NFL fantasy injury report
Another week of injuries and we have another week of data points for how much injuries can affect a fantasy season. Have you been scrambling since drafting
There are so many ways that injuries factor in that it's a good thing this isn't turning into a game for wimps. Of course, if
Romo's gone from "almost ready" to "out a month" in the space of a week, leaving Cowboys fans to ask "what happened?" The answer is nothing. Reality set in for Romo, who simply couldn't play safely and comfortably with the brace on his throwing hand. Without the brace, he was having a difficult time gripping the ball, something a QB has to do on every play. Sources tell me that while the Cowboys "played along" with Romo for the sake of his psyche, he wasn't as close to playing as they let on last week and that the team had no intention of letting him get on the field. That seems a bit like spin, and maybe it is, but the record of the Cowboys medical staff is such that I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt here. They're a smart group and they get players back on the field without setbacks in most cases, so we'll have to watch Romo over the next few weeks to get a better hindsight on how this went down. Romo's out until after the bye week, at least for now.
There's a lot of talk about Brady's second surgery, and now even a third. While it's easy to dismiss this as similar to what happened with
Of note in the discussion about the infection is that Brady had a patellar tendon graft, meaning they took a piece of his own healthy tendon and used that to replace the ligament. That makes it a bit less likely that the graft will be attacked. Had it been a cadaver graft, as is more common these days, it would be a "weak link," just the type that an infection tends to go for. One final note is that
I don't want to take anything away from
It was a bad week for the Baileys as Champ's brother Boss also went down. He'll need microfracture surgery to repair his damaged knees and could be seeing the end of the line for his career. This type of surgery, using drills to create a "blood bed" and promote healing, is getting better, but is still the last resort for players who's knees are down to their last cartilage.
It's just stupid that the Browns have suspended Winslow for speaking about his staph infection. Maybe they're hoping to use the money to re-clean their facilities, since it seems that whatever they've done the last few times hasn't worked. Even opposing teams have had issues, so the problem is not contained. The fact is that while it's understandable for the Browns to be upset about Winslow's comments, he's exactly right. This is Winslow's second time dealing with an infection and the sixth time a Browns player has gone through it, so speaking out seems his best line of defense. It's hard to say how this will affect Winslow's play going forward. All you guys out there will understand when I say he'll need to be sure everything's OK after a "procedure" to relieve pressure in his scrotum before he gets back on the field. Winslow has appealed his suspension, though there's no clue what
We knew that Boldin had broken sinuses, and anyone with a reasonable level of wakefulness knows that he had a concussion, but the broken jaw he was speaking through on Sunday was a bit of a revelation. It surprised me, largely because I focused on the impact (no pun intended) of the concussion on his comeback and because breaking the jaw is so difficult with modern helmets and mouthpieces. Actually, I was able to determine that the jaw didn't break; Boldin had to have the jaw realigned using wires, so initial reports of a fracture were overblown. I can't tell from video if Boldin had his mouthpiece in on that play or even in general, nor can I tell how the jaw was involved. I'm also surprised that this could be kept silent, but I will admit that the Cards did a good job doing so. If this kind of damage can be done with a hit -- and
Jackson was a fantasy hero on Sunday, but didn't come out like Superman. Jackson left late with a quad strain that has some, including Rams coach
Speaking of burst, that's where Jackson will be limited. The quad is biomechanically involved in burst acceleration and in "pushing the pile." Not being able to do that, two of Jackson's key skills, will hurt his value even if he plays. He's going to be one of the players I have a close eye on Sunday morning.
The Eagles have been looking to the bye week for a while, knowing that they were getting healthier and that Westbrook really needed the week off. Now that they're past it, was it as much of a key as they'd expected? It looks like it was, at least heading into the next game. Curtis is finally full-go after hernia surgery (and his timeline tells us a lot about
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