We scour the news around the NFL to bring you what matters most to you and your dynasty team: the most current news on players, both superstars and the relative unknowns, and analysis to decipher the respective situations. These are many of the major stories and not meant to be an exhaustive look at all the recent happenings around the league.
Andrew Luck has been a weekly fixture in this column, even before his shoulder recovery made the national radar. Most of the national NFL reporters have been active in “reporting” opinion on Luck’s recovery. Colts general manager Chris Ballard discussed the situation with Tom Pelissero on NFL Network last week. Afterward, Pelissero tweeted, “#Colts GM Chris Ballard told me all indications are Andrew Luck won't start season on PUP. Play Week 1? Still TBD … Luck has progressed in throwing program past 2 weeks, rebuilding motion, strength. #Colts don't want franchise QB skipping steps or rushing.” While it is possible Luck will not be ready for Week 1, there is not too much concern, yet. With a mediocre Scott Tolzien behind Luck on the depth chart, the Indianapolis receivers will not meet expectations until Luck is back in the lineup.
The Ryan Tannehill knee injury set the table for a rabid news cycle last week. Tannehill has a torn left ACL, according to the Miami Herald. He re-tore the ligament on August 3. Now, the quarterback is on injured reserve. This injury led coach Adam Gase to reach out to former quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler had retired and was set to be a broadcaster this season. That was before his former Broncos coach called. The veteran passed his physical with Miami, even his shoulder which was surgically repaired late last year. We expect Cutler to be in the lineup for the opener against Tampa Bay. For his efforts, Cutler will earn at least $10 million. We are not sold on the veteran’s ability to step in without much practice this summer. In two-quarterback and superflex leagues, Matt Moore makes a great stash.