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Nelson "superlative" in Packers camp
Cobb has "looked rather common"
By: Doug Orth | Aug 7 2014, 3:40 pm

Green Bay Packers
After closely observing Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb during the first two weeks of training camp, it's become clearer than ever that GM Ted Thompson, coach Mike McCarthy and VP Russ Ball prioritized correctly at wide receiver. Nelson has established himself as a great player. His day-in, day-out superlative play in practice this summer only reaffirmed his primacy in Green Bay. But based on the small sample size of the opening 10 practices of camp, Cobb has looked rather common based on his 2012 level of play. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

FFToday's Take: It has been speculated that rookie second-rounder Davante Adams' future might be in the slot, which could make this something of a make-or-break year for Cobb in Green Bay as he enters the final season of his rookie contract. Nelson's camp performance should come as no surprise; he is one of the most efficient receivers in football and should be poised for another mid-level WR1 season as Aaron Rodgers' most dependable target.
Injury Montee Ball released from hospital
Still expected to be ready for season opener
By: Doug Orth | Aug 7 2014, 3:10 pm

Denver Broncos
Broncos RB Montee Ball was released from a local hospital and was recovering at his Denver-area home Wednesday, two days after undergoing an appendectomy. The first week after any surgical procedure always is the toughest, and it's uncertain whether Ball will be able to attend the Broncos' preseason opener Thursday night. There is hope Ball will be able to get a tuneup carry or two in the Broncos' third preseason game, although that might be ambitious. The Broncos are confident Ball will play in their season opener Sept. 7, however. (Denver Post)

FFToday's Take: It would be unwise for the Broncos to push Ball to play in the third preseason game, since he has little to gain and a lot to lose. Owners need to keep expectations in check for the first week or two of the regular season as well since he may just be getting back into "football shape" at that point. Ronnie Hillman is expected to start Thursday's preseason opener.
Pierce has been best back in Ravens' camp
Expects to be featured through first two weeks
By: Doug Orth | Aug 7 2014, 3:05 pm

Baltimore Ravens
Bernard Pierce has been the best running back in camp. He played in a similar running scheme in college, and he has had the best transition to Kubiak's stretch, zone-blocking runs. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: With Ray Rice sitting out two weeks due to suspension, Pierce is going to have a grand opportunity to make some noise. At worst, he should be able to be the Ben Tate to Rice's Arian Foster in new OC Gary Kubiak's backfield. However, if he shows well against Cincinnati and Pittsburgh in Weeks 1 and 2, he has a realistic shot at overtaking Rice for lead-back duties. As a result, Pierce is a high-upside RB4.
Injury TE Eric Ebron misses practice
First rounder watching practice in shorts
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 6 2014, 7:40 pm

Detroit Lions
ALLEN PARK -- It appears first-round draft pick Eric Ebron will not be available for Wednesday night's practice at Ford Field. Ebron took the field in a hat and shorts, while teammates were in full pads and helmets. It's unclear why Ebron missed the workout, but the best bet is he's dealing with some kind of injury. (mlive.com)

FFToday's Take: No word yet on why Detroit's talented first rounder is not practicing. However, it is a night practice so an update may be coming once the team finishes up on the practice field.
Injury Tony Romo to sit against Chargers
Cowboys playing it safe
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 6 2014, 5:52 pm

Dallas Cowboys
SAN DIEGO -- Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett confirmed that quarterback Tony Romo will not play in Thursday's preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers.Romo will make his preseason debut Aug. 16 against the Baltimore Ravens at AT&T Stadium. With Romo sitting, Brandon Weeden will start. (ESPN.com)

FFToday's Take: The Cowboys have been consistent in not pushing Romo (back surgery) back into action too quickly. Dallas' franchise quarterback is practicing and will get a few days off this weekend. Fantasy owners are being cautious with the 34-year old quarterback, taking him outside the top 100 picks according to MDC. If healthy, he will be a nice value option to fantasy owners once again in 2014.
Hoyer to start Browns' preseason opener
Johnny Manziel could see snaps with the starters
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 6 2014, 5:40 pm

Cleveland Browns
BEREA, Ohio -- Brian Hoyer will start the Cleveland Browns' preseason opener Saturday in Detroit. "It was [Hoyer's] job," coach Mike Pettine said Wednesday. "He was 'the one' coming into it. We did want to mix the groups up, as we did. But he's done nothing to have that taken away from him, so he'll be out there with the starters." (ESPN.com)

