With most of Week 3 of the 2012 fantasy football season in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to breakdown some of the bigger injury-related stories coming out of the Sunday games.
Who is hurt? Who is just banged up?
Be sure to springboard off this article and follow-up on all of these injuries as we head into Thursday and Friday, as things change quick in the NFL when it comes to injuries.
C.J. Spiller (RB, BUF)
C.J. Spiller, DraftCalc’s No. 1 Upside Runner of all of 2012, kicked off Week 3 just as he did Weeks 1 and 2 – Dominating! He took a 30-plus reception house in the beginning of the game, but then unfortunately suffered what most feared was a broken collarbone, or severely-injured shoulder. Well, after hours of freaking out by thousands of DraftCalc owners (because all DraftCalc owners listened to us when we pegged Spiller as our No. 1 “Upside” rusher of 2012, right?), it appears we have some good news to “initially” report… ESPN’s Adam Schefter has suggested that the Bills believe C.J. Spiller “escaped Sunday’s injury with only a shoulder sprain.” This is great news! All indications point to Spiller’s collarbone being sound, and the runner is expected to undergo an MRI on Monday (so stay on top of all breaking news wires for further confirmation). How long is Spiller expected to be sidelined? Well, early estimates are at least one week, but possibly no more than the one contest… That has Spiller looking like a strong bet to play in Week 5 (but against the 49ers). I don’t want to create a large amount of false hope, but I wouldn’t be shocked if Spiller starts talking about playing this week as the week moves along. That’s pure speculation, but that’s how these things go when a player feels that he has finally grabbed a starting gig, the last thing he wants to do is sit a game and lose momentum. But, before we even start counting on having the top 5RB back in all of our line-ups by Week 5, let’s monitor today’s news!
Reggie Bush (RB, MIA)
Reggie Bush owners had a lot to be worried about on Sunday, as Bush went down and caused good reason for panic. A source reportedly told Profootballtalk.com that Bush’s left knee injury isn’t expected to be anything of the severe variety. Expect further testing today, so stay on top of the news, but it, initially, sounds like 0-1 games can be a safe early estimate on missed games for Reggie.
Matthew Stafford (QB, DET)
Matthew Stafford (hamstring/leg) is expected to undergo an MRI on his right leg on Monday. Stafford suffered the injury late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s overtime loss to the Titans. While we’d expect Stafford to play next week, this topic needs more clarity and updating before we speculate too much more. Stay on the news all day/week long! Missed time kills that Detroit passing attack, (ie Calvin Johnson), but it could open up more rushing opportunities for Mikel LeShoure in Week 4. Then again, do LeShoure owners want quality or quantity out of LeShoure in Week 4, as no Stafford could mean eight-man fronts? I have a feeling LeShoure is going to average more carries with Stafford in that line-up, so all LeShoure owners should be cheering for a quick-healing Stafford this week.
Willis McGahee (RB, DEN)
Willis McGahee was forced from Week 3 with a rib injury. Even if McGahee is back soon (and unless something more serious is going on, we’d imagine McGahee won’t be out but 0-1 games), Ronnie Hillman could really be given an opportunity to lead that Broncos’ backfield. We warned fantasy worlds that Fred Jackson, Michael Turner and Willis McGahee were not good bets to stay healthy due to the data collected via our 30-Year-Old Running Back Article, so don’t expect McGahee to have a large role in that Broncos’ offense come mid-season no matter what is going on with his rib situation. Ronnie Hillman is starting to look like a “grab him now and wait” kind of add this week, and that is if he is even available in your league (and assuming Mikel LeShoure is not on waivers for you to snag first).
Darrelle Revis (DB, NYJ)
According to numerous reports, it appears that Darrelle Revis likely has a torn left ACL.
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