Donte Moncrief Injury Updates

Steelers WR James Washington is expected to miss "a few weeks" with his shoulder injury, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That'll leave some combination of Ryan Switzer, Donte Moncrief and Johnny Holton behind JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson. None of those 3 guys is worth adding to fantasy rosters.

Steelers WR Donte Moncrief returned to practice on Wednesday. He ended up missing 6 days with a finger injury but caught 3 TDs from QB Ben Roethlisberger on his 1st day back. Moncrief is still considered the favorite for #2 WR duties in Pittsburgh, although WR James Washington's big showing in the preseason opener has put some heat on Moncrief. It'll be a situation to watch closely over the next 2 exhibitions.

Steelers WR Donte Moncrief "hasn’t participated much" since suffering a finger injury, according to The Athletic's Mark Kaboly. It's the 1st we've heard of the injury. Kaboly's report makes the injury seem minor, but we'll see how much longer Moncrief is sidelined. He was reportedly having a strong camp prior to going down and, if healthy, is the favorite to open the season as Pittsburgh's #2 WR.

The Jaguars on Tuesday reached a deal with WR Donte Moncrief, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The former Colt surpassed 32 receptions just once over his 1st 4 seasons and lost 13 games to injuries over the past 2 years. He has plenty to prove before you should treat him as a significant fantasy asset in Jacksonville.

Colts WR Donte Moncrief returned to practice on Wednesday after missing the previous few days with a minor shoulder injury. His fantasy stock is unaffected. Moncrief is locked in as Indy's #2 WR and has upside at his 6th-round ADP -- assuming QB Andrew Luck is ready by Week 1.

Colts WR Donte Moncrief is "day to day" with a "mild" AC sprain in his shoulder, HC Chuck Pagano said on Friday. Moncrief missed 5 games last year with a broken shoulder blade, although it doesn't seem like this is at all related. We'll keep an eye on him, but we're not moving him down the WR rankings.

Colts WR Donte Moncrief was knocked out of Saturday's game against the Raiders with a shoulder injury. He's been banged up for much of the season and will probably be held out of the team's meaningless season finale. That'd move Phillip Dorsett back into the #2 WR spot.

Colts WR Donte Moncrief (hamstring) is not listed on the final injury report. He practiced all week, including full workouts on Thursday and Friday. The hammy shouldn’t be a concern. Moncrief is a TD-dependent fantasy play, but he’s a good bet for a score in what should be a shootout in Oakland.

Colts HC Chuck Pagano labeled WR Donte Moncrief "day to day" with the hamstring injury that knocked him out of Sunday's loss to the Texans. It sounds like he avoided a serious injury, but we'd still consider Moncrief no better than 50/50 for this weekend's game against the Vikings. We'll track his status throughout the week.

Colts WR Donte Moncrief suffered a hamstring injury in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Texans. He's officially questionable to return. Moncrief went catch-less on 4 targets before exiting.

Colts WR Donte Moncrief (hamstring) is questionable for Thursday night's game against the Steelers. He popped up on the injury report on Wednesday and was limited in practice. Moncrief was already looking like a shaky WR3 with Scott Tolzien under center. The hammy just makes him a riskier fantasy starter -- assuming he plays. We'll find out around 7 pm ET tomorrow.

Colts insider Stephen Holder doesn't believe WR Donte Moncrief's shoulder injury is season-ending. So that's good. Moncrief was scheduled for an MRI today, but we still haven't heard anything about the results. "Issue is determining how much time he's going to miss," Holder adds. It sounds like Moncrief will at least miss this weekend's game against the Chargers -- and potentially more. Phillip Dorsett will step in as Indy's #2 WR for as long as Moncrief is out.

Colts WR Donte Moncrief will undergo an MRI on his shoulder today, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. It's the 1st we've heard of a shoulder injury for Moncrief, who was originally believed to have suffered a concussion in Sunday's loss to the Broncos. He was announced with "head and neck" injuries during the game. We should get clarity on Moncrief's health later today.

Colts WR Donte Moncrief had surgery to address turf toe this offseason, according to insider Stephen Holder.  Moncrief appeared on the injury report late last year with foot and toe issues.  He didn't miss any games but had his snaps scaled back in the final 3.  The Colts are "not worried about him long term," Holder says.  We'll keep an eye on Moncrief's status over the next few months.

Colts WR Donte Moncrief (toe) is active for today’s game against the Dolphins. He played through the toe injury last week and posted a 5-51-1 line. Consider Moncrief a risk/reward WR3 at less than 100% in a plus matchup.

Colts HC Chuck Pagano expects WR Donte Moncrief (toe) to be a game-time decision for Sunday's visit to Miami, according to Kevin Bowen of the team website. Moncrief was also questionable with the toe and foot issues last week but played through them. We'll watch his status, and the situation likely adds risk for injury aggravation. But an active Moncrief will be usable for at least some fantasy owners in this week's plus matchup.

Colts WR Donte Moncrief missed Wednesday's practice with a foot injury and was in a walking boot, per beat writer Stephen Holder.  We don't have any more details on the injury, but Moncrief's Week 15 status certainly appears to be in doubt.  His absence would mean more snaps for WRs Andre Johnson and Phillip Dorsett against the Texans.

The Colts announced on Tuesday that QB Andrew Luck will be sidelined 2-6 weeks with abdominal injuries suffered in last week's win over the Broncos.  Luck was hurt on a scramble early in the 4th quarter, according to HC Chuck Pagano.  He finished out the game but was still in pain on Monday afternoon.  He underwent tests that revealed a kidney laceration and a partial tear of an abdominal muscle.  “It’s way too early to guess how long Andrew will be out,” Pagano said. “We’re going to keep listening to the doctors and evaluating his progress on a week by week basis."  The Colts have a Week 10 bye, so it's possible that Luck misses just 1 game.  The longer end of the timeline would knock him out until Week 16.  Fantasy owners should hang on to him if possible while we wait for a more concrete timetable for return.  QB Matt Hasselbeck will start for however long Luck is out.  The 40-year-old was solid in 2 starts earlier this year, completing 63.2% of his passes with 3 TDs and 0 INTs.  But Hasselbeck is still a downgrade for Indy's offense.

Colts insider Josh Wilson says WR Donte Moncrief "looks like he belongs," which isn't always the case with rookie WRs.  "He looks very smooth and polished in his game," Wilson writes. "He's had a few drops here and there in camp, but his route running looks good, he has a tendency to go and get balls, and he's smooth in the edges of the game that you typically don't see rookie receivers in training camp smooth in."  OC Pep Hamilton added that Moncrief is "deceptively fast, as well as a tough smart kid."  It sounds like Moncrief is locked in as Indy's #4 WR.  That won't be enough to make him a 2014 fantasy option, but an injury to T.Y. Hilton, Reggie Wayne or Hakeem Nicks would change that.

 
 
 

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