FFToday's Take: Head Coach Mike Pettine also indicated that he would like to name a starter based on the team's first two preseason games. That puts plenty of pressure on both Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel to make a strong impression out of the gates. At this point it appears Hoyer has not lost his job during training camp and would have to struggle in the next few weeks to lose the job prior to the season.
Injury DeSean Jackson leaves practice early
Could miss preseason opener
By: Jake Gordon | Aug 6 2014, 2:45 pm

Washington Redskins
RICHMOND — Early in Wednesday morning’s walkthrough, the horde of fans lining the practice field let out a collective groan. Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson swatted down a pass in his direction, hobbling off the field while favoring his left ankle. Jackson later walked off the field with his ankle wrapped in white tape, watched part of practice from the trainers’ table and did not return. (Washington Times)

FFToday's Take: Head Coach Jay Gruden said Jackson's availability for Thursday night will depend on how his treatment goes. By most accounts it doesn't look like this is a major cause for concern to fantasy owners. Nevertheless, Washington may want to play it safe considering fellow wideout Pierre Garcon (hamstring) has already been ruled out.
Injury Maclin expected to practice today, tomorrow
Sore legs limiting Maclin in camp
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 6 2014, 10:45 am

Philadelphia Eagles
Jeremy Maclin put on all the equipment but didn't practice yesterday, after breaking off his participation early in Monday's workout. Maclin said afterward that his legs are sore, as he works his way back from last year's ACL tear. "I probably could have gone, but I just wasn't 100 percent," he said. He said he expects to practice today and tomorrow and to play in the preseason opener Friday in Chicago. "What you do in rehab's not what you do on the field. No matter what you do, you can't get ready for what you've got going on on the field . . . It's just a little soreness. It'll be knocked out." (Philly.com)

FFToday's Take: Maclin also says that he is expecting to play in Friday's preseason game against the Bears. He has a golden opportunity in Chip Kelly's offense to post career numbers and pick up the slack left by DeSean Jackson. His injury risk is significant and is typically being taken as a high-end WR3 in the 6th round of 12-team leagues.
Injury Knowshon Moreno taken off PUP list
Will practice today
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 6 2014, 8:38 am

Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno was taken off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list Wednesday and placed on the active roster. Moreno, the free agent acquisition from Denver, had been sidelined since having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in June. It’s unclear if Moreno would play in Friday’s game at Atlanta, however. (Sun Sentinel)

FFToday's Take: Moreno's knee procedure occurred in June so he's behind the curve in winning the starting running back job in Miami. Lamar Miller has been running with the first team and should continue to do so until Moreno proves he's healthy. The next couple weeks of camp will go a long way into determining the roles of the top two Miami running backs.
Injury Raiders TE Ausberry having surgery today
Undisclosed knee injury
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 6 2014, 8:00 am

Oakland Raiders
Raiders tight end David Ausberry needs knee surgery, coach Dennis Allen said after Tuesday’s practice, and will miss Friday’s preseason opener against Minnesota. Ausberry was atop the depth chart after a week at training camp. (San Francisco Chronicle)

FFToday's Take: Ausberry missed all of 2013 with a shoulder injury and just like last season, an Ausberry injury gives Mychal Rivera an opportunity to run with the starting team. It's unclear how long Ausberry will be out be even in his absence Rivera projects to be nothing more than a fantasy TE2. Head coach Dennis Allen said "he may be out for awhile."
Giants list Hillis as No.2 running back
Rookie Andre Williams has more fantasy value
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 5 2014, 4:15 pm

New York Giants
Former "Madden" cover boy Peyton Hillis has moved up to No. 2 on the New York Giants' running back depth chart in the wake of Monday's news that former first-round pick David Wilson's career is over due to neck injuries. Hillis and rookie Andre Williams are the two backs who appear to have the best opportunities to take the snaps that had been slated for Wilson. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Rashad Jennings remains the favorite to lead the team in carries while the veteran Hillis and the rookie Williams strive to carve out their own role in the offense. Williams is the more talented runner and the better long-term fantasy bet. He will easily take over Hillis' No.2 role should he proved to be adequate in pass protection.
Injury Foster, Johnson remain out of practice
Neither Texans' star has been ruled out against Arizona
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 5 2014, 11:45 am

