Shark Bites

Colts owners Jim Irsay admitted on Thursday night that QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) is unlikely to play in the opener against the Rams, according to insider Stephen Holder. That's been the thinking for over a week now, but it's the 1st time we've heard it from the team. Irsay didn't give a timeline for Luck's return but did reiterate that there have been no setbacks "in any way, shape or form." Of course, Luck still isn't practicing -- nearly 9 months since surgery on his throwing shoulder. We'd be surprised to see him out there for Week 2 at this point.

Colts owner Jim Irsay didn't reveal much about QB Andrew Luck's status during an event with sponsors on Wednesday. "Nothing has surprised us (with the recovery)," he said. "He’s coming along well, like we expect him to.” Irsay didn't mention a target date for Luck's return to practice or game action. That, of course, has been the story all offseason. Luck is a long shot to play Week 1. And, at this point, we're betting on him missing multiple games.

Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) returned to practice on Monday. We believe it was only his 3rd workout since training camp opened. We'll see if he can stay healthy between now and Week 1. Ebron has top-8 fantasy upside but is 1 of the bigger injury risks at his position.

Colts HC Chuck Pagano admitted on Tuesday that there's still no timeline for QB Andrew Luck's return. We've heard whispers that Luck has resumed throwing, but he remains on the PUP list. The Indy Star's Stephen Holder notes that the team has just 6 practices after this week before their season-opener against the Rams. If Luck isn't activated from PUP by the end of this week, he'll be falling further down our QB Rankings.

Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) has been sidelined all week after returning to practice last Friday. HC Jim Caldwell claims it's not a setback, though. "He's just got a couple issues that he's dealing with," Caldwell said. "He's got a couple things and not quite ready yet, so hopefully he'll continue to heal and we'll get him back out there soon." Ebron has had trouble staying on the field as a pro, missing 8 games through 3 seasons. He's not off to a good start in 2017. There's some breakout potential for the 24-year-old, but he also comes with plenty of risk in fantasy drafts.

Colts HC Chuck Pagano revealed Monday that TE Erik Swoope recently had his knee scoped. Pagano labeled Swoope "week-to-week" but didn't provide any other details. There's at least a chance he's not ready for the start of the season. Swoope was an intriguing late-round flier in deep fantasy drafts before this news, but it's tough to recommend using a pick on him at this point. We'll keep an eye on his rehab.

Colts owner Jim Irsay revealed Sunday that QB Andrew Luck has resumed throwing -- but also admitted that his Week 1 status remains uncertain. "He could start out in Los Angeles (Week 1)," Irsay said. "So, I mean, I don't want to act like that is a foregone conclusion that he's not going to be starting out there. I think he could or he also could not. But again, we don't see an extended delay. We're not going to put a timetable on it." This matches GM Chris Ballard's comments on Luck's status earlier this week. Since then, Luck's ADP has dropped from the late 4th round to the early 5th.

Lions TE Eric Ebron practiced Friday for the 1st time since suffering a hamstring injury in the team's 1st training-camp workout. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reported that Ebron left the field before the end of practice, but there was no indication that it marked a setback. We'll certainly keep an eye on Ebron's status going forward. Continued participation at any level will make him an attractive fantasy football draft option at his reasonable ADP.

Colts GM Chris Ballard told NFL Network's Tom Pelissero that QB Andrew Luck's Week 1 status is "to be determined." Ballard did say that he expects Luck to avoid the regular-season PUP list, which would cost him the first 6 games. But this is the 1st time we've heard from the team that Luck might not be ready by Week 1. Ballard did say that Luck has progressed in his throwing program but that the team won't rush him. He remains overpriced at his late-4th-round ADP.

ESPN's Adam Schefter said on Sirius XM radio on Monday that there's a "chance [Colts QB Andrew Luck] isn't ready to open the season." Insider Jason La Canfora had a similar report last week. The Colts have been tight-lipped all along about Luck's rehab schedule from January shoulder surgery. All we really know is that he still hasn't resumed throwing. We're still almost 5 weeks away from the regular-season opener, but Luck becomes a riskier and riskier fantasy pick every day he remains sidelined. His 12-team ADP is still sitting in the late 4th round.

Chester Rogers has worked as the Colts' #3 WR in the team's last 2 training-camp practices, according to the Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer. That's ahead of Phillip Dorsett and Kamar Aiken. Kevin Bowen of the Colts' official website wrote back in June that Rogers was a candidate for this role -- but it's starting to look like he's the favorite for it. Rogers went undrafted last year out of Grambling State, where he never topped 735 yards or 6 TDs in a season. He tested as a 62nd percentile athlete, though, and averaged 14.4 yards on his 19 catches last year. We just bumped Rogers up the WR rankings.

