Sunday NFL Preseason Notes
- By: Brian Fraze
- On: 8/20/2012 4:35:00 AM
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Antonio Brown (WR) - Two receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's pre-season game against the Colts.
Brown made an 18-yard catch on a third-and-11 to extend a Pittsburgh drive, then scored on an impressive 57 yard catch-and-run. The Steelers have to be pleased with Brown's performance thus far, particularly with Mike Wallace still holding out.
Ben Roethlisberger (QB) - Completes five-of-nine passes for 81 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's preseason game against Indianapolis. He finished with an 83.3 passer rating.
All in all, nothing special and nothing terrible from Roethlisberger as the Steelers essentially know what he's capable of once the regular season rolls around. The majority of Big Ben's passing yards Sunday came on a 57-yard touchdown toss to Antonio Brown, who gained most of the yards after the catch, but appears to be a favorite target of the QB, especially with Mike Wallace still not with the team.
Reggie Wayne (WR) - Catches six passes for 74 yards during the Colts' preseason game against Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Wayne showed an impressive rapport with Andrew Luck on Sunday as the veteran wideout became Luck's go-to target after Austin Collie left the game with possible concussion symptoms. If Collie misses considerable time, any fantasy value Wayne may have should get a significant boost.
Andrew Luck (QB) - Completes 16-of-25 passes for 175 yards, no passing touchdowns, and two interceptions, and adds a one-yard score on the ground in Sunday's preseason loss to Pittsburgh.
All in all, it was another solid effort for the rookie, who showed an impressive ability to bounce back by leading a touchdown drive after throwing a pick-six to Ike Taylor. Luck will have normal bumps in the road as a rookie, especially considering the o-line isn't one of Indianapolis' strengths, but he does have some fantasy upside.
Austin Collie (WR) - Being evaluated for concussion symptoms and did not return to Sunday's preseason game against the Steelers.
Collie left the game after taking a high hit, and it doesn't look good for the 26-year-old. If Collie has indeed suffered another concussion, it would be his fourth in less than two years. He could miss significant time.
Brandon Jacobs (RB) - (Knee) MRI revealed "no major damage".
There's no set timetable for his return, but it looks like Jacobs avoided major injury after Saturday night’s preseason game. The 30-year-old is listed as the team's fourth running back, but the 6-foot-4 bruiser has been known to be a vulture at the goal line.
Jermaine Gresham (TE) - Sprained knee
The injury that Gresham suffered Thursday is being called a sprained knee. Until we know more details regarding the severity of the sprain, we'll classify Gresham as day-to-day, but this close to Week 1, it's fair to wonder if the tight end will be ready (or at full strength if he is) for the Bengals' season opener.
Vincent Brown (WR) - (Ankle) expected back for the second half of the regular season.
Brown broke his ankle while making a touchdown grab during Saturday's preseason game, and he had surgery Sunday. It was originally reported that Brown would miss at least eight weeks, but a return for the team's Week 9 game would put his recovery at just over 10 weeks. There are reports that the 23-year-old wideout may have suffered slight ligament damage along with the broken ankle.
Mikel Leshoure (RB) - (Hamstring) hopes to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Raiders after taking part in a full practice Sunday.
Leshoure, who will miss the first two games of the regular season due to suspension, was a full participant in practice Sunday for the first time since straining his left hamstring on the second day of training camp. "I definitely want to get my feet wet a little bit with at least one preseason game. Get some reps under my belt,” Leshoure said. "I know I don’t want to get thrown into the fire Week 3 coming straight into it. I’m glad that I’m healthy and hopefully able to get something in this week." Leshoure added that the team is easing him back into practice, but his "hamstring feels good." It appears he may be well enough to make his NFL debut Saturday.
Jerome Simpson (WR) - Vikings may begin scaling back Simpson's reps in Friday's preseason game against the Chargers.
Minnesota is set to begin preparing others for Simpson's three-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Simpson has looked good this offseason and has a pretty firm grip on the team’s No.2 WR position, but it’s important to remember that he can’t be counted on for production until Week 4 in 2012.
John Carlson (TE) - Decision to be made soon on whether or not to play Carlson (knee) in Friday's preseason game against the Chargers.
Carlson sprained his MCL in practice early on in training camp, but it looks like he's close to being ready for action. The 28-year-old tight end missed all of last season with a torn labrum, but Carlson did go for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns while only missing one game from 2008-10. That being said, Kyle Rudolph has the No.1 TE spot licked down for the Vikings at this point.
Ryan Tannehill (QB) - Works with the first unit during the walk through Sunday.
This might not mean much of anything but it's worth noting. Tannehill hasn't overly impressed with his performance to date, no one else has either, but he does have command in the huddle and complete grasp of the playbook, and that may be enough for the coaching staff to name him the starting QB come Week 1.
Darrius Heyward-Bey (WR) - (Shoulder) does not practice Sunday.
Heyward-Bey suffered a minor shoulder injury during Friday's preseason game, but it sounds like he'll return to practice in short order.