Houston Texans
Andre Johnson, Arian Foster, Brian Cushing, Jadeveon Clowney, Brandon Brooks, Johnathan Joseph and Louis Nix III were among those inactive during the 10th day of training camp. Texans coach Bill O’Brien said the team hasn’t officially ruled anyone out yet for the team’s preseason debut Saturday at Arizona. (Houston Chronicle)

FFToday's Take: Johnson (hamstring) has been out of practice since July 28th while the details of Foster's injury remain unclear. Foster admitted yesterday that he considered retirement after last season's back injury. His injury risk continues to rise in the minds of fantasy owners and only a return to the practice field in the coming days will stop his expected ADP slide.
Bears suspend TE Martellus Bennett
Altercation during practice with rookie cornerback
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 5 2014, 11:10 am

Chicgao Bears
Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett was fined and suspended for conduct detrimental to the team after the veteran was involved in a fight at practice Monday with rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller, general manager Phil Emery announced Tuesday. Emery did not specify the length of the suspension nor disclose the amount of the fine. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Bennett missed Tuesday's practice and it's widely believed this suspension won't affect his Week 1 status. Bennett reportedly bodyslammed Fuller to the ground and had little remorse afterwards. Bennett remains a low-end TE1.
Injury David Wilson informed NFL career is over
Suffered neck burner last week after undergoing 2013 surgery
By: Doug Orth | Aug 4 2014, 4:50 pm

New York Giants
Informed he can never play football again, David Wilson at the incredibly tender age of 23 offered perspective rare in someone so young. Wilson’s dream of playing in the NFL came to an end after two seasons and only 21 games as the worst-case scenario unfolded around him. He was examined Monday by Dr. Frank Cammisa, the spine specialist who last January performed a cervical fusion on Wilson, an evaluation prompted by the neck burner injury he experienced last Tuesday in practice. Along with Dr. Russell Warren, the Giants’ team physician, Wilson was given the news he braced for but did not want to hear. (New York Post)

FFToday's Take: The Giants and Wilson were both prepared for this news, but it doesn't make it any less disheartening. Wilson will receive his scheduled salary of $997,682 when he is officially placed on IR. As for the Giants, they added Rashad Jennings in free agency to be the lead back in 2014 and drafted Andre Williams, who figures to be the goal-line back and take on more carries as a result of Wilson's departure.
Jordan Reed impressive in scrimmage vs. Pats
Pats reporter believes TE is in line for big season
By: Doug Orth | Aug 4 2014, 4:30 pm

Washington Redskins
Jordan Reed looks like a star. He was open all practice, and hauled in a really nice catch over the out-stretched arms of Darrelle Revis and Devin McCourty along the sideline. Reed is in line for a big season, especially with the Redskins having so many weapons at receiver (DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Andre Roberts). (Boston Globe)

FFToday's Take: Reed has suffered four concussions dating back to college and it is that injury history that appears to be his biggest obstacle en route to becoming an elite fantasy tight end. While he can't be expected to maintain the 90-catch pace he had in eight games last season with a much less talented receiving corps, he figures to compete with Garcon to be the team's leader in touchdown catches.
Injury Marquess Wilson fractures collarbone
Bears' young third receiver likely sidelined 6-8 weeks
By: Doug Orth | Aug 4 2014, 4:25 pm

Chicgao Bears
WR Marquess Wilson suffered a fractured clavicle, Bears spokesman says. No timetable for his return. (Rich Campbell on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Wilson had been generating some serious buzz throughout the offseason and is still expected to be the main backup to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, although this injury figures to sideline him into the regular season. At any rate, Wilson still warrants a late-round pick in redraft leagues as a huge-upside player in a very strong passing offense.
Injury Ball to undergo appendectomy on Monday
Expected to ready for Week 1
By: Doug Orth | Aug 4 2014, 4:15 pm

Denver Broncos
Broncos RB Montee Ball will undergo an appendectomy today but is expected to be ready for regular-season opener vs. Colts, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Some athletes have returned quickly from appendectomies - Titans LG Andy Levitre was cleared to practice about two weeks after his late July surgery - but the normal recovery period is 4-6 weeks. While Ball should be expected to go for the opener, it should come as a surprise if he begins the regular season a bit slow. Ronnie Hillman is reportedly ahead of C.J. Anderson for the backup job, so stay tuned.
Britt making strong impression with Rams
Quick, Bailey also standing out
By: Doug Orth | Aug 4 2014, 4:05 pm

