Anquan Boldin Injury Updates

Lions TE Eric Ebron got carted off the practice field Saturday. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the team fears an injury to his Achilles' tendon, with a tear being the obvious implication. If that proves to be the case, Ebron would almost certainly miss the season. We'll keep an eye out for confirmation, but you should count Ebron out of your plan if you're drafting right now. Detroit sports no obvious immediate replacement for Ebron at TE, so his injury would likely shift more targets toward RB Theo Riddick and the wideouts.

49ers WR Anquan Boldin (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams.  He played through the injury last week but aggravated the hammy in practice on Thursday and didn't practice on Friday.  He looks like a game-time decision.  We'll find out Boldin's status by noon ET on Sunday, but he's not a recommended fantasy play at less than 100% in a tough matchup. The team website also reports that the Niners are "ramping up" WR Jerome Simpson for his debut. The offseason free-agent addition spent the 1st 6 weeks on suspension and then sat out the Thursday night game in Week 7. Simpson has reportedly impressed coaches with his preparedness, though. We'll see what kind of role awaits. Don't bet on much fantasy impact.

49ers WR Michael Crabtree went down with what's believed to be a torn Achilles in OTAs on Tuesday.  He's undergoing additional tests to confirm.  If the Achilles is torn, it would cost Crabtree most -- if not all -- of the 2013 season.  We saw Terrell Suggs return from the same injury in just a few months last year, but it's tougher for receivers, who are constantly starting and stopping.  Demaryius Thomas was back on the practice field 7 months after tearing his Achilles in 2011.  That timeline would have Crabtree out until mid December.  It's a major blow to San Fran's passing game. Crab broke out with an 85-1,105-9 line last year.  He saw 34% of Colin Kaepernick's throws.  That's a massive hole to fill.  Free-agent addition Anquan Boldin can help pick up the slack.  TE Vernon Davis' role should grow too.  And the 'Niners need to get more out of 2012 1st-rounder A.J. Jenkins.  Mario Manningham is still around, but he's recovering from last year's torn ACL.  San Fran will need to rely even more heavily on its ground game in 2013.  That means more work for Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James.  Kaepernick could take on a bigger rushing role too.  We'll have our projections for all the 49ers up on the site in just a few weeks!

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Ravens WR Anquan Boldin (shoulder) is inactive for today's game against the Bengals.  The injury isn't serious, but Baltimore doesn't have much to play for.  WR Jacoby Jones will pick up extra work with Boldin out.

Ravens WR Anquan Boldin (shoulder) was limited in practice all week. He's questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals. Boldin's injury isn't serious, and he'll likely be active on Sunday. But in a game that probably won’t impact Baltimore's playoff seeding, Boldin's snaps figure to be limited. He's a weak WR3 in fantasy.

Ravens WR Anquan Boldin left last weekend's game with a shoulder injury, but it's been diagnosed as a mere bruise.  “We’ll see how that develops during the course of the week," HC John Harbaugh said.  While Baltimore has clinched the AFC North, they still have a chance to move up to the #3 seed with a win on Sunday coupled with a Patriots loss.  The Ravens are expected to play their starters against the Bengals.  Boldin should be able to suit up.

Ravens WR Anquan Boldin injured his shoulder on a diving, 3rd-quarter catch.  His return is being called doubtful, which puts his status for Week 17 in question.  WRs Jacoby Jones and Tandon Doss will pick up extra snaps with Boldin sidelined.

