Week 2 Injury Round Up

With week one in the books, it’s now time to look forward to the second week of the NFL. There were a slew of injuries that occurred this past week, and I’m here to break down the fantasy-relevant ones, and to give you a prognosis of what they mean to you and your fantasy team.

QB:

Tony Romo, DAL
Romo went down on Sunday night after getting crunched between two Giants (literally) although he did return for the 2nd half of the game. He was able to lead the Cowboys to victory, though at times it did seem like he was wincing when he threw. The Cowboys said that it was nothing more than him getting the wind knocked out of him, and for a few moments, the entire Cowboys nation was holding their breaths as well. He should be good to go this upcoming week, as he practiced Wednesday in full pads. In terms of his fantasy outlook, he goes into Kansas City up against an underrated defense. I don’t like him this week because of his matchup, not because of any lingering injury.

Blaine Gabbert, JAX
Gabbert had a rough opener to say the least on Sunday. This thumb issues may explain the fact that he threw for 121 yards, 0 TDs and 2 INTs, but I personally think it’s because he just isn’t any good. He didn’t even finish the game, coming out in the 4th quarter because of a lacerated hand (a deep cut/tear of the skin). He’s already been ruled out for the immediate future, and will not play Week 2. He probably shouldn’t have been on your radar anyways.

Mark Sanchez, NYJ
I don’t know why he would be on anyone’s roster, but if he’s on yours… Do yourself a favor and drop him. Thanks.

RBs

Shane Vereen, NE
In a gut-wrenching turn of events, Shane Vereen goes from Week 1 hero to the IR/desginated to return. Apparently Vereen played almost all of Week 1 with a fractured bone in his left wrist, and he still rushed for more than 100 yards. More importantly, he didn’t fumble. His counterpart Stevan Ridley should take some lessons from Vereen. What this means though is that Vereen will be unable to play until Week 11, which greatly diminishes his value. Ridley on the other hand, should return to being the workhorse for the Patriots offense. Vereen should be dropped in 10-team leagues, but an argument can be made to stash him in larger leagues.

Reggie Bush, DET
Bush looked every bit of the running back that the Lions were hoping for him to be. Not only did he show his shiftiness in the run game (90 yards) and in the pass game (101 yards, 1 TD). Unfortunately, he had to leave for a brief period of time due to a strained groin. On top of that, he was also dealing with a dislocated left thumb which Bush was quoted as saying “I just carried it (the ball) in my right hand.” If it were me, I’d be on the trainers table asking for pain killers and call it a game. That’s why I’m not a professional football player (among other reasons). He was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice, and the Lions coaching staff has not given any indications that they will ease up on his workload. Bush was likely drafted as a low end RB2 but health permitting, he looks like a top 12 option.

Jamaal Charles, KC
For completeness sake, Charles is included on this list. He left Sunday’s game due to a deep bruise on his right thigh. He was slightly limited in practice on Wednesday, but Charles himself has stated that he’ll be ready for the Week 2 matchup with the Cowboys. Start him as you would; he’ll likely get another 20+ touches this week.

Daryl Richardson, STL
Richardson missed practice Wednesday but Jeff Fisher said it was just to rest the 2nd year RB’s wheels after touching the ball 25 times Sunday. He came back to practice Thursday and he’ll start on Sunday against Atlanta.

Rashard Mendenhall, ARI
Medenhall continues to be limited in practice, but the Cardinals are confident that he will be ready to play Week 2. He’s a very low-end FLEX play.

Le’Veon Bell, PIT
Bell surprised everyone last week when he said that he should be good to go Week 2. Let this be another reason why we shouldn’t trust what a player thinks. New reports have him at least one month away. In a deeper league, I’d say he’s worth a stash, but with the loss of Pouncey (Pitt’s best offensive lineman), even if he returns I’m not sure how much value he’ll have. He is a rookie after all. For now, expect to see Redman continue to get the majority of the carries for the Steelers.

Brandon Bolden, NE
For those in deep leagues who wanted to take advantage of Ridley being in the dog house, this one hurts. Bolden was questionable leading up to the game, but now he’s officially been ruled out.

WRs

Danny Amendola, NE
After one week, Amendola is already projected to miss the next two games due to a groin injury. You could tell that he had hurt it midway through the game, as he kept pulling on it and didn’t look comfortable. He gutted it out and while it may have won the Patriots win the game, it will cost Amendola some games. The Boston Globe reports that it is likely that Amendola will miss at least weeks 2 and 3, and is targeting a week 4 return. This is rather surprising because he would have a full 10 days of rest between now and Week 3, but it seems like it may be a little bit more serious. For a guy that has a history of strangely severe injuries, this doesn’t come as a surprise to most owners. Hopefully if you own Amendola you took his history risk into account and drafted some insurance.

*Editor’s note: There was a new report saying that Amendola may not return until Week 6.* 

Dez Bryant, DAL
So Tony Romo and Dez Bryant are on this list, but not Demarco Murray? What is going on? Sunday night Dez rolled his ankle and had to come out of the game. He was extremely frusrated and in pain, but came back a few plays later. He practiced in full Thursday, and is going to be a full go against the Chiefs.

Roddy White, ATL
Roddy’s stinker in Week 1 left a lot of fantasy owners cringing. While the news was favorable going into the matchup against the Saints, it seems like White will be dealing with a high ankle sprain for the immediate future. He’s been hurt since the beginning of the pre-season, so he’s had almost a month to heal. From watching the film, I saw Roddy as playing a little more hesitantly than he normally does, especially when he breaks out of his cuts. He was used as a decoy more than anything else, much to the dismay of his owners. Week 2 presents an interesting case for Mr. White (no not Walter all you Breaking Bad fans). He missed practice again Thursday, and that puts his availability in doubt for this upcoming week. Even if he does play, I doubt he will be 100%. You probably drafted Roddy to be your WR1 or 2, so you might have few options left on the bench. My gut tells me to start him this week because I think he’ll be more than a decoy if he plays, but the safe thing is to look somewhere else.

Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
Fitz was dealing with a slight hamstring issue, but on Thursday he insisted that he was fine. He’s locked in as a WR1 and should be started in all formats.

Julio Jones, ATL
Jones missed some practice time this week due to a hamstring problem, but returned to limited practice today. Stay tuned for his status as Sunday gets closer, but I’m fairly confident that he will start in full.

TEs

Rob Gronkowski, NE
Gronk will not play Thursday against the Jets, but he does have a shot returning in 10 days Week 3. We’ll continue to monitor his progression, but be prepared for the Return of the Gronk any week now.

Zach Dudfeld, NE
Oops I meant Sudfeld. Actually, I did mean Dudfeld. He who excited so many of us leading to his Week 1 debut, wound up putting up a fat goose-egg on the scoreboard. Those rumors of him being used the way Hernandez was were way off. He’s officially been listed as inactive today, so now you won’t even have the temptation to start him again.

Jermichael Finley, GB
Finley was dealing with a toe issue, but he saw a specialist and returned to practice today. It’s a good sign for his Week 2 availability.

Dwayne Allen, IND
Allen also returned to limited practice Thursday for the Colts, but his status is still up in the air.

 

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