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Sunday was not a fun day for many NFL players or their fantasy owners. There were many injuries that may impact your fantasy teams so let’s get right into it.
Eddie Lacy took his first handoff for 10 yards and was bullet-trained to the head by Brandon Meriweather’s helmet, and the guy inside. He left the game with a concussion and then his fantasy owners watched as James Starks ran over Washington’s poor run defense for 168 total yards and a touchdown, all the while knowing that could have been Lacy. Meriweather will most likely be facing a fine, but also concussed himself with a helmet-to-helmet hit on James Starks later in the game, which he was on the wrong side of this time around.
The Jacksonville Jaguars couldn’t move the ball to save their lives against the Raiders and to add injury to insult, Maurice Jones-Drew left the game just before halftime with a sprained ankle. It was the same foot that he hurt in 2012, but not the same injury, but coach Gus Bradley did reveal that Jones-Drew was experiencing some looseness in his ankle. We’ll need to see what a MRI reveals, but it seems unlikely that he’ll be suiting up against the 17.5-point favorite Seattle Seahawks next week. His replacement during the game was Jordan Todman who rushed five times for seven yards. The Jaguars are radioactive in fantasy at the moment.
Steven Jackson left Sunday’s game after stretching for an eight-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter and he never returned. It seems he injured his quad, but there have been no updates as of this writing. His main backup after he left was Jacquizz Rodgers but as usual he didn’t generate much offense, while Jason Snelling did when he came into the game. If he were out for an extended period of time Snelling would have more upside if given touches. We’ll update as soon as we know more.
Ray Rice injured his hip and left the game against the Browns in the second half. The Ravens are calling it a left hip flexor strain and saying he won’t need an MRI. That’s good news for his owners, but reiterates Bernard Pierce’s value.
The 80% number for Larry Fitzgerald’s hamstring health turned out to be off, as he couldn’t finish the game and rested for the final quarter. Fitzgerald says he will “definitely” play in week 3 against the Saints and if he does it will be hard to sit him in such a plus matchup, but this game was tough to take for his fantasy owners.
Reggie Bush’s body seems to be loosening at the seams. Last week he hurt his thumb, groin and knee against the Vikings and this week he hurt his knee again and left the game. He did return a few plays later, but then re-tweaked the same knee most likely when he fumbled in the red zone and never returned to the field. He will have an MRI, but says he’s not too concerned. I would be concerned. It’s only been two games and Bush is getting dinged up each game. Joique Bell is already owned in competitive leagues, so hopefully he’s on your team.
Andre Johnson left Sunday’s game after making a great late in the game catch on the sideline and holding onto the ball as he was hit hard by Bernard Pollard. He is going through the concussion protocols but we’ve yet to hear the diagnosis. The fact that he didn’t return during overtime suggests he wasn’t in perfect health. If he can’t go next week DeAndre Hopkins will be the main target for Matt Schaub.
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Other Injury Notes:
Vernon Davis left last night’s game with a hamstring injury, but we don’t know the extent as of yet. . . . Malcom Floyd was caught between two Eagles’ defenders and sandwiched after he put his head down, which injured his neck. He was taken off the field on a stretcher, but initial reports have been good and he made the plane ride home to San Diego. If he is held out next week Keenan Allen will see increased snaps. . . . Darrius Heyward-Bey landed on his shoulder hard late in the second quarter, which ended his day. We’ll need to hear more about the extent of the injury, but T.Y. Hilton would look to easily continue his windfall of passing targets. . . . Roddy White once again started, but was in and out of the lineup and only caught three passes for 21 yards. It doesn’t seem like playing him on his hurt ankle is doing him that much good. . . . Brandon Weeden injured his thumb in the fourth quarter, but x-rays came back negative. We’ll get more updates on this, but so far so good for Weeden. . . . Martellus Bennett told reporters that he “messed up his shoulder” on a catch in the second quarter. He continued to play, so we’ll need to hear more until we worry.