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  • New England Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    08/23/16DLJabaal SheardKneeQUESTIONABLESheard (knee) was present for Tuesday's practice, ESPN.com reports.

    While not yet a full participant, the sight on the field of Sheard (who sprained his MCL on Aug. 11) in any capacity, is nonetheless an encouraging development for the Patriots' pass rush in advance of Week 1.

    (Updated 08/23/2016)
    08/16/16TEClay HarborUndisclosedPROBABLEHarbor was "shaken up" during Tuesday's practice, ESPN.com reports.

    With Rob Gronkowski missing practice Tuesday and Bryce Williams still sidelined, Harbor's unspecified injury further taxes the Patriots' short-term depth at tight end. The team's current healthy options at the position are Martellus Bennett, AJ Derby, Bear Pascoe and Steven Scheu.

    (Updated 08/16/2016)
    08/16/16TEBryce WilliamsUndisclosedPROBABLEWilliams has missed several days of practice with an undisclosed injury.

    Clearly behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett on the Patriots' tight end depth chart, Williams is competing for depth slotting at the position along with Clay Harbor, A.J. Derby, Steven Scheu and Bear Pascoe.

    (Updated 08/16/2016)
    08/15/16WRMalcolm MitchellElbowQUESTIONABLEWhen asked Sunday for a timetable for his return to full action, Mitchell -- who dislocated his left elbow on Aug. 11 -- said he didn't "have an answer for that," CSN New England reports.

    On the plus side, Mitchell -- who has returned to the practice field in a limited capacity -- while sporting a large brace around his elbow, noted Sunday that he's "feeling good...feeling a lot better than the day it happened." Once he's able to play without restrictions, Mitchell could emerge as a candidate to claim the Patriots' "X" receiver role, but for now his early-season fantasy upside is somewhat stalled by his elbow issue. Beyond that, it may take some in-season injuries for Mitchell to merit lineup consideration, given that there are plenty of other options in the Patriots' passing attack, namely fellow wideouts Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan (and Danny Amendola to a lesser degree), as well as the team's talented tight end combo of Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett.

    (Updated 08/22/2016)
    08/09/16DLRob NinkovichTricepsDOUBTFULNinkovich, who tore his triceps on Aug. 9, was present at the start of Sunday's practice before moving on to the Patriots' lower field to do conditioning work, ESPN.com reports.

    Initial Boston Herald reports suggested that Ninkovich's return would be a matter of "weeks, not months." While it's unclear when the defensive end might be able to practice fully, his presence on the field Sunday, in any capacity, is a positive sign nonetheless.

    (Updated 08/15/2016)
    07/29/16QBTom BradySuspensionSUSPENDBrady (suspension) completed three of nine passes for 76 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.

    Jimmy Garoppolo started and played the first three drives, before giving way to Brady for the next four series. Brady made a few beautiful throws, including a 33-yard touchdown to Chris Hogan, but he also got quite lucky on an easy dropped interception. Brady is unlikely to play in the Patriots' final exhibition, which means his next game action will come Week 5 in Cleveland, after he serves a four-game suspension.

    (Updated 08/26/2016)
    06/09/16TEMichael WilliamsKneeOUTWilliams tore his left ACL during Wednesday's practice and he'll likely be placed on Injured Reserve, Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports.

    As expected, Williams' injury was a serious one as he was seen on crutches Thursday awaiting the unfortunate results. This ensures Clay Harbor's spot as the No. 3 option at tight end behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett heading into the 2016 season, as Williams enters a long road to recovery.

    (Updated 06/09/2016)
    02/06/16DBMalcolm ButlerKneePROBABLEButler missed the Pro Bowl due to a sprained knee, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports. "There was a play on third down [in the AFC championship game] when I made a tackle or something like that and bent my knee back," Butler said Friday in San Francisco. "It swelled up pretty bad. I didn't feel it during the game because of all the adrenaline pumping. When we got back, it swelled up pretty bad, and the team just decided it was a good thing to sit me out."

    Butler became instantly famous with his game-winning interception of Russell Wilson in last year's Super Bowl, and the loss of Darrelle Revis in free agency elevated him to the Patriots' No. 1 cornerback. The pseudo promotion worked wonders, as Butler notched 67 tackles (56 solo), 15 passes defended, and two interceptions while regularly drawing the opponent's top wide receiver over the course of his second campaign. While his recovery effort won't include surgery, rest and regular icing sessions have been his regimen to date.

    (Updated 02/05/2016)
    Buffalo Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    08/28/16TEChris GraggKneeOUTGragg suffered a torn ACL during Friday's preseason loss at Washington, Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News reports.

