Training Camp Notes: August 21
August 22, 2016 | Matt Terelle
Dion Lewis Needs Second Knee Surgery; PUP List Bound
In perhaps the most surprising news of the day, it was announced that Patriots running back Dion Lewis will need a second procedure on his surgically repaired ACL, which was torn last November. The surgery is being called a “cleanup” procedure, so nothing looks to be too serious as of now. Lewis will begin the season on the PUP list, although several Patriots sources believe that Lewis will indeed play this year. The timetable for his return is being called 8-10 weeks. If waivers are open in your league, now is the time to rush to the waiver wire to pick up James White. White was solid last season in the passing back role after Lewis was lost for the season.
Duke Johnson Has Concussion Scare
Browns running back Duke Johnson, Jr. had a scare at practice on Sunday as he appeared to have a head injury and left the practice field early. He was subsequently tested for a concussion and cleared. This keeps him on track to suit up against the Buccaneers on Friday in the Browns’ third preseason game. Even though Johnson avoiding a concussion is excellent news, this is a reminder that the explosive tailback has a long injury history dating back to his college days. Included in that history is two concussions since 2013. Johnson has loads of upside and should be a valuable piece on your fantasy rosters, but today serves as a reminder that if you draft Johnson, be sure to have a backup plan in place.
Jared Goff Off The Mark In Second Preseason Game
Jared Goff has had a rough start to his NFL career. He struggled in his second preseason appearance until the Chiefs took their better defenders out of the game. Goff missed his first pass and fumbled the ball twice soon after relieving Case Keenum. He did finally settle down in the fourth quarter, which led to his final line looking respectable. Goff shouldn’t be on your radar in normal redraft leagues anyway, but the slow start to his NFL career should serve as a reminder that growing pains usually accompany rookie quarterbacks, even supremely talented ones such as Goff. He should still be the first quarterback off the board in rookie drafts in dynasty leagues.
John Brown Ready To Fly Again
Arizona Cardinals speedster John Brown returned to practice on Sunday after missing most of training camp with a concussion. Brown’s role is secure in Arizona’s receiver pecking order, although his lengthy absence is cause for some concern. Concussions are never to be taken lightly, so here’s hoping Brown is able to stay out of the trainer’s room going forward. Brown, Michael Floyd, and Larry Fitzgerald are all great fantasy picks at receiver heading into the 2016 season. Fitzgerald himself also returned to practice on Sunday as he was nursing what is being called a minor MCL sprain.
Eric Ebron made a return to the field for the Lions on Sunday. He hadn’t been seen since suffering an ankle injury over two weeks ago. He didn’t run, but he was catching balls from a Jugs machine off to the side. Nothing is set in stone, but he could be active for the beginning of the regular season.
Former Patriots fourth-round draft pick Josh Boyce has signed with the Browns. He joins a crowded receiver corps in Cleveland and isn’t likely to see a big role if he makes the final roster. Boyce was most recently with the Colts.
Snakebitten wide receiver Victor Cruz is expected to return to Giants practice this week. Cruz has been dealing with a groin injury as of late. This is on the heels of a patellar tendon injury two seasons ago and calf issues that dogged him last season. Cruz is not on the fantasy radar, although it sure would be nice to see him return to action.