NFL fantasy injury report
How many of you drafted six running backs? The more I look around at fantasy rosters, I'm beginning to think that drafting depth at that spot is the smart play. With the orthodoxy moving to drafting one QB and one TE, using the waiver wire as the bench, this strategy is opened up if you also shorten up on WRs. Given the way the season has gone so far, RB depth is simply not there, due to injuries, changing patterns of use in the NFL, and simple quality. Even the blue-chip backs like
If we're not going to freak out about Tomlinson's toe problem, we'd better have information to back up his assertions. I spoke with Dr.
As you can see, even the low end is much longer than the Chargers have let on here. I also asked how this affects a runner like Tomlinson. "Skill position players require explosive acceleration/deceleration and lateral movements moreso than a lineman moving mostly forward and backwards," Kwong explained. "The difference between good and great is but a moment in motion. The great toe joint must function relatively smoothly and painlessly to allow this to happen; the joints must rotate symmetrically, ligaments maintain alignment properly, and muscles apply their force efficiently." All in all, it's a pretty negative assessment for Tomlinson in all time frames. Given the solid play of
That header is only half-joking, given what the OIR is expected to look like this week, with 10 players out on Wednesday's practice report. The Indianapolis media complained loudly about the early (Week 4) bye week when the schedule came out, but now they're loving it. With half the line and other key players out, the Colts are trying to limp through a key Week 3 matchup before healing up with the bye.
Despite the division matchup with the also-banged up Jaguars, the Colts don't appear to be pushing
One factor in the Colts' favor is that the Jags are as beat up on the interior as the Colts, making it more of an even matchup. Another is that the Colts' halftime adjustments to the blocking schemes, ones that reportedly were phoned in by recovering line coach
The focus has been more on the effect of losing
There's a lot being made of Roethlisberger's sprained shoulder.
News is also good for Steelers fans on Holmes. There was some worry after he came out of Sunday's game with a knee problem. It turns out it was just a painful bruise, but that should clear up in plenty of time for him to get his full slate of targets in what should be a great matchup against the Eagles.
Remember how Fargas came out of nowhere last season after injuries and ineffectiveness ahead of him left the door open? That might be happening again, except it's Fargas who is injured this time.
One thing I like about
I don't normally make predictions; I suck at them and am usually wrong, so note that while I tell you to avoid Schaub this week. Coming off a distracted "bye" week, the Texans may be well-rested, but no one who has seen the team thinks they've been able to just think about football. Facing a very physical Titans team that has put a big hurt on their early season opponents -- just ask the Jags -- we're sure to see a Schwarz vs Gibbs throwdown. If we look at the patterns, that means Schaub is going to be taking some hits and will be exposed. Whether that translates into an injury or not remains to be seen, but Schaub's definitely the most risky player to hit the field this Sunday. Schaub's a solid enough QB, but the one skill he hasn't exhibited yet is the ability to make it through the season healthy.