After months of waiting, the wheels of the fantasy football machine have finally started to gain actual steam as 2022 NFL Training Camp rolls on. Unfortunately, that type of motion also means the start of real NFL injuries. That’s why it’s our job to stay up-to-date on the most recent NFL news and rumors so that we can make sure our fantasy football rankings have factored in the most recent information. Any NFL injury or Training Camp news item can affect fantasy football ADP as your prepare for your own fantasy football drafts. In today's NFL Training Camp report, we have an update on Deshaun Watson's suspension, Matthew Stafford's elbow injury, and Najee Harris' role in the Pittsburgh Steelers offense. Plus, a recent NFL trade could impact fantasy football projections ahead of the 2022 NFL season. Here’s a quick look at some fantasy football advice surrounding for the going-ons from yesterday around NFL training camps so that you are on the right page. Don't forget to check out Fantasy Alarm's FREE Fantasy Football Draft Guide.



NFL Training Camp News August 10

Deshaun Watson Suspension Update

On a more serious note, Roger Goodell and the NFL had some things to say to reporters this week – none of which was good for Deshaun Watson. They essentially reiterated that they believe Watson “committed multiple violations” with “egregious” and “predatory behavior” based on the evidence they have seen. Goodell and the NFL still believe that Watson should be subject to a suspension that could last the entire season and are committing to that with the appeal.

Steelers Looking to Reduce Workload for Najee Harris

There were some rumblings about this earlier in the season, some of it from Harris himself. But now some highly specific comments have come out from running back coach Eddie Faulkner that got down into the minutia of it. Whether via analytics, team doctors, or some other equation, it seems the Pittsburgh Steelers' RB coach has “figured out” that Najee Harris needs to be off the field for seven extra snaps per game compared to 2021. We don’t like hearing that for fantasy football purposes, but we have to keep in mind that Najee already had the biggest workload of any running back. So, even a slightly reduced workload is likely to keep Smith within the upper echelon of running back usage.

Jamaal Williams is All of Us on Hard Knocks

If this speech by Jamaal Williams doesn’t get you FIRED up for some football, I don’t know what will.

It’s a blessing that we get to watch Williams and the Detroit Lions on HBO’s Hard Knocks this year. Williams is a player who once compared himself to Spongebob Squarepants and Olaf (from Frozen) when playing in inclement weather conditions. In the past, the running back has also gone viral for comparing himself to an ex-girlfriend with his switch from Green Bay to Detroit and his fondness for anime. This guy is an absolute gem.


Soreness for Matthew Stafford & Kyler Murray

In a previous Training Camp report, we noted that Matthew Stafford was dealing with elbow tendonitis. Though he returned to Los Angeles Rams practice on a limited basis, some still believe this elbow issue could present a long-term problem.  Now, on top of that, Kyler Murray is reportedly dealing with wrist soreness. Murray might not have played much in the preseason anyway but, with this issue, reporters are claiming that he's now certain to stay out of every exhibition match for the Arizona Cardinals.

NFL Injuries: Incoming and Outgoing

  • Mekhi Becton suffered an avulsion fracture of the right knee cap. He’s likely out for the season. Tough break for the New York Jets offensive line.
  • Jakeem Grant was slated to be the return man for both punts and kicks for the Cleveland Browns, but it has been confirmed that he tore his Achilles in camp yesterday. Grant is now out for the season.
  • Darren Waller has not practiced since July 30th. There is no definitive report on what the injury is for the Las Vegas Raiders tight end. Last season, he missed games with an ankle injury and IT band issues.
  • Christian Kirk rolled his ankle and left practice. The Arizona Cardinals wide receiver is expected to be fine, but he was working off to the side as of Wednesday morning. 
  • Russell Gage pulled his hamstring running a route. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver is expected to be day-to-day.

NFL Trade Alert! Houston Texans Acquire Adam Shaheen

Dolphins tight end Adam Shaheen was traded to the Houston Texans for a 6th-round pick. The primary blocking tight end is more of a threat to guys like Antony Auclair than he is to pass-catchers, but it seems to solidify the Texans' commitment to two-tight end sets. The initial depth chart Houston released listed two tight ends on the first line – Pharoah Brown and Brevin Jordan.



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