NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Panthers QB Cam Newton's foot injury "doesn't appear to be serious." That matches what we heard from former NFL head team Dr. David Chao. "He may get tests tomorrow, regardless," Rapoport adds. Stay tuned for more updates.
Panthers HC Ron Rivera said after Thursday night's game that QB Cam Newton is in a walking boot but gave no further update on the foot injury. "Walking boot" sounds scary, but it's often a precautionary measure, so we're not reading too much into it. We should learn more about Newton's status on Friday.
Panthers QB Cam Newton suffered a left foot or ankle injury in Thursday night's preseason game against the Patriots. He was examined by the trainers on the sideline before eventually limping back to the locker room. This didn't look like a serious injury to us, but we'll obviously pass along updates as we get them.
Update: The team announced it as a foot injury.
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.
The Jaguars on Saturday activated WR Marqise Lee from the PUP list, and he joined the team on the field, according to NFL.com. There had been reports that Jacksonville might not have Lee for the start of the regular season, which no longer should be in question. Dede Westbrook, D.J. Chark and Chris Conley have been running as the top 3 receivers. We'll see if Lee can work his way back into that mix now that he's back from the ACL tear that cost him all of 2018.
Panthers QB Cam Newton's arm strength now is "like night and day" compared to last year, former Panther and current Bill Captain Munnerlyn said. Munnerlyn spent the past couple of days practicing against Newton. “His arm looks a whole lot better now. Man, to see him come back from that injury, I know it’s been tough on him," Munnerlyn said. “To see him come back like he’s doing, I expect big things from him." All reports on Newton's recovery from shoulder surgery continue to be positive. He's a nice value at his current 9th-round, QB10 ADP.
Patriots RB Damien Harris is dealing with a "minor" hand/wrist injury, according to insider Jeff Howe. That explains why the rookie didn't play in last week's preseason opener. It doesn't sound like Harris is in danger of missing the start of the season, but the missed practice time hurts his chances of earning a significant role out of the gate. Sony Michel's role as lead ball-carrier seems safe to open the season.
Patriots TE Matt LaCosse sprained his ankle in the preseason opener and has been ruled out for the 2nd exhibition, the Boston Globe's Jim McBride reports. Based on the injury video, Dr. David Chao believes LaCosse has a high-ankle sprain and might not be ready for the start of the season. He had been the favorite to serve as New England's lead TE during Ben Watson's 4-game suspension. That job could now go to Stephen Anderson or Lance Kendricks. It's a situation to avoid in fantasy drafts.
The Boston Herald's Kevin Duffy writes "it's pretty clear" that RB Sony Michel remains the Patriots' lead ball-carrier. Rookie RB Damien Harris drew some early-summer buzz but "hasn’t received many practice reps over the past week," per Duffy. Michel, meanwhile, has avoided a setback with his troublesome knee and even flashed improved pass-catching ability. He's turned into a nice value at his recent RB26 ADP.
Jaguars HC Doug Marrone admitted Saturday that WR Marqise Lee might miss the start of the season. He remains on the PUP list after suffering a significant knee injury last August. Lee isn't worth a pick in fantasy drafts. Dede Westbrook, D.J. Chark and Chris Conley are expected to open the season as Jacksonville's top 3 WRs.
Patriots WR N'Keal Harry suffered a lower-body injury in Thursday night's preseason opener. He remained on the sideline for the rest of the game, which usually means the injury isn't serious. The Boston Herald's Kevin Duffy hears, though, that Harry will "likely" miss some practice time. The rookie is expected to be ready for Week 1, but he was already seemingly behind Phillip Dorsett and Jakobi Meyers on the depth chart (in addition to Julian Edelman). Harry remains a high-end prospect but won't be an early-season fantasy option.
Patriots insider Evan Lazar notes that RB Sony Michel has been seeing more work in the passing game in camp over the past few days. "The second-year running back ran routes out of the backfield and motioned out wide a few times as well," Lazar adds. Michel caught just 8 of 14 targets in 16 games (including playoffs) last year. But he turned in 22- and 26-catch seasons at Georgia. If he can even get up to 20 to 25 catches this season, it'd help his weekly reliability in fantasy lineups -- and obviously boost his PPR value.
Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) has been activated from the PUP list and will practice on Saturday, director of player personnel Nick Caserio said. Michel missed spring workouts after undergoing another knee surgery. Now we'll see if he can hold up and hold off rookie Damien Harris over the next month. Michel's ADP is sitting in the middle of the 5th round in DRAFT best balls over the past week.
The injury that has Patriots WR Julian Edelman sidelined for the start of training camp is a broken thumb, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The injury reportedly occurred when Edelman was playing catch 3 weeks ago. Rapoport confirms that Edelman is fully expected to be ready by Week 1. We probably won't see him this preseason, though, which could help us get him at a discount in fantasy drafts.
Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) was not placed on the PUP list to open training camp. It's not a surprise after he resumed throwing in late May. Newton's rehab from January shoulder surgery has gone smoothly by all accounts. HC Ron Rivera did say that Newton will be on a pitch count in camp. "All of his reps will be monitored, they'll be scripted out and we'll just follow that pattern as we go through," Rivera said. "We believe he'll be ready to roll. He had a good offseason." Although he comes with some risk after last year's shoulder problems, Newton is well worth his current 10th-round, QB10 ADP.
The Jaguars have placed WR Marqise Lee on the PUP list with the left knee injury he suffered last August. This isn't a surprise after WRs coach Keenan McCardell said back in June that Lee would likely miss the first "couple weeks" of camp. We'll see when he's able to get back on the field, but Lee isn't worth a pick in fantasy drafts right now.
Patriots WR Julian Edelman is expected to be sidelined for "about 3 weeks" with a left thumb injury, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. That timeline would have Edelman back on the field by mid-August. So barring a setback, the injury shouldn't be an issue by the time Week 1 rolls around. We'll keep an eye on him, but we're not adjusting Edelman's projections right now. His absence leaves N'Keal Harry, Phillip Dorsett, Maurice Harris, Dontrelle Inman and Braxton Berrios as New England's top 5 WRs to open training camp.
The Patriots are placing RB Sony Michel on the active/PUP list to begin training camp. ESPN's Mike Reiss reports that means Michel has yet to be cleared for on-field activities. Michel, of course, is working back from offseason knee surgery. His progress will be a key training-camp story, along with how rookie Damien Harris is performing (and his role).
Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is expected to be a full participant when training camps gets going later this month, according to the Charlotte Observer's Brendan Marks. That's been the goal of Newton's rehab from January shoulder surgery all along -- and the process has gone smoothly by all accounts. Barring a setback this summer, Newton deserves to be 1 of the first 7 or 8 QBs off the board in fantasy drafts. He's a value at his current 9th-round, QB11 ADP.
The NFL Network's Michael Giardi hears that Patriots RB Sony Michel is "progressing quickly" from his arthroscopic knee surgery. Michel has already resumed running "full tilt," Giardi adds. It sounds like Michel will be ready for training camp after missing the offseason program. But durability remains a significant concern for the 2nd-year back, who tore his ACL in high school, had knee surgery last August and then missed 2 games with knee trouble as a rookie. RB Damien Harris reportedly impressed this spring with Michel sidelined.
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