Felix = FrustrationMonday, October 17, 2011
Felix Jones had made significant strides toward shedding that lingering "fragile" label while playing through a separated shoulder the last few games, but Week 6 represented a major setback in his reliability.
Forced from Sunday’s game in the second quarter with a left ankle injury, Jones – who was initially expected to be "fine", according to sideline reporter Pam Oliver – has what Jerry Jones classified as a high ankle sprain, an ailment that appears likely to cost him multiple weeks.
Unfortunately for Jones’ fantasy owners, neither of his backups comes remotely close to replicating his talent, and it’s not like Jones consistently had massive running lanes to exploit in the first place. Of the two reserve Dallas RBs, DeMarco Murray (10 rush, 32 yds) looks like the preferred waiver wire add over Tashard Choice (5 rush, 14 yds).
In other injury news…
Jason Campbell is reportedly done for the year due to a broken right collarbone. Though Campbell is only a fantasy option in two-QB leagues, the shift to Kyle Boller represents a definite downgrade for the Oakland offense. It's not cause for full-scale panic, but the injury only further dilutes a muddled Oakland WR situation, and obviously encourages defenses to continue loading up against Darren McFadden whenever possible (though Campbell wasn’t exactly a major deterrent in that department in the first place).
With that in mind, Oakland could be looking for a QB upgrade prior to the deadline, and Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports reports that the Raiders are already “trying hard” to acquire Carson Palmer (though Bengals owner Mike Brown seems unlikely to let Palmer go based on all prior news we've heard on that front). Meanwhile, the Denver Post wasted no time in speculating (or hoping, as the case may be) that the Raiders could consider making an offer for Kyle Orton.
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Peyton Hillis (hamstring) is headed for an MRI on Monday. The "hope" (per beat writer Mary Cay Cabot) is that Hillis won't miss any game action, but any hamstring injury is obviously some cause for concern. We’ll know more about Hillis’ immediate outlook after Monday’s MRI.
Sam Bradford left with a sprained left ankle, but X-rays were negative, according to beat writer Jim Thomas. This doesn't sound like an injury that will cost Bradford any game action, but we may not definitively know until practices begin this week. Frighteningly, A.J. Feeley is next in line.
Antonio Gates (foot) is still hoping to return in Week 7, but stopped short of guaranteeing it, and forecast some notable concern about his status when he told the North County Times that “There's no sense in predictions after everything I've been dealing with.” Consider this the latest reminder to strongly consider shopping Gates once he returns and hopefully puts up some eye-catching stats.
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More injury notes: Mike Shanahan told the Washington Post that Tim Hightower (shoulder) will be an "emergency" third-string back until his shoulder is healthy ... Demaryius Thomas (Achilles, finger) is slated to return in Week 7, and would be worth an add if Brandon Lloyd gets dealt … Jermichael Finley (1 rec, 20 yds) bruised his arm, but played through it and should be fine ... Rams backup RB Cadillac Williams was carted off with a knee injury ... Bad news for the Redskins’ offensive line: LT Trent Williams left with a high ankle sprain, and LG Kory Lichtensteiger tore his ACL and MCL, according to beat writer John Keim ... In a rare coaching infirmary update, Sean Payton went down with a significant knee injury in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay ... Chris Cooley (finger) is reportedly headed for surgery, with no immediate indication when he'll return ... Troy Polamalu (concussion symptoms) is not expected to miss time, according to beat writer Ed Bouchette ... Cowboys LG Bill Nagy is out for the season due to a broken right ankle … The already rotten Rams' offensive line lost LT Rodger Saffold to an ankle injury ... Browns LB Scott Fujita suffered a concussion ... Bucs C Jeff Faine left with a biceps injury, but is hoping to play in Week 7, per beat writer Stephen Holder ...The Bills lost LT Chris Hairston to an ankle injury ... Vikings C John Sullivan left Sunday's game with a concussion and didn’t return.