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IDP Injury Watch

by Jeff Ratcliffe
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:09 pm ET

We’ve all been there. Our draft is rolling along, and then one of our league mates selects a player who just got injured. Maybe they’re even on injured reserved. In a lot of leagues, if you draft a player, you’re stuck with him. So don’t be that guy. Make sure you’re always reading the Rotoworld news feed for the most recent updates.

 

With training camp in full swing, here are the most important IDP injuries worth monitoring:

 

Injured Reserve

Sean Weatherspoon

A ruptured Achilles’ tendon in early-June landed Weatherspoon on injured reserve. While you’re obviously not worrying about him this season, this news is bad for Weatherspoon’s long-term fantasy outlook. He already appeared to be losing range last season, and this injury certainly doesn’t help the cause. I’d be very cautious about my expectations for Weatherspoon in dynasty leagues.

 

Kiko Alonso

Last year’s breakout rookie IDP tore his left ACL while working out in the offseason. Alonso was given a 7-9 month recovery timetable, meaning he’ll miss 2014 but will be ready to roll for OTAs next season. It’s looking very likely that Nigel Bradham starts sees a three-down role in Alonso’s place.

 

Sean Lee

A Lee injury now seems like an annual rite of passage. This year, he tore his left ACL in early-June and will miss the entire season. When healthy, Lee is one of the most dynamic linebackers in the league. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to put together a full season as a starter. I still think there’s hope for Lee in the future, but his injury history is cause for concern in dynasty formats.

 

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Be Concerned

Jon Beason

Like Sean Lee, Beason is a player we almost expect to show up on the injury list. He’s been sidelined since June with a torn ligament and fractured sesamoid bone in his right foot. Beason is on pace to be back for Week 1, but an injury already isn’t a good sign. While Beason certainly still offers loads of IDP upside, the downside of his injury history is enough reason to pass him over on draft day.

 

Anthony Spencer

The veteran Spencer hasn’t seen action since Week 2 of last season when he managed to play 38 snaps. Shortly thereafter, he went under the knife for microfracture surgery on his knee and finished the year on injured reserve. Spencer says his knee is getting stronger, but he opened camp on active/PUP and is a candidate for the reserve/PUP list to start the season. While Spencer is a strong pass rusher on the field, there’s a good chance he remains sidelined until at least the middle of the season.

 

Watch Closely

Demarcus Lawrence

The brutal Cowboys defense got even worse after Lawrence broke his foot early in camp. Lawrence was given an 8-10 week recovery timetable, so he should be back early in the season. It’s worth monitoring the rookie’s status. With Dallas being paper thin at defensive end, he could be thrust into an every-down role when he returns.

 

Brian Cushing

One of the league’s more frequently injured players, Cushing is rehabbing a broken fibula and a torn LCL and opened camp on the active/PUP list. It’s likely the Texans are just taking their time with Cushing, but it’s still worth keeping an eye on. He should be ready to go by Week 1.

 

Tyrann Mathieu

Mathieu tore his ACL and LCL in Week 14 last season, but has been on target with his rehab all offseason. There’s a chance he starts the season on the reserve/PUP list, but signs are pointing to him being ready to roll by early-October.

 

NaVorro Bowman

The 49ers all-world linebacker sustained a torn ACL and MCL in the playoffs last season, and will be placed on the reserve/PUP list to open the season. The absolute earliest Bowman could return is Week 7, but we’re much more likely to see him come back in Week 9 following the 49ers’ bye. Carrying Bowman for that long on your roster is risky, but if you decide to, you may want to look at Michael Wilhoite for replacement production. Wilhoite will start in place of Bowman, and has had a good showing in the preseason.

 

Minor Concern

Von Miller

Like Mathieu and Bowman, Miller suffered a late-season torn ACL, but he’s a little further along in his recovery. Miller was cleared for limited work to open camp, but will be held out of contact until the Broncos’ third preseason game. Still, this is all great news, and Miller appears to be on target to play in Week 1.

 

Morgan Burnett

A strained oblique sidelined Burnett early in camp and kept him out of the Packers’ preseason opener against the Titans. He’s currently listed as week to week, but this isn’t enough to push Burnett down your board just yet.

 

Calvin Pryor

The rookie first-rounder sustained a concussion in the first week of camp and was held out of the Jets’ first preseason game. However, this was likely a precautionary move as he has been cleared for contact. Pryor is one of our favorite upside DB2s.

 

Tashaun Gipson

Gipson sprained his left knee in early August and is considered week-to-week. This is a minor injury for the young safety who is coming off a breakout season where he racked up 95 total tackles

Jeff Ratcliffe
Jeff Ratcliffe is a football writer and IDP analyst for Rotoworld as well as the Assistant Managing Editor of Pro Football Focus Fantasy. He can be found on Twitter.