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Week 1 Injuries: MRI for F-Jax

Monday, September 10, 2012


It’s the unfortunate offshoot of every football Sunday that many of us have to spend part of our Monday (and often our Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) concerned about injuries to key players from our fantasy squads. The good news is that Week 1 was relatively quiet on the injury front. Here’s the early word from the infirmary:

Fred Jackson left Sunday’s game in the second quarter with a knee injury. The Bills were calling this a sprain as of Sunday night, but “sprains” sometimes end up being more significant injuries, and the Buffalo RB1 is headed for an MRI on Monday. Should Jackson miss more time, C.J. Spiller (14 rush, 169 yds; 2 rec, 25 yds) would be the clear beneficiary. Spiller averaged 105.5 rushing/receiving yards with Jackson sidelined for Weeks 12-17 last year.

Pierre Garcon was electric early (4 rec, 109 yds, TD in the first quarter), but missed the rest of Robert Griffin III’s big debut with a foot injury. Garcon has already said he plans to play next week, but his inability to finish Sunday’s game makes him a question mark until we see him back on the practice field.

John Skelton was carted off in the fourth quarter with a possible high ankle sprain. The Arizona QB doesn’t have much fantasy value even in two-QB leagues, but a multi-week absence would mean a downgrade for Larry Fitzgerald, who recorded his top-three yardage totals last season catching passes from Skelton: 7-146-2 in Week 10, 7-149-1 in Week 14 and 9-149 in Week 17. Skelton is very far from a special quarterback, but Kevin Kolb hasn't shown the same ability to consistently get the ball to Fitzgerald downfield.

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Jake Locker left Sunday’s blowout loss with a left (non-throwing) shoulder separation, but early indications are that the Titans expect him to play in Week 2. Matt Hasselbeck would be worth a look in two-QB leagues if Locker is unable to go.

Rashad Jennings left Week 1 with a knee injury. The injury didn’t initially appear to be serious, but with Maurice Jones-Drew (19 rush, 77 yds) showing the ability to carry a substantial workload right away, Jennings seems likely to return to a backup/handcuff role when healthy.

Editor’s note: For a complete look at all the key happenings from Sunday, check out Chet Gresham’s The Morning After column on Monday. And on Tuesday, don’t miss Chris Wesseling’s Waiver Wired column, plus Evan Silva’s Season Pass Live Chat.

Other Injury Notes: Devery Henderson left with a possible concussion. If he remains sidelined, the hit-or-miss Lance Moore (6-120-1 on Sunday) should see more targets … Daniel Thomas left Sunday’s game with a concussion … Austin Collie (concussion) didn’t play, but “looked great” during pre-game warm-ups, per ESPN’s Bob Holtzman …  Bills’ slot receiver David Nelson left Sunday’s game with what’s believed to be a torn ACL … Darrelle Revis left Sunday’s win with a head injury, but did not sustain a concussion, according to the New York Post. Revis has a potential matchup with Mike Wallace in Week 2.



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