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Week 3 was an odd one for fantasy football with the normal being abnormal and the abnormal being Jake Locker, Geno Smith and Brian Hoyer. But we pick up the pieces and move on. Unfortunately some of our pieces fell off our fantasy jalopies. Let's see if we can glue them back on.
C.J. Spiller left an already disappointing game for his fantasy owners with a knee injury in the third quarter. Coach Doug Marrone did not give any details regarding the severity of the injury, just saying he will be reevaluated. Fred Jackson is a must grab if he's still on any waiver wires, especially until the extent of Spiller’s injury is known.
Andre Johnson was kneed in the lower leg in the second quarter. The X-rays came back negative, but he wasn’t close to 100% when he came back into the game. Johnson will have an MRI to get a better look at the extent of the injury. DeAndre Hopkins would get a big boost if he misses any time.
Chris Ivory suffered a hamstring injury while his counterpart Bilal Powell ran 29 times for 149 yards. The Bills of course have a weak run defense, but Powell will continue to run with the lead back job, especially considering Ivory’s history with his hamstring and the time it took him to get right again.
Rams running back Daryl Richardson had his foot in a boot Wednesday, but was able to practice Thursday and Friday. Unfortunately on the first play of the game he had his injury reaggravated after someone stepped on his foot. The extent of the injury is unknown, but if he can’t go it looks like Isaiah Pead will see the most looks at running back, especially with the Rams defense keeping them in pass first mode.
Miles Austin tweaked his long-troubling hamstring once again. It doesn’t sound too bad, as the team is downplaying the severity, but Austin’s history with his hamstring makes this a disturbing development. Dwayne Harris seems like the best player to fill his position if he is out, but Terrance Williams is actually seeing more snaps than Harris.
Vincent Jackson left Sunday’s game with a rib injury. If the injury turns out to keep him from playing, Mike Williams gets a bump, but with the way Josh Freeman has been playing there’s not much upside in that passing game.
James Starks left the game before halftime with a knee injury and Johnathan Franklin took over for him and played well until a critical fumble. The Packers have a bye week coming up so Eddie Lacy should be back as the lead runner.
Other Injury Notes:
Jermichael Finley suffered a concussion early in the Bengals' game. The bye week will give him an extra week for recovery. . . . T.Y. Hilton seemed to be managing his groin injury and ran as the clear #3 wide receiver behind Darrius Heyward-Bey once again. . . . Jordan Reed was going to be a big part of Washington’s game plan with Fred Davis out, but he took a helmet to his quad and had to leave the game. . . . Lead blocker Henry Hynoski fractured his shoulder. It’s another tough blow for the reeling Giants. . . . Patrick Willis left Week 3’s game with a groin injury. . . . Shaun Draughn, who was serving as Bernard Pierce’s backup, left the game with a high ankle sprain. . . . Detroit Lions defensive lineman Jason Jones suffered a ruptured patella tendon and is done for the season. . . . Linebacker Clay Matthews left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury. . . . Charles Tillman left Sunday night’s game with a groin injury. He has also been dealing with a knee injury. . . . Tillman’s defensive teammate Henry Melton also left the game with a left knee injury.