NFL fantasy injury report
I feel your pain. My team in the
Say it with me: turf toe lingers. By trying to play through it, Tomlinson put himself at risk for precisely the kind of exacerbation he has now by trying to play through an injury that could have been healed up by a week, maybe two, of rest. The unusual re-injury, in which someone stepped on his foot while he twisted, isn't the right mechanism for more turf toe, though with the connective tissue already injured, that additional stress could do damage. To two doctors I spoke with, it sounds more like a self-reducing dislocation compounded with lax connective tissue. Yeah, that's bad. Tomlinson will continue to play through it, but there's little chance of him being more than effective and much more of a chance that we see the type of performance we saw last week. There is the bye week coming up in a few weeks which could give him just enough room to heal up, but
Westbrook has always been injury-prone, especially given his chronic knee problems. The thing is that he's always been able to be effective playing through the injuries. Westbrook came back from his ankle sprain to play and quickly broke two ribs. Related? One source says yes. "He went to cut and just stopped," indicating that maybe he wasn't quick enough or "buckled" as he tried to cut. I didn't see the play so I can't add much here, but it's reasonable. With two fractured ribs, it's a pain tolerance issue, but the schedule might come into play. The Eagles' bye is Week 7, so sitting Westbrook next week gives him three weeks to heal up if they go that route. It's the smart plan, though in a tough NFC East, every game counts a lot, especially coming off a tough loss.
It was a vicious hit, but not a dirty one. There
"We don't do that." That's what
Elbow injuries in baseball tend to come from repetitive use or overuse. In football, they come from getting smashed by a 300-pound guy with closing speed. That's how Griese came up sore enough to come out, giving
Speaking of elbow injuries, Palmer came through his start pretty well. He threw effectively, though several people indicated that he seemed a bit wilder than normal. Those of you that follow my work on baseball know that control is one of the first signs of an elbow injury, but with the knowledge that Palmer doesn't have a significant tear of the elbow ligament, I think we can discount this a bit. As Palmer gets beyond the acute phase of the injury, we'll have to make sure he's not maintaining this exhibited loss of control, though it's much tougher to judge in football than baseball. Palmer was back at practice on Wednesday so it appears Palmer is past this to the point where you can safely use him from week to week.
The Steelers never told us what the actual injury to Parker was, but it's clear now that he tore his MCL. It matches all the symptoms and with the small brace that Parker was seen wearing at his return, it looks like he'll be much more of the North-South runner he excels at being than jittery. There should be no concern starting Parker once the team comes back from the bye.
The bye week gave the Raiders time to get a bit healthier, though it's always hard to read what the Raiders are doing. Fargas was back at practice and with
The Saints and