St. Louis Rams
There is no shortage of receivers making plays all over the field at camp, including several with great size. Kenny Britt has people around the team pinching themselves with what he is doing on the field and off, and there is a very strong buzz around third-year receiver Brian Quick and second-year receiver Stedman Bailey. If a few of them can keep it up, this offense has the potential to make significant strides. "A few of them really look like they are for real," said one member of the organization. "If they are, then that's a major game-changer." (CBS Sports)

FFToday's Take: Once again, Britt is worth gambling on in fantasy, although his 14th-round ADP is much more palatable than it has been in recent years. Quick has been long on potential since getting drafted in 2012 and his size-speed combination makes him intriguing if he can lock down a starting spot. Bailey will miss the first four games of the season due to suspension, but could enjoy some fantasy value late in the second half if Britt or Quick fails to impress or get injured.
Chargers' backfield "a three-headed monster"
Mathews coming off career season
By: Doug Orth | Aug 4 2014, 3:55 pm

San Diego Chargers
Ryan Mathews calls it “the three-headed monster.” It could perhaps also be called unprecedented. In NFL history, only the 2012 Carolina Panthers - after signing Mike Tolbert - could arguably boast three running backs coming off a season as productive as the Mathews-Danny Woodhead-Donald Brown trio. It will be the same thing this year. Mathews (will be) the workhorse, Woodhead the versatile guy who can run and catch, Brown the sort of hybrid of the two. Said Chargers running backs coach Ollie Wilson: “There is no such thing as a featured back any more.” (San Diego Union-Tribune)

FFToday's Take: The Chargers figure to enter the season as a run-heavy team, but those plans may have to change based on San Diego's difficult schedule - one that includes the NFC West. Not only should owners remember Mathews is still an injury risk, they should also consider his difficult schedule. Woodhead is going to see the majority of passing-down snaps while Brown should steal a few other carries. In short, Mathews is a poor bet to match last season's production.
Injury Romo to sit out first preseason game
Expected to play in game number two and three
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 3 2014, 7:00 am

Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo missed a third scheduled practice Saturday out of the first eight of training camp. The Cowboys’ plan is that Romo doesn’t play in the first preseason game at San Diego on Thursday or in the last preseason game Aug. 28 against Denver. The Cowboys want Romo to get some work in the second preseason game against Baltimore on Aug. 16 and get his most work of the preseason in the third game at Miami on Aug. 23. (http://cowboysblog.dallasnews.co)

FFToday's Take: Romo is coming off back surgery so the Cowboys are limiting his workload. The team insists that Romo is fine and on track to start Week 1. Brandon Weeden will get the start on Thursday against San Diego.
Injury Knowshon Moreno remains on PUP list
Still recovering from knee surgery
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 1 2014, 10:00 pm

Miami Dolphins
With barely a month left until the regular-season opener, the Dolphins’ most accomplished running back sometimes still labors to walk, let alone run. In late June, Knowshon Moreno underwent arthroscopic surgery to clean up his left knee. The original prognosis was he would miss four to five weeks. We’re now well into the sixth week of the rehab, and yet he remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list. (Miami Herald)

FFToday's Take: Moreno's fantasy stock will take a tumble over the next week while Lamar Miller's will rise. Miller has been running with the first team offense in Moreno's absence. Fantasy owners shouldn't simply write off Moreno as he can be a fantasy asset in Miami's new offense but expecting him to be the starter Week 1 appears to be more unlikely by the minute.
Injury Crabtree to miss time with unspecified injury
Hamstring strikes again?
By: Doug Orth | Aug 1 2014, 1:45 pm

San Francisco
Wide receivers Michael Crabtree and Brandon Lloyd are expected to miss the next week or two because of injuries that are unspecified but believed to be leg related. "Maybe a week, maybe two weeks," Harbaugh said Friday of Crabtree's status, "and same with Brandon Lloyd." (San Jose Mercury News)

