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Devin Smith tears ACL

By Anthony Cervino   Sat, Apr 29th 7:04pm EDT

NYJ

New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan told the media wide receiver Devin Smith (ACL) has torn his ACL and will miss the entire 2017 season. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Well, the Jets can't seem to catch a break. Smith, a second-year wideout who missed 18 games since 2015, is out for the upcoming season with a torn ACL. He has already undergone surgery to repair the injury. With Smith sidelined, rookie Chad Hansen has an excellent opportunity to make the 53 man roster and have an impactful freshman campaign as a pro.


San Francisco 49ers beat writer Matt Maiocco is reporting wide receiver Bruce Ellington (soft tissue injury) sat out of minicamp with a soft tissue injury unrelated to his hamstring issue that sidelined him for the entire 2016 season. (Source: Matt Maiocco on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 49ers cleaned house this offseason and added a new regime both in the front office and on the player personnel end. Focusing on the wide receiver depth chart, San Francisco brought in Pierre Garcon, Aldrick Robinson and Marquise Goodwin, while retaining Jeremy Kerley and parting ways with Torrey Smith. For Ellington, who has battled injuries throughout his three-year career missing 22 games since 2014, his roster spot could be in jeopardy if he continues to be bitten by the injury bug.


Free agent running back Jamaal Charles' (knee) agent, David Mulugheta, posted a rehab video of his client on Twitter. (Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mulugheta is Charles' agent and posted a rehab video of his client working out on Monday. In the caption, Mulugheta wrote: "With Jamal Charles, it's not a matter of 'IF' but a matter of 'WHEN!'" Accompanied by the Twitter hashtag, "comeback season." In the video, Charles is performing drills on his surgically repaired knee. It appears that the 30-year-old running back, who has garnered minimal interest on the free agent market, is not considering retirement and will play in 2017 -- if he finds a willing suitor.


Dallas Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones told the media linebacker Jaylon Smith (knee) "should" be ready to return to the field for OTAs. (Source: Jon Machota on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smith, the 34th overall pick in last year's draft, appears to be on track to return for OTAs after missing his entire rookie season with a knee injury suffered while still playing for Notre Dame. Although he is still dealing with nerve damage in his surgically repaired knee, the standout linebacker is expected to make his pro debut this season, barring a setback.


Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (leg) told the media he "expects" to be ready for the start of training camp in July. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Lockett, who suffered a broken leg in Week 16 of last season, is expected to miss Seattle's offseason workouts in their entirety. However, he told the media that he fully "expects" to make his on-field return at the start of training camp in July. The 24-year-old wideout and return specialist will likely open the 2017 season as the No. 3 receiver on the Seahawks' depth chart behind Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin.


Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman told the media quarterback Cam Newton (shoulder) is "on schedule" to be ready for the start of training camp in late-July. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Newton underwent offseason shoulder surgery on March 30 and is "on schedule" in his recovery, per Gettleman. Although he will miss offseason workouts, the 27-year-old signal caller is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in late-July. Barring a setback, Newton is not in danger of missing any regular season action.


Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (finger) told the media that he will not undergo surgery to repair his injured finger from last season. (Source: Dave Birkett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Stafford also said his finger "feels good" and that he's been "throwing for a month and a half." The 29-year-old signal caller is not expected to be held back during offseason workouts and should be a full-go for July's training camp.


ESPN's Paul Gutierrez is reporting Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (leg) is participating in full in the team's offseason program. "I feel great," Carr said via ESPN. "I've been running, jumping, throwing, cutting, everything. So I'm ready to rock. I'm ready to do absolutely everything. I did everything my teammates did today. I'll do everything my teammates will do tomorrow." (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: As expected, Carr is a full-go for Oakland's offseason program that began Monday -- he underwent surgery in late-December to repair a broken fibula. Barring a setback, Carr will not be held back for the remainder of the offseason and is in no danger of missing the 2017 season opener.


Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (back) told the media he "feels great" after undergoing offseason back surgery, but is uncertain about when he will be able to "fully participate" in offseason activities. When asked about his availability for training camp, Eifert replied: "I don't know. I'll have to see how I'm feeling and go from there." (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Eifert is recovering from offseason back surgery and is "unsure" about his training camp availability. The fourth-year veteran is coming off of an injury-plagued 2016 campaign in which he only appeared in eight games and produced a 29-394-5 stat line. Injuries have irked Eifert throughout his career. The 26-year-old tight end missed 27 of a possible 64 games but is uber productive when is on the field, especially in the end zone, securing 20 touchdowns in his career. For the upcoming fantasy football campaign, Eifert should be viewed a middling TE1 who could produce elite TE1 numbers if his health remains intact, a feat that is extremely questionable due to his history.


Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (leg) reported to the first day of the team's offseason program on Monday. (Source: The Tennessean)

Fantasy Impact: Mariota, who is recovering from a broken fibula suffered in December, was present for the first day of Tennessee's offseason workouts on Monday. The impending third-year signal caller told the media he expects to begin running at full speed within the next two-to-three weeks. However, he remains uncertain on whether or not he'll be a full-go for the start of training camp in July. The Titans are expected to continue with the cautious approach with Mariota's recovery for the remainder of the offseason.


Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told the media tight end Travis Kelce (shoulder) "probably won't be ready before [training] camp." (Source: Terez Paylor on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although Reid said that Kelce is not expected to be a full-go before training camp, he did say, however, that the Pro Bowl tight end could do some "light stuff" beforehand. Kelce, who underwent offseason shoulder surgery, is coming off of a 2016 season in which he produced career-best numbers in receptions (85), yards receiving (1125), YPC (13.2) and games with at least 100 yards receiving (6) -- he also accumulated four touchdowns in the effort. Because of Kelce's outstanding year in 2016, he is expected to enter the upcoming fantasy football campaign in the high-end TE1 conversation and could be one of the first tight ends selected in fantasy drafts.


