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  • Baltimore Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    08/29/16TEDennis PittaFingerPROBABLEPitta (finger) will return from his injury by Week 1, according to coach John Harbaugh.

    Pitta has been out since the beginning of this month due to a finger injury suffered during a practice scuffle, but will finally return to the fold soon. That comes as good news ahead of the regular season, as the Ravens have been decimated at tight end to this point. Projected starter Ben Watson (Achilles) will miss the entire season after being injured over the weekend, and although Maxx Williams (undisclosed) should return soon, Crockett Gillmore embodies the new expected starter. While Pitta still has to prove he can remain healthy once he returns, his veteran presence should at least boost Baltimore's options behind Gillmore.

    (Updated 08/29/2016)
    08/28/16RBKenneth DixonKneeOUTDixon has an MCL tear and is expected to be sidelined for four weeks, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.

    Dixon was carted off the field during Saturday's preseason game after taking a hard goal-line hit during the second quarter. It was originally expected to be just a minor issue, but after an MRI revealed a torn MCL, he'll sit out for around four weeks. With Dixon on the sidelines, both Terrance West and Javorious Allen could have a chance to earn a bigger role behind expected starter Justin Forsett.

    (Updated 08/28/2016)
    08/27/16TEBenjamin WatsonAchillesOUTWatson suffered a torn Achilles on the first snap of Saturday's preseason game against the Lions.

    Signed to a two-year, $7 million contract in the offseason, the 36-year-old Watson was locked in as Baltimore's starting tight end. The only good news for the team is that it boasts strong depth at the position, though Maxx Williams (undisclosed) and Dennis Pitta (finger) are nursing injuries of their own, with neither available for Saturday's exhibition. Crockett Gillmore, the starter for most of last season, figures to get the majority of first-team snaps in Saturday's game. Gillmore could take on a lot of Watson's planned workload in the regular season, as he's a much better blocker than Williams or Pitta. Watson will miss the entire season.

    (Updated 08/27/2016)
    08/25/16LBElvis DumervilFootPROBABLEDumervil (foot/ankle) is not expected to play in Saturday's matchup with the Lions, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.

    Dumervil began camp on the physically unable to perform list due to offseason ankle surgery and he returned to practice earlier this week. Despite being okayed for practice, the team doesn't want to rush him back and he may not see the field before the regular season opener. If he's sidelined Saturday, look for Albert McClellan to see some time with the starting defense.

    (Updated 08/25/2016)
    08/25/16LBZa'Darius SmithAnklePROBABLESmith missed Thursday's practice with an ankle injury and will not play in the Ravens' third preseason game Saturday against the Lions, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.

    This is the first practice Smith has missed all preseason. However, even though he won't play on Saturday, the injury is not considered serious and Smith should be full-go by Week 1.

    (Updated 08/25/2016)
    08/24/16WRKaelin ClayFootDOUBTFULClay (foot) was revealed to have suffered a broken foot, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.

    Clay suffered a foot injury during practice on Saturday, but the nature of which was previously undisclosed. However, he was considered lost for the season from the start which is why he was released with an injury designation on Monday.

    (Updated 08/16/2016)
    08/22/16DBMatt ElamKneeOUTElam fell on his knee during Saturday's preseason win over the Colts, and he'll need surgery to clean out the issue as a result.

    Elam's injury isn't season-ending according to coach John Harbaugh, but it should keep the Ravens' safety out for an extended period of time. His absence won't have too much of an impact in terms of the team's secondary, with Eric Weddle and Lardarius Webb positioned as the starting safeties. An update regarding Elam's return timetable should become available when more information is released following his surgery.

    (Updated 08/22/2016)
    08/22/16WRBreshad PerrimanKneeQUESTIONABLEPerriman (knee) will play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Saints, pending approval from the Ravens' medical staff.

    Perriman returned to practice last week after a two-month absence due to a partially-torn ACL. That followed a rookie season lost entirely to a torn PCL in his other knee, making Thursday's preseason appearance potentially his first game action for the Ravens since being drafted in the first round last year. That being said, Perriman still needs to be cleared by the Baltimore's medical staff, so his status will require further monitoring in advance of Thursday's kickoff.

