Benjamin Watson Injury Updates

11:12am EST 12/9/18

Saints TE Dan Arnold is inactive for today's game against the Bucs. He wasn't on the injury report, so it looks like he's a healthy scratch. That's a surprise after Arnold's role had grown in recent weeks. His absence leaves Josh Hill and Ben Watson at TE. Neither is a reliable fantasy play.

Ravens TE Ben Watson (knee) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Dolphins. He's been on the injury report for most of the season, but it's worth noting that he didn't practice on Tuesday or Wednesday. You'll need to check back around 7 pm ET tomorrow to see if Watson will give it a go vs. Miami.

Ravens insider Jeff Zrebiec believes TE Dennis Pitta could be a "significant contributor" this season after an impressive spring. He "was one of the more active and productive offensive players for the past couple of weeks," Zrebiec writes. "Pitta is moving well and caught just about everything thrown in his direction." Pitta missed the last 2 seasons with major hip injuries and turns 31 at the end of June. We're in "believe-it-when-we-see-it" mode, especially with Baltimore's crowded TE corps.

Saints insider Nick Underhill calls TE Josh Hill's performance in training camp so far "underwhelming."  He wasn't very involved in the passing game early, missed a few days with an undisclosed injury and dropped the 1st pass thrown to him on Monday.  Hill is listed as the #2 TE behind Ben Watson on New Orleans' initial depth chart.  We'll see if he can pick things up in preseason action, but Hill looks like just a late-round flier in fantasy drafts right now.

Saints TE Benjamin Watson has been the standout out his position so far in training camp, according to Larry Holder of The Times-Picayune. Offseason fantasy darling Josh Hill has missed time with an undisclosed injury, helping Watson get more 1st-team reps. But Holder writes that Watson "received plenty more opportunities in the passing game even when Hill was healthy" in spring workouts. The 34-year-old TE has always presented good speed and athleticism for his position and has scored 4 TDs among just 39 catches over his 2 Saints seasons. Even if Hill passes Watson on the depth chart once he returns, Watson at least stands as a reason to temper your fantasy expectations for Hill.

Saints TE Ben Watson will miss Sunday's matchup with the Niners because of the concussion he suffered lasat week against the Cowboys.  Rookie S Kenny Vaccaro will also spend the game sidelined for the same injury.  Neither would have been much of a fantasy option anyway.  Vaccaro's absence just might allow for S Roman Harper to jump back into the starting lineup after missing the past 7 games.  Vaccaro's absence also might hurt New Orleans' chances at defending against 49ers TE Vernon Davis.  Vaccaro has often locked up with TEs in coverage.

Saints TE Ben Watson sustained a concussion in the 3rd quarter of Sunday night's game against the Cowboys.  He'll need to pass through the league's concussion protocol in order to play this coming weekend.  Watson has seen an increased role since a foot injury bit TE Jimmy Graham.  Still, Watson hasn't made much of a fantasy impact.  He boasts just 1 catch over the past 2 weeks.

Saints TE Jimmy Graham reportedly has a partially torn plantar fascia in his foot.  This news comes via Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer.  According to Glazer, Graham’s ability to play will come down to pain tolerance.  But the stud TE remains unlikely to suit up because of how painful the injury is.  Essentially, a partially torn plantar fascia doesn’t allow receivers to make sharp cuts.  Fantasy owners need to have a backup plan ready.  Our TE Rankings are always a great place to start.

Saints TE Jimmy Graham (foot) did not practice on Wednesday.  It's a concern considering he's had 10 days off, and it jibes with reports that Graham is "uncertain" for this weekend's game against the Bills.  We still don't have any details about his injury.  "Each day we'll just take a peek on how he's progressing and be smart about it," HC Sean Payton said.  Check back tomorrow for another update.  Ben Watson would take over as New Orleans' lead TE -- and be a viable fantasy spot start -- if Graham can't go.

ESPN's Adam Schefter calls Saints TE Jimmy Graham (foot) "uncertain" for Sunday's game against the Bills.  Schefter adds that "it would have been difficult" for Graham to play this past weekend.  The report is much less optimistic than last week's news that the injury was not serious.  We still don't have any details on exactly what's ailing Graham, but we know that foot injuries can be tricky.  We'll continue to keep a close eye on his status this week.  If Graham can't play against the Bills, Ben Watson would step in as New Orleans' lead TE.

Browns TE Ben Watson was medically-cleared back in January to return to football activities.  He suffered at least 3 concussions this past season but was symptom-free by February.  Watson didn't carry much upside to begin with, and now he'll be a major injury-risk.  We can do better for a backup TE in fantasy drafts this summer.

A hip injury kept Browns TE Ben Watson out of practice on Monday.  He doesn't appear to be in danger of missing the season opener, but he won't be a recommended fantasy play with TE Evan Moore emerging as a serious threat to steal targets.

Browns TE Ben Watson is back at practice after suffering a concussion last Saturday.  The injury was never a concern, although another concussion could be bad news.  Watson is just a TE2 in fantasy leagues this year.

Patriots TE Ben Watson left Sunday's game against the Broncos with a head injury.  His return is doubtful.
Patriots TE Ben Watson caught 8 passes for 88 yards & 1 TD vs. the Jets. He was targeted an unbelievable 14 times, the most passes he’s ever had thrown his way since entering the NFL. The touchdown was his first since November 2007. Where did this explosion come from? It's possible he just hasn't been healthy. Bill Belichick once hid Watson's 2004 ACL injury from the media for over a year. He's surely on free-agent wires after his pitiful season up to now, so pick Watson up if you’re trying to catch a wave.
The Boston Globe reports: "Starting tight end Benjamin Watson missed the final exhibition game with a knee injury and his availability for Sunday's season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs looks bleak. He's been held out of practice this week. That would likely thrust third-year player David Thomas into a more prominent role." We're not sure when Watson's knee became an issue - but he was rehabbing from ankle surgery earlier in the summer. This is sorta sudden. If you were starting Watson you might want to be safe and look elsewhere. Then if this knee stuff turns out to be exaggerated you can use him again another time.
Patriots TE Ben Watson had ankle surgery recently to repair cartilage and clean out scar tissue. He'll need to be monitored closely by fantasy owners this summer. Watson is brittle. He had an Achilles injury his rookie year, knee surgery in 2004, and both ankles have been a problem too.  This surgery was on the left one.

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