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The Redskins announced that RB Matt Jones suffered an AC sprain in his shoulder in Friday night's preseason game. The severity of the sprain will determine exactly how long he's out, but consider him week-to-week for now. Jones could be back in time for Week 1, but any missed time is unfortunate for a guy expected to step into the lead role this year. Jones' absence leaves Washington's backfield to Chris Thompson, Keith Marshall and Rob Kelley. Marshall certainly has the most upside of the group but hasn't looked NFL-ready through 2 preseason games.

Washington RB Matt Jones left Friday’s game after landing hard on his left shoulder. Jones went to the locker room to get checked out, and we’ll pass along an update when we learn more. He was hot and cold before departing, fumbling a handoff but showing some burst on 7 carries for 31 yards.

Matt Jones is the Redskins' "workhorse back," according to the Washington Post's Mike Jones. "At least that's the plan," he adds somewhat ominously. That jibes with basically everything we've heard this offseason. Jones is going to get a shot to establish himself as the clear lead dog. If he struggles with ball security or doesn't improve on last year's 3.4 yards per carry, though, Washington could turn to some combination of Keith Marshall and Chris Thompson. Jones is going in the middle of the 6th round in recent MFL10s.

49ers WR DeAndre Smelter missed the preseason opener and remains sidelined with an "undisclosed condition," per insider Matt Maiocco. Smelter was sidelined all last season after a 2014 torn ACL and dealt with hamstring trouble this spring. “He needs some reps," receivers coach Bob Bicknell said. "Coming off a knee injury and then there are a million things that go along with that, as anybody who’s been injured realizes. Now you got other things that come up ... He has all the tools that you want, he just honestly is not yet ready to know how to use them. He just doesn’t.” Maiocco believes Smelter is a candidate for IR-designated-to-return or even the season-long IR list. He's obviously off the redraft radar, and his dynasty flame is flickering.

Seahawks HC Pete Carroll sounded serious about including RB Christine Michael in the offense after Saturday's preseason opener, calling him part of "a little one-two punch that we're excited about" with Thomas Rawls. Per ESPN.com, Carroll added about Michael: "He’s serious about the consistency. He’s taken great pride in the way he’s brought it day in and day out all throughout the offseason and into camp and all of that. And he’s an explosive, dynamic athlete. So we’re just going to keep going with him." Talent has never been the issue. Michael has reportedly had problems with doing the work and learning playbooks. If he's ready to buckle down, though, the 25-year-old makes for an interesting late flier in a run-heavy Seattle offense. Carroll also said that RB C.J. Prosise is expected to return this week and that "we'll see where he fits into it."

The Indy Star's Stephen Holder named WR T.Y. Hilton the Most Outstanding Player of training camp. Hilton had a strong spring and "went to another level in training camp," Holder writes. "Hilton's performance wasn’t just a matter of putting in hard work. His actual play was fabulous, both in terms of his precise route running and his trademark body control that enables him to make difficult catches look easy." QB Andrew Luck agrees, saying that Hilton "consistently every day came out and (was) probably the best player at practice. It feels that way, and that’s what an elite player is." Despite the Colts' QB woes last year, Hilton still finished 23rd among WRs in PPR points. He ranked 11th with a healthy Luck back in 2014 and could return to that territory this season.

There's been lots of hype on Redskins RB Keith Marshall lately. But the team remains high on RB Matt Jones. “Matt Jones is gonna have a heckuva year,” GM Scot McCloughan said. “Matt, I think, is going to step up and have a really good year. A really good year. I mean, shock people.” OC Sean McVay added that Jones is a "breakout candidate." We're still not completely sold on Jones as a player. But it's clear that Washington is going to give him a shot to be the lead back. That makes Jones a risk/reward pick at his early-6th-round ADP.

Lions insider Mike Rothstein said Wednesday that he expects TE Eric Ebron (ankle) to be ready for Week 1. He's "walking around, traveled with the team to Latrobe [for joint practices with the Steelers]," Rothstein added. This sounds more like an educated guess than an actual report, but it's at least more confirmation that Ebron avoided a serious injury. He's fine to draft at his 10th-round ADP. Just be ready to add a backup option in case he misses the start of the season.

Lions TE Eric Ebron is dealing with a "pretty decent [right] ankle sprain," a source tells ESPN's Adam Caplan. It's relatively excellent news after Ebron suffered what appeared to be a significant injury over the weekend. We still don't have an exact timetable for his return, but even a high-ankle sprain would give Ebron a shot to be ready for Week 1.

