Shark Bites

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) put in a limited practice on Thursday, his 1st since suffering a knee contusion in the season opener. According to ESPN's Vaughn McClure, Freeman was sporting a non-contact jersey at the start of practice. It's unclear if he has a shot to return for this weekend's game against the Bengals. We'll get another update tomorrow.

Giants TE Evan Engram is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with his sprained MCL, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. New York's bye doesn't come until Week 9, and it sounds like Engram will be back before that. Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard and Saquon Barkley figure to dominate targets while Engram is out.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) did not practice on Wednesday. HC Dan Quinn did say that Freeman has been cleared for walkthroughs, but he's seems unlikely to be ready for this weekend's game against the Bengals. Tevin Coleman will get another outing as Atlanta's lead back.

Giants TE Evan Engram has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and is considered "week to week," according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. We'll look for a more concrete timetable, but Engram owners obviously need to be lining up a replacement. Giants backup TE Rhett Ellison isn't a viable fantasy option. Engram's absence should push more targets to Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard and Saquon Barkley.

Giants TE Evan Engram injured his knee in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Texans and is officially questionable to return. We'll pass along another update when we get one.

UPDATE: Engram has been ruled out.

As expected, Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Saints. He’s 2 weeks into what was deemed a 2-4 week injury, so consider him questionable for Week 4. Tevin Coleman tallied 20 touches as Atlanta’s lead back last week and is looking at a similar workload on Sunday.

Giants TE Evan Engram (ankle) is not listed on the final injury report. He was limited on Wednesday and Thursday but put in a full practice on Friday. Engram is locked in as a solid TE1 play against a Texans defense that Football Outsiders ranks 30th in TE coverage.

The Giants have ruled OLB Olivier Vernon out for the 3rd straight game because of his ankle injury. They've also ruled CB Eli Apple (groin) out for Sunday's visit to Houston. The absences can only help the outlook for a Texans offense that already looked like 1 to target for fantasy starters this weekend.

Cardinals DE Markus Golden is inactive for today's game against the Rams. Golden put in limited practices all week as he works back from the ACL tear that ended his 2017 early. Golden appears to be on track for a return to game action soon, but we'll need to see his playing time and performance before trusting him in any IDP lineups.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a knee contusion. The issue is with the same knee in which he sprained the MCL and PCL in late last season. We'll see if this time off solves the problem, but it's possible the knee is an issue all year. Tevin Coleman will serve as Atlanta's feature back for as long as Freeman is out, making him a borderline RB1 in fantasy lineups. Rookie Ito Smith is expected to serve as the #2 RB.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers. The team has insisted that his knee injury is minor, but Freeman didn't practice all week. He's no lock to return for Week 3. Tevin Coleman will operate as a feature back for Atlanta on Sunday. He tallied 58 total yards and a TD and 97 yards and 2 scores, respectively, in the 2 games Freeman missed last year.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He's starting to look iffy for this weekend's game against the Panthers. Freeman's absence would leave Tevin Coleman as Atlanta's feature back. In the 2 games Freeman missed last year, Coleman went for 58 total yards and a TD and 97 total yards and 2 scores.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) will not practice on Wednesday. HC Dan Quinn said Freeman is "sore" and labeled him "day-to-day." This isn't believed to be a serious injury, but Freeman is far from a lock to play against the Panthers this weekend. His absence would leave Tevin Coleman as Atlanta's feature back. Check back tomorrow for another update.

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.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Falcons RB Devonta Freeman's knee is "fine." We'll look for more details, but it at least sounds like Freeman avoided a serious injury. It's worth noting that it was the right knee that knocked him out of Thursday night's opener -- the same knee in which he injured his PCL and MCL late last season.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley (hamstring) put in a full week of practice and isn't listed on the final injury report. The rookie missed a big chunk of August but said earlier this week that he's "definitely ready for a full workload." The matchup is rough against Jacksonville, but Barkley's talent and volume projection make him a must-start in season-long leagues.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman injured his right knee in the 4th quarter of Thursday night's opener against the Eagles. He was deemed questionable to return but was on the sidelines for Atlanta's 2-minute drill at the end of the game. Freeman was shown walking around with no team doctors in sight, though, and didn't appear to be in pain. We'll look for updates on his status. He has 10 days to get ready for Week 2 against the Panthers.

Giants TE Evan Engram has cleared the concussion protocol, HC Pat Shurmur said Wednesday. So Engram is good to go for this weekend's opener against the Jaguars. As good as Jacksonville's defense was last season, they finished just 20th in Football Outsiders' TE coverage rankings.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley (hamstring) said Monday that he's "definitely ready for a full workload." He's been practicing for over a week now after injuring his hamstring on August 13. "I feel like I’m still in really good football shape," Barkley said. He has a stiff Week 1 challenge against the Jaguars, but volume will have Barkley sitting in RB1 territory when our Week 1 Rankings are posted on Tuesday afternoon.

Giants TE Evan Engram (concussion) is expected to be ready for the team's opener next weekend, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. Engram will be 16 days removed from his head injury when the G-Men kick off against the Jaguars. We'll have more updates on his progress this coming week.

 
 
 

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