Shark Bites

Browns QB Robert Griffin has been placed on IR with a broken bone in his left (non-throwing) shoulder. It's possible he's designated as the team's player-to-return, but we wouldn't count on seeing RG3 again this year. QB Josh McCown takes over as Cleveland's starter and more than likely will be an upgrade. He completed 63.7% of his passes, averaged 7.2 yards per attempt and tossed 12 TDs vs. 4 INTs last year -- although that was in a different offense. McCown is especially good news for TE Gary Barnidge, who went catch-less on 2 targets in the opener.

Browns QB Robert Griffin has a "potentially serious" shoulder injury, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. RG3 downplayed the issue after the game, but it sounds like there's a chance he misses time. He's undergoing additional testing today, so we should get another update soon. QB Josh McCown would step in if Griffin is sidelined and might be an upgrade for the offense.

Browns QB Robert Griffin III told reporters that he suffered a left shoulder sprain in Sunday's loss to the Eagles, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. Griffin also said that he expects to be fine for Week 2. We'll keep an eye on him this week to see if that's the case. Josh McCown would be the next QB up if Griffin can't go.

Ravens RB Buck Allen is a healthy scratch for today's opener against the Bills. He was expected to serve in a passing-down role but has evidently fallen out of favor. That work figures to now to to RB Justin Forsett, making him a much safer fantasy play. Forsett and Terrance West are the only 2 active RBs for the Ravens.

Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon (knee) is out for Sunday’s opener against the Bills. The rookie didn’t practice at all and is likely another week or 2 away from a return. Justin Forsett, Terrance West and Buck Allen are all expected to be involved in Baltimore’s backfield this Sunday. It’s a situation to avoid if possible.

Sports Illustrated's Peter King believes Kenneth Dixon could be the Ravens' lead back by October. "Baltimore loves him," King adds. Dixon is rehabbing a torn MCL and will likely miss the first 2-3 games of the season. But he was working his way into the rotation before that injury and averaged 4.9 yards per carry this preseason. A talented back with a 3-down skill set, Dixon is worth stashing if you can afford to wait on him.

Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon has been diagnosed with a torn MCL and is expected to miss 4 weeks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The prognosis could have been worse, but it's still bad timing for a rookie who was building momentum. Dixon now figures to miss at least the first 3 games of the season. And it'll be longer than that before he has a shot to become a fantasy option. Dixon is only worth stashing in leagues with deep benches. Justin Forsett, Buck Allen and Terrance West all figure to have a role in Baltimore's Week 1 backfield.

Ravens HC John Harbaugh said after Saturday night's game that RB Kenneth Dixon's knee injury isn't "overly serious." It's being called a sprain for now, and Dixon is schedule to undergo an MRI. Even a minor sprain could cost him a couple of weeks, though, so the rookie seems iffy for the start of the regular season. The good news is that he looked good before going down, taking 6 carries for 41 yards and getting run with the 1st-team offense. Dixon remains an intriguing RB5 stash.

Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon got carried to the locker room after a goal-line run in Saturday night's preseason game, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley. The rookie suffered an apparent left leg injury. We'll certainly watch for updates. Dixon carried 6 times for 41 yards before leaving and would likely head into the season as part of a committee if healthy.

Update: Dixon suffered a knee sprain, according to 105.7 FM in Baltimore.

Browns QB Robert Griffin turned in another strong performance in his 2nd exhibition outing. He completed 6-of-8 passes for 96 yards and 2 TDs. The scores were perfectly placed deep balls to WR Terrelle Pryor and TE Gary Barnidge. RG3 added 36 more yards on 3 carries -- even executing a clean slide. As our own Kevin English said, "let's not overvalue preseason." That's fair. But a confidence-building performance like this for Griffin can go a long way. And he did it without his top 2 WRs, Corey Coleman and Josh Gordon. RG3 is looking better and better as an upside QB2.

Packers WR Ty Montgomery (ankle) has been activated from the PUP list. He suffered a significant ankle injury in October and had a multi-faceted surgery in December. Montgomery has a lot of lost time to make up. But the good news is that no one in the race for Green Bay's #3 WR job has stepped up.

