No Smiles for MilesMonday, November 07, 2011
It's probably not much consolation to fantasy owners carrying Miles Austin on their roster, but Week 9 was actually one of the quieter Sundays of the season on the injury front.
The most impactful injury of a low-volume Sunday in the infirmary appears to have been the second quarter aggravation of Austin's troublesome hamstring. There was no immediate word on the severity of said hamstring as of Sunday night, but as we saw with Hakeem Nicks this week, even a mild hamstring strain has a good chance to equal a missed game (or games). With that in mind, fantasy owners should brace for the possibility of an Austin-less Week 10, and consider dialing up Laurent Robinson (5 rec, 32 yds, TD) on the waiver wire.
In other injury news...
Greg Salas suffered a season-ending fractured left fibula on his seventh catch of the day. It's obviously rotten timing for Salas, who was on the verge of potentially becoming Danny Amendola Lite with Sam Bradford (ankle) back under center. With Salas done, Austin Pettis (4 rec, 43 yds) will warrant a look in deeper leagues. (And speaking of Bradford, he did report ankle soreness after Sunday's game, but it doesn't have the sound of anything to worry about.)
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Nate Washington (3 rec, 28 yds) suffered a hip pointer, leaving his status for Week 10 uncertain. If Washington is unable to go, it would mean more targets for Damian Williams (4 rec, 34 yds, TD), though Williams is likely to remain a low-ceiling WR3 with or without Washington on the field.
Dallas Clark (2 rec, 21 yds) saw his day end early due to a second quarter leg injury. No word on the severity of the injury as of Sunday night, but Jacob Tamme (2 rec, 6 yds) would take over as the starter (albeit one with limited upside) if Clark misses time.
Hines Ward left Sunday's game with what was initially called a stinger after a helmet-to-helmet hit. However, given the nature of the injury, it wouldn't be a shock to see it re-classified as a concussion. And though Ward himself doesn't carry much fantasy value, it would only help the already rising value of Antonio Brown (5 rec, 109 yds) if Ward is unable to play in Week 10.
Other Injury Notes: Beanie Wells left with a neck stinger, but was able to return ... Lance Kendricks (sprained foot) is reportedly headed for an MRI ... Dustin Keller left with a head injury in the second quarter, but later returned ... Fred Jackson sustained a stinger, but was able to play through it ... Mohamed Massaquoi, who was coming off a concussion, left with another head injury ... Malcom Floyd (hip) warmed up and stretched prior to Sunday's game, but ended up being inactive ... Kendall Hunter dislocated a finger, but played through it ... Matt Hasselbeck was icing his right (throwing) thumb following Sunday's loss, but it doesn't sound like an issue that will cost him any time ... Per the Associated Press, the Browns have not considered placing Peyton Hillis (hamstring) on injured reserve ... The Newark Star-Ledger reports that Plaxico Burress (back) didn't think he'd be able to play on Sunday, but Burress actually looked rather spry en route to season-highs of five catches and 79 yards.
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Defense/Offensive Line Injuries: Bucs DT Gerald McCoy is likely done for the season due to a torn biceps muscle ... Browns SS T.J. Ward (foot) was in a walking boot after Sunday's game ... Saints CB Tracy Porter was carted off with a neck injury, but does have full use of his arms and legs, and passed neurological tests, per ProFootballTalk ... Redskins RT Jammal Brown left with a hip injury ... Broncos FS Rahim Moore sustained a concussion ... Patriots LB Brandon Spikes left with a knee injury.
(Note: For a complete recap of all the key happenings from Sunday, check out Chris Wesseling's The Morning After column on Monday.)