On the bright side, there really weren’t a whole lot of injuries reported after the Week 6 games. Usually there’s a laundry list of names to go through, but today’s is, thankfully, going to run a little short. Still, there are some that could have a strong impact on your fantasy roster moving forward. Here’s a look at who took it on the chin this week and what it means to fantasy football owners moving forward.
Sam Bradford, QB STL – In a press conference Monday, Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo announced that Bradford has a high ankle sprain and he could miss this week, possibly longer. The team is listing him as questionable and x-rays came back negative, but this is the type of injury that lingers. The timing is poor here as it was announced that the Rams just brought in Brandon Lloyd, a no-question #1 receiver for their young quarterback. “Bradford to Lloyd” may not be a hot catchphrase for a couple of weeks now.
Jason Campbell, QB OAK – What more can you say about a broken collarbone, surgery, atleast a six week recovery process, and talk about Injured Reserve? It’s more than likely that Campbell was just being used as a back up, so the fantasy ramifications aren’t that big. What could be interesting is the recent news that the Bengals and Raiders are very close to a deal that would send Carson Palmer to Oakland. He obviously wouldn’t be able to take over immediately, but the Raiders are on a bye in Week 8 and Palmer could be under center for their Week 9 match up against the Broncos. With all the receivers back and Darren McFadden having such a great season, Palmer could be an interesting option down the road.
Matt Schaub, QB HOU – Schaub shows up in the “aftermath article” for the second week in a row, this time with a bum hip. He cancelled a regular Monday morning radio gig to have an MRI, but apparently things are minor and it’s being considered just regular soreness. Coach Gary Kubiak said that Schaub was able to do his routine Monday work, but could be rested in practice this week. All signs are poiting to him starting this weekend in a very favorable matchup against Tennessee.
Peyton Hillis, RB CLE – Everyone in Cleveland is swearing up and down the line that Hillis really did have a hamstring injury and that is what forced him from the game Sunday. A little sensitive to the situation, perhaps? But make no mistake, the Browns are more than happy to try ushering in the Montario Hardesty era, so don’t expect them to push Hillis too much right now. He’ll likely be listed as questionable all week and his status will remain up in the air until the last minute.
Felix Jones, RB DAL -- The official word is that Jones is out 2-4 weeks with a high ankle sprain. He was in a walking boot late Monday and coach Jason Garrett was already making preparations to move ahead without him. DeMarco Murray is likely to step in as the starter and Tashard Choice will share carries to help lighten the load.
Jhavid Best, RB DET – It’s a concussion, plain and simple. There haven’t been a whole lot of updates, but everyone seemed to know what was up when Best was standing on the sidelines for a good part fo the 4th quarter during the Lions’ first loss of the season. He’ll go through the NFL ‘s concussion protocol and we’ll update you again here on Friday, but play it safe and grab yourself Maurice Morris and, if you have the bench space, Keiland Williams. Morris will likely take over if Best is unable to go with Williams as the complementary back. There’s also Jerome Harrison, but it looks like he’s fallen out of favor and down on the depth chart.
Reggie Bush, RB MIA -- After rushing 10 times for 71 yards on Monday night, Bush was forced to leave the game after sustaining a neck injury. He actually looked pretty good, breaking off a pair of decent runs, including a 36 yard charge on the outside, but is still nothing more than a complementary back. True, he only received five less carries than Daniel Thomas, but had Thomas been 100% healthy (lingering hamstring issue), perhaps the splits would have been a little different. Bush is listed as questionable for Week 7, but should still see some action.
Devin Hester, WR CHI – After putting up one of the best performances of his career, Hester was forced to leave the game Sunday night with a chest injury. They are saying that it is nothing serious, so with Hester having already posted 91 receiving yards, 134 return yards and a 48 yard touchdown catch and the Bears ahead by a significant margin, perhaps the team was just playing it safe. It would be nice to see Hester string together a few of these games, but given his matchup with Tampa next week, it seems unlikely.
Some other names to check back in with this Friday…
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