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49ers running back LaMichael James is expected to miss at least one month with a dislocated left elbow. This is not what the 49ers wanted as they already lost Kendall Hunter to a torn ACL. Frank Gore, Carlos Hyde, and Jewel Hampton are now the only healthy backs on this team. Gore and Hyde are the only ones with fantasy value at this moment. When James' returns he's expected to be the No. 3 RB on the depth chart.
According to ESPN.com, Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts sustained a Grade 2 hamstring strain in Friday's practice. This is more serious than initially reported. Shorts is expected to miss at least two weeks. Shorts is beginning to get in the injury prone category. He underwent groin surgery in December. He also dealt with calf and hamstring during offseason workouts. This is definitely something to keep an eye on.
Saints running back Mark Ingram opened training camp as the first-team running back, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Coach Sean Payton said that Ingram is "one of our starters." "He's a guy that we felt played very well in the last half of the season," Payton said of Ingram. "It's a position where we obviously carry depth, because it's a position that gets nicked up." Pierre Thomas practiced with the second team. We expect that Thomas will be the most productive back of the bunch, but we also expect the Saints to use a multi back backfield approach as they do every season.
According to ESPN, Colts running back Trent Richardson is sitting out of camp with a hamstring injury. It does not appear serious, but hamstrings injuries tend to linger. Ahmad Bradshaw is practicing with the first team. The Colts already loss Vick Ballard for the season, so they’ll likely take it easy with Richardson. We will keep you posted on his status as we hear it.
Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts had to leave Friday's training camp practice early with hamstring tightness, according to Mark Long on Twitter. Shorts was not able to participate in most of the OTAs and minicamp due to hamstring issues. This is definitely a little concerning and fantasy owners should keep a close eye on his status. We will keep you posted on the situation as we hear it.
According to Bob Holtzman on twitter, the "feeling in the locker room" is that Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer will start in Week 1. "We're all expecting Hoyer to start," one player told Holtzman. We will keep you update on this QB battle throughout training camp and the preseason.
According Stephen Holder on twitter, Colts running back Vick Ballard was carted off the field during Friday's practice. He suffered a left ankle injury running a pass route and was unable to put weight on it. We will keep you posted on his status as we hear it.