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.
The Joe Flacco story dominated sports media for a few days last week. There were conflicting reports over the severity of his back injury. Beat writer Jeff Zrebiec reported last week that Flacco has experienced back discomfort for a little while, culminating in a trip to the doctor on Wednesday. In a related report, Adam Schefter said the back injury occurred while he was lifting weights. The Ravens are hopeful their quarterback can come back in a week or two with rest. But, back injuries tend to linger and reoccur. Veteran Ryan Mallett is the team’s backup. He is marginal, at best. Zrebiec reported late in the week that Mallett practiced poorly while getting the starter’s reps. With Mallett showing poorly, we expect Colin Kaepernick to be signed shortly. He played for the “other Harbaugh” in San Francisco so the transition should not be too difficult
Late last week, Ben Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he is undecided on continuing his playing career in 2018. Several media outlets ran with the story. ESPN ran with a few of Roethlisberger’s quotes. They are not reassuring to dynasty owners. Roethlisberger said, "I've been blessed to do this a long time … I think it's just seeing my kids growing up, and in the offseason I love getting to spend time with them, and then I come here and football season just has to take up so much of your time. Even when you get home, I try my best to turn it off when I walk in the front door. I think I do a pretty good job of that, but it still consumes you in a way … Just all those things combined -- being healthy, being able to play catch with my kids. I feel good mentally, I know this new study that came out that 90 percent of players' brains who were studied had CTE … There's a lot of scary things, and I think my wife would be OK if I hung it up, too. But I still love the guys, I still love the game, so it was right for me to come back and give it everything I have this year." Wow! After many dismissed the possibility of his retirement this past offseason, Roethlisberger sure sounds serious about hanging it up in the near future. He is 35 years of age and has made plenty of money.