Last week was bad for injuries in fantasy football. This week, it didn’t get any better. What is up with these major injuries occurring every week… and to the superstars of the NFL?
I remember when I was a little kid, Ronnie Lott had his finger cut off to keep playing. Steve Atwater would hit people so hard they would lose their uniforms, but they got up and played. I’m not calling today’s NFL players soft — hell, if I took one hit like they do, I would be in a wheel chair for years — but there is definitely something afoul.
Maybe it is their training. Maybe it is the fact that with all of the injury lawsuits and worry surrounding NFL players, they don’t push the current crop as hard as they used to, so they aren’t prepared for injury and pain. Maybe it is because every year a new supplement is added to the banned substance list and it turns out that these men — who are only human beings after all — actually need some extra support for their bodies, as the supplements were intended to provide when used correctly. But you know good ol’ Goodell… instead of regulating anything, he’ll just suspend it.
But I digress. After Le’Veon Bell, Keenan Allen, Matt Forte and a slew of others went down the past few weeks, I gave you five guys that I thought could save your season last Wednesday. Two of them had good days, two play tonight, and one disappeared (but I did say to proceed with caution using him). Looks like I may have to search deeper on that waiver wire once again this week for you.
That being said, let’s quickly recap yesterday’s injuries that have an immediate fantasy impact.
Dion Lewis, RB, Patriots — obviously this is the big one. The feel good story of the season, Lewis is now done for the year with a torn ACL. What finally looked like a normal RBBC in New England between Lewis and Blount may now go back to the confusion Bill Belichick has become known for in his backfield.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers — That was short lived. Big Ben returned last week with a mediocre performance and put together a solid one this week before leaving with a sprained foot. Hopefully Big Ben misses just the expected two weeks and he is primed for a fantasy playoff run.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills — Shady finally looked good his last few outings, but he left this week early with a bum shoulder. The results of his MRI had not been released as of this writing, but playing the Jets on short rest does not look good for the Bills RB.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Vikings — Looks like the scorching hot Vikings escaped a big scare, as did many fantasy teams who have Bridgewater as their backup to Philip Rivers, Andrew Luck and Matt Ryan (all on byes). Teddy Ballgame is under concussion protocol, but early indications look like he is good to go.
Nick Folk, K, Jets — Yup, folks, it’s gotten so bad that kickers are heading to the IR. Folk was told he wouldn’t kick yesterday and only serve as the team’s holder, but now it appears he is going to miss multiple weeks, possibly the season.
Allen Hurns, WR, Jags — Did anyone see this happen? Apparently he has a sprained foot and is in a walking boot today. No further details — as far as time to be missed, if any — have been released.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers — Lacy’s nightmare season continues. He rushed five times for 10 yards yesterday before leaving with a groin injury. There may not be any reason to consider Lacy a viable fantasy starter for the rest of 2015, even if he is healthy.
UPDATED!!! I guess after last night’s game you can throw Malcolm Floyd into the mix as he left the game and did not return. Oh, and Luke McCown also is out for the year. How a backup quarterback that didn’t even play this week suffered a season ending injury is beyond me, but man, great commercial.