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2018 NFL Injury Guide: Randall Cobb

Brandon Bowers, DPT

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Name: Randall Cobb

Age: 27 years old

Team:  Green Bay Packers

 

2015 Stats:  16 games, 79 Rec, 829 Rec yds, 6 TD

2016 Stats: 13 games, 60 Rec, 610 Rec yds, 4 TD

2017 Stats: 15 games, 66 Rec, 653 Rec yds, 4 TD

2018 Projections: 16 games, 73 Rec, 758 Rec yds, 5 TD

Projected 2018 Fantasy Value:  WR32

 

Injury: Cobb was spotted wearing a walking boot on his right leg earlier this off-season.  As of July 18th, while he was hosting his youth football camp there was no sign of Cobb continuing to use the boot and he participated in some drills per Michael Cohen of the Athletic.  Cobb indicated he was dealing with an ankle injury, which required surgery during the off-season to removed damaged cartilage from his right ankle.  Cobb has participated off and on throughout training camp at this point in time.

 

What if he takes a helmet to his right ankle?

Following this procedure, Cobb’s ankle should be structurally good to go.  A blow to the ankle could cause additional soreness and potential additional injury unrelated to the initial cartilage damage.

2018 Health Outlook:  Cobb’s outlook for 2018 is bright.  There is a relatively low concern level moving forward with regards to his right ankle.  Cobb has had some trouble with his ankle during training camp as he has missed a handful of practice thus far, he also sat out the pre-season opener for the Packers.  

 

Risk of Re-Injury:  35% chance of re-injury.

 

Recommendations:  Cobb will be a safe pick in your fantasy football draft this season.  He has been a reliable target for Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay for years and should be just that again this season.  Take a quick look at how Cobb looks in training camp, as he should be good to go without any restrictions.  Draft Cobb with confidence to serve as a WR2 for your fantasy squat this season.

Update: Randall Cobb dealing with ankle soreness in the same ankle that he had surgery on 7 weeks ago for removal of some cartilage. This can be normal at this time given the increased demands put on during training camp. However, if this persists or the next 6 weeks, then you start worrying about long-term health of the ankle. Look for a slow start up for him through the month of September. Should be fine by October barring any other issues with the ankle-Dr. Parekh

Links:  http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/6497/randall-cobb, https://www.fantasypros.com/nfl/projections/randall-cobb.php, http://www.wbay.com/content/sports/Randall-Cobb-spotted-without-walking-boot-during-his-football-camp-488513591.html

 

Brandon Bowers, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy currently practicing in New Albany, Ohio on the northeast side of Columbus. Dr. Bowers completed his undergraduate studies at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan and went on to complete his graduate work at the University of Toledo. He is currently employed by Athletico Physical Therapy and his area of interests include orthopedics and sports physical therapy, with an emphasis on the overhead athlete. Dr. Bowers has had a passion for overhead sports his entire life, particularly baseball, and was on scholarship as a volleyball player in college. Originally, a central Ohio native, Dr. Bowers is an avid Cleveland sports, Columbus Blue Jackets and Ohio State Buckeyes fan and is excited to join The Fantasy Doctors' team.

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NFL Draft Guide 2019-D’Onta Foreman

Jesse Morse M.D.

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Foreman is coming off Achilles tendon surgery from late 2017, yes so its been well over a year. I knew, because of the bad data with these injuries, that Foreman would NOT be very effective in 2018. I told everyone who would listen that. Maybe you’ll listen this time.  So how did he do in 2018? He rushed a total of 8 times for 2 yards. Will he be better in 2019? Yes. How much better? That’s really anyone’s guess.

Achilles injuries. Let me rephrase that, Achilles injuries in NFL running backs. Bad combination. The data supports this statement. I really want Foreman to break the mold, and maybe he will. But until that happens, I want nothing to do with a RB coming off of an Achilles tear. Does he have a chance to be a sleeper in 2019? Yes, but it depends on what HOU does to its O-line. The good news is that the unexciting Lamar Miller is still on the team so Foreman doesn’t have much competition. Now he just needs to show that he got his ‘burst’ back. You’ve received a fair warning. At the appropriate risk/reward part of the draft,  Foreman could be a steal, just don’t draft him as your RB2 or RB3.

 

Injury Risk: High. 7/10.

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NFL Draft Guide 2019-Will Fuller

Jesse Morse M.D.

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Fuller has loads of talent, I don’t think there’s a question about that. The problem is he seems to get injured a bit too often. His games played since entering the league is heading in the wrong direction: 14 (in 2016) to 10 (in 2017) to only 7 games in 2018. Let’s review his injuries. In 2016 he suffered with hamstring injuries and then a knee sprain. In 2017 his season started off the wrong way; he missed the entire preseason and the first 3 games with a broken collarbone, then he missed 3 more games in November/December with broken ribs and finally had minor knee surgery after leaving Week 17 early with a left knee injury. Then last year he suffered a moderate hamstring strain in August, costing him the regular-season opener. Finally, Fuller tore his right ACL in late October. So over the past 3 years Fuller has injured his hamstring at least twice, broke his collarbone and multiple ribs, tweaked his left knee and tore his right ACL. Can you say injury prone? Whether he’s the #2 WR for Watson and the Texans, his risk is simply too high for me. I’m completely fading him in 2019 fantasy unless its at a serious discount. (like round 8 or later).

 

Injury Risk:  High. 7/10.

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NFL Draft Guide 2019-Marvin Jones

Jesse Morse M.D.

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The Detroit Lions’ Marvin Jones a season-ending knee injury in Week 10 and missed the team’s final 7 games. Finishing the season with 35 catches for 508 yards and 5 TDs. While the details are scarce, it appears that Jones underwent surgery on his right knee for a ‘bone bruise.’ But here’s the thing, bone bruises aren’t surgically treated. So there’s more to this picture than they are letting on. The initial comments by ESPN’s Adam Schefter stated that Jones had a bone bruise and that his ACL and MCL were intact, and Lions’ HC Patricia declined to give any additional information. Until more information comes out, all I can do is speculate. My suspicion is that Jones was dealing with a meniscal tear and possibly a grade 2 or 3 MCL tear. Neither are particularly concerning for him in 2019. If the ACL was torn, we would have known about it. And he would be out much longer than the Lions initially insinuated. To me, Jones is a solid WR3 with WR2 upside. The good news is that for the most part, Jones has been healthy and stayed injury-free for most of his career. However, there are lots of mouths to feed in the Detroit offense, especially if they go run-heavy. I’m not overly concerned about Jones’ knee injury, but of course that could all change if/when we learn exactly when his season-ending knee injury was.

 

Injury Risk:  Moderate. 4/10.

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