Preseason Week 1 went by without much news, especially Fantasy wise. Of course, this is to be expected when the first team players are only playing for a drive or so, and in the case of Sam Bradford, three whole plays (really Doug?). Sam played the whole first half against the Steelers in preseason Week 2, if anyone cares.
Any Fantasy news that did come from the games, seemed to be good news. Week 1 saw Melvin Gordon score a long touchdown, the Jaguars backfield duo of Chris Ivory and T. J. Yeldon ran well, and the Broncos defense pitched a shutout.
The best news of all though, from a Fantasy perspective, is that there were no big injuries, and thus far we are good through Week 2 as well! So those of you who had your drafts early, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Good luck during the rest of preseason Week 2 and beyond.
The injury front this week is fairly barren, with not much to report on except for lingering injuries from the offseason and last year.
This week, we’ll take a look at a few new names as well as update a few guys who I mentioned in my injury article last week. You can check out last week’s article here. Now let’s get to it!
Preseason Week 2: Injury News and Updates
A Curious Case
Breshad Perriman, WR, Baltimore Ravens
The mysterious injury cloud continues to hang over the Raven’s 2015 first round pick. Perriman, who missed the entire 2015 season with a PCL tear, has another knee issue, this time being a partially torn ACL.
Last season, coach John Harbaugh initially told the media that Perriman would miss only a few days after the Ravens training staff told Harbaugh that it was only a minor injury. Perriman, after suffering a setback in Week 3 of the 2015 season, was eventually put on season ending IR.
This situation feels eerily similar to the situation last year. In June, Harbaugh was told to expect Perriman to be back on the field by mid-August. Well, here we are and the Ravens have given no timetable for Perriman’s return.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 16, 2016
In my opinion, this partially torn ACL may be worse than initially thought. There are two routes to go down when dealing with partial ACL tears. Option one, rest followed by rehab (no surgery required), this though requires that there is no knee instability caused by the partial tear. Option two, is surgery. Given that there is no timetable for Perriman’s return, the Raven’s medical team may have found that the tear was great enough to cause instability in the knee, thus surgery may be required.
Looking at the Fantasy implications, Perriman really should not be on your radar due to the cloudiness surrounding this injury. Just as last year, injuries to the Raven’s presumed top two wide outs, Perriman and Steve Smith Sr. (recovering from Achilles tear), may leave Kamar Aiken as the only reliable receiver on a week-to-week basis.
Clipped Wings in Seattle?
Jimmy Graham, TE and Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks’ offensive weapons, Jimmy Graham and Thomas Rawls, are each coming off season ending injuries in 2015, a torn patellar tendon and broken ankle respectively.
When I hear of patellar tendon injuries, I immediately think of Victor Cruz and he has not played in a season and a half. Going forward with patellar tendon ruptures, there is uncertainty with how the knee will respond to stressful loads as well as weakness in the knee. This is truly one of the most unpredictable and difficult injuries to recover from.
A lot of the forward prognosis is correlated with how well the surgery went, and since I was not in the surgery room with Jimmy and his doctor’s, I can’t say for sure how it went. Therefore, we must take Jimmy and his doctors at their word for how the recovery is going. Currently Graham’s status for Week 1 is already in doubt (still on PUP). Because of this uncertainty around a very serious injury, I personally will be staying away from Jimmy Graham this year in Fantasy, not only because of the injury but because of how little an impact Graham had in the offense when healthy.
Thomas Rawls, on the other hand, has just been activated from the PUP list. This is a great sign signifying that his recovery from the broken ankle is mostly complete and has progressed without any setbacks.
Now although the Seahawks’ backfield has become more crowded since Rawls was last on the field (hello Christine Michael), the fact that he has once again began practicing and may even get some playing time in the preseason bodes well for Fantasy going forward. The only concerns I would have for Rawls would be with the backfield mix in Seattle, NOT his injury.
Updates from last week
Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers
Nelson has been activated off the PUP list, so this is great news for Fantasy owners. Last week upon initially hearing of patellar tendonitis, I was fairly concerned for his prospects going into week one of the regular season. With the Packer’s decision to take him off the PUP list, much of my concern is now in the rear view mirror. I still would not expect to see much, if any of Nelson in preseason action. Let’s be honest, we all know what he can do, he has nothing to prove.
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
As I said last week, a return to practice would be a great sign for the Cowboy’s top pick. Well, he’s back! Hamstring injuries have a tendency to continue to pop-up throughout the season, so don’t expect for this to be the last we hear of Zeke’s hammy. But for now, seeing that Elliott back at practice is a great sign. Next step is to see the highly touted rookie in some preseason action (Probably not until preseason Week 3).
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