FFToday's Take: Crabtree's injury is speculated to be of the hamstring variety. He has missed an extraordinary amount of training camp time during his career. Harbaugh did say that Crabtree's injury is not related to his previous foot and Achilles injuries.
Injury Arian Foster back on the sidelines Friday
“It’s kind of a day-to-day thing. It’s nothing serious"
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 1 2014, 12:15 pm

Houston Texans
Running back Arian Foster, who’s presumably dealing with a strained hamstring - neither he nor the team has yet confirmed that’s his injury - returned to a spectating role Friday after having participated in a full practice Wednesday. He’d already missed two workouts and part of a third earlier this week. "He’s doing OK," coach Bill O’Brien said. "It’s kind of a day-to-day thing. It’s nothing serious. I would assume - (but) guess you can’t assume anything - he’d be back pretty soon." (Houston Chronicle)

FFToday's Take: Since we don't have confirmation on what exactly the injury to Foster is, it's hard to analyze the situation from a fantasy perspective. What we do know is Foster has a lot of wear and tear on his tires and missed eight games last season with a back injury. He's coming off the board early in Round 2 as RB8 with a boatload of injury risk.
Wheaton looking to land starting role
Addition by subtraction
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 1 2014, 11:45 am

Pittburgh Steelers
Last year he (Markus Wheaton) was the fourth receiver on the depth chart behind Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery. Now, with the departure of Sanders (Denver) and Cotchery (Carolina) in free agency he has been elevated to the No. 2 receiver alongside Brown. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

FFToday's Take: Wheaton will be competing with Lance Moore and fourth-round pick Martavis Bryant for Antonio Brown's scraps but there is some WR4 value to be had. Last year, the Steelers placed three fantasy receivers inside the top 35 at the position (Brown-7, Cotchery-30, Sanders-35) although attempting to decipher which No.2 wideout to be in your starting lineup will likely be a weekly headache for fantasy owners.
Injury Jags receiver Allen Robinson out two weeks
Hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 1 2014, 10:43 am

Jacksonville Jaguars
The latest setback involves rookie Allen Robinson and free-agent signee Tandon Doss. Both were injured in Thursday's practice and will miss what the Jaguars describe as "an extended period of time, at least two weeks." (Florida Times Union)

FFToday's Take: The Jags have had all kinds of issues with their wide receivers this off-season. Justin Blackmon (suspended indefinitely), Ace Sanders (4-game suspension), Cecil Shorts (hamstring), Tandon Doss (ankle) and Robinson (hamstring) are part of a revolving door at the position. Marqise Lee was given the day off from practice on Friday.
Injury Wayne comeback going off without a hitch
Returning from late October ACL injury
By: Doug Orth | Jul 31 2014, 6:10 pm

Indianapolis Colts
The Reggie Wayne running routes and effortlessly snatching passes out of the air from Andrew Luck at training camp looks incredibly similar to the Reggie Wayne who did the same thing prior to tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Oct. 20 against Denver. Colts HC Chuck Pagano has been cautious with Wayne's workload. He's gotten a heavy dose with the Luck-led offense, but there's still a "pitch count" to make certain the knee isn't overly stressed. (Indianapolis Star)

FFToday's Take: One three players in NFL history - Jerry Rice (three times), Jimmy Smith and Joey Galloway - have gone over 1,000 yards receiving after turning 36, so the odds are working against Wayne. With Luck as his quarterback and players like T.Y. Hilton drawing attention from him, however, he is a strong candidate to be No. 4.
Lynch to end holdout, report to camp
Will not receive a new deal
By: Doug Orth | Jul 31 2014, 5:45 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch will end his holdout and will report to training camp shortly, league sources said. The holdout has lasted eight days so far. Lynch will not be receiving the new deal and added money he sought, but Seattle is expected to add some financial concessions to his contract, sources said. (ABC News)

FFToday's Take: Lynch is in the third year of a four-year, $30 million deal. With Christine Michael and, to a lesser extent Robert Turbin and Spencer Ware, in reserve, Lynch had virtually no leverage and may be coming around to the realization that the Seahawks will likely be moving on from him after this season.
Hyde draws praise for work ethic, smarts
Harbaugh compares rookie to Frank Gore
By: Doug Orth | Jul 31 2014, 5:30 pm

