In 2016, Reed tended to the fifth known concussion of his football career and an AC joint separation in his left shoulder, resulting in four absences. That number fell within the range of DNPs (2-to-7) in each of his four professional seasons, and an ailing toe is now wiping away at least the initial practices of training camp. Although the Redskins are making a precautionary decision, Reed must receive clearance in order to take the practice field.
Concussions have plagued Reed throughout his career, including last season, when he was diagnosed with his fifth known such head injury. Later, an AC joint separation in his left shoulder forced another absence, marking the 18th DNP of his four years as a professional. The current ailment hasn't been revealed, but kicking off training camp on the PUP list is an ominous sign for the premier tight end's upcoming campaign.
With Dennis Pitta (hip) released and Ben Watson (Achilles), Maxx Williams (knee) and Crockett Gillmore (shoulder) all rehabbing major injuries, Boyle was the first-team tight end by default throughout much of the offseason. The 2015 fifth-round pick has mostly gotten attention for a pair of suspensions totaling 14 games through two seasons, but it now seems he has a legitimate shot at a key role in an offense that may not utilize a fullback after letting Kyle Juszczyk walk in free agency. Boyle still only projects as the No. 3/4 tight end if Watson, Williams and Gillmore are all healthy, which could happen at some point before Week 1. The Ravens could end up using a committee at the position.
Helfet needed surgery after breaking his foot in the first week of the 2016 preseason, when he was waived/injured by the Seahawks. His last NFL action came in 2015, when he played 14 games and caught 13 balls on 22 targets for 130 yards and zero touchdowns. The timeline for Helfet's return is murky due to the lack of transparency on the nature of the injury. With tight end Jared Cook ahead of Helfet in the depth chart and receivers like Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree on the field as well, don't expect quarterback Derek Carr to give Helfet much attention when he's healthy.
Olsen, who has two years left on his current contract, remains hopeful that negotiations will continue toward a possible re-working of his deal, but the tight end indicated that he'd prefer the situation to not be a distraction for the Carolina franchise. Olsen has topped 1,000 receiving yards in each of the last three campaigns and hasn't missed a regular season game since his rookie year in 2007. Though he logged just three TDs in 2016, his 80 catches were helpful in PPR formats and looking ahead, the 32-year-old's durability and consistent involvement in the Panthers offense combine to make him one of the safer fantasy plays among the league's top tight ends.
It was announced Monday that Kelce would avoid going on the PUP List to start camp despite undergoing shoulder surgery earlier in the offseason and missing all of Kansas City's Organized Team Activities. The fact that Kelce was participating in drills on the first day of camp further suggests that he'll enter the season without any restrictions. Kelce, who is coming off a career year in 2016, stands to be even more of a focal point in the Chiefs' passing attack this season with Jeremy Maclin signing with Baltimore in June.
Hanna is looking to bounce back from a pair of 2016 knee surgeries and could be a regular on the injury report the rest of the summer. Fortunately, there doesn't seem to be any concern over his availability for the start of the regular season.
Swaim spent the offseason recovering from a season-ending pectoral tear as well as a stress fracture in his right foot, the latter of which required surgery in March. While his pectoral muscle has healed, Swaim may still be hampered by the foot. Don't be surprised if the Cowboys take it easy on him throughout the entirety of training camp.
Williams' return is a welcomed sight for a Ravens team that has dealt with a multitude of serious injuries to their tight end corps in recent years. He'll likely be heavily limited to start training camp, which commences Thursday, but the 2015 second-rounder should return to top form sooner rather than later.
Hill is coming back from a broken fibula suffered in Week 13 of last year. The injury prevented him from participating in New Orleans' on-field work during the offseason, but the veteran is apparently ready to return now. In nine games last year, Hill caught 15 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown.