By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Last week was a rough one for injuries, seeing some top starters going down with injury and being lost for the year. It is never a good time for injuries, but late-season injuries can really be jarring to fantasy teams. It is hard to find a replacement late in the year. Here is to hoping you didn't get impacted too much by the injuries from last week. Here is the latest injury news from around the league. . . . .
A.J. Green, WR, Bengals. Green is done for the season, getting placed on Injured Reserve because of a toe injury. He will need surgery on the injury but the good news is he should be ready to go for next season. This brings a disappointing end to Green's season. Tyler Boyd will serve as the No. 1 for the Bengals going forward.
Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Bears. Trubisky is expected to return to the starting lineup this week after missing the last two games because of a shoulder injury. He is throwing the ball better and is on pace to play, barring a late-week setback.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos. Sanders suffered a torn Achilles in practice Wednesday, ending his season. He has a long road back and might not be ready for the start of next year. As for the rest of this season, Courtland Sutton becomes the No. 1 receiver for the Broncos and should see an increase in targets.
Doug Martin, RB, Raiders. Martin has a new injury, dealing with some sort of knee injury. The injury is considered minor, though, and he was able to practice to start the week. Expectations are he should be able to play Week 14, but keep an eye on the player notes for the latest.
Sam Darnold, QB, Jets. Darnold seemed close to a return last week but sat out the game. He is already practicing in full to start this week, which is a great sign. His foot injury finally seems to be in good order. He should return to the starting lineup for the Jets in Week 14.
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Jets. Crowell is out of practice to start the week because of some sort of toe injury. We aren't sure the severity of the injury just yet, so keep an eye on the notes for the latest. He is looking a little iffy right now. Elijah McGuire and Trenton Cannon would split the work if Crowell misses the game.
James Conner, RB, Steelers. Conner suffered what many believe is a high-ankle sprain last week. He is going to miss some time with this one. He has already been ruled out for this week. Jaylen Samuels is expected to start for the Steelers with Stevan Ridley also getting work as the top backup.
Evan Engram, TE, Giants. Engram is nearing a return from his hamstring injury. He is back practicing on a limited basis this week and looks to return Week 14, barring a late-week setback.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Bucs. Jackson continues to deal with a thumb injury. He is yet to practice this week and is looking doubtful to play Week 14. Get other options ready. Chris Godwin will have an expanded role if Jackson misses the game.
Kerryon Johnson, RB, Lions. Johnson remains out of action because of a knee injury. He is still not practicing and hasn't played in several weeks. He is expected to miss another game this week, leaving LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick to handle most of the work at running back for the Lions.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Chiefs. Watkins continues to deal with a foot injury, which has kept him out of action the last few weeks. He is practicing on a limited basis this week and is nearing a return. He has a shot to come back this week but consider him a game-time decision for now.
Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers. The Chargers are holding out hope Gordon can return from his knee injury this week but is looking pretty iffy right now. He is not practicing to start the week. He will need to get in some practice before the week is out if Gordon hopes to play. Keep an eye on the player notes for the latest. For now, consider Gordon likely to miss another week of action.
Michael Thomas, WR, Saints. Thomas is out of practice to start the week because of some sort of ankle injury. We aren't sure the severity of his injury just yet, but it isn't a great sign Thomas was completely held out of practice. We'll know more later in the week but get other options ready.
D'Onta Foreman, RB, Texans. Foreman was finally activated from Injured Reserve and is practicing full this week. He seems fully recovered from his Achilles' injury and has a shot to return this week. He likely will be eased into action but could be the top backup for the team before long.
The San Francisco 49ers agreed to terms on a three-year, $8.7 million deal with running back Raheem Mostert on Saturday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The deal will include $3 million guaranteed. Mostert spent the last two years with San Fran, compiling 40 rushing attempts, 291 yards and a touchdown in 20 games. He'll be buried on the depth chart behind Jerick McKinnon, Matt Breida and newly-signed Tevin Coleman, so Mostert is unlikely to have any fantasy value.
The Tennessee Titans released quarterback Blaine Gabbert after they traded for Ryan Tannehill on Friday. Gabbert's only season in Tennessee in 2018 saw him make three starts while filling in for an injured Marcus Mariota. Gabbert spent 2017 with the Cardinals, three in San Francisco before that and three years in Jacksonville after being drafted 10th overall in 2010. He'll only attract backup work on the open market.
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed free-agent wide receiver Chris Conley to an undisclosed deal on Saturday, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. The team also signed offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi and linebacker Jake Ryan. Conley spent the first four years of his career with the Chiefs and started 34 of 53 games while catching 104 passes for 1,238 yards and six touchdowns. The 26-year-old will likely compete for a role with the Jags and won't be fantasy relevant.
The Atlanta Falcons agreed to terms on an undisclosed one-year deal with free-agent tight end Logan Paulsen on Saturday. Paulsen returns to Atlanta, where he had only nine catches for 91 yards and one touchdown in 15 games in his first season with the Falcons last year. He should not be on anyone's fantasy radar as mostly a blocking tight end behind pass-catcher Austin Hooper and Luke Stocker.
