Seahawks OLB K.J. Wright came away from Friday's game against the Vikings with a knee issue that required arthroscopic surgery. According to multiple reports, HC Pete Carroll said he doesn't know whether Wright will be ready for the regular-season opener. Losing Wright for any time would be just the latest ding for a defense that will look much different than the unit we've gotten used to. It would also, however, likely allow rookie Shaquem Griffin to start in Wright's place. Griffin sits behind Wright on the team's "unofficial" depth chart.
Lions TE Luke Willson left Friday night's preseason game in Tamp after suffering a knee injury. We have yet to hear any further details on the issue but will keep an eye on it heading toward the regular season. Willson has remained the projected starter for Detroit but sits barely on the fantasy football draft radar. Michael Roberts sits behind Willson on the "unofficial" depth chart and would be worth watching if Willson misses extended time.
Browns WR Josh Gordon did take part in Saturday morning's walkthrough after being reinstated, but he sat out afternoon work "largely because of tightness in his hamstring that occurred while conditioning at the Browns' facility over the past week," according to Cleveland.com. Just another thing to watch with Gordon over the coming 2 weeks.
Updating a previous item, the Browns have activated WR Josh Gordon from the non-football injury list, and he's cleared to participate in any team activities -- including full practices and games. We'll see if he can make it into real action before the regular season begins, but know that drafting Gordon likely won't give you a Week 1 starting option in fantasy -- at least not a guy you can count on.
Update: Gordon tweaked his hamstring shortly after returning to the team. Any extra missed time only adds risk to an already volatile fantasy pick.
Browns WR Josh Gordon has been cleared to participate in walkthroughs, HC Hue Jackson said Friday. "Josh Gordon will be at practice every day, but you are asking if he will be practicing. Probably - again he is into the second phase of where I want him to be,'' said Jackson. "He'll definitely be involved in walk-throughs now. How much he does will be in proportion of what I see and where he is." Jackson added that he'd be open to playing Gordon in the preseason finale, presuming he's allowed. This situation remains murky -- and we're just about 2 weeks away from the start of the season. Gordon remains an extremely risky pick at his late-4th-round ADP.
Seahawks TE Ed Dickson still has yet to even practice with his new team. The offseason free-agent addition has spent all of training camp and preseason on the PUP list because of a groin/quad issue. "He's tremendously behind, but he's been studying and working at it the whole time, and now we need to see it come to life," HC Pete Carroll said Tuesday, according to Pro Football Talk. Carroll said the Seahawks hope to get Dickson back for the regular-season opener. If that happens, we'll see if Dickson can push Nick Vannett aside and immediately join the starters. Neither TE is any more than a late option even in TE-heavy formats.
Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (finger) has returned to limited practice and was in pads on Tuesday, according to the Seattle Times' Bob Condotta. HC Pete Carroll said the rookie has a shot to be ready for the final preseason game. It sounds like Penny is on track to play in the regular-season opener, but he'll begin the year behind RB Chris Carson. Since news broke of Penny's finger injury, he's gone in the late 6th round of 12-team drafts.
The Jets have claimed K Jason Myers off waivers. Myers just lost the Seahawks' kicking competition to Sebastian Janikowski. In New York, he joins Cairo Santos, who's been sidelined with a groin injury, and Taylor Bertolet in the competition for the starting job. This is a situation to avoid in fantasy drafts until a winner emerges.
Browns HC Hue Jackson said there's "a chance" WR Josh Gordon plays in the opener against the Steelers. "Obviously, we're just going to take it one step at a time," Jackson added. "His focus is going to be on meetings and conditioning, and then we'll just kind of go from there. Hopefully, we can get him up and running by the first game." Gordon rejoined the team on Saturday but isn't yet allowed to practice -- and there's "no timetable" for when that will chance, according to NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy. Throw in a new QB and a new offense, and there are still at least a few hurdles to clear before Gordon is a fantasy factor again.
Browns WR Josh Gordon tweeted Saturday just after noon that he's ready to "humbly return to being a member" of the Browns. The announcement comes a day after Cleveland's 2nd preseason game against the Bills. We have to assume he'll rejoin the team for practice in the coming week. We'll see if Gordon's ready to play in the "dress rehearsal" 3rd exhibition Thursday against Philadelphia. We'll also have to see what his extended absence means for his depth-chart standing. Of course, Gordon's return is obviously good news for both the Browns offense and the fantasy outlook for 1 of the league's most physically gifted receivers. His ADP has remained a bit high for our tastes, but Gordon's draft-day evaluation comes down more to where (if at any point) you feel comfy taking the risk.
Update: According to NFL PR guy Brian McCarthy, Gordon is allowed to attend practices and meetings but cannot yet participate in practice. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Gordon is still in the league's "jointly negotiated substance abuse program." Gordon remains a risky pick in fantasy football drafts.
Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after undergoing surgery Wednesday morning to repair a broken finger, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Penny injured the finger in practice on Monday. Seattle's season kicks off in 3-and-a-half weeks, and Rapoport confirms that there's a chance Penny won't be ready for that one. The injury kills any chance he had to pass RB Chris Carson on the depth chart before Week 1. We're still projecting the rookie to lead the Seahawks backfield in touches this season, but he won't be an early-season fantasy option. Carson, meanwhile, will open the year as the lead back. Seattle's first 3 games come against Denver, Chicago and Dallas -- 3 defenses we project to be neutral matchups for RBs.
Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer likes the progress he's seeing in RB Rashaad Penny's pass protection. "He’s really smart with all of the blitz pickups. He sees things really well," Schottenheimer said. "It’s just the technique stuff that he’s got to get better with. ... When they do the one-on-one pass (protection) stuff, he’ll get beat from time to time but I haven’t seen him check up one time. He wants to get back in there, and that’s when you know you’re going to have a great pass protector.” Pass protection is often the biggest hurdle between rookie RBs and playing time, so Penny is off to a good start there. He's continued to run behind RB Chris Carson in camp but got 5 snaps (to Carson's 7) with QB Russell Wilson and the starters in the preseason opener. This backfield is one to monitor closely over the next few weeks.
Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise missed Thursday night's preseason opener with what HC Pete Carroll called "a little hip injury." There's no such thing as a little injury for Prosise, who's missed 21 of 32 games over the past 2 years with a variety of ailments. Prosise had reportedly been operating as Seattle's primary 3rd-down back in training camp, but he needs to get and stay healthy if he wants to win that role. He's just a late-round flier in PPR drafts right now.
Browns GM John Dorsey admitted before Thursday night's preseason opener that he has no timetable for WR Josh Gordon's return to the team. Asked if he's still confident Gordon will be back soon, Dorsey gave a non-answer: "We’ll see when he gets there." Insider Mary Kay Cabot reported earlier this week that Gordon was "getting closer to returning," but Dorsey seems much less optimistic. Gordon becomes a riskier and riskier fantasy pick the longer he's away from the team. His recent ADP is still sitting in the early 5th round.
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.
Browns insider Mary Kay Cabot hears that WR Josh Gordon is "getting closer to returning" to the team. He's now missed about 2 weeks of camp as he continues to train and work on his mental health in Gainesville, Florida. Cabot's report adds that the Browns are "confident" that Gordon "will be back soon." There's still no concrete timetable here, though, and we're now about a month from the start of the season. Gordon remains a high-risk pick in fantasy drafts right now -- albeit one with plenty of upside. His ADP has dropped from 42nd overall pre-suspension to 50th overall since the start of August. That's still too rich for our tastes.
The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta considers Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise the "leader for the role of being the two-minute, third-down back." Prosise has received lots of snaps with the 1st-team offense early in training camp, according to Condotta. Injuries have wrecked his first 2 NFL seasons, but Prosise has averaged a big 12.8 yards per catch on 23 receptions in 11 outings. He played both RB and WR at Notre Dame, totaling 55 grabs across his final 2 seasons. There's plenty of pass-catching ability here. Prosise is still no more than a late-round flier in PPR drafts right now. But he could certainly be a thorn in the side of RB Rashaad Penny's fantasy value.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Browns WR Josh Gordon is staying away from training camp right now as he deals with "mental health and anxiety" issues. He's reportedly struggled with anxiety for a while and previously turned to drugs and alcohol to help cope. Schefter hears that the Browns do expect Gordon to report, but that there's no exact timetable for that to happen. Already a risky fantasy pick at his 4th-round ADP, Gordon should be hands-off at that price tag right now.
Browns WR Josh Gordon announced on Monday that he'll miss the start of training camp as "part of [his] overall health and treatment plan." Gordon, of course, has long battled substance-abuse issues. He added, "I am not only doing great physically but mentally as well ... I am excited to start the season and I have every intention of being ready and available to join my teammates soon to help bring winning football to our fans." Gordon didn't reveal when he'll report to the team, though. This will obviously be a situation to monitor closely. And it's a reminder that Gordon carries tons of risk at his 4th-round ADP.
Seahawks S Kam Chancellor announced Sunday that his neck injury is not allowing him to return to the field. Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the safety has yet to formally retire. But Chancellor said in a lengthy Twitter post that it's "time for the next chapter." He has been out since last November with the neck injury. Seattle is sure to miss Chancellor but does already have Bradley McDougald, who started the final 9 games of 2017. If you're a DS Insider, then you might have already noticed that we had McDougald projected to start next to Earl Thomas this season (anticipating this scenario). McDougald looks like a big-time sleeper for IDP drafts this season.
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