Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Tee Higgins, Van Jefferson, Mo-Alie Cox, Greg Dulcich (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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Bengals WR Tee Higgins is not participating in any full-team drills as he recovers from an offseason shoulder surgery. (Source: Charlie Goldsmith on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Higgins broke out in the second half of the season last year, solidifying himself as a true fantasy star. He and Ja’Marr Chase form one of the best, if not the best, fantasy WR duos in the NFL. The latest reports on Higgins are slightly concerning as there was some initial optimism he would be a full go for training camp, but if he is healthy for Week 1 he is a true WR1 candidate this season.
Van Jefferson will see a specialist on Monday for a knee issue that he has been dealing with and could need to miss a few weeks. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Jefferson had a procedure on his knee in the spring after playing through an injury late in the season, but it’s unclear if his current issue is related. He could reportedly potentially need surgery depending on the results of his appointment, so monitor news out of Rams camp closely. He’s currently the 60th WR going off the board in consensus ADP, and should be bumped down a few spots while we await the next developments.
Mo Alie-Cox tweaked his left knee while diving for a ball in practice on Saturday. (Source: 1075thefan.com)
Fantasy Impact: The injury isn’t considered particularly serious, and chances are that the Colts are just being cautious. Alie-Cox is the lone veteran presence in the Colts’ tight end room, so his health is critical to the team’s success this year. Expect him to return to practice shortly. So long as he’s healthy, he can be considered a high-end TE3.
Rookie TE Greg Dulcich, who missed two weeks of offseason training with a hamstring injury, is slowly being worked back into practice, according to Aric DiLalla of denverbroncos.com. Head coach of the Denver Broncos Nathaniel Hackett says they are trying to play it slow and “do it the right way.” (Source: Aric DiLalla, denverbroncos.com)
Fantasy Impact: Dulcich was drafted in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft by the Broncos after the team shipped off TE Noah Fant as a part of the trade for QB Russell Wilson. Dulcich was getting first-team reps with the Broncos early in camp before suffering his injury, going from the fast track to behind the 8-ball. The team is easing him in slowly, whether that’s stretching with the team or working on a side field, but are trying to get him back to practice. Even though he’s only going on average as the TE35 in PPR formats, according to FantasyPros, Dulcich has a legitimate chance to start this season, or at least get good playing time, even with TE Albert Okwuegbunam on the team, TE19.
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