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Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Michael Thomas, Mecole Hardman, Jameis Winston (2022)

May 27, 2022
Michael Thomas

With OTAs in full swing, let’s take a look at a few injury updates around the world of the NFL and fantasy football.

Michael Thomas hopeful to be ready for training camp

Saints coach Dennis Allen said Michael Thomas still isn’t ready to return to the field, but the team is hopeful he’ll be ready by training camp. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: “I think he’s doing well in his rehab,” Allen said. “He’s not ready yet, but he’s here, he’s rehabbing, getting himself better and we’re certainly anxious to get him out here.” After missing all of last season, it appears Thomas is on track to be ready to return this year. The offseason additions of Chris Olave and Jarvis Landry make this a more crowded wide receiver room than when Thomas was last healthy, but he should still be the No. 1 option if he is fully healthy.

Mecole Hardman dealing with a tweaked hamstring

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said WR Mecole Hardman is dealing with a tweaked hamstring. (Source: Herbie Teope on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hardman was absent from OTAs on Thursday with the injury. Hamstring injuries can linger, so the Chiefs will likely be very careful with him. He has a chance to see an expanded role this season, though the offseason additions of rookie Skyy Moore and free agent JuJu Smith-Schuster also have a chance to see a big role in this Chiefs offense.

Jameis Winston participating in Saints OTAs (ACL)

According to multiple league sources, Saints QB Jameis Winston participated in the team’s on-field workouts on Wednesday as he recovers from a torn ACL (Source:

Fantasy Impact: New Orleans Saints HC Dennis Allen recently stated on “The Rich Eisen Show” that the team expects Winston to be healthy and under center for week 1, so the QBs ability to participate in OTAs further suggests that he should be ready by the start of the season assuming he doesn’t suffer any setbacks. Winston threw 14 TD passes and just 3 interceptions before tearing his ACL in a Week 8 matchup against the Buccaneers last season. Winston was having the most efficient season of his career prior to the injury, and he should have a revamped group of WRs to pass to in 2022. The Saints used a 1st round pick to draft former Ohio State WR Chris Olave, signed veteran slot receiver Jarvis Landry, and Michael Thomas is returning from injury after missing all of last.

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