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Lamar Jackson, QB | BAL

Mon, Aug 02, 2021

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The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec reports Lamar Jackson (COVID-19) won't return to practice until Friday at the earliest.

Jackson, who missed a game last year with COVID, tested positive for the virus at the start of Baltimore's training camp. He'll miss at least the first two weeks of camp because he's not vaccinated. If he were, he would have been able to return to practice in short order, per the NFL's COVID protocols. Dual-threat QB Tyler Huntley and pocket passer Trace McSorley have split first-team reps with Jackson out. Both quarterbacks have acquitted themselves nicely, according to Ravens beat writers. Whoever gets the backup job should be stashed in superflex leagues in case Jackson contracts COVID again and misses a regular season game or two.

Marquise Brown, WR | BAL

Mon, Aug 02, 2021

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Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said WR Marquise Brown suffered a hamstring injury that's more significant than originally believed.

There's not yet a timeline for Brown's return to practice. The hamstring issue, according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec, is more significant than the team first thought. It's a bad break for Brown, who came on at the end of the 2020 season. His absence could give rookie Rashod Bateman and journeyman Sammy Watkins a chance to emerge as the team's No. 1 receiver, though neither will see notable volume. Mark Andrews remains Lamar Jackson's top target.

Preston Williams, WR | MIA

Mon, Aug 02, 2021

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Dolphins placed WR Preston Williams on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

It's been a rough start for Williams' 2021 campaign. The veteran, recovering from a foot injury that ended his 2020 season, was placed on the Dolphins' PUP list last week -- now he's on the COVID list. If Williams is ever able to get off various reserve lists, he'll be the team's No. 4 wideout behind Will Fuller, Jaylen Waddle, and DeVante Parker. Williams won't be fantasy relevant unless Miami struggles with a rash of wideout injuries.