Football season never really ends anymore.
With the coverage received by the NFL Scouting Combine, free agency and the NFL Draft, the NFL offseason never is a dull place. Before you know it, rookies and veterans alike will be reporting to camps all across the nation in preparation for the 2008 season.
Some of those players are healthy, and some of them are not. Monday morning rehab takes a look at the not-so-healthy among those players, particularly the players with fantasy value for those of you in keeper and/or dynasty leagues. Hit the jump for this week’s updates.
Jeremy Shockey [TE, Giants]
Jeremy Shockey (broken fibula) has shed his walking boot and been cleared for the Giants’ offseason program.
The offseason program starts on March 31. Shockey remains highly unlikely to be traded. He is a far superior all-around player to Kevin Boss.
It is good to see Shockey ahead of schedule with his rehab, but the bigger story floating around this week was his name being dropped in trade discussions. The New Orleans Saints approached the Giants about acquiring Shockey. According to some Saints’ fan message boards, the Giants were looking for a first-round pick in exchange for Shockey. But the Giants rejected any offer made the Saints or any other team.
It remains doubtful that he will be traded at this point and will most likely return to the Giants next year to split time with rising talent Kevin Boss.
Terry Glenn [WR, Cowboys]
From Dallas Morning News:
(Jerry) Jones was then asked about Terry Glenn’s future.
“My gut and my feel is he’s going to come back and play without surgery,” said Jones, a feeling he said he’s gotten from Glenn. “I haven’t had the opportunity to visit with him. But I’ve had it through third party and got a sense for how he’s feeling right now, which is good news.”
Glenn is far from being a contributing wide receiver again in the NFL. Rumors that the Cowboys are trying to acquire recently-cut Javon Walker or free agent Randy Moss show how little faith Dallas has in Glenn’s chances of returning to form.
If Glenn is able to come back next year and play, he likely would be no better than the No. 3 wide receiver on the field. He may have to battle — and beat — Patrick Crayton, however, to be the No. 3 guy if the Cowboys do acquire another wide receiver via free agency or the draft.
Michael Bush [RB, Raiders]
The “word is” Michael Bush’s leg is completely healed and he’ll compete for playing time this year, according to the Denver Post.
Bush was actually healthy late in 2007, but Oakland never took him off PUP. The Post adds that he may wind up sharing time with Justin Fargas. That will be Bush’s upside after the Raiders re-signed Fargas to a three-year deal. Surprisingly, Oakland hasn’t cut LaMont Jordan or Dominic Rhodes yet.
Bush had a good college career before succumbing to injuries and was taken as a project by the Oakland Raiders in the 2007 draft. The runningback position is crowed in Oakland with four backs competing for one spot. A fifth back may be added if the rumors that the Raiders are interested in drafting Arkansas’ runningback Darren McFadden in the first round come true.
Kevin Jones [RB, Lions]
From The Grand Rapids Press:
Yes, of course, the Lions need help in the backfield. Kevin Jones is coming off a torn knee ligament and likely won’t be ready for the start of the season.
The story here is that Kevin Jones, a once-promising NFL runningback, is unlikely to be ready for the 2008 season and may never truly compete for a starting job again.
The Lions may address the runningback position in free agency or the draft this offseason. Detroit lost out to Atlanta in the Michael Turner sweepstakes, but other runners — Julius Jones comes to mind — still are available who could do well as the Lions’ starter.