San Francisco
San Francisco HC Jim Harbaugh does not like to make comparisons. He often says someone gets diminished when two players are compared and contrasted. But, in this instance Harbaugh, made an exception. He praised running backs Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde in similar terms. Harbaugh spoke glowingly about Gore’s work ethic and understanding of the game. “Carlos gets football, understands football,” Harbaugh said, citing Roman. “It’s natural for him to understand the game, similar to Frank Gore. And we're seeing those things, and both are very good signs and bode well for us.” (CSN Bay Area)

FFToday's Take: This is a big step up for Hyde, whose work ethic was questioned up until last season at Ohio State. The second-round rookie is the frontrunner to win the backup job with Kendall Hunter out for the season and Marcus Lattimore being treated with kid gloves. Gore has been of an ironman since Harbaugh's arrival, but the 31-year-old showed signs of decline last season, so Hyde has a chance at redraft value this year.
Injury Devonta Freeman flashing in Falcons' camp
Steven Jackson sidelined by hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Jul 31 2014, 5:10 pm

Atlanta Falcons
Devonta Freeman will have plenty of opportunity to prove his value immediately. A left hamstring injury is likely to sideline veteran starter Steven Jackson for the bulk of the preseason, allowing Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers to receive more backfield reps in training camp and exhibition games. Freeman already has shown flashes of his ability to be an every-down back. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Jackson suffered a left hamstring injury - the same one that cost him four games last year - on Tuesday. HC Mike Smith didn't offer much of a timeline, other than that the veteran is expected back for Week 1. At any rate, the Falcons have been thrilled with Freeman thus far and he should be expected to contribute even with a healthy (and aging) Jackson. Freeman only figures to see his fantasy stock rise to high-end RB4 status before the end of the preseason.
Injury Wilson "needs a miracle" to get back on field
Giants RB will be examined on Monday
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 31 2014, 10:37 am

New York Giants
According to multiple sources, the running back, who suffered a "burner" during Tuesday's practice, months after undergoing spinal fusion surgery, is a long shot to return to the field. One person with knowledge of the running back's medical condition told NJ.com that Wilson "needs a miracle." (NJ.com)

FFToday's Take: David Wilson will be examined Monday by the doctor who performed his spinal surgery in January. The Giants are preparing for the worst and seem to be hinting that Wilson's career could be in jeopardy. Wilson's fantasy value remains in limbo and he should be avoided in fantasy drafts until his status is confirmed.
Injury Mike Wallace won't practice until next week
Hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 31 2014, 7:15 am

Miami Dolphins
I'm told Mike Wallace (hamstring) is going to be out at least until next week. He will not participate in scrimmage at Sun Life Saturday. (Armando Salguero via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Wallace missed yesterday's practice session as well as today's. No need to panic unless Wallace doesn't see the field next week as reported.
Marshall believes Cutler set for big season
MVP on horizon?
By: Jake Gordon | Jul 30 2014, 6:54 pm

Chicgao Bears
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — Just five days into training camp Wednesday, Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall elevated quarterback Jay Cutler to an elite status usually reserved for Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or Tom Brady. Marshall first insisted during an interview with NFL Network that Cutler can be the MVP this season, and a few minutes later defended his belief, as well as the Bears quarterback. Marshall said Cutler is different not only from when the two broke in together in Denver in 2006, but also from last season when they played in coach Marc Trestman's offense for the first time. (usatoday.com)

FFToday's Take: Jay Cutler's fantasy prospects are high entering the 2014 season. He has never commanded an offense as stocked with talent in the huddle or sideline than the one he will lead this season. Brandon Marshall may just being talking up his good friend and quarterback, but Cutler's arrow is pointed up for owners willing to wait on the position.
DeMarcus Ware not practicing
Bruised right leg
By: Jake Gordon | Jul 30 2014, 2:06 pm

Denver Broncos
The last time DeMarcus Ware walked into Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday, he walked off with a limp. With rain drizzling on Wednesday, there was no chance that Ware was going to practice, given the cautious approach to his bruised right lower leg. (Denver Post)

FFToday's Take: It doesn't seem like the injury to Ware is too serious but the former Cowboy is no stranger to injury. The Broncos are being cautious and you should be as well.
Injury RB David Wilson to sit out a week
Will have his neck examined on August 4th
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 30 2014, 11:00 am

New York Giants
David Wilson, according to the Giants, will not practice for the remainder of the week and will receive a follow-up examination on Aug. 4 at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the same place Wilson received extensive testing last night. Dr. Frank Cammisa, the doctor who performed his fusion surgery, will perform the exam. (NJ.com)