    One day removed from predicting the diagnosis, head coach Rex Ryan confirmed the news Saturday. With Gragg lost for the season, Blake Annen and Nick O'Leary may have clearer paths to spots on the 53-man roster.

    (Updated 08/27/2016)
    08/27/16DBJonathan DowlingKneeOUTDowling sustained a torn ACL during Friday's preseason loss in Washington, Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News reports.

    One day removed from predicting the diagnosis, head coach Rex Ryan confirmed the news Saturday. The injury has sealed Dowling's fate for the 2016 season.

    (Updated 08/27/2016)
    08/27/16WRWalt PowellUndisclosedPROBABLEPowell (undisclosed) did not suffer a serious injury and has a good shot make the final roster, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.

    Powell starred in the second half of Friday's preseason game against Washington, catching five passes for 55 yards and adding three punt returns for 57 yards. He appeared to get shaken up on the final play of the game, but the Bills haven't diagnosed him with any injury. Although Reggie Bush is expected to return punts, Powell could make the team as a depth receiver and return man. The Buffalo wideout depth chart is up for grabs behind starters Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, with all of Powell, Greg Lewis, Greg Salas, Dez Lewis and Marquise Goodwin (concussion) vying for roles.

    (Updated 08/27/2016)
    08/27/16RBJonathan WilliamsRibsPROBABLEWilliams will not play this week while he continues to deal with a rib injury, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports.

    Williams left Friday's preseason matchup with a rib injury and despite original reports indicating he appeared fine after the game, he'll get the week off for further rest and recovery. The fifth-round pick of the 2016 NFL Draft is expected to play in a depth role during the upcoming season behind the likes of LeSean McCoy, Reggie Bush and Mike Gillislee, so he could struggle to see a significant amount of snaps early in the season barring any injuries higher up on the depth chart.

    (Updated 08/28/2016)
    08/24/16LBKevin ReddickKneeQUESTIONABLEReddick, who suffered a sprained MCL in practice Friday, was waived/injured by the Bills on Sunday.

    The Bills didn't have much choice here with several other linebackers injured and reinforcements needed. If Reddick clears injury waivers, the Bills can then either place the him on IR or agree to an injury settlement with him.

    (Updated 08/07/2016)
    08/23/16WRMarquise GoodwinConcussionQUESTIONABLEGoodwin suffered a blow to the head Tuesday and is currently progressing through the league's concussion protocol, Mike Rodak of ESPN reports.

    Goodwin is expected to help pillar Buffalo's receiving corps. While the nature of concussions are very serious, the Bills don't expect Goodwin to miss an extended period of time. Both Greg Little and Dezmin Lewis are expected to see more reps in practice during his absence.

    (Updated 08/23/2016)
    08/23/16QBCardale JonesShoulderPROBABLEJones (shoulder) will be limited as he returns to practice on Monday.

    Jones has missed the past couple practices and also did not suit up for Friday's preseason game against Washington due to a sore shoulder. The coaching staff has yet to determine if the rookie will play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions, but will make a decision after monitoring him the next couple of days. The former Ohio State quarterback is competing with Austin Trainor for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart behind Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel.

    (Updated 08/29/2016)
    08/23/16DBNickell RobeyQuadricepsPROBABLERobey-Coleman left practice early Tuesday due to a quad contusion, BuffaloBills.com reports.

    Robey-Coleman just returned Monday from and ankle injury, so he must be getting frustrated that things aren't breaking his way as he tries to seal up the nickel job as a rising Kevon Seymour continues to make a good impression.

    (Updated 08/23/2016)
    08/23/16WRGreg SalasHamstringPROBABLESalas (hamstring) returned to practice in full pads Monday, Mike Rodak of ESPN reports.

    Salas will return to practice with an opportunity to work his way up the team's depth chart. He is currently looking up at Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin. However, with both Dezmin Lewis and Greg Little closing closing the gap, Salas will need to prove his health to solidify his spot as a depth receiver in Buffalo.

    (Updated 08/22/2016)
    08/21/16RBMike GillisleeConcussionQUESTIONABLEGillislee remains in the concussion protocol, but has begun the Return-to-Participation process, BuffaloBills.com reports.

    Gillislee was in pads for Sunday's practice and participated in the media viewing portion, so we wouldn't be surprised if he returns to practice fully this week. He still has a decent chance of landing the No. 2 running back job behind LeSean McCoy.

