By: Jon Margulis @jon_magulis
Week 8 – Injury Update
This weekly column, brings you a weekly update on all the injuries that happen of 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 comes out only on Tuesday and should be treated as just a preliminary reaction to injuries that happen in-game.
BAL @ MIN
Mike Wallace – Concussion
Questionable to play in Sunday’s game because of a back injury, Wallace lost control of the ball and lost his helmet after a vicious hit from Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo and remained down on the field. He was helped off the field, then went to the locker room to be examined for a concussion. Later in the first half, Wallace was ruled out for the remainder of the game.
Fantasy Impact: With the offense struggling and three unproven WRs in the game it’s no wonder the Ravens didn’t get anything going. With Flacco still missing his top two receivers, the Ravens offense is a team I would want to steer clear of right now.
Jeremy Maclin – Shoulder
Maclin was ruled out for the week 7 showdown in Minnesota. Maclin was originally expected to play but had a setback during pregame warmups.
Fantasy Impact: This was his second straight absence and as a result he has not performed to people’s expectations. He still has time to turn around his and the Raven’s season, but he needs to get healthy. With a short week it doesn’t look like Mike wallace will be ready to go so, if Maclin can get on the field, he may be in line for a huge workload.
NYJ @ MIA
Jay Cutler – Chest/Ribs
After taking a hard hit and landing on his left side in the third quarter, Cutler retreated to the locker room with Dolphins medical staff and was replaced by Matt Moore. The team subsequently indicated that Cutler was questionable to return because of a chest injury, but he did not return. After the game, Dolphins coach Adam Gase said that Cutler will undergo further testing to determine the extent of the injury. The Dolphins believe he has cracked ribs and could certainly miss time.
Fantasy Impact: When you’re starting QB goes down, it’s never good. I’m not so sure with this case. After Matt Moore got settled in, he lead the Dolphins to a win after a 4th quarter of 17 unanswered points. I think Moore may just be taking his team back from Smoking Jay.
ARI @ LAR
Carson Palmer – Arm
During the second quarter, Palmer took a big hit on a play on which he threw an interception. The Cardinals’ medical staff examined him on the sidelines before he headed back to the locker room, and Drew Stanton took over for Arizona on the next offensive series. Palmer was initially declared questionable to return with an arm injury but was later downgraded to out. After the game, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians indicated that Palmer has a broken arm and is expected to miss eight weeks after surgery.
Fantasy Impact: Whatever glimpses of hope that the Cardinals got after AP came over via trade, disappeared with this Palmer injury. The reality is, that Palmer has mulled retirement before and we may have seen his last snap in the NFL. This leaves Drew Stanton which basically means none of the receivers in Arizona are startable week to week outside of maybe Larry Fitzgerald. (A word of caution on Fitz – he is known to start a downward trend in fantasy production right around this time of the year so sell if you can.)
JAC @ IND
Leonard Fournette – Ankle
Fournette, who downplayed the ankle injury last week, was held out of the week 7 trounce of the Colts. He should return week 9.
Fantasy Impact: This looks like Jacksonville being safe about their franchise running back. WIth Fournette out, Ivory and Yeldon both had very successful days against the piss poor Colts defense.
TEN @ CLE
Joe Thomas – Triceps
Thomas suffered a left arm injury during the third quarter against Tennessee. The team quickly announced that Thomas would miss the remainder of the game with a triceps injury. After the game Thomas indicated that he would undergo further testing. The concern is that Thomas tore his triceps and will require season ending surgery.
Fantasy Impact: This injury is in here solely because one of the greatest streaks ever is over. Thomas, by missing a play with the injury, snapped a run of 10,363 consecutive snaps. That’s 11 years for those keeping track, that Thomas has not missed a play on defense. #tough
Delanie Walker – Ankle
Walker’s right foot/ankle was injured on a reception during overtime. As he hobbled to the bench, he was clearly avoiding putting any weight on the right foot, and he remained out for the duration of the game. In his postgame remarks, Titans coach Mike Mularkey indicated that Walker suffered an ankle sprain.
Fantasy Impact: This is a huge blow to fantasy owners. It’s hard to find a reliable TE. If you are in a pinch and Walker is looking like a no-go for week 8, expect Jonnu Smith to be heavily used in his stead. Smith has already proven why he was drafted in the 3rd round.
DAL @ SF
Dan Bailey – Groin
Bailey was ruled out for the game because of a groin injury midway through the second quarter. With Bailey sidelined, Cowboys defensive back Jeff Heath subbed in for kickoff duties.
Fantasy Impact: This was one of the more comical things to watch in this week. However, this is a rough blow for a season that seemingly has injured more kickers than usual. It’s ok, kickers shouldn’t be a part of fantasy anyway.
SEA @ NYG
C.J. Prosise – Ankle
An ankle injury sidelined Prosise during the first quarter, and he was deemed questionable to return.
Fantasy Impact: Just returning from injury, Prosise got injured again. Not that you should want to have anything to do with this backfield, but it may be the who’s who of RBs you want to avoid at all costs.
WAS @ PHI