The Browns have named Robert Griffin their starting QB. That's been the expectation since Cleveland inked RG3 to a 2-year, $15 million deal in March. Griffin reportedly had an up-and-down spring but has been better early in training camp. "Throughout the offseason program and training camp, Robert has shown improvement every day and we expect him to continue to ascend as he becomes more and more acclimated to the offensive system we will employ this season," HC Hue Jackson said. Griffin'gris performance in preseason action will give a better indication of where his game's at. For now, he's a late-round QB2 with upside.

"Oh I'm close, very close," Browns HC Hue Jackson told ESPN's Austin Ward about deciding on his starting QB. That comes after Robert Griffin reportedly performed solidly in a team scrimmage, and the coach had positive words for him. "I think I've said every day, everybody is seeing [Griffin] get better and better every day," Jackson said. "I'm not surprised. We're trying to create the right environment for him to be all he can be, and I think he's working extremely hard because this is something he really wants to do. Obviously, we've still got work to do, but I think he's done a great job thus far." Expect Griffin to emerge here and present fantasy upside with his running ability and some intriguing skill-position talent around him. He obviously presents risk in fantasy at this point as well, but Griffin's late ADP mitigates that.

Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon (knee) returned to practice on Thursday. He ended up missing just 6 days with that sprained MCL. Dixon has some depth-chart climbing to do but still has a shot to earn an early-season role. His MFL10 ADP has dropped into the late 12th round.

Packers WR Ty Montgomery finally provided some details on the ankle surgery he had in December that still has him sidelined now. He had "tight ropes" placed in his ligaments to hold them in place, cartilage damage repaired and a microfracture procedure on the bone between his heel and tibia. That microfracture is considered the most serious issue and comes with a 6-9 month recovery, according to former NFL head team doctor David Chao. Montgomery has been cleared to run but still has no timetable for a return to full action. He might even be a candidate to open the season on the reserve/PUP list. Montgomery isn't worth rostering in redraft leagues.

Ravens WR Chris Moore has been a standout early in training camp, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley. He's been getting 1st-team reps with WRs Steve Smith and Breshad Perriman sidelined and has hauled in a couple of long TDs from QB Joe Flacco. Moore averaged 21.8 yards per catch at Cincinnati last year -- 8th best in the country. Hensley compared Moore to former Raven Torrey Smith for his ability to stretch the field. Smith, of course, turned in 4 top-30 fantasy finishes in Baltimore. We'll see if Moore can maintain a role when the rest of the Ravens' WRs get healthy -- assuming they get healthy. The rookie should be on your watch list.

Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 MCL sprain, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's the least severe grade and is considered a minor injury. Rapoport expects Baltimore to "proceed cautiously," though. We're still over 6 weeks away from the start of the season, so there's no need to rush Dixon back. But an extended absence would hurt his chances of earning an early-season role.

Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon injured his knee in Thursday's training camp practice. HC John Harbaugh said afterward that Dixon "should be fine." We'll see if we learn more about the exact injury, but the rookie can't afford to miss much time in a crowded Baltimore backfield. Justin Forsett is the favorite to open the season as the starting RB.

Packers WR Ty Montgomery (ankle) was placed on active/PUP to begin training camp. Limited to only 6 games last season, the 2nd-year WR must return quickly to have a chance to win the #3 WR role. For now, Davante Adams and Jeff Janis are the frontrunners for that gig.

The Ravens' defense will open training camp with top edge rushers Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil on the PUP list. Suggs suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in Week 1 last season. He'll turn 34 in October and doesn't look like a great bet for another double-digit sack season. We'll see how soon he can return to the field and how he looks once he gets there. Dumervil had foot surgery right after the season for an unspecified issue that he said he didn't want to linger into 2016. "I feel much better than I felt last year," he told ESPN.com in mid-June. "Everything is looking great, and I'm headed in the right direction." Players can come off the camp PUP list at any point, so we'll keep an eye on Dumervil's return and adjust our 2016 IDP rankings as needed.

 
 
 

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