According to the NFL Network's Michael Lombardi, the Cardinals are believed to be looking for a 3rd round draft pick in a trade involving WR Anquan Boldin.  If true, the Cards will get a lot of inquiries about Boldin in the coming days.  While he is 30 years old and presents a fairly sizable injury risk, a 3rd rounder would be a steal for a team in dire need of WR help (like Miami or Baltimore).
Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin left Sunday's game with a leg injury.  It was unclear if he hurt his ankle or knee.  He won't return, and the Cardinals will be sick to their stomachs if he isn't ready for next weekend's playoff game.
Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin missed practice on Wednesday, but did go into detail about the injuries he suffered during last Sunday's game against the Packers.  Boldin revealed that he's dealing with a sprained MCL and a high ankle sprain.  Ouch -- this is much worse than we imagined.  You know that he'll do everything in his power to get ready for Sunday's game against Green Bay, but Boldin won't be effective even if he is active.
Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin has built a reputation as a tough NFL WR. Boldin continued to solidify that reputation today, stating that if he is cleared, he'll play through the pain of a right ankle sprain. Boldin had been mending well, but he aggravated the injury this past weekend. Boldin is willing to tough it out, telling the press that "if I’m good enough to play, I'm going to play. If I'm able to run, I'm going to play football." Whether he gets medical clearance is another story, but it is clear that he isn't at 100%.  He'd probably be better off sitting out a week or 2 and coming back at full strength for the stretch run.
Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin suffered a sprained ankle on Sunday.  He was on the bench for much of the 4th quarter with a wrap around the injury.  The Cardinals say it was just precautionary and that Boldin could have returned if the game was close.  Keep an eye on practice reports throughout the week.  Arizona plays the Giants Week 7.
Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin is likely to miss Friday night’s preseason game against the Packers. Q suffered a hamstring injury towards the end of practice on Tuesday and missed practice on Wednesday. The injury isn’t expected to keep him from missing Week 1, so continue to treat him as a high-risk, high-reward WR1.
Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin strained his hamstring on that 71-yard TD vs. Atlanta in the 30-24 wild-card win. Cardinals OC Todd Haley conceded Boldin is probably out at Carolina. "He can run the ball and do so many different things," Haley said. "Now a large chunk of your game plan is gone." Boldin's become one of the most injury-prone wide receivers in the game. He's missed about 18½ games in the last 5 seasons, counting games in which he left early. This year it was the facial fractures that required 8 metal plates, a separated shoulder, and this hamstring. Last year it was a strained hip and dislocated toe. He tore his right knee meniscus in 2004 & 2005. Boldin still managed 89 catches for 1,038 yards & 11 TDs this season. He's become a scoring machine when he's on the field, with 20 TDs in his last 24 games. He's a devastating blocker too. Boldin's contract will be the big story in Arizona this offseason. He signed an extension through 2010 and makes $4m per year, but he's only the 9th-highest paid WR. Lee Evans is the 3rd-highest paid WR. Stay tuned.
Cardinals HC Ken Whisenhunt was asked if Anquan Boldin (shoulder) will play in this meaningless game vs. Seattle. The Cardinals are locked into a home wild-card game. "We'd like to get him in there," Whisenhunt said. The Cards have lost 4 of 5 and have been outscored 177-104 in those games. Whisenhunt is torn between the idea of regaining momentum and risking injuries. He said they "need some success in this next game." We're guessing that Warner and Fitzgerald play the 1st half, maybe the whole 3rd quarter too. If Boldin starts we can't envision him playing past halftime.
Darren Urban of the East Valley Tribune reports Cards WR Anquan Boldin skipped Wednesday's practice with a shoulder injury. There have been mini-rumors that something was wrong with him (9.1 yards per catch the last 4 weeks) so this is worth monitoring.
Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin revealed that he had 8 plates inserted to repair his facial fracture. He also had wires inserted in his jaw to correct his bite. Boldin will visit with his surgeon tomorrow and hopes to be cleared to resume practicing.
Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin (hamstring) was added to the injury report Friday. ESPN's Chris Mortensen was on the radio and said, "Boldin came up with a hamstring today."  He is listed as having practiced fully. C'mon Q, don't start this stuff again. 
Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin was drilled helmet-to-helmet in the Jets game and had to be carted off with his head/neck immobilized. ProFootballTalk reports Boldin "did not suffer a neck injury" and "has full use of his extremities." Boldin finished with 10 catches for 119 yards & 1 TD. It's great to hear his spine is not (knock on wood) seriously affected. If Boldin is out for an extended period of time Steve Breaston would have nice fantasy value.
One of our Draft Sharks customers, Lee A., is a dentist and he discussed Boldin's injury -- the fractured sinus -- with us today: "He might realistically be able to play because if you have to fracture a bone in your body, that's the one to break. The maxilla is a very, very thin immobile bone that when fractured does not require any treatment or immobilization. They could control his pain. Swelling and breathing may also be an issue. I would think their main concern would be their ability to protect his face from further trauma with some sort of custom splint/ mouthguard."  Boldin will be a game-time decision. Steve Breaston looks like he'll start vs. Buffalo.

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