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According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, doctors expect Greg Jennings to be sidelined "about three weeks" after he undergoes sports hernia surgery next Tuesday.

It's an optimistic outlook. Saints CB Jabari Greer was given the same timetable for a similar operation and needed roughly six weeks. Jennings won't go under the knife until Oct. 30. If he hits his best-case scenario, Jennings will return to the practice field in Week 12. He would likely need at least another week to get clear out the cobwebs and get back into football shape. We don't expect him to see game action before Week 13 versus the Vikings, and it could be another week or two after that. With another month to become entrenched as the No. 2 option in the passing game, we remain convinced that Randall Cobb's fantasy value is safe regardless of Jennings' return.
Thu, Oct 25, 2012 07:24:00 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Arian Foster (groin surgery) will "almost certainly" begin the year on injured reserve/designated to return.

Rapsheet labels Foster's injury "major," while the Houston Chronicle has deemed it "severe." I.R./return dictates that players miss at least the first eight weeks of the season. With Houston on bye for Week 9, Foster wouldn't be eligible to make his debut until Week 10. The trio of Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes and Chris Polk will now try to formulate a committee in Foster's absence, but outside help is almost certainly on the way.
Aug 4 - 3:44 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine hints the team will have "special plays" for Terrelle Pryor this season.

Talking about a trick play Pryor was a part of in Tuesday's practice, Pettine said "special plays" will be a weekly occurrence for the Browns this season. "I’m just a firm believer in always having that option," Pettine said. "If you get into a game where there’s a lull on both sides offensively, you need something to break it open. Having a guy like Terrelle certainly gives us that ability." We're not even a week into camp, but it's become increasingly clear that Pryor is not only to going to make the 53-man roster, but have a real role on offense.
Aug 4 - 3:02 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Browns coach Mike Pettine called third-round RB Duke Johnson's (hamstring) continued absence "disappointing."

"It’s just disappointing that a guy we’re counting on being a big part of what we do, to lose him at this formative time," Pettine said. "He’ll have a lot of catch-up work to do. There’s no substitute for getting live reps." Pettine doesn't appear to be criticizing his rookie, but simply stating the obvious. It's unclear how long Johnson, who is ticketed for third-down duties, might be sidelined. He got injured on Sunday. NFL Network's Albert Breer did suggest Tuesday that Johnson could miss a "couple more weeks."
Aug 4 - 2:37 PM

Allen Hurns is running as a first-team wideout at training camp, ahead of Marqise Lee.

Lee's inconsistent play and consistent trips to the training room have him lagging behind. Meanwhile, Hurns has been "steady as usual" while running opposite breakout candidate Allen Robinson. Regardless of who wins out between Hurns and Lee, we're not expecting much statistical production as the No. 3 target on a team that figures to play slow and scuffle offensively.
Aug 4 - 1:11 PM

Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said he doubts suspended WR Justin Blackmon ever plays NFL football again.

"Realistically, when you're away from the game for two-and-a-half years, what you were once is not what you will probably be -- your skills do erode, especially when you're not in shape and not in top football shape," Caldwell said, adding that getting back into the league doesn't appear to be a priority for Blackmon. The Times-Union reports the only reason the Jags haven't cut Blackmon is because they're trying to recoup several million of the $7.11 million signing bonus he received as the No. 5 overall pick in 2012.
Aug 4 - 12:39 PM

Charles Clay has yet to be targeted in the passing game through four Bills training camp practices.

Clay is making Gronk-Jimmy Graham money on his new five-year, $38 million deal, but has been concerningly uninvolved in the Bills' early-camp passing game. Clay did say he spends time before and after practice catching balls from Buffalo's motley quarterback crew. Clay's role in new OC Greg Roman's offense remains to be seen. We hope to gain clarity at some point in August.
Aug 4 - 11:34 AM

ESPN Cleveland "keep(s) hearing" Terrance West is on "thin ice because of maturity issues."

West's poor practice habits and inconsistent ball security led him into the coaches' doghouse repeatedly as a rookie. Then the team went out and spent a third-round pick on Duke Johnson while also talking up Isaiah Crowell. ESPN Cleveland added that West looks "chunky" early on in training camp.
Aug 4 - 10:05 AM

NJ.com says Rashad Jennings looks "big, strong, fast and quick" early on at training camp.

Jennings, fully recovered from last year's knee and ankle woes, is turning heads early in camp even though he's 30 years old. Remember this is a versatile player who Ben McAdoo gave 19.2 carries per game to in the first eight weeks of last season. He's a far better option than backup big back Andre Williams and is wildly undervalued at a seventh- or eighth-round ADP right now.
Source: NJ.com
Aug 4 - 9:26 AM

The Miami Herald calls rookie RB Jay Ajayi "a bit of a disappointment so far."

The physical Ajayi should look better once the serious hitting gets going at camp. It's also possible his head is simply swimming as he goes through his first real NFL practices. But for now, it sounds like the Dolphins are seeing why Ajayi was still available in the fifth round of the draft. Meanwhile, the coaching staff is talking up an increased workload for Lamar Miller. Ajayi needs to unseat Damien Williams just to win the No. 2 back job. Dolphins GM Mike Tannenbaum recently stated that if Ajayi "doesn't pass protect, he will never be active (on game days)."
Aug 4 - 9:20 AM

DeVante Parker (foot surgery) is still roughly 3-4 weeks away from being able to practice.

This assumes Parker has no setbacks as he continues his rehab. So in a best-case scenario, the No. 14 overall pick will partake in his first NFL training camp practice roughly two weeks before Week 1. It's hard to see him making a big impact right out of the gate, leaving him as a bench stash in fantasy formats.
Aug 4 - 9:15 AM

Sources tell ESPN's Ed Werder the Eagles are discussing a short-term contract extension with Sam Bradford.

It's a tricky time to do a new deal as Bradford hasn't been healthy since 2012 yet has massive upside in Chip Kelly's offense. If he stays upright this year, he'll have a great shot at (another) huge contract in the spring. Of course, the Eagles want to keep their starting quarterback under club control beyond this season -- when his $78 million rookie contract will finally expire. Per Werder, Bradford has "made a strong early impression" on the team.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 4 - 8:26 AM




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