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NFL Training Camp Injuries – Part 1

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Training camp is finally here, and the season is just around the corner! With that, comes the inevitable – training camp injuries, which always affect your draft strategy this time of year. Throughout the rest of the pre-season, I will be highlighting training camp injuries affecting fantasy relevant players and how to approach these players in your draft and beyond.

Long-Term Training Camp Injuries

Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans

The second year wide out from Notre Dame, Will Fuller fractured his collarbone on August 2. Early reports are that the speedy deep threat will miss about 2-3 months while allowing the collarbone to heal. With this in mind, you can expect Fuller to return sometime in mid-October to early November. Avoid Fuller in redraft leagues but do look for him on waivers in the middle of the season.

 

Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Dixon tore his meniscus in his knee at the start of training camp. He will undergo surgery to repair the meniscus and will miss the entire 2017 season. Dixon’s fantasy relevance relies heavily on what the Ravens decide to do in free agency or the draft next year. Obviously, you’re not drafting Dixon this year, but there’s a chance he returns to relevance next season. This is one of many Ravens unfortunate training camp injuries that include losing Dennis Pitta and Crockett Gilmore.

 

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins

Tannehill partially tore his ACL in his left knee last season but was able to play through the injury without surgery. However, last week, Tannehill was running towards the sideline, landed awkwardly, and fell to the ground in a non-contact fashion. Reports have come out that show Tannehill’s ACL is still not completely torn, but it’s obvious he’s lacking stability in the knee. The Dolphins recently brought in Jay Cutler, so all signs point to Tannehill missing the 2017 season. It has not yet officially be confirmed, but Tannehill will likely undergo season ending surgery on his ACL.

 

Quincy Enunwa, WR, New York Jets

Last year, we saw both Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall have down years in New York. One bright spot for the Jets, however, was the emergence of Quincy Enunwa, who figured to be the WR1 for Gang Green in 2017. Unfortunately, the former Nebraska Cornhusker injured his neck on August 5, resulting in a disc injury. Reports indicate that Enunwa will miss 6-9 months, and he has been placed on IR, ending his 2017 season.

Short-Term Training Camp Injuries

Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

The 7th overall pick from this year’s draft is not having a great start to his NFL career. The Clemson standout receiver is currently dealing with a disc herniation in his low back. There have been mixed reports out of LA. Initially, it was thought that Williams would need surgery. However, conflicting reports indicated that the Chargers hoped he would be ready for camp without needing surgery. Ultimately, Williams did not undergo surgery and continues to rehab his back. He likely will not play in the preseason, but the most recent update indicates that Williams is running, which is promising for his long-term health. I still expect Williams to begin the season on the PUP, which would force him to miss the first 6 weeks of the season. Avoid Williams in redraft leagues, but keep an eye on his status as October approaches.

 

Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

Arguably the best young QB in the league may start the season on the PUP list, which would drastically affect the 2017 outlook for the Indy offense. The Colts have been pretty quiet about the status of the face of their franchise during this offseason after he underwent surgery to repair his labrum in his throwing shoulder in January. Luck has finally started throwing, but to what degree? He remains limited in camp thus far, and the Colts are in no rush to thrust him back into camp at full speed. This is certainly a situation to monitor over the next couple of weeks, but I wouldn’t expect to see Luck play in the preseason until at least week 3 at the absolute earliest.

This is certainly a situation to monitor over the next couple of weeks, but I wouldn’t expect to see Luck play in the preseason until at least week 3 at the absolute earliest. Hopefully, your league isn’t drafting yet, but if it is, you have to knock Luck down a few spots in your rankings. For me, Luck is worth the risk in drafts given his QB1 upside. If you do take the Stanford product, I’d recommend taking another QB late in the draft just in case Luck starts on the PUP and misses the first 6 weeks of the season.

 

Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants

Shepard apparently got lucky with this one. Initially, it came out that the Giants’ WR was down on the field in tears after injuring his ankle on August 2. He was carted off with a right leg injury and gave fantasy fans a scare. However, it appears as though Shepard’s injury was a low ankle sprain. Specific details have yet to surface, but given that the Giants hope he returns during the preseason, he most likely avoided structural damage. Owners need to keep an eye on Shep’s status as the season gets closer, but I don’t expect him to participate in camp for at least a few weeks. If you’re drafting today, the former Oklahoma WR is worth nothing more than a late round pick in redraft leagues.Owners need to keep an eye on Shep’s status as the season gets closer, but I don’t expect him to participate in camp for at least a few weeks. If you’re drafting today, the former Oklahoma WR is worth nothing more than a late round pick in redraft leagues.

Owners need to keep an eye on Shep’s status as the season gets closer, but I don’t expect him to participate in camp for at least a few weeks. If you’re drafting today, the former Oklahoma WR is worth nothing more than a late round pick in redraft leagues. Owners need to keep an eye on Shep’s status as the season gets closer, but I don’t expect him to participate in camp for at least a few weeks. If you’re drafting today, the former Oklahoma WR is worth nothing more than a late round pick in redraft leagues.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the next segment of this training camp injuries series! In the mean time, check out our training camp previews for all your pre-season news.

I’m a sports and orthopedic physical therapist currently working in Burlington, VT. I’ve been a sports fan my entire life and when I became a PT, I decided to combine my two passions into one awesome hobby. My goal is to provide injury analysis and information so that you can win your next dynasty title. Follow me on twitter: @TheFantasyPT

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