With the second week of the preseason wrapped up, there are more injuries to discuss and take a look at how the injury affects your upcoming fantasy draft. For part 1, click here.
Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins
Ajayi returned to practice in full after suffering a concussion early on in training camp. As of Aug. 15, he was no longer in the concussion protocol. He suited up as the starter for Miami’s preseason game on Thursday, Aug. 17. As a workhorse RB, he remains worth his second round price in fantasy drafts.
Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins
Reed has spent nearly the entire month of August on the PUP due to having pain in his big toe on the right foot, which was an injury he played through for much of 2016. He was activated off the PUP on Aug. 20 and will be immediately eligible to participate in ‘Skins practice. Assuming no setbacks, he will likely be out there for week 1 of the regular season.
Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants
Sterling Shepard returned to Giants practice on Aug. 13 after suffering an ankle sprain on Aug. 2. He appears to be on target for week 1.
Tavon Austin, WR, LA Rams
Austin continues to miss time after recovering from off-season wrist surgery back in early May. He has missed all of the Rams’ off-season program and continues to miss preseason action. Reports have recently surfaced that he could miss the remaining preseason games as well. With the addition of Sammy Watkins and rookie, Cooper Kupp, Austin is nothing more than a late round flier in PPR leagues.
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
Cam was held out of practice a few days last week due to soreness in his shoulder. He is recovering from surgery for a torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder during the off-season. Soreness is often a normal part of the recovery process, especially when a throwing athlete begins to progress their workload. The plan is for the Panthers to ramp Newton’s workload back up this week in practice, so I’m interested to see how Cam’s shoulder responds. As of now, I continue to expect Newton out there for week 1, and he is a definite bounce back candidate after a down year in 2016.
Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
Colts’ owner Jim Irsay recently came out stating that Luck’s week 1 status remains in question. This is nothing new as the Colts have been cautious with their franchise QB all off-season, and I expect them to continue to be conservative. Luck will most likely avoid the PUP list to start the season, and I continue to expect him out there within the first 2-3 weeks of the season.
Jordan Matthews, WR, Buffalo Bills
After being traded from Philadelphia to Buffalo, Matthews suffered a “chip fracture” in his sternum during his first practice with the Bills on Aug. 13. Initial reports indicate that he is week to week, so his status remains uncertain for week 1. You can expect Matthews to be limited for the majority of training camp, but his situation is one worth monitoring.
Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Marqise Lee suffered a high ankle sprain on Aug. 13 and was carted off the field at Jaguars’ practice. Lee will most certainly miss most of, if not all, of the rest of preseason games and training camp practices. It appears as though Lee has avoided structural damage, as reports have him missing 4-6 weeks. These types of injuries can be difficult to come back from, so relying on that timetable as definitive could be fools gold. If Lee does miss time early in the season, it should mean even more targets for Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, though at this point, that Jags passing offense is in shambles. For me, this is a situation to avoid.
Ty Montgomery, RB, Green Bay Packers
‘Ty Mo’ is currently dealing with a lower leg injury, for which details have not been made available. Apparently, he stated that it was a “soft tissue injury,” but hopefully more details will surface soon. He missed the Packers’ second preseason game this past weekend, so his status is certainly worth monitoring moving forward. So long as he suits up for the dress rehearsal in week 3 of the preseason, Montgomery remains a viable PPR back with high end RB2 upside in the Green Bay offense.
Paul Richardson, WR, Seattle Seahawks
Richardson suffered a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder while making a diving catch in Seattle’s first preseason game on Aug. 13, and he missed week 2 of the preseason. Depending on the severity of AC joint sprains, players can be out anywhere from 2-6 weeks if treated non-operatively. Given that reports indicate Richardson should be back around week 1, he probably suffered a grade I or II sprain. He appears to be on target for week 1, but as we saw last season with Jordan Reed’s AC joint sprain, a return to the field doesn’t mean he’ll be at 100%.
Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Fournette was first held out of Jags practice on Aug. 13 due to an undisclosed foot injury. The former LSU star dealt with ankle injuries throughout college, and it appears that this injury is on the same foot, which does cause some concern. He then missed their second preseason game, which was a decision made by the coaching staff early in the week. Today, it was announced that Fournette would also miss Jacksonville’s third preseason game this Thursday night. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Fournette miss the fourth preseason game, either. The Jaguars would be smart to be conservative with their star RB given his injury history. All signs point to Fournette being good to go for week 1, as he said that he could have played in week 2 of the preseason if it were necessary.