Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Lloyd, Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers, DeAngelo Williams, Indianapolis Colts, Jonathan Stewart, Keenan Allen, Malcom Floyd, Mike Tolbert, San Diego Chargers, Vincent Brown
Floyd’s injury called ‘knee sprain': Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for the San Diego Chargers wide receivers, Malcom Floyd went down with a leg injury in Monday’s practice. The early indications are that it’s not serious, which is good news. Floyd is expected to get a second opinion on the injury, but reports are that he won’t be back before Week 1 of the regular season. This could open the door for Brandon Lloyd to find his way back onto an NFL roster, but it also add fuel to the fire of Vincent Brown and Keenan Allen being sleepers for 2013.
Stewart targeting season opener?: The last time we heard anything about Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart, he was undergoing a pair of ankle surgeries with no timetable for his return. Now it appears we have a timetable … albeit a hazy one. Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he is optimistic that Stewart will be ready in time for Week 1. While that’s good news for the veteran rusher, it’s an additional headache for fantasy owners. Carolina’s backfield has redefined fantasy frustration and once again pairing Stewart with DeAngelo Williams could drive some enthusiasts to distraction. Especially as long as Cam Newton and Mike Tolbert keep taking all of the rushing touchdowns.
Bradshaw off PUP list: The Indianapolis Colts have removed Ahmad Bradshaw from the physically unable to perform list, although it might not have completely been by choice. The NFL forced Indy to make the move after Bradshaw took handoffs at a recent practice. It doesn’t seem to matter much in the running back’s recovery timeline from offseason foot surgery. There weren’t any expectations that Bradshaw would play in the preseason, but he should be okay for Week 1. Nonetheless, at this point in his career (and considering the offense he plays in), it’s hard to recommend the veteran as anything more than a No. 4 fantasy football option.
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