IRCoby Fleener
TE NO (5)
2 months ago

Fleener (concussion) was placed on injured reserve by the Saints on Saturday, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Fleener suffered the fifth (at least) concussion of his career in last Sunday's loss to the Rams and had already been ruled out Week 13, but the team isn't taking any chances. The 29-year-old will finish the 2017 season with 22 receptions for 295 yards. The Saints brought in Garrett Griffin to bolster their tight end depth with Fleener gone for the year.

IRCoby Fleener
TE NO (5)
2 months ago

Fleener (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

EDGE Analysis

Fleener's troubling history with concussions -- he said that the one he suffered in the Week 12 loss to the Rams was the fifth of his career -- always made it rather unlikely that he would be able to avoid any missed time. Indeed, after being held out of practice throughout the week and failing to make much progress through the NFL's protocol, Fleener will be sidelined for the first time this season, paving the way for Josh Hill to serve as the Saints' starting tight end Sunday.

IRCoby Fleener
TE NO (5)
2 months ago

Fleener (concussion) isn't in line to play Sunday against the Panthers, a source informed Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Saints have yet to formally rule Fleener out for Week 13, but that seems inevitable with the tight end still in the concussion protocol after taking a hard hit to the head in last week's loss to the Rams. Fleener revealed after the contest that it was the fifth diagnosed concussion he's sustained during his career, so given that troubling history, it's certainly possibly he could be staring at a multi-game absence. With Fleener out commission for at least the game versus Carolina, look for Josh Hill to serve as the team's clear top tight end for that contest.

IRCoby Fleener
TE NO (5)
2 months ago

Fleener (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Fleener said the concussion he suffered in Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Rams was the fifth of his career. In light of that information, it'll be a surprise if he's available for Sunday's game against Carolina. An absence would leave a few more targets and snaps for Josh Hill, who has mostly worked ahead of Fleener with the exception of obvious passing situations.

IRCoby Fleener
TE NO (5)
2 months ago

Fleener said the concussion he suffered in Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Rams was the fifth of his career, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's unclear if Fleener is including his time at Stanford or merely referring to his six seasons in the NFL. Either way, it's a scary number, though not an overly surprising one for a 29-year-old player at one of the league's most injury-prone positions. Fleener has already seen his role scaled back this season, but a Week 13 absence nonetheless would free up some extra snaps and targets for fellow tight end Josh Hill.

IRCoby Fleener
TE NO (5)
2 months ago

Fleener suffered a concussion during Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Rams, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

EDGE Analysis

Fleener came through, seemingly out of nowhere, with 91 yards the previous week in a 34-31 overtime win over the Redskins. He was back to his usual antics in Sunday's loss, catching just one of two targets for eight yards. Should Fleener miss any time, Josh Hill would pick up some snaps and possibly a couple extra targets. It wouldn't be a major loss for the New Orleans passing game.

IRCoby Fleener
TE NO (5)
2 months ago

Fleener caught each of his five targets for 91 yards in Sunday's 34-31 win over the Redskins.

EDGE Analysis

Fleener took full advantage as the Saints were forced to play from behind in the second half for the first time since Week 2. After playing 21 of fewer snaps in five straight games, he logged 36 in Sunday's contest, surpassing Josh Hill (31) for the first time since Week 4. While the nature of his part-time role can't be denied, Fleener may again find the circumstances favorable in a Week 12 road game against the Rams. He's still impossible to trust.

IRCoby Fleener
TE NO (5)
2 months ago

Fleener did not record a catch against the Bills.

EDGE Analysis

A week after totaling his most yards since Week 1, Fleener posted a goose egg on Sunday, receiving only one target in the blowout victory. Fleener played only 17 offensive snaps, compared to 47 and 43 snaps for fellow tight ends Michael Hoomanawaui and Josh Hill, respectively. The Saints' tight-end trio, however, combined for just two catches for two yards. A once fruitful position for fantasy owners, the tight end spot in New Orleans can be actively avoided until further notice.

IRCoby Fleener
TE NO (5)
2 months ago

Fleener caught two passes on two targets for 46 yards in Sunday's win against the Buccaneers.

EDGE Analysis

Although Josh Hill was announced as the Saints' starting tight end ahead of Fleener in advance of the game, Hill failed to see a single target in the contest. Fleener, meanwhile, had his yardage total since Week 1 -- though it's worth noting that most of his yards came on a broken play where he was uncovered in the middle of the field for a 33-yard gain. The talented tight end still has just eight total receptions in his last six games and should probably be left on the waiver wire in most leagues.

IRCoby Fleener
TE NO (5)
2 months ago

Josh Hill was announced as the Saints' starting tight end ahead of Fleener in advance of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Larry Holder of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

EDGE Analysis

The move down the depth chart probably won't do much to change Fleener's already bleak fantasy outlook, as Hill had already earned more snaps of the two in each of the past three games. During that stretch, Fleener hauled in three of five targets for 21 yards, numbers that wouldn't give him much appeal even in two-tight end leagues.