Hernandez SidelinedMonday, September 17, 2012
After a relatively quiet Week 1 on the injury front, this Sunday was considerably more noisy/painful in the fantasy football infirmary. Here's the early word on Week 2 injuries:
Aaron Hernandez: High ankle sprain? Julian Edelman fell on Hernandez’s ankle in the first quarter, and a source has told ProFootballTalk.com that the New England TE could miss up to six weeks due to a possible high-ankle sprain. Rotten news, but given the timetable, fantasy owners have little choice but to wait patiently. Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd (and to a lesser extent, Edelman) all figure to see additional targets while Hernandez is out.
MRI for Bradshaw: Ahmad Bradshaw left in the second quarter with a neck injury, and though the hope is that it was just a “stinger,” his status is unclear heading into a Thursday night matchup with Carolina. If Bradshaw sits, Andre Brown (90 total yds, TD) looks like the preferred Week 3 start over rookie David Wilson (3 rush, 6 yds), who’s still attempting to regain trust after a Week 1 fumble.
Gutshot from Gates: All signs pointed toward Antonio Gates playing through his rib injury on Sunday, but the San Diego TE was a late scratch around 3pm ET. The injury still doesn’t appear to be serious – and it would be surprising if Gates doesn’t play next week – but that’s no consolation for the zero in Week 2 box scores. Making matters even more irritating, Gates backup Dante Rosario went off for three scores against a helpless Tennessee defense.
Steven Jackson: Benched? Injured? A little bit of both? To review: Jackson (9 rush, 58 yds) committed an unsportsmanlike penalty in the second quarter, then spent the rest of the day on the sideline. Initially it appeared that Jeff Fisher was benching S-Jax as punishment for the penalty, but word has since surfaced that Jackson injured his groin. The whole situation seems a little bit strange, but the bottom line is that we may not get a clear read on S-Jax’s status until later in the week. In the meantime, backup Daryl Richardson (102 total yds) is worth adding as insurance, though he did cough up a key fourth quarter fumble.
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Jeremy Maclin’s hip is aggravated: The Eagles WR (1 rec, 23 yds, TD) was carted off in the third quarter after aggravating his hip pointer injury, and now sounds like a major question mark for Week 3. DeSean Jackson (7 rec, 114 yds) and Brent Celek (8 rec, 157 yds) should continue to draw most of Michael Vick’s targets if Maclin sits. If you’re desperate to add one of Maclin’s teammates off waivers, the inconsistent Jason Avant (2 rec, 33 yds) is capable of breaking out the occasional big line, but hopefully you can do better given the league-wide depth at wide receiver.
This is meant to be more of an FYI than a “time to panic,” but… It’s worth noting that Jamaal Charles (6 rush, 3 yds; 3 rec, 19 yds) was sidelined for a stretch – and riding a stationary bike – after appearing to come off the field limping slightly late in the first half. Charles was able to return for two carries early in the third quarter, but his day was over after that. It’s possible that the Chiefs shut him down as a precaution in a blowout loss to the Bills, and hopefully there won’t be any Charles-related injury blurbs surfacing during the upcoming week.
Blaine Gabbert (toe, hamstring) has a Monday visit to the MRI chamber: This news isn’t all that significant outside of two-QB leagues, but owners desperate for a QB3 could consider the uninspiring Chad Henne if Gabbert ends up missing time.
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: Shonn Greene (11 rush, 23 yds) appeared to be done for the day after a helmet-to-helmet hit, but was able to return … Ryan Mathews (collarbone) is currently on course to make his season debut next week … Darren McFadden is fine after being poked in the eye, but McFadden’s fantasy owners were not amused when Mike Goodson scored on a 64-yard screen pass while McFadden was getting his eye examined … Eddie Royal sustained a shoulder injury … Giants RT David Diehl left with a knee injury … The Eagles lost LT King Dunlap to a hamstring injury, and C Jason Kelce (knee) is headed for an MRI.