Jets TE Ryan Griffin underwent surgery to repair ligament damage in his ankle last week, he told reporters on Monday. He's facing a 6-month rehab, so it was obviously a serious injury. Griffin figures to miss spring workouts but should be ready for training camp. He inked a 3-year extension in November but will need to battle with TE Chris Herndon for snaps in 2020.
The Jets have signed TE Ryan Griffin to a 3-year extension worth up to $10.8 million with "reachable" incentives, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. The 29-year-old Griffin has turned it on since QB Sam Darnold returned and has averaged 4 catches, 55.8 yards and 0.8 TDs over his past 4 games. Griffin previously spent 6 seasons with the Texans, including a 50-catch 2016. Griffin's new contract damages the immediate outlook for 2nd-year TE Chris Herndon, who lost this season to suspension and then injury. It's tough to get excited about either player in dynasty right now. The new deal certainly confirms Griffin's entrenched role in the offense for the rest of this season, though.
Jets TE Chris Herndon will be out an "extended amount of time" with a fractured rib suffered in yesterday's loss to the Giants, HC Adam Gase said. Herndon, of course, was making his 2019 debut in Week 10 after missing time due to suspension and a hamstring injury. This will go down as a lost season for him. Ryan Griffin will step back in as New York's lead TE.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Texans WR Will Fuller (hamstring) is "unlikely" to play against the Patriots today. "He wants to test it pregame first before making final decision," Schefter adds. We'll find out Fuller's official status by noon ET, but he's at risk of being limited and/or aggravating that hamstring injury if he plays. Fuller should be on fantasy benches for Week 1. His absence leaves Bruce Ellington as Houston's #2 WR. TE Ryan Griffin could also see a few extra looks, but WR DeAndre Hopkins will be the target hog.
The Texans have released TE Owen Daniels. The move saves $4.5 million against the cap. Daniels appeared to have plenty of gas left in the tank before suffering a season-ending broken leg in October. But he's 31 and has always been injury prone. Daniels has missed 26 games over the past 5 seasons. That'll certainly hurt his value on the open market. Meanwhile, the Texans are left with 2013 6th-rounder Ryan Griffin atop their TE depth chart. Griffin showed well as Houston's lead TE over the final 3 games of last season, hauling in 14 balls for 177 yards. We'll see how big a pass-catching role he'll play in HC Bill O'Brien's offense.