By: Jon Margulis (Twitter: @jon_margulis)
Week 2: 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 should be treated as just a preliminary reaction to injuries that happen in-game.
HOU @ CIN
Kevin Johnson & Johnathan Joseph (Knee & Shoulder respectively)
Even with both Johnson and Joseph getting hurt during the game, Houston was able to hold on and win the game. It’s as if they weren’t even needed as Andy Dalton played horrible yet again. These injuries come as a big blow to an already struggling Houston secondary.
Fantasy Impact: This could mean good things for WRs moving forward as long as Dalton isn’t throwing the ball. Look to take advantage of plus matchups against the Texans’ secondary in the next couple weeks.
CLE @ BAL
Corey Coleman (Hand, IR)
According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Corey Coleman suffered a broken hand in Week 2 against the Ravens. Coleman will most likely need surgery after he also missed 6 weeks last season due to the same injury. The Browns have placed Coleman on the IR and he will be available Nov. 12th.
Fantasy Impact: Just as things seemed to be going great for the second year rookie, he falls again. Is this the new Kevin White? Coleman can’t seem to get healthy each season. People were nervous to draft Coleman this offseason, and this is a prime example why. He is an easy drop unless you have an IR spot available. He is a great stash or buy low in dynasty.
DeShone Kizer (Migraines)
Kizer missed a significant amount of playing time in Week 2 due to sever migraines. Apparently Hue Jackson knew about this issue before they drafted Kizer. Kizer is slated to start next week against the Colts.
Fantasy Impact: Kizer will be under center Week 3. He gets a plus matchup against the Colts. Expect him to show up nice. Could be a decent play in 2 QB leagues. Hopefully he will find a way to manage the headaches.
Jamie Collins (Concussion)
Collins suffered a concussion in Week 2. He will have to go through the protocol before being cleared to play. His availability is in doubt heading into Week 3.
Fantasy Impact: This is just another ding on the already hurting defense of the Browns.
Jeremy Maclin (Shoulder)
Maclin suffered a shoulder stinger on the first drive of the game. He sat out a couple drives before he came back in full force. He scored for the second straight week.
Fantasy Impact: The hit that forced Maclin out did not look that serious. He looked good in his return. Continue to expect Maclin to have big games as he has clearly established himself as Flacco’s go-to guy
CHI @ TB
Jordan Howard (Arm/Shoulder)
Howard had a bad game and to make matters worse he was seen leaving the stadium with his arm in a sling.
Fantasy Impact: Not only is Howard inefficient, he is losing his job to rookie sensation, Tarik Cohen. Cohen is the man to own in the Bears backfield. However they will both find a stout run defense in Pittsburgh next week. It is possible that Howard’s role diminishes even more. It only took howard 2 weeks to supplant Langford. The time is high for Cohen.
Kendall Wright (Arm)
An arm injury sent Wright to the sidelines during the game in Tampa. He eventually returned.
Fantasy Impact: Wright barley led the team in targets over Zach Miller and Tarik Cohen. This is a team that can not afford to lose yet another receiver. Wright should be good to go for Week 3 and will be shadowed by Joe Haden. He isn’t really worth a pick up.
Kwon Alexander (Hamstring)
Alexander suffered a hamstring injury in Week 2 and did not return as a precaution as the Bucs were wiping the floor with the Bears. Keep an close eye on ALexander and the Wednesday injury report.
Fantasy Impact: In IDP, this is a potential huge hit to your lineups. Seek starters elsewhere for LB just in-case the issue heads into Week 3 or beyond.
MIN @ PIT
T.J. Watt (Groin)
Watt left the Week 2 matchup early in the first quarter with a groin injury. It did not appear to be too serious as Watt stayed on the sideline for the rest of the half.
Fantasy Impact: This could seriously hurt the Steelers defense. Watt has already shown he is an important part of what the team is trying to do defensively. They may sit him as they are lined up against the Bears next week.
Sam Bradford (Knee)
Bradford was a late scratch on Sunday that was expected as Bradford was seen limping during warmups and Case Keenum was seen handling some extended practice time. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Sam Bradford’s knee injury is a bone bruise. They are waiting to see how well he reacts to a pain killing injection but he is believed to be good for their Week 3 matchup against the Bucs.
Fantasy Impact: If you sat Diggs or Thielen last week, you are wise. It is clear that they need Bradford under center to be able to run the team. His availability will be a huge factor in starting or sitting Vikings players.
NE @ NO
Rob Gronkowski (Groin)
Gronk went down with a groin injury after putting up a monster game. It was the Brady – Gronk show. He had a massive 53 yard TD which he was wide open for and he dominated the Saints on all levels of the field. He was seen on a training bike afterwards.
Fantasy Impact: Gronk has shrugged off the injury already and reports are coming out that the injury is not serious. Expect Gronk to be a full go in Week 3. He is a must start, especially with a pissed off Brady about Week 1.
Phillip Dorsett (Knee)
Dorsett left the game with a knee injury. The Patriots are already thin at WR. If this was a closer game, both Dorsett and Gronk would have probably found their way back into the game.
