In perusing some offseason news today, here's what I found. There was some interesting injury news regarding several key Fantasy players heading into 2008.
- Texans QB Matt Schaub is making progress in his rehab from shoulder surgery. The team expects Schaub to be limited during offseason work, but he should be fine for the start of the season. It's curious, though, that the Texans signed Quinn Gray as insurance. Hopefully it's not because they don't expect Schaub to be ready for the start of the year.
- Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown should be ready to go by the season opener as he recovers from a torn ACL. I'm concerned about Brown being ready, but if he is, that would be great for Fantasy owners. He was awesome last year before getting hurt, and the new Dolphins regime will want to lean on Brown often if he's ready for the pounding.
- Bucs WR Joey Galloway had offseason shoulder surgery. He's expected to be fine to start the season, but you have to be concerned about a 37-year-old player with a history of injuries. At some point, Galloway is going to break down, and the Bucs are also counting on another big year from veteran QB Jeff Garcia.
- Browns TE Kellen Winslow is on schedule to start the year at 100 percent following offseason knee surgery. As long as Winslow is healthy, which he appears to be, he should be the top tight end in the NFL next year ahead of Antonio Gates and Jason Witten. I think Winslow has better upside, and I don't think the Browns will have as much success running the ball in 2008 because Jamal Lewis will not be as motivated following his big payday.
- Bears RB Cedric Benson says he'll be 100 percent by training camp. He's also expected to be the starter heading into 2008. Benson was drafted as a starter in 2007 and was a disappointment. Now he's coming off an injury, and the Bears offensive line isn't that good. I'd still draft Benson this season, but he's a definite reserve for me, maybe even a fourth RB depending on how the draft goes. I still think Chicago will make a play for a running back, whether in the draft or in free agency. If Shaun Alexander is released as expected, the Bears could go after him.
- The Giants are still saying Jeremy Shockey is the starting tight end. I don't like this move. Both parties should part ways. Shockey would be better off with a new team, and the Giants should give Kevin Boss the starting nod. That would open up two more tight end spots for Fantasy owners. Boss has plenty of upside and doesn't need to be stifled by Shockey.
- It appears Colts WR Marvin Harrison is on pace for a full recovery. That's great news. Harrison is near the end of the line for his career, but he could still be a starting Fantasy option when healthy. His offseason and training camp will be closely monitored, and hopefully Harrison won't suffer any setbacks.