The MRI on the shoulder of Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah revealed no significant injury, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ansah left Monday night's loss to the Jets early, but it doesn't sound like he'll miss much more time -- if any. Ansah even put in a limited practice Wednesday. We'll keep an eye on his status heading into Sunday's visit to San Francisco.
Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah left Monday night's opener against the Jets in the 1st half with a shoulder injury. He's officially questionable to return. Ansah dealt with shoulder trouble each of the past 2 seasons and had shoulder surgery following his 2013 rookie campaign. We'll see how significant this latest issue is.
Giants RB Wayne Gallman is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Jaguars with a knee injury. He'd been serving as Saquon Barkley's backup. Jonathan Stewart will step into that role for however long Gallman is out.
49ers TE George Kittle (shoulder) is not listed on the Week 1 injury report. He missed most of August after suffering a separated shoulder in the preseason opener. Kittle also has a tough matchup on Sunday against a Vikings defense that allowed the fewest PPR points to TEs last year. We’d try to avoid using him in Week 1 fantasy lineups.
49ers TE George Kittle (shoulder) returned to what insider Joe Fann called a "very limited" practice on Tuesday. Kittle "worked through individual drills and caught some passes standing still, but he didn’t run any routes," according to Fann. Kittle is making progress in his recovery from a separated shoulder in the preseason opener, but he still seems questionable to be ready for Week 1. We'll continue to keep an eye on him.
Cardinals QB Josh Rosen missed practice Wednesday because of a right thumb injury. HC Steve Wilks said Rosen banged the thumb on a helmet during Monday's practice and still had soreness Wednesday, according to multiple reports. It doesn't sound like a serious issue, and Rosen is reportedly considered day-to-day. He has continued to work behind QB Sam Bradford, so this should be a non-issue for fantasy owners.
Cardinals HC Steve Wilks said Monday that rookie QB Josh Rosen will get some snaps with the 1st team in Friday night's exhibition game against the Saints, according to the team website. QB Sam Bradford will start the game and play more snaps than he did in the opener, Wilks said, but the plan for Rosen is noteworthy. Wilks has talked up Bradford as the starter. We'd certainly bet on that changing at some point this season -- quite possibly in the 1st half of the year.
49ers TE George Kittle separated his shoulder in Thursday night's preseason game. The good news is that an MRI revealed no tears or structural damage," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "Not serious," Rapoport added. Kittle still figures to miss practice time, though, and we can't consider him a lock to be ready for the start of the season. We'll keep an eye on his rehab. It's worth noting that, despite missing just 1 game last year, Kittle appeared on the injury report with hamstring, calf, hip, chest, back, elbow and ankle issues.
Niners TE George Kittle suffered a shoulder injury in the 1st quarter of Thursday night's preseason opener against the Cowboys. There's no word yet on the severity. We'll keep an eye out for updates over the next few days.
Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah came off the physically unable to perform list Monday. Ansah missed the 1st 8 days of practice while dealing with what MLive's Kyle Meinke calls an undisclosed injury. Ansah, however, has been working back from spring knee surgery. We're assuming his issue is either the knee or related to it. Ansah returns with plenty of time to get in shape for the regular season. We'll be curious to track his participation the rest of the way.
The Chargers believe CB Jason Verrett tore his right Achilles tendon during a Friday conditioning run, according to multiple reports. That would end his 3rd straight season early. Verrett tore his left ACL early in 2016 and then needed another surgery on the knee in September 2017 when the ligament failed to fully heal. Assuming the 27-year-old's status gets confirmed, his departure from the lineup would return the Chargers' secondary to last year's top 3 at CB: Casey Hayward, Trevor Williams and Desmond King. The 2017 Chargers defense delivered top-8 fantasy numbers and ranked 12th in overall team-D efficiency without Verrett.
