What makes this all the more concerning is Oher suffered the concussion in Week 2, and still has not been cleared. The Panthers figure to address the offensive line in the wake of this news during the off-season.
With the Super Bowl over a week away, and Gostkowski being one of the best kickers in the league, there is no reason to believe he will not play on February 5th. Gostkowski finished as a top ten kicker in 2016 for fantasy, and should be targeted as such heading into 2017.
This makes the second offseason in a row that he will have gone under the knife to repair a shoulder ailment as he had his right shoulder operated on last year. This year its his left shoulder being fixed after he missed the last two games of the regular season. Crawford is expected to be ready for training camp but there is some questions as to whether he has his starting role intact or if David Irving or a newcomer will take that role from the 2012 draft pick.
Mitchell ended up missing two games late in the season due to a knee injury and it appears as though he is taking things easy in practice today as he participated in a limited basis. With another week and a half to go until the Super Bowl, it makes sense that Mitchell would use the additional time to rest up and heal in an effort to be one-hundred percent for the Super Bowl. The rookie wideout from Georgia came on strong in the second half of the season, catching four touchdowns in a three-game span.
Bennett has been dealing with a lingering ankle injury for much of this season and it appears as though he was limited in practice today due to the injury. Bennett has shown immense toughness this year and has played through the injury, albeit to varying degrees of success, and he will certainly be available for the Patriots against the Falcons. The 29-year-old caught five passes for 32 yards against the Steelers, and with an additional week to help him nurse his ankle injury, he could be in for a big day against the Falcons.
It's been widely reported that Julio Jones would not practice at all this week, so it's not surprising that Jones was sidelined today with his toe injury. The standout receiver is in no way in jeopardy of missing out on the Super Bowl but the Falcons are having him rest this week in hopes that he will be fully healthy against New England. The Patriots will surely be thinking of ways to scheme and take Jones out of the game, and with Malcolm Butler likely covering him, this will be a must-see matchup next Sunday.
Hogan has been dealing with a thigh injury for the last few weeks, and it looked like the injury was bothering him during last Sunday's game, but he practiced on a limited basis today. There's no way that Hogan will miss out on the Super Bowl for a minor thigh issue, so it looks as though the Patriots are trying to let him rest up a bit and heal before they head down to Houston. The former Buffalo Bill stole the show against the Steelers, catching nine passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns.
The first round draft pick for the Redskins is still yet to be cleared for any running activity. A season which only lasted two games for Doctson before his Achilles injury will look to be ready for training camp for the 2017 season.
After appearing in just nine games this season, Lawrence will look to get back to 100-percent for the 2017 campaign by electing to get back surgery. Lawrence was great in his sophomore season accumulating eight sacks, but wasn't nearly healthy enough this season to replicate that.
Lang appears to have hurt his foot or Achilles during a routine run block and he was carted back to the locker room. The injury appears to be fairly serious and Lang actually broke the same foot that appears to be injured, which is not a good sign. He will almost certainly be out for the rest of the game.
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