Shark Bites

Colts HC Frank Reich said Tuesday that QB Andrew Luck (calf/ankle) won't practice this week. Luck is still struggling with "full speed movement vs. pain threshold," per Reich. So the earliest Luck will get back on the field is next Monday -- 13 days before the season opener. He's looking legitimately questionable for Week 1. QB Jacoby Brissett will start if Luck isn't ready.

Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders took the field for Monday night's preseason game for the 1st time since last December's torn Achilles. And he looked like Emmanuel Sanders. He caught a quick pass on Denver's 1st offensive snap and later took this end-around for a nice 19-yard gain. Sanders also had a 45-yard reception negated by a holding penalty. "To be able to come back and feel how I feel and feel better, still be able to hang out with these 24-year-old kids and still be able to run with them, it's amazing," he said afterward. Clearly on track for Week 1 and looking completely recovered from that Achilles injury, Sanders is the best fantasy bet among Broncos WRs. Remember that he was sitting 15th among WRs in PPR points before last year's injury. We just bumped Sanders up the WR rankings.

Ravens HC John Harbaugh admitted that WR Marquise Brown still has "a ways to go" as he works back from foot surgery. Brown was able to get on the field in a joint practice with the Eagles on Monday. “He basically practiced for the first time in a more aggressive setting, so I saw a guy that was practicing for the first time," Harbaugh said. "He just needs to get accustomed to it. It’s all new for him — the speed of it, the thinking, the lining up, running the right route." OC Greg Roman also noted that Brown needs to build chemistry with QB Lamar Jackson. The rookie is looking like a poor bet for early-season fantasy value.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that "all signs" are pointing to QB Case Keenum winning Washington's starting job to open the year, citing chats with multiple sources. That goes along with recent rumors and comes as no big surprise. Keenum looks like he'll offer a steadier hand for Washington wideouts in fantasy football. We'd bet on rookie Dwayne Haskins overtaking him at some point this season, though. Neither QB should be in your fantasy plans unless you play in a 2-QB or superflex league.

Buccaneers WR Mike Evans missed practice Monday after leaving Sunday's workout with an apparent left quad injury, the Tampa Bay Times reports. HC Bruce Arians told reporters after practice that Evans had "tweaked" the area and that "it's nothing serious." But he also said he didn't know if Evans would be better in time for Friday's 3rd exhibition game. We don't care whether Evans takes part in that fake contest. But we'll be watching to make sure this issue doesn't linger too long.

Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones sat out practice Monday. Afterward, HC Bruce Arians told reporters (according to Pewter Report): "Ronald's knee swelled up a bit, so we're trying to take it day by day with him." Sounds like Arians isn't overly concerned, but we'll keep an eye on the situation. A healthy Jones hasn't made for all that exciting a fantasy football draft option, though.

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Broncos TE Noah Fant hurt his right foot in the 1st quarter of Monday night's preseason game against the 49ers. Fant left the game after a low hit by Niners S Jaquiski Tartt and did not return, but The Denver Post reports that he remained on the sideline after being examined. That makes it seem like the issue isn't too bad. We'll watch for further word on the situation from the team Tuesday.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that it's an ankle injury and "is not considered serious."

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thumb) has been activated from the Non-Football Injury list. He was spotted in full uniform on the practice field on Monday. The broken thumb he suffered in early July was never expected to cost him the start of the season, and he's clearly on track for Week 1. Edelman is a fine value at his 4th-round ADP.

Titans RB Derrick Henry practiced on Monday for the 1st time since suffering a calf injury on the 1st day of training camp back in late July. He ended up missing about 3 weeks of work but still has almost 3 weeks to get ready for the season opener. Barring a setback, the calf shouldn't be an issue. Henry's ADP is sitting in the mid-4th round of 12-team PPR drafts.

Titans TE Jonnu Smith (knee) has been activated from the PUP list. He'd been sidelined since tearing an MCL back in December. Smith has flashed at times through 2 NFL seasons but figures to need another Delanie Walker injury to have a shot at 2019 fantasy value.

