NFL Week 7 Was Week of the Injury
Alex Dunlap, Rosterwatch.com
There were so many injuries on Sunday that you may have not been able to keep up. Here we gather up the MASH unit and start taking roll for fantasy football owners.
Running Backs injured this week:
Raiders RB Darren McFadden- McFadden left the game vs. the Chiefs Sunday in the first quarter with a foot injury and did not return. Many sources are saying that he could have been able to return in an emergency situation, but the game (that KC dominated) was out of control early and there was no sense in risking further aggravation. While any injury to McFadden is disconcerting to fantasy owners, he should be good to go again after Oakland’s Week 8 bye coming up.
Redskins RB Tim Hightower- Tim Hightower looked like the best runner for the Redskins yesterday, racking up 88 yards before being carted off the field grabbing his knee in pain. It looked bad, and there is a lot of smoke coming from Washington early Monday Morning that the has suffered a season-ending ACL injury. Obviously, this would boost the fantasy value of Ryan Torain and Roy Helu.
Bucs RB Earnest Graham- Starting in Relief of the injured Legarrette Blount, Graham eft the game vs. the Bears in London with a foot injury that ended up being a torn achilles. Kregg Lumpkin may be someone to keep an eye on in the near term.
Cardinals RB Beanie Wells- Just as we begin to regain faith in Wells as a true fantasy stud, here goes the knee again. He left in the second quarter of the Steelers game with a sprained knee. Tests are set for today from which a timetable for return will be established. In the near term, Alfonso Smith becomes the true defacto “starter” but LaRod Stephens=Howling gets the biggest bump value-wise should Wells miss extended time.
Denver RB Willis MacGahee- Willis left the game vs. the Dolphins with a broken hand on the same day that teammate Demaryius Thomas made his return to the team after missing time with the same ailment. Tests today will determine whether or not surgery is required. Knowshon Moreno gets the biggest bump in value if MacGahee is set to miss any time.
Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch- Minutes before kicking off the crappiest game in the history of sports vs. the Browns, Lynch suffered a setback in pregame drills. The team is reporting back spasms, and we don’t see Lynch missing any more time if you are unlucky enough to be depending on him.
Saints RB Mark Ingram- Left in the 4th quarter of the Saints’ epic blowout of the Colts Sunday Night. While his limp appeared a bit drastic, X-rays came back negative and they are calling it a bruised heel. That doesn’t sound bad, bad a badly bruised heel is a brutally painful injury. He could miss some time. Beneficiaries would be Pierre Thomas and less so Darren Sproles, since Sproles will get his regardless.
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