    (Updated 08/28/2016)
    08/17/16DLMarcell DareusSuspensionSUSPENDDareus (suspension) has opted to leave the Bills in order to receive treatment. "After careful consideration of recent events within my life, I have made the decision to enter a rehabilitation facility," he said in a statement. "I feel this is the best decision for me, my family and my teammates as I move forward with my career. I appreciate the support of my teammates and the Bills organization through this process."

    Earlier this week, Dareus received his second suspension for a violation of the NFL's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Among other issues in his personal life, he'll extend his time away from the team with the aim of getting on the straight and narrow. If the defensive tackle indeed comes back to the Bills with a different state of mind, his pass-rushing prowess will be valuable, as he's notched 31.5 sacks in 78 career games.

    (Updated 08/20/2016)
    08/16/16LBManny LawsonPectoralQUESTIONABLELawson (pectoral) may be facing a one-game suspension for a domestic violence incident, Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reports.

    The nature of Lawson's offense is unclear, as violations of the NFL's domestic violence policy are supposed to result in a minimum suspension of six games. The veteran outside linebacker was just activated from the Non-Football Injury list on Tuesday, after tearing his pectoral while lifting weights in the offseason. Between injuries and suspensions, the Buffalo front seven is already looking severely depleted.

    (Updated 08/16/2016)
    08/15/16TEJim DrayAnklePROBABLEDray (ankle) was fully dressed Monday and returned to practice, Jon Buscaglia of WKBW reports.

    Dray was not active during Saturday's preseason opener against the Colts after suffering from the ankle injury over the week ago, but his turn around has been quick and it looks like he should be good to go for practice this week, barring a setback. He'll continue to compete for the backup tight end job behind Charles Clay.

    (Updated 08/15/2016)
    08/12/16DBAaron WilliamsHeadQUESTIONABLEWilliams remains in the concussion protocol, but has begun the Return-to-Participation process, BuffaloBills.com reports.

    As long as Williams can get back to practice later this week or next week, he'll be the team's Week 1 starter at safety. That said, he's coming off a serious neck injury, so a little more time and hitting this preseason might have proven helpful.

    (Updated 08/28/2016)
    08/11/16DBSterling MooreConcussionQUESTIONABLEMoore is in the concussion protocol after taking a blow to the head during a two-minute drill during Wednesday' practice, BuffaloBills.com reports.

    Moore is trying to land a roster spot as a reserve cornerback, but based on his depth chart slotting when that came out earlier this week, he may be on the outside looking in.

    (Updated 08/10/2016)
    08/10/16LBReggie RaglandKneeOUTRagland's knee has too much swelling for a clear diagnosis to made right now regarding the injury he suffered during last Friday's practice, NFL.com reports.

    Ragland had an initial MRI that revealed what is believed to be a partial ACL tear, but was slated to get a second opinion Monday. However, since his knee is still pretty swollen, coach Rex Ryan could not give an update on his condition following practice. As a result, Ragland's situation will have to continue to be monitored, but Buffalo's signings of veteran linebackers Brandon Spikes and David Hawthorne on Sunday seem to indicate Ragland could be slated for an extended sideline stint.

    (Updated 08/08/2016)
    08/04/16LBJamari LattimoreNoseQUESTIONABLELattimore broke his nose during a walk-through and has missed Buffalo's last few days of practice.

    Lattimore's injury was described as a freak accident by head coach Rex Ryan. Fellow linebacker Randell Johnson slipped and fell backwards, kicking Lattimore in the face in the process. Currently, Lattimore is without a time table to return and is considered day-to-day. Kevin Reddick will likely continue to see added reps until Lattimore returns.

    (Updated 08/04/2016)
    07/29/16WRKolby ListenbeePelvisOUTCoach Rex Ryan said Wednesday that Listenbee (hernia) is not close to returning to practice, BuffaloBills.com reports.

    It's highly doubtful the super-fast sixth-rounder will be in the lineup come Week 1, so he's looking like a prime PUP or practice squad candidate.

    (Updated 08/24/2016)
    06/15/16DLJerry HughesIllnessPROBABLEHughes finished the 2015 season with 52 tackles, five sacks, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. He played in all 16 games for the fourth straight season, while seeing action on 92.5 percent of the defensive snaps.

    Hughes picked up 67 points in standard IDP scoring after putting up 90 the previous season, and that's mostly due to the drop in sacks. If your league counts passes defensed, he closed that gap a bit. In truth, almost every member of the Bills' defensive line struggled with Rex Ryan's new system, and there's little reason Hughes can't get back to double-digit sacks in 2016 as his familiarity in a complex scheme grows. Hughes also took some dumb penalties in 2015, and it won't sit well with the coaching staff if he doesn't clean that up permanently.

    (Updated 01/13/2016)
 
 
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