Browns RB Duke Johnson suffered a concussion in Saturday night's preseason game. He finished with 1 carry for 4 yards and 1 catch for 1 yard. Johnson was making his debut after missing most of the summer with a hamstring injury. All the missed time will make the rookie impossible to trust in fantasy lineups early this season. He's still capable of carving out a significant role later in the year, though.
Packers WR Randall Cobb headed to the locker room early in Saturday night's game against the Eagles, appearing to favor his right arm or shoulder after a Philly defender fell on him. Needless to say, a significant injury here would not only take away another WR1 from fantasy owners but further chip away at a Green Bay offense already down Jordy Nelson. We'll all be watching this situation closely.
Update: The Packers announced that Cobb has a shoulder injury. We'll keep an eye out for more details.
Jaguars DE Andre Branch suffered an MCL sprain Friday night and could miss a "significant" amount of time, according to The Associated Press. That makes it hard to draft the yet-unproven young player in pretty much any IDP redraft format. Chris Clemons should lead Jacksonville's "Leo" position again if he can get and stay healthy.
Steelers K Garrett Hartley suffered a left hamstring injury during a kickoff in Saturday's game at Buffalo. It's not yet clear how serious the injury is, but even a week of inactivity could push Pittsburgh to move on to the next option. Hartley already played his way out of 2 previous NFL stops. At the very least, you should not draft him this weekend.
The Falcons and WR Julio Jones agreed to a 5-year, $71.25 million extension with $47 million guaranteed. That's more annual and guaranteed money that WRs Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant got with their new deals earlier this offseason. Jones is now locked up in Atlanta through 2020. The former 6th overall pick has had some durability issues but is a difference-maker when on the field. Jones ranks 3rd league-wide -- ahead of both Thomas and Bryant -- in receiving yards per game over the last 4 seasons.
Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (hand) remains on track to be ready for the season opener, according to HC Gus Bradley. Thomas has missed valuable practice time and the last 2 preseason games but should return as a key part of Jacksonville's passing game. Note that Jags TEs combined for 12 catches in Friday night's exhibition. Thomas projects as a lower-end TE1 but is a bit overvalued at his 7th-round ADP.
Titans RB David Cobb is "week-to-week" with his calf injury, according to insider Jim Wyatt. It sounds like the rookie is dealing with more than a minor tweak. Cobb missed the 3rd preseason game and seems unlikely to play in the 4th. He won't be a reliable early-season fantasy option but could still take over as Tennessee's lead back at some point this year. Cobb is still worth a look in the double-digit rounds as a bench stash.
ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini reported via Twitter Saturday morning, "Sources say the plan is not only to start Kirk Cousins tonight in Baltimore, but also week 1 against Miami." That comes after a goofy situation with Robert Griffin's concussion where the team deemed him cleared to return before an independent doctor said RG3 needed more time. The Washington QBs look like a situation to avoid if you're drafting today or any time over the next couple of weeks. As for the surrounding offensive players, Cousins proved last year that he can put up numbers in HC Jay Gruden's offense. He'll be worth DFS consideration, though we probably wouldn't use him Week 1 against a talented Dolphins defense.
Lions DE Ziggy Ansah sat out Friday's game against the Jaguars after missing practice all week. The Detroit Free Press reports that he said after the game that he felt "good" but wouldn't specify the injury. "I'm just taking it day by day," Ansah said. "Hopefully by (the regular-season opener) I should be fine." Ansah suffered an ankle injury in the 2nd exhibition game against Washington, so we're assuming that's what's keeping him out. We'll certainly be watching for updates to Ansah's status as the season draws closer. He brings breakout potential in your IDP league but has had trouble staying healthy through 3 pro years. We're not knocking him down our IDP rankings just yet, but don't reach too far to land Ansah ahead of the solid options sitting right behind him.
The Broncos remain happy with 2nd-year WR Cody Latimer, according to ESPN.com's Jeff Legwold, but HC Gary Kubiak would like to see a bit more over the final 2 preseason weeks. "You just want to see him making plays," Kubiak said this week. "He's a hard worker. He does the right thing. He's in the right place, but it's time for him to start making plays on the ball, coming up with big plays. The good news with him is he has worked as basically a starter from OTAs through [training] camp and everything. Everything's in place for Cody to grow up and have a big year. I like the way he works, [he] just needs to keep coming." Emmanuel Sanders' hamstring issues have afforded extra starter reps and present potential opportunity if they recur. We'll be quite interested to see if Latimer can step up. He's an intriguing shot to take in the double-digit rounds of your fantasy football draft.