Lions TE Eric Ebron suffered a hamstring injury during the team's 1st training-camp practice on Sunday. "He got a little bit of a tweak but we’ll see, see how bad it is," HC Jim Caldwell said afterward. We'll see how long this keeps Ebron sidelined, but it's obviously not a good start for a guy who's had trouble staying healthy. He's missed 8 games through 3 NFL seasons with ankle, knee and hamstring injuries.

Colts QB Andrew Luck spoke to the media on Saturday about his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery. He said he's working on regaining strength in the shoulder and putting weight back on. "I know we're doing this right," he said of the rehab. "We're not gonna skip any steps. The end game is for me to be better than I was before I was injured." Luck added that he an see the "light at the end of the tunnel" but wouldn't put a date on his return. We've still heard nothing to suggest that he's in danger of missing the start of the regular season, but it also doesn't sound like he's particularly close to receiving full clearance. We'll continue to keep a close eye on his progress. Luck's ADP has sunk a bit, but he's still going in the 5th round of recent MFL10s.

The Colts will be placing S Clayton Geathers (neck) on the PUP list to open the regular season, ESPN reports. That will cost the 3rd-year safety at least the 1st 6 games. Geathers finished 2016 on IR because of a neck injury that eventually required surgery in March. He has yet to return to the field. A decision this early to put him on the PUP casts some doubt on whether Geathers will be available at all in 2017. And the fact that it's a neck issue looks worrisome for his outlook beyond the coming season. Needless to say, we've knocked him way down the 2017 IDP rankings. And he has tumbled down our dynasty IDP rankings as well. Converted CB Darius Butler is the early favorite to start with rookie S Malik Hooker. We'll see whether 2016 rookie T.J. Green enters the mix.

Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) has been placed on the active PUP list to start training camp. It's not a major surprise. And remember that he can be activated at any time and play Week 1. GM Chris Ballard did reveal on Monday that Luck has resumed throwing, hasn't experienced any setbacks and is on track to be ready for the start of the season. Ballard added that Luck is now working on "rebuilding strength" in his throwing shoulder. Neither the team nor Luck has expressed much concern about the situation this offseason, but there remains added risk here until we see him on the field.

Lions insider Dave Birkett expects TE Eric Ebron's role to grow in 2017. "Ebron is the Lions’ unquestioned No. 1 tight end, and the addition of Darren Fells and Michael Roberts means coaches can move him around more as a chess piece in two-tight-end sets," Birkett writes. Ebron's volume has climbed each year in the league, topping out at 85 looks last season. And that was despite missing 3 contests. Only 8 TEs averaged more targets per game. Now Detroit has 95 unaccounted for targets with Anquan Boldin gone. A healthy Ebron should easily eclipse 100 looks this season. He looks like a solid fantasy starter -- and a value at his 9th-round ADP.

Colts QB Andrew Luck told the Indianapolis Star this week that his surgically repaired shoulder is "feeling better and better every week." But he also said that he has not yet resumed throwing. Earlier this month, Luck spoke as though he didn't yet know whether he'd be ready for training camp. Owner Jim Irsay billed the surgery as a "positive" in early June, as it repaired an issue Luck had been playing through for a while. But we're anxious to see Luck take the field again and prove that all remains positive. He'll carry some risk in early drafts, but there's time for the veteran QB to assuage worries before the heat of fantasy football draft season in late August and early September.

Kevin Bowen of Colts.com considers Chester Rogers a candidate for the team's #3 WR job this season. Rogers posted a 19-273-0 line as an undrafted rookie last year and has impressed this offseason. “He’s slowed down and played a little more under control in that way – not slowed down his speed, but as far as his mind,” OC Rob Chudzinski said. “He’s seeing things better, whereas last year he was running around like crazy. Right now, I think he’s understanding, getting things better and you see the progression you expect to see out of a second-year player.” We're still betting on either Kamar Aiken or Phillip Dorsett emerging as the Colts' #3 WR, but it'll be a situation to monitor when training camp gets underway.

The Colts placed RB Christine Michael on IR. He lasted just 2 weeks on the active roster. No word on Michael's injury, but at least we won't need to waste any more words on him this year. Robert Turbin and rookie Marlon Mack will battle for backup duties behind Frank Gore.

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton is expected to be sidelined for this week's minicamp after injuring his hamstring last week. It doesn't sound like anything serious, but hamstrings are always worth monitoring. Hilton has been durable as a pro, missing just 2 games across 5 seasons.

 
 
 

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