Panthers TE Greg Olsen has been ruled out of Sunday's opener against the Cowboys with a foot injury. He, of course, missed 9 games with a fractured right foot last year. We'll see if this is related (our guess) or a new injury. Stay tuned for updates.
UPDATE: The Athletic's Joe Person spotted Olsen on crutches and with a walking boot on his right foot.
Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) is active for today’s game against the Cowboys. He reportedly dealt with some back tightness early in the week, but it doesn’t sound like an issue now. Olsen is fine to get into fantasy lineups.
ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that Panthers TE Greg Olsen is "good to go" for today's game against the Cowboys. "A little sore early in week but no issues," Schefter adds. That's confirmation of yesterday's report from The Athletic's Joe Person that Olsen would play. He's safe to keep in fantasy lineups.
Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) is expected to play against the Cowboys, according to The Athletic's Joe Person. Olsen was added to the injury report on Saturday, so he carries a bit more risk in Week 1 fantasy lineups. But he still sits safely inside the top 10 in our Week 1 TE Rankings.
The Panthers on Saturday added TE Greg Olsen to the injury report Saturday, listing him as questionable against the Cowboys with a back injury. We'll certainly be tracking his status Sunday morning. An active Olsen should probably remain in fantasy lineups.
Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (hand) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He'll play in Sunday's opener against the Broncos but will be behind at least Chris Carson in the pecking order. RB C.J. Prosise also figures to be in the mix. Penny shouldn’t be in Week 1 fantasy lineups.
Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (hand) put in a full practice on Wednesday. He's on track to play in this weekend's opener against the Broncos but will be firmly behind RB Chris Carson in the pecking order. Penny isn't a Week 1 fantasy option but should be rostered in all leagues.
The Jets have waived K Taylor Bertolet, according to multiple reports. That leaves Jason Myers as the team's kicker, barring some further roster moves at the position. Myers appeared in just 6 games with the Jaguars last year after spending 2 seasons as their kicker. He finished each of those seasons 15th or lower in fantasy scoring.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll says LB K.J. Wright will probably be out at least "a couple weeks," according to ESPN's Brady Henderson. Carroll called that "the most optimistic we could be." That timeline would put Wright on the sideline past the regular-season opener. We'll see as the game draws closer, but IDP owners should expect Wright to miss at least 1 game and quite possibly another. Rookie Shaquem Griffin figures to start as long as Wright's out.
Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny got the cast removed from his injured finger on Wednesday, HC Pete Carroll said. "We'll see," Carroll replied when asked if Penny would play in Seattle's preseason finale on Thursday night. We'd be surprised to see the rookie out there, but he does appear on track to be available for Week 1. Penny won't be a fantasy option for that one but is still capable of earning a significant role in this backfield throughout the season. He's gone in the 7th round of 12-team PPR drafts over the past week.
The Seahawks and WR Tyler Lockett have agreed to a 3-year, $31.8 million extension with $20 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. The new deal lands Lockett inside the top 25 highest-paid WRs in the league. It's a significant investment -- and confirmation that Lockett is set to play a big role in Seattle's passing game this season and beyond. He's an excellent target at his 13th-round ADP.
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.
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.
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.
The Charlotte Observer's Joe Person named TE Greg Olsen the offensive MVP of Panthers training camp. "Olsen ran fluidly throughout camp, got open and caught most everything thrown at him," Person wrote. "One of [Cam] Newton’s favorite targets appears to be back." Olsen's 2017 campaign was ruined by a broken foot. But he'd finished as a top 7 PPR TE in 5 straight seasons prior to last year. Healthy again, he looks like a value at his 6th-round ADP.
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.
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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