The "tentative plan" is for Redskins RB Derrius Guice (knee) to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Falcons, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's big news after we heard just last week that Guice wasn't yet cleared for game action. We'll see what he does and how he looks on Thursday, which will be his 1st action since tearing his ACL in last year's preseason opener. A healthy Guice would be the favorite to lead Washington in carries this season.

Colts RB D'Onta Foreman has been placed on IR with a torn biceps, according to insider Aaron Wilson. Foreman, of course, was still working his way back from 2017's torn Achilles. Now it'll be 2020 before he has a shot to make any sort of impact.

Raiders WR Antonio Brown rejoined the team and attended practice on Monday, according to Pro Football Talk. Brown had disappeared again after his preferred helmet failed a lab test over the weekend. It's unclear where things stand there, but showing back up is obviously a good sign. Stay tuned for more updates.

Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf was inactive for Sunday night's game against the Vikings with what GM John Schneider called a "sore leg" during a radio interview. After the game, however, HC Pete Carroll said the rookie needs knee surgery, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. "Don't think he'll be out long," Pelissero added. We'll see about further details on this issue. But even if it's a quick turnaround, it hurts Metcalf's chances of cracking the starting lineup early in the regular season.

Steelers WR James Washington has lit it up through 2 preseason games, hauling in 8 balls for 162 yards and a score. But The Athletic's Mark Kaboly believes Donte Moncrief remains the team's #2 WR. "[HC Mike] Tomlin is enamored with what a veteran such as Moncrief can bring," Kaboly writes. Moncrief did start against the Chiefs on Sunday, but he fumbled after making his only catch. It'd be nice to see him turn in a better performance in the 3rd exhibition.

Raiders WR Antonio Brown has again left the team after the helmet he wants to wear failed a lab test, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. "At this point, we have pretty much exhausted all avenues of relief," GM Mike Mayock said Sunday. "So from our perspective, it's time for him to be all in or all out. We're hoping he's back soon. We have 89 guys busting their tails. We are really excited about where this franchise is going, and we hope AB is going to be a big part of it starting Week 1 against Denver." The Raiders believe Brown's feet are now healthy enough to practice, so it's just the helmet issue keeping him away now. We'll continue to keep an eye on this saga.

The Giants announced Sunday that WR Golden Tate is in the concussion protocol. We'll see how long he takes to return, but the 4-game PED suspension at the beginning of the season means it doesn't really matter. We don't know of any previous concussions in Tate's NFL career.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talked up RB Tony Pollard after the rookie ran for 42 yards and a score on 5 carries in Saturday's preseason game. "If he goes out there and he plays to that level he's going to be [at] for the next several weeks, he's going to be right in the middle of it early," Jones said. "That will really complement what we're doing with Zeke ... I can picture those guys [having] success at the same time out there really giving the defense some fits." Elliott was a 3-down workhorse last year, excelling both on the ground and as a pass-catcher. We doubt Pollard would see enough action behind Zeke to be a real fantasy option. But the longer Zeke's holdout lasts, the more intriguing a late-round flier Pollard becomes.

The Jaguars expect RB Alfred Blue to miss the coming week of practice and Thursday's 3rd exhibition game against the Dolphins, according to Phillip Heilman of The Athletic. Blue sprained his left ankle in Thursday night's game agains the Eagles. His absence will leave Ryquell Armstead, Thomas Rawls, Elijah Hood and Devante Mays behind Leonard Fournette in the Jacksonville backfield. Armstead returned to practice Saturday, according to USA Today's James Johnson, after sustaining a concussion in the team's 1st preseason contest.

Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians said Friday that Dare Ogunbowale is making "a real strong case" to be the team's #3 RB, according to Greg Auman of The Athletic. "He's probably our second-best pass protector," Arians added. The 3rd Tampa RB isn't a high-upside spot for fantasy, but it at least sounds like you shouldn't bother considering undrafted rookie Bruce Anderson in any redraft format. We'll see how the backfield sorts out.

 
 
 

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