Indianapolis Colts beat writer Stephen Holder is reporting quarterback Andrew Luck (shoulder) is in attendance at the start of the team's offseason workouts. However, he is not expected to participate with the rest of the team as he is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. (Source: Stephen Holder on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although Luck showed up for the start of offseason workouts, his level of participation will be limited, if any at all. He is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and would not give any timeline for his on-field return. While his status for the start of training camp remains questionable, the Colts believe their franchise signal caller will be good to go for Week 1.


J.J. Watt feeling 'good'

By Anthony Cervino   Mon, Apr 17th 2:17pm EDT

HOU

Houston Texans pass rusher J.J. Watt (back) told the media he's feeling "really good" in his recovery from back surgery. "My body feels really good," Watt said Monday. "I'm looking forward to getting back to playing football. I can't wait" (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Watt appears to be on track in his recovery from back surgery he underwent last season. Although his status for Houston's offseason workouts is unknown, he is fully expected to be back on the field at the start of training camp in July.


Chad Kelly undergoes surgery

By Anthony Cervino   Tue, Apr 11th 5:36pm EDT

Tom Pelissero of the USA Today is reporting former Mississippi Rebels quarterback Chad Kelly (wrist) underwent wrist surgery on Monday. (Source: USA Today Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Kelly underwent surgery on Monday "for an acute rupture of a ligament between two bones in his throwing wrist." The 23-year-old signal caller is expected to be sidelined for the next three months with the "hope" that he will be "ready" for training camp in July. In the wake of his surgery, Kelly is now in danger of going undrafted.


San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde (knee) told the media that he will test his knee out on Wednesday. "I’m back to running," Hyde said Tuesday. "I can cut, just not all the way I like to run, but I’m making improvement." (Source: Cam Inman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hyde tore his MCL in Week 16 of the 2016 regular season but did not require surgery to repair the injury. Three months into the offseason, the 25-year-old rusher told the media that his knee is not fully healthy, but is making significant progress. Although he is not expected to be available for San Francisco's offseason workouts, Hyde should be a full go for the start of training camp in July. He should be in back-end RB1 conversation to open the 2017 fantasy football campaign barring a setback with his knee.


Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph told the media quarterback Trevor Siemian (shoulder) will be a "full go" for OTAs. (Source: Mike Klis on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Siemian underwent offseason shoulder surgery in February, but his recovery has him on track to make his on-field return at the start of OTAs. He will spend the offseason competing with Paxton Lynch to see who will emerge as Denver's starting quarterback for the upcoming season. Playing in 15 games in 2016, Siemian produced a 3401-18-10 stat line while completing a meager 59.5 percent of his passes and throwing for at least 300 yards passing in three contests.


C.J. Anderson 'ready' for OTAs

By Anthony Cervino   Mon, Apr 10th 5:40pm EDT

DEN

Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph told the media running back C.J. Anderson (meniscus) will be "fully ready to go [on] the first day of OTAs." (Source: Mike Klis on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Anderson, who only played in seven games last season due to a torn meniscus, is on track to be ready for the start of OTAs. The 26-year-old running back is fully expected to open the 2017 season as the No. 1 rusher on Denver's depth chart and should expect his usual workload if his health remains intact. However, should he struggle as he is accustomed to doing as the year progresses, Devontae Booker could begin to eat into Anderson's touches sooner rather than later.


Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden told the media wide receiver Josh Doctson (Achilles) will be "gradually" brought back on the field this offseason. "We’ll continue to gradually build him through OTAs and the mandatory camp so hopefully we’ll get him to full speed in training camp and go from there," Gruden said via Redskins.com. "I’m excited as heck to watch him play.” (Source: Redskins.com)

Fantasy Impact: Doctson, whose been dealing with a lingering Achilles injury since last offseason, appears ready to make his on-field return to the Redskins at OTAs. The 24-year-old wideout only played in two games in 2016, his rookie year, due to the Achilles which limited him to only two receptions for 66 yards receiving. With his health intact entering 2017, Doctson could emerge as Washington's No. 2 receiver behind Terrelle Pryor, especially with the departures of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency.


Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn told the media wide receiver Julio Jones (foot) is "progressing" in his recovery from offseason foot surgery. “Julio is doing good,” Quinn said via AJC.com. “He had surgery on his foot. That part is coming along really well, the strengthening of his toe and foot. Like most surgeries, the first part is the healing and then comes the strengthening. He’s starting to get into the strengthening phase.” (Source: AJC.com)

Fantasy Impact: Jones is recovering from a minor offseason foot procedure he underwent in March and is entering the strength and conditioning phase of his rehab, per Quinn. Although he is not expected to partake in spring workouts, the elite wideout is on track to return at the start of training camp in late-July. He is a top five wide receiver for the upcoming fantasy football campaign.


ESPN is reporting Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (groin) was present for the start of the team's voluntary workouts on Monday. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Taylor, who underwent offseason groin surgery in January, was medically cleared on Feb. 22, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 27-year-old signal caller was in attendance for the start of the Bills' voluntary workouts on Monday, which maintains that his health is indeed intact. Although Taylor has a boatload of upside, his fantasy value remains up in the air unless the Bills add reliable wide receiver help as Sammy Watkins alone is not enough, especially with his injury history.