By Anthony Cervino Sun, Feb 19th 6:03pm EST
Cincinnati Bengals beat writer Geoff Hobson believes running back Giovani Bernard (ACL) will not begin the 2017 season on the PUP list. "I’m willing to wager that barring a setback he [Bernard] won’t go on PUP," Hobson said via Bengals.com. "Maybe he’ll miss the first one or two games of the regular season, but I think that’s it. That’s merely a gut call, so we’ll see. After what happened with Tyler Eifert’s ankle I’ll leave medical speculation to the journals." (Source: Bengals.com)
Fantasy Impact: Bernard suffered a season-ending ACL tear in Week 11 of the 2016 regular season and was placed on IR shortly after. Bernard, who underwent surgery to repair the knee, is not expected to begin the 2017 campaign on the PUP list but could miss the first "one or two games," per reports. Barring a setback, he will likely enter next season in his usual role as Cincinnati's No. 2 back behind Jeremy Hill as well as the team's primary receiver out of the backfield.
By Anthony Cervino Sat, Feb 18th 8:13am EST
San Francisco 49ers beat writer Matt Barrows believes linebacker Navorro Bowman (Achilles) will be ready for the start of the 2017 regular season. (Source: The Sacramento Bee)
Fantasy Impact: After suffering a torn Achilles in Week 4, the 49ers placed Bowman on IR, ending his season. Bowman, who is viewed as one of San Francisco's top defensive weapons, could tremendously help a 49ers team that finished the 2016 season ranked dead last in total defense. Although he is expected to be sidelined for the bulk of the team's offseason workouts, Bowman is presumably on track for Week 1, barring a setback.
Detroit Lions beat writer Dave Birkett believes running back Ameer Abdullah's (foot) rehab from a foot injury is "going well." Birkett added that Abdullah "remains on track" to return for the start of offseason workouts in April. (Source: Dave Birkett on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Abdullah got off to a promising start in 2016. However, a foot injury suffered in Week 2 abruptly ended his season. In his limited playing time, two games, the second-year rusher received 18 carries for 101 yards while adding five receptions for 57 yards and touchdowns as a receiver. Barring a change in personnel, expect Abdullah to enter the 2017 season as Detroit's early down back while Theo Riddick assumes his role as the team's primary receiving threat out of the backfield.
Seattle Seahawks beat writer Bob Condotta expects wide receiver Tyler Lockett (leg) to be ready for the start of the 2017 season. (Source: Seattle Times )
Fantasy Impact: Lockett suffered a severe, season-ending leg injury in Week 16 -- he broke both his fibula and tibia against Arizona. The second-year wideout, who is also a return specialist, played in 15 games in 2016. He caught 41 targets for 597 yards and a touchdown as a receiver and recorded 114 yards and a score as a rusher. Lockett, who was expected to have his breakout season, failed to live up to expectations. However, he reportedly played through a PCL injury for most of the year. A healthy Lockett could be a dynamic and explosive weapon for the Seahawks in 2017.
Seattle Seahawks beat writer Bob Condotta believes running back C.J. Prosise (shoulder) "should be fully ready to go for OTAs and mini-camp." (Source: Seattle Times)
Fantasy Impact: Prosise, who showed promise before being lost for the season in Week 11 with a shoulder injury, is expected to be ready for OTAs in the spring. Playing in only six games in 2016, his rookie season, Prosise accumulated 172 yards and a touchdown on the ground, while adding 17 receptions for 208 yards as a receiver out of the backfield. Condotta expects Prosise to enter 2017 as the primary third down back and as a compliment to Thomas Rawls, who is expected to be the starter.
By Anthony Cervino Thu, Feb 16th 8:23am EST
ESPN's Paul Kuharsky reports Tennesse Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota's (leg) recovery from a broken leg is "on schedule." Titans head coach Mike Mularkey told the media that the team plans to be "very cautious" with Mariota and "likely hold him out" until training camp. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Mariota, who is recovering from a broken fibula suffered in Week 16 of the regular season, is not expected to resume full football activities until training camp. Although his recovery is on track, the team is taking the cautious approach with their franchise quarterback. Barring a setback, he will be good to go for Week 1.
By Anthony Cervino Tue, Feb 14th 2:29pm EST
ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Sammie Coates (finger/ groin) underwent sports-hernia surgery following the conclusion of the 2016 season for a groin injury that went unreported on the team's injury report throughout the course of the year. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: It was reported earlier in the offseason that Coates underwent, and was recovering from, finger surgery. However, Fowler states that Coates, instead, underwent a sports hernia procedure only, following the conclusion of the 2016 campaign. The groin injury, which was never included on Pittsburgh's injury report in 2016, did not affect the wideout's ability to participate in practice. Therefore, it did not have to be listed per league rules as a team is only required to report an injury that renders a player's availability to practice or appear in a game. Similar to Le'Veon Bell's situation in which he was dealing with a groin injury for weeks prior to the AFC Championship Game, and the team's failure to report the matter, Coates' groin injury is also subject to investigation by the NFL to ensure that the Steelers were in full compliance with league rules.
ESPN's Adam Caplan reports former Alabama inside linebacker Reuben Foster (shoulder) recently underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. (Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Foster, who is the "top graded" inside linebacker on many teams draft boards, per Caplan, has been ruled out fo the NFL Combine next month due to the surgery. However, because of the procedure's projected four-month recovery timeline, Foster is expected to be ready to go for the start of training camp in July.
Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com reports Washington wide receiver John Ross (labrum) is "scheduled" to undergo post-combine surgery to repair a labrum injury in his shoulder. (Source: Tony Pauline on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Ross, who is "stamped as a unanimous first round pick," according to Pauline, will undergo the labrum surgery to repair an injury that was "believed" to be suffered back in September in Washington's win over Stanford. Per reports, the current "plan" is for the wideout to take part in "all drills at the combine except for the bench press." He is expected to be "ready" for training camp following the surgery.
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith (knee) posted a video of himself changing direction 13 months removed from knee surgery. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Smith, who spent the entire 2016 campaign on the non-football injury list, is poised to make his NFL debut in the 2017 season opener. During his rehab, he's posted videos of himself on social media showcasing his progress and appears to be on track to be available for organized team activities in the spring. If Smith's damaged nerve regenerates, he could possibly return to the form that he showed at Notre Dame, which garnered him top five draft potential before suffering the injury.
Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller (foot) told the media he'll be "healthy and ready" for organized team activities in the spring. (Source: CSN Bears Talk on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Miller suffered a season-ending foot injury in Week 11 of the 2016 regular season. In 10 games, he caught 47 passes for 486 yards and four touchdowns and is poised to enter 2017 as Chicago's starting tight end. Per reports, he'll be a full-go for spring workouts.
By Alexander Onushco Wed, Feb 8th 7:44am EST
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is reportedly seeking a third opinion on whether he will require groin surgery this offseason. (Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Fantasy Impact: Bell has received opinions from two doctors - one saying he needs surgery and the other saying he won't. This third opinion should help swing Bell's decision one way or the other. Regardless of whether he gets surgery or not, Bell should be recovered well in time for the start of the 2017 season.
Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn told the media that the team will take a "wait and see" approach on whether or not wide receiver Julio Jones (toe) requires offseason surgery to repair his lingering toe injury. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Per reports, Jones will be evaluated next month to determine whether or not he will undergo offseason toe surgery. The lingering toe injury has bothered Jones since he sustained it Week 13 of the regular season. However, after missing the two games following the injury, he played the remainder of the regular campaign and the postseason without limitations. He should be good to go in time for training camp, barring a setback.
Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn told the media running back Tevin Coleman (ankle) does not need offseason surgery to repair his ankle. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Coleman, who was spotted in a walking boot after Super Bowl LI, will avoid offseason ankle surgery. He sustained the injury in the fourth quarter of last Sunday's loss to the Patriots. Barring a setback, he will be good to go for offseason workouts.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Atlanta Falcons center Alex Mack (leg) will play Super Bowl LI against the New England Patriots Sunday with a fracture in his left leg. Schefter adds that the team is "uncertain how well, or long he'll play." (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Mack, who was a limited participant in practice all week and was removed from the Super Bowl LI injury report, will, in fact, play against New England with a fractured left leg. Due to the severity of the ailment, the Falcons are concerned about his effectiveness and longevity in the Championship game as a result. Mack will join Jack Youngblood, Charles Woodson and Terrell Ownes as the only players who've played in a Super Bowl with a fractured leg.
Corey Davis suffered an ankle injury during training, which puts his participation in the NFL combine in jeopardy. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: After skipping the Senior Bowl, and now potentially missing the NFL Combine, Davis's draft stock may fall a bit. This could lead to Davis falling to a better team in the NFL Draft, but also potentially falling in re-draft and dynasty league drafts. Seeing as Davis is considered a Top 3 wide receiver talent in this year's class, keep an eye on this situation to better gauge potential landing spots.
By John Aubin Sat, Feb 4th 6:21am EST
Chris Hogan (thigh) is listed as questionable to play in the Super Bowl this Sunday against the Falcons. Hogan was limited by a thigh ailment throughout practice this week, but he's still widely anticipated to play. (Source: Patriots.com)
Fantasy Impact: This is the same injury that was affecting Hogan before the AFC Championship game against the Steelers. It did not seem to bother him as he had a career day catching nine passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns. While he probably won't put up numbers like that again he should be ready to go for the Super Bowl and will be a part of the game plan.
By John Aubin Sat, Feb 4th 6:12am EST
Martellus Bennett is listed as questionable for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Falcons. Bennett was limited during practice this week due to a listed knee issue. (Source: Patriots.com)
Fantasy Impact: Expect Bennett to be ready to play for the biggest game of the year. He has been dealing with injuries for most of the second half and has still played. The veteran TE has not had a big impact on the playoffs with six catches on nine targets for 36 yards. But he is a red zone threat and has the ability to make a big play.
Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (knee) "believes he'll be completely cleared" for football activities later in the month of February. “I ran 100 percent full out (Tuesday),’’ Anderson said. “I’m pushing toward playing, no problems. Not really having any knee pain. Pretty much-doing everything except for cutting. I haven’t cut, yet.’’ (Source: Mike Klis on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: After tearing his right meniscus in Week 7 of the regular season, Anderson underwent surgery to repair the injury in late October. Reports suggest he is on the last leg of his recovery -- he's been running at full-speed -- and will likely be fully cleared for football activities in February. He's poised to enter 2017 as Denver's top running back.
Houston Texans pass rusher J.J. Watt (back) told the media he is "fully cleared" for football activities and that he "sees no reason why he won't be ready for OTAs." (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Watt only appeared in three games in 2016, missing 13 of which due to a back injury. He underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc in September, which ultimately ended his season despite the hopes of the team, and Watt, that he would be available to return at some point during the year. Instead, he'll rehab, train and prepare to be fully ready for the 2017 campaign. His first stop, OTAs, at which he is expected to be a full participant. A healthy Watt will only improve a Texans defense that finished 2016 ranked No. 1 in total defense.
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