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Fantasy Football News: Injury Update 8/28/13

Fantasy Football Daily: Injury News 8/28/13

August 28, 2013

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With the NFL preseason games set to wrap up tomorrow night, now’s a good time to take a glance across the league at some of the noteworthy injury storylines out there. We’ve got plenty of potentially important fantasy players fighting off various ailments right now, so let’s check in with a few to see what we should be expecting as the preseason winds down. Here’s the latest.

Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets: Holmes has been a sleeper choice in mid-to-deep leagues thus far, and much of the news surrounding him lately has been encouraging. He practiced in pads for the first time this week, and there remains some optimism that he’ll be ready for the beginning of the regular season.
That said, we don’t expect great things from Holmes this season. Sure, he’s a clear-cut No. 1 receiver, but he plays for an abysmally dysfunctional team. If he makes it back on the field, don’t count on him going full speed and sacrificing his body on a weekly basis, especially in the early-going.

Fantasy Football News: Injury Update 8/28/13

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Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins: It seems like we’re checking in on Griffin a lot these days, which makes sense as he’s been one of the hottest topics of conversation for the entire off-season. Thus far, everything has gone near perfectly in his return from last season’s knee injury, and visually he looks to be at full health.
We’ll know a little more about Griffin’s status when he visits with Dr. James Andrews tomorrow. It’s possible that he could give the second-year QB the official medical clearance he needs to hit the field in Week 1. We’ll keep you posted.

Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans: It seems like we’ve been visiting Britt’s situation a lot recently, and that’s somewhat unsettling when it comes to injuries. Here’s what we know: the Titans’ plan for him is to take an extra day of rest each week during the season so that he can allow the swelling and discomfort to dissipate in his surgically-repaired knee. It’ll be a recurring situation, but not one that’s unexpected.
The bad news is that Britt has missed practice for two straight days due to knee swelling, and won’t be playing in the preseason finale. We’re okay with him missing a day of practice here and there, but consecutive absences can start to affect his game. He’s a higher-end bench WR, but things could go downhill from here.

Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: We haven’t checked in on ol’ Gronk for a while, so let’s see how he’s progressing. Patriots coach Bill Belichick was his usual guarded self when asked about his star TE’s condition yesterday, but reports from practice indicated he was doing individual drills, light cutting and catching passes. He’s still on the PUP list, though, and needs to come off within the next few days or he’ll have to sit out the first six weeks of the season.
Realistically, we’re probably looking at a Week 3 or Week 4 estimate for Gronkowski’s return to the field. Getting injury information out of the Patriots coaching staff is like the old water from a rock analogy, however, so we’ll just have to keep an eye on him.

Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers: For what Miller brings to the table--and given the lack of solid fantasy tight ends out there--he could be a relative bargain in fantasy. He’s expected to come off the PUP list this week, and once he gets up to speed he’ll be a key contributor in the Steelers’ offense. If you’ve got a reasonably reliable starter, we’d have all the confidence in the world with Miller as a backup fantasy TE.

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