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Monday, September 23, 2013

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 INJURY REPORT

The injuries continue to pile up as Week 3 brought some new names to the infirmary. 

-Perhaps the biggest injury news of the day was the knee issue involving Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller that forced him out of the team's loss to the New York Jets after only 9 rushing yards on 10 carries.  Spiller never returned to the field after leaving in the third quarter and no update as given.  Old friend Fred Jackson is a must have for Spiller owners in all leagues and even those who are not invested in the Buffalo backfield yet.  Jackson has proven himself in the past to be a fine RB 2 who has ability both in the running and receiving game.  Thus those who play in PPR formats should be especially aggressive here.  Can't see Spiller playing next week after a knee injury no matte how severe.  Stay tuned as Spiller owners no doubt are on the edge of their seat.

-New York Jets RB Chris Ivory hurt his hamstring again early in the same game against Buffalo and didn't return.  Ivory had a wrap on the leg after the game and saw backup Bilal Powell run wild in his place.  Even if ivory were healthy, Powell no deserves to start.  Like Fred Jackson, Powell can help both in the running and receiving game.

-Another potential leg injury in a long history of them for Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson.  Johnson is headed for an MRI on his bruised shin that he suffered in the team's loss to the Baltimore Ravens.  Johnson hurt the shin in the first half but still came out to play in the third quarter.  He than limped to the bench and stayed there the rest of the game.  Johnson has had most of his missed games in his career due to hamstring and other leg maladies so this has to be watched closely.  In his place, rookie DeAndre Hopkins as very productive and his big-play ability has him moving up the receiver ranks, especially if Johnson is out.

-You heard it here first yesterday that St. Louis Rams RB Daryl Richardson would be limited in Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys and he surely prove that by playing only one snap.  Richardson was battling through a foot injury that required a boot leading up to the game which made it shocking he was even out there.  He no doubt will miss Week 4 and so Isaiah Pead and rookie Zac Stacy move up the depth chart.  Neither is a desirable option.

-Another season and another hamstring injury for Dallas Cowboys WR Miles Austin.  Austin and the team tried to say it was no big deal after the game but this needs to be monitored given the many missed games Austin has had in the past because of the ailment.  Dwayne Harris the one who will move up if Austin should need a break.

-Vincent Jackson added to the wide receiver injuries Sunday as he exited in the second half of the team's loss to the New England Patriots with a rib injury.  There was no update given after the game and Mike Williams will ascend to the number 1 role if Jackson is out. 

-James Starks became the second Green Bay Packers running back to leave the game with injury in two weeks as a knee issue ended his day early.  Rookie Jonathan Franklin as inserted in his place and ran for over 100 yards but unfortunately had a fumble get away late that cost the team the game.  Franklin is a nice running/receiver type who is looking like he will start next week as Eddie Lacy is probably going to need another week from his concussion symptoms.

-Some updates on other injured players.  Baltimore's Ray Rice is likely to need another week to heal from his hip flexor strain.  Bernard Pierce as solid but not spectacular in his place Sunday.  Also 49ers tight end Vernon Davis should return after missing a game with a strained hamstring. 

There you have it.  As always let us hear your comments on this an anything else you wish to discuss.


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