Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Michael Thomas, Byron Pringle, Terrace Marshall Jr., KJ Hamler (2022)
It’s never too early to check in on player injury statuses ahead of the 2022 season, and our news desk has you covered. Let’s take a look at the latest injury news and notes around the NFL.
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Michael Thomas participated in full-team drills for the first time at Saints training camp Saturday. (Source: Nick Underhill on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Thomas participated in every portion of the Saints practice except for full-team drills last week, so he continues to show progression now that he is participating in those full-team drills. After a couple of lost seasons, Thomas is looking to rebound this season. The upside is undeniable if he is fully healthy.
Byron Pringle (quad) was sidelined at Bears practice Saturday and has no timetable to return as of yet.
Fantasy Impact: Bears head coach Matt Eberflus said Saturday that Pringle will be out for “some time.” On the positive side, Eberflus also stated that he does not think the injury will persist into the regular season. Pringle was signed as a free agent back in March after spending the first three years of his career in Kansas City. He is expected to be the Bears main slot receiver.
Terrace Marshall Jr. was on the sidelines during Friday’s practice due to a lower leg strain. (Source: panthers.com)
Fantasy Impact: Marshall was on the stationary bike throughout practice but Matt Rhule said it “should be too long” until Marshall is back on the field. He’s had an excellent camp thus far as he looks to build on an inconsistent rookie season. For now, this doesn’t look like anything serious, but obviously, fantasy managers will want to monitor reports out of training camp to make sure that Marshall returns to practice next week.
KJ Hamler is on track to be ready for Week 1, according to Nathaniel Hackett. (Source: Aric DiLalla on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Hamler is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL last year, and his progress has been steady, as he was activated off the PUP list on Monday. Ordinarily, he wouldn’t be of much fantasy interest given the Broncos’ receiving corps and his injury but with Tim Patrick now lost for the season, Hamler should see increased snaps so long as he is healthy. Hackett’s words are encouraging, but fantasy managers should still be cautious, as the Broncos won’t want to risk Hamler’s long-term health by trying to push him to be ready for Week 1. And even if he is ready, it’s unlikely that he’ll see a full complement of snaps right away. Still, this is good news for managers who have drafted or are thinking of drafting the wideout.
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