It’s never too early to check in on player injury statuses ahead of the 2022 season, and our news desk has you covered. Let’s take a look at the latest injury news and notes around the NFL.
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Chris Godwin (ACL) returns to practice
According to Greg Auman, Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin has returned to practice. (Source: Greg Auman on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: This marks Chris Godwin’s first practice with the team since tearing his ACL in last season’s Week 15 loss to the Saints. Godwin returning this early is a great sign for his fantasy value, as it likely means he could be ready to go when Week 1 comes around. The former Penn State Nittany Lion was WR6 in full-PPR leagues before his 2021 season was cut short, so he’ll look to pick up right where he left off. Godwin saw 9.1 targets per game, which was good enough for the 10th most in the NFL. The additions of Julio Jones and Russell Gage will be offset by the losses of Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski, so target share should not decrease for the sixth-year pro. Godwin is currently being drafted as WR21, but his ADP will skyrocket if the team confirms he will be ready for the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
– Brock Anderson
Mike Evans has ‘minor hamstring injury’
According to Jordan Schultz, Buccaneers WR Mike Evans suffered a “minor hamstring injury” during the team’s Friday training camp session. (Source: Jordan Schultz on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Schultz added that “there’s nothing to worry about” in regard to Evans’ injury, indicating that he should be back on the practice field sooner rather than later. Evans has plenty of time to get back to 100% with the season opener still over a month away.
– Brock Anderson
Rashod Bateman misses practice
Rashod Bateman, who is dealing with an undisclosed minor injury, did not practice Friday. (Source: baltimoreravens.com)
Fantasy Impact: Bateman sitting out practice seems to be solely a precautionary decision with coach John Harbaugh stating the WR probably could have practiced, but he also said it’s possible he could be held out of Saturday’s practice, too. That being said, Bateman is the clear-cut No. 1 WR for the Ravens, so it’s not surprising they’re being vigilant when it comes to his health. But, the wideout’s status will definitely be one to monitor on a day-to-day basis until he’s back practicing in full. As for fantasy purposes, the sophomore has the opportunity to be a high-end WR2 with immense upside as one of Lamar Jackson’s primary targets.
– Evan Ritter
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