Around the League with Injury Updates on B. Marshall, T. Brady and More!

William Del PilarContributor IJune 3, 2009

DENVER - DECEMBER 21:  Wide receiver Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos makes a reception as Terrence McGee #24 of the Buffalo Bills defends during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on December 21, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Bills defeated the Broncos 30-23.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

There has been quite a bit happening the last few weeks concerning players coming back from injury. Let's take a look at those cats and see where they stand with OTAs wrapping up. This is the first part of injury updates for players. I'll be hitting them as I see their updates cross my desk. Let's get to it:

WR Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos, on his hip injury: "I'm almost there. I'm almost there."

Marshall (hip) is taking his time with his injury but states if the team were playing in the Super Bowl right now he would be out there. Great news as he's begun to run, but the bad news is that he's decided to move his rehabilitation to Orlando.

Some speculate the move is sending a message to the Broncos as he's looking for a raise. The Denver Post reports the team, obviously, has off-the-field concerns with him, even though he reportedly won't be suspended for his latest gaffe involving a domestic dispute. He has had his share of problems.

His request for a raise is interesting because he's an unrestricted free agent (UFA) after this season, but if there is a new bargaining agreement his UFA status could change. In the end, he's under contract and scheduled to make about $2.2 million, but he's clearly underpaid.

As a general manager, I give him his raise but have enough off-the-field clauses in there to protect myself. That's a win-win, and Marshall would do well to live with it if offered. However, what I find ironic is that the article talks about him hosting an event for kids, hoping they can learn about life. While I believe experience is key to growth, Marshall would do well to heed his own words.

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WR Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints, on his microfracture surgery: "a little bit ahead of schedule."

We knew Colston (knee) had surgery in January, but as the NFL allows teams to do, they did not fully disclose his surgery being microfracture. The kneecap had a small hole in it that needed taking care of. This is serious because Colston has been injury prone the last two years.

Last year he missed six weeks because of a torn thumb ligament. However, the good news is that he's already running and the team expects him back at full speed in time for training camp.

Be aware of this and don't put too much stock into reports until training camp. That's when we'll see if he is coming along. Because of this new news, I drop him right now into my No. 3 fantasy receiver slot. That would mean, I would probably not draft him as he's going right now with the No. 26 overall pick, the 10th receiver taken. That's the early third round, OUCH!

I will recommend him only if he's healthy come training camp, but with an injury-prone player like him and the seriousness of microfracture surgery, be pessimistic right now and let him prove us wrong.

WR Sidney Rice, Minnesota Vikings, on his knee: "It's not really an issue."

Just a few weeks ago, I talked about Rice (knee) and how he was stating his knee was not 100 percent yet. This update is great news because Rice is arguably the team's best receiver, or at least the one mentioned with the most overall talent.

After suffering a PCL injury last year, he was not able to recover enough to help his team or fantasy owners and in the end was a bust. However, during the last OTA he took part in every drill, made some plays and pronounced the knee as a non-issue.

He plans to continue working on strengthening the knee after OTAs and will have six weeks to get ready. Overall, Rice has looked good during the OTAs; remember this is his third season so as far as the playbook, he should be ready to take the next step.

I view him, if healthy, as a quality sleeper you may take near the end of the middle rounds as your No. 3 fantasy receiver. Yes, a bold statement but one many would not argue with if healthy. Right now he's going late in drafts (around Pick 193 overall), and that's even better.

Denver Post writer Mike Klis on RB J.J. Arrington: "This may further explain why the Broncos drafted Knowshon Moreno."

There once was a time when running back J.J. Arrington (knee) was seen as a potential No. 1 fantasy running back. However, it's been downhill since his rookie year with one disappointment after another.

The Denver Broncos were looking at him as their third-down back, which would not have meant much in fantasy terms.

At best, a Kevin Faulk-type player who could spot start for you. Arrington was not recovering well enough from his offseason microfracture surgery and was not able to pass his physical. His release creates some breathing room for fantasy owners come draft day.

Right now, speculating, I would say Moreno will be your top back who will share time with Correll Buckhalter and Ryan Torain. I would imagine LaMont Jordan to be a dark horse, but if he makes the squad he'll see at least the short-yardage touches.

What is sad is that Arrington is out a $3 million roster bonus, but managing editor Cory J. Bonini told me he will still pocket $100K. Not exactly chop liver to us common folk!

QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots, on his surgically repaired knee: "I feel as good as I could possibly feel."

After missing the 2008 season Brady (knee) is saying and doing the right things. He's taking part in OTA drills but is not making any promises on being ready opening day. That's the tale of the tape. Do you use a second- or third-round fantasy draft pick on him?

Right now I would say no considering other quarterbacks such as Donovan McNabb, Jay Cutler, Kurt Warner, Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers and others are going later than him. Let someone else take the risk. We'll know more on Brady once training camp is upon us, but until then I opt for a different and healthy quarterback.

There you have it with my first blog of the week covering some players healing from injuries.

Most organizations, including KFFL, will be releasing their rankings sooner than later. It will be interesting where some of the injured players stand. I say that because where they're projected determines if the organization believes they'll be healthy enough to contribute or not.

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