Olivier Vernon Fantasy Football News 2018

Giants DE Olivier Vernon left in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's win over the Chiefs with a shoulder injury. We'll see about a specific diagnosis. Vernon missed 4 games this season with an ankle injury.

The Giants have ruled DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) out for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. It'll be his 3rd straight missed game. Vernon put in a limited practice Wednesday but then missed the past 2 days. We'll see if he's ready to return after the Week 8 bye.

The Giants have ruled out DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) for Sunday night's game against the Broncos. The ankle injury kept him out in Week 5 as well and forced him to leave early the previous 2 weeks. We'll see about his status for Week 7, but a bye on the other side of that game might impact the team's treatment.

Giants DE Olivier Vernon left Sunday's game against the Buccaneers with the same ankle injury that knocked him out of Week 3 and made him questionable for Week 4. He's questionable to return.

Update: Vernon has reportedly been ruled out for the game.

Giants DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) is active for today's game against the Buccaneers

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports that Giants DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) expects to play today against the Buccaneers. He remains risky, of course. Vernon tried to play through the ankle issue last week before eventually leaving the game early. He also doesn't face a terrific individual matchup.

Giants DE Olivier Vernon is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bucs with the ankle injury he suffered in last week's loss to the Eagles. We'll check his status Sunday afternoon. The 4:05 ET kickoff makes Vernon risky to wait for in IDP lineups.

Despite taking part in individual drills at the beginning of practice Wednesday, Giants DE Olivier Vernon was ultimately listed as a non-participant for the workout. The fact that he was doing anything is encouraging a few days after he hurt his left ankle at Philly. But the "did not practice" designation shows that we'll need to wait to find out whether Vernon will be available for IDP lineups in Week 4.

Giants DE Olivier Vernon suffered an ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to the Eagles. He attempted to play through it for a while but eventually had to limp off the field and did not return. USA Today reports that HC Ben McAdoo said afterward he didn't know the severity. We'll keep an eye out for updates.

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul is questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints because of a shoulder injury. JPP said Thursday that he'd be ready to play, according to ESPN.com. But HC Ben McAdoo said that Pierre-Paul would have sat out had the team practiced Friday. We'll have to watch his active status Sunday morning. JPP belongs in IDP lineups if he's active, though. Fellow DE Olivier Vernon is also dealing with a minor wrist injury but didn't even appear on the week's final injury report.

Former Dolphins DE Olivier Vernon reached a 5-year, $85 million deal with the Giants Wednesday, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Vernon registered just 7.5 sacks last season -- 25.5 total over the past 3 -- but ranked 3rd in the league with 36 total QB hits. Only J.J. Watt (50) and Aaron Donald (37) topped him. Vernon will now spend at least 2016 lining up across from DE Jason Pierre-Paul, giving the Giants a potentially dynamic duo of pass rushers. Both will be on the 2016 IDP radar, and the Giants' changes overall give the team D more fantasy football upside.

Pro Football Talk reports that the Dolphins have rescinded the transition tag they placed on DE Olivier Vernon. The tag already would have allowed Vernon to negotiate with other teams. Removing the tag allows his camp to talk to potential suitors before Wednesday afternoon's official start for free agency. It also takes away Miami's power to match any offer sheet Vernon might sign. We expect 1 of the top pass rushers on the market to land a big deal somewhere else -- probably quickly. In other Dolphins defensive news, the shoulder injury that ended Eagles CB Byron Maxwell's 2015 season early is reportedly threatening the trade that would send him and LB Kiko Alonso to Miami. We'll see how this one plays out.

The Dolphins on Tuesday applied their transition tag to DE Olivier Vernon. That gives Miami the right to match any offer Vernon agree to on the open market, but the new suitor would owe the Dolphins nothing if they elect to not match. Miami lost TE Charles Clay to the Bills in free agency the same way last offseason. It's an interesting decision when you consider that the tenders for the transition tag ($12.734 million) and franchise tag ($15.701 million) differ by a little less than $3 million. At such a premium position and coming off a torrid 2nd half as a pass rusher, Vernon figures to find plenty of interest on the market.

As expected, Dolphins DE Olivier Vernon is active against the Jaguars despite an ankle issue that limited him in practice this week. He's fine to use in your IDP lineup in a high-ceiling fantasy football matchup.

The league has suspended Dolphins DE Dion Jordan for the entire 2015 season after another violation of the league substance-abuse policy. That follows a pair of 4-game bans in 2014 for PED use and the substance-abuse policy. Barring some successful appeal, Jordan will be at least 26 when he takes the field next, with just 26 games played and 3 sacks to his credit. He'll need to prove that he's not going to totally waste the talent that got him drafted 3rd overall in 2013. His absence can only help DE Olivier Vernon stay on the field.

Dolphins DE Dion Jordan had his existing 4-game PED suspension lifted under the new league drug policy but will still miss 4 more games. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that Jordan drew a new 4-game suspension for a substance-abuse violation.  “I am currently undergoing treatment to address my situation,” Jordan said in a statement. “I am working hard to become a better man and to make better choices in the future."  Let's hope Jordan's treatment consists of his mom slapping the back of his head and shouting, "Grow up!"  If the team is truly still supporting Jordan, then he remains a promising long-term IDP prospect.  But it's tough to expect regular fantasy contributions after he returns to the team Oct. 20.  Olivier Vernon remains a solid -- if not special -- right DE.

Dolphins DE Dion Jordan will sit out the 1st 4 games after violating the league's PED policy.  Jordan admitted to using the stimulant that showed up in the test and said he takes full responsibility for the violation.  Of course, that doesn't help his outlook.  Jordan did almost nothing as a rookie after Miami traded up to #3 overall to select him in 2013.  The team has been hoping for a breakthrough year, but the suspension will make it more difficult for Jordan to steal playing time from starting DEs Olivier Vernon and Cameron Wake.  Jordan's off the draft radar for 2014 IDP leagues.

Dolphins HC Joe Philbin told the Miami Herald on Tuesday that 2nd-year DE Dion Jordan "will make a big jump this year."  That, of course, seems like what we all should expect from Jordan.  Miami traded up to the #3 spot in last April's NFL Draft to get him and then played the former Oregon Duck just 339 snaps.  Philbin, however, also said that DE Derrick Shelby deserves more snaps as well and that he views Jordan as a DE, not an OLB.  That'll make it tough to carve out a big role behind starters Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon (and his 11.5 sacks from 2013).  Perhaps Philbin realized this in following up by saying, "We see (Jordan's) role increasing somewhat."  Don't look for Jordan to deliver starting value for your IDP squad in 2014.  Frankly, we'd love to see new GM Dennis Hickey trade Jordan to a more favorable situation.


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