Everyone knows yesterday was the Memorial Day holiday, which is why this week’s MMR is coming at you today, Tuesday.
Hope everyone got their fill of sunshine and BBQ this weekend. I had plenty of both to go along with all kinds of heat (90+ degrees every day).
Onto football news, a good bit of injury information came out in the last week about some of the NFL’s bigger stars. Hit the jump to visit this week’s M(Tu)MR.
Andre Johnson [WR, Texans]
From the Houston Chronicle:
Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson will miss the entire month of OTA sessions after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Thursday.
Johnson was having lingering problems with the knee injury that knocked him out of seven games last season. The Texans were hopeful that surgery wouldn’t be necessary this offseason, but when it bothered Johnson during mini-camp two weeks ago, the surgery was scheduled.
Ahhhh. I really want to like Andre Johnson, but this injury business just scares me.
Dude was a beast when he was on the field last season. But he missed too many games for fantasy owners to rely on him for the season. Things are not looking good for 2008 with this news, but hopefully he can bounce back quickly and have a solid, injury-free training camp.
Travis Henry [RB, Broncos]
Broncos running back Travis Henry, who staved off a one-year suspension for violation of the substance abuse policy in 2007 and who took a pay cut to avoid being released earlier this year, will miss the team’s offseason workouts this week due to a hamstring injury.
Henry pulled the muscle on Friday while running 100-yard dashes as part of the team’s strength and conditioning program.
It is hamstring injury season. Seems like all kinds of guys get hamstring strains or pulls this time of year, so I would not worry too much about this right now.
What I would worry about is Henry’s age and ability to maintain his status as the starting runningback in Denver.
Jeremy Shockey [TE, Giants]
From The Star Ledger:
And finally, when asked about Shockey’s recovery from a broken leg, Pope said he heard he’s coming along well and is running in the sand pits in Miami to strengthen his legs.
“He gets hurt, but he’s a quick healer because he pushes himself,” Pope said.
Again, there has been more news this offseason about Shockey’s potential future suitors, like New Orleans, than his recovery from injury.
Maybe because there has not been as much news about Shockey’s rehab compared to the trade rumors, but no news might be good news for Shockey’s leg.
Ronnie Brown [RB, Dolphins]
The Dolphins tailback tandem of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams both carried the ball during Wednesday’s organized team activity and appear on pace to participate in July’s training camp.
Both tailbacks, which suffered season-ending injuries in 2007, worked with the first-team offensive line, but Brown had his participation limited during team drills that featured limited contact.
However, Brown made sharp cuts on the surgically-repaired right knee he injured against the Patriots back in October. It generally takes nine to 12 months for an ACL injury to fully heal and he seems on schedule.
Brown continues to recover without setback, which is excellent news for keeper and dynasty owners with Brown on their rosters (myself included).
Hopefully he can continue his strong rehab into training camp.
Tony Scheffler [TE, Broncos]
From the Denver Post:
A year later, Broncos tight end Tony Scheffler continues to be bothered by a left foot injury.
Two NFL sources said Scheffler is wearing a boot on his foot and will be out four weeks after experiencing recurring soreness in the foot he broke during last year’s passing camp.
If only this guy could stay healthy, he could be one of the better fantasy tight ends in the league. But injuries continue to plague his existence in the NFL, debilitating his value.
Steven Jackson [RB, Rams]
Rams RB Steven Jackson reportedly turned his ankle in practice late last week and missed time on Thursday and Friday. Head coach Scott Linehan said the injury is not serious. We’ll monitor the situation.
Not a hamstring injury, so this is slightly more concerning. But it still is early in the offseason and Jackson proved last year he could bounce back quickly from injury.
I would not worry too much about this for now, but if it comes up during training camp I might take notice.
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