Fantasy Impact: Dorsett will be good to go Week 3. The question is, will Amendola? Dorsetts role is too up in the air to be a startable play or even owned in all but the deepest of dynasty leagues.
Dont’a Hightower (Knee)
Hightower is still battling back from a minor MCL sprain. He is said the be dealing with the 2-3 week variety of MCL sprains so he could be back as early as this week.
Fantasy Impact: Hightower is the glue that holds the defense intact. The Patriots could not get him back sooner.
Danny Amendola (Concussion)
Amendola was not cleared for Week 2 and was deemed inactive. Hopefully he will be cleared this week to play and will bounce back.
Fantasy Impact: Amendola is desperately needed in a Pats offense that is lacking in WRs. He is the definition of an injury risk. Play him at your own risk.
TEN @ JAC
Corey Davis (Hamstring)
Davis re-aggravated a training camp injury that had him sidelined then. He is being considered day-to-day and may miss Week 3 just to get him back to full health.
Fantasy Impact: Davis has begun to emerge as the WR we expected coming out of college. It will be next man up in Tennessee. Look for Matthews and Decker to see a little more targets if Davis sits Week 3.
DeMarco Murray (Hamstring)
Murray also has ‘tightness’ in his hamstring and was limited in week 2 versus the Jaguars. He is dealing with the same issues that Corey Davis. Murray is considered day to day.
Fantasy Impact: So far Murray has not lived up to his expectations yet this season. Henry has been knocking on Murray’s door this season. If Murray plays he will be hard pressed to find running room against the Seattle defense.
Taywan Taylor (Ankle)
Taylor left the game with an ankle injury, but was only sidelined for a couple snaps before getting back in.
Fantasy Impact: Taylor is sure to get a nice boost if Davis is out Week 3, but will be facing the Seattle defense. He is a great dynasty stash but nothing of value week-to-week.
ARI @ IND
Andrew Luck (Shoulder)
Luck has already been ruled out for Week 3.
Fantasy Impact: Andrew Luck can not work his way back fast enough. The Colts are currently fighting it out with the Jets for last place. There is no time table on his return. If you are holding on to him, it may be a long season for you.
BUF @ CAR
Greg Olsen (Foot)
Olsen fractured his foot during the matchup with Buffalo in Week 2. He was seen in a boot with crutches on the sideline. An x ray confirmed the fracture. Olsen will have surgery and will be out 6 – 8 weeks.
Fantasy Impact: This is a huge blow to both the Panthers and fantasy owners. Olsen has been the epitome of consistency in the last 5 years at TE. Owners no will have to scramble to replace Olsen and his TE1 talent and points.
SF @ SEA
Jimmy Graham (Ankle/Knee)
It appeared that Graham injured his knee in Week 2. But Pete Carroll came out saying that Graham is questionable for Week 3 with an ankle injury. Hopefully this will be cleared up this week.
Fantasy Impact: We have been waiting for Graham to finally break out. Seems like we may have to wait just a little longer. This was not a good week for top TEs. You may need to find a replacement Week 3.
WAS @ LAR
Jordan Reed (Chest)
Reed is day-to-day with a bruised chest. It seems this should not hold him out for Week 3, but with Reed it’s always a rollercoaster ride.
Fantasy Impact: Reed should be a full go, but will the Skins be? This offense needs to find some jumper cables and get a jump start. The really need to get something going.
Rob Kelley (Ribs)
Rob Kelley exited Sunday’s game with a rib injury. It was confirmed to not be fractured ribs. But that was the fear. We will know more as the week goes on. It seems highly unlikely Kelley is out on the field in Week 3.
Fantasy Impact: Kelley being out leaves Samaje Perine handling the heavy load. He has not been stellar to start his rookie year but this may be his best chance to show us what he’s got. Chris Thompson has been on fire this season so far. He has steadily moved into RB2 territory in PPR and a flex play everywhere else.
GB @ ATL
Vic Beasley (Hamstring)
Beasley suffered a “slight” hamstring tear on Sunday night against the packers. He is expected to be sidelined for about a month.
Fantasy Impact: Beasley is an essential part of the Falcons defense. Without him, the already porous defense will be even more vulnerable. Expect high scoring games.
Jordy Nelson (Quad)
Jordy limped off the field in the first quarter of the game vs. Atlanta. He was hit in the thigh with a knee. He did not return. Adam Schefter has said that Jordy is 50/50 for Week 3.
Fantasy Impact: Jordy missing a week won’t kill your playoff chances. But it sure doesn’t help them either. Look for Adams and Cobb to gain a big boost if Jordy isn’t around. Look for Bennett in the end zone as well.
Randall Cobb (Shoulder)
Cobb had a bad looking shoulder injury. However, MRIs have come back negative on his shoulder. It looks like Rodgers won’t lose any of his weapons. Cobb is considered day to day and will definitely be out there Week 3.
Fantasy Impact: Cobb has been heavily used to start the season. If Jordy misses time, expect his role to expand even more. Cobb is a great waiver pick up in all formats.