    (Updated 08/29/2016)
    08/18/16WRSteve SmithAchillesQUESTIONABLESmith (Achilles) will not play in the Ravens' third preseason game Saturday against the Lions, The Baltimore Sun reports.

    Smith, who had torn his Achilles' tendon last November, was activated from the team's PUP list just last week. Thus, his participation in Saturday's preseason tilt was always considered doubtful. His Week 1 status remains questionable.

    (Updated 08/25/2016)
    08/16/16DBKendrick LewisUndisclosedPROBABLELewis missed Monday's practice with an undisclosed injury, ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley reports.

    Regardless of his health, Lewis is expected to come off the bench behind Eric Weddle and Lardarius Webb. It's even possible Lewis could have to earn his roster spot, though the Ravens usually keep at least five safeties.

    (Updated 08/15/2016)
    08/12/16DBKyle ArringtonConcussionQUESTIONABLEArrington left Thursday's matchup with the Panthers to undergo concussion protocol.

    Arrington entered Thursday's preseason third on the Ravens depth chart at the left cornerback position. Don't expect him to return to action until all of his symptoms have passed if he did indeed suffer a concussion.

    (Updated 08/11/2016)
    08/12/16DBTavon YoungKneeQUESTIONABLEYoung left Thursday's matchup with the Pangers to have his knee examined in the locker room, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.

    Young projected as the third right cornerback on on the Ravens' depth chart heading into the preseason opener. He was also likely going to get some looks at returning kicks. It is unclear how serious of an issue this is, so his status going forward is not known.

    (Updated 08/11/2016)
    08/08/16DBJimmy SmithAnklePROBABLESmith returned to practice on Monday, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.

    Smith missed one practice due to calf injury he suffered on Friday, but he is now back on the field. No word yet if he will play in Thursday's preseason opener against the Panthers.

    (Updated 08/08/2016)
    08/08/16TEMaxx WilliamsUndisclosedPROBABLEWilliams (undisclosed) will return shortly after the Ravens' final preseason game, according to coach John Harbaugh.

    Williams has missed Baltimore's past two preseason tilts due to an undisclosed injury, and although he'll seemingly return soon, Harbaugh was somewhat vague as to whether he'll be ready for Week 1. After Ben Watson's season-ending Achilles injury, Crockett Gillmore leads the Ravens' healthy options at tight end right now, so getting Williams and Dennis Pitta (finger) back soon would be a needed relief for the team.

    (Updated 08/29/2016)
    08/03/16WRDobson CollinsUndisclosedOUTAmong the players the Eagles released Friday include: cornerback Geoff Pope, defensive end Pannell Egboh, defensive tackle Boo Robinson, cornerback David Pender, wide receiver Dobson Collins, tight end Nate Lawrie, safety Anthony Scirrotto and running back Martell Mallett. (Updated 09/03/2010)
    08/01/16DBWill DavisUndisclosedPROBABLEDavis (undisclosed) did not practice Monday, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.

    Coming off a torn ACL suffered last October, Davis was somewhat-surprisingly not placed on the Ravens' PUP list to begin training camp. Assuming he hasn't re-aggravated the injury, when healthy, Davis should be set to compete for the nickelback role he quickly earned in the Ravens' secondary after being acquired from the Dolphins last September.

    (Updated 08/01/2016)
    07/29/16TENick BoyleSuspensionSUSPENDBoyle has been suspended for the first 10 games of the 2016 campaign due to a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.

    Boyle was utilized sparsely as a rookie in 2015, hauling in 18 balls for 153 yards over the course of 11 games. However, he received his first suspension related to PEDs on Dec. 7 and subsequently missed the final four contests of the season. With Boyle out of the picture for most of next season, the Ravens rely upon Crockett Gillmore (back) and Maxx Williams to man tight end.

    (Updated 02/19/2016)
    07/29/16RBKyle JuszczykUndisclosedOUTJuszczyk finished the 2015 season with 41 catches for 321 yards and four touchdowns, adding three yards on two carries.

