The development isn't surprising in the lease considering Gresham tore his Achilles in Week 17 of last season. The debilitating nature of the injury makes an appearance early on difficult to comprehend, but the veteran remains committed to play Week 1. There's no telling if he'll achieve that goal, but tight end will be in decent hands, if not. Expect second-year pro Ricky Seals-Jones, who recorded 12 catches (on 25 targets) for 201 yards and three touchdowns from Week 11 to 15 in 2017, to fill in in the event Gresham's absence extends into September and beyond.
Coach Steve Wilks said earlier this week that he's "hopeful" Gresham (Achilles) will be available for the regular-season opener, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
After rupturing his Achilles in Week 17 of last season, Gresham has spent the entire offseason in recovery mode. Because such injuries are difficult for players to bounce back from, he'll be hard-pressed to produce, even if he's cleared by Week 1. Among fellow tight ends on the roster, Ricky Seals-Jones is the best bet to take advantage of the potential opening in the offense. During a five-game stretch from Weeks 11 to 15 in 2017, he cranked out 12 catches (on 25 targets) for 201 yards and three touchdowns.
Gresham (Achilles) may not be ready for the start of the 2018 season, Kent Somers of AZCentral.com reports.
Gresham tore his Achilles in Week 17, finishing the 2017 campaign with 33 catches for 322 yards and two touchdowns on 45 targets in 14 games. He had just three outings with more than 27 receiving yards, and he hasn't reached 500 yards in a season since 2012 when he was with the Bengals. The Cardinals hope Ricky Seals-Jones (leg) can take on a larger receiving role, but they also figure to take a close look at the top tight ends in the upcoming draft, after missing out on all the big names in free agency. Gresham will turn 30 in June, and his $5.25 million base salary for 2018 is fully guaranteed, per OverTheCap.
The Cardinals' season ended Sunday, but this injury to Gresham will likely carry over into the 2018 season. He finished this past season with 298 yards and two touchdowns, and still has three years remaining on his current contract.
Gresham is questionable to return to Sunday's contest at Seattle due to an Achilles injury, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.
Since entering the NFL in 2010, Gresham has dealt with the occasional injury, but the Achilles is a new affliction for the 29-year-old tight end. The Cardinals will move on with Troy Niklas and Ricky Seals-Jones at TE for the time being.
|P3||8/26/18||@ DAL||8:00 pm|
|2||9/16/18||@ LAR||4:05 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ SF||4:25 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/11/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|12||11/25/18||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|13||12/2/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|