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Sunday Injuries: F-Jax Exits

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sunday appears to have passed without any major ligament explosions, but a number of injuries could make a significant fantasy impact during the upcoming week. Here's the early word from the Week 10 infirmary:

Fred Jackson had a big game against New England (115 total yds, two TDs), but may have sustained a concussion in the fourth quarter. If it is indeed a concussion (there was no definitive word as of Sunday night), Jackson could have a hard time getting cleared in time for a matchup against Miami on Thursday. And if Jackson does indeed sit, C.J. Spiller (131 total yds on Sunday) should, for one game at least, revisit his glorious early-season workload. For those who have forgotten (and Spiller's fantasy owners certainly haven't), the wildly explosive RB averaged 182 yards per game (with three total TDs) while Jackson was sidelined for most of Weeks 1 and 2.

(Check out all the Week 10 box scores right here)

Michael Vick looked good early on Sunday (6-of-9, 70 yds, TD), but left in the second quarter due to a concussion. Enter Nick Foles, who completed 22-of-32 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown, but committed two turnovers (and had a third wiped out by penalty). Foles could still warrant consideration in two-QB leagues if Vick doesn't get cleared, but Andy Reid has already confirmed that Vick is his starter when healthy.

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Also sustaining a concussion: Alex Smith, whose absence allowed Colin Kaepernick to get his most extensive work yet (11-of-17, 117 yds; 8 rush, 66 yds, TD). With Smith's status uncertain, owners in two-QB leagues (or owners otherwise in need of a QB) should give Kaepernick and those rushing stats a look, but keep in mind that the Chicago defense awaits next week.

Raiders TE Brandon Myers (5 rec, 57 yds) was concussed as well. It's his second concussion of the season, and at least his fourth since 2009, so Myers' status for Week 11 against New Orleans is very much in question.

And in Sunday night's game, Jay Cutler didn't play the second half due to – that's correct – a concussion. Jason Campbell entered in relief and promptly picked up Cutler's tendency to pepper Brandon Marshall with targets. Of Campbell’s 94 passing yards on Sunday, 86 went to Marshall, who finished with 107 yards in the game.

Meanwhile, it was not a happy Sunday for Ahmad Bradshaw (10 rush, 57 yds, lost fumble), who was out-produced by Andre Brown (94 total yds, TD), took a helmet-to-helmet hit and had X-rays for an undisclosed injury after the loss to Cincinnati. On a positive note, he said that the X-rays weren't related to his troublesome foot. Also on a positive note, he has a bye in Week 11 to attempt to regain some momentum. Nevertheless, these are not fun times for Bradshaw, who had 316 rushing yards in Weeks 5 and 6 combined, but has just 226 in four games since (an average of 57 per week).

Injury Scares: Julio Jones missed nearly half of Sunday's game due to a lower leg injury, but was able to return, finishing with four catches for 75 yards (including a 52-yard reception after the injury). ... Also returning after an injury scare: Demaryius Thomas, who left with what appeared to be a knee injury, but was apparently nothing serious (as evidenced by his nine catches for 135 yards). ... Jeremy Maclin passed concussion tests and was able to return after a neck/head injury. ... Malcom Floyd returned after an early jaw injury, finishing with six catches for 63 yards and a score. ... Dennis Pitta went to the locker room for concussion testing in the first half, but returned and finished with five catches for 67 yards and a TD (his first since Week 3). ... Frank Gore (undisclosed) underwent X-rays after rushing for 97 yards and a score on Sunday, but said that he's "Just sore," adding "It's cool."

Other Injury Notes: DeMarco Murray (foot) still hasn't passed the tests he needs to pass in order to play, but Murray says there's "a possibility" he'll get cleared to play for Week 11. ... The Vikings expect Percy Harvin (ankle) to return after their Week 11 bye. ... Chris Givens (toe) was surprisingly inactive on Sunday. ... Owen Daniels (hip) went through pregame warm-ups, but was unable to play against the Bears on Sunday night. ... Domenik Hixon was knocked out of Sunday's game with an ankle injury. ... Bilal Powell left with a concussion. ... Jason Avant left with a hamstring injury. ... Broncos RE Elvis Dumervil (shoulder) is headed for a Monday MRI.

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