Fantasy Sports Fix: Injured players who can and can’t make a return this season
The NFL season is a little over a week away now and there are several key players who are injured and you need to be aware of them before you draft your team. Some of them are scheduled to be ready for Week 1, but others are lost for a little time or will be out for the whole season.
Jordy Nelson, wide receiver, Green Bay — Torn right ACL, out for season
Those hoping for a repeat of last season’s stellar performance are surely disappointed right now. Nelson was probably the second best wide receiver in the game coming into the season, but those hopes are dashed as he tore his right ACL in a preseason game. The Packers will certainly miss Nelson’s explosive playmaking ability.
Randall Cobb, wide receiver, Green Bay — Shoulder
Cobb is day-to-day with a shoulder injury he sustained in the most recent preseason game this past week. Cobb was set to become Green Bay’s No. 1 wide receiver option, but we will have to see how this injury pans out. He should be ready for Week 1 at this point, but just be cautious when drafting him because you never know, he could miss a little time with this shoulder injury if it lingers.
LeSean McCoy, running back, Buffalo — Hamstring
McCoy enters this season as a top 10 running back for the Bills, but he has sustained a hamstring injury this preseason so buyer beware when drafting him for your team. McCoy is looking to make an impact at the running back position, but hamstring injuries tend to linger around for longer than expected.
Kelvin Benjamin, wide receiver, Carolina — Torn ACL, out for season
Benjamin’s great rookie season is what makes you want to draft him to your team, but look out, he won’t even have a chance to try and repeat that performance this year as he suffered a torn ACL in the preseason. It’s such a shame because he was on track to be a top 10 wide receiver this year.
Alshon Jeffery, wide receiver, Chicago — Calf
Now, it’s unclear as to whether he will miss Week 1, but he remains sidelined and is day-to-day. It’s probably safe to draft him at this point as it seems like a minor injury, but as always, the Bears remain cautiously optimistic he will be able to play Week 1.
Arian Foster, running back, Houston — Groin
This is a murky injury situation with Foster. He sustained the injury around the beginning of August and it’s truly up in the air as to when he will return to action. Some have speculated he could miss up to six weeks, but recent reports have him questionable to return in Week 3.
Julian Edelman, wide receiver, New England — Ankle
Edelman hasn’t practiced since Aug. 2, but the feeling around the team is that he will return sooner rather than later. He’s probably safe to draft at this point, but just be aware he is slightly dinged-up going into the season even though the tight-lipped Patriots haven’t said much about his injury.
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