NJ.com's Matt Lombardo believes Wayne Gallman -- not Jonathan Stewart -- has the "inside track" to win the Giants' #2 RB job. Lombardo notes Gallman's burst, elusiveness and pass-catching ability as edges over Stewart, who looked like "a plodding veteran running back trying to hang on" this spring. It's a situation we'll monitor when training camp opens, but neither guy is worth a pick outside of deep best-ball drafts. The bigger takeaway here is that rookie Saquon Barkley is already entrenched as the Giants' feature back.
The 49ers finished their 2018 NFL Draft by taking Middle Tennessee State WR Richie James in the 7th round. James lost 8 games to injury in 2017 but posted big numbers and market shares over his 1st 2 seasons. James totaled 212 receptions over that span, surpassed 1,300 receiving yards each year and tallied 20 TD catches. He added 5 TDs and 554 yards rushing on 61 career carries. James' Combine numbers were solid but not flashy. In San Francisco, he has a chance to compete with 2017 draftee Trent Taylor in the slot.
The Cardinals traded up from #15 to #10 to grab UCLA QB Josh Rosen. Rosen in 2015 became the 1st true freshman to start for the Bruins, completing 60.0% of his passes with 23 TDs vs. 11 INTs. His sophomore season was cut short 5 games early by a “soft tissue” right shoulder injury. He returned this past year to set career highs in completion rate (62.6%), yards (3,756) and TDs (26) — despite missing 2 games with a pair of concussions. That injury history is the biggest knock against Rosen. (We’re not buying any of the silly attitude/personality stuff.) He’s otherwise a clean prospect, though, and might just be the most NFL-ready QB in this draft class. That said, Rosen figures to start his career backing up Sam Bradford. Of course, Bradford is a poor bet to last the season. Long term, Arizona needs to add some weapons for Rosen at WR with Larry Fitzgerald turning 35 in August. The current depth chart behind Fitz: J.J. Nelson, Brice Butler and Chad Williams.
Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah is expected to sign his franchise tender this week and join teammates for offseason training, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Ansah missed last week's workouts while reportedly tending to family stuff in Ghana. Signing the franchise tender will then give Ansah and the team until mid-July to agree on a long-term deal. If they don't by the deadline, he'll be eligible for free agency again after the 2018 season. Ansah racked up 12 sacks last season, but delivered most of that production in just 3 games: a 3-sack Week 2 at the Giants, and then another pair of 3-sack outings in the season's final 2 weeks. Otherwise, he spent the year battling knee, back and ankle injuries. Durability as been a consistent issue for Ansah, but he's worth a shot high in DL2 range in IDP leagues if he hits summer healthy. Insurance for fantasy rosters won't be hard to find.
The 49ers have agreed to a contract extension with QB Jimmy Garoppolo. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports it's worth $137.5 million, a record high for per-year salary. We'll let the Niners worry about whether the financials make sense. The extension is obviously good news for San Francisco skill players, and Garoppolo performed well for fantasy owners over 5 starts last year with shaky surrounding talent. He looks like a potential QB1 in his 1st full season as a fantasy starter ... but Garoppolo's high-profile finish to 2017 also makes him an excellent candidate to be overdrafted come summertime.
Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah (ankle) is active for today's game against the Bears. He's playing through a "questionable" tag as he has for most of the season. Ansah has dramatically improved his production over the past 3 weeks and should be in IDP lineups where he makes sense.
Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah (ankle) is questionable once again for Saturday's game against the Bears. He has spent most of the year playing through questionable tags and put in his best stretch of work over the past 3 weeks. Play Ansah in your IDP lineup as long as he's active.
Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah is questionable for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay with an ankle injury. He put in a limited practice Friday after sitting out the previous 2 days. Ansah has played through questionable tags for most of the year, so we'd bet on him being active. But we'll confirm his status Sunday morning. Ansah has been a huge IDP disappointment for nearly the entire season, but he's coming off 2 of his best stat lines all year to face a Bucs offense that allowed 7 sacks to the Packers last week -- if he's active, of course.