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  • New England Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    08/23/16DLJabaal SheardKneeQUESTIONABLESheard (knee) participated in individual drills for the first time since spraining his MCL, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

    Sheard's injury occurred during the Patriots' preseason opener against the Saints. While he didn't participate fully, his return is an encouraging sign that the defensive end is nearing a return. He'll be expected to slide into the starting lineup once fully healthy.

    (Updated 08/29/2016)
    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)
    Washington Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    08/30/16WRReggie DiggsKneeQUESTIONABLEDiggs (knee) was released by Washington on Tuesday.

    Diggs failed to play in any preseason games as he nursed a lingering knee injury. With more depth at receiver than in past years, Washington decided to part ways with the undrafted rookie as they trim their roster down to 75.

    (Updated 08/30/2016)
    08/30/16LBRyan KerriganGroinQUESTIONABLEKerrigan (groin) did not practice on Monday, Brian McNally of 106.7 The Fan reports.

    Kerrigan went through warmup stretches with the team but was not in pads as he spent the remainder of practice on the sideline. The linebacker was schedule to undergo an MRI on Saturday, although the team has yet to comment on his status. He could return to the practice field later this week, but won't play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Buccaneers.

    (Updated 08/29/2016)
    08/26/16DLChris BakerRestPROBABLEBaker will not play in Friday's preseason tilt with the Bills in order to rest, Anthony Gulizia of the Washington Times reports.

    The decision to keep the veteran out of the lineup shouldn't bring too much concern as it is not related to any serious injury. Look for Stephen Paea and Ziggy Hood to see increased action with Baker on the sidelines Friday night.

    (Updated 08/26/2016)
    08/25/16RBChris ThompsonShoulderPROBABLECoach Jay Gruden relayed that Thompson (shoulder/knee) will likely sit out Friday's preseason game against the Bills, the Washington Post reports.

    Per CSN Mid-Atlantic, Thompson is nursing a sore knee and shoulder and Gruden would prefer for the running back to not "get banged around" in Friday's exhibition tilt. With top back Matt Jones set to miss the game, rookies Keith Marshall and Robert Kelley are in line to see more snaps, as the team continues to evaluate its depth RB options in advance of roster cut-downs. In his role as Washington's presumed primary third-down back, Thompson maintains a degree of fantasy utility, notably in PRR formats.

    (Updated 08/25/2016)
    08/24/16LBSteven DanielsShoulderOUTDaniels will miss the 2016 season after suffering a torn labrum during the first week of training camp, Brian McNally of CBS DC reports.

    Daniels, a 2016 seventh-round pick out of Boston College, will undergo surgery Monday to repair the injured shoulder. A long road to recovery awaits the 23-year-old, but he'll hope to make a comeback and secure a roster spot in 2017.

    (Updated 08/06/2016)
    08/23/16WRJamison CrowderKneePROBABLECrowder (knee) returned to practice Monday, Mike Jones of The Washington Post reports.

    Crowder dealt with knee soreness last week and was held out of Friday's preseason game against the Bills. He should be fine to serve as Washington's slot receiver Week 1 against the Steelers, reprising his role from last season.

    (Updated 08/29/2016)
    08/20/16RBMatt JonesShoulderQUESTIONABLEJones (shoulder) was off to the side at Monday's practice, Brian McNally of 106.7 The Fan reports.

    Already ruled out for the final two preseason games, Jones has been limited to side work at practice since he injured his shoulder Aug. 19. He was diagnosed with a second-degree sprain of the AC joint, leaving his Week 1 status in some question. Washington also has issues further down the depth chart, with seventh-round rookie Keith Marshall (elbow) out for up to three weeks. Undrafted rookie Rob Kelley and passing-down specialist Chris Thompson (shoulder/knee) may have to lead the backfield in Week 1, though it's also possible Washington could add a veteran free agent in the coming days. Jones said he's making good progress and expects to be ready for the start of the season.

    (Updated 08/29/2016)
    08/20/16TEJordan ReedThumbPROBABLEReed (thumb) caught two passes for 28 yards and a touchdown on four targets in Friday's preseason game against the Bills.

    Reed may have shown some rust with an early drop, but he made up for it by breaking wide open for a 20-yard touchdown in the second quarter. His lengthy injury history is more of a concern than the current issue, as Reed's sprained thumb should be back to full health by Week 1, if it isn't already.

    (Updated 08/26/2016)
    08/13/16TENiles PaulKneePROBABLEPaul (knee) should practice in the near future, the Redskins' official site reports.

    Paul suffered a dislocated ankle precisely one year ago during preseason action, and his rehabilitation extended into the offseason. After opening training camp with the Redskins, he suffered a hyperextended right knee in Thursday's preseason defeat in Atlanta, but a lengthy absence doesn't appear to be a side effect of the current concern.

    (Updated 08/13/2016)
    08/09/16DLPreston SmithShoulderPROBABLESmith exited Tuesday's practice with a shoulder sprain.

