By: Jon Margulis (Twitter: @jon_margulis)
Week 1: Injury Update
This weekly column brings you a weekly update on all the injuries that happen over the course of the weekend. Please keep in mind that information on these players is always changing and statuses may change later in the week. This column comes out only on Tuesday and should be treated as just a preliminary reaction to injuries that happen in-game.
KC @ NE
Danny Amendola (Concussion)
Danny Amendola was injured in the third quarter of the season opener. He was slow to get off the field, came back into the game. He was eventually ruled out of the 4th quarter.
Fantasy Impact: Amendola was a focal point of the Pats offensive right from the gate. Being heavily targeted by Brady, Amendola seems to have slipped into the Julian Edelman role. The issue for him has always been health. We will monitor his progress closely because he seems vital for moving the ball in the Pats offensive scheme.
Malcolm Mitchell (Knee, IR)
Mitchell was placed on IR with a knee injury leading up to the week 1 matchup with Kansas City.
Fantasy Impact: This is yet another blow to the New England offense. It shed more light on the trade of Jacoby Brissett to the Colts for Phillip Dorsett. Mitchell is available to join the team again in Week 8.
Dont’a Hightower (Knee)
Hightower had his leg twisted in all the wrong ways. He got twisted up by under a lineman. They have ruled this a “minor” MCL sprain.
Fantasy Impact: Hightower got lucky. He walked off under his own strength and was seen riding an exercise bike later in the game with a heating pad on his knee. With 10 days between matchups, there is a good chance he will be able to play against the Saints in Week 2.
Tyreek Hill (Thigh)
Hill limped off the field in the Chiefs win over the Patriots. He is reported as a thigh injury.
Fantasy Impact: There is not much to worry about just yet. Reports are he slightly pulled his thigh muscle or just had a cramp. He will be a full go next week and should be considered a high upside WR2 in all formats.
Eric Berry (Achilles, IR)
The Chiefs have placed Berry on season ending IR with a torn Achilles.
Fantasy Impact: Berry who completely controlled Gronk throughout much of the game tore his Achilles. This is a big blow to the Chief defense who was so strong over the middle of the field. Berry has been an amazing safety in the league. Look for teams to try to exploit this absence in the future.
NYJ @ BUF
LeSean McCoy (Wrist)
McCoy had an apparent wrist injury in the fourth quarter that led to a voltured touchdown. He was back in on the next series.
Fantasy Impact: Shady will be a full go in Week 2 and should be started in all formats. Don’t worry about the injury. He said it got hit in a funny way and just went numb for a couple seconds. He will have another monster workload against Carolina.
PHI @ WAS
Caleb Sturgis (Quad)
NFL’s Ian Rappaport reported that Sturgis suffered a quad strain in his plant leg and will miss a couple weeks
Fantasy Impact: If you are starting Sturgis you are streaming kickers already. Time to move on to the next one.
Ronald Darby (Ankle)
Darby went down with an ankle injury and was carted off the field. He was then ruled out. Reports have come in from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, that he had a dislocated ankle but will not need surgery.
Fantasy Impact: This is a big blow to a hopeful Eagles defense who were a streaming option.
JAC @ HOU
Allen Robinson (ACL, IR)
Robinson left the game after suffering a left knee injury on the 3rd play of the game. MRIs have shown it’s a torn ACL and Robinson will miss the rest of the 2017 season.
Fantasy Impact: With Robinson out, the target, the little that there are, will get divided up between Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee. With Dede Westbrook also out, Arrelious Benn may become a factor. But for now Hurns is the main waiver wire target after Week 1.
Ryan Griffin, C.J. Fiedorowicz, Stephen Anderson (Concussion)
All 3 of Houston’s tight ends got concussed on Sunday. They are all in concussion protocol. Look for Evan Baylis to be promoted from the practice squad but don’t expect much out of him.
Fantasy Impact: Without their TEs, Houston will have to throw to their receivers. With Watson planning on being named the starter, look for larger roles for Hopkins and Braxton Miller, as well as D’onta Foreman and Lamar Miller.
J.J. Watt (Hand)
Watt suffered a finger injury but came back into the play. He was quoted saying, “bone busted through skin” and the injury was “nothing bad”. Ok Superman, if you didn’t know this already, Watt is BA.
