Still no definitive word (read: MRI results) on the knee injury to Tom Brady, but I think most fantasy owners have come to grips with the reality of a Brady-less fantasy season in 2008.
Last year, I considered myself one of the lucky Brady owners. He single-handedly won many of my games, leading to a championship in my main league. How quickly that statement has gone in the opposite direction this year: The unlucky Brady owners likely drafted him in the first round of their fantasy drafts.
Most reports are that Brady suffered a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2008 campaign. His MRI results are due back sometime today.
Now, the question is this: Should Brady owners scramble to pick up Matt Cassel for fantasy relief?
Tom Brady [QB, Patriots]
Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports reports that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is expected to miss the rest of the 2008 season with a “severe injury to his left knee.”
The injury is widely believed to be a torn ACL. Silver says that there could be other ligament and cartilage damage.
It is all but official at this point that Brady is going to miss the entire 2008 season. Most Brady owners in fantasy leagues probably only carry one quarterback, so it is OK to push the panic button right now.
Chances on, Brady owners will need to carry at least two quarterbacks now. Matt Cassel should be one of them. If I were a fantasy owner, I would take a chance on Cassel. He could save your season, as he knows the offense and is working with the same weapons.
I have a feeling the Patriots offense will not miss a beat, and Cassel could be the story of the year. And if he does not work out, at least it was worth a shot.
Marion Barber [RB, Cowboys]
The one piece of bad news to come out of the Cowboys’ impressive win over the Cleveland Browns was that running back Marion Barber left with bruised ribs.
X-rays have come back negative and it is hopeful that he will play next week against the Eagles.
Kinda scary for Barber owners after he dominated the Browns’ defense yesterday. What might be worse is how effective Felix Jones was as Barber’s backup.
Jones likely will see more and more touches as the season wears on to keep the beating off Barber.
Vince Young [QB, Titans]
The Titans believe quarterback Vince Young has a torn medial collateral ligament that will sideline him two to four weeks, reports NFL Network’s Adam Schefter. Young is expected to undergo an MRI on Monday that would confirm the initial diagnosis.
Is this it for Vince Young?
To me, it looks like the desire is gone for VY. And now the physical toll is eating away at his game, especially the scramlbing part.
Kerry Collins will take over during Young’s absence, and it will be interesting to see who gets the starting nod when Young is deemed healthy again.
Nate Burleson [WR, Seahawks]
Burleson told reporters following the game he expects to be ready when the Seahawks host the Niners next week. Seattle coach Mike Holmgren was more reserved, saying Burleson’s status won’t be determined until he has more tests once the team returns to Seattle.
Burleson was the best part of the Seahawks’ offense yesterday and the only legitimate passing option for Matt Hasselbeck. If he does miss any time, Courtney Taylor may become Hass’ No. 1 passing target.
But Seattle looked pretty bad yesterday with the limited amount of weapons on offense. Not sure I want any part of it right now.
Joseph Addai [RB, Colts]
Joseph Addai rushed 12 times for 44 yards and caught one pass for three yards in the season opener. He went to the sideline in the fourth quarter with a head injury and did not return.
Addai suffered a head injury in preseason, too, so this is becoming a concern. His owners may want to add Dominic Rhodes this week as insurance.
If Addai is suffering concussions, this could be serious news for his health, the Colts, and his fantasy owners. In that order. First and foremost is Addai’s health and well-being; fantasy takes a back seat when it comes to concussions.
LaDainian Tomlinson [RB, Chargers]
Reigning NFL rushing champion LaDainian Tomlinson came out of the season opener with an injured big toe, and though he shrugged it off as nothing serious after the game, and the team did not include it in the injury report, he did say his foot will be examined again Monday.
This should not be a major concern, but it does indicate that LT’s body may be wearing down. He suffered his first major injury at the end of last season and now is bothered by a banged-up toe after one game.
Granted, he did not play preseason and this could be a consequence of not getting hit yet. But I would show a little, little bit of concern if I were an LT owner.
The MMR will continue to run every Monday morning as scheduled during the regular season. To stay updated on current NFL injuries later in the week keep an eye on Football Jabber’s injury column, The Bedpan.