    The injury isn't supposed to be severe, and Smith is still likely to play in Thursday's preseason opener, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Wednesday's practice session will shed more light on Smith's upcoming availability.

    (Updated 08/09/2016)
    08/04/16DLJerrell PoweIllnessQUESTIONABLEPowe (heart arrhythmia) is likely going to miss another few weeks, Master Tesfatsion of the Washington Post reports.

    Powe was diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia at the start of August and was originally given a 7-to-10 day timeline for a return. However, it appears they're going to play it safe with the issue and continue to hold him out for another couple of weeks. Powe could be a contributor at nose tackle due to the Redskins' lack of depth, but he'll need to get his health issues in check prior to getting back on the field.

    (Updated 08/17/2016)
    08/02/16LBSu'a CravensHamstringPROBABLECravens (hamstring) impressed head coach Jay Gruden in Thursday's loss to the Falcons, finishing with three tackles on 24 snaps.

    The second-round, linebacker/safety hybrid out of USC demonstrated his versatile abilities as he played in active role in covering wideouts as well as stopping the run. Gruden's praise also came with a focus area of improvement, saying, "Looked like he was all over the place. I'm sure we will watch the tape and see he was placed where he didn't need to be. We will get that figured out. Loved his energy...you can see it and it was a lot of fun to watch Su'a." The rookie has been nursing a strained hamstring, which is the reasoning behind his limited reps in the game. As the preseason continues, Cravens goal is to get in better shape for an inside linebacker position, which he is listed as on the team roster.

    (Updated 08/13/2016)
    08/02/16LBTrent MurphyIllnessPROBABLEMurphy (strep throat) returned to practice Wednesday after sitting out of Tuesday's practice due to illness, Brian McNally of CBS reports.

    Washington has dealt with the injury bug as of late, but it appears they'll be just fine in Murphy's case. Entering his third season, Murphy is looking to improve on a strong 2015-16 campaign that featured 3.5 sacks in 16 games. The Redskins have high hopes for the Stanford product and expect him to help anchor Washington's front seven alongside elite pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan.

    (Updated 08/04/2016)
    07/29/16RBSilas ReddSuspensionSUSPENDThe NFL has suspended Redd indefinitely for a violation of the league's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    Bans of this variety are due to continued positive tests, which is evident as Redd has yet to serve a four-gamer for a similar violation due to his recovery from a torn ACL and MCL. Once healthy enough to return to the field, he'll have to bide his time and do his due diligence considering NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be in charge of any reinstatement effort.

    (Updated 04/12/2016)
    07/25/16LBJunior GaletteAchillesOUTGalette will have surgery to repair his torn right Achilles tendon, ruling him out for this season.

    Galette's injury was revealed last week, but there remained a small hope that he may be able to avoid surgery and eventually play this year. However, upon since announcing his decision to undergo surgery, Galette can now be ruled out for the entire 2016 campaign, marking his second straight season lost due to an Achilles injury. With Galette sidelined once again, the Redskins will hope Preston Smith can build on his eight-sack rookie season and work with Trent Murphy at Washington's outside linebacker position opposite Ryan Kerrigan.

    (Updated 08/01/2016)
    05/28/16DBKendall FullerKneeQUESTIONABLEFuller (knee) will be under consideration for the Redskins' nickelback role after returning from microfracture surgery, The Washington Post reports.

    Fuller dropped into the third round of this year's draft because of the knee injury he suffered last year in college, but had been given first-round grades by several teams had he owned a clean bill of health. Fortunately, he participated in minicamp last month without setbacks, and declared himself healthy afterword. Fuller is fully capable of playing on the outside, but with Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland locking down the top corner jobs, Fuller will be tasked to handle nickleback duties his rookie year. However, he will still have to earn the job in training camp.

    (Updated 07/13/2016)
    04/08/16TELogan PaulsenToePROBABLEPaulsen is signing a one-year contract to remain with the Redskins, ESPN's Adam Caplin reports.

    Paulsen has spent his entire six-year career with the Redskins, but missed all of last season after having toe surgery in August. A backup tight end, Paulsen will hope for a healthy 2016 campaign, but his fantasy stock is minuscule at best.

    (Updated 03/11/2016)
    03/15/16DBDavid BrutonLegPROBABLEWashington and Bruton agreed to a contract Monday, Stephen Czarda of the team's official site reports.

    The veteran safety primarily served on special teams during his seven-year stint with the Broncos, but eight starts litter his 104 career games. Last season, he received three nods in 13 appearances before suffering a season-ending broken right fibula in Week 15, finishing with 49 tackles (37 solo), two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one sack. Although he missed Denver's run to Super Bowl glory, he'll have the opportunity to lock down the first regular starting gig as a professional with Washington.

    (Updated 03/15/2016)
    12/10/15DBTanard JacksonSuspension  (Updated 12/31/1969)
 
 
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