The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed tight end Tyler Eifert to an undisclosed one-year deal on Saturday, a source told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The 28-year-old former first-rounder has been hurt by injuries over the course of his six-year career in the NFL and has played in more than eight games in just two seasons. He missed the final 12 games in 2018 with a broken ankle, although he's expected to be ready for organized team activities this spring. Eifert played in only 14 games since his Pro Bowl season in 2015, and fantasy owners are now staying away from him altogether most likely. With C.J. Uzomah also re-signing, Eifert will have to prove to both the Bengals and fantasy owners that he can stay on the field.
The Washington Redskins are expected to sign free-agent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to an undisclosed deal, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. DRC announced his retirement just five months ago but has decided to give it another go. He'll be reunited with former Giants teammate Landon Collins, so signed a six-year deal this week. Rodgers-Cromartie will turn 33 on April 7, and it's fair to wonder how much he has left physically. He has plenty of experience and is expected to offer cornerback depth on a team that also has Josh Norman.
The Oakland Raiders signed free-agent wide receiver J.J. Nelson to an undisclosed deal on Friday. Nelson spent the last four seasons with the Cardinals and caught 81 passes for 1,439 yards in 56 career games. The former fifth-rounder had his worst season in 2018, though, catching just seven passes for 64 yards and no scores in 14 games in Arizona's inept offense. The speedster does boast 17.8 yards per catch in his career and will provide another deep threat in Oakland alongside Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams after the team released veteran Jordy Nelson.
The Tennessee Titans acquired quarterback Ryan Tannehill from the Miami Dolphins on Friday and signed him to a one-year deal worth $7 million guaranteed and worth up to $12 million with incentives. The Dolphins will receive a seventh-round pick in this year's draft and a 2020 fourth-round pick in exchange. Tennessee will also get a 2019 sixth-rounder. Tannehill, a former eighth overall pick in 2012, never lived up to his draft status while going 42-46 over six seasons in Miami. He has a career 62.8 completion percentage and an 87 passer rating and will have zero fantasy appeal as Marcus Mariota's backup in his new digs. The rebuilding Dolphins are likely to look to the draft for their next signal-caller, especially after Teddy Bridgewater elected to re-sign with the Saints this week.
The Denver Broncos re-signed tight end Jeff Heuerman to a two-year deal worth up to $9 million on Friday, a source told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The former third-round pick in 2015 played in just 11 games due to injury last year and caught a career-high 31 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns in his third NFL season. Unless the Broncos add to the position in the draft or free agency, Heuerman will likely be the starter at the position. New quarterback Joe Flacco has targeted tight ends often in his career, so Heuerman could be a TE2 deep sleeper this year.
The Cincinnati Bengals signed free-agent offensive guard John Miller to a three-year, $16.5 million deal on Friday, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Miller started 47 games the last four years at right guard with the Bills and will likely be viewed as an upgrade over Alex Redmond at the spot in 2019. Cincy also re-signed right tackle Brian Hart to a three-year deal earlier in the week to shore up their offensive line. Quarterbacks Andy Dalton and Jeff Driskel were sacked a combined 37 times last year.
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed free-agent tight end Geoff Swaim to an undisclosed deal on Friday. Ben Koyack and Pharoah McKever are the only other tight ends on roster as of now, so Swaim could become a big part of the offense in 2019. A seventh-round pick by the Cowboys in 2015, Swaim has 35 career catches for 336 yards and one touchdown in four seasons. He caught a career-high 26 passes for 242 yards and a score last year. Quarterback Nick Foles and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo have leaned on the tight end in the past, but Swaim is still likely to be more of a fantasy afterthought.
The New York Jets signed free-agent kicker Chandler Catanzaro to an undisclosed deal on Friday. Catanzaro spent the 2017 season with Gang Green before spending time with the Panthers and Buccaneers last year. He made a career-low 73 percent of his field-goal tries in 13 games in 2018, including going 2-for-2 from 50-plus yards. He represents a downgrade from Pro Bowler Jason Myers a year ago and can be avoided for fantasy purposes.
Updating an immediate report, Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt will not appeal his eight-game suspension.
The NFL has suspended Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt for eight games for violating its personal conduct policy. Hunt violated the personal conduct policy while he was a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, which led to his release in November. The Browns took a chance on the running back, signing him to a one-year contract in February. While Hunt is suspended, running backs Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson will be asked to lead the backfield, although there have been persistent rumors that the team would like to trade Johnson. When he does return from suspension, Hunt's role in the team's backfield is unclear.
Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt was suspended eight games Friday, March 15, for violating the personal conduct policy, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: Hunt can still appeal the ruling, but he's gone for 75 percent of the fantasy season in a lot of leagues. You're really going to have to be lucky avoiding the injury bug if you're going to carry him as an RB5 all season. There is obvious risk of rust and obvious reward for the latter part of the season and playoffs. Nick Chubb will be an RB2 or RB3 in Hunt's stead.
Free-agent PK Chandler Catanzaro (Panthers) signed an undisclosed deal with the New York Jets Friday, March 15.
Free-agent DT Steve McLendon re-signed with the New York Jets on Thursday, March 14, agreeing to an undisclosed contract.
Free-agent WR Chris Hogan (Patriots) and his representatives have been in contact with the New York Giants, according to a source.
Free-agent S Eric Berry has reportedly been told he should be able to play through the ankle problems that plagued him in 2018, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.
Free-agent LB Shaquil Barrett (Broncos) visited with the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, March 14.