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Rashaad Penny has clean-up procedure on knee

Fantasy Football, NFL News
June 15, 2021

Injury Same knee as torn ACL in December 2019

Rashaad Penny also remains sidelined. Carroll said he had a clean-up procedure on the knee that suffered a torn ACL in Dec. 2019. Said he should be ready by training camp. “Rashaad is working out, doing a ton of stuff, but not quite ready to be out there where he’s reacting yet.” (Brady Henderson on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Penny has been dogged by injuries early in his NFL career, playing in only 27 games through three years. He’s expected to be ready by training camp but remains a risky late-round pick as Chris Carson’s backup. DeeJay Dallas, Travis Homer and Alex Collins are also in Seattle’s running back room.

Jonnu Smith missing practice with hamstring injury

Fantasy Football, NFL News
June 15, 2021

Injury Injury occurred on Monday

Jonnu Smith won’t practice today after suffering an apparent hamstring injury yesterday in practice, per source. (Jeff Howe on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Injuries during minicamp aren’t typically something to get excited about unless there of a serious nature. We’ll monitor Jonnu throughout the summer and expect him to be ready for training camp at the end of next month. Smith will be battling Hunter Henry for opportunities in the Patriots passing offense.

Falcons prepping Russell Gage for increased role

Fantasy Football, NFL News
June 11, 2021

“I understand my role may have increased, but I’m ready for it.”

With wide receiver Julio Jones off to Tennessee, the Falcons will count on Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage. “Russ has worked a lot in the slot, but like with all of our skill players, it’s our job to as coaches to push down with these guys and see what they can handle,” Smith said. “Russell has done a nice job in the slot, but we’ve moved Russell all over the place. Then we’ve got to make decisions as we get closer to the season. … We envision Russ playing multiple spots.” (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Nerdy Football Analysis: With Julio now catching passes from Ryan Tannehill, someone is going to have to step up in the Falcons offense. TE Kyle Pitts is expected to fill some of the vacated Julio targets but Gage should be first wideout in line to see a boost in production. He’s an ideal late-round selection in drafts and should fly under the radar throughout the summer.

Minor foot surgery for Calvin Ridley

Fantasy Football, NFL News
June 9, 2021

Injury Should be fine for camp

#Falcons WR Calvin Ridley recently underwent minor foot surgery from Dr Robert Anderson in Green Bay, source said. A little cleanup. No participation in minicamp, but should be fine for training camp. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Head coach declined to comment on Ridley’s absence during minicamp. This doesn’t sound serious and should only ring alarm bells if Ridley is sitting out practice once camp begins at the end of July. Ridley is top receiving option in Atlanta now that Julio Jones has moved on to Tennesee.

Amari Cooper working through ankle injury

Fantasy Football, NFL News
June 9, 2021

Injury Expected to be ready for camp

Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said WR Amari Cooper “is still working through” ankle injury, hence why he hasn’t practiced this spring. McCarthy “hopeful” that Cooper will be ready for start of training camp. Cooper had surgery this offseason. (Michael Gehlken on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Cooper’s surgery occurred in early January and there’s been no indication that he won’t be ready for camp. Cooper is entering his 7th season and has been very consistent since coming to Dallas with fantasy finishes of WR22, WR15 and WR22 in PPR leagues the last three seasons. A solid WR2.