Fantasy Impact: Expect Watt to be a full go all week and in Week 2. Houston’s Defense needs to regroup after the poor performance against Jacksonville.
ARI @ DET
David Johnson (Wrist)
Johns sustained a wrist injury in the 3rd quarter against the Lions. Initial x rays came back negative. We await an MRI to be done. There appears to be two timelines for his return. One is 2-4 weeks, the other is 3-4 months. The IR has not been ruled out.
Fantasy Impact: This may be the biggest blow to fantasy lineups this season. Johnson will miss multiple weeks. Owners should look elsewhere to fill their gaps. Don’t go looking for Kerwynn Williams as the Cardinals will go full RBBC in the wake of DJ’s injury.
PIT @ CLE
Stephon Tuitt (Arm)
The Steelers believed that Tuitt had torn his biceps and would be out the rest of the season. MRIs have come back negative and they hope the injury will only be a couple weeks.
Fantasy Impact: Tuitt is vital to the Steelers pass rush having 11.5 sacks over his three years there. They will have to find creative ways to plug that hole until he returns.
ATL @ CHI
Kevin White (Shoulder, IR)
White suffered a shoulder injury and was ruled out of the game. Originally believed to be a broken collarbone, tests have come back to show that it’s a fractured scapula. White has been placed on IR and the team fear he will need season ending surgery.
Fantasy Impact: An already depleted receiving corps has just lost another player. This is White’s 3rd season injured and not playing even a small portion of the season. Kendall Wright & Markus Wheaton are set to get the bulk of the targets. However the receiving leader could, and probably will be Tarik Cohen. Cohen worked primarily as Chicago’s passing down back. He exploded Week 1. Expect his role to expand.
BAL @ CIN
Danny Woodhead (Hamstring)
Woodhead suffered a hamstring injury on the first drive of the game. He was carted to the locker room. Woodhead would not comment on if the injury was to the same hamstring that kept him sidelined in the preseason. Reports say that he could miss significant time.
Fantasy Impact: Woodhead’s injury, while potentially devastating, shouldn’t come too much as a surprise. Woodhead went down last season with an ACL tear and has a long history of injuries. This leaves Baltimore with two backs left. Terrance West and Javorius Allen. Expect both to get an expanded passing role in Week 2.
IND @ LAR
Andrew Luck (Shoulder)
Luck, who was ruled out Week 1, has been ruled out for Week 2 as well. This comes as no surprise as we know that Luck will be missing multiple weeks. Reports say that he still has a decent way to go to make it back and wouldn’t be surprised if he misses 5-6 weeks. No definite timetable has been given.
Fantasy Impact: With Luck out, Scott Tolzien got the start, and shortly was benched for new acquisition, Jacoby Brissett. Without Luck, the Colts looked worse than awful. Indianapolis is an offense to avoid without their star QB under center.
CAR @ SF
Reuben Foster (Ankle)
Foster suffered a high ankle sprain getting juked out by Christian McCaffrey in the end of the first quarter. He had to be carted off the field. However, Foster is optimistic he will be back “very, very soon”. No time table has been made but we are optimistic as is Foster.
SEA @ GB
Thomas Rawls (Ankle)
Rawls was inactive in Week 1 against the Packers. He practiced throughout the week but did not play. This was precautionary to get him fully healthy. He has since been changed to probable for Week 2.
Fantasy Impact: Rawls coming back means a lot. Lacy was abysmal in Week 1. The star was Chris Carson (who should be owned in all dynasty leagues) but the real losers were the Seattle offensive line. Hopefully they can regroup and provide Rawls with some running lanes next week against the worst run defense in the league, San Francisco.
NYG @ DAL
Odell Beckham Jr. (Ankle)
OBJ was ruled out of the Week 1 contest against Dallas last minute. He is fully expected to return Week 2. Him sitting was a precaution so that he would get fully healthy.
Fantasy Impact: The Giants need OBJ. That was made clear with a horrendous showing on Sunday night. He makes their offense tick. Expect him back on the field, which should improve everyone from Brandon Marshall to Eli Manning.