    Juszczyk is one of the NFL's better fullbacks, especially from a receiving standpoint. However, he rarely gets carries to complement the catches, leaving him as an afterthought even in deeper formats. His rookie contract runs through 2016.

    (Updated 01/26/2016)
    07/29/16WRDarren WallerSuspensionSUSPENDWaller (suspension) was forced to exit Saturday's win over the Colts to be tested for a concussion.

    Waller was able to pass the concussion tests and he won't be forced to miss any practice time, though he was unable to return on Saturday. He finished the game without a single target.

    (Updated 08/21/2016)
    07/25/16QBJoe FlaccoKneePROBABLEFlacco (knee) completed 11 of 16 passes for 94 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Lions.

    Suiting up for the first time since he tore his ACL in November, the 31-year-old Flacco produced three points on two first-quarter drives, the second of which ended with an unsuccessful fourth-down attempt. He likely would have played deeper into the game, if not for the fact he piled up 16 pass attempts (and a sack) on just two series. Flacco did miss a couple of throws, but he didn't appear to be impacted by his surgically-repaired left knee, which jibes with reports from training camp. Flacco has been a full participant since the start of camp, with no setbacks reported at any point. On a less optimistic note, starting tight end Ben Watson is out for the season after suffering a torn Achilles early in Saturday's game. The Ravens do have strong depth at the position, but Maxx Williams (undisclosed) and Dennis Pitta (finger) are also injured. Furthermore, wideouts Steve Smith (Achilles) and Breshad Perriman (knee) remain uncertain for the start of the season, despite returning to practice this past week.

    (Updated 08/27/2016)
    Pittsburgh Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    08/27/16DLCameron HeywardAnkleQUESTIONABLEHeyward (ankle) said he expects to be ready for Week 1, despite suffering a high ankle sprain in Friday's preseason game against the Saints, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    While not completely unheard of, two weeks would represent a very quick recovery from a high ankle sprain. In all likelihood, Heyward will be no better than questionable for Week 1, perhaps even needing to miss the first few games of the season. It would be a big loss for Pittsburgh's defense, though the unit does boast improved depth in the front seven this year.

    (Updated 08/27/2016)
    08/27/16DBShamarko ThomasGroinQUESTIONABLEThomas suffered a right groin injury in Friday's matchup with the Saints, and will not return to the game.

    It is unclear the severity of Thomas' injury at the moment. The 25-year-old currently projects as the second strong safety on the Steelers' depth chart. Expect an update on his status when more information is made available.

    (Updated 08/26/2016)
    08/24/16DBCortez AllenKneePROBABLEAllen has been released by the Steelers.

    Allen missed all of last season after suffering a knee injury in Week 1, but his release also comes after he signed a lucrative four-year extension with Pittsburgh in 2014. Now a free agent, Allen's absence further ensures the Steelers will address the cornerback position through the draft.

    (Updated 04/15/2016)
    08/23/16LBBud DupreeGroinPROBABLEDupree (groin) admitted he suffered setbacks that have delayed his return, accoring to ESPN.com writer Jeremy Fowler. "I keep trying to go out there too quickly," Dupree said. "I can't be a speed dude and look slow. I can't be a non-explosive guy when everybody knows I'm explosive. That's got to be (a departure) from why the Steelers picked me."

    Dupree, who missed most of training camp as a result of this injury, was in competition with James Harrison and Arthur Moats to start at ouside linebacker after the 2015 first round draft pick impressed with 26 tackles, including four sacks, in his rookie season. With two games remaining in the preseason, he still has an opportunity to win the job outright, but may find himself in a timeshare if his injury lingers.

    (Updated 08/23/2016)
    08/20/16QBDustin VaughanThumbQUESTIONABLEVaughan (thumb) was waived with an injured designation by the Steelers on Sunday, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Vaughan broke his thumb in the team's second preseason game and hasn't practiced since. If he clears waivers he'll be eligible for Pittsburgh's injured reserve.

