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Toe No He Didn't

Monday, November 22, 2010

Week 11, like so many others during this NFL campaign, was not a particularly friendly one in terms of injury. Here's the early word on the fallout from Sunday:

Jahvid Best, toe

Early Outlook: Badly slowed by his toe trouble during Week 11, Best spent a considerable amount of Sunday's game on the sideline, finishing with seven touches for 17 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Per beat writer Dave Birkett, Best said after Sunday's game that his toes "take turns" hurting, and obviously if Best wasn't fully ready for Sunday, he's not likely to be ready for any kind of workload increase against New England on Thursday. Maurice Morris (10 carries, 31 yards; four catches, 40 yards) is the primary beneficiary – albeit nothing close to a facsimile of a healthy Best.

Vince Young, thumb

Early Outlook: Young suffered a torn tendon in his right thumb, an injury that may require surgery.

Fantasy Impact: Even worse than the injury itself, Young's Titans career reportedly may be over. Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean predicts that Young won't play another snap for Tennessee following a "verbal confrontation" with Jeff Fisher after Sunday's game (click on Young's name above for more details). With Kerry Collins (calf) out indefinitely, rookie Rusty Smith (3-for-9, 62 yards, INT) takes over as the starter for now, which is obviously not good news for the Tennessee offense on the whole.

Austin Collie, concussion

Early Outlook: After being hit "pretty good" a couple times early (in the words of Jim Caldwell), Collie left Sunday's game for what the Colts are calling "precautionary reasons," according to USA Today.

Fantasy Impact: The Colts aren't officially calling this a concussion yet, but regardless, Collie's status is clearly in doubt for Week 12.

Vernon Davis, ankle

Early Outlook: Davis left Sunday's game with an ankle injury and didn't return.

Fantasy Impact: No word as of late Sunday night whether he aggravated his previous injury. Delanie Walker would be a worthwhile spot start if Davis is out next week.

Clinton Portis, groin

Early Outlook: Portis looked good early with six touches for 46 yards, but aggravated his groin injury in the first half and didn't return.

Fantasy Impact: Mike Shanahan deemed Portis a "long shot" for Week 12 in his post-game press conference, so Keiland Williams (23 carries, 68 yards; six catches, 27 yards) looks like the likely lead back next week with the status of Ryan Torain (hamstring) still uncertain.

Felix Jones, hip

Early Outlook: Jones had to get X-rays on his hip in the first half, but returned and finished with 14 touches for 86 yards.

Fantasy Impact: According to ESPN Dallas, the Cowboys are simply calling this a bruised hip, and though injuries are all too often a concern for Jones, chances are he should be fine going forward.

Fred Jackson, leg

Early Outlook: Jackson (24 touches, 129 yards, two TDs) missed a couple of plays in the second half on Sunday due to a lower leg injury.

Fantasy Impact: No indication that there's anything to be concerned about here, aside from the fact that Jackson has a very unpleasant matchup with the Steelers next week.

Matt Schaub, knee

Early Outlook: Schaub was limping after taking a hit in Sunday's game, indicating that he may have aggravated his knee injury, but he stayed in and played through it.

Fantasy Impact: Consider this an FYI. Schaub may miss some practice reps, but should be fine for next week's matchup with Tennessee.

Mike Williams (Seattle), foot

Early Outlook: The Seahawks have announced that Williams sustained a sprained foot at the end of an uncharacteristic 68-yard reception on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: It would seem to be good news that Williams continued to play after the injury, but the man inaccurately nicknamed BMW (no speed) is set for more tests on Monday, and we should have an update on his status after those come through.

Colt McCoy, ankle

Early Outlook: McCoy played through an ankle sprain in the second half of Sunday's game, but had it in a walking boot afterward, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

Fantasy Impact: McCoy also told the Beacon Journal that he doesn't know how serious his injury is, and obviously the question is whether or not he suffered a high ankle sprain. Either way, this should only have a fantasy impact in two-QB leagues.

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