Lions TE Eric Ebron did not practice on Monday but was spotted on the sidelines without a walking boot. He wore a sleeve over the right foot he injured over the weekend, per insider Dave Birkett. "Very positive evidence against Achilles tendon rupture," former NFL head team physician David Chao tweeted. It looks like Ebron might have avoided a season-ending injury, but we're still waiting for details to emerge. Stay tuned.

RB Christine Michael flopped in his 1st stint with the Seahawks. It's been a different story the 2nd time around. Michael averaged 4.9 yards on 39 carries over last year's final 3 regular-season games. Then he toted it 21 times for 70 yards in the playoff win over the Vikings. Now, "the Seahawks are more confident that Michael can be trusted to play a significant role," according to ESPN's Sheil Kapadia. He could get that shot if RB Thomas Rawls can't get healthy. Michael has been getting the majority of the 1st-team reps with Rawls still on the PUP list (and C.J. Prosise sidelined). Michael remains just a late-round flier for now, but Seattle's backfield is worth keeping a close eye on.

Lions TE Eric Ebron got carted off the practice field Saturday. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the team fears an injury to his Achilles' tendon, with a tear being the obvious implication. If that proves to be the case, Ebron would almost certainly miss the season. We'll keep an eye out for confirmation, but you should count Ebron out of your plan if you're drafting right now. Detroit sports no obvious immediate replacement for Ebron at TE, so his injury would likely shift more targets toward RB Theo Riddick and the wideouts.

Washington RB Matt Jones was given a day of rest on Thursday due to knee soreness. It’s not a concern, but the knee is something to monitor going forward. Jones hasn’t garnered much hype early on in training camp.

Lions reporter Kyle Meinke believes TE Eric Ebron is a “good bet” to be one of Detroit’s “breakout” players. Ebron’s reportedly in excellent shape, while there’s a belief that OC Jim Bob Cooter’s offense will feature lots of short and intermediate passing — particularly over the middle. Overall, Ebron should benefit from an offense that proved more efficient under JBC late last season. Entering year 3 with Matt Stafford, the young TE carries top-10 fantasy upside.

Colts RB Robert Turbin was cited for marijuana possession during a traffic stop earlier this month, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Police reportedly found a marijuana cigarette butt in the car's center console but said Turbin did not seem impaired and let him drive away with the citation. It doesn't seem like a big legal issue, but any drug-related offense carries the threat of league discipline. Missing even a game might hurt Turbin's status in a muddled backfield behind starter Frank Gore. We'll see if this goes anywhere.

The Colts and QB Andrew Luck have agreed to a new 6-year, $140 million contract with $87 million guaranteed. Both the guaranteed cash and the $23.3 million annual salary are the highest in league history. That's what it takes nowadays to lock up a franchise signal-caller. The Colts clearly have no doubt that Luck is exactly that, despite last year's injuries. He turns just 27 in September and is now locked in with Indianapolis through his age-32 season. Luck sits #1 among QBs in our Dynasty Rankings.

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Lions QB Matt Stafford complimented the development of TE Eric Ebron. “I think he’s done a great job of just understanding what it means to be a pro,” Stafford said. “He was a really young kid when he came into the league a guy that has a ton of talent, but is starting to understand what it takes to be there on Sundays and make plays in this league. It doesn’t come easy. You have to work hard for it, and he’s done a great job this offseason.” Ebron remains very young at 23, and there’s certainly breakout potential entering his 3rd season.

The Redskins "saw what they wanted" from RB Matt Jones this spring, according to ESPN's John Keim. "The sense is that they’re in a better spot than they were a year ago if he performs this season the way he has practiced this spring," Keim adds. Jones has a clear path to a heavy workload this season. He basically just needs to not lose that role, and it sounds like he's off to a fine start. Jones is capable of returning big value at his current 5th-round price tag.

Lions TE Eric Ebron has shed 10 pounds this offseason, according to MLive.com. It's that time of year for NFL players when we hear about so many being in the "best shape of his life." If Ebron's in better condition now, it can obviously only help -- especially for a player with top-shelf speed for his position. We never heard about his weight or conditioning being an issue, but it'd be nice if the offseason training can also help Ebron avoid nagging injuries that dogged his 1st 2 years. There's breakthrough potential in the former top-15 pick, with Detroit looking to recuperate some of Calvin Johnson's impact.

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.

 
 
 

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