on the same knee back in high school, but it held up through college. We'll see if he's ready for the start of camp and how the knee fares through the summer. Ramsey's much more of a factor for the team D than for IDP lineups after intercepting just 3 passes across 3 seasons at Florida State (including 0 last year).
Colts WR Donte Moncrief has garnered some fantasy football buzz this offseason, but HC Chuck Pagano highlighted T.Y. Hilton on Tuesday. “T.Y. is having as good of an offseason as anybody, probably better than anybody right now,” Pagano told ESPN.com. “There’s a lot of good stuff going on out there. But I’ve never seen anybody practice as fast as he’s practicing right now and compete at the level he’s competing at and leading the way that’s he’s leading. He’s done it day in and day out.” Moncrief, of course, has been sitting out of workouts following turf-toe surgery. Second-year WR Phillip Dorsett suffered an early hamstring injury. And TE Coby Fleener's gone. So it has been easier for Hilton to claim the spotlight. Still, public praise from your coach is never a bad sign, and Andrew Luck's healthy return should have Hilton flirting with high WR2 range again in 2016.
The Giants are hoping to get WR Victor Cruz ready for the start of training camp. "That's the goal," HC Ben McAdoo said. "Small steps." Cruz is jogging off to the side of practice this week. He's declared himself 100%, but the team is obviously being extra cautious with him. Cruz hasn't played since Week 6 of 2014 due to a torn patellar tendon and a torn calf muscle. The Giants are "viewing a possible Cruz return as an unexpected bonus," per ESPN's Dan Graziano. Fantasy owners should be treating Cruz the same way.