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Hakeem's Hamstring Hurts

Monday, October 31, 2011


Leg injuries dominated the medical charts on Sunday, and perhaps none was of more immediate concern than the hamstring injury sustained by Hakeem Nicks against the Dolphins. The early word as of Sunday night: Nicks is headed for an MRI on Monday, and was quoted by ESPN New York as saying, “It felt like a cramp that didn't go anywhere in one spot in my hamstring, but we'll see how it feels in the morning.” The reason for optimism here is the use of the word “cramp,” but any hamstring injury has to be considered problematic until proven otherwise. If Nicks does miss time, Mario Manningham (6 rec, 63 yds, TD) and Victor Cruz (7 rec, 99 yds, TD) would both see an increase in targets and value.

In other Week 8 injury news…

Beanie Wells was statistically impressive against the Ravens (22 rush, 83 yds, TD), but told reporters after the game that he expects his knee injury to be “an all-year thing.” Furthermore, Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com observed that Wells had “no burst of speed” and described the RB’s right knee as “trouble.” These are not happy words for Wells’ long-term value this season, but the good news in the near future is that next week’s matchup against the Rams is as good as matchups get.

Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) left in the third quarter to get X-rays, but was able to return in the fourth. After the game, Bradshaw told the New York Daily News that the injury was an aggravation of a pre-existing issue, and said, “I knew it was fine. Just being precautious about it.” It sounds like Bradshaw has a good chance to play in Week 9, but fantasy owners will want to keep an eye on practice reports to make sure. Brandon Jacobs would theoretically benefit from any Bradshaw absence, but the backup RB looked slow and tentative (and was repeatedly booed by Giants fans) on Sunday in his first game action since Week 4.

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Ken Whisenhunt said after Sunday’s game that Kevin Kolb may be dealing with turf toe, with beat writer Kent Somers reporting that Kolb was in a walking boot after the game. This didn’t initially have the sound of a serious injury, though we may not definitively know the Arizona QB’s status until practice begins this week. John Skelton would be next in line if Kolb is forced to miss time.

Joseph Addai (hamstring) was active on Sunday, but didn’t get a single snap as the emergency RB. It’s possible that Addai will make it back for Week 9, but he obviously remains a risky play until he makes it through a game without any setbacks. Delone Carter (9 rush, 46 yds) and Donald Brown (10 rush, 33 yds, TD) formed an unexciting platoon in Addai’s absence, and both remain low-upside options going forward even if Addai is out.

Montario Hardesty (calf) is headed for an MRI on Monday. With no Hardesty and no Peyton Hilis, the Browns were left to hand the ball off to Chris Ogbonnaya (11 rush, 37 yds; 5 rec, 24 yds) against a tough 49ers D. Ogbonnaya would be in line for a heavy workload if Hillis and Hardesty remain out next week, but would only be a flex option given the limited scoring potential of the Cleveland offense.

Other Injury Notes: Percy Harvin sat out much of the second half before returning for two key catches late, an absence that may have been related to his lingering rib injury (which will presumably be less of an issue after a Week 9 bye) ... Vernon Davis played through an arm injury Sunday, and has been told by doctors that he won’t need an MRI, according to CSN Bay Area … Matthew Stafford sustained a minor hand injury, but had no trouble playing through it … Blaine Gabbert left with bruised ribs, but only missed one series before returning … Per NBC’s Michele Tafoya, Eagles backup RB Dion Lewis was not active after being shaken up during a minor car accident on Sunday.

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Defense/Offensive Line Injuries: In the latest setback for the Houston defense, LB Darryl Sharpton is done for the season with a torn quad tendon … Panthers LB trouble: Thomas Williams left with a neck injury, Jason Phillips left with a calf injury and Omar Gaither sustained an apparent lower leg injury … Ray Lewis left Sunday’s game with a stinger in the first quarter, but was able to return… Dolphins C Mike Pouncey sustained a head injury … The Cowboys lost LB Sean Lee to a wrist injury, DB Mike Jenkins to a hamstring injury and NT Jay Ratliff to a possible head injury … Giants C David Baas (knee) is headed for an MRI, and Osi Umenyiora underwent X-rays for an undisclosed injury, according to the New York Daily News … Patriots DE Shaun Ellis was forced from Sunday’s game with a rib injury … Playing his first game in over a year, Bengals DB Pacman Jones injured his right hamstring on a long punt return … Saints RT Charles Brown left with a knee injury and didn’t return … The Steelers lost LaMarr Woodley to a hamstring injury … James Harrison (eye) is not expected to play in Week 9, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette … 49ers DE Ray McDonald left with a hamstring injury and didn’t return … Broncos RT Orlando Franklin left with a knee injury.



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