Jones-Drew had Lisfranc ailment: According to a report on SI.com, Maurice Jones-Drew did, in fact, suffer a Lisfranc fracture last season that required a surgical procedure to repair. He just recently started putting pressure on the foot and plans to be running at some point in May. Barring setbacks, he hopes to have no limitations in June. The former fantasy star still has plenty left in the tank at the age of 27 — he’s even set his sights on rushing for 2,000 yards next season — but “Pocket Hercules” does come with at least some level of risk after a season that saw him miss 10 games. He came off the board in the third round as a No. 2 fantasy runner in my latest mock draft, but he can easily move into the second round if all goes well with his recovery.
David Wilson has hand surgery: Wilson, a potential fantasy sleeper for 2013, had surgery on his hand to remove a bone spur. The procedure should have no long-term repercussions on his fantasy appeal, as Wilson is the favorite to start for the New York Giants after the team cut ties with Ahmad Bradshaw. While he won’t be a truly featured back — Andre Brown will also see his share of the workload — Wilson’s speed and playmaking skills make him an interesting option in the middle rounds. Don’t be surprised if he comes flying off the board in Round 4 or 5.
Pead in the backfield mix for Rams: The loss of Steven Jackson in St. Louis leaves a huge void in the backfield. And while Daryl Richardson is considered the early favorite to start, coach Jeff Fisher said that Isaiah Pead will be in the mix for carries. A second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Pead was barely used during his rookie campaign. In an offense that will lean on the run, this Richardson-Pead backfield battle is one to watch during the summer months.
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