Judging from my emails and tweets, injuries are as big a factor as ever when it comes to winning and losing in the NFL. Whether you care if "your team" is notching a win or if you're counting points in your fantasy league, talent wins, but keeping that talent available is as big a part as assembling it. Fantasy players often don't feel like they can manage that risk, but while they don't have doctors and trainers advising them, you can make adjustments. I'm here to help with that.
The Giants come out of a big Sunday matchup with a lot of injuries and a loss. Their o-line was utterly exposed by the Colts rush and it doesn't look much better this week, meaning Manning is a downgrade against an aggressive Titans defense.
The Buccaneers are one of the real surprises of the year, but looking at their injury report tells you a bit of why they've surprised. Getting all the talent out on the field is key to any team's hope. There is a big red flag flying over the pirate ship with
The only injury of significance on either side is to
The NFL has 53-man rosters. The Browns' injury report this week listed 20 of those players. Across the board, the Browns are in a situation where depth is a real issue.
The Vikings look to get off the schneid against, but the Lions aren't the pushover they once were.
After a 400-yard passing day, the 'Skins decided that they didn't need to keep McNabb on the injury report. The ankle was never as much of an issue as was made of it. This week, it's a knee that has McNabb a little worried.
It might look odd up there with the tight end up and the quarterback down, but let me explain. Romo has looked terrible, even with an offensive line that's ranked No. 1 in pass protection. Romo's been taking more heat than his advanced measures would show, leaving me to wonder if the problem isn't the playcalling more than the play. This week will be a real test for both as
The Chiefs -- my surprise pick of '10 -- don't have any significant injuries. They have some players listed, including
There's not much of an injury story for the Eagles, but all eyes are focused on
The Broncos running back situation is tough all around.
Fitzgerald was a high draft pick, often the first receiver off the board, but so far, he's been this year's biggest disappointment. A knee injury and poor quarterback play have kept his numbers down. Now, he's dealing with a wrist injury as well. Combine that with
The Chargers offense has some real issues, with