Fantasy Football Morning Buzz: August 12
Published: Aug 12, 2021
Dak To Get An MRI
The headline invokes panic but the Cowboys say there's nothing wrong with Dak Prescott. The quarterback is set to get an MRI on his right shoulder on Monday when the team breaks camp this weekend. Prescott did some light throwing this week and insists he will be ready for the season opener in Tampa Bay on Sept. 9. Prescott said he felt good throwing and didn't want to stop when the medical staff told him. Prescott injured the shoulder in practice on July 28 and hasn't practiced since. Prescott said there's no setback, he's on a pitch count and he's not throwing at full strength by design. Still, getting an MRI isn't the best sign.
Good News on Wentz
The original timeline for Carson Wentz to return was 5-12 weeks after he had surgery on his foot on August 2 and reports yesterday indicated Wentz could be ready by Week 1 along with center Quenton Nelson, who had the same surgery. Wentz was at training camp Tuesday without a walking boot and wasn't limping. It's still early and the Colts will know more next week, but the early signs are positive. Jacob Eason and Sam Ehlinger are competing to be the backup.
Jones Getting Praise
The Rams haven't added any running backs to the roster since Cam Akers went down with a season-ending injury. Darrell Henderson is the lone back on the roster to play a snap in the NFL. While Henderson is the lead back, there has been talk of monitoring his workload to keep him healthy. Rams coach Sean McVay has been impressed with Xavier Jones, who played on special teams last season. McVay thinks Jones can carve out a role and be counted on all season. Jones is worth taking late in deeper formats as the potential backup to Henderson.
Down Goes Bateman
Rashod Bateman will miss a “number of weeks,” according to Ravens coach John Harbaugh. The first-round pick has a soft tissue injury. The wide receiver has been dealing with abdominal and core muscle injuries throughout training camp. Harbaugh is hopeful Bateman will be ready for the opener on Sept. 13 in Las Vegas. Bateman will miss valuable practice time as he acclimates to the NFL. Bateman was having a good training camp. Quarterback Lamar Jackson has missed time due to COVID-19 and he's had one practice with Bateman. He's at best a final round or two pick.
Moss Dealing With Hamstring
Bills running back Zack Moss missed practice on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury he had in practice Tuesday. Moss has been the best back in Bills camp and has been going in the middle rounds of drafts. Hamstring injuries are always concerning and the Bills will take it easy with Moss.
Schultz Hurt In Practice
Dalton Schultz filled in well when Cowboys tight end Blake Jarwin was injured last season. Jarwin tore his ACL in Week 1 last season and Schultz had 63 receptions for 615 yards with four touchdowns, creating a potential competition for tight end snaps. Schultz left practice early Wednesday with an ankle injury. It isn't believed to be serious, but there's no timeline for a return.