06/17/13 - 8:15AM ETArian Foster
: (Calf) Hopes to be Ready for Training Camp
Foster (calf strain) said that he will "more than likely" be ready for training camp, ESPN.com reports. "It's just a small calf strain," according to Foster. "News is dry in the offseason, so it made headlines."
While it's somewhat notable that Foster isn't totally sure that he'll be ready for camp, it sounds like he plans to be, barring any setbacks, and overall, he is downplaying the issue. For his part, coach Gary Kubiak noted last month that the running back had a "pretty good calf strain" at the time, but with training camp more than a month away, Foster still has time to get up to speed and, in turn, justify his high ADP in fantasy drafts.
Sunday, June 16
06/16/13 - 4:49PM ETDuJuan Harris
: Expects to be Ready for Training Camp
Harris intends to be ready for training camp, after he had a large cyst removed from his lung earlier this month, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Harris missed all activities following the procedure but figures into a running back mix muddled by the likes Alex Green, who took all first team reps in OTAs; rookies Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin; and veteran James Starks. While Lacy, a second-round selection this spring, will be handed every opportunity to win the role, performance during training camp and preseason games should clear up the situation somewhat by Week 1.
The Week 1 status of Gronkowski, who will undergo back surgery Tuesday, is cloudy at this point, ESPN.com reports.
The report notes that a 12-week recovery has been estimated, with Gronkowski looking at an 83-day span from the day of Tuesday's surgery (June 18) to the day of the Patriots' season opener on September 8. There are several variables in play here that could tip the scales either way, so it's premature to map out a precise timetable at this time. Either way, those drafting now have to consider the possibility that the tight end could miss some action early on.