    (Updated 08/28/2016)
    08/19/16RBLe'Veon BellSuspensionSUSPENDBell (suspension) gained 21 yards on three carries and 37 yards on five receptions (five targets) in Friday's preseason game against the Saints.

    Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown only made brief appearances, but Bell played deep into the second quarter, perhaps because he uncharacteristically lost a fumble early in the game. Regardless, Bell appeared to be in mid-season form, showing no signs of the knee injury that brought his 2015 campaign to an early end. After he serves a three-game suspension to start the season, Bell should slide right back in as the premiere asset at his position. DeAngelo Williams figures to handle a heavy workload in his absence, with Fitzgerald Toussaint and/or Daryl Richardson occasionally mixing in.

    (Updated 08/26/2016)
    08/16/16DBArtie BurnsQuadricepsPROBABLEBurns (quadriceps) is not expected to play Friday against the Saints, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports.

    Although Burns is out stretching and working out on the field during pregame, the expectation is that the Steelers' first rounder will be held out Friday. In his absence, the Steelers figure to work in fellow reserve corners Al-Hajj Shabazz and Julian Whigham against New Orleans.

    (Updated 08/26/2016)
    08/15/16QBBruce GradkowskiHamstringDOUBTFULGradkowski, who is dealing with a left hamstring injury, is going to be out for "a number of weeks," per coach Mike Tomlin, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    The veteran QB could miss the rest of the preseason and in Gradkowski's absence, Dustin Vaughan figures to see added practice reps behind Ben Roethlisberger and Landry Jones.

    (Updated 08/16/2016)
    08/13/16DLAnthony ChickilloAnkleQUESTIONABLEChickillo suffered an apparent leg injury on Friday, Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

    The extent of Chickillo's ankle injury is unknown, and he will be further evaluated before a timetable for his return is set in place.

    (Updated 08/12/2016)
    08/09/16DBSenquez GolsonFootOUTGolson (foot) claims he is a targeting a return to practice seven weeks from now, Dale Lolley of the Observer-Reporter reports.

    Golson underwent Lisfranc surgery roughly two weeks ago, but the former second round pick from 2015 is already mapping out his return to action. Just 23-years-old, Golson possesses tremendous upside and the Steelers remain optimistic that he can still carve out a role with the defense at some point in the season.

    (Updated 08/23/2016)
    08/04/16LBRyan ShazierUndisclosedPROBABLEShazier totaled seven tackles (six solo) in the Steelers' loss to the Broncos on Sunday. He finished with 20 tackles in two post season games.

    Despite missing four games this season due to injuries (knee, concussion), Shazier finished the year with 87 tackles (55 solo), second on Pittsburgh to Lawrence Timmons (119), including 3.5 sacks. He also had an interception, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Shazier has one year remaining on his rookie contract, and the Steelers would be wise to resign him, just as fantasy owners would be to consider him on draft day in IDP formats.

    (Updated 01/17/2016)
    07/29/16WRMartavis BryantSuspensionSUSPENDBryant was never under consideration of being cut by the Steelers despite his recently imposed year-long suspension, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

    Bryant's multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy triggered a minimum one-year suspension from the league, but the Steelers never considered releasing him, according to general manager Kevin Colbert. Instead, Pittsburgh will hope Bryant makes the necessary changes to his life to get reinstated next year, when he would have two years remaining on his contract with the team. With Bryant suspended, Steelers receivers Markus Wheaton and, more specifically, Sammie Coates, will be looked upon to take advantage of their increased opportunities this season.

    (Updated 03/21/2016)
    02/19/16DBMike MitchellShoulderPROBABLEMitchell (shoulder) is ahead of schedule in his recovery from shoulder and hand surgery, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

    Mitchell hasn't missed a game either of the past two seasons, but underwent shoulder surgery this offseason to repair a torn labrum that seemed to plague him during the conclusion of the 2015 campaign. The veteran went under the knife in December, and initially planned on taking his rehab slow, so to not take any risks before training camp, but he quickly progressed ahead of schedule in his recovery, and fully participated in June's minicamp just over four months removed from surgery. Mitchell should be full-go for the commencement of training camp come July 28.

    (Updated 07/13/2016)
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