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Now that we are through the third week of the preseason, we should be able to take a breath on the Fantasy Football injury front. I’m happy to say that we avoided any season ending injuries in the all-important third week of pretend games. I guess that’s only true if we don’t count kickers, but really who does? See below for details.

Most starters will play very limited, if any, snaps in the fourth and final preseason game.

So, if your first round pick hasn’t been nicked up yet, consider him a green light for Week 1.

For the walking wounded, they have about two weeks to heal up before they need to be ready to go for kickoff.

For Jordy Nelson and/or Kelvin Benjamin owners, you are still screwed and can drop them at your first waiver opportunity.

Fantasy Football Injury Report

 

Quarterback

Geno Smith, New York Jets

Nothing new here, but I just wanted to remind everyone that Smith still has a broken jaw after picking a fight with a large linebacker over $600. Stupid, real stupid…

 

Running Back

Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns

The Browns just can’t get anyone to take the lead back spot. Johnson may have had the inside track if he could stay healthy, but a hamstring issue early in camp and now a concussion in last weekend’s game has put him at a disadvantage. He’s worth stashing to see if he can move into the top dog position, but he won’t start the season there.

 

Tre Mason, St. Louis Rams

Mason pulled his hamstring during Saturday’s game and is now listed as questionable for Week 1. We will have to monitor this to see if he resumes practicing as we get closer to the real season.

David Cobb, Tennessee Titans

After some buzz around camp about Cobb potentially getting a chance to lead the running backs in Tennessee, a calf injury derailed him. He’s questionable now for Week 1 and will miss crucial preseason time to force his way onto the field. It looks like a dreaded timeshare is coming, at least to start the season for the Titans.

 

Wide Receiver

Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

Cobb left the game last week after landing hard on his shoulder. I think I heard the collective gasp from Wisconsin down here in Arizona. After he initially feared that it might be a broken collarbone, x-rays came back clean and Cobb was diagnosed with an AC sprain. He’s listed as day-to-day for now and there is optimism that he’ll be good to go for Week 1.

 

 

T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts

The Colts No. 1 receiver has entered the league’s concussion protocol after getting his bell rung in last Saturday’s preseason game. With the opening week of the season now less than two weeks away, his status for Week 1 is uncertain. We should get a better feel for this situation as he progresses through the protocol and is hopefully cleared in time to start the season.

Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots

We’ve known LaFell had a foot issue all the way back to spring when he was wearing a walking boot. However, the tight lipped Patriots staff have not chosen to expound on the situation as the season nears. Whispers are now coming out suggesting LaFell could start the season on the reserve/PUP list, which would keep him out through Week 6. I would be very nervous burning a draft pick on this guy.

Victor Cruz, New York Giants

I’m really rooting for Cruz to do the salsa a few times this year after seeing the potentially career ending knee injury he suffered last year. Unfortunately, his chances for Week 1 are in doubt due to a calf strain on the opposite leg from his surgically repaired knee. Cruz is saying publicly he hopes to be ready for the season, but as of now he’s not even jogging.

Tight End

Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars

After originally thinking Thomas would be cleared for Week 1, it now appears that he will need surgery on his broken hand. This will sideline him through at least Week 3 and quite possibly longer. With this news, he becomes a late round flier on the hopes he can return sooner than later. If you do draft him, make sure you have someone to start ahead of him for multiple games.

Kicker

Garrett Hartley, Pittsburgh Steelers

The curse of the Pittsburgh kickers lives on as Hartley sustained a hamstring injury severe enough that it sent him to injured reserve over the weekend. Goodbye Hartley, hello Josh Scobee. The Steelers acquired Scobee from Jacksonville after the Hartley injury and he becomes immediately Fantasy relevant.

That’s a wrap for this week. Check back with SCFE for the next Fantasy Football injury report and plenty more fantasy info right here!

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