Niles Paul Injury Updates

Jaguars TE Niles Paul sprained his MCL in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The injury figures to cost Paul multiple weeks. With TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (core) on IR, Jacksonville is down to James O'Shaughnessy and David Grinnage at TE.

Jaguars TE Niles Paul injured his knee in the 1st half of Sunday's game in Dallas and will not return. That leaves James O'Shaughnessy as Jacksonville's top TE.

The Jaguars have placed TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (core) on IR. He's been playing through this core-muscle injury all season but must have aggravated it in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. ASJ is reportedly a candidate to be designated for return after 8 weeks, but he's not worth hanging on to in fantasy leagues. James O'Shaughnessy and Niles Paul will handle TE duties for Jacksonville in Seferian-Jenkins' absence, but neither is a viable fantasy option right now.

The Jaguars have signed TE Niles Paul, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Paul flashed with a 39-507-1 line back in 2014 but hasn't been the same player since a fractured ankle cost him the entire 2015 season. He's still only 28, though, and owned a 94th percentile SPARQ score pre-injury. Don't bother drafting Paul in early best-ball leagues, but he'll be worth monitoring this summer.

Washington TE Jordan Reed is sitting out minicamp this week after he "rolled" an ankle in OTAs. It doesn't seem like a significant issue, but every Reed ding is worth tracking after he lost 14 games to injuries over the past 3 years. His absence leaves more reps for Niles Paul and Vernon Davis. HC Jay Gruden says Paul has done a "great job" in his return from a nasty ankle injury, according to the Washington Post, and that Davis has picked up the playbook quickly. Neither is likely to be fantasy relevant when Reed is healthy.

Redskins TE Niles Paul will miss the entire 2015 season after suffering a fractured and dislocated ankle in Thursday night's preseason opener.  It's a horribly timed injury for Paul, who was coming off a personal-best 39-507-1 line last year and primed for a bigger role in 2015.  Paul's injury gives Jordan Reed another shot to establish himself as Washington's lead TE.  He hasn't been able to stay healthy through 2 NFL seasons and is currently sidelined with a bum hamstring.  When on the field, though, Reed is capable of TE1 production.  He's worth a late-round shot in fantasy drafts.

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Redskins TE Niles Paul was carted off the field in Thursday night's preseason opener with a leg injury.  The leg was air-casted right on the field.  We'll pass along an update when we get one, but this obviously has the look of a severe injury.  It's a tough break for Paul, who had a good offseason and was sitting atop Washington's depth chart.  The injury will give TE Jordan Reed a chance to re-establish himself as the starter.

Update: Paul has a dislocated ankle and will miss the entire 2015 season.

Redskins TE Jordan Reed is "day-to-day" with a hamstring issue, per HC Jay Gruden.  That's becoming a perpetual state for Reed, who missed 5 games with 2 separate hamstring injuries last year.  He also underwent knee surgery this offseason, missed time in 2013 with quad, knee and foot problems, and has sustained at least 3 concussions.  Reed's durability issues are likely the main reason he's listed 2nd behind Niles Paul on Washington's current depth chart.  He'll need to get and stay healthy if he wants to move back atop the totem pole.  Reed has plenty of weekly upside when he's on the field, but the injuries make him just a late-round flier in fantasy drafts right now.

Washington TE Jordan Reed underwent a “little procedure” on his knee, HC Jay Gruden told ESPN's John Keim. It’s a concern, as Reed has already missed a portion of OTAs with knee trouble.  And he’s never been the most durable guy, missing 12 games over his first 2 seasons. Gruden did say that the young TE will be ready for training camp, but we’ll keep tabs on Reed throughout the summer.

Redskins TE Jordan Reed (hamstring) is out for Sunday’s game against the 49ers. We still don’t have any details on the severity of his latest hamstring injury, but the fact that he didn’t practice at all this week and was ruled out on Friday means we could be looking at another extended absence. Niles Paul will step back in as Washington’s lead TE. But he’s a shaky fantasy starter after QB Robert Griffin flopped last week.

Washington TE Jordan Reed remained limited in practice Wednesday, but he said he's optimistic about his chances to finally return from a hamstring injury and play against Arizona on Sunday.  “Definitely shooting for Sunday,” Reed said, per “I feel like if I get everything done this week and everything goes smoothly, I’ll be out there Sunday.”  We'll be very interested to see how Reed's and Niles Paul's roles sort out when the season-opening starter does return.  And we'll, of course, keep an eye on Reed's status throughout the week.

Washington TE Niles Paul missed practice Tuesday but told the Washington Times that he expects to be ready to face the Seahawks on Monday night.  Paul has reportedly passed each stage of the league concussion protocol he's encountered since suffering the injury Thursday night.  If he and TE Jordan Reed both stay on track for Week 5, then fantasy owners will get a first look at how the pair of pass-catchers will share time.  Paul has emerged as a consistent target since Reed went down with a Week 1 hamstring injury.  The presence and talent of each could hurt the fantasy profiles of both TEs going forward, though.

Redskins QB Robert Griffin revealed that TE Jordan Reed (hamstring) won't play against the Jaguars this weekend.  We don't know the exact severity of Reed's injury, but consider him week-to-week for now.  Niles Paul will step in as Washington’s pass-catching TE this Sunday. You should be able to do better on your season-long team, but Paul could be an intriguing value play in daily games.


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