FFToday's Take: The Giants are being very cautious with Wilson (neck) as they should be. His fantasy value will be in limbo until we get the results of his tests on August 4th.
Ebron having issues catching the ball
Lions TE has a lot on his plate right now according to coach
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 30 2014, 10:45 am

Detroit Lions
The biggest knock on Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron through off-season workouts and the first two days of training camp has been an inordinate number of dropped passes that have negated his big-play ability. (Detroit Free Press)

FFToday's Take: Head coach Jim Caldwell explained away Ebron's drops as simply a rookie with too much on his plate on that he's "got a lot of things going through his mind right now". The problem is, a case of the dropsies was a red flag for Ebron coming out of college. As Doug Orth pointed out in Ebron's draft profile, Ebron had an 11 percent drop percentage in 2013, highest of all the top prospects at his position. His more of a dynasty prospect that redraft prospect at this point in his career.
Injury Arian Foster returns to practice
Texans RB missed two practices
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 30 2014, 10:30 am

Houston Texans
But O’Brien willingly acknowledged Wednesday how important Arian Foster is to the team’s success in 2014. The star running back resumed action after missing two practices due to injury. “We put him back in there (Wednesday) and he ran some plays, did a good job,” O’Brien said. (Houston Chronicle)

FFToday's Take: The Texans were very hush-hush about Foster's injury and called it "minor". It's good to see him back on the practice field as he is expected to be a big part of the Texans offense this season.
Injury Steven Jackson the latest to be hamstrung
Will be ready for Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 29 2014, 5:19 pm

Atlanta Falcons
Falcons running back Steven Jackson suffered a right hamstring injury and did not participate in practice on Tuesday. “Steven injured his hamstring yesterday,” Smith said. “We kept him out. We don’t think it’s going to be real significant. He will be ready for the first game.” (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

FFToday's Take: The fact that Smith mentioned Jackson would be ready for the first game gives the impression that the Falcons running back is going to miss a significant amount of time this preseason. This is not the same hamstring that Jackson injured in Week 2 last season that caused him to miss four games. It's difficult to gauge the seriousness of this injury but this news is sure to have Jackson's ADP trending downward.
Injury RB David Wilson suffers burner
Running back taken to hospital for tests
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 29 2014, 4:43 pm

New York Giants
New York Giants running back David Wilson left Tuesday's practice with what coach Tom Coughlin called a "burner" -- an alarming diagnosis for a player who only last week was cleared to return to the field following neck surgery. "We were all praying that it would not be an issue, that he would be able to come back and go to work," Coughlin said. "But we'll see." (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: We'll have to wait for more updates before becoming alarmed by this injury but it's another indication with how much risk comes with taking Wilson in your fantasy drafts this summer. Anything higher than a RB5 is too high a price.
Injury Randle, Beckham Jr. out with hamstring injuries
Rookie wideout expected to miss another week
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 29 2014, 3:00 pm

New York Giants
The hamstring bug is spreading at Giants training camp. Wide receiver Rueben Randle joined the party on Tuesday. Randle, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and tight end Xavier Grimble all missed practice with hamstring injuries. It is not believed that Randle's injury is serious, but Beckham's wasn't supposed to be either. Eight weeks later, Beckham isn't practicing. (NJ.com)

FFToday's Take: Beckham is expected to miss another week of camp with his hamstring injury while it's unclear how much time Randle will miss. Both receivers are expected to be starters in the Giants three receiver offense this season but missing valuable practice time while a new offense is being installed doesn't bode well for their fantasy prospects.
Injury Foster, Johnson out with "minor" injuries
Texans missing top two offensive weapons
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 29 2014, 1:00 pm

Houston Texans
It took just three days for injuries to limit the Texans’ offense. Veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson tweaked his right hamstring Monday during practice, while star running back Arian Foster was held out of action. Coach Bill O’Brien said both injuries were minor. The team has not revealed what is affecting Foster, who has not spoken with the media since offseason workouts began and again denied an interview request Monday. (Houston Chronicle)

FFToday's Take: This isn't much of a surprise. Foster has dealt with nagging injuries for the past couple years and its widely known that players missing off-season work tend to find themselves injured during camp at an increased rate. Just how "minor" these injuries are remains to be seen.